Tony MacAlpine has always been more than a guitar player. He started his musical journey at a young age as a classically trained pianist and violinist. Keyboards still play a big part in his career. Over the years he was asked to attend many sessions and gigs as a keyboard player. He also plays keys on his solo albums.
With Tony MacAlpine it has never been just about speed or technique. Sure, his solos are works of art. Each and everyone of them. And they can be fast. But what makes his work stand out compared to many other instrumentalists, is that his music is based on great songs, catchy riffs and beautiful melodies.
Tony MacAlpine has always been much more than a hard rock guitarist. He was brought up on a healthy dose of jazz, fusion and classical music – he loves Chopin and everything else from the romantic era. These influences give his music a depth and variety that is unique in modern day rock.
For over more than 20 years Tony MacAlpine has recorded and toured under his own name. He was part of bands like M.A.R.S. Project Driver, with Tommy Aldridge, Rob Rock and Rudy Sarzo, and Planet X. He also recorded and toured with countless acts and artists such as Steve Vai and the Breed, Vinnie Moore and Mark Boals. Whatever he did, he was always praised for his professionalism, skill, musicality and dedication.
All these qualities are present in this new and exciting supergroup DEVIL’S SLINGSHOT. A devastating line-up of Tony MacAlpine, Billy Sheehan and Virgil Donati.
Billy Sheehan is one of the most skilled, original and best bassplayer on the planet. He was member of Talas and million-selling supergroup Mr. Big, toured and recorded with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai and many others.
Australia born drummer Vigil Donati is one of the world’s most impressive rockdrummers. ‘The Thunder from Downunder”. He is one of the most in demand session players on the scene and had success with his own band Southern Sons, participated in Planet X and did session work for a variety of artists such as Mick Jagger, Melissa Etheridge, Steve Walsh, Steve Vai and Branford Marsalis.
Each member of this majestic three-piece is a major player in his own field. Together they are the most exciting power trio the world has seen in many years. They toured Europe in 2006 and now (2007) when the band is on the verge of starting their worldwide tour they present their very impressive debut album “Clinophobia”.
The album has a lot on offer: loud rock, classical touches and jazzy passages packed in great songs and melodies that will find their way to your heart and will stay there for a very long time. The sound is amazing and the performances are truly stellar. “Clinophobia” is the instrumental album that will set a new standard.