It's Halloween - so avoid a nightmare as midnight tonight is the last chance you have to bid here in our U2 Tribe song auction - with a minimum so far of £90 going to our nominated charities. And our Wrinklystock V countdown continues today with just 27 days 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 just 57 tickets left - 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.
Bad Company Photo Gallery 31/10/16
With a review to come - today check out our photo gallery here from Saturday night's London O2 Arena BluesFest gig which not only featured Bad Company's return to the UK for the first time in four years on their ‘Swan Song’ tour but also support from Richie Sambora and Orianthi.
A Mountain Of Blues 31/101/6
This week's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features Lol Goodman, Broken Witt Rebels, Jim McCarty & Friends,
Honey Island Swamp Band, Bad Touch, Simo (pictured), Rik Emmett & Resolution 9 (Vid Of The Day), The New Groove, King King and Blue Touch.
Bad Company's Swan Song 30/10/16
Last night's London O2 Arena BluesFest saw Bad Company return to the UK for the first time in four years on their ‘Swan Song’ tour. Original Bad Company members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke showed that you 'Can't Get Enough' of these guys with support also from Richie Sambora and Orianthi. Anyway, watch out for a review and more pics shortly but in the meantime check out today's Vid Of The Day.
WRC Twitter Landmark 30/10/16
Another WRC landmark was passed last week as we achieved Twitter follower number 2,000 - and they are not all betting companies either - we assure you - ha ha! Recent WRC Twitter activity from 'An Evening For Jack' included a retweet by 'Whispering' Bob Harris (pictured) that we were included in plus a like from Inglorious frontman Nathan James as the WRC solved the tweet thread "Who was the young bloke with the amazing, Robert Plant type voice who was brilliant at #aneveningforjack in #London?"
Marshman Makes Tracks 30/10/16
Today for your delectation our Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day - originally broadcast on Friday night - has musique from Aynsley Lister (pictured), Cadillac Kings, Harper and The Midwest Kind, Petra Bornerova and Besenyei Csaba, Al Jones (really?), Regina Bonelli, The Bluesbones, Auld Man's Baccie, Cee Cee James, Papa Don McMinn, Dr Albert's Flipout, Thomas Duffy, Richard Townend and The Mghty Bosscats, Dr John, Eddie Martin, Sons of The Delta, Luke Winslow King and David Bromberg.
Can't Get Enough! 29/10/16
Just over 42 years after they supported The Who at Charlton in May 1974, Bad Company return to the manor tonight, just up the road at London's O2 Arena supported by Richie Sambora and Orianthi. Watch out for a review, pics and vids shortly but in the meantime check out today's Track Of The Day - a certain Keith Moon introducing 'Can't Get Enough' bringing back memories of that set in '74 which also included 'Rock Steady' and finished with a cover of Free's 'The Stealer'. Happy days!
Just Four Weeks To Wrinklystock V! 29/10/16
Our Wrinklystock V countdown continues today with just 4 weeks to go to our 'Monsters Of Irish Rock' at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford on Saturday 26th November which sees headliners Limehouse Lizzy (Vid Of The Day) continue to keep the spirit of Thin Lizzy alive. And just to re-emphasise Dartford's Rock history - take a gander at the pic alongside - taken last week on Dartford Station! With just 57 tickets left - make sure you order your tickets now priced £22 here in order that you don't miss out! Also don't forget our U2 Tribe song auction here - with all monies going to our nominated charities - plus our Wrinklystock V t-shirts on sale here.
Another Inamo Success 29/10/16
Last Thursday night saw another excellent WRC members gig at The Onyx Bar, Covent Garden, featuring acoustic duo Amor & Fisk. Two outstanding sets were well received by all those present and courtesy of Rockrpix's John Bull we have a photo gallery here which of course captures the intimacy of another cracking evening.
"As the first song came to an end, the band would show off just how much fun they have performing on stage, as their between-song-banter is second to none. Frontman Chad Kroeger jokes with the crowd like few others can, and how they’re able to stand on stage and sing “silly” songs with titles like ‘Something In Your Mouth’, which they’d go on to perform next. Kroeger is something of a motormouth when it comes to his patter between songs. You largely suspect he loves the sound of his own voice, but as the frontman of one of the bigger bands in the world, you probably would need a sizeable ego to pull you through it .. or a couple of Jaegerbombs, courtesy of the suited-and-booted booze supplier/ tour manager Bradley which he and the band indulged in. . In short, he makes being a rockstar look like fun, rather than a full-time job like some of Nickelback's peers, and the girls on the front row are loving every second of The Chad. Not bad for a man once voted the ugliest man in rock!!!"
Check out the rest of Wrinkly The Silver's Nickelback/Monster Truck (pictured) O2 Arena London review here plus our photo gallery here.
New Releases Today! 28/10/16
Today's Vid Of The Day is London metallers Exist Immortal's new single ‘Erode’, taken from their new album 'Breathe' released today via Primordial Records following the announcement of their signing last month. Meanwhile, Germanys leading Melodic Hard Rockers Fair Warning release their latest 'Pimp Your Past' studio album today, featuring 2016 versions of the most outstanding tracks from the bands first three studio albums, on Steamhammer/SPV. And talking of Steamhammer/SPV - Rock Wolves, the cracking new band founded by Herman Rarebell, Michael Voss and Stephan Gudze Hinz, three of the most renowned and accomplished German rock musicians to have emerged in the last 40 years, also release today their hard driving, melody drenched, utterly uplifting hook laden self-titled debut album. Finally, The Answer (pictured) today release ‘Solas’, the band’s highly anticipated new album via Napalm Records.
Friday Blues Club 28/10/16
Music this week on our Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day includes Tas Cru, Albert Castiglia Band, The Movers, Devils, The Rolling Stones, Beth Hart, Altered Five Blues Band, Witches, Levee Town, Simon Campbell, Voodoo, Ian Siegal, Broken Witt Rebels (pictured), Vampires, Giles Robson, Larry McCray, Demons, Blues Arcadia, Devon Allman, Spells, The Joey Gilmore Band, Colin James, Ghosts, Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch, The McKee Brothers, Spirits, JW Jones, Half Deaf Clatch, Ghouls, Robert Cray, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Black Magic, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men, Horror, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more.
Last Chance For Inamo Tonite! 27/10/16
If you hurry - there is still time to get on the WRC guest list at The Onyx Bar, Covent Garden, for tonight's gig featuring Amor & Fisk. As with the first event it will be free for WRC members and there will be 20% off food in the restaurant and there is a happy hour from 5pm - 8pm. The guest list will be limited to 70 so if you want to join us and bring a guest then message us asap in the contact box below. The Joel Fisk & Jon Amor Electro Acoustic Duo originally came together as an experiment in the Summer of 2014, when the pair embarked on a short tour of the UK. The chemistry hasn’t gone unnoticed, as they’ve been nominated in the Acoustic Act of the Year category in the British Blues Awards two years running, leading them to be one of the most in-demand duos on the British Blues Scene.
'Evening For Jack' Photo Gallery 27/10/16
Tuesday night's awesome 'An Evening For Jack' at the newly reopened Shepherd's Bush Empire, marked the two year anniversary of the late Cream bassist Jack Bruce's passing in 2014, aged 71. With a review to come check out today's photo gallery here that includes pics of Bob Harris, Pete Brown, Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm, Ginger Baker, Corky Laing, Chris Spedding, Terry Reid, Eddie Reader, Paul Young, Inglorious' Nathan James (pictured), Mick Taylor, Bernie Marsden and Lulu - to name but a few. All proceeds raised will to be donated to Nordoff Robbins and Jack’s favourite local charity, East Anglian Children’s Hospices.
Real Life 27/10/16
Today's Track Of The Day is an infectious and hard-hitting return from the Birmingham sensation Stealth, fuelled by Bluesy riffs, a pounding rhythm and his gripping tones. ‘Real Life’ is an explosive stadium-sized anthem making a huge statement for the singer’s impressive follow up to his acclaimed, viral hit debut EP Intro. The release of Stealth’s debut EP Intro at the start of this year saw the singer championed by Radio 1, Radio 2, BBC 6Music and BBC Introducing, while he gained a wealth of high profile press support from The Independent, Shortlist, Konbini and many more. It spawned the huge hit ‘Judgement Day’, which has clocked up well over 4.5 million plays across YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music. The Intro EP saw Stealth enter the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart at No.2 and No.3 in the US. ‘Real Life’ is set to see Stealth continue his rise as one of the UK's most impressive new voices today. To celebrate the single's release, Stealth is playing a headline launch show at The Waiting Room, London, on Tuesday 15th November.
Cream Of The Crop 26/10/16
Last night's 'An Evening For Jack' at the newly reopened Shepherd's Bush Empire, marked the two year anniversary of the late Cream bassist's passing in 2014, aged 71. Curated by Bob Harris plus Cream collaborator Pete Brown, and organised by Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm, it commemorated his extraordinary career, walking through the major aspects of Jack's musical life, from the early days touring with bands like the Graham Bond Organisation, through to Cream and beyond. Musicians paying their tributes included of course Ginger Baker plus Steve Hackett, Mick Taylor (pictured), Bernie Marsden and Lulu - to name but a few. All proceeds raised will to be donated to Nordoff Robbins and Jack’s favourite local charity, East Anglian Children’s Hospices. Watch out shortly for a review and some more pics plus check out today's Vid Of The Day.
Inamo Guest List Still Open! 26/10/16
Don't forget that there is still time to get on the WRC guest list at The Onyx Bar, Covent Garden, for tomorrow night's gig featuring Amor & Fisk. As with the first event it will be free for WRC members and there will be 20% off food in the restaurant and there is a happy hour from 5pm - 8pm. The guest list will be limited to 70 so if you want to join us and bring a guest then message us asap in the contact box below. The Joel Fisk & Jon Amor Electro Acoustic Duo originally came together as an experiment in the Summer of 2014, when the pair embarked on a short tour of the UK. The chemistry hasn’t gone unnoticed, as they’ve been nominated in the Acoustic Act of the Year category in the British Blues Awards two years running, leading them to be one of the most in-demand duos on the British Blues Scene.
Hughes & Keylock On Route 66 26/10/16
Glenn Hughes and Aaron Keylock are both guests on this week's Route 66 Track Of The Day! Host Rory Auskerry also plays music from both their new solo albums plus tracks from Bad Touch (pictured), Humble Pie, ZZ Top, Steve Miller Band, Aerosmith and Joe Satriani.
An Evening For Jack 25/10/16
"The word was that the desperately missed Gary Moore was originally going to be handed this gig. Given the sumptuous ease in which Moore knocked off Cream classic after classic with Jack at the Dick Heckstall-Smith Tribute at The Astoria in June 2005 - this would have been a no-brainer. So step up to the plate a certain Joe Bonamassa. The talk was also that it would be so fitting for Bruce and Bonamassa to take this opportunity - given it was a celebration of sixty years of British Blues - to pay homage to Moore himself. An ill advised pit stop resulted in me re-entering the auditorium just as Jack and Joe launched into Midnight Blues - and what a stunning tribute this was to Gary. If any of the Bruce faithful had not heard or seen Bonamassa before they were certainly sitting up and listening during Joe’s solo on ‘Theme For An Imaginary Western’ - from Jack's debut solo album, ‘Songs For A Tailor’."
Dateline: Saturday 4th June 2011 - Royal Festival Hall, London (pictured) - the last review we did of the late great Jack Bruce who's career is being celebrated at the Shepherd's Bush Empire tonight - and we will be there!
Old Habits Die Hard 25/10/16
No Sinner (Vid Of The Day) begin the UK leg of their Old Habits Die Hard tour tonight at London's Borderline. This follows the release of their new album of the same name in May through the Provogue/Mascot Label Group. 2014's 'Boo Hoo Hoo' was a classic debut album experience from Vancouver’s powerhouse frontwoman Colleen Rennison - the result of years spent fronting cover bands with players ten years her senior, writing with musicians more seasoned and eager to give direction. 'Boo Hoo Hoo' was raucous, rowdy and filled with soul and danger. It was the sound of a wild haired girl riding into the horizon on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle. On 'Old Habits Die Hard' Colleen isn’t sitting on the back of the motorcycle anymore. She’s barrelling down the highway, her grip on the throttle, and you better believe you’re going to hear her coming from miles away!
Monster Rock On The Ridge 25/10/16
Today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day originally broadcast on Saturday night includes tracks from The Burning Crows, Monster Truck (pictured), Doomsday Outlaw, Clutch, Riot Horse, The Black Marbles, Hellyeah, Blue Helix, Svvamp, Jethro Tull, Shaman's Harvest, Big River, The Pretty Reckless, Aerosmith, Avenged Sevenfold, Graham Bonnet Band, The Virginmarys, Diamond Head, Nothing More, Luna Kiss and Empyr.
Power Of Trower 24/10/16
"No messing about as they dipped straight into the aforementioned 'BOS' - Richard Watts' bass intro on 'Too Rolling Stoned' kickstarting Trower's guitar as his first (and not his last) solo weaved around drummer Christopher Taggart's beat and Watts' vocals. And if his psychedelic Blues tones on 'See My Life' from 'Roots And Branches' did not give you a feeling of parallel's with Hendrix then I'm not sure what would - again another guitar journey that had you hanging off every twist and turn with Watt's vocal delivery the perfect foil. 'Not Inside - Outside' from 2010's 'The Playful Heart' had a hard act to follow - although another awesome guitar solo was punctuated fleetingly by Trower on vocals as was the whole of the title track from new album 'Where Are You Going To' - which proudly stood shoulder to shoulder with his set list so far."
Read the rest of AJ's Robin Trower and Stevie Nimmo Trio Islington Assembly Hall gig here plus see our photo gallery here.
Rockin' The Blues! 24/10/16
Birmingham Rock and Blues band Broken Witt Rebels headlined a WRC Promotions gig at the Proud, Camden last Thursday night with support from the Kris Barras Band. Today check out today's Vid Of The Day, an initial photo gallery here plus a review here.
A Peach Of The Blues 24/10/16
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another Blues women special featuring Robin Rogers, Peach, Tracy K, Val Starr & The Blues Rocket, Annee 2 Cu Blues Band, Tasha Taylor and Beth Hart (pictured).
Just Under 5 Weeks To Wrinklystock V 23/10/16
Our Wrinklystock V countdown continues today with just 34 days 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 75% of the tickets gone already - make sure you order your tickets now priced £22 here in order that you don't miss out! Also don't forget our U2 Tribe song auction here - with all monies going to our nominated charities - plus our Wrinklystock V t-shirts on sale here.
Liquid Diet 23/10/16
RPWL guitarist Kalle Wallner (aka Blind Ego) has taken seven years to complete his third solo effort 'Liquid' - which was released last Friday and is today's Vid Of The Day. While 2007’s debut 'Mirror' sounded smooth and almost melancholic, the Freising-native Bavarian utilized the figurative steam hammer on 2009’s 'Numb' and served the audience with a tough as nails monster of Hard Rock heavily influenced by Metal. 'Liquid' now fuses the two earlier approaches without merely being a thrown together sum of its parts. In fact the elements were organically merged – and the result contains nine pieces of music that offer everything: from mighty Hard Rock melodies to brutal Heavy Metal riffing action all the way to emotionally charged passages.
More From The Marsh 23/10/16
Friday night's Blues On The Marsh show and today's Track Of The Day included tracks from Beth Hart (pictured), The Andy Drudy Disorder, Val Starr and The Blues Rocket, John Doe Trio, Hundred Seventy Split, Davey Knowles, Richard Ray Farrell and Marco Pandolfi, Half Deaf Clatch, Auld Man's Baccie, Nine Below Zero, Trev Turley and Friends, Thomas Duffy, Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps, Blues Arcadia, Sarah Spicer and The Automatic Blues Band, Jack Blackman, Sugar Ray and The Bluetones, Slidin' Slim and Eric Hansson, Cedell Davis and Timo Gross.
The melodic croon of ‘Love Behind You’ firmly engages ears and thoughts with another side to the band’s sound where pulsating beats align with a melancholic caress of guitar as Burkey’s voice shines with emotive expression. Shades of Snow Patrol here without doubt and encapsulated by the acoustic led ‘Slide By’ straight after. Elegant and sombre, the track is a serenade of acoustic and melodic flames which also builds more aurally dramatic points in its contemplation. Indeed, the electric guitar hook that drifts in and out of that song is also reminiscent of the mighty Coldplay no less....
Read the rest of Wrinkly The Silver's review here of 'Tremor' - Halfway To New York's latest CD.
Nickelback/Monster Truck Photo Gallery 22/10/16
Despite the closure of North Greenwich Underground Station on Thursday night due to a security incident (you couldn't make it up) - it was well worth battling all the way through the travel disruption to the O2 Arena to see Nickelback again supported by the awesome Monster Truck. Anyway, with a review from Wrinkly The Silver to come check out our Photo Gallery here which, be warned, includes a few silly pics taken in Sky Backstage beforehand!
King King Live 22/10/16
King King (Track Of The Day) yesterday released through Manhaton Records 'King King Live' - a triple disc live concert deluxe edition including 2 CD's of their sold-out hometown concert at the O2 ABC in Glasgow last May and 1 DVD including footage of the band performing to a sold-out crowd at the Holmfirth Picturedrome in April. King King start their UK tour on Wednesday 9th November with their special guests Broken Witt Rebels.
Burn It To The Ground 21/10/16
We hold our hands up and admit that Nickelback were never really on the WRC radar until we saw them at London's O2 Arena four year's ago - and what a great night that was. Returning to the very same venue last night, after also playing Wembley Arena on Friday - the guys had lost none of their trademark entertainment - the evening totally enforced with brilliant support from Monster Truck - who have been on the WRC radar for quite some time now. Anyway with a review and more pics to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day.
Rockin The Blues - Part Deux! 21/10/16
Hot on the heels of last night's Rockin' The Blues part 1 with Broken Witt Rebels and the Kris Barras Band at The Proud in Camden - it's round two tonight as Kris and the guys travel down to Leo's Red Lion in Gravesend, Kent, to gig with both Salvation Jayne and Big River!
Blues Club Back 21/10/16
This week's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day includes tracks from BB King, Melissa Etheridge, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bobby Rush, The DogTown Blues Band, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points, Duke Robillard, Eddie Martin, Diana Krall, Eric Clapton, Blacktop Deluxe, Leyla McCalla, The Joey Gilmore Band, Buddy Guy, Club Des Belugas, The Cadillac Kings, Elles Bailey, Aynsley Lister, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Beth Hart (pictured), Auld Mans Baccie, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Fiona Boyes, Madeleine Peyroux and B. B. & The Blues Shacks.
Nickelback At London's O2 Arena 20/10/16
"The playlist was well thought out, with the more the gentile tracks of 'Someday' for example punctuating some of the heavier stuff, working the audience (who were lapping it up by this stage) through the various ranges of tempo that Nickelback offer. I particularly enjoyed 'Too Bad' which served to remind me of just how many good tracks this band has released over the years. 'Rockstar' predictably went down with the audience as you would expect!! Chad & Co continued to entertain the crowd throughout the evening, occasionally enjoying a pint on stage and enlightening us with their ever colourful tapestry of language. Fuel, quite literally, was poured on the fire as the occasional pint was launched into the ever gracious mosh pit down below!"
That was Matt McCarthy's take on Nickelback at London's O2 Arena four years ago (pictured) and we will be there to see them again tonight - supported by the awesome Monster Truck (today's Vid Of The Day).
Camden Rebels Tonight! 20/10/16
We were handed a King King flyer at Robin Trower's Islington Assembly Hall gig on Tuesday night promoting their forthcoming gig with Birmingham Rock and Blues band Broken Witt Rebels as support! Well tonight the Rebels are headlining a WRC Promotions gig at the Proud, Camden, with support from the Kris Barras Band (today's Track Of The Day). The guys recently launched the official video for their new single ‘Georgia Pine’ and have been nominated for Best Live Act and Best Rock Act at the inaugural Unsigned Music Awards, which will be held at London’s Troxy on Thursday 27th October and they will close the event with a live performance of recent single ‘Guns’.
Robin Trower Photo Gallery 20/10/16
In addition to two great photos by Paul Clamplin (pictured) - as promised today we have our Robin Trower/Steve Nimmo Photo Gallery here from their Islington Assembly Hall gig on Tuesday night. With a review on its way - we'd like to also give a shout-out to our newest WRC member - Jonathan Lavery - who we met high up in the gods of the hall on the night. Remember, just fill out a form here and become a WRC member for life for FREE and we'll consequently send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from our current members offers which we also hope to add to in the future.
London's Trower Bridge 19/10/16
Given yesterday was officially Venues Day 2016 - it seemed appropriate last night that we were at the Islington Assembly Hall to see legendary Blues Rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Robin Trower (pictured by Paul Clampin), best known for his 1974 milestone album 'Bridge of Sighs'. It was Robin's penultimate gig on his current UK tour and his special guest was none other than BluesRockFest headliners the Stevie Nimmo Band. As expected, Trower's set included tracks from his latest album, 'Where You Are Going To' plus of course 'BOS' and other classics such as 'Daydream' and 'See My Life'. With a review and more pics to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day.