Brain Tichy Explains Whitesnake Exit

Brain Tichy recently spoke with Classic Rock Revisited about his new band with Sass Jordan called S.U.N. (Something Unto Nothing) and he explained why he decided to leave Whitesnake to focus on the new project.

Tichy explained, "Whitesnake is going out all year starting in a couple of months. It was a great experience to do the record and the tour. Having 2012 off make me fend for myself, as Whitesnake was not working. I knew they would start up the next year. I could look at it a couple of ways...I could take care of myself until the machine started back up and they go back on tour. What does that time represent in your life? It is either going to be down time and I can stay home, but I've got to pay bills every month, so I've got to work. At the same time, I am trying to get to another level of what I consider success. I don't consider that just waiting around to do sessions. Every time I sit down at the drum kit I give 100% and try to play the best I have ever played in my life.

"I put all of 2012 into S.U.N. and then the call came from Whitesnake that they were going out on tour in 2013. I looked at Sass and she was not just doing this because she was bored; she's doing it because she is into it 100%. Why am I going to stop something that we both easily believe in just to go on tour? Why wouldn't I just give this a chance? If I went with Whitesnake then I would give Whitesnake 100% but Sass would go home thinking that I was not into this 100%. She wouldn't say that but I would think that. If she did the album and then told me that she was going to go do these other tours then I would tell her I didn't want to be in this band anymore. It just made sense. I want to do more than I've already done."

"You sit with David Coverdale for a year and you learn a lot. You don't get success like that because someone threw it in your lap. You have a God given talent and you're focused and you're driven. That's David; he's a bad ass. If I looked at that and didn't pick something up from him, then I should just be happy being a drummer. I want to go to the next level.

"I want us to talk again when S.U.N. is getting to headline the Greek Theater, or Madison Square Garden. Why would I want to do anything shorter than what my dreams are? That would be a waste. "

Tichy and Classic Rock Revisited covered a lot of topics including the new band as well as his recent surgery following a major accident. Read the full interview here.

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