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KISS – O2 arena, London – 31st May 2017

First up tonight was The Dives, a New York band that includes Paul Stanley’s son. Knowing that, I didn’t have very high expectations, assuming cynically that they only got the slot due to the family connections, but in fact while the family connection almost certainly helped, the fact is that …

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Barb Wire Dolls – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 18th May 2017

First up tonight was a band that wasn’t part of the tour and weren’t announced till a couple of hours before the show.  The Treatment were playing here tonight as a warm-up before their shows at Hellfest and supporting the Scorpions.  Despite the fact that the venue was almost empty …

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Metal 2 The Masses Ireland 2017 – The Grand Final – 13/05/2017

It’s Dublin on a Saturday night in May. There’s more than 350 people rammed into Fibber Magees and that can only mean one thing. It’s time for the Metal 2 The Masses Ireland Final 2017. Throughout the first half of this year thirty five bands have been whittled down to the last …

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The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal remains

From 13th May till 2nd October this year, the Victoria and Albert Museum (The V&A) will be running an exhibition dedicated to Pink Floyd.  The exhibition traces the history of the band from the beginning through their entire career up to the present. It’s a full multimedia experience so on …

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Metal 2 the Masses Bristol: Heats 5 and 6, 23/04/17

Awakening Hyperia. Ylem Darkul. MYST. Auraelis. Embodiment. Kikamora. Franklin Mint. Black Wasp. Above are the names of the eight bands who have successfully made the semi-finals of Bristol’s Metal 2 the Masses, the eventual winner going on to appear at Bloodstock Open Air Festival in August. Tonight sees the heats …

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Metal 2 The Masses Ireland, Semi-Final C – 29/04/2017

It’s April 29th 2017, the night of the biggest fight of the century. Expectations are high as to who will deliver the goods on the big stage as the combatants touch gloves and the bell rings. Yeah, it’s time for Dublin to decide what two bands will complete the final …

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Slaughter UK – Sound Control, Manchester: 14th April 2017

Easter is traditionally the Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Easter 2017 saw the resurrection of Manchester band Slaughter UK for their launch gig at Sound Control, Manchester. Slaughter UK contains two original members of Slaughter and the Dogs and Edweena Banger (formerly Ed Garrity) who replaced frontman Wayne …

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Metal 2 The Masses Ireland, Semi-Final B – 22/04/2017

It’s Saturday night again at the den of iniquity that is Fibber Magees and the hordes have gathered for the second semi-final of Metal 2 The Masses Ireland. Whether they are here to have their souls saved and their sins purged remains to be seen, but from the buzz in …

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Joe Bonamassa – Royal Albert Hall, London – 20th April 2017

Tonight’s show had an early start – 7.30pm.  With most gigs the support band would be on stage then or maybe even later, but Joe Bonamassa plays with no support and with an early start.  It’s something that catches out the unwary, but tonight the seats are all full before …

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Metal 2 the Masses Bristol: Heat 4, 12/04/17 and Interviews!

On this day over 2000 years ago, the man credited with being the Son of God was in Jerusalem in the build-up to the events which are generally associated with Easter. But before the four day weekend arrives, there’s the small matter of Heat Four of Metal 2 the Masses: three …

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Metal 2 The Masses Ireland, Semi-Final A – 15/04/2017

The rollercoaster ride that has been Metal 2 The Masses Ireland 2017 reached the semi-final stages last weekend and PlanetMosh was strapped into the carriage once again to see which bands could hold on tight enough to secure a place in that one last foray on the way to Bloodstock. …

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Erja Lyytinen – 100 club, London – 11th April 2017

Sadly a late finish at work meant I missed the opening act The Connor Selby Band, but arrived in time to catch JFK. I do think they made a bad choice of name for the band – when people see a band they enjoy they’ll typically look them up on …

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Aaron Keylock – Black Heart, London – 4th April 2017

If you ask someone to describe a typical Blues artist, the chances are they’ll describe them as an old man, and there are plenty of Blues stars around who fit that description, but the Blues isn’t a dying genre and has a wide age-range of talented musicians, and when you …

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Dragonforce – Black Heart, London – 12th April 2017

To celebrate the release of their new album Dragonforce have decided to do a special album release show (6 weeks before the release date), and rather than playing the size of venue they usually play, the show is at the Black Heart in Camden, a small venue that only holds …

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Neal Morse band – Institute, Birmingham- 6th April 2017

Last year the Neal Morse band released the album “The similitude of a dream” which was based loosely on the Canterbury tales.  Now on their current tour, they’re playing the album in full.  As it’s a double album, there is no support act and the band are playing two sets …

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Parkway Drive – O2 Academy Brixton, 08/04/17

Summer appears to have come early in the UK, which probably explains why Download Festival ends up being a complete washout as the country uses up its sun quota for the year before Easter. In any event, it’s a glorious day in the capital, one perfect for finding a beer …

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Heavy Scotland Festival, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 1st and 2nd April 2017

Being an Edinburgh resident and finding out last year there was to be a heavy metal festival weekend in my home city I couldn’t help but think it was some kind of a wind up.  It was to start on 1st April and this is Edinburgh after all; the city of the world-renowned arts festival …

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Ross The Boss – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, 02/04/2017

Inside the Voodoo Lounge there is a very strong sense of high expectation tonight as evidenced by the early arrival of a large number of heavy metal enthusiasts. This is promising to be a rather special evening, spent in the presence of Ross “The Boss” Friedman, former guitarist of power …

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Thunder – Vicar St, Dublin, 30/3/17.

A couple of years ago Thunder did a few acoustic gigs around the UK in support of the Wonder Days album, no more than a half hour set followed by a meet and greet. I was lucky enough to be at the Glasgow event and was blown away by the …

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