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Album review: JON LORD – Reissues (Gemini Suite/Before I Forget)

JON LORD - Gemini Suite

Gemini Suite [Release date 09.12.16] Before I Forget [Release date 27.01.17] It is perhaps sometimes overlooked, but Jon Lord left a quiet legacy of solo albums even though for most of his career he laboured in the gargantuan shadow of … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MUTE GODS – Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth

Inside Out [Release date 24.02.17] The Mute Gods return with their second album and like their debut it looks at the darker side of humanity and how we can’t continue on our current path without devastating consequences. A tardigrade, or … Continue reading

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Gig review: SOTO – Camden Underworld, London, 17 February 2017

SOTO - Camden Underworld, London, 17 February 2017

Prolific vocalist Jeff Scott Soto’s well-travelled career has seen him spend brief spells with big names like Yngwie Malmsteen and Journey, participate in supergroups like Soul Sirkus and W.E.T., release albums under his own name and lend his pipes to … Continue reading

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Album review: FIREWIND – Immortals

FIREWIND - Immortals

AFM Records [Release date 20.01.17] It’s been four years since ‘Few Against Many’ but Gus G is no slouch.  In the interim he’s released two excellent solo albums and moonlighted with Ozzy.  And in spite of everything he always seems … Continue reading

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Interview: SOME VELVET MORNING

GRTR!’s Dave Atkinson catches up with indie/alternative power trio Some Velvet Morning ahead of their upcoming headline gig at London’s iconic Scala venue next month. Desmond Lambert (vocals & guitar), Gavin Lambert (bass & vocals) and Rob Flanagan (drums) field … Continue reading

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Album review: LISBEE STAINTON – Then Up

  Marionet Musis [Release date 21.04.17] Lisbee Stainton returns with her first new album in three years. Like previous albums she utilises skilled musicians she has worked with either in Seth Lakeman’s band – guitarist Jack Rutter and percussionist Cormac Byrne – or … Continue reading

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News: Man Doki Soulmates (incl. Ian Anderson, Chris Thompson, Randy Brecker) play London gig, 3 March 2017

Man Doki Soulmates

Where can you see the combined talents of some of the most renowned legends from the world of classic rock, prog and fusion? On Friday 3 March the musical collective of the Man  Doki Soulmates play a very exclusive one-off … Continue reading

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Gig review: FIREWIND – Manchester Academy, 16 February 2017

FIREWIND - Manchester Academy, 16 February 2017

You wonder: now that Ozzy has ended “The End”, in his dotage will he revive his solo career?  And does that mean there’s another job for Gus G?  The Greek guitarist was drafted in for the album ‘Scream’ in 2010 … Continue reading

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Album review: HELLBOUND HEARTS – Film Noir

[Release date 07.04.17] Hellbound Hearts are a three-piece hailing from Yorkshire and consist of Danny Lambert (lead vocals/guitar), Craig McLaren (bass/vocals) and Lee Brook (drums/vocals). They have produced a number of EPs and singles previously before releasing, this their debut … Continue reading

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News: DAN REED NETWORK UK Tour starts 1 March 2017

Dan Reed Network, London, 15th June 2016

Dan Reed Network’s 11-date UK Tour starts 1 March to promote their latest studio album “Fight Another Day.”  Special guests on all dates (except Sheffield) is Vega. “DRN is thrilled to be returning to Europe this next March, says frontman … Continue reading

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Book review: Somebody to Love: The Life, Death & Legacy of Freddie Mercury

Matt Richards & Mark Langthorne Blink Publishing There have been many books published on both Queen and Freddie Mercury, so why another one and what is its hook? Well the two authors here have included the usual Queen story of … Continue reading

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Single reviews: SHARON LAZIBYRD, EMMA CHARLESTON

SHARON LAZIBYRD – Opium Of The Masses https://www.facebook.com/Sharon-Lazibyrd-324663394401783/ [Release date 24.03.17] ‘Opium of the Masses’ is the latest single from Sharon Lazibyrd, released ahead of her album, ‘Half Shame and Half Glory’ due later this year. It features Sharon on vocals and … Continue reading

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DVD review: ROBIN BIBI – Colour House Blues Live!

Robin Bibi - Colour House Blues Live! DVD

Stonkin’ Production [Release date 08.01.17] ‘Colour House Blues Live!’ is a stripped down duo affair which finds guitarist Robin Bibi with his bass player Tony Marten (who doubles on acoustic guitar and banjo) in unplugged mode. The duo explore a … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBIN BIBI – No More A Secret

Robin Bibi - No More A Secret

Ashwood Records [Release date 08.07.16] For a musician with a stellar CV and a solid back catalogue, it come as something of a surprise to realise that this is Robins Bibi’s first set of original songs. ‘No More A Secret’ … Continue reading

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Interview: PHIL LEWIS of L.A. GUNS

GRTR!’s Nikk Gunns catchEs up with Phil Lewis of L.A. Guns to hear about how he reunited with Tracii Guns and the band’s upcoming UK tour dates. You’ve been making music for a while now- sum your career in one … Continue reading

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Album review: EDDIE MARTIN – Black, White and Blue

Eddie Martin - Black, White & Blue

Blueblood Records [Release date 11.11.16] Eddie Martin has always been an independent blues artist. He’s equally happy playing country blues as he is exploring Texas grit or Chicago blues, but it’s when he colours his own blues hybrid that he … Continue reading

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Album Review: DELICATE STEVE – This is Steve

ANTI- Records Release date 27.01.17] I’m not a lyrics guy. There I’ve said it. It’s always been about the music, and inevitably about the guitar(s). However, I’ve never been convinced that I’m an instrumental guy either. Sure, I’ve got a … Continue reading

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Album review: RICK WAKEMAN & TONY ASHTON – Gas Tank

Rick Wakeman & Tony Ashton - Gas Tank

Gonzo Multimedia [Release date 03.03.17] Where can you hear Rick Wakeman accompanying Rick Parfitt, Alvin Lee and  Phil Lynott  and – no – it’s not at the Pearly Gates.  Back in the early 1980s there was a Channel 4 TV … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire

BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire

Nuclear Blast [Release date 03.02.17] This is album number three from Black Star Riders and it is an album which does what is says on the tin as the old saying goes. ‘Heavy Fire’ is the heaviest record yet from … Continue reading

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Album review: PRIDE OF LIONS – Fearless

PRIDE OF LIONS - Fearless

Frontiers [Release Date 27.01.17] They come less frequently these days, with a five year gap between each of the last two albums, but a Pride of Lions album is always worth the wait, marking the return of veteran master songwriter … Continue reading

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