Bobby Steele (born Robert Kaufhold on March 18, 1956) is an Americanpunk rock musician. He is the current guitar player, songwriter, and sole original member of punk band The Undead. He has been a member of multiple other bands, most notably, as the second guitarist of The Misfits. He was replaced by Doyle.
Steele grew up in New Milford, New Jersey and lived there until 1978, when he moved into Manhattan. The house he had lived in later became the base for Post Mortem records, a label he founded.
Steele was the guitarist for Parrotox, Slash and The Whorelords before joining The Misfits in 1978. While with The Misfits, he performed on the Horror Business, Night of the Living Dead and 3 Hits From HellEPs and his playing can also be heard on the Beware and Halloween EPs as well as the "missing" Misfits album 12 Hits From Hell. After leaving the band, The Misfits did the song Teenager From Mars" live with new lyrics making fun of and insulting Bobby Steele. After being replaced in October 1980 by Jerry Only's younger brother Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Steele formed The Undead with Chris Natz and Patrick Blanck. The band released their debut EP, 9 Toes Later, in 1982, which Glenn Danzig helped finance. The Undead have undergone many personnel changes throughout the years and today, Steele is the only remaining original member and chief songwriter of the band.
He has also played with Sloppy Seconds, Times Square, The Migraines, and The Graveyard School, and appeared in several movies.
^Garcia, Alfa. "Veteran punk rocker continues the struggle", The Record (Bergen County), October 6, 2010. Accessed August 23, 2011. "Steele, 54, is the only constant in the band — a New Milford native with a thick New Jersey accent who emits the energy of a 25-year-old and the hustle of a time-worn New York musician. '[Punk rock] is basically about bringing back the raw essence of rock-and-roll; the spirit of the '50s and early '60s rock-and-roll. … Rock music today is too sterile,' says Steele during an interview at his mother's New Milford home, where he lived before moving to the East Village in 1978. The house now serves as Steele's headquarters for his own indie label, Post Mortem Records."