|Birth name||Nick Catanese|
|Also known as||Evil Twin|
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Years active||1996 - present|
|Associated acts||Black Label Society, Speed X|
PRS Singlecut and Signature model
Hailing from the Pittsburgh Chapter of The Black Label Society, Nick Catanese is Black Label Society's second guitarist at live shows, supporting lead player Zakk Wylde, who has commented that "If I'm Keith Richards, he's Mick Taylor". Nicknamed "The Evil Twin" for his capability to keep up with Zakk, Nick joined with Zakk Wylde 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 Catanese's film credits include Rock Star (As "Xander Cummins", guitarist of the fictitious band Steel Dragon) and 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's contract with Washburn Guitars expired on January 7, 2009 and he did not renew his contract and subsequently moved to Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars, who are going to make a new signature model for him. He posted the following on his website on February 18, 2009. "After 5 years with Washburn , due to them treating me like an old sock , my contract expired january 7th and not ONE person from Washburn offered me another deal . SOOOO , i am now proud to say I am now offiically part of the Paul Reed Smith family !!! We are working on an Evil Twin model that is gonna blow your mind ! On this Black Label Bash I am using my Paul Reed Smiths ( not my signatures yet ) and my OLD Les pauls . So everyone that has my Washburns , they will be worth something someday , and trust me those guitars are sick . But i just have a new home now and wait till you all see the final product!!" During the 2010 Winter NAMM, PRS will be unveiling the PRS Nick Catanese signature.
Nick frequently posts on the official Zakk Wylde website, and the EviltwinHQ website responding to questions from fans.
Nick has formed a band with Mike Stone from Queensrÿche (guitar and vocals) Josh Sattler (bass) of DoubleDrive and drummer Mike Froedge of Doubledrive. Their debut album will be released sometime by mid 2009 under the band name Speed X.