Today's Video Of The Day is the Neal Morse Band, a live clip for 'Welcome To The World (Live in Brno 2019)’ taken from their upcoming live album, 'The Great Adventour – Live in BRNO 2019’ which will be released on Friday 6th March 2020, heralding their return to the InsideOutMusic family. Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette, released their latest album ‘The Great Adventure’ at the beginning of 2019. This was the follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 concept album ‘The Similitude Of A Dream’, and shortly after the band embarked on a European headline tour. ‘The Great Adventour – Live in BRNO 2019’ documents these shows, which saw them performing the album in full, and closing with the renowned ‘The Great Medley’ – featuring tracks from across Neal’s solo career and each Neal Morse Band album.
The Great Escape Show 31/12/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day gives you a place to go to get away from all the festivities and settle into an hour of the Blues. Tracks include John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Bobby Bland, Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elmore James, Mississippi John Hurt, Otis Rush, BB King (pictured), Albert Collins, Son House, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee and Howlin' Wolf.
Big 3-0 Tour Gig Review 30/12/19
"Three Bands, Three Decades, Three Classic Albums - we are going to party like it’s 1989! Earlier this month, London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire celebrated some of the best Rock music from the 80's - Gun playing 'Taking On The World', FM doing 'Tough It Out' and Dan Reed Network finishing off with 'Slam'. A 10-date national tour, this suggested rather excellent value for money and a bit of an early Christmas present to myself! But this wasn’t starter, main and pudding, this was much more three roast turkey and stuffing dinners, so to fit all this fine dining into one evening, we kick straight off at 7pm. That’s barely enough time to change into my leather jacket after work and grab a quick pint before the dry ice and the opening chords of Gun and ‘Better Days’!"
Today read the whole of Chris Bourlet's take on the Big 3-0 Tour featuring the Dan Reed Network, FM and Gun (Video Of The Day) at The Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on Wednesday 11th December here, plus check out our updated Photo Gallery here, courtesy of some more brilliant pics from Rockrpix.
2019 WRC Awards - Just 2 Days To Vote 30/12/19
Just a penultimate heads up, that if you have not voted here yet in our 2019 WRC Awards, then you have just two days left to cast your vote for each of the bands nominated in our eleven music categories. Pictured alongside is IT, winners of our 2017 WRC Best Prog Performance Award, and next year the guys are appearing in a triple headline Prog event with The Dame and The Gift at the Old School House Venue in Barnsley on Friday 28th February.
ROTR Christmas Special 30/12/19
Our final Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day for this decade is a special show of Christmas Rock featuring Status Quo, Eagles, Greg Lake, Queen, Wizzard and more, plus live in the studio, special guests, Mr. Rockrpix himself - John Bull, and his son, Jamie, of Jamie and the Jets fame (pictured).
Dan Reed Network Remastered Review 29/12/19
"So did Miles Showell achieve any improvement with the tools of the iconic Abbey Road studios? Well it helps to have such rich material to work with in the first place and you already know that I am pretty much sold on these albums, but yes, to my great listening pleasure, the two new CD's in shiny boxes do sound brand new. Every note is crystal clear, there is no background hiss. On the track ‘I’m So Sorry’ from the first album, you can hear every note from the piano intro, you are almost in the room with them."
Today read the whole of Chris Bourlet's review of Dan Reed Network's self-titled debut and much celebrated second album ‘Slam’ here, which have been totally remastered and released a couple of months ago, plus check out our Track Of The Day.
Introducing ...... A Life Divided 29/12/19
Imagine you could send your latest favourite Rock record on a journey through time and into the past - what would it sound like? That's exactly what A Life Divided had in mind when creating their new album 'Echoes', due to be released next month on Friday 31st January (Video Of The Day). After German radio hits, an award for the best newcomer from one of the biggest German radio stations, tours with Apocalyptica and Eisbrecher, as well as sold out headliner club tours, their blend of Rock music with electronic elements, consisting of vocalist and songwriter Jürgen Plangger (also guitarist for Eisbrecher), guitarist Tony Berger (ex-Lacrimas Profundere) and bass player Tobias Egger, as well as songwriter Erik Damköhler, are well known across all scenes.
2019 WRC Awards - Just 3 Days To Vote 29/12/19
Over the last couple of weeks we have showcased the runners and riders in our 2019 WRC Awards, so just a heads up if you have not voted here yet, that you now have just three days left to cast your vote for each of the bands nominated in our eleven music categories. Pictured alongside is Stone Broken, winners of our 2017 WRC One's To Watch Award, and you can join the Broken Army next year when they play Download on Saturday 13th June.
2019 WRC Awards - Just 4 Days To Vote 28/12/19
Over the last couple of weeks we have showcased the runners and riders in our 2019 WRC Awards, so just a heads up if you have not voted here yet, that you have just four days left to cast your vote for each of the bands nominated in our eleven music categories. Pictured alongside is Bernie Marsden, winner of our 2018 WRC Best Blues Rock Award, and you can see Bernie next month at London's Under The Bridge on Friday 24th January.
Good Vibrations 28/12/19
Today's Track Of The Day is Johnny Casino's take on the great Chris Bailey/Saints song 'Ghost Ships', the first single taken from upcoming new album 'Vibrations, Yours And Mine' which is set for release early next year. Harking back to his heartland, it's a deep and soulful Rock track that oozes Roots, Blues and a tinge of Acoustic Country. Johnny (John A Spittles) is the founding member and songwriter of the great Australian Rock 'n' Roll band Asteroid B612, Philadelphia PA´s Johnny Casino´s Easy Action and the rotating lineup that is Johnny Casino and the Secrets (featuring the who's who of Australian Rock 'n' Roll).
Real Noble Jacks 28/12/19
Brighton-based, high-energy Roots, Folk and Americana band, Noble Jacks recently released the brand-new lyric video for 'This Is Real’, which is today's Video Of The Day, and is taken from their 10-track second album ‘Stay Awake’. The band have been touring relentlessly throughout 2019, strengthening their profile and reputation, and at the end of last month they completed their UK Autumn tour - including an incredible sold-out London show at The Black Heart in Camden. The Jacks’ Will Page has also been nominated for the UK Instrumentalist of The Year award in the UK Americana Awards 2020.
Sweet/Novatines Islington Gig Review 27/12/19
"Openers Novatines bring youth and energy and new music. Headliners Sweet bring skills, experience and a damn fine back catalogue of tunes that have serenaded a part of our lives from yesteryear. You can’t make memories like these. You live a Sweet gig rather than experience it. It’s a nostalgic euphoria. Man of the night is Andy Scott, the architect of much of the Sweet back catalogue. Resplendent in his long white hair, and jovial midriff, he reminds me of a certain gentleman seen around this time of year."
Today read the whole of Mother's take on Sweet and The Novatines at The Islington Assembly Hall in London last Wednesday here, plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Vote Now - Best Rock Performance 2019 27/12/19
The final category in our 2019 WRC awards, today we turn our attention to Best Rock Performance. First up are The Meat Puppets (pictured) who we saw at London's ULU in June. Our second nominee is Rival Sons who we caught in early November at the O2 Academy Brixton in London and thirdly Tesla (Video Of The Day) at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire in June. Finally, our last nominee is the Dan Reed Network who also played London's Shepherd's Bush Empire a couple of weeks ago. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these outstanding Rock bands then simply go here!
Blues Club Christmas 27/12/19
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, UK IBBA Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week comes from Mike Zito, Diane Blue, Samantha Fish, Ronnie Wood (pictured), Keb' Mo', Jimmy Johnson, Janiva Magness, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and many more.
Happy Boxing Day 26/12/19
We hope you had a rockin' Christmas Day, and with our usual daily WRC coverage resuming tomorrow with our recent Sweet Islington Assembly Hall review, our final nominees in our 2019 WRC Awards for 'Best Rock' and our Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day, today check our latest festive Track Of The Day!
A Very Merry Christmas To You All 25/12/19
The big day has finally arrived, so today tune into our festive Video Of The Day and we wish you all a happy Christmas and a peaceful 2020.
Vote Now - Best International 2019 24/12/19
It's Christmas Eve and today in our 2019 WRC Awards we focus on our nominees in the Best International category. Firstly we go back to a beautiful Summer's Day in Maidstone's Mote Park where we witnessed Beth Hart (pictured) at Ramblin' Man Fair. More recently in November we saw Michael Monroe (today's Video Of The Day) at Hard Rock Hell 13 in Great Yarmouth, whilst at the end of September we caught Hollis Brown at London's O2 Academy Islington. Last, but not least, also in September we took in Helsinki's The Holy, again in Islington, but this time at The Lexington. So if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome bands then simply go here!
ABBA Wonderful Christmas 24/12/19
Not only did we recently raise another £1,000 for our nominated charities at Wrinklystock 8, but part of the money was put towards Christmas entertainment at Sidcup's Carlton Centre last week with gigs from both the Abba Girls (pictured) and Jamie of the Jets. Once again we would like to thank all of you that supported Wrinklystock 8 - in particular our helpers, members, sponsors/donors, advertisers, all those that kindly donated raffle prizes, The Mick Jagger Centre and the bands. Anyway, ‘Keep Music Live’, here’s to Wrinklystock 9 and a Merry Christmas to you all!
Today in our 2019 WRC Awards, we switch our attention to the nominees in our Best Reviewed CD - namely Elles Bailey(Video Of The Day) for 'Road I Call Home', Vambo (pictured), Rory Gallagher 'Blues' and, finally Nine Below Zero for 'Avalanche'. With just two categories to go now, please cast your vote including our other ten categories here.
Revolution Saints Rise 23/12/19
Featuring Deen Castronovo (The Dead Daisies, ex-Journey, Bad English) on lead vocals and drums, guitarist extraordinaire Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, Burning Rain, ex-Whitesnake, Dio) and bassist Jack Blades (Night Ranger), ‘Rise’, due to be released next month on Friday 24th January, is the third album by Revolution Saints (Track Of The Day). As with their first two well-received records, they are bringing back the classic Melodic Rock style that has continued to thrill legions of fans since the 1980’s. Inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for is found in spades here. With production overseen by in demand in-house Frontiers man Alessandro Del Vecchio, the recording of ‘Rise' took place in Milan plus Doug and Jack’s own studios. Songwriting was handled by Del Vecchio, Aldrich and Blades with contributions from fellow Frontiers recording artist Dan Rossall (of UK newcomers Passion). Lovers of Melodic Rock have a new favourite album on their hands!
Tull Prog Years 2020 Tour 23/12/19
Fans of Prog Rock icons Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull, have a treat in store with two special UK events announced for 2020! Anderson, accompanied by guitarist Joe Parrish, will be visiting a number of slightly smaller venues, in April and May, including London Blackheath Halls on Sunday 17th May, for 'Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull', an intimate evening of performance and chat with archive video footage covering his career and the history of Jethro Tull. Then in September and October, including London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on Thursday 8th October, Ian will be on the road for a 11-date 'The Prog Years Tour', drawing heavily on material from Jethro Tull's more early Prog albums, including 'Stand Up', 'Aqualung' and 'Thick as a Brick', with Anderson accompanied by Tull band musicians Parrish, David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards)and Scott Hammond on drums.
"Chris Difford, aside from providing the lyrics that really set the band apart from any of their contemporaries onwards, with the exception perhaps of Elvis Costello, provided the low harmony that underpins most of the songs and took the lead role memorably on ‘Cool for Cats’, which raised the temperature of the packed Leas Cliff Hall even further (I’ve never seen the venue so jammed with happy people). It’s not exactly the Everly Brothers but the octave harmonies between the two are part of the unique sound of the band. Song after song flashed past, 24 gems, building up to a storming version of ‘Take Me I’m Yours’, which the band has turned into a rocking tour de force of ensemble full tilt mayhem."
Today read the whole of Simon Green's take on Squeeze at The Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone last month here, plus check out our Video Of The Day and Simon's Photo Gallery here.
Vote Now - Best Unplugged 2019 22/12/19
Today we squeeze in our eighth category in our 2019 WRC Awards - Best Unplugged nominees. First up is Jack Broadbent (Track Of The Day), who supported Ronnie Wood at Shepherd's Bush Empire last month, and then secondly, and also last month in London, Howard Rose who supported A Thousand Horses at the 229 Venue. Earlier this year we also caught Tommy Emmanuel (pictured) at London's Royal Festival Hall in March, and last, but not least, Danny Vaughn at London's The Black Heart in Camden in August. Remember you can cast your vote for all eleven categories by simply going here!
Bad Touch March/April UK Tour 22/12/19
Following their signing with ITB, Bad Touch have announced a12-date UK tour next March/April, including London's O2 Academy Islington 2 on Monday 6th April. Special guests will be Cannock’s Piston, who recently released their video for 'Mama Weer All Crazee Now' featuring appearances by Bad Touch and others. The Norwich five-piece are currently in the studio to record their fourth album. Known by fans and critics alike for having a reputation as a busy and hard-working band, this will be the follow-up to 'Shake A Leg', released in October 2018 to rave reviews which featured their radio single 'Lift Your Head Up', and followed their critically acclaimed 2016 album 'Truth Be Told' which included their hit single '99%'.
Vote Now - Best Festival 2019 21/12/19
Next in our 2019 WRC Awards, we turn our attention to our nominees in the Best Festival category. Firstly, we look back to a sunny July weekend when we took in Maidstone's Ramblin' Man Fair (Video Of The Day), plus also in Kent, Black Deer, which was held a month earlier in Tunbridge Wells. This year's Stonedeaf Festival (pictured) was held at Newark's Showground in August, whilst we also took in HRH Prog 8 in October at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome festivals then simply go here!
Sweet Assembly Photo Gallery 21/12/19
With a review to come, check out today's Photo Gallery here of legendary Glam Rockers Sweet with special guests Novatines (pictured), when they stopped of at London's Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday night on their current UK tour, following their sold-out “Still Got the Rock” European Tour. By the early 70’sThe Sweet were arguably the hottest ticket in town with a string of top ten records in the UK and Europe including 'Blockbuster', 'Hellraiser', 'Ballroom Blitz', 'Teenage Rampage' and 'The Sixteens'. Now consisting of original member Andy Scott (lead guitar, vocals), Bruce Bisland (drums, vocals) Lee Small (bass, vocals) and Paul Manzi (lead vocals), Scott also produced Novatines debut album in 2018.
Thickcut Influence 21/12/19
Check out today our Track Of The Day - Knitted Santa in his own version of 'Santa Buddy'. A Knitted Santa 10th Anniversary Special - this bi-annual wool-based Christmas blockbuster is the brainchild of Andy Balcam (pictured right), guitarist of 5-piece Berkshire and Hampshire based Classic Rock covers band Thickcut, who are playing Surrey's The Lion Brewery in Ash tonight at 9.30pm. With free entry - there will be Rock - there will be Roll! Also today, Bad Influence will be taking to the Blues At Barleylands stage at 2pm at Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF.
Vote Now - Best Prog Performance 2019 20/12/19
With just six categories to go now in our 2019 WRC Awards, today we focus on the nominees for our Best Prog Performance. In June we saw King Crimson's residency at the Royal Albert Hall whilst at the beginning of October we caught Iamthemorning (Video Of The Day) at London's Courtyard Theatre Studio. Meanwhile, more recently, back at the Royal Albert Hall last month, we caught Marillion, plus at the end of last month, we saw Steve Hackett (pictured) at London' Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these superb Prog bands then simply go here!
British Voodoo Darkness Tonight 20/12/19
"Posh people love to party too. Hawkins is animated and full of enjoyable fun. His banter is just what the night needs as the stiff upper lips curl into smiles and brown brogues tap along to killer riffs and just great Rock music. Singalongs like 'Love Is Only A Feeling' get the crowd vocally dancing, trying unsuccessfully to match Justin's piercing falsetto. Apologising to the powers that be for any slippage into the occasional rude word during his inter song banter, Hawkins launches into 'Get Your Hands Off My Woman' triggering the whole audience screaming the chorus." That was part of our take on The Darkness supporting Toto at Royal Chelsea Hospital in June, and the Hawkins brothers return to London tonight at Chalk Farm's The Roundhouse. Also tonight, just up the road at Islington's O2 Academy, British Lion, the creation of Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris, are playing, with support from Voodoo Six.
Lucky Blues Club 20/12/19
The 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 Trickbag, Chris Bevington, Lucky Peterson, Mike Zito, Keb' Mo', Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Catfish, Jimmy Rodgers All Stars, The Marcus King Band, Sugaray Rayford, Genesis, Billy Walton Band, Cash Box Kings, Elles Bailey, Moody Blues, Robyn Hayle, Chris Rea, Atomic Rooster, Chuck Berry, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Martin Harley (pictured), Steinar Albrigsten, Buddy Guy, The Achievers, Eric's Bluesband, Dave Specter's Blues & Beyond, Howlin' Wolf, Tom Hambridge, Muddy Waters and more.
Teenage Rampage Assembly 19/12/19
Following their sold-out “Still Got the Rock” European Tour, legendary Glam Rockers Sweet are currently touring the UK with special guests Novatines, and they stopped of at London's Islington Assembly Hall last night! By the early 70’sThe Sweet were arguably the hottest ticket in town with a string of top ten records in the UK and Europe including 'Blockbuster', 'Hellraiser', 'Ballroom Blitz', 'Teenage Rampage' and 'The Sixteens'. Now consisting of original member Andy Scott (lead guitar, vocals), Bruce Bisland (drums, vocals) Lee Small (bass, vocals) and Paul Manzi (lead vocals), Scott also produced Novatines debut album in 2018. Anyway, with more photos and a review to come, check out today's Video Of The Day.
Vote Now - Best Tribute Band 2019 19/12/19
We're now halfway through our 2019 WRC Awards and today we showcase the nominees in our Best Tribute category. Firstly, we go back to January and Chelsea's Under The Bridge where we saw Clearwater Creedence Revival (pictured) supporting Atomic Rooster - and then - more recently this month - both Jamie & The Jets (Track Of The Day) and Just Supposin' at Wrinklystock 8 at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford. To complete some fine nominees. we also have Eagles tribute Talon. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these outstanding Tribute's then simply go here.
Circles Around The Sun 19/12/19
Circles Around the Sun will release their third full-length studio album next year on Friday 13th March. The self-titled, seven track collection marks the final recordings of founding member and guitarist Neal Casal. The sessions were tracked at legendary recording engineer Jim Scott's Southern California studio just one week prior to Casal tragically taking his own life. In a note left behind by Casal, he requested that the album be completed and for the band to continue in his absence. CATS has since made the decision to honour those wishes. For the immediate future, the band comprised by keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy will move forward without adding a permanent member to fill Casal's seat, but to instead rotate different guitarists in his place. Plans are currently in the works for a 2020 U.S. tour in support of the new album, while a three show Colorado run is scheduled through New Year's Eve with guitarist Scott Metzger.