Steve Riley

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Steve Riley
Drummer - Heavy metal

Bands: L.A. Guns, W.A.S.P., Roadmaster, The B'zz, Steppenwolf

Drumsticks: Pro-Mark

Steve Riley (born (1956-01-22) January 22, 1956 (age 66), Revere, MA) is a rock drummer who has played in various bands including W.A.S.P. (1984–1987), Roadmaster, The B'zz, Steppenwolf, and L.A. Guns (1987–1992, 1995–present). Selling over ten million records over three decades, Steve has been regarded as one of the best rock drummers of his generation. Steve is endorsed by Ludwig, Zildjian, Pro-mark, and DW.


Although best known for his work in L.A. Guns and WASP, Steve Riley has been recording and touring since the mid 70's. Steve started playing drums at the age of six, playing in marching bands, drum corps and with local club bands. The Boston club scene at the time was very dismal, so after graduating from high school in 73', Steve started the process of moving around the country playing with a number of bands on the east coast, midwest and finally ending up in Los Angeles.

In 1975, Steve signed his first recording deal with a band out of Indianapolis called Roadmaster on the Mercury label. From 77' to 79', Steve played with Steppenwolf, touring nonstop through North America. In 1980, Steve joined the B'zz out of Chicago and signed a record deal with Epic Records. After 3 years with the B'zz, Steve joined Keel out of Los Angeles and signed with A & M Records. He recorded the album "The Right to Rock" with Gene Simmons producing. Immediately following the recording sessions for Keel, Steve joined WASP and signed to Capitol Records. In 1987, after 4 years, 4 world tours and 3 albums, Steve left WASP to join L.A. Guns and sign with Polygram Records.

L.A. Guns has since recorded over 15 albums and they continue to record and travel the world. Throughout the years L.A. Guns has gone through a number of changes, but Riley being with the band for the last 20 years has been the main stay. Founding member and guitarist Tracii Guns left the band in 2002 to play full-time with Nikki Sixx in Brides Of Destruction, however by 2006 they had imploded. Tracii Guns went on to form his own version of L.A. Guns which caused quite a bit of confusion with fans, promoters and the press.

Steve Riley Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 6.

(0456) Steve Riley - concert used, Pro-Mark signature model drumstick (1990s).
(0229-0230) Steve Riley - concert used, Pro-Mark signature model drumsticks.