Influences besides Zep: Michael Bloomfield, Albert King, Warren Haynes, Jimi Hendrix, Angus & Malcolm Young
Equipment: Gibson, Kauer and Danelectro Guitars, Marshall and Friedman amps
Favorite Zep Album: Presence--it's dark, experimental and completely reflective of where Led Zeppelin was as a band at the time. All Zep albums need to be experienced as a whole, not as a simple collection of songs--Presence even more so than the rest.
Favorite Zep song to play: Rock and Roll. The reason I picked up the guitar in the first place was seeing the movie The Song Remains the Same--Power, Mystery and the Hammer of the Gods. Every time I see the lights go on in that movie, I get goosebumps. Hell, I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it now.
Band says: "Rick is an amazing, athletic guitar player and longtime Zeppelin fanatic. While his gifted playing is most easily appreciated when he's cranking out the fan favorite super fast guitar hero solos made famous by Jimmy Page on 'Dazed and Confused' and 'Heartbreaker', Rick studies and brings to life the entire depth and range of Page's work, whether it is the violin bow solo of 'How Many More Times', the acoustic picking and soaring leads of 'Stairway to Heaven' on his double-neck guitar, the bluesy R&B interplay of 'Since I've Been Loving You', or the strutting riffs of the classic rock radio mega-hits 'Black Dog', 'The Ocean' and 'Whole Lotta Love'. Rick captures the breadth of Zeppelin's sounds and energy..." - Billy