Robin Black

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Robin Black
OriginPinawa, Manitoba, Canada
GenresGlam rock
Years active1998–present
LabelsSextant Records
Venus/EMI
WebsiteRobin Black MySpace
MembersRobin Black
Chris "Starboy" Cunnane
Peter Arvidsson
Robbie Ruckus
Aaron Verdonk
Past membersKy Anto
Stacy Stray
Kevin Taylor
John Kerns
Chris Kidd

Robin Black is a Canadian Mixed Martial Arts commentator, analyst and former musician.

History[edit]

Originally a member of the Pinawa, Manitoba band Ballroom Zombies, Robin Black moved to Toronto in 1998 to form Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rock Stars.

The band released their first recording, a novelty CD single cut in the shape of a star, in 2000. The album Planet Fame, produced by Moe Berg and Garth Richardson, followed on February 14, 2002. It was filled with glam rock tracks, led by the single "So Sick of You". A video for the single was also released.

Prior to the release of their second album, the band brought in two new members; Chris "The Kidd" Avolos on drums and John "The Creep" Kerns on bass. The 2005 album was named Instant Classic, and was produced by Bob Ezrin along with Garth Richardson. For this release the band's name was shortened to just Robin Black. They toured extensively for this release, including internationally.

Frontman Robin also made an appearance on Showcase's TV series KinK. Black was also a judge on the 2006 Much Music VJ Search. He holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Robin also won his division at the 2008 NAGA World Championships. He now trains MMA at Xtreme Couture in Toronto alongside other professional MMA fighters such as Mark Hominick, Mark Bocek, and Rob Di Censo and retired from professional MMA with a 4-5 record.

Robin Black toured the UK again across July and August 2008 with support from German glam rock band The Pleasures and British based Patchwork Grace. This tour culminated in a headline show at Trash Stock festival, Nottingham.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Robin Black is a practitioner of Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was featured on a MuchMusic program titled "Robin Black: Cage Fighter".[1] On the program, Black trained with mixed martial artists Georges St-Pierre, Sam Stout, Mark Hominick, Dan Smith, Charlotte Savage, and Andrew Bradbury.

Black was also a guest commentator at an XMMA show in Montreal featuring David Loiseau.[2] This marked the first time that Robin did color commentary for fights. Robin has since been brought in to interview fighters between rounds at Warrior-1 MMA - Inception, WRECK MMA, CFC and others.

In 2009, Black submitted opponent Stephane Poirier to become the first ever 135 pound Champion in Canada's ELITE 1 MMA promotion.

After a near 2-year hiatus, Robin returned to the cage at the inaugural SLAMM: Tristar Fights event on November 30, 2012, submitting opponent Derek Charbonneau via Kimura armlock in the 2nd round, bringing his MMA record to 4-5 (W-L).[3]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

ROBIN BLACK

  • Robin Black - vocals
  • Peter Arvidsson - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris "Starboy" Cunnane - guitar, backing vocals
  • Robby Ruckus (who also plays in Darlings of Chelsea) - bass
  • Aaron Verdonk - Drums (who also plays in Stereos)

Former[edit]

ROBIN BLACK AND THE INTERGALACTIC ROCK STARS 1998-2002

  • Robin Black - lead vocals
  • Stacy Stray - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris "Starboy" Cunnane - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • jackie Duncan - bass (may-sept. 98)
  • Killer Ky Anto - bass (sept. 98-May 2002)
  • Kevin Taylor aka K-Tron - drums

ROBIN BLACK AND THE INTERGALACTIC ROCK STARS 2002-2003

  • Robin Black - lead vocals
  • Killer Ky Anto - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris "Starboy" Cunnane - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • B.B. McQueen - bass
  • Kevin Taylor - drums

ROBIN BLACK 2003-2006

  • Robin Black - lead vocals
  • Killer Ky Anto - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris "Starboy" Cunnane - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • John "The Creep" Kerns - bass
  • Chris "The Kid" Avolos - drums

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Planet:Fame (2002)
  • Instant Classic (2005)

Singles[edit]

  • "Star Shaped Single" (2000)
  • "Two Song Tease" (2004)
  • "Hellraiser" (2003) (UK only release)

DVDs[edit]

  • We Came, We Saw...We Came! (DVD, 2002)

Videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
2002 So Sick Of You Pablo Fairhall Planet Fame
2002 Some Of You Boys (And Most of You Girls) Pablo Fairhall Planet Fame
2002 Time Travel Tonight Kris Lefcoe Planet Fame
2002 Take Myself Away Chris Grismer Planet Fame
2005 We See Right Through Ya Kris Lefcoe Instant Classic
2005 Why Don't You Love Me? Kris Lefcoe & Ghostmilk Studios Instant Classic

Awards and recognition[edit]