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Album review: SIMPLE MINDS – Acoustic In Concert

SIMPLE MINDS - Acoustic In Concert

Eagle [Release date 16.06.17] CD/DVD Well, if Status Quo can do it, why not Simple Minds? The Scottish band’s eighties heyday was always predicated on big, anthemic, arrangements and in this BBC Radio 2 gig we get trimmed down versions … Continue reading

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Album review: RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW – Live In Birmingham 2016

RITCHIE BLACKMORE

Eagle Records [Release date 09.06.17] You may wonder why – after the release last year of the German gigs – we have yet another version of Ritchie’s hard rock comeback?  As we commented in our original review, it is a … Continue reading

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Gig review: IRON MAIDEN – O2 Arena, London, 27 May 2017

IRON MAIDEN – O2 Arena, London, 27 May 2017

Ariana Grande had been due to play the O2 on the previous two evenings and given the horrific events at her Manchester Arena show earlier in the week, it was no surprise that the atmosphere outside the venue was subdued. … 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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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: STEVE HACKETT – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 16 May 2017

STEVE HACKETT – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 16 May 2017

Over the last few years Steve Hackett’s profile has risen significantly with his Genesis Revisited tours. The lure of hearing the early Genesis classics played as they should be has proven to be a big success. Again on this current … Continue reading

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Quick plays: UNDERHILL ROSE, STEVE MAYONE

UNDERHILL ROSE  Live

UNDERHILL ROSE  Live [Release date 30.06.17] Recorded in North Carolina in September 2016, Live finds Underhill Rose  Eleanor Underhill (vocals/banjo/harmonica), Molly Rose Reed (vocals/guitar) and Salley Williamson (vocals and upright bass) delivering a stripped back ‘best of’ set culled from … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY BRYANT – BIG, Live in Europe

DANNY BRYANT – BIG, Live in Europe

Jazzhaus Records [Release date 21.04.17] There’s huge vacuum to be filled when you leap from a power trio to a nine piece big band. Apart from the statistical logistics, there’s the intricacy of the arrangements, the need for a big … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – Live At The Carnegie Hall, An Acoustic Evening

OE BONAMASSA – Live At The Carnegie Hall, An Acoustic Evening

Provogue [Release date 23.06.17] Joe Bonamassa’s ‘Live at Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening’ is a successful mid-career sleight of hand. It’s a live acoustic album that recycles mostly familiar material while keeping the career juggernaut moving forward. Being Bonamassa, … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE BONAMASSA – Royal Albert Hall, London, 20 April 2017

 JOE BONAMASSA - Royal Albert Hall, London, 20 April 2017

The hardest working blues rocker in the business was returning to the iconic RAH for the first time since 2014, in support of last year’s ‘Blues of Desperation’ album. He had elected for a very basic stage set up. One … Continue reading

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Album review: LITTLE RIVER BAND – The Big Box (6 Disc incl DVD)

LITTLE RIVER BAND - The Big Box

The Store For Music [Release date 28.04.17] The only problem with this welcome 5-CD/DVD boxed set is repetition.  In more recent years Little River Band have seemingly sought to reinvent their past with not a lot of new material.  (Some … Continue reading

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Gig review: SLAM CARTEL – Carlisle, Hastings, 27 March 2017

“It’s quite overwhelming having all these people singing these songs back at us,” lead singer, Gary Moffat, tells the audience at the Carlisle at one point during tonight’s gig. Clearly, the Kent-based hard rock outfit, Slam Cartel, have something of … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Roundhouse, London, 28 March 2017

Blackberry Smoke

I was already a fan of this band’s eclectic mix of blues, hard rock, boogie and country before seeing one of their gigs.  Afterwards, I was ready to declare them my new favourite live act.  Excellent show. That said, the … Continue reading

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EP review: DAVE HANSON – Live!

 DAVE HANSON - Live!

www.davehansonmusic.co.uk Six String Social Records [Release date 31.03.17] Dave Hanson was the guitarist with folk pop band the Dunwells and he’s now gone solo, releasing his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Almost Horizontal’ last year. Less than a year later he … Continue reading

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Gig review: ANDERSON RABIN AND WAKEMAN – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 24 March 2017

ANDERSON RABIN AND WAKEMAN – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 24 March 2017

For anyone who has seen my profile picture on the site it may come as something of a surprise to find that I was too young to appreciate Yes during their 70’s heyday. No, for me my interest was piqued … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 22 March 2017

THUNDER – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 22 March 2017

I have been a Thunder fan for more years than I care to remember, in fact I was a fan of the guys right back in the big trousered and big haired days of Terraplane, which is showing my age … Continue reading

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Album review: PETER MURPHY – Bare-Boned and Sacred

PETER MURPHY – Bare-Boned and Sacred

Metropolis Records [release date 10.03.17] Best known for fronting Bauhaus, (and starring in that Maxell tape cassette advert) in the early ‘80’s, Peter Murphy has released 10 solo albums in the 30 years since.  This live album was recorded in … Continue reading

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Album review – GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS – Live At Rockpalast – Dortmund 1980

MIG Music [release date – 24.02.17] George Thorogood live is akin to a tornado hitting your town, fast, furious and guaranteed to lay waste to all before him. This package was recorded for posterity back when he and The Destroyers … Continue reading

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Album review: PAT TRAVERS – Live At Rockpalast – Cologne 1976

MIG Music [Release date – 24.02.17] This album package is one of a number of releases from MIG Records (Made In Germany in case you were wondering!) which feature old recordings from Rockpalast. They have recorded many gigs across Germany … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE ANSWER – Engine Rooms, Southampton, 2 March 2017

THE ANSWER – Engine Rooms, Southampton, 2 March 2017

This was the fourth date of the band’s short ‘In This Land’ tour, visiting most corners of the UK. The Southampton corner turned out to be a modern, exposed-pipework warehouse of a venue on the wharf road just round the … Continue reading

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