Cheap Trick are an indisputable American institution, beloved around the globe since 1974 for their instantly identifiable, hugely influential, brand of Pop Rock 'n' Roll. The band - Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar) and Daxx Nielsen (drums) - are true pioneers with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes, from ‘He’s A Whore’, ‘California Man’ and ‘Dream Police’ to ‘Surrender’, ‘I Want You To Want Me’ and the worldwide #1 hit single, ‘The Flame’. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers – whose four decade-plus career has seen them play more than 5,000 shows and counting – will celebrate the release on Friday 16th June of their eagerly awaited new album 'We're All Alright' (Video Of The Day) with a worldwide tour, which includes London's Forum on Tuesday 27th June.
Time To Get Amped! 30/4/17
Raging Speedhorn (Track Of The Day), Astroid Boys, Milk Teeth and Heck have all now been confirmed and added to Amplified Open Air. This new UK live event takes place in Gloucestershire at Quarrydowns, Northleach, over the weekend of the 21st to the 23rd of July, with stage headliners including Reef, Puddle Of Mudd, Diamond Head, Acid Reign and Evil Scarecrow. Saturday's main stage headliner is to be announced soon. With a bill showcasing a wealth of Rock, Metal and Alternative talent which includes the likes of Trapt, As Lions, Anti-Clone, The Fallen State, Courtesans, Krysthla, Oni, Conjurer and many more; this exciting new festival is not to be missed.
Roadkill BBQ 30/4/17
An old Rock ’n ’Roll proverb says that musicians always have their best inspiration on tour. Since Nitrogods, a Rock trio from Hanover and Stuttgart that has travelled large parts of Europe since 2011, are more or less permanently on tour, they tend to come up with plenty of new ideas all the time. And so their latest (third) album release 'Roadkill BBQ' also has a tour story with a definite sense of black humour that would be impossible to invent: on their way back from a show in France, vocalist/bassist Oimel accidentally ran over a squirrel. Sad for the little rodent, good for the group’s scheduled next record. Because in answer to Oimel’s tongue-in-cheek question what to do next (quote: “Should I call an undertaker or what?”) drummer Klaus Sperling suggested a barbeque party in memory of the incident which ended so tragically for the squirrel. So the title 'Roadkill BBQ' had been born before the first song for the coming album was even written. All animal rights activists rest assured that the unfortunate squirrel was of course not barbequed!
Revolution Come... Revolution Go 29/4/17
Pre-eminent American Rock band Gov't Mule (Track Of The Day) have announced the release of their anticipated 10th studio album 'Revolution Come… Revolution Go', which will be released on Friday 9th June through Spinefarm Records. Steeped in the roots and mystique of Rock, Blues, Soul, Jazz and Country, 'Revolution Come… Revolution Go' enriches Gov’t Mule’s distinguished legacy with cleverly-crafted songs, intelligent and timely lyrical commentary, plus downright incendiary playing, while the depth and breadth of the band’s stunning song-writing is displayed with full force. With Warren Haynes (guitar/vocals), Matt Abts (drums), Danny Louis (keyboards, guitar and backing vocals) and Jorgen Carlsson (bass) – Gov’t Mule has galvanized a global fan base with their music and improvisational virtuosity, causing them to be recognised as one of the most timeless and active Rock bands in the world.
Farmer Boys Are Back 29/4/17
After over a decade, the chart-breaking Alternative Metal band from Stuttgart are back with the last of their three exclusive shows at the Longhorn in their home town tonight! With the tour under their belt, Farmer Boys will then dive into producing a brand new album, which will be released in Spring 2018. While singer and frontman Matthias Sayer has been busy as a film composer at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Studios, guitarist Alex Scholpp has been working with famous Finnish artist Tarja Turunen since 2007. Founding member Ralf Botzenhart (bass) together with Richard Düe (keyboard) and Timmy Schreiner (percussion) will complete the band's new line up. Their first release, 'You And Me' (today's Video Of The Day) mixed by Swedish engineer Stefan Glaumann) will give you a powerful first impression of their new work!
Big In London 29/4/17
Danny Bryant and his big band are playing a special show at London's Borderline tonight following the recent release of his double album, 'BIG: Live in Europe' with a nine-piece big band featuring keys and a four piece brass section from a select run of shows in Europe during January 2017. Meanwhile, King King are also on the road tonight stopping off at The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford with support from WRC favourites Bad Touch. The tour concludes at Fibbers in York on Sunday 21st May.
Trick Or Treat DVD? 28/4/17
On 23rd April 2016, Treat (VIdeo Of The Day) played a highly anticipated set at the Frontiers Rock Festival, the annual concert event organized by the bands label, Frontiers Records. Held close to Milano, Italy, this was the third annual edition of the festival and saw Treat playing hot on the heels of the release of their latest studio album, 'Ghost Of Graceland'. The band took the stage by storm, opening the show with the title track from the new album and showcasing a very special lineup, which featured H.E.A.T. keyboardist Jona Tee taking the place of Patrik Appelgren for this exclusive performance. Treat offered a show with a great mixture of new and recent songs taken from their latest album, the highly regarded 2010 release 'Coup De Grace' and classic songs from the good ol days including 'World Of Promises', 'Get You On The Run' and 'Ready For The Taking'. Treat's performance was truly a unique and special one and their new DVD documents a great moment in the band's history as well as serving as a celebration of one of Sweden's finest Hard Rock bands ever! The Treat line up was Robert Ernlund: lead vocals, Anders Wikström: lead Guitars and vocals, Pontus Egberg: electric bass and vocals, Jamie Borger: drums with Jona Tee: Keyboards. Watch out for Treat at the Hair Metal Heaven Festival in Hull on Friday 25th August!
Darkness Remains 28/4/17
Mighty classic Metal newcomers Night Demon released their storming second album 'Darkness Remains' last week on Steamhammer/SPV. Packed with exuberant, hard driving New Wave Of British Heavy Metal inspired thrills and chills, it's a much more mature, accomplished offering than its acclaimed predecessor 'Curse Of The Damned'. Jarvis Leatherby (vocals/bass), Armand John Anthony (guitar), and Dusty Squires (drums), have truly honed their songwriting chops significantly down. Not only has the bands overall sound matured, but the individual members have carved out their own niches, sharpened their attack, and even taken some chances along the way. Boasting a full, powerful, and clear production that retains a raw edginess, 'Darkness Remains' sets the gold standard for how a traditional Metal record should sound in 2017. Following their March/April special guest shows on Anvil's 2017 US tour, Night Demon have lined up an extensive headline tour of Europe, culminating with a string of major festival appearances.
Blues Club Back On Friday 28/4/17
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns this week 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 Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from Samantha Fish, Michael McConnell, Hurricane Ruth, Bobby Messano, Mick Simpson, Vin Mott's Rhythm & Blues Band, Greasy Gravy, Bob Seger, Delta Moon, Ina Forsman with Helge Tallqvist Band, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Earl Music, LaVendore Rogue, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, At Last - The Etta James Story, David Bray, Jason Mcniff, John Mayall, The King's Parade, Sean Webster Band, Malaya Blue, Erja Lyytinen (pictured), Sari Schorr, Micke Bjorklof & BlueStrip, Big Wolf Band, Toriah Fontaine, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Chris Antonik, Saturday Night Fish Fry, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Dan Patlansky Interview 27/4/17
Last week in the heart of London, the WRC had the pleasure of interviewing South African Blues Rock guitarist Dan Patlansky and despite a few technical gremlins on our part – the banter flowed and we would like to thank Dan for his time. So read here if you want to find out more about Dan's current tour, his new single and album, problems with his '62 Fender Strat and why Father John Misty is today's Vid Of The Day!
Krysthla Break Into Amazon UK Top 10 27/4/17
Following the recent release of their sophomore album 'Peace In Our Time', UK extreme Metal band Krysthla (Track Of The Day) has broken into Amazon UK's official chart. The new album hit the number two spot, sandwiched between Deep Purple and Mastodon, alongside other new releases by Kreator, While She Sleeps, Bodycount and more. Krysthla's stunning new album has also cracked Amazon's mainstream chart, sitting high in the ranks alongside popular Top 40 artists Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, James Blunt and Rag'N'Bone Man. 'Peace In Our Time' is the second album to be released by the Northamptonshire Metal group and follows on from the success of their 2015 debut record 'A War Of Souls And Desires'. Krysthla continue their UK tour at Cardiff's Fuel tomorrow night which concludes with an appearance at Gloucester's Amplified Festival on Saturday 22nd July.
Legacy Of The Beast 27/4/17
Global Rock icons Iron Maiden embarked on the final leg of 'The Book of Souls' world tour last weekend, simultaneously launching a synergistic player-vs-player battle arena for their mobile game, Legacy of the Beast. The game offers players a unique way to interact with the band’s real world activities, by introducing not only a replica of one of the tour stage productions, but also the debut of 'The Book of Souls' Shaman Eddie into the game, in his Mayan themed incarnation as featured on the band’s most recent studio album. Other characters from 'The Book of Souls' are set to follow.
Images, Words & Beyond 26/4/17
"The musicianship was exemplary, as we have come to expect, and it was time to slow things down a bit. John Myung is the quiet man of the band but is up there with the best in terms of his bass playing. This was now showcased in his rendition of a bass composition by Jaco Pastorius called 'Portait of Tracy'. The quiet didn't last too long though as he finished off by launching into 'As I Am'. This is from their most Metal of albums 'Train of Thought' and they never sounded more like Metallica than they did on that album. Just to reinforce that opinion, they even inserted a chorus from 'Enter Sandman' before the end of the song! The conclusion of Act 1 was 'Breaking All Illusions' from drummer Mike Mangini's debut album 'A Dramatic Turn of Events'. Time for a breather!"
Read the whole of Steve P's Dream Theater Hammersmith Apollo gig review from Sunday here.
Dan Patlansky On Route 66 26/4/17
On today's Route 66 Track Of The Day, host Rory Auskerry chats to Dan Patlansky (pictured) ahead of his UK tour in May. Indeed the WRC will be at Islington's O2 Academy next Tuesday 2nd May to see Dan and watch out tomorrow for our own recent interview with Dan. Also on the show there are new tracks from Dave Hunt, Roger Waters and Brothers Osbourne.
Wilko And In! 26/4/17
2017 is certainly a special year for Wilko Johnson. Not only does it mark the 30th anniversary of the Wilko Johnson Band, but this year sees the guitarist celebrating his 70th birthday, which he celebrates with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 26th September. Given the events of recent years, this celebration at the Royal Albert Hall is all the more meaningful: the death-defying Johnson leading his own party with partners in crime Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Dylan Howe (drums), family, friends and special guests.
JB Master Class 25/4/17
"The band and Joe are exceptional on a number of the songs such as 'How Deep This River Runs’, where to single out the backing singers are in such fine voice. And also with ‘Love Ain’t A Love Song’, where Joe’s ability to build a song into a crescendo of sheer noise and fun is exactly what we love about him. Half of the songs were covers of Joe's guitar heroes such as B.B. King and Eric Clapton (obviously!) and I particularly enjoyed his faultless cover of EC's sleek ‘Pretending’ which becomes the launch pad for an incomprehensible six string showcase while drummer Anton Fig and the cheerleading brass section lead the audience in keeping time."
Read the whole of Wrinkly The Silver's Joe Bonamassa Royal Albert Hall gig review from last Thursday here (picture Laurence Harvey) plus check out our updated photo gallery here.
Triggerfinger Sign To Mascot 25/4/17
Multi-award winning threepiece Triggerfinger (Video Of The Day) has signed with Mascot Records. One of Belgium’s finest guitar bands, Triggerfinger is currently finalizing the successor of their successful album ‘By Absence Of The Sun’, due for worldwide release after the Summer. The band will then start a European tour following the release of their fifth studio album, from September onwards. Imagine three sharp dressed man, in suits, with the boldness of Motörhead, Marc Bolan’s grooves and Chuck Berry’s relentlessness. The result? Triggerfinger, a well maintained riff-machine but also Europe’s very best kept secret - a band that has developed the hard way; years of touring clubs, pubs and festivals and dives of Europe have bred a fierce, unique and raw sound.
Rockin' Out On The Ridge 25/4/17
Today's 2016 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day features tracks from Mount Holly, We Three Kings, The Black Jackals, 42 Decibe, Crobot (pictured), Godsmack, Shaman's Harvest, JacksonHewitt, Kingcrow, Roving Crows, Florence Black, Pearl Handled Revolver, IronPig, CrowBlackChicken, Will Wilde, Troy Redfern, Molly Hatchet, The Irontown Diehards, Praying Mantis and on their introducing stage, two in a row from local band StoneWire.
At The Top Of Their Game 24/4/17
"Maxwell's pounding drum heralded another Matthews composition - the boppin' 'Bad Boy' - which saw some more scintillating Krissy fretwork, before the band closed the set with two covers - Hendrix's 'Freedom' - now back as a staple on their live set list and obviously a favourite with Matthews, as this guitar tribute to Jimi truly demonstrated, and finally a cover of Muddy Waters 'I'm Ready' to round off a thoroughly enjoyable gig in a proper pucker Rock pub. To the chagrin of the guy standing to the right of us - ironically there was no time for 'Time Machine' - nor disappointingly for mine did they play the stand-out from 'LAFV' 'Bubbles And The Seven Phones'. But, hey, at the end of day this was an archetypal Blues Rock Power trio at their raw best and at the top of their game without JB's bells and whistles. With two more UK dates, Fuel Cardiff tonight and The Arches Coventry this Thursday, The Krissy Matthews Band European tour finishes appropriately in Germany on Saturday 20th May. Prost!"
Read the whole of AJ's Krissy Matthew's Band Fiddler's Elbow review from last Wednesday here plus check out our photo gallery here.
Kadavar To Headline In London 24/4/17
The last time we saw Berlin-based trio Kadavar (Vid Of The Day) was when they double headlined with Blues Pills at London's Koko last November (pictured). The riff-lords have announced a headline show at London's The Dome on Saturday 30th September plus they will also bring the fuzz to the North when they play Sheffield's HRH Doom Vs Stoner Festival the following day. Kadavar are also currently working on their fourth studio album, the follow up to their acclaimed 2015 album 'Berlin'.
The Unity, the vital new band formed by Gamma Ray members Michael Ehré (drums) and Henjo Richter (guitar), have signed to Steamhammer/SPV to release their consummate, utterly compelling debut album as a digipak CD (with poster), double gatefold 180 gram vinyl (with printed inner sleeves and CD in a cardboard case) plus as a download on Friday 5th May. Richter has been part of the Hamburg Power Metal outfit for some twenty years, while Ehrés CV includes prior to his joining the Gamma Ray fold in 2012 renowned names such as Firewind, Uli Jon Roth and Unisonic.
Dream Theater At Apollo Tonight! 23/4/17
"And so to Main Stage headliners Dream Theater. If technical Progressive Metal is your thing then this lot are the genre leaders. If, however, you desire a party band to bring High Voltage to its natural conclusion then the US act are wholly unsuitable. File under ‘opinion divided’." That was our take the last time we saw Dream Theater at High Voltage in July 2011 (Vid Of The Day) - but we are sure that opinions won't be as divided tonight as some WRC members are off to see them perform at London's Hammersmith Apollo!
Last Great Dreamers At O2 Academy Islington Tonight 23/4/17
Last Great Dreamers are currently special guests on a UK tour with The Quireboys and they are on stage at London's O2 Academy, Islington, at around 8pm tonight. Possibly one of the most essential British Rock bands of recent times, so catch them live and they promise “you won’t regret it!” Their latest album 'Transmissions From Oblivion' is an energetic yet sensitive album that celebrates music and storytelling, with 14 finely crafted songs overflowing with Rock ’n Roll attitude, emotion and glamour which includes the singles 'Glitterball Apocalypse', which documents the tragedies of Rock 'n Roll, the raucous 'Dope School' (Track Of The Day) and the flamboyant yet urgent Power-Pop classic 'Oblivion Kids'.
It's Record Store Day! 22/4/17
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on 19th April 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. Indeed Big Machine Label Group’s A Thousand Horses (pictured) and The Cadillac Three (Video Of The Day) have announced they will both have special, limited-edition vinyl releases today. A Thousand Horses will be releasing 'Live From London' and The Cadillac Three will be releasing 'Live At Abbey Road'.
Albert Hall Photo Gallery 22/4/17
With a review and more pics to come from last night's second gig at The Royal Albert Hall - today we bring you our initial photo gallery here from Joe Bonamassa's gig on Thursday night. JB's band included Michael Rhodes – bass guitar, Anton Fig – drums + percussion, Reese Wynans – keyboards, Lee Thornburg – trumpet, Paulie Cerra – sax, Jade Macrae - backing vocals and Mahalia Barnes – backing vocals.
Saturday Blues Club 22/4/17
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns this week, a day later than usual, 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 AssociationPresenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from Sean Chambers, Peter Karp, The BluesBones, Bill Morganfield, D.A. Foster, Greasy Gravy, Ruthie Foster, Big Wolf Band (pictured), Jim Gustin and Truth Jones, Jon Zeeman Band, Wily Bo Walker, Robert Cray, Patty Reese, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Bobby Messano, Vanessa Collier, Amanda St John, Kaz Hawkins, Southern Avenue, Starlite Campbell Band, The Speakeasy Three, The Bourbon Alley Blues Band, The Johnny Max Band, Ben Tyzack & Guy Tortora, Coco Montoya, Delta Moon, The Blues Band, Billy T Band, Adrianna Marie and Her Roomful of All-Stars, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Happier Times 21/4/17
Is it really eight years since Joe Bonamassa's very first Royal Albert Hall gig? Last night we returned to the scene of that triumph and once again were blown away by this now world-renowned platinum-selling and Grammy nominated Blues-Rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. With a review and more pics to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day. In the meantime we also have our Krissy Matthews photo gallery here from his Fiddler's Elbow gig from Wednesday night and did we mention that we are back at the RAH again tonight for a second spoonful of JB!
Broken Machine Released Today 21/4/17
"I find it hard to listen to this style of electric guitar driven Blues Rock without making comparisons to one of my heroes Mr. Joe Bonamassa, who, without doubt is one of the best guitarists I have ever seen. I would find it hard to believe that Ash wasn't influenced by him for track five 'Words Of A Woman'. It has a great sound, with strong lyrics revolving around a woman's troubles when her husband leaves ("Does She Have To Start Again"). A great ballad with an excellent solo from Ash at the end, definitely my favourite song on the album." That was part of our take on Ash Wilson's new album 'Broken Machine' which is released today and is also our Track Of The Day.
Never The Bride Back For 5th Birthday Party! 21/4/17
Having invaded venues ranging from The Royal Albert Hall (on multiple occasions), playing alongside Elton John, The British Rock Symphony Orchestra, Wembley Arena supporting The Who, The Viper Room in LA and Euro-fests galore – to intimate spaces like The Green Note in Camden, Never The Bride have amazed and floored audiences and peer groups alike over their 25 years of service – these ladies are true Rock and Roll royalty. And tonight they are back at Wokingham Music Club, with support from Chris Trim, to celebrate the Club's fifth birthday! There are only a few tickets left at £13 with proceedings kicking off at 7.30pm.
Live At The Fiddler's Elbow! 20/4/17
Just five days after the launch of his 'Live At Freak Valley' CD - Krissy Matthews was live at The Fiddler's Elbow in Camden last night. 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 Scott’s, Loreley, Tanzbrunnen and Festa Avante. He’s also opened for many high profile recording artists at the top of their game including Joe Bonamassa, Toto, Gregg Allman and Tedeschi Trucks Band. Anyway, with a review and more pics to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day.
Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall 20/4/17
In January 2016, world-renowned platinum-selling and Grammy nominated Blues-Rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed two unique all-acoustic shows at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City. Both performances were filmed and made into 'Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening', which will be released on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Vinyl on Friday 23rd June. Joe's band consisted of Reese Wynans (piano), Anton Fig (drums) Eric Bazilian (mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone, acoustic guitar, vocals), and three Australian backing vocalists, Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins and Gary Pinto - on an evening of extraordinary music with new arrangements of favourite songs as well as brand new, never-before-heard songs. And we're also off to see JB (pictured by Lucy Stillwell at Newark Castle last year) at London's Royal Albert Hall tonight!
Joe Jammer At Eel Pie Tonight 20/4/17
Joe Jammer's All-Star Chicago Blues Revue will be at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road TW1 3SZ tonight featuringsome great Blues musicians and vocalists, both entertaining and fun. Originally from Chicago, Joe Jammer was live guitarist for Supertramp, Screaming Lord Sutch, Paladin, Stealers Wheel, Donna Summer and Maggie Bell. He was also the founding member of The Olympic Runners, Jam Master for Buddy Guy's Original Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago Jam Master at The Speakeasy, London and session guitarist for Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, Ringo Starr, Jerry Lee Lewis and Oprah Winfrey. Doors open at 8.30pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Krissy At Fiddler's Elbow Tonight! 19/4/17
"Matthews then poses the question: "Siegen - are you ready to rock" - as another self-penned Blues Rock corker 'Language By Injection' - written about a night out in Poland when touring - nudge nudge wink wink - delivers as promised. Krissy then shares a special personal moment with Freak Valley - "Seven years ago I was very lucky to meet the King of the Blues - Mr. B.B. King - and this is a song I wrote later that night" - cue 'The Soul Will Never Die' including both a two minute opening guitar solo that the great man - God bless him - would have been proud of - plus another towards the end which hears the German crowd roar with approval."
With two gigs under his belt already (see today's Vid Of The Day), South African Blues Rock guitarist Dan Patlansky continues his headline tour at London's O2 Islington Academy on Tuesday 2nd May. A man who has opened for Bruce Springsteen in front of 64,000 people and who's last release 'Introvertigo' was voted number one Blues Rock album by Blues Rock Review USA last year - we had the pleasure of interviewing Dan in London yesterday ahead of his gig. Anyway, watch out for that interview coming soon!
Live At Nectar's 19/4/17
The legacy of legendary Soul Jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks will be celebrated on Friday 28th April with the release of 'Live At Nectar's (Track Of The Day) on One Note Records. Texas-born Melvin Sparks was a Rhythm & Blues guitarist at the outset of his career, backing Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye as a member of The Upsetters. He gave up his seat on The Upsetters' bus when a chance introduction to George Benson inspired him to relocate to New York City; a decision that would ultimately pave the way for his ascension into the Soul Jazz pantheon.
Sun Stroke Heart 18/4/17
New Hard Rock Blues band Samarkind's lead single 'Sun Stroke Heart' (Vid Of The Day) doesn't miss a beat. Wasting no time introducing itself with locked down grooves, layers of quality soundscapes and stunning, memorable melody hooks weaving a tapestry throughout the track. Classic yet undeniably modern in its delivery, this is a true musical treat for Rock fans. The multi-national group, which features charismatic Irish frontman David Paul Byrne (formally singer for successful Hard Rock band Assassin and featured vocalist on '80's cult movie 'Trick Or Treat' starring Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons), showcase sublime vocals which are accompanied by the talents of sensational Polish guitarist Michal Kulbaka, Ireland's Mark Dempsey on bass guitar and South African born drummer Marius Appelgryn. Recorded at Westland Studio in Dublin with producer Alwyn Walker, Samarkind are currently putting the final touches to their debut album, with a release date set to be announced for later this year.
Band Of Brothers 18/4/17
"After being annoyed by the local accordion player we wandered off in search of new refreshment and settled down in a nice corner outside the American LePub. After a short while, a 'Vision' appeared walking towards us and nudging AJ and rubbing my eyes "Is that Wes Scantlin - lead singer and Mr Puddle Of Mudd – Nah it can't be we’re not that lucky!" Sitting down in our opposite corner the 'Vision' relaxed (with a rather nicer female vision) and we both agreed that this was indeed Wes himself! Not wanting to interrupt a Rock God ourselves, Denis decided he’d go and do 'An Idiot Abroad' bit and investigate and promptly came back with Wes himself who recognised us Wrinklys from the last gig (and the one before) and was happy to sit and chat!!!! So there we were, the Wrinklys and Wesley 'Scantdog' Scantlin sitting down and chatting about the band and the present tour."
That was part of Wrinkly The Silver Fox's Puddle Of Mudd Amsterdam review just under five year's ago. So we are understandably devastated to report that our mate Denis (small guy pictured second right) passed away on Sunday. You might have rocked out for the last time Denis, but all those great memories will never be taken away mate. RIP Denis.
Honeymoon Period Over 18/4/17
And talking of mates, Route 66 host Rory Auskerry is back from his honeymoon and he's launched the mother of all Track Of The Day's today. Featuring new music from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Samantha Fish and Vanessa Collier along with classic tracks from Gerry Rafferty, AC/DC (pictured) and The Quireboys - there's also a tribute to the late great Chuck Berry who died aged 90 on Saturday 18th March.
Nikka & Strings, Underneath And In Between 17/4/17
Nikka Costa releases her brand new album 'Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between' on Friday 2nd June. This marks the release of her first new full album since 2011’s 'ProWoah' EP. The new album sees the celebrated Soul, Funk and Blues singer, dipping her toes in a refreshing collection of songs backed by a luscious string quartet. Nikka, best known for 2001 album 'Everybody Got Their Something' which featured the hit single 'Like A Feather', is back in full swing with a collection of heartfelt songs that gives listeners an intimate and personal insight into her unique musical style than ever before. To coincide with the news of the new album, Nikka has released an official music video for her new single 'Nothing Compares 2 U' - which is today's Vid Of The Day.
The Ballads V 17/4/17
German virtuoso Heavy Metal guitarist Axel Rudi Pell, who has been a leading light on the European Melodic Metal scene for well over three decades and sold more than 1.5 million albums, released a brand new digital single 'Loves Holding On', featuring special guest star Bonnie Tyler, on Steamhammer/SPV at the end of March. 'Loves Holding On', containing a stunning duet between Bonnie and long-time Axel Rudi Pell band singer Johnny Gioeli, is one of four new recordings included on 'Ballads V', part five of his successful ongoing ballad compilation album series, due out this Friday 21st April.
Bumper Packed With Blues 17/4/17
This week's Black On Blues Track Of The Day includes music from Bumper Jackons, Vintage 18, Steve Kozak Band,
TG Swampbusters, Trampled Under Foot, James O’Hara and Coco Montoya.
100 Hearts 16/4/17
"Erja appeared to have a permanent smile on her face during the set and it was clearly apparent that the band were really enjoying the moment despite the discourteous chit-chat from the back of the 100 Club which you could clearly hear during the set's softer moments. For God's sake - why don't you shut the f**k up? As for the Blues Police in the crowd checking out the new album - Erja belted out the title track 'Stolen Hearts', again demonstrating both her strong vocals and fret board skills with a subtle hint of Hendrix. The definitive downbeat Blues track 'Slowly Burning' - was another opportunity for Erja to take it out on her Fender Strat with a smooth controlled vocal delivery given the song's emotional context."
Finally read AJ's take here on Erja Lyytinen's London 100 Club 'Stolen Hearts' album launch gig last Tuesday night (picture: Edyta Kresak) and her two excellent support bands - JFK and the Connor Selby Band plus check out our photo gallery here.
No Worries 16/4/17
A new video has been released for Sammy Hagar's latest album 'When The Party Started' - which has been out in the US since late November last year and has been out in the UK since the end of March this year on Mailboat/Membran. The new compilation includes two unreleased songs ‘No Worries’ (Vid Of The Day) and ‘Never Said Goodbye’. Hagar recently 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."
Cellar Darling 16/4/17
Switzerland's folk rock rising stars Cellar Darling (Track Of The Day) are due to embark on their debut UK show supporting Delain at London's Koko on Wednesday 1st November. After their split with EluveitieE, Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi and Merlin Sutter reached out for new shores in 2016 and are now ready to see the world through their eyes with their unique and fresh sound, combining grand and heavy riffs, energetic drumming and a unique voice with the signature folky, earthy tones of the hurdy gurdy and classical elements - creating something entirely new, while continuing the spirit of musical innovation they have become known for. Cellar Darling are in the studio now finishing up their debut album due for release via Nuclear Blast this Summer.
Rebels Touch 15/4/17
"And what better song title for a band with Zep influences than 'Heartbreaker Soulshaker' - all about being a free spirit - a much funkier track with some awesome guitar work from clean cut, bespectacled, Slater, which was followed by another from 'Truth Be Told' - all about love unrequited - albeit not as heavy as the previous two but nevertheless another powerful vocal performance from the hatted/moustachioed Stevie Westwood that well and truly got 'Under My Skin'. It was back then to a trilogy from 'HWH' - dipping into the foot stompin' singalong 'Wise Water' featuring Slater's slide guitar and Westwood's tambourine, the riff ridden 'Sweet Little Secret' complemented by its obligatory singalong and finally 'Words I Never Said' - with its delightful opening guitar solo where we saw Classic Rock at its undoubted head-banging best."
Finally read AJ's take on Broken Witt Rebels (Vid Of The Day and pictured) and Bad Touch's Planet Rock Roadstar's tour gig at London's Borderline last Saturday here plus check out our photo gallery here.
Michael Schenker Fest 15/4/17
Following his recent release of 'Michael Schenker Fest Live', the celebrated Rock guitarist has announced that he will be touring Michael Schenker Fest throughout the UK in November 2017 including London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on Thursday 2nd November.In recent memory, Michael Schenker's endeavor to unite Rock fans together at his concerts has enraptured his audiences and so it is fitting that his most recent concept of Michael Schenker Fest does not disappoint one bit! The project reunites the original Michael/McAuley Schenker Group vocalists Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keys), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).