Rachel realized that he wanted to be a performer at a very young age when he went to see Liberace with his parents and Grandmother. “I was only 5 years old, but was taken aback by the energy that filled the venue” Rachel said. It was after that moment he began listening to all the records that his brother and sisters owned.
The first record he purchased was The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers. It changed his life. After that he was turned on to the likes of Alice Cooper, Kiss, Sex Pistols and Ramones to name a few. “I listen to everything from Norah Jones to the Dead Kennedys”.
His first band was called Magic after the Anthony Hopkins movie of the same name. Their set was made up of mostly Kiss and AC/DC songs with some ZZ Top and Rod Stewart for a change of pace. His first gig was in 1978 at Manasquan high school in Manasquan, NJ. In 1986 Rachel met Snake and the rest is history. Outside of Skid Row, Rachel produces other bands and writes songs for other artists, sports teams and with Snake writes music for ESPN.