Rockets To Ruin
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Rockets To Ruin


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The best kept secret in music


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Self Titled EP - 2004
Love, Drugs, Rebellion full length - 2006


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Rockets to Ruin’s raw, uncompromising sound slaps conformity in the face; reaching out to a generation lusting after the glory days of rock n’ roll… Produced by Rachel Bolan (Skid Row), Rockets to Ruin has just released their long awaited first full-length recording entitled “Love, Drugs, Rebellion”. Loud, energetic, and fun is their approach to songwriting. Energy, attitude, sweat, and sleaze is their approach to the stage. They don't believe their lives are bad or that life is unfair. Instead, they believe in KISS, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, The Ramones, The Cult, and the power of rock n’ roll… and it shows! With a non-stop buzz developing in the Southeastern United States, Rockets to Ruin has made its mark on fans of this music, and the numbers are growing daily.

The band was formed in Atlanta, GA by singer Cleveland Willis and guitarist Mike Grimmett. They soon met bassist Chris Taylor through a mutual friend. “The minute I walked through the door and saw Mike’s Les Paul/Mesa Boogie and heard him crank out some old school style KISS riffs, I knew this was the right band for me,” states Chris. After several drummers had come and gone, they finally recruited friend Rob Hammersmith. Rob completed the line-up and Rockets to Ruin was complete and ready to fly…. fast.

“Mark my words, in the very near future, Rockets to Ruin will be a household name,” states Cleveland.

Rockets To Ruin continues with a busy live schedule throughout the Southeastern United States, and the buzz is growing. This high-powered, guitar-driven rock n' roll band is set to inspire a defiant, rock-deprived generation that is ready for a 360-spin from the mainstream corporate numbness currently dominating the nations airwaves.

• RTR has performed with Nashville Pussy, Skid Row, Josh Todd (Buckcherry), King’s X, Georgia Satellites, Ed Roland (of Collective Soul), Dark New Day, Crank County Daredevils, and Broken Teeth.
• RTR has been selected to perform at the Atlantis Music Conference (Atlanta, GA) 2004 & 2005, the Midwest Music Conference (Indianapolis, IN) 2005, the NASCAR Firecracker 200 (sponsored by 99X), and at the NOPI Nationals, Atlanta Motor Speedway, 2005 & 2006.
• RTR has played such notable venues as Center Stage (Earthlink Live), Smith’s Olde Bar, The Masquerade, and Ten High Club in Atlanta, GA, State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL, The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC, The Nick in Birmingham, AL, 12th and Porter in Nashville, TN, and the NAMM Summer Session/Midwest Music Summit in Indianapolis, IN.
• RTR was also asked to perform the Six Flags Masquerade Ball (sponsored by 99x) at Six Flags Theme Park in Atlanta, GA.
• RTR song "Revolution" chosen as promotional commercial for 105.3 "The Buzz" in Atlanta, GA.
• RTR is currently receiving airplay and support on various stations around the world (see official site for complete list).


“If you want to give your listeners corporate rock, give them another band – if you are looking for something that is fresh, give them Rockets to Ruin.”
- Will Matson, DJ, WRFR-FM – Rockland, ME

“They lifted their name from The Ramones and their attitude from KISS and The Crue.”
- Gregory Nicoll, Creative Loafing Newspaper – Atlanta, GA

“Some pretty cool stuff recalling the old days when rock was dangerous.”
- Sin, CEO, Antidote Records

“Rockets to Ruin is what the music scene needs right now. . . a good hard-driving band with tunes that get the fists pumping. . .”
- Sheck, Assistant Music Director, WLVR-FM – Bethlehem, PA

“This is your new favorite band.”
- Lee Valentine, Creative Loafing Newspaper – Atlanta, GA

“Rockets to Ruin is bringing back the rock…”
- English Nick, WKLS-FM, Atlanta, GA

The Band....
Cleveland Willis – Vocals
Mike Grimmett - Guitars & vocals
Chris Taylor – Bass & vocals
Rob Hammersmith - Drums