‘I’m so glad he’s back in’: Departing Brian Tichy endorses Tommy Aldridge’s return to Whitesnake

Departed Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy is hailing the return of Tommy Aldridge to the band. Aldridge, a former sideman with Ozzy Osbourne, has already served two previous stints with Whitesnake.

Tichy, meanwhile, leaves to focus on his new band S.U.N., with Sass Jordan.

“Tommy is an idol of mine,” Tichy tells Vintage Rock. “The first time I heard Tommy playing live, on ‘The King Biscuit Flower Hour,’ I think it was the ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ tour, it was just a done deal, you know? Loved him, so I’m so glad he’s back in. He’s like rock royalty on the drum set. He’s bad ass.”

[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: Modern-day Aerosmith could take a lesson or two from S.U.N., whose new album is a terrific slab of old-fashioned, straight-ahead hard-rocking fun.]

Tichy had been David Coverdale’s drummer in Whitesnake since 2010. Aldridge, meanwhile, was with the group from 1987-1991, a period that included the eight-times platinum-selling album Whitesnake, as well as during a 25th anniversary Whitesnake tour in 2002.

Tichy’s new association with S.U.N., meanwhile, follows earlier gigs with Billy Idol, Osbourne and Foreigner, among others. Jordan and Tichy founded S.U.N., which stands for Something Unto Nothing, with Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Stewart on drums, while Tichy moved to guitar. Marty O’Brien has since replaced Devin.

Whitesnake begins a new tour on May 1.

“It’s a big commitment,” Tichy adds. “When you’re in Whitesnake, you’ve got to give 100 percent. But I started something with Sass, and we’re both in this together. We believe in this 100 percent. So, where do you go with your 100 percent? I’ve only got 100 to give, and I can’t give that to both Whitesnake and S.U.N., and S.U.N. needs 100 percent because we’re brand new.”

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