Robbin Crosby ~ General Biography

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  1. Kallie

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    Robbin Lantz Crosby

    Born > August 4, 1959

    La Jolla, California

    Nicknames ..... 'Cabber' .... 'Robb' .... 'Lummox' .... 'King'

    Bands
    Phenomenon
    Metropolis
    Aircraft
    Secret Service
    Mac Meda
    Mickey Ratt
    Ratt

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  2. Kallie

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    Phenomenon ~ {1977 - 1978}

    A popular Traditional Metal band, that played >
    * High School Gigs
    * Keggers
    * Beach Parties


    Robbin's 1st band out of San Diego.

    Vocals ........ Parramore 'Perry' McCarty
    Guitar ........ Darryl Kinney
    Guitar ........ Robbin Crosby
    Bass .......... Gregory Boaz
    Drums ....... Robin Bellugi-Klima

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    The Final Word / Ain't No Doudt About It ...... {1980}

    From 'digging', Robbin Crosby wrote this song earlier with the band. But
    released it in 1980.

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  3. jay42

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    I'm still friends with Rob Klima after all these years. Looking for some information? A couple La Jollans here. I wasn't friendly enough with Robb to have him owe me any money, but I still have the op amp BMP he sold me.
     
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  4. Kallie

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    I found some photo's of the band performing at some High School Gym.

    Robbin Crosby was playing a 'Gibson Flying V', and he is wearing 'lime green' Platform Shoes.

    And I can see 'Flame Pots' on the stage, with fire-shooting out of them.

    Pretty cool for a High School Band using Pyrotechnics back in 1978.

    One of the articles said that > Robbin Crosby came from an affluent family, and
    that the band had some financial backing.

    His father > Harry W. Crosby was a famous photographer for National Geographic.

    Robbin Crosby > "We're image oriented. You have to dress the part and put on a show.
    It's much more than just playing music now."
     
  5. jay42

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    Because of your post, I went to look at the Wikipedia article on him. It was much more thorough ten years ago. Some of the 'facts' are completely wrong. Kind of annoying. Robb's father started off his career as a schoolteacher. He reinvented himself as a professional photographer for the likes of National Geographic...not portrait stuff. Robb's ashes were not available at the memorial service. A large Hawai'ian thing was used. Bigger than any lei you've seen...but possibly still called a lei. I would assume the family did the ashes later. It was a nice event all in all.

    Back in the high school days, assuming you're a guitarist and care, Robb was sort of bent on not playing a Marshall. He started with a very nice BF Bandmaster + cab and graduated to a series of Orange amps that never made him happy. If you've found a picture of him with a Marshall half-stack, that's probably 1978. He took lessons from guy named Thom Beebe who was a monster player in the Blackmore vein. Robb made a lot of progess between '76 and '78.

    Metropolis was Robb, Paul Lasker on bass and vocals, Rob Klima again, and usually Tommy Hayakawa on guitar (Explorer). (hope I got Tommy's last name right)

    An anecdote...I walked into Guitar Trader one day to find some guys looking over a Dean V with snapped off headstock. One of Rob's cymbal stands took a dive at Robb's guitar. This was Mickey Ratt....maybe '81 or '82.
     
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  6. Kallie

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    Jay 42,

    I'll try to post the article on the band 'Phenomenon'. In one of the newspaper articles, it stated
    that they were getting asked to play a lot of Beach Kegger's for 15 and 16 year-old teenagers.

    The Police were on the look out.

    The band would get a few hundred bucks, but they would have to buy the Beer Kegs for the
    underage kids.

    Good Negotiators, those 15 and 16 year-old La Jollans.





     
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    I still think Robbin was the heart and soul of RATT- the less he contributed, the more the music suffered.
    I wonder if they ever tried an intervention for him? From what i've read and heard, it seems like they just abandoned him...
     
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    'Metropolis' ~ {1978 - 1979}

    They were labeled as the La Jolla High School 'House Band'

    {Left to Right}

    Robbin Crosby ~ Paul Lasker ~ Rob Bellugi-Klima ~ Tommy Asakawa





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    Metropolis {1978 - 1979}

    Robbin Crosby's band. They hit the La Jolla Beach Circuit.

    Lots of Judas Priest and Robin Trower covers.


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    'Secret Service' ~ {1979}

    * Tommy Asakawa
    * Robbin Crosby
    * Parramore 'Perry' McCarty
    * Robin Bellugi-Klima
    * Cliff Schuchart


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    My first concert was ratt with unknown opener bon jovi. I though robbin crosby was the coolest then. Crazy how peoples lives end up.
     
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    'Aircraft'...... {1980}

    {From Left to Right}

    Cliff Schuchart ........... Bass
    Ronnie Jones ............. Guitar
    Rob Lamothe ............. Vocals
    Robbin Crosby ........... Guitar
    Robin Beluggi-Klima ... Drums


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    I remember seeing some iteration of the group in '80, a club off the freeway.
    A few Boogie combos, maybe Tommy playing a flamey Hamer Special.
    Man, that's a long time ago now.
     
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    I saw them on that tour as well. Man was I into Ratt as a teen. Good stuff for sure. Saw them in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
     
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    There's the pile of difficulty. He was in and out of re-hab places for a while. He basically had to be the guy who had taken the most drugs and was still awake. I'm not up on it, but Nikki Sixx died once and I wouldn't be surprised if Robb wasn't an influence on that behavior. Robb's father said that he had demons...and not in the Gonzo The Great 'cool' sense. The aforementioned Thom Beebe had to fire him from a job because he couldn't keep from doing drugs at work. I think they (Ratt) had an affection for him, however, his behavior was ultimately intolerable. In high school, he was just a guy who preferred to smoke dope while playing music...it wasn't absolutely necessary.
     
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    'Mac Meda' ......... {1981}

    The same line-up as 'Aircaft'

    Managed by ...... William 'Smecker' Decker ..... Who just happed to be Robbin Crosby's brother in-law.

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    'Mac Meda' ..... {1981}

    Everyone who met Robbin Crosby said he was a nice guy.

    But, he was a certified 'Goof-Ball Stoner' who had some strange ways.

    Ronnie Jones and Robbin 'ripping'.



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    Tawny Kittaen ~ {1981}

    Robbin Crosby's girlfriend and High School Sweetheart

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    Hmm...she went to Mission Bay High...same as Frank Zappa. Where'd you hear that? I don't recall Robb having a girlfriend presence..and I think I would have noticed her. I ran into him at an X concert at the Roxy in '81...hanging with a bunch of dudes.
     
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    It seems like Warren DeMartini was a lil more of the star/attenton getter of the band


    Robyn was a excellent guitar player, i heard he wrote alot of the tunes, is that true?
     

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