Ra Ra Riot performs at The Earl in Atlanta
November 17th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Soundcheck with Ra Ra Riot: Life after death

In 2007, Ra Ra Riot was on the cusp of success when a tragedy nearly ended the young band’s career.

The founding members, a group of Syracuse University students, had begun generating buzz at the 2006 CMJ Music Marathon and Film festival, and were starting off on the right foot.

And then Ra Ra Riot’s original drummer and songwriter, John Pike, went missing when the group attended an after party for a show in Providence, Rhode Island in early June, 2007. Pike was eventually found dead from an apparent drowning.


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