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Doc Rock’s Metal Shop 101

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In an abandoned steel mill on the shores of the 3 rivers the blast furnace still burns with doc rock at the
helm Metal Shop 101 rises from the ashes forging out the best in the Pittsburgh rock & metal scene
Doc Rock to the heavy metal scene in Pittsburgh, presents a picture that is far from the truth: arms
sleeved with tattoos, hair in a mullet aka Joe Dirt, blue jeans, and a metal band t-shirt. But under that
tough, bad boy exterior lives a man with a huge heart and a talent for bringing out the best in the music
world.

Metal Shop 101 started in a small, local bar called the Rock-A-Bye Café nestled in the South Hills of
Pittsburgh about twenty years ago as a regular DJ gig. Doctor Rock & Roll worked as a regular DJ at the
Rock-A-Bye as well as doing private parties, weddings, and special event requests from area band
members. After a while, local bands started coming in (to the Rock-A-Bye) after practice to have a drink,
hang out, and listen to tunes. Doctor Rock & Roll became Doc Rock. The bands started bringing in their
own music to be played at the café during Doc’s show and came up with the name: Metal Shop 101. It
was like going to school; they were able to hear what other bands were doing and get their own music
introduced.

The bar has since changed ownership and is no longer a rock bar, but Doc Rock has managed to keep the
metal fire burning in the blast furnace. After a brief retirement, Doc Rock has taken Metal Shop 101 to a
new level by launching it on an Internet-based radio station, and keeping it dedicated to local musicians
to let them get their music heard worldwide. Metal Shop 101 will stay dedicated to the local and
unsigned bands giving the bands the air play they so much deserve! Still to this day the original Metal
Shop 101 banner hangs in the studio as a flag for the local metal bands and dedication to them and their
music


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