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Michael is no stranger to music having played with Great White for twenty-one years, with several platinum selling studio albums to his credit.
He is quick witted, has a memory that won’t quit, and is always gracious to his fans. He has never grown tired of the life of a musician, having kept busy playing with CC Deville’s Samantha 7 before joining the ranks of Night Ranger, following Great White’s demise. He thoroughly enjoys the camaraderie of Night Ranger, having known Jack Blades for twenty-three years. He really fits right in.
Of half Scottish and half Russian (Georgia) decent, Michael John Lardie was born on September 8, 1958 in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Sacramento, California. The oldest of six boys, he grew up listening to bands like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, and took an early interest in playing music.
A man of many talents, he plays a wide range of instruments including piano, synthesizer, guitar, banjo, flute, harmonica, mandolin, bass, sitar, percussion, and has also showcased his vocal talents. He has been involved with many different bands as an arranger, a producer and an engineer.
An avid sports fan, he favors the Minnesota Vikings and the Twins. He also enjoys movies and surfing the web.