Category Archives: GIG REVIEWS

Gig review: EAGLES- British Summer Time, Hyde Park, 26 June 2022

EAGLES- British Summer Time, Hyde Park, 26 June 2022

In a week that saw performances from the most legendary names in British rock history- Paul McCartney at Glastonbury, Queen’s residency at the O2 and Elton John and the Stones on the preceding two nights in Hyde Park- it was … Continue reading

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Gig Review: BEARDED THEORY’S SPRING GATHERING – Catton Park – 26th to 29th May 2022.

When asked “How was Bearded Theory?”, the short answer is “Awesome! Brilliant! I had the best weekend!”. The long answer that I want to give is this… THURSDAY 26TH MAY We were really lucky and arrived on Wednesday, so Thursday … Continue reading

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Gig review: QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT – 02 Arena, London, 20 June 2022

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT- 02 Arena, London, 20 June 2022

Nearly 50 years since they first emerged, there seems to be an endless  appetite for the music of Queen- just look at your Freeview channel schedules packed with documentaries or archive concerts. Indeed public interest in them reached arguably its … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAUGHTRY – Islington Assembly Hall, London – 13 June 2022

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Though not as big as in the USA, former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry and his eponymous band have gradually built a following in the UK, to the extent that previous London shows had been at the Roundhouse and Hammersmith … Continue reading

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Gig review: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, Donington Park, Leicestershire, 10-12 June 2022

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, Donington Park, Leicestershire, 10-12 June 2022

A year ago a special pilot event at Download pointed the way for live music to return:  now in 2022 the UK’s biggest rock and metal festival was back in a recognisable format. It was the biggest sign yet that … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEVE VAI – London Palladium, 7 June 2022

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Let’s just start by saying one thing: Steve Vai isn’t of this world. Throughout his long and varied career, the six-stringer has displayed the sort of skills that are beyond the comprehension of most mere mortals. From his time with … Continue reading

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Gig review: SPIERS & BODEN – Oxford Playhouse, Sunday 5 June 2022

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First time on stage at the Oxford Playhouse for John Spiers and Jon Boden, and also the first time inside this smart theatre for this reviewer. Playing to a home crowd (Spiers and Boden met in Oxford) is always a … Continue reading

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Gig review: TEMPT – The Black Heart, London, 31 May 2022

TEMPT- The Black Heart, London, 31 May 2022

One question I ponder occasionally is ‘whatever happened to Tempt’?  Back in the mid 2010s the young New Yorkers received rave reviews in Classic Rock magazine and its AOR offshoot as the future of melodic hard rock. They even received … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – Wembley Arena, London – 28th May 2022

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Thunder appear to be on a hot creative streak at present. In the time since this tour was originally announced, pre-pandemic, they have released two albums with last year’s ‘All the Right Noises’ followed by a double album to boot … Continue reading

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Gig review: BRYAN ADAMS – Royal Albert Hall, London, 9-11 May 2022

BRYAN ADAMS- Royal Albert Hall, London, 9-11 May 2022

Of all those gigs I’d already booked when the pandemic started, it was the trio of Bryan Adams shows at the Royal Albert Hall, playing an album in its entirety each night, that I’d most looked forward to seeing and … Continue reading

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Gig review: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Saturday 21 May 2022

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Saturday 21 May 2022

So, my daughter aged 14 likes My Chemical Romance (MCR) and I wanted to introduce her to the sort of things the world has to offer. I managed to get tickets to Stadium MK to see MCR and support on … Continue reading

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Gig review – ROBERT JON & THE WRECK – The Garage, London, 15 May 2022

ROBERT JON & THE WRECK- The Garage, London, 15 May 2022

One of my most special London gigs of last year was Robert Jon & The Wreck’s show at the 100 Club, for a number of reasons- they were one of the very first American acts to make it over after … Continue reading

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Gig review: WHITESNAKE, Foreigner, Europe – Hydro, Glasgow, 2 May 2022

WHITESNAKE – Hydro, Glasgow, 2 May 2022

For any rock fan old enough to remember the 70’s and 80’s the music of Whitesnake has been a constant soundtrack. The band may have had a revolving door installed in their tour bus for ease of access as members … Continue reading

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Gig review: WHEN RIVERS MEET- The Garage, London, 12 May 2022

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Not many can say this about themselves, but When Rivers Meet arguably had a good ‘lockdown’. The husband and wife team of Grace and Aaron Bond suffered the rotten timing  of giving up their jobs to pursue music full-time just … Continue reading

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Gig review: CRAZY LIXX – Islington Academy, London, 6 May 2022

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For some 15 years now, Swedes Crazy Lixx have been flying the flag for the American style glam rock they were too young to remember in its late eighties heyday. This is no knowing irony, and you can sense the … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE BONAMASSA – Royal Albert Hall, London, 6 May 2022

JOE BONAMASSA – Royal Albert Hall, London, 6 May 2022

There’s a palpable sense of anticipation amongst the faithful in a full Royal Albert Hall. The stuttering recovery of the live scene after Covid feels like it might hit a more purposeful stride tonight. Joe Bonamassa loves a grand stage … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE TREATMENT, Piston – Robin 2, Bilston, 2 May 2022

THE TREATMENT - Robin 2, Bilston, 2 May 2022

It’s a Bank Holiday Monday in Bilston and it’s the final night of this 18 date tour, that’s 18 consecutive gigs, no breaks for all 3 bands, are they flagging or have they cracked it? I am super excited for … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE BROKEN, Mason Hill, The Fallen State – The Marble Factory, Bristol, 25 April 2022

STONE BROKEN - The Marble Factory, Bristol, 25 April 2022

Opening  their set with the rather epic ‘For My Sorrow’ the atmosphere is rocking, and there are clearly some fans in the audience and it’s a reflection that actually this tour celebrates three bands that are all on their ascendancy, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Gig review: FM- Islington Assembly Hall, London, 7 April 2022

FM- Islington Assembly Hall, London, 7 April 2022

They release albums at regular intervals but touring has always been FM’s lifeblood. They dipped their toe back in the live environment with selected shows last year,  but this twice postponed London show was part of a tour to promote … Continue reading

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Gig review: SOUNDBAY FESTIVAL – Patti Pavilion Swansea – 25th – 27th March 2022

Finally, after what seemed like a rollercoaster ride, Soundbay went ahead. All be it with a slightly rearranged line up, a couple of bands pulling out at the last minute due to illness, the core of the line up remained … Continue reading

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