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GUS G. Releases ‘I AM THE FIRE’ Album Cover And Track Listing

January 25th, 2014

Debut Solo Album Set For March 18 Release; NAMM Signings And Performance Announced

Lead Single “I Am The Fire (featuring DEVOUR THE DAY)” To Be Released Digitally February 25

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Guitar virtuoso GUS G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has unveiled the album cover and track listing for ‘I AM THE FIRE’, his debut solo album to be released March 18, 2014 in North America. The album will be released internationally on Century Media Records, and will come out March 17 in Europe.

‘I AM THE FIRE’ TRACK LISTING:

  1. My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)
  2. Blame It On Me (featuring Mats Levén)
  3. I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day)
  4. Vengeance (featuring David Ellefson)
  5. Long Way Down (featuring Alexia Rodriguez)
  6. Just Can’t Let Go (featuring Jacob Bunton)
  7. Terrified (featuring Billy Sheehan)
  8. Eyes Wide Open (featuring Mats Levén)
  9. Redemption (featuring Michael Starr)
  10. Summer Days (featuring Jeff Scott Soto)
  11. Dreamkeeper (featuring Tom S. Englund)
  12. End Of The Line (featuring Mats Levén) Read the rest of this entry »
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GUS G. Signs Worldwide Deal With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS; Debut Solo Album ‘I AM THE FIRE’ Set For Spring 2014 Release

November 27th, 2013

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Guitar virtuoso GUS G. has signed a worldwide solo deal with Century Media Records. Well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, GUS G. will make his solo debut with the release of ‘I AM THE FIRE’ in spring 2014.

Says GUS G. of the signing: “Loyalty is a very important thing in the music business, and for me it just felt natural to trust my first solo effort to the hands of the record company that has been loyal, supportive, and has helped build my career for more than 11 years now – a label that I truly feel as a family. Thank you Robert Kampf, Leif Jensen, Antje Lange, Don Robertson, Steve Joh, Jens Prueter, Nasrin Vahdani, Paul Gargano and the rest of the Century family! I truly feel blessed to be a part of CM history and look forward to exploring new territories with this new album!”

Century Media founder and owner Robert Kampf adds: “‘I AM THE FIRE’ is going to be another display of the amazing talent GUS G. possesses. We at Century Media are proud to work with a player and songwriter of his class and status, as well as the fantastic new album that Gus has crafted. Horns up!”

‘I AM THE FIRE’ was mixed by Jay Ruston [ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER] and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus’ home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album’s tracks include “Eyes Wide Open,” “Redemption,” “End Of The Line” and “Blame It On Me.” The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to GUS G.’s soulful playing. Guest musicians and vocalists will be revealed in the coming weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gus G. – Firewind and the Ozzy Osbourne band

June 24th, 2013
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INTERVIEW WITH GUS G.

 BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

Gus G. has become a highly respected guitarist during the past ten years. Gus first gained his name in the Swedish band Dream Evil and has been navigating a band of his own, Firewind, for years before jumping to fill up the shoes of Zakk Wylde in the Ozzy Osbourne band. Metal-Rules.com sat down with Gus G. to talk about the future of Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne, his solo career, and of course his several guest appearances including Finnish “children metal band” Hevisaurus.


 

THE STATE OF CAREER AND UPCOMING SOLO ALBUM

Following your career during these past 10 years has been pleasant since seeing you for the first time in Dream Evil and then step by step by becoming what are you now – It has been really exciting 10 years for you.

Yeah, it has been. A lot of stuff happens, crazy changes in my life. It’s been a hell of a ride, I’ve really enjoyed it. I worked hard for what I do and stuff and I’ve dedicated myself completely to all these. So, I’m really enjoying it.

What is the state of career at the moment?

I’m obviously playing with Firewind. I’m taking a break from Ozzy’s band, he’s doing Black Sabbath right now. I’m also working on my first solo album. So, I’m keeping busy.

Tell us about more about that upcoming solo album?

It’s supposed to be recorded now, sometime in July and later. At the end of the summer we are going do recording. I haven’t signed it with a label yet, I’m still finishing up the writing. I’m going to have some guests on it. It’s going to have some instrumental songs, vocal songs. And I’m planning to release it next year some time. I don’t know when. It’s very different, the music is different from what Firewind is doing.

I can guess that the album is going to be something like more traditional metal?

It’s going to be more like classic rock or maybe a bit modern rock. So, it’s not going to be so heavy metal. I have two songs that are very heavy and very instrumental, more thrashing and stuff. There is stuff that is bluesy in there and there are some that are more of, kind of like Zeppelin vibe. It’s a different thing. A bit more groovy, kind of like mid temple and stuff. A lot of love songs.

Love songs!?

Songs for the heartbroken from my life experience. “Laughs”

Are you going to sing by yourself?

No. I wish I could. I have a choice to work with many great singers, why should I bother singing. If I can get great singers to sing on my album – Why try to pretend I am singer? I’m a good guitar player, so I should be working with good singers.

Would you say any names, who will be in the album?

I can’t say right now, sorry.

But they, the lead singers, have already recorded their parts?

IMG_5012I still have not got all the guests in there, I’m still missing a couple I think. But I have three or four people in there already, there is going to be one main guy who is going to be doing a few songs. Then a few others do one song each. Some are known, some are not known. So, it doesn’t matter.

How about the rest of the guys, who else is playing on the album?

I’m going to be playing everything. Everything but drums of course.

Who is going to be the drummer then?

I don’t know yet. So, I’m working all that stuff right now.

Do you have plans to tour after the album is out?

I’d like to, if it’s received well I would love to have a full scale tour.

And the label will be?

I haven’t signed yet. I’m going to negotiate it with people. I have my own label as well in America, so if I don’t agree with somebody I will put it out of my own label.

What usually happens when you don’t have a label, one year later you are on Frontiers?

Frontiers? No, no. I don’t think I’m going to be signing with them. If I’m going to sign with a label it’s probably going to be Century Media, because I’ve worked with them for so long and they really understand what I do. So, it will be nice to kind of like keep it in a family or something. Otherwise, I have my own label. If we don’t come to terms, I will release it on my own.

How do you handle the business thing with your label, I mean,  do you take care of everything or do you have people who do care of business, promotion etc?

I have a team of people, it’s me and my manager and I have a partner in America. I have a distribution deal with a big distributor. The same with what people do, PR and Section, Radio, Business people. I have marketing team and everything. So, it’s a lot more work. But it’s a lot more rewarding at the same time. We did it for FEW AGAINST MANY in America now, for the last Firewind album and it worked out fine.

I have learned on the news that Firewind’s future is some sort of question mark after this summer?

We just talked about trying to do some more gigs this fall, maybe go to Russia or Australia. That we were supposed to play there in April but we canceled it. So, hopefully we are going to put those tours back on. I would like to do some more tours with Firewind before the year ends, and then probably next year we are going to take a break. Because I’m going to go and do my solo thing. But it’s all up in the air, maybe my solo thing, there is no interest in that. So, if there is no interest, I’m not going to play. And then I’m probably going to work on another Firewind album or maybe, you never know what happens with Ozzy. So, I always keep my options open because you never know when the phone call is going to come in.

In the beginning, Firewind sounded more like traditional power metal stuff but album by album you have progressed more into the heavy metal, classical rock stuff.

Yeah, more classical rock stuff. Yeah. I think our style is a blend of things, like there are some hard metal moments. There is some traditional heavy metal you hear, like the Priest, Maiden influence. And then there is songs that are like influenced from bands like Thin Lizzy or rock bands, 70′s rock bands. So, it’s an interesting blend. It’s not just one thing. There is many colors, many sides to Firewind I think.

But when you were younger, I guess you were more obsessed by the power metal stuff than nowadays?

I was listening to a lot of Yngwie Malmsteen, when growing up,  and I still do.  The first album – I want to save a lot of guitar in there and a little shredding stuff and the fast double bass stuff. Yeah, later on I started to slow down a little bit to my songwriting, trying to write different kinds of songs. So, there is no point for me to make the same album two times. So, look at the first album, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL and look at ALLEGIANCE, its two different bands, two different things. But it’s still the same, somehow it still remains the same. Somehow we can pull it off. But I like that, I like to change it up. I don’t want to do copies of the old songs, do a bad copy of that. I want to go to the next song. It’s the same with the FEW AGAINST MANY record, it doesn’t sound like the stuff we did before.

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MEMBERS COMING AND GOING

Speaking of the members of Firewind, sometimes I’m not sure who is in the band or who is out ?

Me too, I don’t know. Sometimes, I got to show up for a tour, I don’t know who’s going to sing.

I was about to ask about Apollo. When he left the band, did this come out as a surprise to you?

No, not at all. He quit before as well. Back in 2007 he quit during the world tour of ALLEGIANCE.’ So, we hired Henning Basse from Metallion. And then two years ago, he also skipped the European tour for DAYS OF DEFIANCE, so we hired Mats Levén. So, it was no news to me at all. Apollo always did this as music was his hobby, he was never a 150% in this, like us.

Do you think he is now completely dedicated to spirits of Spiritual Beggars, because I saw him with spiritual in Holland a few months ago?

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I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to him in months. I don’t know what he’s doing.

You also got a new drummer when Mark Cross left the band after three years…

We got this guy Johan Nunez from Nightrage. He was suggested by Marios my friend. Marios plays in Nightrage and I needed a drummer for the upcoming tour, and Johan here is s session guy. But we really, he liked us and we liked him. But he brought the new energy to the band, he’s a younger guy. So, we asked him to stay and he’s been in the band since 2011.

When members come and leave, do you ever wonder that, “Why I’m doing this?”

Many times. There is always times I’m like, “Fuck this.” But then, you know what I think after awhile I’m like, “Fuck this, if some guys doesn’t see the interest in this. Fuck him.” There is people out there that love this band. And what’s going to be more sad, a member leaving or the band quitting? The band quitting – And I’m not a quitter. So, I always come back. I hit stronger. When somebody fucking leaves, I come back stronger. That’s always my motto, that’s always how I think. I know there are people that are really dedicated to the band, and I don’t want to let them down. We’ve been doing this for 10 years. And we make a living from this, and these people, we know we owe them our career. I’m not going to quit because somebody, maybe he didn’t make a million dollars like he expected, “Come on, fucking wake up.” If you want to be a millionaire go fucking be a banker, don’t be a rocker. Do this because you love music, if you make money cool or whatever reason.

As you mentioned Yngwie Malsteen, but he had the same problem that you have – The guys keep on coming and going all the time?

Yeah, yeah. I think he had more members than I had in my band.

But he is a little bit older so you have still plenty of time to beat him on that! “Laughs”

Yeah, exactly. Yeah. That thing is also with Yngwie. A lot of people had joined his band. They join for the wrong reasons.People join the band called Yngwie Malmsteen, he sells the tickets, people go to see him. You should know your place. And musicians, it’s weird that we are weird people. Because the egos get involved. I know my place, I know what I have to do in the band. It’s the same with Ozzy, I’m hired to play the guitar. I don’t go and tell him what to do, he’s the boss. I’m there to play the  guitar, I play the best I can. My own band is a different story.

When you got job with Ozzy – Do you think that Firewind has got more people, more audience to gigs or is it a normal stable thing for all?

I didn’t know what was going to happen, all I know is that I wanted to continue with the band. I knew there was going to be a break for at least a year because with Ozzy. And I said, will see what happens. And when we went back and did some gigs, we have no new album out. We booked a tour in America and a tour in Europe, just to see what happens after all these. We had no marketing, our contract with Century media had expired, so we were on our own, “Okay, let’s book a tour, let’s see what happens.” We went out and toured out there. It was very successful. There  were still a lot of interest in the band, a lot of fans came out. And I saw a lot more Ozzy T-Shirts in the audience, it was a good thing. I was happy, because obviously some people kind of like, “Who is the new kid?” And they check and they go, “I didn’t know your band is great.” I think it’s catching up, it’s growing, it’s something that’s on a long run. And I think is going to bring in a lot more people in hopefully.

Gus G. on stage with Ozzy 2011

Gus G. on stage with Ozzy 2011

GUESTING ALBUMS AND HEVISAURUS

As you have played with several musicians and bands, you are always asked to play some solos and riffs on their albums – How do you pick up bands and where you are going with it ?

A lot of that stuff happened when I lived in Sweden and I was working with Fredrik Nordstrom in his studio and a lot of bands were recording there. Usually somebody would say, “Do you have a guitar player who can do a solo here.” And then Fred would say, “Yeah, my new guitar player. He’s from Greece, he’s great.” So, I ended up doing a little session like that because of Fredrik in the studio connection. And then after that, I don’t know for some reason a lot of people were contacting me. They were like, “We would like you to play a solo.” Here and there and stuff.

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Like Rotting Christ?

Those were friends of mine. A lot of those were people that I knew. Again there was people that I did know, I don’t know. It was Rob Rock, asked me to play a solo at some point and other bands, I don’t remember. I’ve done a lot of those and if I liked the music I check it out and I do it.

How about the Hevisaurus? I had to ask because my nephew is really obsessed about it.

That took some convincing, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to be involved with that. But Nino from Thunderstorm – So, he’s a good friend of mine for years and years – And our first European tour was with Thunderstorm, we shared a bus with them. He was, “Dude, I’m doing this fucking thing. Project is taking off big times, you should check it out. It’s like really good metal stuff.” I’m like, “Alright. And you really asked me.” So, I’m like okay. I like the song and it was fun, it’s cool. We did it for the kids. It was the Hevisaurus song “Rayh” that I played.

I think it also helps, you doesn’t understand the lyrics?

Yeah, I know, but the music was cool.

Is it possible to see you on the stage with the Hevisaurus costume ?

I don’t think so. I gave to Riffy Raffy Refry one of my guitars zone, I think he plays my second guitar.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OZZY

Do you have any opinion about the new Black Sabbath album 13?

I just streamed the other day, because I was steaming on night times, and I fucking love it. It’s a very dark album, very doomy. Which I like, because they got back to what they do best. Yeah, and I love it. I really like, ‘God Is Dead’ song. I like, “Zeitgeist”, “Planet Caravan” type of vibe and everything. There is really brilliant moments in the south, you need to listen to the vibe more because some stuff is too fucking heavy, you can’t take it all in with a couple of listens. But I pre-ordered it on iTunes, so the day when it comes out it’s going to be downloaded already and what a beautiful song.

I think that it serves the 70’s sound and the feel and it really great with that album. There are long, over eight minute long songs there – really doom stuff indedd.

I’ve been listening it “Into the Void”. that what it was. Fucking eight minute doom roll, it’s like. It’s doom, yeah.

I think you have been asked for this many times, since you were asked to join the band, you played on the album SCREAM and all the songs were written written already?

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Yeah.

Were you fully satisfied to material because it was quite different to what you had done before?

Yeah, it was a different situation. But I took it as a challenge. And I think I did my best considering the circumstances that I worked under. And Ozzy also understood that and he didn’t push me, he didn’t stress at me at all. Same for him and Sharon, they were like, “Go in the studio, do what you need to do.” This is what Ozzy want to add, go to stuff and they were very nice and very open minded. They gave me the chance to play in Ozzy band. He used to appreciate that.

If there is going to be another Ozzy album, and you said there are lots of writing that you have done already. So, is it going to be some different style this time?

The stuff that I write it’s different and only center, I’m trying to writing more on the classic Ozzy thing. The last time I spoke to Ozzy about it, he wanted to do an album like in the old days version f:ex BLIZZARD OF OZ. He got the band, doing the old jamming. Hopefully that will happen too, we have to see.

You are a big fan of Ozzy albums like THE ULTIMATE SIN and BARK AT THE MOON if I’ve understood, right?

Yeah. I’m not sure if we would make a ’80s kind of album, but we would try to make it a bit of an album that could be… I imagine the next Ozzy album to be an album that you can still play 20 years from now, and it doesn’t sound dated. Like BARK AT THE MOON stuff, there is a fantastic material there. But it’s from the ’80s there. But look at BLIZZARD OF OZ and DIARY OF A MADMAN, those albums. You can still listen today, the song currency. I would love to make an album that it can be current forever.

You were also the guy who did bring back the songs from THE ULTIMATE SIN to the set list. That must not have been easy to make Ozzy to do those songs again?

I don’t think I was not the guy, I just said to Ozzy, “Hey man, “Killer of Giants” is a great song.” And I said, “It’s one of my old time favorite song, one of the first song I learned how to play. I said, “You should think about that.” And then he listened to it, he came back, “What the hell, it’s a fucking great song.” And then we started playing it.

He didn’t play that stuff near to 30 years.

Sometimes you just need to remind a little.

Now when Ozzy is busy with Sabbath, how much you do communicate with him?

He’s very busy with the stuff he does, and I don’t want to bother him. Sometimes we text each other and hey, how are you and stuff. But I don’t bust his balls. I’m sure he’s got a million things going on. And when he’s ready, I’ve been writing a lot of stuff. I’ve sent him a bunch of demos, he has them, when he’s ready he can call me and I’ll always be there, so.

Gus G. live 2010

Gus G. live 2010

Gus G. live 2010

Gus G. live 2010

“MANIAC” ON VOICES OF FINLAND

You have covered the “Maniac” song, which is from the ’80s – Can’t remember now who sung it originally?

Michael Sembello.

Do you know a singer contest called Voice of Finland – Where they pick up the singer there. there was a Voice of Finland contest on the Finnish TV – And one of the guys went there and sung this “Maniac” and it was really powerful, and the credits were given to Firewind?

Really? That’s great. When was that ?

This Spring.

This is awesome.

I think you can find it from YouTube. You search the Voice of Finland and Maniac in one.

Okay, I’ll check it out.

And the guy won the whole thing.

Really?

Yes and he’s a rock/ metal singer. It’s funny, it’s the most favorite TV show. There are hundreds of competitions and the winner gets a record deal, and other things. And usually…

…The 15 minutes of fame?

Yeah, something like that. But usually the guys keep on singing like biggest hits and stuff like that f.ex Bon Jovi. But he was really brave and sung that song.

That’s nice, that’s cool. Maybe he sung it, was a backing track from us.

No. He had a live band. Alright, thank you for your time.

Thank you.


 

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Mystic Prophecy – bandleader/singer R.D Liapakis

November 19th, 2012

 

Bandleader/singer R.D Liapakis – Mystic Prophecy

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Daniela, webbattender for Mystic Prophecy for making the interview possible

Thanks to Massacre Records for the promo pictures of the band

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RAVENLORD is the name of the seventh Mystic Prophecy album. I got in touch with bandleader R.D Liapakis (he’s also the only remaining original member in the band) to talk about the new excellent album, the line up changes and the past present and future of Mystic Prophecy. Read more about this great Greek/German heavy metal act down below.

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FIREWIND Guitarist Gus G. Announces US Clinics In August

June 17th, 2012

FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. (also OZZY OSBOURNE) has confirmed a string of guitar clinic dates in the US for August:

 

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7 – Sam Ash Music – Carle Place, NY

8 – Washington Music – Washington DC

9 – Sam Ash Music – King of Prussia, PA

10 – ALTO Music – Middletown, NY

Firewind’s new album Few Against Many, has achieved the following chart positions around the world:

 

UK: #11 (Rock Album Charts)

Sweden: #12 (Rock Album Charts)

USA: #28 (Billboard “Heatseekers” Top New Artist Charts)

Germany: #90 (Official Album Sales Charts)

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Firewind – Few Against Many

Produced by Gus G., Few Against Many, was recorded with long time band mates vocalist Apollo Papathanasio, Bob Katsionis (keyboards/guitar) and bassist Petros Christo at Valve Studio in Greece as well as The Sweetspot Studios in Sweden and sees the band expand on their signature melodic sound with some of their most aggressive songs to date. Mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Orlando, Florida. Few Against Many also marks the recording debut of new Firewind drummer Johan Nunez (NIGHTRAGE).

 For more details on Firewind visit Firewind.gr.

Firewind recently released their new video, which was shot during the band’s latest shows in their homeland Greece by Colin Marshall. Check out ‘Wall Of Sound’ below:

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FIREWIND – “Few Against Many” Chart Positions

June 2nd, 2012
Firewind - Few Against Many

Firewind - Few Against Many

FIREWIND’s new album Few Against Many, has achieved the following chart positions around the world:

UK: #11 (Rock Album Charts)

Sweden: #12 (Rock Album Charts)

USA: #28 (Billboard “Heatseekers” Top New Artist Charts)

Germany: #90 (Official Album Sales Charts)

Produced by Gus G., Few Against Many, was recorded with long time band mates vocalist Apollo Papathanasio, Bob Katsionis (keyboards/guitar) and bassist Petros Christo at Valve Studio in Greece as well as The Sweetspot Studios in Sweden and sees the band expand on their signature melodic sound with some of their most aggressive songs to date. Mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Orlando, Florida. Few Against Many also marks the recording debut of new Firewind drummer Johan Nunez (NIGHTRAGE).

For more details on Firewind visit Firewind.gr.

Firewind recently released their new video, which was shot during the band’s latest shows in their homeland Greece by Colin Marshall. Check out ‘Wall Of Sound’ below:

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FIREWIND – Wall Of Sound (OFFICIAL VIDEO) Unleashed

May 3rd, 2012

“Wall of Sound” taken from the album Few Against Many. Century Media 2012.

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Firewind - Few Against Many

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FIREWIND: TAPS SINGER MATS LEVEN FOR EUROPEAN TOUR STARTING NEXT WEEK

September 2nd, 2011

FIREWIND front man Apollo Papathanasio has been forced to miss the band’s imminent European tour due to family issues. Apollo will be back with FIREWIND for their North American “Frets Of Fury” tourdates in October. Apollo’s replacement for the European “Defiance Over Europe” dates is the hugely talented singer Mats Leven (Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen).

FIREWIND’s European tour starts out next week on September 9th in the UK and will additionally cover The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy and France with support coming from Swedish metallers and labelmates Wolf. Here are the exact dates for both the European and the North American tours in support of the acclaimed latest FIREWIND album release “Days Of Defiance” so you can get your tickets NOW:

FIREWIND + WOLF – “Defiance Over Europe” Tour 2011
Presented by: Blackstar Amplification, Rock Hard (Germany), Rock Tribune (Benelux) and Lords Of Metal (Benelux)
FR 09.09. Southampton, UK – Talking Head
SA 10.09. Manchester, UK – Moho
SU 11.09. Glasgow, Scotland – Cathouse
MO 12.09. Reading, UK – Sub 89
WE 14.09. Zoetermeer, NL – Boerderij
TH 15.09. Den Bosch, NL – W2
FR 16.09. Kerkrade, NL – Rock Temple
SA 17.09. Vosselaar, BEL – Biebob
SU 18.09. Cologne, GER – Underground
MO 19.09. Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos Saal
TU 20.09. Hamburg, GER – Knust
TH 22.09. Vienna, AUT – Szene
FR 23.09. San Dona Di Piave, IT – Revolver Club
SA 24.09. Pisa, IT – Borderline
MO 26.09. Paris, FRA – Le Nouveau Casino

FIREWIND + Arsis, White Wizzard & Nightrage – The “Frets of Fury” North American Tour 2011
Sponsored by ESP Guitars, BlackStar Amps and Guitar World
SU 09.10. St Petersburg, FL @ The State Theater
MO 10.10. Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
TU 11.10. Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
WE 12.10. New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
TH 13.10. Hampton, NH @ Wally’s
FR 14.10. Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
SA 15.10. Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
SU 16.10. Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
TU 18.10. Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
WE 19.10. St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
TH 20.10. Winnipeg, MB @ The Osborne Village Inn
FR 21.10. Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
SA 22.10. Kelowna, BC @ Sapphire Nightclub
SU 23.10. Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
MO 24.10. Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
TU 25.10. Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
WE 26.10. San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
TH 27.10. Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go

A FIREWIND tour trailer can be viewed online here:

Prior to the European run’s kick off, FIREWIND leader and also Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. will be hosting an exclusive guitar clinic in the UK on September 8th. He will appear at the Boileroom in Stoke Fields / Guildford, courtesy of Andertons Music Co. & Blackstar Amplification. Tickets are available here.

The clip for FIREWIND’s latest single “Embrace The Sun”, out all over the world digitally, was directed by acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Arch Enemy, etc.) and can now be viewed here:

A special, behind-the-scenes look into the making of the “Embrace The Sun” video and the previously released first clip “World On Fire” alongside interviews with the band members can be seen here:

FIREWIND online:
http://www.firewind.gr
http://www.myspace.com/firewind
http://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial
http://twitter.com/firewindmusic

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FIREWIND Launches All General On-Sale Ticketing For Their “Frets of Fury” Headlining North American Fall Tour

June 22nd, 2011

The Greek metallic powerhouse FIREWIND, led by modern day guitar hero Gus G, is extremely excited to announce their first ever headlining North American tour, dubbed the “Frets of Fury.” This package (sponsored by ESP Guitars, BlackStar Amps and Guitar World) kicks off on Oct. 9th and features a wide array of metal’s elite: Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage. This is easily one of the most diverse and exciting tours of the fall. Head over to www.facebook.com/firewindofficial to view the entire list of tourdates.

The band has also decided to ensure that their loyal fans are getting the first opportunity to buy tickets before they go on-sale to the general public. This is a first come first serve online ticket ordering system. The maximum order is four tickets. There are three ticketing/VIP package options that includes meet and greets with the band with exclusive 3D posters and laminates, as well as a Platinum Package featuring a private 20 minute guitar lesson with Gus G. Head over now to http://tixx1.artistarena.com/firewind/ to register and get your tickets and VIP access before they are sold-out.

 

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GUS G WINS ‘BEST SHREDDER’ AWARD AT METAL HAMMER’S GOLDEN GODS 2011

June 14th, 2011

We are proud to announce that Gus G is officially a Golden God!

At last night’s prestigious Metal Hammer Golden God’s ceremony in London, Gus picked up the ‘Best Shredder’ award. The Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne guitarist couldn’t be there in person to accept his award as he is on the road with Ozzy but he did send short video.

You can catch Gus and Firewind at this year’s Sonisphere festival, after which the band will return for a UK tour in September.

Upcoming Firewind UK dates:

9th September – Southampton, UK – Talking Head
10th September –  Manchester, UK – Moho
11th September –  Glasgow, Scotland – Cathouse
12th September –  Reading, UK – Sub 89

8th/10 th July –  Sonisphere Festival – Knebworth, UK

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FIREWIND Announces Their “Frets of Fury” Headlining North American Fall Tour

May 16th, 2011

Gus G. Comments On The Tour and Special VIP Ticketing Options

FIREWIND - Days of Defiance

FIREWIND - Days of Defiance

The Greek metallic powerhouse FIREWIND, led by the modern day guitar hero Gus G, is extremely excited to announce their first ever headlining North American tour, dubbed the “Frets of Fury.” This package (sponsored by ESP Guitars, BlackStar Amps and Guitar World) kicks off on Oct. 9th and features a wide array of metal’s elite: Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage. This is easily one of the most diverse and exciting tours of the fall and stay tuned to www.facebook.com/firewindofficial over the coming weeks for the entire list of tourdates and VIP ticketing options.

Gus G. states: “We couldn’t be happier to announce our first full North American tour! It’s been over three years since FIREWIND toured from coast to coast across the U.S. and we’re coming back stronger than ever with a killer package. We put a lot of thought into who we wanted to go out with us and truly believe that each band on this bill brings something special to the table making this a very diverse line-up. However, shredding guitar driven metal remains the prominent feature across the board.

“In fact there’s more to it than just that, as this package is somewhat of a musical family tree. Not many people know this but Arsis’ guitarist James Malone and I went to Berklee together back in 1998. We had an instrumental band together for awhile, which later became FIREWIND. James is a kick ass shredder and I’m glad our bands are finally touring together.

“Also, most people don’t know that I played in Nightrage for few years. I did two albums with them and their main-man Marios Iliopoulos is a phenomenal guitar player. He also filled in on bass for FIREWIND this year, when Petros was unable to tour. Nightrage is one of my favorite bands and you definitely got to come down early to check them out. White Wizzard are currently making noise worldwide and they’re definitely a band to watch out for as well. We’re proud to have these great bands on board with us, making this such a high quality package for all metal fans.

“We will also offering special VIP ticketing options for each show on this tour that will allow you access into a private meet and greet with the band, a signed poster and limited edition laminate. See you out there this fall.”

In other news, FIREWIND have also recently launched a free and official iPhone App, which can be downloaded for free here: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id434835076

Don’t forget to pick up FIREWIND’s latest album, Days of Defiance, which is an epic, exhilarating rollercoaster of melodic metal proficiency coupled with a barrage of jaw-dropping guitar-work that will leave you breathless.

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Gus G. (Ozzy, Firewind Guitarist) Announces Guitar Center “Sessions” Hollywood Performance On 4/21; Free To The Pubic

April 13th, 2011

There is no doubt that one of the most stunning guitar players in the hard rock/metal scene right now is Gus G. (Ozzy, Firewind) and he is proud to be partnering up with Guitar Center for an upcoming “Sessions” event. This three hour instructional seminar will take place on Thursday, April 21st at Guitar Center Hollywood beginning at 7PM. This is a free event, but space is limited so be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out on this very intimate evening. Fans can expect to see Gus perform lots of his favorite riffs, participate in a Q+A segment and autograph signing. For additional information feel free to visit http://gc.guitarcenter.com/sessions/gusg/.

Gus G. states: “I’m very excited about coming to Guitar Center in Hollywood later this month cause while I’ve done various clinics and workshops in Europe and Japan, this is going to be the first one in the U.S. for me! When they presented me with the ‘Sessions’ idea I thought it was a great way to meet some fans at a more intimate environment, play some stuff for them, answer questions and actually get to meet them.

“I will definitely be playing material from Ozzy and Firewind albums and hopefully I’ll meet lots of you down there. Remember, this is going to be a free entrance event! See you soon.”

Guitar Center Sessions is a music and education based initiative that features informative and provocative discussions, along with hands-on tutorials by the industry’s most respected artists. Serving as an inspirational incubator for musicians, Sessions provides an opportunity to network with their peers and gain insight and knowledge from their musical influences in a comfortable and intimate setting.

For additional information on Gus and Firewind feel free to visit www.facebook.com/firewindofficial

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FIREWIND – “Embrace The Sun” Video Clip launched online

March 15th, 2011

FIREWIND – “Embrace The Sun” Video Clip launched online; Digital Single out now; Gus G. nominated for Metal Hammer UK’s Golden God Award; FIREWIND confirmed to appear at UK’s Sonisphere festival!

Greece’s melodic Metal shooting stars FIREWIND, led by the modern day guitar hero Gus G, are proud to launch their newest video for the “Days Of Defiance” album release: The clip for the band’s new single “Embrace The Sun” was directed by acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Arch Enemy, etc.) and can now be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlstARCNT2c

FIREWIND are releasing their newest single “Embrace The Sun” all over Europe digitally today (See the artwork above!). The single for the acclaimed album track “Embrace The Sun” comes with a special instrumental mixdown of the song as b-side as well as the video clip for song both in regular and in alternate band-performance-only version. It can be purchased here via I-Tunes: http://itunes.apple.com/de/album/embrace-the-sun-single/id421516777

FIREWIND - Days of Defiance

FIREWIND - Days of Defiance

A special, behind-the-scenes look into the making of the “Embrace The Sun” video and the previously released first clip “World On Fire” alongside interviews with the band members can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaQ_LRmrAgU

Gus G.’s guitar prowess was recently further validated as UK’s METAL HAMMER magazine has nominated him for a 2011 “Golden God” award in the “best shredder” category, recognizing not only the fantastic work he has done recently as Ozzy Osbourne’s right hand man, but also the incredible contribution to metal he continues with the mighty Firewind! Support Gus G. by visiting the poll and giving your vote via the link below:   http://goldengods.metalhammer.co.uk

Previously, US magazine Revolver had announced Gus G. to be nominated as well in the “Best Guitarist” category of the “Golden Gods” award, which is decided upon by fan voting. Click now on the link below to cast your vote for Gus now and stay tuned as the winners will be announced live on April 20th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles: http://www.revolvermag.com/beta/goldengods/voting

Presented by the Guitar magazine (Germany) and Top Guitar magazine (Poland), Gus G. most recently showcases some of his breathtaking playing techniques in a contest clip that invites other talented players to reproduce the piece as video recording on their own in order qualify to be handpicked by Gus to win one of his ESP Ltd. signature model guitars as well as a Blackstar HT 5S Ministack Amp. Additionally FIREWIND shirts will be given away too…

The contest runs up to April 15th, 2011, so find more details and get ready for some quality shredding right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzpCnZol_zk

Furthermore, Gus G. has been featured in a new commercial by his longtime guitar partners ESP. The clip can be watched here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHYf1-Txzww

Soon to announce intense headlining tour activity for both in North America and Europe for the Fall, FIREWIND have just been announced to appear at this year’s UK edition of the Sonisphere festival, taking place in Knebworth, UK on July 8th – 10th, 2011. FIREWIND will appear as part of a splendid line-up, which features the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Motörhead, The Sisters Of Mercy, Mastodon, In Flames, Architects, Volbeat and many, many more.

Gus G. comments on FIREWIND’s appearance as follows: “We’re very excited for our debut performance at Sonisphere festival! We’re truly honoured to be a part of Sonisphere UK and to share the stage with the Big 4 and so many other great bands!! Knebworth get ready, we’ll set your world on fire!!!”.

More details about UK’s Sonisphere can be found here: http://uk.sonispherefestivals.com

FIREWIND have also confirmed to be appearing at Basinfire Festival in Czech Republic on July 1st. Here are all upcoming festival dates announced so far:

FIREWIND live shows 2011:

19.06.2011 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, France / www.hellfest.fr
25.06.2011 Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium / www.graspop.be
01.07.2011 Basinfire Festival, Spálené Poříčí, Czech Republic / http://www.basinfirefest.cz
08.–10.07.2011 Sonisphere Festival – Knebworth, UK / http://uk.sonispherefestivals.com
More dates will be announced soon…

Check out the furious opening track “The Ark Of Lies” from FIREWIND’s current masterpiece album “Days Of Defiance” completely free after you tweet or Facebook about the song. Go here for more details: www.centurymedia.com/specials/firewind/

FIREWIND online:
http://www.firewind.gr
http://www.myspace.com/firewind

Also visit:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu

Check out the new Century Media webshop: http://www.cmdistro.com

 

 

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GUS G NOMINATED IN METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS 2011

March 11th, 2011

Get your voting heads on! Gus G (Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne) is nominated in the 2011 Metal Hammer ‘Golden Gods poll.

Gus features in the ‘Best Shredder’ category, recognizing not only the fantastic work he has done as Ozzy’s right hand man, but also the incredible contribution to metal he continues to build with the mighty Firewind!

Show your love for Gus G via this link: http://goldengods.metalhammer.co.uk/

GET VOTING NOW!

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FIREWIND – Announce New Digital Single Details, Post Behind-The-Scenes Video

March 10th, 2011

FIREWIND - Days of Defiance

FIREWIND - Days of Defiance

FIREWIND – Announce New Digital Single Details, Post Behind-The-Scenes Video Clip Online and Gus G. Nominated For A Revolver Magazine Golden Gods Award!

 

The Greek metallic powerhouse FIREWIND, led by the modern day guitar hero Gus G, is currently preparing for a slew of activity over the course of the next few months. The group are set to release a new digital single for the stunning song “Embrace The Sun” on March 14th 2011, which will also feature the much anticipated video for the track shot by acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, etc.). This comes off their latest album, “Days Of Defiance”, which is an epic, exhilarating rollercoaster of melodic metal proficiency coupled with a barrage of jaw-dropping guitar-work that will leave you breathless.

 

A special, behind-the-scenes look into the making of the “Embrace The Sun” and “World On Fire” videos can now be seen exclusively at the link below. In this clip you will get a glimpse into the many hours of work it takes to create such a visual masterpiece. This also features in-depth interviews with the band members on the set, so click the link below now to check it out:

 

 

FIREWIND is currently working on putting together a massive North American touring package for the fall as well as long awaited European touring, so stay tuned to www.facebook.com/firewindofficial for a big announcement over the coming weeks.

 

Gus G’s guitar prowess was recently further validated as Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Awards has nominated him in the “Best Guitarist” category, which is decided upon by fan voting. Click now on the link below to cast your vote for Gus now and stay tuned as the winners will be announced live on April 20th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles: http://www.revolvermag.com/beta/goldengods/voting

 

FIREWIND have also recently been confirmed to appear with the song “World On Fire” as part of a new ten-song mega pack in February for Activision Publishing’s “Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock” alongside Children Of Bodom, Black Label Society and many others. For more information about “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” and the entire line-up of downloadable songs and disc imports, please visit:www.guitarhero.com

 

Presented by the Guitar magazine (Germany) and Top Guitar magazine (Poland), Gus G. most recently showcases some of his breathtaking playing techniques in a contest clip that invites other talented players to reproduce the piece as video recording on their own in order qualify to be handpicked by Gus to win one of his ESP Ltd. signature model guitars as well as a Blackstar HT 5S Ministack Amp. Additionally FIREWIND shirts will be given away too…

 

The contest runs up to April 15th, 2011, so find more details and get ready for some quality shredding right here:

 

FIREWIND live shows 2011:

19.06.2011 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, France / www.hellfest.fr

25.06.2011 Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium / www.graspop.be

 

More dates will be announced soon…

 

Check out the furious opening track “The Ark Of Lies” from FIREWIND’s current masterpiece album “Days Of Defiance” completely free after you tweet or Facebook about the song. Go here for more details: www.centurymedia.com/specials/firewind/

 

FIREWIND online:

http://www.firewind.gr

http://www.myspace.com/firewind

 

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