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LIVE STAGE: Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal



Ron did the first The Guitar Show and proved to be incredibly popular, following a #throwbackthursday post we got talking, I’m delighted to say that he has agreed to come back. Ron will be on The live Stage both days and on the Vigier Guitars stand for signing sessions.

LIVE STAGE: The Temperance Movement’s Paul Sayer

The Guitar Show 2019 Live Stage Announcement


The Temperance Movement’s Paul Sayer will be doing a Run Down of his rig on the Saturday of the show.


Paul Sayer is the guitar player and founder member of British rock and roll band ‘The Temperance Movement’, who to date have released three Top 12 albums, the latest of which charted at number 6 in the UK album charts. The have had number 1 radio hits in the US and Canada and toured with The Rolling Stones. Before forming The Temperance Movement he worked extensively as a session musician and musical director for artists as diverse as Ray Davies, Leona Lewis and Lily Allen, touring internationally playing to crowds of up to 80,000 people, appearing on major TV shows and recording guitar on Number 1 charting singles and albums. Paul personally managed The Temperance Movement in the 12 months preceding the release of the latest and most successful album ‘A Deeper Cut’.




Returning to Birmingham’s Bingley Hall on 23-24 February 2019, The Guitar Show has already booked almost 90% of its exhibition space to some of the world’s favourite guitar, amplification and effects brands.

Among the manufacturers confirmed to be showcasing new gear in 2019 are Marshall, Orange, Bareknuckle, Roland, Diezel, Eastman, Laney, Ibanez, Peavey, Faith, Blackstar and Ernie Ball/Musicman. Focusrite, Shure and Source Distribution will also feature, following high levels of interest in the show’s dedicated music production area, introduced for the 2018 event.

Alongside the established electric and acoustic exhibitions, The Guitar Show live stage will again host the best of British talent. Among the highlights, Status Quo’s John “Rhino” Edwards will be taking to the stage with side project Rhino’s Revenge. Featuring FM guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick and drummer Richard Newman (Paul Rodgers, Rory Gallagher, Steve Marriott, Glenn Hughes), the band will be playing songs from their second album, released a mere 17 years after their debut.


Tickets for The Guitar Show 2019 are priced at £12.50 (£8 for under-16s) in advance and available from

Photos of TGS 2018


The Guitar Show 2018 photo album

Win a HeadRush Pedalboard

Get hands-on, find your signature tone and discover the future of modelling with the HeadRush Pedalboard at The Guitar Show! Drop by the HeadRush stand to find out how you can WIN this revolutionary floorboard modelling processor!



Thunder Bassist Chris Childs – Synergy / Sandberg stand 12.00 – 14.00 Sat & Sun

Chris Childs has worked in a wide area of the music and entertainment industry – from film, radio and television sessions to West End theatre productions, in recording studios and stadium rock venues. His recording credits include: Go West, Andy Summers (Police), Thunder, Beverly Craven, Paul Young, Andy Taylor (Duran Duran), Helen Terry (Culture Club), Colin Blunstone, Then Jericho, Russ Ballard (argent) and Don Airey (Deep Purple).

He has appeared on albums alongside other world-class bass players such as Nathan East, Pino Palladino and Abraham Laboriel. He’s also currently involved in recording and producing albums for a number of other artists, as well as mixing, mastering and graphic design.

Since 1996 Chris has been a member of Thunder, generally regarded as one of the UK’s top classic rock bands, adding his own individual style of playing to hundreds of shows and numerous albums, including the critically-acclaimed new album Rip It Up.


The Guitar Show 2018 Live stage Annoucement: Bareknuckle Pickups Present: Riders To Ruin



Riders to Ruin, featuring Bare Knuckle Pickups founder/MD Tim Mills, are a 4 piece original hard rock band from Cornwall,UK. Formed in 2017,the band have their debut EP ’Stuck in Overdrive’ available from streaming and download on all major platforms. Catch the first video ‘Coming Home’ here:



The Guitar Show 2018 Live stage Annoucement: Joe Kelly & The Royal Pharmacy



It’s easy to consign the idea of the itinerant blues singer to myth (Robert Johnson) or caricature (Seasick Steve) but in 2017, Joe Kelly is as close as you’ll get to the real thing. Having spent the last couple of years calling a dilapidated camper van home and playing hundreds of shows armed with just a beaten-up guitar, a stomping foot and a harmonica, Joe decided that enough was enough, breaking free of the limitations of the one-man band and enlisting the
services of a hand-picked troupe of the finest local guns for hire, the ‘Royal Pharmacy’.

Debut single ‘Devil At Your Door’, an apocalyptic folk-blues with roots instrumentation and a contemporary edge proved an immediate hit with regional radio DJs earning the band a BBC Horizons grant and setting Joe up for a fruitful summer of festival appearances and an Italian tour.
The Launchpad funding saw Joe Kelly & The Royal Pharmacy begin work on their debut album at the renowned Monnow Valley studios, the first single from which, ‘Babylon’, is set for release in November 2017.








We are very pleased to announce that incredible rising blues-rock guitarist Chris Buck from Buck & Evans and Steve Marks of Blackstar Amplification will be playing The Guitar Show Live Stage on Sunday 25th February 2018.

Winner of “Best new Guitarist” in the Total Guitar awards 2017, Chris has recently been taking the guitar world by storm, with performances at Download Festival, jamming with Slash on stage multiple times and touring the UK.

His combination of great feel, fretboard knowledge and smooth tone is nothing short of inspirational.

Definitely not to be missed!

The Guitar Show 2018 Live stage Annoucement: Vigier & Fuzzrocious Present: This Illusion



Currently existing as guns for hire and trying to stay ahead of the ever advancing armies of Glak-the-Spinster. These soldiers of fortune will be spraying colours of Fuzzrocious and Vigier into battle, while trying to bring justice to the moral disintegration of the Lambrini System.
If you have a problem…if no one else can help…and if you can find them…maybe you can hire…This Illusion.