MacAlpine has been regarded as being highly influential in the neoclassical metal genre. He is highly regarded for his instrumental style of playing and his shred techniques, one being the ‘sweep tapping’, a variation of sweep style of picking. MacAlpine’s style of playing also incorporates elements of classical, jazz, fusion, hard rock and heavy metal.
According to his website, MacAlpine has also “written and arranged eleven solo instrumental studio albums. MacAlpine has also released four albums with his jazz-fusion band CAB, three albums with his progressive rock band Planet X, and PSMS which included Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big) and Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Joe Bonamassa).” For seven years, MacAlpine was also a part of Steve Vai’s band, playing both guitar and keyboard, often doubling and complimenting Vai’s leads and style of playing.
MacAlpine ‘s latest offering was released on April 12, 2015 and features Brazilian drum legend Aquiles Priester (Primal Fear, Hangar, Angra), bassist Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa, Dethklok, Shining) and a guest appearance by Seattle’s very own Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Conquering Dystopia, Nevermore).
MacAlpine has been recently diagnosed with and battled cancer, which saw him take time off for most of 2015 and part of 2016. Now, after receiving a clean bill of health, MacAlpine has returned to perform a solo West Coast Tour.
Tickets for Tony’s upcoming performance at Studio 7 can be purchased here.