MIA Awards 2016
We are proud to announce that both the ID Core 150 and the Fly 3 Bass have won MIA Awards. The ID Core 150 won in the Guitar - Amplifier & Accessories category and the judges said that the amp is “one of those products that makes you want to step in a time machine and take you back to your 15 year old self. An unbeatable combination of price and performance”. The Fly 3 Bass won best Bass Product with the judges adding that it’s “not only one of the greatest bass amps in the market for some time, but a well thought-out product that will bring new players to playing bass”. Both these amps are available worldwide now so make sure you go to your local Blackstar dealer to check them out for yourself!
The Professionals - Dingwalls London
The Professionals reformed last year and following their enthusiastically received live shows the band are in the process of recording an exciting new album. The Professionals were formed back in 1979 by Steve Jones and Paul Cook, both formerly of the Sex Pistols. They released four UK singles and the album ‘I Didn’t See It Coming’ before splitting in 1982. Original members Paul Cook and Paul Myers have teamed up with Tom Spencer to write and record the new album. Tom uses a Series One 104EL34 rig. We caught up with the band at Dingwalls in London where they were recording a live performance for Vintage TV which will be available to view soon. For more information on the band visit http://www.cookandjones.co.uk
Emerson Swinford - Rod Stewart
Emerson Swinford is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, composer/songwriter and producer. He is currently a touring and studio guitarist for Rod Stewart. His guitar work can be heard on much of the 2015 album release by Stewart, called Another Country and he also played guitar and co-wrote on the 2013 albumTime, both number one albums for Rod Stewart. As a session guitarist, Emerson has recorded with a diverse roster of artists such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Oakenfold, Kenny G, Dianne Warren and many others. Emerson was also the musical director and touring guitarist for Tony award-winning actress and singer Indina Menzel, famous for her roles in Disney’s Frozen TV show Glee. Emerson came to our London office this week to check out the Artisan 30 head which he was most impressed with and will now be using on tour. Emerson also took with him a HT-1R and Fly3 amp. For more information of Emerson visit http://www.emersonswinford.com
The Specials - Steve Cradock
The Specials are bringing their current tour to an end this week with two sold out shows at the Troxy in east London. The iconic 2 Tone ska band formed back in 1977 and are still going strong. The band is now joined by longterm Blackstar endorsee Steve Cradock on guitar, in-between playing for Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller and his solo career. Steve uses his specially made white Artisan 30 amps whilst performing with The Specials. Though these are the last shows of the year for the band they will return with an Australian tour in March before returning to the UK for a number of shows in May with more to be added. For more information visit http://www.thespecials.com
ID:Core 150 is a Gear Of The Year Winner
We are proud to announce that our ID:Core 150 has won Guitarist Magazine's prestigious ‘Gear Of The Year Winner’ award. The ID:Core 150 won ‘Best Combo’ due to it’s excellence in audio quality, tone shaping, innovation to the field and it’s fantastic price point. These combos are available worldwide now so make sure you get down to your local Blackstar dealer and find out what all the fuss is about!
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band are in the middle of their UK and Scandinavian tour which sees them play thirteen shows across the UK, Sweden and Norway through out November. Ian is best known as the lead singer of Mott The Hoople though he was already a veteran of the London music scene by the time he joined the band in 1969 and has achieved huge success as a solo artist since the they disbanded in 1974. The current tour is in support of Ian’s latest album ‘Fingers Crossed’ released in September. This week Ian and the Rant Band will be playing Shepherds Bush Empire and as always they will be using their Blackstar amps. Ian uses an Artisan 30. For more information on the tour and the latest album visit http://ianhunter.com/main
ACM London - Richard Shaw Masterclass
Cradle of Filth guitarist and Blackstar endorsee, Richard Shaw, was at the new ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) campus in London to perform a masterclass. The new ACM campus is based in Clapham and it’s a microcosm of the music industry, with performers, producers, songwriters, artists and business entrepreneurs all under one roof and Blackstar are proud to supply equipment for both the new campus in London and for the Blackstar/PRS room in ACM’s Guildford campus. Richard Shaw used to be a student at ACM and is now the guitarist for Cradle of Filth. Richard uses a Blackstar HT Metal 100 rig.
Jared James Nichols UK Tour
Jared James Nichols is currently in the middle of a UK tour which sees him play sixteen venues across the UK. The first half of the tour was in support of Walter Trout and Jared and his band have just kicked off the next stage supporting Scorpion Child. The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist released his first LP last year, ‘Old Glory and the Wild Revival’ to critical acclaim and is wowing audiences with his electric live shows in which he uses a Blackstar Artist 30 amp. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Jaredjamesnichols
Bones are currently on tour supporting Band of Skulls and will be playing the Roundhouse in London this week. The band has just returned from Tokyo where they played the Red Bull Live On The Road event and they will be back out with Jeff Beck on the Loud Hailer tour at the end of this week with a show at the O2 Arena on Sunday. Guitarist Carmen Vandenberg is using a HT Club 50 rig which can be seen in this video from their recent headline show at the Water Rats in London https://vimeo.com/184125900
Wednesday 13 + Evil Scarecrow
This weekend the Halloween Weekend of Horrors returns to The Garage in London where Blackstar endorsees Wednesday 13 will be playing two nights supported by Evil Scarecrow on the Friday. These shows are back by popular demand after last years Halloween weekend in which Wednesday 13 took The Garage by storm! The Saturday night has already sold out but for your chance to get your spook on and see some awesome bands visit https://officialwednesday13.com
The legendary french guitarist, Patrick Rondat, paid a visit to our London office this week to try out a range of amps and pedals. Patrick first became known in the instrumental metal genre. He participated in the "Hard Rock Rendez-Vous" (1989) compilation which exposed him to a wider audience. First there was a French tour with Blue Oyster Cult, then the release of his debut solo album "Just For Fun" which consolidated his position as leader in the instrumental metal genre. He changed direction with "Rape of the Earth" (1991). His first two albums were distributed internationally and he participated in the famous live show on BBC Radio 1 London. Patrick has released six studio albums and one live album during his extensive solo career and he has worked with such greats as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Jean Michel Jarre. Patrick will now be using a Series One 50 rig with an LT Dist and LT Drive pedal.
Soilwork - Fury Tour
Swedish metal eminence Soilwork was spawned in Helsingborg in 1995 by guitarist Peter Wichers and vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid. Following two highly acclaimed albums, Soilwork joined the Nuclear Blast roster, releasing a new bombshell year after year and touring aggressively across the globe. The band have just kicked off their 2016 Fury tour and will play twenty-seven dates across North America into mid November. Both guitarists Sylvain Coudret and David Andersson are longterm Blackstar endorsees and will be using Series One rigs on this tour. For more information on the band and the tour visit http://www.soilwork.org
Richard Hawley - 3 Ring Circus
Richard Hawley has just taken part in the 3 Ring Circus along with John Grant and Bill Ryder-Jones. Over one night three amazing artists played at three intimate venues. Each artist acted as the opening act in a venue, played a forty minute striped down/acoustic set then jumped to the next venue, played again and then off to the final venue. So each artist became the opener, middle act and headline. The venues, spread across Sheffield, included the Trafalgar Warehouse, Upper Chapel and The Drama Studio. Richard Hawley and his accompanying guitarist used their Blackstar Fly 3 amps through out the night. Richard will be playing a couple of shows later in the year with his full band behind him and his Artisan 30 combo. For more information visit http://www.richardhawley.co.uk/home
Samm Henshaw - Village Underground
The multi-talented Samm Henshaw is a British singer, songwriter and record producer from London who broke onto the scene last year with the release of his EP “The Sound Experiment”. Next week Samm will be playing a headline show at Village Underground in London followed by performing on the Jools Holland show. In November Samm will be touring across Europe with five headline shows before supporting Chance The Rapper for ten dates including two nights at Brixton Academy. Samm uses an Artist 15 and both of his guitarists Gaetan Judd and Jon Hockings use Artist 30’s. For more information on Samm and his band visit http://www.sammhenshaw.com
InMe 20th Anniversary Tour
Essex rock quartet InMe celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the very special occasion the band will be heading out on a special headline tour in October joined by their friends, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics and Empire. Both guitarists Dave McPherson and Gazz Marlow use ID:100 TVP rigs. For more information on the tour visit http://inmeofficial.co.uk