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Country USA

Style Hard Rock


Thick Richard (formerly known as Front Runner) was based out of Sacramento, California. With the line-up consisting of writer/guitarist Mark Adorni, vocalist Brian Burch, keyboardist/guitarist Perry Dark, bassist Terry Justin and drummer Darrell Hale the band toured the West Coast and South Pacific from 1985-1989. They signed a publishing deal with Michael O’Conner Music and recorded several demos between 1987-1989, before the band called it a day. 

Their debut album from 1988 sees a more AOR / Melodic Rock approach as opposed to the Y & T – influenced Hard Rock of the follow-up. Tasty guitar work from Mark Adorni , a very unique Lead Vocalist in Brian Burch , Big Harmony Vocals and a sprinkling of keys along with some really catchy tunes should definitely appeal to the 80s AOR connoisseurs as well as Hard Rock afficionado’s. Overall a fine , solid release that doesn’t re-invent the wheel but will please the collector in all of you. Their bluesy vocals and blistering guitar work would finally see the light of day in 2009, as Retrospect Records released their CD “Back On Track”.


– Fire It Up [1988]
– Back On Track [2009]

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