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Biography


Chuck Burgi has been performing and recording internationally since teaming up with virtuoso guitarist Al DiMeola for his first solo venture, the Elegant Gypsy Tours. This opportunity led to his joining the English fusion group Brand-X. As a member of Brand-X, he replaced Phil Collins and recorded and toured for the classic album Masques.

Returning to his rock roots, Chuck joined Hall and Oates and recorded two platinum albums and did two world tours with the hit song- writing duo. Subsequent albums with Michael Bolton, Diana Ross, Balance and Bon Jovi followed. He next joined forces with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, recording two albums and hitting the road for another two world tours.

After Rainbow, Chuck toured and recorded with various artists including Joe Lynn Turner, Glen Burtnick, and the power- house vocalist Meat Loaf. Chuck toured extensively with Meat Loaf and recorded the Live at Wembley album. Directly after Meat Loaf, Chuck began working with Blue Oyster Cult, during which time he recorded the Cult Classics, and Heaven Forbid albums. During this time, he also began playing on national TV commercials. After Blue Oyster Cult, he was briefly reunited with Ritchie Blackmore for sold out tours of Europe, South America and Japan for the album Stranger In Us All.

In 2000, Chuck completed a three year commitment to the Latin pop sensation Enrique Iglesias. Beginning with an extensive world tour for the album Vivir, he returned as the musical director for the Cosas del Amor world tour and finished with a dense schedule of TV shows and concerts promoting Enrique’s self-titled first English album.

Most recently, after playing more than 1500 performances in three years with the hit Broadway show Movin’ Out, featuring the music of Billy Joel and the choreography of Twyla Tharp, Chuck was asked to drum for Billy Joel on his current My Lives Tour