Members

Rockets
Notes:
* I must point out that all ROCKETS members are 'ALIVE', since a lot of people asked me about them, so I deny rumours telling that a few of them are dead (for skin tumour) because of the excessive use of 'silver cream' (essential component of their look)
* all data regarding band members are taken from the Biography published in 1979 by ROCKLAND and edited by JACQUES LEBLANC. Since 20 years have passed information may be inaccurate nowadays but surely nice and hilarious. This clarification is necessary since Fabrice brought to my notice that he's not as thin as a rake.

Christian Le Bartz

SURNAME: Le Bartz
FIRST NAME: Christian
STAGE NAME: None
DATE OF BIRTH: April 25, 1951
PLACE OF BIRTH: Montreuil sous Bois (France)
HEIGHT: 1,79 m
WEIGHT: 75 kg
HAIR: None
EYES: Flipped
SPECIAL PECULIARITIES: Weird
PARENTS' NAMES: Simone and Jean Le Bartz
BROTHERS AND SISTERS: None
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Earth
STUDIES: Special
MUSICAL EDUCATION: In progress
INSTRUMENTS PLAYED: Vocals, Vocoder, Keyboards
START IN MUSIC: By chance
FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE: April 25, 1951
FIRST PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE: "La Clé des Champs" in Brest
MAIN INFLUENCE: Cosmic
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION: None
HOBBIES: Dogs
FAVOURITE FOOD: Raw meat
FAVOURITE DRINK: Water
FAVOURITE MALE AND FEMALE SINGERS: Jim Morrison, Grace Slick
FAVOURITE ACTOR AND ACTRESS: Bruce Lee, Sydne Rome
FAVOURITE MUSICIAN: Alain Maratrat
FAVOURITE BAND: Rockets
FAVOURITE RECORD: "Absolutely Live" by the Doors
FAVOURITE COMPOSER: Alain Maratrat
BEST FRIEND: Little Gérard L'Her
BEST MEMORY: Palais des Sports in Milan
MAIN DISAPPOINTMENT: Being human
AMBITION: To be the leading group of the new musical generation
DETERMINING MEETING: Claude Lemoine
DEBUTS ON RADIO: France-Inter with Yves Mourousi
DEBUTS ON TV: Point Chaud with Albert Raisner
ORIGIN OF BAND'S NAME: Title of the first single
FAVOURITE COLOR: Black
KIND OF GIRL: All
FAMILY SITUATION: None
DREAM: To play elsewhere than planet Earth
CRAZY ABOUT: Raving
HATES: Pessimism
FAVOURITE PHRASE: C'est monstreux! (It's monstrous!)
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
FAVOURITE BOOK: "Feast of Friends" by Jim Morrison
FAVOURITE SPORT: Karate
FAVOURITE CAR: UFO
CHARACTER: Difficult
POLITICIAN: Claude Lemoine
RELIGION: In progress
MARRIAGE: Just failed
CAREER: Begins to play at school as student in the band 'Blues', later he knew Gerard L'Her, playing in another band and became friends starting the new band CRYSTAL.
ADDITIONAL FAVOURIT ARTISTS:  Doors, Rolling Stones, Beatles
ACTUAL ACTIVITY: He lives in France (Normandie) and has a dogs farm


'Little' Gerard L'Her

SURNAME: L'Her
FIRST NAME: Gérard
STAGE NAME: Little
DATE OF BIRTH: September 25, 1952
PLACE OF BIRTH: Paris; 13th district (France)
HEIGHT: 1,69 m
WEIGHT: 55 kg
HAIR: None
EYES: Brown-Green
SPECIAL PECULIARITIES: None
PARENTS' NAMES: André and Monique L'Her
BROTHERS AND SISTERS: One brother, Pascal
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Asnières
STUDIES: Secondary school
MUSICAL EDUCATION: Self-taught
INSTRUMENTS PLAYED: Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
START IN MUSIC: 1967 with Trouble
FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Golf Drout Tremplin
FIRST PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE: "La Clé des Champs" in Brest
MAIN INFLUENCE: Cream, Rolling Stones
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION: None
HOBBIES: None
FAVOURITE FOOD: Fondue a la Bourguignonne (Meat fondue)
FAVOURITE DRINK: Bourbon
FAVOURITE SINGER: David Bowie
FAVOURITE ACTOR AND ACTRESS: Robert Redford, Glenda Jackson
FAVOURITE MUSICIAN: Jeff Beck, David Bowie
FAVOURITE BAND: Blue Oyster Cult, Rolling Stones
FAVOURITE RECORD: Eagles' "Hotel California", Boston's "Don't Look Back"
FAVOURITE COMPOSER: Beethoven, Stevie Wonder
BEST FRIEND: Christian Le Bartz
BEST MEMORY: Presentation of our first gold record
MAIN DISAPPOINTMENT: None
AMBITION: To be successful in the United States
DETERMINING MEETING: Creating the Rockets
DEBUTS ON RADIO: France-Inter with Yves Mourousi
DEBUTS ON TV: Point Chaud with Albert Raisner
ORIGIN OF BAND'S NAME: Title of the first single
FAVOURITE COLOR: White
KIND OF GIRL: Blonde
FAMILY SITUATION: Single
DREAM: To go away on holiday
CRAZY ABOUT: Sun, the sea
HATES: To wake up early
FAVOURITE PHRASE: C'est geant! (It's giant!)
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Fantastic, Science Fiction
FAVOURITE BOOK: Science Fiction, detective novels
FAVOURITE SPORT: Tennis
FAVOURITE CAR: Jaguar
CHARACTER: Gentle
POLITICIAN: None
RELIGION: None
MARRIAGE: No significance
CAREER: 12 years old starts to sing with 'Petit chanteur de l'Ile de France', a children choir, later founded CRYSTAL with Le Bartz; his nickname become from his passion for Sonny & Cher 'Little Man'.
ADDITIONAL FAVOURIT ARTISTS: Cream, Rockets
ACTUAL ACTIVITY: Music


Alain Maratrat

SURNAME: Alain
FIRST NAME: Maratrat
STAGE NAME: None
DATE OF BIRTH: April 19, 1956
PLACE OF BIRTH: Tonnerre (France)
HEIGHT: 1.82 m
WEIGHT: 64 kg
HAIR: None
EYES: Brown-Green
SPECIAL PECULIARITIES: None
PARENTS' NAMES: Umilta and Eugène Maratrat
BROTHERS AND SISTERS: One sister, Marie-Claude and three brothers, Jean, Guy and Pierre
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Tanlay
STUDIES: Secondary school
MUSICAL EDUCATION: Self-taught
INSTRUMENTS PLAYED: Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
START IN MUSIC: 1972 with Crystal
FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Tanlay Theater
FIRST PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE: "La Clé des Champs" in Brest
MAIN INFLUENCE: Electric
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION: None
HOBBIES: None
FAVOURITE FOOD: Spaghetti
FAVOURITE DRINK: Water
FAVOURITE MALE AND FEMALE SINGERS: Vocoder
FAVOURITE ACTOR AND ACTRESS: Christian Le Bartz
FAVOURITE MUSICIAN: Jimi Hendrix
FAVOURITE BAND: Devo, Blue Oyster Cult
FAVOURITE RECORD: "Fillmore The Last Days"
FAVOURITE COMPOSER: Etcetera...
BEST FRIEND: My Fender Stratocaster guitar
BEST MEMORY: The day I woke up without hair
MAIN DISAPPOINTMENT: Having my first guitar, specially designed for me, stolen
AMBITION: The Rockets being the great group of tomorrow
DETERMINING MEETING: Claude Lemoine
DEBUTS ON RADIO: France-Inter with Yves Mourousi
DEBUTS ON TV: Point Chaud with Albert Raisner
ORIGIN OF BAND'S NAME: Title of the first single
FAVOURITE COLOR: Purple
KIND OF GIRL: Blonde
FAMILY SITUATION: Not clear
DREAM: A bedroom-Synthetizer
CRAZY ABOUT: Many things
HATES: Some things
FAVOURITE PHRASE: Pffuitt...
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Fantastic
FAVOURITE BOOK: Fantastic, Science-Fiction
FAVOURITE SPORT: Motor racing, bike
FAVOURITE CAR: Doesn't exist
CHARACTER: Whimsical
POLITICIAN: All the same!
RELIGION: None
MARRIAGE: To be discovered
CAREER: Learns to play guitar thanks to his brother Guy. If he doesn't become a musician probably he would become a photographer or a draughtsman.
ADDITIONAL FAVOURIT ARTISTS: Alvin Lee, Creedence Clearwater and electronic music
ACTUAL ACTIVITY: He lives in France and works as a music producer


Alain Groetzinger

SURNAME: Groetzinger
FIRST NAME: Alain
STAGE NAME: None
DATE OF BIRTH: May 18, 1955
PLACE OF BIRTH: Auxerre (France)
HEIGHT: 1,80 m
WEIGHT: 65 kg
HAIR: None
EYES: Brown
SPECIAL PECULIARITIES: None
PARENTS' NAMES: Odette and Maurice Groetzinger
BROTHERS AND SISTERS: Two brothers, Yves and Michel
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Paris
STUDIES: Secondary school
MUSICAL EDUCATION: Kenny Clarke's drumschool
INSTRUMENTS PLAYED: Drums, Electronic Percussion, Piano
START IN MUSIC: 1971
FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Presbytery dance in Vermenton
FIRST PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE: "La Clé des Champs" in Brest
MAIN INFLUENCE: Science fiction, electronic music
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION: None
HOBBIES: Small-scale models
FAVOURITE FOOD: Steack au poivre with chips
FAVOURITE DRINK: Nuits Saint-Georges
FAVOURITE MALE AND FEMALE SINGERS: David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald
FAVOURITE ACTOR AND ACTRESS: Gérard Depardieu, Romy Schneider
FAVOURITE MUSICIAN: Vangelis O'Papathanassiou
FAVOURITE BAND: Devo
FAVOURITE RECORD: Billy Cobham's "Total Eclipse"
FAVOURITE COMPOSER: Vangelis O'Papathanassiou
BEST FRIEND: The audience
BEST MEMORY: My first drumkit
MAIN DISAPPOINTMENT: Not being able to make music for people on other planet
AMBITION: To make music as long as possible
DETERMINING MEETING: Joining the Rockets
DEBUTS ON RADIO: France-Inter with Yves Mourousi
DEBUTS ON TV: Point Chaud with Albert Raisner
ORIGIN OF BAND'S NAME: Title of the first single
FAVOURITE COLOR: Silver
KIND OF GIRL: Beautiful and clever
FAMILY SITUATION: Single
DREAM: A lake with a woman in black
CRAZY ABOUT: Life, organization
HATES: Untidiness
FAVOURITE PHRASE: Don't even tell you 'bout that!
FAVOURITE MOVIE: "Clockwork Orange", futuristic
FAVOURITE BOOK: Science-fiction
FAVOURITE SPORT: Karate
FAVOURITE CAR: American cars, Rolls Royce
CHARACTER: Good-natured
POLITICIAN: Charles de Gaulle
RELIGION: None
MARRIAGE: Not concerned
CAREER: When 10 years old he learns to play drum using detergent boxes and saucepans, 14 years old he bought his first drum, 19 years old is a member of ROCKETS.
ADDITIONAL FAVOURIT ARTISTS: -
ACTUAL ACTIVITY: Music


Fabrice Quagliotti

SURNAME: Quagliotti
FIRST NAME: Fabrice
STAGE NAME: None
DATE OF BIRTH: February 12, 1961
PLACE OF BIRTH: Rosny-sous Bois (France) but his great-grandfather was Italian
HEIGHT: 1,81 m
WEIGHT: 67 kg
HAIR: None
EYES: Green
SPECIAL PECULIARITIES: None
PARENTS' NAMES: Christiane and Robert Quagliotti
BROTHERS AND SISTERS: Two twin sisters, Géraldine and Viviane
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Paris
STUDIES: Secondary school examination giving university entrance qualification
MUSICAL EDUCATION: Two years of classical organ
INSTRUMENTS PLAYED: Keyboards, Synthetizers, Guitar
START IN MUSIC: 1973 with a dance orchestra
FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Bands contest in Rosny
FIRST PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE: Chartres in Dec. 76 with Sexagone
MAIN INFLUENCE: Classical music
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION: None
HOBBIES: Mountaineering, piano
FAVOURITE FOOD: Good food
FAVOURITE DRINK: Squeezed orange and good wine
FAVOURITE MALE AND FEMALE SINGERS: Mick Jagger, Véronique Sanson
FAVOURITE ACTOR AND ACTRESS: Coluche, Jean Lefebvre, Marlène Jobert
FAVOURITE MUSICIAN: David Bowie, Patrick Moraz
FAVOURITE BAND: Rolling Stones
FAVOURITE RECORD: Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street", Genesis' "Seconds out"
FAVOURITE COMPOSER: David Bowie
BEST FRIEND: I don't remember his name anymore, and my mother
BEST MEMORY: Rockets' concert at the Palais des Sports in Milan
MAIN DISAPPOINTMENT: That my parents didn't give me piano lessons when I was five years old
AMBITION: To be the most imitated group
DETERMINING MEETING: Phone call with Christian
DEBUTS ON RADIO: Radio 101 in Milan
DEBUTS ON TV: Blue Jean on Antenne 2
ORIGIN OF BAND'S NAME: Title of the first single
FAVOURITE COLOR: Black
KIND OF GIRL: They all are so beautiful and sensual
FAMILY SITUATION: Single
DREAM: To own a house full of keyboards
CRAZY ABOUT: Good things and quietness
HATES: Indiscreet questions
FAVOURITE PHRASE: Ça fait très mal! (It really hurts!)
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Phantom of the Paradise
FAVOURITE BOOK: Albert Camus' "The Stranger"
FAVOURITE SPORT: Gymnastics and mountaineering
FAVOURITE CAR: American cars and a white Bentley
CHARACTER: Gentle but bad-tempered
POLITICIAN: Atos, my dog
RELIGION: Mine
MARRIAGE: No opinion
CAREER: 12 years old has his own first small organ, 15 years old plays with band 'House of the rising sun' and after a reply to an ad on an instrument mag in '77 (Autumn) joined ROCKETS.
ADDITIONAL FAVOURIT ARTISTS: -
ACTUAL ACTIVITY: He lives in Italy and he's married with Franca Casagrande (stage name Vivienne Voirnet, famous ex dancer in different European cities as in New York)


Sal Solo

SURNAME: Solo
FIRST NAME: Sal
DATE OF BIRTH: September 5, 1954
CAREER: Before to strart his adventure with ROCKETS was leader and singer in british group CLASSIX NOUVEAUX
FAVOURIT ARTISTS: Thompson Twins, Howard Jones
ACTUAL ACTIVITY: He still works as a singer and became a messenger in 'Christian Music'.


Claude Lemoine

SURNAME: Lemoine
FIRST NAME: Claude
STAGE NAME: Chouchou
DATE OF BIRTH: May 18, 1944
PLACE OF BIRTH: Rugles
HEIGHT: 1,61 m
WEIGHT: 48 kg
HAIR: Chestnut
EYES: Hazel
SPECIAL PECULIARITIES: None
PARENTS' NAMES: Guy and Yvonne Lemoine
BROTHERS AND SISTERS: Nine brothers
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Stains
STUDIES: None
MUSICAL EDUCATION: Self-taught
INSTRUMENTS PLAYED: Drums
START IN MUSIC: 1958 with Bluestars
FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Village Hall in Arcueil
FIRST PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE: Golf Drouot
MAIN INFLUENCE: Elvis Presley, rock'n'roll
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION: None
JOB: Producer
HOBBIES: To work the soil, cars
FAVOURITE FOOD: Oysters
FAVOURITE DRINK: Squeezed orange
FAVOURITE MALE AND FEMALE SINGERS: Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin
FAVOURITE ACTOR AND ACTRESS: James Dean, Marlène Jobert
FAVOURITE MUSICIAN: Alain Maratrat
FAVOURITE BAND: Devo, Rockets
FAVOURITE RECORD: "Crazy Week" by the Holly Guns
FAVOURITE COMPOSER: Paul McCartney, Alain Maratrat
BEST FRIEND: The Rockets
BEST MEMORY: Birth of my first son
MAIN DISAPPOINTMENT: The quality of my productions being discovered only today
AMBITION: To be the producer of tomorrow's N° 1 band
DETERMINING MEETING: Rockets
DEBUTS ON RADIO: France-Inter with Yves Mourousi (with the Rockets)
DEBUTS ON TV: Point Chaud with Albert Raisner (with the Rockets)
ORIGIN OF BAND'S NAME: Title of the first single
FAVOURITE COLOR: Purple
KIND OF GIRL: Small and thin
FAMILY SITUATION: Married, two children
DREAM: To own a recording studio in a farm, among animals
CRAZY ABOUT: The show
HATES: Amateurishness
FAVOURITE PHRASE: The problem is...
FAVOURITE MOVIE: "Clockwork Orange", "Planet of the Apes"
FAVOURITE BOOK: None
FAVOURITE SPORT: Karate
FAVOURITE CAR: American cars
CHARACTER: Irascible
POLITICIAN: The Kennedy
RELIGION: Catholic
MARRIAGE: For children
ACTUAL ACTIVITY: Music producer


L.B.M

L.B.M.

SURNAME: Bestetti
FIRST NAME: Luca
STAGE NAME: L.B.M.
DATE OF BIRTH: October  10, 1964
PLACE OF BIRTH: Milan
HEIGHT: 1,80 m
WEIGHT: 77 kg
HAIR: Many
EYES: Brown
SPECIAL PECULIARITIES: 296 stitches 124 breaks (Bionic!)
PARENTS' NAMES: Carlo and Luisa Bestetti Milani Manzoni
BROTHERS AND SISTERS: 1 fantastic brother, Freccia
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Los Angeles - Milan
STUDIES: Many
MUSICAL EDUCATION: Self-taught
INSTRUMENTS PLAYED: Drums
START IN MUSIC: 1980.... top secret
FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Top secret
FIRST PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE: Top secret
MAIN INFLUENCE: Rhythm in general
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION: None
HOBBIES: Boxing, skateboard, motocross
FAVOURITE FOOD: Chicken steak
FAVOURITE DRINK: Diet coke
FAVOURITE MALE AND FEMALE SINGERS: John Miles, Roy Orbison
FAVOURITE ACTOR AND ACTRESS: Cate Blancett, Sean Penn
FAVOURITE MUSICIAN: John Miles, Billy Joel, Roy Orbison
MAIN DISAPPOINTMENT: The others
AMBITION: For now, the comeback!
FAVOURITE COLOR: Endless Blue
DREAM: To be satisfied
CRAZY ABOUT: To learn things that you like
HATES: Rudeness
FAVOURITE PHRASE: Everything goes by
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Somewhere in time
FAVOURITE SPORT: Same as hobbies
FAVOURITE CAR: Most comfortable and fast
CHARACTER: Kind, but don't disappoint me!
POLITICIAN: ?? Who ??
RELIGION: Every God loves who doesn't hurt with people
CAREER: Music, top secret
ACTUAL ACTIVITY: Lives between Los Angeles and Milan


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