Expose was in 92, Taylor Dayne in 92 and 93 - then I started working with Asia, no female lead in that band.
I did a couple records and a couple tours over five years with them.
Pitrelli also had a band with his wife (and Trans-Siberian keyboard ace) Jane Mangini called "O'2L". They have recorded three albums, and you can purchase them at the O'2L Website.
Among session musicians in the tri-State area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) the name Al Pitrelli is synonymous with one of the best, most versatile and accessible guitar players around.
There was a local newspaper called Goodtimes which was as thick as the New York Times.
You could play seven nights a week in clubs that held a thousand people.
We got together and did a mix of Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Bad Company, Robin Trower, Pat Travers, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer all the cool stuff.
Then wed go from Rock to Motown Tommy would do some Stevie Wonder and early soul stuff. Thats why I got him in TSO, his voice is the perfect fit. Years went by and we learned how to play in time and in tune and think on the fly.
This all started in 1995 with me and Paul O Neil sitting at his kitchen table in New York City, says Pitrelli over the phone from Wichita, Kansas where TSO is playing to a packed Kansas Coliseum.
Hes a guinea from Jersey and Im a guinea from New York, says Pitrelli with a laugh. Historically it was Paul Rodgers starting out with Free then moving to Bad Company.
The two started writing together and developed a working relationship that has lasted nearly 15 years and half a dozen records. Then came Steve Marriott with Humble Pie, Lou Gramm (Foreigner) and Joe Lynn Turner - white guys that sang like old black men. Pitrelli also has a knack for working with top female singers.
They continue their yearly holiday tours, and are incredibly successful.
Also playing with Trans-Siberian Orchestra is former BÖC'er, John O'Reilly.