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Gus G tour.

10th April 2014

Latest News Image Gus G is heading out with Marty Friedman on a UK & European tour commencing on 1st May. Make sure you get down to one of the dates to check out this explosive metal duo in action! Gus will be using his signature Series One Blackfire 200 heads along with his Blackfire 412 cabinets. Don’t miss out!

May 01
w/ Marty Friedman
Tampere, Finland 

May 02
w/ Marty Friedman
Helsinki, Finland

May 03
Stockholm Rocks
w/ Marty Friedman
Stockholm, Sweden
May 05
w/ Marty Friedman
Goteborg, Sweden
May 07
w/ Marty Friedman
Malmö, Sweden

May 09
Lizard King
w/ Marty Friedman
Krakow, Poland

May 10
Klub Progresja
w/ Marty Friedman
Warsaw, Poland

May 12
w/ Marty Friedman
Munich, Germany

May 14
w/ Marty Friedman
Hannover, Germany

May 15
w/ Marty Friedman
Essen, Germany

May 16
De Boerderij
w/ Marty Friedman
Zoetermeer, Netherlands

May 17
w/ Marty Friedman
Hasselt, Belgium

May 18
De Pul
w/ Marty Friedman
Uden, Netherlands

May 20
L' Empreinte
w/ Marty Friedman
Savigny-Le-Temple, France

May 21
O2 Islington Academy
w/ Marty Friedman
London, United Kingdom

May 22
Queens Hall
w/ Marty Friedman
Nuneaton, United Kingdom

Aug 01
Fezen Festival
Székesfehérvár, Hungary

Uli and Gus on tour

10th April 2014

Latest News Image Guitar wizards Uli Jon Roth and Gus G.  performed together on a European mini tour in March. Blackstar is proud to endorse both of these magnificent guitars players. Gus was powered by his signature Blackfire head while Uli went through the more traditional Artisan 100 head.

Uli John Roth Rocks in Sao Paulo!

4th April 2014

Latest News Image Uli John Roth has been in Sao Paulo, Brazil rocking his Series One Blackstar rigs! As anyone that has seen Uli perform before will know, Uli only plays loud!


Sheer Terror record new studio album

26th March 2014

Latest News Image For the first time since 1995 Sheer Terror has hit the studio to record a new Full Length LP. Reaper Records will be releasing it this summer and it is titled "Standing Up For Falling Down". We recruited our friend Dean Baltulonis to produce the record and we couldn't be happier with the final product! We put our all into these 11 songs and are extremely proud of the outcome. One of the major components to the record's sonic ferocity is definitely my BLACKSTAR Series One half stack! I used a Series One 200 watt head and Series One Pro B cabinet on this recording. The result is nothing less than CRUSHING!! I absolutely love my BLACKSTAR rig and am confident once people hear the sonic brutality it produced on this LP that they will clamor to pick one up! We have a bunch of shows coming up in the coming months including Seattle, WA, Portland, OR with the KINGS of Punk POISON IDEA as well as many more in the works , including a special record release show and more!! I am a proud member of the BLACKSTAR family ! Thanks to Loren Molinaire for all of his support over the last couple of years!!

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James Williamson at SxSW

26th March 2014

Latest News Image James Williamson from the Stooges was amongst a host of Blackstar artists playing at SxSW last week. Blackstar had a fantastic presence across the event sponsoring numerous venues and parties.

Gus G. - First solo album

18th March 2014

Latest News Image “I Am The Fire“, the first solo album by Blackstar endorsee Gus G., well known in the metal and rock universe as guitar virtuoso for his work as leader of his own group Firewind and also as member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band, is out now in Europe!

To find out more about each and every song of this record, make sure to watch this detailed track by track video:

"I Am The Fire" is available as digipak CD, LP on black 180gr vinyl as well as digital download. The strictly limited red vinyl and exclusive t-shirt bundle can be found at CM Distro. Get it here:

Don’t forget to check out the video clip for the album’s first single “I Am The Fire (Feat. Devour The Day)”:

The aforementioned clip was also directed by Patric Ullaeus / (Within Temptation, In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Europe…) who also produced the video for the album’s opening track "My Will Be Done (Feat. Mats Levén)", watch it here:

See below for the album’s exact track-listing:

Gus G. – “I Am The Fire”:
1. My Will Be Done (Feat. Mats Levén)
2. Blame It On Me (Feat. Mats Levén)
3. I Am The Fire (Feat. Devour The Day)
4. Vengeance (Feat. David Ellefson)
5. Long Way Down (Feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
6. Just Can’t Let Go (Feat. Jacob Bunton)
7. Terrified (Feat. Billy Sheehan)
8. Eyes Wide Open (Feat. Mats Levén)
9. Redemption (Feat. Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (Feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (Feat. Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (Feat. Mats Levén)

The “I Am The Fire” album sees Gus G. handling guitar, bass and keyboard duties and showcases a long list of highly skilled instrumentalist peers as well as several remarkable vocalists joining Gus to stress the versatile stylistic approach of the 12 featured songs. The roster of friends and guests that help bring Gus G.’s vision to fruition include drummers Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo) and Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy), bassists David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Marty O’Brien (Tommy Lee, We Are The Fallen) as well as Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex. Yngwie Malmsteen/Therion), Blake Allison (Devour The Day), Michael Starr (Steel Panther). Alexia Rodriguez (Eyes Set To Kill), Tom S. Englund (Evergrey), Jacob Bunton (Adler) and Jeff Scott Soto (TSO, ex Journey) as guest vocalists.

“I Am The Fire” was mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther, etc.) and was partly recorded in Los Angeles and partly in Gus’ home country of Greece during the past months. The album showcases a well-balanced and inspiring mixture of precise song writing, driven contemporary active rock songs, a classic Hard Rock vibe, pounding Metal cuts as well as breathtaking instrumentals. The album takes you on a diverse journey and opens the door to Gus G.’s soulful guitar playing.

Gus G. will be touring Europe in May 2014, so check out the dates below!
Gus G. + Marty Friedman / “Guitar Universe 2014” Co-Headline Tour:
01.05.2014 Tampere (Finnland) - Klubi
02.05.2014 Helsinki (Finnland) - Nosturi
03.05.2014 Stockholm (Schweden) - Stockholm Rocks Festival
05.05.2014 Gothenburg (Schweden) - Trädgårn
07.05.2014 Malmö (Schweden) - KB
09.05.2014 Krakow (Polen) - Lizzard King
10.05.2014 Warsaw (Polen) - Progresja
12.05.2014 München (Deutschland) - Backstage
14.05.2014 Hannover (Deutschlandy) - Musikzentrum * New Show!
15.05.2014 Essen (Deutschland) - Turock
16.05.2014 Zoetermeer (Holland) - De Boerderij
17.05.2014 Hasselt (Belgien) - MuziekoDroom
18.05.2014 Uden (Holland) - De Pul
20.05.2014 Savigny Le Temple (Frankreich) - L’ Impreinte
21.05.2014 London (UK) - O2 Islington Academy
22.05.2014 Nuneaton (UK) - Queens Hall

Big Country are the latest artist recruit to Blackstar

7th March 2014

Latest News Image Bruce Watson from Scottish rock band Big Country is the latest artist recruit to Blackstar. Big Country have a big year ahead with a full tour and many festival dates. Check out the band at one of their dates and hear Bruce's HT Stage 60 in action.

Blackstar Winter NAMM party with Gus G.

3rd March 2014

Latest News Image Blackstar held a party at Swinghouse Studio, Hollywood over the NAMM show with a  performance by Gus G. Gus played a set from his new solo album. The set was blistering and we can’t wait for the album launch!

Richie Ramone on tour with Blackstar

27th February 2014

Latest News Image The Richie Ramone band has just completed a 15 date sell out tour in the US. Both guitarists Alex Kane and Ben Reagan are Blackstar users and have been rocking their Series One rigs night after night.

Little Caesar return to UK

20th February 2014

Latest News Image Los Angeles based rockers, Little Caesar, are returning to the UK for six shows in April (6th-12th). After releasing their critically acclaimed album, "American Dream", in 2012, followed by a triumphant performance at last year's Download Festival, the band is returning for their first proper tour of the UK since 1992. 

With original core members, Ron Young, Tom Morris, Fidel Paniagua, Loren Molinare and newly recruited guitarist Joey Malone, Little Caesar guarantees a kick-ass time for their UK fans with some honest, soulful, blue-collar RNR.

• April 6 - Swansea, Wales - Sin City
• April 8 - Wolverhampton UK - Slade Rooms
• April 9 - Newcastle UK - The Cluney
• April 10 - Glasgow Scotland - Stereo
• April 11 - Sheffield UK - The Corporation

April 12 - London UK - The Underworld


We got ourselves 10 winners!

17th February 2014

Latest News Image Thank you all for your dedication and devotion! We’ve received over 30,000 votes at! So we can all put on our happy faces!

The one band that got the most votes and therefore also wins the Blackstar ID:100 TVP Half Stack + matching John Wood flight cases and Macbeth shoes & clothing is the Italians from Edward in Venice, congratulations guys!  Make sure to bring us some Prosecco to Groezrock!

We’ve seen many speculations on the web and different top 10’s per day but hey total votes don’t lie so here’s the final Top 10 for the Macbeth stage competition powered by Blackstar:

1  - Edward In Venice (Italy)
2  - The Tramps (Belgium)
3  - Shell Beach (Hungary)
4  - Moments (Belgium)
5  - The Ignored (Belgium)
6  - Kids Insane (Israel)
7  - River Jumpers (United Kingdom)
8  - Still Bust (United Kingdom)
9  - My Extraordinary (United Kingdom)
10 - Fathoms (United Kingdom)

Our finalists will share the stage with our French friends from Chunk! No Captain Chunk!,  INVSN, Dennis Lyxzén (Refused) his band from Umeå, Sweden,  the English Rock band Blitz Kids and our favorite metalcore band from Southampton, Bury Tomorrow.

The line-up for the Macbeth stage powered by Blackstar for Groezrock 2014 is now solid and complete and we can’t wait to get this party started!

Groezrock Festival takes place on May 2nd & 3rd in Meerhout, Belgium.

The Macbeth stage is powered by Blackstar amplification
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New names added to Groezrock festival line up

14th February 2014

Latest News Image According to their band bio, these guys sound like garbage when it’s thrown off a roof into the dumpster your dickhead boss rented for your underpaying contractor gig. Or as their label likes to put it, they pull liberally from Seaweed, Quicksand and Kerosene 454 and fully embrace their hardcore-dudes-trying-to-play-alt-rock influences. DRUG CHURCH is coming to Groezrock, people!

Two years ago a little band called Refused played at Groezrock and apparently vocalist Dennis Lyxzén had such a good time he wanted to come back with one of the other bands he is in. INVSN combines the strongest elements of ‘70’s psych and ‘80s New Wave so you’d better freshen up on those spastic dance moves.

And then there’s the DESCENDENTS. Punkrock legends. But we also had the chance to book ALL. So was it going to be DESCENDENTS? Or ALL? Or DESCENDENTS? Or ALL? There was a lot to be said for DESCENDENTS. Then again, you could say all the same things about ALL. So we said ‘fuck it’ and added both DESCENDENTS and ALL to this year’s line-up.

Don’t forget to vote for the 10 finalists for the Macbeth stage. The names will be announced on February 17 so if you still want to vote, you’d better haul ass over to!
And we still have one more band to announce so keep an eye out for that as well.

Oh, if you haven’t bought your ticket for Groezrock yet, we suggest you do it now instead of waiting too long and having to miss out on all the fun!

Drug Church, Party At Dead Man’s :
INVSN,  Down In The Shadows :
ALL, World’s on Heroin :
Descendents, I’m the One :

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