On January 8th, Tuesday, 2013 at 9PM (ET) I had a great #GuiarChat with Alex Skolnick.
Alex Skolnick, born in 1968, grew up in Berkeley, California. At age nine, a fascination with the rock group Kiss led to a desire to learn guitar.
At age sixteen, Alex tried out for a local band called Legacy. Shortly after graduating from high school, he found himself recording his first album with the group, who by this time had changed their name to Testament. What followed were five albums and countless tours with, among others, Megadeth, Slayer, Judas Priest, and White Zombie. Alex received critical acclaim for his lead guitar work, which had been inspired by heroes such as Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, ranking high in many guitar magazine polls, often as ‘Best Thrash Guitarist’ and ‘Most Underrated Guitarist.’
Past collaborations have including bassists Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani/Steve Vai), Les Claypool (of Primus), Michael Manring (Wyndam Hill recording artist), singer Ozzy Osbourne (the Prince of Darkness himself), rock band Savatage (Atlantic recording artists) and more. Alex has composed pieces for the EA video game “Hot Wheels Turbo Racing”, the USA Network?s broadcast of the 2002 Westminster Dog Show (a big band jazz piece), and the MTV series “Makin? The Band.”
In 2005, Alex reunited with Testament (after 13 years) for a series of sold out concerts in Europe and Japan, including festivals with groups including Korn, Def Leppard and Guns’nRoses. These reunion shows were such a success that more dates continue to follow and a new album could be in the works.