Royer in 2016
|Birth name||Casey A. Royer|
|Born||October 8, 1958|
Casey A. Royer, (born October 8, 1958), is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. In a music career spanning more than 30 years, Royer is best known as the drummer for Southern Californian punk rock bands the Detours, Social Distortion and the Adolescents.
Casey A. Royer was born on October 8, 1958. 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.
Royer began playing the drums professionally in 1978 at the age of 17. He began his career with the Detours and Social Distortion, but then moved on to play for the Adolescents on and off between 1980 and 1987. After the Adolescents' first break-up in 1981, Casey went on to form his own band D.I., where he performed as a lead vocalist for the first time.
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, 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.
In 2011, Royer almost had a drug overdose while watching television with his then-12-year-old son at home in Newport Beach. After his son went for help, Royer was arrested and charged with child endangerment and being under the influence of a controlled substance. The child endangerment charges were dropped, but he was convicted of the misdemeanor drug charge and sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation.
Royer was married for three years in 1988, and had two children, Casey, born in 1999, and Max, born in 1990. Max died in 2015 at the age of 24, one year after he was diagnosed with Systemic lupus erythematosus.
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