The Stone Free Festival returns next year on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June at The O2, London. Now in its third year, Stone Free has become a firm fixture on the live calendar and next year’s exciting event is set to be the biggest and best yet. Headlining the arena on the Saturday night in a UK live exclusive for 2018 are legendary German rockers Scorpions and Joining them will be thrash titans Megadeth, led by Dave Mustaine, who will also be playing their only UK show of 2018. Headlining the Sunday night will be Prog-Rock royalty Yes (today's Track Of The Day) featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman. The fourth legend to join the bill is former Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson, composer and singer of many of the band’s biggest hits including ‘Dreamer’, ‘It’s Raining Again’, ‘Breakfast In America’ and ‘The Logical Song’, among many others. Also playing on Sunday will be the UK’s number one star of the Blues Rock world, Joanne Shaw Taylor who has released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base.
which kicks at Newcastle O2 Academy on Wednesday 13th December and ends at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday 20th December. All cylinders are furiously firing, Dan Reed Network are back all guns blazing. With the recent release of their critically acclaimed album 'Fight Another Day' safely in their pockets, the band have indulged Europe and the States in a fiery return to the touring circuit.
Oh, Geno! 30/11/17
Geno Washington & The Yo Yos, featuring members of the super tight Ram Jam Band, playing a blistering set of pared down street Soul, RnB and house rockin' Blues, are at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ tonight. Geno is still the ultimate 60's Soul man, enjoying cult status in Soul, Blues and RnB scenes, mainly due to his unsurpassable reputation as a live performer. A contemporary of Georgie Fame, The Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix (all of whom were his support acts back in the day), Geno is as electrifying today as ever, a force of nature and a genuine joy to behold. Doors open at 8.30pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Wrinklystock VI Review 29/11/17
On today's 2016 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day, you can listen again to Saturday night's show which includes a review of WrinklyStock Vl (pictured) and loads of great music featuring Stone Temple Pilots, Electric Light Orchestra, Monster Truck, Queen and Little Brother Eli. You can also check out Bob's brilliant Wrinklystock VI photos here.
Rockin' The Blues Tour & Album 29/11/17
To coincide with the launch of the Provogue/Mascot Label Group’s first Rockin’ The Blues 2018 Tour, they will also be releasing an album - 'Rockin’ The Blues' - which is due to be released on Friday 15th December. The Rockin’ The Blues Tour features the exceptional talents of Eric Gales, Quinn Sullivan, Gary Hoey (VIdeo Of The Day) and now added to the bill as a special end of show guest is Texan guitar slinger Lance Lopez (pictured) who has just signed for Provogue/Mascot. The tour will be calling through Germany, The Netherlands and the UK at London's Garage on Saturday 17th March. To celebrate this, Rockin’ The Blues, the album, features 14 stellar performances from Eric Gales, Quinn Sullivan, Gary Hoey, Black Stone Cherry, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Beth Hart, Walter Trout, SIMO, Supersonic Blues Machine, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Jonny Lang, Lance Lopez, Sonny Landreth and Ronnie Baker Brooks!
King King Announce Special Guests 29/11/17
Award-winning Blues Rock band King King special guests for their January 2018 UK Tour will be Rhinos Revenge (featuring Rhino from Status Quo) at the London Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 17th January, the Birmingham Town Hall on Thursday 18th January and the Bath Forum on Saturday 20th January, Gerry Jablonski And The Electric Band at the Edinburgh Queens Hall on Friday 26th January and Xander And The Peace Pirates (pictured) at the Sheffield Leadmill on Saturday 27th January. King King released their fourth studio album 'Exile & Grace' this October featuring singles '(She Don't) Gimme No Lovin' and 'Long Time Running', which have been big hits on Planet Rock Radio in the UK.
Still In Love With You 28/11/17
"It's perhaps no surprise to learn that Brian Downey's much missed compadre, Phil Lynott, with the exception of Bob Seger's 'Rosalie', had a clean sweep on writing all the songs featured on the iconic 'Live and Dangerous'. However, on the richter scale, it's a pretty mean feat for a drummer to have also co-written almost half of those classic songs. True to the album they set the bar mighty high as they opened with the corker - 'Jailbreak' - and boy were the assembled Lizzy fans ready as they continued to Rock out with fists proudly in the air to 'Are You Ready' - promoted up the order - but the four hundred strong crowd didn't give a damn. It was opening salvo to make your hair stand up on end - if Brian had any - although his three Irish amigos were certainly not challenged in the follicle stakes nor indeed musically as they immediately demonstrated why they had been hand picked by the legendary tub thumper."
Read the whole of AJ's Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous review here from last Saturday's gig at London's Nells Jazz & Blues plus check out our updated photo gallery here (photos courtesy of Andras Paul).
Ash Tuesday Blues 28/11/17
The bad news is that tonight's Ash Wilson's 100 Club London gig has been postponed - but the good news is that Ash will be returning next year with his band on Tuesday 27th March on the same bill as Greg Coulson and the Connor Selby Band (today's Video Of The Day). The other good news is that Gabriella Jones, who was also on the postponed bill tonight, is now performing next Tuesday 5th December along with the Connie Lush Band and Felix Rabin!
Voodoo Tuesday 28/11/17
More good news is that if you want a gig tonight then head on down to the Tuesday Night Music Club at The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF for both The Voodoo Sheiks and Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men. In fact both bands feature on todays Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day which also includes tracks from Sam Kelly's Station House, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Elles Bailey, Milligan Vaughan Project, Kris Barras (pictured), Mike Brookfield, Kelly Z, Dan Burnett, Larkin Poe and Rebecca Downes!
Alive And Dangerous Photo Gallery 27/11/17
Brian Downey, known to millions of Rock fans as the original drummer of Thin Lizzy, performed the second of two rare concerts at Nells Jazz & Blues in London on Saturday night. His new band Alive And Dangerous, featuring Brian Grace (best known as the guitarist for the Commitments Andrew Strong), former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar) were fantastic, covering one of the greatest live Rock and Roll albums of all time: Thin Lizzy's 'Live and Dangerous'. Downey's band accordingly celebrated the 40th Anniversary of 'Live and Dangerous' in style, and with a review to come, check out our photo gallery (including excellent support band Federal Charm pictured) here.
Sweet And Unified 27/11/17
Sweet & Lynch is centred around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Heavy Metal stalwarts Stryper and iconic guitarist George Lynch (Lynch Mob, KXM, ex-Dokken) along with bassist James Lomenzo (ex Megadeth, White Lion, Black Label Society) and drummer Brian Tichy (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake). 'Unified' (see today's Video Of TheDay) is the follow-up to their critical and fan acclaimed 2015 debut, 'Only To Rise'. The combination of Sweet's powerful, high-octane vocals, Lynch's immediately recognizable guitar work, and Lomenzo and Tichys propulsive rhythm section make for an amazing musical combination. The album gives both Sweet and Lynch the opportunity to operate outside of the boundaries of their most well known work and really stretch their wings. Pummeling, traditional Heavy Metal combines with hook-laden Melodic Rock and traditional Hard Rock for a recipe that will satisfy the hungriest of Rock fans! An absolute must hear for fans of all of Michael Sweet and George Lynchs previous work and of course for those who enjoyed the bands excellent debut album!
Black (On Blues) Monday 27/11/17
Today's latest Black On Blues Track Of The Day features music from RD Olson, The Rev Shawn Amos, Rocky Athas, Lightning Rod & The Thunderbolts, Jing Chi, John Verity (pictured) and Ronnie Earl.
The Boys Were Back In Town 26/11/17
It's perhaps no surprise to learn that Brian Downey's much missed compadre, Phil Lynott, with the exception of Bob Seger's 'Rosalie', had a clean sweep on writing all the songs featured on one of the greatest live Rock and Roll albums of all time: Thin Lizzy's 'Live and Dangerous'. However, on the richter scale, it's a pretty mean feat for a drummer to have also co-written almost half of those classic songs. Cue Downey's Alive And Dangerous band who played this iconic album in it's entirety last night at Nells Jazz & Blues Club in London's Kensington. In fact they omitted 'Baby Drives Me Crazy' and actually the set list was in a different order to the album - but hey they more than made up for it with the addition of 'Angel From The Coast', 'Bad Reputation' plus the one track that surprisingly isn't on 'LAD' - a certain 'Whiskey In The Jar'. The second gig of two nights saw a storming set, and with more photos and a review to come, check out today's Video Of The Day.
Wrinklystock VI Photo Gallery 26/11/17
Is it really over a week ago now since Wrinklystock VI, where we not only raised £1,000 for our nominated charities - The Friends Of Carlton Centre and Celebrations Theatrical Group - but it was also a brilliant night of music with sponsored classic Rock covers from the fantastic Replicants and an exceptional tribute from Magic to the legendary Electric Light Orchestra and of course Queen. Anyway with a review of the gig in the pipeline check out today's updated photo gallery here courtesy of Mr. Rock On The Ridge himself - Bob Wilson plus Gemma Doucy from The Carlton Centre.
Bad Touch & Mollie M Academy Tonight! 26/11/17
Bad Touch’s UK headline tour with Mollie Marriott stops off at London's O2 Academy Islington tonight. It dovetail's with the recent release of their new single 'Baby Get It On' featuring guest vocals from Mollie Marriott, which is today's Track Of The Day. The single is a cover of Tina Turner’s 1975 classic and is also a free MP3 download! 'Baby Get It On' first appeared on Tina Turner’s second solo album 'Acid Queen' that was originally released in 1975. Although it was a Tina Turner solo album, the first single 'Baby Get It On' was a duet with Ike Turner (who wrote the song for Tina).
Alive And Dangerous Tonight! 25/11/17
Brian Downey, known to millions of Rock fans as the original drummer of Thin Lizzy, will perform the second of two rare concerts at Nells Jazz & Blues in London tonight. His new band Alive And Dangerous will perform a 40th anniversary concert of one of the greatest live Rock and Roll albums of all time: Thin Lizzy's 'Live and Dangerous'. Downey's band features Brian Grace (best known as the guitarist for the Commitments Andrew Strong), former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar). 2018 celebrates the 40th Anniversary of 'Live and Dangerous', although the album was recorded live in 1977 at London's Hammersmith Apollo and Toronto's Seneca College, it wasn't officially released until a year later in 1978.
Deep Purple Photo Gallery 25/11/17
Not only do we have here today our Deep Purple photo gallery from their London O2 Arena gig on Thursday night (including support bands Cats In Space and Europe), but today's Video Of The Day marks exactly 45 years since Deep Purple were hosted by famous BBC Radio 2 programme, simply titled "In Concert". Although it's fairly strange that the band were guests last time in March 1972 when they were introducing their upcoming album 'Machine Head', which became a sheer Rock classic to this date. Even the most interesting thing was that featured the very first performance of 'Smoke On The Water' in front of any audience. This time around Purple performed a subtle set of songs including four tracks from their latest 'Infinite' album, with some interesting classics by the likes of 'Bloodsucker' and 'Fireball'.
Regina Bonelli On The Dog & Bone 25/11/17
On today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day you'll hear The Wes Williams Band, Aurelien Morro and The Checkers, Andrew Love from the Memphis Horns, Jane Lee Hooker, Sean Wheeler, Miss Freddye, Indigenous, Jesus on a Tortilla, Dr John, Johnny Oskam, Alice DiMicele, Bad Luck Woman and Her Misfortunes, Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland, King Size Slim (Toby Barelli). Mavis Staples, Dr Wu, Magic Frankie and Leo Hull plus there's also a phone chat with the Queen of NYC, Ms Regina Bonelli, about her fantastic new single and forthcoming album.
Never Say Never 24/11/17
Ten month's after Black Sabbath's 'The End' gig at the same venue, Deep Purple's 'The Long Goodbye' tour stopped off at the London O2 Arena last night. With the tour continuing until the Summer of next year, the question on everyone's lips was - "Is this it?" Drummer Ian Paice - who suffered a minor stroke in June 2016 has been quoted as saying "Never say never" - but whether it was or it wasn't - it didn't detract from an iconic night of their Rock classic's plus a sprinkling from their new album 'Infinite'. With great support from Cats In Space and Europe - Gillan, Morse, Glover, Airey and Paice sent the Purple punters home happy - finishing with an encore of 'Hush' and 'Black Night'. With a photo gallery to come - check out today's Video Of The Day.
Fish On Friday 24/11/17
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns once again 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 Rocky Athas, Kings & Associates, Samantha Fish (pictured - who is playing London's Borderline tonight), Tommy Castro, Kelly Zirbes, Brian Setzer, Nina Massara, Downchild, Boyz And The Beez, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Albert Castiglia Band, Miss Freddye, Yvemaryb, Lew Jetton & 61 South, Sheba the Mississippi Queen, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Scottie Miller Band, John Verity Band, Bridget Kelly Band, Shaun Murphy, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Dave Keyes, Larkin Poe, John Mayall, Scott Ellison Band, Jo Harman, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Topographic Drama Out Today 24/11/17
In the Summer of 2016, Yes embarked upon an ambitious American tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album 'Drama' in its entirety for the first time ever plus sides one and four from Yes 1973 double-album 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like 'Roundabout' and 'Starship Trooper'. Their new live album, 'Topographic Drama Live Across America' is released today as a double-CD and a triple-LP with both versions featuring detailed cover art designed by the bands longtime collaborator Roger Dean. The new collection features live performances from 12 dates recorded on the same tour in February 2017, by the current Yes line-up: Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass), Jon Davison (vocals), and the additional drummer for this tour Jay Schellen.
The Long Goodbye 23/11/17
"Airey's solo was a real stand out on 'Lazy' - his panache and humour ably assisted by the orchestration. His Hammond mastery making me do a double-take as I returned from a long overdue pit-stop - ELP anyone? As for Ian Paice (never was a surname so apt) the drummer held it together all the way through - despite the 38 new faces to Mk 8! Cynics would say that the orchestra were there to paint over the cracks - in my eyes it was more of a case of the overall sum being greater than the parts." Billed as 'The Songs That Built Rock Tour' - the Deep Purple Mk 8 touring juggernaut, including their 38 piece orchestra - that was part of our review six years ago as DP stopped off at London's O2 Arena (pictured). And DP return to the same venue tonight as part of their 'The Long Goodbye Tour'.
A Different Person 23/11/17
We caught Go Primitive live at London's Surya in late August and the UK Rock band have just released a new single 'A Different Person' which is the second single taken from their upcoming album 'Choices'. The album is due to be released on Friday 23rd February, and 'A Different Person' (today's Track Of The Day) follows the previous single 'I Want More'. It’s a 10-track collection of powerful, energetic and motivational songs from the Warwickshire four-piece who have a Hard Rock sound with an old school twist. They are currently finishing their Autumn/Winter tour with a date at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa on Friday 8th December but will shortly have a UK tour lined up for next year in support of their new album.
Next Joke 23/11/17
Prog Metallers Galactic Cowboys released their eagerly awaited comeback album 'Long Way Back To The Moon' last Friday via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. This is the bands first album in almost 20 years, complete with the original line up. Taken from the album, today's Video Of The Day 'Next Joke' is alternately heavy, whimsical, charging, and crunching, combining inescapable atmosphere with the drive of a band on a mission. Old fans will feel at home, but Hard Rock fans who have never heard Galactic Cowboys before will also be instantly hooked. As with all Galactic Cowboys albums, the songs are emotional in topic, and often including a large dose of ironic humour. Each song is performed, sung, and written with intense passion.
Wuthering Nights 22/11/17
On Friday 26th January 2018, Inside Out Music release 'Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham', the new live release from guitar legend Steve Hackett. 'Wuthering Nights' was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Hackett's recent, critically-acclaimed Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour. Available as Special Edition 2DVD + 2CD Digipak, Blu-Ray, Digital album and Blu-Ray in stereo and surround sound, this is a must-have for any Prog fan. This tour marked the 40th anniversary of 'Wind & Wuthering', Hackett's last album with Genesis which reached number 7 in the UK album chart. The band are: Roger King (keyboards), Gary O'Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes), Nick Beggs (bass, stick & twelve string) and Nad Sylvan on vocals plus special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann.
Did It All 22/11/17
New York gypsy-Punk outfit Gogol Bordello have recently released a live video (today's Video Of The Day) for their brand new single ‘Did It All’, ahead of their UK headline tour next month. Full of energy and charisma, their turbulent live performance is an extravagant whirlwind of entertainment, every show a frenzied party as frontman Eugene Hütz sips his wine and his musical ensemble tear up stages across the globe in signature Gogol Bordello style. The footage was captured live from NYC’s Capitol Theatre and is a taster of what to expect as they return to UK shores including London's O2 Academy, Brixton, on Thursday 14th December. The band will be playing tracks from their brand new album 'Seekers and Finders', their first for four years, which was released earlier this year through Cooking Vinyl. The band have been touring relentlessly this year in support of 'Seekers and Finders', which included an appearance at British Summer Time alongside Green Day.
Searching For The God Inside 22/11/17
Pendulum Of Fortune are an impressive Hard Rock quartet consisting of English, German and Russian members. Their debut album, ‘Searching For The God Inside’, contains eleven songs that are as exciting and diverse as the careers of each musician involved in its creation, of which the title track is our Track Of The Day. The founder and mastermind of the band is the exceptional German drummer Bodo Schopf, who for many years was an integral part of the legendary Prog band ELOY and who has also drummed for artists such as Michael Schenker, Eric Burdon, Jack Bruce and iconic Glam-Rockers The Sweet.
Queen Of Blues 21/11/17
"With her trusty blond Telecaster plugged into an array of Fender Amps, Joanne greets her loyal following, apologises for the state of her voice before launching into a superb rendition of her 'Dyin' To Know' track from the 'Wild' album. This is one of the tracks she performed so well on that Jules Holland show last year. Joanne is a well known devotee of Stevie Ray Vaughan which is reflected in her powerful Rock Blues. In earlier days, at less imposing venues, JST was know to have played the odd SRV or Hendix cover. These days, with six albums behind her, she has plenty of her own fine material to be entertaining the crowds."
Read the whole of Mother's Joanne Shaw Taylor/Dan Patlansky review here from last Wednesday plus check out our photo gallery here.
Where We Stood 21/11/17
Despite receiving one copyright strike from You Tube for posting 'Part Zero' at the Islington Assembly Hall in February this year - we still love The Pineapple Thief - a band we have followed since their very first gig in August 2003! So much so, that we bring you news (all that we were trying to do in the first place) of the recent release of that London concert film also featuring drummer Gavin Harrison (King Crimson/Porcupine Tree) and guitarist Darran Charles (Godsticks). The gig brought to a close an unforgettable 14-date European Winter tour of their 2016 Summer hit album 'Your Wilderness. Led by post-Progressive mastermind Bruce Soord, TPT gave the sold-out crowd a truly awe-inspiring gig and their DVD 'Where We Stood' showcases a powerful performance from both band regulars and guests including 'Alone At Sea' - today's Video Of The Day.
Northsyde At Sold Out TNMC Tonite! 21/11/17
Need an hour of great music? Well here it is! Play today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day and your ears will be massaged and pummelled with music from John Verity, Liza Ohlback, Northsyde (who play tonight at a sold out Tuesday Night Music Club at The Comrades Club in Coulsdon CR5 2NF), Sam Kelly's Station House, Larkin Poe, The Robert J Hunter Band, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Gwyn Ashton, Samantha Fish, Alice DiMicele, Duster Bennett, Mike Ross, Val Starr & The Blues Rockets, Dan Patlansky (pictured) and Jack J Hutchinson. So just click play and turn it up!
Highway To Hell 20/11/17
The Replicants Wrinklystock VI charity auction setlist, which in the end raised an amazing £310 at at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday night, was altered at the last minute given the sad news that Malcom Young had died at the age of 64. The Scottish-Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for AC/DC, died peacefully earlier that day after a long battle with dementia. Fittingly, The Replicants wrapped up their set, joined on stage by the WRC crew, with 'Highway To Hell', which is today's Video Of The Day. Also check out our initial photo gallery here.
Alice Cooper Photo Gallery 20/11/17
Talking of photo galleries and with our focus understandably on Wrinklystock VI recently, we have finally pulled together our Alice Cooper photo gallery here including support band The Mission. OK, so Alice didn't include 'Elected' (again), but his first headline UK tour since Halloween five years ago at London's Wembley Arena last Thursday, saw Cooper not only return with his current band and all the gore, but also with members of his original band.