08: Mike Miley – Rhythm, Romanism, and Rebellion


What’s it like to step onto a stage in front of 60,000 raving fans? How does a family man stay sane and balanced when he lives and breathes the rarified air of a rock and roll lifestyle?

Mike Miley has found just that sane balance.

He is the drummer for one of the top rock bands in America, Rival Sons (www.rivalsons.com), currently supporting the final world tour of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath.

Rival Sons have opened act for the likes of Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, AC-DC, Kid Rock, and have appeared on The David Letterman Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. With the release of their fifth album, “Hollow Bones,” and their reputation for electrifying live shows, Rival Sons is coming into their own.

“Miley” (as he’s known) is a bit of a rock god himself. He adorns the covers of drummer’s trade magazines; he does drumming tutorials; Jason Bonham (son of the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin) is a fan; and he was voted “Greatest Modern Rock/Indie Drummer In the World” in 2012 by readers of www.musicradar.com.

As a convert to the Catholic Faith, Mike’s also a bona fide rebel in a subculture built on rebellion.

In our interview, he not only shares anecdotes of witnessing to the Faith with unexpected people in an ethos that 99.9% of Christians never get to experience, the of surprising joys of being a dad, and his approach to the Big Questions like the effective seeking of truth.

As he found out, the Truth was seeking him all along.


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