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Mike Keneally


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Michael Joseph Keneally (Born December 20, 1961) is an American musician.
Born in Long Island, New York, he moved to San Diego, California at an early age and has been a fixture on the local music scene there since 1985 when he formed the local cult band, Drop Control.
Although a well established musician in his own right, Keneally is probably most well known as former Frank Zappa “stunt guitarist” and a Zappa 1988 tour band member.

His ascendency to that position is legendary in certain musician circles, based on Keneally’s command over the vast and difficult Zappa repertoire. Unfortunately, his stint in the Zappa touring band was short lived with the early cancellation of the 88 tour and Zappa’s death in 1993. Keneally moved on from the elder Zappa’s band to work with the eldest Zappa son, Dweezil on his solo albums and work released as the band, Z.
Keneally has also released nine albums of solo material since 1992 and has guested or acted as sideman on a wide variety of projects, most notably as part of Steve Vai’s touring bands.
He has played guitar and keyboards with Yo Miles!, Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Kaiser’s Miles Davis tribute band. He is currently touring as part of the Dethklok live show.

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  • trank_grappa

    he the man! ;-) ... should actually be world-famous!

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Drazba


    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • santinit

    Mike Keneally is my newest obsession

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • cronfordox

    i love people who love people who love mike keneally

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • kissthedawn

    It's kinda creepy how I start thinking of Mike every time I listen to Lady Gaga. Like, what the. He's everywhere in my brain.

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • OctoberFogGloom

    Wow, no love since 2010.

    2 Jun 2011 Reply
  • bobule


    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • crayolathief

    Saw Keneally play in Boston years ago where, seized by a seemingly uncontrollable urge, he leapt off the stage and burst into a fiery thirty-second rendition of "Siberian Khatru," much to the surprise of his bandmates and, most likely, himself. Many jaws were dropped, some never found. Say, when's his collaboration with Andy Partridge going to see the light of day anyhow?

    12 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Empathy37

    It's kinda almost not fair how freakin' ridiculously talented this guy is.

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • flasm

    If you ever see Sluggo.. even if you think it's a bit expensive, don't pass it up.. absolutely amazing!!!! Hopefully he'll re-release it sometime soon! Thanks Mike, you are a truly creative soul, on many different levels!

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • trank_grappa

    yes, wow!! Mike Keneally ripped my head off! ;-) well, I had the same experience as Doe_A_Deer had, after a concert of MK & friends in Freiburg/Germany a few years ago. we did chat in the break & after the concert and MK is really one of the nicest guys I ever met, both musically and friendly-wise. his approach to "making music" will be inspiring me forever! tanx Mike :))

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
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    20 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Doe_A_Deer

    Got to hang out and chat with him after a Dethklok show, and he is just the nicest man you could ever wanna meet. Extremely talented and totally friendly. He even sent me a message on MySpace later. What a nice dude. I love him forever after that conversation.

    6 Jul 2008 Reply
  • the_jc

    Mike Keneally has the ability to blow my mind on a daily basis. Roll on Scambot!

    10 Mar 2008 Reply
  • mizducky

    Mike Keneally's music blows my mind so thoroughly I've given up on trying to explain it in this little space. Plus he's a damn nice human being. How cool is that?

    5 Jul 2007 Reply
  • makeshiftsilo

    how is the mike keneally band not one of the top similar artists

    27 Jun 2007 Reply
  • summonholmes

    He's a nice guy and he's very talented. I met him not too long ago.

    27 Jan 2007 Reply
  • tzavala

    i love people who love mike keneally

    8 Oct 2006 Reply

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