Robbin Crosby ~ General Biography

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  1. Kallie

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    Monday ~ October 8, 1984

    Civic Centre ~ Decatur, Illinois

    > 'Ratt'
    > w/supporting acts ..... 'Blackfoot' ...... 'Mama's Boys'

    Ticket Prices ..... $10.00 Advance ...... $11.00 Door

    'Ratt' caused a lot of debauchery at that show. They were 'banned' from Decatur after
    that concert performance.

    Ratt was in the middle of their 'Midwest Ratt Rampage', where they had performed
    15-Shows in 18-Nights from {September 30th thru October 17th}.

    Say what you will {Good or Bad}, but they were a hard-touring band.

     
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    Wednesday ~ June 13, 1984

    Rosemont Horizon ~ Chicago, Illinois

    Robbin Crosby ........ Age; 24 years, 10 months
    Warren DeMartini .... Age; 20 years, 10 months
    Stephen Pearcy ....... Age; 27 years, 11 months
    Juan Croucier ......... Age; 24 years, 10 months
    Bobby Blotzer ......... Age; 25 years, 10 months

    'Ratt' was nearing the end of playing support to 'Motley Crue'.

    From June 1st -thru- June 15th, 'Motley Crue' played 13-Shows.

    'Ratt' was the support band in '7' of the shows.

    Robbin Crosby >
    I guess you could call me the leader of the band. We all share equally, but
    everyone looks to me to make the decisions.

    We just want to keep playing, and want to put on a good show. If we are the
    support band, we need to 'fly fast' for 45-Minutes. There is no time to play games,
    or get into long solo's. We don't even do an encore. There is no time.

    We have to keep the audience pumped up. If we are the 'Headliners', we can
    improvise then. Stephen will talk to the crowd to feel them out, to see which
    direction we want to travel. As 'Headliners', we have 100-Minutes on stage.

    Then we can drop in a few 'free-lance' Lead Guitar Solo's, and have time for
    'Bobby the Bomber' to pound out a 4-Minute Drum Solo.

    But, we like to 'stay-in-the-groove'.



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  3. Kallie

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    1984

    Saturday ~ June 23rd
    Sunday ~ June 24th

    'The 11th Annual Mountainaire Music and Craft Festival'

    Calaveras County Fairgrounds ~ Angels Camp, California

    Note; 'Ratt' was added to the bill, after the Poster was printed.

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    Acts

    * REM ........................... Opening Act
    * Ratt
    * Berlin
    * Huey Lewis and the News
    * The Cars...................... Main Headliner

    The last 2-Shows for Ratt (early 1984 Summer Tour}.

    Robbin Crosby {Interview} >


    From May 5th -thru- June 24th, we did 40-Shows in 51-days. We ripped it apart.
    We played both as a support band, and headliner.

    We are still developing as a group though, and we are improving our stage act.
    We have a few gimmicks and theatrics that we are working on. They will be part
    of the next 'tour-trip' in July.

    Warren DeMartini is starting to come on as Lead Guitarist. He is going to be a
    force out there. Within a year, he will be mentioned in the same manner as
    Eddie Van Halen.

    We were added to the 'Mountainaire Festival', because we're starting to generate
    a lot of excitement now.

     
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  4. Kallie

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    See the Poster 'Sanrico' ....... {1984}

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    'Ratt'

    Some the early Music Reviews >

    Basic Heavy Metal genre. Loud, brash and boisterous. The majority of the time
    they are so loud, that you can't figure out which song they are playing.

    They are filled with some talent, but they incorporate the 'classic gimmicks' to get
    the Rock crowd's attention.

    The Lead Singer {Stephen Pearcy} screams profanities, brings up drug use and
    tales of the previous night's sexual adventures.

    The one band member with the most talent is co-Lead Guitarist - Robbin Crosby,
    who also appears to be the leader of the band. He stays in the groove, and has been
    a consistent player night after night. At 6' 6", he presents an impressive and noticeable
    stage presence.







     
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    Wednesday ~ June 28, 1984

    Ratt film the Video for ....... "Back For More"

    It was filmed on Melrose Avenue ~ Los Angeles, California.

    Ratt had a tour-break of 1-Week {June 26th -thru- July 1st} before their next
    tour schedule resumed.

    Both Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee were in the video as well, as Motley Crue
    was also on a break {June 16th -thru- August 17th}.

    Location >
    Gardel's Argentinian Restaurant ~ 7963 Melrose Avenue.

    Robbin Crosby had just bought a 1983 Mercedes 380SL, which was used in
    the Video.

    Also, Robbin was still dating Tawny Kitaen, and she appeared in the Video as
    well.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCIQyCkwAGoVChMIxIzKm4i5yAIVAosNCh2lAAFf&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox5Bh7NFD-M&usg=AFQjCNH3ZqtSKpV1o1gRZrFoVrUKztCYjw&sig2=R77vZO44Xw3heuEL9L005w&bvm=bv.104819420,d.eXY

    Robbin Crosby >
    I'm really not into the money or material things. That is not what I'm about. And
    neither is the band. We're doing fine and all that, but we want to stay level-headed.

    Yes we like money and fame just like anybody else, but we're not about that. Damn,
    we're on the road touring so much, we don't have time for the 'toys'. I live in a
    Hotel Room 95% of the time.





     
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  7. Kallie

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    September 9, 1984

    Saratoga Performing Arts Center ~ Saratoga Springs, New York

    Robbin Crosby, Jeff Golub {The Billy Squier Band} and Warren DeMartini.

    The early Fall of 1984, Ratt was opening for Billy Squier.
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    Robbin was looking good, but {a bad habit} was lurking.

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    The Unfortunate Shirts Tour
     
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    'Ratt 1984'

    Possible Tour Names
    * The On Purpose Torn Tee-Shirt Tour
    * The How Many Bandana's Can You Tie Around Your Body Tour
    * The Fashion Tour
    * The Fluffed Hair Tour
    * The Eye Make-Up Tour
    * The How Many Times Stephen Pearcy Can Sling Profanities Tour
    * The How Many Times Stephen Pearcy Can Make Up A Sexual Adventure Story Tour
     
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    1984

    The 1984 Jackson King V 'Big Red'

    Music Video ......... "Back For More"

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    Guild 12-String Acoustic Guitar ..... Intro for > "Back For More"

    An 'Off-the-Shelf' purchase, and modified with an Acoustic Pick-up.

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  12. Kallie

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    November 1984

    Ratt

    For the second-half of 1984 {July 2nd -thru- November 10th} Ratt did an incredible
    105 Shows in 130-days.

    Robbin Crosby >

    The tour got pretty wild. Groupies, Booze, Sex and Drugs. The album 'Out Of The Cellar'
    was selling faster than any other Rock Bands album. Every promoter was begging for us
    to appear for them. And we were pulling in big money.

    We were the supporting act for Billy Squier. They were pretty good dudes. But by the
    end of October, we were pretty much dominating the shows. We had way too much
    energy for them.

    We also popped in a couple of other small arena shows when we had an off-day from the
    Billy Squier shows. And we had Lita Ford open up for us about a dozen times. It was
    a real good mix.

    Despite the success, the hard-touring was taking it's toll. I was completely exhausted
    by early November. And the poor Road Crew guys. Those guys were just plain fried out.

    Our last show was on November 10th in St. Paul, Minnesota. That was our last show
    with Billy Squier for 1984.

    We were now heading back to California, and I was going to hook up with my 'Bud'
    Nikki Sixx.

    Back Stage Video

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB0QtwIwAGoVChMIjIXW5tO8yAIViI8NCh2WEQRh&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXFx1TkVOQE&usg=AFQjCNEQs37flb8RvLGFO8JAQoW8ScXilA&sig2=-tpKSweeVaz95QH9NCOLvA&bvm=bv.104819420,d.eXY



     
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    1983 Jackson Flying V

    The 'first' Roundhorn Jackson Flying V ever built.

    Custom ordered on March 9, 1983.

    The 1st of '25' Guitars that Robbin Crosby ordered from Jackson.



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    Totally different guitars...
    Great thread, nonetheless - thanks!
     
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    Robbin used this Jackson for late-1983, 1984 and part of 1985.

    It can be seen in the "Round and Round" music video.

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    Article from Monday ~ June 25, 1984 {Associated Press}

    Ratt, a Los Angles-based Rock Group, proclaims it's on a World Infestation Tour.

    Interview with Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby, who are the two 'most popular'
    band members with the fans.

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    Haha! No doubt. I wonder what the reception would have been if they had just worn jeans & t-shirts. I've always thought they wrote good hard rock songs.
     
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    Robbin Crosby by the Numbers {Interview}

    It was my idea to call it the 'World Infestation Tour'. We have to bring attention
    to ourselves. Nobody is going to do it for you.

    We started off with very little marketing by the Record Label {Atlantic Records}.
    Basically, it was on the road, and play ever day that you get a chance.

    'Out Of The Cellar' is now #24 on the Best Selling Album charts. We started off at
    #168. Then it went to #133. Then it jumped to #91. Then it went into the Top 40.

    We've done well with little publicity. We're going to do 50-Shows in 60 cities. It's no
    rest for the Ratt.

    We are hard-edged. It's called Heavy-Metal. But I don't think that's right for us.
    We call it "Ratt 'n' Roll".



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    Ratt ..... {1984 Official Band Poster}

    Robbin Crosby {June 1984} >

    We want the Rock Star look. We're all sexy, so we want play it up.
    We are definitely fashion conscious. We have a 'garment tech' with
    us all the time. We each have a budget of $3000 for custom-made
    outfits for each tour run.

    We have a lot of female fans, and they want to see us glammed up
    to the nine's. Of course we don't take ourselves too seriously. We're
    out to have fun. We make light of everything. We have a humorous
    approach to what we do. Even our Music Video's make light of that.

    We're not like a band like 'The Clash'. They take everything too seriously
    and appear to be angry all the time. What fun is that.

    We're a carefree band. We're out here to have fun. For me, I'm really
    just a big kid. And I can relate the kids we play in front of {Ages; 15 to 19}.
    It's all about having fun.

    We like 'bands like ZZ Top'. Now those guys are an excellent band. We did
    a show with them in San Antonio, Texas and those guys are pissers. We really
    love them, as they play for fun.

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    Monday ~ July 16, 1984

    Allentown Fairgrounds Grandstands ~ Allentown, Pennsylvania

    The East-Coast ~ West-Coast Showdown in 'The Battle of the Bands'

    Twisted Sister vs. Ratt ..................... support act ~ Lita Ford

    Long Hair ~ Face Make-up ~ Flamboyant Outfits ~ Loud Guitars ~ Screaming Vocals ~ Outrageous
     

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