Danny Bryant – Big: Live in Europe Released April 21st

The release date for Danny Bryant‘s new live album, ‘Big: Live in Europe‘, will be April 21st 2017 on the Jazzhaus label.

The album is available for pre-order:
Amazon: http://hyperurl.co/bigamazon
iTunes: http://hyperurl.co/bigitunes

UK Live Dates 2017:
27.04 Belfast, The Empire: http://hyperurl.co/bigbelfast
28.04 Edinburgh, La Belle Angele: http://hyperurl.co/bigedinburgh
29.04 London, The Borderline: http://hyperurl.co/biglondon

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Inglorious Album Launch Gig May 19th

Inglorious will be kicking off their new album in style with their launch gig taking place at Islington Assembly Hall on May 17th.

The band’s follow up to their self titled debut is suitably titled II, and will be released on May 12th.

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Interview with Devilskin’s Paul Martin

Chatting to Devilskin bassist Paul Martin about their excellent new album ‘Be Like A River‘, and their UK Tour with Sumo Cyco.

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Review: Vega / Dan Reed Network,100 Club, London

Crammed into a hot and sweaty 100 Club on a Friday night, the evening’s entertainment was kicked off in fine style by British melodic rockers Vega.

photo by Eric Duvet Photography

Having seen them a few times over the years, I kind of knew what to expect. However, I was wrong……….the band kicked things up not one notch, but three or four! Vocalist Nick Workman‘s voice just seems to get better and better and he and the rest of the band were truly on fine form.

The enthusiastic crowd sang along to every track and the band could quite easily have performed for a couple of hours. They certainly deserve to be headlining Festivals in my humble opinion.

And so to the headliners, Dan Reed Network. I was fortunate enough to have seen them the first three times they visited these shores, including the awesome, more than capacity crowd gig at the sorely missed Marquee.

Dan Reed announced that they would be ‘starting slow’. This ‘announcement was said with a twinkle in the eye, the band launching into their performance with boosters firmly on full power.

We were barely into the set when minutes after I was chatting to Nathan James (Inglorious) in the crowd , he took to the stage for a ‘duet’ with Dan Reed & Co of Kiss track ‘Rock And Roll All Nite’. The crowd lapping it up, the vibe already firmly set that it was time to get into the groove and let the music take you along for the ride.

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It’s wonderful to hear so many favorites live once again, from the superb ‘Get To You‘ through to ‘Cruise Together‘. The on stage banter and camaraderie of the band is something that makes you smile from ear to ear. Dan Reed announcing he’s Trump, and issuing an ‘executive order’ to guitarist extraordinaire Brion James to play some Steely Dan, Brion rising to the challenge with a rendition of ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ accompanied by Dan proceeding to eat his own t-shirt!

The crowd were actively encouraged to get involved, either singing along to ‘Seven Sisters Road’ or shouting requests.

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We were treated to keyboardist Rob Daiker taking to the guitar to perform one of his solo songs, ‘All For A Kiss’, which I’ve got to say was fantastic, and just highlights the overflowing talent this band has.

You can tell the professionalism of a band by how they act when gremlins affect the sound or equipment. Strange buzzing caused Dan Reed to initially ‘accuse’ the master of the bass line, Melvin Brannon, of having a faulty amp. All taken in good jest and the vibe didn’t drop 1%, the crowd laughing along.

The highlight for me was ‘Champion‘ from their latest album ‘Fight Another Day‘. It caused the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up and reinforced the fact that the passage of time has done nothing to reduce the impact this band has, either recorded or live!

Overall, this is going to be a hard evening to beat this year, both bands giving us a performance to relish and remember.


Bob Kulick To Release ‘Skeletons In The Closet’

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Throughout his forty year music career Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: From Meat Loaf to Motorhead. From KISS to Michael Bolton. WASP to Diana Ross as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley’s first solo album and tour.

After serving as a sideman and producer for much of his professional career, Kulick has decided that it was time to release a solo album – and he brought along a few of his good friends to support him in the endeavour. Joining Bob on the album are:

Lead vocalists – Dee Snider, Robin McAuley, Andrew Freeman, Vick Wright, Todd Kerns, David Glen Eisley, Dennis St James

Bassists – Rudy Sarzo, Chuck Wright, Bobby Ferrari, Bruce Kulick, Dennis St James, Kjell Benner

Keyboardists – Doug Katsaros, Jimmy Waldo

Drummers – Vinny Appice, Frankie Banali, Eric Singer, Brent Fitz, Scot Coogan, Chuck Burgi, Bobby Rock, Jay Schellen

With Bob himself providing all of the guitar tracks and co-producing the album along with Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording in Las Vegas, NV.

Skeletons in the Closet‘ will be released in late Spring through Vanity Music Group (distributed via RED / Sony Music).

Half of ‘Skeletons in the Closet is comprised of brand new material while the other half is comprised of retrospective material from Bob’s albums with Murderer’s Row and Skull. “After finishing the five new songs, the idea of including five of my favourite songs from my past rounded things out nicely,” Bob says. “Brand New songs and then the ‘skeletons in the closet!'”

Tracklisting:
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Not Before You
London
Goldfinger
Rich Man
India (from Murderer’s Row)
Skeletons in the Closet (from Murderer’s Row)
Guitar Commandos (from Skull – also features a guitar duel with Bruce Kulick)
Can’t Stop the Rock (Previously unreleased track)
Eyes of a Stranger (from Skull)

His talents have earned Kulick a dozen gold and platinum records, and aside from writing for the traditional album format, he’s written and performed songs for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Square Pants (David Glen Eisley’s “Sweet Victory”) and the theme song for WWE’s Superstar Wrestler Triple H, “The Game.”

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Ash Wilson Releases Official Music Video For ‘Broken Machine’

Lincolnshire’s Ash Wilson has released a brand new music video for the single ‘Broken Machine’ taken from his critically acclaimed debut album Broken Machine.

The single is out on Friday 17th March and the album on Friday 21st April 2017.

Ash Wilson As Special Guest To Sari Schorr

London, Borderline                        Monday 20th March

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2iD8dcj, Box Office: 0844 847 2465

Ash Wilson As Special Guest To Dan Patlansky

Tickets – http://bit.ly/24RlYsS & http://danpatlansky.com/shows 

Poole, Mr. Kyps                                Saturday 15th April

London, Islington Academy 2     Tuesday 2nd May

Manchester, Deaf Institute         Wednesday 3rd May

Cardiff, The Globe                          Thursday 4th May

Bristol, The Tunnels                       Friday 5th May

Barnstaple, The Factory                Saturday 6th May

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Review: 3G – Leo’s The Red Lion

3G was a much anticipated event at what I regard as one of my favorite venues, Leo’s The Red Lion in Northfleet, Kent.

Comprising three bands, the evening promised a night of blues & classic rock. Kicking off proceedings was local blues rock band Big River.

Lead guitarist Damo Fawsett, the person who organized the whole event, laid down some superb riffs, backed up by vocalist Adam Bartholomew, Luke Calvert on drums and Ant Wellman on bass. Certainly a band to keep an eye on (they’ll be opening this year’s Fibrofest)

Next up we had Dean Howard (Cats In Space) take to the stage, his band also having fellow ‘Cat’ Paul Manzi on vocals/guitar. A fantastic set with Paul Manzi once again proving why he’s such a great vocalist. The twin guitar sound from Dean & Paul worked really well.

And the evening’s final guitar….the legend that is Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell. His band consisting of Ross McEwen on guitar, Clive Edwards on drums, David Boyce on bass, Linda Kelsey-Foster on keyboards, and Grant Foster taking on vocal duties. With this kind of line up you know it’s going to be a corker! And corker it was, taking us through a mixture of classic tracks including of course Bad Company.

Rounding the evening off was an ‘All Star’ jam, with all three guitarists taking to the stage, Adam Bartholomew, Paul Manzi and Grant Foster taking it in turns to supply the vocals.

For those of us who were at a jam packed Leo’s, we were treated to a fantastic night. For those of you who missed it…….don’t miss the next one.


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