Australian Hard Rock band Airbourne were formed in late 2003 by the O'Keefe brothers and were soon joined by rhythm guitarist David Roads, with their debut album ‘Running Wild’ arriving in 2007. It's a fact that the band are more popular in Europe than their homeland where obviously AC/DC rule the roost in crunchy rock which unfortunately is a problem. We first caught them at Ramblin' Man this year where the size of their following was impressive. So how did the second of their two consecutive nights at Camden's Electric Ballroom in London last night pan out given that they were supported by Central Pennsylvania-based rockers and WRC favourites Crobot following the release of their new album 'Welcome To Fat City'? With more photos and a review to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day prematurely curtailed by the mosh pit!
Cardinal Curse 30/11/16
Eden’s Curse continued their Cardinal Tour at London's Underworld in Camden on Sunday night and Big Ian and his mate Geoff were duly there covering the gig for the WRC. A Multinational Melodic Metal band who tend to turn those guitars up freaking loud and rock out old school style - check out our photo gallery here including support band C.O.P. UK - with a review and a Vid Of The Day to come!
Transit Blues 30/11/16
To support the release of their brand new album ‘Transit Blues’, The Devil Wears Prada consisting of Hranica on vocals, Jeremy DePoyster on guitar/vocals, Andy Trick on bass and Kyle Sipress on guitar, also joined by Giuseppe Capolupo on drums and Jonathan Gering on keyboards - kicked off their co-headline “The Rise Up Tour” with Memphis May Fire and Silverstein in Norwich last night. It's the band's first full UK outing since October 2013 and tonight they are at London's Koko where tickets are still on sale for £17. Anyway, check out today's Track Of The Day 'To The Key Of Evergreen'.
Breakin Outta Hell 29/11/16
"Airbourne certainly raised the energy levels though with crowd pleasers such as ‘Live It Up’, ‘Running Wild’ and new song ‘Breakin Outta Hell’ from the album of the same name to be released in September. Joel O'Keefe's bashing of cheap cans of lager on his head, his regular rig climb up and down and crowd invasion during ‘Girls In Black’ went down well too. It would be easy to be cynical about Airbourne. Yes it is unashamedly gruff and primal Rock'n'Roll, but it is the ageless and tireless uniformity of the band's approach that makes this an honest and brazen delight. Huge, macho riffs collide with gleefully lobotomised tales of booze, chicks and the noble art of kicking ass always come with a giant, instantly memorable chorus attached. Let there be more rock, basically. Perfect festival performers...!"
That was our take on Airbourne (pictured) at this year's Ramblin Man and we are off to see them at Camden's Electric Ballroom tonight supported by the mighty Crobot!
King King Assembly 29/11/16
King King headline the Islington Assembly Hall tonight with special guests Broken Witt Rebels (pictured) who hit the stage at 7.20pm for a 40-minute set, followed by King King at 8.30pm for a 2-hour set. King King recently won five British Blues Awards including Best Album (Reaching For The Light) , Best Male Vocalist, Best Bass Player, Best Song (Rush Hour) and Best Songwriter. The band recently released King King Live; a triple disc live concert. Meanwhile Broken Witt Rebels (Vid Of The Day) recently won “Best Rock Act” at the first ever Unsigned Music Awards at London’s Troxy.
Black Tornado On Route 66 29/11/16
New music on this week's Route 66 Track Of The Day includes Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado, Dan Reed Network, Aaron Keylock and the Rolling Stones. Host Rory Auskerry also plays tracks from Montrose, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy (pictured), Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath and John Mayall. Plus there's the week's music news, the birthdays in Rock and Blues and a country rockin' show-stopper from Aron Leigh.
Beautiful Day 28/11/16
As the dust settles on a brilliiant Wrinklystock V following this year's gig at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday, today we bring you our initial photo gallery here plus a U2 Tribe Vid Of The Day. We therefore would like to thank all of you that have supported ‘Wrinklystock V’ - and in particular our helpers, sponsors, advertisers, all those that kindly donated raffle prizes (prize for purple ticket 939 has still to be claimed), The MJC, Limehouse Lizzy and U2 Tribe.
Silver City 28/11/16
Classic Hard Rockers The Jokers recently released their brand new single ‘Silver City’ with B/side 'Summer Time', taken from their highly-acclaimed third album, ‘Hurricane’ on Steamhammer / SPV. ‘Silver City’ was recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, where it was produced, engineered and mixed by Tom Size (Aerosmith, David Lee Roth, Journey, Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis, Mr. Big) at the Tomland Studios, San Francisco. 'Silver City' is a power-driven, hypnotic, sing-a-long rock tune with an infectious chorus and a groove you can't help but move to. The Jokers are Wane Parry on lead vocals, Paul Hurst on lead guitar, Phil Hartley on bass and Dan Evans on drums. After opening for Status Quo at Parc Y Scarlets Stadium in late August, The Jokers are finishing up their UK tour on Saturday 3rd December at The Brew, Warrington and Saturday 10th December at The E Rooms, Skelmersdale.
I've Lost My Blues! 28/11/16
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day includes tracks from Brad Curtis And The Somex6 Band, Starlite Campbell Band, Trevor Sewell, Eddie Martin, Eight O Five Jive, Les Copeland and Stephen Foster & Howler.
The Boys Were Back In Town 27/11/16
Well not only did Limehouse Lizzy and U2 Tribe do Wrinklystock V proud at a sold out Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford last night, but we also raised £1,000 for our nominated charities from a raffle, sponsorship and the sale of souvenir programmes. On a night of great Rock that befitted its title 'Monsters Of Irish Rock' - the MJC audience were ready to rock and they certainly got what they were looking for! With more pics and a review to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day which hopefully gives you a flavour of what was a brilliant evening!
It's A Kind Of Magic! 27/11/16
If Wrinklystock V wasn't enough to take in last night - we also made our exclusive announcement re: our headliner for Wrinklystock VI - Magic - a kind of Queen & a kind of ELO together in one fabulous show! Yes two great tributes for the price of one which will take place at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, next year on Saturday 18th November. Watch this space for ticket details as this one will sell out as well!
Eden's Curse Underworld Tonight! 27/11/16
Eden’s Curse (Track Of The Day) Cardinal Tour kicked off last Monday in Glasgow and tonight they are playing London's Underworld in Camden and Big Ian and his mate Geoff will be there covering the gig for the WRC. So watch out shortly for a review, pics and possibly a vid of this Multinational Melodic Metal band who tend to turn those guitars up freaking loud and rock out old school style!
Are You Ready To Rock? 26/11/16
Well the big day has finally arrived - Wrinklystock V with our 'Monsters Of Irish Rock' at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, tonight, which sees headliners Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Thin Lizzy alive. As of last night, we had just 5 tickets unsold, so you still might be lucky to get one of the remaining tickets - if you're quick by calling the Box Office on 01322 291100. With special guests U2 Tribe auctioning off their setlist for our nominated charities plus a raffle and souvenir programmes on sale - it's going to be one hell of an evening! Accordingly, today we turn our Vid Of The Day clock back to Wrinklystock 2 - are you ready to rock?
Centred And One 26/11/16
"A Hard Rock sound that is progressive, with unusual timings, interesting chord changes and both soulful and djent sounds, this is a band that will make you sing and mosh in equal measure. As Chappers launches into tracks for their newly released ‘Centred and One’ EP, you can tell that he has worked hard training his voice to keep the power and melodic range but also temper it to last the course of the tour. The smiles on the bands faces as the crowd warms to the new material only grow larger as the small, but perfectly formed faithful do their best to form a mosh pit wall of death within the confines of the Borderlines bijou arena."
Check out the rest of Mother's recent Dorje Borderline, London, review here.
Blues On A Saturday! 26/11/16
On today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day, Jim is again joined by fellow Blues presenter Nigel Day from NCB Radio's Sunday Blues Brunch. Music this week includes tracks from Starlite Campbell Band, Imelda May, Bad Company, Albert Collins, Paul Lamb, Kenny Neal, Trevor Sewell, Johnnie Johnson, Colin James, Tas Cru, Brad Wilson, Steve Summers Band, Mary Jo Curry Blues, Simon McBride, The Joey Gilmore Band, Albert King, Biscuit Miller and The Mix, Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings, Southbound (pictured), The Smoke Wagon Blues Band, Tanya Piche Blues Band, JW-Jones, The King Brothers, Dave Keller Band, The Knickerbocker All-Stars, Bobby Rush, Mississippi Heat, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Wrinklystock V Nearly Sold Out! 25/11/16
Yesterday's tweet from The Mick Jagger Centre said it all: "Bring on the weekend! Nearly sold out less than 10 tickets left! #livemusic #Dartford #wrinklyrockersclub #mickjaggercentre" so make sure you order your Wrinklystock V tickets now priced £22 here in order that you don't miss out! Meanwhile we turn our Vid Of The Day clock back to last year's Wrinklystock IV and T. Rextasy!
Where The Hart Was 25/11/16
All roads led to Beth Hart at The Royal Festival Hall in London last Wednesday night! Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. Anyway have a gander today at our photo gallery here from the cheap seats!
We first caught Lilith and the Knight at London's Borderline in May this year (pictured) and today they release their ferocious debut EP ‘Insanity’ on Red Vixen Records. The EP is brimming with crisp riffs, taut songwriting and killer choruses so check out today's Track Of The Day!
Hart Of The Southbank 24/11/16
"This was the first time I had seen Beth Hart and was unsure whether I would really enjoy her performance, as having listened to material from three of her solo albums and her collaboration with Joe Bonamassa I remained to be convinced about her music – unlike my other half. From first to last this lady gave a powerhouse performance full of energy, and passion coupled with her truly amazing voice and stage presence she gave the audience a totally unforgettable evenings entertainment. Her awesome version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ would, I believe, have impressed Mr. Plant himself and just when we thought it was all over Beth came out for a second encore and gave a heart rendering rendition of ‘My California’. Outstanding. I left the concert ‘singing’ the ladies’ praises and would definitely see her again. I’m convinced!"
That was John Bull's (not Mr. Rockrpix) take on Beth Hart four year's ago at London's Forum. We saw Beth again at London's Royal Festival Hall last night - so check out today's Vid Of The Day with more pics and a review to come.
Cherry On Top 24/11/16
There’s been some great feedback about Australian band Cherry Grind (Track Of The Day) since they played at Hard Rock Hell X recently. Their debut album 'A Room With A View' is the product of three years of writing and the culmination of ten years of doing the hard yards playing in Australia's infamous pub scene. This band is the new face of Rock 'N' Roll and alongside producer Bob Daisley (Blizzard of Ozz, Rainbow, Black Sabbath) Cherry Grind have created a truly original album for the modern audience. Subsequently A 'Room With A View' has garnered many positive reviews worldwide. Delivering dynamic, high energy live performances that leave the audience wanting more - their first UK tour ends this Friday 25th November at the Cavendish Arms in London.
Absolution's Quay Gig This Saturday 24/11/16
Absolution are just back from their mini European promo tour. The band did a week in Germany playing some club shows to great audiences, then played a few shows in the Netherlands with some live radio sessions including playing the legendary Countdown Cafe show on national radio to an audience of around 300,000 listeners! The guys are due to return to mainland Europe for more shows and festivals in 2017 and are playing one last UK show this year at The Quay Theatre in Sudbury, Suffolk this Saturday 26th November. Make sure you book now as the show is nearly sold out!
Hart Of The Matter 23/11/16
All roads lead to Beth Hart at The Royal Festival Hall in London tonight! Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. Beth’s latest album, 'Fire On The Floor' sees this fiercely self-critical artist describe it as as “pretty frickin’ good”. In April 2015, she released 'Better Than Home': a critical and commercial smash that topped the iTunes Blues Chart and was crowned #4 Best Blues Album Of The Year by Mojo magazine. The release led her to fill Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall with 5,500 fans (her largest club show to date).
Electric Daisies 23/11/16
Riveting Hard Rockers The Dead Daisies complete the UK leg of their massive six-week joint-headline UK and European Tour with The Answer at London's Electric Ballroom tonight! Consisting of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) - the guys released their captivating new single ‘A Song And A Prayer’ in early November on Spitfire Music / SPV - which is today's Vid Of The Day.
Rock Out On Route 66! 23/11/16
Today's Route 66 Track Of The Day features two tracks off the new album from Mike Zito plus previously unreleased music from Jeff Healey. There's also new tunes from Greg Billings featuring Brian Johnson, Metallica and Manchester band, We Signal Fire, some Prog Rock from Genesis and ELO (pictured) and hot rockin' tunes from The Who, ZZ Top, Jimmy Barnes, Joe Walsh and Fleetwood Mac.
Radio Ga Ga 22/11/16
Well the Queen Extravaganza was created and produced by Queen’s Roger Taylor (pictured) - so the drummer duly introduced the band himself at their London Hammersmith Apollo gig last Sunday night. Ending their special UK tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of Queen’s iconic album, ‘A Night At The Opera’ - take a look at our photo gallery here. And what with Wrinklystock V just four days away - we also turn our Vid Of The Day clock back to Wrinklystock 2014 - another great tribute to Queen - The Bohemians!
Just 14 Tickets Left For Wrinklystock V 22/11/16
The bad news is that there is no WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge show this coming Saturday given that Bob & Jules are attending Wrinklystock V - of which there were only 14 tickets remaining as of last night! The good news is that today's Track Of The Day is last Saturday's ROTR show which featured Red Sky Mary, Inglorious (pictured), The Brew, Airbourne, Royal Blood, Dinosaur Pile Up, RavenEye, Scorpion Child, Blowback, Hand Of Dimes, Blacktop Mojo, The Virginmarys, Marcus Malone, Christopher Shayne, Rival Sons, Pearl Handled Revolver, Dead Letter Circus, Avenged Sevenfold and on their introducing stage Rusted Hero.
Northsyde Southside Tonight! 22/11/16
A combination of Rock, Funk and a serious nod to the Blues - Northsyde have grown into a well oiled music machine, capable of entertaining even the most discerning audiences from UK music festivals and supports: Guilfest, London's Ealing Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival, supporting Joe Bonamassa to rocking the stages at Queens Day Festival in Eindhoven, open air weekend festivals in Belgium and Holland and belting it out in Italy. Anyway tonight Northsyde will grace the Tuesday Night Music Club at the Comrades Club, 194 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Greater London, CR5 2NF.
A Night At The Opera 21/11/16
The WRC took in the Queen Extravaganza at London's Hammersmith Apollo last night. Created and produced by Queen’s Roger Taylor, it ended a special UK tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of Queen’s iconic album, ‘A Night At The Opera’, long viewed as one of the greatest rock albums of all time, which was played in its entirety from the beginning of the show and in order. Of course the second half continued with all the well-known classics - a doff of the cap to one of the greatest Rock bands of all time. With more pics to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day!
Wrinklystock V - 5 Days & Counting! 21/11/16
Our Wrinklystock V countdown continues today with just five days to go now to our 'Monsters Of Irish Rock' at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford on Saturday 26th November which sees headliners Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Thin Lizzy alive. With at the last count, 87% of the tickets sold, make sure you order your tickets now priced £22 here in order that you don't miss out plus don't forget our Wrinklystock V t-shirts on sale here.
Knockin’ On The Door Of The Blues 21/11/16
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another Blues Women special featuring Beth Hart (pictured), Charlie Faye, Petra Bornerova, Saffire the Uppity Blues Women, Shaun Murphy, Tracy K and Kat & Co.
Hammersmith Rocks! 20/11/16
Created and produced by Queen’s Roger Taylor, the Queen Extravaganza finally comes to the Hammersmith Apollo tonight, ending a special UK tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of Queen’s iconic album, ‘A Night At The Opera’, long viewed as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Anyway, we will be there and today's Vid Of The Day is a favourite of a certain WRC interviewer who is also celebrating a birthday today. Happy Birthday!
Soho's Deep Blue Sea 20/11/16
Last week's Blues Sunday at De Hems in Soho saw The Blue Bishops - joined by Sam Kelly and others at the jam session afterwards - at a rammed venue with an astonishing 44,000 tuned in around the world on Facebook Live! Deep Blue Sea (pictured) are gigging today from 3pm to 5pm plus a jam session till 7pm - so get on down. But if not, tune in via Facebook Live - as the whole world's invited through live streaming! For more info go here.
Aural Pleasure 20/11/16
For your aural pleasure today you'll be able to get yer lug'oles around Friday night's latest Blues On The Marsh show. Today's Track Of The Day features Charlie Beale, Rob Tognoni, Mississippi Heat, Little Steve and The Big Beat, Mitch Kashmar, Hurricane Hearn, Phil Bee's Freedom, Tas Cru, Jeremiah Marques and the Blue Aces, King King (pictured), Red Butler, Nine Below Zero, The Rumblestrutters, Clare Sands, Kaz Hawkins, Earl Thomas, Lurrie Bell, plus a tribute to Mose Alison and Leon Russell .
One Week To Wrinklystock V! 19/11/16
Today we turn our Vid Of The Day clock back to November 2012 and our very first Wrinklystock with The Beatlez as our Wrinklystock V countdown continues. We have now just one week to go to our 'Monsters Of Irish Rock' at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford on Saturday 26th November which sees headliners Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Thin Lizzy alive. With at the last count, 87% of the tickets sold, make sure you order your tickets now priced £22 here in order that you don't miss out plus don't forget our Wrinklystock V t-shirts on sale here.
2016 WRC Award Nominations Coming Soon! 19/11/16
With the announcement of our 2016 WRC Award nominees on the horizon - it was good to hear from 2015 WRC Award winners The Mentulls yesterday. "We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the band on our recent European Autumn Tour, it really means alot to us folks - we had a blast. Many thanks also go to the promotors and venues that looked after us all so well. It's been great to meet up with all of our friends and also to meet new people in towns we haven't played before. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Andrew, Jamie, Nick and all the crew." Anyway, appropriately, today's Track Of The Day is part of The Mentulls awesome set at this year's BluesRockfest!
HRH - The Eleventh Coming! 19/11/16
Even as Hard Rock Hell's triumphant flagship celebration of their first decade comes to a close (check out our review here and updated photo gallery here), HRH looks to the future with next year's festival. HRH are proud to announce another kickass, fan-picked line-up between Thursday 9th and Sunday 12th Nov 2017: Australian powerhouse Rockers Airbourne and classic 70's American Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band Y&T (originally formed as Yesterday & Tomorrow, and known as "one of the hardest-working blue-collar bands in Hard Rock history"). From the U.K. come Glaswegian Hard Rockers Gun; also Syteria: the dynamic, female-fronted Rock band from South Yorkshire. Then, adding European flavour to the proceedings, are The New Roses: Germany's most exciting, successful new Rock act!
Hard Rock Hell 10 Review 18/11/16
"The idea of hosting a Rock festival on the inaccessible Welsh Northwest coast in November is, quite frankly, a ridiculous idea. But that is exactly what the team at Hard Rock Hell has been doing successfully for the last 10 years. This year’s anniversary event sold out its 6500 tickets almost before the last one was over. A hardy breed of rockers you might think? Not at all. The holiday camp hosting the event provides two large inside venues with well-stocked and staffed bars as well as smaller venues, assorted concessionaries and comfortable heated and dry accommodation. A far cry from Knebworth 1985 or this year’s Download."
Read the rest of Mother's Hard Rock Hell review from last weekend's festival here, check out our Vid Of The Day plus go to our updated photo gallery here.