April Webcast - Musikmesse Special
If you arent going to the Musikmesse in Frankfurt then dont worry, Blackstar are bringing the show to you. Tune into this webcast to see whats new from Blackstar with the official launches of the ID:Core 100 and 150 and the Fly 3 Bass. Dont miss it!
Watch it on the Blackstar website - 7th April 2016 at 7.30pm BST
Bob Mould - Patch The Sky
Former Husker Du and Sugar linchpin, Bob Mould has just released his latest album ‘Patch The Sky’. Its his 12th solo album and the follow up to 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Beauty and Ruin’. It has already been named both 6 Music and Mojo magazine’s album of the week and has received unanimous rave reviews. Bob will be marking the release of this album with a month long tour across north America kicking off in Seattle on the 16th and as always he will be using an Artisan 100 rig. For more information visit http://bobmould.com/
Counterfeit European Tour
Counterfeit are kicking off their European tour this month and will be playing five shows in the UK before heading further afield. To celebrate this the band is releasing new single ‘Enough’ on April 1st. All three guitarists in the band use Blackstar amps and lead singer/guitarist Jamie Bower had this to say about his Series One 1046L6 head, “I was using other amps but it wasn’t until I tried the Series One that I, and I know its the tagline, really found the sound in my head that I was looking for”. For more information on Counterfeit visit http://www.therealcounterfeit.com
Join us for our monthly webcast right on the Blackstar website homepage. This month we chat to Ian Robinson (Managing Director) about the Artist Series and the idea behind the range and also touch on the ID:Core BEAM. Tune in on our homepage at 7.30 BST 31st March 2016. See you there!
Uli Jon Roth - The Ultimate Guitar Experience
Guitar legend Uli Jon Roth has joined forces with Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck) and Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, Simon Philips) for “The Ultimate Guitar Experience” North America tour which takes place this spring. The tour, which kicked off in late February and sees them play 37 shows across North America, will celebrate the art of guitar playing at the highest level. Uli uses a pair of Artisan 100 stacks and will be playing songs drawn from his entire career, including the best of Scorpions Revisited, Electric Sun, Transcendental Sky Guitar and Sky of Avalon. For more information visit http://sky2015.uliroth.com/
Hugo White - The Maccabees
The Maccabees released their first album ‘Colour it In’ back in 2007 and have since grown into one of the UK’s most revered guitar bands. Last years release ‘Marks To Prove It’ garnered rave reviews and reached number one in the UK album chart. The albums predecessor ‘Given to the Wild’ received a Mercury nomination and the single ‘Pelican’ received an Ivor Novello award for Best Contemporary Song. This year sees the band headline their first major festival when they take to the stage at Latitude. Hugo White, guitarist and producer, has recently joined the Blackstar family and had this to say about the Artist 30 “the Artist Series combo has been a great addition to the studio, very pure sounding amp that is versatile enough to make it a go to choice”. We are extremely excited and proud to welcome Hugo on board.
Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden
Back in 2008 when Blackstar was still in its infancy Blackstar sent Adrian Smith a HT-5 mini stack. Adrian then went on to use this and a Series One 100 head to record some of the guitars tracks on the album The Final Frontier. When it came to recording Iron Maiden follow up album The Book of Souls in 2014, upon request, Blackstar sent Adrian a Series One 1046L6 and a 104EL34 to the Guillaume Tell Studio in Paris, France. As well as using both of these amps to record some of the guitar tracks on the new album, Adrian wanted to get the sound he got in his home studios. When asked by Kevin Shirley the producer what he used Adrian replied, ‘The Blackstar HT-5’. So on a weekend trip home to UK Adrian brought back his trusty HT-5.
Adrian used the powerfully fitting tone of the HT-5 to help record the rest of the album.
Alvarez Kings - Instagram Takeover
The Alvarez Kings are currently on a US tour supporting Melanie Martinez. On March 9th they will be playing the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville and for 24 hours they will be taking over Blackstar’s Instagram account. Keep an eye on our account from the morning of the 9th for an intriguing look into life on the road with the Alvarez Kings.
The Guitar Show update
We went to The Guitar Show in Birmingham last weekend and our Blackstar stand was extremely busy all weekend! We had endorsees Ron Sayer and Joanovarc visit the booth and it was great to meet so many customers that really love our products.
If you missed out this year but want to get involved in the action next year, you can find out more details on the event here - http://www.theguitarshow.co.uk/
Hertfordshire bred rockers, Fort Hope have announced a massive UK headline tour, as well as a high profile support slot with Saosin at London’s O2 Academy Islington. 2016 already looks bright for Fort Hope, who were included in Kerrang!’s ‘Class of 2016’ in January. Live they already have a fearsome reputation, having supported Frank Iero, Mallory Knox, Jimmy Eat World and Moose Blood. With their growing following, their dynamic stage presence and sing-along ready rock anthems, they have earned themselves a spot on this year’s Download festival. Guitarist Jon Gaskin uses a Series One 100 rig. For more information on the tour http://forthope.seetickets.com/tour/fort-hope
Ellie Goulding is about to embark on a UK arena tour with support from John Newman. Chris Kettley, Ellie’s guitarist uses Artisan 30 combos and John Newman’s guitarist Carlos Garcia uses an Artisan 30 alongside an Artist 15.
Tour dates can be found here - http://www.elliegoulding.com/live/
This Is The Kit
This Is The Kit is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables. Kate sings, plays guitar, banjo, trumpet and percussion, while a cast of carefully hand-plucked friends deliver guitar strums, banjo plucks, hushed horns and electronic textures that sit beneath. They released their third album ‘Bashed Out’ last year to critical acclaim and will be touring throughout the year playing some of the biggest UK festivals including Festival No. 6 and Kate will be using her newly acquired Artist 15. For more information on This Is The Kit visit http://thisisthekit.co.uk
Great British Guitar Show
Come and see us at stand E10 at the Great British Guitar Show this weekend!
More info here: http://www.theguitarshow.co.uk/
C Duncan came to our London base to try out a range of amps before his sold out show at The Union Chappell. C Duncan is a Glaswegian composer and multi-instrumentalist who’s debut album ‘Architect’ was nominated for a Mercury Prize Award last year and has catapulted him to success. The album was self-recorded at his home studio in Glasgow and has received rave reviews. He will be touring across Europe in the coming months and will now be using an Artist 15. For more information on C Duncan visit http://c-duncan.co.uk/
Our deepest condolences go to the families of Viola Beach and their manager Craig Tarry. We had the brief pleasure of working with them and could only predict huge things for the band. The tragic event that occurred last weekend is beyond sad. Such promise, such talent, all lost whilst doing what they loved. Our thoughts are with them and their families.
The bands ultimate ambition was hit the number one spot. Please download the awesome ‘Swings and Waterslides’ to help this happen.