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Album review: VEGA – Only Human

…l and musical clichés, but with every album they edge closer to the mainstream. In particular the fast fingered Marcus Thurston is given more scope to shine on album than before with his solos notably on ‘Worth Dying For’, the lyrics a trademark positive call to arms, and ‘Mess You Made’. Introduced by a spoof US radio announcement, ‘Last Man Standing’ has a distinct Bon Jovi feel, with Nick’s vocal inflexions, the song structure and even i… Continue reading

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Album review: FOREIGNER – With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

FOREIGNER - With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

…#8216;Waiting For A Girl Like You’ and, moreover,  ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ which Gareth Malone would have been proud of (not least the audience contribution). On the former, Kelly Hansen’s otherwise excellent vocal exposes that it lacks the soulful warmth of a Lou Gramm and you have to conclude that modern synthesisers are damn fine orchestra substitutes especially in the hands of Michael Bluestein. The choir is depl… Continue reading

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Gig review: MALONE SIBUN BAND/Lethbridge Owen Band – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 March 2018

MALONE SIBUN BAND – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 March 2018

The Malone Sibun Band might not win any medals for the originality of their name, but musically they surpass all expectations with a perfect blend of kick-ass, but soulful rocking blues. They perfectly balance the explosive guitarist Innes Sibun with the emotive phrasing of Detroit blues-rocker Marcus Malone, who in the course of one line can evoke both Paul Rogers and David Coverdale but with more feel. He might cut a dash with his cowboy hat,… Continue reading

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Gig review: STATUS QUO – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 5 December 2017

Status Quo – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow – 5 December 2017

…mmed and the intro taped rolled the band took to the stage greeted with a huge cheer. It fell to new man Richie Malone to kick things off with the opening riff to ‘Caroline’. Quo 2017 may be a different beast entirely from the heady days of the frantic four but the current line up seem to have harnessed some of that old energy. The performance tonight was by a band with new found vigour and found Francis Rossi in good voice and a wisecracking goo… Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! announce Best of 2017 – top albums, live acts

…d singer songwriter. GRTR! genre specialists voted the following albums ‘Best of 2017′: Blues Rock: MARCUS MALONE – A Better Man Progressive Rock: MAGENTA – We Are Legend Melodic Rock: ECLIPSE – Monumentum Singer Songwriter: JUDIE TZUKE – Peace Has Broken Out From Monday 4 December, readers and listeners can vote for their favourites in a  Popular Poll the results of which will be announced in a radio special o… Continue reading

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The Best of 2017: top albums, top live acts – the reviewers’ choice

The Best of 2017

…m from Shock City Productions behind them 2018 should see Mason Hill hit the big time. Blues Rock Album of 2017 MARCUS MALONE A Better Man PETE FEENSTRA Blues/Rock & Features Editor Top Albums 1. MARCUS MALONE A Better Man In his journey from being a West Coast Metal star, via Motown, to becoming a 5 star soulful blues-rocker, Marcus Malone has stepped up his game with 12 beautifully crafted songs that are given their full expression by an A-… Continue reading

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Album review: SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE – No Barricades

SAM KELLY

…drums/backing vocals), Paul Jobson (keys/vocals), Richard Sadler (bass) , Tong Qunta (guitar/vocals) and Jerome Marcus (percussion/backing vocals, with Rowena Poole joining as a third lead singer in 2016. Although, a bit like John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, ‘live’ the Station House line up is something of a moveable feast, and Kelly has a finger in many pies, for example, taking on the role of Musical Director and leading the rhyth… Continue reading

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Gig review: VEGA – University of London Union, 23 September 2017

VEGA - University of London Union, 23 September 2017

…urned Hutch. ‘Gonna Need Some Love Tonight’ is always a live favourite and was one of many where lead guitarist Marcus Thurston impressed with rapid fire, technically skilled but very melodic soloing.  The riffs on ‘Explode’ were razor sharp, and another rarely played song ‘Ignite’ had some spot on vocal harmonies on the ‘Can You Feel It’ refrain. Their increased roadwork over the last couple of years has made the band a tighter proposition than… Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (February-April 2017)

The Best of 2017

…lodic arrangements and lovingly crafted songs, it’s an album to return to again and again.” (Andy Nathan) MARCUS MALONE A Better Man (Redline Music) “He’s a peerless vocalist and a hugely impressive songwriter and also has the Midas touch as a producer … ‘A Better Man’ is an early year highlight and an essential purchase for all rock/blues fans.” (Pete Feenstra) WILLE AND THE BANDITS Steal (Jigsaw) “..an album that f… Continue reading

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Interview: GRAVE DIGGER (Chris Boltendahl)

…sound like Grave Digger, thank you very much” (laughs).   Well, with the exception of the keyboard player, Marcus Kiep, who joined the band in 2014, the rest of you have been playing together for a good seven years now, which is a long enough time to help you develop a certain chemistry. Chris: Yes, the rest of the band has been together for almost eight years, while the core members have been playing together for more than twenty years and… Continue reading

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Gig review: MARCUS MALONE BAND – The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, 1 June 2017

MARCUS MALONE BAND – The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, 1 June 2017

…y an audience with them into other musical spheres without losing their interest. No such problems tonight with Marcus Malone and his wonderful eight-strong band. Focussing his set on his splendid ‘A Better Man’ album,  the show flows like a cascading mountain river dragging everything in its wake, as Marcus’s soulful phrasing, rock and roll intensity, colourful showmanship and strong material makes for an impeccable dynamic. He… Continue reading

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Quick plays: ADRENALINE RUSH, BLOOD COMMAND, LIGHT FREEDOM REVIVAL

ADRENALINE RUSH Soul Survivor

…indh (lead guitar) and Joel Fox (bass) joining existing band members Tave, Alexander Hagman (rhythm guitar) and Marcus Johansson (drums). Erik Martensson is still involved on the production side of things, along with Marten Wanning and three of the songs on here are penned by the Blood Red Saints duo of Pete Godfrey and Lee Revill. I was not overly taken by the debut album, however this album is step up for me as it is more metal sounding in feel… Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUES EXPLOSION – Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London, 26 February 2017

…ight and the band performed very much as an eight piece ensemble, showcasing diverse talents, styles and moods. Marcus Bonfanti led the first few numbers. He is a blues guitarist/vocalist of some repute, with a couple of solo albums under his belt already. I saw his raw performance at the Borderline a couple of years ago, promoting the album ‘Shake The Walls’. Tonight was a more cultured and refined guitar display, complementing, rather than domi… Continue reading

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Album review: MARCUS MALONE – A Better Man

MARCUS MALONE – A Better Man

Redline Music [Release date 30.03.17] ‘A Better Man’ is UK based, Detroit blues rocker Marcus Malone’s 8th album. And in his journey from being a West Coast Metal star, via Motown, to becoming a 5 star soulful blues/rocker , he’s stepped up his game with 12 beautifully crafted songs given their full expression by an A-team of players who share their band leader’s musical vision. ‘A Better Man’ is a care… Continue reading

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Gig review: JUST SAY YES/ARFM MELODIC ROCK FUNDRAISER – The Spot, Derby, 28 January 2017

VEGA - Melodic Rock Fundraiser - The Spot, Derby, 28 January 2017

…he standout ‘Who We Are’ track, ‘Every Little Monster’, then ‘Gonna Need Some Love Tonight’ with lead guitarist Marcus Thurston put through his paces in tasty fashion. Nick Workman is one of the best frontmen around, constantly bouncing  on his toes and radiating confident energy,  and despite the limitations of six of them cramming onto a small stage the rest of the band were as animated on stage as I have seen them. Vega have stripped the genre… Continue reading

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Gig review: STATUS QUO – The Hydro, Glasgow, 20 December 2016

STATUS QUO – The Hydro, Glasgow, 20 December 2016

…he Quo class of 2016 to entertain us, so let’s get the party started! It falls to Parfitt’s replacement, Richie Malone, to crank out the opening chords, no pressure then, and as he battered out the opening to ‘Caroline’ any fears soon evaporated. In fact, tonight’s show proved to be one of the liveliest Quo Christmas shows I have witnessed in years, having the younger guys on stage looks to have invigorated the rest of the band. Francis Rossi in… Continue reading

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Gig review: STATUS QUO – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, 2 December 2016

STATUS QUO - Parc Y Scarletts, Llanelli, 27 August 2016

…d the vocal” that I missed Ricky the most. There is no question that Parfitt’s replacement, Ritchie Malone, has all the chops so from the opening bars of Caroline to the jammed out “Bye, Bye….”, you can close your eyes and you’re back in your happy place. Parfitt’s vocal duties are fairly admirably handled by Rhino Edwards and Andy Bown but there was always something special about the Rossi/Parfitt vocal… Continue reading

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News: LARRY MILLER Benefit Gig – The Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 5 November 2016

Larry Miller

…rry’s band/Storm Warning (featuring MD Derek White), guitarists Elisha Blue (USA/Chaka Khan/Roachford)and Marcus Flynn (Brian May/ Beyoncé/ The Guitar Legends).  Catfish (featuring double award winning keyboard player and Paul Jones producer Paul Long & Matt Long), Stevie Smith (harp playing leader of Ruthless Blues),  guitarists Troy Redfern and Todd Sharpville (Duke Robbilard/Joe Louis Walker/Kim Wilson), Salvation Jayne and Bill Mead… Continue reading

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Gig review: STATUS QUO – Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli, 27 August 2016

STATUS QUO - Parc Y Scarletts, Llanelli, 27 August 2016

…y everyone screaming and cheering, whilst a burst of white spotight lit up Rick Parfitt’s stand-in Richie Malone who belted out the opening bars of ‘Caroline’.  Right on queue, the place went nuts. Francis Rossi, prowled the stage making eye contact with as many people as possible before having to get to his mic stand to sing, decked out in trademark white shirt and black waistcoat. No matter what anyone thinks of The Quo, they… Continue reading

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Gig review: VEGA – Islington Academy, London, 30 May 2016

VEGA - Islington Academy, London, 30 May 2016

…Some Love Tonight’ climaxed with some spot on backing vocals and a typically fluid, effortless guitar solo from Marcus Thurston. New single ‘Every Little Monster’ had an irresistible steam hammer of a hook. With four albums now to choose from, a near hour and a half set, and a refreshing absence of solos or other padding, there was plenty of scope for everyone’s favourites to be heard. They chose to focus exclusively on uptempo songs and, while t… Continue reading

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