Terry Balsamo

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Terry Balsamo
Terry Balsamo playing guitar at an Evanescence concert, April 2007
Terry Balsamo playing guitar at an Evanescence concert, April 2007
Background information
Born (1972-10-08) October 8, 1972 (age 47)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
OriginTampa, Florida, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Associated acts

Terry Philip Balsamo II (born October 8, 1972) is an American musician, songwriter, and guitarist who is best known as the former guitarist of the American rock bands Cold and Evanescence. Balsamo is noted for his onstage expression of his fondness for Michael Myers of the Halloween film franchise.


Early projects and Cold[edit]

After a quick run with the early line-up of Limp Bizkit[1][2][3] in 1995, Terry joined up with fellow Jacksonville rockers Scooter Ward, Sam McCandless, Jeremy Marshall and Kelly Hayes, of the band Cold in 1999.

Terry remained with Cold writing and recording with them for their albums 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage (2000) and Year of the Spider (2003). Terry also appeared alongside Staind, in Staind's MTV Unplugged performance in 2001. Near the end of his stint with Cold, the band joined Evanescence as an opening act on the 2003 Nintendo Fusion Tour.

Balsamo briefly re-joined Cold for their early 2009 reunion tour. According to a post on Cold's Facebook page on July 8, 2016, Terry has returned to the band, and they will begin recording their next album in August 2016.[18]


When Evanescence's guitarist Ben Moody left the band during their European tour, Balsamo filled in for Moody on stage. When Cold's future suddenly came into question, Balsamo jumped ship, signing on for good with Evanescence. He has also become a songwriter with lead singer and songwriter of Evanescence, Amy Lee.

Balsamo can be seen and heard most prominently in Evanescence's live album, Anywhere but Home (2004) and on the band's studio album The Open Door (2006). He has become Amy Lee's main collaborator for Evanescence and co-wrote most of Evanescence's second album The Open Door including the album's first single, "Call Me When You're Sober", and third single "Sweet Sacrifice". He also appeared on Evanescence's self-titled third album that was released in October 2011.

On August 7, 2015, it was announced on the band's Facebook page that Terry had parted ways with Evanescence, to be replaced by Jen Majura. He also returned in one of the performances as part of the Evanescence 2019 concert tours during Sweet Sacrifice.

Health issues[edit]

In November of 2005, Balsamo suddenly suffered a thrombotic stroke. The doctors showed him that it was caused by a blood clot in his neck, possibly a result of headbanging on-stage and likely formation of an aneurysm, allowing for pooling of static blood and a thrombus.[4]


I use Ibanez guitars. In the studio, I kind of use a similar setup to what I used on the last Cold record I did, which is mix up the amps and combine the sound together. It's a Diezel and a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier and mixed that for one side. Then I took a Bogner and a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier on the other side. I combined it and made one big wall of metal! Right now on tour I'm using T.C. Electronics, the G-System.

— Terry Balsamo, Ultimate-Guitar.com[4]




  • BOSS Ph-2 Phaser or BOSS Ph-3 Phase Shifter

Band projects[edit]

  • Evanescence - guitar (2003–2015, 2019)
  • Cold - guitar (1999–2004, 2009 tour only, 2016-2018)
  • Shaft - guitar (1996–1999)
  • Limp Bizkit - guitar (1995)





  1. ^ a b "Terry Balsamo Rejoins Limp Bizkit | tunelab™". Tunelab.com. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  2. ^ a b "Melodic Net - Terry Balsamo Rejoins Limp Bizkit". Melodic.net. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  3. ^ a b "Terry Balsamo recalls Limp Bizkit opportunity". Facebook. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  4. ^ a b "Evanescence Guitarist: Filling Ben Moody's Shoes". Ultimate Guitar. 2006-03-11. Archived from the original on 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2006-02-04.

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