Dave Prichard

Dave Prichard (born David Earl Prichard; November 27, 1963 – February 28, 1990)[1] was an American guitarist mainly known as a member of the heavy metal band Armored Saint.[2]

Dave Prichard
Birth nameDavid Earl Prichard
Born(1963-11-27)November 27, 1963
United States
DiedFebruary 28, 1990(1990-02-28) (aged 26)
GenresHeavy metal
Years active1980–1990
Associated actsArmored Saint

Prichard was born in California. In 1982, he co-founded Armored Saint along with brothers Phil Sandoval (guitar) and Gonzo Sandoval (drums), and stayed with the band until his death in 1990. He played on the band's first EP Armored Saint (1983), first three studio albums, March of the Saint (1984), Delirious Nomad (1985) and Raising Fear (1987), as well as the live album Saints Will Conquer (1988).

In 1989, as Armored Saint was preparing for their fourth studio album Symbol of Salvation, Prichard was diagnosed with leukemia,[3] and died of the disease the following year, at the age of 26.[4]

Symbol of Salvation was dedicated to the spirit and memory of Dave Prichard, whose solo on the demo recording of the song "Tainted Past" was painstakingly and carefully transferred and used on the album.


  1. ^ "David Earl "Red" Prichard - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2006). Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Albums, 6th edition. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-166-7.
  3. ^ ARMORED SAINT Announces North American Tour; Band To Perform Symbol Of Salvation In Its Entirety
  4. ^ ARMORED SAINT Guitarist Dies Of Leukaemia Aged 26 metalforcesmagazine.com accessdate July 23, 2018