“My concern was I don’t want to be the Holiday Inn or the lounge version of The Rods. I think we’ve kept the energy, even though it’s an album we’ve done [twenty-five] years later.”
Hailing from Cortland, New York — which is also the hometown of metal icon Ronnie James Dio — The Rods burst forth onto the metal scene back in 1979 and for seven years pummeled us with their pumped up, no frills brand of heavy rock with thunderous anthems like “Wild Dogs,” “Hurricane,” and “White Lightning” from albums like Wild Dogs, In The Raw and Let Them Eat Metal. While they built up a cult following here and especially in Europe (where they were offered the chance to open for AC/DC but had to decline due to lack of label funds), The Rods became a well-remembered cult band of their day, racking up six studio albums along the way. After disbanding following the Hollywood project released in 1986, the group reunited for live dates in 2008 and recently released their first studio album in 25 years entitled Vengeance, which is a strong return to form. The CD includes a darker, theologically-slanted song called “The Code,” which features one of the last recorded performances by the late Ronnie James Dio.
Prior to their recent European tour, Canedy spoke with A.D.D. about his group’s reunion, the meaning of “The Code,” playing in a country band when he was younger, getting coerced into teaching musical theater through his daughter and what lies in the future, including his solo album and possible Rod catalog reissues. Battling a cold, Canedy soldiered through the interview with wit and poise.
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