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Interview with keyboardist Michael T. Ross


Interview with keyboardist Michael T. Ross of Raiding The Rock Vault


Quick Facts:
Name: Michael T. Ross 
Birth date: August 29
Place of birth: Mississippi
Favorite album of all time? Black Rose- Thin Lizzy
What is the first CD or LP you ever bought? Queen- News of The World
Favorite musician: Gary Moore
Favorite band or group: Thin Lizzy
As you describe yourself ? Classically based with a strong melodic rock foundation.

Michael, what are you currently working on? 
My solo keyboard album that has keys and drums only. I interpret the guitar like sounds on the keys, and using the bass synth. It's very melodic and instrumental. There is a lot of soloing and shredding too, showing my technical side, something I rarely get to express. Hope to have it printed by the end of the year. Very fusion rock.

Who is your favorite keyboardist of all time?
Rick Wakeman.

Almost everyone has a song that is special, you would like to reveal what is your song special and why?
"Island of Love" by Kitaro featuring former Yes singer Jon Anderson because with the powerful lyrics and passionate vocals, along with the angelic keyboards in the background makes for an amazing song.

You've worked with so many great musicians over the years. Do you have a favorite?
Lita Ford. She is down right the coolest artist I've ever worked with. She believed in me and gave me that break I needed back in 2008. Love playing onstage with her. 

Who are some of your biggest musical influence?
Chopin, Tony MacAlpine, Freddie Mercury, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Jordan Rudess, Kansas, Styx, Cheap Trick.

What has been the most exciting moment of your career thus far?
Playing with Lita Ford at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2009 with Journey and getting to hang out with Jonathan Cain at the hotel bar after.

Is there any chance of see you playing in South America with Raiding The Rock Vault?
One day I hope to travel with the band to your country. Currently we are in our second year residency at a popular hotel here in Vegas. 
To end the interview, a phrase you want to leave.....
So many synthesizers, so little time....