Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has defended his decision to participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Gus served as the spokesperson that gave the final voting results on behalf of Greece at the event, where 26 nations were battling to be crowned Europe's best pop act.
The grand final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest took place on Saturday, May 18 in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the semi-finals held on Tuesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 16.
Earlier today, Gus took to his Facebook page to write: "OK, so I know a lot of you were shocked (whether it was in a good way or not) to see yours truly on Eurovision last night.
"When the Greek national television asked me to be the official spokesperson, I was somewhat hesitant for the obvious reason that 'a metalhead like me doesn't belong in a pop culture type of show.' But music should know no boundaries, and we should all respect that, regardless of our musical tastes. After all, there's been plenty of collaborations between rock/metal artists and pop artists over time.
"For the record, I look at Eurovision Song Contest as a huge televised musical event production and as entertainment. Under no circumstances I look at this from a political angle and I'm sorry for those that mixed it all up. I'm glad I got to shred '80s style' and bring the rock spirit for a few seconds inside the homes of tens of millions of people. If you were entertained last night, then we did good. I certainly had fun doing it.
"Thanks to ERT for the opportunity & thanks to you all for your encouraging and positive feedback."
Gus's latest solo album, "Fearless", was released in April 2018 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Brand New Revolution" marks his first release since exiting Osbourne's band in 2017.