Sunday saw Balham's Bedford Pub in London as the Prog capital of the world for Progtoberfest 2 - an all afternoon/evening extravaganza of Progressive Rock bands, namely headliners The Gift (pictured) who performed at Ramblin' Man Fair earlier this year plus support from The Far Meadow, Habu, The Rube Goldberg Machine and current WRC favourites IT. The event was organised by The Gift's very own charismatic frontman Mike Morton and was also hosted by full of beans Rock Comic and our mate Pete K Mally. Congratulations to everyone on organising a wonderful day of live music, and with a review to come - check out today our photo gallery here from the gig!
Our thanks to WRC correspondent Steven C. Gilbert for introducing us to a fantastic German Retro Rock band called Travelin Jack (today's Video Of The Day). The band have developed into one of Germanys most unusual new Rock acts over the last four years, having signed to Steamhammer/SPV to release their spangling second album, 'Commencing Countdown', in September. 'Commencing Countdown' may bring to mind great Rock bands from the seventies such as Thin Lizzy, Rush, Scorpions, Slade and Deep Purple, but the Berlin group (consisiting of Alia Spaceface vocals and guitar, Flo The Fly guitar, Steve Burner bass and Montgomery Shell drums) compositions and warm, analogue production are both contemporary and modern.
Balham's Progressive Gift 30/10/17
Yesterday the Prog capital of the world was Balham's Bedford Pub in London. Progtoberfest 2 not only featured five Progressive Rock bands, namely headliners The Gift who performed at Ramblin' Man Fair earlier this year plus support from The Far Meadow, Habu, The Rube Goldberg Machine and current WRC favourites IT, but it was also hosted by Rock Comic and our mate Pete K Mally. On a great day of live music, check out today's Video Of The Day, with a review and more photos to come!
Wrinklystock 6 Nearly Sold Out 30/10/17
With just 20 days to go, our countdown continues in respect of our WRC sponsored charity concert ‘Magic - a kind of Queen & a kind of ELO’ at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm. With news of support band The Replicants song auction to be announced later this week - ‘Wrinklystock 6’ stars Magic, a tribute to two of the greatest British Rock bands of all time - Queen and The Electric Light Orchestra - together in one fabulous show! With very few tickets left, don't leave it to late, so purchase your tickets here for a bargain £22 or from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
Spooky Blues 30/10/17
This week's Black On Blues Podcast Track Of The Day is dedicated to Rock and Roll legend Fats Domino who died this week. It's another Blues women special featuring Pam Taylor, Erin Harpe, Casey Hensley, Shemekia Copeland, Samantha Fish (pictured) and Shaun Murphy.
Iron Maidens Interview 29/10/17
Run to the Hills: The Iron Maidens are back in London tonight at the O2 Academy Islington for the final night of their UK tour! On Tuesday before we headed off to to see Metallica at London's O2 Arena, we had the pleasure of interviewing both (pictured) drummer Linda Nikki McBURRain McDonald and guitarist Nikki Davina Murray Stringfield of the the worlds one and only all-female Iron Maiden tribute band. You can listen to the interview here, recorded in advance of their first gig in Cardiff. Also watch out for shortly a review of tonight's gig!
Progtoberfest 2 In Balham Today 29/10/17
For all you proggers out there, get along today to The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9HD for Progtoberfest 2. Doors open at 12.30pm with the first band on stage at 1pm. Hosting proceedings is Rock Comic and our mate Pete K Mally with headliners The Gift who performed at Ramblin' Man Fair earlier this year. Support is from The Far Meadow, Habu, The Rube Goldberg Machine and current WRC favourites IT.
Darkness Remains 29/10/17
Mighty classic Metal newcomers Night Demon, whose storming second album, ‘Darkness Remains’ (Video Of The Day), was released on Steamhammer/SPV to huge acclaim in April, have lined up their first ever UK and Irish tour in November including London's The Dev in Camden on Saturday 11th November. Comprising of Jarvis Leatherby (vocals/bass), Armand John Anthony (guitar) and Dusty Squires (drums), Night Demon chose to link with Steamhammer/SPV to release their debut, full length album, ‘Curse Of The Damned’, in January 2015. ‘Darkness Remains’ is a much more mature and accomplished offering than its predecessor, and the band are also set to return to Europe in January 2018 to support Accept on their six week long continental tour, calling in to the UK to play at London’s Koko, also in Camden, on Thursday 8th February.
Bigfoot Photo Gallery 28/10/17
London's The Underworld in Camden laid on a veritable feast of Rock music on Thursday night. Unfortunately, we only caught the tail end of Sinner Sinners but this was more than made up for by home town Heavy Rockers Dead Man's Whiskey (pictured) who absolutely rocked the joint. However, the icing on the cake was Wigan Hard Rock outfit Bigfoot, who are currently on a UK tour supporting their recently released self-titled and critically acclaimed debut album via Frontiers. Anyway, with a review to come check out today's photo gallery from the gig here.
Never Mind The Professionals 28/10/17
The Professionals (Video Of The Day) play an intimate London show at The Garage tonight celebrating the release of their new album 'What In the World' following their warm up show in Wolverhampton last night. Today also marks the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols 'Never Mind The Bollocks' album, and 35 years later, the band formed from the ashes of the Sex Pistols by Paul Cook and Steve Jones is back. 'What In The World' bristles with conviction and finds The Professionals on electrifying form, delivering some of the most ballsy, honest and downright brilliant songs of their career. The Professionals are also joined by a stellar cast of guest guitar players including original member Steve Jones (who plays on three tracks). Duff McKagen (Guns N’ Roses), Mick Jones (The Clash), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Marco Pirroni (Adam & The Ants), Chris McCormack (3 Colours Red) and Billy Duffy (The Cult) also join the party.
Saturday Blues 28/10/17
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 Albert Castiglia Band, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Tommy Castro (pictured), Kelly Zirbes, Leif de Leeuw Band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Howlin' Wolf, Wily Bo Walker, Tower of Power, Kim Wilson, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Trizia Band, Lizz Wright, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo', Van Morrison, Jo Harman, Benny Turner, The Blues Freaks, Lew Jetton, Jonny Lang, Dave Ferra, Richard van Bergen, The Hoodle, Mississippi MacDonald, Robert Hokum, Greaseland All-Stars, Weston Harris Hill, Tape Five, John Pagano Band, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Bigfoot Sighted In Camden 27/10/17
Bigfoot recently released their self-titled debut album via Frontiers and they played London's Underworld last night as part of their UK tour in support of the album. A Hard Rock band from Wigan, they burst onto the scene in the spring of 2014 with a wide range of influences from The Eagles through to Pantera. Boasting the powerful vocals of Antony Ellis, dual lead guitars from Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, plus the thunderous rhythm section of bassist Matt Avery and drummer Tom Aspinall - check out today's Video Of The Day with a review and more photos to come.
Still Got The Blues For You 27/10/17
On Friday 24th November BMG release Gary Moore’s 'Blues and Beyond', a remarkable collection of his powerful and emotive Blues studio recordings. 'Blues and Beyond' includes unreleased live recordings and the official Gary Moore biography 'I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow' written by Harry Shapiro. And we were lucky enough to be at a Q&A and Playback event on Wednesday held at London's Gibson Studios. Among those on the Q&A panel (pictured) were Gary's guitar technician, Graham Lilley, BMG Director of Design Neel Panchal and Shapiro himself. It was a fascinating afternoon of anecdotes which included George Harrison, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, BB King, Albert King, Albert Collins and Eric Clapton. A big thank you to Matt Reynolds at Savage Gringo, for not only inviting us along, but also for nailing what we want for Christmas!
10 Years Album Out Today 27/10/17
10 Years (Track Of The Day) return with their new studio album ‘(how to live) As Ghosts', which is released via Mascot Records today. Welcoming back band members Brian Vodinh (guitar/drums) and Matt Wantland (guitar), it's the band’s eighth studio album and is produced by Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Deftones, KoRn, Mastodon). It might be the band's 8th album, but, to them, it feels like a new start. Sometimes when band members reunite, it's as if no time has passed and nothing has changed. That couldn't be further from the truth for 10 Years. Vodinh and Wantland returned to the Knoxville, Tennessee Alt-Metal/Post-Grunge band, bursting through their comfort zones to create something new. Something better. Something career-defining.
Metallica Photo Gallery 26/10/17
Metallica continued the European leg of their WorldWired Tour in support of their new album 'Hardwired… To Self-Destruct' on Tuesday night, their second gig at London's O2 Arena. With great support from Norway’s Kvelertak, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multiple-Grammy® Award winning band's also included 'Fuel' (today's Video Of The Day, filmed on the first night) and of course 'Enter Sandman' and 'Nothing Else Matters'. Anyway, check out our photo gallery here from Tuesday night.
Blues On The Marsh Returns 26/10/17
Today Blues On The Marsh returns as our Track Of The Day. Originally broadcast last Friday, the Marshman chats to his good friend and one of the most prolific writers and musicians around, namely Richard Townend (pictured). Richard also spins new sounds from Tom McGuinness, Little Miss Higgins, Love Light Orchestra, Ramblin' Dog, Mighty Mo Rodgers and Baba Sissoko, Babajack, Leif De Leeuw Band, Chris Thomas King, T. Bear and The Dukes, Mrs R'n'B and The Soulshakers, The Wood Howlers, Rufus Black, Wily Bo Walker and E D Brayshaw plus exclusives from the brand new Live album from King Size Slim (Toby Barelli) to name just a few.
Bigfoot Underworld Tonight 26/10/17
Bigfoot recently released their self-titled debut album via Frontiers and are now on the road including London's Underworld tonight. Co-produced by the band with Justin Richards (who also mixed the record), the album consists of eleven songs. Bigfoot are a Hard Rock band from Wigan who burst onto the scene in the spring of 2014. With a wide range of influences from The Eagles through to Pantera, the group boasts the powerful vocals of Antony Ellis, dual lead guitars from Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, plus the thunderous rhythm section of bassist Matt Avery and drummer Tom Aspinall. Having toured constantly around the UK and performed at festivals including Breakout, Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Steelhouse and more, the quintet have built themselves a loyal grassroots following in their home territory. Two successful self-released EP’s also drew the attention of the Naples based Rock powerhouse Frontiers Music Srl, who signed them to their roster as fast as they could!
Enter Metallica 25/10/17
If there was ever a song on someone's 'live' bucket list then it would have to be 'Enter Sandman'. Cross that one off then as Metallica continued the European leg of their WorldWired Tour in support of their new album 'Hardwired… To Self-Destruct' last night, with their second gig at London's O2 Arena. With great support from Norway’s Kvelertak check out The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multiple-Grammy® Award winning band's Video Of The Day plus watch out for more photos tomorrow.
TNCRBC Part Trois Tonight! 25/10/17
Tonight at 7.30pm down in the lovely Amersham Arms, New Cross Road SE14 6TY, The New Cross Roads Blues Club have another packed night of music for just a fiver. The fun starts at 8pm sharp and on the bill tonight are The Blues Spiders - coming up from the Thames Delta - a bit of Southend R&B - full on Blues - full on fun. Plus there's Ruby & The Revalators - a real gem - don't miss this chance to see her and the band - Soul deep sounds in a big Blue style. Last but not least, there's also our old mate Andy Twyman (pictured) - recently described as a mash up between John Lee Hooker, George Formby, Seasick Steve, Jack White, Don Partridge, The Black Keys, Ken Dodd and Sammy Davis Jnr. - so they've got them all on the bill too!
Metallica continue the European leg of their WorldWired Tour in support of their new album 'Hardwired… To Self-Destruct' with their second gig at London's O2 Arena tonight. Doors open at 6pm with support from Norway’s Kvelertak at 7.20pm and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multiple-Grammy® Award winning band on stage at 8.30pm.
London Maidens 24/10/17
Run to the Hills: The Iron Maidens (Video Of The Day) are back in London! Yes, before we head off to to see Metallica tonight, we will be stopping off in Soho to interview the worlds one and only all-female Iron Maiden tribute band in advance of their London's O2 Academy Islington gig this Sunday 29th. The Iron Maidens are Kirsten Bruce Chickinson Rosenberg on vocals, Linda Nikki McBURRain McDonald on drums, Nikki Davina Murray Stringfield, Courtney Adriana Smith Cox on guitars and Wanda Steph Harris Ortiz on bass - so watch out for the audio interview later this week!
Crowl Soul Part Two 24/10/17
Today's Track Of The Day is an all new Blues On The Radio podcast including music from Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Likho Duo, Trainman Blues, Eric Gales, Richard Van Bergen & Rootbag, Brothers Osborne, Babajack, Robert Hokum & The Guv'nors, Greaseland All-Stars and the whole of Part two of the epic album from Half Deaf Clatch (pictured), 'Crow Soul'! Malaya Blue also features but unfortunately, due to ill health, has cancelled her gig tonight at The Tuesday Night Music Club. The good news is that Yoka & The Sugarbeats have stepped in to replace Malaya at the Comrades Club, 194 Brighton Rd, Coulsdon, Greater London CR5 2NF.
Steve Hill/Wishbone Ash Gig Review 23/10/17
"Despite missing the Heavy Rocker 'Damned' - his opening track on 'Volume 3' - with its palpable influence of namesake Dusty, Billy and Frank - the second number 'Go On' from 'Volume 2', was immediate proof, if needed, that one musician can sound like three, with Hill standing up whilst singing and playing guitar, with his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, plus he gets the bass notes by feeding three of his strings through an Octaver guitar pedal that’s hooked up to a bass amp!"
Read the whole of AJ's Steve Hill/Wishbone Ash O2 Academy Islington gig review from last Thursday here plus check out our photo gallery here (picture courtesy of Eric Duvet).
Free Bad Touch Single Released Today 23/10/17
To dovetail their headline November UK Tour, today Bad Touch release their new single 'Baby Get It On' featuring guest vocals from Mollie Marriott, which is today's Video 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). Bad Touch’s upcoming UK tour with Mollie kicks off at Sheffield's Corporation on Thursday 9th November including London's O2 Academy Islington on Sunday 26th November.
All Aboard The Blues Train 23/10/17
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features music from Eric Hughes, Downchild, Stephen Foster & Howler, Dave Hunt, Joakim Tinderholt, Johnny Rawls and Eric Gales (pictured).
The Missing Peace 22/10/17
L.A. Guns never looked like pretty poster boys, unlike many of their peers, but rather the sort of band that you would be terrified of bumping into in a dark alley. Yet, despite having songs to back up that image, they could also write powerful ballads (such as ’The Ballad Of Jayne’) that displayed serious songwriting chops. Those chops are on show again on ‘The Missing Peace’, the band’s brand new album and arguably one of the most vital releases in their catalogue. A lyric video for the new single ’The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain’ is today's Track Of The Day and the guys sandwich in a UK gig at Bradford Trash on Friday 3rd November in between two gigs at London's Camden Underworld on the 2nd and 4th November.
Can't Trust The News 22/10/17
Naked Six, a two-piece Alternative Rock band from York recently released their first single 'Can't Trust the News' which combines heavy pounding riffs, compelling lyrics plus a satirical twist, which is today's Video Of The Day. This band have been delivering high octane electrifying performances at shows up and down the country and have earned support from BBC introducing and Tony Visconti's Unsigned Heroes. The single comes out just weeks before they start a sold-out tour supporting The Temperance Movement and finish it off with a free headline show at The Lock Tavern in London on Friday 8th December.
Metallica Pop Up 22/10/17
Ahead of their sold out UK tour which starts tonight, Metallica have opened a pop up store at 45 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PD which is open today from noon to 8pm and noon to 6pm tomorrow. A tradition that started a little over a year ago in Minneapolis and carried on into Copenhagen and North America in 2017, the pop-up shops feature some new and exclusive collectible items, with fans not knowing exactly who or what they will find there. On Friday 10th November the band will be re-releasing 'Master Of Puppets' one of the most celebrated Metal albums of all time in expanded and Deluxe editions.
Wishbone Ash/Steve Hill Photo Gallery 21/10/17
The anticipation of seeing Canada's very own one man power trio Steve Hill at London's O2 Academy Islington on Thursday night was more than matched by seeing Andy Powell's legendary Wishbone Ash. As it turned out they were immense with Powell on guitar and vocals, John Verity's old mucker Bob Skeat (pictured) on bass and backing vocals, Powell's new foil Mark Abraham's on guitar and Joe Crabtree on drums. Anyway with a review to come, check out today's Video Of The Day plus also our photo gallery from the gig here.
Deep Blue Sea Marina 21/10/17
Deep Blue Sea (pictured) were no doubt fated to play the Medway Marina, Manor Lane, Rochester ME1 3HS - and sure enough the guys have a gig there tonight! Meanwhile, The New Cross Roads Blues Show is screened weekly on Facebook Live every Sunday. The first show is already loaded here featuring Blues Engine, London Bluesion and Deep Blue Sea with week two already in the can for this Sunday featuring The Wang Dang Doodle, The Blue Bishops, Iago Banet and JFK Blue.
Rock On The Ridge Tonight 21/10/17
The 2016 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge show is back on the air tonight here at 8pm and today's Track Of The Day is last week's show which also featured another 2016 WRC award winner, namely Black Stone Cherry (pictured), Cream, Led Zeppelin and interviews from the recent Kent BluesRockFest.
Hill's Islington Academy 20/10/17
Canada's very own one man power trio Steve Hill finally landed in London last night at Islington's O2 Academy as part of his 27-date UK tour. Supporting Andy Powell's legendary Wishbone Ash, Hill's short thirty minute support set literally dipped heavily into his latest album ‘Solo Recordings: Volume 3’ including 'Rhythm All Over', 'Damned' and 'Dangerous'. With a review including Wishbone Ash to come plus more photos - please in the meantime check out today's Video Of The Day.
Masters Of Their Universe 20/10/17
"Inglorious are one of those lucky bands that have the talent, but also have the support of the likes of Planet Rock too. It’s tough for bands to make a name for themselves out there these days, despite the flourishing live music scene. But Inglorious have jumped on the jet propelled roller coaster and are heading for the heavens, like the flying god of thunder himself. It’s where their destiny lies. They are masters of their universe." That was Mother's take on Inglorious at Islington Assembly Hall in May and the 2016 WRC Best Rock Performance award winners return to London's Electric Ballroom in Camden tonight.
Friday Blues Fix 20/10/17
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 Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from Tommy Castro, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top (pictured), Cash Box Kings, Dee's Honeytones, Leif de Leeuw Band, Mindi Abair, Altered Five Blues Band, Sam Kelly's Station House, Larkin Poe, Bill Blue, Kelly's Lot, Jack J Hutchinson, Van Morrison, Duke Robillard, Chris Daniels and the Kings, Laurence Jones, Elles Bailey, Jo Harman, Dave Ferra, Jason Rungapadiachy, Richard van Bergen, Chris Rea, The Hoodle, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue, Mississippi MacDonald, Robert Hokum, Norman Beaker Band, GG and the Cruisers, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Academy Hill 19/10/17
"This album shows an artist at the top of his game. Steve Hill is clearly in his element as a solo artist and one-man band, inviting listeners into a world of musical madness in the form of Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Hill undertakes a 27-date UK tour when he supports Wishbone Ash in October and November including London’s O2 Academy, Islington on Thursday 19th October. Do not miss this definition of a one-man power trio!" That was part of our Steve Hill ‘Solo Recordings: Volume 3’ album review and indeed tonight we will be there to see Steve supporting Andy Powell's Wishbone Ash (Track Of The Day) with his thirty minute set at 8pm.
What Does This Button Do? 19/10/17
The Iron Maiden troopers were out in force in East London on Tuesday night to see 'A Conversation With Bruce Dickinson' at The Troxy in Commercial Road for the launch of the Ed Force One pilot's autobiography 'What Does This Button Do'. Following a brilliant night of personal anecdotes from the Iron Maiden frontman, everyone went home happy clutching their own signed copies of Bruce's book! Indeed, with just under one month to go to Wrinklystock 6, we even managed to bump into Replicants guitarist Steve Hesmondhalgh on the way out - so watch out for news of their charity song auction over the next few days.
Eel Pie Sect 19/10/17
Very much part of the London Rhythm and Blues scene in the 1960's, The Downliners started out in Twickenham on Eel Pie Island and subsequently took over The Rolling Stones' residency at Ken Colyers Club in London's West End. Tonight, The Downliners Sect (Video Of The Day) return to The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ, a band that still attracts crowds of thousands in Japan, Spain and Sweden where their song, 'Little Egypt', reached Number One in the Hit Parade. Today, The Downliners Sect are original members, Don Craine (vocals/guitar) and Keith Grant (vocals/bass) plus Del Dwyer (vocals/guitar), John O'Leary (vocals/harmonica) and Mark Freeman (drums). Doors open at 8.30pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
JW Jones Album Review 18/10/17
"It's a collection of twelve songs and one instrumental which seems to be divided into three sections. The first comprises of the opening five songs, and its all out Blues,covering the usual bad luck, heartache and pain themes, and although at various points you do think you've heard this all this before, the hooks of opening track 'Price You Pay' along with the title track, followed by 'Murder In My Heart For The Judge', are all instant winners."
Read the whole of Phil C.'s JW Jones 'High Temperature' CD review that's due to be released this Friday here plus check out today's Video Of The Day.