In 1967, Rod was recruited by Australian's top artiste Johnny Young to join Young's band.
Rod worked with Young on various T.V. spots and live gigs in the UK and Germany (including 3 weeks at the famous Star Club in Hamburg ) and then toured Australia for 8 months.
Having had enough heat to last a lifetime, Rod returned to the UK and joined Carl Douglas's band (famous for Kung Fu Fighting!!) with whom he worked on gigs in London clubs and UK gigs for a year.
The seventies proved to be a fantastic period for Rod. Starting with a short spell in Joe Brown's band.
Rod was then invited to join Green Bullfrog by Ritchie Blackmore for the album "Green Bullfrog Sessions", along with Big Jim Sullivan, Albert Lee, Ian Paice, Chas Hodges, Tony Ashton, Earl Jordan, and Blackmore (see pic below).