This page is dedicated to the memory of the late Robbin Crosby (RIP).
The baddest mother fuckers to ever walk the earth announced on October 24th 2009 that Infestation will be the title of their next album, due out in March 2010 via Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records. Infestation is the band’s first studio album since 1999. Infestation was produced by Elvis Baskette (Chevelle, Incubus, Limp Bizkit) and marks the very first time in their storied career that RATT have recorded outside of Los Angeles! The band lived together at Elvis’ Virginia studio while recording the album. In addition to core, longtime members Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Bobby Blotzer, the album also features new guitarist Carlos Cavazo, formerly of Quiet Riot, and Robbie Crane, who has been with the band for twelve years, will continue on bass.
RATT have enjoyed a rich, impressive and certainly long-lasting legacy through the years, having made their mark in the 1980s with several platinum albums, including Out of the Cellar, Invasion of Your Privacy and Dancing Undercover. With 1984’s mega-platinum debut Out of the Cellar celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the band is looking forward to starting a new chapter with new music to complement the impressive legacy they have established over two-plus decades.
The comeback buzz began building in 2007 when VH1 aired an episode of Behind The Music spotlighting the drama that swirled around Ratt’s remarkable run: headlining arena tours, (10) albums, four consecutive multi Platinum and gold albums, including (1)platinum and gold long form videos since the release of their self titled RATT E.P. in 1983, which sold over 300,000 copies.
Robb I TOLD you...I'm a people person! Whats WRONG with you people!!??
The origins of Ratt go at least as far back as 1976 with a San Diego band called Mickey Ratt, which was formed by founding member vocalist Stephen Pearcy.
Mickey Ratt went through various line-ups. Members included guitarists Jake E. Lee, Chris Hager, Paul DeNisco, and Bob DeLellis, bassists Matt Thorr, Tim Garcia, and Dave Jellison, Mike New, and drummers John Turner, Dave Alford, and Bob Eisenberg.
In 1980, the band moved to Los Angeles to increase their chances of landing a recording contract with a major label. Later that year, guitarist Jake E. Lee joined the Mickey Ratt line up and the band recorded a single called "Dr. Rock" / "Drivin' on E", which was given to fans at their early Los Angeles club shows.
In 1981, the band's name was shortened to Ratt. The band would later work at various fast food restaurants in order to pay back the studio time for their initial recording. Jake E. Lee, Chris Hager, Matt Thorr, and Dave Alford all left Mickey Ratt to form another band called Rough Cutt. Guitarists Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby, bassist Juan Croucier (who left the band Dokken in 1981), and drummer Bobby Blotzer replaced the former members. DeMartini was only 18 years old when he was called up to Los Angeles to join Ratt. At the time he was attending college in San Diego and reluctant to drop out to join a band that had, so far, had only limited success.
By 1982, the classic Ratt line-up of Stephen Pearcy on lead vocals, Warren DeMartini on lead guitar, Robbin Crosby on rhythm guitar, Juan Croucier on bass guitar, and Bobby Blotzer on drums was complete.
AP Fri Jun 7, 2:57 PM ET
(6/7/02, 2 p.m. ET) -- Robbin Crosby, one of the original members of '80s metal band Ratt, died Thursday (June 6) in his Hollywood, California, apartment at age 41. Local paramedics reportedly pronounced Crosby dead at 11:15 a.m. PT. Crosby--the hulking, blond guitarist featured in videos for hit songs like "Round And Round" and "Lay It Down"--was born August 4, 1960.
Crosby spoke to LAUNCH in July 2001 while undergoing full-time AIDS treatments in a Southern California medical center. He was diagnosed in 1994, but because of the dormancy of the disease--which can be 10 years in some people--he doesn't know how long he had AIDS before it was discovered. Crosby recalled what went through his mind when he found out: "It was kind of odd. It took a while to sink in, like I kind of expected it or something after all the stuff I had done, you know, on tour. I was no-holds-bar--I had no reason to not--so, you know, I'm pretty sure that I got it on tour."
When Ratt fans learned of Crosby's condition, they began sending him a large amount of get-well notes and other positive messages. He told LAUNCH that he could never have imagined the impact he and the band had on people since 1983, when Ratt's self-titled EP was released: "It's unbelievable how much mail I get and it makes me realize just how many fans there are, and how many there must have been to be this many still now, you know? They wrote me just to, you know, wish me good luck. You know, that's gotta make you feel good. It just warms your heart--(it) warms mine."
Crosby was well aware of his condition and his prospects, but that didn't keep him from having a positive outlook. Back in March, he sent this message to his fans: "Things are looking up! I'm looking forward to working on new music. Without your strength I would be nothing. God bless you all. When time allows, we will be rejoined again in the spirit of rock and roll. I love you all! Here we go!"
Although there were strained relations between some of the members of Ratt, three of Crosby's former bandmates have written heartfelt statements about him. Drummer Bobby Blotzer called Crosby, whose nickname was "The King," "one of the most kind-hearted, the most compassionate, intelligent, talented, strong, I mean f--king strong like I could never be, humans to ever have the pleasure and to be lucky enough to have in our lives!" Blotzer, who with his family spent time with Crosby on Christmas Eve, continued, "I want everyone to know one thing here, too. Never once did any of us hear King complain about his situation...You have to understand something...The man was put through hell and never, ever bitched about it...The only peace I'm feeling right now is that he's out of the nightmare that has attacked him."
Former lead singer Stephen Pearcy wrote, "Robbin was a sweet soul, great talent, and he will be dearly missed, rest in peace "