Michael J. Romeo

Symphony X

Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group "Symphony X". Romeo has his signature model, the Caparison Dellinger-M3 MJR.

Influenced by Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Rush, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, he became serious about the guitar after listening to the albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman by Ozzy Osbourne. He was also heavily influenced by the neoclassical technique and style of Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen and Uli Jon Roth. Romeo's own influence has rubbed off on younger players, including Dragonforce's Herman Li, who, in 2010 listed Romeo among his Top 10 favorite guitarists.