Monthly Archives: July 2017

Album review: FICTION SYXX – Tall Dark Secret

MeldodicRock Records [Release date 21.08.17] Fiction Syxx is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Mark Allen Lanoue who has had these musical ideas for some time now. To help him realise his musical vision he is joined by guitarist JK Northrup (King … Continue reading

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Album review: NICOLE ATKINS – Goodnight Rhonda Lee

Single Lock Records [Release date 21.07.17] Nicole Atkins returns with her fourth album and one recorded against a backdrop of personal issues as she stopped drinking and finding out her dad as lung cancer. Often such life changing events can … Continue reading

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Album review: PICTUREHOUSE – How Do I Explain How This Came To Be?

PICTUREHOUSE - How Do I Explain How This Came To Be?

Vinyl/digital release This album is not so much a best of more a collection of songs, some previously unreleased, that PictureHouse recorded between 1995 and 1998. There are twelve songs in all, with a couple drawn from the ‘Shine Box’ (1996) and ‘Karmarama’ … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SNAFU, BELL XI, ADRENALINE MOB

SNAFU Live Nottingham 1976

SNAFU Live Nottingham 1976 Angel Air www.angelair.co.uk [Release date 04.08.17] Snafu featured vocalist Bobby Harrison and guitarist Micky Moody amongst their ranks, although Micky Moody left the band shortly after the tour this gig was recorded from and joined Whitesnake. … Continue reading

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Album review: LIONHEART – Second Nature

LIONHEART - Second Nature

AOR Heaven [25.08.17] Blimey, it has been a few years since Lionheart last released an album – over thirty to be precise! Their sole studio album to date was 1984′s ‘Hot Tonight’, rightly revered among many rock fans. They split-up in 1986 with Dennis … Continue reading

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Album review: THUNDERSTICK – Something Wicked This Way Comes

THUNDERSTICK - Something Wicked This Way Comes

[Release date 28.07.17] There are few musicians as iconic in image as Barry Graham Perkis, aka Thunderstick, who originally found fame as the masked and caged drummer for NWoBHM band Samson. Previously a short lived drummer for Iron Maiden, he … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE PRETTY THINGS & THE IMPERIAL CROWNS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, SW France, 7 July 2017

Jimmie Wood – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, SW France, 7 July 2017

There’s a lot to be said for the art of performance. And tonight The Imperial Crowns front man Jimmie Wood works hard to preach the blues to a sun drenched crowd initially cowering on the edges of the festival square, … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ROLLING STONES – Live (Ladies And Gentlemen, Some Girls, Muddy Waters)

THE ROLLING STONES - Ladies and Gentlemen

Eagle Records [Release date 16.06.17] Eagle Records are releasing several live CD’s from The Rolling Stones, each following their successful release on DVD. Each is taken from a different point in the band’s history and finds them at a high … Continue reading

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Gig review: GREEN DAY – British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, 1 July 2017

Green Day’s headlining slot on the first Saturday of the first British Summer Time bonanza was sandwiched between Phil Collins the previous evening and Justin Bieber the night after. Interesting schedule. A rose between two thorns? A fart between two … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD ANTHONY JOOS AND THE REVELATORS – The Burden

TODD ANTHONY JOOS AND THE REVELATORS - The Burden

[Release date 18.04.17] Depending on what publicity shots – past or present – you’re looking at, Todd Anthony Joos looks like one scary sort of a guy – either Breaking Bad Walter White’s crazed, bad ass, alter-ego Heisenberg in ‘don’t … Continue reading

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Album review: HEDERSLEBEN – Orbit

HEDERSLEBEN - Orbit

Cleopatra Records [Release date 19.05.17] There’s a time and place in everyone’s life for a little space rock.  For many of us, that was around 1971 to 1973, but if you fancy reliving your youth (or indeed, were too young … Continue reading

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Album review: KENDRA GALE BAND – Kicking And Screaming

KENDRA GALE BAND - Kicking And Screaming

[Release date 01.04.17] Kicking and screaming is a pretty apt summation of this self-released release from Canadian duo Kendra Gale (guitar/vocals) and Warren Beatteay (drums). With five previous albums under her belt, this being the third under the ‘Band’ banner, … Continue reading

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Album review: SUSAN CATTANEO – The Hammer & The Heart

SUSAN CATTANEO - The Hammer & The Heart

Jersey Girl Music [Release date 25.08.17] Now that’s something you don’t see many of these days – a double album!  Although, in truth The Hammer and The Heart (the two ‘albums’) would have fitted on a single CD!! Cattaneo’s fifth … Continue reading

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Album review: STACKRIDGE – The Final Bow, Bristol 2015

STACKRIDGE - The Final Bow, Bristol 2015

In late-June 2017 David Randall chatted to James Warren for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This hour special features Stackridge highlights and tracks from James’ solo career.  First broadcast 25 June 2017. (58:12) Angel Air Records [Release date 14.07.17] Stackridge … Continue reading

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Quick plays: UNISONIC, RON POPE

UNISONIC Live at Wacken

UNISONIC Live at Wacken earMUSIC [Release date 21.07.17] Unisonic are the band formed by ex-Helloween members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen (of Gamma Ray fame), joined by Denis Ward (Pink Cream 69 and many production credits), Mandy Meyer (Asia/Krokus) and … Continue reading

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Gig review: RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW – Genting Arena, Birmingham, 28 June 2017

Rainbow - STONE FREE FESTIVAL, London, 17 June 2017

When I was a teenager getting seriously into rock and metal in the early 80s I was lucky enough to see some of the biggest acts around: AC/DC, Sabbath, Quo, Ozzy etc. One band I never got to see,  however, … Continue reading

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