Here is your weekly Loaded Radio Heavy Metal News Recap video looking back at the week of October 22, 2023
This week’s Loaded Radio Recap Video features heavy metal news pertaining to the recent passing of former L.A. GUNS and W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Riley.
The Riley family released the following statement earlier today (October 27, 2023) via BLABBERMOUTH.NET: “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 (Editor’s note – it had been earlier believed that Steve had passed away on Thursday the 26th until this recent confirmation, hence the Thursday date mentioned in the video). 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.
“Steve is survived by his wife and son, as well as his brothers Michael and Daniel.”
Also in heavy metal news, IRON MAIDEN have announced a Fall 2024 North American tour as they continue their massive “The Future Past Tour” well into next year.
As well, guitar virtuoso George Lynch has announced the farewell tour for his band LYNCH MOB, commencing in early 2024. Lynch feels 35 years marks the perfect time to call it a day with the band who he believes have a strong lineup to go out on in a big way.
And finally, massive news arrived this week as DREAM THEATER have announced the retun of drummer and founding member Mike Portnoy. DREAM THEATER is set to enter the studio to commence work on their 16th studio album. This marks a significant reunion with Mike Portnoy, the first time since their 2009 release, “Black Clouds & Silver Linings.”
Check it all out in the video below.