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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
Swedish metal band Watain have recently completed their ‘Black Metal Warfare II’ tour in the US. The tour was co-headlined with ‘Mayhem' and saw them play nineteen venues across the US throughout November. Watain are famed for their live performances where things get dark and blood gets spilt, usually animals blood onto the audience and this tour was no exception. Bassist Alvaro Lillo uses a Blackstar rig and recently added the LT Dual and LT Metal pedals to his arsenal. For more information and for your chance to catch them live visit http://www.templeofwatain.com
Fields of the Nephilim
Fields Of The Nephilim’s show for the 19th December at The 02 Shepherds Bush Empire has been rescheduled to the 21st December at the O2 Forum Kentish Town. This is due to a venue closure because of structural issues.
Guitarists Gav King and Andy James both rely on the HT Metal 100’s coupled with HT Metal 412’s for their brutal live tone!
Sean Parkin from the Alvarez Kings came to our London office this week to try a range of amps. Hailing from South Yorkshire Alvarez Kings rouse to popularity quickly with the bands single No Resolve being named Single of The Year by BBC Radio. They have also played festival slots at Isle of Wight and O2 Wireless and sold out shows in many of London’s famous venues including KOKO and The 100 Club to name a few. They also played a mammoth 40 date tour in the US on the infamous Vans Warped Tour, garnering them rave nationwide press reviews and a firm, dedicated fanbase. In fact Kevin Lyman - the festival owner - was so impressed with the band he invited them to perform Warped UK at the world famous Alexandra Palace in London and again playing the whole US tour again in 2015. Sean was hugely impressed by the tone and versatility of the Artisan 30 and the new Artist range and will be using them in the studio and for their upcoming tour. For more information on Alvarez Kings visit http://www.alvarezkings.com
Supergrass founding member Danny Goffey brought his solo venture, Vangoffey, to Camden’s Barfly this week in support of their debut album ’Take Your Jacket Off and Get Into It’ which was released earlier in the year to critical acclaim. The band was supported by a full range of Blackstar amps and Danny was using the new Artist 15 combo. Vangoffey will be embarking on a headline UK tour in February and are already working on new material. For more information visit http://www.vangoffey.com
Kodaline - Shepherds Bush Empire
Kodaline are currently in the middle of their UK tour and will be capping off a very successful year by playing four nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire next week. The band released their second album ‘Coming Up For Air’ in February and have been touring the world since. Guitarist Mark Pendergast is a long term Blackstar endorsee and Artisan user, he says, “When it comes to finding an amp that sounds and more importantly feels right, it can be difficult, but Blackstar amps give you exactly what you need. Amazing tone, tons of headroom, and they’re pretty ballsy too". For more information on the band and for your chance to see them on tour visit http://www.kodaline.com/home
Barns Courtney has rocketed to fame with his singles ‘Glitter & Gold’ and ‘Fire’, the latter having been chosen by Bradley Cooper and Harvey Weinstein for the soundtrack of their new movie Burnt. Just over a year ago Barns was sleeping in his girlfriends car and working at PC World. He has since been selected as a BBC Music Introducing act to be played on BBC Radio 1, supported Ed Sheeran in the USA and the Libertines across the UK and more recently Blur in Dubai. Barns came to our London office to try a range of amps and loved the new Artist 15 which he will be using for his upcoming headline UK dates. 2016 promises big things for Barns Courtney and Blackstar.
Steve Cradock - Paul Weller
Paul Weller is bringing a very successful 2015 to a close this week by playing two sold out shows at London’s Eventim Apollo. This year saw the release of album ’Saturns Pattern’ which reached number two in the UK album charts. Paul and his band, which features Steve Cradock on guitar with his Artisan 30 combos, have been on tour throughout the year and played Glastonbury and Hyde Park in support of The Who. Check out the link to see the band perform Saturns Pattern live from rehearsals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02cHPlA2ICA
RnR Studios originally opened in May 2004 as a purpose built music complex. It has recently been taken over by Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and his son Dylan. RnR Studios is built around five acoustically treated studios, each with an individual characteristic and Blackstar is proud to be working in conjunction with Adrain and Dylan to power the studios with a range of Series One and ID:Series amps.
Warren Haynes - European Tour
Grammy Award winning artist Warren Haynes has been recognised as a cornerstone of the American music landscape and revered as one of the finest guitar players in the world. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – his virtuosic artistry has led to thousands of unforgettable performances and millions of album and track sales. He is currently on a European tour promoting his latest solo album ‘Ashes and Dust’ and is using a pair of Blackstar Artist 30 combos.
Ihsahn - The Underworld
Longterm Blackstar endorsee and lord of black metal, Ihsahn, is playing a one off headline show at The Underworld in London this weekend. Ihsahn, who is best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Emperor, will be using a Series One 200 rig. Support will come from Krokodil and Voices. Ihsahn has recently announced that he has finished recording his latest album which will be due for release next year. For more information visit http://www.ihsahn.com