Teddy 'Zig Zag' Andreadis is an American piano/harmonica player who has worked with many popular musicians, including Carole King, Guns N’ Roses, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Alice Cooper, Bruce Willis, and the Boxing Gandhis. In 1999 he was voted “Outstanding Keyboardist of the Year” by the L.A. Music Awards. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa Goich, who is the producer and co-host of the Marc Germain show, and a former stand-up comedian.
Andreadis was born to Greek parents in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. At the age of three, his father bought him his first accordion. During the years that followed, Andreadis began learning keyboards, guitar and harmonica, and joined jam sessions with fellow Jersey musicians Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny.
Andreadis performed vocals, organ, piano, synthesizer and harmonica on three albums with Carole King, and has appeared on her 1994 live album In Concert. He has also played keyboards on the Boneshakers' latest release.
Andreadis played keyboards, harmonica and several percussion instruments for the Guns N' Roses album Use Your Illusion. He also appeared on their The Spaghetti Incident? album in 1993. He has also contributed to the work of former Guns N' Roses members, including It's Five O'Clock Somewhere by Slash's Snakepit, and the 2001 album Rock & Roll Music, by the band Col. Parker, which features former Guns N' Roses member Gilby Clarke.
Andreadis’ work can also be heard on many film soundtracks, including Keenen Ivory Wayans’ I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, the United Artists release, Tapeheads, and the M.P.C.A. film Breakfast with Einstein. He played keyboard for Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Scott Weiland and Ziggy Marley's cover of Pink Floyd's "Money", which they recorded for use on the soundtrack for the 2003 film Italian Job.
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Andreadis' video work includes: Michael Jackson's "Give In To Me"; Guns N' Roses' "November Rain", "Yesterdays", "Garden of Eden" and "Estranged"; Carole King's In Concert; and Alice Cooper's "Brutal Planet" and "Dragontown".
His TV credits include a recurring role on Full House, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the MTV Video Music Awards with Guns N’ Roses, and NBC’s Three Sisters. He has done commercial voice-over work for McDonald's (with B.B. King), Kellogg's and Toyota. Andreadis also wrote and performed the theme song for the Disney Channel’s The Z Games. He once appeared on an episode of Trading Spaces.
In 1996, Andreadis joined Slash’s band Blues Ball, touring live with them; in 1999, when Slash reformed his prior band Slash's Snakepit, Andreadis joined them as well, providing keyboard and harmonica work.
He currently conducts a weekly jam session in Hollywood at the Baked Potato with his band The Screaming Cocktail Hour. The blues-based jam regularly attracts such names as Steve Winwood, Joe Sample, Patrick Moraz, Steve Lukather, Mike Landau, John Stamos, Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke, Jason Bonham, Glen Hughes, Carole King, Drew Barrymore, Keanu Reeves, Howard Leese, Joe Lyn Turner, Bob Daisley, Ace Frehley, Eric Singer, Randy Castillo and Mike Inez.
In 1996, Andreadis released a solo album, Innocent Loser. Among those featured on the album are Guns N’ Roses band members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, drummers Greg Bissonette and Pat Torpey, guitarist Steve Lukather, and Carole King. The album includes the ballad "Ragman", and "Shotgun Shack", which focuses on social issues. The album also features guitarist, producer and writer, Lanny Cordola, arranging and playing an array of exotic instruments,
Andreadis says of his album, “We were going for a Little Feat vibe, New Orleans kind of stuff. You know, Dr. John, some Stones…Americana rock. But we’re trying to keep it heavy, so that when you play it, it’s something that hits you from the beginning and makes you want to stick around ‘til the end.”
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