Tag Archives: glam

Quick plays: DREAM CHILD, THE UNITY, PLASTIC TEARS

DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again

DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again Frontiers [Release date 14.09.18] Dream Child is formed around former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy, who is joined by fellow Dio member drummer Simon Wright, former Ozzy/Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo, Wayne Findlay (ex-MSG) … Continue reading

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Album review: BULLETS AND OCTANE – Waking Up Dead

BULLETS AND OCTANE - Waking Up Dead

Cargo Records [Release date 16.08.18] If you have never heard the band Bullets and Octane before, you will undoubtedly be sold within the first two tracks on new album “Waking Up Dead”. Pretty much picking up where 2013’s “15” left … Continue reading

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Album review: LA GUNS – Made In Milan

LA GUNS - Made In Milan

Frontiers [Release date 23.03.18] The last two years have been nothing short of stunning for L.A Guns who have breathed new life back into the band and following last year’s “Missing Peace” album, we now have new live album “Made … Continue reading

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Gig review: TOWERS OF LONDON – New Cross Inn, London 14 February 2018

TOWERS OF LONDON - New Cross Inn, London 14 February 2018

A decade or so ago glam punk outfit the Towers Of London were steadily building up a reputation. Tours supporting the likes of the Pogues and the New York Dolls. Festival slots at Reading and Leeds and Download. But then … Continue reading

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Album review: PRETTY BOY FLOYD -Public Enemies

Frontiers [Release date 01.1.17] For a band that have been together, on and off since 1987, Pretty Boy Floyd are one of the few bands from that era that pretty much sound exactly the same as they did 30 years … Continue reading

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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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Album review: LA GUNS – The Missing Peace

LA GUNS - The Missing Peace

Frontiers [Release date 06.10.17] To be fair, I am a big fan of L.A Guns. Now before you assume that this review is going to be a one sided love fest, let me assure you that this is an upfront … Continue reading

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Album review: JAIMZ VOKINS – Time Machine

AOR Blvd [Release date 06.10.17] Jaimz Vokins is the new project from former Tigertailz vocalist Steevi Jaimz and guitarist Phil Vokins, who is probably best known for his time in Wrathchild. Teaming up with producer Dave Draper (The Wildhearts/The Professionals) the pair have … Continue reading

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Album review: SPARKS – Hippopotamus

Sparks - Hippopotamus

BMG [Release date 08.09.17] ‘Hippopotamus’ is a triumph of pop’s true potential over the usual clichéd familiar fare. It’s a cross genre album bursting with creativity, humour and stylistic diversity. The lyrical word plays, eclectic themes and nuanced melodies are … Continue reading

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DVD review: ALICE COOPER – Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition

ALICE COOPER - Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition

Eagle Rock [Release date 08.09.17] Alice’s long available Welcome to My Nightmare, December 1975 Wembley, Empire Pool footage gets a 2017 ‘reboot’ with the addition of a same year TV special -  ‘Alice Cooper: The Nightmare’.  It’s the first time … Continue reading

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Quick plays: INGER LORRE, LUKE GASSET, VINCE RIPPER AND THE RODENT SHOW

INGER LORRE Live at The Viper Room Cargo Records [Release date 04.08.17] Part grunge, punk ethic and totally unique, Inger Lorre is still as beautifully eccentric as she was back in the day s of The Nymphs. “Live at The … Continue reading

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Book review: Metal Guru – The Life and Music of Marc Bolan by Paul Roland

Metal Guru - The Life and Music of Marc Bolan by Paul Roland

Extraction Publishing [Publication date 04.09.17] Paul Roland has already written four biographies on Marc Bolan and this latest one is published just before the 40th anniversary of Bolan’s death. There is one spooky part about Marc Bolan in that he knew … Continue reading

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Album review: SUZI QUATRO – Legend

SUZI QUATRO - Legend

Chrysalis [Release date 22.09.17] To coincide with Suzi’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth albums (1975 – 1979 on RAK) being fully remastered and issued digitally for the first time, Chrysalis issue this compilation that covers a good chunk of her … 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: STONE FREE FESTIVAL, London, 17 June 2017

Rainbow - STONE FREE FESTIVAL, London, 17 June 2017

For the second successive year the Stone Free festival took over the whole of the 02 complex for the day: targeted at a discerning classic rock audience not wishing to slum it in a muddy field, and drawing inspiration from … Continue reading

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Gig review: KISS – Hydro, Glasgow, 27 May 2017

KISS – Hydro, Glasgow, 27 May 2017

On arrival at the Hydro tonight there was a tight cordon of security following the tragedy at Manchester Arena the previous week. Whilst being searched the security guard asked if I had seen Kiss before to which I replied, yes … Continue reading

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Album review: HANOI ROCKS – Reissues

HANOI ROCKS Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks/Oriental Beat/All Those Wasted Years (Dissonance Productions) Finish band Hanoi Rocks are a glam sleaze metal band largely responsible for an influence that directed the 80s metal scene. Formed in 1979 and recording … Continue reading

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Album review: BITERS – The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

BITERS - The Future Ain

Earache Records [Release date 19.05.17] The Biters released their debut album ‘Electric Blood’ in 2015 and I was impressed, although the album did tail off with a few filler tunes. Biters are back with album number two and they have … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MICHAEL KIWANUKA, THE DAWN BROTHERS

MICHAEL KIWANUKA Love and Hate

MICHAEL KIWANUKA Love And Hate Since my son and I are “live on Sky” football junkies, my dear lady busies herself with her own TV series and was bowled over by the opening soundtrack to “Big Little Lies” which happens to … Continue reading

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Gig review: HOLY HOLY – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 30 March 2017

HOLY HOLY - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 30 March 2017

“He’s fucking sacked us,” Spiders bass player, Trevor Bolder, was seen to mouth when David Bowie announced at the Hammersmith Odeon in October 1973 that it would be the final Ziggy show ever. Tragically, like Bowie, Bolder and his former … Continue reading

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