Mike Campese

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Mike Campese
Mike Campese pic.jpg
Background information
Birth name Mike Campese
Genres Instrumental rock, progressive rock, rock
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2000-present
Associated acts The Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Website www.mikecampese.com

Mike Campese (born April 2, in Albany, New York) is an American guitarist and composer best known for being a member of the multi-platinum group Trans-Siberian Orchestra.[1][2] Campese was picked over several guitarists in 2004 during the band's fourth CD, The Lost Christmas Eve, and received a gold record for his work.[3][4] In 2008 Mike released his own rock Christmas CD, The Meaning of Christmas, which was well received.[5] Campese is an honors graduate from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California and is a graduate of Shaker High School.[6]


Campese appeared on the Jason Becker tribute CD Warmth In The Wilderness, which was released internationally on the Lion Music record label,[7][8][9] and his music was featured in a Lions Gate movie, "Vampire Assassins".[10] Mike has been featured in national magazines such as Guitar One, Guitar World[11] and Guitar Player and is a columnist for these publications[12][13] Mike also writes many online guitar columns on sites such as Guitar Nine,[14] Premier Guitar and Shred Academy [15] Mike has released nine solo CDs under his name, his second album, Full Circle, was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country and was on regular rotation.[16][17]

Mike continues to tour with his trio and as a solo artist and has opened and performed with many national acts such as The B-52's, the Spin Doctors, KC and The Sunshine Band, Dokken, Sebastian Bach, Lou Reed, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, the members of Yes and Asia, Kip Winger and many more.[18] Campese was a performer at the Max's Kansas City benefit in 2002 and shared the stage with members of the Bob Dylan band and The Smithereens.[19][20] Mike performed on the Crüe Fest 2 tour, which featured Mötley Crüe, Godsmack, Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman, Rev Theory and more.[21]

Mike's trio was featured on Fox 23, WXXA-TV and Sound Visions which aired across the country.[22] Currently, Mike has been performing at the largest trade show in the world, the winter NAMM Show.[23][24] Campese is a versatile musician, he describes his style as rock fusion and writes vocal and instrumental arrangements, electric and acoustic.


Solo albums[edit]

  • Total Freedom digitally remastered (2001)
  • Full Circle (2000)
  • Vibe (2003)
  • The New (2005)
  • Hidden Treasures (2006)
  • The Meaning of Christmas (2008)
  • Electric City (2010)
  • Chameleon (2013)
  • Chapters (2016)

Other projects[edit]

  • Mr Strange "All This Time"
  • Mr Strange "Hey The World"
  • Jeckyl and Hyde Jeckyl and Hyde

TV and movie[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

  • Nationwide Compilation by Rodell R (1995)
  • Warmth in the Wilderness Jason Becker Tribute (Lion Music) (2001)


  1. ^ Mike Campese Bio at Artistdirect
  2. ^ "Bio, Resume of Mike Campese". Mikecampese.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Mike Campese Photos". Mikecampese.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Guitar Nine Records Review". Guitar9.com. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  5. ^ "The Meaning Of Christmas" review in Poland Retrieved on March 2008
  6. ^ "Mike Campese on". Last.fm. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  7. ^ "de beste bron van informatie over tinfoilmusic. Deze website is te koop!". tinfoilmusic.net. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  8. ^ "Lion Music news Lars Eric Mattsson Vision hard rock metal guitar". Lionmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  9. ^ "Jason Becker Tribute credits". Lionmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  10. ^ ""The First Presbyterian Church Of Broadalbin", Mike Campese feature Retrieved on March 2008". Broadalbin.org. 2005-10-16. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  11. ^ "Mike Campese Betcha Can't Play This". YouTube. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  12. ^ "Audio Allegory Victor Wooten Brings "The Music Lesson" To Disc". GuitarPlayer. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  13. ^ "The Supernatural Blues Scale". GuitarPlayer. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  14. ^ "Guitar Nine Records - Guest Column: Three Octave Arpeggios". Guitar9.com. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  15. ^ "Artists database". Shred Academy. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  16. ^ "Latest News at Mike Campese.com". Mikecampese.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  17. ^ Retrieved on March 2008 Archived August 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ [1] Archived April 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ https://www.maxskansascity.org/benefit2002.php
  20. ^ "Mike Campese Live at the Bowery Ballroom". YouTube. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  21. ^ David Malachowski (2009-09-01). "CRUEFEST 2 @ SPAC 9/01/09 - You Review - Capital Region concert and performance reviews - timesunion.com - Albany NY". Blog.timesunion.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  22. ^ "bio". Mikecampese.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  23. ^ "NAMM 2008 Performance - Mike Campese Photo Gallery". Mikecampese.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  24. ^ Monk, Laurie (2008-01-30). "Retrieved on March 2008". Truthinshredding.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 

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