Michael Angelo Batio

Michael Angelo Batio

Michael started playing piano and composing at age 5 and started playing guitar at age 10.

Michael has had 2 major label record deals. Atlantic Records with the band "Holland" and Rhino/Warner Brothers Records with the band "Nitro". Michael released 2 DVDs in 2003. "Speed Kills" and "Speed Lives". Both are in conjunction with Doug Marks and Metal Method Productions.

Michael has performed over 1200 shows in 35 different countries since 1993. He has toured the world performing guitar workshops, touring with various bands and as a solo artist.

Michael invented the String Dampeners that he uses on the Double-Guitar.

Michael signed an exclusive, multi year artist endorsement agreement with Dean Guitars in 2002. He is scheduled to perform a minimum of 60 guitar clinics for them in 2004.

Michael Angelo performed the National Anthem at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday March 11th, 2002. This was the 6 month anniversary of the 9-11 attack on the USA. Michael performed for a sold out crowd of over 18,000 people for the L.A. Kings vs. the Chicago Blackhawks NHL game. It was televised on the Fox network all over the US. Michael played a great original version of The Star Spangled Banner flawlessly and with heartfelt emotion. Even the announcers from Fox commented on how great his rendition was.

Michael toured in Europe with Jimi Hendrix Experience bass player Noel Redding in winter of 1999.

Michael performed 217 shows in 1997 in 16 different countries. This is the most he has ever performed in 1 year. His record of consecutive shows is 25!

Michael co-wrote the song "Freight Train" in the band Nitro and it is featured in the Hulk Hogan movie: Suburban Commando's.

June 1995, Michael's first solo CD "No Boundaries" was released worldwide on M.A.C.E. Music, Inc. Records. "No Boundaries" is considered by many to be one of the best instrumental electric guitar CDs of it's kind ever recorded.

Michael started as a session guitarist when he was 19 years old. He has recorded TV, radio and industrial film music for: Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, United Airlines, United Way, McDonalds and the Chicago Wolves hockey team among others.

Michael starred in the made for cable movie "Shock'em Dead". The movie played on Showtime, Cinemax, The Movie Channel and Pay-Per-View.

The band "Nitro" (with Michael on guitar) released the disc "O.F.R." on Rhino/Capital records. Michael produced the record and it "hit" the Billboard charts. "Nitro" made 3 MTV video's, hosted MTV's "Headbangers Ball" (where Michael played live) and toured to sold-out shows everywhere.

Michael has a no.1, best-selling "Star-Licks" instructional video. Over 100,000 videos have been sold worldwide. This video was Star Licks no.1 bestseller for 2 years straight!

Michael has a song called "Wake Up the Neighborhood" in the movie classic "Girls Just want to Have Fun" that featured Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Shannon Doherty and Jonathan Silverman. This was the first movie that one of his songs was placed in.

Michael invented and was the world's first player of the twin-necked, left and right-handed Double-Guitar. He plays the guitar right or left-handed. He also plays both guitars together in harmonies or two separate parts together at the same time.

Michael is from Chicago and has a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Northeastern Illinois University.

At 14 he was playing Jazz and by 16 won an award for outstanding Jazz soloist on guitar.

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