Steve Hackett and his band completed the last leg of their 20 UK November shows at London's Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith last night, not only performing the seminal Genesis album 'Selling England By The Pound' in its entirety, but also on its 40th anniversary, celebrating masterpieces from one of Steve's most popular solo albums 'Spectral Mornings'. Fans were also treated to highlights from Steve's latest album 'At The Edge Of Light', and if you missed out, then the good news is that Hackett has announced that his 2020/21 World Tour will feature the whole of the 1977 Genesis live album 'Seconds Out' in full, plus more! Anyway, with a review of last night's gig to come, check out today's Video Of The Day.
HRH Vikings Weekend Kicks Off Today 30/11/19
With HRH Vikings 2 kicking off today at Sheffield's O2 Academy, next year's weekend line-up for HRH Vikings 3 has already been announced (pictured), and it will be a three arena, two day affair on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November. After selling out the last two years in nine days flat and being utterly bombarded with bands wanting to play it from all around the globe, the Gods have let it be known that the battles continue until Ragnarok itself. The way it's looking, the bands who have joined their ranks have left them speechless and it looks like HRH Vikings III will be another thunderous line-up indeed, making "their thing" even more special.
Croydon/Camden/Barleylands Rocks Today 30/11/19
We reviewed The New Roses new album 'Nothing But Wild' album (pictured and Track Of The Day)) earlier this year and the German Hard Rock outfit are headlining Croydon Rocks at The Fairfield Halls from 2.30pm today. Meanwhile, Camden Rocks presents another Rock-n-Roll bonanza featuring The Swagger, Playmaker, Lashes, Dirty Falcon, The Groves, Motorcycle Display Team, Pink Mirrors, Lemon Venom, Syd Sister and Risking Nostalgia - all live at The Monarch between 12.30pm and 9pm. Finally today, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion will be taking to the Blues At Barleylands stage at 2pm at Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF.
Steve Hackett Seconds Out 29/11/19
Off the back of his most successful solo tour yet, including London's Hammersmith Apollo tonight, Steve Hackett has announced that his 2020/21 World Tour will feature the whole of the 1977 Genesis live album 'Seconds Out' in full, plus more! Tickets for the tour go on sale here at 10am today plus venue box offices which includes two nights at The London Palladium on Thursday 5th November and Friday 6th November. The tour includes music from each of the six studio albums from Steve's time in Genesis and marks his final recordings with the band as he left to pursue his solo career upon its completion. There will also be additional material, including Steve's solo concert favourite 'The Steppes' to celebrate the 40th birthday of his fourth solo album 'Defector'.
Old & Wrinkly Stir Crazy 29/11/19
Today Stir Crazy release their very first single on all digital platforms, the fun light hearted Christmas Rocker for everyone of all ages, 'Christmas Time's A Time To Rock', a new version of the Shooter classic and today's Video Of The Day. Stir Crazy is a new project from our old mucker Dom O’Riley (formerly of Shooter) who has been joined by two great musicians from the legendary JoanovArc, namely Sam Walker on bass and and vocals) and Debs Wildish (drums), along with Ian Turner recording, producing and doing much other musical stuff! Indeed, the band are currently at Pearce Farm Studios recording new material for next year's album release, with Ian once again producing and making that magic happen!
Friends Of The Blues Club 29/11/19
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns today with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK IBBA Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week comes from Sugaray Rayford, Myles Goodwyn and Friends Of The Blues, Ben Racine Band, Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene, Junior Watson, Diane Blue, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, Annika Chambers, CW Ayon Duo, The Marcus King Band, Sloe Train, Altered Five Blues Band, Kevin Brown, Gino Matteo, Laurie McVay, Doug Duffey, Nine Below Zero (pictured), Trigger Hippy, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, The Bamboos, Breezy Rodio, Beth Hart, The Blind Lemon Gators, 24Pesos, Zac Harmon, Jo Harman, Arsen Shomakhov, The Teskey Brothers, Biscuit Miller and The Mix and more.
Self Aware Album Party Tonight 28/11/19
Tonight you’re invited to Empyre's free 'Self Aware' album party at London's Water Rats at 328 Gray's Inn Road, King's Cross WC1X 8BZ, with support from Jack J Hutchinson (Track Of The Day). 2019 has been the band's most significant year so far, with the likes of Planet Rock and Classic Rock Magazine sitting up and paying attention to 'Self Aware', released earlier this year in July. And as the year draws to a close, they want to celebrate with you. So they're throwing a party till midnight, with doors opening at 6.30pm, the excellent Jack J kicking the evening off at 7.15pm and finally Empyre performing a full set from 8pm.
H.E.A.T May 2020 UK Tour 28/11/19
Swedish Hard Rock sensation H.E.A.T (Video Of The Day) will play three exclusive UK shows in May next year including London's Garage on Friday 29th, along with British Rock band VEGA, award winning band Mason Hill and 4-piece Collateral. H.E.A.T will also next year release their brand-new album 'H.E.A.T II' on Friday 21st, the first to be produced entirely by the band - with Jona Tee (keyboards) and Dave Dalone (guitar) as producers. Also featuring Erik Grönwall - vocals, Jimmy Jay - bass and Don Crash - drums, the album goes back to the band’s beginnings, redefining the raw H.E.A.T sound – a sound that oozes Classic Rock coolness paired with the snotty confidence of one of Rock and Roll’s most talented bands today.
Let's Spend The Night Together 28/11/19
Tonight the magnificent Rollin' Stoned returns to The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ, for two hours of nostalgia playing the best of 1964-1969. Endorsed by Keith Richards' mother as "outstanding and suitably fit stand-ins for The Stones", Rollin' Stoned have also been described by The Times as "The nearest thing to the real article" and have been revered by both Stones fans for their authenticity and the real Stones who booked them for the band's birthday! Doors open at 8.15pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Haunt The Islington Tonight 27/11/19
We last saw ambient Cornish Rock band Haunt The Woods at the Old Blue Last in September (pictured), and tonight they return to London at The Islington and aren’t one to miss live. They also recently shared their new single, ‘Supernova’, along with the announcement of their debut album 'Opaque', out on Friday 28th February. Featuring immersive and climactic passages which pulsate between ever-changing forms of hushed intimacy and explosive passion, anthemic choruses and poignant verses, 'Supernova' is the latest single to be taken from the album, an incredible collection of tracks which blends influences from Alternative, Folk, Prog and Pop into a sound somewhere between Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd and Fleet Foxes.
A New Tomorrow 27/11/19
A New Tomorrow (Video Of The Day) get to share the next chapter in their evolution via their debut full-length album 'Universe' released earlier this month. Formed in London by vocalist/guitarist Alessio Garavello (ex-Powerquest and Arthemis) and bassist Andrea Lonardi, with drummer Tim Hall and guitarist Michael Kew joining later, the band have taken their time honing their sound into the potent mix of uplifting, hard-hitting, Melodic Hard Rock. Harnessing influences from the likes of Alter Bridge, Foo Fighters, Metallica and Green Day, they offer fast and furious riffing coupled with super Melodic hook lines and have an original take on the Hard Rock genre that makes them a breath of fresh air. The band’s love for life and go-getter attitude, both on and off stage, complete the picture of one of the hottestacts to emerge from the UK underground in recent times. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Wicked Rock On The Ridge 27/11/19
Today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day includes music from Tainted Lady, Electric Black, Wildstreet, Wicked Stone, Empyre, King Diamond, British Lion, Revolution Bandits, Bootyard Bandits, The Marcus King Band, Frank Marino, Laura Cox, Broken Empire, Alter Bridge, Goodbye June (pictured), Junkyard, Charm City Devils, Jack J Hutchinson, The Jailbirds, Black River Sons, Cory Marks, Blacktop Mojo and on their Introducing Stage, two in a row from Fiction Syxx.
Introducing ..... The AutistiX 26/11/19
We're well overdue another 'Introducing ....' feature and with Wrinklystock 8 just eleven days away, today we're indebted to new WRC member Julian Newton, who we met at Marillion's Royal Albert Hall gig last week, for pointing us in the direction of The AutistiX (today's Video Of The Day). The music video speaks for itself, but as well as their home base in London, they perform in the rest of the UK and abroad, having played in a number of other countries, they are keen to reach more people who would love their music and also to influence people through their mission to encourage people to value them and thereby appreciate the qualities and talents of musicians with autism and other disabilities.
JFK Blue Airbourne Tonight 26/11/19
Tuesday Blues returns to The 100 Club in London's Oxford Street tonight featuring headliners Pat McManus, with support from JFK Blue and When Rivers Meet. Meanwhile, following our review here of the Newcastle leg of Airbourne's current UK tour (pictured), the Aussie Rockers are also in town tonight at Kentish Town's Forum supported by Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.
Dom Martin At TNMC Tonight 26/11/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day has tracks from The Lewis Hamilton Band, The Magpie Salute, Sayer & Joyce, Beth Hart, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Doug Duffey, Breezy Rodio, Elles Bailey, Emma Jonson and Buck & Evans (pictured), bracketed with two tracks from Dom Martin ahead of his show tonight at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF.
Wrinklystock 8 Song Auction Raises £200 25/11/19
With just twelve days to go now till Wrinklystock VIII, The Replicants will once again be doing their song setlist charity auction at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Friday 6th December, and thanks to your support we have already raised £200 here! Yes, the band have once again agreed to play the top ten song bids in aid of our nominated charities. Tickets are still available to see Jamie & The Jets present the 'Don't Shoot Me, I'm Not Really Elton John' Show, featuring a full set of non-stop classic Elton plus Status Quo tribute act Just Supposin’ who capture the raw energy and excitement of the original ‘Frantic Four’ line up of this classic British Rock band. But don't leave it too late, so purchase your tickets here for a bargain £20 or from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
Inescapable Godsticks 25/11/19
Heavy Rock, Progressive and Alternative Metal outfit Godsticks have announced details of their new studio album ‘Inescapable’ which is set for release on Friday 7th February next year, and the band have shared their first single ‘Denigrate’ which is today's Video Of The Day that features vocals from TesseracT’s Daniel Tompkins. The band's sound has refined over their releases on Kscope, and now with 'Inescapable', Godsticks have channelled their energy and technical ability into the melody, phrasing and vocal performance, allowing emotion to take centre stage. Consisting of Darran Charles - vocals, guitars, keys, synths, Dan Nelson - bass, Gavin Bushell - guitars and Tom Price - drums, the band will be supporting their new material with a four-date UK tour in April including London's Black Heart in Camden on Friday 3rd April, followed by some Summer festivals.
Cry Over Nothing 25/11/19
The Wood Brothers have released 'Cry Over Nothing' (today's Track Of The Day) - the second single from the Nashville-based trio's forthcoming studio album, 'Kingdom In My Mind' - which is due out next year on Friday 24th January on Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers. 'Cry Over Nothing' is accompanied by the addition of 18 shows to the band's extensive 2020 U.S. tour, with the album being recorded over a series of freewheeling, improvised sessions, ultimately resulting in The Wood Brothers' most spontaneous and experimental work yet. 'Kingdom In My Mind' follows The Wood Brothers' most recent studio release, 2018's 'One Drop Of Truth', which hit #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and garnered the band their first Grammy Award nomination for "Best Americana Album".
"Carry Me' sees Hobby lose the acoustic and Satcher reclaim the Les Paul as the rockometer rises once more. This is Southern Rock and Roll with keys, twin guitar harmonics and a fine solo from Satcher. Back to the new album and the title track brings us another acoustic guitar singalong that had me thinking of 'Copperhead Road'. It has that radio friendly feel and was well received. 'Sunday Morning', from their first album, had a strong key influence, reflecting the church where the song was written whilst 'Preaching To The Choir' has a slow groove intro into a chugging Country number that had the arms waving along."
Today, not only read the whole of Mother's review of A Thousand Horses 229 The Venue London gig from Tuesday night here, but also check out our Photo Gallery here (courtesy of Rockrpix), including special guest Howard Rose.
Buck & Evans 100 Club Photo Gallery 24/11/19
With a review to come, check out our Photo Gallery here (courtesy of Tim Russell) of Buck and Evans 100 Club gig from Tuesday night (Video Of The Day), part of their eight-date UK tour, which saw Planet Rock Radio’s Paul Anthony introducing the band with support from Sweet Crisis. The Cardiff based Rock and Soul band, fronted by vocalist Sally Ann Evans, along with effusive guitar player Chris Buck, drummer Bob Richards and bassist Dominic Hill, released their sumptuous debut album, ‘Write A Better Day’ on Friday 15th November, which sees them creating a perfect blend of youthful energy and traditionalism, on eleven finely crafted songs.
Rainbreakers Half Moon Photo Gallery 24/11/19
Check out today our Photo Gallery here (courtesy of Bruce Biege) of Rainbreakers The Half Moon, Putney, London gig from Thursday night (Track Of The Day), part of their 'Ain't Nothing Going On' UK headlining tour, with support from Lethbridge Owen. Previously we had seen the West Country Rock 'n' Soul band on Ramblin' Man Fair's Rising Stage in July, and we caught up with drummer Sam, lead singer Ben and lead guitarist Charlie for an interview here.
Marillion RAH Gig Review 23/11/19
"If the aptly named 'Power' truly epitomised Hogarth's stage presence, then 'Beyond You', taken from 1995's 'Afraid Of Sunlight' duly emphasised Trewavas' outstanding bass guitar credentials. Roars of approval welcomed the opening bars of the title track of 1989's 'Seasons End', the very first album to feature Hogarth, the frontman duly celebrating his pearl anniversary by getting behind a keyboard, complemented by the big man doing what he does best with another effortless solo, while the audience deliriously clapped along, morphing into yet another standing ovation. A bit of banter with the crowd, saw the MC for the evening, Hogarth, tell one friendly heckler to "shut up - I'm talking", before Steve thanked the sextet (violins, viola, cello, flute, french horn), whom not only added depth to the overall sound but also made a couple of sections really different and special."
Today read the whole of AJ and Mark C's joint take on Marillion at London's Royal Albert Hall on Monday night here, the penultimate night of their thirteen-date 'With Friends from the Orchestra' tour.
Jones & Pearce At Oslo Tonight 23/11/19
"I suspect that many readers of this review will, like me, have been monitoring Laurence’s progress since the release of his early albums. His regular touring allowed us to marvel at his guitar playing, even it felt a bit incongruous to hear songs like ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ sung by a young man who looked like he hadn’t started shaving yet!" That was part of our take on Laurence Jones Band's eponymous studio album released in September and Laurence (Video Of The Day) is playing London's Oslo tonight, the second night of his November/December UK tour with special guest Matt Pearce & The Mutiny (Track Of The Day).
Other Saturday Gigs Today 23/11/19
Collateral (pictured) are one of the many bands playing The Cancer On The Rocks Macmillan Fundraiser at London's Bush Hall W12 7LJ from 5pm today. Meanwhile, Camden Rocks presents another Rock-n-Roll bonanza featuring Marisa And The Moths, The Kanz, Cryptids, Tevara, Crosslight, The Statue Thieves, Circus 66, Serpent Tax, One Last Thrill and Above/Below - all live at The Monarch between 12.30pm and 9pm. Finally today, Stevie Smith's Sin House will be taking to the Blues At Barleylands stage at 2pm at Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF.
Broadbent's Empire 22/11/19
With four albums out to date, Jack Broadbent released his brand new record ‘Moonshine Blue’ last Friday, and Jack is currently on his UK/European tour that included supporting Ronnie Wood, no less, at London's Shepherd’s Bush Empire last night. Hailed as ’the new master of the slide guitar’ by the Montreux Jazz Festival and 'the real thang’ by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Broadbent has spent the past few years wowing audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar playing, as well as his poignant Folk and Blues inspired vocals. Born in rural Lincolnshire, his live shows exude warmth, humour and an energy that has electrified audiences worldwide. Anyway, with a review and few more photos to come, check out our Video Of The Day.
Dublin Cast Graces Collide Tonight 22/11/19
Brighton Rockers Graces Collide release their 10 track riff monster debut album ‘Our Tomorrow’ next April and you can check them out at London's Dublin Castle in Camden tonight alongside Vanity Kills, Grace Solero and Caine. For fans of Tremonti, Shinedown, Alter Bridge, Three Days Graces and The Fallen State, the powerful, melodic band consist of cool and calm Danny Wenham on vocals and lead guitar, and the strong and energetic twins Jurgan and Will Hamblin playing bass and rhythm guitars.
Lucky Blues Club 22/11/19
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns today with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK IBBA Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week comes from Malone Sibun, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo', The Achievers, Ben Racine Band, Lucky Peterson, Ronnie Earl, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, Muddy Waters, Trigger Hippy, Pink Floyd, Diane Blue, JFK Blue, The Allman Betts Band (pictured), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene, Led Zeppelin, Lol Goodman Band, Mike Zito, Janiva Magness, Lewis Hamilton, Mick Pini, Giles Robson Band, Jack Hutchinson, Steve Strongman, Ghost Town Blues Band, Samantha Fish, Porch Swing Blues and more.
StoneWire Album Launch Gig Review 21/11/19
"By the time StoneWire made their way on to the stage, the venue was rammed, albeit, reassuringly, by a very young Rock demographic. Sticking to their album launch guns, the 5-piece proceeded to reel off 'Life As We Know It' in its ten track order. A reviewers dream. Album opener 'Monkey Talk', with its awesome 'Slither'-esque riff was well received, the stage presence and powerhouse vocals of German born, and now a Lady Of Kent, Sky, immediately a major factor, and one that would be a common denominator for the rest of their set. Hunter heralded 'One For The Road' by raising her hands and clapping in the air, before the shades wearing Annable launched into another mean riff, doing a fair impersonation of Faith No More's Jim Martin not only guitar-wise, but visually as well. "Hello everybody" enthused Sky - "we're only eight tickets short of a sell-out" as she deservedly gave those gathered a thumbs up before introducing the Southern Rockin' slide of 'FTM', their very first single from the new album."
Today read the whole of AJ's StoneWire/Dead Writers (pictured) review from Islington's Hope & Anchor in London last Thursday here plus check out our updated Photo Gallery (courtesy of Bruce Biege) here.