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Al Pitrelli

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Al Pitrelli (born September 26, 1962 in New York, NY) is a guitarist, best known for his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Joe Lynn Turner, Asia, Savatage and Blue Öyster Cult.

Al Pitrelli attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the early 1980’s (where keyboardist Derek Sherinian was his dorm roommate; they would later work together in the Alice Cooper band). After dropping out of Berklee, Pitrelli worked as a session musician during his early days, and also taught guitar lessons on Long Island, NY. His first major label gig was performing with Michael Bolton, helping him support his single, “Fool’s Game”. Pitrelli said of the single, “This was when Michael Bolton was still trying to be Sammy Hagar and not Engelbert Humperdinck”

Pitrelli was Alice Cooper’s guitarist and musical director from 1989 until 1991. Pitrelli also joined Asia, appearing on their albums Aqua in 1992 and Aria in 1994. In 1995, Pitrelli played guitar for Place Called Rage, a one-time collaboration featuring future Trans-Siberian Orchestra vocalist Tommy Farese as well as bassist Danny Miranda and drummer Chuck Bonfante.

Al joined Savatage in 1995, joining at the same time as Chris Caffery returned to the band (Chris had previously been a part of the band around the release of Gutter Ballet in 1989). Al played guitar on the albums Dead Winter Dead and The Wake of Magellan and did some of the lead guitar work on Poets and Madmen despite being a member of Megadeth at the time.

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