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The Rat Bastard Syndicate is the culmination of Steve Theado and Keith Pickens' long association, having written hundreds of songs together, toured the world together and having similar musical tastes. Lennard James compliments this association with a thundering low-end and killer vocal style. Rounding out the lineup is Vinnie Salvatore, who also shares a history of writing, recording, touring the world and consuming fine Craft Beers with Steve Theado. This band is LOUD, DIRTY and REAL. What you see/hear is what it is. Uncompromising and generally ill-behaved, too old to give a shit and too stubborn to give up. This is The Rat Bastard Syndicate!

Steve Theado

Photo by Iron City Rocks

Steve Theado, guitars and vocals, hails from parts unknown. He was a member of American Dog from 1997 until their dissolusion in 2015. He has written hundreds of songs and toured the world a dozen times over, most often with Keith Pickens laying down the beat. His sound is instantly identifiable, incorporating dangerous vibrato and swampy slide work, a rare commodity in today's insipid rock music scene, earning him great respect among his peers, fans, and friends - and there are many. Steve truly is The Rat Bastard Syndicate!

Keith Pickens

photo by  Jeremy D. Moore

Keith Pickens, drums and percussion, hails from Baltimore, Ohio. He was a member of American Dog from 1997 until 2010, co-wrote songs alongside his bandmates and recorded and toured the world numerous times. He's as well-known for his hard-hitting approach to rock drumming as he is for laying it down soft and dynamic. Whatever the situation calls for, he's always on point. Keith is endorsed by Sonor Drums, Axis Pedals and Percussion and Regal Tip/Calato Drumsticks.

Lennard James

Lennard releasing the Kraken at Park St Saloon  photo by: Jeremy D. Moore

Lennard James, bass and vocals, Hailing from the musical wasteland of the Midwest, implement in hand, Lennard is a Rat Bastard of the highest order. Previous endeavors such as Fatal Touch, Stages and most recently a working circuit project with Level 7 and countless live shows and studio projects over the years. Known for an aggressive playing style complimented by bombastic vocals, mayhem usually ensues with his live performance. Weapons of choice are Gibson basses, Ernie Ball strings and Ampeg amplification…. PROST!

Vinnie Salvatore

Photo by Peter M. Roche

Vinnie Salvatore, guitar and backing vocals  He’s been recording and releasing music under the name Skid Baxter since 1995 and has a reputation for being a solid multi-instrumentalist. He met the American Dog guys in 2003 and became friends with Steve Theado over a shared interest in craft beer and collecting beer cans and memorabilia. Vinnie recorded and toured with The Godz from 2009 until 2013 when he joined American Dog, touring the world and recording with them in their final years as a band.


2017 Show Schedule

Feb 11 - Lorain, OH - w/ Hemi Devils
Mar 4 - Columbus, OH -Turtle Creek Tavern w/ Twenty Second Dimension / Krash Karma
Mar 11 - Lakewood, OH - Iggy's w/ Hemi Devils
Apr 15 - Pataskala, OH - Martie's Cock n' Bull w/ Cotton Jackson / Hillbilly Hotrodz
Apr 20 - Columbus, OH - Spacebar w/ Druid / Reflex Machine
Apr 28 - Drakesboro, KY - Gregory Lake Park w/Fin Muir Rod Stewart Experience
Apr 29 - Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon w/ Fin Muir Rod Stewart Experience
May 6 - Wapakoneta, OH - Route 33 Rhythm & Brews w/ Fin Muir Rod Stewart Experience
May 26 - Huntington, WV - V Club w/ Karma to Burn - RESCHEDULED for 09/01/17
May 31 - Columbus, OH - King Avenue 5 - BONZO BASH 2017
June 24 - Bucyrus, OH - Dillinger's Entertainment Center
July 8 - Columbus, OH - Express Live - w/ Blue Öyster Cult / Tom Keifer (of Cinderella)
July 14 - Powell, OH - The Lazy Chameleon - w/ Shock Tu
July 29 - Columbus, OH - The Shrunken Head - w/ Hemi Devils / Ironhead Inc.
August 12 - Heath, OH - Muddy Creek Saloon w/ Molly Hatchet / Ironhead Inc.  
September 1 - Huntington, WV - V Club w/ Karma to Burn
September 3 - Chillicothe, OH - Ross Co. Fairgrounds Easyriders Rodeo - w/ Saving Abel
September 20 - Columbus, OH - Turtle Creek Tavern - w/ Sick Puppies / Bling Crosby
November 10 - Reynoldsburg, OH - Dark Horse Tavern - Moodshifter / Bava Choco
November 11 - Bucyrus, OH - Dillinger's Entertainment Center - w/ Bobaflex / Kienemy

Jan 28 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups -  w/ Sin Nombre
Feb 12 - Columbus, OH - The Tree Bar -  w/ Sin Nombre
Feb 20 - Wapakoneta, OH - Route 33 Rhythm & Brews
Apr 22 - Heath, OH - O'Shecky's LIVE -  w/ Evil X
May 7 - Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon - w/ Corrosion of Conformity / Lo-Pan
May 14 - Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon - w/ Snowblynd
July 16 - Pataskala, OH - Marties' Cock n' Bull Saloon 
Aug 20 - Heath, OH - Muddy Creek Saloon
Sept 4 - Chillicothe, OH - Easyrider's Rodeo - w/ Kentucky Headhunters / Hillbilly Hotrodz
Sept 20 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa - w/ Wednesday 13
Sept 30 - Columbus, OH - The Basement - w/ Gudger, Dread Engine
Oct 16 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern - w/ Black Pussy, Druid
Nov 3 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa - w/ Grim Reaper
Nov 5 - Toledo, OH - The Realm - w/ Downspeed
Nov 19 - Columbus, OH - Bethel Road Pub - w/ The Lost Boyz / This Divine Tragedy
Dec 2 - Huntington, WV - V Club - w/ C&S Railroad
Dec 3 - Toledo, OH - Longhorn Saloon - w/ Downspeed
Dec 10 - Pataskala, OH (X-Mas Gala) - Martie's Cock n' Bull
Dec 17 - Lakewood, OH - Iggy's - w/ Hemi Devils, Incursia

Dec 12 - Pataskala, OH (X-Mas Party) - Marties' Cock n' Bull Saloon


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