The original lineup
Palm Beach County show-goers come in all ages, shapes, and sizes. But you would be hard-pressed to find one that hasn't seen the Hard Richards live. Performing locally for a staggering 20 years, this gnarly Boynton Beach crew has played their hearts out and is calling it quits on its own on terms. Going out Seinfeld style, the group is disbanding at a high point, before any outside forces can weigh in on the matter. It's nothing short of the end of a legacy, and the crater left in place of the Hard Richards will be near impossible to fill.
The band played its last show and Propaganda's Summer Daze, day one, last week. Jager shots were consumed, tears were shed, and moshing commenced for one last time. To reflect on the past two decades and look toward what the future might hold, we talked with original frontman Steve Abbott, who's seen it all. He started this band right out of high school and it's consumed half of his lifetime, so this news is equal parts heartbreaking and relieving. Read on to get a peek into the mind of a lifelong Hard Richard, coping with the decision to put an end to a band that meant everything to him.