Richie began playing bass at age 14 after seeing his first KISS concert. He joined Spring Break from 1984 to 1986 and a short stint with the late Emma Zake in 1987.
After living in Southern California for over 22 years (where he was a radio and mobile disc jockey), Richie returned home to Oceanside, Long Island and picked up the bass again for good. His 4 year tenure with The Steel Horse Band led to a spot in Lets Zep. Richie says “I love playing the bass. Doing so allows me to excell at fatherhood to my 11 year old autistic son. It’s my passion in life.”