Al B. Romano
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April 23, 1965 |
Yonkers, New York
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, thrash metal, nu metal|
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, Songwriter & Producer|
|Associated acts||Sun Red Sun, Joey Belladonna, John McCoy, Dali Gaggers|
|1959 Les Paul|
Romano co-wrote 2 songs on Mountain's 1986 Go For Your Life album. In 1990, he teamed up with former Ian Gillan & Mammoth bassist John McCoy. They recorded an album called Heavy Metal Cowboys (later entitled McCoy Brainstorm), which was released on Angel air records in the U.K.
In 1992, Romano joined the band Belladonna with former Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna. After writing 8 songs, Romano left the group. He then formed Sun Red Sun, a supergroup that featured an all star cast of hired musicians: Ray Gillen on vocals, former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr, Bobby Rondinelli on drums, and Al Romano on guitar. Their initial album, Sun Red Sun, also featured guest appearances from Chris Caffery of Savatage, John West, John McCoy and Mike Sciotto. Shortly after completion of the recording, Gillen died and the group split up. The album itself was released two years later. His liner notes have been called "strange and somewhat rambling" and his vocals has been described as "competent, but faceless".
In 1996, Romano formed the Dali Gaggers with former Marilyn Manson bassist Gidget Gein. they recorded one album called Dali Gaggers Just Ad Nauseam (later entitled Gidget Gein Confessions of a Spooky Kid). The band split up in 2000.
In 2009, Romano re-joined Joey Belladonna's solo group and did several shows with Belladonna in the U.S.A In Feb 2014, Al B Romano teamed up with Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan to work in Harley's solo album on Southern Lord records. Flanagan released the 1st song 'Trust No One" with Romano on lead guitar. Romano is also featured on 7 songs on Harley Flanagan's upcoming solo album which is due to be released in 2015 on Southern lord records. Currently, Romano is doing recordings with Joey Belladonna and Joey DeMaio from Manowar.
Romano is a vintage guitar collector. Among his collection are guitars of Jimi Hendrix, Ace Frehley's 1959 Les Paul, Eddie van Halen, Leslie West, Hello Kitty, Eric Clapton, and others.
- No Life Til Metal Sun Red Sun
- Prato, Greg. "Review: Sun Red Sun". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Sunn's Big Guns and the Jimi Hendrix Experience" (reprint). Vintage Guitar. November 1998.
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