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Music Review: The Rockets – ‘Greetings from Detroit’ EP

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After 30 years, Detroit, Michigan legends The Rockets have come back with a four-song EP entitled Greetings from Detroit. Released late last year, it’s a return to a more blues-based rock sound than the band’s later LP releases which were more pop-rock in nature.  Rockets - Greetings from Detroit

While only drummer and songwriter Johnny “Bee” Badanjek is around from the original lineup, The Rockets still have that recognizable sound, especially in the guitar work of Joey Gaydos Sr. and Phil “Greasy” Carlisi, who have the shoes of Jim McCarty to fill. While Jim Edwards is no David Gilbert, the late lead singer from the ’70s and early ’80s, he doesn’t try to be. It gives the revamped Rockets a fresh sound while retaining their familiar crunch and fire.

This highlight of the EP has to be “Detroit Woman,” which sounds like a shout-out to the local ladies but takes some interesting turns. “Whisky Head” is a close second for standout track. Add that classic Detroit rock sound, and this is a nice return release from The Rockets.

Greetings from Detroit is available to listen to on Spotify and purchase now at iTunes.

For more info on The Rockets (including band history if you need to catch up on it), visit their official website.

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