Nick Catanese

Nick Catanese

Nick Catanese performing with Black Label Society at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas on October 16, 2011
Background information
Birth name Nick Catanese
Also known as Evil Twin
Born July 2, 1971 (age 44)
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, actor
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts

Black Label Society, Speed X, Kaldera

Notable instruments
PRS Singlecut and Signature model
Gibson Les Paul

Nick Catanese is the former rhythm guitarist for Black Label Society. He supported lead player Zakk Wylde, who has commented that "If I'm Keith Richards, he's Mick Taylor". Nicknamed "The Evil Twin"[1] for his capability to keep up with Zakk Wylde, Nick joined with him when he noticed Wylde's email address in a magazine, and on a whim told Zakk that if he ever needed a guitar player to let him know. Zakk had been discussing with his wife about getting a second guitarist that very day, then got back to Nick, the two met up and jammed and Nick joined Zakk on the Book of Shadows tour (Wylde's solo album). When Zakk was looking to form a band in 1998, Nick recommended drummer Phil Ondich to Zakk, Sonic Brew was recorded, and in 1999, John DeServio was added to the lineup on bass – Black Label Society was officially formed. Phil was eventually replaced by Craig Nunenmacher, and several bassists (Steve Gibb, Mike Inez, Robert Trujillo, and James Lomenzo) replaced JD until he ultimately returned to the band in October 2005. Nick left Black Label Society in December 2013.

Nick Catanese also appeared in the movie Rock Star in 2001. Catanese played guitarist Xander Cummins, of the fictional Steel Dragon tribute band Blood Pollution. The film also featured performances by musicians such as Zakk Wylde, Jason Bonham, Myles Kennedy, Brian Vander Ark, Blas Elias, Jeff Pilson and Ralph Saenz. He also has credits on Black Label Society's concert DVDs, Boozed, Broozed and Broken-Boned and The European Invasion – Doom Troopin.

Nick plays Paul Reed Smith electric guitars, and plays Gibson acoustic guitars live with Black Label Society. Nick previously played Washburn guitars, and moved to Paul Reed Smith when his Washburn contract expired on January 7, 2009. PRS later made him an 'Evil Twin' signature model.

Catanese formed the band Speed X with Mike Stone from Queensrÿche (guitar and vocals), Josh Sattler (bass) and drummer Mike Froedge, both from DoubleDrive in 2010,[2] and later formed Kaldera with bassist Vinnie Salvatore and drummer Dusty Winterrowd.


  1. Arnold, Chris; Niggemeyer, James (2007). A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa. MJS Music & Entertainment. pp. 70–72. ISBN 978-0-9762917-7-0. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
  2. "Speed X To Release Debut Album Next Month". Blabbermouth. December 15, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
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