Watch Michael Angelo Batio join The Smashing Pumpkins onstage in Milwaukee for a face-melting shred session

[L-R] Michael Angelo Batio and Billy Corgan
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Guitar legend Michael Angelo Batio joined fellow Chicago natives The Smashing Pumpkins for a ridiculously shred-heavy solo during their set at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum on October 30.

Following a set packed with classics – including Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Zero, 1979, Today and Cyr – Billy Corgan and co invited the guitarist to the stage for the final song, Silverfuck, during which Batio launched into a blazing electric guitar solo, complete with lightning-quick alternate picking, frenetic switching between overhand and underhand fretting, and rapid multi-string legato lines. 

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.