Greg K. performing in 2017
|Gregory David Kriesel|
|Born||January 20, 1965|
|Origin||Glendale, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Punk rock, skate punk|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals|
Gregory David Kriesel (born January 20, 1965), known professionally as Greg K., is an American musician known as the bass guitarist and backing vocalist for the American rock band the Offspring from 1984 to 2018.
Greg K. was one of the founding members of the Offspring alongside singer Dexter Holland. Prior to forming The Offspring, he was also on the track and field team at Pacifica High School, along with bandmate Holland, where he took up playing the bass guitar. Greg K. and Holland had been playing locally since the early 1980s and formed Manic Subsidal in 1983. After hiring Noodles as their new guitarist, Manic Subsidal changed their name to The Offspring in 1986. Kriesel (along with Holland and Noodles) was one of the three members of the Offspring to appear on all nine of the band's studio albums, from their 1989 self-titled debut to Days Go By (2012).
In August 2019, Kriesel filed a lawsuit against his Offspring bandmates Holland and Wasserman, following an alleged decision by the two in November 2018 to fire Kriesel from the Offspring and exclude him from band related activities such as studio recordings and live performances. Kriesel and his lawyers also alleged that the two conspired to "seize the business, business opportunities, and assets" of Kriesel's stake in the band without compensation. As the result of his absence from touring, he has been filled in by Tony Kanal of No Doubt and Todd Morse of H2O.
He alleges that Holland and Noodles "devised a scheme, and entered into a conspiracy with each other" in October 2018 [sic] to "seize the business, business opportunities, and assets" of their 32-year-old partnership agreement "in disregard for and in derogation of the rights, privileges, and authority of Kriesel as an equal, general partner" [...] Krisel claims that Holland and Wasserman told him last November that he was "no longer entitled to participate in any activities of the band, including (but not limited to) studio recordings and concert tours."
The bassist states in the court documents that Holland and Wasserman sought to "seize the business, business opportunities, and assets" last October of the partnership amongst the group's founding members. Kriesel alleges that they've sought to divest him from their partnership interests and rights without fair compensation and denied his continued status as a general partner of the band.