Need for Speed: The 50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time
Michael Angelo Batio
SIGNATURE SONG: “Full Force”
ALBUM: Lucid Intervals and Moments of Clarity
Michael Angelo Batio encompasses everything a shred guitar hero should be.
Renaissance-inspired name? Check. Insanely fast, overthe- top (literally) ambidextrous technique? Check. Wacky, unconventional dual- and quad-neck instruments? Check and check.
Casual music fans may consider Batio little more than an oddity or cult figure (allmusic.com didn’t even bother writing a bio for him or rating any of his seven albums), but real guitar fans know and appreciate him as the shred god he truly is. As generous as he is gifted, Batio has revealed the secrets of his incredible technique to players like Tom Morello and Mark Tremonti as well as to readers of his old Guitar World columns.
Even with his help, we still can’t figure out how he plays so friggin’ fast.