List of Suicidal Tendencies band members

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Suicidal Tendencies
Origin Venice, California, United States
Genres Crossover thrash, hardcore punk, thrash metal
Years active 1980–1995, 1996–present
Members Mike Muir
Dean Pleasants
Jeff Pogan
Dave Lombardo
Ra Díaz
Past members Mike Clark
Nico Santora
Mike Ball
Rick Battson
Ron Bruner
Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner
Ric Clayton
Jimmy DeGrasso
Mike Dunnigan
Sean Dunnigan
Carlos Egert
Grant Estes
Andrew Evans
Josh Freese
Rocky George
Bob Heathcote
R.J. Herrera
Dave Hidalgo
Louiche Mayorga
Jon Nelson
Josh Paul
Greg Saenz
Amery Smith
Jason Speir
Robert Trujillo
Brooks Wackerman
Tim "Rawbiz" Williams (Deceased)
Thomas Pridgen
Michael Morgan
Eric Moore

The following is a list of musicians who have been members of American crossover thrash and hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies. Formed in 1980,[1] the band currently comprises lead vocalist Mike Muir, lead guitarist Dean Pleasants, rhythm guitarist Jeff Pogan, bassist Ra Díaz and drummer Dave Lombardo.

Band Member Biography[edit]

Suicidal Tendencies formed in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California in 1980 by Mike Muir, guitarist Mike Ball, bassist Mike Dunnigan and drummer Carlos Egert. A short-lived lineup, Ball and Egert left after a matter of months, prompting Mike Dunnigan (†) to switch to guitar and having his brother, Sean, join on drums, and Andrew Evans joined on bass. Mike Dunnigan would later be replaced by Rick Battson.

By 1983, Battson, Evans and Sean Dunnigan (†) had left the band, to be replaced by Grant Estes, Louiche Mayorga and Amery Smith on guitar, bass and drums respectively. After the 1983 release of the band's self-titled debut album Estes left the band and was replaced by Jon Nelson.

In 1984, Nelson and Smith left Suicidal Tendencies and was briefly replaced by Anthony Gallo who left to form Los Cycos with Muir.[2] Enter Rocky George and R. J. Herrera.[3] After Join the Army was released in 1987,[4] Mayorga left the band that same year, being replaced by Ric Clayton (formerly of No Mercy) before hiring Bob Heathcote.[5] Also in 1987, they hired Mike Clark (who was also a member of No Mercy) as their second guitarist, then making Suicidal Tendencies a five-piece band.

The lineup of Muir, George, Clark, Heathcote and Herrera recorded one album together in 1988, before Heathcote left the band a year later. Heathcote was replaced by Robert Trujillo. After the release of their next two albums, Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (1989) and Lights...Camera...Revolution! (1990), Herrera left Suicidal Tendencies in 1991 and their next album was recorded without an official replacement for him; session musician Josh Freese handled the drum tracks. Herrera would eventually be replaced by Jimmy DeGrasso.

After the 1994 release of Suicidal for Life, relationships between band members began to deteriorate and core members began to leave. This resulted in the band's split in 1995. However, Muir and Clark brought Suicidal Tendencies back together a year later and hired three new members, Dean Pleasants on guitar, Josh Paul on bass and Brooks Wackerman on drums. The reunion lineup recorded the albums Freedumb (1999) and Free Your Soul and Save My Mind (2000), before Wackerman left the band in 2001 to join Bad Religion and be replaced by Ron Bruner.

Bassist Paul left in 2002 and was replaced by Ron's brother Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner. By 2005 Ron Bruner had left the band, and Dave Hidalgo had taken over on drums. In 2007, Dave Hidalgo was replaced by Infectious Grooves drummer and 2003 Guitar Center "Drum-off" champion Eric Moore.[6]

During the band's extensive touring regiment in 2011 and 2012, bassist Stephen Bruner was absent for many of the shows due to his solo career interests and other music commitments. Replacing him in his touring role for the band has been Tim "Rawbiz" Williams. Mike Clark suffered a head injury requiring 9 staples at a pre-show incident in Santa Cruz on May 31, 2012 and left the band soon after. He was replaced by Nico Santora. Another lineup change took place in March 2014 when Thomas Pridgen replaced Eric Moore on drums.[7]

On August 27, 2014, Suicidal Tendencies announced the death of their bassist Tim Williams on the band's Facebook page. Williams was replaced by Michael Morgan, and then two years later, Morgan was replaced by Ra Díaz. Also in 2016, guitarist Nico Santora left the band and was replaced by Oneironaut guitarist Jeff Pogan, while drummer Eric Moore was replaced by former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.

Current members[edit]

Lead vocalist Mike Muir is the only remaining original member of Suicidal Tendencies.
Lead guitarist Rocky George recorded and performed live with Suicidal Tendencies for 11 years, from 1984 to 1995.
Lead gutiarist Dean Pleasents has been with Suicidal Tendencies since their reunion in 1996, replacing Rocky George.
Robert Trujillo was the second long-term bassist of the band, having replaced Bob Heathcote in 1989.
Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso officially joined Suicidal Tendencies in 1992 as R.J. Herrera's replacement and stayed with the band until their hiatus in 1995.
Drummer Brooks Wackerman joined Suicidal Tendencies in 1996, when they reunited, and performed on their first two reunion albums before leaving the band in 2001 to join Bad Religion.
Mike Muir
Active: 1980–present
Instruments: lead vocals
Release contributions: all Suicidal Tendencies releases
Dean Pleasants
Active: 1996–present
Instruments: lead guitar
Release contributions: all Suicidal Tendencies releases since Six the Hard Way (1998)
Jeff Pogan
Active: 2016–present
Instruments: rhythm guitar
Release contributions: World Gone Mad (2016)
Ra Díaz
Active: 2016–present
Instruments: Bass
Release contributions: World Gone Mad (2016)
Dave Lombardo
Active: 2016–present
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions: World Gone Mad (2016)

Former members[edit]

Guitarists[edit]

  • Mike Ball
Active: 1980–1982
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
  • Rick Battson
Active: 1982–1983
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 1983
Release contributions: Suicidal Tendencies (1983)
Active: 1983–1984
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release (contributed to songwriting: "Look Up (The Boys Are Back In Town)", "War Inside My Head", "You Got, I Want”, and “Human Guinea Pig”)
Active: 1984–1995
Release contributions: Join the Army (1987), How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today (1988), Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (1989), Lights...Camera...Revolution! (1990), The Art of Rebellion (1992), Still Cyco After All These Years (1993), Suicidal for Life (1994)
Active: 1987–2012
Instruments: rhythm guitar
Release contributions: all Suicidal Tendencies releases from How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today (1988) to 13 (2013)
  • Nico Santora
Active: 2012–2016
Instruments: rhythm guitar
Release contributions: 13 (2013)

Bassists[edit]

  • Mike Dunnigan
Active: 1980–1981
He switched to lead guitars after Mike Ball's departure in 1982
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
  • Andrew Evans
Active: 1981
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 1981–1987
Release contributions: Suicidal Tendencies (1983), Join the Army (1987)
  • Ric Clayton
Active: 1988
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 1987–1989
Release contributions: How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today (1988), Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (1989) ("Just Another Love Song" and both versions of "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow")
Active: 1989–1995
Release contributions: Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (1989), Lights...Camera...Revolution! (1990), The Art of Rebellion (1992), Still Cyco After All These Years (1993), Suicidal for Life (1994)
Active: 1996–2001
Release contributions: Six the Hard Way (1998), Freedumb (1999), Free Your Soul and Save My Mind (2000), 13 (2013)
Active: 2002–2011
Instruments: bass
Release contributions: Year of the Cycos (2008), No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family (2010), 13 (2013)
  • Tim "Rawbiz" Williams †
Active: 2011–2014
Instruments: bass
Release contributions: 13 (2013)
  • Michael Morgan
Active: 2014–2016
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release

Percussionists[edit]

  • Carlos Egert
Active: 1980–1981
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
  • Sean Dunnigan
Active: 1981–1982
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 1982–1984
Release contributions: Suicidal Tendencies (1983)
Active: 1984–1991
Release contributions: Join the Army (1987), How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today (1988), Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (1989), Lights...Camera...Revolution! (1990), Still Cyco After All These Years (1993)
Active: 1992
Release contributions: The Art of Rebellion (1992)
Active: 1992–1995
Release contributions: Suicidal for Life (1994)
Active: 1996–2001
Release contributions: Six the Hard Way (1998), Freedumb (1999), Free Your Soul and Save My Mind (2000), Year of the Cycos (2008), No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family (2010)
Active: 2001
Release contributions: Friends & Family Vol. 2 (2001)
Active: 2001–2004
Release contributions: Year of the Cycos (2008), No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family (2010), 13 (2013)
Active: 2005–2007
Release contributions: Live at the Olympic Auditorium (2010), 13 (2013)
Active: 2014
Release contributions: Never played on any Suicidal Tendencies release
Active: 2007–2014, 2014-2016
Released contributrions: Year of the Cycos (2008), No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family (2010), 13 (2013)

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