Monthly Archives: March 2014

Gig review: HOUSE OF LORDS, Coldspell, Lawless – Camden Underworld, London, 25 March 2014

Coldspell - Camden Underworld, 25 March 2014

London saw its second triple bill of melodic rock in a week, but a line-up with a difference, as bands on the Hard Rock Hell AOR bill sought gig opportunities while they were over in the UK.  Originally this was … Continue reading

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DVD reviews: GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS, BRYAN FERRY, HUGH LAURIE

GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS - Live at Montreux 2013

GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS – Live at Montreux 2013 Eagle Vision [Release date 18.11.13] Having released some 16 studio albums since the late ‘70’s, George Thorogood & The Destroyers (or to give them their proper title, George Thorogood and … Continue reading

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Album review: SEBASTIAN BACH – Give ‘Em Hell

SEBASTIAN BACH - Give

Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Release date 21.04.14] Sebastian Bach’s fourth solo studio album once again finds Bob Marlette in the producers seat and it includes everything you would expect- the instantly recognisable vocals, the screams and the heavy grooves partnered with those … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE STRANGLERS – Hammersmith Apollo, London, 8 March 2014

The Stranglers - Hammersmith Apollo, London, 8 March 2014

Something very strange must have happened. Having managed to sadly miss most of Nine Below Zero’s set for reasons best undisclosed, I’m secreted daahn the front at good old ‘Ammasmiff, waiting for the Stranglers to celebrate their 40th anniversary, and … Continue reading

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Album review: MATT STEVENS – Lucid

Matt Stevens - Lucid

Esoteric/Cherry Red [Release date 31.03.14] Matt Stevens (Fierce & the Dead) releases his latest solo album which has been three years in the making and features a whole host of guest musicians. These include drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson); bass … Continue reading

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Album review: FM – Futurama

FM - Futurama

www.fmofficial.com [Released 31.03.14] FM really are in a fine run of form of late, two great albums last year ‘Rockville I & II’, plus successful live dates and now we have this EP. Well you say EP, but this is … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS BEVINGTON – And Friends

Chris Bevington - And Friends

        Chris Bevington Music [Release date 10.02.14] At the time of writing, ‘Chris Bevington And Friends’ has already graced the Top 40 download blues chart. And that’s no surprise as the Stoke on Trent blues-rock veteran is … Continue reading

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Album review: LINDA & THE PUNCH – Obsession

Linda & The Punch - Obsession

Escape Music www.escape-music.com [Release date 28.03.14] Linda & The Punch are built around 21 year old vocalist Linda and what gives her a headstart on many rivals is that famed producer/musician Michael Voss (Silver/Michael Schenker) is involved. Voss also lends … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New Releases – Albums/DVDs (2016)

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Updated 31/10/2016 2016 November 4th GRAHAM BONNET ‘The Book’ Frontiers BON JOVI ‘This House Is Not For Sale’ FM ‘Indiscreet 30′ (re-recorded with 7 bonus songs) Frontiers THE FRAY ‘Through the Years: The Best Of’ Epic … Continue reading

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DVD review: Martin Hannett – He Wasn’t Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division

        Ozit  [Released 10.05.14] Described as a’ rough cut reportage style documentary based on an original idea by Anthony Ryan Carter’ a.k.a. Tosh Ryan who occupies an insightful centre-piece  to film, this fly on the wall style … Continue reading

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Rock Stars: Interview with GRAHAM BONNET – 19 March 2014

Graham Bonnet

With The Store For Music  label re-issuing all 4 Alcatrazz albums – including ‘Live Sentence’ on CD and DVD  and accompanying vinyl releases with full art work – as well as his recent ‘Catch The Rainbow’ tour and a forthcoming … Continue reading

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Quick Plays: THE SPECTACLE, LIMB, SCREAM ARENA, STALA & SO, JS TOLAR, DISTANT PAST

Album review:  THE SPECTACLE – Traitors Doforit records ( Release date – out now) I don’t know a great deal about this lot other than they are from Texas and that their blend of stoner rock and grindcore is as … Continue reading

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Album review: MARCH 15 – Our Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre

Svart Records – Out Now. Sami Albert “Witchfinder” Hynnien is a much loved figure, especially in the Doom Metal scene, as, under the Reverend Bizarre moniker, he recorded some of the catchiest, dirtiest and, face it, funniest compositions of said … Continue reading

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Album review: SLOUGH FEG – Digital Resistance

Metal Blade – Out Now. There isn’t a single person I know who’s into underground classic Metal (and believe me when I say I know quite a few people so inclined), who hasn’t tried at some point or another to … Continue reading

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Gig review: MAGNUM Album Launch, Robin 2, Bilston, 25 March 2014

Magnum Album Launch - 25 March 2014

Interview with Tony Clarkin of Magnum, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 2 March 2014 (3:23) There is a longer extract of this interview together with the album review here 250+ eager fans awaited the launch and their … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS THOMPSON – Toys & Dishes

Chris Thompson - Toys & Dishes

Esoteric Antenna [Release date 17.03.14] Chris Thompson was very much “the voice” of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band during their most successful period in the late-1970s/early-1980s.  In the past decade he decamped to Germany, gigging on the continent and with the … Continue reading

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News: Cherry Red label showcase on Sunday 30 March – win featured albums!

Cherry Red Records

Sunday 30 March, 13:00 GMT Get Ready to ROCK! Radio The latest showcase for the Cherry Red group of record labels offers listeners a chance to win six of the featured albums! The hour-long special features recent releases from the … Continue reading

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Album review: SINBREED – Shadows

AFM Records [Released 14.04.14] Sinbreed is a new band to me but Blind Guardian is not and both guitarist Marcus Siepen and drummer Frederik Ehmke have their day job there. Shadows is the follow up to 2010’s debut When Worlds … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SWEET – Sweetlife

Angel Air [Released 07.04.13] Continuing the excellent series of latter day Sweet re-issues Angel Air now present the band’s 2002 album ‘Sweetlife’. The line-up then featured sole original member Andy Scott joined by drummer Bruce Bisland (who is still in … Continue reading

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Gig review: GRAVELTONES, Cadillac Three, Buffalo Summer – Live Rooms, Chester, 26 February 2014

The Graveltones - Chester, 26 February 2014

Sometimes you come away from a gig and you just want to shout ‘WOW’.  Tonight was one of those occasions and even though I had seen the same line-up a few days before at The Institute in Birmingham my excitement … Continue reading

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