Robbin's Death Was A Hard Lesson
October 17, 2010 6:15:08 PM UTC Post #11

@Eternal Servant: Enjoyed the Neil Zlozower interview with Bobby! Thanks for sharing that link.

January 31, 2011 4:42:53 PM UTC Post #12

Bobby gets a lot of negative press but much of it is deserved & is brought upon by himself. He has a reputation for putting his foot in his mouth & sometimes appears to come of as 'immature.' He just seems to have a knack for saying the wrong things to the wrong people & has been labeled in the business. Part of me believes it's mostly from too much boozing. People tend to get a little too aggressive w/ their words & actions when they've had a few too many & Bobby always seems to have had a few too many. That's the way I see it anyhow.

I've meet him on 3 occasions & my personal opinion of him is that he's harmless & a pretty cool dude that appreciates the dream life he's had w/ Ratt. The first time I met him was after a show in Vegas where I live. This was when Jizzy was still singing. The first thing I said to him was "man you guys gotta get it together & get the real band back in order. That's what the fans want." he looked @ me @ said 'changes are coming.' That's all he said. He repeated it like 4 times in a row & then turned around & walked away. Almost as if he was annoyed by my remark & not wanting to talk about it. I got the impression that he already knew that Ratt was going to get back together soon & he was giving me a heads UP but couldn't really elaborate. Sure enough 2 months later Ratt was back together.

The second time was in Hollywood after he joined SEP & Juan on stage & jammed 'Lay It Down' & 'R&R' w/ them. I approached him in the club afterwords & tried to have a conversation w/ him but he was wasted & belligerent & simply in no mood to speak. His GF was trying to get him out of the club but all he wanted to do was talk to Scot Coogan who was SEP's drummer @ the time.
The first two times I met him I was left w/ a sour taste in my mouth & had pretty much lost interest in pursuing whatever is that Bobby Blotzer stood for. But he more than made UP for it the 3rd time I met him.

The third time I met him was in Japan in '07. I made the trip over to see Ratt's 4 date tour there & visit a few friends. After the first show @ the Hatch in Osaka I got gist from the locals that rock bands tend to visit a local bar in the city called the Rock Rock?? I found my way there & hoped the Ratt guys would show. Sure enough Blotz & Corabi walk in w/ Dave Mustaine. I was the only American in the bar & Blotz walked UP to me & asked if I was American. I said yes & he asked me what I was doing there. I told him I was from Vegas & came over to see the tour. Blotz was floored that I had made the trip over & very grateful to my dedication & support of the band. He invited me over to his table & throughout the night in between all the attention he was getting from the Japanese fans managed to carry on a lengthy conversation w/ me. Almost as if he was awarding me for making the trip. He seemed more interested in my story than I was of his. I got to talk to him about Ratt & more specifically about Robbin (he really did love Robbin) for probably about an hour and I must say I was VERY impressed w/ his generosity & kindness towards me. He even bought me a beer!!
I asked him why they hadn't played 'Body Talk' in the set that night & he said he didn't know & would talk to Warren about it. The 3 remaining shows 'Body Talk' was in the set.....LOL!! I had waited my whole life for this opportunity & was given more than I could have ever imagined.

The next night @ the Nagoya show I was in the front row & Bobby spotted me & after the first song (Sweet Cheater) popped his head from behind the set & pointed & screamed Vegas while giving a thumbs UP!! LOL!!After the set he came UP to the end of the stage & handed me his stix. Trust me, Bobby Blotzer can be the coolest dude in the world when he wants too.

As far as the meet & greets go I just don't get it. I found my way backstage after the Yokohama show & all the Ratt guys made an appearance.....All of them EXCEPT for Bobby that is. This was my first time meeting SEP btw & must say for all the negative press he gets for being un-fan friendly he was cool as hell to me. I asked him where Bobby was @ & he just said that he didn't like doing these things after shows??
Don't ask me why he wouldn't. I just don't get it??


Peace....

January 31, 2011 5:35:44 PM UTC Post #13

=Upscope said:Bobby gets a lot of negative press but much of it is deserved & is brought upon by himself. He has a reputation for putting his foot in his mouth & sometimes appears to come of as 'immature' or maybe even a little 'socially awkward.' He just seems to have a knack for saying the wrong things to the wrong people & has been labeled in the business. Part of me believes it's mostly from too much boozing. People tend to get a little too aggressive w/ their words & actions when they've had a few too many & Bobby always seems to have had a few too many. That's the way I see it anyhow.

I've meet him on 3 occasions & my personal opinion of him is that he's harmless & a pretty cool dude that appreciates the dream life he's had w/ Ratt. The first time I met him was after a show in Vegas where I live. This was when Jizzy was still singing. The first thing I said to him was "man you guys gotta get it together & get the real band back in order. That's what the fans want." he looked @ me @ said 'changes are coming.' That's all he said. He repeated it like 4 times in a row & then turned around & walked away. Almost as if he was annoyed by my remark & not wanting to talk about it. I got the impression that he already knew that Ratt was going to get back together soon & he was giving me a heads UP but couldn't really elaborate. Sure enough 2 months later Ratt was back together.

The second time was in Hollywood after he joined SEP & Juan on stage & jammed 'Lay It Down' & 'R&R' w/ them. I approached him in the club afterwords & tried to have a conversation w/ him but he was wasted & belligerent & simply in no mood to speak. His GF was trying to get him out of the club but all he wanted to do was talk to Scot Coogan who was SEP's drummer @ the time.
The first two times I met him I was left w/ a sour taste in my mouth & had pretty much lost interest in pursuing whatever is that Bobby Blotzer stood for. But he more than made UP for it the 3rd time I met him.

The third time I met him was in Japan in '07. I made the trip over to see Ratt's 4 date tour there & visit a few friends. After the first show @ the Hatch in Osaka I got gist from the locals that rock bands tend to visit a local bar in the city called the Rock Rock?? I found my way there & hoped the Ratt guys would show. Sure enough Blotz & Corabi walk in w/ Dave Mustaine. I was the only American in the bar & Blotz walked UP to me & asked if I was American. I said yes & he asked me what I was doing there. I told him I was from Vegas & came over to see the tour. Blotz was floored that I had made the trip over & very grateful to my dedication & support of the band. He invited me over to his table & throughout the night in between all the attention he was getting from the Japanese fans managed to carry on a lengthy conversation w/ me. Almost as if he was awarding me for making the trip. He seemed more interested in my story than I was of his. I got to talk to him about Ratt & more specifically about Robbin (he really did love Robbin) for probably about an hour and I must say I was VERY impressed w/ his generosity & kindness towards me. He even bought me a beer!!
I asked him why they hadn't played 'Body Talk' in the set that night & he said he didn't know & would talk to Warren about it. The 3 remaining shows 'Body Talk' was in the set.....LOL!! I had waited my whole life for this opportunity & was given more than I could have ever imagined.

The next night @ the Nagoya show I was in the front row & Bobby spotted me & after the first song (Sweet Cheater) popped his head from behind the set & pointed & screamed Vegas while giving a thumbs UP!! LOL!!After the set he came UP to the end of the stage & handed me his stix. Trust me, Bobby Blotzer can be the coolest dude in the world when he wants too.

As far as the meet & greets go I just don't get it. I found my way backstage after the Yokohama show & all the Ratt guys made an appearance.....All of them EXCEPT for Bobby that is. This was my first time meeting SEP btw & must say for all the negative press he gets for being un-fan friendly he was cool as hell to me. I asked him where Bobby was @ & he just said that he didn't like doing these things after shows??
Don't ask me why he wouldn't. I just don't get it??

Btw Eternal Servant I have a strong suspicion that the same SEP fan that helped you get backstage was the same person responsible for getting me back there??

Peace....



Hello, my friend, great to see you here on this board!

Great post, but I think you forgot about the time you met & talked to Bobby, Corabi and Robbie when we were all at the Hard Rock in Vegas in '07.......can't remember if Blotz was cool that day or not, as I didn't go over there with you guys....

*Waving from Cape Cod*

January 31, 2011 6:46:03 PM UTC Post #14

Hello Miss robbinbird.....

It wasn't me who forgot that night.....it was you after the 9th shot of tequilla....lol!!

Technically, I never spoke a word to Bobby that night. I just took the picture & eavesdropped. Corabi was a cool cat though. And Robbie is always a class act.

*Waves back from Sin City*

February 01, 2011 3:28:26 PM UTC Post #15

Upscope, thanks so much for sharing your precious experience!
I've heard many Japanese Ratt fans went overseas to see Ratt's shows but never heard Americans came to Japan to see Ratt shows!!! Good effort brings good luck, I believe. : )
At the backstage of Yokohama show in '07, there were about 15 ppl. I remember two guys and I thought somebody mistakingly said they were Australians. The rest was all Japanese...........One of the guys was you? When I've read your post, I was like.... Wow! Were you drinking beer w/ John Corabi? Right?

As soon as I saw Stephen, I went out to the hallway, instead of staying in the room. I consider myself as a Bobby fan and didn't need to stay in the room. I asked Stephen where Bobby was and he asked a staff member about it. The answer was that Bobby went back to the hotel. The year 2007 was the year they just got back together again.
I wouldn't be so surprised that they kept distance especially lawsuit thing was still fresh in memory.

I'm grateful for Stephen to let me in backstage as one of 4 accompanies of my friend, now an ex-friend.
This lady isn't a slutty kind but well educated decent woman. That's what I wanted to remind Stephen about it.
She even went to live in SD to study coz SD is a hometown of Ratt! I'm glad that he understood that she's a super-diehard fan and remembered that she was always showing him support whenever Ratt toured Japan.
H****O rules. I still respect her.
I think she's not the one who helped you w/ getting into backstage, Upscope.

That's the occasion Stephen told me about Time Slips Away is about Robbin. I always have tears in my eyes when listening to it. Stephen sings, "I always think about you everyday.........When I'm alone at night I'm losing my way....."

Upscope, if there is any story about Robbin you heard from Bobby, something appropriate to share w/ fans, could you share it?

The last time I met Robbin was at the Hasting's in LA, Detonator release event. At that time, there was a rumor that Warren might leave the band and that's why I told him, "Keep On Ratt 'N Roll". Although Robbin's solo part was dramatically decreasing, I never thought about him leaving the band coz he was in the band earlier than Warren was.
Ratt w/o Robbin was unimaginable. All I said to King was "hi!" I do regret that. Had I known that he was thinking of leaving, I would've begged him to stay. :(

Folks, my point of discussing about Robbin is because I feel the current recess of the band activity is pretty much the same reason Robbin was pushed into the corner which made him dependent on drugs.
That is who controlls RATT and whose ideas weighs more kinda thing. I remember Bobby said in an interview that they don't need a few bosses. The same problem stayed for over two decades. This got to be resolved. Robbin sacrificed his life for this.

In case anyone hasn't read the final days of Robbin, pls read this.
http://www.robbincrosby.net/words/page1.htm

I believe Robbin clearly knew what sound is best at RATT. As Stephen says in an interview, "Robbin made sure we retained our heavy metal jacket." Pretty much authentic style which derives from Judas Priest, charismatic vocal and stage presence, beautiful killer twin guitar harmonies & guitar battles, killer rythm team.
Let's hope RATT wins a grammy this year as finally the Metal Gods won a grammy last year. \m/



February 01, 2011 5:17:47 PM UTC Post #16

Hi ES,

Bobby mostly just talked about how genius Robbin was. Mentioned how he was no doubt the backbone of their success & talked about how generous & warmhearted he was. He made it very clear how much he & everyone else missed him. He never really told any personal stories about him. It was more about how important he was to the band & how Ratt would never be the same w/o him.
I will tell you this though Bobby wasn't back @ the hotel. He simply didn't do meet & greets that's all. Because after the Yokohama show which was the last one..... the promotion company for the tour hosted a post tour dinner. Robbie Crane was gracious enough to invite us along & when we walked in Bobby was there. After dinner he made his way to the Hard Rock Tokyo.
It was a very surreal moment & the highlight of the trip for me. Eating dinner w/ the guys from Ratt & Winger was priceless. We just kinda sat back & took it all in listening to the stories being told. Bobby even gave a sake toast & thanked us for the loyal support. All the guys were incredible. I got the impression that we weren't supposed to be there but the truth of the matter was I think they were impressed that we had information on where their 'secret hideout' was?? They never asked us to leave though . Reb Beach was especially nice to us. They told us no pictures but we couldn't resist on sneaking one shot....Oooops, sorry:



It was an amazing experience & for those that have talk negative about Bobby all I can say is that he was a strait UP class act by my accounts. I remember the Australian guys you are talking about & was listing in on their rather lengthy conversation they had w/ Corabi. I wasn't w/ them though. I have no idea who they were.They were talking about guitars & the Australian tour that preceded the Japan tour. i got to speak to Stephen in detail & my beautiful Japanese friend Iz even recorded a few minutes of the convo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGH-35MU2K4

February 02, 2011 5:06:23 AM UTC Post #17

Upscope, that's a super amazing story!!!
Thanks for the link to the vid coz I didn't take any pictures or vid by my cellphone but there's a vid of my conversation w/ Stephen earlier that day.
In your friend's vid, I saw myself, a short one w/o glasses, walking in the hallway around 00:20. LOL.

Before Stephen left the venue, he said "Dinner?" to me and all I said was "Wow!"
Coz I was thinking F@kk, I bought a ticket for a girl whom I just met just in case she couldn't get in and had just enough money left to get home!!
Even if he may haven't really meant it, it was such an honor to hear him say that. :)
He gave two of us a red RATT T-shirt. I really needed that coz I was broke! LOL

Upscope, I appreciate you for sharing Bobby's feelings for Robbin and respect your dedication to RATT!

"Round And Round" recorded at Yokohama Blitz on Nov. 9, '07. It was such a great show!!!!
I couldn't help myself calling out "Robbin! Robbin!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWFzwjbRGh0

February 04, 2011 2:06:00 AM UTC Post #18

@Eternal Servant: It is always a treat to read your posts!! Your stories make me wish I lived in Japan. It seems like it's much easier to find opportunities to hang out with them there than there are here in the states. Great stories everyone!

February 05, 2011 6:25:32 AM UTC Post #19

WJDCRZY, thanks for your kind words!!
Visitors from overseas tend to get lots of attention. For example, a couple of former Mormon missonaries became famous here in Japan. Former Megadeath guitarist, Marti Friedman is fluent in Japanese and he appeared in lots of TV shows. Hard Rock Cafe is a good place to spot bands from overseas.

I wouldn't have been able to tell my stories in English w/o getting motivation to study as a result of the Meet & Greet in 1987 which can be watched here for those who haven't checked it yet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nwv1J6uZdA
I'm glad to be able to talk with Stephen 20 years later!!

Sharing the video was my way of showing appreciation to Ratt esp. Bobby and Robbin.
The T-shirt Bobby is wearing in the first pic I posted in this thread was present from me. I didn't realize about it until a friend gave me that pic!! I was still a teenager.

Fans' stories give good opportunity to get to know about the members other than magazines, tv & radio interviews.

February 06, 2011 7:09:41 PM UTC Post #20

@Eternal Servant: Just watched your youtube post--Wow! That must have been so amazing for you!! And I'm glad you learned English so you can share with us!!

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