Brian Downey’s Alive and Dangerous @ The Cathouse, Glasgow Oct11

Brian Downey’s Alive and Dangerous @ The Cathouse,...

  Brian Downey’s Alive and Dangerous @ The Cathouse, Glasgow Glasgow holds a special place in it’s heart for Thin Lizzy, From the cities very own Brian Robertson to the immortal moment Phil Lynott walked out onto that huge Glasgow Apollo stage with a Scotland football top and pronounced us champions. Brian Downey was a founder member and one hell of a drummer so all the naysayers can crawl under their rocks as this man has every right to bring forward his own incarnation of the most famous and loved of Irish bands. Before we got to the headliners we had support in Blue Nation and I think the guys will probably admit to having their...

Sons of Apollo @ The Garage, Glasgow Oct11

Sons of Apollo @ The Garage, Glasgow

Sons of Apollo @ The Garage, Glasgow A complete masterclass was served in Glasgow tonight. Like a magnificent buffet it was laid out with five courses named Portney ,Sheehan, Soto, Thal and Sherinian. The venue tonight was littered with Glasgow musicians from all manner of bands, all there to bow at the feet of absolute legends. I was in awe myself as these guys are all from my the book of music that is my past, present and future. All having their own chapters until tonight where they came together like a blockbuster movie. I did manage to see the band in one of their first European shows at Graspop this summer but they were on late, they...

Federal Charm/ The Bad Flowers/ Those Damn Crows Oct11

Federal Charm/ The Bad Flowers/ Those Damn Crows

Federal Charm/ The Bad Flowers/ Those Damn Crows @ Classic Grand, Glasgow What a triple bill of music rolled into Glasgow tonight. Three band that epitomises the resurgent talent throughout the UK. I will open with an honest statement, Those Damn Crows have been getting a lot of press recently and a lot of my friends from down south have been raving about them for some time…especially those from Wales but from the few listens I had I just wasn’t sure. Rather than put the band down I left it to my litmus test which never fails…the live environment. Bands I have loved on record have failed miserably through this but I am happy to...

Kriss Barras Band @ King Tuts, Glasgow Oct07

Kriss Barras Band @ King Tuts, Glasgow

Kriss Barras Band @ King Tuts, Glasgow After a lot of pleading, begging and eventual abuse on social media Kriss and the band have decided to come to Glasgow. I wonder if he thought it was worth it? For me it was certainly worth creating all those fake accounts and flooding him with the requests. The opening act tonight is Edinburgh’s Black Cat Bones. These boys are so good they should be selling out larger venues than this on their own. They are blues with a definite twist and with the voice of Ross Craig the only way they were going was Blues. His raspy tones accompanied by his harmonica and almost sludge sounding guitars and bass make...

Glenn Hughes was Getting Tighter at the Waterfront Hall Oct02

Glenn Hughes was Getting Tighter at the Waterfront...

Gig Review: Glenn Hughes was Getting Tighter at the Waterfront Hall Belfast   On a pleasant but cool evening a steady stream of rockers and metallers of all types and all ages flowed into the Waterfront Hall for a very special evening indeed. Tonight the legendary Glen Hughes was playing, not only that but this was a special event with Glenn playing Deep Purple! An opportunity definitely not to be missed. The tickets were originally standing but on arrival everyone was told it was now seated. This was slightly ominous. A rock gig with everyone seated? It has been done before and many of the iconic greats played to purely seated auditoriums,...

Crazy Cowboy Festival 2. The Face Bar Reading, 22/09/18. Sep28

Crazy Cowboy Festival 2. The Face Bar Reading, 22/...

  Crazy Cowboy Festival 2. The Face Bar Reading, 22/09/18. Welcome to CC Festivals an event put on by the joint partnership STEPH-ALEC, the first one was in Wakefield and a much smaller bill than this was going to be, after the success of No 1 they decided to move it to its new home in Reading and this was going to a biggie! Two stages, no clashes, a food van, and a plethora of bands, many from the N.W.O.C.R. (New Wave of Classic Rock) stable, which is making its name heard all over the country. There were to be two stages: the big one the red room, and the smaller stage the blue room, which henceforth for this review will be called...

Halestorm hits the Telegraph Building with a Force 10 Sep24

Halestorm hits the Telegraph Building with a Force...

 While Storm Ali loses its energy, Halestorm hits the Telegraph Building with a Force 10 While the cold winds blew and the rain pelted down upon old Belfast town, many a rocker sought out the dark shelter of the Telegraph Building on the blustery September evening. But it was not the weather that corralled rockers of all ages into the old cavernous printing building in the first place. It was the landing of a storm of another kind that drew rock addicts to this place. Halestorm were in Belfast tonight! The support act, Jet Fuel Chemistry, came straight onto stage and started blasting into “Flinch”. The full ensemble rocked their hearts out...

Leicester The Musician Robert J Hunter & guests 21/09/18. Sep24

Leicester The Musician Robert J Hunter & gues...

Leicester The Musician Robert J Hunter & guests 21/09/18. Hidden away in a little back street in the heart of Leicester is The Musician, one of the premier music venues which has been presenting home grown and international talent for nearly twenty years, a 200 plus capacity with full disabled access and a great selection of real ales and a nice relaxed friendly atmosphere. Tonight was to be a blues rock night with three bands put on by the lovely Carol of Casbah Music Management and Promotions who is forever providing music all over Leicester week in and week out, first of the night were local boys Chambers, the Findley brothers...

Incubus – Live Review – Ulster Hall – Belfast Sep20

Incubus – Live Review – Ulster Hall – Belfast...

Summer is gone and it’s pissing down as I bomb down the motorway en route to the infamous venue that is The Ulster Hall in Belfast. Why pray tell, well I’m glad you asked. There’s a lil’ old band from Cali-forn-i-a in town called Incubus and they’re ready to rock! In tow Ecca Vandal, a South African born artist who fuses a wealth or worldly influences into an angst ridden, groove laden and hard hitting songs that pack a punch of a heavyweight. At first it seem like a curious combo but as the set grows her hefty weighted rhythms and ballsy swagger prove contagious. You cant take your eyes off the stage as she covers it end to end, thrashing...

Biffy Clyro go Unplugged Sep20

Biffy Clyro go Unplugged

Gig Review: Biffy Clyro go Unplugged in The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Biffy Clyro are no strangers to these shores, in fact they’ve regularly remarked that it’s almost a second home to them. And it usually feels like a sort of homecoming show when they play here. And this time was no different. In the wonderful surroundings of Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, Biffy Clyro were delivering a slightly more intimate affair than their more recent shows here, from headlining shows at Belsonic, The SSE Arena and a support slot with Muse at T Vital. Those shows were full blown, electric, heavy gigs in support of their number one album Ellipsis. This time...

King King @ The Barrowland, Glasgow Sep20

King King @ The Barrowland, Glasgow

King King @ The Barrowland, It has been over a year since King King played in Glasgow. We have lost the beloved 02 ABC in that time, the venue where the band recorded their incredible live album. It is still doubtful this will ever return so the boys have already secured a little slice of history but they want more. Tonight they are support to some band that had a pretty big hit back in the 80s, a band I never really took too so after this set I made my way to another gig in the city…but I do wonder if post brexit Europe will be allowed back! I swear without knowing it if I saw a clip of a live King King show I would be able to tell...

Florence Black @ Broadcast, Glasgow Sep12

Florence Black @ Broadcast, Glasgow

  Florence Black @ Broadcast, Glasgow The bill for this show was perplexing, Florence Black just did not fit with the other bands and as I really did not enjoy the others I have decided tonight is going to be classed as FB first Glasgow headline show…I was only here to see them anyway. Of course they did not headline and that means they did not do a full set but my first taste of Florence Black was incredible. With three top class EPs under their belt I was expecting a lot but man did they blow me away. This band does southern music with a grudge. Picture Florence Black’s best mate was Southern music, and that best mate just...

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