Dave is a graduate of Musician’s Institute, GIT, where he studied with
Ron Benson (Paul Guilbert's teacher and one of the M.I. Founders).
Dave's song "I Come In Peace" was featured on Musician’s Institute/GIT
promotional CD entitled “MI JAMS Vol.2”. Dave played guitar in the house
band on the set of the Warner Brother’s TV Show "Zoe", the CBS show
“The Whitey Ford Show”, he was also the staff guitarist on the cable
show Drum TV.
Currently, Dave is the guitarist/songwriter for the modern hard rock
band Edge of Paradise. Formed by Margarita Monet and Dave Bates earlier
in 2011, Edge Of paradise released their debut album "Mask", that
features rhythm section comprised of veteran players, Tony Franklin,
Gregg Bissonette and Bjorn Englenple. Released September 15/2011, "Mask"
came in at #6 most added on national CMJ radio, right behind Machine
Head and Five Finger Death Punch. An Album chockfull of
industrial-tinged metal coupled with towering guitars and soaring vocal
hooks. "Mask" gained the band recognition by fans and critics worldwide
for originality and musicianship. Edge Of Paradise's next release
includes upcoming singles "In A Dream" and "Break Away" co produced by
Bob Kulick (Kiss, Motorhead), and mixed by Michael Wagener.
Dave has toured and recorded with veteran
recording artists including Robin McAuley (MSG, Survivor), Mark Boals (
Yngwie Malmsteen, RIng Of Fire), Gregg Bissonette ( David Lee Roth,
Ringo Starr, Steve Vai), Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Jimmy
Page, David Gilmore) Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Mcalpine),
Brian Beller (Steve Vai). Worked with grammy winning producer Bob
Kullick (Kiss, Motorhead, Meatloaf) as well as legendary producer
Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy, Dokken, Accept, Poison, Queen…) Dave
and Robin shared a band together “Bleed” they toured nationally in
support of the groups self-titled release and toured with Robin playing MSG.
Here is what Guitar International had to say:
“There is some tremendous guitar work on this CD... Edge Of Paradise is ready for the big time”
Bates is the epitome of a guitar hero. Eddie Van Halen of this
generation with his own style, incredible technique and monster
Dave Bates is the epitome of sheer effortless virtuosity; this guy will
make all guitar players either Idolize or hate him, as there are very
few guitarists on this Earth that can shred like Bates. He has such
precision, such feel, tasty licks, rips solos so that every note is
meant to be exactly where it is. I honestly can say that I’ve seen the
best of guitarists, and he is one of the very best, period."