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Name: Richard Bybee

Age: 33

Instrument: Drums are my instrument of choice.

But I can play guitar and bass also.

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Band/Former Bands: The Grind, Electric Kool-Aid, Psychotic Ratbastards, the Ozzy Osbourne tribute Crazy Train and formed current band Luther in 92.

How Long On Instrument: 16 years, from age 15.

Equipment: Ziljian symbols, Tama Rockstar and Sonar drums.

Influences: Jon Bonham, Greg Ginn (guitarist of Black Flag,) Black Sabbath, Zeppelin, James Brown, Slayer, Yagermeister, Sex Pistols, Alice Cooper and Anton Lavey.

First Gig: 1988 at Barren county high school. I was in the nameless band. But we played anyway.

Hobbies: Following the spiritual advice of my bassist Andrew Smith, recording/engineering here of late, writing music, being lazy and smoking tea.

Favorite Movies: Amityville 2, Possession, Exorcist 1 and 3, The Omen Trilogy, Evil Dead, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Cheech and Chong movies Up In Smoke, Next Movie and Things AreTough All Over; Pumpkinhead and Salem's Lot (unbelievably...the TV version is okay, too.)

Favorite Food: Chinese is my favorite, but I also like BBQ, Italian food, especially pizza.

Favorite Place: Snowshoe Mountain in Virginia, Crazy Train played a huge outdoor concert there and it was great.

What I'm Listening to Nowadays: Old Alice Cooper Love It To Death demos, Headpe Blackout, Zeppelin box set, Black Flag Live, Beastie Boys anthology, Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," Dave Grohl's project Probot. I especially like the hidden track "I Am The Warlock."

Coolest Thing I've Done: Playing "Pops" in St Louis with Crazy Train. St Louis rocks!

Most Embarrassing Moment: Being so drunk onstage that my snare busted apart and I had to have another band's drummer set it up for me.