Lynyrd Skynyrd brought its Last Of The Street Survivors Tour to a very hot Wembley Arena in London last night with great support from Status Quo and Massive Wagons. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are currently saying farewell to fans across Europe and the U.K. with a nine-city trek, armed with a catalogue of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American Rock anthems, 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Freebird'. Indeed it was an honour to witness the last throes of a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations, carrying a steely mantle forged in the sweaty confines of the Hell House in Jacksonville decades earlier. Anyway, with a Photo Gallery to come, check out today's Video Of The Day.
Savoy Brown CD Review 30/6/19
"Track six, ‘Neighborhood Blues’ starts slower, before increasing the pace, and the following ‘Selfish World’, a classic slow Blues, is the album’s standout song for me, partly because it is so different from the others. The return to up tempo for the final few tracks culminates in ‘Ain’t Gonna Worry’, which has the sort of boogie rhythm which would have made John Lee Hooker smile."
Read the whole of Gary Smith's Savoy Brown 'City Night' CD review here which was released earlier this month, plus check out today's Track Of Of The Day.
Don Broco Community 30/6/19
Don Broco begin their run of UK festival dates at London's Community Festival today with Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Truck Festival to come at the end of next month. They recently released their latest single, ‘Half Man Half God’, the video of which features footage from their phenomenal show at Wembley Arena earlier this year, with the band’s infamous cowboy captured in a darkly lit, ominous room before he launches into the crowd, laughing maniacally amid euphoric chaos. The video comes fresh off the back of their recent US tour with Dance Gavin Dance, which saw them play a huge string of dates across North America throughout March, April and May. Now the band have announced their first ever US headline tour and sees them returning in September for string of 24 dates.
Last Of The Street Survivors 29/6/19
"One word describes this gig - phenomenal! Enough said. Was it nearly the same show as three years ago? Yes but who cares.... Will I get the chance to hear them play again and yell out "Freebird" one more time?.. Who knows?.. If I don't as I probably won't.. then this was the perfect goodbye... God bless 'em. The Skynyrd legacy lives on!!" That was part of our take on Lynyrd Skynyrd the last time we saw them at Hammersmith Apollo (pictured) just over four years ago and tonight they return to London as part of their official farewell tour at Wembley Arena supported by Status Quo.
Hank Marvin Gold 29/6/19
Guitar legend Hank Marvin's album 'Gold', released yesterday, focuses on his solo career, from his eponymous 1969 debut album through to his most recent Top-Ten hit 'Without A Word' in 2017. Hank is joined on this collection by guest appearances from Cliff Richard, Brian May and Duane Eddy, and he duets with Mark Knopfler on re-recordings of two of the classic hits Hank made famous with his group The Shadows. Marvin may have been a Shadow for more than three decades but today he stands under his own spotlight having recorded a sustained series of solo albums. His metallic echoed picking on a red Fender Stratocaster - with generous employment of tremolo arm - is often regarded as the sound that inspired numerous guitar heroes. More than sixty years on from when he started, Hank B. Marvin (Today's Track Of The Day) is assured his place in British music history.
Barleylands Blues Situation 29/6/19
At 2pm today, Blues Situation (Video Of The Day) take to the stage at another Blues At Barleylands, Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UF. Blues Situation is a four man premier electronic Blues band from the East Anglia Delta. First formed in 1990 after Luke Arnold's (vocals/harp/guitar) return from New Orleans, they then disbanded in 1995 in Holland. The band was resurrected in 2011 by Luke along with former Mean Red Spiders and Groove Doctors drummer John Butters, with Kelvin Hill on bass and Mark Stuart on guitar, both former members of Built For Comfort. After recording the band's first album - 'Wonderful World' - Craig Fillbrook became the band's permanent guitarist at the end of 2012.
Schattenmann's Epidemie 28/6/19
Last year Schattenmann took the Gothic scene by assault and within two years, singer Frank Herzig had raised the future of Neue Deutsche Härte together with his band mates Luke Shook (bass), Jan Suk (guitars) and Nils Kinzig (drums). Together, they brought the slightly outdated genre, invented by groups like Rammstein and Oomph!!! back to life, and with support tournees with bands like Megahzer, Hamatom and Unzucht, they had everyone talking. With their new album 'Epidemie', due to be released next Friday 5th July, they go further and present an exciting mix out of the harsh heaviness of NDH, featured by brachial Metal riffs and danceable, easy-going hook lines.
Hannah To Release Eponymous Third Album 28/6/19
South Carolinian-born Hannah Wicklund will release her third album 'Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones' on Strawberry Moon Records on Friday 13th September. The album was produced by Sadler Vaden, guitarist for Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and received rave reviews when it was released in the US last year. The album dovetails her nationwide UK Roadstars tour with Piston and Gorilla Riot in October, which stops off at London's Islington O2 Academy 2 on Friday 11th. The 10-track self-released album was recorded in Nashville, and is a fresh take on Wicklund's musical influences drawn from 60's, 70's and 80's guitar-driven Rock. Indeed, her music stands on a bedrock of razor-edged, old-school Rock ’n’ Roll reanimated by a new generation’s urgency, as testified by today's Video Of The Day, the latest single 'Shadowbowboxes and Porcelain Faces', which showcases the emotional toll the darkness of our digital lives takes.
Blues Club Mojo 28/6/19
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK IBBA Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week comes from The Mojo Preachers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bob Corritore, Big Wolf Band & Zoe Green, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Cash Box Kings, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Keb' Mo', The Who, Kelly's Lot, Connor Selby, Anthony Geraci, Grady Champion, Matt Andersen (pictured), Mighty Mike Schermer, The Beatles, Cara Being Blue, Susan Angeletti Band, Bill Morganfield, Shinbone Star, Jack J Hutchinson, Humble Pie, Sugaray Rayford, The Texas Horns, J.P. Reali and more.
Vote For Final Slot On Rising Stage 27/6/19
There's still time to choose here the final band for Ramblin' Man Fair's Rising Stage. The festival is fast approaching and will be taking place over the weekend of 19th-21st July at Mote Park in Maidstone. The runners and riders include Trident Waters, Stonewire, Piston (today's Track Of The Day), Gallows Circus and Karobela (previously Flawless Carbon, pictured and today's Video Of The Day, who we saw supporting Bernie Marsden at London's 100 Club in January last year. So ramble on over and get voting!
Tribute To Memphis Slim 27/6/19
Tonight's Tribute To Memphis Slim at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ, is a unique thumbs up to one of the Blues giants by Peter Chatman, the son of Memphis Slim, which has also been performed at London's Royal Albert Hall. The band features Eric Ranzoni (pictured) who also plays keys with Mud Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters), plus Pete Pritchard on bass, who has played with, among others, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alvin Lee and Elvis Presley's original guitarist, Scotty Moore. On guitar is Mal Barclay of The Cadillac Kinks, and on drums, George Hart. Doors open at 8.15pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Water Rats Chantel Tonight 27/6/19
"Between songs Chantel is bubbly and chatty, even during some of the songs, she is having fun and laughing with the band, but when the need arises and it’s time for the solo, she’s all business, the eyes are closed, head tilted and clearly loses herself completely in the music, letting it flow through her like only the greats can do." That was part of our take on Chantel McGregor at BluesRockFest almost nearly four years ago, and Chantel is back on the road again with her UK tour which takes in among other venues, Ramblin' Man Fair on Sunday 21st July, London's Under The Bridge supporting Focus on Friday 25th October plus an acoustic set at London's Water Rats tonight.
I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City 26/6/19
The album, 'This Is The Town: A Tribute to Nilsson (Volume 2)', released last week on Royal Potato Family, celebrates the songs of the legendary Harry Nilsson with performances by Cheap Trick, Martha Wainwright, Lauren Ruth Ward and more. The fourteen kindred spirits of Nilsson assembled on the collection are as stellar as they are varied in their art, each underscoring different facets of his songwriting. A follow up to the initial 'This Is The Town' tribute released in 2014, the attention to detail within the fourteen new recordings plus the obvious love for the man who penned them by the artists assembled, exemplifies the timelessness of Nilsson's songs, laying before the listener a roadmap of the many directions to be discovered in the songs of one of Pop's most exquisite artists.
Highway To Hell 26/6/19
HRH’s very own Rock Factor, Highway to Hell, is back with its tenth cycle at The O2 Academy in Sheffield on Friday 30th August! The stage is set for the national competition which has engaged up and coming talent, putting them on the big stage and seeing their record sales grow worldwide. They started with hundreds of prospects which have been voted down to a final eight who will perform in front of a packed crowd in Sheffield who will vote in the winner. The runners and riders include 3Sixty (Video Of The Day) who we introduced you to last year, plus Bad Pollyanna, Delusional Silence, King Kraken, Quiet The Thief, Steal the City, Twister and Straight For The Sun.
Rock On The Ridge Diamonds 26/6/19
On today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day there's music from Diamond Head, Black Tree Vultures, Revival Black, Big River, Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts, At The Sun (pictured), Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Empyre, Electric Mary, Piston, GoldWater, Bootyard Bandits, Catfish, Black Whiskey, Hedfuzy, Wolf Jaw, Last In Line, Deadland Ritual, The Black Hands, Pearl Handled Revolver, We Three Kings, Mississippi Riot, Trident Waters and Sweet Crisis.
Wisconsin-bred guitarist Jared James Nichols returns to the UK supporting Living Colour on their July 2019 UK Tour alongside Wayward Sons. He will also play a headline show at London's Boston Music Room on Thursday 18th July, and to coincide with Jared’s return, he will self-release a brand-new single – 'Nails In The Coffin' on Friday 28th June on Old Glory Music, which is today's awesome Video Of The Day. Hailed as one of the most exciting new Blues Rock guitarists around, Jared is no stranger to UK audiences. In 2015 he embarked on a full European tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd, followed by an extensive UK tour supporting the legendary Glenn Hughes, where he won over critics with across-the-board rave reviews. He also toured with Stone Broken and opened the Planet Rock Main Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair in 2017.
Lethbridge Owen At TNMC Tonite 25/6/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day is another hour filled with music from Keb' Mo', Ian Siegal, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Eva Carboni, Blues Situation, The BB King Blues Band, Kelly's Lot, Rebecca Downes, Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers, ElectroBluesSociety and Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse. Add to all of that a couple of tracks from Lethbridge Owen (pictured), ahead of tonight's show at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF, and you have one busy hour!
Meat Puppets ULU Live Review 24/6/19
"They are at their best when they play their elongated Space-Rock jams with Kurt’s droning vocals, which has a mesmerising effect on the listener and sends one’s mind into orbit like on the ten minute version of 'Up on the Sun'. They also include the two songs they played on the Nirvana MTV gig - the hypnotic 'Plateau' and 'Lake of Fire' which turns into a dance-inducing lengthy workout."
Read the whole of Ivan De Mello's Meat Puppets + Bleedin' Noses + Munky (pictured), ULU Live London gig review from last Thursday here, plus check out our updated Photo Gallery here courtesy of Ivan, Bruce Biege and Andrew Turner.
Return To Eden 24/6/19
Five years in the making, ‘Return to Eden’ released earlier this month (today's Video Of The Day), marks a new return for Finnish guitarist and composer Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius). Following a period out of the spotlight, Tolkki began writing the third chapter of his Metal opera following ‘The Land Of New Hope’ (2013) and ‘Angels Of The Apocalypse’ (2014), with Tolkki completing this outstanding comeback album with help from Italian producer Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere). A convincing and inspired release, Tolkki’s creative drive and vision is more evident than ever. As with the previous chapters in this opera series, a slew of heavyweight guest vocalists handle vocal duties, with featured appearances by renowned Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering), Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania, Ardours) and Eduard Hovinga (ex-Elegy). Tolkki has travelled a long, hard road to get to where he is today, but is now back and more determined than ever to claim his rightful place in the Metal scene.
Little Miss Moonshine 24/6/19
Davina and the Vagabonds release 'Sugar Drops' on Friday 19th July through Red House Records, their first album for the label, plus they have shared a track from the new album - 'Little Miss Moonshine' - which is today's Track Of The Day. The album marks the first time singer/songwriter/pianist Davina Sowers entered a proper studio to record an album. The Minneapolis-based artist holed up in Nashville’s Compass Sound Studio with producer (and Compass Records co-founder) Garry West, along with her trumpeter, string arranger and husband, Zack Lozier, and a rotating cast of powerhouse players including Todd Phillips (David Grisman, Robbie Fulks) on bass, Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Tom Jones) on guitar and Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa) on Hammond B3.
‘A Celebration Tour’ – King Crimson Review 23/6/19
"In a very succinct conclusion: There’s no band that, in my honest opinion, can give such an intense performance, touch every emotion, are totally irreplaceable, and command adoration night after night (by the same people possibly). Yes, they do need the odd night off as by the third night I spotted the odd misdemeanour, but three nights on the trot, for over six hours in total is a lot to assimilate. Likely to be draining for those that generate this wonderful amount of music, which it was."
Read the whole of Trev Turley's King Crimson three night gig residency review at London's Royal Albert Hall from last week here.
Lordi RecorDead Live DVD 23/6/19
Since their stunning victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, Lordi's charm, exciting melodies and elaborate and crazy monster costumes, has seen the unconventional Finnish band Rock all over Europe. Indeed, their latest studio album 'Sexorcism' was one of the most successful in the band's history, complemented by new costumes and a wonderful live show that was caught in overwhelming moving pictures. Accordingly, their brand-new DVD 'Recordead Live – Sextourcism In Z7' (see today's Track Of The Day) is due to be released via AFM Records on Friday 26th July. And besides the live cut of the two hour show in Pratteln, Switzerland, the DVD provides a lot of bonus material, including some real rarities.
Goo Goo Pills 23/6/19
Multi-platinum, four-time Grammy-nominated Rock band Goo Goo Dolls have unveiled their new single 'Miracle Pill' via Warner Records, which is today's Video Of The Day. The track will be featured on the band’s brand new album of the same name set to be released this Autumn. Underscored by a memorable piano riff, sweeping guitars, and a swaggering rhythm, the track sees lead singer John Rzeznik cleverly skewer the instant gratification generation with a catchy chorus and a message that goes down easier than anything from the pharmacy. Earlier this month, Goo Goo Dolls kicked off a co-headlining amphitheatre tour alongside Grammy-winning band Train, before it concludes in Mansfield, MA at the Xfinity Center on Saturday 17th August. The band will then embark on several South American tour dates, including a highly anticipated appearance at the iconic Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday 29th September.
Meat Puppets Photo Gallery 22/6/19
The original line up of the legendary Meat Puppets were back together and playing London's ULU Live on Thursday night, with great support from Bleedin' Noses and Munky. This March the Arizona Alt-Rockers returned with their first new album 'Dusty Notes' since 2013's 'Rat Farm', and their first featuring their original line-up intact since 1995. Though brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood reunited in 2006 and have toured and recorded together since then, the band’s original drummer, Derrick Bostrom, has not recorded with the band since 1995’s 'No Joke!' Also joined by keyboardist Ron Stabinsky and Curt’s son Elmo on guitar, with a review to come, check out our initial Photo Gallery here.
With 'Are We Soldiers' released yesterday, Dean Wells and Teramaze have not only delivered another excellent piece of modern Progressive Metal, but have also unveiled the official video for the track 'From Saviour To Assassin' (today's Video Of The Day). 'Her Halo', their 2015 album, and the Aussies first for Mascot Records, saw the band take a big step up from previous albums ‘Anhedonia’ (2012) and ‘Esoteric Symbolism’ (2014), and four years later 'AWS' will inevitably build upon the progress achieved by ‘Her Halo’. It’s typical Teramaze – all huge choruses, crashing guitar chords, intricate time changes and swooping melodies – but it’s also a bigger, brighter and even better Teramaze. There’s also change beyond the music, with original vocalist Brett Rerekura returning to the fold, replacing Nathan Peachey, who’d sung on 'Her Halo'. And with plans afoot for European and UK live dates for later in the year, Teramaze are a band that are going to be occupying a lot of your time in 2019 and beyond.
Barleylands Spikedrivers Today 22/6/19
At 2pm today The Spikedrivers (Track Of The Day), consisting of Ben Tyzack - vocals, guitars and harmonica, Constance Redgrave - vocals, bass guitar, washboard and Maurice McElroy - vocals, drums and percussion, take to the stage at another Blues At Barleylands, Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UF. One of the most original, innovative and exciting bands around, their combination of gutsy slide guitar, rock-solid bass, infectious grooves and highly distinctive vocals, creates a sound that is uniquely their own. They take you on a journey, from Southern juke-joints and lazy front porches to the huge open spaces of dust bowls and railroad tracks disappearing into the distance.
Tesla Shepherd's Bush Empire Review 21/6/19
"Jeff Keith bears an uncanny resemblance to Steve Tyler whose stagecraft he apes as he stalks the stage reaching out to the front row. Usually the band shares a bill with other Classic Rock bands in larger arena, but the Empire is the right size to allow them to showcase a set-list of 16 songs culled from all of their 6 studio albums. Next they play their famous hit 'Modern Day Cowboy', surprisingly because in the past it has served as an encore for their live sets, before segueing into the strident 'Be a Man', again with the wailing slide-guitar sound."
Read the whole of Ivan De Mello's Tesla Shepherd's Bush Empire gig review from last Sunday here plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Living On The Run 21/6/19
Swedish Rock sensation H.E.A.T. are releasing their live album ‘Live At Sweden Rock Festival' on Friday 26th July on earMusic. If there is one Hard Rock band you need to see live, H.E.A.T should make the top of your list. Singer Erik Grönwall’s striking charisma paired with the powerful energy created by the band makes every H.E.A.T concert an extraordinary experience. This was also true for the performance at Sweden Rock Festival on 7th June 2018 which followed their highly acclaimed studio album 'Into The Great Unknown' (2017). Their second ever live recording – and for the first time on video – includes all of the band’s remarkable hymns such as 'Living On The Run' (today's Video Of The Day), 'A Shot At Redemption' and 'Bastard Of Society'. Every song from this setlist is as lively and intoxicating as the next, making this a memorable show that every Rock music fan will enjoy.