Guitar Superstar 2010 - Host and Judges

June 15, 2010
 GPGS 2010-Judges

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Nikki Blakk is 107.7 The Bone’s afternoon drive host from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. A Bay Area native, Nikki grew up in Fairfield and attended Solano Community College and San Francisco State University.  She currently resides in the East Bay.

Nikki started as an intern at 107.7 The Bone and then worked middays in Modesto, which led to a night-time slot in San Jose.   After a brief stint in Santa Rosa, she returned to 107.7 The Bone.

She credits several on-air hosts from The Bone with helping her advance in the radio business over the years.  “A Bone DJ helped me make my first air check that landed me the job in Modesto and every moment spent with Steven Seaweed is a lesson in how to make good radio,” she says.

"I truly feel like I've come home to 107.7 The Bone and nothing could make me happier!”

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Elliot Easton

As a member of the Cars from 1976-1988, Easton’s multi-faceted stylistic focus and enthusiasm for the experimental produced some of rock’s most ear-catching, genre-bending solos. The former Berklee student has also toured with Hall and Oates, performed with Creedence Clearwater Revisited, participated in the premiere MTV Unplugged broadcast, contributed a song to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, formed the New Cars with Todd Rundgren, and has worked with Brian Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lee Rocker, and many others.

Always enthusiastic to share his experience with up-and-coming players, Easton has participated in several Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camps, and his often cranky but dead-on critiques as a Guitar Superstar judge definitely energize the audience!

Starting in the ’80s with the Kramer EE Pro, Easton’s love for the guitar has inspired him to co-design many models. His current beauties include the Martin HD Elliot Easton Custom Artist Edition and the Gibson Inspired By Elliot Easton SG.

Currently, Easton is developing a top-secret project that harkens back to his hit-making past.

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George Lynch

The Dokken, Lynch Mob, and Souls of We (soon to be renamed by fan suggestions via Lynch’s website) virtuoso not only astounds audiences with his stunning technique and tone, he shares the tools of his formidable talents through personal guitar clinics, lesson DVDs, and his design and signature-series work with gear manufacturers such as ESP, Randall, Zoom, Morley, Seymour Duncan, Spectraflex, and Washburn. (One of his hilarious raps during his tenure as a Guitar Superstar judge in 2008 was to jokingly tell a competitor that he’d have a better tone if he used Lynch gear, then naming every product from his signature guitars to his effects and pickups.)

Recently, Lynch (and partner Tony Ortiz) debuted his new line of handcrafted Mr. Scary guitars. These instruments are limited editions that are individually named and numbered, and the line currently includes the Mullet, Burnt Tiger, and Headhunter.

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One of the most exciting, experimental, and absolutely feral players you’ll ever hear, Reeves Gabrels worked closely with David Bowie for more than a decade as guitarist, musical collaborator, and producer.

However, Gabrels has wide-ranging composition, screenwriting, production, and performer credits beyond his association with Bowie. These include hundreds of live and/or recorded performances for artists such as the Rolling Stones, Natalie Imbruglia, The Cure, Paul Rodgers, and Ozzy Osbourne, as well as various film and video game soundtracks.

In 2000, Gabrels’ solo album, Ulysses (della notte), was nominated for a Yahoo! Award for its original, Internet-only release format. Gabrels is currently collaborating on a project with Earl Slick—another Bowie alumni and a judge for Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar 2009 competition—and was recently honored with a signature model from Reverend Guitars.

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Gary Hoey

Although this is Hoey’s first sojourn as a Guitar Superstar judge, his imprint loomed over the 2006 competition when his ferocious 1993 cover of Focus’ “Hocus Pocus” inspired us to open the show with a live version performed by the house band and GPGS 2005 finalist Rodney VerBrugge.

As a renowned guitarist, producer, and composer, Hoey has toured and traded licks with the likes of Jeff Beck, Brian May, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Joe Satriani, the Doobie Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, Rick Derringer, and Deep Purple, as well as providing music scores to Disney, ESPN, and other media clients.

His Ho Ho Hoey Christmas CDs have become annual staples at hundreds of national radio stations, and Hallmark’s musical greeting cards feature two selections from the popular holiday series. Hoey also participated in the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, which was filmed for an upcoming VH1 Classic show.

Hoey’s current release is Utopia, which showcases his singing and songwriting skills along with his jaw-dropping instrumental prowess.

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