Robbin Crosby
American musician
Robbin Crosby
Robbin Crosby was an American guitarist who was a member of glam metal band Ratt, earning several platinum albums in the U.S. in the mid-to-late 1980s. Crosby was HIV positive, but died from a heroin overdose in 2002.
Biography
Robbin Crosby's personal information overview.
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Klosterman Remembers Warrant's Jani Lane - Grantland (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In retrospect, that was a real triple-bill of tragedy — Ratt's Robbin Crosby was the first major '80s metal figure to contract HIV from heroin use, Great White was the accidental catalyst for the death of 100 people at a 2003 show in Rhode Island,
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RATT Singer Interviewed On 'The Zloz Hour' (Video) - July 19, 2011 - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
The RATT EP was literally all of my songs from the MICKEY RATT days, with the exception of "You Think You're Tough", which Robbin [Crosby, late RATT guitarist] and I had penned together. That's the song that ended up getting us signed
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STEPHEN PEARCY On RATT: 'It's Time To Be Musicians And Friends Again' - July ... - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
The RATT EP was literally all of my songs from the MICKEY RATT days, with the exception of "You Think You're Tough", which Robbin [Crosby, late RATT guitarist] and I had penned together. That's the song that ended up getting us signed
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Today In History - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Google News - over 5 years
In 2002, heavy metal singer-guitarist Robbin Crosby of the group Ratt, died on this date at the age of 41. In 2004, veterans by the thousands and world leaders gathered in France to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day -- the day Allied forces
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Efemérides de espectáculos del 6 de junio - SDP Noticias
Google News - over 5 years
Muere el guitarrista estadunidense Robbin Crosby, miembro fundador de la banda de rock pesado Ratt, luego de enfrentar una batalla de ocho años contra el Sida. Funda el grupo en 1983 y rápidamente se coloca como una de las agrupaciones más populares de
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Sunday Old School: Ratt - Metal Underground
Google News - over 5 years
It was a new decade where the glam metal scene was saturated and Robbin Crosby was falling into drug addiction. After this, the band released the song “Nobody Rides For Free” for the Point Break soundtrack. There is an accompanying video that
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THE LIVES THEY LIVED; The Ratt Trap
NYTimes - about 14 years
Dee Dee Ramone and Robbin Crosby were both shaggy-haired musicians who wrote aggressive music for teenagers. Both were unabashed heroin addicts. Neither was the star of his respective band: Dee Dee played bass for the Ramones, a seminal late-70's punk band; Crosby played guitar for Ratt, a seminal early-80's heavy-metal band. They died within 24
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Robbin Crosby, 42, a Guitarist With Heavy-Metal Group Ratt
NYTimes - over 14 years
Robbin Crosby, a guitarist in the heavy-metal rock band Ratt, died on Thursday of complications related to AIDS, his brother-in-law Bill Decker said. He was 42. ''Robbin had everything kids dream of growing up,'' Mr. Decker, of La Jolla, Calif., told The San Diego Union-Tribune. ''But then he started getting heavily into the drugs, and his marriage
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robbin Crosby
    THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Crosby died in Los Angeles on June 6, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Reported causes of his death include AIDS-related complications, and heroin overdose. At the time of his death Crosby had changed physically, due to a pancreatic condition that altered his metabolism; Crosby had gained significant weight since his 1980s Ratt heyday. He was quoted as saying in an interview just before his death, "Apparently my pancreas has given up and I'm not metabolizing food the way I should. It's real frustrating. I have a roommate that probably weighs 150 lbs. and he eats a lot more than I do. It's not like I'm a pig or a slob." According to an autopsy report after his death, Crosby was and weighed.
  • 2001
    In 2001, Crosby publicly stated that he had AIDS and had been HIV positive since 1994.
    More Details Hide Details He had also been in and out of the hospital for eight years dealing with back problems and health issues associated with HIV. To occupy his time he became a Little League coach, and also worked on a guitar fan/collector project, which was to create a limited-edition run of Jackson King V "Big Red" replica guitars. Crosby also attempted various musical projects, first (post-Ratt) re-uniting with San Diego friend, Phenomenon band mate and former Warrior/Atomic Playboys vocalist Perry McCarty, Krys Baratto, Dino Guerrero and Mark Lewis as an updated version of Secret Service, a moniker used by McCarty and Crosby previously for their pre-Ratt San Diego band. Later moving to El Paso in 1996, he briefly played with the Country/Western group Bill&Kev&War Party. One of his last projects was with former collaborator and ex-Ratt bassist Juan Croucier.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In a 1999 interview that was first televised in 2006, when Ratt's Behind the Music episode finally aired, Crosby stated, "When I die, nobody cry at my funeral, in fact let's all have a party; I've lived the life of ten men.
    More Details Hide Details I lived all my dreams and more." Crosby's remains were cremated. His memorial was at Windansea Beach in La Jolla, California; friends and family on surfboards spread his ashes out at sea.
    In a June 1999 interview for a Ratt episode of VH1's Behind the Music, Crosby talked about how drug addiction and his HIV status changed his life. "What has drug addiction done for me?" he asked. "It's cost me my career, my fortune, basically my sex life when I found out I was HIV positive."
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    In the coming years, Crosby would buy a home in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. He later married Playboy Playmate Laurie Carr in 1987, eventually divorcing in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details They had no children. Crosby eventually left Ratt. Prior to leaving, Crosby worked as a producer for metal band Lillian Axe.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    In 1980, Crosby was in the band Phenomenon which also featured Parramore McCarty later of Warrior and released one single.
    More Details Hide Details The same year he also recorded a live demo with the band Aircraft, which also featured Rob Lamothe, later in Riverdogs with Dio/Whitesnake/Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell Crosby was one of the original members of the Los Angeles rock band Ratt. He would end up co-writing many of Ratt's songs including "Round and Round", "Wanted Man" and "Lay it Down". The album Out of the Cellar went to triple platinum based on Crosby's co-penned "Round and Round". Crosby was dating actress Tawny Kitaen (who would go on to appear in several Whitesnake videos) at the time he joined Ratt, and she appears on the album covers of both the Ratt EP (1983) and Out of the Cellar (1984).
  • OTHER
  • 1959
    Born on August 4, 1959.
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