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- Posted on Oct 29th 2009 2:15PM by John D. Luerssen
Legendary punk rock drummer Chuck Biscuits died Saturday, Oct. 24, after a battle with throat cancer. Biscuits, who got his start with Vancouver's D.O.A. in 1978 at the age of 13 and played with Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Danzig and Social Distortion, was 44 years old.
"In response to the inquiries, thank you for all the support," an anonymous family member wrote in an e-mail sent to fans early Wednesday. "Chuck did not survive his battle with throat cancer. He passed surrounded by his family on 10/24/09."
Born Charles Montgomery on April 17, 1965, Biscuits got his start with D.O.A. and was the brother of Ken "Dimwit" Montgomery, who also drummed for the influential group. At just 17, Chuck relocated to California where he joined Black Flag but after five months of touring, he quit to play with notorious L.A. punk outfits like the Circle Jerks, Fear and the Weirdos.
By 1987, Biscuits rose to prominence in the hard rock scene as the drummer for Danzig. While his powerful approach helping to define that outfit's first four albums, Biscuits stepped outside of the hard rock realm to provide live drums on tracks like 'Mary, Mary' and 'Beats To The Rhyme' on Run-DMC's 1988 studio effort, 'Tougher Than Leather.'
At one time, Biscuits was rumored to be in contention for the drum stool slot that Dave Grohl ultimately filled in Nirvana. "Chuck was one of the best of the original wave of punk drummers," founding Descendents kitman Bill Stevenson once said. "His style was easily recognizable, and he seemed to have just a ton of extra energy when playing his drums. He is one of those people who did not have to practice a lot to play really well."