Mike Keneally

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Mike Keneally in August 2007

Michael Joseph Keneally (born December 20, 1961 in Long Island , New York ) is an American musician.


Keneally was born on Long Island and moved to San Diego, California at a young age. There he has been connected to the local music scene since he founded the band "Drop Control" in 1985. Mike Keneally is best known for his participation in Frank Zappa's 1988 touring band. Keneally was included because he had a wide repertoire of zappa pieces that he could play on both guitar and keyboard . The interaction with this band was short-lived, as the concert tour in 1988 was prematurely canceled. After Zappa's death in 1993, Keneally worked with Zappa's eldest son Dweezil and recorded several albums with his group Z. Keneally has released more than ten albums of his own and has played in various bands and projects since 1992.

In 1995 Keneally played in the project "The Mistakes" with Henry Kaiser (guitar), Andy West ( bass ) and Prairie Prince ( drums ). From 1996 to 2001 he led the group “Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins” with up to eight people. At the beginning of 2002 he formed his group into a quartet and named them the "Mike Keneally Band". Both ensembles suffered from frequent staff changes, especially the drummers ( Jason Harrison Smith , Nick D'Virgilio , Toss Panos , Joe Travers ) changed very often. Constants in Keneally's band are bassist Bryan Beller (since 1994) and guitarist Rick Musallam (since 1999). Mike Keneally toured Europe from 2002 to 2005 under the name "Mike Keneally and Friends" with Jaan Wessman (bass) and Schroeder (drums).

His participation in Steve Vais tours should be emphasized . Keneally played guitar and keyboard in the Miles Davis tribute project YO MILES! by Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Kaiser . The musician also performed at the Zappanale in Bad Doberan.

Keneally also works on Joe Satriani's new CD "unstoppable momentum" (epic records 2013); here he plays the keyboard. He is also on Joe Satriani's current World Tour in 2014 and also plays the keyboard and guitar here.


Mike Keneally can be heard on over 40 albums according to his self-published discography.

Solo / Beer for Dolphins

  • Mike Keneally: has. (1992)
  • Mike Keneally: Boil that Dust Bacon (1994)
  • Mike Keneally and Beer for Dolphins: Half alive in Hollywoold (1996)
  • Mike Keneally: Sluggo! (1997)
  • Mike Keneally: Giant Tracks (1997) (HyberNation Gentle Giant Tribute Album Compilation)
  • Mike Keneally: The Tar Tapes Vol. 1 (1997, material from 1983–1991)
  • Mike Keneally: The Tar Tapes Vol. 2 (1998, material from 1982–1991)
  • Mike Keneally: Nonkertompf (1999)
  • Mike Keneally and Beer for Dolphins: Dancing (2000)
  • Mike Keneally: Wooden Smoke (2001)
  • Mike Keneally: Vai Piano Reductions Vol. 1 (2004)
  • Mike Keneally: The Universe Will Provide (2004)
  • Mike Keneally Band: Dog (2004)
  • Mike Keneally Band: Guitar Therapy Live (2006)
  • Mike Keneally: Wine And Pickles (2008)
  • Mike Keneally: Scambot 1 (2009)
  • Mike Keneally / Marco Minnemann: Evidence of Humanity (2010)
  • Mike Keneally Band: Bakin at the potato (2011)
  • Mike Keneally: Wing Beat Fantastic - Songs written by Mike Keneally & Andy Partridge (2012)
  • Mike Keneally: You Must Be This Tall (2013)
  • Mike Keneally: Dancing Demos (2014)
  • Mike Keneally: Scambot 2 (2016)
  • Mike Keneally: Inkling - Bonus CD, released with Scambot 2 (2016)

With other musicians

  • Frank Zappa : Broadway The Hard Way (1988)
  • Frank Zappa: The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1991)
  • Frank Zappa: Make A Jazz Noise Here (1991)
  • Frank Zappa: You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Volume 4 (1991)
  • Frank Zappa: You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Volume 6 (1992)
  • Steve Vai: G3-Live In Concert (1997)
  • Steve Vai: Flexable Leftovers (1998)
  • MullMuzzler: Keep It To Yourself (1999)
  • Steve Vai: Alive In An Ultra World (2001)
  • James LaBrie's MullMuzzler: 2 (2001)
  • Compilation: 156 Strings: Nineteen Totally Original Acoustic Guitarists (2002, track "Thou Shalt Not Kill")
  • Compilation: A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd (2003, track "Astronomy Domine")
  • Frank Zappa: Trance Fusion (2007)

DVD / video

  • Soap Scum Remover (1996)
  • Dog DVD (2004, part of the Special Limited Edition by Dog )
  • Guitar Therapy DVD (2006, Live at the Baked Potato part of the Special Limited Edition of Guitar Therapy (Live) )
  • Has. Limited Edition DVD (2007 part of the deluxe version of hat. )
  • Boil That Dust Speck DVD (2007 part of the deluxe version of Boil That Dust Speck )

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Cast "The Mistakes". (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on July 5, 2008 ; Retrieved January 1, 2010 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.keneally.com
  2. HENRY KAISER & WADADA LEO SMITH: YO MILES! on the website of the label Cuneiform Records. Retrieved January 1, 2010 .
  3. Discography on keneally.com. Retrieved January 1, 2010 .