The "Iron City Rocks" podcast (web site) recently conducted an interview with guitarist Al Pitrelli (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, MEGADETH, SAVATAGE, ALICE COOPER). The chat, in which Pitrelli talks about TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's current "Beethoven's Last Night" tour; the band's "Night Castle" album; how SAVATAGE morphed into the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA; and his musical background and distinguished career can be heard using the audio player below.
Pitrell, 47, is a guitarist, best known for his work with the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, MEGADETH, SAVATAGE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and O2L.
In 1989, Al was recognized by the rock legend Alice Cooper, who asked him to come on board for his 1989 world tour as guitarist and musical director. Al toured with Cooper from 1989 until 1993.
Al joined SAVATAGE in 1995, playing guitar on the albums "Dead Winter Dead" and "The Wake of Magellan" and did some of the lead guitar work on "Poets and Madmen" despite being a member of MEGADETH at the time.
Al was a member of MEGADETH from 2000 to 2002, having replaced Marty Friedman. He appeared on "Rude Awakening", a live CD/DVD that was released in 2002. He also recorded "The World Needs A Hero" with the band.
When MEGADETH went on a hiatus after Dave Mustaine injured his arm, Al rejoined SAVATAGE and continued his work with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA.