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Re: “Guitar Hero

I was in a band called Heavy Axe. Palo Verde 77, 78 ---We started the desert scene in Tucson. Our first desert party was at the old prison camp on Mt Lemmon for The Huns. Thousands of people showed up. We played mostly rock but got dubbed new wave because we played ACDC before they were on the radio. Our first gig at The Night Train was called New Wave comes to Tucson with The Suspects, Heavy Ave, and Rampage. My cousins lived on a ranch at what is now Valencia and Kolb when that whole area was only desert. My oldest cousin grabbed a tractor one day and drove down the dirt road that went to Houghton. When he was about a mile short of Houghton he made a road into the desert south off Old Vail Road. He cleared out a huge area and called it "The Buzz" Heavy Axe played a couple of parties there and thousands of Tucson High Schoolers would show up. One of my friends from Palo Verde Paul Wilkens (bass player for Roc Lochner) started hanging out with Robby as he was getting ready to make his debut. Paul had a party at the buzz and held a lead guitar contest. Robby took the stage and played the lead in heartbreaker by Led Zep. He got everyones attention. Heavy Axe was history after that performance. Roc Lochner made a huge splash and Heavy Axe faded into oblivion. Robby and I have been friends for decades. He played in a band called Born and Bred with Milton Cox (Heavy Axe) The songs on the album they recorded are among my favorite songs that Robby ever played on. Meet you on the other side and Body for Business are epic.

Posted by Scott Hamilton on 12/10/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Guitar Hero

East-siders of Tucson have always been the coolest. Everyone was/is a rocker. We're happy to see Robbie living the life of "Local Boy Does Good" Proud to call him ours.

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Posted by Michele Regal on 12/09/2016 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Guitar Hero

Sahuaro 73?

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Posted by David W on 12/08/2016 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Guitar Hero

I go way back with Robby and graduated with him at Sahuaro, he was awesome then as he is now. Everyone of us knew how great he was back then and always enjoyed watching him jam and hanging out with him. The desert parties at 17 poles and at rockafellas was the best. Great job Robby, Tucson is proud of you and so am I

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Posted by Todd Smith on 12/08/2016 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Guitar Hero

For years after the Rhode Island fire that killed 100 people, Jack Russell was, by all accounts (even his own), trying to kill himself with drink. That's what "suicidal nostalgia act" means

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Posted by art on 12/08/2016 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Guitar Hero

To the writer of this article: What exactly is a "Suicidal Nostalgia Act?"....What does it even mean? I find it a bit offensive mysel.

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Posted by Alex Monroy on 12/08/2016 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Guitar Hero

I never cared for Great White or that "Big Hair" band sound. But I like the story. I grew up at the same time at Santa Rita...And, I participated in those huge desert gathering's. Reminds me of the old days in Tucson.

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Posted by Micky Smythe on 12/08/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Guitar Hero

Would have liked this better if there was a little more subject and a lot less dark and brooding commentary in it, but it is what it is. Robby is a great addition to a sound I've loved for many years. Truly talented and nice guy. Thanks Tuscon..he's someone to be proud of.

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Posted by Silver Smith on 12/08/2016 at 2:10 PM

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61cFQCOs6mo

A lot of history was made there. Dick will be 80 next year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUyZHl0Yp6I

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Posted by Guitarzan on 12/08/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Almost Famous

Been following your writing for quite a few years. Great story. I'd love to see that original People spread and a few pics of you and Doug too. I remember hearing about his death all those years ago and hearing that he was the real writer of their most famous songs and how they treated him. Split my dedication from "them" to "him" although I didn't have to. I did not like any of their follow ups genuinely. But I have a cover shot that I've used time and time again on my FB page and I think it was from your original article. It says "Tomorrow we can drive around this town...let the cops chase us around...the past is gone but something might be found to take it's place...". It's just blue sky and people's hands in the air in a convertible if I'm not mistaken. Anyway...no one really knows but that's about Doug for me. I'm a fan and I don't know how anyone could have saved him from himself but I wish he'd had a chance. You were a great friend to him. I mean it.

Posted by Miranda Mattingly Grim on 12/03/2016 at 7:58 AM

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