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Chuck Burgi

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Paiste Artist Since
June 1978

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Billy Joel

Website
www.chuckburgi.com

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Biography

Chuck Burgi has been performing and recording internationally since teaming up with jazz-rock guitarist Al Di Meola for his first solo venture, the Elegant Gypsy Tour. 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 and pop roots, Chuck joined Hall and Oates and recorded two platinum albums and did two world tours with the hit 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 powerhouse 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, and began playing on national TV commercials. After Blue Oyster Cult, he was once again reunited with Ritchie Blackmore for sold out tours of Europe, South America and Japan for the album Stranger in Us All. In 2001, 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 musical director for the Cosas del Amour world tour and finished with a dense schedule of TV shows and concerts promoting Enrique’s first English album, Enrique. In 2002, Chuck debuted on Broadway drumming for the smash musical Movin’ Out, which featured the music of Billy Joel and the choreography of Twyla Tharp. Movin’ Out garnered rave revues and a Tony award. It had an incredibly successful three and a half year run playing to packed houses before closing in 2005. While playing the final shows of Movin’ Out, Chuck was approached by Billy Joel to join him for a world tour in support of his My Lives album. Since the day he accepted Billy’s invitation, Chuck has continued performing sold out shows throughout the world with The Piano Man. Some of the highlights of the past six years have been recording the 12 Gardens Live album and Billy’s first song in fifteen years entitled Christmas in Fallujah. Chuck also performed the historical Shea Stadium shows, and completed an unprecedented fourteen month tour of sellouts with the Elton John and Billy Joel Face-2-Face Tour. The two concerts that closed Shea Stadium featured a forty-piece orchestra, and guest performances by Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltry, John Mellencamp, Don Henley and Sir Paul McCartney. Sixty thousand people each night attended those historic shows, and there are two outstanding movies of these events. The first is a documentary that ran throughout 2011 on cable’s Showtime called The Last Play at Shea. This is a story of the history of the venue, the Mets baseball team and Billy’s early years, interspersed with concert footage. The second is a full-length video and double CD set of the performances entitled Billy Joel- Live at Shea. Since the Shea shows, Billy has continued to sell out stadiums and arenas all over the world, and in January of 2020 ,he and his band began the 7th year in a row of his historic and always sold-out residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Staying busy in between Billy’s shows,Chuck recorded an album with American Idol’s runner-up Crystal Bowersox, and performed on The Ellen Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in support of her first album, Farmers Daughter. He also recorded teen model Kaile Goh’s debut album for Universal. Chuck is very excited to have a new album coming out from his melodic hard rock band Tokyo Motor Fist, called Lions. It is the follow-up effort to their debut, Tokyo Motor Fist, which was critically acclaimed in the international rock press.The new single and video, Youngblood, has debuted on You-Tube to rave reactions.While waiting for Billy Joel’s touring schedule to resume, Chuck keeps busy creating motivational presentations and workshops, for various age groups, that have at their core his passion for drums and drumming. Chuck endorses: Paiste cymbals, Tama drums, Remo drumheads and Pro-Mark drumsticks.

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