The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Rock Band, a popular video game that hit consumer circuits in 2007, has led to the rediscovery of a wide range of bands. From the multitude of bands that range from 1970s rock groups to current artists, the 1980s hair band Ratt succeeds in making the game’s playlist. In honor of Aids Awareness week, we remember Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby and his contribution to the music industry through the years.
Robbinson Lantz Crosby was born on August 4, 1959 in La Jolla, California. In 1982, he joined the rock group Ratt as a co-lead guitarist. Earning the nickname “King” because of his choice of guitar while in the band, Crosby not only performed with the group but also showcased his talents in songwriting. He successfully contributed to Ratt’s hit songs, including “Round and Round” and “Lay it Down”. Robbin’s talents as both a songwriter and guitarist enabled Ratt to find success in the mid-1980s. The band released four consecutive platinum albums over the years.
Crosby’s musical talents were overshadowed by his excessive drug use while in the band. His addiction to heroin eventually led to his contraction HIV and AIDS. After leaving Ratt in 1991, Crosby learned of his disease in 1994. However, he chose to remain quiet until 2001, when he released a public statement about his condition.
On June 6, 2002, Robbin Crosby passed away at the age of 42 in Los Angeles, California. Autopsy reports revealed that his cause of death was due to both complications with AIDS and a heroin overdose. His memorial service was held in his hometown of La Jolla, California, where his ashes were spread at sea. Even though he spent almost a decade battling AIDS, Robbin experienced tremendous success with Ratt, and we still continue to appreciate the band’s music today.