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.
Hidden City Well, the big news that you’ve all been waiting for is finally here and I’m pleased to say that ‘Hidden City’ the new Cult album has arrived to pre-order with an official release date of 5th February 2016. I’m very proud of it and more so that Ian and I are still making new music in this era of bands constantly rehashing and touring old music. You can pre-order various white vinyl editions exclusively from The Cult Store. If you can’t wait until February you can download the first track ‘Dark Energy’ on various sites including in Amazon… Read the full article.
Back on the Road… Any of you who read my updates know that playing live is my favourite part of being a musician so I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the road soon. Rehearsals start next week and I’ll look to post a few pictures of my tour gear then, so make sure you follow me on Instagram for updates. For a full list of dates and ticket availability check out www.thecult.us The Evil Twin… Come & Meet me in Austin… If you’re in Austin, Texas or gonna be there for The Cult show at Stubb’s… Read the full article.
Creating a new old beauty… During the making of the new Cult album I saw a guitar the Gord Miller (from GM Vintage Renovations) had worked on for Bob Rock and loved it. Whist I loved the sound and playability of the ’58 (created by the Gibson Custom Shop) that was sitting right there in the studio I wanted to make the guitar really look like it was over 50 years old. I also wanted to add the reproduction period hardware to it that initially I had decided not to do when it was made at the custom shop….. so… Read the full article.
Lots of ‘new’ old stuff… When I was back home in the UK recently I spent some time in the attic sorting through my stuff and found lots of interesting Cult photos and items a from back in the day. Rather than let them gather dust I’ve got Team BD working on adding photos of the best bits to the Memora-billy-a section here on billyduffy.com. Already online are a stack of my Tour Books, Passes, Posters and loads of photos… I’ve added my own memories alongside the pics so I’m sure you’ll enjoy seeing them. We’ll be adding more in the… Read the full article.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the final poster in the series of three Fine Art Screen Prints celebrating Billy’s iconic Gibson Les Paul Guitars. Released exclusively via billyduffy.com it is a very Limited Edition with only 75 worldwide available now. This poster is from a photograph by Mick Peek of Billy playing one of his Gibson Les Paul guitars onstage with The Cult and has been hand screen printed. Measuring 56 x 76cm (image size 44 x 44cm) it is printed in black and two tones of red ink on high quality heavyweight 310 gsm ivory coloured fine art paper. It… Read the full article.
Hey, the last couple of weeks have been really busy as after finishing up recording on the album I had the Kings of Chaos charity show in San Francisco in support of the ‘Dolphin Project’. Here’s a few pics that I took during rehearsals… At the actual show the ‘house’ band featured Matt Sorum on Drums, Duff McKagen on Bass and Gilby Clarke on guitar and I got to play “Fire Woman” with Myles Kennedy on vocals, “Love Removal Machine” with Sammy Hagar and then join the whole band for the finale of “Rock & Roll” and “Paradise City”. It… Read the full article.
Hey, I’m back in California now and have been very busy finishing off the album. I did manage to take a bit of time to snap a few photos as from the feedback I’ve had I know these have been really popular and you’ve enjoyed a bit of a behind the scenes view in the studio. You can see my pics here… My Fender Esquire, Nash Strat and Signature Falcon arrive at the studio… Fender/Gibson about to have a shoot out at the KO coral… My Falcon (prototype 002) and semi obsolete Studer tape machine… Dinner break .. the humans have… Read the full article.
Hey, As I come to the end of a couple of very enjoyable weeks back in England I thought I send out a quick news update before I head back to California and get busy again finishing off the album. Signed Poster Sold Out... I’m pleased to announce that the launch of the first in the series of three Fine Art Screen Prints celebrating my Gibson Les Paul Guitars was a great success and following on from the Falcon set sold out in less than a day. Les Paul ‘Red’ Series #2 will be coming later this month so keep… Read the full article.