MICHAEL T. ROSS OF RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT

MICHAEL T. ROSS OF RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT

 

When you think about a rock & roll band, the keyboard player is not exactly the first musician that comes to mind. But Michael T. Ross is ready for that to change. He is calling out his fellow brothers-in-arms to make a move, get excited, slam the keys and rock out just as hard as that guitar player standing on the other side of the stage getting all the attention. Just because you’re stuck behind a gazillion gadgets does not mean you have to be a dormouse. Leading by example, Ross does not fade into the scenery when Raiding The Rock Vault comes to life six nights a week at the Tropicana on the Strip in Las Vegas. He comes on with a bang and keeps the adrenalin pumping till the last note, pushing the likes of Howard Leese, Doug Aldrich and Paul Shortino to stay on their A-game every night.

 

An Air Force brat born in Biloxi during Hurricane Camille, raised in California, schooled in Chopin and inspired by Deep Purple’s Jon Lord, Ross is an amalgamation of everything he has been through up to this point in his life. Classical training on piano gave him the foundation while Rick Wake man and Keith Emerson gave him a kaleidoscopic freedom to explore his creativity. He started to find his way at the tail end of the LA Strip metal heyday, played with Angel and Hardline and a great gig with Lisa Ford once she came out of retirement. In 2012, he was added to the original roster of Rock Vault and hasn’t missed a show since. Although, later this month he will hand over his spot to Kevin Krohn so he can travel to Singapore to perform with the Black Eyed Tease. It is something he is looking forward to yet hates to be away from his home band. But no one ever said stretching your legs and seeking new adventures was bad for you.

 

In this interview with Glide last week, Ross sat down and chatted about what it’s like to be onstage with some powerhouse musicians night after night, working with Lisa Ford, his love for Hello Kitty and why it irks him to no end that keyboard players tend to hang in the background, content to be unnoticed.

 

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