Johnny Kelly

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Johnny Kelly
Kelly in 2014
Kelly in 2014
Background information
Born (1968-03-09) March 9, 1968 (age 53)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Associated acts

Johnny Kelly (born March 9, 1968) is an American musician, best known as the former drummer of gothic metal band Type O Negative. He is the current drummer for the bands Silvertomb, A Pale Horse Named Death, Kill Devil Hill, Danzig,[1] and Quiet Riot.[2]


Kelly joined Type O Negative in 1994 to replace Sal Abruscato.[3] He had previously been the band's drum tech.[4]

Kelly served as a fill-in drummer for heavy metal band Pist.On on an American tour while their drummer, Jeff McManus, dealt with chronic muscle pain.[5]

On February 25, 2011, it was announced that Kelly would be replacing Will Hunt as the drummer for Black Label Society for the remainder of their European tour. He made his first live performance with the band that night at La Cigale in Paris, France.

On March 10, 2014, it was announced that Vinny Appice had left Kill Devil Hill, and that Kelly was his replacement.[6]

On January 29, 2018, it was announced on the band's website that A Pale Horse Named Death had recruited Tommy Spano of Corey Glover and Sekond Skyn as the new drummer, replacing Kelly. On April 5, 2018, it was announced that Kelly was once again the band's drummer.[7]

Kelly has been the drummer for Danzig since 2002 (with the exception of a hiatus from 2003 to 2005), and recorded drums for the band's ninth album Deth Red Sabaoth (2010), covers album Skeletons (2015), and shared drum duty on the band's latest album Black Laden Crown (2017).

On September 9, 2020, it was announced that Kelly had joined Quiet Riot as the replacement of then-recently deceased drummer Frankie Banali. Kelly had previously filled in for Banali on the band's 2019 and 2020 shows.[2]


  1. ^ "DANZIG - Signs with The End records". The Metal Den. April 1, 2010. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "QUIET RIOT To Continue Without FRANKIE BANALI". September 10, 2020. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  3. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2007). Metal: The Definitive Guide : Heavy, NWOBH, Progressive, Thrash, Death, Black, Gothic, Doom, Nu. Jawbone Press. ISBN 9781906002015.
  4. ^ The Origin of the Feces liner notes
  5. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. New Plymouth, New Zealand: Zolda Books Limited. p. 237. ISBN 0958268401.
  6. ^ "KILL DEVIL HILL Parts Ways With Drummer VINNY APPICE, Recruits JOHNNY KELLY". March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  7. ^ APaleHorseNamedDeath (April 5, 2018). "A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH Feat. Former TYPE O NEGATIVE, LIFE OF AGONY Members: New Music Due In The Fall". Retrieved April 6, 2018.

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