- Rob Nicholson (musician)
Infobox Musical artist
Img_size = 150 |
Name = Rob "Blasko" Nicholson
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Rob Nicholson
Born = birth date and age|1969|11|24 U.S.
Instrument = Bass
Heavy metal, Hard rock
Years_active = 1984 - Present
Cryptic SlaughterDrown Prong Danzig Rob Zombie Ozzy Osbourne The Death Riders
Rob "Blasko" Nicholson is a
Hard rock bassistwho was born on November 24, 1969. His influences include the rock bands Iron Maiden, Motörhead, and Corrosion of Conformity. Rob is perhaps best known for his performances on Rob Zombie's solo albums, and is currently part of Ozzy Osbourne's band.
Over the years, Rob has played a few types of instruments including the drums when he was young, the guitar, and then finally he stuck with playing the
bass guitar. Rob began his career playing bass for the Santa Monica, CAbased speed/ thrash metalband called Cryptic Slaughter, performing on several of their albums. Then Rob moved on to sing lead vocals for the death metalinfluenced band Killing Spree. After he had finished with them, he went on to sing for Suffer. He then went on to pursue other musical interests with the alternative rockband Drown. But Rob soon left Drown to play bass for Prong, but appeared on none of their albums due to their disbanding. He then joined the popular band Danzig in September 1997, but like his last band, he did not appear on any of their albums because of his departure from the band in April 1998. He left Danzig to tour with Rob Zombie, where he began using the nickname "Blasko". He has so far played on all of Rob Zombie's solo albums ( Hellbilly Deluxe, The Sinister Urge, & Educated Horses). He also spent some time while Rob Zombie was filming to work on a side project with the founder of coffin case, Johnny Coffin. The band was composed of Johnny Coffin on lead guitar, Daniel Gray on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, DC on drums, and of course Blasko on Bass. The band was called The Death Riders and released in 2005. The Soundtrack to Depression (their debut album) was released by Horror High. In 2003, Rob replaced Robert Trujilloas Ozzy Osbourne's bassist. After Ozzy's band rehearsed for a fall tour, Ozzy was injured in a bad ATV accident in October of 2003. The fall tour was cancelled. After Ozzy's recovery, he performed with Black Sabbath on Ozzfest 2004, and with Ozzy on select dates for Ozzfest 2006. Rob officially marked his membership in Ozzy Osbourne's band when he was featured as bassist on Osbourne's 9th studio album "Black Rain", which was released on May 22, 2007. Since then Rob has played for Ozzy on all live shows including Ozzfest 2007, the recent European dates, and an American tour with Rob Zombie, his former band. Rob's side project "The Death Riders" are working on their second album entitled "And Then Came The Rain..." which is due out sometime late 2008.
* [http://www.myspace.com/blasko666 Blasko's MySpace Page]
* [http://www.thedeathriders.com Blasko's band The Death Riders]
* [http://www.rockmymonkey.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=40 The Death Riders Forum]
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