Terry Balsamo

Name Terry Balsamo
Birth date 09 Oktober 1973
Land USA
Stadt Tampa

Cold (USA)


1999 2003 Die Band Seite

Limp Bizkit


1995 1996 Die Band Seite

Terry 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 and Cold

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.

Balsamo briefly re-joined Cold for their early 2009 reunion tour, but has not played with the band since nor contributed to their 2011 comeback album.
[edit] Evanescence

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

Balsamo 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". He is also recording Evanescence's third album that will be released October 11, 2011.
[edit] 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.