Category Archives: GIG REVIEWS

Gig review: THE DARKNESS – 02 Academy, Bristol, Tuesday 7 December 2021

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Never have I seen a queue so big so early at the 02 Academy in Bristol, particularly on a school night – and this had nothing to do with the time taken to show covid status and get in, which … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOHN OTWAY – Sub89, Reading, Wednesday 15 December 2021

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Welcome to the Brave New World/1984 as this was the first gig I was asked to show my covid pass. Sign of the times but if it keeps live music and entertainment going then it is a small price to … Continue reading

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Gig review: ALESTORM – Barrowlands, Glasgow, 5 December 2021

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For those who are unfamiliar with Glasgow, the Barrowlands Ballroom shares its name with Barra’s market which takes up a lot of the surrounding area. The Barra’s market used to be a huge affair which attracted people from all over Scotland looking … Continue reading

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Gig review: BRITISH LION- Camden Underworld, London, 4 December 2021

BRITISH LION- Camden Underworld, London, 4 December 2021

The phrase living legend is overused but in the world of metal Steve Harris deserves this description, as Iron Maiden’s founder member, single-minded visionary, principal songwriter and with his prominent bass playing a big part in the band’s sound. Hell, … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE JONES GANG- 229 Club, London, 3 December 2021

THE JONES GANG- 229 Club, London, 3 December 2021

Few living people can claim as rich a classic rock pedigree as Kenney Jones- the only Small Faces member still with us, a mainstay in the Faces and Keith Moon’s replacement in the Who. Its not surprising then that the … Continue reading

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Gig review: LINDISFARNE – Backstage At The Green Hotel, Kinross – Friday 3rd December 2021

The week prior to this gig I had watched the excellent documentary on BBC about the life and music of Lindisfarne’s guiding light Alan Hull. Alan’s creative genius is at the centre of the Lindisfarne legacy and his timeless masterpieces … Continue reading

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Gig review: BAD TOUCH – O2 Islington Academy, London, 2 December 2021

Gig review: BAD TOUCH – O2 Islington Academy, London, 2 December 2021

The gig was in the upstairs portion of Academy, which is more intimate than the main ground floor venue and provided for a vibrant, enthusiastic atmosphere. Something Piston appeared to thrive on. Their short, powerful set was packed with crowd … Continue reading

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Gig review: FISH – Cambridge Junction, 18 November 2021

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After four decades, four studio albums with Marillion and eleven solo albums it’s drawing close to Fish winding down a long and storied musical career that has seen the towering Scotsman touch the hearts of countless thousands around the globe. … Continue reading

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Gig review: KIP WINGER – The Black Heart, Camden, London, 27 November 2021

KIP WINGER- The Black Heart, Camden, London, 27 November 2021

Kip Winger’s acoustic shows in London at the much missed Borderline became the stuff of legend with their mixture of intimate songs and storytelling and fan participation. They even achieved the ultimate accolade of being a numbered series, so this … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKNESS – Reading Hexagon, 26 November 2021

THE DARKNESS- Reading Hexagon, 26 November 2021

Never mind the hysteria that surrounded them in the early 2000’s, proof of how quickly time marches lies in the fact that it now a full ten years since the Darkness triumphantly reformed at Download. Since then they have surprised … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARILLION – Hammersmith Apollo, London, 26 November 2021

MARILLION – Hammersmith Apollo, London, 26 November 2021

Marillion are one of the hardest working live bands around and no surprise that they have wasted little time in getting back on the road after their enforced pandemic hiatus. Tonight was the first of a brace of gigs at … Continue reading

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Gig review: SKERRYVORE – Arlington Arts Centre, Friday November 26 2021

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Possibly the most tartan on display south of the border outside of an Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop, Celtic folk rockers Skerryvore were in town for a Friday night to remember. Skerryvore consist of Alec Dalglish (vocals, guitar & the band’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: ELLES BAILEY – Cambridge Junction 2, Tuesday 23 November 2021

ELLES BAILEY Road I Call Home

A natural born storyteller, Elles Bailey also has the sort of voice that could make angels weep and this combination is like a siren draw into her endlessly colourful and wonderful world. Back on the road now after an extended … Continue reading

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Gig review: LIFESIGNS – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, Tuesday 23 November 2021

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Blackheart Orchestra are garnering quite a reputation for themselves, especially on the live circuit. So, unfamiliar as I was with them I was keen to catch their short support slot. The Manchester duo treated a pretty full room to a … Continue reading

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Gig review: PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS – Thekla, Bristol, 18 November 2021

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First of all, what a venue, for the uninitiated, the Thekla is a floating music venue, it was a cargo ship in days gone by. It well and truly commands its place in Bristol’s thriving music scene. The staff are … Continue reading

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Gig review: WISHBONE ASH – Islington Academy, London, 18 November 2021

WISHBONE ASH- Islington Academy, London, 18 November 2021

Sitting out live action during the pandemic must have been particularly galling for Wishbone Ash who always keep up a punishing live schedule. So there was a relief for both band and audience seeing them back in their familiar habitat … Continue reading

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Gig review: TOM WEBBER – Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, Friday 19 November 2021

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First in a series of gigs promoted by the Music Box and tonught was a three solo artist showcase, headlined by local lad Tom Webber. Nicely staged with round tables and chairs providing a relaxed atmosphere, especially as appearing solo … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DEAD DAISIES – Shepherds Bush Empire, 10 November 2021

THE DEAD DAISIES- Shepherds Bush Empire, 10 November 2021

To quote the title of one of their songs, in many ways the Dead Daisies are ‘like no other’, even to the extent that they have been described as a collective rather than a band. Line ups have regularly changed, … Continue reading

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Gig review: GARY FLETCHER BAND – Arlington Arts Centre, Thursday 11 November 2021

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Pete Feenstra chatted to Gary Fletcher for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 22 March 2020. Back to the wilds of the Oxfordshire countryside for my second visit, and indeed second indoor gig of the year, to the Arlington … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL XIV, Great Yarmouth, 4-6 November 2021

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37 bands – 2 stages Friday 5 November This festival is a new experience for me and what an utterly joyous experience it was too from the get go, arrival was smooth, the venue is really easy to navigate round, … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN TURNER- Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 5 November 2021

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I must admit that the longer the pandemic went on, the more I began to fear that many of the acts from rock’s original golden era who we are lucky enough to still see performing might not resume touring,  Wishbone … Continue reading

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Gig review: MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 31 October 2021

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP- Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 31 October 2021

For many years it seems I was fated never to experience one of my teenage guitar heroes Michael Schenker, at his finest. My only experiences of him in the last millennium were the McAuley Schenker Group’s short support slot to … Continue reading

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Gig review: REBECCA DOWNES – 100 Club, London, 19 October 2021

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Just before the pandemic struck, one of the artists I was looking forward to seeing more of was Rebecca Downes, a very enjoyable support slot to Brian Downey’s Live and Dangerous at the Underworld proof that she was successfully diversifying … Continue reading

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Gig review: KING KING – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion – 19 October 2021

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After numerous attempts at rescheduling during the Covid crisis, King King’s tour in support of their 2020 album finally gets under way. Venue availability, as a myriad of bands all attempt to simultaneously reschedule gigs that have been postponed over the last eighteen … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROBERT HART AND DAVE ‘BUCKET’ COLWELL – The Cavern, Raynes Park, London, 14 October 2021

ROBERT HART AND DAVE 'BUCKET' COLWELL- The Cavern, Raynes Park, London, 14 October 2021

There have been some enjoyable ‘evening with’ nights of songs and stories at the Cavern this year – including Spike, who opened his show in July bantering with Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell who was seated near him. In a neat piece … Continue reading

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