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Gig review: THE SWEET – Nells Jazz & Blues, London, 15 December 2017

After perhaps rather too many Christmas tours of provincial theatres in recent years and, ahem, a tour supporting the Bay City Rollers last year it was gratifying to have Sweet do a short tour of proper rock venues this year. … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON – The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell, 11 March 2017

The Darker My Horizon

The Acoustic Couch is a new live music venue in Bracknell, which it has to be said isn’t the easiest to find tucked away under a car park in a back street. Still once inside it is a fair sized … Continue reading

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Gig review: MIGHTY MO ROGERS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 25 August 2016

Relache Festival

Picture the scene, its 38c – that’s 100 degrees fahrenheit, though it’s mercifully cooler in the shade – and septuagenarian blues man Mighty Mo Rogers is holding court in front of a big crowd in Square Dom Bedos. In the … Continue reading

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Gig review: HEART – O2 Apollo, Manchester – 30 June 2016

HEART - O2 Apollo, Manchester - 30 June 2016

In 2014 GRTR!’s David Randall chatted to Ann Wilson about her influences and Heart (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 23 March 2014) One of the the main trends in the topsy-turvy music industry in the past 10 … Continue reading

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Gig review: BROKEN WITT REBELS – Water Rats, London, 2 April 2016

BROKEN WITT REBELS - Water Rats, London, 2 April 2016

Another new venue to me, although it has been hosting gigs since the early 1960′s, albeit then under another name, The Pindar of Wakefield. Bob Dylan, the Pogues and, err, Katy Perry have graced the stage here. A front bar/dining … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Paradio, Amsterdam, 3 March 2016

Call it ear-gasmic sonic science, like being wrapped in whisky-soaked cotton wool blanket of classic Americana – the superlatives escape me but you would be very remiss not to catch the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB) as soon as you can … Continue reading

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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: CORKY LAING BAND /Rainbreakers – 100 Club, London,15 November 2015

CORKY LAING BAND /RAINBREAKERS – 100 Club, London,15 November 2015

Tonight, Mountain drummer Corky Laing looks like a man who is prospering without the combined egos of Leslie West and Jack Bruce in front of him (think Mountain and West Bruce & Laing). Pitching up at the 100 Club at … Continue reading

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Gig review: POWERWOLF – Islington Academy, London, 9 September 2015

A triple metal bill in midweek, what a nice treat. Did feel sorry for openers Xandria as they were on stage at seven not long after the doors had opened. They are not really my cup of tea with the … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE CRUNCH & JOE STRUMMER TRIBUTE BAND – KOKO, London, 25 March 2015

This was part of Koko’s occasional Rock ‘n’ Roll Cinema series, tonight featuring the biopic of Joe Strummer’s Spanish sojourn in the mid-80’s: ‘I Need a Dodge – Joe Strummer on the Run’. And all the stops had been pulled … Continue reading

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Gig review: JJ GREY & MOFRO – 02 Academy Islington, London, 18 March 2015

JJ GREY & MOFRO – 02 Academy Islington, London, 18 March 2015

JJ Grey is clearly a man who likes to take his time. Whether it’s the way he’s built his career or the pacing of tonight’s set, his unhurried style focuses on making a meaningful connection with either a song or … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE BONAMASSA – Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, 19 March 2015

JOE BONAMASSA – Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, 19 March 2015

With a bombastic orchestrated intro, his own illuminated plinth and an opening blitzkrieg of lights, Joe Bonamassa is almost in danger of being swamped by a combination of his own branding and the weight of expectation. Tonight is all about … Continue reading

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Gig review: ECLIPSE, TAINTED NATION, REACH – Camden Underworld, London, 10 March 2015

ECLIPSE, TAINTED NATION, REACH - Camden Underworld, London, 10 March 2015

For the second time in three days the Camden Underworld played host to a value triple bill of three up and coming melodic rock bands, on this occasion with home grown meat in a Swedish sandwich (or smorgasbord perhaps?) However, the … Continue reading

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Gig review: HOWARD JONES – Indigo O2, 20 February 2015

Howard Jones had this London show to promote his latest creation ENGAGE, an interactive event that is released on the 9th March on interactive CD/DVD, digital and interactive book format. The fans tonight could join in via an app on … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE YARDBIRDS – Bush Hall, London, 21 November 2014

Capable support was supplied by the promising Some Velvet Morning, a three piece pop-rock outfit taking a 21st century twist on some classic ’80′s influences. The band came on to the atmospheric Nancy Sinatra track from which they take their … Continue reading

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Gig review: NINE BELOW ZERO – O2 Academy, London, 19 November 2014

Wham bam. For about an hour, this was a fearsome, supercharged r ‘n’ b pummelling. Nine Below Zero, classic line-up back together to tour their first three – and most influential – albums, came out pumped and with all guns … Continue reading

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Gig review: PAUL RODGERS – Royal Albert Hall, London, 3 November 2014

PAUL RODGERS – Royal Albert Hall, London, 3 November 2014

Paul Rodgers returned to the UK as a fully fledged soul man for a special one off show to put the Royal back into the Royal Albert Hall. His perfectly preserved voice soared above his 9 piece Memphis band, which … Continue reading

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Gig review: ESCAPE THE FATE – Electric Ballroom, Camden, 30 October 2014

Thursday the 30thof October 2014; the Camden nightlife is buzzing, the air outside is cold and I am dragging my reluctant 46 year old father to see hardcore rock band Escape The Fate. It’s been a good long while since … Continue reading

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Gig review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – Hyde Park, London, 14 September 2014

A crowd of 50,000 in Hyde Park eagerly anticipating the first full live show from Jeff Lynne (billed as Jeff Lynne’s ELO) since 1986 in the UK and the last full live shows were a couple of US TV concert … Continue reading

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Gig review: MICK UNDERWOOD’S GLORY ROAD – Sunbury Cricket Club, 5 September 2014

Second time seeing Mick Undewood’s band who play mainly Gillan tunes, with a couple of songs from Quatermass, his earlier band. Arriving at the cricket club to find the car park packed I thought maybe Mr Gillan himself was performing! … Continue reading

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