15 July 1965 |
Staten Island, New York, USA
|Genres||Heavy metal, thrash metal|
|Gibson Flying V, Gibson Explorer, Fender Stratocaster|
Bobby Gustafson joined Overkill at 17 years old after an audition, when the band was still playing only covers, coming from the garage band The Dropouts. He stimulated the other members to produce original music and was a key member in the Overkill quartet, having been a composer from the band's debut album Feel the Fire in 1985 to their most commercially successful album, The Years of Decay, in 1989.
Gustafson's split from Overkill has been seen through two viewpoints - that he was fired by the other band members Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and D. D. Verni (Overkill version) or that he left following Verni trying to remove him from the band though management (Gustafson version). Whatever version is true, his leaving has shown how much Gustafson helped to create the Overkill sound. Instead of Gustafson's guitar work, later Overkill albums featured both a rhythm and a lead guitarist, with Verni taking over the music writing duties.
Following the 1987 Overkill album Taking Over Gustafson was approached by Megadeth co-founder and band-leader Dave Mustaine to join Megadeth, following trouble with their current line up. However, Gustafson rejected the proposal, feeling that Overkill was turning big.
He played in the industrial metal band Skrew album Shadow of Doubt in 1996, replacing their guitarist for the recording of the album. He then relocated in Florida and left the music business for a while.
In 2003, Gustafson returned to music with the Florida-based band Response Negative. He currently works for his family plumbing business in Florida.
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