Steve Riley (drummer)

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Steve Riley
Steve Riley From L.A. Guns at the Chance March 2008.jpg
Steve Riley performing with L.A. Guns in 2008.
Background information
Born (1956-01-22) January 22, 1956 (age 62)
Revere, Massachusetts, US
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Years active 1976–present
Labels Capitol, Polydor, Shrapnel, Cleopatra
Associated acts L.A. Guns
The B'zz
The Lawyers

Steve Riley (born January 22, 1956 in Revere, Massachusetts) is an American rock and glam metal drummer, best known being the drummer of L.A. Guns and W.A.S.P..[1]


After graduating high school in the 70's, Riley moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career.[2] In 1979, he joined a revival of Steppenwolf, but the lineup broke up later that year.[3]

In 1985, Riley joined W.A.S.P., and performed on The Last Command and Inside the Electric Circus, as well as the live album Live...In the Raw.[4] Riley left the band to join L.A. Guns in 1987, as part of the band's "classic" lineup alongside guitarists Tracii Guns and Mick Cripps, vocalist Phil Lewis and bassist Kelly Nickels.[5][6] He appeared on the albums L.A. Guns, Cocked & Loaded, and Hollywood Vampires. Riley was fired from the band in 1992.[6] He returned in 1994.[6] In 2006, there were two L.A. Guns lineups, Phil Lewis's and Tracii Gun's. Riley was a member of Lewis's lineup until it folded in 2016 when merging with Guns's version.[7]


With Roadmaster[edit]

  • Roadmaster (1976)

With The Lawyers[edit]

  • The Lawyers (1981?)

With The B'zz[edit]

  • The B'zz (1982)

With Keel[edit]

With W.A.S.P.[edit]

With L.A. Guns[edit]


  1. ^ Parks, John (August 30, 2012). "L.A. Guns Steve Riley talks Hollywood Forever, Tracii Guns and even a little W.A.S.P. with LRI".
  2. ^ knac
  3. ^ "Steve Riley Interview – Sleaze Roxx".
  4. ^ "W.A.S.P. - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  5. ^ Hill, Gary. "Steve Riley Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Schmitt, Greg. "Interview with Steve Riley". Rock Eyez. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  7. ^ "Singer-Guitarist Phil Lewis to Exit L.A. Guns". Loudwire.

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