Category Archives: The Best of 2015

Top albums and live acts of 2015

Gig review: VINTAGE TROUBLE – 02 Forum, London,17 November 2015

VINTAGE TROUBLE – 02 Forum, London,17 November 2015

While Vintage Trouble front man Ty Taylor never actually mutters the immortal phrase ‘get on up’ – he frequently uses the line ‘I can’t even hear you’- he shares much in common with late godfather of soul, James Brown. There’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: FM/Vega – Guildhall, Gloucester, 7 November 2015

FM - Guildhall, Gloucester, 7 November 2015

A Saturday night gig with two of the best melodic rock bands in the country, a two hour drive away but totally worth it. A four date trot around the country playing in some venues that you don’t often hear … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE TUBES – Club Academy, Manchester, 8 August 2015

THE TUBES - Club Academy, Manchester, 8 August 2015

I really hope The Tubes don’t leave it another decade before their next UK tour.  I mean the 50th anniversary will be in 2025 and their oldest member will be nearly 80.  The band have always had a soft spot … Continue reading

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Gig review: AC/DC – Wembley Stadium, London, 4 July 2015

AC/DC, Wembley Stadium, London, 4 July 2015

AC/DC’s greatest virtue is that they never change a winning formula, but the past year has been the most challenging to their future since Bon Scott’s death,  with founder member Malcolm Young sadly suffering from dementia and drummer Phil Rudd … Continue reading

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Album review: KING KING – Reaching For The Light

KING KING - Reaching For The Light

Manhaton [Release date 04.05.15] Four years after their debut album, King King have outgrown their original mould to such a extent that the album title is more a reality than an aspiration. ‘Reaching For The Light’ reflects a band that … Continue reading

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Gig review: RENAISSANCE – The Citadel, St.Helens, 24 April 2015

RENAISSANCE - The Stables, Wavendon, 14 April 2015

If this short and sweet tour was bookended by a couple of false starts, it demonstrated the  easy charm of the bandleader.  “Is there anyone here from Bolton?” she enquired as she marked time.  “Is there anyone who went to … Continue reading

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Album review: FM – Heroes and Villains

FM - Heroes And Villains

Frontiers Records [Release date 17.04.15] FM may have spent last autumn on a 30th anniversary tour, but they are neither a nostalgia band nor one to let the grass grow under their feet. Two years after a pair of new … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE ROTHERY – The Ghosts Of Pripyat

STEVE ROTHERY - The Ghosts Of Pripyat

Self-released  -  [Release date 02.02.15] What’s a reviewer supposed to do when confronted by perfection? Our whole raison d’être here at GRTR! is to give an opinion that informs the reader; (a) whether the music being reviewed is worth a … Continue reading

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Album review: THUNDER – Wonder Days

Thunder - Wonder Days

earMUSIC [Release date 16.02.15] This is studio album number ten from Thunder and it is an album many thought they would never see. With the band going into hiatus for a few years, apart from the odd live show here … Continue reading

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Album review: UFO – A Conspiracy Of Stars

UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars

SPV [Release date 23.02.15] UFO are another of our “heritage” bands who for the past few years have toured consistently and released new albums.  In short, they are still relevant.  And, arguably, ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ is their best offering … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Holding All The Roses

Blackberry Smoke - Holding All The Roses

Earache Records [Release date 09.02.15] www.blackberrysmoke.com This is amazingly Blackberry Smoke’s fourth studio album, as their last album ‘The Whippoorwill’ was released in the UK last year (although it dated from 2012 when it was released in their native US) … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK – Spirit On A Mission

MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK – Spirit On A Mission

Inakustik [Release date – 23.03.15] I have been lucky enough to see Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock on several occasions over the last few years and I have witnessed the band gelling and getting stronger with each show. The last … Continue reading

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