Gary Richrath left the band in 1989 in an acrimonious departure fueled by creative differences with Kevin Cronin. His solo career lasted just one album (in 1992); he fell into ill health and battled alcoholism before his death in 2015 at age 65. On December 4, 2013, Richrath made one last appearance with the band, joining them for "Ridin' The Storm Out" at a benefit concert in Bloomington, Illinois.
"He seemed to be in a really good place," Kevin Cronin told Songfacts
. "I miss Gary. I owe my career to him. Hopefully, he's up there somewhere, because every night when we play, we dedicate "Ridin' the Storm Out" to his memory."