George, performing with
in France, August 2005.
Leonard F. George
January 9, 1965 in
Culver City, California, U.S.
Heavy metal, thrash metal, funk metal, punk rock, progressive metal
Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, Cro-Mags, Harley's War, 40 Cycle Hum
Ibanez RG Series Guitars
Leonard F. George (born January 9, 1965 [1 ] in [2 ] Culver City, California), best known by his stage name Rocky George, is an American heavy metal virtuoso 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. 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.
Biography [ edit ]
During his tenure with Suicidal Tendencies, George joined a short-lived
punk side project called "Pap Smear", formed by Slayer members Jeff Hanneman and Dave Lombardo. Although Pap Smear has never released any records, two of their songs were re-recorded on Slayer's 1996 covers album . George joined Suicidal Tendencies in 1984, replacing Undisputed Attitude Jon Nelson, who replaced the first album's guitarist Grant Estes. His debut with the band was on the song "Look Up..(The Boys Are Back)" written by Jon Nelson and Welcome to Venice Mike Muir. George is largely considered responsible for moving Suicidal Tendencies away from their hardcore punk roots into a more thrash oriented territory. He is also responsible for Robert Trujillo joining the band, who was a high school friend of his (at Culver City High School).
Since 2003, he has been playing guitar with
Fishbone and appeared on their 2006 album . Still Stuck in Your Throat
In 2008, after thirteen years, George played with his former bandmates during an
Infectious Grooves set. [3 ]
Instruments [ edit ]
Rocky has used
Ibanez guitars almost exclusively for years (particularly the RG series). He is still endorsed by Ibanez. Despite rumors, however, Rocky did not design the RG series (as "RG" stands for Roadstar Guitar, not for Rocky George). He is also a long time user of Mesa Boogie amplifiers.
Discography [ edit ]
Suicidal Tendencies [ edit ]
Cro-Mags [ edit ]
Fishbone [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]