Geoff Reading

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Geoff Reading
Performing with Loaded at the Glasgow Garage in 2008.
Background information
Born (1968-02-23) February 23, 1968 (age 51)
OriginRochester, New York, US
GenresHard rock, punk rock, alternative rock, post-grunge
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, backing vocals
Years active1989–present
LabelsAtlantic, Capitol, Century Media, GoodInk
Associated actsLoaded
New American Shame
Green Apple Quick Step
The Disciples
The Pin-Ups
Top Heavy Crush
Laughing Man
Website(External links)

Geoff Reading (born February 23, 1968, in Rochester, New York) is an American musician. In his career, Reading has been a member of a number of groups, including Loaded (the group formed and fronted by Duff McKagan of Velvet Revolver, formerly of Guns N' Roses), Green Apple Quick Step, New American Shame, The Disciples (which featured Christian Martucci, Todd Youth and Howie Pyro and later changed their name to The Chelsea Smiles) and Top Heavy Crush while he also recorded with The Pin-Ups (founded by former members of Green Apple Quick Step and The Presidents of the United States of America).

Currently, Reading performs, on occasion, with Green Apple Quick Step, and is a columnist for[1]


Personal life[edit]

Geoff Reading was born on February 23, 1968, in Rochester, New York and was raised in both Huntington Beach, California and Edmonds, Washington before eventually settling in Seattle, Washington.[2] Reading, recently engaged, currently resides in Tacoma, Washington where he's raising his son, having moved from Los Angeles, California, and writes a column for[1] Reading was previously diagnosed with colorectal cancer but successfully underwent treatment and chemotherapy.[3]

Early music career (1989–1997)[edit]

Reading first starting playing drums in his early teens and was taught by neighborhood friend Mike Mongrain.[4] Years later, Mongrain recommended to his former bandmate, local guitarist Scott Wade, that he invite Reading to join his band Sledge to which Wade responded by visiting Reading on his 21st birthday.[4] He played with Sledge between 1989 and 1991, during which time they did only two recordings and shared a couple of bills with Inspector Luv and the Ride Me Babys, the group featuring the future members of Green Apple Quick Step.[4]

Green Apple Quick Step (1997–1998, 2010)[edit]

In 1997, Reading joined the post-grunge group Green Apple Quick Step, replacing previous drummer Dain Hudson.[5] Prior to joining, the group had recorded a new album with Columbia Records however it remains unreleased.[6] He played at numerous shows with the group, including a show in Seattle where front man Tyler Willman destroyed various equipment on stage, before the group disbanded.[7]

On March 26, 2010, Reading performed with Green Apple Quick Step, whose lineup consisted of members Tyler Willman, Dana Turner along with singer Christa Wells and Reading's former Loaded band mate Mike Squires,[8] at the Hell's Kitchen in Tacoma, Washington.[9]

New American Shame (1999–2000)[edit]

Following the departure of previous drummer Jack Stringham,[10] Reading joined New American Shame[10] who went on the sign a major-label deal with Atlantic Records.[10] After some adjustments, as well as some new drum tracks by Reading, Atlantic re-released the self-titled album, previously released on Will Records,[11] in 1999. The first single from the record was "Under it All",[10] which peaked at number 35 on the Mainstream Rock Chart,[12] and a tour of the US,[10] with The Cult,[13] and Japan[10] followed however the single did not perform well on rock and alternative radio stations.[10][14][15]

Loaded (2001–2002, 2008–2009)[edit]

In late 1999, early 2000, McKagan decided to form a new project, with no title at this point, with drummer Geoff Reading, formerly of Green Apple Quick Step and New American Shame, and singer Mark Lanegan, formerly of the Screaming Trees. They recorded a number of songs before Lanegan left to join Queens of the Stone Age.[16] After being convinced by Reading to take over lead vocals,[16] McKagan and Reading continued to write and record new material. With nearly an album's worth of material recorded, they decided to re-record some of the songs from Beautiful Disease[17] to add to the material they already had. Also for recording, they brought in guitarist Dave Dederer formerly of The Presidents of the United States of America, producer Martin Feveyear, who also performed keyboards on the album, and they recorded the album at Jupiter Studios in Seattle, Washington. McKagan performed the bass on all tracks as well as guitar and the piano on the song "Misery". Former Nevada Bachelors and Harvey Danger guitarist Mike Squires was also invited to record additional guitar parts on the album.[18] In June 2001, McKagan announced that the album would be titled Dark Days and that it would be released under the moniker Loaded rather than using his own name for the project.[19] According to drummer Geoff Reading, the band initially did not have a name and settled on Loaded when it came close to their first show:

Dark Days was released in the US and Japan in July 2001. It was later released in Europe in July 2002. Loaded announced three dates at the House of Blues taking place in Anaheim, California, Las Vegas, Nevada and West Hollywood, California in November.[21] Before these shows, Squires officially the group as lead guitarist and was joined by Alien Crime Syndicate bassist Jeff Rouse. In January 2002, Loaded announced a string of dates in the US and Japan.[22] During one of the shows, in Los Angeles, Loaded were joined onstage by The Cult duo Billy Duffy and Matt Sorum, also formerly of Guns N' Roses.[23] After these shows, Squires left Loaded to join band mate Jeff in Alien Crime Syndicate and was replaced by former Wasted Youth and Electric Love Hogs guitarist Dave Kushner. When Loaded went on a semi-hiatus, still playing shows occasionally, following the formation of Velvet Revolver both Squires and Jeff returned to the group.

In December 2006, the group reunited for a special benefit show for Jerry Allen's Cancer Fund. Supporting Loaded that night were Top Heavy Crush and Jeff Angell of Post Stardom Depression.[24]

In February 2008, while on tour with Velvet Revolver, McKagan announced that Loaded were planning on releasing a new album in the summer.[25] During the United Kingdom leg of Velvet Revolver's tour in April, McKagan stated that Loaded were to enter the studio in late April.[26] After a few jam sessions, Loaded began recording what would become Sick with Dark Days producer Martin Feveyear at Jupiter Studios in Seattle. They released a series of Webisodes during this time featuring footage from the recording sessions for the group's new album[27] which was completed in less than 2 weeks. After signing a deal with Century Media,[28][29] the band changed their moniker to Duff McKagan's Loaded to help promote the band further and an EP, Wasted Heart, was released September 22, 2008 to coincide with their European Tour.[30] Sick was released on March 20, 2009 in Europe and April 7, 2009 in the United States where it placed at number 43 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart selling 1,400 copies.[31] Loaded toured in support of Sick playing dates in the United States and appearing at several European festivals such as Download in the United Kingdom, Rock AM/IM in Germany and they also supported Mötley Crüe on their European tour.

In September 2009, Reading announced his departure from the band and at the same time he informed everyone that his replacement was Isaac Carpenter formerly of Loudermilk, Gosling and The Exies:

Other projects[edit]

In 2002, Reading formed the group The Disciples, that later went on to become The Chelsea Smiles, that signed to Capitol Records.[34] The group's lineup was rounded up by Christian Martucci, formerly of Dee Dee Ramone's band, Todd Youth, formerly of Danzig and Howie Pyro who had also played with Danzig and D Generation. They toured Japan before securing the deal with Capitol, and played a show at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California supporting the group Metal Shop, who have since changed their name and are now known as Steel Panther. During the show, Reading met Tony Alva.[35] Reading also performed in former Beautiful Creatures guitarist DJ Ashba's solo band as well as some session work for the group Black Chihua Hua, whose record was produced by Joey Santiago.[34] In 2000, Reading contributed drums and backing vocals to The Pin-Ups, the group featuring former members of Green Apple Quick Step and The Presidents of the United States of America, debut album Backseat Memoirs.[36]


Title Release Label Band
New American Shame 1999 Atlantic New American Shame
Backseat Memoirs 2000 GoodInk The Pin-Ups
Dark Days 2002 Pimp Loaded
Wasted Heart 2008 Century Media
Sick 2009


  1. ^ a b "Columnist Geoff Reading". Weekly Volcano. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  2. ^ "For GEOFF: No Where Near A Million Biographical Questions". Retrieved September 8, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Reading, Geoff (December 2, 2009). "Like riding a bike, only with poop and The Cult". Weekly Volcano.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Reading, Geoff (February 3, 2010). "WEDNESDAY READING: Geoff's first connection". Weekly Volcano.
  5. ^ Reading, Geoff (February 3, 2010). "WEDNESDAY READING: Green Apple Quick Step and I". Weekly Volcano.
  6. ^ "Green Apple Quick Step (1991-98)". Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  7. ^ Reading, Geoff (December 16, 2009). "Green Apple Quick Step Redux". Weekly Volcano.
  8. ^ Driscoll, Matt (March 17, 2010). "Friday, March 26: Green Apple Quick Step". Weekly Volcano. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  9. ^ Izenman, Joe (March 27, 2010). "Green Apple Quick Step - Live Reviews". Weekly Volcano. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Jeffries, Vincent. "New American Shame Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  11. ^ "New American Shame (Will)". Allmusic. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  12. ^ "New American Shame Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  13. ^ Reading, Geoff (December 9, 2009). "It started with Steve Jones". Weekly Volcano. Archived from the original on February 22, 2010.
  14. ^ "New American Shame Biography". Artistdirect. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  15. ^ "New American Shame Biography". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  16. ^ a b Reading, Geoff (June 3, 2010). "WEDNESDAY READING: Part Three of Tacoma, 2005-07 (Becoming an American Idiot)". Weekly Volcano. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  17. ^ "A chat with Duff McKagan, Duff McKagan interview, Guns 'N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded". April 23, 2009.
  18. ^ "A Q&A with Mike Squires from Duff McKagan's Loaded". Blogger. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  19. ^ "Duff McKagan releases "Dark Days" as LOADED". June 20, 2001. Archived from the original on November 20, 2002.
  20. ^ "Loaded name rights origin". Retrieved September 8, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "LOADED announce "House of Blues" shows". October 26, 2001. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011.
  22. ^ "Former GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Announces West Coast, Japanese Dates". January 4, 2002. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011.
  23. ^ "THE CULT Duo Join Ex-GNR Bassist On Stage In L.A." February 1, 2002. Archived from the original on October 30, 2002.
  24. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN's LOADED To Reunite For Benefit Concert". December 2, 2006. Archived from the original on January 7, 2007.
  25. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN's LOADED To Release New Album This Summer". February 12, 2008. Archived from the original on February 18, 2008.
  26. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN's LOADED To Enter Studio This Month". April 1, 2008. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008.
  27. ^ "LOADED: Webisode #1 Available". June 14, 2008. Archived from the original on June 17, 2008.
  28. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN's LOADED To Release New Album Through CENTURY MEDIA". August 7, 2008. Archived from the original on August 11, 2008.
  29. ^ "Duff McKagan's Loaded Signs Worldwide Deal with Century Media". Metal Underground. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
  30. ^ "LOADED announce European Tour". April 1, 2008. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011.
  31. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED: 'Sick' First-Week Sales Revealed". April 17, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  32. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED Drummer Quits; Replacement Announced". September 12, 2009. Archived from the original on September 24, 2009.
  33. ^ Reading, Geoff (December 16, 2005). "Geoff Reading announces departure from Loaded/Replacement".[permanent dead link]
  34. ^ a b "How I Spent My Loaded Vacation (by Jeff, Geoff, and Mike)". Retrieved September 7, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  35. ^ Reading, Geoff (January 20, 2010). "Wednesday Reading: This dude named Tony". Weekly Volcano.
  36. ^ "Geoff Reading Credits". Artistdirect. Retrieved September 8, 2010.

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