Basic Background Info

Birth: March 1, 1963
Location: Newburgh, New York
Band: Skid Row, SoulSystem
Genres: Metal, Rock, Funk
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Best known as founding drummer for the heavy metal band Skid Row, Robert James Affuso started out idolizing Rush drummer Neil Peart and playing in his high school marching band. After high school, he attended New York University and obtained a bachelor's degree in Marketing/Public Relations.

Six months after hanging his degree on the wall, Rob Affuso found himself working with the other members of Skid Row in a garage in Toms River, New Jersey, along with Jon Bon Jovi. The band played shows in clubs along the Eastern United States and released their self-titled debut album in 1989. The debut was an immediate success and produced the hit singles '18 and Life,' 'I Remember You,' and 'Youth Gone Wild.' The release went 5x platinum in no time.

In 1991, Rob Affuso formed a twelve-piece funk orchestra called SoulSystem, which he still drums for. At the same time, Skid Row continued to gain fans, but tensions were growing within the band. They toured the globe and released more albums through the 1990s. But then, in 1996, the members decided to reorganize the band. Sebastian Bach was ousted, and Rob Affuso followed him out shortly after.

Since then, Rob Affuso has played with several acts, but he has dedicated most of his time to SoulSystem. The band plays private events.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1989 Skid Row Skid Row
1991 Skid Row Slave to the Grind
1993 Duff McKagan Believe in Me
1995 Skid Row Subhuman Race
1995 Gilby Clarke Pawnshop Guitars
1998 Forty Seasons: The Best Of Skid Row Skid Row


  • Rob Affuso played with Skid Row on NBC's Saturday Night Live as the musical guest.
  • His brother, Alan, is the drummer for the Orange County band, Nuts In a Blender.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Hardware: Drum Workshop

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