In a rare break from his day job as the bass player with Status Quo, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards goes on the road for a run of 5 UK dates as Rhino’s Revenge and promises a night of “straight ahead good time noisy rock and roll performed by an ace band”.
That band now includes FM‘s lead guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick and Uriah Heep‘s drummer Russell Gilbrook, who join regulars Rhino and Matthew Starritt to complete a stellar line up.
In support of the shows, Rhino’s Revenge is releasing a heavyweight double A-side single featuring a new edit of ‘Take ’em Down‘ (‘about a town called Kobanî’) and ‘Famous‘, ‘about people who want something for nothing’.
Both songs are taken from the band’s second album, Rhino’s Revenge II, which has now been released as an extremely limited edition vinyl pressing of just 300 copies, each autographed and sequentially numbered by Rhino.
Describing his music as having, “a bit more of a punky bluesy style than Quo, and less subtle“, the self-deprecating Rhino goes onto say “You wouldn’t think that was possible, right? Well I’m here to tell you it is and that’s a great thing to me. It’s not easy to be simple, although I have been accused of that in the past.”
Rhino’s Revenge 5-date UK tour
May 5: The Iron Road, Evesham. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/376395
May 12: 100 Club, London. https://www.wegottickets.com/100club/event/378833
May 13: The Holbrook Club, Horsham. Tickets via telephone only: 01473 751150.
May 18: Bootleggers, Kendal. skiddle.com/e/12852902
May 20 Ivory Blacks, Glasgow. http://t-s.co/rhin1
In addition to general admission tickets, VIP packages are also available from the Rhino’s Revenge Store: http://www.rhinosrevenge.com/shop/
The VIP package includes admission, a meet and greet with Rhino’s Revenge, a memento laminate and lanyard, a Rhino-branded gift and a voucher offering a 25% discount on anything – other than CDs and musical product – bought from the merchandise stand.
Rhino’s Revenge II album
Released by Molano Music, Rhino’s Revenge II is an energetic and diverse album that celebrates music, released 15 years after the band’s debut album.
Rhino’s Revenge II was recorded in ’11 days of pure magic’ with his sons, Max on drums and Freddie on guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Starritt. Rhino’s daughter, Mae, also contributed backing vocals to the album, produced by Mike Paxman (Judie Tzuke, Uriah Heep, Asia, Status Quo).
“I play Rhino Rock, Thug Rock, Animal Rock, Heavy Rock, Pop Rock, but with the main focus on the lyrics and the songs. It’s rabble-rousing rock ‘n roll.”
Rhino’s Revenge II is an aural treat, with no calculated image or reliance on nostalgia: instead Rhino and the band have created an atmosphere based around strong material and succeed in immersing listeners into the ambiance they have made. The album is the perfect manifestation of John ‘Rhino’ Edwards immutable wit, sadness, quiet anger and charm.
Along with the single Black Widows, the album features 11 further songs that deal with a wide range of subjects from vacuous aspects of modern life though to man’s best friend.
This is a quintessentially English album and there’s something indefinable but very special about Rhino’s Revenge II that makes it irresistible. Rhino Edwards, a confessed musicoholic, has created a truly honest album which ‘kicks like a mule’; a rare commodity in today’s world.
To order Rhino’s Revenge II go to www.rhinosrevenge.com