April 13, 2024
Steve Riley’s bandmates from Riley’s L.A. Guns pay tribute to him

Steve Riley’s bandmates from Riley’s L.A. Guns pay tribute to him

The world received some shocking news yesterday when it was announced that former W.A.S.P. and L.A. Guns drummer Steve Riley passed away at the age of 67 after battling a severe case of pneumonia. Riley’s L.A. Guns released their debut album Renegades (2020) via Golden Robot Records (under the band name L.A. Guns) and were slated to release their sophomore album The Dark Horse in 2024.

Following the announcement, each of Riley‘s bandmates in Riley’s L.A. Guns paid tribute to him.

Kelly Nickels (bass) — “kellynickels What’s up everyone…sorry to say that we lost Steve Riley, Tuesday. He was 67. We went thru a lot together and I will always have nothing but amazing memories of making records and touring the world with him. He was an amazing drummer to be in a rhythm section with. We always got along great, before every show we ever did, we would sneak off and smoke a joint together lol, we had that connection. I was so proud when he called me and asked if would be interested in this new project, One show at M3. I was ready but we both wanted to make sure it was done right. With Kurt and Scotty we put something fun together. It really was a pleasure to get together for these Riley’s L.A.GUNS shows. It was meant to be a fun project and it really was. I know he was proud of Riley’s L.A.GUNS and the work we did, we did together. He loved being out there and went to great lengths to get there. He’s an American classic rock n roll drummer from Boston that rocked the world and spent a lifetime banging those drums and he will be greatly missed. RIP brother. -k”

Scott Griffin (lead guitar) — “I am entirely heartbroken over the passing of my band mate and my Captain, Steve Riley. But I also feel immensely blessed and grateful that he was not only my band mate for over a decade, but a truly great friend also.

We had some amazing times over the years, around the world, and in the studio. I’ll never forget him.

My heart goes out to his wife Mary and their son Cole. Please pray for them during this difficult time.

Rest in Peace Coach

May God bless you


Kurt Frohlich (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) — “I am absolutely heartbroken that my good friend and bandmate Steve Riley has passed away. I was lucky enough to get to play with someone I looked up to as a musician, performer and great person. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and I really respected that. Spending time in the studio, on stage and traveling together for the last few years was a privilege and a pleasure.

My thoughts and love go out to his wife Mary and son Cole.

You will be missed dearly my friend. 🖤⚡️🥁 @rileys_laguns

Riley’s L.A. Guns‘ “The Dark Horse”‘ single:

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