El Sobrante is a census-designated place (CDP) in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 12,669 at the 2010 census. The Spanish name ‘El Sobrante’ translates to ‘remainder’ or ‘surplus land’ in English.
Current and former notable residents of El Sobrante include the following:
* Famous musicians such as Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Exodus, Marc Biederman of Blind Illusion, Les Claypool (former member of Blind Ilusion currently of Primus), Larry “Ler” LaLonde of Primus and Possessed, Jason Beebout of Samiam and Isocracy and John Kiffmeyer of Green Day and Isocracy all grew up in El Sobrante, and most of them attended De Anza High School. Many of these musicians have close ties. Hammett and Claypool were friends as children. LaLonde was a founding member of death metal pioneers Possessed, who toured with Metallica before joining Claypool in Primus, and Claypool auditioned to join Metallica; however Claypool was turned down because his style was too funky for Metallica.
* Tim Agnello, founding member of the band Exodus, grew up in El Sobrante.
* Underground comics artist Joel Beck lived in El Sobrante and attended De Anza High School.
* John Fogerty, leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, lived in El Sobrante for several years during the late 1970s and early 1980s while he was embroiled in litigation with Fantasy Records’ owner Saul Zaentz.
* Comic book writer Landry Walker grew up in El Sobrante and attended De Anza High School.
* Flo Allen; San Francisco’s most famous artists’ model.
* Comic Book artist Eric Jones grew up in El Sobrante