Robbin Crosby ~ General Biography

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  1. Kallie

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    Young Guitar {April 1985}

    Robbin Crosby

    They loved Ratt in Japan {March 20 thru 27}. But of all the Ratt members,
    it was Robbin who the Japanese fans followed. He was their Guitar Hero.

    Robbin >
    They treated me like a God in Japan. Like 'Godzilla' in a good way.



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    1985

    Too Much Partying

    The infamous ..... 'Show Us Your Tits' ....Tour Bus

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    Robbin Crosby {May 1985}

    I'm out to make us the most photographed Rock band out there. If it takes make-up {eye shadow, mascara, blush and rouge}
    and teased up hair to do it, then we'll do it.

    And, we don't have a 'Garment Tech' for nothing either.

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    This is a great thread.I consider myself a Ratt fan having enjoyed their music since Out Of The Callar came out. Thanks to you guys who know all this info.
     
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    I spent some time over the holiday looking for a few old photos from the Troubador in 83 (I think) from a Ratt gig and have not yet found them.
     
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    Interesting this popped up out of the blue. Where the hell is @Kallie ? It's been too long sine one of his great threads popped up.
     
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    I'm convinced he was an AI experiment. Maybe a new version with the "Grunge" add-on will be released soon?
     
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    I've enjoyed a break from his tirades against Heart and Led Zep.
     
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    I've already read this magnificent thread several times. RATT has been a steady favorite of mine since 1985 and I would very much like to hear a continuation to this story.
     
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    This is great stuff!
     
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    What a Great read, glad you dug this back up!!
     
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    I guess I'll necro this one. I just found this thread last night and I really enjoyed reading through it! I always liked Robbin Crosby; he just seemed pretty down-to-earth in his interviews.

    One thing to note about him is that the Jackson "Big Red" guitar that he's often associated with was not a Jackson King V - it's a Double-Rhoads, which is much larger, and looks scaled to Robbin's size better. He also used other Double-Rhoads guitars, but did also use King Vs later on.

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    Robbin's solo from You Think You're Tough is still one of my favorite solos from the 80s.
     
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    The one on the right looks a bit larger
     
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    Thanks for digging this up! I was a huge fan growing up. Info on Ratt wasn't readily available in the middle of the country.

    Such a sad ending to Robbin's life. I too found out a couple years after the fact and wondered how I missed it.

    I didn't realize how important to Ratt Robbin was until he was out of the band. I was a Warren fan but him alone just doesn't create the magic the band had in my opinion. I always felt Warren was an outsider despite the Perry/Tyler stage gimmick he shared with Pearcy.
     
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    I still miss Kallie.
     
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    I completely agree. It started on Dancing Undercover, where Robbin only got 2 solos on the album. That record still kicked ass for the most part, but Reach For The Sky was dreadful, and Detonator was too polished, and almost sounded like a different band than the first two albums.

    Invasion is their high point IMO.
     
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    I also really like that one. That entire set was great. I loved The Morning After as well.

    Yeah, it’s definitely larger. That’s the Double-Rhoads guitar that Robbin used for much of his early work with Ratt. The guitar pictured on the right is one of the Robbin Crosby fan-project limited-run models, of which I think something like only 30 were made in Jackson’s custom shop. The back cover plates were all signed by Robbin in 2002, shortly before his passing. Evidently, the color was not exactly the same as the original guitar that Robbin used, and Jackson was unwilling to correct it (so the story goes). It also has the era-correct top-mounted Floyd Rose, which is really cool.

    Also interesting to note that the Double-Rhoads has only 22 frets. To my knowledge, all King V guitars were 24-fret necks. Robbin preferred chrome Floyd Rose bridges because he felt they sounded better. The limited-run Big Red guitars would have been better with a chrome bridge, I think. Robbin also had a few made with bolt-on necks because he liked to experiment with different neck and body woods.

    I always felt that the Robbin-Warren dynamic was much like Slash and Izzy - two very different players that suited each other very well. Robbin being the less-technical and more traditional blues player, but no less impressive, especially his earlier work (before he really began to become consumed with drugs, sadly). His rhythms are a big part of Ratt’s sound. Warren is clearly a far more technically-oriented and diverse player than Robbin, but would we have wanted a band with two Warrens or Robbins? I know I wouldn’t. They each had a distinctive playing style that is very easily identified and mixed very well.

    I was wondering why he stopped posting. His posts were fantastic. Did anything happen to him?


    I noticed the robbincrosby.net website does not exist anymore? Looks like another Robbin Crosby has the domain now.
     
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