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Zander performing in Hallandale Florida, 9/28/06
|Birth name||Robin Zander|
January 23, 1953 |
|Instruments||Vocals, rhythm guitar|
|Associated acts||Cheap Trick|
Zander was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, the fourth of five children; he has two older brothers, and older and younger sisters.
Zander reportedly was reading books by age three, and learned to play the guitar by age 12. He played with his first group, The Destinations, while in seventh grade. The next year he was with a group called Butterscotch Sundays, playing summer festivals, and after that formed a band called Robin and the Hoods. In high school, Zander sang for three years in the Madrigals, the most demanding of the three choral groups at his school, played basketball and football, and had a part-time job at a sandwich shop.
In 1972, Zander was offered the lead singer role in a new band called Cheap Trick by the group's drummer, Bun E. Carlos. At the time, Zander was under contract with a resort in Wisconsin Dells, where he sang and played cover songs, and Cheap Trick had a lead vocalist, Randy "Xeno" Hogan. Hogan left the band around the same time Zander's resort contract expired, and Zander joined Cheap Trick as lead singer. Guitarist Rick Nielsen introduces Zander at concerts as his "favorite lead singer in the whole wide world".
Zander and his Cheap Trick band mates had cameo roles in the 2003 Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care. Zander continues to perform with Cheap Trick around the world. In 2008, the group played in Japan for the 30th anniversary of their original Budokan album release.
Zander's vocal style has influenced many other rock singers from 1980s hard rockers such as Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses, Bret Michaels of Poison, and Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, 1990's punk revivalists, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, to alternative icons Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots.
Robin Zander released the solo album Robin Zander in 1993. A country-rock album, Countryside Blvd. was released online in 2011 but was pulled from online music outlets within hours of being released. In January of 2013 Zander formed The Robin Zander Band with drummer and long time friend Steve Luongo. The band also includes Mark Hitt on guitar and Larry Hobbs on bass.
Zander currently resides in Safety Harbor, Florida with his wife, former Playboy Playmate Pamela Stein  and two children: a son, Robin Zander Jr., and a daughter, Robin-Sailor Zander. He owns a Bichon Frise named Daisy Mae. He has two children from a previous marriage, Ian and Holland, who currently reside in Rockford, Illinois.
- Robin Zander (1993)
- Countryside Blvd (2010)
- "I've Always Got You" (1993), #13 Billboard's Mainstream Rock, from album Robin Zander
- "Surrender To Me" with Ann Wilson (1988), from the soundtrack to Tequila Sunrise
- "In This Country" (1987), from the soundtrack to Over the Top
- "You Send the Rain Away" (1987) duet with Rebbie Jackson, #50 Billboard's R&B Chart