Michael Landau

Michael Landau (born June 1, 1958) is an American musician, audio engineer, and record producer. He is a session musician and guitarist who has played on many albums since the early 1980s with Boz Scaggs, Minoru Niihara, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, Seal, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Helen Watson, Luis Miguel, Richard Marx, Steve Perry, Pink Floyd,[1] Phil Collins on Two Hearts and Loco in Acapulco, Roger Daltrey, Stevie Nicks, Glenn Frey, Eros Ramazzotti, Whitney Houston, and Miles Davis. Landau, along with fellow session guitarists Dean Parks, Steve Lukather, Michael Thompson and Dann Huff, played on many of the major label releases recorded in Los Angeles from the 1980s–1990s. He has released music with several record labels, including Ulftone Music and Tone Center Records, a member of Shrapnel Label Group.

Michael Landau
Landau in 2015
Background information
Birth nameMichael Christopher Landau
BornJune 1, 1958 (age 63)
Los Angeles, United States
GenresRock, blues, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, audio engineer, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, sitar, mandolin, synthesizer, chitarrone
Years active1976–present
LabelsTone Center

In addition to his session work, Landau has led several bands, including Raging Honkies and Burning Water. In the early 1980s, he was also in the band Maxus with Robbie Buchanan, Mark Leonard, Jay Gruska, and Doane Perry.


Early life

At age 19, he joined Boz Scaggs for a world tour and by the age of 20, he started to do session work on the recommendation of long time friend, Steve Lukather.[2]


Landau cites influences including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Band, Weather Report, Pat Martino, and Jaco Pastorius.[2]


Landau has a signature Single coil guitar pickup with Suhr Guitars called the 'ML.'[3] In 2013, Fender announced that they would be collaborating with Landau on a signature Stratocaster.[4] In 2015, Fender released the 'Michael Landau Signature' amplifier, a modified version of Hot Rod DeVille III [5]

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Landau used a rack switching system made by Bob Bradshaw of Custom Audio Electronics. Other notable users of such systems were Steve Lukather and Eddie Van Halen among others.[6]


Solo releases

  • Tales from the Bulge (1990)
  • The Star Spangled Banner (2001)
  • Michael Landau Live 2000 (2001)
  • The Michael Landau Group-Live (2006)
  • Organic Instrumentals (2015)
  • Rock Bottom (2018)

With Blue Horn

  • Noise for Neighbors (2000)

With Renegade Creation

  • Renegade Creation (2010)
  • Bullet (2012)

With Hazey Jane

  • Holy Ghost (2009)

With Stolen Fish

  • Give Me A Ride (1999)
  • Like I Said (2001)

With The Raging Honkies

  • We Are The Best Band (1994)
  • Boner (1996)

With Burning Water

  • Burning Water (1991)
  • Mood Elevator (1992)
  • Live And Lit (1993)
  • Abbandonato (1994)

With Rita Lee

  • Bom Bom (1983)

With Luis Miguel

With Mari Hamada

With others


  1. ^ "Inside the Mind of Pink Floyd: David Gilmour" . Guitar. September 1995. Archived from the original on December 18, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "The Michael Landau Group" . Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "ML Single Coil Pickups" . Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Fender Custom Shop Announces Michael Landau Signature" . Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Fender Announces Michael Landau Signature Amplifier" . Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "An Interview With Bob Bradshaw" . Retrieved April 27, 2016.

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