Monthly Archives: January 2015

Album Review: LONELY ROBOT – Please Come Home

LONELY ROBOT - Please Come Home

Inside Out www.insideout.de [Released 23.02.15] Lonely Robot is the new project from producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (Kino/It Bites/Frost*/Arena). He is backed by a rhythm section of Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett/Kajagoogoo) on bass and Craig Blundell on drums, with … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NEAL MORSE BAND – The Grand Experiment

The Neal Morse Band - The Grand Experiment

Inside Out www.insideout.de [Released 16.02.15] Does Neal Morse ever sleep? Not content with his rather good 1970′s West Coast flavoured solo album ‘Songs From November’ and the excellent second Flying Colors album, both released last year, he is back again! … Continue reading

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News: ALIEN ANT FARM, MAGMA, BLUE OYSTER CULT – Saturday 31 January 2015

Blue Oyster Cult - HARD ROCK HELL, Pwllheli, 15 November 2014

Ramblin’ Fair Festival have announced the support bands for headliners Scorpions on Saturday. They include Dream Theater, Blue Oyster Cult, Saxon and FM. Burning Rain replace Circus Maximus at the Frontiers festival in Italy. MAGMA May 07 Manchester RNCM May … Continue reading

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Gig review: QUEEN & ADAM LAMBERT – 02 Arena, London, 18 January 2015

The benchmark for live rock performance was surely set by Queen in their heyday, the way they stole the show at Live Aid perhaps being conclusive proof. While there were many aspects to Queen’s success, the larger than life routine … Continue reading

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Album review: SERIOUS BLACK – As Daylight Breaks

SERIOUS BLACK – As Daylight Breaks

AFM Records [Release date 16.01.15] Serious Black can only be described as a European metal super-group due to the presence of former/current members of Helloween/Masterplan, Blind Guardian, Edenbridge, Visions of Atlantis and Bloodbound. Sounds extremely promising… The band started as … Continue reading

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Album review: U.D.O – Decadent

U.D.O. - Decadent

AFM Records [Release date 23.01.15] Everyone’s favourite German growler, Udo Dirkschneider, is back with his new studio album “Decadent”. It doesn’t seem long since I was underwhelmed by his one paced “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” album. So what does … Continue reading

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News: GIANTS OF ROCK – Minehead, UK, 6-8 February 2015

Giants Of Rock - Minehead, 6-8 February 2015

Following the outstanding response from both guests and artists alike, GIANTS OF ROCK now sits proudly alongside The Great British Folk, Great British Alternative and Great British Rock & Blues Festivals – part of Butlins’ massively-successful and growing reputation for … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS THOMPSON Jukebox – The Ultimate Collection 1975-2015

CHRIS THOMPSON  Jukebox - The Ultimate Collection 1975-2015

Interview edit: Chris Thompson with David Randall, 16 February 2015 (14:35) This edit features un-broadcast material from an hour-long feature aired on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 22 February.  The full  feature is now available via Mixcloud Cherry … Continue reading

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10 Questions: JOHN MITCHELL aka LONELY ROBOT (interview)

Lonely Robot

We catch-up with John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena/Frost*) whose new album goes out under the Lonely Robot moniker and is entitled ‘Please Come Home’.  It is released on Inside Out on 23rd February. It includes guest appearances from Nik Kershaw, Nick … Continue reading

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News: Y&T, SUZANNE VEGA, EDEN’S CURSE – Thursday 29 January 2015

Eden’s Curse will release their first ever live album, ‘Live With The Curse’ on 13th March (EU) and 14th April (USA) via AFM Records. Y&T (pictured) have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of a career-spanning documentary, with … Continue reading

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Gig review: LAWLESS, Betrayal – The Sugarmill, Stoke, 27 December 2014

Lawless - The Sugarmill, Stoke, 27 December 2014

Hailed as the album launch gig for R.I.S.E the new album from the mighty Lawless, it’s also a homecoming gig hence the sold out ticket allocations ensuring a packed night for all. Support tonight is from 2 local bands, both … Continue reading

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News: FAITH NO MORE, DOWNLOAD, DEF LEPPARD – Wednesday 28 January 2015

Beth Hart

Faith No More will release a new single, ‘Superhero’ in March. Beth Hart releases her new album, ‘Better Than Home’, on April 15th. Joe Clancy is the new drummer in Vardis. Tom DeLonge has announced his departure from Blink 182. … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBOW – The Polydor Years

Rainbow - Vinyl

Universal (9LP box set) [Release date 24.11.14] With the rejuvenation of both vinyl and classic rock, Universal have collated all 8 of the classic Rainbow albums in original packaging. Extravagant? Yes, resoundingly. But it’s lovely too. While a couple have … Continue reading

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Interview: Rising Stars – THE TOI

The Toi - band photo

Glaswegian three piece rock band the Toi consist of Pol Healy (vocals/guitar), Andy Carr (bass/guitar/vocals) and Stevie Mclay (drums/vocals). They release their rather good debut album, ‘Water Into Wine’ on March 2nd. Over to Pol for the answers… Brief history … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Holding All The Roses

Blackberry Smoke - Holding All The Roses

Earache Records [Release date 09.02.15] www.blackberrysmoke.com This is amazingly Blackberry Smoke’s fourth studio album, as their last album ‘The Whippoorwill’ was released in the UK last year (although it dated from 2012 when it was released in their native US) … Continue reading

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News: THE POODLES, CROPREDY, WATCHET FESTIVAL – Tuesday 27 January 2015

Fairport Convention, Cropredy - 9 August 2014

The Poodles release their new album, ‘Devil In The Details’, in Japan in late March. No other release dates as yet. A new Starbreaker (Tony Harnell & Magnus Karlsson) album is due next year on Frontiers. More information Listen in … Continue reading

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Album review: IMPERA – Empire Of Sin

IMPERA - Empire Of Sin

Escape Music www.escape-music.com [Release date 26.01.15] This is the third album from Impera since 2012 when they released their debut album. They were formed around drummer JK Impera (Bruce Kulick/Graham Bonnet), who is joined by guitarist Tommy Denander (who has … Continue reading

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News: DIO, EDGAR FROESE, JOE LYNN TURNER – Monday 26th January 2015

Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese has died at the age of 70. A statement reads: “On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna. The sadness in our … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK – Spirit On A Mission

MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK – Spirit On A Mission

Inakustik [Release date – 23.03.15] I have been lucky enough to see Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock on several occasions over the last few years and I have witnessed the band gelling and getting stronger with each show. The last … Continue reading

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News: T’PAU, FURYON, THE TUBES – Sunday 25 January 2015

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T’Pau release their new album, ‘Pleasure & Pain’ on 2nd February through Right Track Records/Universal Records. Fall Out Boy debuted at number 2 in the UK album charts this week with their new album, ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’. Enter Shikari debuted … Continue reading

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