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Michael Cartellone (born June 7, 1962) is an American musician and artist. He was a founding member of Damn Yankees and is the current drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd (1999–present).[3]

Michael Cartellone
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Cartellone performing in Birmingham, Alabama on June 23, 2009
Background information
Born (1962-06-07) June 7, 1962 (age 57)
Solon, Ohio, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, artist, drummer
Years active1973–present[1][2]
Associated acts



Cartellone is the former drummer of Damn Yankees (1989–1996, 1998-2001)[4] and a former drummer for Accept (1996).[5] After Damn Yankees broke up, Cartellone worked as the touring drummer for Ted Nugent and later John Fogerty before settling in with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Cartellone has toured and recorded with a wide variety of artists including Adrian Belew, Jack Blades (after the dissolution of Damn Yankees), Cher, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, Brad Gillis, Wolf Hoffmann, Eddie Jobson, Freddie Mercury, Tommy Shaw (before and after the formation of Damn Yankees), Shaw Blades, Joe Lynn Turner, and John Wetton.[1][2][6]

Cartellone is the drummer on former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley's 2009 album, Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food.

He is also an accomplished painter and ardent Charlie Chaplin and Cleveland Indians fan.[7][8][9]

Cartellone uses Pearl drums, pedals and hardware and Zildjian cymbals, most notably the A and A custom series, but previously used the Z custom series in the past, and he also uses Remo drumheads.


Damn Yankees
Freddie Mercury
Vince Neil
Brad Gillis
John Wetton
Shaw Blades
  • Hallucination, 1995
Peter Frampton
Wolf Hoffmann
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Steve Fister
  • Age of Great Dreams, 1999
Jack Blades
  • Jack Blades, 2004
Joe Lynn Turner
Joe Bouchard
  • Jukebox in My Head, 2009
Chuck Mosley
  • Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food, 2009


  1. ^ a b "Michael Cartellone (About Michael link)". MC Artworks. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Michael Cartellone". Bruce Wall. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas; Leggett, Steve. "Lynyrd Skynyrd: Biography". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Damn Yankees: Biography". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Accept: Biography". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  6. ^ "Michael Cartellone: Credits". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "Michael Cartellone of Lynyrd Skynyrd Presents Art Collection", Modern Drummer. July, 2017.
  8. ^ Moser, John. "Speaking with Lynyrd Skynyrd's drummer: Michael Cartellone paints a different picture of a rock musician", The Morning Call. June 5, 2010.
  9. ^ Mahaffee, Mac. "Cleveland native and Lynyrd Skynyrd/Damn Yankees drummer opens art exhibit at downtown Hilton", WKYC. July 6, 2017.

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