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Gig review: MR BIG – Shepherds Bush Empire, London,19 November 2017

MR BIG - Shepherds Bush Empire, London,19 November 2017

Accompanying their first release in three years, ‘Defying Gravity’, Mr Big undertook an extensive tour, which also represented their first dates on these shores in the same period. Always noted for their relatively long sets, on this occasion further value … 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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Gig review: WILKO JOHNSON – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 26 April 2015

You could be forgiven for thinking that nothing has changed. Wilko is touring relentlessly, just like he always did. He’s currently two months into a year-long jaunt entitled ‘Still Kickin’ – the comeback tour. That’s ‘comeback’ in the Lazarus sense … Continue reading

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Gig review: KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 15 April 2015

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 15 April 2015

This was the first time I had been exposed to support act Ben Poole‘s material to any serious degree and I came away exceedingly impressed. Very much in the boxcar of Britain’s youthful blues train, Poole has a healthy respect … Continue reading

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Gig review: EUROPE, BLACK STAR RIDERS – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 20 March 2015

BLACK STAR RIDERS - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 20 March 2015

A co-headlining double bill of two of classic rock’s most currently prolific touring bands, both with new albums to promote, sounds like a value package made in heaven. However there were grumbles earlier on the Black Star Riders and Europe … Continue reading

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News: ALAN PARSONS interview and feature, Sunday 8 February 2015

Alan Parsons

Interview edit: Alan Parsons with David Randall, 5 February 2015 (07.29) Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 8 February 2015, 22:00 GMT (Monday 9 February, 22:00 and Friday 13 February, 22:00 repeat) Photo: www.alanparsonsmusic.com Legendary engineer and producer Alan Parsons … Continue reading

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Gig review: LEVELLERS, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 13 November 2014

Levellers - Shepherd

Levellers are currently on their Greatest Hits tour and played to a packed crowd at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. There were two support acts, first up a female singer performing under the name of She Makes War. It was an … Continue reading

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Gig review: ASIA, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 2 November 2014

ASIA, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 2 November 2014

For a so-called supergroup Asia have shown remarkable longevity, but their profile is now much lower than it was in the heady days when their 1982 debut went multi-platinum, judging by a disappointing turnout at their first headline London show … Continue reading

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Gig review: KANSAS – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 17 July 2014

Kansas were back after a nine year gap since their last London date and this was always going to be a special gig as Steve Walsh had announced a couple of weeks earlier that he was leaving the band after … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOREIGNER – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 12 April 2014

Foreigner - Shepherd

A different gig tonight as Foreigner were playing unplugged, their only UK acoustic date slotted in after their headlining tour with Europe and FM was announced. Not quite the sell-out that the full electric tour has been but a healthy … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAUGHTRY – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 26 March 2014

DAUGHTRY - Glasgow, 22 March 2014

Huge in the States, Chris Daughtry and his eponymous band finally seem to be on the verge of a big UK breakthrough. This Shepherds Bush Empire show was apparently his biggest UK solo show to date, but sold out within … Continue reading

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Album review: 10cc – Live In Concert (Clever Clogs)

10cc - Live In Concert Clever Clogs

Wienerworld [Release date 10.03.14] For the past few years Graham Gouldman has been touring “with friends” and keeping alive his 10cc legacy, bolstered with his own early history as tunesmith to The Yardbirds and The Hollies amongst others.  This 2007 … Continue reading

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Gig review: WALTER TROUT – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 8 November 2013

Walter Trout’s most durable qualities are his intense guitar playing and his ever ready sense of humour. Both were in evidence at a packed Shepherd’s Bush Empire as he overcame his daunting health problems in front of his biggest London … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAWKWIND, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 24 August 2013

A very full and enthusiastic crowd tonight, possibly larger than usual as the band are playing the whole of their classic ‘Warrior On The Edge Of Time’ album, in sequence and recently re-issued on Cherry Red Records. I have seen … Continue reading

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Gig review: RICK SPRINGFIELD – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 June 2013

Of all the acts big on American radio in the eighties who were no more than cult figures over here, Rick Springfield has been one of the most elusive. Despite the odd trip to Europe for the likes of Sweden … Continue reading

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Gig Review: MICHAEL SCHENKER – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 31 May 2013

Interview edit: Michael Schenker, 5 December 2012 Michael talks about ‘Temple Of Rock’ and future plans First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 9 December 2012 (An extended, podcast version of this interview is available here) In a … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERIC JOHNSON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 3 April 2013

An Eric Johnson gig is a bit like stumbling on a secret society. He surreptitiously slunk on to the Empire stage to fill the venue with a rush of notes and an array of magical tones to restore the faith … Continue reading

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Gig review: FM – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 23 March 2013

FM, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 23 March 2013

2013 sees FM’s stock as high as it has been for some time. Hot on the heels of not one but two new albums, they filled the first three levels of Shepherds Bush Empire. While last year’s gigs celebrating the … Continue reading

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Gig review: FAMILY – Shepherds Bush Empire, London – 2 February 2013

Family - London, 2 February 2013

Not just a reunion, more a polishing of the Family’s silver, ‘An Evening With Family’ proved what all die-hard fans always knew, Family made some timeless music. And if the underlying question to this two night stand at the Shepherds … Continue reading

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FLYING COLORS Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Friday 21st September 2012

A very decent turn out and a fair few of the audience were Beardfish fans who had a 45 minute support slot. They were touring in support of their new album ‘The Void’, which sees the band take a more … Continue reading

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