Racer X is a U.S. heavy metal band formed in 1985 in Los Angeles, California. The name is both a reference to a character in Speed Racer, and the speed that was an integral part of their music. Virtuoso, neoclassical guitar playing was the main focus of their style. The group was founded by guitarist Paul Gilbert, who later went on to achieve great success with the multi platinum-selling hard rock band, Mr. Big.
Guitarist Paul Gilbert first gained notoriety when he was featured in Mike Varneyâ€™s Spotlight Column in the February 1983 issue of Guitar Player Magazine. Paul was 15 years old and living in Greensburg, Pennsylvania at the time. Paul would later relocate to Los Angeles and enroll at what was then known as GIT(Guitar Institute Of Technology), but is now known as the Musicians Institute. After graduating from the school Paul was hired as an instructor. While at GIT Paul met fellow student John Alderete (Bass) and the two became friends and realized that with their talents, they could form a band like no other on the LA Strip at the time. Meanwhile, Scott Travis (Drums) was living in Virginia, when a local friend went to Los Ange...