RPG (Rick Pierce Group)

Rick Pierce is a founding member, lead guitar and songwriter of the legendary Seattle hard rock band TKO, whose debut release “Let It Roll” continues to cement the band’s cult-like status.

TKO toured the world with the likes of AC/DC, Van Halen and other huge acts. Rick’s unique arsenal of guitar pyrotechnics provided the backbone of the unmistakable TKO sound.

Following his successful stint with TKO, Rick remained true to his metal roots and teamed up as lead guitarist for power metal band Q5 with Floyd Rose, acclaimed inventor of the Floyd Rose tremolo system.

Buoyed by tremendous word-of-mouth and subsequent critical acclaim for their self-released first album, Q5 was signed by the influential British metal label, Music for Nations (Metallica, Manowar).

Q5’s album Steel the Light, produced by Floyd, is still considered a classic in metal and hard rock circles worldwide and continues to sell in all formats to this day.

The opening thrasher “Missing in Action” is one of Rick’s best known compositions.

Polygram Records released the album in North America and distributed the next album, When the Mirror Cracks” on Cliff Bernstein and Peter Mensch’s Squawk label.

Suicide Squad, a project with his former singer in TKO, Brad Sinsel marked Rick’s return to Music For Nations, and after Q5’s split MFN signed Rick’s new band, Nightshade for the indie chart topping album Dead of Night.

Two more Nightshade albums followed.


Crusader Records is proud and honoured to be working with Rick and his new band RPG (Rick Pierce Group) , New Single TIK TOK - November 2020.