Richard Patrick is an American rock musician, born May 10, 1968 in Bay Village, Ohio. He is the frontman for the band Filter. A guitar player since the age of nine, Richard Patrick names U2 and The Cure as primary musical influences. Specifically, it was the flood of sound and the inventive use of technology employed by those artists to which he was drawn. Richard had some fun with his unorthodox aural stylings when he spent two and a half years as the touring guitarist in Nine Inch Nails.