Up-and-coming blues-folk artist Tarq Bowen has recorded a track ‘Cold Town Bound' with the legendary Pink Floyd drummer and songwriter, Nick Mason. Tarq who uses a resonator guitar through an Artisan 15 head and matching 2x12 cab recorded with Nick Mason at the EMI Studio situated in Camden’s Roundhouse last week. You can check out some of Tarq Bowen’s work on soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/tarqbowen
Bootsy Collins celebrated his 62nd Birthday recently with a show at House of Blues New Orleans, a Decatur Street venue located right in the heart of the French Quarter. Renowned for his time playing bass with James Brown and later Parliament-Funkadelic, Boosty, who is also a 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ inductee can be seen using one of our valve driven HT-METAL pedals. Bootsy said this about the HT-METAL, "I thought people had forgotten how to make great sounding pedals. I had not heard any new ones in quite a while, this is very refreshing.”
Irish indie-folk band Kodaline appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno earlier this week marking their first appearance on US television. Guitarist, Mark Prendergast, could be seen using a beautiful Artisan 30 head and 2x12 cab on the show. Click here to see the band performing 'All I Want' live in front of millions of viewers:- Kodaline Lads on Jay Leno Tonight Show NBC 29th Oct 2013
Charlie Simpson (Fightstar) is currently on tour with British alternative band, Deaf Havana. Charlie, who launched his solo career in 2010 with his first solo album 'Young Pilgrim" dropping in 2011, has been using the HT Stage 60 for his last few live dates. In November 2012, Charlie broke a world record for the world's coldest gig by performing in temperatures of –30'c in a town in North Siberia. Charlie says "The Blackstar Stage 60 is such a versatile amplifier... It responds beautifully to any sound I require it to make. On top of that it also has a built in reverb setting that you can access via the footswitch which is amazing!"
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Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, hardcore punk/rap metal band Biohazard have started using Series One heads. Guitarists Billy Graziadei and Bobby Hambel swung by the new Blackstar London office while on tour this week and were so blown away with the Series One 104EL34 and 1046L6 that they used them that night at their show at The Camden, Underworld. Billy said "the amps rocked! We were so blown away by the Blackstar Series One 104EL34!". While Billy and Bobby were visiting the office they each made a patch for the ID:Series amplifiers that you can now download through the INSIDER software.
Rapidly growing UK up-and-comers, Don Broco, have smashed the UK Top 40 with their new track 'You Wanna Know' taken from their new EP of the same title. Don Broco embark on their UK headline tour ending with a huge show at London's Camden Roundhouse. Guitarist Simon Delaney uses and Artisan 30 combo.
Symphonic Black Metal artist Ihsahn toured Japan with his Series One 200 rig last week. Kanda Shokai, our Japanese Blackstar distributor provided him with the killer rig for his show. Ihsahn, best known for his band Emperor will be headlining premier UK metal festival, Bloodstock in 2014.
Nicke Borg from Swedish rock band, Backyard Babies, has just sent us photos of his brand new Artisan 30 rig! Backyard Babies who have release 6 studio albums and received a Swedish Grammy will be appearing on Swedish TV on the 12th October, Nicke will be using this huge Artisan 30 rig.
You can visit Backyard Babies' Facebook page here
Blackstar are pleased to announce that Matthew Healy of British synth-pop band The 1975 has started using a Blackstar Artisan 30 combo. The 1975’s debut album went straight in at no. 1 in the UK album charts and they have a string of sold out shows continuing way into 2014, including two nights at Brixton Academy, London. We caught up with their crew at the Oxford O2 Academy last week and caught the band in action; the Artisan 30’s clean tone suited the band perfectly.
Expect big things from these guys.