Monthly Archives: September 2013

Gig review: KIP WINGER- The Borderline, London, 21 September 2013

The overused media format ‘an evening with’ was for once an appropriate one to describe Kip Winger’s solo show  with a difference, from the moment he came on stage with a routine more suited to stand up comedy before strapping … Continue reading

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Album review: BONAFIDE – Bombo

      Off Yer Rocka Recordings ( Release date – out now) Bombo is the 4th album to be released by Swedish rockers Bonafide. I have had a passing interest in the band since hearing their party anthem ‘Fill … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNIHILATOR – Re-Releases- Double Live Annihilation , All For You, Schizo Deluxe

      UDR Music  (Release date – out now) Following Annihilator releasing their new album ‘Feast’ recently, the band’s new label, UDR Music has re-released three of their previous albums to allow potential new fans to catch up on … Continue reading

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Album review: NICK LOWE – Quality Street

Proper Records (released 28th October) Nick Lowe has had a long and varied career, with ‘Cruel To Be Kind’ perhaps his best known hit, that and ‘Milk And Alcohol’ he co-wrote with Dr. Feelgood, plus he’s worked with Elvis Costello, … Continue reading

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Interview with JOHN LEES (Barclay James Harvest) – 17 September 2013

John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest is back with a brand new album called ‘North’. The new CD features 9 new tracks that update the melodic prog rock band’s musical heritage, which is also neatly encapsulated on the accompanying live CD … Continue reading

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Album review: FATES WARNING – Darkness In A Different Light

Inside Out [Release date 30.09.13] When Jim Matheos, leader of the Connecticut-based Progressive Metal legends Fates Warning, decided to put his band into a dormant recording state back in 2004, even he could not have expected this period to last … Continue reading

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Interview with DANIEL CAVANAGH (Anathema/Leafblade) – 25 July 2013

Anathema are currently going through the most productive and commercially successful period of their long and fruitful career and that fact alone is enough to get guitarist and founding member Danny Cavanagh in high spirits. Smiling and accommodating, the forty … Continue reading

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Album review: FLYING COLORS – Live In Europe

Mascot 2CD+DVD+BluRay+vinyl ltd edition [Release date 14.10.13] Flying Colors are (whisper it quietly) a supergroup consisting of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Steve Morse, Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs) and Casey McPherson (Endochine/Alpha Rev). They released a superbly enjoyable debut album last … Continue reading

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DVD review: QUEEN + – The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

Eagle Rock Staged back on April 20th 1992 this was a the all star tribute concert held in honour of Freddie Mercury who had died the previous November as well as raising awareness of AIDS and funds for Mercury Phoenix … Continue reading

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Gig Review: Y&T – ABC,Glasgow,19 September 2013

I have had a few rants in the past regarding gigs starting unexpectedly early due to venue curfews but tonight was the worst yet. Arriving at the ABC at 7.30pm I was greeted by the sight of the stage crew … Continue reading

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Gig Review: THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT – Oran Mor,Glasgow,18 September 2013

Every so often a band appears, seemingly from nowhere, who the press and media embrace. They appear in all the magazines, are played endlessly on the radio, and have grown men foaming at the mouth whilst waxing lyrical about the … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE GRAVELTONES – Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes,London,17 September 2013

Blink and you’ll miss them. The explosive Graveltones came, saw and conquered with a frenzied, hi-octane, riff driven wall of sound and the kind of visceral intensity not seen since the raw doorstep blues of Hound Dog Taylor. The band … Continue reading

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DVD Review: RAINBOW – Black Masquerade

Eagle Rock Entertainment – Out Now Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Gillan’s long and well documented feud, the very one that brought Deep Purple to breaking point on numerous occasions throughout their long and illustrious career, came to an end in … Continue reading

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Album review: THE CONTRAST – A Sinister Flick

The Contrast - A Sinister Flick

Angel Air Records www.angelair.co.uk [Release date 07.10.13] This Peterborough-based band have some big name backing in the shape of Little Steven and Mott The Hoople’s Overend Watts, in fact the band support Mott The Hoople on their Manchester UK date … Continue reading

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Album review: SAMMY HAGAR & FRIENDS – S/T

  Frontiers www.frontiers.it Sammy Hagar has had an amazing career when you look back at it from Montrose, through to Van Halen, coupled with a successful solo career and more recently the supergroup Chickenfoot. This album with all its guests … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL – Birmingham Live With Orchestra & Choir

Comeuppance   [Release Date: 14.10.13] The commercial potential of pop or rock music is largely determined by a time, a place and a context. This was never more so than with the ego posturing of Steve Harley (and Cockney Rebel), … Continue reading

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Album review: DENNIS DeYOUNG – Desert Moon/Back To The World

BGO Records www.bgo-records.com Dennis DeYoung was the vocalist and keyboards player in Styx, a band he helped form and left under a cloud in 1999. These two solo albums are re-issued on one disc with sleeve notes from Neil Daniels, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: KAYLEIGH LEITH, KIMMIE RHODES, BAND OF SISTERS, THE BEAUBOWBELLES

KAYLEIGH LEITH  This Woman

KAYLEIGH LEITH  This Woman Looking for a Nashville ‘new country’ sound on her second album, young American singer songwriter Kayleigh Leith turned to one of Nashville’s top songwriters Rob Crosby (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride). Her debut album Miles Away (2011) … Continue reading

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Album review: AJENDA – Unrecognizable

Ajenda - Unrecognizable

[Release date 28.09.13] We all have our guilty [musical] pleasures.  Mine – apart from a general weakness for female vocalists (from Pat Benatar and Ann Wilson to Anne-Marie Helder and Eleanor McEvoy) is Pink.  Or at least the Pink who … Continue reading

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Album review: GRACE SOLERO – Hundred Years Apart

Wohone Records [Release Date: 30.09.13] Startling Italian vocalist Grace Solero lends her name to an international band whose second album ‘Hundred Years Apart’ is full of full of passionate vocals, poetic lyrics, crashing chords and steely riffs. It’s a thinly … Continue reading

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