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Gig review: BEAUTIFUL DAYS FESTIVAL – Escot Park, Devon, 16-18 August 2019

Beautiful Days festival, in it’s 17th year, is held in the grounds of Escot Park in Devon and is a festival I’ve attended every year since 2011, with good reason.  Founded by punk folk rockers, Levellers, they always offer a high calibre line-up.  A smorgasbord … Continue reading

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Gig review: RUNRIG – The Last Dance DVD World Premiere – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow – 17 August 2019

Exactly one year ago to the day I and around 25,000 other Runrig fans descended on the City Park in my home town of Stirling to witness the band’s final show. After 45 years the guys had decided that retirement beckoned but not without one last … Continue reading

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Album review: MOB RULES – Beast Over Europe

MOB RULES - Beast Over Europe

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 13.09.19] Germany. Spiritual home of power metal. Influenced by British classic rock of early to mid 80s (think Saxon, Iron Maiden et al), the scene started in mid 80s mid Europe and it’s come a long way … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Mote Park, Maidstone – Day 1 – 19 July 2019

The Darkness - RAMBLIN

Once again the rock hordes decended on Mote Park in Maidstone for another weekend of rock, blues, good beer and good company. GRTR! despatched Andy Nathan and Dave Atkinson to cover all the action, come rain or shine… Andy  Nathan … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN GILLAN & THE DON AIREY Band and Orchestra – Contractual Obligation Album #2 Live In Warsaw

IAN GILLAN with the DON AIREY BAND - Contractual Obligaiton #2 Live In Warsaw

earMUSIC/Edel [Release date 26.07.19] Recorded in November 2016, while Deep Purple were on some downtime, and vocalist Ian undertook this short tour with current Purple pianist Don Airey’s band. Oh, and an orchestra. Deep Purple have, with their current line-up, … Continue reading

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Album review: LIVE – Throwing Copper 25th Anniversary Edition

LIVE - Throwing Copper 25th Anniversary Edition

Universal [Release date 19.07.19] With their roots dating back to 1984, and a name change or two, LIVE formed in Pennsylvania, USA, and in 1994 released this, their third album. Mixing hard rock and alternative rock, this album brought LIVE … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – Live In Newcastle 2001 The Soundboard Series

DEEP PURPLE - Live In Newcastle 2001 The Soundboard Series

earMUSIC [Release date 05.07.19] First in a series of official bootleg type recordings/releases, getting a wider release as they originally had a very limited showing. And well worth it they are too. This is one of six shows recorded on … Continue reading

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Gig review: KISS – Hydro, Glasgow, 16 July 2019

The run up to this gig had me reminiscing, looking back to my first Kiss live encounter in 1983. As a fresh faced 15 year old I went along full of anticipation of a spectacular show and I wasn’t disappointed. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ROLLING STONES – Bridges to Bremen

THE ROLLING STONES - Bridges to Bremen

Eagle Rock [Release date 24.06.19] There can be no doubt that the Rolling Stones were an immense touring force throughout the nineties, and they were a great live act. By 1998 it seemed like there was no stopping them, but … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAHAM BONNET BAND – Live In Tokyo 2017

GRAHAM BONNET BAND - Live In Tokyo 2017

Frontiers [Release date 12.07.19] Vocalist Graham Bonnet has been busy of late, both solo and with his early 80s band the resurrected Alcatrazz. Studio, live and archive, and each one essential listening. With bands like The Marbles, Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMMSTEIN – MK Dons Stadium, Milton Keynes, 6 July 2019

Driving towards MK Dons stadium pre gig I saw a sign which could only mean that Rammstein were in town, it stated ‘Warning Special Effects!’.  I can’t think of any other band who would require such a notice, however a … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE WATERBOYS – Auditorio Burjassot, Valencia, Spain, 28 June 2019

Gig review: THE WATERBOYS - Auditorio Burjassot, Valencia, Spain, 28 June 2019

If the legend that is Andy Nathan can report on an AOR convention from Sweden, surely, I can cover The Waterboys from Spain… This outdoor arena on the outskirts of Valencia was a steeply banked affair with a rigid cantilevered roof open … Continue reading

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Gig review: TESLA – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 16 June 2019

Gig review: TESLA – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 16 June 2019

No surprise to see a healthy crowd in on this damp Sunday evening to see Wayward Sons. The band has been cutting a noteworthy profile since its establishment in 2016 and already a second album is in the can. ‘Don’t … Continue reading

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Album review: GENERATION AXE – The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live In China)

GENERATION AXE - The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live In China)

earMUSIC [Release date 28.06.19] Generation Axe, coordinated by Guitar God Steve Vai, brought together a summit of shredders from 2016 when the circus toured North America.  Subsequent sorties saw them in Asia, when this outing was recorded in April 2017.  … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEARDED THEORY’S SPRING GATHERING – Catton Park, Derbyshire, 23 – 26 May 2019

Life, Love and Unity. The Dreadzone motto of “Life, love and unity” has never been more perfectly exemplified  than at Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering.  It’s a philosophy that seems to be embraced by the Beardy tribe.  Fields full of friendly folk, a fantastic line up, … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE WILDHEARTS – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, 4 May 2019

THE WILDHEARTS - Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, 4 May 2019

In the spirit of those bastions of journalism The Sun and The Star I am going to start the review with a sensational headline ‘Wildhearts Mime On Stage Shocker!!’. Fake news I hear you cry, but no this really did … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – The Vinyl Singles Collection – 2000-2010

STATUS QUO – The Vinyl Singles Collection – 2000-2010

UMC  [Release date 26.04.19] This box set is the last release in a series of 5 charting all the single releases from Quo throughout their long career. As with the previous box sets each single is lovingly recreated in its … Continue reading

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Gig review: UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

Can this really be the end? Whilst part of me dearly hopes not, there is something of a delicious irony about ever-present vocalist Phil Mogg choosing to fold the band on his own terms. During a ride that for about … Continue reading

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Gig review: BIG COUNTRY – Town House, Hamilton, 30 March 2019

BIG COUNTRY – Town House, Hamilton, 30 March 2019

Big Country have been racking up the miles in recent years as they are constantly on tour somewhere in the world. The fact that the guys can still fill halls across the UK and beyond is testament to the quality … Continue reading

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EP review: THE SPITFIRES – Live EP

THE SPITFIRES – Live EP

Hatch Records [Release date 15.03.19] The Spitfires hail from Watford and have released three albums to date. The line-up is Billy Sullivan (guitarist, vocalist), Sam Long (bass), Matt Johnson (drums) and George Moorhouse (keyboards), along with on the live shows … Continue reading

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