Bill Hudson (guitarist)

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Bill Hudson
Bill Hudson playing with Power Quest - Manchester, England December 2008
Background information
Born (1983-01-13) January 13, 1983 (age 34)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Genres Hard Rock, Heavy metal, Power Metal, Progressive Metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2005-present
Associated acts Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Westfield Massacre
Jon Oliva's Pain
Circle II Circle
Vital Remains
Kobra and the Lotus

Bill Hudson is a Brazilian heavy metal guitarist. He currently works with German heavy metal bands U.D.O and Dirkschneider, both fronted by former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider.

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, he moved to the United States in 2005 in order to join the power metal band Cellador, playing on their debut album Enter Deception and remaining in their line-up until early 2008.

He has since gone on to perform and record with several artists, including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Circle II Circle, Nightrage and Power Quest. Currently, he is the lead guitarist in Jon Oliva's Pain, along with Jon Oliva, guitarist and bandleader of Savatage. Since 2017 he is also second guitarist in Udo Dirkschneider's Band U.D.O..

Early life and education[edit]

Hudson started playing guitar at the age of twelve. He was mainly influenced by Slash. His first teacher was Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

After finishing high school, he attended the FAAM music college in his native Brazil, in pursuit of a classical composition degree.

A few years later, He attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA and has been mentioned among the success stories on their website several times.[1]

Playing career[edit]

His first work of note was for a studio project called The Supremacy.[2] The project featured well-known European musicians, such as drummer Mark Cross (ex-Firewind and ex-Helloween), as well as keyboard player Joost Van den Broek, of After Forever, Ayreon, Star One, among others. This project has not done much other than the recording of two songs in 2004.[3]

In 2005, Hudson auditioned for German power metal band Freedom Call, after being referred by longtime friend Cede Dupont, who had just quit said band. However, his "big" break did not come until later that year, when he auditioned for and joined the American power metal band Cellador, on Metal Blade Records.

Between 2006 and 2008 he remained in Cellador's lineup as a lead guitarist, traveling through all of the US and Canada both headlining and supporting acts such as Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains and Trivium. Hudson was featured at the July 2007 issue of Guitar World magazine and in the Betcha Can't Play This series. His last show with the band was in Japan, at the LoudPark Festival, sharing the stage with such acts as Heaven And Hell, Marilyn Manson, Blind Guardian and Arch Enemy. He announced his departure from the group in January 2008.

In June, 2008 in a press release from UK based melodic power metal band Power Quest announced that Bill Hudson had joined as co-lead guitarist alongside Andrea Martongelli.[4] Bill had to leave the band ten months later, with band member Steve Williams citing Bill's current location and costs as practical problems for the band.[5]

Hudson was then contacted by Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens about joining his band Circle II Circle for a US tour alongside Jon Oliva's Pain. He remains in the band's lineup to date, having toured with them through throughout the US, Europe and Dubai including the world's biggest heavy metal festivals and several headline dates. A 2012 appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, resulted in the live album "Live At Wacken", out via earMUSIC. Hudson's contributions in the studio can be heard in the albums "Seasons Will Fall" (2012) and "Reigh of Darkness" (2015).

In 2012, while in Dubai with CIIC, Hudson was contacted by longtime friend and Vital Remains vocalist Brian Werner about joining the band for a few shows. This resulted in Hudson joining the band as lead guitarist for an appearance at the 2012 Metal Cruise through the Bahamas Barge To Hell, as well as a tour of 6 shows in his home country, Brazil. It would be the first time he performed there as a professional musician.

He was soon after contacted by producer Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD) about recording guitars for the soundtrack of the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance video game. Hudson's guitar can be heard on the tracks "The Only Thing I Know For Real" and "Red Sun". An ongoing relationship with Mader has also led Hudson to record lead guitars on the producer's own band Once Human's, debut album "The Life I Remember", out on earMUSIC.

In 2014, he becomes Jon Oliva's Pain new lead guitarist. The group headlines the 2014 edition of the ProgPower USA festival, playing the Savatage album, "Streets" in its entirety.

That same year he begins working with former SNOT and Divine Heresy vocalist Tommy Vext in what would become the band Westfield Massacre. Hudson and Vext wrote six songs in partnership, all of which are included in the band's debut album, out via Urban Yeti in 2015. Hudson appears in the music video for his composition Darkness Divides as the band's lead guitarist. The video also features former Morbid Angel and Divine Heresy drummer, Tim Yeung.

In 2015 he performs at the once again at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, this time as a member of Savatage, as headliners. Soon after he announces his recruitment into the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for their 2015 Winter Tour, replacing Joel Hoekstra, who was simultaneously touring with Whitesnake.

On March 31, 2017, Hudson was announced as the new guitarist for U.D.O and Dirkschneider, the German bands led by former Accept frontman, Udo Dirkschneider.



Bill Hudson uses and endorses ESP Guitars, Kemper amps, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Cleartone strings and InTune Guitar Picks.


  1. ^ Archived from the original on May 3, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "THE SUPREMACY". Myspace. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Supremacy: Demo Songs Posted Online". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "BillHudsonJoinsPQ". Steve Williams. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  5. ^ "POWER QUEST Parts Ways With Guitarist BILL HUDSON". BlabberMouth. Archived from the original on 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-04-14.