Craig Goldy (born on November 6, 1961) is the current guitarist for the band Dio.
Before Dio, he played in the bands Vengeance, Rough Cutt, and Giuffria. He replaced Jake E. Lee in Rough Cutt and was himself replaced by Amir Derakh in this group. Prior to joining Rough Cutt, he had played in the band Vengeance. Reportedly, Rough Cutt recorded some demos with Craig Goldy, but he left the band before they got a record deal and recorded their first album. Interestingly, Ronnie James Dio had produced at least two Rough Cutt songs when Jake was still in the band (A Little Kindness and Used And Abused), and Ronnie and his wife Wendy both co-wrote some songs on the first Rough Cutt album, which was recorded after Craig Goldy left the band.
Shortly after leaving Rough Cutt, Goldy would join Giuffria, the eponymous band of former Angel keyboardist, Gregg Giuffria. Performing on Giuffria's self-titled debut album, released in 1984, Goldy is heard on the band's biggest hit, Call to the Heart, which hit #15 on the Billboard charts in early 1985.
Craig Goldy was featured in Hear 'n Aid - Stars project while still in Giuffria, alongside other players such as Adrian Smith and Dave Murray of Iron Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brad Gillis and others.
Craig Goldy temporarily left the group Dio for the third time in 2005 after suffering a hand injury on a tour through Russia. He was then replaced by former Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich for the duration of the tour, but has since returned to the fold. He also is currently the guest guitarist for the 2008 tour of hard rock band Budgie.
His main guitar was a B.C. Rich Warlock, however, he now uses an ESP M-II through ENGL Powerball amplifiers. He has modified the guitar by switching the EMG pickups with Seymour Duncan pickups. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.