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It has been said that the sound of machine gun fire is music to Rock 'n Roll's ears. Back when in his teenage years in Malibu, he was a surfer, pro weight lifter. He played bass guitar in a local rock band with a particular affinity for British heavy metal. Accustomed to loud, amplified noises, being the Joe Team's machine gunner was a natural for him. He graduated top of class in Advanced Infantry Training School.
Rock 'n Roll is one of the easiest people to get along with. He brings a sense of camaraderie and genuinely cares for his teammates. While he can be a raging bull, he is definitely someone you want on your side.
A Real American Hero continuity
Marvel Comics continuityRock 'n Roll was a participant in the daring rescue of Dr. Adele Burkhart. He was driving the R.A.M. motorcycle and provided heavy firepower support for Stalker's team. Once Cobra was defeated, he found the enemy's headquarters was rigged to blow up and informed Hawk of the situation. Fortunately, everyone made it out of the island. Not long after, Rock 'n Roll is in the Middle East with Scarlett and Snake-Eyes to retrieve an object code named "Hot Potato".
Devil's Due Comics continuationWrite up
IDW RAH continuation
After G.I. Joe was disbanded, Cobra enacts a plan that put them at the forefront of providing security for the United States, the Joes are declared renegades and are hunted down. Rock 'n Roll is the among the first Joes to resurface. Upon instructions from Hawk, he meets with other Joes for a rendezvous and leads a strike team into the Silent Castle battling B.A.T.s. With Roadblock and Duke, he buys Mainframe the time the latter needs to hack into Cobra's computers and provide evidence of Cobra's goal and clear the Joes of charges.
Action Force (British) Comics continuity
G.I. Joe vs. Transformers
Sunbow animated series
Rock 'n Roll is among the number of Joes who defended their headquarters from a Cobra air raid. During the M.A.S.S. Device crisis, he is on reserve status as the Joes try to figure out a plan for their next step against Cobra. He joins up with Duke in boarding Cobra's heli-carrier and follows his commander in storming the Cobra Temple.
DiC animated series
|A Real American Hero (1982)
Rock 'n Roll was part of the original series of A Real American Hero toys in 1982. The first Rock 'n Roll action figure had straight arms. The following year, Hasbro introduced the Swivel Arm Battle Grip technology and implemented it to all the original characters.
Appearance: yellow hair and beard, dark green short-sleeved shirt with two gold ammo belts across chest; dark green pants with gold pockets; brown boots
Accessories: dark green "Breaker" helmet; black M-60 machine gun and bipod
|A Real American Hero (1989)
Rock 'n Roll is renamed as "Rock & Roll," but is still referred to as "Rock 'n Roll" on the filecard. His function has been moved from mere machine gunner to Gatling gunner.
Appearance: beige cap with ammo on brim; yellow hair and beard; beige short-sleeved shirt with green pockets; black gloves; light and dark green camouflage pants with beige belts and black boots; pegs on side of right leg to hold rifle
Accessories: light grey mechanical backpack with tabs for belts; old-fashioned, light grey shotgun with two holes for pegs on leg; two light grey, handheld gatling guns, each with scope and two barrels; two light grey ammo belts.
|Super Sonic Fighters (1992)
Appearance: orange cap with ammo on brim; yellow hair and beard; green short-sleeved shirt with orange pockets; light brown gloves; brown pants with light brown boots; pegs on side of right leg to hold rifle
Accessories: green Sonic gunner station/backpack with detachable support and brown, swiveling cannon; large, light brown M-60 machine gun with polelike forward grip.
|Star Brigade Armor Tech (1993)
Appearance: yellow hair and beard; grey armor suit with metallic blue armor on chest, waist, arms, and feet
Accessories: silver full-head space helmet with purple visor; yellow "Muskrat" shotgun; yellow "Tracker" submachine gun; yellow "'91 Grunt" machine gun; yellow "Muskrat" machete; silver "Robo-J.O.E." spring-loaded missile launcher with yellow trigger; two yellow "Bazooka" missiles; yellow figure stand.
|Stars and Stripes Forever (1997)
|G.I. Joe Headquarters set (2001)|
|Comic Pack (2005)
|Tanks for the Memories (2007)
|A Real American Hero G3 (2008)
- Only the 1989 version of the character was named "Rock & Roll," with an ampersand; all others have been named "Rock 'n Roll."
- In addition to the obvious musical connection, "rock and roll" is military slang for the full-auto setting on a weapon.
- The 1992 Sonic Fighters version was originally planned to come with the 1989 accessories, and his prototype filecard reflected that.