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Steve Riley Dies At 67


Riley's family has confirmed that legendary L.A. GUNS drummer Steve Riley passed away on October 24 at the age of 67. According to his family's post Riley had been battling a severe case of pneumonia. His wife Louise and his son Cole we're by his side in his final moments.


Riley's social media post read: "We are devastated to share that Steve Riley has passed away at the age of 67. Steve had been battling a severe case of pneumonia for several weeks, and on Tuesday, Oct. 24, succumbed to the illness. His wife Mary Louise and son Cole were by his side in his final moments.


"Steve spent the past five decades building up a rich music legacy, touring the world countless times, selling millions of records, sharing the stage with incredible bandmates and bringing joy to fans across the globe. His style was unmatched, influenced by the greats like Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker and John Bonham, and his passion for the craft was evident until the very end.


"But Steve’s greatest legacy was his role as a loving husband and caring father. At home, he was more than just a rocker — he was a Boston sports fanatic, a World War II buff and an avid reader. As much as he loved being on the road, nothing brought him more joy than coming home to his family".


Riley recorded one record with KEEL - 'The Right to Rock' (1985) and three records with W.A.S.P., 'The Last Command' (1985), 'Inside the Electric Circus' (1986) & 'Live... in the Raw' (1987). Steve also recorded many albums with L.A. GUNS including 'L.A. GUNS' (1988) (track 12), 'Cocked and Loaded' (1989), 'Hollywood Vampires' (1991), 'Cuts' (1992) (tracks 5-7), 'American Hardcore' (1996), 'Wasted' (1998), 'Shrinking Violet' (1999), 'Greatest Hits and Black Beauties' (1999), 'Man in the Moon' (2001), 'Waking the Dead' (2002), 'Rips the Covers Off' (2004), 'Tales From the Strip' (2005), 'Covered in Guns' (2010), 'Hollywood Forever' (2012), 'Renegades' (2020) & 'The Dark Horse' (2024).




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