Richard Patrick (born May 10, 1968) is an American rock musician. He is the frontman for the band Filter, a founding member of the supergroup Army of Anyone, and has served as a touring guitarist for Nine Inch Nails.
Nine Inch Nails:
After a chance meeting with Trent Reznor in a Cleveland music store, Patrick landed a gig as guitarist in Reznor's live incarnation of Nine Inch Nails from 1989 to 1993. His only recorded contribution can be heard at the end of "Sanctified" on Pretty Hate Machine. Patrick also appeared in the music videos for "Down In It," "Head Like A Hole," "Wish," and one of the two promo videos for "Gave Up" (along with Marilyn Manson), which was filmed in the living room of the infamous house where Sharon Tate was murdered in 1969, as Reznor had leased the house and installed a recording studio in it. Patrick chose to leave the band during the recording of The Downward Spiral in 1993.
Following his departure from Nine Inch Nails, Patrick formed his own band, Filter, with Brian Liesegang, who left the band after the recording of the band's first album, 1995's Short Bus. Four years later, Richard Patrick released Filter's second album, Title of Record with help from guitarist Geno Lenardo.
Filter's third album, The Amalgamut, was released in 2002, with Patrick canceling most of the supporting tour to check into rehab for alcoholism, a problem that had been plaguing him for years. An experience where he drank on an airplane inspired Filter's hit single "Take a Picture."
After a five-year hiatus, Filter released a fourth record on May 13, 2008, entitled Anthems for the Damned. Patrick did the vocals and the majority of the instrumentation on the album except for the drumming, which was done by Josh Freese. He also worked with Wes Borland and John 5 on a few individual songs.
For the first time in the band's history, the band released an album without a 3 to 5 year break in between, with their fifth record, The Trouble with Angels, which was released just over 2 years after "Anthems" on August 17, 2010. Patrick recorded the album with the Anthems for the Damned touring band, Mikea Fineo, Mitch Marlow, and John Spiker, but recruited a new guitarist (Rob Patterson) and bass player (Phil Buckman) for touring in support of the album.
On June 4, 2013, Filter released their sixth album titled The Sun Comes Out Tonight.
Army of Anyone:
While writing songs for Filter's fourth album, Patrick called up the DeLeo brothers of Stone Temple Pilots to help him write a song. The result was a song called "A Better Place." Due to the chemistry the trio had while writing the song, they decided to form a supergroup, which became Army of Anyone.
On September 29, 2005, the formation of Army of Anyone was announced. Along with Dean and Robert DeLeo, the former drummer for David Lee Roth, Ray Luzier, was also added to the line-up.
Army of Anyone's self-titled debut album was released on November 14, 2006. The album's first single, "Goodbye," peaked at number three on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
On May 26, 2007 Army of Anyone played their last concert to date in El Paso, Texas. The band is now officially "on hiatus."
On August 25, 2008, Richard Patrick wrote an editorial, Talking about War, for the Huffington Post. He has since started writing a column, called Filtering The Truth, for Suicide Girls. His first post, about politics and religion, was posted on Election Day 2008.
Richard Patrick and his wife Tina have a daughter, Sloan Patrick (born February 23, 2008), and a son, Ridley Patrick (born September 2, 2009). Richard Patrick graduated from Bay High School in Ohio in 1987. He is an atheist and has been sober since September 2002.
Patrick's older brother is actor Robert Patrick.