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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Michael Angelo Batio aka Mike Batio

Name: Michael Angelo Batio aka Mike Batio aka MAB
Born: 1956

Profile: He is an American heavy metal guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois. Batio was voted the "No. 1 Shredder of All Time" by Guitar One Magazine in 2003. He was also listed as one of the "Top 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" by Guitar World Magazine.

History: MAB started playing the piano and composing music at the age of 5, and first played guitar at the age of 10, reportedly playing faster than his teacher within 2 years. At the age of 14 he started playing jazz guitar, and within 2 years he had won the Chicago-based "All-State Jazz Solo Award". He attended Northeastern Illinois University and achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition.

After he had graduated, MAB looked to become a session guitarist in his hometown. When he asked for a job at a nearby studio, he was given a piece of music and simply asked to play it. Naturally, he managed to play it and added in some of his own improvisations and fills, making him the studio's primary call-out guitarist.

MAB began his recording career in 1984 when he joined new heavy metal band called "Holland", the band split up soon after, due to the moderate success. In 1987 MAB formed "Nitro", which one of the music video "Freight Train", received much airplay on MTV, featuring MAB playing his now famous "Quad Guitar". By 1992, "Nitro" released their second studio album entitled "Nitro II: H.W.D.W.S..", and was disbanded shortly afterwards.

Influences: Unknown

Axology: Dean Guitars; both electric and acoustic, a Dean signature guitar known as the MAB1 Armorflame and Marshall amplifiers.


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