After releasing perhaps his best solo album since his 40's 'Time and Emotion' last year, Robin Trower returned to play an exclusive UK concert at the Islington Assembly Hall in London last night. The 72 year-old was supported by the New York based Blues vocalist Sari Schorr Trio featuring guitarist Ash Wilson and keyboardist Bob Fridzema (ex-King King). Trowers smooth-as-butter guitar licks, screaming solos and ethereal Bluesy vocals kept the crowd hooked. Robin has a vibe, a voice and a presence on his instrument that transcends time and space. He plays from the soul and he is as intoxicated from the music he creates as his audience. This guy can play. It really is that simple. Anyway, with more photos and a review to come - check out today's Video Of The Day.
Dirty Thrills In Camden Tonight 28/2/18
"Anyway in an epic encore, the tambourine waving James, on more familiar territory, got the audience singalong participation going on 'Shivers', another from their 'Growing Young' EP. The last two favourites were off of their debut album - the driving Rock of 'Follow Me Home' which not only saw Fawdry helping out on backing vocals but also saw Jack jumping on top of a speaker stack, and if you wanted a dirty explosive slide guitar plus the thrill of a stand out vocal - then they saved the best to blast with 'Sigh'. Loved the beat, vocals, everything - these guys kicked ass. If you want your Dirty Thrills - then you know where to go." That was part of our Crowndale Club, Camden, review from last September and we're off to London again to get our Dirty Thrills at Camden's The Underworld tonight.
Cornish Rock Special 28/2/18
On today's WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day it's a Cornish Rock special with some great music featuring Fleetwood Mac, The Rezner, The Raise, Phil Innes & Josie Boucharde, Hanterhir, Crowns, William The Conqueror, Hypophora, Kernuyck, Wolf Note, King Creature, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, The Afghan Whigs, Ministry, Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, Royal Blood, Screaming Trees, Drenge, Sonic Youth and Queens of the Stone Age.
Islington Assembly Hall Gig Review 27/2/18
"Not unexpectedly all seven songs in their short set were taken from 'Starting Gun' as they opened with two in a row that immediately got the Assembly Hall's undivided attention - ‘Hurricane’ - as it name implies - a typical Bad Flowers Heavy Rock track - followed by ‘Who Needs A Soul’ - another pure Rock song full of Leighton's great guitar. "How Are We Doing London?" yelled Leighton as the hairy trio kept up their Heavy Rock assault with ‘Secrets’ with its great chorus, and then surprise, surprise, continuing the Heavy Rock vibe, ‘Lions Blood’ - with its a great hook and sobered guitar solo - one track which we have wanted to see live since the album launch - which didn't disappoint - as did 'Be Your Man’ - with some great vocals from Leighton."
Read the whole of AJ's The Bad Flowers, Jared James Nichols and Stone Broken review from last Saturday's gig at London's Islington Assembly Hall here plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Gigs In London Tonight 27/2/18
"From the new to the old - in fact 39 years ago to be precise - and 'Somebody Calling' from 'In City Dreams' - which still had that great groovy late '70's feel about it - think Average White Band - although the spine of the set understandably turned back to 'BOS' with the up-tempo slide and chops of 'Day Of The Eagle' metamorphosing into the classic opening of the title track with its unmistakeable riff - an iconic tipping point for me - a bit like seeing Skynyrd doing 'Free Bird' live - this was indeed Rock history." That was part of our review of Robin Trower's Islington Assembly Hall gig in October 2016, and with two other tempting gigs in a very cold London tonight, we've plumped for Robin again at the same venue supported by Sari Schorr - the other two gigs being Xander And The Peace Pirates (Video Of The Day) at The 100 Club and Industrial noise-Punk duo Black Futures (pictured) at Hangar E8 3FN.
BOTR Awards Special 27/2/18
The theme of awards is scattered throughout this week's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day with a preview of the 8th European Blues Challenge, new music from the MC of the UK Blues Awards Ceremony, two bands who are playing at that Award Nominated venue The Tuesday Night Music Club plus a couple of notable new releases. All that results in an hour featuring Matt Edwards, Julia & The Basement Tapes, Vanja Sky, Ed & The Gators, Angel Forrest, Soulfood Band, Ian Siegal (pictured), Vitor Bacalhau, George Shovlin & The Radars, The Heritage Blues Company, Greyhound's Washboard Band, Dobre Rano Blues Band, Johnny Big Stone & The Workers and LaVendore Rogue. So click play and turn it up!
Assembly Hall Photo Gallery 26/2/18
"When you talk about the future of Blues Rock, then it didn't get much better than last Saturday night at Islington's Assembly Hall in London, although the distinct contrast in each bands style - made the gig even more appetising. The evening kicked off with the dirty Heavy Blues Rock of the Midlands very own The Bad Flowers following last week's launch of their appropriately named new album 'Starting Gun'. The meat in the sandwich was Wisconsin-born, Los Angles based singer and guitarist, Jared James Nichols, with that distinctive 70's style of Blues Power Rock who released his latest album 'Black Magic' last October. And last, but not least, 2017 WRC 'One's To Watch' award winners Stone Broken - the clean cut Black Country Hard Rockers - deservedly headlining - who we saw at this very same venue a year ago supporting Glenn Hughes." Anyway, with Saturday's complete Assembly Hall review coming tomorrow, please check out our photo gallery from the gig here.
We Want Our OGWT! 26/2/18
There were so many highlights from last Friday night when we were lucky enough to be invited along to Old Grey Whistle Test Live: For One Night Only, hosted by Bob Harris, a live three-hour show with music, special guests and rare archive to mark 30 years since the legendary series was last broadcast. Great interviews, great music and great memories. Not only did we get to shake the hand of whisperin' Bob but we also managed to have a quick chat with impressive Liverpool singer-songwriter Robert Vincent, whose mix of Folk, Rock and Country closed the show (Video Of The Day). With a couple of numbers also from Wildwood Kin - who we saw supporting The Brothers Landreth at London's Borderline in August 2015, the show was not all about the past - hence our campaign to bring OGTW back: #WEWANTOUROGWT!
Remembering Blind Willie Johnson 26/2/18
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features music from Mothers Children Have A Hard Time, Cowboy Junkies, Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda Williams, Luther Dickinson featuring The Rising Star Fife Drum Band, Maria McKee, Rickie Lee Jones, Sinead O’Connor and Tom Waits.
Perfect Assembly 25/2/18
When you talk about the future of Blues Rock then it doesn't get much better than last night at Islington's Assembly Hall in London. KIcking off with The Midlands very own The Bad Flowers (Video Of The Day), you could immediately see why they were named as one of Planet Rock’s ‘Ones To Watch’ following the release of their first single ‘Thunder Child’ last September plus last week's launch of their new album 'Starting Gun'. And if that set wasn't good enough, then step forward Wisconsin-born, Los Angles based singer and guitarist, Jared James Nichols who released his latest album 'Black Magic' last October - his trio including Erik Sandin on bass guitar and Dennis Holm on drums - duly delivering 70's Power Rock at its classic best. And last, but not least, 2017 WRC 'One's To Watch' award winners Stone Broken (pictured) - enough said - who we saw at this very same venue a year ago supporting Glenn Hughes. A cracking night - watch out for more photos and a review shortly.
A New Grey Whistle Test 25/2/18
We were lucky enough to be invited along on Friday night to Old Grey Whistle Test Live: For One Night Only, hosted by Bob Harris, a live three-hour show with music, special guests and rare archive to mark 30 years since the legendary series was last broadcast. There was music from Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson and Albert Lee - who all performed on the show. Meanwhile, legend Bob whispered to other guests, including Dave Stewart, Joan Armatrading, Ian Anderson, Kiki Dee, Chris Difford and Danny Baker, plus singer Mollie Marriott, Pink Floyd animator Ian Emes and Mike Appleton who produced the original series. What a memorable evening - the good news being that you can watch it all over again on BBC iPlayer.
Marsh Blues World Exclusive 25/2/18
Today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day, originally broadcast on Friday night, features George Shovlin and The Radars, Big Shoes, Gem Andrews, Nick Moss Band, Susan Williams and The Wright Groove, Gone Hepsville, Temperance Movement (pictured), Bad Pennies, Vanja Sky, Auld Man's Baccie, Victor Wainwright, Steven Troch, Elayna Boynton, Wily Bo Walker and Phil Doleman, to name but a few, plus a World exclusive of the brand new acoustic album from Oliver MacDonald and Steve Bailey.
Bad Flowers Assemble Tonight 24/2/18
"‘Rich Man’ is different from the first three Rock tracks – although another great track – it has more of a Blues Rock sound – and on the subject of contrasts – ‘ I Hope’ sees Tom singing and playing acoustic guitar, showing a completely different side to the band, but yet another song that I really like, with both great lyrics and rhythm. The longest song on the album ‘Let’s Misbehave’ starts again with Tom on acoustic guitar with Dale’s bass and Karl’s drums building the tempo to the end, although ‘Who Needs A Soul’ brings us back to the pace of the first three opening tracks – a pure Rock song full of great guitar." That was part of our take on The Bad Flowers new CD 'Starting Gun' - and we will witness them in the raw at London's Islington Assembly Hall tonight when they step on stage at 7.15pm. With Jared James Nichols following at 8.15pm and then Stone Broken at 9.15pm, the venue is going to be smokin'!
Introducing ..... Zarakan Blues Band 24/2/18
Zarakan Blues Band (today's Track Of The Day) is a three piece British Blues Rock Band based in Stamford. Brian Harris is the singer and bass player, and is a late 60's and 70's and onward Blues Rock veteran, having performed extensively for many years at miners and other social clubs across the North of England, and at Forces bases, and London venues (notably with Copperfield). Ex-Laughtons Last Stand drummer Pat Martin has played throughout Great Britain at Forces bases, Private events, Festivals, Pubs and Clubs, whilst guitarist Dan Stimpson previous bands were Lucks Lane and The Undefined.
From Out Of The Skies 24/2/18
The new album by BulletBoys, ‘From Out Of The Skies’, is set for release on Friday 23rd March via Frontiers, preceded by a ten date UK tour next month including London's Underworld on Sunday 18th March. The first single from the record, ‘D-Evil’ (today's Video Of The Day) is already available and features guest vocals from Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal. ‘D-Evil’ was the no. 1 song on the UK’s Hard Rock Hell Radio station in early February and the album was recorded at the Foo Fighters’ Studio 606.
Man With A Mission Tonight 23/2/18
Japanese superstars Man With A Mission are playing a sold out London headline show at The Dome, Tufnell Park tonight. The show follows the band’s UK tour with Don Broco throughout February. The five-piece wolf collective recently headlined two nights in Japan to 50,000 fans with Don Broco supporting them at Tokyo’s Saitama Super Arena as part of their Japanese arena tour. Having emerged with feral Rock energy in 2010, MWAM have released four albums in Japan, which have topped the charts and led the band to sell out arenas across their homeland. Man With A Mission recently released the video for their new single ‘My Hero’, which sees the band providing the soundtrack to the accomplishments of an everyday hero with their electrifying blend of Rock, Rap and Electronica.
Genesis Revisited 23/2/18
Prog icon Steve Hackett (Video Of The Day) has added two new dates to his October tour of Genesis Revisited, which features his band and a 41-piece orchestra as the London show at the Royal Festival Hall has already sold out! The additional shows are at The London Palladium and the Ipswich Regent. Tickets for both go on sale at 10am today. UK fans will not want to miss these unique performances of many of their favourite Genesis and classic Hackett numbers. Joining Steve on the tour are his regular musicians Roger King (keyboards), Gary OToole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals. They will also be joined on this tour by Jonas Reingold from The Flower Kings on bass.
Friday Club Blues 23/2/18
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day has another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more including tracks from Tinsley Ellis, Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro, Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, Peter Karp, Altered Five Blues Band, Oscar Wilson, Downchild, Jeff Chaz Blues, Susan Angeletti Band, Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager, Tommy Emmanuel (pictured), Mark Knopfler, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, The BluesBones, Samantha Fish, Chris Rea, Johnny Fink and the Intrusion, Wily Bo Walker, Iconic Eye, The Knickerbocker All-Stars, Elles Bailey, Dave Hunt, Jim Shaneberger Band, Nina Massara, Val Starr and the Blues Rocket, Laurie Morvan Band, Ruby & The Revelators, Arkansas Dave, Earl Thomas, Greg Sover Band, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and many more.
Better Safe Than Sober 22/2/18
Rising British Doom Pop group Courtesans are playing a sold out Camden Underworld in London tonight. Supporting King 810 on their UK February tour, and with fellow "ones to watch" UK Alt Metal group Death Blooms also on the bill, they continue to demonstrate their musical diversity by making waves following last year's release of their EP 'Better Safe Than Sober'.
All You Need Is Soul 22/2/18
The unmistakable voice from one of the most loved Hard Rock bands of the early 1990’s is returning this May. Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate is back with his new solo album ‘All You Need Is Soul’ (Video Of The Day). This highly anticipated studio release is out on Friday 11th May via Frontiers Music Srl alongside a UK tour which includes London's Underworld in Camden two days later. Jizzy Pearl and Love/Hate burst onto the scene in 1990 with the debut album ‘Blackout In The Red Room’ and proceeded to take the UK by storm with Best Album of the Year from Kerrang! and Metal Hammer magazines. Playing sold out shows and opening for Skid Row, AC/DC and Dio put Love/Hate on the map. MTV hits ‘Why Do You Think They Call It Dope', ‘She’s An Angel' and the band’s follow up album ‘Wasted In America’ has ensured a loyal following to this day.
ROTR In The Pink 22/2/18
On today's WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day, originally broadcast on Saturday night, there's music from Pink Cream 69, Judas Priest, Framing the Red, Blacktop Mojo, Toto, The Glorious Sons, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Stoneking, Blackberry Smoke, Steve Hackett, Dukes of the Orient, Europe (pictured), Ammunition, Voodoo Circle, The Phantom 5, Black Stone Cherry, Trucker Diablo, The Answer, The Temperance Movement, Myles Kennedy, Black Country Communion, Mott The Hoople, Disturbed and on their introducing stage two in row from Icarus Falls.
The Godfathers 100 Club Review 21/2/18
"And they more than fulfil my promise to the other half of a gig to remember. The lead singer – Peter Coyne – walks and talks like an East End gangster, completely at home in his London heartland shouting, “London belongs to me tonight!” and as he has more than a passing resemblance to the Krays, dressed in his black shirt and Dinner Jacket, no one is going to argue! The bass player could be Al Pacino and Steve Critall physically assaults his guitar in ways I have never imagined to squeeze sounds out of his instrument."
Read the whole of Chris Bourlet's Godfathers gig review at London's 100 Club from last Saturday here plus check out today's Video Of The Day.
Glenn Hughes To Perform Deep Purple Live 21/2/18
Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the Voice of Rock, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion, will be performing Deep Purple only material with his Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live nationwide UK tour this October. The nine date tour promises to be a dynamic, turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza homage to his tenure in MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple - one of music historys most seminal and influential Rock and Roll groups. All tickets are priced £27.50 except £30 for London's Koko gig on Monday 15th October. Planet Rock launch a 48-hour ticket pre-sale today here and then tickets will go on general sale this Friday 23rd February from the 24hour ticket hotline 08444 780 898 or here.
Fishing For The Blues 21/2/18
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another popular Blues women special featuring Samantha Fish, Sugar Queen, Erja Lyytinen (pictured), Heather Newman, Jane Lee Hooker and Regina Bonelli.
Laugh Out Loud 20/2/18
What a great evening we had on Saturday night as Rock 'n Roll stand-up comic and author Pete K Mally stopped off at a sold out London's Leicester Square Theatre as part of his 'Live N Loud - For Those About To Laugh' tour. With brilliant support from fellow comics Alex Cordes and Sarah Iles, plus the band The Gingers, it was a night to remember. And if you missed out - then the good news is that Pete continues his tour in both Nottingham in April and Bristol in June. Do not miss him.
Mother's Cake At The Macbeth Tonight 20/2/18
Founded in 2008, the Austrian Rock trio Mother’s Cake are playing London's The Macbeth in Hoxton tonight. Consisting of Yves Krismer - vocals and guitar, Benedikt Trenkwalder - bass and Jan Haussels - drums, they released their third studio album, ‘No Rhyme No Reason’, a year ago - an explosive alliance of Indie, Psych and Blues Rock, with lengthier sonic excursions plus deeper elements of Psychedelic, Progressive and Space Rock mixed into compelling sound palettes. There's also great support from Flare Voyant (Video Of The Day) and Crybaby Special.
Yoka & The Sugarbeats EP Launch 20/2/18
Another Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day is all lined up and ready to massage your ears today. Squeezed into just one hour you'll get new music from Benjamin Bassford, Lee Ainley's Blues Storm, The Robert J Hunter Band (pictured), Teed Up, Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling, Beelzebub Jones, Victor Wainwright and Wily Bo Walker. There's also two tracks from Mitch Woods great album featuring Cyril Neville and John Lee Hooker plus ahead of their official release party tonight at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF, there's two tracks from the eagerly awaited EP from Yoka & The Sugarbeats.
Sober Up 19/2/18
Hardcore Punk/Grunge band Sober will be releasing their debut 4-track EP 'Mental Decline' on Sunday 18th March! Consisting of Louis Bourlet - guitar/vocals, Matthew Spurrell - bass and Louis Pearson - drums, they are a fast-paced, loud, and angry band from South East London, creating a fresh, aggressive sound. Watch out also for some live dates soon but in the meantime check out their EP promo trailer which is today's Track Of The Day!
NHA Boulders 19/2/18
We recently featured the future release on Friday 23rd March of the long awaited self-titled debut album by Northern Ireland based band No Hot Ashes on Frontiers Music Srl. We first saw these guys supporting Aerosmith at London's Calling Festival on Clapham Common in June 2014. So we were delighted to immediately hear back from the band with news of a new track 'Boulders' taken from the new album which is today's Video Of The Day.
Britrock Must Be Destroyed 19/2/18
Seminal Britrock Power-Pop trio Dodgy have been announced as the opening act on the Britrock Must Be Destroyed tour in May which stops off at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on Sunday 6th May. They join the already stellar line-up of Reef, The Wildhearts and Terrorvision – bringing together four of the greatest Rock hit makers of the 90's. With each band boasting a string of chart-busting anthems they will be devastating venues, and no doubt livers as well, in eight of the biggest cities in Great Britain! Place Your Hands high, drink Tequila, neck a Caffeine Bomb and find out which heavyweight champion will be Good Enough to crush the opposition. Pick sides as Britrock Must Be Destroyed!!
BBB At 100 Club Tonight 18/2/18
"BBB's introduction that "There's nothing worse than when you love someone ... and then they take out a restraining order on you!" ... set the scene behind the groovy ‘I Can’t Forget About You’ before the Rock ‘n Rolling ‘Double Whammy’, taken from their second album ‘The World Explained’. These were followed by ‘Messin With The Booze’, taken us back to Bloater and The City Shakers - Bloater’s guitar a mighty nod to Booker T. & the M.G.'s. Classic!" That was part of our take on Big Boy Bloater's set at last year's Camden Rocks (pictured and Video Of The Day) and the big man returns to London tonight at the iconic 100 Club.
Hell, Whiskey & Bullets Photo Gallery 18/2/18
It often happens at a gig where you go along to see one particular band and then you come away also wanting to see the other bands on the bill again in the future. Sandwiched in between Dead Man's Whiskey at London's Underworld last Thursday night were first support band Hell's Addiction (pictured) from Leicester with their no nonsense balls-out Hard Rock plus Los Angeles Hard Rock headliners Bullets And Octane, who took crowd participation to another level with their entertaining forays into their UK faithful. Anyway, take a look at our photo gallery from the night here.
True Home Of International Blues 18/2/18
On today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day, originally broadcast on Friday night, there's music from Blues Messengers, Laurie Morvan Band, Guy Verlinde And The Mighty Gators, The James Hunter Six, Crystal Shawanda, Bernard Allison, Rex Granite Band, Bad Pennies, Geoff Everett, Marquise Knox, Oscar Wilson, Gerry Jablonski And The Electric Band (pictured), Mick Kolassa and Friends, Reverend Raven and The Chain Smoking Alter Boys, Reverend Shawn Amos, Dan Doiron, Davy Knowles, Janiva Magness, Richard Knott, Josh Hoyer, Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin' Stones and The BluesBones.
For Those About To Laugh Tonight 17/2/18
We originally bumped into Rock 'n Roll stand-up comic and author Pete K Mally in the gents (cut out the toilet humour please) when we saw Living Colour and Stone Broken at London's ULU in October and then saw him host Progtoberfest 2 at the end of the same month in Balham (pictured). Needless to say we will be catching up with Pete again tonight as he stops off at London's Leicester Square Theatre as part of his 'Live N Loud - For Those About To Laugh' tour. With support from At The Sun, it's gonna be a great night of music and laughter.
Nathan's Moonkings Underworld Tonight 17/2/18
Four years after bonafide guitar virtuoso Adrian Vandenberg made a spectacular comeback with Vandenberg’s Moonkings (Video Of The Day), the band recently released their sophomore album, simply titled 'MK II'. The album has all the qualities of the debut: once again the four-piece band manages to create a perfect mix of vintage seventies Hard Rock and current styles of Heavy Rock and the guys are indeed playing Camden's Underworld in London tonight. There will also be a special guest appearance by Inglorious vocalist Nathan James who, it was recently announced, will be taking the part of The Voice Of Humanity in Jeff Wayne's 'War Of The Worlds' at London's O2 Arena this December!
Another One For The Road 17/2/18
In another special Route 66 'One For The Road' Track Of The Day, host Rory Auskerry talks to 25 year old British Blues Rock guitarist and singer songwriter Laurence Jones. Laurence has already been inducted into the British Blues Awards ‘Hall of Fame’ as ‘Young Artist of The Year’ in 2014, 15 and 16. His latest offering, ‘The Truth’ comes out on Friday 9th March and Jones begins a UK tour in May. In the meantime listen to them as they discuss the album, tour and how Laurence copes with crohn’s disease. Don't forget that you can still listen to our own WRC interview with Laurence in January here.
Whiskey A Go Go 16/2/18
The last time we saw traditional Hard Rock band Dead Man’s Whiskey was at London's Underworld in October 2017 supporting Bigfoot - and we enjoyed them so much that we returned to the same Camden venue last night for more. Formed in London in 2016 and comprising of Nico Rogers (vocals), Billy Kons (lead guitar), Elliott D’Alvarez (rhythm guitar), James Titley (bass guitar) and Charlie Gray (drums), they were sandwiched in between headliners Bullets And Octane (pictured) and first support band Hell's Addiction. Anyway, with more pics to come, check out today's Video Of The Day.