Learn To Play Day
At Blackstar we are passionate about guitar playing and we will always try and encourage people to pick up a guitar for the first time and give it a go!
This is why we are sending some of our staff to various stores across England on March 12th for Learn To Play Day so make sure you pop into one of the below stores and visit one of our team for tricks and tips on playing techniques and how to achieve a great tone!
Drew – PMT Bristol
Sam – PMT Leeds
Steve – Music Room Nottingham
James – PMT Birmingham
Alex – PMT Northampton
The Sherlocks consist of two sets of brothers and originate from Bolton On Dearne. In the short time they have been together the band have already played such festivals as Reading and Leeds and have just supported The Libertines on part of their UK arena tour. The band have just set out on their headline UK tour which sees them play twenty venues throughout February including iconic venues such as London’s Borderline and Glasgow’s King Tuts Wah Wah Hut. Both guitarists Kiaran Crook and Josh Davidson will be using an Artist 15 and HT Club 40 and bassist Andy Davidson will be using an Artisan 100. For more information on the band and their UK tour visit http://thesherlocksmusic.co.uk
Fun Lovin' Criminals
Its twenty years since the Fun Lovin’ Criminals released their debut album ‘Come Find Yourself’ and to celebrate this the band are releasing a 3CD collectors edition of the album, featuring rarities, live recordings and alternate mixies. They’ll also be touring the album across the UK, starting on January 29th at Dublin’s Vicar Street venue and playing thirteen dates in total. Longterm Blackstar endorsee, Huey Morgan, will be using a HT Stage 100 rig. For more information visit http://www.funlovincriminals.co
Richard Shaw - ACM Masterclass
Cradle Of Filth guitarist and Blackstar endorsee, Richard Shaw, held a masterclass at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford last week. It was an extra special class for Richard as he is a former student of the college. Richard played a number of Cradle of Filth songs and talked about his rise in the music industry to a captivated audience consisting of students hoping to one day emulate his success. The class took place in ACM’s new room which is sponsored by both Blackstar Amps and PRS Guitars. Richard has set off with Cradle of Filth this week on their North American tour which sees them play thirty-two dates before they return to the UK to headline HammerFest in March.
Ocean Colour Scene
To mark the 20th anniversary of their legendary Moseley Shoals album, Ocean Colour Scene are going back to the venues where it all began. In their 23-year existence, Ocean Colour Scene have notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – 1996’s Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern – and a run of nine successive Top 20 hit singles commencing with 1996’s The Riverboat Song. They supported Oasis at their massive Knebworth shows that same year, and two years later helmed the biggest arena tour of any UK band to date. This week sees Ocean Colour Scene playing three shows in clubs they played just as Moseley Shoals was originally released, a time when no-one could have guessed at the success that was to follow. They will perform the album from start to finish. Longterm Blackstar endorsee, Steve Cradock, will be using his trusty Artisan 30 rig. For more information visit http://oceancolourscene.com/homepage/
The Corrs - UK Tour
The Corrs are kicking off their UK arena tour this week. After a ten year hiatus the band are back together. Last November they released their latest album ‘White Light’ which was their first since 2005. The Corrs have sold over 40 million albums worldwide making them one of the most successful Irish groups in recent years. Both guitarists Jim Corr and Anto Brennan will be using a pair of Artist 15’s. For more information visit http://www.thecorrswebsite.com
InMe on tour in UK
InMe are currently on tour supporting Alien Ant Farm across the UK throughout January. The tour is in support of last years album Trilogy: Dawn which is the first part of a ‘Trilogy’ concept album. Guitarists Dave McPherson and Gazz Marlow both use ID:100 TVP rigs. Check out this video for Rapture: Land of the Secret Rose, taken from the album and featuring footage from their recent Trilogy: Dawn Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3iPvUjbL0k
Bob Mould UK Tour 2016
Bob Mould will be touring the UK in February in support of his new album ‘Patch The Sky’ due to be released on March 25th. The tour will see him play six venues across the UK before heading back to the US in April to play a further seventeen shows. The new album is his first release since 2014’s ‘Beauty and Ruin’ which garnered some of the strongest attention and positive receptions since his 90’s trio Sugar and ‘Patch The Sky’ promises to continue in that vein. Bob will be using a pair of Artisan 100’s turned up as loud as possible no doubt. For more information visit http://bobmould.com
Ryan Hamilton UK Tour
Following the success of his critically acclaimed debut solo album, Ryan Hamilton returns to the UK for his first full band, headlining solo tour! Whether it’s been touring as one half of the hugely popular People On Vacation (featuring Bowling For Soup front man Jaret Roddick) or doing insanely unorthodox things like playing across UK living rooms during last year’s sold out House Party Tour, Ryan has developed an incredibly loyal following across the UK. Ryan uses a Fly 3 to play live and had this to say about the amp after his last UK tour. ‘I bought the Blackstar Fly3 to practice at home. I loved it so much, I just did a full UK tour with it! You should have seen the sound guys when I showed up with that tiny amp. It was a blast, and the Fly 3 did an amazing job’. For more information visit http://ryanhamiltonmusic.com
Delta Deep have just kicked off their ’Sugar Shack’ tour this week and will be playing five shows across California in the coming week. The tour is in support of their self-titled debut album which was released last year to critical acclaim. The band consists of Def Leppard Guitarist Phil Collen, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, Vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook and drummer Forest Robinson. Phil Collen is using a Blackstar ID:60 TVP. For more information on Delta Deep visit http://www.deltadeep.net
Floodfest - Live in Austin, TX
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Namm 2016 Webcast
What’s new from Blackstar at the NAMM show 2016? Our new products will amaze you! Tune into this webcast to find out more at 7.30pm GMT on Thursday 21st January. Live right on the Blackstar website homepage.
Chris Kettley - Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding performed on Top of the Pops on Christmas day! Can anyone spot the Blackstar that guitarist Chris Kettley was using? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG3kFiWpDH0
Steve Craddock - The Paul Weller Band
The Paul Weller band performed with Jools Holland and Tom Jones from Jools’ annual hootenanny. Paul’s guitarist Steve Craddock had his trusty pair of Artisan 30’s up on stage with him! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDuV95doffc
Phil Collen - Delta Deep
Legendary Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen brought his side project Delta Deep to London this week to play two shows at the 229 Club and The Sebright Arms. Phil started Delta Deep as an extreme blues project back in 2012 and the band has been likened to “Aretha Franklin & Chaka Khan performing with Led Zeppelin”. Phil has been using Blackstar’s ID Series with Delta Deep and came to our HQ in Northampton whilst over in the UK to try a range of equipment and meet the team. We look forward to working with Phil in the future. For more information on Delta Deep visit http://www.deltadeep.net