Monthly Archives: May 2013

Gig review: WANG CHUNG – Bush Hall, London, 25 May 2013

Wang Chung were playing their first UK gig in 25 years and also reuniting with long-standing drummer Darren Costin. Nice touch before the gig saw the band’s two main members Jack Hues and Nick Feldman chatting and having photos taken … Continue reading

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Interview – RAY JACKSON OF LINDISFARNE

Through the 70’s and early 80’ Lindisfarne was arguably the biggest folk rock band on the circuit. Coupling their keen Geordie wit with well-crafted songwriting, the band found themselves in the charts on many occasions during this period. Their live … Continue reading

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Album review: TANGERINE DREAM with BRIAN MAY – Starmus – Sonic Universe

Tangerine Dream

www.tangerinedream-music.com A double CD recorded at the Starmus festival on the island of Tenerife back in June 2011. The Starmus festival was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Juri Gagarin’s first spaceflight and guests on the night included Neil Armstrong … Continue reading

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Album review: THE JOKERS – Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Alive

The Jokers - Rock N Roll Is Alive

www.thejokers.com [Release date: 24.06.13] The Jokers impressed many with their debut album ‘The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Show’ released back in 2009, as well as impressing fellow GRTR! scribe Pete Feenstra with their live show. Since then we haven’t seen … Continue reading

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Album review: MASTERPLAN – Novum Initium

Masterplan - Novum Initium

AFM Records [Release date 14.06.13 June 14th] “Novum Initium” or “A New Beginning” to those who do not understand Latin is the fifth album from Masterplan and their first since “Time to Be King” back in 2010. Roland Grapow and … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOURNEY, WHITESNAKE – Manchester MEN, 23 May 2013

Thunder - Manchester MEN, 23 May 2013 - Photo by Steve Goudie

Interview edit: David Coverdale, 15 March 2013 First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 17 March 2013 Talking to David Coverdale a couple of months ago he confirmed that the band would be playing a full set and, … Continue reading

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Interview: 10 Q’s with AMAZE ME

There have been some cracking melodic rock albums so far this year and now you can add Amaze Me’s new album ‘Guilty As Sin’ released on AOR Heaven. Peter Broman answers are questions on the new album and more… What … Continue reading

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Album review: PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER – This Mountain Waits

King Mojo Records [Release date 7.05.13] In an age where a new generation of bands are subconsciously or otherwise recycling themes, riffs and the musical values of the late 60’s era, Pearl Handled Revolver are handily placed to tap into … Continue reading

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Interview: 10 Q’s with COVERED CALL

Covered Call

Covered Call have just released thier second album, the impressive ‘Impact’ via AOR Heaven. Here we catch-up with guitarist Joel Carlsson to find out what has been happening since their debut album and the background behind new vocalist Goran Edman … Continue reading

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Album review: MARCUS BONFANTI – Shake The Walls

Jigsaw [Release date 17.06.13] Marcus Bonfanti’s ‘Shake The Walls’ is the record he’s always threatened to make. It may only be the third album of his career but it has the songs and the presence of a mature recording artist. … Continue reading

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Album review: LARRY MILLER – Live & Outlawed

Big Guitar Records [Release date 03.06.13] No more heroes any more? Not quite. Hendrix, SRV, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore may all have departed but as Larry’s millennium album title suggests, he’s very much a ‘Man On A Mission.’ He’s … Continue reading

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Album review: DAYS BETWEEN STATIONS – In Extremis

Days Between Stations

Radio showcase for “In Extremis”, first broadcast 12 May 2013 www.daysbetweenstations.com [Release date 15.05.13] It may be 5 years since the excellent self titled instrumental debut album by Days Between Stations but in the prog rock world the musical staples … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DIO, AVANTASIA, DAVID BOWIE, BRYAN FERRY, TASTE, THE POODLES, STRYPER

DIO - Dream Evil

Nick van der Meulen gives us a round-up of some key new releases… DIO – Dream Evil Deluxe Edition (Universal) Originally released in 1987, this was my real introduction to Dio.  It was harsh, yet romantic and I couldn’t help … Continue reading

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Album review: GLORYHAMMER – Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife

Gloryhammer

Napalm Records This is a new project from Christopher Bowes, who can normally be seen in pirate metal band Alestorm. He has recruited vocalist Thomas Winkler (Emerald) to give those classic high pitched power metal vocals. The story is set … Continue reading

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Album review: BENT NOT BROKEN – Same Planet Different World

BENT NOT BROKEN - Same Planet Different World

yearningrocks.com [Release date: April 2013] It would be a shame if the second album from this German-based band went unnoticed.  From the opening track ‘Watching The World’ the riffs are angular, the songs consistently engaging, and the sense of urgency … Continue reading

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Album review: VOODOO SIX – Songs To Invade Countries To

Voodoo Six - Songs To Invade Countries To

Spinefarm Records [Release date 27.05.13] Back in 2008 I chatted to Tony Newton of Voodoo Six in the now defunct Limelight Club, Crewe.  Five years on and it has taken perhaps a little longer than he or the band may … Continue reading

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Gig review: STATE OF EDEN – Ashford, Middlesex 19 May 2013

St.Matthew’s Church Hall, Ashford, Middlesex State of Eden played their debut gig at a charity fundraising event for two diabetic charities and it was good debut gig. The main focus of the band are the two keyboards players, father and … Continue reading

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Interview with UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER (U.D.O), May 2013

Since first fronting the mighty Accept back in the early 80s, Udo Dirkschneider had to overcome many obstacles to present us all with his fine blend of classic-sounding, honest Heavy Metal. The most recent blow, the departure of both his … Continue reading

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Album review: U.D.O – Steelhammer

AFM Records – [Release date 21.05.13] Udo Dirkschneider is a man who simply does not understand the meaning of slowing down. Even though he has recently witnessed the departure from the U.D.O ranks of his long-time friend and collaborator Stefan … Continue reading

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News: New band MAGGY SIMPSON

Maggy Simpson is the brainchild of Bat Kinane and Shane Counter. Having known each other for over 10 years, and sharing a passion for high quality original Rock music, this is the first major work the pair will release. There … Continue reading

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