Robert Nielson

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Robert Nielson aka "Dr. Bob" was the original guitarist for The Vindictives. He met Vindictives' vocalist Joey Vindictive in 1990 after answering an ad that Joey had posted in a local Guitar Center. Bob was an odd choice. Already in his late '30s, he had a career in the medical field (hence the nickname Dr. Bob) and a family, was a novice guitarist and had never played in a band. However, Joey was impressed by Bob's eagerness and his thick mustache, very uncool for a punk rocker at the time, and the two hit it off right away. Bob would remain in the Vindictives until 1994, by which time Bob's long-time substance abuse problems had led to his leaving the band. Unfortunately, these problems would ultimately get the best of Bob, as he was found dead of a heroin overdose in February, 2003.