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Gus G.

Formed: 2001
From: Athens, Greece
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Gus G. has spent the past decade quietly affirming his place as one of metal’s reigning guitar virtuosos. He has recorded more than a dozen studio albums, performed around the world as a member of acts ranging from Arch Enemy and Dream Evil to his own band Firewind, and has been Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist since being personally handpicked by the heavy metal legend in August 2009. Now, with the release of his first-ever solo album ‘I Am The Fire’ on Century Media Records, the fleet-fingered Greek fret-shredder will embark on the next chapter of his history-shaping career.

“People have been asking me for a solo record for years now, but I didn’t want to do an album that sounded like something people have heard from me before,” says Gus G. of his solo debut, an album that blends the metal histrionics that fans have come to know and love with a passion for classic hard rock and metal’s vintage roots. “Apart from a few instrumentals, this album isn’t traditional heavy metal or power metal, it’s got more of a classic rock vibe. It’s stuff that woudn’t fit on a Firewind record, and I didn’t want to push that band in this direction. I consider myself a songwriter as well as a guitar player, and this album allowed me to experiment and explore that different side of me.”

That doesn’t mean that guitar solos are in short supply – quite the contrary, they’re plentiful throughout the 12 tracks that comprise ‘I Am The Fire’. Also plentiful is the roster of friends that help bring Gus G.’s vision to fruition. The aforementioned instrumentals “Vengeance” and “Terrified” feature guest bassists Dave Ellefson [Megadeth] and Billy Sheehan [David Lee Roth, Mr. Big], while the rest of the album features either Gus or Marty O’Brien [Disturbed, Tommy Lee] holding down the bottom end alongside main drummer Jeff Friedl [A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo] and Daniel Erlandsson [Arch Enemy], who guests on the two instrumental tracks.

“The main difference in this recording and album experience is that there was no band, nobody to check with or please and nobody to consult with, it was just me doing whatever I wanted and playing with a lot of my favorite musicians, friends and people I admired,” says Gus, who also produced the record and recorded all the keyboards on the album. “When you’ve been in bands forever, it’s liberating to be able to do whatever you want without worrying about living up to the standards of a back catalog. It’s a fresh start, and in a lot of ways it’s more relaxing – it’s like starting from scratch.”

Vocal guests include Devour The Day singer Blake Allison (“I Am The Fire”), Steel Panther’s Michael Starr (“Redemption”), Eyes Set To Kill’s Alexia Rodriguez (“Long Way Down”), former Journey frontman and current Trans-Siberian Orchesta vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (“Summer Days”), Evergrey frontman Tom S. Englund (“Dreamkeeper”), Adler frontman Jacob Bunton (“Just Can’t Let Go”) and Yngwie Malmsteen/Therion alum and current Candlemass singer Mats Levén (“My Will Be Done”, “Blame It On Me”, “Eyes Wide Open” and “End Of The Line”) – and the results are as varied as the names suggest.

“The inspiration for the album started when Mats filled in on a Firewind tour – I’ve always liked him and wanted to work with him since he did Yngwie’s ‘Facing The Animal’ album, and I also had other songs that I heard different types of vocals on when I wrote them, like Jeff’s voice on ‘Summer Days’,” Gus explains of the vocals. “Jay Ruston mixed the album, and he also really played a key role in this project – I wanted to work with him because he made the album by The Winery Dogs sound so big and warm and not digital, so he was one of the first people I played the songs for and he really played an important role in helping pick the perfect people to bring out the details and colors in every song.”

‘I Am The Fire’ was mixed by Jay Ruston [Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther], produced by Gus G., and recorded between Los Angeles and Gus' home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. In a career highlighted by a Grammy nomination for his performance on Ozzy Osbourne’s 'Scream' album in 2010 and accolades including Guitar Player Magazine's Best Metal Guitarist, the Dimebag Darrell Shredder award at the Metal Hammer UK Golden Gods Awards, and Metal Hammer Greece Best Guitarist on four separate occasions, ‘I Am The Fire’ serves as a whole new benchmark for Gus G.

“I already have an established band, so there’s no pressure on me as a solo artist,” he explains. “This is a whole different journey and a brand new adventure...”

Latest Gus G. News

Below is our complete Gus G. news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Altitudes & Attitude Premiere New Single

Altitudes & Attitude have a new record called “Get It Out” in the works for a January 18th release via Megaforce. The band’s core consists of Megadeth‘s David Ellefson and Anthrax‘s Frank Bello and the first single from the outing has been launched in the form of the below lyric video for the song “Out Here“. Guitarist Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall) guests on this song.

Comments Bello of this current single: More...

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Gus G Premieres Music Video For “Force Majeure”

Gus G (Firewind, ex-Ozzy Osbourne) premieres a new music video for his track “Force Majeure“. UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore guests on this song, which is taken from Gus G‘s latest effort, “Fearless“.

Both Gus and Moore are currently out on tour with Richie Kotzen. Dates for that run include: More...

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Gus G. Premieres New Video “Fearless”

Gus G. (Firewind, ex-Ozzy Osbourne) has premiered a video for the title track to his recently released effort “Fearless“. That album hit stores yesterday (April 20th) via AFM Records.

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Gus G. Premieres Music Video “Letting Go”

A new music video for Firewind guitarist Gus G.‘s new track “Letting Go” has premiered streaming below. It’s taken from his new effort, “Fearless“, which will be released April 20th.

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Gus G. Premieres New Music Video "The Quest"

Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind guitarist Gus G. premieres a new music video for his track "The Quest", taken from the latest album "Brand New Revolution", out in stores via Century Media Records.

Check out now "The Quest" below.

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Gus G. Announces Tour With Angel Vivaldi

Greek guitar phenomenon Gus G. will embark on the “Operation Domination” co-headliner U.S. tour with renowned shredder Angel Vivaldi. A full breakdown of dates and venues is available below.

Gus G. states: "I'm very excited to return to the U.S. this fall to finally hit more markets and play for the fans that were left out on my recent Spring mini-tour. Teaming up with a talented player like Angel Vivaldi seemed like a great opportunity.

"We're both stoked to bring the 'Operation Domination’ tour to the American audiences and we will be performing our own individual sets, but also collaborating on stage together as well. We will have a great band with us that features James Paul Luna (Holy Grail) on vocals, Alex Bent (ex-Battlecross, Testament) on drums and Jake Skylyr on bass.

“The set list will once again be a mixed bag including songs from my solo works, Firewind, Ozzy material but some surprises as well. These shows are not to be missed. See you soon." More...

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Gus G. Announces North American Shows

Greek guitar phenomenon Gus G. will embark on a mini North American headlining tour from April 15th to April 24th. Gus had this to say:

"I'm stoked to announce that I'll be joined by some amazing musicians on my upcoming N. American dates. Jeramie Klinger (drums) and Taylor Nordberg (bass), both from The Absence and on vocals we have the one and the only Rob Rock of Impelliteri!

"Rob and I have been friends for many years, we toured Japan back in 2004 and have also co-written the title track of Rob's solo album, Garden Of Chaos, a few years ago. I couldn't be happier that we will finally tour together again. This tour just got more special. The shows will be intimate, packed & loud. Make sure not to miss it.

“I will be playing mainly material from my two solo albums, but there will be some classic Firewind, Ozzy and Black Sabbath songs sprinkled into the set as well. These shows are not to be missed.”

Gus's latest album "Brand New Revolution" was recorded with Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther, etc.) and mixed by Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith, etc.). Just as on “I Am The Fire,” the core of GUS G.’s recording group consisted of Jo Nunez (Firewind) on drums and Marty O' Brien (Lita Ford band) on bass. More...

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Gus G. Releases New Music Video

In promotion of his current sophomore album “Brand New Revolution," Gus G. just wrapped up a massive touring run, both supporting Kamelot and then hosting guitar clinics all over Europe.

Gus G. also just launched a new promo clip for the album track “What Lies Below,” which features Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) on vocals. The clip was once again shot by longtime visual design partner / director Patric Ullaeus and can be seen below.

In addition to further solo shows throughout the end of this year, his long-running melodic metal band Firewind is finally returning to the spotlight with a new singer and selected live activity in 2016 featuring Henning Basse on vocals. Stay tuned for concrete details. More...

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Gus G. Launches A "Brand New Revolution"

Firewind guitarist Gus G released a myusic video for the new track "Brand New Revolution." The song is the title track for the new solo release which drops today (July 24th) via Century Media Records.

Guest vocalists appearing on the album include: Jeff Scott Soto, Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) and Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen).

The track list is:

1. The Quest (streaming here)
2. Brand New Revolution
3. Burn
4. We Are One
5. What Lies Below
6. Behind Those Eyes
7. Gone To Stay
8. One More Try
9. Come Hell Or High Water
10. If It Ends Today
11. Generation G
12. The Demon Inside

Check out "Brand New Revolution" here: More...

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Gus G. Streaming "The Quest"

On July 24th, the iconic guitar sensation Gus G. returns with upcoming solo album "Brand New Revolution." Today the album's all-instrumental lead track "The Quest" can be heard below.

The new offering will be released through Dismanic / eOne in North America includes such guests vocalists as Jeff Scott Soto, Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Mats Levén and Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam), while Jo Nunez played drums and Marty O' Brien (Lita Ford) played bass. Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther) engineered the sessions and the legendary Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen) handled mixing duties. The effort was also mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Yes).

Gus G. also comments on collaborating with Guiltar World for this album: "In a current situation where record stores are almost obsolete, CD shelf space is becoming smaller and smaller in mega retailers and the CD format is becoming a thing of the past, I felt why not offer the fans something special? Why not give them a limited version of this album together with Guitar World magazine? Obviously, it's a guitar player's record and I'm sure Guitar World's readers will appreciate this. I can't think of a better celebration for the release of 'Brand New Revolution!'

"Let's face it, getting to be on the cover go Guitar World magazine is every guitar player's dream. I'm fortunate enough to grace GW cover for the 2nd time (first time w/ Ozzy back in 2010) together with one of the best Metal guitarists of our time, Chris Broderick. It's such a big honor. We had a great time doing the photo shoot w/ Chris and also hanging and jamming. He's a monstrous player & I'm glad to see him forging his own path with his new band, Act Of Defiance. More...

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Gus G "Burn"s A New Lyric Video

Firewind guitarist Gus G released a lyric video for the new track "Burn." The song will appear on the new solo release "Brand New Revolution," which is set to drop on July 24th via Century Media Records.

The list of guest vocalists include: Jeff Scott Soto, Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) and Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen).

The track list for the album is:

1. The Quest
2. Brand New Revolution
3. Burn
4. We Are One
5. What Lies Below
6. Behind Those Eyes
7. Gone To Stay
8. One More Try
9. Come Hell Or High Water
10. If It Ends Today
11. Generation G
12. The Demon Inside

Check out "Burn" here: More...

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Gus G. Posts New Album Trailer

After having recently announced his upcoming sophomore solo album "Brand New Revolution," Gus G. is now ready to launch a few more details.

"Brand New Revolution" will be released in the U.S. on July 24th, 2015 and comes with artwork once again created by Gustavo Sazes. The tracklisting for the album, which features guest vocal appearances by Jeff Scott Soto, Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) & Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), reads as follows:

1. The Quest
2. Brand New Revolution
3. Burn
4. We Are One
5. What Lies Below
6. Behind Those Eyes
7. Gone To Stay
8. One More Try
9. Come Hell Or High Water
10. If It Ends Today
11. Generation G
12. The Demon Inside More...

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Gus G. Starts A New Revoultion

Following a busy year of promotion and touring for his solo debut album, "I Am The Fire" (reviewed here), Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind guitarist Gus G. has now announced that the follow-up sophomore release has been completed.

Gus' new solo album will be entitled "Brand New Revolution" and is to be released in July via Century Media Records in Europe, Australia and South America, Dismanic / eOne in North America, and King Records in Japan. He comments:

“I'm happy to announce that I have finished recording my second solo album and that it will be released this summer. It's title is 'Brand New Revolution' and once again I collaborated with some amazing musicians & songwriters on it, including singers Jeff Scott Soto, Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Mats Levén, Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) while Jo Nunez played drums and Marty O' Brien (Lita Ford band) played bass, while Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther, etc.) engineered the sessions.

"Most of the tracks were recorded live with me and the rhythm section jamming in a room. There's a certain energy about it, that I hadn't previously done on a record before. The album is being mixed by the legendary Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen, etc.) in Vancouver, as I write these lines. The first few mixes I got sound crushing! I can't wait to share this with you all! More...

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Randy Rhoads Tribute Available For Streaming

Tomorrow, UDR Music will release "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute," an album of cover tracks recorded to memorialize Randy Rhoads, lead guitarist for legendary hard rock and metal bands Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. The digipack version of the album will also include an accompanying bonus DVD.

In celebration of tomorrow’s release, Billboard Magazine is hosting a stream of the tribute album in full (including the infamous Serj Tankian cover of "Crazy Train"). Listen in below.

The tribute features appearances by Tom Morello, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Vinnie Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Frankie Banali, George Lynch, Gus G., Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others. More...

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Rhandy Rhoads Tribute On The Way

The late, great Randy Rhoads (heralded as the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot) will be celebrated with the release of "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" on March 3rd, 2015 via UDR Music.

A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" is performed by twenty contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his brother Kelle Rhoads and musicians like Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.

The album was produced and compiled by the Grammy-award winning guitarist and producer Bob Kulick at his own studio.

Along with the album, "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" will also contain a bonus DVD available in the digipack version, including interesting interviews with some of the involved artists and a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, California, set up by Randy’s mother and run by his brother Kelle Rhoads. The full track listing is: More...

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Rhandy Rhoads Tribute On The Way

The late, great Randy Rhoads (heralded as the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot) will be celebrated with the release of "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" on March 3rd, 2015 via UDR Music.

A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" is performed by twenty contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his brother Kelle Rhoads and musicians like Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.

The album was produced and compiled by the Grammy-award winning guitarist and producer Bob Kulick at his own studio.

Along with the album, "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" will also contain a bonus DVD available in the digipack version, including interesting interviews with some of the involved artists and a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, California, set up by Randy’s mother and run by his brother Kelle Rhoads. The full track listing is: More...

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Gus G. Posts New Video Clip

Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind guitarist Gus G. just released a limited and expanded edition of his debut solo album, "I Am The Fire" (reviewed here), this week via Century Media Records.

To promote this release, a striking new video for the album's single "Long Way Down" (featuring Alexia Rodriguez) was shot by director and long-time Gus G. creative partner Patric Ullaeus. Check it out below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com.

Gus G. comments on the clip: "I worked on this track with producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy, 5FDP, etc.), his son Kane and Alexia Rodriguez from Eyes Set To Kill. Once we finished it, we knew we had a special song in our hands. The 'Long Way Down' lyrics were inspired by a scene I witnessed many years ago, when I briefly lived in Sweden. What I saw, is the exact storyline with the girl in this video.

"We hear about suicides all the time in the news, it's always shocking. Hundreds of thousands of people deal with depression everyday. They're brave. If there is one message we'd like to pass out with this song & video, it is that suicide can be prevented. If you need help, or know someone who does, reach out to any organization of the following links: Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US) or Suicide Prevention Hotlines (International).

"Many thanks to Patric Ullaeus for your belief, your dedication and always awesome videos!" More...

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Jeff Scott Soto Joining Gus G. On Tour

Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Journey) will be joining guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) on his west coast tour this week that also features Lynam as support.

Gus G. is touring in support of new solo album "I Am The Fire" (reviewed here). Jeff Scott Soto will be lending his vocals to the set, while Marty O'Brien and Jo Nunez will be the backing band on the run. See below for all upcoming shows.

To coincide with this worldwide tour, a special expanded edition of "I Am The Fire" will be released in Europe on November 3rd (digitally on November 4th in North America). This limited CD + DVD digipak will feature 4 bonus tracks and a 62-minute bonus DVD (including the album's 4 official video clips so far, plus 3 live tracks, 6 guitar tutorials, as well as an EPK and track-by-track commentary). More...

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Gus G. Embarking On Worldwide Tour Dates

In support of his recently released solo debut "I Am The Fire" (reviewed here) guitarist Gus G. has now embarked on a run of acoustic shows together with Mats Levén, the main vocalist on the album.

In mid-October, Gus G. will then head to North America for a string of dates with Lynam before joining up with the Metal All Stars tour in South America and Europe for touring throughout the end of the year. See below for all upcoming dates.

To coincide with this worldwide tour, a special expanded edition of "I Am The Fire" will be released in Europe on November 3rd (digitally on November 4th in North America). This limited CD + DVD digipak will feature 4 bonus tracks and a 62-minute bonus DVD (including the album's 4 official video clips so far, plus 3 live tracks, 6 guitar tutorials, as well as an EPK and track-by-track commentary). More...

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Gus G. Announces New Live Shows

Guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) and Birmingham, AL rock group Lynam will be teaming up for a string of west coast dates in October.

Gus G. will be supporting his debut solo album, "I Am The Fire," and Lynam will be supporting latest release, "Halfway To Hell." The dates kick off October 15th in Los Angeles, CA at the world famous Whisky a Go Go and mark Gus' first solo band appearances in North America. He comments:

"I'm very excited to play my first solo shows in North America! Expect a killer set-list with songs from my debut solo album 'I Am The Fire', as well as material from Firewind, Ozzy and some surprises! I'm putting a killer band together for this short run and Mats Leven will be handling vocal duties! Also, I'm very happy to team up with Lynam -- they're a killer hard rock band, and their singer Jacob Bunton co-wrote with me and sang a song on 'I Am The Fire.' See you all out there!"

Oct. 15 - The Whisky a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 17 - Count's Vamped - Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 18 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
Oct. 19 - Club Red - Tempe, AZ More...

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