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Black Thorn Rose is a rock cover band, performing the best upbeat tunes from the 80's and 90's including some current Pop Rock. Bands which we cover include AC/DC, Kiss, Queen, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, Pat Benatar, Pink, The Pretenders, Blondie, Van Halen, Ratt, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Metallica, Prince, Judas Priest, The Cult, Led Zeppelin, Ozzie,  Collective Soul, Foghat, Weezer , Jimi Hendrix and many more. 

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ROXANNE

Lead Vocals & Keys

MIKE

Bass & Background Vocals

Roxanne began studying piano at age 5 and continued to play many instruments into her late teens. She was in the Church choir and was told that she was “too loud”.  Must have been her love of rock and roll.  She joined the Kenny McGee Band in Tampa as a keyboard player and background vocalist. Eventually she was a lead singer and keyboardist in the Sarasota based Roxband. She was in several other bands (even one country band-Bullseye Ride) before starting Black Thorn Rose.  The band has changed and evolved into a high energy dance/rock band.

Mike was born in Watertown NY and started playing guitar as a teen. After moving to Sarasota in 1980, he decided he loved playing bass and made that his primary instrument. He has played in many original and cover bands including Deceiver, Brat, Avenging Benji, 7 Years Past, Absolutely Nothing, Downbringer, Difficult, Cold Static, Parish, Tortured, Havoc, Sundogs and more.

He and Roxanne cofounded Black Thorn Rose in 2012 and have been rockin’ ever since!

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Jim

RALPH

Lead Guitar

Guitar & Background Vocals

Jim was born in a suburb of LA. He was self taught with influences from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, David Gilmour, Ronnie Montrose, Michael Schenker, and Eddie Van Halen. Our band, Arch Rival drew a huge following the LA Rock Scene circuit.  Jim has played with numerous artists in various venues and studios over the years....

Ralph is from western NY and has  been playing guitar since he was 15 years old. He’s been playing in bands for 35 years in NY. Some of the bands were Mean Business, Leema Charlie, and Atomic Swamis. Influences are Ace Frehley, Randy Rhoades, Edward Van Halen.

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LEO

Drums

Leo was born in Cuba, grew up in Spain and moved to Chicago as a teen. His major musical influences include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Motley Crue. From the mid 1980's to early 1990's he spent most of his musical career with Charmer and Urge, 2 well known Chicago rock bands, performing both commercial rock and originals. Memorable performances  include playing Grant Park with Dennis DeYoung, shared bill with Spencer Davis Band at the Park West, opening for Cheap Trick at the Thirsty Whale, and playing Rock and Roll All Night with Ace Frehly. He relocated to Florida in 2014 and has continued his passion for playing drums.

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