George Mihalovich: Guitars
Name: George Mihalovich
Current place of residence: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Main instrument: Guitar
Other instruments: Bass and amateur drum programming
Guitar: Yngwie J. Malmsteen (the "J" ensures that he isn’t confused with any other Yngwie), Michael Schenker, Adrian Vandenberg, (Vivian Campbell, George Lynch, Paul Gilbert, Warren DeMartini, Jake E. Lee, Doug Aldrich [yes, the whole 80s LA guitar scene was a big deal for me!]), Criss Oliva, Michael Romeo, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Allan Holdsworth, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass … to name just a few
Vocals: Ronnie James Dio, Don Dokken, Bruce Dickinson, Jorn Lande, Russell Allen, Bjorn Jansson, Rob Halford
Bass: Jimmy Bain, Steve Harris, Geezer Butler, Jeff Pilson, Peter Baltes, Naoto Shibata (Anthem)
Drums: George Borden, Vinny Appice, Mick Brown, Stefan Schwarzmann (Accept), Nigel Glockler (Saxon)
Favorite bands: Dokken, Ratt, UFO, Symphony X, Judas Priest, Dio, Saxon, Accept ... really, there are just too many great national and local bands to mention them all – but rest assured that they are all VERY METAL!
Previous bands: Nothing of note, aside from my first original band "Stone Blue" around the tail end of metal's heyday in the U.S. Wait! I did do a few gigs with Dofka in the 90s.
Personal bio: The details of my life are inconsequential …
What got you interested in heavy metal? I recall KISS (sound familiar?), Black Sabbath and Eric Clapton getting me excited about music and the guitar – along with a lot more of the classic 70s rock (Ted Nugent, UFO, Deep Purple, etc.) that I heard on local radio stations. Subsequently, I was very influenced by the NWOBHM and U.S. metal and hard rock bands from the early 80s. Rumor also has it that as a child I had a toy microphone and was a big Tom Jones fan; but that doesn’t have any bearing on my status as a singer’s nightmare – right Gord?
What keeps you involved in music, and what would you like to achieve with AFTERSHOK? Being a musician and a metalhead are lifelong pursuits for many; I consider myself both, so I’m in it for the duration. I can't stop rocking!
Statements: “Support both national and local metal artists by purchasing their music and attending shows. Let’s keep the metal alive!” and "I like pizza."
Hobbies outside of music: Reading, hiking, running
Favorite movies/TV shows: Action, comedy, fantasy and science fiction; I love comic books, superheroes and Tolkien and I am not ashamed!
Favorite books: Once again, fantasy and science fiction, but I’ll read just about anything that grabs my attention.