Rikk Agnew

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Rikk Agnew
Birth name Richard Francis Agnew, Jr.
Born (1958-12-09) December 9, 1958 (age 56)
Genres punk rock, hardcore punk, skate punk, gothic rock, deathrock, hard rock
Instruments Guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals
Years active 1978–present
Labels Frontier Records, Triple X Records
Associated acts Social Distortion, The Detours, The Adolescents, Christian Death, D.I., Rikk Agnew's Yard Sale, ADZ, 45 Grave, Poop, Christian Death 1334, Voodoo Church, Wrong Beach, Chaotic Stature

Richard Francis "Rikk" Agnew, Jr. (born December 9, 1958) is an American guitarist. He has played in some of the most influential bands of the Orange County hardcore punk scene, as well as the influential deathrock band Christian Death.[1]


With Casey Royer, Agnew played in Social Distortion and the Detours in 1979. He joined the Adolescents in 1980. His guitar style and writing dominated the Adolescents' Blue Album, released in May 1981 on Frontier Records. Agnew left the band soon after the album's release due to personal and creative differences.

Later in 1981, Agnew joined Christian Death, writing and playing guitar on the seminal Only Theatre of Pain album, issued by Frontier in March 1982. He also performed on the band's Deathwish EP, recorded before the album during the sessions for the compilation Hell Comes to Your House but not released until 1984.

In 1982, Agnew released his first solo album, All By Myself (Frontier), on which he played all of the instruments.

He joined D.I. in 1983, playing on their 1983 debut EP Team Goon (originally known simply as D.I.) as well as their first two albums, (1985's Ancient Artifacts and 1986's Horse Bites Dog Cries), before deciding to leave the band in 1987.

When the Adolescents reunited in 1986, Agnew rejoined the band until its demise in 1989.

Agnew went on to release two more solo albums, 1990's Emotional Vomit (under the name Rikk Agnew's Yard Sale) and 1992's Turtle, both on Triple X Records.

He rejoined Royer and Tony Adolescent to record Where Were You? with ADZ in 1992.

In 2000, Agnew again regrouped with the Adolescents and continued to play with them until 2003.

Agnew toured with the reunited 45 Grave, in place of original guitarist Paul B. Cutler, in 2004 and 2005. He also played guitar in Poop (with Scott Hoogland, former frontman of the influential Orange County band The Mechanics) and the reunited Detours.

After playing in Christian Death 1334 with James McGearty and Eva O, Agnew joined the new lineup of Voodoo Church as second guitarist and performed on their 2009 album Eminence of Demons.

As of 2013, Agnew was active playing in Wrong Beach, producing bands and recording solo work and various projects. He also rotated between guitar, drums, and bass for Chaotic Stature.

He became engaged to former Christian Death member Gitane Demone on May 3, 2013.[2]


  1. ^ Interview with Rikk Agnew, opening remarks, Strange Reaction. Published 28 May 2010, retrieved 29 May 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.ocweekly.com/2014-06-19/music/rikk-agnew-adolescents/full/