Ronnie Radke

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Ronnie Radke

Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse performs at the Vans Warped Tour 2012 kickoff party and press conference at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Background information
Birth nameRonald Joseph Radke
Born(1983-12-15) December 15, 1983 (age 28)
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada, USA
GenresPost-hardcore, metalcore, melodic hardcore, pop punk, alternative rock, emo (early)
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician, artist, model
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboard, programming
Years active2002–present
LabelsEpitaph
Associated actsFalling in Reverse, Escape the Fate, Deuce, Blessthefall, Omar Espinosa, Jeffree Star
WebsiteFalling in Reverse's Official Website
 
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Ronnie Radke

Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse performs at the Vans Warped Tour 2012 kickoff party and press conference at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Background information
Birth nameRonald Joseph Radke
Born(1983-12-15) December 15, 1983 (age 28)
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada, USA
GenresPost-hardcore, metalcore, melodic hardcore, pop punk, alternative rock, emo (early)
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician, artist, model
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboard, programming
Years active2002–present
LabelsEpitaph
Associated actsFalling in Reverse, Escape the Fate, Deuce, Blessthefall, Omar Espinosa, Jeffree Star
WebsiteFalling in Reverse's Official Website

Ronald Joseph Radke (born on December 15, 1983) is an American musician. He is known for being the former lead vocalist of the band Escape the Fate and lead vocalist for the post-hardcore band Falling in Reverse.

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History

Early life (1998–2004)

Ronald Joseph Radke was born on December 15, 1983, in Las Vegas Valley, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Ronnie has claimed to be part Native American. He grew up in a poor family, with his father, older brother, and grandmother. Ronnie's mother abandoned the family for unknown reasons.

Ronnie learned to play piano and guitar. At first he started out playing Blink 182 songs on guitar and the first song he could play was "Dammit". He formed several bands while in high school. Radke ran away from home to play in his first band with his friend Mitch called 3.0. which "sounded exactly like Blink 182" according to Radke. He lived with Mitch and his mother for a period of time. The band's logo was made on paint with the Ninja Turtles Logo. They played a few shows at various venues such as Chain Reaction and the Huntridge in Las Vegas. After the band, Radke moved back in with his dad and said that he dropped out of school, re-entered, then dropped out again. He stated in an Alternative Press interview; "I just couldn't for some reason pay attention, I just daydreamed about everything else but what I'm supposed to be doing." Radke stated that the second band was in was called Lefty (with Robert Ortiz). Radke met Max Green (from the band Almost Heroes) at a talent show. Radke's microphone fell and Max picked it up for him while they were on stage and they became friends, forming the band True Story. Ronnie started screaming in the band after being inspired by Thrice. One of their guitarists left and Ronnie didn't feel good enough to play guitar so he started to sing, slowly forming Escape The Fate.

Listen Up! was written by Radke in 1998 at the age of 15 as well as Besides the Issues and The Worst Time. In 2001, Ronnie contacted his friend, producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who recorded the songs Listen Up!, The Worst Time and The Departure, both recorded instrumentation all together, and also composed the themes for As You're Falling Down, Make up and Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliche, which was recorded in 2005, along with Escape The Fate.

Ronnie released Listen Up! (Originally called This Is not The End) on 2 January 2009,[1] on the MySpace page for Falling in Reverse, causing controversy because it was thought that the song sounded like Pop Punk which had angered some fans. In January, 2011, Falling In Reverse clarified the origins of the song, stating that it was written by Ronnie long before Escape the Fate or Falling in Reverse and that the song would not be included on their album or as part of their set list.[2] In 2008, the Taste of Chaos Tour, Ronnie participated with the band Blessthefall, and made the screams at the end of the song Guys Like You, Make Us Look Bad.[3] Beau Bokan, singer of Blessthefall announced that his album would have Ronnie's participation in a song on the album Awakening. Although the participation of Ronnie did not happen, it was not going to be upcoming.

Escape the Fate (2004–2008)

Radke in a concert with Escape The Fate, October 2007

In high school, Ronnie and Max Green were close friends. In 2004 Bryan Money who was 18 at the time, contacted Max, who referred to him that Ronnie was a good singer. He agreed and began auditions for a drummer. Robert Ortiz, 17 at the time, was selected, and Escape The Fate had begun. A few weeks later, Omar Espinosa the current guitarist at the time for Lovehatehero decided to join as their rhythm guitarist. The band soon began to sound in the scene called post-hardcore in Las Vegas. During that time Carson Allen joined as their keyboardist. The band recorded the demo Escape the Fate EP, with which his music expanded and soon achieved the admiration of many record labels, they signed in early 2006 with Epitaph Records.[4]

The recordings started soon, launching in May, the EP There's No Sympathy for the Dead, and recording some songs from their debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion which was released on September 26. Both works were produced by the great friend of Ronnie, Michael "Elvis" Baskette.

During September 12, 2006, Ronnie left the band for a few weeks for being sent to jail later replaced by a craig mabbit former vocolist from bless the fall , although he rejoined later on. Ronnie Radke was officially expelled in mid-2008.[5][6] He clarified by the band, was that Ronnie was expelled due to problems with the probation that he possessed since 2007, making his international promotion, as this could not allow him to leave the country. After, the judgment became that Ronnie could not leave the state, this being a major factor in his expulsion. It also contained strong arguments with Max Green and the rest of the band (this is currently still ongoing.)[7] The single Webs We Weave, which was meant to be released in 2008, would have been the third single from the debut album by Escape the Fate, but after the departure of Radke, the single was never released.[8]

Falling in Reverse (2008–present)

Radke live with Falling in Reverse, the August 8, 2011

In December 2008, Radke alongside Nason Schoeffler formed a band called 'From Behind These Walls',[9][10] which was renamed as Falling in Reverse.[11] After giving the news of a new band, Radke was sentenced to a stay in jail, leaving in December 2010 and announcing the start of recording with his band releasing numerous demos. They started off by releasing their first single "Raised By Wolves" followed by the album The Drug In Me Is You[12][13] which was released on July 26, 2011, through Epitaph Records. Premiering in late June, the video for the song The Drug In Me Is You.[14] On October 17, 2011, was released on video I'm Not A Vampire, the month in which they had to cancel a tour with Black Veil Brides, for an accident suffered singer Andy Biersack but announced another tour for December, and releasing their fourth single "Good Girls Bad Guys" on the 18th of June 2012. Currently the band is on tour with plans to release a new studio album. The current line consists of guitarists Jacky Vincent and Derek Jones, bassist Ron Ficarro,[15] lead vocalist Ronnie Radke, and drummer Ryan Seaman.[16]

Legal Issues

In 2006, Radke was involved in an altercation in Las Vegas that resulted in the fatal shooting of 18 year-old Michael Cook. While Radke did not shoot Cook, he was indicted on battery charges. These charges, combined with Radke's past troubles with narcotics and rehab, led to a sentence of five years probation. He failed to report to his parole officer and was arrested in June 2008, where he was sentenced to two years in prison. At the time, Radke was the lead singer of post-hardcore band Escape the Fate, which had released its debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, in 2006. Following Radke's incarceration, Escape the Fate kicked him out of the band and replaced him with former blessthefall singer Craig Mabbitt. Max Green, bassist of Escape the Fate, stated about Radke's law problems that, "First we couldn't tour out of the country, then out of the state."

Radke was released from prison on December 12, 2010.[17]

Radke was later arrested on August 6, 2012 for domestic abuse and now has been released on bail.

In September 2012, Radke was arrested and charged with Simple & Aggravated assault following a show at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Towards the end of the band's performance, Radke threw three microphone stands into the crowd. Two fans were hit and sustained head injuries. He has posted bail and was released.[18]. After this incident, Six Flags Great Adventure officials announced a ban on all future metal concerts.

Television Appearances

Ronnie, in 2007, appeared in the reality show LA Ink during the first season as a customer.[19][20] The tattoo that was shown was a horse being ridden by a frog saying Ahoy Butternuts!; The tattoo is in memory of a joke that usually done on an imaginary horse that died from eating pizza in the trash and his admiration for the rene frog of The Muppet Show (Kermit the Frog).

In August 2012 Ronnie appeared in an Interview "Scuzz Meets Ronnie Radke"[21] aired on the UK's Rock and Metal TV station Scuzz TV. He talks of his time during his Escape The Fate era, prison, drug addiction and his dramatic career and the light at the end of the tunnel forming Falling In Reverse. [22]

Discography

With Falling in Reverse
YearAlbumLabel
2011The Drug In Me Is YouEpitaph Records
With Escape the Fate
YearAlbumLabel
2006Dying Is Your Latest FashionEpitaph Records
YearEP AlbumLabel
2005Escape the Fate EP (demo)Self-Released
2006There's No Sympathy for the DeadEpitaph Records
2007Situations EP

Collaborations

YearSongAlbumBand
2008Guys Like You, Make Us Look Bad [23]His Last WalkBlessthefall
2012Nobody Likes MeNine LivesDeuce
2012Situations (live cover)N/AFalling in Reverse ft. Omar Espinosa

References

  1. ^ "Falling in Reverse's Myspace". http://www.myspace.com/fallinginreversemusic. 
  2. ^ "Falling in Reverse Facebook Notes". http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=136289616435162. 
  3. ^ "Blessthefall Taste of Chaos video #4". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_asz_iiycU. 
  4. ^ "MTV Artist's, Escape the Fate Bio". MTV.com. http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/escape_the_fate/artist.jhtml#biographyEnd. 
  5. ^ "Escape the Fate's New Vocalist". Kerrang!. February 8, 2008. http://www.kerrang.com/blog/2008/02/escape_the_fate_recruit_new_fr.html. 
  6. ^ "Escape The Fate cancel UK tour's". Kerrang!. August 12, 2008. http://www.kerrang.com/blog/2008/08/escape_the_fate_cancel_uk_tour.html. 
  7. ^ "Tensions between Ronnie and ETF". http://bryanstars.com/post/3303564165/the-tension-between-ronnie-radke-and-escape-the. 
  8. ^ "Escape the Fate on Purevolume.com". http://www.purevolume.com/escapethefate. 
  9. ^ "Ex-Escape The Fate Vocalist Ronnie Radke Breaks His Silence After Prison Release". http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/interviews/ex-escape_the_fate_vocalist_ronnie_radke_breaks_his_silence_after_prison_release.html. 
  10. ^ "Alternative Press Interview with Ronnie Radke". Altpress.com. http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/exclusive_ex-escape_the_fate_vocalist_ronnie_radke_breaks_his_silence_after. 
  11. ^ "Ronnie Radke returns with Falling in Reverse". http://www.punknews.org/article/42949. 
  12. ^ "The Drug In Me Is You Hits the selves". Blabbermouth.net. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=159159. 
  13. ^ "Onesheet announces The Drug In Me Is You premiere". Onesheet.com. 2011. http://onesheet.com/fallinginreverse/onesheet-biography/36831. Retrieved 2012. 
  14. ^ "Falling in Reverse Biography on Epitaph.com". Epitaph.com. 2012. http://www.epitaph.com/artists/album/623/The_Drug_In_Me_Is_You. Retrieved 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ron Ficarro replaces Mika Horiuchi". fallinginreversefans.com. 2012. http://fallinginreversefans.com/post/15900886710/everyone-welcome-ronnie-ficarro-to-the-falling-in. Retrieved 2012. 
  16. ^ "Spirit of Metal, Line up for FIR". Spiritofmetal.com. 2012. http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/groupe-groupe-Falling_In_Reverse-l-en.html. Retrieved 2012. 
  17. ^ "FIR's official myspace". Myspace.com. http://www.myspace.com/fallinginreversemusic. 
  18. ^ "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=434085699960305&id=423813954320813. 
  19. ^ "LA Ink Ronnie Radke video". http://www.casttv.com/video/yjv73g/la-ink-ronnie-radke-video. 
  20. ^ "LA Ink, Escape the Fate forums". http://www.escapethefate.net/etfforum/showthread.php?tid=333. 
  21. ^ "Scuzz Meets Ronnie Radke". http://fallinginreversefans.com/post/30587507818/check-out-the-scuzz-tv-teaser-with-ronnie-radke-to. 
  22. ^ "Ronne Radke TV Appearance Interview with Scuzz TV". http://www.radiotimes.com/programme/rtj65/scuzz-meets-ronnie-radke. 
  23. ^ "BlesstheFall GLYMULB". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_asz_iiycU. 

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