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
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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