Greg Suran

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Greg Suran
Close-up-Greg Suran standing not playing 06-14-2017 Boston Pops-B-52s Concert.jpg
Greg Suran with the B-52s at Boston Pops on June 14, 2017
Background information
GenresRock, new wave
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, guitar, acoustic, mandolin, backing vocals, audio engineer
Years active1995–present
Associated actsThe B-52's, Goo Goo Dolls

Greg Suran is the lead guitarist in the B-52s, a role he has performed since 2013.[1][2][3] He replaced Keith Strickland on the road after Strickland announced in December 2012 that he would no longer be touring with the B-52s but would continue as a member of the band.[4]

Before that, Suran had performed and toured with Joe Walsh, Mylene Farmer, Liz Phair, Jewel, Sunny Day Real Estate, and others.

He plays guitar and mandolin, and sings backing vocals.



B-52s with Boston Pops - June 14, 2017

Greg Suran is a guitarist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles.

He majored in classical guitar performance while also studying composition and arranging at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, near his birthplace.

Throughout his life, though, Suran had played in well-known rock bands, including Sunny Day Real Estate, The Goo Goo Dolls (2002-2007),[6] Machines of Loving Grace, Local H, Cupcakes (a band he formed), which released an album on Dreamworks Records. He has also recorded and/or toured with a diverse range of pop artists such as Avril Lavigne, Liz Phair, Five For Fighting, Colbie Caillat, and Jewel. He has recorded guitar on feature film scores/soundtracks such as Rent, Treasure Planet, and Biker Boyz. Suran had worked as a musician in theater for many years with the Blue Man Group and a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

He toured with Joe Walsh from 2011-2013 on the "Analog Man" tour, then also for two tours with French pop star Mylene Farmer in 2009 and 2013, then also with Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, from 2013–present.

He worked as a session player and touring musician in Los Angeles until he joined the B-52s in 2013, after Keith Strickland left, with which group he is currently touring in the USA.[7] He now lives in Los Angeles.

Personal life[edit]

For two years, by his own report, he has practiced a vegan diet.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Eldredge, Richard L. (January 4, 2013). "Barnstorming days at an end for one B-52's member". Atlanta. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Pierce, Tim (February 17, 2017). "Greg Suran - Guitarist for Joe Walsh – Don Felder – B 52's". Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Woodcheke, Diane (February 17, 2017). "The B-52S Rock the Space at Westbury, NY. 02-26-2016". Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Jennifer Nicole (June 19, 2013). "From Rhode Island to 'Rock Lobster'". Newport Mercury. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Annual commencement program, Northwestern University"
  6. ^ Kim, Jae-Ha (May 31, 2002). "Goo Goo Dolls not ready for shelf". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "Party with the B-52s and the Boston Pops!". Boston Pops Orchestra. Retrieved June 15, 2017.

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