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Ridiculous Chicago Guitar Player Shreds The Legends

"Michael Angelo Batio, also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is a guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois. His work has encompassed many genres, notably metal and its subgenres. 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, for which he wrote the column 'Time to Burn,' and one of the '20 Greatest Shredders of All Time' by Total Guitar Magazine, both in April 2008. Batio also won the 2009 Guitar World Magazine Readers Choice award in the 'Best Shredder' category. In November 2011, Michael won the Guitar World Magazine Readers Choice Award and was voted the 'Fastest Guitarist of All Time.' Over 440,000 votes were cast."


"Michael is from Chicago, Illinois and has a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Northeastern Illinois University," Batio's bio says.

"When MAB was in college and taught guitar privately, Tom Morello [who grew up in Libertyville] from Rage Against the Machine was his student."


"Michael Angelo Batio's Hands Without Shadow's - A Tribute to Rock Guitar show is a multimedia extravaganza featuring the music of some of the greatest rock guitarists of the past 50 years.

"Guitar legend and virtuoso Michael Angelo Batio takes you on his 90-minute auditory and visual journey to the different eras of rock music while playing guitars with incredible speed and musical precision.

"Michael begins by first playing guitar right-handed, then left-handed, then playing two guitars at the same time on his Double-Guitar and ending the show by performing on a four necked, mechanized, laser equipped, 'Quad' guitar.

"This chronological tribute features Michael's incredible arrangements and medley's from the different eras of rock beginning with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, then moving on to Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Metallica and more."


According to the ProQuest and NewsBank databases, Batio's name has never appeared in the Tribune or Sun-Times.


Comments welcome.


Posted on November 29, 2011

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