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Just posted June 3, 2016.

April 6, 2016:  We Rock You Rust Unplugged by Rico Monaco Band released Friday April 8, 2016! Go to Amazon MP3, Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, etc to check it out!  Some digital sites will have it for sale sooner than others.


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March 2016:  Rico Monaco Band release WE ROCK YOU RUST II featuring 9 original tracks and 4 BONUS classic remakes!  It’s available everywhere online, on the downloads page here, and there are already 9 videos on the Rico Monaco Band YouTube Channel for these songs and more coming!  Links to videos on the right of this page too!  We are getting lots of great reviews from around the world!  Love is the answer! 

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February 24, 2016:  Rico Monaco Band is recording an UNPLUGGED version of WE ROCK YOU RUST II.  It will feature 8 songs and acoustic guitar (no electric) with a classic Unplugged type feel.  Look for its release in Spring 2016!

December 18, 2015:  Rico Monaco produced CHRISTMAS ROCKS by Father Valdemar & Rico Monaco.  This 12 song and 9 Christmas messages by Fr. Valdemar Maciag who is originally from Poland.  Fr. V is a graphic artist, sculptor, and musician as Catholic Priest.  This recording already made some waves this holiday season but is setup to be heard around the world for Christmas 2016!

July 6, 2015:  Rico Monaco Band is in pre-production and will be recording the follow up to their explosive WE ROCK YOU RUST 4 song EP.  It will be the full length version of WE ROCK YOU RUST most likely containing 12 to 14 songs.  It will be called WE ROCK YOU RUST II.  Look for its release in March 2016!

June 29, 2015:  Rico Monaco signs Artist Endorsement Deal with Paul Reed Smith Guitars!  Rico has been playing his vintage 1987 Black Sunburst Paul Reed Smith Soloist Custom and 1988 Cherry Red Paul Reed Smith Bolt-On for many years as seen in photos all over the web.  But now he has made it official and was signed to the great Paul Reed Smith Guitars company in late June 2015.  We look forward to having a productive and positive relationship with the greatest guitar company to be introduced to the world in the last 50 years!  Thanks to PRS Artist Relations!

May 26, 2015:  The band has had a very busy 2015 so far!    The band then completed a 4 Song EP called WE ROCK YOU RUST.  They released WE ROCK YOU RUST on April 28, 2015 to RAVE REVIEWS.  The band plans to complete the full length version by fall 2015.  The CD starts with the rocking song BAM!  I See Red which immediately grabs everyone where it counts!  2nd track is a powerful remake of two WHO classics mashed up together I Can’t Explain/See Me Feel Me.  3rd track is the emotional song of hope called Live For Me that many people have already said they relate to, and finally the band closes the CD with their unique version of Layla by Eric Clapton by starting with the unplugged shuffle version and then launches into the electric version which ends with a great guitar solo and honors EC!
BIG NEWS:  The band was chosen to open for Sammy Hagar & The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson on their 3 date Florida Tour by SAMMY HAGAR himself.  As some of you may know, the band established a relationship with The Red Rocker, Sammy back in 2002 when they WON his Cabo Wabo Tequila/Hard Rock Cafe National Battle of the Bands.  There have been many great meetings in Cabo and out on the road between Rico, Sammy, Michael Anthony and crew.  The shows at Hard Rock Live Orlando, Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, and SunFest in West Palm Beach where INCREDIBLE as RMB received amazing response and standing ovations at all shows!  THANKS SAMMY, see you down the road.
The band is planning tour dates and has many music industry people interested so, let’s see what happens next!  Come along for the ride and check out the videos on the Rico Monaco Band YouTube Channel for all the new songs!

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January 27, 2014:  Rico Monaco Band releases new videos and prepares for 2014 dates!  Check the Rico Monaco Band YouTube Channel for new videos for Hocus Pocus, Baila Morena, Let Me See Your Hands, Meltdown, 3-2-1, Spirit and the award winning song Tell Me, and live performance clips as well.  Go to the Tour Dates page for upcoming shows.  Great shows and good times are coming…come join RMB for the ride!

November 7, 2013:  Rico Monaco was invited by Sammy Hagar and crew to his show at the Hard Rock Live Hollywood Florida on Nov. 7, 2013.  Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and VH1’s That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk were there and a great time was had by all.  Great show and great time after the show with the crew!
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Pics above:  Rico Monaco with Sammy Hagar, Kari Hagar by Ralph Notaro.
Rico with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Eddie Trunk.
And  Shots from backstage of the show.

Sept 29, 2013.  Rico Monaco Band Headlined Tampa Bay Bucs vs. Arizona Cardinals PRE-GAME Concert Sept. 29, 2013 & performed the National Anthem “Star Spangled Banner” on the 50 Yard Line!
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August 22-25, 2013.  Rico Monaco was invited to hang with Sammy Hagar/Michael Anthony and The Wabos at their Chicago, IL, and St. Paul, MN shows on Sammy’s Four Decades of Rock Tour!  Rico was asked by Sammy to rock out on his guitar rig for the soundcheck in St. Paul and Rico ended up jamming with Michael Anthony and The Wabos (Dave, Vic, & Mona). At the end of the soundcheck they performed “Poundcake” the Van Halen classic.  It was a great trip and we want to thank Sammy, Micheal, Vic, Dave, Mona, Paul, Joe Brock, Renata, and the entire crew for the invite.
Pics Below:  Rico jamming with Michael Anthony, The Wabos-Dave Lauser, Vic Johnson, Mona, and with Sammy Hagar, Joe Brock-Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, in Chicago and St. Paul Minnesota!


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July 24, 2013!  Rico Monaco Band WINS Best Latin rock Act in the 2013 Best Of Orlando Awards presented by the Orlando Weekly!  This is the 8th time in 10 years that RMB has won this award.  In fact, they have won every time they have participated!   Thanks to all our friends and fans who have supported us!  This win is for you!

May 2013.  Rico Monaco Band Genre Bending Tour hits Grapevine (suburb of Dallas), Texas and Mississippi!  The band  was a headliner at Main Street Days Festival in Grapevine and rocked in Jackson, MS as well.

April 2013.  Rico Monaco Band headlines at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa and rocks the house.  Look for the band to be back in September 2013.

March 17, 2013.  Rico Monaco Band rocks BB King’s Blues Club!  RMB will be doing one date a month (schedule permitting) at BB’s which will be sponsored by Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.

February 12, 2013
CdA Group, our new worldwide record distributor and publishing company has just re-released two of our best previous CDs!  They have been distributed to over 400 digital outlets around the world but here are the links for I-Tunes.  Check them out and SHARE with friends!
1. Rico Monaco & Sol Sons iTunes link Rico Monaco & Sol Sons (award winning 2001 release)
2.  Rico Monaco & Sol SonsiTunes link Luna Salerno (2006 release)

Rico Monaco Band CD long awaited new“Genre Bending” to be released to the world by CdA Distribution on MARCH 5, 2013!


February 8, 2013
PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release

 Rico Monaco signs worldwide distribution and publishing deal with the CdA Group!
After months of negotiations, CdA Group President Ivan Alvarez signed the deal with Rico Monaco and Ricmon Music which covers the entire Rico Monaco catalogue.  Initially brought together by old friend and management/agency empresario John Regna (Alan Parsons Project, Nazareth, Electric Light Orchestra P2, Maria Conchita Alonso, Dionne Warwick and many others), the new partnership will kick off with the release of the new Rico Monaco Band CD “Genre Bending” in March 2013.

Mr. Alvarez founded CdA Group in 2006 after 10 years as Senior Vice President Universal Music Publishing Latin America. He has education degrees in Entertainment Law, International Business, Finance and Accounting. He also owns the Studio 270 Recording Studio. His company was created with an eye on the future of the music business after years as an executive in the record label industry of the past.  “I am a huge fan of Rico’s brand of guitar driven rock and the opportunity to release Genre Bending while being able to mine his back catalogue is exactly the kind of relationship we like.  When I heard their take of Led Zep’s “Gallows Pole”, I knew I was in.” says CdA founder Ivan F. Alvarez about the new deal.  “We think we can get this music out there both digitally and with synchs based on its quality and style.”
Rico Monaco’s brand of red hot rock with Latin and World influences has not gone unnoticed before.  In fact, Rico just came back from performing for the 4th time at The Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where he played at the invitation of Sammy Hagar (Sammy Hagar, Van Halen) for his Birthday Bash.  Rico rocked the packed house and has jammed many times with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) at the Cantina.  In Sammy’s own words, “Rico Monaco & his band are serious musicians who won a National Battle Of The Bands in 2002 sponsored by Cabo Wabo & Hard Rock Café.  I personally chose them & have had the pleasure of jamming with Rico on many occasions at the Cabo Wabo Cantina. From Van Halen to Santana, Rico Rocks! – Sammy Hagar.  Hagar’s belief in Rico has also lead to the Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum brand (owned by Hagar) to sponsor the Rico Monaco Band tours.


New YouTube Video: Sammy Hagar meets Rico Monaco and band!  Good stuff from the very first meeting backstage at The Cabo Wabo Cantina!  The beginning of many great times in Cabo and a continuing relationship with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.








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