So far so good even though a lot of stuff sounds Zakkish on the new disc but I will judge him better when I see him at Ozzfest in Pittsburgh. That's how you can truely measure a guitarist, what he can do live.
Agree. Have you been checking out the video's people are posting of the shows? He spins your head around. In a way not many musicians do. He plays RR beautifully. He 'gets' it. More than anyone I have heard play with Ozzy aside of Jake E Lee. I mean, he stumbles on notes and parts sometimes, but he has alot of the technical sounds just as they were with Randy. It's amazing! Ozzy mentioned that in the news...the more I see him from live shows, the more I see what Ozzy means. Gus excites the F* out of me from a musical standpoint. He has that same brilliance Randy has (not had, because his spirit lives on) :0). I'm so incredibly happy for Ozzy. The man is gold, you know? Who else has his uncanny ability to spot and set these talents loose on the world through his music, bringing his fans to ecstasy with sounds that change all the time but are always guaranteed to r-o-c-k? Only Ozzy. The dimpled boy has lived a charmed life. I love the man! I love his music!
And, the reason you 'hear' Zakk on the tracks (at least what I heard from the news) was because Zakk had laid the tracks down already in the studio before going on tour. so when Ozzy got tired of waiting for Zakk to focus on the album and he ended up bringing Gus on board, it said 'Gus pretty much kept the riffs as written in deference to Zakk. I think he personalized things somewhat. A conservative and wise "transition" if you will for people who loved Zakk. He (Gus) is a chamelion...he 'gets' Zakk, he 'gets' Randy, he 'gets' Jake E Lee (sort of, I don't hear the twang that JEL put on the threads such as on Killer of Giants from Gus, but he does note for note catch the solo's which is FAR more then I've heard in years!!!).
He's very versatile. I am very very very interested to hear what he can bring to the table /// aside of \\\ "shredding" or WTF EVER. I want to fly with him when he sets the musical genie free. I pray he honors Ozzy and the history of Rock n Roll and all musicians like him of high calibre, and makes that one album that Ozzy fans have been waiting for since Blizzard and Diary. I am convinced he has what it takes to do that, he really does. Amazingly enough, he's here. Now it's just a prayer that he relaxes enough and can set free what's inside without concern to be 'like' anyone else but himself. not even 'like' he is in Firewind. just whatever comes to mind...regardless. and REALLY blows our minds.
I also pray he has plays solo during Ozzfest San Bernadino, and just shows the frigging whole crowd what he's got inside. Even if it's just a ten minute break for the band. Fuck the crowds...I just want him to show me what he's got inside. I think it's ALOT. It's been SUCH a long time since I've been around talent in the vein of a prodigy like Randy Rhoads...I feel like 'shiver me timbers.' I'm excited. So you'll have to tell me what you think after Ozzfest, if you see that same brilliance. LOL
This show is going to be bad@ss. I am SSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited.