The Band

Rob Mancini first made his mark on the European Hard Rock scene with the German bands Hotwire and Crush in the mid to late nineties. Moving to Ireland in the early part of the twenty-first century he turned his interests to production, while still keeping his live chops up – and his face in front of the crowd – playing an average of seventy shows a year.

At the end of 2011, Rob Mancini released the critically acclaimed and well received solo album Rock N Roll Circus, and in 2012 the charity single, ‘United We Stand’, featuring singer/songwriter John Pratt. In 2013, Mancini recorded and co-produced David J. Caron’s album Thru Ever-Ending Black, produced and co-wrote US Band Karson’s debut album Just in Time, and joined Portuguese metal band Scar For Life as their new lead singer. Working with Alex Santos for the first time, Mancini recorded Scar For Life’s fourth album Worlds Entwined, which also featured guest musician and former Black Sabbath/Dio drummer, Vinny Appice.

In August 2015, Rob Mancini announced his intention to take a break from the band due to his excessive production schedule, and in November 2015, Mancini and Irish blues guitarist Davy Kerrigan formed Boneyard Dog, an Irish Classic/Blues rock band. Combining harmonies, killer riffs and solos, as well as creative lyrics, Boneyard Dog recorded their debut album, Bluesbound Train, which was produced, mixed and mastered by Rob Mancini.

Similar to the tale of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, there goes the story of the many talented musicians who are hiding either in plain side or in the shadows. Every town has them… Just waiting with anticipation to be discovered and given the opportunity to unleash their musical fury amongst the international audience. This is probably the best way to describe how blues guitar hero Dee Baker made his entrance into the Boneyard circle.

Listening to guitarists like Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Eddie VanHalen in the early stage of his career, Dee played his way up through numerous bands. Influenced heavily by Robert Johnson and Ry Cooder, he developed his own signature slide style shining through most of his solos.

The bags are packed – ready to fly and the next jet plane will take Dee straight to the studio to write the new album with the Dogs.

Tony Carey first appeared on the international stage in 1975, playing keyboards for Ricthie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Carey played on the classic albums ‘Rising’ and ‘On Stage’, in the Rainbow lineup including Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Jimmy Bain and Ritchie Blackmore, touring the world for 2 years. A California native, Carey relocated to Germany in 1978 to pursue a solo career. Learning-by-doing, he recorded several instrumental albums, playing the lion’s share of the instruments: keyboards, bass, guitars, and drums.

He tried his hand at singing in 1980, recording his vocal debut album, ‘In the Absence of the Cat’, followed by ‘I Won’t be Home Tonight’, which was signed by fledgling (and scandal-ridden) label Rocshire Records in Anaheim, California. ‘I Won’t Be Home Tonight’ was a radio sensation in America in 1982, with the single reaching #8 on the Rock Radio Billboard chart. The prolific young songwriter was in the studio daily between 1978 – 83, recording in different styles. His science fiction – themed ‘Planet P Project’ caught the attention of Geffen Records, and the eponymous album containing the single ‘Why Me’ was an MTV smash, followed by the album ’Some Tough City’, which yielded 2 Top 40 singles in 1984: ‘A Fine, Fine Day’ and ’The First Day of Summer’. This was followed by the now-classic ‘Pink World’ double pink vinyl release by Planet P Project. Carey has recorded and released over 40 records, and produced records by John Mayall, Chris Norman, David Knopfler, Joe Cocker, and Peter Maffay (Germany’s top-selling rock artist). He has done several film scores and published well over 1,000 songs. Hampered by serious illness in 2009, Carey made a full recovery and has spent the last years recording and touring in Europe and Scandanavia. Quoting the 1983 Single ‘Why Me’:’the last man to be here was never heard from again he won’t be back this way till two-thousand- ten’, Carey says ‘Well, I’m a little late, but I’m back’.

Ron was born in Dover, Delaware, the first of 4 children of Linda and Ron Wikso (the first). After finishing their tour of duty in the Air Force, Ron’s parents moved the family back to their native Long Island, New York where Ron lived from age 3 until adulthood.

He started playing drums at the age of 7 and studied privately with Larry Ramsden while growing up on Long Island. Along with his private studies, Ron played in several local bands and began playing his first professional gigs by the time he was 12. He also participated in as many of the school bands, orchestras and choirs as he could in an effort to learn as much as possible about music.

After graduating from East Islip High School, where some of his classmates included now world renowned Contemporary Christian artists Kathy Troccoli and Margaret Becker as well as former NFL football player, Boomer Esiason, Ron moved on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts at the ripe old age of 17.

After studying at Berklee for a year, Ron found himself working quite a bit over the summer in various bands in New York so he decided to stay in New York and continue playing professionally rather than return to college. It didn’t take long before he found himself playing a 4 month engagement on the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten…a far cry from the cold winters of Boston and New York!

Upon returning from the Caribbean he continued his work in New York before again finding himself in the tropics…this time as the drummer in the house band on the Holland America Cruise Ship, SS Statendam. The cruise took him to various ports such as St. Thomas, St. John’s, St. Maarten (again), Aruba, Antigua, Curacao, Martinique, Guadaloupe, La Guaira/Caracas (Venezuela, South America) and Haiti to name a few.

Following his stint on the cruise ship, he again returned to New York but this time he decided that the cold weather wasn’t for him so, after a few months, he chose to move out to Los Angeles, California.

Ron didn’t know too many people when he first moved out to Los Angeles so, in order to support himself, he took a job in retail for a few months while he set out to meet other musicians and find work as a musician. It didn’t take long before he found it and he has been a constant presence in the Los Angeles music community ever since.

After establishing himself on the LA music scene, Ron began to get called for various recording sessions and tours with some of the best musicians and well known entertainers in the world. Some of the people he’s worked with at various times include Cher, Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Foreigner, David Lee Roth (Van Halen), The Storm, Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), Eddie Money, CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revisited), Player (featuring Ronn Moss & Peter Beckett),Randy Meisner (the Eagles), Denny Laine (Paul McCartney & Wings/The Moody Blues), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent/Jimmy Barnes), Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee and many others.

Some of the tours he’s been on with these artists have taken him all over the world to places in Europe, Asia, Australia and North, South and Central America and have featured other artists such as Bryan Adams, Peter Frampton, 10,000 Maniacs, Deep Purple, The Doobie Brothers, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Paul Rodgers and many others.

Ron currently lives in the Austin, TX area with his son, Jesse. He currently divides his professional time between live touring gigs and session work. Besides the traditional studio scene, he does a lot of session work for clients from all over the world, at his own private studio.

Part of the rock music scene since he was a teenager, Alexandre Santos is best known for his work and composition with the Portuguese melodic rock/metal band Scar For Life. In 2008, Alex established his own recording and production facility, PressPlay Music, and formed Scar For Life alongside Marco Resende (aka Rez) on vocals, Daniel Cardoso (now in Anathema) on drums and Sophie (Understream) on backing vocals.

With Scar For Life, Alex aimed to create songs ‘from the most vitriolic, groovy assaults to soft acoustic pieces, and with a penchant for memorable hooks and vocal melodies’, and the band’s debut album, Scar For Life, was released in July 2008. Recorded at Ultra SoundSystem studio facilities, with Daniel Cardoso as mixer , the reception of the debut album was very positive, called passionate and ‘honest [with] a clear vision of their sound and identity‘ (Metal Invader) and filled with ‘ace musicianship, and infectious energy’ (Metal Imperium).

To promote the album, Scar For Life opened for some Portuguese bands, including the major Portuguese heavy metal band, R.A.M.P., headlined multiple shows and played acoustic showcases in stores around the country. From these showcases, Scar For Life released the live album, Live and Acoustic. However, the band felt that the album’s quality wasn’t up to the standard of a formal live album so this was also released for a limited time via free download from the band’s website as an official ‘bootleg’ album.

Recorded in May 2010, It All Fades Away was the band’s second release and its reception surpassed the first album. Again all songs were composed and produced by Alex and the album was recorded and mixed at Alex’s PressPlay Music and Ultra SoundSystem. Considered Album of the Year by Brazilian Collector’s Room webzine, one of the top ten Portuguese metal albums of the year by several webzines and ‘deserving of any praise they get because their music speaks for itself’ by My Global Mind.

Released in September 2012, Scar For Life’s third album, 3 Minute Silence was by far their most ambitious work to date. With Leonel Silva and João Colaço joining the band, on vocals and drums, respectively, 3 Minute Silence explored a heavier and more melodic side of the band and featured guests such as violinist Anne Vitorino d’Almeida, Finnish singer Kari Vahakuopus (Catamenia) and British keyboardist Ged Ryland (ex-Ten).

In 2013 Alex started a side project, D.N.A., with vocalist David Reed Watson and lead guitarist Neil Fraser (both Rage of Angels), bassist Mikael Carlsson (Lover Under Cover) and his Scar For Life colleague, João Colaço, on drums. Alex was the main songwriter and rhythm guitarist and D.N.A. recorded a five track EP, Life. Also in 2013, to celebrate their five year anniversary, Scar For Life released a compilation, Retrospective, for free download. With one new track featuring Neil Murray (Whitesnake) on bass and Neil Fraser on lead guitars, Scar For Life promoted the compilation with live performances in London and Portugal.

The year 2014 began with some major changes in the line-up of Scar For Life. Singer Rob Mancini and Teen Asty (guitar, bass) joined the band to record the new album titled Worlds Entwined. The epic new work was released by Escape Music and mixed by Swedish producer Martin Kronlund, and featured special guests such as Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio) and Mikael Carlsson (Lover Under Cover). The album gained extremely good reviews and was voted top 10 album of the year by several magazines.

In August 2015, Scar For Life opened the Portuguese heavy metal festival Vagos Open Air, alongside such bands as Black Label Society, Destruction, Overkill and Within Temptation. Late in 2015, Alex had an idea to create a heavy rock collaboration and joined forces with Neil Fraser (TEN) on lead guitars, Joe Petro (Heaven and Earth, Spelled Moon) on bass and drumming legend Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio).

In March 2017, Alex composed an additional song featuring drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, Queensrÿche) and in August 2017, Irish singer Rob Mancini (Boneyard Dog, Scar For Life) joined Stagma as the vocalist and lead singer. The album was mixed and produced at PressPlay in Lisbon