Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds

Ricky Parent RIP

10/28/07
.
(antiMusic) It's with a heavy heart that I report that Enuff Z'nuff drummer Ricky Parent passed away on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. Normally you would now find some biographical information but I knew Ricky and would like to first say a few words.

The one thing I will always remember about Ricky is that unfailing smile. There could be some of the usual rock n roll drama going on around him but that smile would never fail. Aside from that smile, he always impressed me because he honestly did live for the stage. He could be playing for thousands of people or a couple hundred and you could always see the excitement in his face as he sat behind his drum kit. I remember seeing the band during the "Tweaked" tour and Ricky was sounding amazing as usual only to find out after the show that he was playing with a broken foot. But that was just the kind of guy he was, he wouldn't let a little thing like a broken foot keep him off the stage and playing for his fans.

And I know it does sound clichι but he truly did love his fans. As Chip once told me, "they were like oxygen to him." At every show you always knew where you could find Ricky before and after the show and that was out with his extended family, the fans.

You can never really convey what someone meant to the people that love him with a few written words. Those that knew him were blessed and really did have their life enriched by having him in it. That goes beyond all the BS in the world of rock n roll, Ricky was a rarity in the cynical business of music, a genuine man on and off the stage. While the rigors of the quest for rockstardom turn many jaded, Ricky never lost his love for the music.

Ricky Parent was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His spent his childhood in New Jersey and New York before he headed to Los Angeles to follow his rock n' roll dream. According to Enuff Z'nuff fansite EZNExpress, Ricky was just 5-years-old when realized his love for the drums. One day he was in the yard playing football when he heard a marching band playing down the street. Mesmerized by the sound he found himself following it to discover what was creating that beat. Once he found out, he was hooked and like many young aspiring drummers he first turned to the ready made drum set in any household; pots and pans. Seeing the young drummer in the making he was giving his first drum set, a Mickey Mouse toy set which fueled his dream for a short while before he destroyed it. He then graduated to a Del Ray set that was covered in black contact paper but had cymbals and a snare. From there he pursued his passion with a vengeance, learning his craft from a combination of lessons, drum clinics, but primarily learning from records and songs on the radio.

"My main influence is probably John Bonham," Ricky wrote on his Myspace page. "But I’ve gone through a bunch of phases from jazz Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, etc. Progressive Rock Terry Bozzio, Simon Phillips to Ringo to Ansley Dunbar, etc pretty much listened with an open mind soaking up what I admired and working it into my own."

Like many of his generation when the time came to follow his muse in rock n' roll he headed to Los Angeles. He was quickly established as world class drummer and got his first high profile gig with War & Peace, a band fronted by Jeff Pilson after he left Dokken that also featured Tommy Henricksen (P.O.L.) and Russ Parrish (Halford, Fight). The band was short-lived and disbanded after grunge revolution made it hard for them to get noticed. When Vince Neil left Motley Crue, Ricky was called on to lay down some drum tracks for Vince's solo project. Ironically, Neil would soon hire away Enuff Z'nuff drummer Vikki Foxx.

At the time Ricky was playing in a jam band with Paul Gilbert and when word went out that Enuff Z'nuff were looking for a new drummer, Gilbert and Mike Varney the head of War & Peace's label Shrapnel Records, recommended Ricky to the band. He soon after relocated to the band's home base of Chicago becoming an official member in 1992 where he was a mainstay of the group on stage and in the studio until 2004 when he took a leave of absence after being diagnosed with cancer.

Over the years Ricky was involved in other bands and projects including a brief stint with Alice Cooper as well as playing with Sass Jordan and Tod Howarth (Frehley's Comet).

At press time the details about a memorial were not known. Enuff Z'nuff plan to release a statement within a few days so we should know more later in the week.

Keavin

More News for Enuff Z'nuff

Preview and Purchase Enuff Z'nuff CDs

Enuff Z'nuff Tour Dates/Tickets

Enuff Z'nuff MP3 Downloads

Today's Headlines

.

tell a friend about this article

know of a news item we should cover?

antiMUSIC News featured on RockNews.info and Yahoo News

.

Rant or Rave? Your turn, post your comments and thoughts on this news item. But hey keep it clean, we wouldn't want to have to wash your mouth out with Old Spice.


Username
Password
What do you think ?:

register | forgot your password?


...end




.
News Reports
.
• Day in Rock:
Fake Scott Weiland Arrested- AC/DC Member Confirms Band Will Tour Slash Calls Says Media Causing Guns N' Roses Conflict- Band Offers To Pay To Play Super Bowl- more

• Day in Pop Son of Man That Died at Hank Williams Jr. Concert Speaks Out- Taylor Swift Video Director Dismisses Racism Claims- Beyonce and Jay-Z Off The Hook For Cuba Trip- more

• B-Sides: Nikki Sixx Compliments Gene Simmons For Apology- Paramore Dedicates 'Last Hope' to Robin Williams- Geoff Tate Questions The Wisdom Of Queensryche Firing Him- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

.
 
Reviews
.

• ZZ Top - Live at Montreux 2013

• Helstar - This Wicked Nest

• Get To Know... 21Octayne

• AUG - Be Careful What You Wish For...

• Hot In The City: Best Dog Award- Consider Me Dead- Mallevs

• Prong - Ruining Lives

• On The Record: The Steady As She Goes - Dangerous & Dead

• Rob Decoup - Pain

• James Brown - Get On Up Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

• Echo And The Bunnymen Live

• Peter Gabriel - Back to Front

• Marco Minnemann - Eeps

• Lollapalooza 2014: Day Three

• Lollapalooza 2014: Day Two

• Lollapalooza 2014: Day One

• God Macabre - The Winterlong

• Powerman 5000 - Builders of the Future


.
.
.

Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

.
.
Today's Rock News
.

• Fake Scott Weiland Arrested

• AC/DC Member Confirms Band Will Tour

• Slash Calls Says Media Causing Guns N' Roses Conflict

• Band Offers To Pay To Play Super Bowl Halftime Show

• Foo Fighters Release Sonic Highways Trailer

• Whitesnake Announce Aldrich's Replacement

• Genesis 3-Disc Retrospect Set For Release

• Weezer Delay New Album Release

• Scar Symmetry Release New Song Limits To Infinity

• Peter Gabriel To Receive 2014 Prog God Award

• Thurston Moore Slams Black Metal As He Announces Black Metal Album

• Massive Ian Dury Box Set Coming

• Tame Impala Joke May Lead To Legal Fight

• Classic Frank Zappa Album Getting Anniversary Reissue

• Buzzcocks Announce New Album and Tour

• Limp Bizkit Star Still Wants His MTV Award

• Yes Frontman Says Fans Will Grow To Enjoy Lighter Sound

• Skyharbor Releasing New Album Guiding Lights This Fall

• Billy Idol Reveals Fall European Tour Plans

• Century Media Founder Launches New Label


Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

• Son of Man That Died At Hank Williams Jr. Concert Speaks Out

• Taylor Swift Video Director Dismisses Racism Claims

• Beyonce and Jay-Z Off The Hook For Cuba Trip

• 50 Cent Reacts To Floyd Mayweather Questioning His Relevance

• Morrissey's 'World Peace' Videos Pulled from Vevo

• Katy Perry Taps Riff Raff For This Is How We Do Remix

• Ed Sheeran Hints At Florida Georgia Line Collaboration

• Jessie J Reveals New Album Details

• The Weeknd Releases 'Often' Music Video

• Calvin Harris Teases New Song With John Newman

• Nico & Vinz Releasing Their First U.S. Album Next Month

• Jack White Declines To Make Famed Meme'd Face at Baseball Game

• Killer Mike and El-P Release New Song and Announce Album

• Lupe Fiasco Will Personalize Song For Fans For $500

• B.o.B Launching The No Genre Tour

• Lil Jon Inspired By Watching Women Dance On YouTube

• ScHoolboy Q Redoes Man Of The Year Video With Fan Footage

• Jasmine Villegas Shares Her Fashion Journey With Fans

.
.
Latest B-Sides News
.

• Nikki Sixx Compliments Gene Simmons For Apology (top story)

• Paramore Dedicates 'Last Hope' to Robin Williams (top story)

• Geoff Tate Questions The Wisdom Of Queensryche Firing Him (top story)

• Bob Seger Reveals Cover Of John Hiatt's Detroit Made (top story)

• Video Released of Deep Purple's Performance At Jon Lord Tribute (top story)

• Anthrax Release Preview For Forthcoming DVD (top story)

• Metallica Release Live Footage From Final Summer Show (top story)

• Taylor Swift Talks Dancing at Awards Shows, Her Gym Cloths (top story)

• David Bowie's Animated First Reaction To Bruce Springsteen (top story)

• Winterfylleth Reveal New Song Whisper Of The Elements (top story)

• Occultation Streaming New Song Laughter In The Halls Of Madness (top story)

• Ariana Grande Inspired By Madonna, Freddy Krueger and More (top story)

• Steven Tyler's Duet With Smokey Robinson Streaming Online (top story)

• Simon Cowell Predicts One Direction Break-Up (top story)

• Lenny Kravitz Streaming Strut's Title Track Online (top story)

• The Killers Turn Iggy Azalea's Fancy Into A Piano Ballad (top story)

• Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess Reflects On David Bowie Sessions (top story)

• Derek Trucks Remembers Johnny Winter (top story)

• Lacuna Coil Singer Found 'Broken Crown Halo' Therapeutic (top story)

• Queensryche Compare Parting With Tate To Getting Over Illness (top story)

• Pallbearer's New Album Foundations Of Burden Streaming Online (top story)

• Korn Release Hater Video (top story)

• Yellowcard Premiere New Song One Bedroom (top story)

• The Offspring Look Back At 'Come Out and Play' and 'Self-Esteem' (top story)

• Taylor Swift's 1989: An Odd Year for Pop Music (top story)

• Amplifier Go 8-Bit With Magic Carpet (top story)


More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
• The Screen Door • A Journal of Musical Things • Lloyd Zeffler blog • Demolish Mag • Nightwatcher's House of Rock • CJ Chilvers • Deja Voodoo • The 1st Five • thecopycat.biz • Hard Rock Memorabilia • Day in Rock @twitter

.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!



 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2014 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.