Gus G was plucked from a pool of guitarists to replace the venerable Zakk Wylde as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist, and he's answered the call with equal parts grace and shred. His main band, Firewind, has just released 'Days of Defiance,' and will tour behind the platter for a quick run of special engagement dates along the East Coast, save for a single show for our neighbors to the north -- that'd be in Canada.

Powerglove and the Absence will open the dates, which are the only North American Firewind tour dates this year.

You can also enjoy another dose of Gus G by watching our exclusive ''Creep Show' interview with him from August 2010, when he was touring on Ozzfest with the roving festival's namesake.

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