Longineu W. Parsons III

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Longineu W. "LP" Parsons III (born February 16, 1980) is a French-born American rock musician. He is best known for being the former drummer for the American pop punk band Yellowcard.

Early life

Longineu has been playing the drums since he was two years old and taking lessons since he was five; he played with his father, Longineu W. Parsons II in his band The Longineu Parsons Ensemble.

Music career

Yellowcard (1997-2008, 2010-2014)

Parsons joined Yellowcard in 1997 along with Ben Dobson, Todd Clary, Warren Cooke, Ben Harper, and Sean Mackin after meeting at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. The band released their first album, Midget Tossing, in 1997. They then released their second album, Where We Stand in 1999. After Dobson left the band he was replaced by Ryan Key as the band's new lead singer, who joined after being asked by guitarist Ben Harper. The band then released the Still Standing EP in early 2000. Shortly after the release of their EP Todd Clary left the band, Key then filled in as the rhythm guitarist. The band then moved to Camarillo, CA, after being signed to Lobster Records. They then begin working on their next album.

The group released their third album, One for the Kids in 2001 and followed up with The Underdog EP in 2002. After the release of The Underdog EP, Warren Cooke left the band due to personal reasons. The band later asked close friend Peter Mosely from Inspection 12, to become the band's new bass guitarist. After Yellowcard released The Underdog EP the band signed with Capitol Records, who were looking to sign pop punk bands at the time. Yellowcard then began the recording of their major-label debut album Ocean Avenue in late 2002, gaining the band major success. Mosely left during recording of the album due to personal problems. The band then asked Alex Lewis to join as the bass guitarist. Yellowcard released their album Ocean Avenue on July 22, 2003 hitting at number 23 on U.S. Billboard 200, the album was a commercial success in the United States with the hit singles Way Away, Ocean Avenue, and Only One.

In late 2004 Lewis left the band after Peter Mosely rejoined as the band's bassist. In 2005 Parsons went with the other band members to Los Angeles while Key and Mosely moved to New York City to create new material for their next album. Lead guitarist Ben Harper left the band in April after finishing guitar tracks for the album. The band then asked Ryan Mendez from the band Staring Back to become the new lead guitarist.

The album Lights and Sounds was released in January 2006, unlike their last album Ocean Avenue, Lights and Sounds broke away from the band's pop punk sound to a more alternative rock album. The album peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200. The title track, "Lights and Sounds", was the first single, released a week before the album. It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks. Lights and Sounds did well on the charts and reviews, but failed to match the 2 million sales of the band's previous album.

On October 16, 2006, the band re-entered the studio to begin pre-production on their next album. Paper Walls was released in the U.S. on July 17, 2007, the album debuted at number 13 on the U.S. Billboard 200 selling about 40,000 copies in its first week. The band spent the rest of the year promoting their new album nonstop since its release while touring with Linkin Park and Blue October.

Parsons took a break from Yellowcard during the European leg of their tour in January 2008 to spend time with his grandmother back in Jacksonville. Yellowcard released their live album Live from Las Vegas at the Palms on January 22, 2008. It was recorded during their Blue October Tour in October 2007 in Las Vegas.

In April 2008 Yellowcard officially announced an "indefinite hiatus" canceling their European and acoustic tours. The band stated the reason why they went on hiatus was to focus on their personal lives for the time.

On August 1, 2010, it was confirmed that Yellowcard had ended their hiatus and was working on a new record, titled When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes to be released on Hopeless Records in early 2011. The band toured Europe March 2011 alongside All Time Low.

On March 13, 2014, Parsons left Yellowcard. According to their Official Facebook page, the band said, in a join statement, "Longineu has decided to pursue other musical interests. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Other work: 2008-present

During the Yellowcard hiatus Parsons played drums for Adam Lambert from October 2009 through September 2010 before reunited with Yellowcard after ending their hiatus. Before joining Adam Lambert's live band, Parsons was also rumored to be Ilan Rubin's replacement in Lostprophets in late 2009. Later this rumour was confirmed to be false. LP has since founded "rap-rock" group, LPMD, with EMMY nominated audio engineer and hiphop producer, Miles M. Davis. Their debut album, "Off The Record," released September 27, 2011.

Personal life

Parsons currently lives in West Hollywood, California and is engaged to actress Joan Murray, he has a dog named Falco. He list the bands Anthrax, Slayer, Green Day, Nirvana, and Megadeth as his musical influences.

Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 4.

(0619-0620) Longineu W. Parsons III - used, signature model Pro-Mark drumsticks, Yellowcard.