Michael "Angelo" Batio
Michael Angelo Batio truly is “Hands Without Shadows”
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 invented the String Dampeners that he uses on the Double-Guitar. Michael has a patent on the String Dampeners.
Michael invented his signature stage move called the “MAB Over-Under” technique.
Michael started his own record label, “M.A.C.E. Music” in 1993 and was one of the first music companies to go on line in 1996. M.A.C.E Music is now an established, successful company.
The February 2006 issue of Guitar Player Magazine has a feature article on Michael Angelo Batio focusing on his “Hands Without Shadows” CD.
MAB has had feature articles in all 3 of the major USA Guitar Magazines, (Guitar World, Guitar Player and Guitar One) within the last year.
Michael, like Joe Satriani also has a famous guitar student! Michael taught (Rage Against The Machine and AudioSlave) guitaristTom Morello while Michael was attending college. Tom has credited MAB with teaching him in a feature article in Guitar World Magazine in 2005.
On October 27th, 2005 Michael released his critically acclaimed “Hands Without Shadows” CD. This is Michael’s most ambitious work to date featuring guest appearances by Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed, Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy, Whitesnake and Quiet Riot, Doug Marks, founder of Metal Method, virtuoso guitarist Bill Peck and more. Bobby Rock played drums on the entire CD. The primary bassist William Kopecky is a 6 string and fretless virtuoso.
In October 2005, Guitar World Magazine launched a cable TV show on the Comcast Cable network with MAB having an 11 minute segment on the show. The top 3 video segments in terms of popularity and viewer ship were Zakk Wylde, Michael Angelo Batio and Steve Vai coming in at numbers 1, 2 and 3 with Dave Mustaine at no. 4.
Guitar World Magazine’s July 2005 issue featured Michael in a major 6 page article plus a 2 page “collectors choice” color poster of his famous Dean Double-Guitar. In addition to this there was a full page Dean Guitars ad featuring Michael as well as a Metal Method ad also featuring Michael. Guitar World Magazine called Michael “the most blazing guitarist on the planet” in this issue. This was huge!
Guitar One Magazine wrote several articles on Michael in 2005. They also mentioned Michael in other columns (in 2005).
Guitar One Magazine voted Michael the no. 1 Shredder of ALL TIME in their April 2003 issue. Other notable guitarists that made the top 10 were John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Buckethead, (the late, great) Shawn Lane and Yngwie Malmsteen. Read more at Michael's site Michael Angelo