Following over a decade apart, Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis reunited under the L.A. Guns’ (Video Of The Day) banner and in October 2017 released one of the most praised albums in their catalogue with ‘The Missing Peace’. Landing on many international charts, the band’s fans evidently agreed with the critical consensus. A well received European tour that also displayed their rediscovered energy and enthusiasm resulted in the recent live album ‘Made In Milan’. The band return to the UK starting tonight at London's O2 Academy Islington for eight dates with special guests Jared James Nichols and Stone Trigger, who will be supporting at all non-festival shows.
Cool Britannia Kicks Off Today 31/8/18
Celebrated actor Phil Daniels (pictured) is best known for his role in Quadrophenia, EastEnders and in Blur’s 'Parklife' song and he will be performing at the premier of Britpop Classical, the opening act tomorrow at the brand new Cool Britannia Festival, which begins today at Knebworth – the stately home of Rock. Britpop Classical features some of the country’s best session musicians together with an amazing horns section and orchestra, all backing a spectacular array of vocalists including The Farm’s Peter Hooton performing 'All Together Now', Saffron from Republica with 'Ready To Go', Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory covering Pulp’s 'Common People' and Daniels, of course, will close the set with Blur’s 'Parklife'. The Main Stage will be headlined tomorrow by Happy Mondays and on Sunday by Ocean Colour Scene. Other bands featured at the festival will be Feeder, Razorlight, Embrace, The Lightning Seeds, Peter Hook & The Light, Cast, Heather Small, Dodgy, Space, Toploader and The South.
Beyond The Blues Club Horizon 31/8/18
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns today with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from Sari Schorr, The Weight Band, Frank Bey, Cash Box Kings, The Jeremiah Johnson Band, Southern Avenue, Boz Scaggs, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Bruce Katz, Tape Five, Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue, DC Blues, The Blues Spiders, The Achievers, Whitney Shay, Saverio Maccne, Sister Suzie, Eric Lindell, Léo Uoya, Brigitte Rios Purdy, Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo (pictured), Steve West Weston, Tower of Power, Brooks Williams, Nick Steed Five, Brenda Boykin, Trampled Under Foot, Tom Hambridge, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Johnny and the Headhunters, Midnite Johnny Band, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Sharp Objects 30/8/18
It was great to hear that one of John Verity's tracks was used in the HBO series 'Sharp Objects' - recently shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK. The series, featuring Amy Adams in the lead part was an instant success and the inclusion of JV's version of 'I'd Rather Go Blind' (today's Video Of The Day) was featured in Episode 2 and is taken from the 'It's A Mean Old Scene' album originally released back in 2012. The track is also to be included in a CBS Records album featuring music from 'Sharp Objects'. Following the release of JV's latest album 'Blue To My Soul' towards the end of last year, JV is always on the road, with his next stop this Sunday 2nd September at the Leeds Bradford Guitar Show on the ScottDixon stand (10am 'til 4pm) and then later at Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre at 8pm.
Prime For Action 30/8/18
Album title of the year, anyone? Helion Prime (Track Of The Day) and their mascot - the mighty Saibot - return with their sophomore effort ‘Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster’ tomorrow. The album consists of nine brand new tracks - with the seventeen minute monster title song marking a stunning finale. The Sacramento (California) based Power Metal band’s new piece of work was mixed and mastered at LSD studio by Lasse Lammert (known for his work with bands like Alestorm and Gloryhammer). Helion Prime continues their theme of blending science fiction with science fact. This album will mark the first time the full band line up is joined together on a release. This also marks the debut of Sozos Michael on vocals with Jason Ashcraft (rhythm guitar), Chad Anderson (lead guitar), Jeremy Steinhouse (bass guitar) and Alex Bosson (drums). The cover art was once again done by Marc Whisnant, who was already responsible for the artwork of the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released via Divebomb Records in early 2016 before AFM Records signed the band to a worldwide deal and re-issued 'Helion Prime' almost exactly a year after its initial release. The press hailed the album as a breath of fresh air in the Power Metal scene and called it one of the most innovative Power Metal records in a long time.
Gary Grainger Added To Durham/Cleethorpes Blues 30/8/18
Gary Grainger is the latest addition to next year's Durham and Cleethorpes Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festivals that take place on Saturday 15th June and Sunday 16th June respectively. With Mungo Jerry and the Connor Selby Band already on the bill, many people know Gary as the British Blues Award winning host of The Blues Show on BishopFM. But Gary’s interest in Blues goes back a long way, influenced by radio shows of Alexis Korner & Mike Raven. Gary’s current acoustic set includes a mixture of traditional & modern Blues tunes and also includes songs not so much from left field, rather from the West Coast – of the USA. Gary features songs by bands such as Little Feat, Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers - & ZZ Top!
Whitby & Clitheroe Stage Times 29/8/18
The festival season rolls on, with the announcement of the official running times for this year's Whitby and Clitheroe Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festivals that take place on Saturday 13th October and Sunday 14th October respectively. With doors opening at 1.30pm, Southbound kick off proceedings at 2pm, followed by Catfish at 3.10pm, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion at 4.25pm, Stevie Nimmo Trio at 5.40pm, Chantel McGregor at 7pm and Corky Laing at 8.30pm.
Leap Of Faith 29/8/18
It's been a long time since we brought you news from our mates Walkway. Well at the end of last month they released the official lyric video for 'Leap Of Faith', which was created and edited by Lee Waters and is today's Video Of The Day. The track was written by Chris Ready, James Ready and Ross Griggs, and is taken from their last album 'WWIII'. Alternatively, if you want to catch the guys in the flesh, so to speak, they are headlining The Oddfellows Pakefield Real Ale Festival this Sunday 2nd September at 4pm.
Ladies On The Radio 29/8/18
This week's Blues On The Radio Podcast Track Of The Day is devoted to female vocalists. So enjoy music today from Kyla Brox (pictured), Katie Bradley, Rebecca Downes, Broken Levee & Lindsay Hannon, Sari Schorr, Laura Holland, Aretha Franklin, Connie Lush, Elles Bailey, Ruby & The Revelators, Yoka & The SugarBeats and Lisa Mann.
Suck It And See 28/8/18
With the Supersucker odometer clicking on three decades this very year, the self-proclaimed ‘Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World’ is marking the occasion with a loud, resounding ‘Suck It’ due to be released on Friday 21st September on Steamhammer/SPV. Off the blocks, this 12th studio album from the band showcases a ruthless, get-it-done trio that sounds rebuilt from Motorhead parts, with singer-bassist Eddie Spaghetti transmuting Lemmy’s mojo, which he and core Suckers Marty Chandler (guitar) and drummer Chris Von Streicher (drums) recorded early this year at Bismeaux Studio in Austin, Texas, cutting all ten tracks in four days. Supersuckers are set to bring their 30th anniversary tour, playing songs from ‘Suck It’, some country faves, plus two of their Sub Pop records in their entirety, to the UK in November, including London's Oslo on Friday 16th.
Dream Child 28/8/18
On Friday 14th September Frontiers Music Srl will release an album following the formation of a brand new band featuring legends of the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal scene. Dream Child boasts the amazing line-up of Craig Goldy: guitars (ex-Dio, Giuffria), Wayne Findlay: guitars and keyboards (ex-Michael Schenker Group), Simon Wright: drums (ex-AC/DC, Dio, Operation: Mindcrime), Rudy Sarzo: bass (ex-Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Dio) and Diego Valdez: vocals (Helker) - so why not check out today's Video Of The Day!
One Swallow Makes A Summer 28/8/18
Russell Swallow is one of those lucky pre-Brexit kids who has spent the last two years living between London and Berlin. As a result his sound is a refreshing synthesis of the classic British singer-songwriter tradition with ambient Berlin soundscapes. He uses confessional lyrics and allegorical storytelling to create songs that range from hushed, prayer-like confessionals to soaring, Indie epics. Inspired by the likes of Bon Iver, Jack Savoretti, James Bay, Ray Lamontagne and Jeff Buckley, he taught himself to write songs by blending his passion for poetry and short stories with his newfound love of Indie-driven sounds. Swallow's stunning new EP 'My Lover, Her Lover And Me' blends Folk, Electronica and Soul, so not only check out today's Track Of The Day but also his gig at The Finsbury in London next Tuesday 4th September.
'Anytime You Need Me' CD Review 27/8/18
"The music itself is top quality from the start and I’m sure everyone may pick different tracks as their own personal favourites; the guitar solos usually choose mine for me, so ‘Found Out The Hard Way’ probably edges the vote, although the closing pair of ‘Let Me Be’ and ‘Holding On’ (the latter apparently influenced by Hendrix’s ‘Manic Depression’) run it mighty close."
Today read Gary Smith's complete take here on Ben Poole's new CD 'Anytime You Need Me' (Video Of The Day), due to be released on Friday 14th September.
The Unity Rise 27/8/18
The Unity, the superb Melodic Power Metal band formed by Gamma Ray members Michael Ehré (drums) and Henjo Richter (guitar), are set to release their storming second album, ‘Rise’, on Steamhammer/SPV on Friday 14th September. ‘Rise’ is an even more accomplished offering than the band’s self-titled debut album, which garnered glowing reviews throughout Europe on release in Spring 2017, and led to Unity being nominated ‘Newcomer Of The Year’ in Germany’s leading Metal Hammer and Rock Hard magazines. All fired up, the band subsequently embarked on tours with Edguy and Sinner and wowed the crowds with their dynamic performances on the main stages of renowned festivals such as Bang Your Head, Metalfest and the Winter Masters Of Rock.
Internationally Blue 27/8/18
Today's Black On Blues Podcast Track Of The Day is an international playlist featuring Matt Waltlake (England), Yury Apsy (Brazil), The Blues Bones (Belgium), Sugar Blue (USA), Riot And The Blues Devils (Canada), Hardchargers (Northern Ireland) and Dan Patlansky (pictured from South Africa).
Graham Bonnet/Doomsday Outlaw Review 26/8/18
"Another fine track from 'The Book' album, 'Into The Night', punched good weight! Then we got a Kurt James guitar solo where he was allowed to indulge in some clever fret noodling, including the Hendrix trick of playing the guitar behind one’s head and with one’s teeth, before 'Long Island Tea', the first and only song to be aired from the new album, ‘Meanwhile, Back In The Garage’. It is a good track, but the album has several better songs on it, some tasty keys from Waldo though. The epic and enthralling Michael Schenker Group track ‘Assault Attack’, from the 'Assault Attack' album, rattled on like a steam train!"
Today read the whole of Steven C. Gilbert's The Graham Bonnet Band and Doomsday Outlaw Underworld review from Wednesday night here, plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Vodun Ascends 26/8/18
'Ascend' is the second album by the glorious UK afro-inspired and insurrectionary Heavy Power-Rock trio Vodun, due to be released on Friday 7th September by New Heavy Sounds. It's ten slabs of ground-flattening, groove-inflected, righteous, soulful and spiritual revolution Rock and mystic heaviness, driven by the afro-inspired dervish drums of Zel Kaute (interpreting the spirits of Ogoun), the roaring, fierce chromium guitars of Linz Hamilton (The Marassa) and fronted by the fire-breathing howl of frontwoman Chantal Brown (formally of Invasion, Chrome Hoof and Do Me Bad Things), delivering you the truth of generations with a drive and focus that can’t be matched. Check out today's Video Of The Day for their new single 'Spirits Past'.
She Makes War 26/8/18
Bristol based multi-instrumentalist producer and visual artist She Makes War has released her new single ‘Devastate Me’ (today's Track Of The Day) taken from her upcoming album 'Brace For Impact', the follow up to 2016’s acclaimed 'Direction Of Travel', which is due to be released on Friday 28th September. A blend of raucous guitar and infectious vocals, ‘Devastate Me’ is an unrestrained commentary on the impact of our collective online presence on our lives, from stalker exes to the hysterical screeching of Twitter. Simultaneously scintillating and scathing, the track is an infectious dose of Punk-infused Pop with a conscious message. She Makes War will be heading out on a headline tour this October including London's Sebright Arms on Friday 26th October.
Taking In The RiZE 25/8/18
"After Bastille I had an impossible dilemma: two bands I wanted to see were performing at the same time. The Stereophonics started first, so I made my way to the Main Stage for a set of the band’s classic hits, delivered with enthusiastic aplomb. After 25 years of touring and numerous chart successes, the Stereophonics need no introduction. Kelly Jones’ voice adds horsepower and heft to newer material, but there is a distinct upturn in energy when the band reprise their earlier hits. Their set occasionally veers into arena-Rock routine but, overall, there is a serious vibe and little sense of self-indulgence. However, after a rousing performance of ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, complete with almost continuous audience participation, I dragged myself away to ensure I caught the end of the Years and Years set on the Second Stage, thereby apparently missing an impressive medley of covers that included ‘Handbags & Gladbags’ and ‘Highway to Hell’."
Today read Big Ian's complete take on last Saturday's RiZE Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, here, plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Stonedeaf Today 25/8/18
The big day has finally arrived! Yes - Stonedeaf Festival is a new festival organised and promoted entirely by fans, which seeks to recapture the spirit of the original one-day Monsters of Rock festival, which takes place at Newark Showground today. Headlining are Skid Row, supported by The Quireboys, The Graham Bonnet Band, Anvil, Massive Wagons, Hand of Dimes, Chrome Molly (Video Of The Day) and Fallen Mafia, with DJ hellhound spinning the discs between the bands. For last minute ticket information go here.
Enuff Z'Nuff 25/8/18
Enuff Z’nuff are the living, breathing example of what a Rock ‘n Roll group should be. Now centered around bass player and vocalist Chip Z’nuff, Enuff Z’nuff are still alive and kicking with a legion of loyal fans, who can’t get enough of the band’s power Pop melded with Hard Rock stylings. In addition to Chip Z’nuff, the band features longtime guitarist Tory Stoffregen, ex-Ultravox singer/guitarist Tony Fennell, and Chicago native Daniel Benjamin Hill on drums. Enuff Z’nuff continues to tour and record relentlessly and their recently released album 'Diamond Boy' (see today's Track Of The Day) shows once again what a truly gifted hard/power Pop act they are. With no shortage of hooks and awesome songs, 'Diamond Boy' is another gem in Enuff Z’Nuff’s crown!
Underworld Photo Gallery 24/8/18
With our review to come, today check out our Graham Bonnet Band and Doomsday Outlaw (pictured) Photo Gallery here taken at Camden's Underworld on Wednesday night. Unfortunately we missed what we were told was a great set from West Midlands Hard Rockers Gin Annie (sorry guys) before Planet Rock DJ and MC for the gig, Paul Anthony, introduced Doomsday Outlaw, who effectively blew the bloody Underworld doors of with their coupling huge riffs and killer grooves with soaring, soulful vocals - their Hard Rockin' set drawing on their recently released album, 'Hard Times’. No hard times on the night though, as The Graham Bonnet Band picked up the Rock baton as we jumped on Bonnet's Rock rollercoaster and took in the present, including his new album 'Back In The Garage' and of course, the past, as we stopped off to pay our respects to Rainbow and The Michael Schenker Group. All in all, one classic gig.
TGBR&BF Kicks Off Today! 24/8/18
The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival starts today over the next three days in Colne, Lancashire. This is the events’ 29th year, and the second year in which Colne Town Council have organised and managed the event. The festival takes place in numerous town centre venues (from 750 to 50 capacity), Colne & Nelson Rugby Club (which also doubles-up as the festival campsite), plus many more restaurants and bars. This beautiful town is an ideal location for an event of this kind, with one long ‘main’ street (closed to traffic) which hosts on-street entertainment, busking, incredible food stalls, bars and more. Each music venue is within easy reach of the main street, making this a one-of- a-kind and much-loved festival for people of the local area. One of the 130 acts taking part are Big Wolf Band (today's Video Of The Day) who are not only performing twice on Saturday but are also playing the Congleton Jazz & Blues Festival on Sunday!
Focus On The Blues 24/8/18
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns today with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks and much more. Music this week includes tracks from The Weight Band, Damon Fowler, Billy F Gibbons, Frank Bey, Roxy Roca, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Jimmy Regal And The Royals, Ben Poole, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Bad Touch, Brooks Williams. Bruce Katz, Orphan Jon and The Abandoned, Focus (pictured), Graham Parker. Reloaded Norway, Brent Jones, The Jeremiah Johnson Band, Beth Hart, Sari Schorr, Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective, Boz Scaggs, Michele D'Amour And The Love Dealers, Travis Bowlin, Marcus Lazarus Band, Stone The Crows, Anthony Geraci, Frankie Miller, The Wolves, Lawrence Lebo, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Hard Times 23/8/18
We finally and literally got to see Doomsday Outlaw (Video Of The Day) at The Underworld in Camden last night - a ten-legged Hard Rock, Blues tinged juggernaut based in darkest Derbyshire. As expected, they didn't disappoint, coupling huge riffs and killer grooves with soaring, soulful vocals, their Hard Rockin' set drawing on their recently released album, 'Hard Times’. The bonus of course was that they were supporting The Graham Bonnet Band, who similarly had released last month their new album 'Back In The Garage' via Frontiers - the spine of their set reflecting the fact that Bonnet (pictured) has also been there and done it with Rainbow and The Michael Schenker Group. Watch out for a review plus a Photo Gallery shortly.
Yo - Oh It's Geno Time 23/8/18
Ultimate 60's Soul and Blues man, Geno Washington (Track Of The Day) is gracing The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW13SZ tonight with his Yo Yo Blues Band. A contemporary of Georgie Fame, The Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix (all of whom were his support acts back in the day), Geno is as electrifying today as ever, a force of nature and a genuine joy to behold. Geno's life long love of Blues and R&B has led to yet another chapter in his illustrious career with the formation of "Geno and the Yo Yo's” which features the long standing rhythm section of the Ram Jam Band (Geoff Hemsley on drums, Steve Bingham on bass and Stuart Dixon on guitar) which is a hard- hitting, fast-moving show of R&B/Blues/Soul classics that has audiences on their feet from start to finish and is receiving rave reviews wherever they play. Supporting Geno is guitarist/vocalist Peter Hammerton (formerly with 60's band The Others. Doors open at 8.15pm and the music starts at 8.45pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Bang Bang Nambucca Tonight 23/8/18
Hotly tipped Alt-Rock trio Bang Bang Romeo are supporting Electric Six at London’s Nambucca tonight. They recently released the video to their breakthrough new single ‘Shame On You’ through their Five Seven Music branch - the next tantalising taste of their highly anticipated debut album, coming October 2018. The release comes after the band’s triumphant performance at the Isle Of Wight festival where they opened the main stage to the event’s biggest ever audience for an opening act. This Summer they have already performed at both the Tramlines and Kendal Calling festivals and are also playing the Victorious Festival's Second Stage this Sunday 26th August.
Doomsday Tonight 22/8/18
"The good news was that we bumped into our mate Gary Levermore from Frontiers in the Good Mixer - the bad news being that we could not count their ten legs as it was packed out and we had to settle to listening to their set from afar! To be fair, coupling huge riffs and killer grooves with soaring, soulful vocals, Doomsday Outlaw duly delivered their distinctive sound to the Hard Rock faithful present - either side of the bar - drawing on 'Hard Times’, their new album released last month - including 'Fallback' which is also on that sampler." That was part of our Camden Rocks review back in June and all roads lead back to Camden tonight and The Underworld where Doomsday Outlaw are supporting The Graham Bonnet Band.
Right 7ouch 22/8/18
From Athens to London, emerging Rock outfit 7he 7ouch are set to release their debut EP 'Seventyseven' on Monday 29th October. Their single ‘Solution’ is today's Video Of The Day and is the first track taken from the EP. Racing with energy and unmissable hooks, the track holds a deeper message, inspired by the political turmoil affecting us across the globe and the extreme ideologies people have on how to deal with the issues. After leaving their home in the midst of the financial crisis to pursue their dreams in London, 7he 7ouch underwent months of hardship as they found their feet in the city, which has ultimately played a major role in defining their hard hitting, alternative Rock sound. The band, formed of Constantine (vocals), Stelios (guitar), John (lead guitar), Anthony (bass) and Dave (drums), recorded 'Seventyseven' between studios in Athens and London which consists of six explosive tracks, written and performed from their hearts.
Ramblin' On 22/8/18
Today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day is a Ramblin' Man Fair Special with legendary WRC photographer John Bull where JB talks with hosts Bob & Jules about the bands, music and photography from this year's festival at the end of June/beginning of July. There's also features on bands from all the stages, so expect some great Rock, some stonking Blues and Outlaw Country music from new and established bands.
Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo CD Review 21/8/18
"The tempo and mood step up and swing out with the energising and optimistic next track ‘I Can Fix It’ which, as the title suggests, rejoices how anything is possible if you have the right attitude. A favourite and timeless song familiar to most is the classic (‘I Don’t Know Why I Love You) But I Do’, originally produced by Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry in 1961, which uses a great guitar and saxophone duet to respectfully take you back in time and raise your mood."
Today read Di Foxy's complete take on Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo's new CD 'Beyond The Blue Horizon' here due to be released on Friday 7th September.