I share the name with a great musician, I know I can’t do justice but I wrote the first post on him. Hope you like it.
For all those fans of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, a search through some old articles on glam metal bands can lead you to a name – Robbin Crosby. Who is Robbin Crosby? The man who stated, that his funeral should be a ‘party’ since he lived the ‘life of ten men’, was the lead guitarist of Ratt – the glam metal band of 1980’s!
The man who made the world go ‘Round and Round’, he brought a new charm to the domain of glam metal. The guitarist, who had a roller-coaster life, holds the credit of co-writing many of the songs of Ratt. “Lay It Down’’ anyone?
Robbin Crosby – The man as one knew:
Born in California (August 4, 1959) he left behind his interests in baseball to become a full time guitarist. While he played with Ratt, he was dating actress Tawny Kitaen. Later he married Playboy Playmate Laurie Carr, but the marriage was short lived.
Before Ratt, he worked for metal band Lilian Axe as a producer.
His role in Ratt:
Crosby joined Ratt in 1977, and there was no looking back! The Los Angeles based rock band had got the ‘king’! He had written multiple songs for this band and some going on to make triple platinum. He was closest to another band member Stephen Pearcy and the two changed the face of glam metal, giving tough competition to contemporaries.
However, he left Ratt and worked on other musical acts – Secret Service, Metropolis, Phenomenon to name a few!
For a man who rocked the stage, his personal life was in crumbles. Robbin Crosby was a drug-addict, who confessed that, drugs ‘cost’ him his ‘career’ and ‘fortune’. Later he was diagnosed with HIV and died of heroin overdose and AIDS related complications. He breathed his last on June 6, 2002.
Want to check out some of his old songs? Out of the Cellar is a great album to start with!
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