Monthly Archives: February 2015

Gig review: PALLAS – Classic Grand, Glasgow, 20 February 2015

Pallas – Classic Grand, Glasgow, 20 February 2015

Apologies for starting with a bit of a rant but this gig was blighted with a phenomenon which has become all too familiar at gigs these days. There are many pubs and clubs around Glasgow where people can go for … Continue reading

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News: THUNDER, SHINEDOWN, TANK – Sunday 22nd February 2015

Shinedown, Glasgow, 21 October 2013

Shinedown are currently recording their next album and plan a summer release. Axel Rudi Pell releases ‘Magic Moments – 25th Anniversary Special Show’ on CD/DVD on 27th April via SPV. Thunder charted at number nine in the UK album charts … Continue reading

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Quick plays: CLIMAX BLUES, THE LUCID DREAM

CLIMAX BLUES - Broke Heart Blues

LUCY MAY – Whirlwind (EP) www.facebook.com/iamlucymay [Released 06/03/15] The PR sheet says there has been a country music revival in the UK and that certainly bears up given the success of artists like Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift (although you … Continue reading

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Album review: MARCOS POWER TRIO – Mp3

MARCOS POWER TRIO – Mp3

Ænima Recordings [Release date 19.03.14] Recording as an instrumental power trio brings its own challenges, not least the need for quality material with which to make an impact. No such problem hinder Italy’s Marcos Power Trio who exude equal amounts … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANCK CARDUCCI – Torn Apart

FRANCK CARDUCCI – Torn Apart

Franck Carducci [Release date 09.01.15] Multi instrumentalist Franck Carducci is a Frenchman who moved to Holland to find his blues tinged prog rock niche. He tells us that during his musical formative years he played with upwards of 20 different … Continue reading

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Album review: EUROPE – War Of Kings

Europe - War Of Kings

UDR [Release date 02.03.15] I am a renascent Europe fan.  I loved the band as they catapulted themselves back into modern civilisation but I was never a big fan in their late-eighties heyday.  However, increasingly, I think their upward trajectory … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – The Attic, Glasgow,19 February 2015

THUNDER – The Attic, Glasgow,19 February 2015

This show was part of Thunder’s whirlwind promotional tour in support of the release of their excellent new album ‘Wonder Days’. The band were doing signing sessions and then playing a short acoustic set for selected prize winners (and the … Continue reading

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Gig review: HOWARD JONES – Indigo O2, 20 February 2015

Howard Jones had this London show to promote his latest creation ENGAGE, an interactive event that is released on the 9th March on interactive CD/DVD, digital and interactive book format. The fans tonight could join in via an app on … Continue reading

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News: CHRIS THOMPSON interview and feature, Sunday 22 February 2015

Chris Thompson

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday, 22 February 2015, 16:00 GMT One-time Manfred Mann’s Earth Band frontman Chris Thompson is featured in a hour-long special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. Cherry Red Records have recently released ‘Jukebox – The … Continue reading

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News: BRUCE DICKINSON, FOO FIGHTERS, EUROPE – 19 February 2015

Europe - Manchester Apollo, 3 April 2014

Iron Maiden have released the following statement: “Just before Christmas, vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven-week … Continue reading

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Interview: Rising Stars – THE JURY & THE SAINTS

Singer Jesse Smith of The Jury & The Saints answers our questions ahead of the release of their self-titled album on 2nd March via Long Branch/SPV Records… What are you currently up to? (recording, gigs, plans etc.) We have been … Continue reading

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Interview: Rising Stars – TRISTAN MACKAY

Tristan Mackay - Wire & Wood

Tristan Mackay releases his second album ‘Wire & Wood’, a follow-up to ‘Out Along The Wire’ and here we hear about the new album, his musical influences and more… Can you take us through your new album ‘Wire & Wood’? … Continue reading

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Album review: OMD – Junk Culture

OMD - Junk Culture

Universal (Deluxe reissue) [Released 02.02.15] OMD’s classic 1984 album Junk Culture gets a 30th anniversary 2CD deluxe re-issue and for fans you get two unreleased songs, plus the songs previously released only on vinyl. This includes that most 1980′s musical … Continue reading

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Album review: MARDUK – Frontschwein

Century Media – Out Now. The last ten years have been truly successful for the Swedish Black Metallers Marduk. Since Daniel “Mortuus” Rosten joined its ranks, the legendary band has released some of its most awe-inspiring/critically-acclaimed material through colossal albums … Continue reading

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News: THE QUIREBOYS, WHITESNAKE, WALTER TROUT – 17 February 2015

WALTER TROUT Jun 15 London Royal Albert Hall Nov 17 Stockton Arc Nov 18 Glasgow ABC Nov 20 Holmfirth Picturedrome Nov 21 London Forum Nov 24 Leamington Spa Assembly Nov 25 Frome Cheese & Grain ENUFF Z NUFF + ESTRELLA … Continue reading

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News: HOWARD JONES multimedia project Engage with launch gig 20 February at Indigo at The O2

Howard Jones’ multimedia project Engage out on interactive CD/DVD in March 2015 London live performance to celebrate launch on 20th February at the Indigo at The O2 Eighties’ pop sensation and multimedia maverick Howard Jones has announced the release of … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE HUNTER – Tone Poems Live

Steve Hunter - Tone Poems Live

CD Baby [Released 01.09.14] ‘Tone Poems Live’ pairs New York guitarist Steve Hunter (Alice Cooper/Lou Reed/Julian Lennon/Aerosmith) with top session players, bassist Tony Levin, drummer Alvino Bennett and keyboards Phil Aaberg in a in live studio setting that is also … Continue reading

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Album review: MOB RULES – Timekeeper – 20th Anniversary Box Set

        Steamhammer/ SPV (Release date 13.10.14) German power metallers Mob Rules have been treading the boards for the last 20 years and in celebration of that they released this limited edition box set. The box set is … Continue reading

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Album review – ASTRALION – Astralion

          Limb Music (Release date 14.11.14) I do like a bit of melodic power metal, all stirring melodies and glorious harmonies set to a furious backbeat, played well there is little better. Astralion hail from Finland … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BUSH, BOSS HOSS

Bush  - Man On The Run

BUSH – Man On The Run Sony Music [Released 20.10.14] Once touted as the “British Nirvana” album number 6 finds Bush in a mature sounding place, although still maintaining everything that helped them sell in excess of 20 million albums … Continue reading

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