Richie Stotts
Asylum Records in Chandler, Arizona
is very proud to announce an in-store appearance
of Richie Stotts from the legendary Punk band
the PLASMATICS! This will be his very first ever
signing in Arizona
right here on Record Store Day April 23rd.
Richie will be signing and taking pictures
with everyone.
Don't miss this Legend of Punk Rock history!
He will be here ALL DAY, and will be bringing
some cool merch to sell, watch for prices
and details.


Richie Stotts


Hear the Richie Stotts interview
with Lydia Lunch and Tim Dahl
on the Lydia Spin podcast


"The Plasmatics were a cross between Mad Max,
Motorhead, Punk Rock, Times Square...
known for having for having the most
fercious female singer ever,
chaotic, destructive, chainsawing guitars,
destroying speakers, blowing up televisions
and automobiles, just a ridiculous spectacle
which was much needed at the time."

Lydia Lunch / The Lydia Spin
"Richie, I used to see you on the Subway
with your Blue Mohawk caring a guitar.
You were one of the first musicians
to sport a Mohawk...
but yours was huge and blue..."

Lydia Lunch / The Lydia Spin

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"Richie Stotts guitar breaks are some of the heaviest you'll hear this side of Angus Young."
Dave Dickson / Kerrang!

"...Richie Stotts wrestles off-the-wall leads, fusing Chuck Berry licks, snatches of Hendrix, and effects-laden tones straight out of '60s psychedelia.
No slouch, Stotts seems to have unlimited energy, good ideas, and a talent for clean execution."

Jas Obrecht / Guitar Player Magazine

"Chaos is the name of the game in the punk-metal genre, and given that premise, Stotts' guitar makes the grade.
The intensity, power and mania are all here. The bottom heavy sound of the Plasmatics would probably benefit
by showcasing the energetic playing of Stotts more often -
but would that be right for a group determined to sound like an uncountained nuclear meltdown."

David Alzofon / Guitar Player Magazine

"Lead guitarist Richard Stotts may throw purists off with his turquoise Mohawk do, tasty tutu and white garter belt,
but this guy is a showman who gives his all, even down to slamming his head
with his axe until bright red blood mixes with his blue hair to create (that's right) vi-o-let.
Like Rick Neilson of Cheap Trick, Stotts realizes there are only so many notes you can play on heavy metal guitar
and that the real key to success is in exaggeration and lampoon."

Roy Trakin / New York Rocker

(Review of Coup D'ETAT)
"...Uniformed Guards, the album closer, with guitarist/masochist Richie Stotts tearing it up throughout the second half of the song
as if he doesn't realize Wendy's there and he thinks he's filling.
Perhaps something to do with all those times he smashed himself in the forehead with his guitar until he bled."

DJ Johnson / Cosmik Debris Magazine

"Richie Stotts... a union of intellect and emotion."
Charles Young / Rolling Stone Magazine

"A really innovative guitarist ... one of the best solos I've ever heard."
Lemmy / Motorhead

(Review of New Hope for the Wretched)
"...Like their shows, this album is tacky and excessive and gaudy and useless
and painful and mighty and essential and wonderfully entertaining.
Like W.O.W's top half, it stands up on its own, as one of the greatest trash metal albums of all time.
Spot-on, witty, brilliant, squirming, jiggling, tacky, inspired-the TV dinner of metal."

Sylvie Simmons / Cream Magazine

"...the lead guitarist (Richie Stotts) has dyed his Mohawk haircut bright blue,
wears a nurse's uniform right down to the red support hose
and achieves white noise feedback effects by pounding his guitar on his head..."

Charles Young / Rolling Stone Magazine

(Response to Plasmatic concert review in Rolling Stone)
"Watching a grown man with dyed-blue hair and wearing a nurse's outfit hit himself over the head with his guitar,
or a woman wearing band-aids over her boobs, really doesn't turn my crank.
The only message I get from the Plasmatics is that they need to visit the nearest hospital to get their heads examined.
The same trip would not hurt reviewer Charles M. Young too much either."

Dale Frame - Sikeston, Missouri / Letters to Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine

"...at one point, Stotts fell over backwards again, landing this time in the audience.
Williams stood close enough to the front of the stage so that the men in the crowd could paw her, which they did.
Stotts hit himself over the head with his guitar several times.
He late confessed to having three stitches in his scalp as a result of past performances."

Tony Lioce / Plasmatics in Boston

Q: Who are your guitar idols?
A: Man, Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls) was the hippest guy in the world to me.
I also loved Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick and Richie Stotts from the Plasmatics.

C.C. Deville / Poison
St. Petersburg Times (Interview with Gina Vivinetto)


(Description of Richie Stotts Pin that was auctioned on Ebay.com)
"...this is a pretty unique pin featuring the all-time wildest lead guitar player,
he was the heart & soul of the Plasmatics. There will never be another Richie Stotts !!!"

Seller / Ebay

"Richie Stotts. He was taken out of an asylum to join the Plasmatics."
Steve Richards / Stick Monkey!

(The Wendy O. Williams memorial at CBGB's, May 18, 1998)
"One by one Chosei Funahara, Richie Stotts, Wes Beech, Stu Deutsch, Jean Beauvoir and TC Tolliver came on stage--
it was the *original* Plasmatics line up, plus two later band members. I was speechless.
Without a pause, they tore into a six-song set
("Tight white Pants," "Won't You," "Living Dead," "Sometimes I ...," "Masterplan," "Butcher Baby"),
with four of them sharing the duty of singing the lyrics.
Like moths to a flame, audience members rushed the stage cheering, photographing, singing along and jostling for position.
It was incredible! Tight as ever, the sound transported me back to 1981--it was magic pure and simple.
The intensity, the energy, that wall of sound was there,
and at any moment you would have thought Wendy would be, too. But she wasn't. "

Bill Carney / epulse

(Plasmatics/Tom Snyder NBC-TV)
"I don't have this on tape, but I remember it vividly. It was after the Lydon/Levene program, and (as someone said earlier)
The greatest thing about the appearance was when Richie Stotts leaped into the audience,
with his wireless guitar squealing away like a bastard,
and ran all the way across a row of seats (NOT up an aisle),
stopping every now and then to trip over or drool on some hapless audience member.
Right in the middle of the row was an elderly couple who obviously did not care too much for the new booking policy.
They were visibly disgusted and horrified. I'm not even really a Plasmatics fan and it was WONDERFUL.
I'd love to see it again."

Mike Fornatale / Bomp