Joe Stump is one of the most intense and over the top guitarists out there. His maniacal guitar-driven releases are amazing displays of power and technical command.
Originally picking up the guitar at age 10, Joe’s main influences were Jimi Hendrix and Ritchie Blackmore, and eventually included Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker and Uli Jon Roth among others. His playing style incorporates neo-classical stylings as well as speed, thrash and European power metal.
Joe is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. He has taught thousands of students via the campus and hosted hundreds of guitar clinics both nationally and overseas.
“One thing my students come away with is inspiration. This is their time, when they’re supposed to be living, eating, breathing guitar. I’ve been doing it since I was younger than them, and I’m still doing it after however many different records and tours. So that kind of love of playing and inspiration and intensity and dedication to the instrument comes through.”
Joe’s career spans a large catalog of his instrumental solo work as well the bands Reign Of Terror, HolyHell and Exorcism. He’s appeared in magazines and publications including Guitar School, Guitar World, Guitar Shop, Burrn and many others. He has also released a number of instructional and live DVD’s through Shred Academy, giving fans worldwide the chance to get a lesson from Joe in his inimitable style. His 2014 paperback “Joe Stump’s Metal Guitar Chop Shop”, released through Berklee Press/Hal Leonard, was met with great reviews by his peers as well as metal players on all levels of styles.
2015 brings along the debut of Black Knight’s Castle: a tribute to the music of Rainbow & Deep Purple. A night of Ritchie Blackmore’s greatest hits, riffs and deep cuts from his work with Gillan, Dio, Coverdale and more.
Black Knight’s Castle is: Joe Stump – guitars (HolyHell, Reign Of Terror, Exorcism)
Andre Vanchot – vocals (Eddie Ojeda Band, Reign Of Terror, X Factor X)
Jay Rigney – bass (HolyHell, Reign Of Terror)
Jeff Hale – drums (Black Trip, Hilary Reynolds Band)
1 60-minute Q&A session
1 60-minute Guitar Workshop by Joe Stump
1 Professional Photo opportunity with each passenger