Brian Tichy (born on August 18, 1968 in Denville, New Jersey) is a drummer, guitar player, vocalist and songwriter. Since 2009 he has been the drummer for Foreigner although in 2010, he was replaced by Jason Sutter. Tichy began playing drums at age eight and started playing guitar at age 12. His earliest influences include Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Aerosmith, AC/DC and Van Halen.
After attending Berklee College of Music from 1986-1990, Tichy has toured/recorded with a multitude of artists including Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Seether, Velvet Revolver, Foreigner, Pride & Glory, Glenn Hughes, Sass Jordan and Slash’s Snakepit. Brian also played the New Jersey club scene in the late 1980s early 1990s with a great grunge cover band called “Aluminum Jew” along with Billie Joel and Nena bassist, Paul Di Leo.
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 untimely 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, Brian and Billy recorded a Christmas album. This was done on their own, in Idol and Tichy’s reheasal studio with Tichy playing all the instruments, engineering, and co-producing. Happy Holidays by Billy Idol was released in November, 2006 through Best Buy and in Europe.
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 Derek Sherinian, writing music for television and film via MasterSource Music Catalog, as well as filling in on drums for Seether in April 2007 while Seether drummer John Humphrey was unavailable. He has also recently filled in for Foreigner drummer Jason Bonham who has been with them for a couple years. Tichy has also just finished recording drums for European female metal singer Marya Roxx with producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Journey, Dream Theater, Black Crowes) which included Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen), Paul Crook (Meat Loaf, Anthrax) and Scott Metaxes (Nuclear Assault). Brian is courrently touring with Lynch Mob.
Brian was announced as the new drummer for Whitesnake on June 18, 2010.
Brian has become a speed bag champion, promoting it via his Youtube videos for both physical fitness, and also as a musical instrument. He has plans to incorporate the speed bag into his drumkit.