Skindred @ 02 Academy, Glasgow May02

Skindred @ 02 Academy, Glasgow

Skindred @ 02 Academy, Glasgow Skindred hit Glasgow and some big tings are in store. We have two support bands tonight and first up are the brilliant Danko Jones. The Canadian three piece were on fire tonight, they brought their brand of catchy ass kicking rock and their A game. I have missed the band live to date but love everything recorded but live they definitely crank it up to a whole new level. They opened with “I Gotta Rock” and went straight for the jugular with old and new fans. “Sugar Chocolate” is up next and it is full throttle as Danko slithers and delivers the song title for all. His cheeky smile tells a story all on its own....

The Quireboys @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow Apr29

The Quireboys @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow

  The Quireboys @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow With the brilliant new release “White Trash Blues” and off the back of an amazing performance at Winter Storm festival the boys are back in Scotland…I would say storm in but it is more like hobble as Spike strolled up to the venue with a walking stick and a cast on his leg. Now if the Quireboys picked the support band based on drinking ability they went straight to the top of the pyramid with The Black Aces. The drinking prowess is legendary but do you know what? They can rock your ass off as well. I first caught the band on the Aussie Wrecking Crew tour a while back and if what I can...

HRH Blues IV O2 academy Sheffield Day Two 15/04/18 Apr21

HRH Blues IV O2 academy Sheffield Day Two 15/04/18

HRH Blues IV O2 academy Sheffield Day Two 15/04/18 Once again the lucky ones were seeing some unplugged acts in stage 2 before the full sets, today’s acts were Catfish, Black Thunder Review, and Big Canyon. I had heard about Catfish and was looking forward to seeing them perform: I wasn’t disappointed. Young Matt can play an acoustic like an electric, and his skills were on show for this short set. I wasn’t going to miss their main stage performance. Black Thunder Review are lLocal Sheffield lads originally called Socrates Johnson but after a number of line up changes they settled on the Black Thunder name. Their influences range from...

The White Buffalo, 02 Academy, Glasgow Apr20

The White Buffalo, 02 Academy, Glasgow

  The White Buffalo, 02 Academy, Glasgow The White Buffalo is one of those performers you question if they are as good as you remember…until you go back to see them and you get blown away all over again. I never miss a show when the band come to Glasgow and thankfully he never misses us out and with a strange quirk of luck we are early on the tour, something that many people were wishing they were but more on that later. This is always a played down show, no big light show, no theatrics and no stage wear. The music is left to do the talking as it should be but there is always a relaxed atmosphere which lets you focus on the...

HRH Blues 4, O2 Academy Sheffield 14th &15th April 2018 . Apr20

HRH Blues 4, O2 Academy Sheffield 14th &15th ...

  HRH Blues 4, O2 Academy Sheffield 14th &15th April 2018 . Welcome back to the steel city for the 4th HRH Blues: a weekend to see some of the legends of blues and many young and new and upcoming acts. Once again Royalty and VIP punters were going to get a short unplugged session on stage 2, but this time over two days. The bands on this Saturday afternoon were: 12.00 The Della Grants, 12.30 Brian Rawson Band, 1.00 Jim Kirkpatrick Heavy Weather and 1.30 The Rain breakers. I enjoyed the Della Grants set and at 1pm they were playing a full set on main stage so off I went. Day One main stage The Della Grants. Having seen them kick off...

Beth Hart, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham Apr18

Beth Hart, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

  Beth Hart, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham   Beth Hart, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham ‹ › × × Previous Next Flickr Album Gallery Powered By: Weblizar   This show I have waited a lifetime for. For whatever reason I have always missed Beth Hart in Glasgow so I made the decision to travel to Nottingham and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Support tonight is in the form of The Kris Barras band. I had found the band a few months ago and fell for them instantly so when they were announced as support I was delighted. I was looking forward to it even more when I read he was doing an acoustic...

The Amorettes, The Treatment ,& The Dead Daisies @ Rock City Apr17

The Amorettes, The Treatment ,& The Dead Dais...

  The Amorettes, The Treatment ,& The Dead Daisies @ Rock City Dd ‹ › × × Previous Next Flickr Album Gallery Powered By: Weblizar Nottingham,13/04,18. This was being billed locally as the big gig of the week and there was a reason for this, Rock royalty were coming to to grace the stage of the famous rock city Notts,but before that the crowd were in for extra treats first with the all female three piece from Scotland The Amorettes At times unfairly I feel being called just another AC/DC sounding band Gill, Heather, and Hannah,are a hell of a lot more than that having seen them a few times before on a much smaller stage they...

Black Label Society played the last date on their ‘Grimmest Show on Earth’ world tour in Belfast. Apr16

Black Label Society played the last date on their ...

THERE was a sense of a crowd drawn to a messiah when Zakk Wylde and his cohorts in Black Label Society played the last date on their ‘Grimmest Show on Earth’ world tour in Belfast. On the very last night of the tour BLS blasted Belfast’s Limelight for the second night in a row it was clear that this was more than a well-oiled machine – it was a mighty beast of a band producing a mesmeric show. It was a tough call for Ten Ton Slug to open for ‘The Society’ but their stoner infused sludge drilled to the core of the building audience with an incipient heaviness and heft. Riffs and rollicking intentions they battered their way through an...

This was as complete  Marillion show Apr15

This was as complete Marillion show

THEY’RE the coolest uncool band on the planet, but Marillion never fail to deliver. Quite simply they are a force for good, as was proved in Belfast’s Ulster Hall. Forget everything you may have perceived as musical excellence before. Disregard any notions you have of what prog rock is. This was a show to wallow in, to sit back and enjoy – apart from the moments when you rise from your seat to applaud the excellence. And, unusual for a rock show, this was an entirely seated affair in the venerable old venue. That said, it was probably for the best lest the audience be overcome and become wobbly on their feet at the feat...

The Dead Daisies @ The Garage, Glasgow Apr11

The Dead Daisies @ The Garage, Glasgow

  The Dead Daisies @ The Garage, Glasgow   It is the first night of the tour, the brilliant “ Burn it Down” has just been released and Glasgow is the lucky city to hear the new tracks live first. Before we get to the show there is a very telling fact that has to be conveyed. In the city tonight there are two other gigs going on. In the large arena you have Toto and on a much smaller scale the beloved Massive Wagons are also playing. A lot of people had to make choices tonight so the fact that this event is sold out tells you all you need to know about how well loved this band are in Scotland. I made the tough choice to opt for The...

LIVE REVIEW:THE STRANGLERS &THERAPY BELFAST ULSTER HALL 06/04/2018 Apr10

LIVE REVIEW:THE STRANGLERS &THERAPY BELFAST U...

LIVE REVIEW:THE STRANGLERS &THERAPY BELFAST ULSTER HALL 06/04/2018   A crammed Belfast Ulster Hall was treated to a night to remember as The Stranglers delivered a jam-packed set on Friday night as part of their definitive tour. With support from local lads Therapy?, revellers were guaranteed to be blown away. As the show got under way, Therapy? raised the tempo as they thrust into “Isolation”. Lead-singer Andy Cairns greeted the Belfast crowd, “We’re Therapy?, and we’re from East Antrim. Are you ready to make some noise!?” before he urged the audience to help celebrate drummer Neil Cooper’s birthday and encouraged him to “drum...

Greta Van Fleet @ St Lukes, Glasgow Apr10

Greta Van Fleet @ St Lukes, Glasgow

  Greta Van Fleet @ St Lukes, Glasgow   It is Easter Sunday, I am in an old church and Greta Van Fleet are giving a sermon…if Carlsberg did bank holiday entertainment this is probably it! Support tonight is The Rolling St…Second Sons, a bunch of lads from London that wear their influences on their sleeve and provide good old Rock,n,Roll tunes. I only found out they were supporting the night before and with very little product out there easy to find I went in almost blind. This is no bad thing as preconceptions can be a horrible thing so I watched and I listened and instantly found a band I loved. Nick Harding on vocals is an...

LIVE REVIEW Testament to mightiness Apr05

LIVE REVIEW Testament to mightiness

LIVE REVIEW Testament to mightiness WITH a lengthy tour coming to a close Testament, Annihilator and Vader were a polished tour package to rival any current shows. And, when they landed in Dublin on Easter Sunday they could have resurrected any messiahs slumbering. It may have been April Fool’s Day, but it was no joke as the mayhem was unleashed at the city’s Vicar Street venue. While Vader may have been only allotted shortly over 30 minutes they took their opportunity, grabbed the audience by the scruff of the neck and threw their deathly might upon the adoring at the front. On the surface Vader’s inclusion could have...

Joe Bonamassa – Brighton Centre Mar20

Joe Bonamassa – Brighton Centre

  From the darkness, a glimpse of a gold-top guitar harnessed on a suited, sunglasses-wearing rock star emerged. Bonamassa did something unusual to start his show. The set began with a number of new tracks from his not-yet-released album that’s due out in September. “King Bee Shakedown”, “Evil Mama”, “Just ‘Cause You Can” and “Self Inflicted Wounds” smashed into the world of heavy southern blues. Gospel backing harmonies flew over trademark blues tones which must have made any long term fan of his salivate to hear more of Joe Bonamassa’s newest accomplishment. The songs sat well with the rest of his material and didn’t feel out of...

Bulletboys @ Bannermans, Edinburgh Mar19

Bulletboys @ Bannermans, Edinburgh

  Bulletboys @ Bannermans, Edinburgh   A lot of things ran through my head on the journey to this gig, 29 years ago I made the same journey, to see the same band for their first ever gig in Scotland…and all that time later they came back. I was more than a little excited. Due to the 2 hour journey I missed most of Budderside’s set, I got there with about two songs from the end but the Bannerman crowd had already accepted them and even with two songs I could tell why. They play an up tempo, in your face, fun slice of Rock,N,Roll. They love what they do and they play up for the crowd and photographers alike. They were a great...

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