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Gig review: JIMMY BARNES – Islington Academy, London, 13 December 2017

JIMMY BARNES - Islington Academy, London, 13 December 2017

The unofficial title of the World’s Greatest Living Australian is up for grabs at the moment. Don Bradman departed a few years back to the great pavilion in the sky, where more recently Richie Benaud has delivered a laconic ‘morning … Continue reading

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Gig review: H.E.A.T. – Islington Academy, London, 21 November 2017

H.E.A.T.- Islington Academy, London, 21 November 2017

H.E.A.T.’s return to the stage, hot on the heels of their long delayed, controversial but in my view excellent ‘Into The Great Unknown’ album, was eagerly anticipated. However November is a notoriously crowded month in the gig calendar, which this … Continue reading

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Gig review: LYNCH MOB – Islington Academy, London, 12 November 2017

LYNCH MOB- Islington Academy, London, 12 November 2017

A very rare appearance from former Dokken guitar maestro George Lynch – and the first with his band Lynch Mob in the capital since 1990 – should have been the hottest ticket in London town. It was therefore something of … Continue reading

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Gig review: INGLORIOUS – Islington Academy, London, 19 May 2017

INGLORIOUS - Islington Academy, London, 19 May 2017

Inglorious’ star is rising nicely – little over a year after their debut album had them voted best newcomers in many end of year polls, and after a series of high profile touring opportunities, they have swiftly followed up with … Continue reading

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Gig review: SNAKECHARMER – Islington Academy, London,14 May 2017

SNAKECHARMER - Islington Academy, London,14 May 2017

Progressively Snakecharmer are leaving behind their origins, celebrating old-school Whitesnake, in the same way Black Star Riders are laying aside the ghost of Thin Lizzy. Four years after the release of their excellent self-titled and self-penned album, this was my … Continue reading

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Gig review: L.A. GUNS – The Islington Academy, London, 25 March 2017

Having recently reunited after a ten year break, L.A. Guns vocalist Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns have just finished a UK tour which found the still popular band rolling back the years and sounding as good, and fresh, as they … Continue reading

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Gig review: VEGA – Islington Academy, London, 30 May 2016

VEGA - Islington Academy, London, 30 May 2016

Midway through a successful tour supporting Magnum, UK melodic rock hopefuls Vega slipped in a headline show of their own at the smaller of Islington Academy’s two halls. Judging from easily the biggest crowd for a headline London show yet, … Continue reading

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Gig review: GAMMA RAY – Islington Academy, London, 8 December 2015

Neonfly - The Tivoli, Buckley, 20 April 2014

I missed the opening couple of numbers by Neonfly, however I did catch ‘The Revenant’ the third song in their set. They were very lively as ever on stage with vocalist Willy Norton a livewire singing, jumping around and getting … Continue reading

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Gig review: SNAKECHARMER – Islington Academy, 13 November 2015

SNAKECHARMER - Islington Academy, 13 November 2015

None of us knew it at the time, but Snakecharmer’s winter tour, including this London date, proved to be Micky Moody’s farewell to the band, leaving them in a state of flux. On the night however it was a night … Continue reading

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Gig review: KING KING – Islington Academy, London, 11 November 2015

KING KING - Islington Academy, London, 11 November 2015

It takes time to be an overnight sensation but King King, and singer guitarist Alan Nimmo in particular, have enjoyed a spectacular rise to fame recently.  Having paid his dues for a long time with the Nimmo Brothers and now … 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: BLUES PILLS – Islington Academy, London, 22 April 2015

BLUES PILLS - Islington Academy, London, 22 April 2015

The latest in the seemingly endless line of classic rock revivalists, a big buzz has emerged around Blues Pills. In their short career they have topped many end of year polls, including being GRTR!’s own tip for 2015. Then on … Continue reading

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Gig review: KAMELOT – O2 Islington Academy, London, 14 March 2015

KAMELOT – O2 Academy Islington, London, 14 March 2015

Support Acts: Gus G, Skarlett Riot. Four years ago, Progressive/Symphonic Power Metallers Kamelot witnessed the departure from their ranks of Roy Khan – their charismatic and imposing frontman who, during his fourteen year tenure with the band, helped bring to … Continue reading

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Gig review: NIGHT RANGER – Islington Academy, 12 March 2015

NIGHT RANGER - Islington Academy, 12 March 2015

Once something of a holy grail for UK rock fans, Night Ranger visits are now regular on these shores – well London anyway. This was their third trip since 2011 but the band’s stock is high at the moment, last … Continue reading

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Gig review: WINGER – Islington Academy, London, 21 June 2014

WINGER - Islington Academy, London, 21 June 2014

It’s been four years since Winger last toured the UK, playing this very same venue, but in the intervening years Kip Winger’s solo shows have intensified the loyalty of their following here, and the Academy was pretty full for the … Continue reading

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Gig Review- TESLA – Islington Academy, London, 12 June 2014

TESLA - Islington Academy, 12 June 2014

Tesla’s UK tour in support of their excellent new album Simplicity was a blink and you miss it affair, this first London date preceding an appearance at Download the following day. But, blending old and new,  it was a timely … Continue reading

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Gig review – RICHIE SAMBORA – Islington Academy, London, 13 June 2014

RICHIE SAMBORA – Islington Academy, London, 13 June 2014

‘He walked in to the party like he was walking on to a yacht’, so the song goes. Richie Sambora strutted on to the stage dressed in a smart white jacket and ripped jeans to be greeted by enthusiastic screams … Continue reading

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Gig review: JAKE E LEE’S RED DRAGON CARTEL – Islington Academy, 6 June 2014

Red Dragon Cartel performed a stunning set in London on Friday night to mark a remarkable return to form for guitar hero Jake E. Lee. The legendary riff-master, best known for providing Ozzy Osbourne with some of his finest 80’s … Continue reading

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Gig Review: VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS – Islington Academy, London 24 April 2014

Vandenberg

For a man with such a pedigree, both with his own band and spending longer as David Coverdale’s right hand man in Whitesnake than anyone else, Adrian Vandenberg’s profile has been surprisingly low for a number of years. However the … Continue reading

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Gig Review: QUEENSRYCHE – Islington Academy, 12 October 2013

Queensryche are the benchmark against which any progressive metal band must measure themselves. But they’ve had troubled times. Recent albums have sold poorly and last year, front man Geoff Tate was unceremoniously dumped after a back stage bust up. Tate … Continue reading

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