Chris Holmes Northampton Jun26

Chris Holmes Northampton

Loud, louder, loudest   A mid-week gig is uncommon for us, but when Chris Holmes and his Mean Man tour are visiting your local rock bar – the King Billy at Northampton, what choice do you have?!   Kicking off the night were American visitors Bob Dee with Petro. The New Yorkers are currently touring the UK and got the night off to a great rocking start.   Second up were Still Remains UK – a great local band with a huge following. With Andy Green on guitar, Pacey on bass, Miles Goodman on guitar (previously with Soldier) and Ethan Durrant on drums performed a short but storming set. Andy was also the organiser of...

Devilskin lays waste to Ireland Jun12

Devilskin lays waste to Ireland

  Devilskin lays waste to Ireland Devilskin are not a band to sit back and take it easy, no, they are constantly pushing barriers and themselves to take their brutally melodic metal to the masses and now it is Ireland’s turn. Having caught Devilskin on every tour in the UK so far it was time for me to make a trip across the water, catch up with some old friends and see what all the fuss is about this place called Limelight. As is usual when I decide to travel to gigs there is always something thrown at me to make things a bit more difficult and today it was watching my plane coming in to land with a smashed windscreen and covered with...

Stone Broken, The Garage May26

Stone Broken, The Garage

  Stone Broken/ Last Alibi @ The Garage, Glasgow A promise long kept to Glasgow was paid in full and in Style as Stone Broken fulfilled this postponed headline gig. Not only did they put on one hell of a show they made this special for a chosen few people. The support tonight was from local lads Last Alibi. It has been a long time coming since I last saw them support W.A.S.P. legend Chris Holmes last year so I was looking forward to see if they could outdo a show which had me standing to attention than night. Now, with not many shows between then and now you could expect a bit of ring rustiness but that was nowhere to be seen as they...

Miami Monroe @ Audio, Glasgow May23

Miami Monroe @ Audio, Glasgow

  Miami Monroe @ Audio, Glasgow Pup Punkers on the way up Miami Monroe headline one of my favourite Glasgow venues and tear the place apart. Although there was a few bands on tonight I only managed to catch the support slot from the brilliant Better Days. This crazy bunch of Geordies played a brilliant set previously with the headliners tonight in the much smaller Broadcast earlier this year so with a bigger crowd and a slightly bigger stage they were determined to make sure you remembered their name(oh…that and the fact they gave everyone and their dog a business card). Although their set was short it was far from sweet. They...

Live Review – KISS at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki May23

Live Review – KISS at Hartwall Arena, Helsin...

Live Review – KISS at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki If you are looking for a non-biased live review of KISS at Hartwall Arena in Finland, the I would suggest you navigate away now. With that out of the way, for the rest of you that may follow my reviews it is no secret that I am a huge KISS fan. Unfortunately however due to extenuating circumstances, I have never got around to seeing them live. So when they announced the KISS World tour I was stoked, and immediately began scouring for dated that I would be able to attend – I needed to see this band finally. With friends in Finland, and no UK dates having yet been announced, I took the...

All Time Low have returned to Adelaide May18

All Time Low have returned to Adelaide

  Review by Lavender Baj: Pix by Maddi Baj In their first Australian tour since Soundwave 2015, All Time Low have returned to Adelaide for a night that can only be described as pure pop-punk hysteria. Supported by international sensations The Maine and Neck Deep, this triple threat tour has taken Australia by storm over the past week and Adelaide was certainly no exception. Arizona-based alternative rockers, The Maine kicked off the night with an electric performance of their hit track Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu, instantly making it clear that they weren’t just another filler band to kill time before the headliner. Although I hadn’t...

Live Review: Voyager @ Fowlers, Adelaide May16

Live Review: Voyager @ Fowlers, Adelaide

  Live Review: Voyager @ Fowlers, Adelaide Review – Craig Grant: It’s a big night in Adelaide with Voyager, the prog masters of Australia, starting their Ghost Mile tour one day before the album is released. We reviewed the album  and it’s a corker, so really looking forward to hearing it live. Just as exciting we have the French duo The Algorithm in support and that’s one that I have been looking forward to for a long time. First up we have the Tony Font Show. What can you say about the rAdelaidean four-piece that call themselves the Tony Font Show? Its metal cum funk cum lounge music with a lot of slap bass and a guitarist that was...

Black Spiders Farewell Gig @ Stereo Glasgow May15

Black Spiders Farewell Gig @ Stereo Glasgow

  Black Spiders Farewell Gig @ Stereo Glasgow The sad day is finally upon us, Black Spiders have decided enough is enough and the moment this gig was announced I knew there was no way I was missing this show. Support tonight and for the tour was Bigfoot, a band I had caught recently and never seem to be far from Scotland. They may not have been the first band you though would be supporting the Spiders but they always play a blazing set and tonight was no different. They brought their brand of cock rock and to be fair a good few fans as well. They are all about groove, killer songs and fun. Black Spiders may very well be at the end of...

King King\ Bad Touch @ 02 ABC, Glasgow May12

King King\ Bad Touch @ 02 ABC, Glasgow

  King King\ Bad Touch @ 02 ABC, Glasgow King King seem to bring the sun to Scotland. Almost a year to the day they strolled into Glasgow, the sun streaming in the sky and they left having wrapped up a blistering performance that was captured for all eternity on the King King live CD…the boys had some feat to overshadow that so how did they do? But before we get to the headliners we had probably the hardest touring band in the UK…who just happen to be awesome in their own right. Yes, Bad Touch were back in town. They are no strangers to Scotland with the last gig less than two months ago as they co headlined with Broken...

Stoneface @ The Cathouse, Glasgow May02

Stoneface @ The Cathouse, Glasgow

  Stoneface @ The Cathouse, Glasgow I have been looking forward to this one for some time. The boys(did I really just call them boys?) have done the hard graft in this business for a long time and due to that you never get an under par performance. Before we got to the headliners there were a couple of support bands tonight which had to be whipped up quickly as the previously booked bands couldn’t make it or just decided Glasgow was far too scary so decided to break up before this show. Unfortunately I only caught the openers as they finished off their set so I am afraid I cannot comment on Black King Kobra who had only performed a few...

Live Review: – The Darkness @ the Groovin’ Festival in Adelaide May01

Live Review: – The Darkness @ the Groovin’ F...

  Live Review: – The Darkness @ the Groovin’ Festival in Adelaide Photos: Maddi Baj and Review by Kirsten Grant: – Groovin’ the Moo is a festival that got its name because it started out in the rural paddocks across Australia until this year where it’s being held a stone’s throw from the Adelaide CBD. It’s eclectic and over the years we’ve all had the opportunity to hear some music that we wouldn’t normally get a chance to at the same gig. Don’t like Wolfmother then give it a couple of minutes before we get some Northlane and then some Hilltop Hoods. A good crowd of about 18,000 are anticipating the arrival of The Darkness....

Live Review: – The Wombats / Architects @ the Groovin’ Festival in Adelaide May01

Live Review: – The Wombats / Architects @ th...

  Live Review: – The Wombats / Architects @ the Groovin’ Festival in Adelaide Photos: Maddi Baj and Review: Kirsten Grant: – Groovin’ the Moo is a festival that got its name because it started out in the rural paddocks across Australia until this year where it’s being held a stone’s throw from the Adelaide CBD. It’s eclectic and over the years we’ve all had the opportunity to hear some music that we wouldn’t normally get a chance to at the same gig. This is the reason I’m reviewing the Architects and The Wombats side by side, is to pay homage to this festival, which manages to bring together all sorts of genres. The Wombats...

LIVE REVIEW: Massive party night at the Diamond with Gasoline Outlaws and Massive Wagons Apr28

LIVE REVIEW: Massive party night at the Diamond wi...

LIVE REVIEW: Massive party night at the Diamond with Gasoline Outlaws and Massive Wagons PACKED Diamond Rock Club? Check. Enough trade over the bar to bring a glint of joy to brewery owners’ eyes? Check. Band t-shirts worn loud and proud? Check. Two bands pumping out no fucking about hard ass rock ‘n’ roll? Check. All systems were go on Saturday (April 22nd) at the Diamond Rock club for the return of Massive Wagons, with local heroes Gasoline Outlaws set to pour fuel on to the fire of rock in our hearts. Indeed the Outlaws were making their own return to the live circuit, with new tracks and obvious serious rehearsal time...

The Sundowners, Think Tank, Newcastle, 26.04.2017 Apr28

The Sundowners, Think Tank, Newcastle, 26.04.2017

  The Sundowners, Think Tank, Newcastle, 26.04.2017 I have often been told that I need to broaden my music taste, my kids tell me I am stuck in the 70’s and 80’s listening to Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motorhead etc.’ Get out and hear some new young bands’ they say. So I did. The Sundowners are a quintet of 20+something year olds that are already on their 2nd album entitled “Cut the Master” and on the same entitled UK tour. They have already toured with the likes of Kasabian and Paul Weller, 2 of the biggest names in music. Hailing from Merseyside you might expect to hear similar sounds from The Beatles, Cilla Black,...

Joe Bonamassa, Live At The Usher Hall Edinburgh 18/04/17 Apr20

Joe Bonamassa, Live At The Usher Hall Edinburgh 18...

Joe Bonamassa, Live At The Usher Hall Edinburgh 18/04/17  It’s been 4 years since Blues/Rock superstar Joe Bonamassa last played in Scotland’s capital, but he’s been far from idle in that time. Without a doubt one of the hardest working men in music, he tours relentlessly, yet somehow finds time to participate in a myriad of other projects: From backing soul singers such as Beth Hart and Mahalia Barnes to his funk/rock supergroup Rock Candy Funk Party, he’s even had a recent studio reunion with Glenn Hughes, Derek Sherninian and Jason Bonham to record Black Country Communion 4 – which is certainly one of the most anticipated rock releases...

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