Boneyard Dog singer Rob Mancini first made his mark on the European Hard Rock scene involving the German bands Hotwire and Crush. Moving to Ireland in the early part of the 21st Century he turned his interests to production while still keeping his live chops up – and his face in people’s faces – playing an average of 70 shows a year.
The end of 2011 saw Mancini release the critically acclaimed and well received “Rock N Roll Circus”, drawing accolades from sources such as May The Rock Be With You (“If you’re up for an album full of rock then buy a ticket to this circus”), Paradise Rock (“Verdict 9/10, go buy this album”), Metal Shock (“AOR Anthology – a masterpiece”) and Hardrock Haven (“Clearly deserves the backing of a leading label”), amongst others and 2012 brought the charity single, “United We Stand”, featuring singer / songwriter John Pratt, best known in melodic hard rock circles as the front man for AOR Super group “Firefly” in the late 90’s.
In 2013, Mancini recorded and co-produced David J. Carons 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 singer for their fourth album “Worlds Entwined” in August 2014 including guest musician and former Black Sabbath / Dio drummer Vinnie Appice. The band performed alongside bands like Destruction, Black Label Society, Overkill and Within Temptation.
In August 2015, Mancini announced a temporary departure from the band due to his excessive 2016 production schedule.
In November 2015, Mancini and Irish blues guitarist Davy Kerrigan started their new band Boneyard Dog, an Irish Classic/Blues Rock Band. Added to the line-up in early 2016 was American rock drummer Ron Wikso, an established artist known for his recording and touring work with some of the best musicians and known entertainers in the world including 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.
Halfway through the writing of the debut album, Mancini contacted Tony Carey, former keyboarder of Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Carey played on the classic albums ‘Rising’ and ‘On Stage’, in the Rainbow line-up including Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Jimmy Bain and Ritchie Blackmore, touring the world for 2 years. He 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. Initially planned as a guest keyboarder on one of the tracks, Carey was impressed by the material and offered to fill the slot as keyboarder on the entire album.
Staying true to their roots in rock’n’roll music, a style all members are involved in for over a decade, the band also implemented their love and passion for blues into the project. With a lot of experience, compassion, and inspiration the foundations are set for a new Classic Rock album that will find many new friends and listeners.
Mancini’s and Kerrigan’s songwriting are combining harmonies, killer riffs and solos as well as creative lyrics to create an outstanding work of art.
Boneyard Dog recorded their debut album ‘Bluesbound Train’ between March and September 2016 at Total Control Studio Austin/Texas and GMG Studio ONE in Donegal/Ireland. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Rob Mancini. In August 2016 the band subsequently signed to German label AOR Heaven on a European Licensing deal.
Further guests include Marc Lynn from Swiss No1 Hard Rock band Gotthard, former Firefly and Roxbury Drive vocalist John Pratt on Backing vocals and Ex Whitesnake Bass player Neil Murray.
In August 2017, Mancini announced his intention to join Alex Santo’s heavy rock collaboration Stagma alongside Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio), Patric Johansson (Wasp/Yngwie Malmsteen), Joe Petro (Heaven & Earth), Neil Murray (Ten/Rage of Angels) and Simon Wright (ACDC/Queensryche) as the band’s frontman/lead singer and at the same time confirmed that he will be reuniting with Scar For Life to record the band’s fifth studio album.
Rock n’ Rock Circus