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Diamond Gray to reunite for St. Patrick's Day show in Clearwater

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CLEARWATER - Though the band officially disbanded last month, Diamond Gray fans will have one more chance to see the veteran Tampa Bay band perform together since their December 31st farewell show.

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Diamond Gray recently announced that they will be reuniting for a St. Patrick's Day show that will take place at the Tilted Kilt in Clearwater on March 17th. The show, which will start at 4:00pm, will consist of the bands most recent line-up which included Dennis Daley (lead vocals), Rocky Diamond (guitars), Mark Welsh (bass) and Brian "Bam Bam" Bradford (drums).

Diamond Gray initially announced their pending break-up last year on October 20th, ending the bands 20+ year history in Tampa Bay. The band performed their farewell show on December 31st at the now closed Billy G'z Lounge in Largo.

Diamond Gray originated when Guitarist Rocky Fever moved to the Tampa Bay area from San Antonio Texas along with a drummer friend. Their initial goal was to start playing on cruise ships, though it never manifested. The two friends eventually formed a band called The Gems, and Rocky Fever changed his name to Rocky Diamond. After The Gems, Rocky formed the Rocky Diamond Band. Eventually the Rocky Diamond Band would team up with lead singer Danny Gray, changing the band name to Diamond Gray in 1992.

Throughout the next 20+ years, the band would go through several lineup changes which would see numerous well respected and well talented local musicians come and go from the band. Simply put, Diamond Gray became a "Who's Who" of local A-circuit musicians. Some of these musicians included Tom "King" Cardenas (Stranger, Wiley Fox, Greg Billings Band), Kevin Rothney (Jon Oliva’s Pain, Circle II Circle), Mike Townsend, Todd Dyer, Jeff Scott, Chris Krause, Doug Lipps, David Runion, Tony Carnavale, Michael J. Allen, Jay Arce, Rudy Medrano, Jeffrey Onnen Scott, Garry Eicholz, Joe Mancuso, John DeHaven, Kenny Keller, and Dave McBee.

Not only had the Diamond Gray line-up been diverse throughout their 20+ years, so had their style and music as well. Throughout their 20+ year history, Diamond Gray's music has evolved from Southern Rock to Commercial Rock to Hard Rock to everything in between. In that time Diamond Gray released 3 albums which included Live To Play, Play To Live (1997), For You (2005) and Sound (2011).

Following Diamond Gray's break-up this past December, Daley, Diamond and Bradford moved on to pursue other projects. Daley took over as the new lead singer for Sons of Nuns, rejoining three of his former Bad Neighbors band mates. Diamond and Bradford teamed up with Tommy Roxx to form a new "Super Group" consisting of former members of Big Deal!, Diamond Gray and Rebel Pride.

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