American Douglas Blair is long-time lead guitarist of L.A.'s W.A.S.P., and main conspirator of the power duo concept project signal2noise. Using his innovative 8-string GuitarCross bass/guitar hybrid and leading European rock drummers, Blair's s2n will perform in EU clinics and festivals, allowing the innovative project to be both radical and continually-evolving. All US perfomances and recordings are handled by Boston's John Anthony.
"There's nothing duller than a band that have chosen to read the blueprint and have stuck to it. I wanna see bands that are reaching beyond, even what they think they're capable of, and that's what's really important."
05/22/13 - Listen to a very interesting and crazy interview with John Anthony on talkingmetal.com, recorded at Irving Plaza in New York City, while he was touring with Ethan Brosh and supporting the Yngwie Malmsteen US tour. You can check it out here.
05/09/13 - Douglas has recieved three new ESP EC series electric guitars for modification and use on the next W.A.S.P. full tour. He has also acquired the top-of-the-line guitar processor for the GuitarCross from Fractal Audio Systems: the Axe-FX II. Programming will commence and result in ease of performing overseas with the full complement of sounds.
05/03/13 - After a week of Los Angeles rehearsals and ESP headquarters raids(where the Blade II created a minor work stoppage), W.A.S.P. ripped through a 75-minute headlining set at the M3 Festival in Merriweather, MD. Awesome event--so wish there were more here in the USA!
05/01/13 - Douglas has an article featuring the GuitarCross published in May's issue of Machine Rock Magazine from Stockholm, Sweden. Check it out here.
04/29/13 - Douglas has recorded leads for two songs in a rock opera project based upon H.P. Lovecraft's short story "Dreams In The Witch House", circa 1930's. The project is co-produced in North Hollywood, CA and Stockholm, Sweden, and an August, 2013 international release is planned.
04/23/13 - s2n drummer John Anthony is embarking on a 15-city nationwide tour with Boston's Berklee shredder Ethan Brosh, in support of Swedish Guitar Master Yngwie J. Malmsteen. Coincidentally, he will be rubbing elbows with former W.A.S.P. drummer Patrick Johansson, who has been Yngwie's drummer since 2006. Dates can be found here.
04/13/13 - An in-depth interview conducted during Douglas' recent trip to Moscow, RU has been published on the online metal site Headbanger.RU and can be checked out right here. Topics hashed out include hellacious Moscow, guitar companies, signal2noise, mental illness, and Russian overnight train attendants.
03/08/13 - Douglas is excited to be working with ESP Guitars and Fractal Audio Systems on new guitars and amplification for 2013!
Douglas has completed a successful winter 2013 European clinic/guest performance tour, surviving Moscow and a Stockholm kidnapping by Deathstar's Skinny, visiting the amazing Toontracks Studios in Umea, SE, becoming a honorary member of the Turku Live Music Association(TELMU), and sitting in with Helsinki rockers Bar-B-Q Barbies, among other highlights. Check out the promotional posters here.
03/02/13 - House Of Metal Festival, guitar clinic at Folkshuset Umea, SE 1pm-2:30pm
02/23/13 - The Winter Invasion, guitar clinic/guest performances at Music Town/Rock City Moscow, RU
02/20-21/13 - Turku Bandstand Competition, special guest judge at Vimma Turku, FI
02/18/13 - Mike's Monster Jam, guest performance with house band at Henry's Pub Tampere, FI 12am-3am
02/18/13 - Tampere Guitar School, guitar clinic at Laterna Tampere, FI 6pm
02/13/13 - new track Explain posted on site-wide audio player
01/01/13 - new track Mind Wasp, recorded by Devin Townsend on Blair's barrowed Hamer GX, is released on DTP's Epicloud CD. It can be heard here, and special thanks from the liner notes can be seen here.
12/10/12 - Douglas held a formal guitar clinic for Rock Academy Turku at Vimma in Turku, FI. Press can be seenhere.
12/07/12 - W.A.S.P. completed a highly-successful 15-country 57-show initial leg of their 30th Anniversary World Tour. More news here.
07/15/12 - Douglas has had an interview published in the October, 2012 issue of Czech Republic's Musikus Magazine. It can be seen here.
06/25/12 - Another hot summer fest season has been completed with 16 shows in 10 countries, including 6 Metalfests. Check it out here.
05/25/12 - Douglas has been featured in the April, 2012 Russian edition issue of Classic Rock Magazine as well the May, 2012 special 300th issue edition of Rock Hard Magazine, DE. Check them out here!
05/15/12 - Between 24 April and 13 May, Douglas traveled to The Boss's Westlake, CA all-analog recording studio to lay down leads for his 3rd CD with the group. Read about it here.
04/15/12 - The studio Strats and Gibson Les Paul are being dusted off, tuned-up, and fired up for upcoming sessions on a new W.A.S.P. CD!
10/25/11 - work is progressing rapidly at Mixed Emotion Studios with engineer Kenny Lewis(Stryper) on six uncompleted s2n studio tracks!
10/14/11 - Blair's Hamer GuitarCross has been lent indefinitely to one of his BIG heros... let's see what the Hevy Devy will do with it!
8/23/11 - Blair's Les Paul Blade II has been featured in the September, 2011 issue of Premier Guitar Magazine(US) in the 'Guitar of the Month' section. Check it out here.
6/18/11 - new photos of Blair Les Paul Blade stage guitars have been posted here.
4/14/11 - Heart of Darkness, a second instrumental tracked live at The Glue Factory, can be heard on the audio player.
4/04/11 - Mother, the first cut recorded live at The Glue Factory, s2n's Boston rehearsal facility, has been posted on the site-wide audio player. Creatively employed is a mid-80's Boss RPS-10 Pitch Shifter/Delay in its main riff on the GX.
4/02/11 - Check out the guitar page featuring Blair's custom-designed and hand-built instruments, from Super Strats to Turbo Les Pauls, Mutant Twin double necks and the ASIA, it's all here.
3/30/11 - New Run 21 page is under construction: check out Blair's formative years here, and see his first national US press here.
9/22/10 - See the Metal Hammer Germany review of W.A.S.P.'s performance at the 2010 Wacken Metal Festival here.
1/21/10 - Douglas has contributed an editorial article to the 1/10 issue of Finland's RYTMI music magazine. The piece, entitled Back To The Source of Music, can be read in English here.
Sixteen successful shows in six countries have been completed. Douglas's revitalized 1980 Custom Mockingbird lights up the stage. Read here.