Rhett Forrester

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Rhett Forrester
Born (1956-09-22)September 22, 1956
Origin Tucker
Died January 22, 1994(1994-01-22) (aged 37)
Genres Heavy metal, Hard rock
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Instruments Vocals, harmonica, bass guitar
Years active 1981-1994
Associated acts Riot
Website In Memory

Rhett Forrester (September 22, 1956, Tucker, Georgia – January 22, 1994, Atlanta, Georgia) was an American musician and the lead singer of New York-based band Riot from 1981 until 1984.

After Riot, he performed on Jack Starr's Out of the Darkness album (1984) and put out two solo releases: "Gone With the Wind" and "Even the Score". "Assume The Position", his most notable solo song, featured an explicit video.

Forrester was shot and killed in Atlanta at age 37 after he refused to give up his vehicle in an attempted carjacking. This crime has not been solved. He was survived by his mother Lafortune Forrester, his brother (guitarist Lucky Forrester), his ex (Windi Grace), daughter (Jade Grace), and his fiance, Lori Plester, whom he was living with at the time.[1]

During 1985, Forrester performed in the collaboration Thrasher project (on Combat Records), singing "Bad Boys", on the album "Burning At the Speed of Light". He also recorded an album with ex-Keel guitarist Bryan Jay's (real name Bryan Hongola) band Dogbone.[2] Dogbone's song "Dog Fight Alley" has since been released by Ron Keel and his band Keel as the title track to their anniversary CD and renamed "The Streets of Rock and Roll" which gives no credit to Rhett or Dogbone.

At the beginning of the 1990s, Forrester played with the Canadian band Black Symphony With Rick Plester [3] and with Alex Masi [4] but no material was produced other than unpublished demo tapes.[5]

Rare material, including 5 songs from the project Mr. Dirty, featuring Forrester, guitarist Rob Robbins, bassist/songwriter Scot Gains and drummer Ray Mehlbaum,[1] was released in 1996 on the memorial CD Hell or Highwater.[6] Forrester's last recordings took place in 1993 with the band Dirty Water, featuring former Winkerkat guitarist Jonathan Grell, drummer Dwain Miller (Keel, Dogbone) and bassist Robert Cooper. Three songs from those sessions were released on a Tejas Records compilation in 1993; "Hell or Highwater" and "Child of Time" from the comp, along with the unreleased "Hard Drivin' Woman", later appeared on the Hell or Highwater memorial CD.

In 1996, Forrester was inducted into Atlanta's Hard Rock Cafe.[7]



with Riot[edit]

with Dogbone[edit]

  • 1996 - Dogbone

with Jack Starr[edit]


  • 1982 - Restless Breed (Riot)
  • 1984 - Born In America (Riot)
  • 1988 - Assume The Position (solista - Hard And Heavy Vol. 1)



  • 1992 - Black Symphony - 3 song demo
  • 1993 - Rockeit Plant Sessions - 4 song demo (Jan.)
  • 1993 - Clear Lake Sessions - 4 song demo (Apr.)
  • 1993 - Dirty Water Sessions - 5 song demo


  1. ^ a b Jeremy Simmonds, The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars, Chicago Review Press, 2008, ISBN 1-55652-754-3, pag. 312
  2. ^ : Dogbone's CD review
  3. ^ : Black Symphony - official website
  4. ^ : Alex Masi - intervista
  5. ^ : Rhett Forrester Encyclopedia Metallum
  6. ^ - Rhett Forrester Cutting Edge
  7. ^ : Artist at Hotshotdigital - Rhett Forrester
  8. ^ : Artist at Hotshotdigital - Rhett Forrester Discography

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