January 22nd: Steve Riley Was Born

January 20, 2023

Steve Riley is an American drummer from Revere, Massachusetts best known for his work with the band L.A. Guns in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Riley began playing drums at the age of eight and by the time he was twelve he was playing in a band.

Riley joined L.A. Guns in 1987 and was featured on the band’s debut album, Hollywood Vampires. He performed on the band’s follow-up album, Cocked and Loaded, which was released in 1989 and went on to become a commercial success. He left the band in 1991 and went on to play with other bands.

Riley’s drumming style has been described as powerful and aggressive, with a strong focus on groove and dynamics. He is known for using a combination of double bass drums and tom-toms to create a powerful, driving sound. He is also known for his use of unusual drum fills and syncopation.

Throughout his career, Riley has been recognized as one of the most influential drummers in hard rock and heavy metal. He has been praised for his technical ability, his creative use of the double bass drum, and his ability to drive any song with his powerful, aggressive playing. He continues to tour and record with L.A. Guns has become an iconic figure in the hard rock and heavy metal genres.





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