Metal Mike Chlasciak / Halford
Mike Chlasciak, better known as “Metal” Mike, is the long-standing guitarist of Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford’s solo endeavor Halford. Touring the world and recording with some of heavy metal’s most elite artists, Chlasciak’s formidable guitar skills have appeared on stage and on albums with the likes of Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses and Geoff Tate of Queensryche. In addition to his incredible musicianship, the Warsaw born axeman is also known as an avid writer and heavy metal music coach, teaching hundreds of thousands of people via his ‘Metal for Life’ Guitar World column, DVDs, books, music camps and international guitar workshops.
Resides In:New Jersey
Career Highlights:Inducted into the 2018 Hall of Heavy Metal History alongside Lzzy Hale, Bill Ward, Billy Sheehan and more. Chlasciak's touring highlights include playing Madison Square Garden three times as well as playing the Rock In Rio III Festival in front of 350,000 fans.
Guitar Origins:“When I was a little kid all I wanted was a little Walkman radio so I could walk around and listen to music all the time. I finally got one when we came to America and that’s how I discovered heavy metal – a local radio station played Iron Maiden and Ozzy Osbourne and I instantly fell in love with it! Once I heard Randy Rhoads and then Yngwie Malmsteen, I got the guitar bug and I knew what I was going to do, there wasn’t even a question for me!”
Guitar Influences:Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Maiden and Ozzy Osbourne
On His Gear:“The only guitar that I play is a Jackson RR1 USA Model. It is the Randy Rhoads model. And, the bridge pickup is the Seymour Duncan JB, SH4. For the neck, I go with the SH-1 ’59. That’s it. We’re done as far as what I need.” – Chlasciak to SeymourDuncan.com
Has Toured With:Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Slayer, Testament, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne
Did You Know?Chlasciak contributed songs to Saturday Night Live alumni and comedian Jim Breuer’ Songs From The Garage album and also provides lead guitar duties for Jim's Band, Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy.
USA Select Randy Rhoads RR1, Ebony Fingerboard, Snow WhiteView