Chris Rest

Chris Rest

Chris Rest playing with No Use for a Name in 2011
Background information
Also known as Leon Rest
Genres Punk rock, skate punk, hardcore punk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1983present
Labels Fat Wreck Chords, Epitaph, Malt Soda
Associated acts Rich Kids on LSD, Lagwagon, No Use for a Name, The Real McKenzies, The Other, Hotbox, District of Columbias, King City, Mad Caddies, Buck Wild

Chris Rest is an American guitarist best known for his work with the bands Rich Kids on LSD and Lagwagon. He was Rich Kids on LSD's only constant member, having participated in every album and tour.

Musical career

Chris Rest was a founding member of hardcore punk band[1] Rich Kids on LSD (RKL) when they formed in 1982. He remained the only consistent throughout the band's entire career. Through their influential[2] career spanning three decades RKL released four full-length studio albums and one live album. RKL went on hiatus in 1995. In 1996 Rest formed a band called The Other with RKL's Bomer Manzullo and drummer Boz Rivera. This group produced one self-titled album released in 1997 on Honest Don's Records, a subsidiary label set up by Fat Wreck Chords to release material by bands that didn't fit within the roster at Fat. That same year Rest played guitar on Buck Wild's album Beat Me Silly. In 1997 Rest replaced guitarist Ken Stringfellow as a member of Lagwagon.[3] Rest has appeared on all subsequent Lagwagon releases. Rest also contributed his guitar on Mad Caddies 2001 release Rock the Plank, and Hotbox's 2001 release Lickety Split.

In 2002 Rest reformed RKL with original members Jason Sears and Bomer Manzullo. The line-up fluctuated over the next few years and new material was being written and recorded, however the death of lead singer Sears in 2006[4] ended any plans of a release.

Chris Rest is also a member of the San Francisco-based group King City.[5][6]

Rest contributed guitar to The Real McKenzies's 2008 release Off the Leash and played guitar for the group District of Columbias in 2009.[7] In 2008 he also recorded a guitar solo for the song "Stroudsburg" for the band I Know the Struggle.[8] Rest joined No Use for a Name in 2008[9] replacing Dave Nassie and remained a member until their final show following the death of lead singer Tony Sly in 2012.[10]


  1. Kristiansen, Lars J.; Blaney, Joseph R.; Chidester, Philip J.; Simonds, Brent K. (2010). Screaming for Change: Articulating a Unifying Philosophy of Punk Rock. Lexington Books. p. 15. ISBN 0739142747.
  2. Taylor, Todd (July–August 2008). "Rich Kids on LSD – "Like If Jimi Hendrix Covers Slayer"". Razorcake (45).
  4. Cearley, Anna (February 3, 2006). U.S. man who died in Tijuana clinic was singer. San Diego Union-Tribune
  5. Cheryl Eddy (August 29, 2007). "Class of 2007: King City: Most Likely to Carry a Django Reinhardt Album While Wearing a Master of Puppets T-shirt". San Francisco Bay Guardian Online. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  6. King City Official Website,, retrieved on August 19, 2012
  7. Chris Rest at AllMusic
  8. joepulito (June 23, 2008). "Chris Rest (Lagwagon) provides guitar work for I Know the Struggle". Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  9. Smith, Sarah. "No Use For a Name return to Oz". fasterlouder. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  10. Lagwagon-ba harapott a No Use for a Name (August 22. 2009.)

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