Joey DeMaio

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Joey DeMaio
Joey DeMaio, Berlin 2010.jpg
Joey DeMaio in Berlin, Germany, 2010
Background information
Born (1954-03-06) 6 March 1954 (age 63)[1]
Auburn, New York, United States
Genres Heavy metal, power metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass, guitar, keyboards, classical guitar
Years active 1971–present
Labels Magic Circle Music
Associated acts Manowar

Joey DeMaio (born March 6, 1954) is an American bass player and main songwriter for the heavy metal band Manowar which he founded in 1980.[2] He is also the founder and CEO of Magic Circle Music.[3]


He is a childhood friend of Manowar singer Eric Adams.[4] DeMaio played bass in several school bands. In the 1970s he toured with the musical Godspell (premiere in 1971 in New York City), taking musical lessons with the conductor.[5] He worked as a pyro-tech[clarification needed] for Black Sabbath during their "Heaven and Hell" tour.[6][7] He is known to display his technical abilities and playing speed during solos both on Manowar studio recordings and live shows, often covering classical parts such as "Flight of the Bumblebee", which DeMaio has retitled "Sting of the Bumblebee" in reference to his high-speed renditions of the piece.

In 2006, shortly after creating the record label Magic Circle Music, he became manager of the Italian metal band Rhapsody of Fire.[8] He is also a producer for the band HolyHell.[9]

Joey DeMaio has a distinct Bass sound due to his Dawk custom built piccolo basses. One of which was used by Joe Dell (musician) on the Sleepy Hollow Band track Night-Shift Blues as was announced by Steve Goldby on Metal Talk during the Hail to England edition (4/5/17).[10]

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  1. ^ "How old is Joey DiMaio of manowar?". Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  2. ^ Maria Vassileva (July 7, 2008). "Manowar goes for Guinness record with five-hour concert – Life". The Sofia Echo. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Joe Kleon Interviews Joey DeMaio from Manowar". Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  5. ^ Michael Custodis, chapter: Manowar und das Erbe Richard Wagners, in: Klassische Musik heute. Eine Spurensuche in der Rockmusik, Bielefeld transcript-Verlag 2009 ISBN 978-3-8376-1249-3
  6. ^ "Manowar Biography". Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  7. ^ "Manowar – Biography – Metal Storm". Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  8. ^ "Music: Rhapsody: Live in Canada 2005: The Dark Secret [Bonus DVD]". January 31, 2006. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  9. ^ "Online Metal Magazine – Infernal Scream – Offline". Infernal Scream. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  10. ^ Goldby, Steve. "MetalTalk RADIO ON TotalRock". 

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