List of Suicidal Tendencies band members

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  • 1996–present
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The following is a list of musicians who have been members of American crossover thrash and hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies. Formed in 1980, [1] the band currently comprises lead vocalist Mike Muir, guitarist Dean Pleasants, bassist Ra Díaz and drummer Dave Lombardo.

Crossover thrash is a fusion genre of thrash metal and hardcore punk. The genre lies on a continuum between heavy metal and hardcore punk. Other genres on the same continuum, such as metalcore and grindcore, may overlap with crossover thrash.

Hardcore punk Subgenre of punk rock

Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."

Suicidal Tendencies American crossover thrash band

Suicidal Tendencies are an American crossover thrash band formed in 1980 in Venice, California by vocalist Mike Muir, who is the only remaining original member of the band. Along with D.R.I., Corrosion of Conformity, and Stormtroopers of Death, they are often credited as one of "the fathers of crossover thrash". Their current lineup includes Muir, guitarists Dean Pleasants and Ben Weinman, bassist Ra Díaz and drummer Dave Lombardo. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include guitarists Rocky George and Mike Clark, bassists Louiche Mayorga, Robert Trujillo, Josh Paul and Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner, and drummers Amery Smith, Jimmy DeGrasso, Brooks Wackerman, David Hidalgo Jr., Thomas Pridgen and session musician Josh Freese.

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Band member biography

Suicidal Tendencies formed in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California in 1980 by Mike Muir, guitarist Mike Ball, bassist Mike Dunnigan and drummer Carlos Egert. A short-lived lineup, Ball and Egert left after a matter of months, prompting Mike Dunnigan (†) to switch to guitar and having his brother, Sean, join on drums, and Andrew Evans joined on bass. Mike Dunnigan would later be replaced by Rick Battson.

Santa Monica, California City in California

Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, West Los Angeles on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. The Census Bureau population for Santa Monica in 2010 was 89,736.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of nearly four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood, the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.

By 1983, Battson, Evans and Sean Dunnigan (†) had left the band, to be replaced by Grant Estes, Louiche Mayorga and Amery Smith on guitar, bass and drums respectively. After the 1983 release of the band's self-titled debut album Estes left the band and was replaced by Jon Nelson.

Grant J. Estes is an American guitarist from Santa Monica, California. He was one of the guitarists for the highly influential band Suicidal Tendencies, during the band's hardcore punk era.

Louiche Mayorga American musician

Louiche Mayorga is best known for his bass playing in the Venice Beach punk band Suicidal Tendencies. He co-wrote many of their earlier songs including the punk classic "Institutionalized" from their 1983 debut album on Frontier, as well as" "War Inside My Head," "Possessed to Skate." and the title track "Join the Army" from their second release on Caroline. He has also played for Venice bands; Los Cycos, Uncle Slam, Horny Toad, AgainST and most recently joined forces with his long-time friends Beowülf playing bass on their new album, entitled Jesus Freak. Mayorga is currently playing bass in Luicidal, who plays songs from Suicidal Tendencies' first three albums and has released original material.

Amery "AWOL" Smith is a drummer from Los Angeles, California. He is best known for playing drums in the Venice punk band Suicidal Tendencies.

In 1984, Nelson and Smith left Suicidal Tendencies and was briefly replaced by Anthony Gallo who left to form Los Cycos with Muir. [2] Enter Rocky George and R. J. Herrera. [3] After Join the Army was released in 1987, [4] Mayorga left the band that same year, being replaced by Ric Clayton (formerly of No Mercy) before hiring Bob Heathcote. [5] Also in 1987, they hired Mike Clark (who was also a member of No Mercy) as their second guitarist, then making Suicidal Tendencies a five-piece band.

Anthony Gallo American musician

Anthony Gallo is an American lead and rhythm guitarist who started at age 16 in the early 1980s punk scene. Gallo later progressed into heavy metal and rock as well as T.V. and Film. With a career spanning over 30 years Gallo played and recorded with New Regime, Los Cycos, Nick Menza (Megadeth), Mike Muir, Suicidal Tendencies/Los Cycos, SIN 34, Jon Nelson, Louiche Mayorga, Louis "Loud Lou" Hinzo (Würm), D.H. Peligro, Tiny Bubz (T.S.O.L.), Phil Campbell (Motörhead), heavy metal act Cold Shot, guitarist Carlos Cavazo, James Bradley Jr., Scott Weiland, guitarist Christian Nesmith and Bullet Boys vocalist Marq Torien, and has appeared on Sons of Anarchy in Seasons 5 and 6 as a hang around, and Season 7, the final Ride episode 9, as an S.O.A. Indian Hills, Nevada charter member.

Los Cycos

Los Cycos was a U.S. crossover thrash band founded in 1984 in Venice, Los Angeles, California by Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir. The only recording of the band appears on the rare 1985 release "Welcome to Venice," the debut album and first release from Suicidal Records.

Rocky George American musician

Leonard F. George, best known by his stage name Rocky George, is an American guitarist who has been a member of several notable musical acts, including Suicidal Tendencies, where he was their lead guitarist from 1984 to their first breakup in 1995, and was the first African-American member of the band. After Suicidal Tendencies, George played with 40 Cycle Hum and Cro-Mags, and in 2003, he joined Fishbone. George was also a member of a local punk rock band called Pap Smear with Jeff Hanneman and Dave Lombardo.

The lineup of Muir, George, Clark, Heathcote and Herrera recorded one album together in 1988, before Heathcote left the band a year later. Heathcote was replaced by Robert Trujillo. After the release of their next two albums, Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (1989) and Lights...Camera...Revolution! (1990), Herrera left Suicidal Tendencies in 1991 and their next album was recorded without an official replacement for him; session musician Josh Freese handled the drum tracks. Herrera would eventually be replaced by Jimmy DeGrasso.

<i>How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Cant Even Smile Today</i> 1988 studio album by Suicidal Tendencies

How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today is the third album by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, released on September 13, 1988 on Epic Records, their first album on that label. It was also the band's first album recorded with guitarist Mike Clark, and their only release with bassist Bob Heathcote, who was replaced by Robert Trujillo in 1989.

Robert Trujillo American bassist known for his role as the current bassist of Metallica

Robert Trujillo, is an American musician and songwriter. He has been the bassist of the American heavy metal band Metallica since 2003. He was also a member of crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, funk metal supergroup Infectious Grooves, heavy metal band Black Label Society, and has worked with Jerry Cantrell and Ozzy Osbourne.

<i>Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu</i> 1989 studio album of re-recorded songs by Suicidal Tendencies

Controlled by Hatred / Feel Like Shit… Déjà Vu is the fourth album by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, released on October 17, 1989 by Epic Records. Despite containing re-recorded songs of previously released material, Controlled by Hatred / Feel Like Shit… Déjà Vu is still considered a studio album rather than an EP or a compilation album. It includes four covers of No Mercy, a cover of Los Cycos, two never-before released tracks and two different versions of "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow" : the "video edited" version and the "heavy emotion" version. Controlled by Hatred is the first of three Suicidal Tendencies albums to go gold.

After the 1994 release of Suicidal for Life , relationships between band members began to deteriorate and core members began to leave. This resulted in the band's split in 1995. However, Muir and Clark brought Suicidal Tendencies back together a year later and hired three new members, Dean Pleasants on guitar, Josh Paul on bass and Brooks Wackerman on drums. The reunion lineup recorded the albums Freedumb (1999) and Free Your Soul and Save My Mind (2000), before Wackerman left the band in 2001 to join Bad Religion and be replaced by Ron Bruner.

<i>Suicidal for Life</i> 1994 studio album by Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal for Life is the eighth studio album by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, which was released in 1994. It is their sixth full-length album with original material, and their last album to feature lead guitarist Rocky George and bassist Robert Trujillo as well as their only one to feature drummer Jimmy DeGrasso.

Dean Pleasants guitarist

Dean Pleasants is a heavy metal guitarist. He has been the lead guitarist for Suicidal Tendencies since 1996, and is their longest-standing lead guitarist, surpassing Rocky George, who had been the band for 11 years. He is also a member of the Suicidal Tendencies funk metal side project Infectious Grooves. He also played with Ugly Kid Joe on their America's Least Wanted album and was in the Jessica Simpson band for several years. He also played with George Clinton, Tone Loc, Coke advertisements, Poe, Jody Watley and Atlantic Starr. Dean uses VHT, Fender and Marshall amps and plays Fernandes and ESP guitars.

Josh Paul is an American bass guitarist best known as an original member of the band Daughtry. As of 2017, he remains a member and has played on all four of their studio albums. Prior to that, at the age of 18, he joined thrash/punk band Suicidal Tendencies. Other notable work includes his soul/rock side project Bobby Church, and contributions to a diverse range of bands and artists such as Infectious Grooves, Everlast, Kelly Osbourne, The Veronicas, and Ashley Parker Angel.

Bassist Paul left in 2002 and was replaced by Ron's brother Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner. By 2005, Ron Bruner had left the band, and Dave Hidalgo had taken over on drums. In 2007, Dave Hidalgo was replaced by Infectious Grooves drummer and 2003 Guitar Center "Drum-off" champion Eric Moore. [6]

During the band's extensive touring regiment in 2011 and 2012, bassist Stephen Bruner was absent for many of the shows due to his solo career interests and other music commitments. Replacing him in his touring role for the band has been Tim "Rawbiz" Williams. Mike Clark suffered a head injury requiring 9 staples at a pre-show incident in Santa Cruz on May 31, 2012 and left the band soon after. He was replaced by Nico Santora. Another lineup change took place in March 2014 when Thomas Pridgen replaced Eric Moore on drums after the band destroyed Moore's drum kit during a video recording without first informing him of the intended action. [7]

On August 27, 2014, Suicidal Tendencies announced the death of their bassist Tim Williams on the band's Facebook page. Williams was replaced by Michael Morgan, and then two years later, Morgan was replaced by Ra Díaz. Also in 2016, guitarist Nico Santora left the band and was replaced by Oneironaut guitarist Jeff Pogan, while drummer Eric Moore was replaced by former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. Pogan announced his departure from the band in July 2018.

Current members

Lead vocalist Mike Muir is the only remaining original member of Suicidal Tendencies. Mike Muir.jpg
Lead vocalist Mike Muir is the only remaining original member of Suicidal Tendencies.
Guitarist Rocky George recorded and performed live with Suicidal Tendencies for 11 years, from 1984 to 1995. Rocky George aug 2005.jpg
Guitarist Rocky George recorded and performed live with Suicidal Tendencies for 11 years, from 1984 to 1995.
Gutiarist Dean Pleasents has been with Suicidal Tendencies since their reunion in 1996, replacing Rocky George. Dean Pleasants 2008 France pic by st-math!eu under cc by sa.jpg
Gutiarist Dean Pleasents has been with Suicidal Tendencies since their reunion in 1996, replacing Rocky George.
Robert Trujillo was the second long-term bassist of the band, having replaced Bob Heathcote in 1989. Robert Trujillo live in London 2008-09-15.jpg
Robert Trujillo was the second long-term bassist of the band, having replaced Bob Heathcote in 1989.
Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso officially joined Suicidal Tendencies in 1992 as R.J. Herrera's replacement and stayed with the band until their hiatus in 1995. Jimmy DeGrasso by bigdrumthump.jpg
Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso officially joined Suicidal Tendencies in 1992 as R.J. Herrera's replacement and stayed with the band until their hiatus in 1995.
Drummer Brooks Wackerman joined Suicidal Tendencies in 1996, when they reunited, and performed on their first two reunion albums before leaving the band in 2001 to join Bad Religion. BrooksWackerman-Starland Ballroom-2007.jpg
Drummer Brooks Wackerman joined Suicidal Tendencies in 1996, when they reunited, and performed on their first two reunion albums before leaving the band in 2001 to join Bad Religion.
Mike Muir
Active: 1980present
Instruments: lead vocals
Release contributions: all Suicidal Tendencies releases
Dean Pleasants
Active: 1996present
Instruments: lead guitar, backing vocals
Release contributions: all Suicidal Tendencies releases since Six the Hard Way (1998)
Dave Lombardo
Active: 2016present
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: all Suicidal Tendencies releases since World Gone Mad (2016)
Ra Díaz
Active: 2016present
Instruments: bass, backing vocals
Release contributions: all Suicidal Tendencies releases since World Gone Mad (2016)
Ben Weinman
Active: 2018present
Instruments: rhythm guitar
Release contributions: None

Former members

Guitarists

Active: 19801982
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 19821983
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 1983
Release contributions: Suicidal Tendencies (1983)
Active: 19831984
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release (contributed to songwriting: "Look Up (The Boys Are Back In Town)", "War Inside My Head", "You Got, I Want”, and “Human Guinea Pig”)
Active: 19841985
Release contributions: Played on "Welcome to Venice" (Suicidal Records 1985)
Active: 19841995
Release contributions: Join the Army (1987), How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today (1988), Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (1989), Lights...Camera...Revolution! (1990), The Art of Rebellion (1992), Still Cyco After All These Years (1993), Suicidal for Life (1994)
Active: 19872012
Release contributions: all Suicidal Tendencies releases from How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today (1988) to 13 (2013)
Active: 20122016
Release contributions: 13 (2013)
Active: 20162018
Release contributions: World Gone Mad (2016) and Get Your Fight On! (2018)

Bassists

Active: 19801981
He switched to lead guitars after Mike Ball's departure in 1982
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 1981
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 19811987
Release contributions: Suicidal Tendencies (1983), Join the Army (1987)
Active: 1988
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 19871989
Release contributions: How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today (1988), Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (1989) ("Just Another Love Song" and both versions of "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow")
Active: 19891995
Release contributions: Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (1989), Lights...Camera...Revolution! (1990), The Art of Rebellion (1992), Still Cyco After All These Years (1993), Suicidal for Life (1994)
Active: 19962001
Release contributions: Six the Hard Way (1998), Freedumb (1999), Free Your Soul and Save My Mind (2000), 13 (2013)
Active: 20022011
Release contributions: Year of the Cycos (2008), No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family (2010), 13 (2013)
Active: 20112014
Release contributions: 13 (2013)
Active: 20142016
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release

Drummers

Active: 19801981
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 19811982
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 19821984
Release contributions: Suicidal Tendencies (1983)
Active: 19841991
Release contributions: Join the Army (1987), How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today (1988), Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (1989), Lights...Camera...Revolution! (1990), Still Cyco After All These Years (1993)
Active: 1992
Release contributions: The Art of Rebellion (1992)
Active: 19921995
Release contributions: Suicidal for Life (1994)
Active: 19962001
Release contributions: Six the Hard Way (1998), Freedumb (1999), Free Your Soul and Save My Mind (2000), Year of the Cycos (2008), No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family (2010)
Active: 2001
Release contributions: Friends & Family Vol. 2 (2001)
Active: 20012004
Release contributions: Year of the Cycos (2008), No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family (2010), 13 (2013)
Active: 20052007
Release contributions: Live at the Olympic Auditorium (2010), 13 (2013)
Active: 2014
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 20072014, 2014-2016
Released contributrions: Year of the Cycos (2008), No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family (2010), 13 (2013)

Timeline

List of Suicidal Tendencies band members

Related Research Articles

<i>Still Cyco After All These Years</i> 1993 studio album of re-recorded songs by Suicidal Tendencies

Still Cyco After All These Years is the seventh studio album by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, released in 1993. The album is composed of re-recorded songs from the band's 1983 debut album, Suicidal Tendencies, re-recordings of "War Inside My Head" and "A Little Each Day" from the band's second album, Join the Army, and "Don't Give Me Your Nothin'" which was previously released as a b-side to "Send Me Your Money". Despite containing re-recordings of previously released material, Still Cyco After All These Years has been classified as a studio album rather than a compilation.

Mike Muir American musician

Michael Allen "Mike" Muir is the lead vocalist of the Venice, California crossover thrash bands Suicidal Tendencies, Los Cycos and the funk metal band Infectious Grooves. He has also released several solo albums under his nickname Cyco Miko. Muir's trademark is wearing bandanas, jerseys with the number 13, and hats with block style letters that read "suicidal."

Mike Clark (guitarist) American musician

Mike Clark is an American heavy metal and punk rock guitarist. He is best known for being the rhythm guitarist with Suicidal Tendencies, a band he played with from 1987 to 2012, and was the only member besides Mike Muir to return to the band when it reunited. He originally played in the thrash metal band No Mercy of which Muir was also the vocalist. During Suicidal Tendencies' hiatus he was a member of the thrash band Creeper.

Ralph J. (R.J.) Herrera is a heavy metal drummer. He is best known for being the drummer of Suicidal Tendencies between the years of 1984 and 1991. After Suicidal Tendencies, he joined Uncle Slam, a crossover thrash band featuring ex-Suicidal members. While in Suicidal he used double bass drum kits, a feature often associated with metal music as opposed to the hardcore punk Suicidal was associated with when he joined. Herrera, along with Rocky George and Mike Clark, was largely responsible for the band's transition to thrash metal. He left in 1991 due to unspecified personal differences, but was thanked in the sleeve of the band's next album The Art of Rebellion for "8 outstanding years". Herrera has done several guest jams and in 2002 was seen playing with old band mate Rocky George and guitarist Anthony Gallo at the Kit Cat club in Hollywood on Sunset, where other drummers included Nick Menza of Megadeth.

No Mercy (metal band) thrash metal band from California, United States

No Mercy are a thrash metal band from Venice, California, the brainchild of guitar player Mike Clark, who later played in Suicidal Tendencies.

<i>Widespread Bloodshed Love Runs Red</i> 1987 studio album by No Mercy

Widespread Bloodshed Love Runs Red is the only studio album by American thrash metal band No Mercy, released in 1987 by Suicidal Records.

Robert "Bob" Heathcote is a semi-retired American musician, best known as the former bassist in the crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, where he performed on their 1988 album How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today.

Suicidal Tendencies discography

The discography of Suicidal Tendencies, a Los Angeles-based crossover thrash band formed in 1980 by vocalist Mike Muir, consists of thirteen studio albums, four compilation albums, two extended plays, twenty-one singles and twenty-two music videos. Their first studio album, Suicidal Tendencies, was released in 1983 but failed to chart. Their second album, Join the Army, was released four years later and peaked at number 100 in the United States and number 81 in the UK. The album caught the attention of Epic Records, who signed Suicidal Tendencies in 1988. The band released their first album for the label, How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today, in September 1988, and in the following year they released Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu, which was their first album to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

<i>Year of the Cycos</i> 2008 compilation album by Suicidal Tendencies

Year of the Cycos is a compilation album of bands featuring the vocalist Mike Muir, released in 2008. It includes new and previously released songs by Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Cyco Miko and No Mercy.

<i>No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family</i> 2010 studio album of re-recorded songs by Suicidal Tendencies

No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family is a studio album by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, released in 2010. It is considered the follow-up to 1993's Still Cyco After All These Years; like that album, it features some re-recorded songs of their early material. Aside from the re-recordings of songs from their 1987 Join the Army album, it also features re-recordings of No Mercy songs, and the previously released "Come Alive". Its cover art was created by designer Alan Pirie.

<i>13</i> (Suicidal Tendencies album) 2013 studio album by Suicidal Tendencies

13 is the eleventh studio album by the American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies. It was released on March 26, 2013. The album was recorded over a ten-year period at the band's studio "ST Studio", while additional recording took place at Interscope Studios, Stall #2 and Titan Studio.

<i>Lights...Camera...Suicidal</i> 1990 video by Suicidal Tendencies

Lights...Camera...Suicidal is a 1990 home video released by Suicidal Tendencies. It was released to accompany their fourth album Lights...Camera...Revolution!, which was released four months earlier, and contains six of the band's music videos, with frontman Mike Muir speaking about each one, and a live video for "War Inside My Head". Lights...Camera...Suicidal is currently out of print, and has never been released on DVD.

<i>Get Your Fight On!</i> 2018 EP by Suicidal Tendencies

Get Your Fight On! is the second EP by the American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, which was released on March 9, 2018.

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