Tag Archives: classic rock

Album review: TODD RUNDGREN’S UTOPIA – Live At The Chicago Theatre (CD/DVD/Bluray)

 TODD RUNDGREN

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 26.04.19] CD/DVD/Bluray Utopia was Todd Rundgren’s progressive/pop fusion vehicle and can sometimes get overlooked or misunderstood in his varied back catalogue. The band had split by 1986 but there was a brief reunion nearly 10 years … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…JETHRO TULL, THE BEATLES

On Track...The Beatles by Andrew Wild

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 26.04.19] The On Track… series continues with some momentum, nearly 20 titles currently scheduled, spearheaded by prog aficionado Stephen Lambe. The idea is to discuss in some detail individual songs but that invariably means talking about … Continue reading

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News: STEELHOUSE – Thunder and Thin Lizzy headline Welsh classic rock festival (26-28 July 2019)

Thunder - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL - Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 23 July 2016

Melodic hard rockers Thunder and Thin Lizzy top the two-day Welsh classic rock festival, now in its ninth year. Also appearing over the two-day event, The Temperance Movement, Uriah Heep and Living Colour will join bands such as Gun, Tax … Continue reading

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Album review: RORY GALLAGHER – Blues

In this archive interview, Donal Gallagher chats to David Randall about Rory’s music. Recorded in February 2012 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio prior to the release of the remastered seventies albums. A second interview in 2013 brought the story … Continue reading

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EP review: STORMCHASER – Breaking The Silence

STORMCHASER – Breaking The Silence

Self Release [Release date 04.05.19] Stormchaser are a local band for me, they have been playing live around Central Scotland for a few years and have built up a good following and a good reputation. The guys master in all things classic rock … Continue reading

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Gig review: LED ZEPPELIN MASTERS – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 13 April 2019

The Led Zeppelin Masters (also known as the Zep Boys in their native Australia) – vocalist Vince Contarino, guitarist Tzan Niko, bassist Warwick Cheatle and drummer Bradley Polain – were back for their second UK tour with the 35-piece Black … Continue reading

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Album review – L.A. GUNS – The Devil You Know

Frontiers [Release date 29.03.19] L.A. Guns are on a roll right now having just released their third album in two years. Following hot on the heels of 2017’s “The Missing Peace”, and last year’s live effort, new album “The Devil … Continue reading

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Album review: LONERIDER – Attitude

Escape Music [Release date 26.04.19] Lonerider is a new band featuring some experienced names that sees FM vocalist Steve Overland team-up again with guitarist Steve Morris (they both recorded together under the Heartland name) and Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke … Continue reading

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Album review: SUZI QUATRO – No Control

SUZI QUATRO - No Control

SPV [Release date 29.03.19] Now I get it, having enjoyed a career that has lasted over fifty years, Suzi Quatro is the woman that paved the way for most female rock artists that followed – Hole, Heart, Hynde, the list … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – coloured vinyl (reissues)

NAZARETH - Razamanaz

Razamanaz (yellow vinyl LP, gatefold sleeve) Loud’n’Proud (orange vinyl LP, gatefold sleeve) Rampant (blue vinyl LP, inner sleeve) Hair Of The Dog (white vinyl LP, inner sleeve) Expect No Mercy (pink vinyl LP, inner sleeve) No Mean City (green vinyl … Continue reading

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Album review: QUARTZ – Quartz/Live Count Dracula

Dissonance Productions Originally called Bandylegs, Quartz formed in 1974 and would later become associated with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Some absolutely first class metal that the label have been reissuing of late. In fact the band’s third … Continue reading

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Album review: WHITESNAKE – Slide It In

35th Anniversary Edition Parlophone/Rhino [Release date 08.03.19] Back when Whitesnake were a British classic rock band, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale fronted a solid blues rock band of class musicians. Formed in the late 70s, the mid 80s saw … Continue reading

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Album review: VERITY WHITE – Reclaim; Set Fire

VERITY WHITE - Reclaim; Set Fire

[Release date 08.03.19] There’s a slew of young British female rock artists emerging at present, all looking to get a foothold on that slippery ladder of fame, with this month seeing sophomore releases from two south-west based singers – Elles … Continue reading

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Album review: KEVIN ARMSTRONG – Run

KEVIN ARMSTRONG - Run

Wishing Tree Records [Release date 22.03.19] Kevin Armstrong was a something of a ‘go to’ guitarist in the 1980′s working with Bowie, Iggy Pop, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout, Thomas Dolby and many more. A name that will have gone under most … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MATT MITCHELL & THE COLD HEARTS, A NEW REVENGE, RAIN OR SHINE

MATT MITCHELL & THE COLD HEARTS Independent [Release date 19.04.19] Matt Mitchell has fronted AOR band Pride, the more metal flavoured Furyon and then Colour Of Noise, who featured former Little Angels guitarist Bruce John Dickinson. Despite a strong album … Continue reading

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Album review: TORA TORA – Bastards of Beale

TORA TORA - Bastards of Beale

Frontiers [Release date 22.02.19] Since the release of their debut album back in 1989, Memphis’ Tora Tora have been (albeit with a 14 year hiatus thanks to the shifting musical landscape) bringing us some great blues based rock n roll … Continue reading

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Album review: JOURNEY – Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers

JOURNEY - Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers

Eagle Vision/Universal [Release date 29.03.19] In 2017 Journey played the Budokan arena in Japan for a special show where they played two of their classic albums – 1981′s ‘Escape’ and 1983′s ‘Frontiers’ – in their entirety and recorded the show, … Continue reading

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Interview: VINCE CONTARINO (Led Zeppelin Masters)

Marking fifty years since the release of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album – and its follow-up, ‘Led Zeppelin II’ – Australia’s Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters will return to the UK for ten-dates in April 2019 as part of their … Continue reading

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Book review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Jacob Holm-Lupo

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Jacob Holm-Lupo

Sonicbound Publishing [Published 22.02.19] These Every Album, Every Song books are coming thick and fast with this one on Blue Oyster Cult coming after ones on Queen, ELP and Deep Purple. Norway’s number one Blue Oyster fan Jacob Holm-Lupo penned … Continue reading

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Gig review: FM/DARE – Sub 89, Reading, 1 March 2019

FM – Sub 89, Reading, 1 March 2019

FM and Dare were back in the UK for a couple more co-headliner shows following an eventful trip to Spain where FM had their equipment and merchandise stolen and in the FM set vocalist Steve Overland made it clear how … Continue reading

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