Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bruce Foxton (From The Jam) new single & album

New album ‘Back In The Room’ released on 1st October 2012 New single ‘Number Six’ released on 23rd September 2012   On Basstone Records www.brucefoxton.com / www.twitter.com/brucefoxton Bruce Foxton (The Jam/From The Jam/Stiff Little Fingers) returns with his first new … Continue reading

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THE SWEET – New York Connection

www.thesweet.com The Sweet – the version fronted by original guitarist Andy Scott – return with an album of covers. The current line-up consists of the aforementioned Scott joined by Pete Lincoln (vocals/bass), Tony O’Hora (guitar/keys/vocals) and Bruce Bisland (drums/vocals). Yes … Continue reading

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PRIDE OF LIONS to return with their fourth album

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the return of PRIDE OF LIONS with the release of their anticipated fourth studio album entitled “Immortal” on September 21st in Europe and September 24th in North America. The 11 tracks new album is … Continue reading

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Fearless Vampire Killers Guilfest 2012 Big Cheese Tent

Seeing Fearless Vampire Killers was probably the highlight of this year. I had dragged along my friend and had attempted to run in wellies through the mud bath called guilfest to try and get at the front of the audience. … Continue reading

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Ministry, HMV Forum, Friday 20th July

Ministry, back on the road for the first time since a split in 2008, have lost nothing of their intensity and rage. In front of a pretty packed Forum crowd, mainman Al Jourgenson snarled and barked out barbs of political … Continue reading

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Roger Hodgson US tour in August

Roger Hodgson, Legendary Voice of Supertramp, Returns with his Breakfast in America Summer Tour, First National U.S. Run in 30 Years Fresh on the heels of sold out performances earlier this year in the U.S., South America, and Europe, Roger … Continue reading

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Singles Bar: THE LOOK, FANTASY RAINBOW, THE BOY ROYALS, MORTDELAMER, DREAMSTEALER

The Look – Let It Go (Beat Town Records) Apparently the Look had a hit in 1981, namely ‘I am the Beat’ and DJ Chris Evans is a fan. Now they are back with this new song which isn’t too … Continue reading

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TARJA – Act I

Tarja - Act 1

Ear Music/Edel 2012 (Double CD) www.tarja-act1.com Former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen releases her first solo live album (there is also a companion DVD and BluRay releases). I will admit I am not the biggest fan of her voice but freed … Continue reading

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Rock Candy Roundup: Johnny Van Zant, Lionheart, Fastway, Paris

Johnny VAN ZANT Round Two  ***1/2 The Last Of The Wild Ones **** Youngest of the Van Zant family, Johnny follows an enormous legacy in Ronnie (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Donnie (38 Special). These solo albums (sometimes credited to The Johnny … Continue reading

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FM re-issues

Indiscreet **** Tough It Out **** Rock Candy Records Two classic AOR albums, where the band’s name sums up the sound perfectly. Formed by the former Samson rhythm section of drummer Pete Jupp and bassist Merv Goldsworthy, a few line-up … Continue reading

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VISION DIVINE – Destination Set To Nowhere

Ear Music/Edel 2012 Formed in Italy in 1998, this progressive power metal band release their seventh studio album with plenty of power and melody, Rhapsody’s Fabio Lione providing vocals with power, range and an operatic touch. From the outset the … Continue reading

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RED JASPER – A Midsummer Night’s Dream/The Winter’s Tale

Angel Air 2012 www.angelair.co.uk The words ‘British’ and ‘quintessentially’ spring to mind listening to this eccentric brace of early 90’s releases from a former agitprop punk folk act that contrarily transmogrified itself into a progressive rock band. Seemingly in awe … Continue reading

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L.A GUNS – Hollywood Forever

Deadline Music 2012 L.A Guns release their first original album in 7 years and not only will ‘Hollywood Forever’ go down as one of their best but the album also reminds me of why I liked the band in the … Continue reading

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Singles Bar: MINIATURE DINOSAURS, BLUEVEILS, JUNKFOXX, AGENTS OF CHAOS

Miniature Dinosaurs – Lemonade (Integrity Records) This is the first single to be taken from Miniature Dinosaurs forthcoming EP ‘Turn It On’ and it’s a decent listen. The band play an upbeat indie pop reminiscent of fellow scots Orange Juice, … Continue reading

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Kiss and Motley Crue gig review

So when you’ve seen the same band 20+ times over the progress of nearly 30 years (yes, I know, there are others that have seen bands much more than that. They can go write their own story, this is mine) … Continue reading

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Backstage Hero – Neil Jones

Neil Jones is Business & Marketing Manager for the Cambridge Folk Festival/Cambridge Corn Exchange and a presenter of the Star Radio Rock Show… How did you become involved in the music business? I’ve worked in theatres and music venues all … Continue reading

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THE KENNEDYS – Closer Than You Think

www.kennedysmusic.com Husband and wide duo Pete and Maura have released a string of albums to date, as well as being part of Nanci Griffith’s backing band. This is their first album to get a proper PR push here in the … Continue reading

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Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones – Live at The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981

 Eagle Vision 2012 The Rolling Stones may have just celebrated their 50th Anniversary but back in 1981, when they were rapidly approaching their 20th, band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart joined legendary blues player Muddy … Continue reading

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LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY – “ASCENDING TO INFINITY”

Metal Church - The Present Wasteland

LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY – “ASCENDING TO INFINITY” NUCLEAR BLAST (2012) Can somebody please explain to me what on earth is going on with the guys in Rhapsody? Having made quite an impression with their unique blend of Symphonic and Euro-Power … Continue reading

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MESHUGGAH – “KOLOSS”

Metal Church - The Present Wasteland

MESHUGGAH – “KOLOSS” NUCLEAR BLAST (2012) My introduction to the Umea-based experimental metallers Meshuggah was what many would consider an adventurous one, as it included a very…challenging trip back from a prestigious UK Metal festival in my small car during … Continue reading

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