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JULY 20, 2022
METAL MIKE ANNOUNCES EAST COAST 2022 SOLO DATES
I'm so excited to bring True Metal to the East Coast. It's time for More Smoke, More Amps and More Metal! Indeed! Lets own the night with screaming Jackson Vs, great songs from my career, over the top guitar playing and a great evening with your Metal tribe!
We had a great time last year as a band unit and I'm so honored to once again bring my friends, namely vocalist Marc Lopes (Ross The Boss, Let Us Prey), Mike Davis (my Halford bandmate, Lizzy Borden) and Ronnie Lipnicki (Overkill) together for what will be an epic weekend of loud and proud true Heavy Metal.
11/10 - ROCHESTER, NY SHOW DETAILS
Show Time: 9:30PM.
For Tickets Go HERE
$20 Pre-Sale, $25 Day Of Show - Use Discount MOREMETAL for $5 Off.
At the link above you will also be able to purchase an optional "BREWS WITH MM" Meet & Greet where you can enjoy complimentary ice-cold beer while talking Metal, hearing road stories and get Mike's take on the best guitar gear. Hear stories about Mike's tours with Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Guns N' Roses and his work with the legendary Rob Halford and others. Hear about the time MM played a private concert with Sebastian Bach at the Playboy mansion.
11/12 - CLIFTON, NJ SHOW DETAILS
Show time: 10:15PM.
For Tickets Go HERE
$15 Pre-Sale, $20 Day Of Show.
Also, Check Out "BATTLE TALES" Pre-Show Hang with MM. For Tickets Go HERE.
Battle Tales will take place across the street from Dingbatz at Dingo's Den, 615 Van Houten Ave, Clifton, NJ 07013 at 7:45PM. Come hang out with Mike, several band members and talk music, real Metal, hear road stories from Mike's tours with Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Guns N' Roses. Ask Mike about his work with Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach or Testament. Hear stories about Mike jamming with Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions or Bruce Dickinson of Maiden. This is a great chance for players to hear Mike's take on gear, pedals and guitars, too. Beer Specials. You will get a special Laminated Pass, Photo.
$30 Each. Good for Pre-Show hang only.
We can't wait to see you, Metalheads!
DECEMBER 10, 2021
METAL MIKE RELEASES "CHROMATICITY 2" GUITAR INSTRUCTIONAL BOOK
"Chromaticity 2" is Mike's 4th guitar instructional book designed to help improve the chops of fellow Metal guitar players. As a follow up to the original Chromaticity book, Metal Mike delivers an explosive selection of curated exercises ranging from Classical guitar repertoire to fusion tinged Chromatic lines. Chromaticity 2 is the perfect manual to sit down with while you put in some solid time with your guitar. Book features 13 pages, 19 exercises with tablature, left hand fingerings, picking suggestions and detailed, pro-level performance tips. "Chromaticity 2" should find a place in the arsenal of any serious Metal player.
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Each book comes signed by Metal Mike.
No paid magazine reviews here. Here's what my actual students have to say!
"Metal Mike does a great job again with Chromaticity 2. He puts in great exercises to get your fingers moving. I recommend this for anyone who is looking to advance further with their chops." ... Jim (MA)
"No need to waste time searching the internet for exercises. Metal Mike provides quality instruction and material to help Metalheads achieve their goals." ... Troy (NJ)
"Overall Chromaticity 2 is an all-encompassing as an instructional book can be. Frankly if this won't turn you into a speed demon Metal shredder, then it is on you." ... Mark (CA)
"I have Chromaticity 1 and this new book is a solid follow-up. I use these books for warming up and working on my technique. I am very pleased with the exercises in this book." ... Rich (NJ)
"Chromaticity 2 is a must have. While you're at it, get Chromaticity 1 because together those 2 books will help you become the shredder that you want to be." ... Jim (PA)
Check out Mike's other books available in our STORE
Thank You For Packing The House And Making The 2021 New Jersey Show Amazing!
Photo: Danny Blanik
MAY 26, 2021
METAL MIKE ANNOUNCES "A NIGHT FOR A TRUE DEFENDER" - VERY SPECIAL NEW JERSEY SHOW
“A Night For The True Defender” will feature Metal Mike's straight to the heart solo material, metal's loved gems and songs fans know from Mike’s tenure as The Metal God’s guitarist in Halford. The night does not stop there however and MM and the boys will throw down the gauntlet with very special mini-set tribute to the ultimate Metal Gods, the mighty Judas Priest.
Joining Mike at Dingbatz for this special night are extraordinary metal musicians, namely Halford bassist Mike Davis (Halford, Lizzy Borden), drummer Ron Lipnicki (Overkill) and powerhouse vocalist Marc Lopes (Ross The Boss, Let Us Prey).
Metal Mike comments: “There are events that are staples of my Metal year and our annual celebration of Heavy Metal at New Jersey’s very own Dingbatz hits the ultimate highlight status. I love it. It is a show for our friends and fans who live close and travel from afar. I’m very much looking forward to putting the flying Vs and Marshalls into their sentinel metal duty after the world shut down. We have, so far, done many shows together and now we are bringing things up to an entire new level! We are aiming for maximum club capacity paired with more lights, more smoke and face melting maximum Marshall power. We are also excited to have our bass playing brother Mike Davis with us for this very special show. Due to circumstances beyond our control, our good friend Mike LePond can not make this event. The first call I made was to MD, knowing Mike's thunderous playing will surely help us deliver the goods! Bound together by great songs and a true Metal spirit, this will be an awesome night. Let us together celebrate Heavy Metal, loud guitars and songs that mean a lot to us all. Hope to see you there. Horns Up!”
Says Mike Davis: “I can't wait to share the stage with MM again! Going to be epic jamming with MM, Marc and Ron.”
Ron Lipnicki added: “Dingbatz is my favorite place. Can’t wait to kick some ass with the guys. It’s been way too long!”
Marc Lopes finally added: “So amped to finally bring the METALLLLLLLLLL back to Dingbatz.”
Support comes from New Jersey based true metal acts: Lyken 21, Psychoprism and Legion.
Show Details: Saturday, November 27, 2021 Dingbatz, 620 Van Houten Ave, Clifton, NJ 07013 | Doors: 7:00PM. This as an all ages show! 21 to drink. Tickets: Click HERE | *** We suggest buying your tickets early as we expect a full capacity show.
MARCH 8, 2021
METAL MIKE FINALIZES PRE-PRODUCTION FOR A NEW INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Metal Mike has announced his return to the studio for the follow up to The Metalworker. Mike comments: "Guys, we are beginning to track my new solo record. Excited. While inspired by the 6 stacks deep wall of Marshalls at my studio, I composed music that features huge riffs and songs. Several of the riffs will certainly go down as some of my most memorable of all time. We begin tracking drums with a very special friend of mine."
Watch this space for continued up-dates.
JANUARY 27, 2021
METAL MIKE RELEASES "THE METAL SQUIRE - EARLY BATTLES +4" LIMITED EDITION CD
A 30 year anniversary does not come too often in music. But, it has been indeed over 30 years ago, that Metal Mike began recording guitar demos in order to shotgun his music and talents all over the world. In order to celebrate the 30th, we put together a very special, limited edition CD of Metal Mike's early recordings dating back to his teens. Mike's music, ranging from over the top guitar heroics to original classical guitar compositions, stood on the pillars of melodic themes, emerging technique and out of the box compositions. This is a very cool look at MM many, many years ago. In addition, 4 tracks from early 2000's are added as a bonus. Many of the tracks were transferred from 4 and 8 track analog master tapes. Collection mastered in 2021. Each CD comes numbered and signed by Mike in a silver pen. 12 tracks in total.
Only 100 copies! $11.00
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Shipping Approximately February 18th, 2021 or Earlier.
CD Numbers Ship In The Order They Were Purchased.
JANUARY 16, 2021
METAL MIKE RELEASES "CHROMATICITY" GUITAR INSTRUCTIONAL BOOK
Chromaticity is Metal Mike's 3rd guitar instructional book designed to improve the chops of fellow Metal guitar players. This book serves as a go-to manual for Mike's best exercises in order to improve your speed, coordination and fluidity. It includes notation, tablature, left hand fingerings, picking tips and performance notes. Available Now. US Orders Only. $20.00. Enjoy Free Shipping!
Each book comes signed by Metal Mike.
JANUARY 13, 2021
METAL MIKE JOINS IMMORTAL GUARDIAN AS A SPECIAL GUEST ON "INTO THE PIT" By FIGHT
FEBRUARY 11, 2020
NOW IN METAL MIKE STORE - LIMITED TO 100 HAND SIGNED & NUMBERED COPIES
The Metalworker Demos are Metal Mike's personal demonstration recordings while collecting and developing ideas for The Metalworker solo album. These sessions resulted in a mini album that was then delivered to musicians Kevin Talley (Drums) (Six Feet Under), Mike LePond (Bass) (Symphony X, Ross The Boss, Silent Assassins) & Carlos Zema (Vocals) (Immortal Guardian) in order for them to complete their work and ultimately track final performances for the official release. In addition, you will find 6 additional tracks in demo stages to further unveil the curtain behind Mike's creative process. All 15 tracks on this special release are remastered complete songs with drums and guitars. Check it out HERE.
2022 TOUR DATES ARE HERE!
Photo Credits: Al Hafner, Dan Blanik, Jason Stewart
ABOUT METAL MIKE
Metal Mike’s focused, no frills metal guitar playing took him from 350,000 people at Rock In Rio to Ozzfest to three times at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Metal Mike is a metal recording and touring artist, writer, blogger and an expert heavy metal guitar coach. Mike has recorded and toured the world several times over with Heavy Metal's elite, and is most commonly known as the guitarist to Judas Priest's Rob Halford in the Metal God’s solo endeavor Halford.
Mike has recorded or performed with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses, Sebastian Bach, Testament, Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions, Geoff Tate of Queensryche and Saturday Night Live's Jim Breuer. Throughout his career, Metal Mike has played in over 25 countries while sharing the biggest festival and arena stages on tours with Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses and Ozzy Osbourne.
Metal Mike taught hundreds of thousands of people internationally via his 'Metal For Life' Guitar World column, DVDs, books and workshops. Mike leads his own Metal Heroes Academy where his straight forward approach to teaching and love for the guitar often resuls in sold-out Heavy Metal summer camps and guitar retreats.
As a solo artist, Metal Mike has released 7 acclaimed solo albums and has been voted 'Top 10 Metal Guitarist' by the European Magazine Thrash Em All. Metal Mike continues to tour with his solo band. He has shared tours or billing with Steve Morse, late Ronnie Montrose, Yngwie Malmsteen, Amon Amarth, Testament, Sebastian Bach, Primal Fear and Dokken.
In 2018, Metal Mike has been inducted into the Metal Hall Of Fame along Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Sons Of Appolo) and Bill Ward (Black Sabbath).
METAL HEROES SUMMER COLLECTIVE
July 2023! Exact Date TBA.
Metal Mike's Metal Heroes Summer Collective is designed to get younger Heavy Metal musicians into a performing group setting. This program features 2 nights and 3 days filled with world class Heavy Metal instruction, friends, BBQs, campfires, lessons, guests and hell of a good time spent with your musician tribe. Open to drums, guitar and bass. Learn to write and perform original songs with Metal Mike. Located at Slide Mountain Forest House Resort in Big Indian, NY.
$699 per person + tax | $499 spectator + tax
"Dylan had an absolute blast. Thanks for all you do to support him."
... Jessica D., NJ
"My son really responded to you. More so than any other teacher he had in the past. Thank you for organizing the weekend and for bringing everyone together."
... Nora H., NY
"Alex had a great time at the Collective and he always plays his guitar in his downtime. I'm so glad he was able to connect with you and learn from you."
... Linda R., NJ
Check out our 2022 pics right HERE!
ULTIMATE METAL GUITAR RETREAT
NOVEMBER 4-6, 2022
TAKE A WEEKEND METAL GUITAR TRIP
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GUITARISTS JUST LIKE YOU!
This is For YOU - The Ultimate Metal Guitar Retreat For Adult Players!
November 4-6, 2022
Pre-Register Right HERE
$550 per person. | Package includes lodging, food and all workshops.
"Metal Mike puts a lot of effort into the retreat, ensuring a great experience. 3 years in a row. Looking forward to many more."
... Troy Y., NJ
"Great lessons and great people. No egos! Mike, you do a great job bringing in people with excellent attitudes."
... Sam C., PA
"This was my first retreat and it wildly exceeded expectations - great learning, hang-time, guy food, location. Definitely the highlight of my year. Where else can you go to find other guys who know about bands like Wolf, hear great road stories from the man who's lived them, and walk away a better guitar player with a bunch of new friends?"
... Scott K., CA
"The retreat is something I look forward to every year. This last one was my 4th and it's only getting better. The lessons with Metal Mike are great for motivation & becoming better on the guitar. You meet like minded guitarists and Metal fans."
... Rich S., NJ
"In the 48 hours of the retreat, I think my picking hand was moving 24 hours. I really got a lot out of this fun experience." ... Steve V., CO
Check Out Pics From Our 2021 Session HERE
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