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...

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...

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...

Robert J Hunter Band & Sari Schorr Live at the Raven Rooms Corby May12

Robert J Hunter Band & Sari Schorr Live at th...

Robert J Hunter Band & Sari Schorr Live at the Raven Rooms Corby Having recently seen and reviewed Sari at HRH Blues I was excited to see her again in a more relaxed venue. The Raven Rooms was originally a ballroom and is perfect suroundings for a blues gig.   Supporting tonight was the Robert J Hunter Band, a London 3 piece but originally from the Channel Islands. They play what I like to call dirty blues, that laid back sound; but can also rock it up as well. Robert himself has the gravelly voice perfect for this style and along with his impressive guitar work entertained the crowd with songs from his recently released self titled...

Ugly Kid Joe @ The Garage, Glasgow May03

Ugly Kid Joe @ The Garage, Glasgow

Ugly Kid Joe @ The Garage, Glasgow The boys are back in Glasgow to promote latest album “Stairway to Hell”. They always bring the party and this time one of the best live bands from the UK. I have seen Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons many times now and every time they have played a blinder but tonight they took it to a different level. I do not know if it was the bigger venue or if they now have amassed enough gigs to be completely in tune with each other but it bodes well for their headline tour that has just been announced. The last time I saw them was supporting Airbourne and the sound was awful that night. No such issues tonight as...

Tax The Heat @ Stereo, Glasgow May03

Tax The Heat @ Stereo, Glasgow

  Tax The Heat @ Stereo, Glasgow Tax The Heat stroll into Glasgow at the end of their “Change Your Position” tour and they showed just how good a band they are and why lovers of all genres should be paying attention. York based duo Naked Six are support tonight and knowing very little about them I had no expectations. The clockwork orange theme had me intrigued but I was a bit unsure of how they would sound with only two members. Well was I shocked and stunned. With just drums and guitar those boys filled the room with sound. Tom Witts on drums was like a man possessed, he didn’t as much play drums as beat the living shit out of them....

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