In the Beginning…
Wayne started his musical career at age 5 with piano lessons. Shortly after he began competing in piano competitions. Adding guitar lessons at 11, he has played in his own rock bands ever since. He studied classical guitar with world class teachers such as Fred Benedetti, Celin Romero, Brian Kilmer, and John Duarte. This lead to a scholarship in both performance and composition at San Diego State University.
When not recording or on tour with NO SKY TODAY, SLAVIOR or the Michael Schenker Group, Wayne teaches guitar, keyboards, bass, composition and theory…
Here’s a chronological review of credits:
Composed original soundtrack,”Around the World in 80 Waves”, distributed worldwide in 1988.
Recorded/Performed with original bands 1986-1991: Harlot, Valiant Alliance and Castle.
Musical Director of SDSU play:”Trespasses”.
Composed original soundtrack for:”Ghostwriter”, distributed on local cable.
Won San Diego’s Reader’s poll for “Castle” best upcoming hard rock band for 1990.
Wayne featured in local guitar shredder calendar for 1991.
Formed band Electric Eel in Maui 1994.
Formed band “Kattywompuss” in 1996 with Kelly Keeling.
Guitar Tech. at 1996 NAMM show for: Kelly Keeling, John Norum, Jennifer Batten, Tony Franklin, Doug Pinnick, Ty Tabor, and Doug Aldridge.
Guitar Tech. for recording of Kelly Keeling/Carmine Appice’s, “Guitar Zeus II” Feb.1996.
Wayne was asked to join The Michael Schenker Group and Vinnie Moore Band in 1999.
Michael Schenker Group”Unforgiven” U.S.Tour 1999.
Recorded M.S.G. “Unforgiven Live” CD in Palo Alto, Ca.1999.
M.S.G. Video “Live in Las Vegas”1999.
Vinnie Moore”The Maze” U.S.Tour 1999.
Recorded “Vinnie Moore Live”CD in Palo Alto, Ca. 1999.
Sweden Rock Festival 1999 with Scorpions, Deep Purple, Dio, David Lee Roth, Motorhead, Manowar, UDO, and Freak Kitchen…
M.S.G.”Essence of Rock” European Tour 1999 with Thin Lizzy (including soundcheck/performance) and Glenn Hughes.
Black Bean Soup”All You Can Eat” U.S.Tour 1999.
Performed 2 nights at the top of the World Trade Center, “Windows of the World”(107th floor! the highest gig in the world!) with Black Bean Soup 1999.
M.S.G.”Adventures of the Imagination”Japan Tour 2000.
M.S.G. Video “Unforgiven Live in Japan”2000.
B.B.S.Allstars, East Coast Tour 2000, (featuring former members of: KC and the Sunshine Band,The Temptations, Patty LaBelle,and Clarence Clemins.)
B.B.S.Allstars: Summer Festival in Holyoake, Pa. for 18,000.
Recorded keyboards on Jonne Zell CD,”Electric Love Power” 2001.
B.B.S.Allstars West Coast Tour 2001
B.B.S. performance with Frank Hannon(Tesla) At the Roadhouse, in Sacramento Ca., June 2001.
M.S.G.”Beware of Scorpions”U.S.Tour 2001 also performing with The Plot, featuring Pete Way of UFO.
Spencer Davis Group with Carmine Appice and Friends, Alaskan Tour 2002.
Recorded CD with Kelly Keeling, Vinnie Appice, and Carmine Appice for Kelly Keeling’s solo album,”Giving Sight to the Eye”,(released Spring 2005).
Formed new band “KING” and recorded CD 2003-04, with former members of Black’n Blue, Forte/M.S.G., and Black Symphony, finally to be released as “Black Symphony IV”, Oct. 2007.
M.S.G. Import Double CD,”Forever and More”, The Best of Michael Schenker. Released Sept.22, 2003.
Composed Synthesizer Intro “Divine Inspiration” for 2004 Worldwide Tour and DVD/CD.
M.S.G.”Arachnophobiac”EuropeanTour 2004, with Piorno Rock Festival in Granada Spain and Metal Mania Festival in Poland.
Recorded MSG DVD and CD at Metal Mania Festival in Katowice Poland during European Tour 2004, (released Worldwide in Oct.2004).
Recorded “Metalmania 2004″Compilation DVD from Metal Mania Festival 2004 with Soulfly and more..
Triple Threat Rock Festival: in San Antonio,Tx. March 20, 2004, with Budgie and Moxy.
M.S.G. Southern California Summer Tour, June 2004.
Transcribed entire”Thank You 4″ CD for piano, by Michael Schenker, July 2004.
M.S.G.”Arachnophobiac”Worldwide Tour (2nd U.S. leg) with Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions and Electric Sun, Aug.-Sept. 2004.
Sunken Gardens Rock Festival: in San Antonio TX. with Uli Jon Roth, Starz, Legs Diamond and Montrose. Sept.4th 2004
M.S.G.”Arachnophobiac”(2nd leg) European Tour: Oct.- Nov. 2004.
Recorded 7 string guitars/keyboards on new M.S.G. CD and EP(to be released April 28th, 2006),”Tales of Rock N’ Roll”: 25 years of M.S.G. Jan. 2005…
N.A.M.M. show 2005: Jan.20th,”A Night of Guitar”at the Vault350: M.S.G. with Robin McAuley on vocals, headlining w/Lynch Mob,Gilby Clarke and Bruce Kulick, and Frank Hannon.
Live M.S.G. DVD of 1997 tour and Japan Tour 2000 to be released June 28th, 2005…
Added keyboards, transitions, and guitar solos to Gary Barden’s and Kelly Keeling’s songs, on the new M.S.G.”T.O.R.R.”CD. June 2005
Vinnie Moore CD “Collection: The Shrapnel Years”, 2005.
Currently in the studio mastering the debut CD with his band SLAVIOR, with drummer Mark Zonder and vocalist Gregg Analla…
MSG at Musicmesse/promo gig, April 1st & 2nd in Frankfurt, Germany.
Recorded MSG Rock Palast DVD at the Underground in Cologne, Germany on April 3rd 2006.
Composed synthesizer intro: “Distant Planet”, which can be heard every night before M.S.G. hits the stage on the “Tales of Rock N’ Roll” Worldwide Tour 2006.
M.S.G. “Tales of Rock N’ Roll” Worldwide Tour (1st Leg) European Tour: Apr. – June 2006.
Performed “Dust to Dust”with M.S.G., on Bulgarian late night TV show for over 3 million viewers!!!
Bulgarian Press Conference/ Rock Festival: in Kavarna for 7,000 people.
M.S.G. with guest appearance by Gary Barden: at the”Mean Fiddler” in London England, on May 25th, 2006.
Sweden Rock Festival with: Whitesnake,Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Journey, Molly Hatchet,Queensryche, Porcupine Tree and many more, for 30,000+ people!!!
Belgium’s: Graspop Metal Meeting with: Whitesnake, Lacuna Coil, Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains, Motorhead, Saxon, Y&T, Soilwork and many more, for 40,000 people!!!
Headlining “Noc Plna Hvezd” Metal Festival: in Trinec Czech. for 8,000 people.
Rock Over Hamburg Festival: Aug.1, 2006.
Sold Out: Wacken Open Air Festival for 70,000 people!!! also opening for the Scorpions!! Aug.3, 2006.
Currently in the studio with SLAVIOR writing and recording their 2nd album…
MSG Japan/Asia Tour 2006.
SLAVIOR Record Release Party I &II with InsideOut Music and HD Video Shoot: Jan. 26/27th North Hollywood, Ca.
MSG “Tales of Rock N Roll” Japan / Ukraine Tour Feb/Mar. 2007.
Debut SLAVIOR CD Officially released in Europe, Mar. 26, 2007.
SLAVIOR: Promo Video of “Dove” Posted online Mar.16, 2007.
Debut SLAVIOR CD Officially released in North America, Apr. 3, 2007.
SLAVIOR: Promo Video Documentary,”The Making of a Band”, posted April 5th, 2007.
Debut SLAVIOR CD Officially released in Japan/Asia, Apr. 26, 2007.
Wayne Findlay featured in magazine spotlight column and DVD,”Betcha Can’t Play This!”, in Guitar World Magazine August Issue 2007!!!
M.S.G. US Tour June/July 2007.
M.S.G. UK Tour July/Aug. 2007.
Rock and Blues Custom Show 2007, opening for the Scorpions for 30,000.
M.S.G. opens for Scorpions at Manchester Apollo and Hammersmith Apollo July 27 – 28th 2007.
SLAVIOR Japan Tour Aug. 2007!!!
SLAVIOR Interview/filming for Lucy’s Room Music Air TV Show in Tokyo, Japan, 8/22/07.
SLAVIOR performs with Ryo Okumoto(Spock’s Beard/GPS) at The Dress in Tokyo 8/23/07.
SLAVIOR welcomes new member Philip Bynoe to the band!!!
SLAVIOR releases “Red Road” Live in Japan video 9/17/07.
“Red Road” is the 56th most “linked” video on Youtube today on 9/19/07. That’s pretty huge considering the millions of videos on the site!
SLAVIOR featured in Hit Parader Magazine(Oct.07) and Modern Drummer(Oct. 07)
MSG DVD released: “Wacken 2006″compilation of festival.
SLAVIOR releases “Swept Away” video 10/15/07.
Recorded Black Symphony IV CD, w/ Wayne Findlay released Oct. 2007.
SLAVIOR, 7 page article featured in Japan’s Beatleg Magazine(Nov.2007 issue).
Wayne Findlay/SLAVIOR featured article in Japan’s Young Guitar Magazine(Nov.2007 issue).
SLAVIOR CD released in South America, Nov. 2007.
SLAVIOR featured article in Modern Drummer April 2008
MSG @ Kobeta Sonik Festival in Bilbao, Spain June 2008,opening for KISS,Dio,Saxon with Tesla opening for us, for 25,000 fans!!
MSG @ Honberg Castle Festival in Tuttlingen, Germany, with Magnum, for 8,000 fans!
MSG @ Magic Circle Festival in Bad Arolsen, Germany, opening for Ted Tugent, Alice Cooper with Benedictum opening for us, for 8,000 fans!
MSG Rock Of Ages Festival in Germany w/ Uli Roth, Uriah Heep and ELO “The Orchestra” for over 8,000 fans!!
MSG Hammer of the Gods Festival w/ White Lion and Lordi, in Toledo, Spain for 8,000 fans!!
MSG Japan/Korea Tour 2008.
MSG European 2nd leg Tour Fall 2008.
“Guitar Gods Concert” H.O.B. NAMM Show Jan. 2009 w/ Michael Schenker, Leslie West, Robin McAuley, Warren DiMartini, Robbie Crane, Brian Tichy, Rev Jones, James Kottak and Vinnie Moore.
Wayne featured in Carvin V3 Amp. Ad for the Feb. 2009 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.
Also in Mar. 2009 issue of Guitar World /Carvin V3 Amp. Ad.
The Michael Schenker Group CD-“Live and Loud” released June 2009.
Wrote/Recorded/Produced NO SKY TODAY CD with Paul Jones(Robot Lords of Tokyo), Kelly Garni(Quiet Riot), Scotty Phillips(Waysted), Kelle Rhoads(Randy’s Brother) May 2009.
Recorded/Produced Lost Tommy Bolin Song, “Jump Back” for “Tommy Bolin’s Late Night Revival”, with Fin Muir(Waysted) on Vox, Kelly Garni(Bass) and Scotty Phillips(Drumz) May 2009.
Wayne featured in full page “Guitar Hero” theme ad for Carvin V3 Amplifiers, Oct. 2009 issue of Premier Guitar and Oct.2009 Carvin Catalog
M.S.G. “In the Midst of Beauty” World Tour (1st leg)- US/Canada Tour 2009.
M.S.G. “ITMOB” South America Tour 2009.
M.S.G. ITMOB European Tour (3rd leg) 2009.
M.S.G. Headlining Raismes Festival France 2009 for 8,000 fans!!
M.S.G. ITMOB European Tour (4th leg) 2009.
M.S.G. West Coast, “Lady Gypsy” Acoustic Tour 2009-2010.
M.S.G. “30th Anniversary” Japan Tour 2010.
Filmed and recorded HD – Bluray DVD/CD for M.S.G. “30th Anniversary Japan Tour 2010” w/Simon Phillips and Neil Murray.
No Sky Today article in Mar. 2010 issue of Guitar World Magazine.
Performance with Schenker/Rarebell/Wolf at the Musicmesse 2010 Frankfurt, Germany.
M.S.G. “30th Anniversary” World Tour 2010 (Europe – 1st leg).
Carvin catalog May 2010.
M.S.G. at Sweden Rock Festival for 35,000!!
M.S.G. at Bospop Festival in Holland for 12,000!
M.S.G. “30th Anniversary” U.S. Summer Tour 2010.
Guest apperance on Gary Barden’s solo record”Rock N’ Roll My Soul”, Piano and B3 on Deep Purple’s,”Never Before”. Nov.2010
Wayne Findlay Carvin TV V3 2010 video interview.(see news page)
NO SKY TODAY Debut released worldwide on iTunes, Reverbnation, Rhapsody, LastFm, Amazon and cdBaby
M.S.G.@ Hard Rock Hell Festival 2011 for 6,000!!
M.S.G. @ NAMM JAM 2011(opening for Hellyeah and Megadeth) for 3,500!!
Wayne Findlay: Dean Interview w/Metal Sanaz- Live from NAMM 2011webcast.
NO SKY TODAY available now on Touch Tunes digital jukeboxes nationwide…40,000!!