The Rockets

Years Active: 
1972-1983, 2010-present
Associated Artists: 


The Rockets are an American rock band founded by guitarist Jimmy McCarty and drummer Johnny “Bee” Badanjek, both former members of the group Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. Along with slide and rhythm guitarist Dennis Robbins, bassist John Fraga, and lead vocalist David Gilbert, the Rockets reached their pinacle of success in 1979 with a Top 40 hit, a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song “Oh Well”, and an appearance on the T.V. series The Midnight Special.


Released: 1977
Released: 1979
Released: 1980
Released: 1981
Released: 1982


Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
KISS 01/25/1978 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Buffalo New York USA
KISS 01/27/1978 Springfield Civic Center Springfield Massachusetts USA
KISS 01/28/1978 New Haven Coliseum New Haven Connecticut USA
Journey 06/16/1978 Wendler Arena Saginaw Michigan USA
The Rockets 06/24/1978 Yack Arena Wyandotte Michigan USA
The Rockets 11/17/1978 Abigail's Saloon Ypsilanti Michigan USA
The Rockets 11/18/1978 Abigail's Saloon Ypsilanti Michigan USA
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 12/01/1978 Chicago Stadium Chicago Illinois USA
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 12/20/1978 Toledo Sports Arena Toledo Ohio USA
The Rockets 05/11/1979 Royal Oak Music Theater Royal Oak Michigan USA
Cheap Trick 05/24/1979 The Palladium (NYC) NYC New York USA
Cheap Trick 05/25/1979 The Palladium (NYC) NYC New York USA
Cheap Trick 05/26/1979 Asbury Park Convention Hall Asbury Park New Jersey USA
Cheap Trick 05/29/1979 Boston Music Hall Boston Massachusetts USA
Cheap Trick 05/30/1979 Boston Music Hall Boston Massachusetts USA
The Rockets 06/11/1979 Palladium Club Dallas Texas USA
Colorado Sun Day #2 06/16/1979 Mile High Stadium Denver Colorado USA
The Rockets 06/25/1979 Old Waldorf San Francisco California USA
The Marshall Tucker Band 07/10/1979 Rochester War Memorial Rochester New York USA
Triumph 07/14/1979 Louisville Gardens Louisville Kentucky USA
Triumph 07/15/1979 Indiana Convention Center Indianapolis Indiana USA
Toledo Speedway Jam 07/21/1979 Toledo Speedway Toledo Ohio USA
Molly Hatchet 07/27/1979 Freedom Hall Johnson City Tennessee USA
Molly Hatchet 07/28/1979 Charleston Civic Center Arena Charleston West Virginia USA
REO Speedwagon 08/07/1979 Wings Event Center Kalamazoo Michigan USA