Robo (musician)

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Robo with Misfits (2001)
Background information
Birth nameJulio Roberto Valverde Valencia
Born1955 (age 63–64)
Cali, Colombia
GenresHorror punk, punk rock, heavy metal, hardcore punk
Occupation(s)Musician, drummer
Years active1977–present
Associated actsMisfits, Black Flag

Julio Roberto Valverde Valencia (born 1955[1]), better known by his stage name Robo, is a Colombian–American drummer. He came to prominence in the early 1980s with punk band Black Flag, and more recently has been a member of Misfits.

Life and career[edit]

Robo (at the time known by his birth name, Roberto Valverde), was a Colombian army defector, born in Cali, who came to the United States on a student visa in early 1975. He stayed after the visa expired.[2]

Robo began playing drums in 1976, while living in El Segundo, California and working in a plastics factory. In 1978, he joined Black Flag as the band's second drummer, replacing Brian Migdol. He toured and recorded with them through 1981, performing on the EPs Jealous Again and Six Pack, and their first full-length album, Damaged. He later toured and recorded with the Misfits on the Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood album.

Robo's drum style is brash and brutal, relying heavily on open high-hat to generate the frenetic sounds on Black Flag's records. His signature drum kit during that era was transparent to match Greg Ginn's see-through Dan Armstrong guitar, and was unique in that all of the drums and cymbals were parallel to the ground rather than tilted towards him as is more typical of drummers. He was also known for wearing plastic and metal bracelets during concerts and recording sessions; they can sometimes be heard faintly clattering on recordings. His stage name was given to him by his Black Flag bandmates, and is both a play on his name (Roberto) and a reference to his drumming style. Whereas many drummers utilize a style which uses quick movements originating from the wrist, Robo's style consists of stiff, robotic movements of the entire arm.

In 2003, Robo drummed for Black Flag during their reunion shows. He was joined by Dez Cadena on vocals and rhythm guitar, Ginn on lead guitar, and C'el Revuelta on bass. In 2005, he rejoined the Misfits, then featuring Jerry Only on bass and vocals and fellow former Black Flag member Cadena on guitar. When touring, the band played Misfits songs as well as Black Flag songs, with Cadena singing the Black Flag songs. Robo appeared on the "Land of the Dead" single.

He was briefly mentioned in the Jim Jarmusch short film Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California by Iggy Pop, who suggested using Robo's drumming talents to an offended Tom Waits.

Robo has been married once, to Barbara Mazzone Valverde, and they have one son, Vincent Valverde (formerly of the band TALP), who was born on December 6, 1985. Robo and Barbara subsequently divorced.

In 2010, Robo dropped out of the Misfits due to passport troubles.

On January 25, 2013, it was announced that Robo would be participating in Black Flag's upcoming reunion show at Hevy Music Festival in Folkestone, their first UK show in 30 years, in August.[3] A few days later, it was announced that Gregory Moore would be the drummer for Black Flag, not Robo.[4]


Black Flag[edit]

Note: Robo was credited as the drummer on early pressings of Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown EP but did not play on the actual recording.

The Misfits[edit]


  1. ^ His year of birth is found in the timeline of
  2. ^ Blush, Steven (2010). American Hardcore: A Tribal History (Second Edition). Port Townsend, WA: Feral House. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-922915-71-2.
  3. ^ "Black Flag Is Back". January 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  4. ^

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