Bob Stubbs - Current Band I am a Member of : Rhythm Dragons (AZ.) Our Website is : http://www.rhythmdragons.com
Artist Info & Former Bands as a Member of - Social Distortion (CA.) ,Glass Heroes (AZ.) ,
Hypnotic IV (CA.) ,Brazen Beat (AZ.) ,The Vacant (CA.) ,Cactus Liquors (CA.) ,True West (CA.) ,
The Vindicators (CA.) ,Skullduggery (CA.) & (NV.) ,Benny&the Goons (NV.) ,The Authorities(Nick S. version) (CA.) ,Jeff Dahl Group(briefly) (CA.) ,The Voice (AZ.)
- A Partial Musical History ,Biography ,Discography -
Bob Stubbs started playing drums at age 10 because of a band called "the Twinkeyz" from Northern California.
Bob got an early introduction into underground & punk rock music through attending this particular bands early rehearsals and concerts at a young age. Later because of Bob's sisters relationship with the Twinkeyz drummer -(Joe Von Hagel.) ,Bob Stubbs received his first set of drums from Joe on accident ,as Joe was about to lose the drums to the local pawnshop & Bob had the money to get them out of pawn. This became an early influence that inspired Bob to play drums as he had the drums until Joe was to pay him back (Which never happened).
As the early 1980s California music scene picked up ,Bob Stubbs began playing drums with alot of known local Sacramento ,Northern California & Southern California bands at that time such as:
"The Vacant" , "Circle Kross" , "The Authorities" , "True West" & "Social Distortion" to name a few.
Bob Stubbs was included on some West Coast & California only compilation albums while drumming with these many bands and received inclusion on the independent releases by those individual bands themselves.
As the earlier 1980s punk music scene was closing,around 1986 ,Bob Stubbs was already ahead of the new music scene by forming & co-forming bands like "Race Train Schizo" that later toured with "T.S.O.L." and opened for "Guns & Roses" and "Nirvana".Bob Stubbs later formed the band "Skullduggery" after "Race Train Schizo" ended.
As 1989 rolled around Bob took his band "Skullduggery" & reformed it in Las Vegas,NV. with an all new line-up of musicians there in Las Vegas ,NV. SkullDuggery played smaller venues & shows locally ,but did not record any songs or release any albums during that time.Not to be left out of the story ,Before that time in Las Vegas ,NV. ,Bob Stubbs had worked with "No Show Sound" for a brief period at clubs in Los Angeles,CA. like , "The SCREAM" , "Club With No Name" and the infamous "Cathouse" at the Probe on Highland St. in Hollywood ,CA.
In 1989 Bob Stubbs decided to move on to Columbus ,Ohio and then later to Detroit,MI. to Join "The Flyin' Saucers" , a local "Rockabilly" band with long ties to the local Detroit,MI. & Columbus,OH. underground music scenes.
That Version of the Flyin' Saucers released a few 7inch vinyl singles on "Pristine Records". The Flyin' Saucers" records charted at number 14 & 21 respectively on the regional Adult Contemporary record charts.
"The Flyin' Saucers" were also featured in "TEAR IT UP!" rockabilly the documentary" in early 1990.
After the band played the Columbus,Ohio arts festival and performed on a local television show promoting the Flyin' Saucers latest single and the "Columbus,Ohio arts festival ,"The Flyin'Saucers" went on HIATUS and eventually dis-banded in 1993.During the Flyin' Saucers Break-up period ,Bob Stubbs was asked to join "Elvis Hitler" in Columbus ,OH. & "Goober & the Peas" in Detroit ,MI. ,but ne eventually chose California for more opportunities.
In 1993 Bob Stubbs found a new band in Tempe Arizona's "The Voice" and they released a 7inch vinyl E.P. on Disclaim records produced by the legendary "Greg Sage" of "the Wipers" who WAS and IS instrumental in the "NIRVANA" sound and look and he is cited as a major influence for Kurt Cobain in his early Seattle music scene days.1994 and after "The Voice" came "The Glass Heroes" with Bob Stubbs on drums again with "Keith Jackson" of the band "Shock Therapy" on guitar and vocals. Glass Heroes released 7 songs on a compilation for distribution in Europe only on "Step 1 records" & "Bronco Bullfrog records ,"High Voltage Punk & Oi". The Glass Heroes were a featured act on that compilation.The Glass Heroes received a "Best of Phoenix"award for "Best Alternative Band"in 1994. Around 1995 Bob Stubbs was in Las Vegas,NV. again,and this time playing drums with his cousin "Jesse Amoroso"in a band called "Cyanide Blues".This band recorded some songs for a compilation record put out by "Flipside fanzine"called "It's All Downhill From Here"a Las Vegas compilation"."Cyanide Blues"recorded some tracks in Los Angeles for the "T.O.N. record label,but those songs were never released and In 1996 Bob Stubbs left that band to form "Benny & the Goons"a"Horror Surf"music band in Las Vegas,NV."Benny & the Goons" became a feature house-band on a weekly television show called"the Count Cool Rider T.V. Show"on "Warner Brothers Television" Channel 33 in Las Vegas,NV.."Benny & the Goons" also put out a few 7inch vinyl singles including a song called "Monster Swell"which was a song co-written by Bob Stubbs and "Benny Hammond"."Benny & the Goons"broke up in 1997 because of a lack of finding a Bass Player to replace their own who had chosen to return to College.
In September of 1997 Bob Stubbs returned to Sacramento,California and soon formed a new band called "The Hypnotic IV" with some fellow "Surf Music"enthusiasts in the local music scene there."The Hypnotic IV"released an album called "Hypnotica!"in 1998 & another album called "Hypnotic IV LIVE! too loud,outta tune & barely gettin' paid" with Bob Stubbs on drums.Bob Stubbs brought some of the songs from "Benny & the Goons"with him to add to "The Hypnotic IV's"sound.One song included "Monster Swell"which actually charted on the underground Surf Music"scene charts and was given praise from many Surf Music"enthusiasts calling it"the best NEW Surf song to come along since "The Ventures" "Walk Don't Run" from 1959.
Bob Stubbs formed another infamous band while playing drums in the "Hypnotic IV" called "The Inertians" to satisfy his longing for his "Punk Rock" roots that included Jesse Bunker on Bass & Paul Ostrander on Guitar & Bob Stubbs on drums.This band recorded an 8 track recorded C.D. entitled "The Inertians".This C.D. was only a local Sacramento,California release.Bob Stubbs moved from Sacramento,CA. back to Phoenix,Arizona in 2000 to rejoin "The Glass Heroes".Since then Bob Stubbs recorded a full album of new songs he co-wrote with "Chris Buskirk" that are included on a yet to be released album entitled"Brazen Beat".This album was produced & played on by another old friend and fellow "Surf Music"ex-band member "Klaus Flouride" of San Francisco California's "Dead Kennedys".As of November 2011 ,Bob Stubbs is currently recording ,performing ,& touring with Arizona Rockabilly Trio "RHYTHM DRAGONS.Bob has played the drum tracks and co-written the music on the RHYTHM DRAGONS latest C.D. albums since 2011 including ,"the RHYTHM DRAGONS - Trio Del Grande" ,"RHYTHM DRAGONS #1. Single" featuring the songs "My Heart Hits Me Like The Beat Of The Drum" & "February 3rd 1959" ,"RHYTHM DRAGONS - Billy 3.0".The RHYTHM DRAGONS are recording their 2015 album now titled "RHYTHM DRAGONS - Reignite" to be released sometime in early 2015.There is always more to come in the next few months,so this Artist Bio is destined to change.
I have been in the industry since 1980.