RockGodz Hall of Fame Inductees

By August 1, 2018

Howard Leese

Inducted July 30, 2014 Howard received his inspiration to pick up the guitar during the 1960s after seeing Dick Dale, the guitarist in the surf band “the Del-Tones”, and feeling the excitement from his playing. He studied violin and music theory at the City College, Los Angeles, and also played in a band called The Zoo.  Read More.

Steve Vai

Inducted July 30, 2014 Former guitarist and copyist/transcriber for Frank Zappa, Vai is a fast-fingered guitar god who’s considered one of rock’s greatest musicians.  Read More.

Steven Adler

Inducted July 30, 2014 As the original drummer for Guns N’ Roses, the quintet issued one of the best-selling rock debuts of all-time, 1987’s Appetite for Destruction whose raw, stripped down approach (both musically and visually) was a welcome break from the overwrought glam pop bands that were ruling the airwaves at the time.  Read More.

Steve Lukather

Inducted July 30, 2014 Best known as the guitarist for early MTV-era hitmakers Toto, Steve Lukather remains one of the world’s top session men, having played on well over a hundred recordings by a wide variety of artists over the years.  Read More.

Benny Mardones

Inducted July 30, 2014 Singer/songwriter and Maryland native Benny Mardones made a huge splash with his ’80s hit “Into the Night.” The song made the Top Ten twice, a first for a solo artist.  Read More.

Steven Rosen

Inducted July 30, 2014 Published in well over 700 articles appearing in major periodicals around the globe, from the United States and Canada to Japan, Germany, France, England, Australia, and even Katmandu, Steven’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Musician, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, US, Creem, Circus, Player, Total Guitar, Classic Rock, Mojo, Drum! and a myriad of others.  Read More.

Bumblefoot (Ron Thal)

Inducted March 25, 2015  

Mitch Perry

Inducted March 25, 2015

Tony Frankln

Inducted March 25, 2015

Dave Amato

Inducted March 25, 2016

Al Bowman

Inducted October 27, 2016

Buster Akrey

Inducted October 27, 2016

“Dugie” (Kevin Dugan)

Inducted October 27, 2016

Freddie Salem

Inducted October 27, 2016

Gregg Fox

Inducted October 27, 2016

Hugh McDonald

Inducted October 27, 2016

Jeff  Young

Inducted October 27, 2016

Lonn Friend

Inducted October 27, 2016

Michael Anthony

Inducted October 27, 2016

Scott Coogan

Inducted October 27, 2016

Frankie Banali

Inducted October 26, 2017 A disciple of the legendary drummer John Bonham, Frankie Banali has been most famously associated as the longtime drummer for Quiet Riot. Frankie has recorded seven albums with W.A.S.P. which includes their most critically acclaimed release spanning three decades. Additionally, he has played with Billy Idol, Gary Hoey, Billy Thorpe, Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall. His thunderous approach behind a drum kit has left an indelible print on many of the drummers who followed.  Read More.

Carmine Appice

Inducted March 25, 2017 Brooklyn’s favorite son, Carmine Appice took the drummer out of the shadows and pushed him headfirst into the spotlight. Known for his legendary live performances, Appice was at the rhythmic foundation for a score of influential classic rock bands including Vanilla Fudge, Beck, Bogert & Appice, and Cactus. He revolutionized the way a rock drummer played and brought his knowledge to fans all over the world beginning with his now iconic how-to book Realistic Rock. He would later go onto play with Rod Stewart, Ozzy, Ted Nugent and form his own King Cobra and Blue Murder bands. Read More