Gareth Johnson of Stand Alone Productions has worked with such artists as The Who, Noel Gallagher, Them Crooked Vultures, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and The Specials to name but a few. He has also worked on an impressively wide range of film and television work. He has a large array of equipment in his studio including a Blackstar HT-Dual, HT-Metal and his newly acquired Artisan 100 head. We took the head to his studio this week and he literally couldnt stop recording with it from the minute it was plugged in. I look forward to hearing more work from him and the many talents thats he works with.
John Henrys has been the beating heart of the music industry for over thirty years and it is a pleasure for Blackstar to have our office in there as our London base. With six first class studios and an extensive range of backline and audio to hire everyone has been through these doors from Abba to Zappa… except Abba… and Frank Zappa but pretty much everyone in-between. There is everything here a musician should ever need whether its tour supplies from the Pro Shop, coffee from the cafe or a game of pool in the green room. Of course there is also our Blackstar office. Our London base was opened last year to help service our artists and to help even more musicians achieve the sound in their head. That is where you will find me surrounded by our amps and pedals… if I am not loosing a game of pool in the green room.
The sun keeps shining in the UK (mostly…) and the this weekend sees the mighty Defiled, Sisters of Mercy, Gallows and New Model Army representing Blackstar at Sonisphere while James Hetfield of Metallica will be warming up with his Series One 200 before bringing the festival to a close.
The following week sees a trip up to bonny Scotland for T in the Park where Blackstar bands, Ellie Goulding, Paul Weller, Kodaline, The Stranglers, The Rifles, John Newman and Sam Smith will all power their sets with the Series One and Artisan ranges. Take your brolly just in case!
If you are heading to the Glastonbury festival this weekend look out for our Blackstar bands. If you see a Blackstar on stage tweet or Instagram tagging in @blackstaramps and you could win a Blackstar goodie bag! As a help here are some bands using Blackstar at Glasto: Kodaline, John Newman, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, The Horrors, The Subways and many more….
Blackstar are pleased to sponsor the first Alt Press Music Awards held in Cleveland, Ohio on the 21st July. Mark Hoppus will be hosting proceedings with live acts such as Misfits, Joan Jett and Asking Alexandra performing.
Blackstar have a busy weekend with the UK festival season now in full flow! Blackstar will be represented at Download by Tesla, Bury Tomorrow, Behemoth, The Howling, Richie Sambora and Zebrahead while John Newman, The Horrors and the 1975 will be performing with the Artisan series at the Isle of Wight.
Guitar Tornado was held in Shinsaibashi, Osaka on May 24 & 25. It is a guitar festival where many talented and professional players perform
One of our Series One 100 half stacks graced the main stage and there was a HT Studio 20 and a HT METAL 5 head with matching 408 cab set up in the showroom with an LT Pedal board. Not only could the performing guitarists use this gear but also the public were let loose on it all to great reactions.
Check out more info on the event here: http://guitartornado.jimdo.com/
Slam Dunk 2014 concluded its three day madness with a monumental finish last night in Wolverhampton. Less Than Jake, Zebrahead, Kids in Glass Houses, Bury Tomorrow, The Ataris, Mallory Knox and Blitz Kids all smashing it across 6 stages to thousands of fans.. and all rocking Blackstar!
This Monday 26th May Blackstar will be hosting a pool party at the Punk Rock Bowling event in Las Vegas.
Performances by The Pool Boys including: Stephen Egerton (Descendents), Pete Dee (The Adicts), Monkey (The Adicts), Blag Dahlia (The Dwarves), Mike Wiebe (Riverboat Gamblers), Randy Rampage (DOA), Anthony Tiny Biuso (TSOL), Charlie Paulson (Goldfinger), Joey Garibaldi (Old Man Markley), Carah Faye (Shiny Toy Guns), Felony Melony (The Objex), Charlie Overbey & 1970s Detroit punkers, THE DOGS, opening the event!
Here is a Throwback to last years Pool Boys performing "I Wanna Be Your Dog" featuring James Williamson of The Stooges! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJU6dpWiFro
Blackstar will be hosting a pool party at the Punk Rock Bowling event in Las Vegas next weekend. An allstar punk rock band including Stephen Egerton of the Descendents, Pete Dee and Monkey from the Addicts, Charlie Paulson from Goldfinger and many more will be performing for the punk masses. Add to that a set from Detroit rockers The DoGs and loads of Blackstar giveaways and you have an event you will not want to miss!
Groezrock 2014 saw the Macbeth/Blackstar stage hold host to 20 bands over the course of the 2 day festival! This year was bigger and meaner than ever before with the biggest stage we’ve had in the history of the festival. Check out the highlights from our stage here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZLUSZMssA4&feature=youtu.be
The Rock Guitar Academy in Milan, Italy teaches how to become a true Rock guitarists. The Academy specialises in seminars and courses to take you from the classroom to the stage. What amps do they use to assist fellow guitarists in their dream pursuit? Blackstar of course!
Blackstar artist Marshall Gill from New Model Army did a backline master class at Oldham college in February. The course took the music students through the pro Artisan and Series One lines through to the a HT5. Much fun was had during the day and much knowledge passed on.
This years Musikmesse is in full effect over in Frankfurt! If you are at the event then make sure you visit booth C40, Halle 4.0.
Check out the award winning lineup of Blackstar products, chat with the Blackstar team, see live product demos from Steve Marks, pick up some awesome Blackstar Merch and if you are lucky enough, catch a sneak peek of whats to come.