Gus G. is a busy man these days, having just finished a tour with Ozzy Osbourne that paired him up with Zakk Wylde & Slash and then add to that his new album and world tour and you get a man that is determined to make his mark on the music scene. Plans have already been announced for a series of free clinics across the United States. Given all that has happenend, we figured it would be a good time to check up with Gus and see how things are going.
How was the tour with Ozzy & Friends?
“It was an unbelievable experience! Not only having these legends on stage and jamming with some of my idols, but there was a very good vibe on the tour and everyone seemed to enjoy it very much. Of course as a guitar player it doesn’t get any better jamming with rock icons like Zakk Wylde & Slash!”
Congratulations on the new record. How did you approach the recording of Few Against Many – was there a particular direction you wanted to take this album in?
“Thanks! The whole idea was to make a heavier record with lots of guitar. There’s lots of more riffing compared to the previous records we made and I feel it contains my most mature, but also most technical playing I’ve ever recorded. Strange combination one might think, but there was room for shredding as much as there was for melody. I’m very pleased with the final outcome and it was a very focused and relaxed album for me to do.”
We recently heard that you will be coming to America to do a set of free clinics, do you enjoy doing clinics?
“Yes, I will be out there in early August doing 4 select clinic dates to promote my new signature Blackstar amp, but to also discuss all my gear, play some of the new Firewind songs, and discuss music in general. Of course a clinic is not the same feeling as performing an actual concert, but it’s cool in a different way. You get to meet fans and people that support you and discuss questions they might have more in-depth, talk gear and stuff like that.”
When you were learning to play guitar did you ever attend any clinics yourself?
“No, I didn’t and I wish I had. But I live in a smaller city in Greece and back in the ’90s there wasn’t much of that happening over here. It’s much different these days.”
“It was one of the first songs I wrote for the new album. Actually the main riff came in at the last minute as a “fill in” part in the song. I quickly realized it was a very cool riff and needed to be repeated within the song. So, I ended up re-arranging the whole thing and made this the main theme / riff. I like the modern vibe of the song overall.”
Firewind is currently on a world tour, here are the dates (in European format):
FIREWIND – Live 2012:
28.07. Rotterdam (The Netherlands) – Roadgrill Festival
24.08. Beijing (China) – Star Live
25.08. Shanghai (China) – Mao Livehouse
26.08. Taipei (Taiwan) – Hwa Sha Auditorium
FIREWIND & LEAVES’ EYES – “Few Against Many” European Tour 2012:
13.09.2012 Cardiff (UK) – Clwb Ifor Bach
14.09.2012 Manchester (UK) – Moho
15.09.2012 Dublin (Ireland) – Button Factory
16.09.2012 Belfast (Northern Ireland) – Spring And Airbrake
18.09.2012 Sheffield (UK) – Corporation
19.09.2012 Nuneaton (UK) – Queens Hall
20.09.2012 Plymouth (UK) – White Rabbit
21.09.2012 Southampton (UK) – Talking Heads
22.09.2012 London (UK) – O2 Islington Academy
23.09.2012 Margate (UK) – West Coast Bar
25.09.2012 Paris (France) – Divan du Monde
26.09.2012 Colmar (France) – Le Grillen
27.09.2012 Bochum (Germany) – Matrix
28.09.2012 Hamburg (Germany) – Knust
29.09.2012 Kolding (Denmark) – Godset
30.09.2012 Berlin (Germany) – SO36
02.10.2012 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos Saal
03.10.2012 Ingolstadt (Germany) – Eventhalle
04.10.2012 Cologne (Germany) – Underground
05.10.2012 Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon
06.10.2012 Vosselaar (Belgium) – Biebob