I am not into the kind of music he plays much, but he is an incredible drummer. I love that he gets some success based on his TALENT. Howard must be jealous to the core because he always belittles whatever anyone accomplishes. I hope Richard finds a niche when the show finally goes down the drain for good.
Good thing Richard made the correct career choice in making phony phone calls for a has been shock jock with 600k listeners instead of sticking with his incredible gift for music.
It's hard to make a living in Heavy Metal right now, his old band (Iced Earth) actually pissed off most of their fans by getting involved in Copyright Trolling lawsuits, believe it or not. At this point, I think Richard's band would outdraw Iced Earth in the U.S., so unless he has some burning desire to live in Europe and South America for the next 20 years I still think he made a good choice.
EDIT: For more on those Iced Earth shenanigans:
One such record label troll is “Century Media Ltd.” who is suing on behalf of their “Iced Earth” band (think Jon Schaffer and Greg Seymour) for the download of their 2011 heavy metal album “Dystopia.” The interesting thing about the lawsuit, however, is that Century Media has retained copyright troll Jay McDaniel of the McDaniel Law Firm in New Jersey to sue defendants, and it is unclear to me why. Jay McDaniel runs what I call a “settlement factory,” where he spends his time fighting motions to quash in court, and while not in court, he has his staff attorneys contact defendants attempting to convince them to settle.