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...

Skid Row @ 02 ABC, Glasgow Mar14

Skid Row @ 02 ABC, Glasgow

  Skid Row @ 02 ABC, Glasgow   Well it has taken a while for Skid Row to hit Glasgow and with new singer ZP it was time to see if they lived up to the expectations and the memories from back in the day. Before I go onto days gone past when I actually had hair other than on my face lets come back up to date with the first support band tonight Bad Touch. For me this is the reason I am here, yes I loved Skid Row, yes Toseland are good but hands down Bad Touch rock my world. It is amazing to me that I first saw these boys over three years ago and my first reaction was why the hell are they supporting, followed by and playing a venue...

Metal2TheMasses heats plough on Mar06

Metal2TheMasses heats plough on

BEAST from the East? Is that a Maiden tribute band? Or a phrase coined by a desperate circulation hunting media? Well, Belfast’s pavements were slippery, but that didn’t stop Heat Four of Metal2TheMasses proceeding. Bands from throughout the frozen north made their way to Belfast to entertain the hardy metal fans not distracted by the many other events on across the city. Opening proceedings were Rule of Six. It has been a rare night to see the Limelight2 stage so crowded as when guitarists are packed in front. But, despite some vocal issues, their sci-fi orientated metal had more guitar melodies rolling off the stage than a...

Ministry fury expoused on AmeriKKKant Mar02

Ministry fury expous...

Ministry fury expoused on AmeriKKKant AL Joursengen is one pissed off, angry and fucked off man: a contrarian and an absorber of thoughts and ideas. And, right now he has his sights set on the fucked up state of his home nation – the United Stats of America. ‘AmeriKKant’ may...

Eternal greatness from Magnum in Belfast Mar02

Eternal greatness fr...

Eternal greatness from Magnum in Belfast WHATEVER has happened to Magnum over the past couple of years needs to be added to the water, because when they played Belfast on Thursday, March 1st, they appeared to be a band rejuvenated and rejoicing once again to be on stage. Despite the Beast...

Stone Broken @ G2, Glasgow Mar02

Stone Broken @ G2, Glasgow

  Stone Broken @ G2, Glasgow I was always going to be at this show but when the support bands were announced I felt the rock gods were looking down on me. This three band line up is pretty close to perfect. The Bad Flowers have an underground following that is growing by the day. It was word of mouth that brought them to my attention and so I was really looking forward to this one. My be all and end all for a band in in the live setting. Just like tonight’s headliners I knew they were good on record but it was all about the performance when I finally saw them on stage. I am happy to say just like the first time I saw Stone Broken this...

Butcher Babies @ G2, Glasgow Mar02

Butcher Babies @ G2, Glasgow

Butcher Babies @ G2, Glasgow   Well if you thought “The beast from the East” was to be the biggest impact in Glasgow you were wrong, the Butcher Babies got there first. Before we get to the headliners incredible set lets discuss the support bands with the first up KLOGR. I first found this band three years ago when I reviewed their “Make a Stand” album and man did that impress me. I have waited all this time to see them live so I was ecstatic when they were announced as support. I was front and centre when they came on and even though it was early there was plenty of punters in to watch the spectacle. Frontman Rusty was standing with...

Wildfire Rekindled Feb28

Wildfire Rekindled

  Wildfire Rekindled Dave Ritchie take a bow. The man behind Wildfire festival in Scotland has been showcasing talent for a number of years and tonight he had a four band bill at the brilliant Audio in Glasgow. Four bands, all different but all extremely talented and it made for an amazing evening and a real taster for the main event in June. Tonight is a very unusual event for me. I had not heard the first three bands and rather than diving into facebook pages and youtube I decided it would be good to go in blind and I am glad that I did. I walked into the venue as first band Landslides kicked off and as I heard those electronic...

Dutch death descends on Voodoo as Pestilence lay waste Feb26

Dutch death descends...

Dutch death descends on Voodoo as Pestilence lay waste THE announcement of Pestilence‘s Belfast show created a palpable sense of excitement that was exceeded when the Dutch veterans emerged onto the Voodoo stage on Friday (February 23rd). It was a night of intense technical death metal...

Postmodern Jukebox @ 02 Academy, Glasgow Feb26

Postmodern Jukebox @ 02 Academy, Glasgow

  Postmodern Jukebox @ 02 Academy, Glasgow They say a change is as good as a rest so I decided to go for a very big change. My life revolves around rock,metal and blues but some time ago I came across this lots version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” and it instantly peaked my attention so I dove through all their rock covers and decided then and there this was something I needed to see live. I also love a good burlesque show so I suppose the leap was not too dramatic as it had that type of feel(but not as much flesh). Some of the audience had dressed up and it was a real party atmosphere. The hall was packed which for someone who follows...

Raveneye/Skam/Anchor Lane @ King Tuts, Glasgow Feb26

Raveneye/Skam/Anchor Lane @ King Tuts, Glasgow

  Raveneye/Skam/Anchor Lane @ King Tuts, Glasgow   Where is Gene Simmons when you need him? In fact I wish I could round up every single person who runs down the state of rock and metal in this country and happily hand out a ticket for this show as tonight was immense. Three bands that are forging this new wave of rock at their absolute best. First up were local lads Anchor Lane, a band I know and love and who are now starting to see some well deserved recognition. It is hard to believe I saw these guys for the first time more than two years ago and they blew me away. Each gig since that day( and there has been many) they have...

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