Monthly Archives: April 2022

Gig review: JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 26 April 2022

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Toby Lee is a prodigious talent. At 17 years old he is touring his own four-piece band with two albums and an EP already on the racks. As a star of the School of Rock West End production, he played … Continue reading

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Album review: FORGET-ME-NOT featuring Jane Gould – S/T

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AOR Boulevard Records (Release date 15.04.22) Former Iconic Eye singer Jane Gould has assembled some impressive collaborations for her Forget-Me- Not project with the help of some key movers and shakers in the melodic rock world. Songwriters include the likes … Continue reading

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Book review: DECADES- MOTT THE HOOPLE & IAN HUNTER IN THE 1970s by John Van der Kiste

DECADES- MOTT THE HOOPLE & IAN HUNTER IN THE 1970s by John Van der Kiste

Sonic Bond Publishing (Publication date 11.02.22) Mott the Hoople would be high on the list of bands that have influenced other higher profile musicians, ranging from Queen to The Clash to Def Leppard. When they reformed in 2009, grown men … Continue reading

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Album review: BILLY MACKENZIE – Satellite Life Recordings 1995-96, 3 CD Set

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Cherry Red Records [Release date: 23.04.22] Billy MacKenzie died in 1997, aged 39. Beyond the band he founded with Alan Rankine, The Associates, he recorded a handful of solo albums, but many of the songs in those studio sessions didn’t … Continue reading

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Album review: BONHAM BULLICK – Bonham Bullick

Bonham Bullick

Pete Feenstra chatted to Deborah Bonham and Pete Bullick for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 3 April 2022. Quarto Valley Records [Release date 29.04.22] Vocalist Deborah Bonham and husband /guitarist Pete Bullick step out with a brand new … Continue reading

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Gig review: SUZI QUATRO – Royal Albert Hall, London, 20 April 2022

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Words like ‘icon’ should not be banded about lightly, but Suzi Quatro would be one of the few musical figures for whom that description is appropriate, as arguably the first woman artist to play an instrument and rock on level … Continue reading

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Album review: MATT PEARCE & THE MUTINY – The Soul Food Store

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny - The Soul Food Store

Matt Pearce chatted to Pete Feenstra for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 17 April 2022. Mutinear Records [Release date 29.04.22] ‘The Soul Food Store’ is an aptly titled project. Matt Pearce digs deep on his sophomore album for … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – Surviving The Law

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Frontiers [Release date: 15.04.22] Most music reviewers weren’t born when Nazareth started up, and few bands are still rocking as hard, to enthusiastic acclaim, 54 years later. Surviving The Law is the band’s second album with Carl Sentance on vocals. … Continue reading

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Book review: BICKERSHAW FESTIVAL 50th ANNIVERSARY – Featuring Grateful Dead by Chris Hewitt

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Dandelion Records & Books [Publication date 30.06.22] Author Chris Hewitt has carved out his own niche in rock and roll history as an author, archivist, record label and resource for period pa gear. The broad context for this book is … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE SATRIANI – The Elephants Of Mars

JOE SATRIANI - The Elephants Of Mars

earMUSIC [Release date 08.04.22] A new Satch album. Energy levels high.  Check.  Weird titles.  Check.  Stellar guitar.  Check.  Shades on.  Check. In fact guitar nerds are being spoilt, because this album comes hot on the heels of Steve Vai’s latest … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SWAN – Generation Mind

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Frontiers [release date 15.02.22] Black Swan follow up 2020′s Shake The World with the much more confident, cohesive, Generation Mind. Robin McAuley, Reb Beach, Matt Starr and Jeff Pilson form a formidable collective. Each transforming his own success and experience … Continue reading

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Album review: GARETH DUNLOP – Animal

GARETH DUNLOP - Animal

Zenith Café/Membran [Release date 22.04.22] Belfast born singer songwriter Gareth Dunlop may only be on this, his second, solo album but he has found success with his songs featuring on TV series including ‘Lucifer’, ‘Best of Me’, along with adverts … Continue reading

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Single review: THE PETAL FALLS – Somebody to Love Me

THE PETAL FALLS – Somebody to Love Me

Website [Release date 29.04.22] It’s no secret that I am a fan of this band since reviewing the band’s debut album, ‘Workin All Night, Workin All Day’ released during lockdown, and the follow up album last September, “All These Years” … Continue reading

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Album review: NANAUE – 281F

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Rattsburg Records [Release date 26.11.21] www. nanaue.com Based on the liner note, it seems this project has been some 11 years in the making. Evidently one of those internet phenomenons with recording bounced across Italy, Spain and Belgium. The main … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANKIE MILLER – Falling In Love and Easy Money (Remasters w/bonus tracks)

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Rock Candy Records [release date 18.03.22] 1980 now, and Frankie Miller’s label are looking for another hit song like ‘Darlin’, from his 1978 long player, Falling In Love. And so, knowing there’s no substitute for throwing money at it, they … Continue reading

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Album review: HELD BY TREES – Solace

HELD BY TREES - Solace

Tweed Jacket Music [Release date 22.04.22] The opening piece on this instrumental album sounds like an outtake from Inspector Morse c.1988.  It was one of the great TV detective series, punctuated by Barrington Pheloung’s superb orchestrations.  I digress, perhaps the … Continue reading

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Album review: TWELFTH NIGHT – Smiling At Grief…Revisited

TWELFTH NIGHT - Smiling At Grief...Revisited

Twelfth Night [Release date 01.04.22] The cottage industry that is Twelfth Night continues.  The band haven’t been active live since 2014 and some would say that their best work was done with vocalist/lyricist Geoff Mann in the early 1980s. The … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN TURNER – 100 Club, London, 15 April 2022

MARTIN TURNER - 100 Club, London, 15 April 2022

For the last few years founder Wishbone Ash member Martin Turner and his band have been gradually revisiting a series of the band’s classic seventies albums in their entirety. When touring activity resumed last autumn, they finished off the pre-pandemic … Continue reading

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Gig review: SARI SCHORR – Half Moon, Putney, London, 13 April 2022

SARI SCHORR- Half Moon, Putney, London, 13 April 2022

She may be a proud New Yorker  but at least part of Sari Schorr’s musical heart seems to lie across the pond. A regular on these shores before the pandemic,  either headlining or as a support, fortunately 2022 has finally … Continue reading

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Album review: RONNIE ROMERO – Raised On Radio

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Frontiers [Release date: 15.04.22] Ronnie Romero’s taken an opportunity that not many singers get. Given the chance to record an album of covers, he’s deep dived into his favourite back catalogues and emerged with some unsung classics in his hands. … Continue reading

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Album review – SEMBLANT – Vermillion Eclipse

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Frontiers [release date: 15.04.22] Semblant’s second album on the Frontiers label sees this Brazilian Melodic (Death) Metal band confidently cement its leading position in the “one to watch” category. The “Death” description is misleading, and only gets used in the … Continue reading

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Album review: JACK BROADBENT – Ride

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www.jackbroadbent.co.uk Crow’s Feet Records Album number five from the critically acclaimed guitarist Jack Broadbent. Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has … Continue reading

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Album review: FIRST SIGNAL – Closer To The Edge

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Frontiers [Release date 08.04.22] First Signal started life as a collaboration between Harry (Harem Scarem) Hess and Denis (Pink Cream 69) Ward. Two big names in the melodic rock genre. This is the third album since without Ward. Daniel Flores … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE CHRISTIANS – Sub 89, Reading, Friday 15 April 2022

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A pretty decent turn out for a Good Friday, however, you do wonder if the cost of living crisis, coupled with the lingering effects of the pandemic, are hitting audience numbers, as I would have expected a few more in … Continue reading

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Album review: TREAT – The Endgame

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Frontiers [Release date: 08.04.22] Here’s Treat again. The Endgame, produced by the talented Peter Mansson, is the band’s fourth album since their rebirth in 2006. In the world of second and third generation melodic rock, only Harem Scarem, Leverage and … Continue reading

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