Category Archives: GIG REVIEWS

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: ELEANOR McEVOY – Penylan Hall, Meiford, 19 May 2017

ELEANOR McEVOY - Penylan Hall, Meiford, 19 May 2017

In a lifetime of gig-going you invariably encounter unusual venues.  Village halls, churches, some that are literally off the beaten track.  Some that defy sat-nav.  It is when you find in these places artists of  a certain stature, or your … 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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Gig review: STEVE HACKETT – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 16 May 2017

STEVE HACKETT – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 16 May 2017

Over the last few years Steve Hackett’s profile has risen significantly with his Genesis Revisited tours. The lure of hearing the early Genesis classics played as they should be has proven to be a big success. Again on this current … Continue reading

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Gig review: ELEANOR McEVOY – Alexander’s, Chester, 14 May 2017

ELEANOR McEVOY - Alexander

In this hour long interview/feature David Randall chats to Eleanor McEvoy about her career.  Part of The GRTR! Archive series and recorded in June 2008. (57:23) Eleanor McEvoy wowed an attentive audience on her continuing Naked Music tour – not … Continue reading

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Gig review: MAGENTA – The Citadel Arts Centre, St. Helens, 13 May 2017

MAGENTA - The Citadel Arts Centre, St. Helens, 13 May 2017

With the band celebrating fifteen years together and with a fabulous new album to promote, Rob Reed’s Magenta completed their (all too) short Spring tour in front of a suitably appreciative audience at The Citadel in St. Helens – a … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOHN MAYER – 02 Greenwich, London, 12 May 2017

JOHN MAYER – 02 Greenwich, London, 12 May 2017

So there I was nursing my £10 gin and tonic (ice not an option) in an executive suite at the Greenwich 02, pondering the mysteries of how 20,000 people can go crazy over a perfunctory blast of John Mayer’s harmonica … Continue reading

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Gig review: MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 8 May 2017

MIKE VERNON &; THE MIGHTY COMBO – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 8 May 2017

In this age of instant downloads and 15 second celebrities, it’s refreshing to catch a legend worthy of the term. Step right up Mike Vernon in his new found career as lead vocalist and song writer with his excellent band … Continue reading

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Gig review: PAUL RODGERS/Deborah Bonham – Manchester Apollo, 8 May 2017

PAUL RODGERS - Manchester Apollo, 8 May 2017

We last saw Paul Rodgers and his band in 2011 when he performed a selection of his “greatest hits” spanning Free, Bad Company and solo.  And of course in October last year he fronted Bad Company in what was an … Continue reading

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Gig review: LONELY ROBOT – Sub89, Reading, 27 April 2017

Sub89 is a decent sized venue in a less than salubrious part of Reading, McD’s and Nandos being the classier places in the street! It has a decent sized stage and the only downside was the sound which wasn’t great … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE QUIREBOYS – Islington Academy, London, 23 April 2017

THE QUIREBOYS- Islington Academy, London, 23 April 2017

There is a danger we can become blasé about the Quireboys, and it is easy to form a stereotype around the lovable, shambolic rogues with the singer in a gypsy headscarf and glass in hand, who turn every gig into … Continue reading

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Gig review: ECLIPSE – The Borderline, London, 22 April 2017

ECLIPSE- The Borderline, London, 22 April 2017

With each album Eclipse’s reputation is finally spreading beyond the confines of the small but loyal melodic rock community. There was a significantly higher crowd to see them at a packed  Borderline than on their previous visits, and yet what … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE BONAMASSA – Royal Albert Hall, London, 20 April 2017

 JOE BONAMASSA - Royal Albert Hall, London, 20 April 2017

The hardest working blues rocker in the business was returning to the iconic RAH for the first time since 2014, in support of last year’s ‘Blues of Desperation’ album. He had elected for a very basic stage set up. One … Continue reading

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Gig review: LED ZEPPELIN MASTERS – London Palladium, 19 April 2017

Tribute bands often divide music fans as some see them as poor imitations of the original acts, however as time takes its toll on many musicians and bands, tribute acts keep the music of these classic bands alive and well. … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE MAGPIE SALUTE – Under The Bridge, London, 13 April 2017

Despite having to venture way too close for personal comfort to this very interesting venue situated in the guts of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge home, the London debut of Rich Robinson’s new travelling band of musical gypsies, The Magpie Salute, gave … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Album Showcase, Ain’t Nothing But The Blues, London, 10 April 2017

ERJA LYYTINEN  - Album Showcase,  Ain

The intimate surrounding for Erja Lyytinen’s ‘Stolen Hearts’ album showcase is well suited to an award winning artist who this afternoon willingly shares the rudiments of her creative process with the assembled members of the press and guest musicians. She’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: GHOST – ABC, Glasgow, 29 March 2017

GHOST – ABC, Glasgow, 29th March 2017

I often ponder if, years in the future, people will look back at images of gigs and festivals and interpret them as some form of religious gatherings. A huge crowd drawn together to worship at the altar of whichever rock … Continue reading

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Gig review: BROKEN WITT REBELS/BAD TOUCH – The Borderline, London, 8 April 2017

BROKEN WITT REBELS - The Borderline, London, 8 April 2017

While the ‘Roadstars’ strapline may be a tad presumptuous for two bands who are still learning their craft, there’s no denying the capacity crowd’s enthusiasm for a double bill aimed at two related, but slightly different markets. Norwich’s Bad Touch … Continue reading

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Gig review: SLAM CARTEL – Carlisle, Hastings, 27 March 2017

“It’s quite overwhelming having all these people singing these songs back at us,” lead singer, Gary Moffat, tells the audience at the Carlisle at one point during tonight’s gig. Clearly, the Kent-based hard rock outfit, Slam Cartel, have something of … Continue reading

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Gig review: ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO – Bush Hall, London, 5 April 2017

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo is playing his first European shows with a  full band in over five years and tonight’s London show sees him roughly two thirds if the way through the tour. Support comes from his back-up band for these dates, … Continue reading

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