It’s a rather ironic turn that JET BLACK STARE’s first single, like a few other legendary classics (“Highway Star,” “Radar Love,” “Born To Be Wild”) is a sexually-charged opus to a muscle car: It was just a few year’s ago, during a near-fatal car crash, that Rod wound up in the emergency room. But that’s nothing considering that his miraculous survival from that accident was just a few days after the day¯he died. “I died when I was 19. I heard the doctors say it¯they pronounced me dead” says Rod still in amazement years later. “I was what is called a ‘flat-line patient.’ But the next day I woke up! The doctors and nurses were astonished. 4 hours later I walked out of the hospital and went to work!” He talks about it in “I”m Breathing”: “And now I’m lookin’ for the reasons why I’m alive/And now I’ve finally come to realize.” And what he realized he says he has essentially known since he was 6 growing up in a musical family and wishing to be a performer. “My purpose is to do music” says Rod assuredly “and to reach as many people as I can, and hopefully, bring a positive message.” Now with Jet Black Stare’s chrome-plated guitars and fist-pumpin’ grooves, Rod has found the perfect medium for his stories and contagious vocal hooks¯and he’s going to need an arena-sized room to show them off.

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September 03, 2008.


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