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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 3 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 30 July 2017

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After the deluge on Saturday the forecast for the Sunday was looking a lot brighter and judging by the size of the crowd in the arena the sun had enticed a few extra bodies along for another top day of … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 2 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 29 July 2017

RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Mote Park, Maidstone, 29 July 2017

I awoke in the hotel with lovely Kent sunshine streaming through the window, however the forecast for later in the day was looking grim and I did pass Noah on his way to B&Q for nails and some MDF. No … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 1 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 28 July 2017

RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR –Mote Park, Maidstone, 28 July 2017

The Ramblin’ Man Fair is now in its third year and is going from strength to strength. It is situated in Mote Park right in the centre of Maidstone in Kent, it is a bit bizarre passing a children’s playpark … Continue reading

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Gig review: HUE AND CRY Album Launch – PRS Building, King’s Cross, London, 3 August 2017

HUE & CRY Album Launch - PRS Building, King

Kicking the night off in great humour, Pat Kane informs his attentive audience that tonight we are to be locked in a room 8 floors above the ground for a 20 minute jazz odyssey. Luckily this was a joke. Instead, … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 30 July 2017 (Part Two)

British Lion - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 30 July 2017

Mud and music – what more can a hardened rock fan ask for?  Sunshine? Well it was in short supply again today.  Cars had been marooned in the muddy field but it wasn’t going to deter the faithful… The Texas … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 28-29 July 2017 (Part One)

Trucker Diablo - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 28 July 2017

The annual pilgrimage climbing the mountain in the valleys of South Wales seems to have come around far quicker this year than any other, and the reliable Welsh weather played a major part in some issues regarding camping and parking.  … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROW BLACK CHICKEN – Robin 2, Bilston, 3 July 2017

CROW BLACK CHICKEN - Robin 2, Bilston, 3 July 2017

So a trip to the Robin 2 on a Monday night must mean something a bit special and indeed it is as Crow Black Chicken are making a welcome return during their current tour. A band who we first caught … Continue reading

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Gig review: GRAHAM BONNET BAND – The Tivoli, Buckley, 30 July 2017

GRAHAM BONNET BAND - The Tivoli, Buckley, 30 July 2017

The secret of survival as a rock septuagenarian is to get a damn good band around you. Visually and musically Graham Bonnet’s band breathed life into some classy rock tunes and responded in kind to their leader’s sense of fun. … Continue reading

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Gig review: SUMMERFEST – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 28 June-9 July 2017

In a world of constant change in popular music, for a festival to celebrate its 50th year, as Milwaukee’s  Summerfest did this year, represents a lifetime. I’d been to the festival certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s biggest … Continue reading

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Gig review: LEE AARON – Camden Underworld, London, 16 July 2017

LEE AARON - Camden Underworld, London, 16 July 2017

In the testosterone-heavy rock  climate of the 1980’s, women performers who held sex appeal for metal-loving youngsters were few on the ground. It was therefore unsurprising that  the petite Canadian rocker Lee Aaron’s picture in Kerrang’s ‘Ladykillers’ feature must have … Continue reading

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Gig review: GREG IZOR & T.BO & THE LIGHTNIN’ ROCKETS + DeRobert & The Half Truths – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, France, 19 July 2017

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When Texan harp player Greg Izor was booked to appear at the Relache Festival in Bordeaux, he could hardly have imagined the weather conditions to be a home-from-home combination of blistering heat and fork lightning. The big toned harp player … Continue reading

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Gig review: STANLEY CLARKE BAND – Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

STANLEY CLARKE BAND - Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

Stanley Clarke chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio ahead of his UK tour dates.  This hour special looks at his career, with tracks from the 1970s to the present. First broadcast on 16 July 2017. (Listeners in the USA … Continue reading

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Gig review: CHEAP TRICK – The Forum, London, 27 June 2017

CHEAP TRICK - The Forum, London, 27 June 2017

The term ‘cult act’ is widely used, but applies more than most to Cheap Trick, at least in the UK. In a distinguished career of over 40 years they only once troubled the top 40 singles charts, and yet their … Continue reading

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Gig review: MR.SIPP – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, SW France, 10 July 2017

Mr. Sipp guitar

It seems like every year there’s a new contender for the saviour of the blues and as soon as the yearly polls are announced the arguments begin. So rather than raking over old coals, let’s celebrate the up and coming … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE PRETTY THINGS & THE IMPERIAL CROWNS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, SW France, 7 July 2017

Jimmie Wood – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, SW France, 7 July 2017

There’s a lot to be said for the art of performance. And tonight The Imperial Crowns front man Jimmie Wood works hard to preach the blues to a sun drenched crowd initially cowering on the edges of the festival square, … Continue reading

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Gig review: RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW – Genting Arena, Birmingham, 28 June 2017

Rainbow - STONE FREE FESTIVAL, London, 17 June 2017

When I was a teenager getting seriously into rock and metal in the early 80s I was lucky enough to see some of the biggest acts around: AC/DC, Sabbath, Quo, Ozzy etc. One band I never got to see,  however, … Continue reading

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Gig review: DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, 11 June 2017 (Part 2)

Aerosmith - DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, 11 June 2017

Photo: Andy Nathan Sunday The phenomenal attendances at Download are a tribute to the enduring if underground popularity of the broad church we call metal and hard rock, even if the site seemed a touch smaller this year. From the … Continue reading

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Gig review: DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, 9-10 June 2017 (Part 1)

Tax The Heat - DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, 9-10 June 2017 (Part 1)

Friday My expectation for the first two days of Download was somewhat low in terms of the line-up, given my predeliction for the classic rock era.  However the stunning weather went some way to raising the spirits and Blackwater Conspiracy … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROCK GODDESS – The Borderline, London, June 23 2017

The time is definitely right for a NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) revival and it is great to see a good number of bands from that late 70s/early 80s era recording and touring once again, even ones that … Continue reading

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Gig review: SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES- The Forum, London, 22 June 2017

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES- The Forum, London, 22 June 2017

If Bruce Springsteen and later Jon Bon Jovi took the sound of New Jersey into the stadium-filling mainstream, both worshipped at the altar of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, who may never have reached the same commercial heights,  but … Continue reading

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