Guitarist Michael Angelo Batio Shreds Metallica and Pantera Anthems in Queens, N.Y.
Guitar extraordinaire Michael Angelo Batio graced the intimate metal venue Blackthorn 51 in Queens, N.Y., for an incredible show with some very special guests.
The performance began with his tribute to the late guitarist Rhandy Rhoads, who played with both Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. Batio’s musicianship is obvious when you see his innovative skills and rendition of classic songs such as "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley."
Batio also performed original tracks such as “No Boundaries” and “Rain Forest” which are hypnotizing, complex and a treasure to see performed live.
He also continued with a gem of a tribute to Led Zeppelin which included a guitar medley of “Stairway to Heaven,” “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” “Rock and Roll” and “Whole Lotta Love.”
It was also refreshing to hear stories in between songs of his travels as a musician as well as encounters with people like Dimebag, Kirk Hammett of Metallica and numerous others.
The last tribute was to the Metallica, which included “Wherever I May Roam” from Batio's album Hands Without Shadows.
During the gig, Batio busted out his unique double guitar (pictured above). Towards the end of the performance, Batio brought Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon onstage with his band as well as Manowar/Dictators axe-man Ross the Boss. The trio of legendary guitarists performed tunes from Jimi Hendrix to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and much more. Blackthorn 51 was rocked until the wee hours of the morning and the riffs left ears ringing and faces melted days after the gig.
Photos of Michael Angelo Batio Performing at Blackthorn 51: