Big arenas plus new dates… Throughout my career I’ve been lucky enough to play some of the biggest arenas and stages in the world and whilst sometimes playing onstage in front of a passionate crowd in a small sweaty club is magical it’s equally exciting to take our music to big crowds who might not know the songs so well. The few dates we just played with GnR were exactly like that and feeling the response to ‘Deeply Ordered Chaos’ up there with the ‘hits’ was special. Hopefully we’ve picked up a few new fans or even had some reconnect! After my… Read the full article.
Alive in the Hidden City – Canada Ever since we first travelled over from the UK to play in Toronto in 1984 we have always had a great time in Canada and really appreciated the special relationship with the fans there. So it’s been no surprise that the last couple of weeks were fantastic and nice to get back to a few towns we’ve not been to for a while. So massive thanks to everyone who came along to a show and hope to be back again soon. I also want to say a big thanks to the all Canadian… Read the full article.
I’ve been using Ernie Ball Slinky strings since the early 1980’s and they continue to be an important part of my guitar sound, both in the studio and live. This year Ernie Ball decided to honor that partnership by asking me to be one of a select few guitarists to feature in THE PURSUIT OF TONE, a new original documentary series they are producing in partnership with AT&T here in the States. The one hour episode features me with The Cult at an ‘Alive in the Hidden City’ show as well as talking about at my musical influences and life… Read the full article.
Alive in the Hidden City “I have to say a massive thanks to everyone who has caught one of our ‘Alive in the Hidden City’ shows this year and helped make them some of my favourite live times yet! I know it seems like I’ve been saying the same for the last couple of years but this tour really has been something special. I’m not sure what the magic ingredient is… the new songs… the new guys… my new gear… I suppose it’s a bit of it all. Don’t worry if we’ve not hit your location yet as we are… Read the full article.
Well here I am back in California getting some rest after a storming trip with The Cult on the ‘Alive in the the Hidden City’ UK and Eire tour before heading out for the first batch of US dates at the end of the week. Alive in the Hidden City – UK & Eire It was a really busy time because as well as all the dates there was lots of interviews with the British press to support the album and tour driven by the great reviews and response to the shows. It’s always great to get back to the… Read the full article.
Last week in Manchester there was an Pop Up Exhibition of Photos & Prints of Billy by long time pal Mick Peek. The Exhibition featured a brand new Manchester-themed limited edition screen print, as well as a collection of 14 black & white photos of Billy taken by Mick over the years, including some never seen before images. Also included in the show was a life-size photo print of Billy’s signature Gretsch White Falcon guitar. With all the orders from the night now fulfilled we are making the remainder available to purchase at our updated Billy Duffy Online Store. SHOP… Read the full article.
_ On Friday 26th February, Billy returns to his home town to play a sold out show with The Cult, at Albert Hall, Manchester to support their new album ‘Hidden City’. Earlier that evening, he will be appearing at a special Private View to sign photos and prints by his long-time friend, Mick Peek – at Artisan Restaurant & Gallery. Mick and Billy have previously collaborated to produce two series of signed limited edition screen print posters, all of which sold out very quickly on release. This special pop-up exhibition will take place at Artisan from 5pm-7pm on Friday 26th February, with Billy personally signing artwork for anyone who makes a purchase (before… Read the full article.
So we’re not even out of January yet and its already hotting up to be a storming year!…. Back at NAMM I guess I’m pretty lucky to have one of the world’s best music gear shows so close to home so this month saw my annual trip back to NAMM and chance to hang with some of my pals in the business. Obviously we need to start with Grestch and the recent launch of my Signature Black Falcon. I couldn’t have dreamed a few years ago that I could have the honour of one signature model and now I have… Read the full article.
2015 has been really busy even if I haven’t played as many shows as in previous years. JANUARY kicked off with my annual visit to NAMM, which is one of the biggest music trade shows in the world and held here in California. It was a great chance to start plans for two new exciting signature projects…a Dunlop Billy Duffy Cry Baby and the Billy Duffy Gretsch Black Falcon… but more about that later! Another January highlight was that I also got to play a gig with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers band at a show in… Read the full article.
The band was on fire on throughout the Primal Cult tour and lots of people have said it was the best sound we’ve ever had! Damon Fox does an amazing job on keyboards (and second guitar) and I think that it’s changed the emphasis of the band a bit to create a more mature sound reminiscent of the Sonic Temple and Ceremony era tours. It also allows us to take more chances with the arrangements live and make the whole show much more dynamic as a result. Grant Fitzpatrick also joined us on bass and as a kid in Australia… Read the full article.