SROMaginc.com recently conducted an interview with 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 . You can now listen to the chat below.
On his upcoming activities with Ozzy:
“We’re doing the Ozzfiesta next year in Mexico. So we’re gonna do that show over there. And I don’t know if there’s gonna be more stuff; we’ll see. I know [Ozzy is] also gonna go back in the studio with SABBATH. I think probably there’s gonna be another Ozzy [album] after the next SABBATH record, or it depends whenever they decide to finish it up. It’s not up to me.”
On whether Ozzy will ever retire from performing:
“You never know with Ozzy, man. You never know. That’s the thing. You can’t predict that. I think he’s one of those guys like Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger; he’ll be doing it until he’s 80 or something. I think so.
“I’ll tell you what: He taught me a lesson about fuckin’ stamina and energy up on that stage. He jumps up and down more than any 20-year-old I’ve seen. I mean, he’s 65 and he’s still doing frog jumps. [Laughs]”
On how he approached playing with Ozzy when he first landed the gig in 2009:
“It’s one of those gigs… it’s that exact gig that you just shit your pants as a guitar player to get that spot. For me, it was the happiest day of my life, and, at the same time, the most nerve-racking day of my life. But you’ve just gotta rise to the occasion. It’s one of those things where I got called up to do this now, so I’d better practice twice as hard. You just have to approach this gig with a lot of respect for the guys that were there before you and just be yourself, basically. I mean, you can’t replace those guys — guys like Zakk Wylde or Randy Rhoads or Jake E. Lee — you can’t replace them, you can’t be them. They are their own guys, they are their own legends. So you’ve just gotta bring your own thing to the table, but at the same time, you have to respect those songs and play them as they are.”
Gus G. has tapped Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) to sing for Gus’ backing band on his North American West Coast tour, which kicked off on October 15 and concluded on October 19. Joining Gus and Jeff on stage for these dates were Marty O’Brien (bass; TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN, LITA FORD) and Jo Nunez (drums; FIREWIND, NIGHTRAGE).
A special expanded edition of Gus’ solo album, “I Am The Fire”, will be released in Europe on November 3 (digitally in North America on November 4). This limited CD + DVD digipak will feature four bonus tracks and a 62-minute bonus DVD (including the album’s four official video clips so far, plus three live tracks, six guitar tutorials, as well as an EPK and track-by-track commentary).