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IAN ANDERSON (JETHRO TULL) - The Lowry, Salford, 14 September 2015

Jethro Tull celebrate 50 years with UK tour in April 2018

Ian Anderson celebrates 50 years since Jethro Tull graced the stage at the world-famous Marquee club in February 1968.

50 years of Jethro Tull will be presented in eight UK concerts during April 2018 as part of the worldwide touring schedule.

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Black Sabbath - The Ten Year War box set  - Launch

Black Sabbath box set launch in London

Some 47 years after Black Sabbath recorded ‘Paranoid’ at Regent Sound Studios in Soho, the forthcoming ‘Ten Year War’ was launched recently at the same venue.

Paul Clampin reports: The hosted launch provided glimpses of the history of recording Sabbath through the personal appearance of metal majesty Tony Iommi, supported by Bill Ward via a recorded interview.

Black Sabbath - The Ten Year War box set  - Launch

Iommi, in person, was warmly greeted as he reminisced about the development of Sabbath as a band, the development of the sound and how the band developed its local fan base plus  the initial distaste for the band by the UK press. The title of the box set reflects that for ten years the British press did not universally support the band.

Whilst Iommi commented that touring had come to an end, for Sabbath fans there was some potential good news though as he hinted that there was a wish to work with the other band members again and this may include some limited live work.

(Photos: Paul Clampin)

BLACK SABBATH

Heavy metal legends release a limited edition vinyl box set on 29 September via BMG.

‘The Ten Year War’ brings together their eight Ozzy-fronted albums, plus many other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.

‘The Ten Year War’ tag comes from a brochure that made a playful dig at journalists with the witty tagline “more good press than most – more bad press than any.” The brochure is reproduced in full for the box set and is one of the many exclusive items that accompany  8 remastered vinyl LPs and pressed on 180 gram splatter-coloured vinyl, each LP with unique and individual colouring.

BLACK SABBATH Ten Year War Box SetBLACK SABBATH
PARANOID
MASTER OF REALITY (including original fold-out colour poster)
VOL. 4
SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
SABOTAGE
TECHNICAL ECSTASY
NEVER SAY DIE!

2 x rare 7″ singles are reproduced in their original sleeves: the Japanese version of Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)/Black Sabbath and the Chilean version of Paranoid/The Wizard (only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed).

A crucifix shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.

The set also includes a hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo-shoots.  A repro Tenth Anniversary World Tour 1978 Official Programme is included with a reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show.  Each box set is individually numbered.

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Judie Tzuke: new album and UK dates in September

JUDIE TZUKE - The Lowry, Salford, 10 May 2015

Singer songwriter Judie Tzuke releases a new album – ‘Peace Has Broken Out’ – in September, ahead of a series of UK tour dates.

On Sunday 16 July at 22:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio there’ll be a world exclusive first radio play for one of the album tracks.

Judie came to wider attention in 1979 with the hit single ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’ and sustained her popularity with the debut album ‘Welcome To The Cruise’ and the follow-up ‘Sports Car’. In the late 1990s she anticipated the later trend for artist autonomy and established her own record label. From that time on she continued to release albums and tour, albeit in a more low-key fashion.

The new album is the labour of several years during which time Judie has experienced several set-backs, not least with health issues.

In late-June 2017 she was special guest of Christopher Cross and demonstrated that – nearly 40 years after her initial success – she can still command and enchant an audience.

The new album is now available to those who pre-ordered but the full general release will be available in early-September.

UK Tour

Sep 28 CatStrand Arts Centre Castle Douglas
Sep 29 The Albany Theatre Greenock
Sep 30 Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross
Oct 01 Oran Mor Glasgow
Oct 29 The Robin Bilston
Nov 17 Hertford Corn Exchange Hertford

Judie Tzuke interview (Parts 1 & 2, September 2016)
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DAN REED NETWORK - Live Rooms, Chester, 4 March 2017

Dan Reed: new album and UK dates in September plus Extreme tour

Dan Reed releases a new solo album – ‘Confessions’ – in September.

Dan Reed Network will be special guests on Extreme’s December 2017 UK tour.  (See “Infected” video, below)

Newcastle O2 Academy  -  Wednesday 13 December
Glasgow O2 Academy  -  Thursday 14 December
Leeds O2 Academy  -  Saturday 16 December
Birmingham O2 Academy  -  Sunday 17 December
Bristol O2 Academy -  Monday 18 December
London O2 Academy Brixton  -  Wednesday 20 December

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The story so far…

BEARDED THEORY (25-28 May)

The happiness that Bearded Theory is, is a relaxed happiness, a warm happiness, the happiness that comes from being among your tribe, free to be your real self without the constraints of societal norms and everyday life.  And with the sun beating down from a cloudless blue sky the weekend looked very promising indeed.  (Hollie Latham)

DOWNLOAD (9-11 June)

“The organisers of this year’s event might need reminding that Castle Donington is historically a rock/metal affair.”   (Darren Griffiths)

STONE FREE (17 June)

Having satisfied the demands of his rabid fans to return to the rock that made him famous, maybe the Man in Black can now return with dignity to Blackmore’s Night, having scratched that itch both for himself and for all of us. (Andy Nathan)

SUMMERFEST (28 June – 9 July)

Many of the acts I saw won’t be there in ten years time, let alone 50, but this remains a magical festival which is something of a Mecca for all music lovers which I would thoroughly recommend as an experience. (Andy Nathan)

REWIND FESTIVAL (22 July)

The premise of the Rewind franchise is to tap into the now late forty and fifty year old music fans looking for a reminder of those heady times of big hair and even bigger shoulder pads. (David Wilson)

STEELHOUSE (28-30 July)

It was the early-era Whitesnake songs that everyone revelled in though and, amid cries of “Bernie”, they ploughed into those four classic songs again.  Nev (MacDonald) injects the blues soaked passion that Coverdale used to deliver before he discovered the USA.  (Darren Griffiths)

RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR (28-30 July) (pictured)

The old lady with pink socks and brown sandals next to me, roll-up clenched between thumb and fore-finger, was almost crying as she rang out “What a night to be called to heaven/What a picture to fill your head”. What a picture indeed. A special moment.
(Dave Atkinson)

Forthcoming festivals 2017

We list here a selection of festivals/large events taking place in the first part of the year – if your event is not listed please contact us with the details.

Relache Festival, Bordeaux, France, 2 June-1 September
including THE PRETTY THINGS, MR SIPP, KENNY NEAL, MIGHTY MO ROGERS, HAT FITZ & CARA  More info

A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent 25-27 August
including URIAH HEEP, JOHN LEES’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST, MARTIN BARRE  and more…

In ‘Assume The Position’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (23 July) David Randall previewed some of the bands appearing at this year’s event. (15:23)


Gigs to go to

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

LONELY ROBOT/Tilt 18-20 August
RICHIE KOTZEN Islington Assembly Hall, 1 September
CATS IN SPACE 6-27 September
VOODOO SIX 8-30 September
MARTIN TURNER 15 Sept-3 November
ERJA LYYTINEN 20-26 September
(see interview above, March 2016)
VEGA 21-30 September
SUZANNE VEGA 22 Sept-2 October
INGLORIOUS 30 Sept-20 October

Check out our full listings!

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BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Collide

The single is taken from BCC’s brand new album “BCCIV”, released on Friday 22 September via Mascot Records.  This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s ”Afterglow”.

BCC are launching the video to coincide with the start of the ticket pre-sale for their exclusive UK tour dates.  The band will play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday 2 January and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 4 January 2018.

Black Country Communion is the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa. 

“We had around 4 months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves,” comments Glenn Hughes. “All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. “

BLACK SABBATH The Ten Year War (Box set)

Black Sabbath release a major 8-vinyl box set in September, called ‘The Ten Year War’ featuring a host of extras and rarities.

Win a copy! Competition starts 1 September.

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DAN REED NETWORK Infected

Dan Reed Network are special guests on the Extreme tour in December (see news item, above)

THRESHOLD Small Dark Lines

UK progressive metal quintet THRESHOLD are set to release their new double album Legends Of The Shires on September 8 via Nuclear Blast.

MASON HILL Now You See Me

Based in Glasgow, Mason Hill have been making serious waves around the UK in the past year including appearances at Ramblin’ Man Fair, Hard Rock Hell (after winning the UK’s Highway To Hell battle of the bands competition) and Winterstorm.

‘Now You See Me’ is taken from the debut EP ‘Mason Hill’.  The debut album by Mason Hill is due in 2018 on Frontiers Records.

Upcoming UK shows:
25.08.17  HULL Hair Metal Heaven
26.08.17  BRIDGNORTH Bridgnorth Festival
27.08.17  NORTHWICH Rockwich 2017
25.11.17  TROON Winterstorm
02.12.17  GLASGOW Barrowlands (with GUN)
03.12.17  TRECCO BAY Planet Rockstock
16.12.17  LONDON The Underworld
17.12.17  CARDIFF Fuel


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