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.
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.