Craig Gruber is an American rock bassist and musician, best known as the original bassist in Rainbow and currently playing for the band Raven Lord. He also played in Elf, consisting of vocalist Ronnie James Dio, keyboardist Mickey Lee Soule, drummer Gary Driscoll and guitarist David Feinstein.
Elf released three albums before they joined Blackmore in his newly formed band Rainbow in mid-1975. Craig Gruber played on Rainbow’s first album Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Soon after the album was released the entire band was sacked excepting Ronnie James Dio.
Craig Gruber played live with Gary Moore on his supporting tour for his album “Victims of the Future”, and featured on Moore’s 1984 live album We Want Moore. In 1980 he formed Bible Black with former Elf and Rainbow drummer Gary Driscoll. The band produced two albums before Driscoll’s murder in 1987.
Gruber is currently building a line of high-end “soloing” basses, which can be seen at Infinite Metal Werkz and has been working on an Elf reunion, though such a prospect seems unlikely given the death of Ronnie James Dio.
Early in 2010 Gruber formed “ED3N”- a metal band in the classic rock genre. The band featured vocalist Jeff Fenholt and guitarist David Shankle, of DSG and formerly Manowar.
Craig says….. ‘Rotosound-the foundation of metal’
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