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Terry Balsamo

Terry Balsamo playing guitar at an Evanescence concert, April 2007
Background information
Born October 8, 1972 (1972-10-08) (age 37)
Tampa, Florida
Genres Alternative metal, post-grunge
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1994 - Present
Associated acts Evanescence
Limp Bizkit

Terence Patrick David Balsamo (born October 8, 1972 in Tampa, Florida), is an American guitarist. He is the former guitarist of the alternative metal band Cold and the current guitarist of Evanescence.




Early projects

After a quick run with the early line-up of Limp Bizkit in 1995, Terry joined up with fellow Jacksonville rockers Scooter Ward, Sam McCandless, Jeremy Marshall and Kelly Hayes, of the band Cold.


Terry remained with Cold writing and recording with them for their albums 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage (2000) and Year of the Spider (2003). Terry also appeared alongside Staind, in Staind's MTV Unplugged performance in 2001. Near the end of his stint with Cold, the band joined Evanescence as an opening act on the 2003 Nintendo Fusion Tour.

When Evanescence's guitarist Ben Moody left the band during their European tour, Terry filled in for Moody on stage. When Cold's future suddenly came into question, Terry jumped ship, signing on for good with Evanescence. He has also become a songwriter with Amy Lee.

Terry can be seen and heard most prominently in Evanescence's live album, Anywhere but Home (2004) and on the band's most recent album The Open Door (2006). He has become Amy Lee's main collaborator for Evanescence and co-wrote most of Evanescence's 2nd album The Open Door including the album's first single, "Call Me When You're Sober", and third single "Sweet Sacrifice".

Health issues

In November 2005, Balsamo suffered a stroke. The doctors informed him that it was a result of a blood clot in his neck that formed from headbanging on-stage.[1] Terry has since recovered and is back touring with the band. As a result from his injury, he now uses his dreadlocks as a stage act by shaking them and bringing them forward while standing still, so as not to create too much movement and thus avoiding further problems.


I use Ibanez guitars. In the studio, I kind of use a similar setup to what I used on the last Cold record I did, which is mix up the amps and combine the sound together. It’s a Diezel and a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier and mixed that for one side. Then I took a Bogner and a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier on the other side. I combined it and made one big wall of metal!

Right now on tour I’m using T.C. Electronics, the G-System.

—Terry Balsamo,[1]

Band projects

  • Evanescence - Guitar (2003-Present)
  • Limp Bizkit - Guitar (1994)
  • Shaft - Guitar (1996-1999)
  • Cold - Guitar (1999-2003, 2009 tour only)





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