Drummer ‘gave his life to something he loved’

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Richard Grey Liston of Portland, Ore., is shown on a recent climb in this Facebook.com image. (Courtesy Facebook)

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (KOIN/AP) — The 28-year-old Portland founder of the Smash Bandits Ska-Punk band died while scaling Mount Olympus west of Seattle over the weekend.

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FILE — This photo taken Aug. 20, 2009 shows Mount Olympus as viewed from Olympic National Park’s High Divide Trail. (AP Photo/George Tibbits)

Olympic National Park Spokeswoman Barb Maynes said Richard Grey Liston of Portland, Ore., was climbing with a companion Saturday near the summit on the east face of the mountain when he fell into an area of rocks and glacier ice. He died at the scene.

“One of the most inspiring things about this guy,” a member of the Smash Bandits told KOIN 6 News Sunday night, “is that everything he did, he devoted and invested everything he had.”

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Richard Grey Liston, drummer and founder of the Smash Bandits Ska-Punk band, died July 20, 2013, while scaling Mount Olympus in Washington state. (Smash Bandits Facebook photo in memory of Grey Liston)

Liston started the Portland-based Ska-Punk band Smash Bandits more than a year ago, according to the band’s Facebook page. He also served as its drummer.

Smash Bandits issued the following in a statement on Facebook Sunday, “We are extremely sad to say, our close friend, and drummer, Grey Liston is no longer with us. He gave his life to something he loved to do, and that’s just the kind of guy Grey was.”

“You just know he was happy,” said a band mate, one of several gathered together Sunday in Portland’s Hollywood District to support each other in Liston’s death.

—  KOIN Reporter Chris Woodard and the Peninsula Daily News contributed information used in this report.

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