Monthly Archives: April 2014

Gig Review: THE WILDHEARTS – ABC, Glasgow, 14 April 2014

Ginger Wildheart

Monday nights should be quiet, sober affairs. First day back at work after the weekend, one should spend Monday evenings resting after a long day and looking to the week ahead and to the next weekend in which you can … Continue reading

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Album review: THE RADIO SUN – Wrong Things Right

MelodicRock Records [Released 19.05.14] The Radio Sun may be releasing their debut album, however the keen pop rock fan will notice that the core of the band were in the much missed Square One (vocalist Jason Old, guitarist Steve Janevski … Continue reading

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Album review: TOTO – 35th Anniversary Live In Poland

Toto - 35th Anniversary Live In Poland

In May 2014 Steve Lukather chatted to David Randall in the Guitarists series on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  In the extract (above) he talks about the influence of The Beatles and how he’s just received a text from Ringo … Continue reading

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Album review: CARL PALMER – Do Ya Wanna Play Carl? The Carl Palmer Anthology

Carl Palmer - Anthology

Wienerworld [Released 24.03.14] This two disc set is a compilation of drummer Carl Palmer’s work (a different version and tracklist was released on the Sanctuary label back in 2001) and it covers his more well known bands like ELP and … Continue reading

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Gig Review: THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS, The Black Heart, Camden, 8 April 2014

This was quite simply a brilliantly entertaining triple-header of power packed and swaggering punk pop. Officially, the launch of The Joyriders’ new single, each band played a set of seven songs in deference to the seven-inch black plastic platter of … Continue reading

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Album Review: WINGER – Better Days Comin’

Winger - Better Days Comin

Frontiers Records    [Release Date 21.04.14] Nearly five years after return to form album Karma, in which their activities have ranged from Kip Winger composing ballet scores to Reb Beach playing guitar in Whitesnake, Winger are back with another album, which … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOREIGNER – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 12 April 2014

Foreigner - Shepherd

A different gig tonight as Foreigner were playing unplugged, their only UK acoustic date slotted in after their headlining tour with Europe and FM was announced. Not quite the sell-out that the full electric tour has been but a healthy … Continue reading

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Gig Review: DAVE DAVIES – The Barbican, London, 12 April 2014

Dave Davies, The Barbican, London, 12 April 2014

Given Dave Davies current spiritual bent, he’s probably a firm believer in karma. And it is that principle of causality that works for him at The Barbican tonight, a venue not totally unfamiliar with rock music, but still lacking any … Continue reading

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Gig review: HALESTORM, HMV Forum, London, 9 April 2014

Halestorm - HMV Forum, London, 9 April 2014

The popularity of Halestorm in the UK is on a rapidly rising curve. Each headline show seems to be at a larger venue, and in 18 months they have progressed from the Islington Academy to the 2400 capacity Forum where … Continue reading

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Album review: MORBUS CHRON – Sweven

Century Media – Out Now. Death, Autopsy, Voivod, Darkthrone. These are names that have helped shape the history and character of extreme Metal throughout the decades and whose music has and continues to influence hundreds, if not thousands, of young … Continue reading

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Album review: NERVOSA – Victim Of Yourself

Napalm Records – Out Now. Press releases are like propaganda leaflets: they allow you quick access to information otherwise unattainable, but by nature they are massively biased and their accuracy questionable. Normally I try not to pay much attention to … Continue reading

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DVD review: BAD COMPANY – The Official 40th Anniversary Documentary

Bad Company Collectors Pack

Universal [Released 07.04.14] Formed from the ashes of Free, singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, with Mott The Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, Bad Company had a number of platinum albums and hit singles … Continue reading

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Gig Review: STATUS QUO – 02 Academy, Glasgow, 9 April 2014

Status Quo

This is the second night of a two night stint in Glasgow by the Frantic Four and the denim clad Quo Army are once again out in force. After the one-off reunion tour in 2013 proved to be such a … Continue reading

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Album review: HAT FITZ & CARA ROBINSON – Do Tell

HAT FITZ & CARA ROBINSON – Do Tell

Manhaton [Release date 12.05.14] Formerly just Hat Fitz and Cara, Irish singer Cara Robinson now gets a full name check alongside her Australian partner Hat Fitz on ‘Do Tell’, an album of well crafted songs brought to life by a … Continue reading

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Gig review: RIVERSIDE – O2 Liverpool Academy, 5 April 2014

Support Act: Votum Review and Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Polish Prog Metal outfit Riverside have acquired a reputation for being a top quality live band over the years, so accepting this gig assignment was a no-brainer to me. Now, … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOHN ILLSLEY – East End Arms, Lymington, East End, 8 April 2014

JOHN ILLSLEY – East End Arms, Lymington, East End, 8 April 2014

It was back in 1982 after the break up of Steely Dan that Donald Fagen unveiled his signature sound on the ‘The Night Fly’ album and confirmed his creative input into Steely Dan. And while former Dire Straits bass player … Continue reading

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Album review: STREETWALKERS – Live At Rockpalast

Streetwalkers - Live At Rockpalast

Repertoire [Release date 24.01.14] ‘Streetwalkers – Live At Rockpalast’ is a CD & DVD audio-visual diary of the origins of a great live band. Originally called Chapman -Whitney Streetwalkers, the first Rockpalast concert shot in Koln on 25 March 1975 is … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT – The Complete Albums Collection

The Alan Parsons Project - The Complete Albums Collection

The Alan Parsons Live Project, news, interview, radio feature (February 2015) Sony Legacy [Release date 31.03.14] Alan Parsons almost redefined the idea of the concept album in 1976.  Parsons was famously the assistant engineer at Abbey Road and got his … Continue reading

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Gig review: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, Manchester Academy, 1 April 2014

Five Finger Death Punch - Manchester Academy, 1 April 2014

Manchester Academy 1 is about to get its roof well and truly ripped off tonight as Five Finger Death Punch hit town, these American heavy groove metallers are eager to entertain the legendary Manchester crowd but before they get their … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TOM FULLER BAND, BRIGITTE DEMEYER, P.J.PACIFICO, MARY SARAH

Mary Sarah & Friends - Bridges

TOM FULLER BAND Freedom The last, and third, album from the Chicago based Tom Fuller Band – Ask (2011) was a mixed affair.  Radio friendly American rock packed with echoes of many of the greats – an unlikely combination The … Continue reading

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