Frank Agnew

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Frank Agnew
Born (1964-08-18) August 18, 1964 (age 51)
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk, skate punk, alt rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, music producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion
Years active 1980–present
Labels Frontier
Associated acts The Adolescents, Social Distortion, T.S.O.L., 45 Grave

Francis Thomas "Frank" Agnew (born August 18, 1964)[1] is an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being a member of punk band The Adolescents. Frank's brothers Rikk Agnew and Alfie Agnew, as well as his son Frank Agnew Jr., are also former Adolescents guitarists.

Early years[edit]

Frank Agnew was born into a musical family, half Irish and half Mexican-American. In 1972 his parents moved from La Puente to Fullerton, California.[2] He began playing guitar professionally at an early age, and his brother Rikk sometimes had to sneak him in through the back door of 18 plus or 21 plus venues.[3]

Agnew dropped out of high school, but later pursued a liberal arts degree at Fullerton College.[4] After finishing his studies, he went to work in the computer industry.[5]

Music career[edit]

Over the years, Agnew has played with a number of bands, including 45 Grave, the Tribe, Adolescents, Der Stab, Legal Weapon, PinUps, Social Distortion and T.S.O.L.[6]

Agnew joined The Adolescents in 1980 after leaving Social Distortion.[7] When The Adolescents broke up in the summer of 1981, Agnew joined Legal Weapon with fellow Adolescent Steve Soto, and then played as a touring guitarist with T.S.O.L. to promote their Dance With Me LP. Frank reunited with the "Blue Album" lineup of the Adolescents in 1986, but left along with drummer Casey Royer before the recording of the 1987 Brats in Battalions LP. Agnew returned to play guitar for two tracks on the Adolescents' 1988 Balboa Fun*Zone LP, but he did not permanently rejoin the band. Frank took part in another Adolescents reunion in 2004 and was the sole guitarist on the resulting O.C. Confidential album.

In 2010, Frank Agnew joined 45 Grave, proceeding to take part in the recording of the band's 2012 Pick Your Poison CD, released on Frontier Records. In 2014 he began a collaboration with The Voice's Bree Fondacaro in a group called the Fatalists.[8]

Agnew is credited as songwriter on a number of film soundtracks and also occasionally appears as an actor.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Agnew has two older siblings, Rikk and Toni (sister), and younger brother Alfie. He also has a half-brother Jim and a half-sister Beverly that are older than Rikk.[3] He has a son, Frank Agnew Jr.


  1. ^ a b "Frank Agnew". Retrieved 8 Jan 2016. 
  2. ^ Proctor, Susan (7 Aug 2014). "Crash Kills Four Interview". Retrieved 6 Jan 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Alfie Agnew Speaks". Retrieved 8 Jan 2016. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Randy (16 October 1987). "Ex-adolescent Now 'Grandpa' Of The Tribe". Retrieved 8 Jan 2016. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Nate (19 June 2014). "Rikk Agnew: Adolescent no more". Retrieved 8 Jan 2016. 
  6. ^ "Frank Agnew". Retrieved 8 Jan 2016. 
  7. ^ "Social Distortion History". Retrieved 8 Jan 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Voice's Bree Fondacaro & Frank Agnew talk w Eric Blair 2014". Retrieved 8 Jan 2016. 

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