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Richie has been performing live for over 20 years. Currently, you can hear him on guitar, keyboards, and vocals for the legendary rock band, Blue Öyster Cult. Check out the tour dates section to see when Blue Öyster Cult is playing near you.

Richie also plays with his original power pop band, 2 Part Invention, and the cover band, Hit Me With It.





Here's a list of some of the amazing performers Richie has played with:

Blue Öyster Cult
Bumblefoot (Guns n Roses)
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart)
Steve Augeri (Journey)
Al Carty (Taylor Hicks)
Jeff Cook (Alabama)
Paul Crook (Meatloaf)
Spencer Davis
Liberty Devito (Billy Joel)
Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees)
Sue Foley
Sharon Jones
Michael Hill

Bruce Kapler (Late Show with David Letterman)
Bobby Kimball (Toto)
Chris Kuffner (Regina Spektor/Ingrid Michaelson)
The Lounge Brigade
Tommy MacDonald (Blues Brother Band)
Dave Mason (Traffic)
Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
Mark Meadows (Edgar Winter)
John Miceli (Meatloaf/Rainbow)
Danny Miranda (Queen)
Vinnie Moore (UFO)

Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath/Rainbow)
David Santos (Billy Joel)
Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio)
Paul Shaffer (Late Show with David Letterman)
Chris Slade (AC/DC)
Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh)
Alan White (Yes)
Tommy Zvoncheck (Blue Öyster Cult)
Peter Tork (The Monkees)
Bernard Purdie

Guitar Gear

I'm very proud to be endorsed by these fantastic companies.

DiMarzio pickups are on almost every guitar I own. I use Air Norton, Norton, Tone Zone, Fast Track, Cruiser, Chopper, Virtual, Air Classic, HS-2, Acoustic Model, and Custom pickups.

Axis, Silhouette Special, Eddie Van Halen Model and Sterling. I also use Ernie Ball strings on all my guitars.

E 656 Steve Morse Signature Head and Standard 4x12 Straight Cabinet.

G Force, Nova System, Nova Delay, and Correct.
M2 Wireless Ear Monitors, AEW 4110D Guitar Wireless, and I also use Audio Technica microphones in the studio.
LeCover custom amplifier cases.
2/50/2 Power Amp, and GP3 Preamp.
Revalver recording software.
Sony Vegas Pro for Video editing and Mixing in 5.1 surround, and DVD Architect


Blue Öyster Cult Rig

BOC Rig - 2012

See Below for Details

Main Rig

Engl E656 - Steve Morse Head
100 watts
Midi Controllable
3 channels

Engl Standard 4x12 Cabinet
Celestion V60s

TC Electronic Nova System
Multi-effects Processor
MIDI controller

Alternate Rig

TC Electronic G-Force
Multi-effects processor

VHT/Fryette GP3 Preamp
3 Channel MIDI 12ax7 premap

VHT/Fryette 2-50-2 Power Amp
stereo 50 watts - EL34s


Audio Technica M2 Wireless In Ear Monitors

Audio Technica AEW-4110 Guitar Wireless

Audio Technica AE-4100 Microphone

Shure P4M Monitor Mixer

Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Jr.

Voodoo Lab Control Switcher

Line 6 Pod HD500

Ultimate Ears UE-7 In Ear Monitors

Dunlop Gator Grip 2mm Picks


There are 3 different types of setup depending on whether we're using our local gear or fly out gear. Ideally, I'd love to use my own gear all the time, but on some gigs that's just not possible.

When using our own gear, the setup is as follows:

My guitar goes into my Audio Technica wireless then straight into the input of the Engl amp. My Nova System is my main effects unit, and that goes through the effects loop. The Nova System is also connected to the Engl via MIDI and controls the channel switching in addition to effects. The Nova System is also my tuner. I plug the Ernie Ball volume pedal into the Nova System and use it as an expression pedal to control the delay mix.

When using rental gear:

I try to get Engl or Fryette amps on gigs where we use rental gear, but those can sometimes be hard to get. In that case I'll end up with a dual rectifier. The dual rectifier has no MIDI capabilities. To solve this problem, I use the Voodoo Lab control switcher. This cool little box lets me send MIDI program changes to it, and it converts them to relay messages that are sent to the amp's footswitch jacks. This turns a non-MIDI amp into a MIDI-amp. When we use the rectifiers, I don't get the same type of sound that I'm used to, so I use the Nova Systems EQ to compensate for this and it works quite nicely.

When playing on an ampless stage:

Nowadays it's becoming more common to have gigs where you are required to have extremely low stage volume. These are either gigs with acoustic instruments, or gigs where everyone is on In Ear Monitors. I started using a Line 6 Pod HD500 for situations like this. The modeled amps allow me to play with zero stage volume if necessary.



Guitars from Left to Right:

Ernie Ball Music Man Silhouette Special

  • Blue Pearl Finish
  • Custom Dimarzio Pickups ('Cruiser' in the neck position)
  • 5 way switching
  • Music Man Tremolo
  • Maple neck/fretboard

Ernie Ball Music Man SM-Y2D

  • Purple Sunset Finish
  • Custom Steve Morse Dimarzio Pickups
  • 5 way switching
  • Music Man High Stability Tremolo with D-Tuna
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Maple Neck

Ernie Ball Music Man "Richie Castellano" Axis

  • Custom Slimeburst Finish
  • Custom Dimarzio Pickups
  • 3 way switching
  • Music Man High Stability Tremolo with D-Tuna
  • Maple neck/fretboard
  • Tone Control

Ernie Ball Music Man Axis

  • Translucent Gold Finish
  • Custom Dimarzio Pickups
  • 3 way switching
  • Floyd Rose Tremolo with D-Tuna
  • Maple neck/fretboard

Ernie Ball Music Man Eddie Van Halen

  • Translucent Black Finish
  • Custom Dimarzio Pickups
  • 3 way switching
  • Floyd Rose Tremolo with D-Tuna
  • Maple neck/fretboard


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(top left photo by Julia Rabkin, body photo by Rev. Che'San)