Tribe Of Gypsies were formed in 1991 by a famous rock musician Roy Z. Roy was interested in hard rock and worked with different hard rock and metal bands of the 1980’s. In the end of the 1980’s, Roy moved to Los Angeles in search of a new music style. He remembered his Latin roots (Roy’s last name is Ramirez) and decided to work in that direction.
In 1991, Roy recorded a demo album consisting of five songs. It was an order of the German label Dream Circle Records. The album eventually led to the formation of the band. The lineup of Tribe of Gypsies was finalized after the album was recorded. That year, Roy was joined by Dean Ortega (vocals), Eddie Casillas (bass), Dave Ingraham (drums), Doug Truck Booven (percussions), and Mario Aguilar (percussions). The band became popular and signed a contract with Mercury.
In 1993, a popular musician Bruce Dickinson left Iron Maiden and started looking for the musicians he could record a solo album with. Roy Z and several more Tribe of Gypsies band members turned out to be perfect. A year later, they recorded the LP Balls to Picasso. This was the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration of Bruce Dickinson and Roy Z.
In 1993, Tribe Of Gypsies recorded their first studio album. However, it was released only 3 years later, after they left Mercury and signed a contract with a Japanese label JVC/Victor. The band released two more albums and then went to tour the USA with a popular group Santana.