You have no formal
music training, how did you teach yourself to play drums?
SR: Just started playing along with my favorite music...
Blast Magazine: Neil Peart was obviously a huge influence on your playing style, any other drummers or music styles influenced you?
Everything from RUSH to, Boston, Van Halen, etc...
Blast Magazine: You have created your own line on drum accessories, called Rockenwraps, how did that come about?
SR: It started a few years
ago as something that I wanted to do for my own drums...I always wanted to
look different. After I began doing it, all sorts of drummers became
interested in the idea, and that really got me going on launching the
Blast Magazine: You also have your own drum book in the works, what will the book consist of?
SR: It is called OPERATION:ROCKENFIELD and consists of some of my drumming
history with Queensryche. It includes all sorts of great diagrams/pictures and
an audio cd of just some of my drum performances...I am VERY happy with how it
Blast Magazine: What’s the main difference between touring with Queensrÿche and your new project Slave To The System?
SR: No bus with STTS...haha...!!
Blast Magazine: Outside of Queensrÿche you have several different projects going on, how are you able too keep everything balanced giving all your project %100 of your time?
SR: Practice...i work very hard at balancing
everything that comes my way..
Blast Magazine: Over the years you have created some awesome and I mean awesome drum patterns and fills, do you go into the studio with a general idea of what you wanna do? Or do you create everything on the fly?
SR: A little bit of
Blast Magazine: It took three weeks to write and record the ‘Slave To The System’ release were you guys in that big of a hurry? Or did the songs come out that easy?
SR: We really wanted to
just let our inner selves get released...No pressures, NO stress...I suppose
Blast Magazine: How involved were you in the writing process?
SR: We were all very
involved with the collaboration...
Blast Magazine: How much of the CD was recorded in your home studio?
SR: We setup a studio at Kelly Gray's house and just dug ourselves in.
Everything was done there except for the songs Ragdoll and Cruise out of
Control. They were completed at A LOCAL SEATTLE STUDIO.
Blast Magazine: If giving the opportunity you think Queensryche will ever perform any of these songs live?
Blast Magazine: With the up and coming release of ‘Mindcrime II’ how much promotion will you be able to give to ‘Slave To The System’?
SR: We are constantly juggling the time with QR/Alice Cooper, and STTS...Just
keep digging in that's all...
Blast Magazine: Did you ever anticipate or expect Queensryche to be around as long as you have?
SR: No crystal ball...
Blast Magazine: With Queensryche how involved are you with the songwriting?
SR: We have always worked
together to get ach project to the end.
Blast Magazine: I got to see you guys on the Empire tour in Evansville In., How difficult was it too perform the 'Mindcrime'CD in it’s entirety, with all the visuals?
SR: Piece of cake...haha!!
Blast Magazine: Was re-visiting the project something you have discussed over the years?
Blast Magazine: This time around Ronnie James Dio plays the character of Dr. X, When you were recording ‘Mindcrime I’ was this something that was discussed, or is this a fresh idea ?
SR: Ronnie was a complete
Blast Magazine: Without giving too much away what visuals () are planned? And please tell me there are plans for a DVD?
SR: If I told you then I would have to kill you haha...!! There are always plans for DVD releases....more to come soon...thanx..!