Tichy in concert in 2006 Photo: Charles Jischke
August 18, 1968|
Denville, New Jersey United States
Brian Tichy (born August 18, 1968), is an American musician, songwriter and record producer, best known as having been the 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. In 2015, he became a full-time member of Operation: Mindcrime and The Dead Daisies.
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, China Rain and most recently Whitesnake.
While Tichy 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.
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, Tichy and Idol 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 Idol was released in November 2006 through Best Buy and in Europe.
Tichy 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 Schulman once again.
Tichy filled in for Seether drummer John Humphrey in April 2007, toured with Foreigner through spring of 2009 (replacing Jason Bonham), and recently completed a multi-year involvement with Billy Idol. He has written music for television and film, and recorded with European female metal singer Marya Roxx. On September 25, 2010, Tichy organized, produced and played in the drummer tribute "Bonzo, The Groove Remains the Same", celebrating the 25th anniversary of the death of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham. In 2011, Tichy formed S.U.N. (Something Unto Nothing) as guitarist, with vocalist Sass Jordan, bassist Michael Devin, and drummer Tommy Stewart. In 2014, Tichy joined 'Sweet & Lynch', featuring Michael Sweet, George Lynch and James Lomenzo.
Tichy was announced as the new drummer for Whitesnake on June 18, 2010. Tichy quit Whitesnake on January 4, 2013 to focus on S.U.N.
Tichy 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, Tichy 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 Tichy in the truck before concerts, punching away. Soon after, he began promoting his own punching skills via his YouTube 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 unveiled 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.
Discography and touring
- With Something Unto Nothing
- With Dead Daisies
- With Billy Idol
- 2005: Devil's Playground
- 2006: Live Billy Idol DVD – TBD
- 2006: Happy Holidays Billy Idol Co-produced, recorded, engineered and mixed by Tichy and Idol. All
instruments performed by Tichy except keys by Derek Sherinian
- 2008: The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself
- Touring drummer since 2001; US, Europe, Canada
- With Derek Sherinian
- With Kenny Wayne Shepherd
- 2004: The Place You're In
- With Ball
- 1999: Grand Human Disaster Scenario (Japan only)
- 2000: American Aggression (Only available through BrianTichy.com)
- 2001: A Study in Persistence (Only available through BrianTichy.com)
- 2003: Bleed Defeat (Only available through BrianTichy.com)
- With Gilby Clarke
- With Vinnie Moore
- With Ana Sidel
- 2005: "A Solas..."
- (8 tracks) recorded
- With Nicklebag
- 1996: 12 Hits & a Bump
- 1997: Mas Feedback
- Japan and US touring
- With Stevie Salas
- 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 Pride & Glory
- 1994: Pride & Glory
- Toured US, Europe, Japan
- With B'z
- With TMG
- 2004: TMG I
- With Sass Jordan
- 1994: Rats and Summer Tour
- 2007: Shaw/Blades: "Influences" (8 tracks) recorded in 2004
- With Jack Blades
- 2010/TBD: 1/2 of drums on forthcoming solo album
- For MasterSource Music Catalog
- Since 2000: Chief rock songwriter. MasterSource gets music placed in TV and movies. Tichy's include;
- Other projects
- 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 Kotzen – Shapes 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, first ever tribute to John Bonham, drummer of Led Zeppelin.
- 2011: Steven Tyler – "(It) Feels So Good"
- 2013: Steve Saluto: 12
Other artists Tichy has toured with:
- 1995: Slash's Snakepit (1995 World Tour)
- 1998–2000: Foreigner
- 2000: Ozzy Osbourne (Ozzfest 2000)
- 2001: Glenn Hughes
- 2005: Velvet Revolver (3 weeks fill in for Matt Sorum due to hand injury)
- 2006–07: Foreigner (fill-in dates for current Foreigner drummer Jason Bonham)
- 2007: Seether (one month fill in for festivals)
- 2010: The Guess Who (fill in)
- 2013: Geoff Tate (fill in)
- 2014: Geoff Tate (fill in)
- "MICHAEL SWEET Reveals Possible Name For Project With GEORGE LYNCH, JAMES LOMENZO, BRIAN TICHY", Modern Drummer, June 25, 2014
- "WHITESNAKE Parts Ways With DUFFY, FRAZIER; New Drummer Announced". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
- "Drummer BRIAN TICHY Quits WHITESNAKE". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
- Tichy, Brian, BAGIFIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- "Speed baggin'", Modern Drummer, September 2009
- 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"