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Tony Macalpine

Progressive metal guitar virtuoso Tony MacAlpine began his musical education as a classically-trained pianist and violinist; his subsequent rock recordings retained a pronounced classical influence, incorporating elements of jazz and fusion as well. He debuted in 1986 with the instrumental Edge of Insanity, recorded with an all-star line-up including bassist Billy Sheehan and ex-Journey drummer Steve Smith; for the follow-up, Project: Driver, MacAlpine formed the band M.A.R.S. with drummer Tommy Aldridge, vocalist Bob Rock and bassist Rudi Sarzo. The group quickly dissolved and MacAlpine returned to his solo career, additionally forming his own label, Squawk; after 1987's Maximum Security, he founded another group, dubbed simply MacAlpine, with singer Alan Schorn, keyboardist Mark Robertson, bassist Mike Jacques and drummer Billy Carmassi. The band's lone record, Eyes of the World, appeared in 1990, and MacAlpine returned to instrumental projects for the remainder of the decade, issuing a series of albums including 1992's Freedom to Fly, 1995's Evolution, 1997's Live Insanity and 2000's Cab. Cab 2 followed in 2001. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I met Tony before he became a rock star and was able to see him play locally in our home town of Springfield Mass and was always in awe of his talent. He plays a mean classical piano also. Better than Yngwie
Damn!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! $ ! & fuuuuhhhh
G o D like masterpiece!
Tony is most underrated Guitar Virtuoso on the planet! A true classically trained musician.
Dream Theater was WAAAAY after Tony Mac!
I met him in person twice. He is as ridiculously talented on the keyboard as he is on guitar and one of the nicest cats you will ever meet.
Now thats one cool lookin dude... Is that... Is that a black mullet?
glennburkey8
don't see his work mentioned with steve vai...
V--VVVV HAHAA BRENDA YOU DOWN THERE, Do you not hear the classical music in this?
This guy makes me want to learn to play guitar (though I know I'll never be as good as him)! His licks are just incredible!
a complete virtuoso, shame he isn't more well known. the people at Pandora should put more of his stuff up.
physicisty
A very talented guitarist. His compositions are masterpieces . The only problem is the production quality of his works.Most of them have low sound qualities.
Thats some hair alright
Not my style too heavy metal...I requested Vivaldi...no t sure how this popped up??
His guitar gets so hot that it's specially liquid cooled. The heat transfer can keep 2500 homes in Montana warm during the winter.
i love the music this brother plays
cathlott
Say what you like about his music, but you can't argue with that hair.
Real music
He did a keyboard solo when I saw him with Vai that was pretty impressive.
aoeg
Rob Rock was the vocalist for M.A.R.S. Not Bob Rock.
Saw him play with Steve Vai on a G3 tour...Lead & rhythm Guitar as well as keyboard...A W E S O M E ! !
obviously an excellent technician, i guess i just never cared for his compositions . or at least, not as much as say satriani, vai or shawn lane.
THIS GUYS GREAT LIKE HIS PLAYIN I REMEMBER HIM IN THE 80s HE JAMS!
So much like Dream Theater... which is to say very awesome.
THIS GUY NEEDS NO ONE,ANYONE HE'S PLAYED WITH,HE IS A FRICKEN BADASS,HANDS DOWN,AND AND ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE SHOWS THEIR OWN IGNORANCE,HE KICKS ASSSSS...... . . . . . . . . . . . .
the only black man with true soul.
ahaller19
Tony Rules..
rick.h.mulli n s
And to think that this guy is Steve Vai's backing guitarist/ke y b o a r d i s t now....
Since i started this Guitar God Radio by typing in Joe Satriani I'm hearing all kinds of awesome guitarists iv'e never heard of! And this guy is 1 of them! awesome!
Shred that neck
johnny956
The comments about perfectionis m and fear of screwing up are entirely correct. Also a well made point of not being able to tell when they screw up because unless your ear is trained in the same vein as theirs (ie another shred guitarist).. . . . y o u simply won;t get it.
Very Zappa-ish! Nice
freekin' rocks
einarabelc5
All those that claim the not afraid to screw up simply can't fathom the reality that these guys actually screw up live. They just do it so fast and fix and arrange it so quickly you need to at least come close to what they do to understand. Otherwise you're simply not listening.
Tony Macalpine has lots of songs full of "Emotion" you just don't want to see it. I would suggest listening to his CAB albums if this is too harsh for you.
I kind of agree with skinner1, the technical ability of this guy and others like him is amazing. These are definitely some very talented musicians, but I like a little bit of emotion too. Some of this technical stuff is kind of cold and lacking in that regard. That said, every now and again I will hear some old Satriani or Eric Johnson and really feel what they are playing and it's great.
Yeah - shaved his head like Satch and joined Vai's band. As has been mentioned below, you MUST WATCH the Steve Vai section of the 2nd G3 concert dvd, where he and Vai and Billy Sheehan and Dave Wiener trade riffs (and guitar necks) towards the end of one song. It's the best performance of any of the G3 dvds.
I don't know. While I totally appreciate the extraordinar y technique required to play guitar this way, the style does nothing for my soul. I understand (and appreciate) that others feel differently. I'm just saying. I also prefer a raunchier tone. Give me a guy (or gal) who's not afraid to experiment, even screw up, on stage for the sake of the music and creating something volatile. I much prefer a soulful blues player; interestingl y , however, I don't include Stevie Ray Vaughn in that category.
nice soloing and nice compositions , i like his malmsteen-li k e style

a little more on the high pitched side of things and i like the arpeggio action!
I think he does what Vai wanted to do...carve new ground musically.

He is simply incredible.
max97230
lol look at his black 80's hair. Rofl. This guy pwns. Plays keys and guitar for vai :P
wareismike
Check out Steve Vai's live album - Macalpine is there shredding right up with Vai and doing a hell of a job on keyboards. ....uh and he shaved his head. I about split a gut when I saw the 80's big hair in this article.
d0g63rt
The Time and the Test, Autumn Lords, Tears of Sahara. Those aren't albums, just my 3 favorite songs by him.
I've never heard him, but i've been hearing him a lot more on my yngwie station.
what are some good albums to buy from him?
sharrington6 8
inspiring
Keep that heavy rock n roll style-keep the faith Tony Macalpine! Thanks Pandora!
This dude can play!
Tony McAlpine gave this black metal goddess someone to point to when idiots kept asking me why I loved metal! Not only that, his instrumental s still kick a**! Edge of Insanity is still one of the best!
equinoxxk
Of the shrapnel guitar shredders Tony Macalpine's music by far the most listenable. Many of the other guitarists under that label sound more like technical exercises rather than songs. Tony, on the other hand, is fantastic!
Bwahahaha! I just can't get over that picture!

...these artists like Yngwie all remind me of that SNL skit with Will Ferrell as the devil trying to teach this guy to play guitar.

"Get a load of THIS tasty lick!"
this guy and yngiwie are awsome
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