HRH METAL BIRMINGHAM Feb13

HRH METAL BIRMINGHAM

Today finds me in Birmingham,  to cover one day of the inaugural HRH Metal, being held at The O2 Academy just by the city centre.  It’s a cold dank day which actually transfers from the outside in as far as the temperature is concerned.  Once inside The O2, I’m met with high spirits and everyone up for a good time. It’s nearly a pity this didn’t start yesterday,  such is the spirit of the place. For HRHM,  all three rooms have been made available, so we have a main stage of course,  Room 2 called… Room 2. and then the third room subtitled “The Best of Brum,” dedicated to the local bands here....

LIVE REVIEW: Heat One of Metal2TheMasses kicks off the battle for a Bloodstock slot Feb12

LIVE REVIEW: Heat One of Metal2TheMasses kicks off...

LIVE REVIEW: Heat One of Metal2TheMasses kicks off the battle for a Bloodstock slot YOU know when Metal2TheMasses is underway when ‘real’ adults appear in Limelight2. Not, that everyone who normally attends isn’t above the statutory admittance age – it’s just that these are responsible adults. Also known as parents of band members. Seeing these responsible adults gives one a sense of assurance that their offspring’s efforts to learn a new guitar line, drum fill of bass run, not to mention shipping them to rehearsals has been worth the effort to see their sprogs enter into the fray for a cherished spot at...

The Brew/ Albany Down @ Nice ‘N’ Sleazeys Glasgow Feb09

The Brew/ Albany Dow...

  The Brew/ Albany Down @ Nice ‘N’ Sleazeys Glasgow Sometimes us Photographers and reviewers actually get nights off, yes we like to chill out, not stress about getting the perfect shot and having to remember each and every memorable part of a show( this is another way of saying get...

DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN’S TOUR Feb06

DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN’S TOUR

  BIRMINGHAM, UK – MAMA ROUX DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN’S TOUR ‹ › × × Previous Next Flickr Album Gallery Powered By: Weblizar Doyle @ Glasgow,Audio Doyle @ Audio, Glasgow Misfits monster Doyle hits the Uk for his first ever solo tour over here so as you can imagine there was a huge amount of interest and some really annoying fans. Before we got to the legend himself we had Manchester based band The Dead X111 and boy did they put in a storming set. I have caught this band live a few times in this city and they never fail to provide anything less than a top class show. The boys are doing the full UK tour so if you get...

Glenn Hughes/ Stone Broken @ The Garage Glasgow Jan29

Glenn Hughes/ Stone Broken @ The Garage Glasgow

Glenn Hughes/ Stone Broken @ The Garage Glasgow It is a huge night in Glasgow for gigs, there are 4 top class acts playing with probably the biggest the farewell from Black Sabbath. That was always going to hit numbers tonight especially as this was the rescheduled gig from last year. Tonight was a matter of allegiances for me, I have done many Sabbath gigs and I was one of those idiots who went to the last farewell tour. No, this was an easy choice, Glenn always performs at the top of his game and with a support as good as Stone Broken there was no question where I would end up. Are there still people out there who do not know how fucking...

Nashville Pussy The Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes Jan28

Nashville Pussy The Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes

So tonight I’m photographing at The Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes. Is actually a decent sized pub quite a few punters in already so looks as though the gig is going to be quite substantial? I’m really looking forward to tonight. First up we have Long John and The Killer Blues Collective, followed by followed by Desert Storm, and ending the night in from The US, the headliner act, the aptly named Nashville Pussy who I’m really quite looking forward to hearing. It’s my first night down at Crauford arms and it looks as though it might become a regular as I have such a good lineup including the Lioness Amy Winehouse...

Cerebral scar gig at the king billy rock bar in Northampton Jan28

Cerebral scar gig at the king billy rock bar in No...

Cerebral scar gig at the king billy rock bar in Northampton. This is the busiest I’ve seen the king billy, and Friday night, end of the month, it should be. On the bill tonight, a launch party for Northampton band Cerebral Scar, who are joined by Haema and Iron Grave. The lighting in The King Billy is challenging, and the stage is tucked away into a corner. Indeed this is the second time I’ve photographed here. The rumours of a new improved stage and lighting are yet to come to fruition. That said, the following here is loyal and the punters really enjoy this venue where many perform, so I fiddle around with the camera settings,...

Joanne Shaw Taylor/ Broken Witt Rebels @ 02 ABC Glasgow Jan27

Joanne Shaw Taylor/ Broken Witt Rebels @ 02 ABC Gl...

  Joanne Shaw Taylor/ Broken Witt Rebels @ 02 ABC Glasgow The Joanne Shaw Taylor bandwagon rolls into Glasgow. The woman is finally getting the attention she deserves as the venue this year is much bigger, the crowd much rowdier and the place is packed for what was to be an amazing set by both bands. After missing them numerous times last year I finally got to see the Broken Witt Rebels take to a stage and ignite an audience. After their set that night I swore I would not miss them again in this city and so I was there front and centre and glad that there was not much time between gigs. This band stands out in a pot of talent that is...

GLENN HUGHES / STONE BROKEN Jan23

GLENN HUGHES / STONE BROKEN

  GLENN HUGHES / STONE BROKEN   Live at London Islington Assembly Hall 21.01.17     Glenn H ‹ › × × Previous Next Flickr Album Gallery Powered By:...

Single By Sunday/ Miami Monroe/ Altered Sky @ 02 ABC Glasgow Jan20

Single By Sunday/ Miami Monroe/ Altered Sky @ 02 A...

  Single By Sunday/ Miami Monroe/ Altered Sky @ 02 ABC Glasgow Well it is first gig of the year time and if you like your Pop/Punk there is no better place to be than Glasgow. This is a showcase for Scottish bands all on the one stage and it drew in old and young alike. First up were Altered Sky who finished the year off in style with an amazing headliner set at the nearby Garage. It Was a fitting end to a brilliant year for the band who are turning heads and finally getting some breaks. The band brought a huge number of their own fans tonight who just wanted to see them irrespective of the length of their set being third from last on....

Silver Dust – Homecoming at Le Royal, Tavannes CH Jan20

Silver Dust – Homecoming at Le Royal, Tavannes CH...

  Silver Dust – Homecoming at Le Royal, Tavannes CH This was the first time I had seen the full show from Silver Dust with complete theatrics – as it was cut down so much for the European tour with Lordi – so it seems only fitting to go to their home country of Switzerland to see the whole she-bang. And it could not have been more perfect. During the tour with Lordi, Silver Dust immediately caught my attention – along with many other peoples’ attention too. Even with their abridged theatrical show, they were still able to blow the doors and roofs off of each venue they attended in the UK, every show I was present at. The...

Geoff Tate Acoustic @ The Cathouse Glasgow Jan13

Geoff Tate Acoustic @ The Cathouse Glasgow

  Geoff Tate Acoustic @ The Cathouse Glasgow At the tail end of 2016 as everyone was frantically purchasing tickets for all the big shows this year I was impatiently pacing back and forth waiting for this gig. The moment it was announced it was in my diary as sometimes you just know how good a show you are going to get. On the night things were running a bit behind schedule and although this gave punters a chance to hear the sound check it unfortunately dug into the time allocated to support The Mark Daly Band. This was a real shame as the band played out of their skin with their rocked up Country/ Indie acoustic sounds. For a band...

Penrose supported Aslan in the first of their 3 sold out shows in Vicar Street on the 27th December. Jan02

Penrose supported Aslan in the first of their 3 so...

  Popular Irish Indie band,Penrose supported Aslan in the first of their 3 sold out shows in Vicar Street on the 27th December. 2016 has been a good year for Penrose,with a Festival performance at Sea Sessions in Donegal,2 Tours in the UK,and to round off the year nicely,supporting Irish giants,Aslan at one of their sold-out Vicar Street gigs. Definetely ones to watch for 2017. When Penrose arrived on stage ,Vicar Street was already filling up. Aslan’s die-hard fanbase weren’t about to miss out on anything. Penrose didn’t disappoint.Even though lead singer,Darragh Mc Crane was suffering from a sore throat.it didn’t show,and the lads...

Lords of Black at the Cathouse, Glasgow Dec19

Lords of Black at the Cathouse, Glasgow

8th December 2016. Pint sized Ronnie Romero played his first ever show in Glasgow to a smaller than expected crowd. Glasgow music fans were spoiled for choice on this particular night as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers were playing The Hydro , The Temperance Movement at the Oran Moor and a couple of small gigs close by. Local lads Mason Hill opened up the night’s entertainment, followed by Worcestershire lads -Fury. Both support bands had their share of fans there. The crowd took a bit of time warming up to The Lords of Black., who started the set with ‘Merciless’ from their second album – Lords of Black 2. The band have been around since 2014...

CLUTCH / VALIENT THORR – The Roundhouse, Camden 15.12.16 Dec18

CLUTCH / VALIENT THORR – The Roundhouse, Cam...

CLUTCH / VALIENT THORR – The Roundhouse, Camden 15.12.16 Kahmel Farahani  Review So as we come to the last few gigs of 2016, it’s with much excitement and almost no fanfare that Clutch roll back into London town. Arriving fairly early (and sadly after early support act Lionize has finished) to a well filled Roundhouse I peruse the merch stand before taking up position against a pillar with a good view. The night’s main openers Valient Thorr kick off with a bang. Imagine early Motorhead or The Damned playing a 70s Hells Angels rally & you would be about right ( they even dedicate a song to Lemmy mid-way through their...