Happy New Year everyone! Hot on the heals of the commerical debut of the Mark Thwaite Signature Solo-II guitar, MGT is confirmed for an exclusive artist signing at the Schecter Guitar Research booth at the world renowned NAMM 2017 exhibition in Anaheim California this month! The NAMM Show is an annual event in the US described as “the world’s largest trade only event for the music products industry”.  Held at the Anaheim Exhibition Center, the new Schecter MGT Signature model will be on display and MGT will be available for photos and signing between 3:00-4:00pm on Friday 20th January at the Schecter Booth 210 Hall D (second level). Also signing at that time will be Al Jourgensen and members of Ministry. MGT will also be dropping by the Seymour Duncan booth 5560 Hall B between 1:30-2:30pm that same day. Click on the banners below for more info.

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Seasons greetings everybody! Following the success of the Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts UK Tour this month, we’d like to share a couple of videos from the tour… firstly an interview with Ricky & MGT for Hard Rock Hell, covering the tour and MGT’s solo album ‘Volumes’, plus an exclusive video of Ricky Warwick & MGT performing Thin Lizzy classic ‘Jailbreak’ with Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard & Last in Line at Winterstorm Festival in Scotland:

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MGT with Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts – Planet Rockstock Dec 2016

Also check out a selection of images of MGT with his new signature guitar on the IMAGES PAGE [here].

STOP PRESS: The Schecter Guitars Mark Thwaite Signature Solo-II Ultraviolet is now available! – click on the banner below for specs, you can order the guitar in USA [here]

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Finally we leave you with this Christmas song ditty written by MGT with Al Jourgensen of Ministry! Happy holidays everyone and see you all in the New Year for a special MGT announcement!

 

 

 

Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts have confirmed more headline dates on the forthcoming UK tour in November with special guests Vice Squad, with some venues already close to selling out..  The band, formed by Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy & The Almighty also includes Gary Sullivan on drums, from post Almighty band SiC), and Guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission/Peter Murphy), and on bass Richard Vernon of Mark’s old band The Mission completing the lineup..  After a fantastic debut tour in early 2016 opening for the legendary Stiff Little Fingers, Ricky and the band are delighted to announce their first ever headline tour.

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The dates are in support of Ricky’s two solo albums released in February on Nuclear Blast Entertainment entitled “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)” and “Hearts on Trees” (links below)

Ricky Warwick: “We can’t wait to get back out there and play a full length set and I am delighted that my old friends Vice Squad will be special guests, I’ve been a fan of Beki and the boys since their debut album No Cause For Concern. It’s gonna be a helluva of an evening!”

Nov 11 PWLLHELI, HARD ROCK HELL FESTIVAL N. WALES (SOLD OUT)
Nov 12 BIRMINGHAM, ACADEMY 3 UK
Nov 13 SHEFFIELD, ACADEMY 2 UK
Nov 15 LEICESTER, ACADEMY 2
Nov 16 EDINBURGH, BANNERMANS SCOTLAND UK
Nov 17 NEWCASTLE, RIVERSIDE UK
Nov 18 CHESTER, LIVE ROOMS UK
Nov 19 GRIMSBY, YARDBIRDS UK
Nov 20 NORWICH, WATERFRONT UK
Nov 22 LONDON, ISLINGTON ACADEMY UK
Nov 23 OXFORD, ACADEMY 2 UK
Nov 24 SUTTON IN ASHFIELD – THE DIAMOND UK
Nov 26 TROON, WINTER STORM FESTIVAL, SCOTLAND UK
DEC 02 ST ALBANS, THE HORN UK
Dec 04 TRECCO BAY – PLANET ROCKSTOCK FESTIVAL S. WALES (SOLD OUT)

Tickets available now [CLICK HERE]..

Also check out the ‘Celebrating Sinking’ video with Ricky and the band, featured on the new album “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)” out now on Nuclear Blast:

Also check out MGT & Ricky Warwick on ‘Drive & Forget’, featured on the new MGT album ‘Volumes’.. here’s a special ‘Fighting Heartz’ hard rock mix not featured on the CD:

For more info check out the Ricky Warwick & Fighting Hearts Facebook page

Ricky Warwick Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/rickywarwickofficial/

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“Mark is a friend, and the stars were aligned… it was the right song at the right time”Ville Valo

MGT’s cover of ABBA classic ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ with Ville Valo of HIM was released as a single on SPV records back in April this year, with an accompanying video shot & directed by noted videographer Ville Juurikkala.. now 6 months later the video has now surpassed over ONE MILLION views! We’d both like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fans out there for enjoying the video and for buying the single and the MGT ‘Volumes’ album, which also features the full length version, given a dark brooding hard rock twist by Thwaite & Valo!

“I’d had an inspiration to record a dark and brooding version of ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ a few years ago.. the solo album was in the works during last summer, so I recorded the music for it, lovingly reconstructing the parts and melodies based on the ABBA version, and then sent the completed music demo to Ville, who came back with his fantastic vocals, perfect for the song..” Mark Gemini Thwaite

‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ single edit is available on iTunes and Amazon [HERE]

MGT ‘Volumes’ including full version of KMKY available on CD / MP3 at these links:

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Just in: MGT INTERVIEW in TONE REPORT WEEKLY

Check out this weeks issue of Tone Report Weekly magazine with a deep dive 12 page feature interview discussing  MGT’s new album & career, the Schecter Guitars MGT Signature model and the relaunched Dirty Chorus pedal by Pro Tone Pedals! Click on cover image below…

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http://www.magazine.tonereport.com/mag/0804920001474050675?page=20

MGT ENDORSED BY MESA BOOGIE AMPLIFICATION

In other news, MGT is proud to confirm his endorsement by legendary California premium amplifcation company MESA BOOGIE.. Thwaite has played various Mesa amps since the last 1990s and continues to rate them as his favourite amps bar none! Click on image..

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http://mesaboogie.com/artist/mark-gemini-thwaite.html

MGT is also proud to play SEYMOUR DUNCAN pickups and effects pedals.. the MGT Signature model has Mark’s choice of Duncan JB and Alnico Pro II pickups..  check out the MGT artist page on the Seymour Duncan website [here]

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Renowned US boutique guitar pedal company ProTone Pedals have teamed up with guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite, announcing their latest addition to their signature artist roster.. the MGT Dirty Chorus is a tweaked out evolution of the Raven Dirty Chorus, only this handwired version is optimized for guitar frequencies with an overhauled amp-like drive circuit, making it all his own.

MGT – known for his work with the likes of goth rockers like The Mission and Peter Murphy, Trip Hop svengali Tricky, classic rock & rollers like Thin Lizzy’s Ricky Warwick and The Who’s Roger Daltrey, and known in industrial circles for his collaborations with Revolting Cocks and Gary Numan, had this to say:

“My friend the late Paul Raven of Killing Joke came up with the original concept of the Raven Dirty Chorus back in 2007 – while we were working on the Mob Research debut album – and almost a decade since his untimely passing, I’m proud to announce the relaunch of this brilliant pedal with a few MGT refinements and an updated circuit! Thanks to Protone for making this dream a reality”

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Protone MGT Dirty Chorus handwired pedal [click on image]

Check out MGT demoing the vintage chorus tones with full bodied tube-inspired overdrive and wobbly tremolo with his Schecter MGT Signature Solo-II guitar (also shipping this October) on the link below. The pedal is available to order now! https://protonepedals.com/product/mgt-dirty-chorus/

JUST IN: MGT CAMEO IN NEW < P I G > VIDEO

Raymond Watts of UK industrial legends <PIG> recently contributed vocals on MGT’s latest solo album ‘Volumes’, and this was just one of many songs that the pair wrote together over the last few years. More of these collaborations now appear on the latest PIG album ‘The Gospel’, released this month on Metropolis records. Check out the MGT cameo in the latest video for ‘Found in Filth’ below, co-written by Thwaite:

In other news: check out these recent interviews with MGT featured in Revista The 13th online magazine, and Interview in Italian Ascension magazine (print).

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Following the release of Mark Gemini Thwaite’s debut solo album ‘Volumes’ last month on SPV, & the MGT/Ville Valo video single for ABBA classic ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ surpassing over three quarters of a million views in three months, renowned USA company Schecter Guitars have announced a special limited edition MGT Signature model will go into production and will debut later this year (www.schecterguitars.com/mgt):

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The Schecter MGT Signature Solo-II Ultraviolet custom was designed with Thwaite’s own specifications on electronics, hardware, colour and choice of fretboard wood.. this includes a flip/flop ultraviolet top with stained mahogany red back, sides and neck, all gold hardware including MGT choice of USA made Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck JB custom zebra Bridge and Alnico Pro II neck coil tapping humbuckers, Bigsby B7, TonePros roller bridge, and unique custom appointments such as aged creme double binding, custom style MOP block inlays on a Rosewood neck, gold mirror pickguard and gold MGT truss rod cover (unique to MGT model), graphtech ivory nut, and Grip Tip speed knobs, CTS 500 pots and more. Schecter expect production models to be in stores later this year, click on the Schecter banner below for more images, specifications and details:

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The Mark Thwaite Signature Solo-II now available to pre-order [here]. More links soon.

In other news, noted custom pedalboard maker Pro Tone Pedals have also revealed plans for an MGT special edition chorus, which will also debut later this year.. more details here!

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MGT ‘Volumes’ is available now on CD/Digital Download at these links below:

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Some of the stellar reviews for ‘Volumes’ so far:

“Mark Gemini Thwaite is a man who should need no introduction, given the breadth of artists and musical styles he’s made his indelible mark in. Lending his skills as a composer and guitarist to the likes of goth/rockers like The Mission and Peter Murphy, classic rock & rollers like Thin Lizzy’s Ricky Warwick and The Who’s Roger Daltrey, and well known in industrial circles for his collaborations in Primitive Race, Revolting Cocks, and Gary Numan” REGENmagazine

“You will find the who is who of goth rock on ‘Volumes’ – From Ville Valo to Wayne Hussey, Julianne Regan and Andi Sex Gang. Thwaite does what he’s doing best, playing guitar and watching the songs. It’s marvelous that even though so many singers joined, the result is a homogeneous debut solo album” SONIC SEDUCER MAGAZINE

“A real highlight is the dramatic singer/songwriter ballad Drive and Forget, sung by Warwick. The rest of the 13 songs are real songs (and no guitar orgies) and really deliver on diversity and bandwidth… again, with so much original talent and so many famous friends, you can’t do a lot wrong” CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

“It’s an ambitious project overall when you consider how much talent is spread across one hour, but it goes beyond hitting the bullseye, and tears through the dartboard and into the next room” – 4/5 PureRawk.com review

“‘Volumes’ has a very cohesive feel about it, something that in this age of single track downloads many full bands seem to struggle with and that togetherness has in part got to be down to the crystal clear and razor sharp production and mix” UBERROCK.co.uk

“Unlike many solo guitar releases, there’s an emphasis on songcraft over flashy solos, with Thwaite’s session musician chops offering a versatile, multi-faceted sound throughout” 4/5 SmellsLikeInfiniteSadness.com

“Mark Gemini Thwaite fashions a highly listenable and quite captivating collection of songs that draws more on his strengths not just as a guitarist but as a composer. In short, Volumes is quite an excellent album indeed” REGENmagazine

“MGT has out done himself.. It’s been a long wait for a solo album from this guitar player & it’s well worth it.. A real mix of pop sensibilities brewed with Goth fusion. The guest vocalists are a perfect pick…An absolute masterstroke” 8.5/10  AllAboutTheRock.co.uk

“Under the name MGT, with over 30 years and 20 albums to his credit, the currently US-based Thwaite will not slow down.. He’s still thriving in a groove of constant craft, just as he was during his formative years in Birmingham”MusicExistence.com review

“Often, guitarists’ albums are little more than an excuse for furious guitar tirades, most often at the expense of the song itself. In this case, though, Mark’s restraint has let him produce a pretty decent album full of good tracks. Definitely worth a listen” TheMidlandRocks.com review

“Contender for my album of the year. Each track on this album is a highlight.. I like when artists can show influences without directly copying them and Mark Thwaite does this in 14 different ways on this album” www.rocknreelreviews.com

“‘Volumes’ is a very surprising album, each song shines with its special charm, sometimes powerful, sometimes soft, but always wonderful” www.badblack-unicorn.de

“Mark’s musical talents shine through so well on ‘Volumes’.  He was always an asset to the bands he played in, but what I love here is how cohesive the sound is.  The vocalists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and mix up so many singing styles.  But with Mark as the constant driving force, the album works brilliantly.  I’m so pleased to finally see his name on the cover”  Ian Camfield XFM/ XS Manchester UK

“Volumes is incredibly executed album. Excellent production allows the sophisticated arrangements on these songs to take the listener on a trip from deep, dark places to bright pinnacles, and back. MGT’s first solo outing is a powerful collection of superbly crafted songs” 1340Mag.com

MGT ‘Volumes’ is available now on CD / MP3 at these links:

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Classic Rock Magazine Gmbh premiere the new MGT video ‘You Can’t Go Back (To Once Upon a Time)’ with Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff – as well as including the song on their Jul/Aug issue of the magazine! The third video from ‘Volumes’, the new album out now on digipak CD or download:   BUY ‘VOLUMES’ HERE:

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As well as Hunt and Nockalls, other guest appearances include Ville Valo of HIM on MGT’s ABBA cover of ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ (over three quarters of a million views on YouTube), Wayne Hussey of The Mission, Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy), Raymond Watts (Pig/KMFDM), Saffron of Republica, Julianne Regan & Andy Cousin of All About Eve, Ashton Nyte of The Awakening, Carlo Van Putten of Dead Guitars, Jorgen Munkeby (Shining Norway) and Goth legend Andi Sex Gang. Click below to stream/order!

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MGT – ‘Volumes’ out now! Available on Digipak CD / digital MP3 download

Some of the stellar reviews for ‘Volumes’ so far:

“Mark Gemini Thwaite is a man who should need no introduction, given the breadth of artists and musical styles he’s made his indelible mark in. Lending his skills as a composer and guitarist to the likes of goth/rockers like The Mission and Peter Murphy, classic rock & rollers like Thin Lizzy’s Ricky Warwick and The Who’s Roger Daltrey, and well known in industrial circles for his collaborations in Primitive Race, Revolting Cocks, and Gary Numan” REGENmagazine

“You will find the who is who of goth rock on ‘Volumes’ – From Ville Valo to Wayne Hussey, Julianne Regan and Andi Sex Gang. Thwaite does what he’s doing best, playing guitar and watching the songs. It’s marvelous that even though so many singers joined, the result is a homogeneous debut solo album” SONIC SEDUCER MAGAZINE

“A real highlight is the dramatic singer/songwriter ballad Drive and Forget, sung by Warwick. The rest of the 13 songs are real songs (and no guitar orgies) and really deliver on diversity and bandwidth… again, with so much original talent and so many famous friends, you can’t do a lot wrong” CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

“It’s an ambitious project overall when you consider how much talent is spread across one hour, but it goes beyond hitting the bullseye, and tears through the dartboard and into the next room” – 4/5 PureRawk.com review

“‘Volumes’ has a very cohesive feel about it, something that in this age of single track downloads many full bands seem to struggle with and that togetherness has in part got to be down to the crystal clear and razor sharp production and mix” UBERROCK.co.uk

“Unlike many solo guitar releases, there’s an emphasis on songcraft over flashy solos, with Thwaite’s session musician chops offering a versatile, multi-faceted sound throughout” 4/5 SmellsLikeInfiniteSadness.com

“Mark Gemini Thwaite fashions a highly listenable and quite captivating collection of songs that draws more on his strengths not just as a guitarist but as a composer. In short, Volumes is quite an excellent album indeed” REGENmagazine

“MGT has out done himself.. It’s been a long wait for a solo album from this guitar player & it’s well worth it.. A real mix of pop sensibilities brewed with Goth fusion. The guest vocalists are a perfect pick…An absolute masterstroke” 8.5/10  AllAboutTheRock.co.uk

“Under the name MGT, with over 30 years and 20 albums to his credit, the currently US-based Thwaite will not slow down.. He’s still thriving in a groove of constant craft, just as he was during his formative years in Birmingham”MusicExistence.com review

“Often, guitarists’ albums are little more than an excuse for furious guitar tirades, most often at the expense of the song itself. In this case, though, Mark’s restraint has let him produce a pretty decent album full of good tracks. Definitely worth a listen” TheMidlandRocks.com review

“Contender for my album of the year. Each track on this album is a highlight.. I like when artists can show influences without directly copying them and Mark Thwaite does this in 14 different ways on this album” www.rocknreelreviews.com

“‘Volumes’ is a very surprising album, each song shines with its special charm, sometimes powerful, sometimes soft, but always wonderful” www.badblack-unicorn.de

“Mark’s musical talents shine through so well on ‘Volumes’.  He was always an asset to the bands he played in, but what I love here is how cohesive the sound is.  The vocalists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and mix up so many singing styles.  But with Mark as the constant driving force, the album works brilliantly.  I’m so pleased to finally see his name on the cover”  Ian Camfield XFM/ XS Manchester

“Volumes is incredibly executed album. Excellent production allows the sophisticated arrangements on these songs to take the listener on a trip from deep, dark places to bright pinnacles, and back. MGT’s first solo outing is a powerful collection of superbly crafted songs” 1340Mag.com

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MGT DJ SET at RELEASE THE BATS (USA)

You can also catch MGT spinning a special guest DJ set tonight at RELEASE THE BATS club in Long Beach California on Friday 24th June -and to celebrate the release of ‘Volumes’! MGT with be joined by Ashton Nyte of The Awakening & will spin tracks from the new album, give away some SIGNED CDs and of course rock some exclusive remixes..

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