9 December 1958 (age 58)
Newport Beach, Orange County, California, United States
Richard Agnew, (born on December 9, 1958) more commonly known as Rikk Agnew, is an American guitarist who 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.
With counterpart Casey Royer, Rikk played in Social Distortion and the Detours in 1979. He joined The Adolescents in 1980. His guitar style and writing domintated the legendary Blue Album on Frontier Records. In a precursor of things to come, Agnew left the band soon after its release in 1981, due to personal and creative differences. Replacing Agnew briefly was Pat Smear from The Germs who later played guitar in Nirvana and Foo Fighters. Agnew released his first solo album, All By Myself, on which he plays all the instruments. He was briefly in the band Christian Death and released Only Theatre of Pain. He joined D.I. in 1983, with Casey Royer and younger brother Alfie Agnew until 1986. When The Adolescents reunited together in 1986, Agnew rejoined the band until its demise in 1989. Agnew went on to release two more solo albums, Rikk Agnew's Yard Sale and Turtle. In 2000, Agnew again regrouped with The Adolescents and continued to play with them until 2003. Agnew also toured with the reunited 45 Grave, in place of original guitarist Paul Cutler, in 2004 and 2005. He currently plays guitar in PooP with Scott Hoogland, former front-man of the influential Orange County, California, band The Mechanics. Agnew also plays in the reunited Detours. Rikk Agnew is now playing in Christian Death 1334 with James McGearty and EVA O.
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