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Brian Tichy

Brian Tichy
Tichy in concert in 2006 Photo: Charles Jischke
Background information
Born (1968-08-18) August 18, 1968
Denville, New Jersey United States
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, new wave
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Drums, percussion, guitar, bass, vocals
Years active 1986–present
Labels Sanctuary
Associated acts Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Seether, Velvet Revolver, Foreigner, Pride & Glory, Glenn Hughes, Sass Jordan, Slash's Snakepit, Lynch Mob, Geoff Tate, Dead Daisies
Website .com.briantichywww

Brian Tichy (born August 18, 1968, in Denville, New Jersey), is an American musician, best known as having been drummer for Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, and Ozzy Osbourne. He was the drummer of Whitesnake from 2010 to 2013. Tichy began playing drums at age eight and started playing guitar at age 12. His earliest influences include Kiss with Peter Criss as his main influence, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden with Nicko McBrain, Aerosmith, AC/DC, and Van Halen. His surname means silent in Czech and Slovak.


  • Career 1
  • Ball 2
  • Billy Idol 3
  • Foreigner 4
  • Recent projects 5
  • Whitesnake 6
  • Speed bag 7
  • Gear 8
  • Discography/Touring 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Since attending Berklee College of Music from 1986 until 1990, Tichy has toured/recorded with a multitude of artists including Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Seether, Velvet Revolver, Foreigner, Pride & Glory, Glenn Hughes, Sass Jordan, Slash's Snakepit and most recently Whitesnake.


While Brian has primarily toured and recorded with others playing drums, he has fronted his own band, Ball, in which he sings and plays guitar. Due to the demise of his record label (Time Bomb Recordings), Ball’s American Aggression CD never was formally released. Ball did manage to release a CD, The Grand Human Disaster Scenario (only in Japan) in May, 1999. This CD contains what were essentially the demos that led to the record deal with Time Bomb at the end of 1999. His increasing role as co-songwriter with Billy Idol that started at the end of 2003 limited his time to focus on Ball.

Billy Idol

The Idol/Tichy writing partnership sparked the recording of Billy Idol's first CD since 1993. Devil's Playground (Sanctuary Records) was recorded in 2004 and contained 8 Idol/Tichy tracks. The CD was released in March 2005 and they toured for the remainder of the year.

While writing in 2006 for a follow up Idol CD, Brian and Billy recorded a Christmas album. This was done on their own, in Idol and Tichy's rehearsal studio with Tichy performing drums, guitar, and bass, as well as engineering and co-producing. Happy Holidays by Billy Idol was released in November, 2006 through Best Buy and in Europe.


Brian joined Foreigner in 1998 and remained until 2000. He rejoined briefly in 2007 substituting for Jason Bonham. He then returned from 2008 until 2010, recording the album Can't Slow Down. He returned for one show in summer 2011, substituting for Mark Schulman, who had recently lost his father. Tichy rejoined Foreigner for the month of August 2012 for live performances, replacing the departed Mark Schulman once again.

Recent projects

Brian toured with Foreigner through spring 2009 and recently completed a multi-year involvement with Billy Idol. Brian was also involved with drum sessions, writing with

  • The official Brian Tichy website
  • Brian Tichy interview for the Russian website about Whitesnake
  • 2012 Audio Interview with Brian Tichy from the Podcast "I'd Hit That"

External links

  1. ^ "MICHAEL SWEET Reveals Possible Name For Project With GEORGE LYNCH, JAMES LOMENZO, BRIAN TICHY", Modern Drummer, June 25, 2014 
  2. ^ "WHITESNAKE Parts Ways With DUFFY, FRAZIER; New Drummer Announced". Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Drummer BRIAN TICHY Quits WHITESNAKE". Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  4. ^ Tichy, Brian, BAGIFIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
  5. ^ "'"Speed baggin, Modern Drummer, September 2009 


Other artists Tichy has toured with:

  • 1991: China Rain – Bed of Nails
  • 1992: RawHead - Flounder
  • 1994: Guitar's Practicing Musicians, Vol. 3 (Pride & Glory - "The Wizard")
  • 1997: Return of the Comet – Tribute to Ace Frehley; "Rip It Out", all instruments and vox...
  • 1998: Taisuke - Heavy Pop
  • 1999: Shameless - Backstreet Anthems
  • 2000: Shameless - Queen 4 a Day
  • 2001: Sweet Emotion – The Songs of Aerosmith Tribute
  • 2004: Richie KotzenShapes of Things to Come (bonus track)
  • 2005: Iron Maiden Tribute: Numbers from the Beast; "Run to the Hills" with Michael Schenker and Tony Franklin
  • 2006: The Beatles Tribute: Butchering the Beatles; "Tomorrow Never Knows" with Billy idol, Steve Stevens and Blasko
  • 2006: Marco Mendoza: Live for Tomorrow (3 tracks)
  • 2007: Maarja: Produced by Kevin Shirley (Zeppelin, Maiden) featuring Derek Sherinian, Paul Crook and Scott Metaxes
  • 2009: Ace Frehley: Anomaly - "Fox on the Run"
  • September 25, 2010: Produced Bonzo, The Groove Remains the Same, 1st ever tribute to John Bonham, drummer of Led Zeppelin.
  • 2011: Steven Tyler - "(It) Feels So Good"
  • 2013: Steve Saluto: 12
Other projects

Law and Order, CSI, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Supergroup, The Osbournes, Punk'd, Pimp My Ride, and countless others.

  • Since 2000: Chief rock songwriter. MasterSource gets music placed in TV and movies. Tichy's include;
For MasterSource Music Catalog
  • 2010/TBD: 1/2 of drums on forthcoming solo album
With Jack Blades
  • 2007: Shaw/Blades: "Influences" (8 tracks) recorded in 2004
With Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades
  • 1994: Rats and Summer Tour
With Sass Jordan
With TMG
With B'z
With Pride & Glory
  • 1993: Presents: The Electric Pow Wow
  • 1994: Back From The Living
  • 1996: Anthology 1987-1994
  • 1997: Le Bootleg (Live In Paris)
  • 1997: Seoul Power
  • 1998: The Sometimes Almost Never Was
  • 2001: Shapeshifter (The Fall And Rise Of Stevie No Wonder)
  • Various years of touring Japan and Europe
With Stevie Salas
  • 1996: 12 Hits & a Bump
  • 1997: Mas Feedback
  • Japan and US touring
With Nicklebag
  • 2005: "A Solas..."
  • (8 tracks) recorded
With Ana Sidel
With Vinnie Moore
With Gilby Clarke
  • 1999: Grand Human Disaster Scenario (Japan only)
  • 2000: American Aggression (Only available through
  • 2001: A Study in Persistence (Only available through
  • 2003: Bleed Defeat (Only available through
With Ball
With Kenny Wayne Shepherd
With Derek Sherinian

instruments performed by Tichy except keys by Derek Sherinian

With Billy Idol
  • 2014
With Dead Daisies
  • 2013
With S.U.N./Something Unto Nothing


  • Natal drums, pedals and hardware
  • Paiste cymbals
  • Remo drum heads
  • Vater sticks
  • LP Percussiion
  • Gibson Les Paul and SGs guitars
  • Dean ML guitars
  • Marshall JCM 800s and Peavey 5150 amplification
  • Dunlop pics, wah's and effects


Brian became a speed bag enthusiast while on tour with Foreigner and quickly got with some of the best speed baggers around to learn and increase his own skills. During the 2009–10 tour with Foreigner, Brain hung several speed bag wall units inside the bands equipment truck and created the infamous "Speed Bag Truck", hosting area speed bag enthusiasts from various areas when the band played in their town. Some of the best speed bag talent in the U.S. joined Brian in the truck before concerts, punching away. Soon after, he began promoting his own punching skills via his YouTube[4] videos for both physical fitness, and also as a musical instrument. He always planned to incorporate the speed bag into his drumkit, which was first unvieled during his appearance on "That Metal Show" on VH-1 classic, in April 2012, using a UBS1 freestanding floor frame from Balazboxing. This is the first known inclusion of a speed bag by a professional drummer as a rhythm instrument in a major public appearance, and should be noted as an important date in speed bag history.[5]

Speed bag

Brian was announced as the new drummer for Whitesnake on June 18, 2010.[2] Tichy quit Whitesnake on January 4, 2013 to focus on S.U.N.[3]



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