ROSS THE BOSS: “I Still Get A Thrill When I Play Guitar, Nothing Could Replace It“

Ross the Boss Band photo.

Few guitarists have had an impact on heavy music like Ross “The Boss” Friedman, who founded the Proto-Punk legends The Dictators, as well as the mighty Manowar. Ross the Boss has personally hand picked three songs from each of his four solo albums, and made a greatest hits album called Legacy of Blood, Fire and Steel, and it’s a vinyl only release on AFM records coming out April 28th.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten caught up with Ross the Boss to talk about his new vinyl release Ross The Boss – Legacy of Blood, Fire and Steel, their upcoming tour in Europe with Savage Existence, vinyl vs. CDs, and a lot more!

Catch the interview here!

Ross The Boss band lineup

Marc Lopes – vocals
Ross Friedman – guitars
Mike LePond – bass
Steve Bolognese – drums

Watch the video for “Born of Fire”, the title track from the album in 2021, and included on Legacy of Fire, Blood and Steel.


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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