WARWICK JOHNSON UK AND EUROPE ACOUSTIC TOUR Jul13

WARWICK JOHNSON UK A...

WARWICK JOHNSON ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPE ACOUSTIC TOUR IN AUTUMN 2018RICKY WARWICK  (Black Star Riders / Thin Lizzy / The Almighty) DAMON JOHNSON  (Black Star Riders / Thin Lizzy / Alice Cooper) Rock veterans Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson are pleased to announce a ”Sonic Acoustic Attack Tour”...

Sons of Apollo Jul06

Sons of Apollo

Sons of Apollo   Another glorious evening saw the sun shine down upon old Belfast Town and made for a warm and pleasant wait for the crowds outside the Limelight until the doors inevitably opened. And in poured a lot of eager punters. Tonight was going to be an interesting night of rock. Up first on stage was Jay Wud, a Dubai-based 4-piece, band named after its frontman, a Lebanese singer/songwriter and guitarist. Cranking it up immediately they offered the crowd a solid performance of crushing riffs and catchy clear vocals with “Empire”, “Juggernaut” and “Killing my Own”. Chugging rhythms, thumping drums, rolling bass, lightening...

Supersonic Blues Machine  O2 Shepherds Bush Empire Jul06

Supersonic Blues Machine O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Supersonic Blues Machine – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire – 4th July 2018   Supersonic Blues Machine are Lance Lopez, Fabrizio Grossi and Kenny Aronoff. This time around they have recruited one of the UK’s most exciting Blues talents, the one and only Kris Barras.   They kicked off their latest tour on the back of two fantastic albums which feature some of the great and good of music, and this tour is no different as they are joined by their special guest Billy F Gibbons.   The O2 Shepherds Bush Empire was the scene for this new line up and the crowd would not be disappointed. The evening started with a young Blues Rock...

RAMBLIN MAN 2018 Jul03

RAMBLIN MAN 2018

  Ramblin man 2018 Day 1 Set in the glorious surroundings of Maidstone’s Mote Park with its rolling Kent green land and huge oaks, this festival is set against a beautiful backdrop with 2 days of lovely sunshine without a raindrop forecast, what could be better !! ‘GUN’ were the first band on the list to check out and this enduring band from Glasgow although still releasing consistent albums, knew that it was the classics that the people want to hear, so with an allocated time slot of 45 minutes they pushed on with ‘Don’t Say its all Over’, ‘Better days’, ‘Word up’ and a thunderous version of ‘Steal your fire’. The band certainly have...

Newcastle. Bloodstock, Battle of the Bands Jun29

Newcastle. Bloodstock, Battle of the Bands

  23.06.2018.Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle. Bloodstock, Battle of the Bands – Metal 2 the Masses. The North East final of Bloodstock Festivals Metal to the Masses held at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on Tyne. It was one of those nights where you just would not want to be a judge. Fortunately for the manager this time around it did not come around to him to decide. Present was Bloodstock royalty in the form of Lisa and Lee, 2 of Bloodstocks long term employees and festival organisers to decide. Chatting to them earlier they had already made the descision not to see who had qualified and who would be playing on the night and not even to...

Stone Free Fesitval – Sunday 17th June 2018  – 02 London Jun20

Stone Free Fesitval – Sunday 17th June 2018 –...

  Stone Free Fesitval – Sunday 17th June 2018 – 02 London This was my first time at Stone Free Festival and for those who have not been it is a well thought out 2 day festival. Day 2 was billed as Prog and Blues but there was enough variety to keep everyone entertained. The whole of the 02 venue is used, from the Orange Amp stage which is outside but undercover, near the entrance to Indigo at the 02, a smaller venue inside but with a great stage plus plenty of room to move around. The main arena is also used later in the day. When I arrived, I caught a few minutes of StoneWire, with a female singer, Sky Hunter who really...

Stone Free festival serve up a meaty metal smorgasbord Jun19

Stone Free festival serve up a meaty metal smorgas...

  Stone Free festival serve up a meaty metal smorgasbord with their Saturday three course headline menu The Orange Amps stage and the Indigo at the O2 had exhausted their last servings for the Saturday festivities. Many metallers had gotten a great taste for new and upcoming bands form a very full menu of musical hors–d’oeuvre. But now came the three course main evening menu with Buckcherry, Megadeth and Scorpions. First from the platter and onto the table was the ever writhing sleaze shocking, hard-rocking superstars Buckcherry. Straight from the oven came the pipping hot “Ridin”, “Broken Glass” and “Slammin”. Buckcherry...

Buckcherry and Stone Broken bring the rock to the Limelight Jun16

Buckcherry and Stone...

Buckcherry and Stone Broken bring the rock to the Limelight On a chilled out but wonderfully warm Tuesday night in Belfast, rockers and rollers from all over gathered for one hell of a show in the Limelight. You know its going to be good when The Distortion Project run by the legendary James...

The Zombies at the Assembly, Leamington 13/06/18 Jun16

The Zombies at the Assembly, Leamington 13/06/18

  The Zombies at the Assembly, Leamington 13/06/18 Before the legendary Zombies came on stage they were to be supported by a family trio Arc, but this isn’t any old family they are the granddaughters and son of the great late Argent bassist Jim Rodford. Their set consisted of some original songs they had written and also some covers, two of which were Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson and a beautiful version of Buffy Saint Marie’s Universal Soldier. The three siblings are Anja, Cara and Russell Rodford and the harmonies between the girls along with the acoustic guitar accompaniment of their uncle were beautiful, and it was a lovely...

When Reef came to Holywood Jun09

When Reef came to Holywood

When Reef came to Holywood   In the quiet town of Holywood there is a special moment every year when one portion of it is transformed into an incredible mini Glastonbury for three nights. This year’s Friday night kick-off saw the Harmony Festival, spearheaded by the inimitable Garry Jackson, his wife Mari, and the glorious Marie Nancarrow, play host to not one, not two but three amazing acts. First up on stage was the High Energy Rock Pop Duo and downright fabtastic Rews, a group of two women (Shauna Tohill & Collette Williams), one drum, one guitar and oceans of talent. Their infectious joyful style of rock was the perfect start...

King Billy Rock Bar Northampton, Five Band event Jun06

King Billy Rock Bar Northampton, Five Band event

  King Billy Rock Bar Northampton, Five Band event Sunday 9th June 2018 Welcome to the King Billy, a music pub in Northampton that for years now has been entertaining crowds courtesy of Blackbush Promotions and the hard work and effort of Mr Andy Green, promoter, soundman, roadie and musician himself, he provides music week in and week out and has at times had big names here such as Uli John Roth (Scorpions), and Wildman Chris Holmes (Wasp). Three or even four times a week he endlessly works his ass off to keep the Northampton punters happy. Today we had five, YES five acts on, over seven hours of entertainment: 1 covers band, 2...

Along Adelaide and UPPA Northlane May31

Along Adelaide and U...

  Along Adelaide and UPPA Northlane On a hot, sunny busy evening you realise that you are going into a dark cavern. The thought crosses your mind why? And then it dawns on you it’s the Limelight 2 and Northlane, Australian metalcore band extraordinaire, are playing. And they were not...

Mason Hill @ King Tuts, Glasgow May30

Mason Hill @ King Tuts, Glasgow

Mason Hill @ King Tuts, Glasgow After a six month hiatus mason Hill bounce back with another landmark, their third sold out headline show on the trot. Is there nothing that can stop this band? Support tonight is from local lads Black King Cobra. This band have also been going from strength to strength but they were a bit apprehensive prior to the show as this was all about one of Glasgow’s most loved bands but the worries fell away as soon as they took to that stage and the massive cheers that were waiting for them. As always front man Callum Moran looked on in disbelief to the reaction from the crowd. One of this bands finer points is the...

Robert Cray Band: live in Adelaide, Australia May21

Robert Cray Band: live in Adelaide, Australia

Robert Cray Band: live in Adelaide, Australia When you peruse through someone’s vinyl collection there’s always an old favourite in there. When you come across Robert Cray’s 1986 album Strong Persuader, you know that this is a person worth knowing. This album was my introduction to the American guitarist and it’s an album that I play often. Sure, it wasn’t his first and there have been plenty after it, but the tone of both the vocal and the sublime guitar, was something that hooked me. Not only was the playing magical but we had a guitarist that took the blues and allowed jazz, soul and R&B flow through it. The vocal sung out crystal...

The Idol Dead Happy Now Tour, Duffy’s Bar Leicester 12/05/18 May15

The Idol Dead Happy Now Tour, Duffy’s Bar Leiceste...

  The Idol Dead Happy Now Tour, Duffy’s Bar Leicester 12/05/18 Plus James Cull, Midnight Dogs & The Senton Bombs This was going to an interesting night: four acts in a small back room in a bar. The room was quite empty when first act local boy and solo guitarist singer James Cull came on, but as soon as he began to sing the people started to appear and it wasn’t long before there was a decent audience for him. Not surprising, as this lad has a beautiful rich voice not unlike Eddie Veder with the power to match, his mix of soulful ballads and original songs created a wonderful ambience and was a great start to the night. I would...

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