Category Archives: GIG REVIEWS

Gig review: HRH AWARDS 2019 – Great Yarmouth, 6 November 2019

For 13 years HRH has seen some of the finest bands and singers in the rock world grace its stages. This will be the third time that the HRH Awards have been held prior to the main event with a … Continue reading

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Gig review – DRAGONFORCE, Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 2 November 2019

Its 15 years since I first caught Dragonforce live at this very venue and although tonight is sold out we are still in a fairly small hall so what, if anything, does this tell us about the band’s career? For me it tells me … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARILLION – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 4 November 2019

MARILLION - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 4 November 2019

Rightly acknowledged as one of the bands at the forefront of crowdfunding, I’m beginning to think Marillion should also be given credit as pioneers in recycling. Because whilst I’ve been a fan since Fish jumped ship 30 years ago, I … Continue reading

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Gig review: GOODBYE JUNE – Colours, Hoxton, London, 29 October 2019

GOODBYE JUNE- Colours, Hoxton, London, 29 October 2019

There seems to be a never ending series of hirsute young bands, influenced by their parents’ record collections, coming out of the USA, and the southern states in particular. One such is Goodbye June who first appeared on my radar … Continue reading

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Gig review: INGLORIOUS – 02 Academy, Oxford, 28 October 2019

INGLORIOUS, 02 Academy, Oxford, 28 October 2019

After their much publicised line up changes 2019 has been a year of inglorious putting in the hard yards to regain career momentum. A February tour and well-received festival appearances were followed by this second tour of the year, covering … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOCUS/Chantel McGregor – Under the Bridge, London, 25 October 2019

FOCUS/Chantel McGregor- Under the Bridge, London, 25 October 2019

This show in one of London’s more enjoyably upscale venues was an opportunity for me to kill two birds with one stone, as well as bringing together two contrasting acts in an interesting pairing. Chantel McGregor has been a rising … Continue reading

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Gig review: PETE WAY BAND – Camden Underworld, 24 October 2019

Gig review: Pete Way Band - Camden Underworld, 24 October 2019

Everyone wants to be a lead singer these days. Burnt Out Wreck, who emerged to the bouncy theme music from the kids’ TV programme ‘Rhubarb and Custard’, are fronted by Gary Moat who used to be the drummer in Heavy Pettin’. … Continue reading

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Gig review: KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI – Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury, 1 November 2019

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI - Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury, 1 November 2019

In the first part of a two part special Kiki Dee chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio about her early career.  First broadcast in March 2015.  Part 2 is available here Kiki Dee is a Featured Artist at Get … Continue reading

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Gig review: SQUEEZE – New Theatre, Oxford, 25 October 2019

A packed out New Theatre were eagerly awaiting Squeeze, however before the main event we had Heaven 17, a band who had plenty of chart success in the early-mid 80’s. Still featuring two thirds of the original line-up in vocalist … Continue reading

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Gig review: KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – Camden Underworld, London, 18 October 2019

KISSIN

Kissin’ Dynamite have over a decade’s worth of albums to their name, but the young Germans have managed to pass me by until I became aware their last album ‘Ecstasy’ was receiving rave reviews. Yet this sole UK date of … Continue reading

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Gig review: UNPLUGGED AND UNSCRIPTED: AN EVENING WITH DANNY AND LUKE (Thunder) – Alban Arena, St Albans, 9 October 2019

UNPLUGGED AND UNSCRIPTED: AN EVENING WITH DANNY AND LUKE- Alban Arena, St Albans, 9 October 2019

It’s been a busy year already for Thunder with their ‘Please Remain Seated’ tour and the launch of a career spanning greatest hits album, not to mention a recent club show at the Garage in London, recently reviewed on this … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DIVINE COMEDY – O2 Academy, Oxford, 13 October 2019

The Best of 2019

Seeing the Divine Comedy live has been top of my bands to see list and I was very happy to be able to finally see them at a sold out show at the Academy (or the Zodiac as it was … Continue reading

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Gig review: DATURA4 – CherryDon, Marseilles, 6 October 2019

Five Australians blokes walk into a bar in Marseilles on a Sunday night……and just kill it. Having appreciated these guys from a distance and reviewed Datura4’s excellent trio of albums (Demon Blues, Hairy Mountain and Blessed Is The Boogie), GRTR!’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: FLIGHT BRIGADE – Telford’s Warehouse, Chester, 4 October 2019

FLIGHT BRIGADE - Telford

What’s not to like? An architecturally interesting venue for food, drink and music.  A beer festival.  And a free gig!! The first thing you might say about Flight Brigade, two days into a 14-date tour, is “where are the girls?”.  … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN TURNER – Under the Bridge, London, 27 September 2019

MARTIN TURNER- Under the Bridge, London, 27 September 2019

Martin Turner’s latest tour revisiting his Wishbone Ash catalogue one step at a time, took him to Under the Bridge,  home of his beloved Chelsea FC, with their 1971 sophomore album ‘Pilgrimage’ following in the footsteps of ‘There’s The Rub’, … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – The Garage, London, 26 September 2019

THUNDER- The Garage, London, 26 September 2019

Thunder gigs come in all shapes and sizes, from the crowd pleasing festival appearances, to their semi-legendary Christmas shows, to the recent ‘Please Remain Seated’ semi-unplugged tour. Since their latest reformation for a third spell they have even played arena … 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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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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Gig review: BERNIE MARSDEN/Kris Barras Band/Hollowstar, Tramshed, Cardiff, 13 September 2019

BERNIE MARSDEN - Tramshed, Cardiff, 13 September 2019

When you spend most of the year planning a festival on top of the mountain, the come down from a successful year must be a hard, so what do you do? Start doing indoor shows, it is what you started … Continue reading

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