Gus G Leaves ESP For Jackson

Gus G Jackson

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Didn’t see that one coming! Gus G has left ESP and hooked up with Jackson, making him the first Ozzy guitarist since Randy Rhoads to be a Jackson player. Nice. And Gus says he’ll continue to use his Seymour Duncan Gus G Blackouts, which are killer pickups. Here’s the press release.

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Joe Holmes Returns In Farmikos

Farmikos_JoeHolmes2Joe Holmes has set up a YouTube channel for his new band, Farmikos, and they’ve posted a teaser for the song “Exit Stencils” which you can watch below. The video features Joe cutting lead guitar for the song at Mouse House in Pasadena, California. A student of Randy Rhoads (literally, not just in a ‘he studies his playing’ way), Joe has held a few pretty damn high profile gigs over the years, including playing in Ozzy Osbourne’s band between 1995 and 2001, and playing for David Lee Roth on the tour for the A Little Ain’t Enough album in place of an ailing Jason Becker. The dude can play, as you’ll hear in the video. Check out the Farmikos website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Read More …

REVIEW: Blackstar Blackfire 200 Gus G Signature Amp

Gus G requires a lot from his amps. He needs them to keep up with his power metal shredding in Firewind, but he also demands that they keep up with the various eras of rock and metal tone that he needs to convey during the course of a typical Ozzy Osbourne set. As Ozzy’s guitarist he has to dip into vintage 70s metal, 80s neoclassical and hard rock, the more gained-out approach of Zakk Wylde and his own, modern-voiced Ozzy material. The Blackstar Blackfire 200 is a 200 watt beast of an amp designed to pump out the required tones at the required volumes.

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Ozzy ‘Speak Of The Devil’ DVD out now

A rare Ozzy Osbourne release is getting the full restored/remastered DTS/5.1 Surround treatment: Speak Of The Devil, which features Brad Gillis on guitar. It’s a rare look at a time when Ozzy was still flying high (pun intended) on the success of his first two solo albums, but was also reeling from the tragic death of Randy Rhoads. Here’s the press release:

Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Speak Of The Devil on DVD by Ozzy Osbourne in North America.

This show was filmed at Irvine Meadows, California on June 12, 1982 as part of the delayed continuation of the “Diary Of A Madman” tour following the tragic death of Randy Rhoads a few months earlier. The audio has been digitally restored and remastered and is now available in DTS and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time. Speak Of The Devil includes the classics “Mr Crowley” “Over The Mountain” “Crazy Train” “Flying High Again” “Iron Man” “Paranoid” “Goodbye To Romance” and many more.

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REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Gus G. FIRE Blackouts

There are plenty of benefits to be gained from using active pickups, not the least of which are low noise and high signal integrity over long cable runs. But not everyone loves the sound of typical actives. EMGs are well known for their killer metal tone – they’ve driven the tones of players like Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, Zakk Wylde and Devin Townsend to name just a few – and their single coils were long used by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Seymour Duncan seems to be especially good at spotting holes in the market, and there was a pretty glaring one in the active sector: players who want the benefits of active pickups but would prefer a more organic tone. The Blackouts series of pickups do a great job of this, but the Blackouts Modular Preamp is another very clever approach to the issue.

Available separately and in the Blackouts Coil Pack and Gus G FIRE Blackouts System signature set (which is featured in some of Gus’s signature ESP and LTD guitar models), the BMP-1s replaces your existing volume pot, throws in a 9v battery, and allows you to get a high gain active guitar sound from any passive four-conductor pickup. In Gus’s case, the BMP-1s is combined with a matched pair of low-out Alnico 5-loaded passive humbuckers. Gus explains: “This system combines the massive tone, kick, and distortion of Blackouts with the rich tone and expressive feel of my favorite passive pickups. It responds perfectly to all my picking techniques, and more of my personality comes through than with any active pickup I’ve tried.” Naturally Gus needs plenty of sonic versatility within the rock/metal realm, since he does double time in Firewind and as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist.

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NEWS: Randall says Gus G is Ozzy’s new guitarist

First saw this on Blabbermouth.net, so credit where credit is due!

Randall Amplifiers claims on their Facebook page that Gus G will be playing his first show with Ozzy at Blizzcon this weekend. Here’s their post:

Randall Amplifiers is getting ready to watch signature Randall artist Gus G. make his debut as the new guitarist for Ozzy this Saturday, August 22nd. The concert will take place at the Blizzcon convention and be available on DIRECTV pay-per-view. Watch him play his signature Heaven and Hell half stack!

So there ya have it! I’m sure it’s more than just a rumour if Randall’s posting about it – after all, Gus G probably had to order or borrow a bunch of amps to fill out the stage for the show. I feel pretty bad for Zakk Wylde right now.

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NEWS: So what’s going on, Ozzy? Dario Lorina? Gus G?

Urgh, have you been following this messy story? In summary:

* Ozzy gives interview saying Zakk’s out. Zakk has no idea what’s going on.

* Zakk still has no idea what’s going on.

* Rumours start to circulate that a new guitarist has been picked. An anonymous poster tells I Heart Guitar (in the comments section of this post) that Dario Lorina has been picked as the new guitarist (prompting me to run this sneaky profile of Dario Lorina while waiting for more news).

* Blabbermouth reports that several different sources have told it that Gus G of Firewind will perform with Ozzy at Blizzcon.

So what’s the true story? I sure as heck don’t know!

If Zakk’s really been booted out without so much as a phone call, that’s a pretty lame way for things to go down. Zakk’s a huge part of the Ozzy Osbourne legacy and deserves much better than this.

NEWS: Zakk & Ozzy update – Zakk says everything’s cool

Saw this on Blabbermouth. Remember a few weeks ago when it emerged Ozzy was looking around for another guitarist? Well Zakk says that while that may be so, he’s still in Osbourne employ for the foreseeable future, including touring commitments in 2010. Good to know everything’s cool and that Ozzy’s not messing with the awesome vibe Zakk brings to Ozzy gigs, even though he might try a few other guitarists in the studio.

By the way, remember years ago when Steve Vai did some stuff with Ozzy in the studio? It never surfaced (except for the song ‘My Little Man’ on Ozzmosis, but Zakk played the guitar instead of Steve). I wonder if that stuff will ever see the light of day.

David “Gus” Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com recently conducted an interview with Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE). Watch the chat in three parts below.

When asked about the recent reports that Ozzy was auditioning other guitarists for his solo band, Zakk said, “Everything’s cool, man. I mean, Ozzy’s always jammed with other people — since we did ‘Down To Earth’ and all that other stuff. So it’s no big deal. If Ozzy’s gonna play with someone else, what am I gonna do anyways? At the end of the day, when we did the ‘Down To Earth’ record, Oz had other people coming in and writing with him. [I was like], ‘Boss, knock yourself out,’ you know what I mean?! What we’re supposed to do is there’s this date in August — August 20, I guess, down in Anaheim [at the BlizzCon convention] — and then after that, we’re supposed to finish the [new Ozzy] record up in September or something like that. We did 16 or 18 songs or something like that, so we’ll write some more, finish the record, and then we’re supposed to do like a year[-long] world tour.”