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Filter is an American rock band from Cleveland, Ohio. He was trained in 1993 by Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang.

Richard and Brian meet when the first plays for Nine Inch Nails as a live guitarist. Their first album was released in 1995 and is called Short Bus. The song Hey Man, Nice Shot will become platinum disc (one million copies sold). Brian Liesgang then leaves the group and Richard Patrick continues solo.

He finds other musicians to record the band's second album in 1999, Title of Record. A DVD, titled Title of DVD, is released the same year; it contains videos and interviews from the previous tour, the one for the album Short Bus. The three musicians who have joined him are Geno Lenardo (guitar), Frank Cavanagh (bass) and Steve Gillis (percussion).

In 2002, the group released the album The Amalgamut, which includes the singles Where Do We Go from Here? and American Cliché. The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way) is included in the first wave of Hummer2 commercials and in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the cradle of life. Alan Bailey is recruited to play guitar in concert in support of the album; however, the tour ends quickly when Richard Patrick leaves for rehab. He has since tattooed his date of sobriety, September 28, 2002, on his forearm.

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