Gizz Butt biography

Name: Gizz (Graham) Butt
From: Manchester, England
Born: August 3 1966
Role: Live Gitarrz (1996–1999)

In the age of 14 Butt acquired the nickname "Gizz" from the character of 'Gizzard Puke' who appeared on The Kenny Everett Show. Coming from a musical background, Butt began playing the guitar at the age of eleven, taking lessons with a jazz guitarist in Manchester. In 1978, his family relocated to Peterborough, where Butt formed his first school band, The Northern Lights. Within a few months he changed the band name to The Exits, and wrote a whole 40 song set of original material including guitar solos. He turned the band into a three piece called The System and began booking his own shows locally.

He was recruited by another Uk punk band, The Destructors. During the years from 1981 to 1983, Buzz co-write and recorded a number of their singles (including "Senseless Violence", "Religion", "Jailbait", "Forces of Law" and "Wild Thing") and the albums (Excorcise The Demons of YouthArmaggedon in ActionBomb HanoiMerry Xmas and F*** Off) By 1984 he had left The Destructors to join English Dogs. While in The English Dogs he toured the United States, and it was at this time his fusion of punk and metal based guitar playing was started to get him noticed by such as Metallica and helping influence the thrash metal genre. By 1987, the English Dogs came to a halt, and Buzz formed another band, Wardance. Andy Sneap produced and mixed the album All The World's A Rage (1995).

He became enthusiastic about the Prodigy after hearing Jilted on the English Dogs' tour bus, and jumped at the chance to join when he heard from a rock journalist that Liam was auditioning for Jim Davies's replacement.  Kerrang! magazine's Mörat (a friend of Gizz) mentioned Butt's name to The Prodigy and within two weeks he was playing T In The Park Festival. He toured with The Prodigy for three years (the Fat Of The Land tour) when they were at their most successful. At the time he was almost the 5th member before Kieron Pepper replaced him. Infact he is the only live member to feature a picture in record sleeve (The Fat Of The Land). He was probably the best and only true guitarist the Prodigy had, rather than being on stage for "the show". He made the proper noise with true punk style.

Butt formed Janus Stark in 1998, who had US chart success with "Every Little Thing Counts". Janus Stark released Great Adventure Cigar, which led to The Foo Fighters inviting Butt on stage to join them for a spell.

In 2003, Butt formed The More I See, a five piece thrash metal band.

Butt performed with Sabbat, replacing original bassist Fraser Craske. He continued to perform with the band for the remainder of their 2007 festival appearances and all European and American dates in 2008.

In 2006, Butt began working with Steve Ignorant, founder of anarcho-punk band Crass on a set based around that band's Feeding of the 5000 album, which was performed in November 2007 in London at Shepherd's Bush Empire. In 2009 they decided to expand the show and tour worldwide, calling the tour The Last Supper. They announced their final show of this tour in London in 2011. Butt filled in on guitar for Love Amongst Ruin for two dates on the Recycling Party Tour in France in May 2011.

In 2012, Butt reformed the English Dogs to tour the US, with the band's earlier material. Following The Unholy FeastTread the Darker Path and The Wolves Are Hungry, The More I See have also recorded a fourth album, due to be released in early 2013.

Outside of performance work, Butt teaches, formerly at Stamford School, now at Hampton College, Peterborough and also currently at the Voyager School in Peterborough.

He have got two cats! One's called Pwabble and the other one's called Joe, after the Jimi Hendrix song 'Hey Joe'. Pwabble got his name from the James Bond film 'Live And Let Die': it's in the voodoo scene where the girl's about to have a snake put to her neck - and when Bond shoots the snake wielder, someone shouts 'Pwabble' for no apparent reason.

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