The guitar players who have been members of Ozzy Osbourne’s band are widely regarded as among the best of the best in the world of heavy metal. From Randy Rhoads to Brad Gillis to Jake E. Lee to Zakk Wylde, the pedigree of players is impressive. Now after twenty years with Wylde laying down the metal mayhem, it was time for a change, and Ozzy enlisted a hot young shredder that most Americans had never heard of before, Gus G.
Born and raised in Greece, 29 year old Gus G. (Kostas, if you asked his parents) grew up worshiping at the altar of bands like Black Sabbath (his favorite) and Ozzy Osbourne, but he also fell in love with neo-classical shredders like Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, and Gary Moore. Throw in some modern European industrial metal from the Nineties and you start to get a picture of someone who embraces the Ozzy sound and style, but also brings a few new flavors to the mix.
European metal fans have known Gus G. for a while now thanks to his speed metal band, Firewind. Firewind are releasing their sixth studio album in the Fall 2010. And fans worldwide may have caught some glimpses of Gus G. on the last Ozzfest tour — he temporarily filled in for Christopher Amott in the band Arch Enemy, which may be where Ozzy Osbourne first discovered this fantastic talent.
We caught up with Gus G. just as Ozzy Osbourne’s summer touring schedule kicks into high gear. He’s a really nice guy, and his playing on the new Ozzy CD, Scream, really screams.
Who’s this guy? Oh, he’s from that band.