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Dave Amato is an Americanmarker musician, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band REO Speedwagon.

He was born and raised near Framingham, Massachusettsmarker. At age 11, his first band was called "The Aftermath" then "Dave and the Essex", "One Way Out", "Sledge-Hamma", "Ice" and "August". Dave turned down a record contract and a opening spot (W/Sledge-Hamma) with Aerosmith. He felt he wouldn't achieve success on the East Coast. In 1980, Amato moved to the west coast, pursuing his musical career in Los Angelesmarker. He played a short stint with Black Oak Arkansas, did sessions with LaToya Jackson, and sang backing vocals for the likes of David Lee Roth, Rick Springfield, Kim Carnes, and Mötley Crüe.

In 1985 Amato took on vocal and guitar responsibilities with Ted Nugent. His most memorable tour was in 1986 when he sang lead vocals and played guitar with Nugent, and they shared the tour bill with Aerosmith. He stayed with Nugent for three years, making the albums Little Miss Dangerous and If You Can't Lick 'em, Lick 'em. Due to a conflict of schedules, Amato left Nugent in December 1988 when Nugent accepted an unplanned tour and Amato had other obligations. They remain good friends and have even shared the stage with Nugent opening for REO Speedwagon in 2001.

After the break from Nugent, Dave travelled to Australia, to tour with Jimmy Barnes, playing guitar on the double live album Barnestorming. His playing and vocals also feature on Barnes' earlier albums For The Working Class Man and Freight Train Heart. Amato also played lead guitar and sang some lead vocals with John and Dino Elefante (formerly of Kansas) but was never an official member of their Christian rock group Mastedon. They cut two CDs; It's a Jungle Out There (1988) and Lofcaudio (1990).

When Gary Richrath left REO Speedwagon in 1989, Amato joined the band in May. He said the "REO songs are great because there is a guitar solo in every song. In 2007 REO released an all-new CD titled Find Your Own Way Home.

Amato also toured extensively as the lead guitarist for Cher and in 1991 he toured for Richie Sambora's Stranger in This Town as well as select performances when Richie was promoting his Undiscovered Soul album. In 1992 he appeared in the video for Michael Bolton's hit "How can We Be Lovers If We Can't Be Friends" and briefly toured with Player in 1998.


with Ted Nugent

with Jimmy Barnes

with Richie Sambora

with REO Speedwagon

with Mastedon

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