Joey DeMaio in Berlin, Germany, 2010
6 March 1954 |
Auburn, New York, United States
|Genres||Heavy metal, power metal|
|Instruments||Bass, guitar, keyboards, classical guitar|
|Labels||Magic Circle Music|
He is a childhood friend of Manowar singer Eric Adams. 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. He worked as a pyro-tech[clarification needed] for Black Sabbath during their "Heaven and Hell" tour. 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.
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).
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