The Four Horsemen were southern rock’s bad boys. They toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Black Crowes, released two albums and EP in the 90’s, and CD/DVD anthology in 2007. Southern rock folklore consists of many bands who faced their demons and overcame tragedy, but sadly, The Four Horsemen lost their battles with the destructive side of rock and roll.
The Four Horsemen was put together by former The Cult and Zodiac Mindwarp member Haggis (Stephen Harris) in late 80´s. Frankie Starr was recruited into vocals, Canadian mental hospital orderly Dimwit (Ken Montgomery) became the band’s drummer and what better way to find a guitar player, Dave Lizmi , than recruit a guy who delivers you pizza? Ben Pape took over the bass, while Haggis played second guitar.
The Four Horse released their self-titled debut EP in 1989 and soon after signed a deal with American Records. Band’s debut album was delayed when Frank Starr was busted for drug possession and got locked up for six months, but “Nobody Said It Was Easy” finally came out in 1991.
Second album saw another delay, when Starr was jailed again for over a year from 1992 to 1993. First real tragedy hit the band in 1994, as drummer Dimwit died on drug overdose. The four Horsemen managed to finish the recording of “Getting Pretty Good at Barely Getting By”, but yet another disaster hit them when Frank Starr got into motorcycle accident with a drunk driver. Starr suffered severe head trauma and he died in 1999 after spending four years in life support.
After Starr’s accident, The Four Horsemen toured with Ron Young on vocals, but failed to record any new material and finally broke up in 1998. In 2007 The Four Horsemen released CD/DVD, “Left For Dead”, featuring live recordings from 1992 along with all their promotional videos.
The Four Horsemen Discography:
1989 The Four Horsemen (EP)
1991 Nobody Said it Was Easy
1996 Gettin’ Pretty Good at Barely Gettin’ By
2007 Left For Dead (Live CD/DVD)
2009 Welfare Boogie E. P. (First EP remastered)