The WRC are of course off to see Joe Bonamassa at his sold out Royal Albert Hall gig on Thursday 20th April - but we also have two spare tickets for his sold out show the following night. In the true spirit of "Keeping Music Live" - no secondary ticket outlets for the WRC - all we want is face value! So if you are interested in seeing JB then simply send us a message in the contact box below and we will get back to you!
ROTR Gods 28/2/17
Today's 2016 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day - originally broadcast on Saturday night - includes music from Trucker Diablo, Tequila Mockingbird, Dirty Thrills, 100 Watt Vipers, Puppet Kings, JacksonHewitt, Five Horse Johnson, Palace Of The King, Dogfeet, Doomsday Outlaw, Tax The Heat (pictured), AC/DC, Mount Holly, Dead Letter Circus, Artful Candid, The Blue Van, Royal Blood, The Black Delta Movement, Partisan, Radiohead and on their 'Introducing Stage' Lowercase Gods!
Hurricanes And Halos 28/2/17
Sweden's Doom darlings Avatarium are back with their third studio album and once again, singer Jennie-Ann Smith and her gentlemen cast a spell over you with a truly magical sound experience - 'Hurricanes And Halos' will take the world by storm on Friday May 26th and contains eight majestic new tracks. Once again, the band rely on beauty and darkness, heavy guitars and fragile sounds, unique female vocals and the mystic vintage Blues sound from the 60's, while still staying on modern ground and trusting into the haunting soul of Doom Rock. Six out of the eight new tracks were forged by Candlemass wizard Leif Edling, but guitar master Marcus Jidell and singer Jennie-Ann Smith also contributed to the songwriting and formed a worthy successor to 'The Girl With The Raven Mask' (Vid Of The Day) - an album that topped multiple soundchecks in 2015 and brought them the 'Up And Coming'-award from German Metal Hammer.
Papa Roach last week gave fans a taste of their forthcoming ninth album with a video for their new single ‘Help’ which is today's Vid Of The Day. The band, featuring Jacoby Shaddix (vocals), Jerry Horton (guitars), Tobin Esperance (bass) and Tony Palermo (drums), expect to release their new album in May. 'Help' was produced by Nicholas “Ras” Furlong and Colin Brittian, who grew up listening to Papa Roach and inspired the band to revisit some of their early influences. The band teased fans late last year with the viral release of 'Crooked Teeth' exciting fans all over the world who are expecting an album as dynamic as their classics 'Infest' and 'Getting Away with Murder'. Papa Roach will be heading out on a Canadian tour with Sum 41 during April, followed by a handful of US festival dates.
Shooter Hits Target 27/2/17
Well done to Shooter frontman Dom O'Reilly who completed the Craven Cottage 10k yesterday and not only deservedly got the pictured medal but also raised his target of £500 for Cancer Research UK. After the race Dom said "I finished it despite taking a wrong turn following a runner who wasn’t in the race - so had to back track and do another 450m - but still did just under 44 minutes!" And there's still time to sponsor Dom if you go here! Thanks once again for your support.
A Blues Sandwich 27/2/17
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features Two 5, Gwyn Ashton, The New Bloodlines, John Verity (pictured), Monkey Junk and David Bray.
When The Party Started 26/2/17
A new Sammy Hagar collection 'When The Party Started' - which has been out in the US since late November - is now getting an official UK release on Friday 10th March. The new compilation includes two unreleased songs
‘No Worries’ and ‘Never Said Goodbye’ . Sammy said "With this collection, I wanted to revisit what I feel are the best songs I wrote during the second wave. I’d left Van Halen and formed the Wabos as an alternative to the
superstar, high-pressure, commercial machine that I’d been living in since I joined Montrose in 1972. These albums, ‘Red Voodoo’ (1999), ‘Ten 13’ (2000) and ‘Livin’ It Up’ (2006), represent the first time I was free from the pressures of putting out a major label release in 25 years. Musically, I needed to shake it up and fall in love with
making music again."
Wade Waist Deep 26/2/17
Thomas Wynn and The Believers - the six-piece ensemble from Orlando, Florida, are breaking beyond the Southern Rock scene with the release of their new album, 'Wade Waist Deep’, out this May via Mascot Label Group. Named the #1 Rock Band and #1 Country/Folk Band in the city for seven consecutive years by the Orlando Weekly, the band's combination of Rock and Southern Soul, supported by Thomas’ self-styled “blood harmonies” with his sister Olivia are hauntingly beautiful and forge an uplifting “Soul Rock", mixing the best of Classic Rock, R&B and Gospel. As a first taste from the album, they delve into hypnotic Blues on 'Man Out of Time' - which is today's Vid Of The Day.
Mississippi Live On The Marsh 26/2/17
The Marshman returned to the airwaves on Friday night following last week's Broadstairs Blues Bash! Anyway, on today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day, Kevin is joined live in the studio by Mississippi Macdonald And The Cottonmouth Kings! There's also music from Randy McAllister, Frank Bjordal and His Blues Revue, Gwyn Ashton and Chris Finnen, Melissa Etheridge and more.
Please Give Dom Your Support! 25/2/17
Our good mate and Shooter guitarist Dom O'Reilly is again running the Craven Cottage 10k this Sunday 26th February in aid of Cancer Research UK. Dom told us "Its getting harder each year but its for a truly great cause so any donations greatly appreciated." So if you would llike to support Dom like us - then simply go here. Thanks for your support!
Under The Red Cloud 25/2/17
Finnish masters of melancholic Progressive Metal, Amorphis, recently played special shows in Helsinki, where they performed a very special setlist with guest musicians and friends. These shows will be part of the new tour edition which was released yesterday via Nuclear Blast. The package includes the entire album 'Under The Red Cloud' with two bonus songs as well as the live tracks in Helsinki. The band also recently unveiled the first video to one of these live tracks 'Her Alone' - today's Vid Of The Day - featuring Anneke van Giersbergen, which is the last song on the bonus CD.
No More Forgiveness 25/2/17
With fire and no fear on their side, 2017 sees Gravil rise from the big smoke with the release of their new album 'No More Forgiveness' on Friday 5th May. Before the album drops, the London melodic Death Metallers pulls no punches with the release of their single 'Decomissioned' (as featured on the latest Metal Hammer covermount CD). Consequently today's Track Of The Day isn't shy in coming forward!
It's A War In Here 24/2/17
"But holding centre stage, Manimal are all about Nyman. He really works the crowd well with a scary leering skull like presence that has hints of Gollum, The Walking Dead and every Brooklyn punk with a bad attitude. He’s animated, fist pumping, exhorting the crowd who were having a ball. All of which are eclipsed by his voice. Halford had the pipes and so does Nyman. The set has the same chugging tempo with everything from throbbing djent to the almost funky bass opening of 'Human Nature'. Although that doesn’t last long before the enfilade of machine gun fire opens up again. It’s a war in here."
Read the whole of Mother's Manimal/Firewind/Scar Of The Sun gig review masterpiece from last Sunday night at Camden's Underworldhere plus check out John Bull's awesome photo gallery here.
Blues Club Broadstairs Special 24/2/17
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day is another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks and UK IBBA Presenters' Picks. Host Jim McNeill also looks back at The Broadstairs Blues Bash plus looks forward to the forthcoming smash-hit show from Australia "At Last - The Etta James Story" which will be touring the UK in the Spring.
Be Prepared To Go Dark ..... 24/2/17
Hellbound Hearts have released a video (today's Vid Of The Day) for their new song 'The Light We Cannot See', taken from their forthcoming debut album 'Film Noir', which is due to be released on Friday 7th April. Online zine One Metal describes Hellbound Hearts as, "the kind of music that should be played with high octane and fervent amounts of passion." Given the eager anticipation of 'Film Noir', the Yorkshire Alternative Rock trio have solidified the promise shown on previous EP's in a fashion that simply shouldnt be ignored if you're a Rock fan. Produced by Matt Ellis at Axis Studios (Black Spiders, Terrorvision), 'Film Noir' is a commanding collection of songs that range from feel-good melodies to dark, sinister hooks, whilst all the time packing in stand out singalong choruses and heavy grooves.
Better Safe Than Sober 23/2/17
This coming March sees the release of London Doom Pop group Courtesans stunning new E.P. 'Better Safe Than Sober'. Following the release of their acclaimed debut album '1917' and last year's successful Pledge Music campaign, they have also unveiled their new single 'Mesmerise' which is today's Vid Of The Day. Blending dark Pop smarts with industrial subtleties and combined with an Alternative Rock, trip-hop soundscape - the band's new E.P., consisting of Courtesans Sinead La Bella on vocals, Saffire Sanchez on guitar, Agnes D. Jones on bass and Vikki Frances on drums - is one of the first unique sonic amalgamations to be heard in 2017 that shake up establishments, break down walls and fearlessly dare to be different amongst a plethora of carbon copy carnage.
Burning Away The Day 23/2/17
Chicago based Metallers Black Sites brand new single 'Burning Away The Day', taken from their recently released debut album 'In Monochrome', is today's Track Of The Day. Black Sites features some of Chicago’s finest players from the underground Metal scene. The band features Mark Sugar on vocals/guitar, ex-Trials bandmate Ryan Bruchert on guitar, John Picillo from Without Waves and Immortal Bird on bass and Chris Avgerin from Nequient and Autonomy on drums. The four-piece band draws inspiration from a panoramic pedigree of classic and modern Metal and Hard rock influences including Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, 1970's Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Fates Warning, Motörhead, Queensrÿche, Voivod, Hammers Of Misfortune and Dawnbringer.
Boston Tea Party 23/2/17
Following the release of their highly acclaimed debut album 'Selfish Age' via Better Noise Records last month, UK five piece As Lions have announced a London headline show at the Boston Arms Music Rooms in Tufnell Park on Wednesday 22nd March. This special date in the capital serves as the perfect warm-up for the band’s 10-date US tour with Shinedown that kicks off in April. As Lions are also confirmed for their first UK festival appearance of the year at Bristol's Fat Lip Festival in July, along with Young Guns and will be playing a number of US festivals including Rock On The Range, Welcome To Rockville and Northern Invasion. Since coming together in 2015, the band - comprising of vocalist Austin Dickinson, guitarist and keyboardist Conor O’Keefe, guitarist Will Homer, bassist Stefan Whiting and drummer Dave Fee - have played sold-out shows in the UK, as well as performing with Trivium, and recently wrapped up a US arena tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown, spanning 27 dates, including 13 sold out shows across the States!
Islington Academy's Runaway 22/2/17
Don't miss the chance to see Lita Ford (Vid Of The Day) for a UK exclusive headline show. Hailed as the queen of rock, Lita was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the 1970's, before embarking on a solo career in the 80's. Lita has lined up a headline concert at London’s Islington Academy on Sunday 12th March, two days after headlining the HRH/AOR Festival in Wales. A British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., Ford was a founding member of the Runaways, one of the first girl groups who unexpectedly broke down barriers in the Punk era as well as the male-dominated world of Rock music, causing a stir with their six rebellious releases. Following the demise of the Runaways, Lita concentrated on her own career, subsequently creating such memorable hits as ‘Close Your Eyes Forever’, ‘What Do You Know About Love’, ‘Shot Of Poison’, ‘Larger Than Life’ and ‘Kiss Me Deadly’.
Honest Man On Route 66 22/2/17
This week's guest on our Route 66 Track Of The Day is Matt Andersen - a Canadian guitarist and singer songwriter who has shared stages with Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Jonny Lang and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. He won the 2013 and 2016 European Blues Award for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, picked up three Maple Blues Awards in 2012 and nabbed the International Blues Challenge prize in Memphis in 2010. With over 10 million views on Youtube he’s certainly getting noticed for his unique live performances, which he’ll be bringing to the UK in May in support of his new album, 'Honest Man'. And talking of honest men - host Rory Auskerry also play classic tracks from David Lee Roth, The Spencer Davis Group, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, AC/DC, Eric Clapton and Johnny Copeland.
Glenn Hughes Storyteller Event 22/2/17
Glenn Hughes is a true original whose music blends Hard Rock, Soul, and Funk. The Glenn Hughes Storytellers event, to be held at London's historic Cafe de Paris from midday to 4pm this Saturday 25th February, is a must do for all Glenn Hughes fans. Tickets are strictly limited to 200 and can be booked online here. An exciting highlight to the up-close-and-personal event will include the airing of a new 60 minute documentary, featuring never-before-seen classic archival vision of Glenn from the 70's. This will be the world premiere of the film - not to be missed! The exclusive film screening will be followed by a 2 hour story telling session hosted by Vintage Television's Friday Night Rock Show host, Nicky Horne, where Glenn will delve into some of the great and even infamous events in his life to date.
It's Going To Be Magic! 21/2/17
Don't forget that tickets are now on a sale to see our WRC sponsored charity concert ‘Magic - a kind of Queen & a kind of ELO’ at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm. Following the success of the Monster’s Of Irish Rock featuring Limehouse Lizzy and U2 Tribe at last year’s ‘Wrinklystock 5’ - ‘Wrinklystock 6’ stars Magic, a tribute to two of the greatest British Rock bands of all time - Queen and The Electric Light Orchestra - together in one fabulous show! Tickets can be purchased here for a bargain £22 or from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
Holding Absence 21/2/17
Despite being in existence a mere six months, Cardiff's Holding Absence have already achieved more than many do in years and now their unique blend of emotive Post-Hardcore has gained the attention of Nuclear Blast's imprint label Sharptone Records. The band recently unveiled today's Vid Of The Day 'Dream Of Me'. Formed in 2016, the quintet have already played shows with Being As An Ocean, Casey, Greywind, Burning Down Alaska and more, as well as headlining plenty shows of their own. 2017 will see the band up the ante with a touring schedule already set to make them the busiest band in the UK. Catch them support Blood Youth in April or at a bunch of festivals this summer. Stay tuned for more announcements to come!
ROTR Catch Up 21/2/17
We missed Jules & Bob at the Ziggy Stardust movie shown at the Hammersmith Apollo last Thursday but we didn't miss their awesome show broadcast on Saturday night! In case you missed it, today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day features Blacklist Union, Thundermother, Black Star Riders, The Black Jackals, The Broken Ravens, Clutch, Blacktop Mojo, Inglorious, The Mute Gods, Black Rose Cadillac, Guns N' Roses, Red Line Chemistry, Bedrokk, The Mystery Lights, Wicked Tongues, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Desert Mountain Tribe, Monster Truck (pictured), Troubled Horse, Rainbreakers, Disciples of Babylon and on their Introducing Stage Love Past Blue all the way from Dallas!
Peter Skellern 20/2/17
There's no doubt that Peter Skellern's 'You're A Lady' (today's Vid Of The Day) was one of the defining singles of the eclectic UK charts of the 70's - particularly his subtle use of a brass band. Skellern's death on Friday from cancer at the age of 69 was yet another kick in the teeth to our formative years and our musical memories. Unfairly regarded as a one hit wonder - Skellern's career, in addition to over 20 albums and 3 other singles, saw him write and perform music for both television and film.
The Long Road Home 20/2/17
Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot frontman Danny Worsnop matures effortlessly into Blues Rock/outlaw country territory on his solo debut, 'The Long Road Home' released via Earache Records last Friday, delivering an album of real, raw emotion, with songs about personal tragedy, hard-living and heartache. At the age of just 26, Worsnop has already lived more of life's ups and downs than most. His recent personal tragedy is laid bare in album opener 'Prozac' and the listener is taken on a roller-coaster of emotions through the twelve song set. Danny has also announced that he has been added to Kent's Ramblin' Man Fair line up in July!
A Laundry Bin Of Blues 20/2/17
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another popular Blues women special including Emma Jane Kennedy, Misty Blues/Gina Coleman, Toriah Fontaine, Saturday Nite Fish Fry/Shakura S’Aida, Patty Reese and Ruby And The Revelatory.
Oslo - Capital Of Sweden! 19/2/17
"A key feature of Johnossi is their unique guitar sound, achieved by running an acoustic guitar through effects pedals and electric guitar amplifiers. As well as providing a myriad of pedal effects, this approach enables John to switch quickly and easily between acoustic and full-on Rock anthem guitar sounds, supporting a wide range of musical styles. However, although their music style may shift dramatically, Johnossi’s lyrical themes rarely do, invariably revolving around personal soul-searching, existentialism and/or angsty situations."
Read the whole of Big Ian's Johnossi gig review from last Wednesday night at Hackney's Oslo Barhere plus check out today's Vid Of The Day!
Manimal Underworld Tonight 19/2/17
Swedish Power Metallers Manimal are playing London's The Underworld in Camden tonight in support of rockers Firewind. The band’s latest album 'Trapped In The Shadows' was released in late November 2015 and this is their first European Tour to come to the UK after a successful tour of Europe in 2016 with AFM label-mates Orden Ogan. AFM Records has released two full albums with the Gothenburg four-piece so far and their tour concludes on Tuesday 21st February at the Engine Rooms in Southampton.
Rather Be Dead 19/2/17
The SoapGirls recently unveiled their new video for the primal and emotional break up song 'Rather Be Dead' (Track Of The Day) which is an outsider anthem that’s both androgynous and audacious. Hailing from South Africa, the alluring, hypnotic and nonchalant SoapGirls were given their name by the general public. “We have been The SoapGirls since we were 8 and 9 selling hand made soap and street performing for various causes, we did this 365 days of the year for 9 years”. Armed with a venomous swagger and catchy, riff-oriented guitar grind, backed up by their strong songwriting abilities, dedication and determination to their craft, The SoapGirls have earned them a formidable live reputation, with a devoted group of followers known as the ‘The SoapSuds’, following the band across the globe!
Variations On A Dream 18/2/17
"Progdate: Saturday 2nd August 2003. Deputising for the the missing Oxygen8 and supporting headliners Caravan - we had just witnessed The Pineapple Thief's first ever gig at The Whitchurch Prog Rock Musical Festival. It was a cracking set - so much so that we headed straight over to their merchandise stall and bought a signed version of 'Variations On A Dream/8 Days'. Now turn the clock forward 13 years or so plus eleven quality studio albums later and the Testbourne School Theatre gig is all but a distant memory as TPT marched into a sold out Islington Assembly Hall last Saturday night."
Read the whole of AJ's The Pineapple Thief gig review from last Saturday night at the Islington Assembly Hall here plus check out our photo gallery here.
Black Orchid Empire Interview Part 1 18/2/17
Described as Hard Rock with a soft underbelly, we saw the awesome Black Orchid Empire headline at Camden's Monarch in early February. At yet another Camden Rocks showcase, The Monarch is a real rock pub, a microcosm of today's music business as bands bartered equipment with each other during their sound checks, whilst we were interviewing BOE consisting of New Zealander Dave Ferguson (bass/vocals), American Billy Freedom (drums) and Brit Paul Visser (vocals/guitar) backstage beforehand. In fact the interview was so good and long that we have split it into two parts - the first part is today's Track Of The Day where the guys tell us here about life before BOE, life with BOE, their musical influences, the making of 'Archetype' and Emergenza 2013.
Ziggy Played Guitar 18/2/17
It was meant to be our night off - but we just had to tell you about the awesome screening last Thursday night of the legendary concert film, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Vid Of The Day), which was screened at Hammersmith’s Apollo for the first time since the concert took place on July 3rd 1973. The event kicked of with a DJ set from female duo The Smoking Guns, followed by the group Animal Noise, who are massively influenced by Bowie’s work, before the 1973 documentary and concert film by D. A. Pennebaker, was shown. Bowie made the surprise announcement that the show would be "the last show that we'll ever do", later understood to mean that he was retiring his Ziggy Stardust persona. Pure Rock history.
Eastern Allure 17/2/17
"But hidden amongst the back streets, in wafting distance of Brick Lane’s finest, is a growing number of live music venues like 93 Feet East, hosting the up and coming bands that are the future of today’s real music scene. Not the commercially produced pap that fills our supermarket aisles but real artists who write their songs from the heart and tour the country in small dark clubs to a growing following. The people outside may be young and trendy, but the music is as down and dirty as the old meat market ever was. I suggest you check the area out."
Read the whole of Mother's Where The Fires Are, Kid Kapichi, Knites and Kryer gig review from Wednesday night here.
Live At Freak Valley 17/2/17
The Krissy Matthews Band (Vid Of The Day) are set to embark on a UK tour in March and April to celebrate the release of their first live album 'Live At Freak Valley'. Released by Proper Records on Friday 14th April, the live album was recorded at the Freak Valley Festival in Siegen, Germany on 27th May 2016. It really catches the adrenalin and pure excitement of the band in all their glory. The tour begins at The Bullingdon, Oxford, on Wednesday 29th March and concludes at The Arches, Coventry on Thursday 27th April. Originally from Oxford, Krissy's band has often been described as an exciting, high octane, Power Rock trio steeped in Blues roots. 24 year old Matthews has performed at some of Europe's most iconic music venues including Ronnie Scotts, Loreley, Tanzbrunnen and Festa Avante. Hes also opened for many high profile recording artists at the top of their game including Joe Bonamassa, Toto, Gregg Allman and Tedeschi Trucks Band. See you at Krissy's London The Fiddler's Elbow gig on Wednesday 19th April!
Blues Club Open Again 17/2/17
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 Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenter's Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from The Knickerbocker All-Stars, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tas Cru, Marcus Malone Band, Beth Hart, Paul DesLauriers, Paul Carrack, Trudy Lynn, Lew Jetton, Catfish, Meena Cryle & Chris Fillmore, Jonny Lang, Peter Karp, The Hexmen, Elvin Bishop, Kathleen Pearson, John Mayall, Moreland & Arbuckle, The Troy Redfern Band (pictured), Jon Gindick, Gerry Jablonski Band, Chris Rea, Jo Harman, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Rebecca Downes, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Cut Against The Grain 16/2/17
"One of the things most noticeable upon repeated plays of this debut album is how restrained Aaron Keylock is with regards to his playing, with his youth and talent it would be easy to get carried away and make each song a lengthy overindulgent shred fest, however he definitely understands the concept of less is more as no song outlasts its welcome, making for a perfectly paced CD. It's the sound of a guy for whose future is so bright it's no wonder he wears shades on the cover."
Read the whole of Phil C's review of Aaron Keylock's 'Cut Against The Grain' CD here. Aaron (Vid Of The Day) is also playing Planet Rock Winter’s End Fest in Poole, Dorset, on Friday 24th February and is supporting Sari Schorr at London's Borderline on Monday 20th March.