GUN, FM, and Dan Reed Network’s The Big 3-0 Tour, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic 1989 albums ‘Taking On The World‘, ‘Tough It Out‘ and ‘Slam‘ kicks off today at the O2 Academy, Bristol. All three bands will be performing the albums in full!

Last night Dan Reed Network tour the roof off Planet Rockstock with their usual energetic, entertaining style:

The Big 3-0 Tour – December 2019
9 Bristol – O2 Academy
10 Southampton – Engine Rooms
11 London – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
13 Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill
14 Norwich – LCR UEA
15 Nottingham – Rock City
17 Newcastle – O2 Academy
18 Leeds – O2 Academy
20 Manchester – Academy 2
21 Glasgow – Barrowland

Legendary pioneering funk rock five-piece Dan Reed Network’s self-titled debut and much celebrated second album ‘Slam’ have just been totally remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell and lined up for release on Universal Music on October 25th on CD, double vinyl LP, download, plus for streaming – for the first time ever.
Dan Reed Network are then set to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of ‘Slam’, by playing the album in its entirety when they top the bill of the co-headline ‘Big 3-0 Tour’ with Gun and FM in December.
Dates are:
8th December Porthcawl, Trecco Bay Holiday Park
9th December Bristol, O2 Academy
10th December Southampton, Engine Rooms
11th December London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
13th December Wolverhampton, KKs Steel Mill
14th December Norwich, University Of East Anglia
15th December Nottingham, Rock City
17th December Newcastle Upon Tyne, O2 Academy
18th December Leeds, O2 Academy
20th December Manchester, Academy 2
21st December Glasgow, Barrowland
Dan Reed Network, who were formed in Portland, Oregon in 1984, soon began packing out local clubs with their infectious mixture of high-end funk with stadium rock hooks and muscle. The band signed to Polygram / Mercury Records early in 1987, who put them in the studio with producer Bruce Fairbairn (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi) to record Their self-titled debut album, which was hugely acclaimed when released in the winter of 1987 and spawned the band’s first Top 40 Billboard hit, ‘Ritual’.
While at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January 1989 in New York, Dan Reed met up with producer Nile Rodgers (David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna) and this meeting led to the creation of ‘Slam’, produced by Rodgers. ‘Slam’, which better represented the group’s sound and accelerated Dan Reed Network’s growing status in Europe, led to Bon Jovi adding the band as their main support on the European leg of their ‘New Jersey Tour’ in 1989 and then The Rolling Stones adding them to their European ‘Urban Jungle’ tour as special guest act in 1990.
While thirty years down the line both albums more than stand the test of time, the ethos of ‘Slam’ is as relevant as ever. Dan Reed notes that “Out of all the DRN tracks I am probably most happy with the lyrics and intention of the title track ‘Slam’, which I am sad to say is as valid, if not more so, than it was thirty years ago. The current political climate of building walls both physically and in our mind seems to have gotten even more prevalent than it was back in 1989, and for that reason alone I am looking forward to going out on the road and sharing these songs and thoughts. Because we often perform many songs from ‘Slam’, I feel a lot of the tracks hold up well after all these years, especially ‘Cruise Together’ and ‘Rainbow Child’, which often seem like the audience’s favourites, judging by their reactions. It’s going to be a full-on night of hard driving grooves and soaring melodies and a celebration of past, present and future.

GUN, FM, and Dan Reed Network’s The Big 3-0 Tour, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic 1989 albums ‘Taking On The World‘, ‘Tough It Out‘ and ‘Slam‘ has been annonuced for December 2019. All three bands will be performing their albums in full!

Yes it’s a bit of a shock to the system when you realise it’s actually 30 years ago that all three albums were released, but what a hell of a way of celebrating the fact that both albums and bands are much loved in the rock community. Unchanged: Yes it’s a bit of a shock to the system when you realise it’s actually 30 years ago that all three albums were released, but what a hell of a way of celebrating the fact that both albums and bands are much loved in the rock community.

Planet Rock will be offering a presale this Monday Here

The Big 3-0 Tour – December 2019
9 Bristol – O2 Academy
10 Southampton – Engine Rooms
11 London – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
13 Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill
14 Norwich – LCR UEA
15 Nottingham – Rock City
17 Newcastle – O2 Academy
18 Leeds – O2 Academy
20 Manchester – Academy 2
21 Glasgow – Barrowland

Norwich five-piece Bad Touch are happy to announce that they will be special guests on The Quireboys and FM co-headline nationwide UK tour in April 2019. Planet Rock will launch a 48-hour ticket pre-sale at 9am on Wednesday 12th December via www.planetrocktickets.co.uk and www.seetickets.com.

Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday 14th December from the following online ticket retailers: www.alttickets.com, www.gigantic.com, www.seetickets.com and www.planetrocktickets.co.uk.

The 7-date UK tour takes in Nottingham Rock City (April 1), Cardiff Tramshed (April 2), Wakefield Warehouse23 (April 4), Sheffield Corporation (April 6), Manchester Ritz (April 7), Glasgow Garage (April 8), and Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill (April 9).

In addition to the above UK tour, Bad Touch will also play various festivals in 2019 including Giants of Rock in Minehead in January, Planet Rock Winter’s End in March and a welcome return to Leo’s The Red Lion supported by Collateral.

In October 2018, Bad Touch released their third studio album “Shake A Leg” via Marshall Records. The album received rave reviews and was followed by a UK Tour. The album, which featured the rock radio single “Lift Your Head Up”, was recorded in their home county of Norfolk at Orange Tree Studios and followed their critically acclaimed 2016 album ‘Truth Be Told‘ which featured the rock radio hit ‘99%‘.

Shake A Leg‘ takes a more personal and ambitious approach in song-writing and production due to the bands choice to write more spontaneously within the studio itself resulting in more emotional ‘in-the-moment’ performances. The new album features hand-picked songs that originate from a collective of all the members influences which they proudly wear on their sleeve. Known by fans and critics alike for having a reputation as a busy and hard-working band, Bad Touch continue to tour far and wide and are looking forward to playing tracks from the new album when they tour the UK in 2019.

Indiscreet 30

British AOR band FM have just released the following news: 30 years on we are happy to announce that we have decided to record a modern-day version of our classic debut album ‘Indiscreet‘. We have been asked many times if we would consider re-recording some of these tracks using today’s modern technology and recording techniques and giving the songs the sound of FM as it is today. We realise what an iconic album this is to so many fans so we have always steered clear of tampering with it too much but whilst in the studio recording the follow-up to ‘Heroes & Villains‘ one night at the end of a session we decided to put down a backing track to ‘That Girl‘ to see how it would sound with the huge sounds we were getting at the time. It gave the song a new dynamic and power that we couldn’t achieve in the 80s. We played it back the following morning and decided it would be great to hear all these classic songs with this new lease of life. We are not trying to recreate the original but this is our interpretation played by FM as we are today with the sound of FM 2016. In addition to the re-recording of the original album, Indiscreet 30 also features seven bonus tracks including brand new song ‘Running On Empty‘ and a new recording of ‘Let Love Be The Leader‘.

Indiscreet 30 was produced by FM, recorded at Tremolo Studios and Coal House Studios, Staffordshire and mixed by Jeff Knowler (Metropolis, Rockville and Heroes & Villains).

Track Listing
That Girl
Other Side Of Midnight
Love Lies Dying
I Belong To The Night
American Girls
Hotwired
Face To Face
Frozen Heart
Heart Of The Matter

Bonus Tracks
Let Love Be The Leader
Running On Empty
Rainbow’s End
Shot In The Dark
Bad That’s Good In You
Love & Hate
That Girl (Acoustic Version)

There are two ways of getting your copy of Indiscreet 30 before the official release date:

  • Signed copies of Indiscreet 30 are available to pre-order now from the FM webshop. Indiscreet 30 will be mailed out to you four weeks before release date. Closing date for this special offer is Monday 26 September 2016.
  • Indiscreet 30 will also be available at the merchandise stand at the Warrington Parr Hall show Saturday 1st October and all other shows.

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Review: FM – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, 24th Jan 2016

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

The mighty FM are out on a short jaunt round the UK and this is only the second night of the tour. For any aficionados of melodic rock or AOR these guys need no introduction. The last album in my humble opinion is quite possibly the best album the band have produced full stop. The live appearances last year were also superb, having caught them at HRH AOR. Therefore, I didn’t expect any surprises, but there were a few!

In fact the first of these surprises was at the very start of the set. While the opening song of Digging Up The Dirt provided very little surprise, the fact that Steve Overland, henceforth referred to as The Man, opened the set with no guitar was a major surprise. Last year’s shows saw him put down his guitar for some numbers and strut his stuff and finally accept he is the frontman for the band, but opening the set and strutting his stuff from the outset shows a new level of confidence and ability as The Man at the front. Especially as he looks so comfortable and does a fine job engaging with the audience. I Belong To the Night from Indiscreet quickly followed and sounded as good as ever. The guys then dipped into the Tough It Out album and played Don’t Stop which really rocked the joint. Next was a track from Aphrodisiac in the shape of Closer to Heaven which comes across better live and really allows The Man to show his blues roots and what roots they are with the audience just lapping it up. All or Nothing from the same album followed which brought the pace back up a few notches and bounced along nicely and for me is archetypal 80s melodic rock even though it was released in the 90s! Rapidly becoming a staple part of the live set is Let Love Be the Leader and had the crowd giving it some for the woahs. We come full circle back to the new album for possibly my favourite track on the album in Life Is A Highway. It rocked along with the band really looking like they were still enjoying doing what they do best. They then rolled out Frozen Heart with an intro from Pete Jupp. It sounded superb with The Man once again using those golden tonsils to great effect.

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Next was the first track from the Rockville album in the form of Tough Love which sounded pretty tough too. Wildside followed from the comeback album Metropolis in 2010 which made me fall in love all over again with what these guys do. This sounded even tougher and chunkier than the preceding track and Jim Kirkpatrick should take quite a bit of the credit for this bring a blusier, edgier sound to the band live and sounding like not a bad vocalist himself judging by those backing vocals. Another of the surprises came in the shape of Someday from Tough It Out being giving an airing. The Michael Bolton comparison is inevitable for this song as it could have been on any one of the first three Bolton album’s and The Man really does carry the melody quite spectacularly. Continuing with this album is Burning My Heart Down which also sounded like it has got better and tougher with age.

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The penultimate song of the set proper, That Girl, always brings back memories of dancing (and I use the word very loosely) like the drunk madman I was at The Venue in Glasgow the first time I ever saw these guys. Fortunately tonight I am older and wiser – well older anyway. The set closed with Bad Luck sounding a little like Bon Jovi. Never the less it was a great closing number for the set. The next surprise was a keyboards and vocals only version of Story of My Life from Rockville. It did sound superb even though The Man looked like he struggled initially with the vocal before finding his feet and turning on the style. The rest of us mere mortals wouldn’t mind struggling like that now and again! The closing track American Girls rocked and rolled along and was an excellent finale for the evening, bringing 90 minutes of bliss to a close.

Normally for this type of live review I might write about 400 words but with these guys I just can’t help myself. As I am on record as saying before, just when you think they couldn’t get any better the band bring out an album like Heroes and Villains. The level of live performance is greatly enhanced with The Man singing and fronting the band which in part I put down to the addition of the superb Jim Kirkpatrick on guitar, who looked and sounded like he was having a ball. Long live the mighty FM!

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HRH AOR 3 (12-14 Mar 2015)

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

Photographer: Stephen Brophy

Day 0

Hard Rock Hell AOR has grown as an event since its launch in 2013 at the Magna Centre in Rotherham. I thought this venue was excellent but it caused a lot of logistical problems for organisers Chic Talent. Therefore, last year they moved it to the spiritual home of HRH at Hafan Y Mor in Pwllheli, North Wales. While maybe not quite having the quirkiness of the Magna, the venue delivers an excellent experience. The festival is in essence a two day festival and day 0 is a party night on the Thursday evening. Unfortunately due to a combination of travelling and some very fine single malt whisky, I only managed to see the last two bands.

Angels or Kings (AOK)
Angels or Kings (AOK)

I caught Angels or Kings (AOK) set and the guys were running through songs from the debut album Kings of          Nowhere. For me what really sets AOK apart from the competition is vocalist Barrie Jackson’s rasping but melodic vocals. The sound out front was poor but the band rocked along and certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves, and deservingly got a good reception.

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Chris Gould (Serpentine)

Headline act for the party night were Serpentine who also played at the inaugural 2013 event. However, they seem to have undergone some lineup changes since then. They now sport vocalist Adam Payne in the place of Matt Black. These guys also suffered a poor out front sound but new singer Payne is certainly impressive and carries some of the mediocre songs. Admittedly I am not overly familiar with Serpentine’s back catalogue but the song quality was a little inconsistent but the performance sound and gain they deserved the reception they got on the night. Both bands I would think will have done themselves little harm with their respective shows.

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George Aspiotis (Kingdragon)

And so to the festival proper! Due a late breakfast shared with the wonderful Ashcrofts and a brisk walk on the beach being required to shake off the single malt after effects, I didn’t get to the main stage until just before Kingdragon from Greece hit the stage. They certainly came across as polished musically sounding a little progressive in places. They had some decent songs, the best of which for me was ‘Dreams are Broken’ (if my sketchy notes are right).

These guys were followed by Night by Night who had lost their vocalist and seem to be making an unfortunate habit of this! They need to be more careful. New Device vocalist Daniel Leight stepped into the breach and I don’t know how much preparation he had, but I thought he did a sterling job. He proved to not only have a great voice, but also to be a great frontman. The guys ran through a set of great British melodic rock with some great individual guitar contributions and some great harmony guitar work. Not being familiar with the material, most of it was grabbing me on the first listen and I need to check these guys out more.

Although looking forward to Vega, by this time hunger and thirst pangs had got the better of me and I missed these guys (much to my annoyance) and The Poodles, whom I have managed to live without my entire life so far with little impact.

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Michael Lee Smith (Starz)

I returned to the main area to catch Starz, more out of AOR curiosity I must admit, as the owner of their 1979 effort Coliseum Rock. More novelty value than anything else, the guys looked like they were having an absolute blast running through material older than some of the audience. They certainly brought something different to the day and live renditions of their material only served to remind more of the Kiss influence! More for AOR geeks, I don’t think they quite fitted the audience and/or event.

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Darren Wharton (Dare)

Next up were Dare, whom I must confess I have never been a huge fan of. However, the mix Celtic influenced rock and AOR on the night really worked for me with Darren Wharton gently wooing the audience and Vinny Burns smacking them round the head with his guitar playing and even playing the second half of the set with a Flying V. It did get a little too Celtic in the middle but they kicked up a gear with songs from the first album including the awesome Abandon, Into The Fire, The Raindance, and King Of Spades in quick succession. A superb set and lead us quite nicely the next act.

 

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Eric Rivers (H.E.A.T)

 

Who were of course Swedish rockers H.E.A.T Having seen these guys three times in the last two years they have got to be one of the most consistent acts on the circuit and you just know what you are getting. These guys just rock and opened with Point of No Return and drew predominantly on the set for the Live in London album. This included mostly songs from albums Address The Nation and Tearing Down The Walls as well as some earlier songs. The sheer energy from these guys is phenomenal, especially singer Erik Gronwall who bounces about like Tigger on acid and never misses a beat or a note in his performance. They provided an accomplished and energetic set and it makes me wonder why these guys aren’t even bigger than they are. My only complaint on the evening was it seemed incredibly loud and distorted, but maybe I am just getting too old for this stuff! Certainly set us up nicely for the Saturday!

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Jules Mills (White Widdow)

By the time this old guy got his act together and got down to the AOR hall, Australian act White Widdow were hitting the stage. Jules Mills seemed to be struggling a little vocally, but when he hit his stride he was good. In addition, I thought he was a pretty awesome frontman and showing some real flashes of humour, especially his comment about the Poodles talking about traveling so far which went along the lines of ‘try coming from Australia’! Guitarist Enzo Almanzi proved to be no slouch either. Add to that for me these guys were the first genuine AOR band I had seen all weekend, I thought they were great. Drawing from their three albums, with some new songs from the Caught in the Crossfire album I thoroughly enjoyed the set and look forward to seeing these guys again the next time the hot these shores.

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Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse)

Next up were hot melodic hard rock sensations Eclipse. Now I totally get just how talented Eric Martenson is in terms of vocals, guitars, songwriting and production, but it just doesn’t work for me I am afraid. Excellently executed by superb musicians, it just leaves me cold and sounds a little fabricated. I know that will make me the odd man out, but music is subjective and not objective and I left after four songs to grab some food.

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Hank Erix (Houston)

 

 

 

 

I returned to catch Houston’s set which I was looking forward to. The band has undergone a line-up shuffle and Hank Erix has come in for some criticism for his live performances. For me the only disappointing aspect was the size of the crowd! These guys were the bona fide AOR band of the weekend and played a superb selection of polished songs from both their original and cover albums. Favourite for me by far was Return My Heart but the guys have superb cache of original songs. They maybe played more covers in the set but the standout cover for me was Carrie from Michael Bolton’s first solo album. It truly showed how accomplished Hank is as a vocalist and the new single Standing on the Moon bodes very well for the next album – just hurry up and get it out Hank!

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Merv Goldsworthy (FM)

I ducked out of Romeo’s Daughter to suitably refresh myself before returning for the mighty FM. Having just realised what I consider to be their best album since Indiscreet I was looking forward to this immensely. Like H.E.A.T these guys always deliver and you know what you are getting. However, as if it were even possible, they have got even better live. Steve Overland who is most definitely ‘the Man’ seems to have accepted he is the band frontman and has started putting down his guitar to great effect. Really engaging with the crowd has taken FM’s live performances to another level. I also happen to think that Jim Kirkpatrick presence in the band is now really being felt live. He brings an edgy, blusier feel to live sound and really adds something to the mix. Perhaps the Man’s confidence in his ability is one of the reasons he feels comfortable after all these years being the Man at the front. Absolutely, gob-smackingly marvellous they were! Rumour even has it that Night Ranger closed down the back stage area so they could watch FM!

And as for Night Ranger themselves, well I witnessed possibly the best display from any band at HRH AOR since its inception. Considering how long these guys have been about, the energy from them was amazing. Jack Blades was all over the place and Brad Gillis had such a manic smile on his face he could be the Joker in a Batman movie – and what an awesome player! The band has recently been joined by Keri Kelli from Alice Coopers touring band and he fits in perfectly both musically and personality-wise. And he is no slouch either, giving Brad as good as he got! Kelly Keagy steps from behind the drums to sing a couple of songs and his voice seems to be even better than it was in 80s/90s. Playing mainly songs from the first 4/5 albums and of course the new album, the guys threw in a couple of curve balls covering their other projects including Damn Yankees and Alice Cooper’s Schools Out and Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train. While some might question throwing these in, it all just added to the absolutely awesome party atmosphere the guys created and they give the kind of professional kick-ass display you would expect of a band with 35 years plus experience. And of course, closing with You Can Still Rock in America – how can you fail to be impressed! Superlatives fail me! Night Ranger were indeed fitting closing act for another great HRH AOR weekend.

Well done Chic Talent and I look forward to next year already!

 

Ahead of 20th April release of FM’s highly anticipated new album ‘Heroes and Villains’, the celebrated AOR band has debuted a lyric video for the song ‘Life Is a Highway’. Along with ‘Digging Up the Dirt’, the first video/single from the album, ‘Life Is A Highway’ is available now as an Instant Gratification Track on iTunes with album pre-orders:

FM lead guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick said, “Life Is A Highway is one of the band’s favourite songs from ‘Heroes and Villains’. Steve Overland brought the original idea to rehearsal and then the rest of the band all chipped-in to create this melodic rocker.”

The ninth original studio album of FM’s career, ‘Heroes & Villains’ is the band’s first album release since signing to Frontiers Music Srl, and follows FM’s celebration in 2014 of their 30th anniversary, and the successful release of the ‘Rockville’ albums in 2013.

To support the release of Heroes and Villains’, FM will embark on a ten-date headline UK tour from 1st May

FM – HEROES AND VILLAINS UK TOUR DATES:

1st May – Bristol, BierkellerTickets

2nd May – Wolverhampton, Robin 2Tickets

3rd May – Portsmouth, Wedgewood RoomsTickets

5th May – Nottingham, Rescue RoomsTickets

6th May – Glasgow, Classic GrandTickets

8th May – Newcastle, O2 AcademyTickets

9th May – Manchester, Academy 2Tickets

10th May – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush EmpireTickets

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Myspace               www.myspace.com/fmukrock

 

 

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UK rock band FM premiere the video to new single ‘Diggin’ Up The Dirt’ on Tuesday, 24th February. On the same day, the song will be made available as an Instant Grat track with all iTunes and Amazon pre-orders of FM’s new album ‘Heroes and Villains’.

FM will release their new studio album ‘Heroes & Villains’ on 20th April 2015 – their first album release since signing to Frontiers Music Srl – and embark on a ten-date headline UK tour from 1st May.

Heores and Villains is available to pre-order here: http://radi.al/FMHeroesandVillains

FM lead singer Steve Overland says, “Well, here it is, the brand new video of the lead track from our new album. It’s called ‘Diggin’ Up The Dirt’ and it’s about sleaze and the gutter press, and how they’re not really interested in real news, just celebrity. It’s a real FM rock anthem and we had great fun making the video. We hope you enjoy it.”

FM – HEROES AND VILLAINS UK TOUR DATES:

1st May – Bristol, BierkellerTickets

2nd May – Wolverhampton, Robin 2Tickets

3rd May – Portsmouth, Wedgewood RoomsTickets

5th May – Nottingham, Rescue RoomsTickets

6th May – Glasgow, Classic GrandTickets

8th May – Newcastle, O2 AcademyTickets

9th May – Manchester, Academy 2Tickets

10th May – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush EmpireTickets

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Frontiers (April 2015)

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

After a lengthy hiatus, since releasing Metropolis FM have been very busy indeed in terms of touring and recording, culminating in this latest release. Having been a long-time fan of the band and Steve Overland’s since seeing Wildlife support MSG too many years ago, the chance of an impartial review is slim.

The opening salvo of Digging Up The Dirt leaves you in no doubt about what you are going to get from this album – and then the man sings. Sounding a little Def Leppardish, the song showcases the man’s voice in the gaps of the big staccato riff. You’re The Best Thing About Me maintains the high standard and is a mid-paced rocker with serious pop sensibilities. The intro to Life Is A Highway reminds of something else, but I can’t quite pin it down. But for me, this is prime-time classic FM and could easily sit on Indiscreet with that great chorus. Next up is Fire and Rain with a contemporary intro that sounds like it is introducing a dance/trance mix. It turns into what Bad Company could have sounded like in the 80s but only better with a great bluesy guitar lick. Incredible is the mandatory power ballad opening with the man crooning over acoustic guitar and builds nicely to a crescendo in the chorus. Call On Me lifts the pace again and is another mid-paced rocker, chugging along and with another cracking chorus and great hook-laden guitar solo.

The bluesier and funkier side of the band returns with Cold Hearted. Opening with a short accapella section before the big blues riff kicks, the song drops into a funky guitar riff for the verse building to a superb guitar chop for the chorus. Another big guitar chop dominates the Shape I Am In which reminds of Huey Lewis and the News! Pacey, catchy, awesome! The next song starts with another contemporary intro before the harmony guitars kick in and another great bluesy guitar riff emerges. Entitled Big Brother, Gem’s organ provides some additional texture when it breaks through. Somedays I Only Wanna Rock and Roll as a song is as clichéd as the song title suggest and sounds like a 70s Rolling Stones rocker. However, regardless of the clichéd approach when you can sing like the man, you can carry it off! The penultimate track I Want You is another slab of melodic blues which twists and turns nicely with a great breakdown in the middle. And all too quickly we are on the last song. This is a magnificent acoustic-based ballad with lush keyboards and backing vocals called Walking With Angels. I am not a fan of albums ending with ballads, but when you can sing like the man, you can get it away with it!

Is this album particularly original or innovative? No! But damnly my Frank I don’t give a dear! The man reminds us all that you don’t need a five octave range that gets used at the drop of a hat to be considered one of the best singers around and I love it. He could be singing the yellow pages for all I care. For me this is quite possibly the best FM album since their debut and if you like them, you will love this. If you don’t, it is hardly likely to change your mind and in the words of the famous Glaswegian poet, Rab C Nesbitt, ‘Beat it!’