Guy Gelso


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Guy Gelso, drummer, grew up in Oakland, CA and started playing drums at the age of 14, after hearing Jimi Hendrix’s powerful drummer Mitch Mitchel, and by age 16, was playing professionally. At 19, he moved to New Orleans and joined several bands before meeting the members of Zebra in 1975, which in three short years became the most successful club act in Louisiana. In 1978, Guy went with Zebra to New York, where they became a part of the exploding rock scene of New York with bands like Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar and Billy Joel, selling out clubs and concert halls all over the Tri-State Area.

In 1983, after years of playing up and down the East Coast, Zebra released their debut album, becoming the fastest selling debut in Atlantic Record history at that time, and toured extensively for years, eventually releasing six albums with combined sales of $4 million. That same year, Zebra opened for Journey in City Park Stadium, and the mayor of the City of New Orleans made Guy an Honorary Citizen of Louisiana and proclaimed July 17th “Zebra Day.”

In 2010, Zebra was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and in 2012, the New York Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

Guy has studied with the premier drum teachers of New York and went on to a successful teaching career, while continuing to tour with Zebra. Over the years, Guy and Steve have done several co-billed shows together with Zebra and Lillian Axe, and always talked of starting a new project. Finally, in 2014, Sledgehammer became a reality.