It took a hard-fought audition to do it, but the Italian award-winning guitarist Gianmaria Puledda, known professionally as “Jommy”, has found his new home with the dynamic New York City based street metal band SPREAD EAGLE. Jommy will be playing favorites such as “Switchblade Serenade” and “Scratch Like a Cat” on Spread Eagle’s upcoming tour.
Jommy is renowned throughout Europe’s heavy metal / hard rock community. One of his unique talents is the ability to play the Greek bouzouki, which led him to the creation of a particular style defined by some as “Mediterranean Metal”.
Spread Eagle launched their guitarist open audition in March 2022 with an invitation by Spread Eagle bassist Rob De Luca to submit videos performing Spread Eagle songs. The band narrowed down the contestant pool to Jommy and ten other venerable guitarists, whose performances were posted online for public comments.
Jommy advanced to the group of two finalists and was named first choice after an audition in New York City. He was chosen as the winner, due to his “superior technique, tone, groove and image”.
Throughout his career, Jommy has performed in major live concerts and tours, opening for Vision Divine (with Fabio Lione), Saurom and headlining many other shows. As a highly in-demand lead guitarist, Jommy has collaborated and toured with renowned heavy metal acts in Europe, among them Screaming Shadows from Italian maestro Francesco Marras, also guitarist of Tygers Of Pan Tang.
Spread Eagle is certainly no new name in hard and heavy music, releasing two major albums with MCA / Universal Records, “Spread Eagle” (1990) and “Open To The Public” (1993) and also “Subway To The Stars” in 2019, released via Frontiers Music SRL.
The live line-up features founding members Ray West on lead vocals and Rob De Luca on bass, (UFO, Sebastian Bach, George Lynch), and Rik De Luca on drums. The band have several upcoming US shows, the dates can be seen below.
For more information, check out the following: