Casey Royer

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Casey Royer
Casey Royer on tour in Hawaii, 2023
Background information
Birth nameCasey A. Royer
Born (1958-10-08) October 8, 1958 (age 64)
  • Singer
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • drums
Years active1977–present

Casey A. Royer (born October 8, 1958),[citation needed] is an American musician and an early pioneer of the hardcore punk rock genre in Orange County. He named and formed the band Social Distortion as a teenager. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Royer is best known as the lead vocalist for Southern Californian punk rock band D.I. and as a drummer for the Adolescents.

Early years[edit]

Casey A. Royer was born on October 8, 1958 at St. Joesph's Hospital in Orange, California. Royer was adopted as a baby by Jack Royer and Virgina Royer. Jack was a public servant, serving the City of Fullerton's Water & Utility District. Royer's father taught him electrical and plumbing skills from a young age; he introduced him to music and drumming at the age of 9. Royer was raised as a single child; he keeps in touch with his biological sister who he met later in life. His family had a second home by the beach in El Morro, California, where Royer learned how to surf. Southern California's surf scene sun, and Royer's suburban upbringing would later influence much of the punk rocker's lyrical and musical style.[citation needed]

Royer's biological father, Eddie Adamek, was a prize-winning cowboy who helped create Disneyland's Frontierland, and taught rope trick skills to actor Steve Martin, who performed his own rope tricks in the silent movie and fiesta sequences.[1] Although Royer never met Adamek, Royer attributes his athleticism and passion for performing to his biological father.[citation needed]

Royer attended Troy High School, and began playing music with friends in the neighborhoods of Fullerton and Placentia, California. A shifting group of friends formed bands and played at parties and other gigs during their high school years.[2]


Royer began playing the drums professionally in 1978 at the age of 20, as an early member of Social Distortion with Mike Ness. Royer not only named the band, he wrote "Mommy's Little Monster" and composed the group's early lyrics with occasional help from original lead vocalist Tom Corvin. He later drummed with the Detours, and after leaving Social Distortion, he became the lead vocalist of a Social Distortion splinter group[3] before disbanding it to drum for the Adolescents on and off between[4] 1980 and 1987. Royer wrote the song "Amoeba" with Rikk Agnew. After the Adolescents' first break-up in 1981, Casey formed D.I., where he is the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and only consistent member. He wrote "Richard Hung Himself", which has been covered by other artists, including Slayer.[citation needed]

When the Adolescents reformed in 1986, Casey returned to the band but left before the 1987 reunion album Brats in Battalions was recorded. He rejoined them again in 2001–2002 for their 20th Anniversary Tour. Casey also joined former Adolescents band members in the band ADZ from 1989–93,[5] after which he again made D.I. his primary focus. He has been the only constant member through many D.I. line-up shifts since the band's inception. Due to creative differences, Adolescents founders Tony, Frank and Steve kicked out Blue Album line-up members Casey Royer and Rikk Agnew. Casey wrote one song on the Blue album entitled Amoeba, considered a punk rock anthem. Steve, Tony, Frank, and Rikk shared songwriting credits for the rest of the Blue Album, creating the iconic Orange County sound recognized worldwide.[6] In 2017, Casey and Rikk formed a Blue Album tribute band called the RADolescents with other former alumni of the Adolescents, including Rikk's young nephew Frank Jr. on vocals.

Royer was recognized by the County of Orange for pioneering the early punk rock scene in Orange County. With the onset of social media, his bands are seeing a popular resurgence across the globe. As his popularity continues to increase, he was asked to be a guest tour guide at the first-of-its-kind Punk Rock Museum in Las Vegas,[7] owned by his longtime friend Fat Mike of punk band NOFX. Fat Mike of NOFX says it was seeing Royer perform when he was a teenager that inspired his own punk rock career. Noodles from the rock band The Offspring also cites D.I. and Royer as musical inspiration, as the two bands appeared on billings together during The Offspring's early musical career.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Royer was married in 1988 and had a son, Max Royer. After the marriage dissolved, Royer had a second son who is named Casey Royer, Pt. II, the Sequel. Royer raised his second son on his own.[8]


  1. ^ "¡Three Amigos!". AFICatalog. Retrieved September 12, 2023.
  2. ^ Interviews: D.I.,, August 10, 2007, retrieved September 18, 2015
  3. ^ "Rikk Agnew & Eric Blair part 2 His youth, Social Distortion and O.C. punk". The Blairing Out with Eric Blair Show. March 23, 2019. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: The Adolescents". AllMusic. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason, ADZ, AllMusic, retrieved September 18, 2015
  6. ^ Adolescents (liner notes). Sun Valley, California: Frontier Records. 1981. 31003-2.
  7. ^ "Legend Casey Royer Drops Wild Stories Inside Museum". Blast TV.
  8. ^ "Extra Punk, Please". LA Times.

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