Monthly Archives: June 2014

Album review : TED NUGENT – ShutUp&Jam!

TED NUGENT - ShutUp&Jam!

Frontiers [Release date 04.07.14] Me and Uncle Ted have never been close – I did have a copy of Little Miss Dangerous but don’t now so it couldn’t have been very good. Lemmy croaked through a cover of Cat Scratch … Continue reading

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Album review: BERNIE MARSDEN – Shine

Bernie Marsden - Shine

Provogue [Release date 18.08.14] Bernie Marsden’s ‘Shine’ explores a wide ranging musical horizon including a cleverly updated blues, slick AOR, kick ass boogie, riff driven and twin guitar rock, a steaming bluesy shuffle and a book-ended instrumental. By his own … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEVIE WONDER – Calling Festival, Clapham Common, 29 June 2014

The Calling Festival continues its nomadic existence having moved from its previous home at Hyde Park to the Queen Elizabeth stadium last year and now at Clapham Common. It has also been reduced to two, one day festivals (Aerosmith headlined … Continue reading

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Gig review: WINGER – Islington Academy, London, 21 June 2014

WINGER - Islington Academy, London, 21 June 2014

It’s been four years since Winger last toured the UK, playing this very same venue, but in the intervening years Kip Winger’s solo shows have intensified the loyalty of their following here, and the Academy was pretty full for the … Continue reading

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Gig Review- TESLA – Islington Academy, London, 12 June 2014

TESLA - Islington Academy, 12 June 2014

Tesla’s UK tour in support of their excellent new album Simplicity was a blink and you miss it affair, this first London date preceding an appearance at Download the following day. But, blending old and new,  it was a timely … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 25 June 2014

ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD – Shepherd

Royal Southern Brotherhood reconfigure the classic rhythm and blues revue to their own ends, with great playing, 3 great lead vocalists, glistening harmonies and an essential harmonic relationship between strong songs that gives the evening its free flowing feel. Their … Continue reading

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Gig review: EAGLES – Liverpool Echo Arena, 26 June 2014

Eagles - Liverpool Echo Arena, 26 June 2014

The Eagles are one of those bands I thought the opportunity to see might have passed.  But the lure of the mighty $ has kept the band on the road, some might argue, well past their ‘best before’. Certainly some … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBERT REED – Sanctuary

Robert Reed - Sanctuary

Tigermoth Records [Release date 21.07.14] I don’t get this.  Robert Reed (erstwhile Magenta man and architect of the stupendous Kompendium last year) ploughing a furrow that was well tilled by Mike Oldfield forty years ago and even using his collaborators … Continue reading

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Interview with TIM BOWNESS – 19 June 2014

Tim Bowness

Singer, songwriter, record label owner…Tim Bowness has stuck his skilled fingers in many different  musical pies over the years but “Abandoned Dancehall Dreams”, his first proper solo effort,  finds the Englishman finally fully taking charge of his artistic destiny. Having … Continue reading

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Album Review: TIM BOWNESS – Abandoned Dancehall Dreams

Tim Bowness - Abandoned Dancehall Dreams

Inside Out – Out Now. Tim Bowness is a much sought after singer/songwriter who is best known as Steven Wilson’s creative other half in the experimental Art Rock / Dream Pop outfit No-Man. Various collaborations have resulted in an impressive … Continue reading

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Album Review: OPIUM WARLORDS – Taste My Sword Of Understanding

OPIUM WARLORDS – Taste My Sword Of Understanding

Svart Records – Out Now. Last time I decided to write a review for one of Sami Albert Hynnien’s musical projects, I was not impressed by the offering in question.I like to consider myself as a fairly open-minded person but … Continue reading

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Album Review: RAGE – The Soundchaser Archives

Rage - The Soundchaser Archives

Nuclear Blast – Out Now. It was not very long after they released their debut album “Reign Of Fear” back in 1986 that the German Thrash/Power Metalers Rage were first brought to my attention and subsequent heart-stopping performances, one in … Continue reading

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Gig review: MORELAND & ARBUCKLE – The Beaverwood Club, Chisehurst, 24 June 2014

MORELAND & ARBUCKLE – The Beaverwood Club, Chisehurst, 24 June 2014

Moreland & Arbuckle aren’t like any other blues band. The term Roots Rock hardly encapsulates the breadth of their music. They are a power trio with a difference, comprising harp, drum and guitar, with Aaron Moreland providing the bass lines … Continue reading

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Album review: THE LAST VEGAS – Sweet Salvation

The Last Vegas - Sweet Salvation

Frostbyte Media [Release date 02.06.14] Originally formed in 2003, Chicago, The Last Vegas really took off when joined by current vocalist Chad Cherry in 2008. The band beat 8,000 others to a prize which included opening for Motley Crue, a … Continue reading

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Book review: Let It Rock: The Making of Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet by Neil Daniels

Let It Rock: The Making of Bon Jovi

Soundcheck Books [Published 2014] www.soundcheckbooks.co.uk A compact little tome that looks at Bon Jovi’s biggest selling album (a mere 28 million copies plus) ‘Slippery When Wet’ with a track by track review by the author, fellow rock journalist recollections of … Continue reading

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Gig review – DESERT MOUNTAIN TRIBE – Bush Hall, London, 16 June 2014

Desert Mountain Tribe – Bush Hall, London, 16 June 2014

They came, they saw, they created spine-tingling psychedelic rock and then left quietly. Just like one of those cosmic moments when everything seems crystal clear and the universe is encapsulated in a flash, Desert Mountain Tribe hit a peak, but … Continue reading

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Album review: THE YOUNG FOLK – The Little Battle

The Young Folk - The Little Battle

Pixie Pace Records [Released 08.09.14] Having witnessed an excellent gig by the band earlier this year in London I was looking forward to hearing their debut release. The band consists of Anthony Furey (vocals/guitar), Tony McCaughlin (bass/mandolin/vocals), Paul Butler (keyboards/vocals) … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio – July 2014 highlights

Pete Feenstra and Bernie Marsden, June 2014

July 2014 Highlights More information at the dedicated website Check back here as we add new features throughout the month. All times, BST (GMT+1) Tuesdays 19:00 Pete Feenstra Rock & Blues Pete signposts upcoming and established artists who need your … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DOWLING POOLE – Bleak Strategies

The Dowling Poole - Bleak Strategies

369 Records [Release date:  11.08.14] https://www.facebook.com/TheDowlingPoole Not a Drowning Pool tribute band but the latest poprocktastic creation from Willie Dowling (Honeycrack/Jackdaw4) and his co-collaborator Jon Poole (ex-Cardiacs). They have funded this via Pledge Music and they sing and play all … Continue reading

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Gig review: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – The Tivoli, Buckley, 23 June 2014

Jeff Scott Soto - The Tivoli, Buckley, 23 June 2014

Setlists.fm is a blessing and a curse.  Notwithstanding the occasional inaccuracy it has proved a boon to lazy or forgetful reviewers but also a useful tool to evaluate the worthiness of a tour.  And recently I used it to decide … Continue reading

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