Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's American Dog Days for Pittsburgh-Based Guitarist

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's American Dog Days for Pittsburgh-Based Guitarist

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Vinnie Salvatore moved to Pittsburgh in 2012 and says, "The move has been great -- I love Mt. Lebanon."

Still, a certain enterprise back in Columbus keeps him on a short leash.

The guitarist spent the better part of our polar-vortex winter trucking back and forth between here and Ohio working on "Neanderthal," the new album from American Dog, a band on tour with Tesla and playing Stage AE tonight.

American Dog, which formed in 1999, is an old-school hard rock outfit in the Alice Cooper/Ted Nugent vein. Mr. Salvatore got on board early last year, joining singer/bassist Michael Hannon (ex- Salty Dog), guitarist Steve Theado and drummer Michael "Hazard" Harris.

"We've known each other for probably a decade now," he says. "I've been a fan of the band for a long time, and they talked for years about adding an extra guitar player and finally decided to give it a shot. Initially, it was to be a rhythm player, but on the new album I'm doing a fair amount of solos."

Prior to that, the soft-spoken Mr. Salvatore spent four years as a member of The Godz, another Columbus band, which launched in the Kiss/Van Halen era of the late '70s. (In 2003, The Godz, pretty much down to bassist Eric Moore, put a best-of album with new songs, using American Dog as the backing band. …

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