Whitesnake regret to announce that powerhouse drummer, Brian Tichy, has told David Coverdale this morning he is leaving the band to pursue the SUN project he started with gifted singer/guitarist Sass Jordan. Bassist & singer, Michael Devin, also a participant in SUN, will remain with Whitesnake.

Coverdale said: “We are truly sad to see him go, but, we fully support the pursuit of his ambitions & sincerely wish him well. His fearless drumming brought a relentless driving edge & to our music that we fully embraced. Good Luck, Brian…May the SUN shine brightly on you!!”

Whitesnake have begun the search for a new drummer. There are several musicians already being considered. A spokesman for the band said that this will not affect the forthcoming tour dates for 2013.

Drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, who has toured with the likes of Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake will focus on Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.), the band he started with Canadian vocalist and Juno winner Sass Jordan. Bassist and singer Michael Devin, who is also in S.U.N., will remain with Whitesnake.

Tichy broke his collarbone last weekend in a mountain biking accident, making him unable to take part in the New Year’s Eve performance of The Moby Dicks at Vamp’d in Las Vegas. The Moby Dicks are an All-Star Tribute To Led Zeppelin. Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali filled in for Tichy at the gig.

Tichy is one of the organizers of the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm 2013, which will take over Anaheim, California on Thursday, January 24th at the Observatory as part of the opening night of the NAMM show.