Europe have released a new video for ‘Turn To Dust‘, taken from their critically acclaimed eleventh studio album, ‘Walk The Earth‘, which was released in October 2017 on Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music).

The video was directed by Producer/Director Craig Hooper, who directed the Deep Purple documentary ‘Highway Star: A Journey in Rock‘.

Hooper states: “A video like this is a very difficult thing to get right. The song is layered with emotion and meaning and to capture that in images is tricky, to say the least. The band decided the only way to do the song justice was through animation, where images are limited only by your imagination and together we roughed out a treatment. I then took that to Pete Rogers and Helen Pooler at Bait Studio in Cardiff, Wales, who are amongst the best in the world at this kind of thing and we’d already worked with them before for a video for DEEP PURPLE. They brought on board artist Matt Rooke, who immediately ‘got it,’ and between them, they gave life to these ideas and images. It wasn’t until the final frame was finished that we saw we had produced something special, something that I hope does a good enough job of representing such an amazing and heartfelt song. That’s up to viewers to decide.”

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Beasto Blanco; the band comprised of Chuck Garric (long time Alice Cooper bassist) on guitars and vocals, Calico Cooper on vocals, Brother Latham on guitars, Jan LeGrow on bass and Sean Sellers on drums, will release their 3rd studio album ‘We Are‘ on May 24, 2019 via Rat Pak Records.  We Are is the follow up album to their highly successful 2016 self-titled sophomore release ‘Beasto Blanco‘. Produced by Ryan Greene, the new album is available for pre-order in various bundle configurations at: www.ratpakrecords.com/BeastoBlanco.

Regarding the new album Chuck Garric comments, “We spent a lot of time channeling, dissecting and arranging the songs from our new album. The idea was, “Let’s make ‘our’ record – not necessarily what’s popular now or what we think other people will like. We said, let’s make a record for us and our fans. Our fans are loyal and our sound is our sound.

Guitarist Brother Latham adds “We Are” is a novel record for us.  It shows maturity in the band, without surrendering our reckless abandon and love of rock n’ roll!

Calico Cooper adds, “This record has teeth. It’s got a bite to it that I love. It’s message is from the people we see around us every day, it’s heartbeat is so loud. It says We are strong. We are indestructible. We are here. We Are!

Tracklisting:

01 The Seeker

02 Solitary Rave

03 Ready To Go

04 Down

05 Perception Of Me

06 Let’s Rip

07 Half Life

08 We Got This

09 Follow The Bleed

10 I See You In It

11 Halcyon (Bonus-track CD & Download versions)

Beasto Blanco will be touring U.S and Canada in support of ‘We Are‘ opening for Halestorm and Palaye Royale. The tour begins April 18th at the Verizon Center in Mankato, MN and takes the band through spring with additional headlining shows, as well as an appearance at this years Rocklahoma.

TOUR DATES

APR 18 Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center*
APR 20 Billings, MT Shrine Auditorium*
APR 21 Denver, CO Moe’s Original BBQ
APR 22 Salt Lake City, UT The Union*
APR 23 Garden City, ID Revolution Concert House*
APR 25 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center*
APR 26 Vancouver, BC Chan Centre*
APR 28 Edmonton, AB Norther Jubilee Auditorium*
APR 29 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom*
MAY 01 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre*
MAY 05 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Event Center*
MAY 07 Rapid City, SD Barnett Arena*
MAY 08 Sioux Falls, SD Bigs Bar
MAY 09 Cedar Rapids, IA US Cellular Center*
MAY 10 Council Bluffs, IA West Fair Amphitheater*
MAY 11 Indianapolis, IN Kiss Expo
MAY 12 London, ON London Music Hall*
MAY 13 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall*
MAY 14 Ottawa, ON The Brass Monkey
MAY 15 Montreal, QC MTelus*
MAY 16 Quebec City, QC La Source de la Martinière
MAY 17 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
MAY 19 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
MAY 20 Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Cafe
MAY 22 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe
MAY 23 St Louis, MO Fubar
MAY 25 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
MAY 26 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
MAY 27 Austin, TX Come & Take It Live
MAY 28 Houston, TX Warehouse
MAY 31 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
JUN 01 Nashville, TN The Basement East

(*with Halestorm)

Sneakout Records & Burning Minds Music Group are glad to announce the details of ‘Like A Snake‘, official debut album of Italian hard rockers, X-Plicit. Founded by guitar-player Andrea Lanza after the great feedbacks received with his first studio project, Skill In Veins (which saw a line-up of respected musicians including the likes of Alessandro Del VecchioNik MazzucconiFrancesco Jovino & Gabriele Gozzi), and influenced by the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Aerosmith and BadlandsX-Plicit shows the quality and tight musicianship of a smart four-members combo. The band is completed by Sa Talarico (Aeternal Seprium) on bass, Giorgio Annoni (Longobardeath, Homerun) on drums, and frontman Simone Zuccarini (Generation On Dope, Razzle Dazzle, Norimberga, Torque, The Wetdogs).

Andrea Lanza quotes: “I’m very excited about this album. We can’t wait to finally present to fans the music included in ‘Like A Snake‘, which is perfect to be played live by this line-up of great friends. The deal with Burning Minds Music Group can be then considered the icing on the cake: I love the passion and knowledge shown by them for this kind of music, it’s cool to be part of this brilliant rock ‘n’ roll family“.

Like A Snake‘ is set for release on May 24, 2019 via Sneakout Records / Burning Minds Music Group, and is available also a special Ltd. Personalized Edition created by Outward Styles (available exclusively on the label’s online shop, Rock Temple). CD cover art have been designed by Silvano Ancellotti, while graphics  have been developed by the talented Aeglos Art (Airbound, Raintimes, Michael Kratz, Wheels Of Fire, Alchemy), who included in the booklet some charming photo shoots provided by Davide Giuliani. Completing this captivating package are nice introductory liner notes, written by Sandro Lo Castro (GiornaleMetal.it, Black Night Radio).

Line-up:

Simone Zuccarini: Vocals

Andrea Lanza: Guitars

Sa Talarico: Bass

Giorgio Annoni: Drums

Tracklist:

  1. Hell Is Open
  2. The Great Show
  3. You Don’t Have To Be Afraid
  4. Shake Up Your Life
  5. Deep Of My Soul
  6. I’m Original
  7. Free
  8. Angel
  9. Don’t Close This Bar Tonight
  10. Like A Snake

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Wang Chung is back with gorgeous new visuals to their own remix of their hit single ‘Dance Hall Days’ complete with a full orchestra.

Wang Chung came out of the post-punk, New Wavescene in the UK going on to achieve global success, selling millions of records. Throughout their 35 year career they have released 6 albums and 2 Greatest Hits compilations.

They have had 6 US Top 40 hits including a number 1 and other international smash hits including ‘Dance Hall Days‘ and ‘Let’s Go‘, and achieved cult status with their soundtrack for William Friedkin’s movie ‘To Live and Die in LA‘, as well as their original song contribution to John Hughes’ legendary movie, The Breakfast Club.

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In what would have been the 50th year of Rory Gallagher’s recording career, UMC are pleased to announce the release of ‘BLUES’ on Friday 31st May. From the vaults of the Gallagher estate’s tape archive comes this collection of rare and unreleased recordings of Rory playing his favourite blues material. Ranging from never heard before tracks to special guest sessions with legendary blues artists (Muddy Waters / Albert King) and lost radio sessions, this album uncovers Rory’s love of the blues throughout his solo career from 1971 right through to 1994.

Formats include a 15 track 1CD / 2LP version, limited edition blue vinyl 2LP and a deluxe 36 track 3CD version showcasing Rory’s virtuoso performances of electric, acoustic and live blues. The Deluxe comprises 90% unreleased material and features performances with musical legends such as Muddy Waters, Albert King, Jack Bruce, Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber. The Deluxe Edition also comes with an extensive booklet comprising previously unseen pictures if Rory plus a new essay by award winning Blues / Rock writer Jas Obrecht.

If ever there was a “musician’s musician” then that accolade surely belongs to Rory Gallagher. Renowned for his blistering live performances and highly respected for his dedication to his craft, he died in 1995, aged just 47, yet his reputation has continued to flourish in the years since. Indeed, some of rock’s most seminal figures, from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, Queen’s Brian May to The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, have cited him as an influence. Clapton credited Rory with “getting me back into the blues”, while May has unequivocally stated: “I owe Rory Gallagher my sound.”

“The man who changed my musical life was Rory Gallagher, I picked up a guitar because of him.” – Johnny Marr

 “’A Million Miles Away’ was the first song I learned on guitar. The story goes that when Jimi Hendrix was asked how it felt to be the greatest guitarist in the world, he answered, “I don’t know. Go ask Rory Gallagher.” Ed Sheeran

 “As soon as I heard Cradle Rock, I was hooked. I thought, ‘This is what I want to be when I grow up.’” – Joe Bonamassa

 “Rory didn’t sound like anybody else…He had a very individual, independent kind of tone and approach and everything. He’s always been a big hero to me.” – Slash

From his first album with Taste through his final solo record, Rory Gallagher remained true to his own musical vision. Like the American bluesmen he admired, he created an instantly identifiable sound. His raw, unfettered vocals perfectly suited the blues-worthy themes he sang of, and his guitar style was a force unto itself. Like B.B. King and Buddy Guy, he excelled at playing storytelling solos on electric guitar. Like Muddy Waters, he was a skilled slider. And like Blind Boy Fuller, Lead Belly, and Big Bill Broonzy, he displayed amazing dexterity on the acoustic guitar. But unlike many of his peers in the U.K., especially during the 1960s and 1970s, Gallagher did not specialize in note-perfect copies of other people’s songs. As he explained to an interviewer in 1978, “I never started out to be a strict recreator of the blues or even a modern young bluesman. I wanted to be me.

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3 CD Deluxe Edition

CD 1 – Electric Blues

  1. Don’t Start Me Talkin’ (Unreleased track from the Jinx album sessions 1982)
    2. Nothin’ But The Devil (Unreleased track from the Against The Grain album sessions 1975)
    3. Tore Down (Unreleased track from the Blueprint album sessions 1973)
    4. Off The Handle (Unreleased session Paul Jones Show BBC Radio 1986)
    5. I Could’ve Had Religion (Unreleased WNCR Cleveland radio session from 1972)
    6. As the Crow Flies (Unreleased track from Tattoo album sessions 1973)
    7. A Million Miles Away (Unreleased BBC Radio 1 Session 1973)
    8. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson (Outtake from Deuce album sessions 1971)
    9. Leaving Town Blues (Tribute track from Peter Green ‘Rattlesnake Guitar’ 1994)
    10. Drop Down Baby (Rory guest guitar on Lonnie Donegan’s “Puttin’ On The Style” album 1978
    11. I’m Ready (Guest guitarist on Muddy Waters ‘London Sessions’ album 1971)
    12. Bullfrog Blues (Unreleased WNCR Cleveland radio session from 1972)

CD 2 – Acoustic Blues

  1. Who’s That Coming (Acoustic outtake from Tattoo album sessions 1973)
    2. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson (Acoustic outtake from Deuce album sessions 1971)
    3. Prison Blues (Unreleased track from Blueprint album sessions 1973)
    4. Secret Agent (Unreleased acoustic version from RTE Irish TV 1976)
    5. Blow Wind Blow (Unreleased WNCR Cleveland radio session from 1972)
    6. Bankers Blues (Outtake from the Blueprint album sessions 1973)
    7. Whole Lot Of People (Acoustic outtake from Deuce album sessions 1971)
    8. Loanshark Blues (Unreleased acoustic version from German TV 1987)
    9. Pistol Slapper Blues (Unreleased acoustic version from Irish TV 1976)
    10. Can’t Be Satisfied (Unreleased Radio FFN session from 1992)
    11. Want Ad Blues (Unreleased RTE Radio Two Dave Fanning session 1988)
    12. Walkin’ Blues (Unreleased acoustic version from RTE Irish TV 1987)

CD 3 – Live Blues

  1. When My Baby She Left Me (Unreleased track from Glasgow Apollo concert 1982)
    2. Nothin’ But The Devil (Unreleased track from Glasgow Apollo concert 1982)
    3. What In The World (Unreleased track from Glasgow Apollo concert 1982)
    4. I Wonder Who (Unreleased live track from late 1980s)
    5. Messin’ With The Kid (Unreleased track from Sheffield City Hall concert 1977)
    6. Tore Down (Unreleased track from Newcastle City Hall concert 1977)
    7. Garbage Man Blues (Unreleased track from Sheffield City Hall concert 1977)
    8. All Around Man (Unreleased track from BBC OGWT Special 1976)
    9. Born Under A Bad Sign (Unreleased track from Rockpalast 1991 w/ Jack Bruce)
    10. You Upset Me (Unreleased guest performance from Albert King album ‘Live’ 1975)
    11. Comin’ Home Baby (Unreleased track from 1989 concert with Chris Barber Band)
    12. Rory Talking Blues (Interview track of Rory talking about the blues)

1 CD Version

  1. Don’t Start Me Talkin’ (Unreleased track from the Jinx album sessions 1982)
    2. Nothin’ But The Devil (Unreleased track from the Against The Grain album sessions 1975)
    3. Tore Down (Unreleased track from the Blueprint album sessions 1973)
    4. Off The Handle (Unreleased session Paul Jones Show BBC Radio 1986)
    5. A Million Miles Away (Unreleased BBC Radio 1 Session 1973)
    6. Leaving Town Blues (Tribute track from Peter Green ‘Rattlesnake Guitar’ 1994)
    7. As the Crow Flies (Unreleased track from Tattoo album sessions 1973)
    8. Secret Agent (Unreleased acoustic version from RTE Irish TV 1976)
    9. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson (Acoustic outtake from Deuce album sessions 1971)
    10. Prison Blues (Unreleased track from Blueprint album sessions 1973)
    11. Who’s That Coming (Acoustic outtake from Tattoo album sessions 1973)
    12. I’m Ready (Guest guitarist on Muddy Waters ‘London Sessions’ album 1971)
    13. What In The World (Unreleased track from Glasgow Apollo concert 1982)
    14. Garbage Man Blues (Unreleased track from Sheffield City Hall concert 1977)
    15. Born Under A Bad Sign (Unreleased track from Rockpalast 1991 w/ Jack Bruce)

2 LP / Limited Edition Blue Vinyl 2 LP Version

Side 1

  1. Don’t Start Me Talkin’ (Unreleased track from the Jinx album sessions 1982)
    2. Nothin’ But The Devil (Unreleased track from the Against The Grain album sessions 1975)
    3. Tore Down (Unreleased track from the Blueprint album sessions 1973)
    4. Off The Handle (Unreleased session Paul Jones Show BBC Radio 1986)

Side 2

  1. A Million Miles Away (Unreleased BBC Radio 1 Session 1973)
    2. Leaving Town Blues (Tribute track from Peter Green ‘Rattlesnake Guitar’ 1994)
    3. I’m Ready (Guest guitarist on Muddy Waters ‘London Sessions’ album 1971)
    4. As the Crow Flies (Unreleased track from Tattoo album sessions 1973)

Side 3

  1. Who’s That Coming (Acoustic outtake from Tattoo album sessions 1973)
    2. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson (Acoustic outtake from Deuce album sessions 1971)
    3. Prison Blues (Unreleased track from Blueprint album sessions 1973)
    4. Secret Agent (Unreleased acoustic version from RTE Irish TV 1976)

Side 4

  1. What In The World (Unreleased track from Glasgow Apollo concert 1982)
    2. Garbage Man Blues (Unreleased track from Sheffield City Hall concert 1977)
    3. Born Under A Bad Sign (Unreleased track from Rockpalast 1991 w/ Jack Bruce)

‘BLUES’, is available to pre-order HERE.

Two of the most exciting new prospects in the world of blues rock will tour together for the very first time throughout October 2019. Touring under the moniker of “ROADSTARS” – this hi-octane live extravaganza promises to be one of the hottest double bill concert tours to hit the UK in 2019.

The tour includes American blues rock guitarist Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, who Joe Bonamassa describes as “a kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals,” plus Manchester rock band Gorilla Riot.  Every night each band will alternative as headliners, giving them equal share of the limelight.

Tickets, PRICED £14, are on sale from 10am on Tuesday 2nd April and can be booked from www.thegigcartel.com and from the 24-Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898.

Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones are fronted by a 21-year-old powerhouse guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. The South Carolina-born, Nashville-based artist who formed the band as an eight-year-old, has developed a powerful and sublime synthesis of guitar skills and makes it clear that the future is hers for the taking. Hannah has performed over 2,000 shows including festival appearances. Here, she digs in deep, hits hard, and crushes it. Her latest album is an aural kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals, that establishes Wicklund as a triple-threat player, singer and writer in the same vein as Susan Tedeschi and the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde. The album’s producer, Sadler Vaden, who’s also guitarist with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, says, “Once we started writing some songs, I saw that she had a real, raw talent and had a love of classic rock music and blues. I wanted to honour that in making this album, but also add a little modern edge to it.”

Gorilla Riot are a 5-piece dirty rock n’ roll blues machine from Manchester, England. They play raucous blues-based rock, combining elements of grunge, stoner and country to create a full-on high energy rock show.

Created by frontman, Arjun Bhishma, he’s surrounded himself with the best talent in Manchester, creating a 3-prong guitar attack with multi-part harmonies. Featuring Arjun on lead vocals and guitar, Liam Henry (guitars, vocals), Charly T. (guitars, vocals), and James “Deggy” Degnen (bass).

The band began song writing and soon entered the studio to record their debut self-titled album. This set them on their path to deliver their blues-drenched dirty sound that evolved into the acclaimed EP, ‘Six Shots Down‘ in 2017.

ROADSTARS – OCTOBER 2019 UK DATES

TICKETS: www.thegigcartel.com & 24-Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898.

Chester, Live Rooms Thursday 3 October
Manchester, Rebellion Friday 4 October
Birmingham, Flapper Saturday 5 October
Norwich, Waterfront Studio Sunday 6 October
Newcastle, The Cluny Tuesday 8 October
Leeds, Lending Room Wednesday 9 October
Bristol, Exchange Thursday 10 October
London, O2 Islington Academy 2 Friday 11 October

HRH AOR VII – Day 1 – 14-03-2019

Presthaven Sands, Prestatyn

Review: Stephen Brophy

Photography: Stephen Brophy 

Sometimes you look at a Festival and just find it hard to believe that it’s the 7th year it’s been running and you have attended every year, this year as HRH transition to a new home base in Great Yarmouth we are visiting Prestatyn for a brief visit.

The day begins with some short Acoustic set for HRH Dark Circle members who got to see the excellent Gorilla Riot. The it was time for the main stage to open and to get everything kicked off..

The New Breed

The first band to hit the stage are The New Breed from Manchester and they went down a storm, with lead singer Jay paying homage to one of this evenings other acts, Dave Bickler, with a very fetching t-shirt. These guys wasted no time at all and went for it straight from the moment they hit the stage. They really tried to get the crowd involved whenever the opportunity arose and also were very appreciative of the support they were receiving, which is always nice to see. Definitely a band to keep an eye on, look forward to seeing them develop and move up the billing at Festivals like this, they play a brand of Rock ‘N’ Roll that has something a little different and as the songs develop there’s lots of promise in what you hear. Great way to open the Festival and one I’m sure the guys won’t forget.

Knock Out Kaine

This appearance was tinged with a little sadness, being the last show by this lineup and being known as Knock Out Kaine, not that the guys are disappearing, but still when a member moves on the dynamic often changes, and these guys were clearly going to go out with a bang. Having always thought that this band should have been bigger it’s no surprise that when in top gear the songs sound terrifc. And they really do have some banging songs in the repertoire, and as always Dean Foxx is a frontman with presence, not just a cracking voice but power and emotion to boot.

Clearly some big KOK fans had moved to the front and centre of the barrier and you could see the infection spread with killer version of “Ain’t Your Kind” bringing more in the now large crowd into the fray. and then the ability to drop the pace down for “Coming Home” was effortless and held onto the momentum they’d built. Lee certainly enjoyed his farewell making a foray into the crowd to say goodbye, and then it was back to a smashing finale, look forward to seeing Dean and the guys in whatever guise they are on the road in next, always put in a big performance, and perfect for a party night.

Dave Bickler

Having appeared for the first time on a UK stage only a couple of years ago it was great to see the former Survivor frontman Dave Bickler making a return trip for HRH AOR. And this time armed, finally, with his new solo album Darklight and a new band for this run of UK Dates, which includes FM’s excellent guitarist Jim Fitzpatrick, they work their way though a set littered with Survivor hits alongside some of Dave’s solo tracks.

Sadly it’s quite obvious from the start that something isn’t quite right with the vocals this evening, and Dave apologises early on for a croak in his throat, however he doesn’t make excuses and powers on, with some tracks coming across much better than others.  Perhaps he should have looked for a little more audience participation from that start, but as attested to by a number of people the voice was in much better shape at shows earlier in the week. Either way I will always commend an artist for pushing through the pain and trying to give the crowd as good a show as possible under difficult conditions. Back to the music, for me it’s the Survivor tracks that hit home most, again Dave paid tribute to another Survivor legend Jimi Jamison who we so sadly lost in 2014 with “Burning Heart” and not also a tribute to the recent passing of ex-Survivor Bass Player Stephan Ellis, which was nice to see. Dave always comes across as being a very amiable type of guy, loves music, but doesn’t always look the most comfortable  frontman on stage, that being said he definitely gets into the spirit of things when needed.

Highlights for me and I’m sure a lot of others were “Rebel Girl” which sounded great, “I Can’t Hold Back” and of course the song that most people were waiting for, the massive “Eye Of The Tiger” which was really good and definitely aided by Dave getting the crowd involved a little more, so many singing along, clapping along and just having a great time, it was a fantastic way to end the set and get everyone ready for tonights Headline act.

Tyketto

This band has over the course of 30 years gone through just about everything, and to see them still wowing crowds, and more importantly absolutely loving what they do is a sight to behold. Add to that the fact that Danny Vaughn still has an amazing voice and somehow managed to find the fountain of youth, we have all the elements of a wonderful show here, and that’s exactly what we get.

Rather than play the “Strength In Numbers” album from start to finish as it was recorded, often that sort of order just doesn’t fit the show, creates a slightly odd flow to things, so rightly the guys have thought about it a bit and fitted the tracks in and around some classics, some newer songs and a golden nugget or two. But Tyketto are known for blowing the roof off, and when you open your set with.a rasping version of “Inherit The Wind” and the pumping anthem that is “Meet Me In The Night” you are in no doubt that it’s on.

The band is on absolutely top form right now, with a solidified lineup, Chris Green (Guitar) seems to be just getting better and better, and that massive smile says it all, his solos are just electric. Despite the band living in different States and Countries it’s like they all live in the same house, a family indeed. Have noticed more and more in recent shows just how damn good Ged’s backing vocals are alongside the excellent work on keyboards, Greg Smith (Bass) has fitted in so well and really there’s not much more I can say about either Michael (Drums) or Danny (Vocals) to still show the hunger, still put everything into every show and leave the stage smiling from ear to ear, it really does warm the heart, this is what Rock music should be, great playing, great songs and a full house of fans singing and dancing into the night.

From the beauty of “The End Of Summer Days” and “Write Your Name In The Sky” to the bluesy interlude of “Why Do You Cry?” and into the balls out rock of “Rescue Me”, “Strength In Numbers” which really seems to have taken a life of it’s own on this run of dates. As always you leave the venue wanting more and never feeling that you haven’t been involved in a special event.

Long may we get this band playing shows and Festivals in the UK, they are still a force to be reckoned with live and it’s so hard not to sing along to the classic tracks. This time around it was great to hear some of the tracks from Strength In Numbers that don’t very often get an airing, alongside a track most people have never heard and the undeniable force that songs like “Forever Young” (where Danny was joined by VEGAs Nick Workman) and the wonderful set closer “Standing Alone”. Terrific way to end a really great evenings entertainment with the knowledge that there’s lots more to come on Day’s 2 and 3.

Track list:

Inherit The Wind

Meet Me In The Night

All Over Me

Catch My Fall

The End Of Summer Days

Wait Forever

Big Money

Ain’t That Love

Write Your Name In The Sky

Why Do You Cry ?

Rescue Me

Strength In Numbers

Forever Young (with Nick Workman)

Encore :-

The Last Sunset

Reach

Standing Alone

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Riff Rock groovehounds CROBOT will be slamming down into the UK in July for 8 shows with one aim; to bring both havoc and joy to the ears of Britain. They will playing 6 headline shows in Norwich, Manchester, Blackpool, Birmingham, London and Milton Keynes as well as festival slots at Ramblin’ Man Fair and Steelhouse.

They recently announced their signing to Mascot Records – home to Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Black Country Communion and VOLA – and are currently working on a brand new album in Atlanta.

Following that, they will be joining supergroup The Damned Things (Anthrax/Fall Out Boy/Every Time I Die/Alkaline Trio) on tour throughout May in the US and will then be hotfooting it to the UK for some howling funk-blues-rock revelry of the finest order. Talking about heading back over the band exclaim; “Ok Beardos… We are coming to eat your beans and dip our riff biscuits in your tea! We can’t wait to slam down some PG Tips with our buds in Wolf Jaw.

You have been warned.

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Sat 20 Jul – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
Sun 21 Jul – Kent, Ramblin Man Fair
Tue 23 Jul – Manchester, Rebellion
Wed 24 Jul – Blackpool, Waterloo Bar
Thu 25 Jul – Birmingham, Institute 2
Fri 26 Jul – London, Underworld
Sat 27 Jul – Ebbw Vale, Gwent, Steelhouse Festival
Sun 28 Jul –  Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms

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The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will be releasing their brand new album ‘The Traveler’ on 31st May via Provogue/Mascot Label Group, which will be accompanied by a series of European shows through the summer.

Gone is the young Louisiana gunslinger who erupted onto the early-’90s scene with his burn-it-down guitar solos and gut-punch songcraft. The 41-year-old he’s become is even more magnetic, still pushing his Fender Strat where others fear to fret. As a grown man and a father, there are different thoughts and feelings that have come into focus.

The album title comes from the song Tailwind,” he explains. “We’re all travelling together through this thing called life. These are testing times for us as a society, and it seems to me that it’s been a bit crazy in the world lately, with so much division. Without making any kind of political point, it’s like, ‘Let’s get through this together, appreciate one another and not always be trying to fight’.” The new songs typically began with a raw riff captured on Shepherd’s cell phone. But they blossomed into full technicolor at Neptune Valley, Los Angeles, with the production of Shepherd and Marshall Altman.

World-class guitar playing has always been his calling card, but in his forties, Shepherd knows when to blaze and when to breathe. “There’s some restraint on ‘The Traveler’,” he considers. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to lean towards the approach of less is more. I play for the song now.“ Taking a cue from his side project, The Rides, the super group he co-founded with Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg, Shepherd shares more vocal responsibilities with his long-time singer, Noah Hunt, than on past releases, allowing the band more versatility. “I still don’t sound like Muddy Waters,” he smiles. “But I’ve definitely grown as a vocalist. I owe a lot of the credit to Stephen Stills for pushing me to sing more in The Rides,

The lyrics were important to me on this record,”Shepherd explains.  As the album unfolds, ‘Long Time Running’ is someone expressing what it’s like to lead a complicated existence. On the surface, ‘Gravity’ is about a very complicated relationship. “With ‘Woman Like You’, my goal is to glorify the woman in the relationship, not tear her down. Some songwriters focus on the negative aspects of a relationship, but this song rocks and makes you feel good.

The album features two covers. “I was asked to do an event honouring Joe Walsh,” he explains, “and everybody had to choose a couple of songs to perform. We did ‘Turn To Stone’, and it came off so well we did a completely live take in the studio. As for the Buffalo Springfield song, ‘Mr. Soul’, Stephen had the idea of getting me, him and Neil Young onstage together at an autism benefit show. It was in the back of my mind that ‘Mr. Soul’ would be a killer song to do, and it was just a spectacular moment. So this was my way of paying tribute to that amazing experience on record.

He may move amongst legends, but the modest Shepherd brushes off any suggestion that he belongs in the same breath as the blues greats he collaborated with on 2007’s platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated documentary, ‘10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads’. Yet he’ll accept that with the old guard fading, there’s a responsibility to carry the torch. “The inescapable reality is that I’m getting older, and the generation of blues artists that went before, well, y’know, nobody lives forever.  If I live long enough, I’m gonna wind up in the category of the older statesmen of the blues. For anyone in that position, I think it’s our duty to pass it on. It’s not all about me and my music, the goal is a broader one of keeping the genre alive and relevant.

European Shows

Tickets available from: kennywayneshepherd.net/tour

29 Jun – Verti Music Hall, Berlin, GERMANY
30 Jun – Loket Castle, Loket CZECH REPUBLIC
01 Jul – RuhrCongress, Bochun, GERMANY
03 Jul – Stadtpark Open Air Bühne, Hamburg, GERMANY
05 Jul – Musiktheater REX, Bensheim, GERMANY
07 Jul – Chiari Blues Festival, Chiari, ITALY
09 Jul – Tollwood festival, München, GERMANY
10 Jul – Kaufleuten Klub, Zürich, SWITZERLAND
13 Jul – North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
17 Jul – Boiler Shop, Newcastle, UK
18 Jul – Leadmill, Sheffield, UK
19 Jul – City Hall, Salisbury, UK
16 Aug – Keeling the Blues Alive Mediterranean, Barcelona SPAIN

Track listing:

  1. Woman Like You
  2. Long Time Running
  3. I Want You
  4. Tailwind
  5. Gravity
  6. We All Alright
  7. Take It On Home
  8. Mr. Soul
  9. Better With Time
  10. Turn To Stone

Pre-order The Traveler: http://smarturl.it/KennyWayneShepherd

On their essential new album, The Quireboys amazed themselves. “The new music has surpassed all of expectations” admitted long-term guitarist Guy Griffin. “It’s the most diverse album we’ve ever done” added fellow six-stringer Paul Guerin. And for a band celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2019 that’s saying something.

Amazing Disgrace‘ is the sixth Quireboys’ album in seven years but quality over quantity remains the mantra. Eleven typically frank and familiarly evocative rock and roll classics soundtrack a band at the peak of its creative powers. The new album will be released digital on April 5th and physical on April 19th via Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

And the decision to lay down ‘Amazing Disgrace‘ at the world famous Rockfield Studios turned out to be an inspired decision as the weight of history created a unique pressure on a band determined to evolve.

Getting everyone together at one of the most iconic studios in the world has definitely given the new music a different vibe” said guitarist Guy Griffin. “Everyone was a lot more up for it because each band member felt so involved in the process“.

I was actually more apprehensive than usual going in to the studio. I didn’t know how things would turn out but the music we came out with was better than anyone could have expected“.

We’re at the point in our career where we don’t really give a shit what anyone else thinks! I don’t mean that in a negative way but we write songs that we can play with freedom within a live show“.

Paul says, “Amazing Disgrace is one of our most diverse records yet – I don’t think there’s anything we can’t do or that we wouldn’t try. The last few records have proved that.Guerin conceded that treading in the revered footsteps of Freddie Mercury, Brian May et all across the hallowed Rockfield turf was an unforgettable experience in its own right. Emerging from the studio with an album prepped to take on all-comers in 2019 was the icing on the cake.

You come out of the front door and on the right hand side you can see up to the window of the room where Freddie Mercury wrote Bohemian Rhapsody,” added Guerin. “Look up again and you can see the weather vane referenced in the song“.

If you’re of a certain vintage it’s just mind-blowing. I was like a kid in a sweetshop. And if you can’t draw inspiration from recording in that environment then you’re probably in the wrong job!

Guerin is clearly in the right job. And the job satisfaction will surely spike again when The Quireboys headline a special one-off show celebrating 35 years as self-styled rock and roll rebels.

Track Listing:

  1. Original Black Eyed Son
  2. Sinners Serenade
  3. Seven Deadly Sins
  4. Amazing Disgrace
  5. Eve of the Summertime
  6. California Blues
  7. This is it
  8. Feels like a long time
  9. Slave #1
  10. Dancing in Paris
  11. Medusa My Girl

The album can be pre-ordered here: www.offyerrocka.com – If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you get the Seven Deadly Sins single as an instant download too.

Forthcoming gigs:

28/03 The Boiler Room, Guildford (Unplugged Sessions), UK
29/03 The Met Lounge, Peterborough (Unplugged Sessions), UK
30/03 The Tivoli, Buckley (Unplugged Sessions), UK
01/04 Rock City, Nottingham (Co-Headline Tour w/ FM + Vega, Bad Touch), UK
02/04 The Globe, Cardiff (Co-Headline Tour w/ FM + Vega, Bad Touch), UK
04/04 Warehouse 23, Wakefield (Co-Headline Tour w/ FM + Vega, Bad Touch), UK
06/04 Corporation, Sheffield (Co-Headline Tour w/ FM + Vega, Bad Touch), UK
07/04 O2 Ritz, Manchester (Co-Headline Tour w/ FM + Vega, Bad Touch), UK
08/04 The Garage, Glasgow (Co-Headline Tour w/ FM + Vega, Bad Touch), UK
09/04 KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton (Co-Headline Tour w/ FM + Vega, Bad Touch), UK
11/04 Sala Upload, Barcelona, ES
14/04 Sala Even, Seville, ES
25/04 Masterclub Vigo, Galicia, ES
26/04 Teatro Juan Bravo, Segovia, ES
27/04 Sala Tunk, Irun, ES
14/05 Riverside, Newcastle (Unplugged Sessions), UK
15/05 Dreadnaught Rock, Bathgate (Unplugged Sessions), UK
16/05 Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh (Unplugged Sessions), UK
17/05 Ironworks, Inverness (Unplugged Sessions), UK
18/05 Tunnels, Aberdeen (Unplugged Sessions), UK
30/05 Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden (Unplugged Sessions), UK

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