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Album review: MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Resurrection

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Resurrection

Nuclear Blast Records [Release date 02.03.18] Most people will now be aware of the Schenker Fest project which has toured extensively over the last 18 months. The premise was to reunite his former MSG bandmates and gather the three vocalists … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROBIN TROWER – Islington Assembly Hall, London, 27 February 2018

ROBIN TROWER - Islington Assembly Hall, London - 27th February 2018

The term living legend should not be lightly used, but in rock circles Robin Trower comes close to that description. With a signature guitar style and playing as well, if not better, than ever, the master craftsman is about to … Continue reading

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Album review: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – A Decade Of Destruction

Eleven Seven Music [Release date 01.12.17] It has been quite a tenth anniversary year for Five Finger Death Punch. It did appear at one point that the whole FFDP world may come crashing down and the future of the band … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE QUIREBOYS – Tolbooth, Stirling, 7 December 2017

THE QUIREBOYS - Tolbooth, Stirling, 7 December 2017

Almost exactly a year ago local man Ross Wilson managed to lure The Quireboys to Stirling for a show under the ‘Rock For Strathcarron’ banner. The premise is that all profits raised from the gigs are donated to nearby Strathcarron … Continue reading

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

Status Quo – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow – 5 December 2017

Almost exactly a year ago I attended a Quo gig at the nearby Hydro which was billed as the ‘Last Night Of The Electrics’ tour. Yet here I am a year on looking at a stage lined with white amps powered up … Continue reading

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Gig review: MR BIG – Shepherds Bush Empire, London,19 November 2017

MR BIG - Shepherds Bush Empire, London,19 November 2017

Accompanying their first release in three years, ‘Defying Gravity’, Mr Big undertook an extensive tour, which also represented their first dates on these shores in the same period. Always noted for their relatively long sets, on this occasion further value … Continue reading

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Gig review – DEEP PURPLE – Hydro, Glasgow, 22 November 2017

DEEP PURPLE - Hydro, Glasgow, 22 November 2017

On the 22nd June 1985 I made a very long trip south, on the oldest bus known to man to stand in a flooded field near Stevenage, to witness the return of Deep Purple mark 2 at Knebworth. It was a … Continue reading

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Gig review – BLACK STAR RIDERS – Queens Hall, Edinburgh, 9 November 2017

BLACK STAR RIDERS - Queens Hall, Edinburgh, 9 November 2017

During tonight’s gig Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick took time out during the show to remind us that the band have now been a around for five years. In that time a few members have come and gone and … Continue reading

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Gig review: MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST– O2 Ritz, Manchester, 4 November 2017

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST– O2 Ritz, Manchester – 4 November 2017

Around this time of year there are cries around the country of ‘Christmas gets earlier every year’ as the first decorations are spotted and every TV ad features snowy scenes and perfectly wrapped presents. Manchester took this a step further … Continue reading

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Gig review: CATS IN SPACE – G2, Glasgow, 25 September 2017

CATS IN SPACE - G2, Glasgow, 25 September 2017

After watching Cats In Space tonight I commented to my wife that the most impressive thing about the performance is the fact that the band are so musical. This may sound like a strange comment, surely all bands are musical? … Continue reading

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Gig review: GUN – St Luke’s, Glasgow, 14 September 2017

GUN – St Luke’s, Glasgow, 14 September 2017

With Gun about to unleash their excellent new album ‘Favourite Pleasures’ on an expectant public, what better way to introduce a few of the songs than a short showcase gig. The fact that the show was on home turf for … Continue reading

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Album review: GUN – Favourite Pleasures

GUN – Favourite Pleasures

Cloburn Music [Release date 15.09.17] Gun are one of those bands who operate under the radar. They are constantly working away in the background either gigging or producing new music with little fuss but they have a loyal band of … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 3 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 30 July 2017

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After the deluge on Saturday the forecast for the Sunday was looking a lot brighter and judging by the size of the crowd in the arena the sun had enticed a few extra bodies along for another top day of … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 2 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 29 July 2017

RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Mote Park, Maidstone, 29 July 2017

I awoke in the hotel with lovely Kent sunshine streaming through the window, however the forecast for later in the day was looking grim and I did pass Noah on his way to B&Q for nails and some MDF. No … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 1 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 28 July 2017

RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR –Mote Park, Maidstone, 28 July 2017

The Ramblin’ Man Fair is now in its third year and is going from strength to strength. It is situated in Mote Park right in the centre of Maidstone in Kent, it is a bit bizarre passing a children’s playpark … Continue reading

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Gig review: REWIND FESTIVAL – Scone Palace, Perth, 22 July 2017

REWIND FESTIVAL – Scone Palace, Perth, 22 July 2017

Although I am a rock fan through and through I have always had a sneaking love of all things 80’s. Being a teenager during the decade meant that although I was mastering in Iron Maiden and Saxon at the time … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEARDED THEORY – Catton Park, Derbyshire, 25 – 28 May 2017

BEARDED THEORY - Catton Park, Derbyshire - 25 - 28 May 2017

BEARDED THEORY – TEN YEARS OF MUSIC, MAGIC AND MISCHIEF… Once a year the grounds of Catton Park in Derbyshire are transformed into one of the happiest places on earth.  If this conjures images of a saccharine sweet world of … Continue reading

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Gig review: KISS – Hydro, Glasgow, 27 May 2017

KISS – Hydro, Glasgow, 27 May 2017

On arrival at the Hydro tonight there was a tight cordon of security following the tragedy at Manchester Arena the previous week. Whilst being searched the security guard asked if I had seen Kiss before to which I replied, yes … Continue reading

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Gig review: INGLORIOUS – Islington Academy, London, 19 May 2017

INGLORIOUS - Islington Academy, London, 19 May 2017

Inglorious’ star is rising nicely – little over a year after their debut album had them voted best newcomers in many end of year polls, and after a series of high profile touring opportunities, they have swiftly followed up with … Continue reading

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Gig review: SNAKECHARMER – Islington Academy, London,14 May 2017

SNAKECHARMER - Islington Academy, London,14 May 2017

Progressively Snakecharmer are leaving behind their origins, celebrating old-school Whitesnake, in the same way Black Star Riders are laying aside the ghost of Thin Lizzy. Four years after the release of their excellent self-titled and self-penned album, this was my … Continue reading

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