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The Rockets .. 1973-’83


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Shortly after his return to Detroit, McCARTY along with childhood friend and WHEELS bandmate JOHNNY “Bee” BADANJEK, form The ROCKETS to be Detroit’s next great Rock ‘N Roll band. “.. Vocals and drums were handled by BADANJEK, McCARTY was on lead guitar, JOHN FRAGA was on bass and MARC MARCANO was on keyboards.

In the early days, the band paid their dues playing gigs at venues such as, The Rainbow Room in Detroit, The People’s Ballroom in Ann Arbor, and The Rock ‘N Roll Farm in Wayne, Michigan.

The band took on a new sound in 1976 when DAVID “Dave” GILBERT was brought in by new manager Gary Lazar, who also managed Detroit RCA Victor recording artist Dan Schafer, to take over vocals and DONNIE BACKUS took over on keyboards. GILBERT had fronted several bands and was the lead singer for Ted Nughen and The Amboy Dukes in 1971.”

“Always a popular group in Detroit, and Michigan, The Rockets had gotten some attention outside of the state, but never really got the big break to become a true national act. ..  TheROCKETS reached their pinnacle of success in 1979 with a Top 40 hit, a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song “Oh Well”, and an appearance on the T.V. series The Midnight Special.”

The band broke up after a pair of hometown shows at Pine Knob Music Theater in the summer of 1983.


  • 1977 Love Transfusion
  • 1979 Turn Up The Radio
  • 1980 No Ballads
  • 1981 Back Talk
  • 1982 Rocket Roll
  • 1983 Live Rockets

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