Bobby Steele

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Bobby Steele
Steele fronting The Undead, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2000
Steele fronting The Undead, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2000
Background information
Birth nameRobert Charles Kaufhold
BornMarch 18, 1956 (1956-03-18) (age 67)
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresHorror punk, hardcore punk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, bass, guitar
Years active1978–present

Bobby Steele (born Robert Charles Kaufhold; March 18, 1956) is an American punk rock musician. He is the current guitar player, songwriter, and sole original member of the 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 Wolfgang von Frankenstein. He married Diana Viar who joined The Undead in November 2014.


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.[1]

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 Hell EPs and his playing can also be heard on the Beware and Halloween EPs as well as the "missing" Misfits album 12 Hits from Hell.[2] 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.


The Misfits[edit]

The Undead[edit]


  • Never Say Die (1986) – LP, cassette
  • Act Your Rage (1989) – LP, cassette
  • Dawn Of The Undead (1991) – LP, CD, cassette
  • Live Slayer (1992) – LP, CD, cassette
  • The Undead (1995) – cassette
  • Til Death (1998) – LP, CD
  • Still The Undead After All These Years (2007) – CD, LP
  • 12 Hits From Hell - Uncovered (2007) - digital-only
  • Bobby (aka Bobby Steele) (2009)- LP, CD
  • The Morgue The Merrier (2015)- CD, LP




  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ "Misfits".