Leaving Aerosmith to sober themselves up up and reconvene with Perry and Whitford, Jimmy shifted to the West Coast and began a new life...
Jimmy told Aerosmith biographer, Mark Putterford, that after leaving Aerosmith he took a two year break in LA to "clear out the cobwebs and rid my life of drugs and alcohol." Jimmy is now married to Cynthia, who he met while in the band Adam Bomb, has two kids and lives in LA. One of his first post Aerosmith major projects was the heavy metal/hard rock outfit Adam Bomb. They released 3 LP's, "Fatal Attraction" (Geffen 1985), including Cliff Williams of AC/DC playing bass and backing vocals on the track "I Want My Heavy Metal", Pure S.E.X. (Combat 1990) and Grave New World (Rockworld 1993).
You can check out the Adam Bomb Page on this website featuring photos of the band, and interviews with drummer Gregg Gerson. Gregg has an awesome homepage located at www.GreggGerson.com which has rare pics from his days in Adam Bomb with Jimmy. Be sure to check it out!
While with Adam Bomb, Jimmy contributed touch ups to the Aerosmith album Classics Live (Columbia 1986). Steven Tyler at the time was unimpressed with this album, telling an interviewer of his disdain that Aerosmith circa 1986 were not asked to do post production work on the album by David Krebs, commenting that it was "a bad representation of Aerosmith" in that it was Jimmy playing and also singing, and that "a true fan can tell it isn't Joe Perry". Steven cited "Train Kept A Rolling" as one number he particularly didn't like on the album, stating "leaving all the mistakes in is an atrocity" - "it really sucks, it's fucked up", Tyler even calling the album a "piece of shit". Jimmy later revealed that the particularly dissonant solo in Train Kept A Rollin' wasn't his and he had protested leaving it in as well - the producers had insisted on leaving it in to show it was a true live album. While a true fan can certainly tell it wasn't Joe Perry, this isn't to say that the album was as bad as Tyler suggested. He conceded that if he was a fan he would probably love the album, saying "If I was an Aerosmith freak I would probably love it - 'cause you know, anything I could get my hands on that has to do with any band I love - outtakes, shortbreaks, I love it till the earth quakes." The fans did still buy it, keeping it on the charts for 3 months.
Since then Jimmy has worked on a variety of projects. Into the late eighties Jimmy did session work for 60's star Bonnie Bramlett's group, the Bandaloo Doctors, before working uncredited on Billy Squier's Hear and Now, completing several music videos and a successful live tour.
Amongst other artists, Jimmy has also worked with Julian Lennon, and Elton John penman, Bernie Taupin.
In the late 90's Jimmy played regularly with Mary Dolan, performing on her "(Another) Holy Day" album (Cargo/Earth Music)(Check out a review of the album here). Jimmy also played both on record and live with fellow San Diego vocalist Lisa Sanders, her album "Life Takes You Flying" featuring a mixture of Jimmy's softer touch and some soaring solos.
While living and working in California, Jimmy jammed extensively with a number of artists, including with movie star Steven Segal, whose collection of rare guitars (including unique Hendrix-owned guitars) Jimmy was fortunate enough to unleash upon.
Heading back to his more rocking side in the early millenium, Jimmy hooked up with former Rough Cutt and Quiet Riot singer, Paul Shortino to reconvene the name Rough Cutt. Building a solid following playing rock clubs like Palladinos, the band ended up putting out a full length release, "Sacred Place", under the moniker of Paul Shortino's The Cutt. The rocking video for lead single "I Believe" features some of Crespo's most bone crunching guitar coupled with Shortino's rock hard and raspy vocals.
During this time Jimmy also participated in a number of tribute albums including Joe Satriani / Steve Vai, The Cult, Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Aerosmith and more on Versailles Records.
Following the tragic loss of Jimmy's stepson Jason, Jimmy took up the offers of head hunters in Las Vegas to move the family to Sin City. Performing with Jimmy Hopper's band at the Bellagio Hotel, Jimmy quickly established himself as one of the must-see acts in Las Vegas. Jimmy soon formed the band Phoenix with some of the finest multi-instrumental talents in America. The group developed a loyal following and releasing the cd "Turning Point", a collection of covers the band often played live. Jimmy later left Phoenix with vocalist Momo and formed the band RockDaddy before playing with Las Vegas favourites the Sin City Sinners on select dates in 2010.
In late 2010, Jimmy formed the all-star, all-out rock outfit The Jimmy Crespo Project, pulling out his Aerosmith-era catalogue for an overdue rocking. With plans to go into the studio with the JCP to finally record the mass of recordings which Jimmy has accrued over the years, Jimmy remains as active as ever. For all the latest, check out the News Page for more.
Gregg Gerson: http://www.GreggGerson.com
Bronx Style Bob: http://www.emol.org/emol/music/tina/tinasept96.html
Bernie Taupin: http://www.farmdogs.com
Mary Dolan: http://v-music.com/artists/mary.dolan/