Category Archives: NEWS

News: BIG BIG TRAIN, DIAMOND DOGS, NICK MASON (January 2022)

Dare - GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 26 January 2019

Alestorm begin work on their next album, ‘Seventh Rum Of A Seventh Rum’, which will be released on Napalm Records later this year. Big Big Train recently released ‘Bats In The Belfry’, composed by the band’s drummer Nick D’Virgilio, and … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January 2022 – June 2022

BITE THE BULLET - End of the Line

Compiled by Jason Ritchie October-December 2021 2022 January 3rd ADRIANGALE ‘Final Piece’ 7th TIM ARNOLD ‘Maybe Magic’ AT THE MOVIES ‘The soundtrack of your life – Vol. 2′, ‘The Soundtrack Of Your Life – Vol. 1 + 1′ Atomic Fire … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2021 – December 2021)

Albums of the Month (October-December 2021)

DEEP PURPLE Turning To Crime (earMUSIC) While the production is big, solid and bright, there’s also a live-in-the-studio feel, like it was recorded quickly and spontaneously. Listen with open ears and the album shows the band on great form, and … Continue reading

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News: The Best of 2021 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewers choose their Top Albums of the Year

The Best of 2021

2021 has been another horrendous year for live music,  largely silenced by the coronavirus pandemic. In August, live events in the UK started cautiously with several festivals and, with restrictions lifting for smaller venues, some semblance of live music returned … Continue reading

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News: ELLES BAILEY, STONEDEAD, URIAH HEEP (December 2021)

Michael Schenker, photo by Simon Dunkerley

Tim Arnold releases his new album, ‘Maybe Magic’, on January 7 via Bandcamp. Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins releases his new solo album ‘Make It Count’ on march 18 via Frontiers. Elles Bailey has opened pre-orders for her next album, ‘Shining in … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) October 2021 – December 2021

TONY MITCHELL – Hot Endless Summer Nights

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January-March 2021 April-June 2021 July-September 2021 January-June 2022 October 1st ASKING ALEXANDRIA ‘See What’s On The Inside’ Better Noise Music RONNIE ATKINS (PRETTY MAIDS) ’4 More Shots’ (EP) Frontiers BLACK SABBATH ‘Technical Ecstasy’ (4CD, 5LP) BMG … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2022)

G3 2018 - JOE SATRIANI - Manchester Apollo, 27 April 2018

Compiled by Jason Ritchie All dates are subject to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.   Please check artist and venue websites for latest information. Your tour not listed? Contact us! UK Festivals 2022 2022 Tour Dates (Europe, USA, ROW) 2022 ABC Fri … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2021)

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy - HRH Prog, November 2017

Compiled by Jason Ritchie All dates are subject to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.   Please check artist and venue websites for latest information. Your tour not listed? Contact us! UK Festivals 2021 2022 Tour Dates (UK & Ireland) 2021 Tour Dates … Continue reading

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News: POWER QUEST, BEARDED THEORY, GIANT (November 2021)

IAN ANDERSON (JETHRO TULL) - The Lowry, Salford, 14 September 2015

Annihilator release their latest album, ‘Metal II’, on 18 February via earMUSIC. Asia are to release a 10CD boxset The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1 through BMG Records on 26 November. There will also be a digital album featuring a … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK Rock and Music FESTIVALS in 2022

Bearded Theory Festival

Compiled by Jason Ritchie All dates are subject to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Please check artist and venue websites for latest information. Your festival not listed? Contact us! 2022 Tour Dates (UK and Ireland 2022 Tour Dates (Europe, USA, ROW) You … Continue reading

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Upcoming: European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2022)

Rammstein - DOWNLOAD, 10-12 June 2016

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Updated 19/01/2022 European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2021) UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2022) *** 2022 *** AFI Feb. … Continue reading

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News: RODNEY MATTHEWS, DEPECHE MODE, LILLIAN AXE (October 2021)

MAGNUM - Aberdare Coliseum, 5 June 2019

Bryan Adams releases his latest album, ‘So Happy It Hurts’, on March 11. Alter Bridge enter the studio next April to start work on their new album. Battle Beast release their new album, ‘Circus Of Doom’, on January 21 via … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2021 – September 2021)

Albums of the Month (July-September 2021)

EDGE OF PARADISE The Universe (Frontiers) It’s passionate, articulate symphonic metal, occasionally conducting lightning raids onto hard rock terrain… ****1/2 Review by Brian McGowan AMANDA LEHMANN Innocence And Illusion (indie) Lehmann is not afraid to explore different moods on this … Continue reading

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Book review: WHO IS BLUES Vol.2 – The Interviews. Blues Encounters 2000 – 2020 by Vincent Abbate

Vincent Abbate - Who Is Blues

Self Published [Publication date 01.09.21] ‘Who Is The Blues Vol.2: The Interviews. Blues Encounters 2000-2020′ is an interesting cross section of 20 years of interviews of contemporary blues artists by the German based, New York blues scribe Vincent Abbate. Abbate … Continue reading

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News: ANVIL, TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, ALAN PARSONS (September 2021)

UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

Abba release a new album ‘Voyage’ – their first in 40 years – on November 5. They have also announced a new live show, ‘Abba Voyage’, will open at the new 3,000 capacity Abba Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park … Continue reading

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News: VANGELIS, SLADE, GENESIS (August 2021)

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR - O2 Ritz, Manchester, 17 March 2019

Bryan Adams has signed with BMG who will release his new album later this year. Elles Bailey has released a new single ‘Cheats & Liars’. It’s the first single from her third album ‘Shining in the Half Light’ which is due next … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2021 – September 2021

Bernie Marsden - Kings

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January-March 2021 April-June 2021 October-December 2021 July 2nd AT THE GATES ‘The Nightmare Of Being’ Century Media JIMMY BARNES ‘Flesh & Blood’ Bloodline Records RICHARD MARX ‘Stories To Tell: Greatest Hits And More’ (2CD inc. demos … Continue reading

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News: ENVY OF NONE, HOOKERS & BLOW, TROY REDFERN (July 2021)

INGLORIOUS, 02 Academy, Oxford, 28 October 2019

Alcatrazz guitarist Joe Stump’s new solo instrumental record, ‘Diabolical Ferocity’, is due to be released on September 17 through Lion Music. Barclay James Harvest’s 1975 album, ‘Time Honoured Ghosts’, will be reissued in remastered and expanded form by Esoteric Recordings … Continue reading

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News: CARAVAN, DONNIE IRIS, DOWNLOAD (June 2021)

FIREWIND - Manchester Academy, 16 February 2017

Asking Alexandria have signed with Better Noise Music and have already started work on new music. Barenaked Ladies release their latest album ’Detour de Force’ on July 16. The Beach Boys will release a new five-CD box set, ‘Feel Flows — The … Continue reading

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News: SLIM CHANCE The Phoenix Tapes, track by track (May 2021)

slim chance the phoenix tapes

THE PHOENIX TAPES is a collection of fourteen previously unreleased tracks recorded by Slim Chance since its reincarnation some 10 years ago. Originally posted as a series on YouTube in the last part of 2020 to raise spirits in lockdown, … Continue reading

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News: ASIA, ANTHRAX, TOBY HITCHCOCK, GENESIS (May 2021)

Dream Theater - Manchester O2 Apollo, 13 February 2014

Alter Bridge plan to record their next album in 2022. Joan Armatrading’s new album ‘Consequences’ is released on June 18 via BMG. Asia are celebrating their 40th anniversary by releasing a 5CD boxset ‘The Reunion Albums: 2007 – 2012′ through … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2021 – March 2021)

Albums of the Month (January-March 2021)

THUNDER All the Right Noises (BMG) Thunder fans will love this album as it touches all the band’s key strengths – memorable songs, party rockers, ballads, lyrics to make you think and above all, well-crafted hard rock tunes. An Album … Continue reading

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News: POWERWOLF, TONY IOMMI, OPETH, TRIFECTA (April 2021)

Lee Aaron (pictured) will release her latest album, ‘Radio On!’, on July 23. Bellowhead release a live album, ‘Reassembled’, on June 18. This was recorded at the band’s one-off online reunion show last December. The Black Keys release a blues … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) April 2021 – June 2021

LYLE WORKMAN - Uncommon Measures

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2021 July-September 2021 October-December 2021 April 2nd DAVID BOWIE ‘The Kit Kat Klub (Live In New York ’99)’ Parlophone CACTUS ‘Tightrope’ Cleopatra Records DR FEELGOOD ‘Greatest Hits’ EAGLES ‘The Millennium Concert’ (vinyl) BRYAN … Continue reading

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News: QUEEN, SABATON, ANGEL, RAMMSTEIN (March 2021)

Rammstein - DOWNLOAD, 10-12 June 2016

Rammstein (pictured) have been working on a new studio album during the current lockdown. No news as yet on a release date, title, etc. Alice Cooper has already announced plans for his next album. It will be recorded by his … Continue reading

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