Bob Schallau is a freelance writer, music trivia enthusiast, and multi-instrumentalist from Long Beach, California who lives in Austin, Texas.
Shortly after Bob's first rock concert – Journey at Anaheim Stadium – he took up bass guitar at age 11. Bob played his first Los Angeles club show at age 19 as bassist for future School of Fish frontman Josh Clayton-Felt's band, The Boon. Coincidentally, Journey members Neil Schon and Jonathan Cain were in the audience that night watching Bob's band play.
Over a dozen bands followed including his last L.A. band, Cakeboy, which recorded with Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith at the legendary NRG Studios. In 1999, Bob moved to Austin, Texas seeking a fresh start. The following year he joined the popular band Soak and played shows all over Texas which culminated with opening for the Toadies in front of 10,000 people before disbanding. Bob carried on as a bassist in bands until August 2013, when his last band broke up after playing Houston's House of Blues with Courtney Love as headliner.
One month after his final gig, Bob became a staff reporter at AlternativeNation.net from September 2013 to February 2015. In December 2014, Bob became the Rock Music Expert Writer for Rock.About.com. He has interviewed many prominent rock musicians including Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses, Art of Anarchy, solo artist), Justin Hawkins (The Darkness), Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses) and many others. Rock.About.com also features articles on a wide variety of topics including: music news, Top 10 lists, album reviews, editorials, and music trivia. Bob has an encyclopedic mind when it comes to rock music and enjoys writing about many musical styles including: modern rock, 90's rock, classic rock, and more.
Bob received a Bachelor of Arts in English - Creative Writing with a Minor in Music from California State University, Long Beach. During his last year at CSULB he won first place in the "Rolling Stone Rock 'N' Roll Bowl" music trivia contest.