We possess limited knowledge concerning Steve Riley’s children, specifically his son, Cole Riley, who is married to Marie. Regrettably, we lack any further information regarding Cole’s background or occupation.
Who was Steve Riley?
Steve Riley was an American rock drummer best known for his work with Keel, W.A.S.P., and L.A. Guns.
Steve Riley biography and career
After completing high school in the 1970s, Riley relocated to Los Angeles with the intention of pursuing a career in music. In 1979, he became a part of a revived edition of Steppenwolf, although the lineup disbanded later that same year.
Riley then joined the emerging L.A. band Keel and collaborated with them on their breakthrough album, The Right to Rock, in 1984. Shortly thereafter, Riley departed from Keel to replace Tony Richards, one of the founding members, in W.A.S.P., another L.A. band whose debut album had recently achieved gold status in terms of sales.
As a member of W.A.S.P., Riley contributed to the albums The Last Command, Inside the Electric Circus, and Live… in the Raw. Vocalist Ron Keel has praised Riley’s determination to succeed and perform. Keel commended Riley’s decision to leave his own band in order to seize the opportunity with W.A.S.P., stating, “You must be prepared to embrace such opportunities when they arise.”
Despite parting ways with W.A.S.P., Riley promptly joined the up-and-coming Sunset Strip band L.A. Guns in 1987, becoming an integral part of the band’s esteemed “classic” lineup alongside guitarists Tracii Guns and Mick Cripps, vocalist Phil Lewis, and bassist Kelly Nickels. Riley contributed to the albums Cocked & Loaded and Hollywood Vampires. However, he was dismissed from the band in 1992, only to return in 1995.
In 2006, there were two separate lineups of L.A. Guns, one led by Phil Lewis and the other by Tracii Guns. Riley was a member of Lewis’s lineup until it disbanded in 2016, subsequently merging with Guns’s version. Following this, Riley established his own rendition of L.A. Guns in 2019.
This particular iteration released an album titled Renegades through Golden Robot records. After engaging in legal disputes over the band name, a settlement was reached in April 2021, permitting Riley’s L.A. Guns to continue its musical journey.
Steve Riley cause of death: Obituary explored
Steve Riley’s passing was officially disclosed by his family through a shared statement, wherein it was conveyed that the talented drummer succumbed to a prolonged struggle with a severe bout of pneumonia on Tuesday. During his final moments, Steve was accompanied by his devoted wife, Mary Louise, and their son, Cole.
“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, he succumbed to the illness. His wife Mary Louise and son Cole were by his side in his final moments,” the statement said.
“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,” the statement added.
Meet Steve Riley son, Cole Riley?
There isn’t much information available on Steve Riley’s children, particularly his married son, Cole Riley. Unfortunately, we don’t have any more details about Cole’s upbringing or profession.