AXEL RUDI PELL Recruits Drummer BOBBY RONDINELLI

German hard rock guitarist Axel Rudi Pell has recruited Bobby Rondinelli as the new drummer for his solo band. A posting on Pell's Facebook page reads: "Bobby is well known for his work with RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, to name just a few. We're pretty sure that you'll like his playing, so please give him a warm welcome!"

Axel Rudi Pell will enter the studio on July 22 to begin recording his new album for a January 2014 release. An extensive European tour will follow.

Pell recently parted ways with drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, RAGE) "due to scheduling conflicts with [Mike's] other commitments."

Axel Rudi Pell's latest studio album, titled "Circle Of The Oath", was released in March 2012 via SPV/Steamhammer.

In addition to Terrana, AXEL RUDI PELL's most recent lineup included singer Johnny Gioeli, keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg and bass player Volker Krawczak.