According to vocalist Jason Sears in a 2002 interview with Thrasher magazine: “It happened that some guy said, 'Ha, those kids will never be anything, they're just a bunch of rich kids on LSD, man.' The first party we played we didn't have a name for the band, so we put that one on the flier and it just stuck.” Their musical evolution can be heard on their webpage, which features "RKL Radio" with nearly all of their songs streamed including a complete discography. RKL break-up and return After a couple line-up changes in the late eighties and early nineties, the original vocalist Jason Sears returned to the band in 1994 to help finish their European tour. This sparked the band to record its first album, Riches to Rags, with him in a little under a decade. The band suffered an ill-fated break-up in 1996 which led most of the members of the band to go on to other projects and form new bands. However only a year later did the band return with most of its previous members minus drummer Dave Raun and guitarist Barry "D'Live" Ward who had their spots filled by Boz Rivera and Chris Flippin. Guitarist Chris Rest and the bands original drummer Richard "Bomer" Manzullo, formed The Other with Mad Caddies drummer Boz Rivera.
Boz would later go on to join RKL when they reunited in 1997. Former guitarist Barry Ward otherwise known as "Barry D'Live" went on to play with such acts as Hotbox as well as playing under the alias "The Wooper" with the group he currently resides in, the Crosstops. He also stood in for some bands on tour such as filling in for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes guitarist Chris Shiflett (who also plays for the Foo Fighters) as well as being hired on as Balsac the Jaws of Death for the theatrical shock rock group GWAR. Former drummer Dave Raun, Chris Rest and future member Chris Flippin joined the Goleta based punk band Lagwagon. Dave also went on to play drums for the all-star cover band, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Bassist Joe Raposo along with Chris Rest and Boz Rivera also compose half of the San Francisco based group King City. Vocalist Jason Sears did a track for a Snot tribute album to their late lead singer Lynn Strait. He later did an album with the San Diego based band Mercury Legion. RKL today On March 30, 2005, Derrick Plourde, former drummer of RKL, who also played in Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, Jaws, and The Ataris, committed suicide.
Lagwagon paid tribute to Derrick with their 2005 release of the album Resolve. On December 12, 2005, the original drummer Richard Anthony Manzullo (aka "Bomer") died due to heart failure at his home in Summerland, California. The cause of death was the result of a long time battle with drug addictions. On January 31, 2006, Jason Sears died due to complications while undergoing a detox treatment involving ibogaine in Tijuana, Mexico. The cause of death was the result of a pulmonary embolism caused by thrombosis. Currently the future for RKL remains uncertain. There are rumors of an "RKLAOKE" show sometime in the Summer of 2006 as a benefit concert to raise money for Jason's kids.
The show as well as time and venue have yet to be confirmed. The show would feature the remaining members of the band playing all the past favorites with different members of the audience. Past and present band members of R.K.L. Current Lineup (1997-2005) Jason Sears -- vocals Chris Flippin -- guitar Chris Rest -- guitar Joe Raposo -- bass Boz Rivera -- drums Lineup (1994-1996) Jason Sears -- vocals Barry Ward -- guitar Chris Rest -- guitar Joe Raposo -- Bass Dave Raun -- drums Lineup (1992-1993) Bomer Manzullo -- vocals Barry Ward -- guitar Chris Rest -- guitar Joe Raposo -- Bass Dave Raun -- drums Lineup (1987-1989) Jason Sears -- vocals Joe Raposo -- bass Barry Ward -- guitar Chris Rest -- guitar "Bomer" Manzullo -- drums Lineup (1985-1987) Jason Sears -- vocals Vince Peppars -- bass Chris Rest -- guitar Barry Ward -- guitar "Bomer" Manzullo -- drums Original lineup (1983-1985) Jason Sears -- vocals Vince Peppars -- bass Chris Rest -- guitar "Alpo" -- guitar "Bomer" Manzullo -- drums R.K.L. Discography Nardcore, Compilation LP (Mystic Records, 1984; "US Steel", "Lies", "No Respect") It's a Beautiful Feeling, 7" EP (Mystic Records, 1984) Covers, Compilation LP (Mystic Records, 1984; "Chinese Rocks") Mystic Super Seven Sampler #1, Compilation LP (Mystic Records, 1984) Return to Slimey Valley LP , Compilation LP (Mystic Records, 1985; "Evil In You") Keep Laughing LP (Mystic Records, 1985) RocK 'n Roll Nightmare LP (Alchemy Records, 1987; re-released on CD by Epitaph Records) Double Live in Berlin LP (Destiny Records, 1989; recorded live in Germany on 1988 tour) Reactivate LP (Epitaph Records, 1993) Riches to Rags LP (Epitaph Records, 1994) Revenge is a Beautiful Feeling, CD (2000?) Keep Laughing (w/ It's a Beautiful Feeling), Mystic Re-release, CD (2002) Videos Still Flailing After All These Beers, VHS (1997) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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