It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to a legendary figure in the rock and metal music scene, drummer Steve Riley.
His contributions to the genre, especially during his time with W.A.S.P. and L.A. Guns, have left an indelible mark on the history of rock music. Riley’s tenure with W.A.S.P. from 1984 to 1987 was marked by his exceptional drumming skills and his ability to infuse energy into the band’s performances. His powerful beats added a unique dimension to W.A.S.P.’s music, contributing significantly to the band’s identity during that period. Following his time with W.A.S.P., Riley embarked on a remarkable journey with L.A. Guns. For nearly three decades, from 1987 to 2016, he was the backbone of the band, providing the rhythmic foundation for their iconic sound. His dedication and passion for music were evident in every beat, making him an integral part of L.A. Guns’ legacy.
Riley passed away at 67 years old. Riley’s death was confirmed to Blabbermouth by his son Cole, who said that Steve passed away this past Tuesday, October 24.
The Riley family has released the following statement: “We are devastated to share that Steve Riley has passed away at the age of 67. Steve had been battling a severe case of pneumonia for several weeks, and on Tuesday, Oct. 24, succumbed to the illness. His wife Mary Louise and son Cole were by his side in his final moments. Steve spent the past five decades building up a rich music legacy, touring the world countless times, selling millions of records, sharing the stage with incredible bandmates and bringing joy to fans across the globe. His style was unmatched, influenced by the greats like Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker and John Bonham, and his passion for the craft was evident until the very end. But Steve’s greatest legacy was his role as a loving husband and caring father. At home, he was more than just a rocker — he was a Boston sports fanatic, a World War II buff and an avid reader. As much as he loved being on the road, nothing brought him more joy than coming home to his family. Steve is survived by his wife and son, as well as his brothers Michael and Daniel”.
Our thoughts and worries are with Steve Riley’s family and friends. Rest in Peace.