Former Reggie and the Full Effect Drummer Billy Johnson Has Died

Billy Johnson, former drummer for experimental rock band Reggie And The Full Effect, died Tuesday. The cause of death is currently unknown.


Johnson was a staple in the Kansas City music scene and played in Reggie and The Full Effect for a number of years, joining in 2006 and performing on and off with the group until 2014, when he left the band to undergo shoulder surgery.

James Dewees, the band’s founder, posted a note of remembrance to the official Reggie and The Full Effect, writing, “He was one of the most amazing people on planet earth and one of my favorite people to be around. Besides being an amazing drummer he was also an amazing friend. He was the guy you could always count on, the guy who when things didn’t work figured out a way and made them work. Always in a great mood, always ready for an adventure with me. And believe me, billy and I have had some amazing adventures. My heart goes out to his wife and his family and also to the Kansas City music scene.”


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