Rob Affuso (born Robert James Affuso, March 1, 1963, Newburgh, New York) is an American heavy metal drummer, best known as the original drummer of Skid Row. He stayed with the band until 1998.
Affuso is currently the band leader and drummer for Soulsystem, a band he formed while touring with Skid Row in 1992. He also formed an entertainment company Soulsystem Orchestras Inc. in New York. Affuso played in the band Ozone Monday with several of his former Skid Row bandmates. He was not involved in Skid Row's 1999 reunion. He has said that he would not accept a reunion without Sebastian Bach.
Affuso is the only former member that keeps in contact with all former Skid Row bandmates and is still good friends with them all. He met Dave "Snake" Sabo while auditioning for Bon Jovi in 1985.
He normally plays Pearl drums and Sabian Cymbals with Soulsystem, and also used them whilst with Skid Row.
He was also a member of the Sutton Thomas Band prior to joining Skid Row. He also played on Gilby Clarke's debut solo album in 1994 and Guns N' Roses original bassist, Duff McKagan's solo album. Affuso played on the debut album of Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan/Law & Order) in 2008. Affuso made his first appearance in years in the metal community on VH1's That Metal Show. He was a guest in the audience, where host Eddie Trunk asked him if he would accept a Skid Row reunion, which he replied by saying "absolutely."
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 1.