Monthly Archives: September 2019

Album review: SLASH, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream Tour

SLASH, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPRIATORS - Living The Dream Tour

Eagle Vision [Release date 27.09.19] Recorded live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon (yes, technically it’s not called that anymore but I’m still stuck firmly in the past) earlier this year, this newly released double CD and DVD package serves to show … Continue reading

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Album review: LEE ABRAHAM – Comatose

LEE ABRAHAM - Comatose

F2 Music [Release date 27.09.19] I really enjoyed Lee Abraham’s 2017 album ‘Colours’, a veritable AOR meets prog delight and now Lee Abraham is back with a new solo outing, this time a concept piece. ‘Comatose’ tells the story of … Continue reading

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Album review: TURBOKILL – Vice World

TURBOKILL - Vice World

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 25.10.19] What we have here is a contender for the next generation of classic rock. In 2019 we get album based on the kind of classic trad metal that, at the heavier end, influenced and then rode … Continue reading

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Album review: EDENBRIDGE – Dynamind

EDENBRIDGE - Dynamind

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 25.10.19] Classic melodic symphonic metal from Austria, Edenbridge have up there with the best of them since their formation in 1998. Still going strong, this is their 10th studio album. Formed by vocalist Sabine Edeisbcher and guitarist, … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – Coloured vinyl re-issues (October 2019)

NAZARETH - Coloured vinyl re-issues October 2019

‘Snaz (2LP, orange / green vinyl, gatefold, innersleeves), 2XS (turquoise vinyl LP), Sound Elixir (orange vinyl LP, inner sleeve), Cinema (white vinyl LP, inner sleeve), No Jive (clear vinyl LP + insert), Move Me (red vinyl LP) BMG [Release date … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUES CARAVAN 2019 (Katarina Pejak, Ina Forsman, Ally Venable)

BLUES CARAVAN 2019 (Katarina Pejak, Ina Forsman, Ally Venable)

Ruf Records [Release date 11.10.19] It’s a great idea to release a live album from an extensive tour that can be sold on some of the dates, as it was in the UK in September.  This CD/DVD captures the latest … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE STERN – JEFF LORBER FUSION – Eleven

MIKE STERN - JEFF LORBER FUSION - Eleven

Concord [Release date 27.09.19] Back in the 1990s there was a trend – epitomised by the chameleon-like Jazz FM radio station in the UK – for smooth jazz, a more accessible form of fusion that developed out of US FM … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ – This Is How We Roll

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UMC [Release date 11.10.19] Third album from Down ‘N’ Outz who feature Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus the rhythm section of Vixen bassist Share Ross and Wayward Sons … Continue reading

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Album review: FIGHT – War Of Words/A Small Deadly Space

FIGHT - War Of Words

BGO Records [Release date 27.09.19] BGO Records re-issue Fight’s two albums on one CD with sleeve notes by Neil Daniels. Fight featured Rob Halford, fresh from leaving Judas Priest in 1992, and he was joined by Priest drummer Scott Travis, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ATOM WORKS, YES

YES Live At Glastonbury 2003

YES Live At Glastonbury 2003 The Store For Music [Release date 04.10.19] There is not even an inlay for this double album lifted from the soundtrack to the “Director’s Cut” DVD released in 2008.  Roger Dean’s iconic logo is the … Continue reading

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Album review: HAWKESTREL – The Future Is Us

HAWKESTREL - The Future Is Us

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra Records [Release date 13.09.19] It gets quite confusing now with so many Hawkwind-related permutations: Hawklords, Hawkwind Light Orchestra and so forth, and the various solo endeavours. Alan Davey – bass player originally  in the mid-eighties to mid-nineties  – … Continue reading

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Album review: DRAGONFORCE – Extreme Power Metal

earMUSIC [Release date 27.09.19] Dragonforce are back with album number eight and it does what it says on the tin. ‘Extreme Power Metal’ has been the band’s weapon of choice since their inception and they still continue to use twenty notes where … Continue reading

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Gig review: STRAY – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 20 September 2019

STRAY- Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 20 September 2019

For every guitar great that sprang to prominence in rock’s golden age- a Blackmore, a Page, a Schenker – there were other guitar heroes who given the breaks should have become equal household names on musical terms alone, one of … Continue reading

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Gig review: DON FELDER – Bush Hall, London, 19 September 2019

DON FELDER- Bush Hall, London, 19 September 2019

While a familiar face across the pond in the past decade – I saw him no less than three times at the Moondance Jam festival – Don Felder has to my knowledge not set foot in the UK since the … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) October 2019 – December 2019

ESP PROJECT - The Rising

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2019 April – June 2019 July – September 2019 October 4th SOREN ANDERSEN ‘Guilty Pleasures’ Mighty Music ANGEL ‘Risen’ Cleopatra Records Adrian Benegas ‘The Revenant’ Pride & Joy Music CHICAGO ‘Chicago Christmas’ Rhino … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2019 – September 2019

HEATHER FINDLAY - Wild White Horses

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2019 April – June 2019 July 1st DAVID GELN EISLEY (ex-GUFFRIA, DIRTY WHITE BOY) ‘Tattered, Torn & Worn’ GANDALF’S FIST ‘The Clockwork Prologue’ (double LP) MAGENTA ‘Home’ (500 copy limited edition re-issue) THE … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2020)

Beth Hart - RAMBLIN

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Your tour not listed? Contact us! Updated 08/11/2019 2020 FESTIVALS WINTER’S END Friday 28 February-Sunday 1 March 2020 Sandford Holiday Park, Poole, Dorset Those Damn Crows … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

Focus - Hard Rock Hell Prog, Pwllheli, 21-22 March 2014

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Your tour not listed? Contact us! Updated 04/11/2019 2019 A-HA Tue November 05 2019 Royal Albert Hall Wed November 06 2019 BRIGHTON Centre AIRBOURNE Wed November … Continue reading

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Upcoming: European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2020)

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Updated 11/11/2019 2019 listings BRYAN ADAMS Tue 03/10 Oslo Spektrum Arena Wed 03/11 DNB Arena Stavanger, Norway Sat 03/14 Ericsson Globe Stockholm, Sweden Tue 03/17 Forum … Continue reading

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Gig review: BONNIE TYLER/Cats In Space – London Palladium, 18 September 2019

BONNIE TYLER, Cats in Space- London Palladium, 18 September 2019

I wonder if the rock world underestimates Bonnie Tyler. Allied to the fact she has been more of a singles than an albums artist, and an interpreter of other people’s songs rather than her own, the overblown power ballads and … Continue reading

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