MASTODON gives the Ulster Hall a real Mother Puncher Jan16

MASTODON gives the Ulster Hall a real Mother Punch...

MASTODON gives the Ulster Hall a real Mother Puncher As the cool evening in Belfast closes in the line grows outside the Ulster Hall anticipating the doors opening. Tonight Mastodon, US heavy metal masters of sludge and stoner rock, were playing the first night of their UK & European tour. Belfast once again paves the way for a massive band. They were being supported tonight by Kvelertak and Mutoid Man. Mutoid Man As the crowd filtered in and began to grow Mutoid Man opened up their energy for all to see. This American trio had enough energy and enthusiasm to fill the stage with their presence and the Hall with their fast, raw and...

The Rising Souls @ King Tuts, Glasgow Jan08

The Rising Souls @ King Tuts, Glasgow

The Rising Souls @ King Tuts, Glasgow The New Year celebrations have been extended in Glasgow as The Rising Souls set the bar for gigs in 2019 First up for us tonight is local Blues/ Rock trio Pariah Soul and what a way to kick things off. Due to the small stage the band were crammed in and we have Craig and his drum kit stuck centre stage and it worked well. As he shares singing duties it was brilliant to see both the vocals and the brutal drumming up front for a change. The Hogmanay hangovers and headaches may have just been subsiding but with it being a Saturday night most were heading for a bit more liquid cheer and the boys were the...

ASH are a Shining Light in the Limelight Dec30

ASH are a Shining Light in the Limelight

ASH are a Shining Light in the Limelight   Brand New Friend Photography by Darren McVeigh Photography by Darren McVeigh Photography by Darren McVeigh Photography by Darren McVeigh The room is buzzing as BRAND NEW FRIEND take to the stage, a quirky looking quartet with front man Taylor Johnson looking like a million dollars in his nice shiny tracksuit top, adorning a pink Stratocaster he slams his way into a feisty and energetic set that gets the room bouncing. Joined by his rather cute sister Lauren Johnson on keyboard sharing the vocals, Brand New Friend romp their way through a highly addictive and foot stomping set that you cant but...

Bush Plays Host To URIAH HEEP With GUN And VON HERTZEN BROTHERS Dec22

Bush Plays Host To URIAH HEEP With GUN And VON HER...

Shepard’s Bush Plays Host To URIAH HEEP With GUN And VON HERTZEN BROTHERS Not even on a bitterly cold festive evening, with the temperature hovering around the freezing mark, was going to deter the already impressive queue snaking away in the distance from the highly anticipated return of URIAH HEEP in support of their fine new studio album “Living The Dream”. With two top drawer supports acts in VON HERTZEN BROTHERS, and GUN this looked on the cards to be a fine evening. VON HERTZEN BROTHERS Photos by Eric Duvet Photography  https://www.ericduvetphotography.com/ Photos by Eric Duvet Photography  https://www.ericduvetphotography.com/ Photos...

Clutch @ O2 Academy, Glasgow Dec22

Clutch @ O2 Academy, Glasgow

  Clutch @ O2 Academy, Glasgow Well, Clutch finally decided to come back to Glasgow and were rewarded with a sold out show proving they had better upgrade to one of our arenas next time. Due to the early start I arrived just as openers The Inspector Cluzo were finishing and the sight was pretty awesome. As I walked in all I could hear was some bluesy riffs with a constant chant of “Put your hands in the air with Inspector Cluzo”. I was surprised to see just two members and even more surprised later to find they have six albums out already. I was also shocked to see the venue completely packed this early and I have to say I have never...

Ryders Creed Xmas Party O2 Academy 2 Birmingham Dec18

Ryders Creed Xmas Party O2 Academy 2 Birmingham

  Ryders Creed Xmas Party O2 Academy 2 Birmingham 15/12/18. As the header says this gig was arranged by Ryders Creed to thank the fans for the fantastic year they have had. They had got together three other bands to play tonight, the first being rock metal band Black Tree Vultures: four guys from Bournemouth. Formed at the start of 2017 by drummer Jonno Smythe and Arron (Ham) Hammersley, bassist James (Ched) Cheeseman and vocalist Celyn Beynon completes the foursome. Celyn announces “it’s taken us six hours to get here so I hope you enjoy this,” well I can say I certainly did, they’re currently promoting their ep Sanity isn’t Perfect...

The Night BLACK STONE CHERRY Rocked Cardiff Dec11

The Night BLACK STONE CHERRY Rocked Cardiff

The Night BLACK STONE CHERRY Rocked Cardiff 06 December 2018 24th June 2007 Hyde Park London was the first time I accidentally saw Black Stone Cherry perform on the Pepsi stage at Hyde Park Calling festival under a huge tent to escape the horrendous weather. Along with no more than 100 other people, I witnessed a true rock band a long way from home but bursting with great songs and great enthusiasm. Fast forward 11 years and that very same band of boys have now grown into a monster rock band of men. With a new studio album to promote (Family Tree) and another 5 studio albums before that the group certainly have some hard decisions to make...

DEF LEPPARD / CARDIFF MOTORPOINT Dec09

DEF LEPPARD / CARDIFF MOTORPOINT

  DEF LEPPARD Get It On In Cardiff 04 December 2018 The third show on Leppard’s 2019 UK and Ireland tour sees Sheffield’s finest arrive in Cardiff on a date that had sold out months ago. Such was the demand for access to the gig tickets were being sold outside the venue for upwards of £200 a ticket! The support was the ever excellent Cheap Trick, who delivered a blistering set with the likes of “Hello There”, “You Got It Going On”, and “Big Eyes”. The place was rocking out in style. I know they did quite a few songs that had everybody in the zone, but when they played “I Want You To Want Me” that hit the sweet spot. Cheap Trick showed...

Livewire Music, Saltash –  November 2018 Dec07

Livewire Music, Saltash – November 2018

Bad Touch, Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics, Daxx & Roxane, Ethyrfield. Livewire Music, Saltash – 17 November 2018 This was the gig that almost never was! We don’t get many up-and-coming rock bands crossing the Cornwall/Devon border, so us Cornish folk have to make the most of them when they do. So I was quite excited to hear that Bad Touch were playing Livewire Youth Music (more about them later) as part of their UK tour. I’d heard of Bad Touch, but hadn’t really listened to them that much, so I duly downloaded their second album and then their latest release ‘Shake A Leg’. I was delighted when Aaron Buchanan And The Cult...

Sevendust @ The Garage, Glasgow Dec06

Sevendust @ The Garage, Glasgow

  Sevendust @ The Garage, Glasgow Firstly I would like to thank whatever friend of the band gave them a map so they could finally find their way back to the UK again, tonights show proved how much they have been missed and just how powerful a band they are. First up tonight were Blind Channel and if I had to sum them up in two words it would be energetic and white, so white they could be Scotsmen with a tan. Joking aside with a three band bill and a venue curfew the boys did not have a lot of time to play with or as they were on so early, many punters to impress but the violent popsters gave it their all. From the moment they took to...

When DEF LEPPARD Hit The SSE Belfast Dec06

When DEF LEPPARD Hit The SSE Belfast

When DEF LEPPARD Hit The SSE Belfast In recent years we have seen some of the more seasoned acts do anniversary tours of career defining albums, and in the case of Def Leppard, it doesn’t define a band more than 1987’s Hysteria album. Taking over three years to record, having to buy original producer Jim Steinman out of his contract, and a tragic accident that left drummer Rick Alan losing an arm may have delayed its release, but it did not deter them. And rightly so, as the album eventually went on to sell over 25 million copies worldwide. Tonight, a sold out SSE arena will be treated to Hysteria played in full. The night starts with...

Sting m8  Ben Poole @ Oran Mor, Glasgow Dec05

Sting m8 Ben Poole @ Oran Mor, Glasgow

  Sting m8 Ben Poole @ Oran Mor, Glasgow As Ben Poole embarks upon his largest tour to date to promote his excellent new album Anytime You Need Me he drops into Glasgow on what is a busy week for blues. Support tonight is local lads The Brian Rawson Band. The home grown blues act put in a great graft and warmed up the crowd well. With a god mix of covers and originals they got to showcase the brilliant work from guitarist Brian and showing the power in Peter Scallan’s voice. I loved what I saw and eagerly await some new material in the form of an album. They are well worth catching if you have the chance. In the unusual surroundings of...

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