Scott Rockenfield
Musician Info
BornJune 15, 1963
Seattle, Washington, United States
GenreHeavy metal, Progressive metal
Notable InstrumentsDrums
Labels206, Atlantic, Atco,Century Media Records, EMI, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sanctuary
Associated actsHeadless, Queensrÿche, Slave to the System, Paul Speer

Scott Rockenfield (born June 15, 1963),[1] also known as SRock, is an American drummer and composer. He is best known as the drummer for the progressive metal band Queensrÿche,[2] which he co-founded in 1982, and the hard rock band Slave to the System.[3]


Early yearsEdit

Rockenfield was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.[1] He started playing music at the age of 11, after he saw some drums in elementary school and wanted to play on them.[4] That Christmas, his parents got him a cheap drum kit.[4] In the sixth grade, he became classmates with Chris DeGarmo, who would later become the guitarist in his band.[4]

While attending Redmond High School,[5] he took special interest in music and film.[6] Guitarist Kelly Gray, who would be a guitarist in Queensrÿche between 1998 and 2002 and with whom Rockenfield played in Slave to the System, went to the same high school and graduated in the same year as Rockenfield.[4] Rockenfield cites Judas Priest, Boston and Kiss as his early influences, and later he also became a big fan of Rush, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, The Police and Pink Floyd; bands that were progressive and really pushed the envelope.[4]


Together with guitarist Michael Wilton, whom he met at Easy Street Records in Seattle,[1] Rockenfield formed the band Cross+Fire in 1980.[7] They covered songs from popular heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.[1] Before long, guitarist Chris DeGarmo and bassist Eddie Jackson joined Cross+Fire, and the band name was changed to The Mob. In 1982, they recruited Geoff Tate on vocals and the band continued under the name Queensrÿche.[5] Rockenfield has been with the band ever since.

Rockenfield and Paul Speer wrote and recorded an instrumental progressive rock album in 2000 entitled Hells Canyon, which is inspired by places and events in the Idaho region of Hells Canyon.[8] The album received good reviews.[9][10] In 2001, Rockenfield collaborated with former Queensrÿche guitarist Kelly Gray and the Brother Cane members Damon Johnson and Roman Glick in a hard rock project named Slave to the System, releasing one eponymous album.[11] Their album was re-released in 2006 on Spitfire Records.[1] In 2008, Rockenfield released a solo album, named The X Chapters. In 2013, Rockenfield played drums on the Headless album Growing Apart, which also includes vocalist Göran Edman and the Italian guitarists Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente.[12]


With QueensrÿcheEdit

With Paul SpeerEdit

  • TeleVoid (1998)
  • Hells Canyon (2000)

Slave to the SystemEdit


  • The X Chapters (2008)


  • Growing Apart (2013


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Rockenfield. Anybody Listening. Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  2. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Biography: Queensrÿche. Allmusic. Retrieved on 12 June 2010.
  3. Prato, Greg. Biography: Slave to the System. Allmusic. Retrieved on 12 June 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) 2013 Interview on the Signals of Intuition. The Signals of Intuition. 99.1 CJAM-FM (2013-05-25). Retrieved on 2013-06-14.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Brett Miller. Before the Storm: The Early Days of Queensrÿche: The Storm is Coming. Retrieved on 2013-01-03.
  6. (2012). Bio. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  7. Declaration of Scott Rockenfield. court testimony (2011-07-10). Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
  8. Paul Speer. Listen: With Scott Rockenfield. Retrieved on 2013-04-09.
  9. Ohmart, Ben. CD REVIEW: Rockenfield/Speer - Hells Canyon. The Muse's Muse. Retrieved on 2013-04-09.
  10. Couture, François. Hells Canyon - Rockenfield/Speer. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2013-04-09.
  11. CD Review: Slave to the System – Slave to the System. BlogCritics Music (2006-02-22). Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  12. Headless Featuring Queensrÿche, Yngwie Malmsteen Members Sign To Lion Music. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (2013-04-08). Retrieved on 2013-04-09.
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