Diemonds lead vocalist Priya Panda looks back on deceased former bandmate Alan “Yeti” Riches
Diemonds lead vocalist and solo artist Priya Panda took the time today to look back at the legacy of one of her former and now deceased bandmates, Alan “Yeti” Riches, who passed away seven years ago. Yeti played on Diemonds‘ In the Rough EP (2008) and debut full-length album The Bad Pack (2011), which finished at #6 on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top 12 Albums of The Decade (2010-2019).
The following message was posted on Diemonds‘ Facebook page earlier today (with slight edits):
“Alan “Yeti” Riches – we lost you seven years ago. Man.
When he joined Diemonds (we were all still kids), he’d already spent most of his life touring. He showed us all the ropes. In fact, the first time I ever drove the van and trailer, it was into the grounds at Rocklahoma 2011. He thought it would be funny for them to see my tiny ass that could barely see over the steering wheel, driving four, hairy stoned dudes into a festival grounds. And he was right. The staff at the festival was confused by the way we rolled in. Untypical as always.
He was one of the country’s most sought after guitar techs and a badass multi-instrumentalist who drummed on the first Diemonds EP and split leads on guitar with C.C. on our first full length album. By the time Never Wanna Die came out, we were dedicating our music to not one, but three members of Diemonds who had since passed. Alan, Paul and Vassil. It was devastating.
The grief was crushing and because we were used to not feeling much due to a steady stream of booze and drugs, it eventually caused a ton of in-fighting. we didn’t know how to process losing people who were so close to us at such a young age.
alan was fiery but he also knew how to get the rest of us to stop bickering over our favourite KISS album and cry-laughing instead during ten-hour drives to sometimes play to ten people.
A true legend. Let’s all remember him today.
Diemonds‘ “Highway” video (from In The Rough EP):