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Interview:
Ozzy Osbourne guitarist working to establish his own name
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Gus G.'s claims to fame have primarily come through bands (Firewind, Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy) or via his work with Ozzy Osbourne on 2010's "Scream" and the tour that followed.

But with two recent solo albums to his credit, including last year's "Brand New Revolution" and his first North American tour as a solo artist, the guitarist is busy establishing his own name. And he says the timing couldn't be better.

"I think I'm a much better player today than I was five years ago or even seven years ago," G., real name Kostantinos Karamitroudis, says by phone from his native Greece. "I'm always trying to come up with new stuff. Building your own style, getting your own voice in music is the hardest thing. It develops through the years, not just pick up a guitar and the same day you have your own style. It all comes from influences and different things -- what I call my little back of guitar licks..

"It's a never-ending journey. You've just got to keep learning and getting better at it."

If practice makes perfect, the 35-year-old G. is certainly doing that. He fully expects to record another solo album, and he's also working on something new for the Greek-based Firewind, the group's first new album since 2012. Then there's Osbourne, who's currently on tour with Black Sabbath but has professed plans to continue his own solo career after the group's current The End farewell trek.

And G. fully expects to be by his side when that happens.

"Like a lot of other people, I'm just waiting to see what they're going to do. It's really not up to me," G. says. "We did a little bit of (Osbourne) touring last year. It would be cool to do another record, especially for me, joining the band at the very end of the ('Scream') record.

"Obviously playing guitar on an Ozzy record is a mind-blowing thing, being one of those four dudes that got to play on a recording with him. But I'm hoping I can be able to be on a project with him from scratch so we can do some more stuff together. So we'll see. I'm not waiting around, but I'll be ready when he calls."

Gus G.

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