When a rock 'n' roll icon like Lou Gramm sings the praises of an extraordinary session guitarist like Michael Staertow, you better pay attention. "You know, we’ve had a few guitar players in the years I've had my own band," Lou announced during a recent gig. "Michael's breathed some new life into the instrumental part of these songs, and he sings really well!"
Michael is one of only a few guitar players to work with Lou Gramm, the voice of "Hot Blooded," "Head Games," "Juke Box Hero," "I Want to Know to What Love Is" and other signature songs of the classic-rock era. That makes him a full-fledged member of a significant guitar-playing fraternity that also includes Foreigner founder Mick Jones, Nils Lofgren and Vivian Campbell.
In addition to playing venues around the world, Michael has performed with Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake), Gene Cornish (The Rascals), Carmine and Vinny Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Black Sabbath) and original Foreigner drummer Dennis Elliott. He also shared the stage with Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers and former Heart guitarist Howard Leese at the "Pandora Unforgettable Moments on Ice" show in 2014, which was broadcast on ABC-TV and On Demand.
"The Nut Sauce is amazing!!! No tuning issues whatsoever….I beat the snot out of my guitars, and your product hasn’t let me down." - Michael
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