Video footage of TESTAMENT and ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO guitarist Alex Skolnick joining BLUE ÖYSTER CULT on stage during this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show — which took place January 23-26 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California — to perform an acoustic version of BOC's classic song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" can be seen below (courtesy of Capital Chaos TV).Skolnick's book, "Geek To Guitar Hero", is available on paperback via Amazon. Alex Skolnick is a true guitar hero. At sixteen years old, he joined a group of twenty-somethings who'd formed a thrash metal band called TESTAMENT. Alex stayed with the band through five critically acclaimed albums and countless tours with, among others, SLAYER, MEGADETH, JUDAS PRIEST and WHITE ZOMBIE. After hearing and seeing one of Miles Davis' electric bands on TV, Alex relocated to New York City to play and study jazz.
ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO (AST) was formed while Alex was earning his BFA in jazz from New School University in Manhattan. AST has been lauded by critics, fans and musical heroes alike ranging from Downbeat to Jazziz to the Village Voice to Kirk Hammett of METALLICA.