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Doro – Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg – 17th November 2018

Fresh from her UK dates supporting Saxon, Doro is doing a handful of headline shows in Germany. As the Hamburg show was on a saturday night and didnt need any time off work to get there, I headed over to see her perform there. The show kicked off early – …

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Skindred – Live At Buckley Tivoli 15/11/18

When a band like Skindred come to town, and when I say ‘town’, I mean literally a five minute drive from my house, it’s an opportunity that would be criminal to miss. I had been looking forward to this one for a long time and had the pleasure of chatting …

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I Saw The World Burn – Buckley Tivoli – 15/11/18

Once in a while a band comes along that just picks you up by the scruff of your neck and carries you away with them on their journey. ‘I Saw The World Burn’ did just that on Thursday night at Buckley’s historic ‘Tivoli’ venue. My primary objectives that night was to …

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Within temptation – Brixton academy, London – 13th November 2018

First up was a support act that was simply the wrong band for the bill – the infinitely forgettable Ego kill talent. They’re one of those generic sounding bands where you can’t remember anything they played once they go off stage, but more importantly they’re just not the right band …

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Nightwish – Accor hotels arena, Paris – 10th November 2018

Tonight’s gig was Nightwish with support from Beast in Black, at the Accor hotels arena in Paris – just next door to Bercy station. The first thing I noticed is that the French fans were very keen – they were queuing outside in the rain long before the doors opened, …

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Pearl Jam UK – Buckley Tivoli – 10/11/18

I’ve never been one for tribute bands. They’ve never interested me. I used to detest even playing a cover song in one of the many bands I’ve been in over the years. It’s not for me. But I go through waves. I’ll get a crush on a band for a …

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Bad Touch – Eleven, Stoke-on-Trent – 8th November 2018

Another fantastic night at Eleven in Stoke as Bad Touch played their finest set I’ve seen from them over the last five years, supported by Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics and Daxx & Roxane making it the best gig I’ve attended so far in 2018. Touring on the back …

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Saxon – Roundhouse, London – 19th October 2018

After waiting for almost 2 years for them to be back, finally the heavy metal idols Saxon have made it back to their mother country. Celebrating their 40-year anniversary made their show a “not allowed to be missed”, promising two hours of hot flaming action in a marvelous venue, joined …

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Glenn Hughes – Electric Ballroom, London – 15th October 2018

Tonight’s gig was relocated from Koko due to the venue closing for urgent structural repairs, and this meant the venue was rather crowded – and hotter than hell with at least one fan collapsing in the heat. First up tonight was Laurence Jones. Wearing a suit he looked far too …

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Gig review Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts at The Brudenell Social Club Leeds

Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – Games Room Weds 10th October 2018. Yew-haw! Rolling, into the small town of Burley, Leeds on their great white steel horse of a tour bus;  American rock n rollers Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts have brought along …

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Ross The Boss Band – Eleven, Stoke

Jeez. Where do you start to capture in words just how momentous this Ross The Boss Band gig was at Eleven last night? It was to be the last leg of the UK tour before heading off to Spain today and a totally over the top set contained a few …

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Diamond Head – Eleven, Stoke

This gig proved that diamonds really are forever as veteran NWOBHM band Diamond Head delivered a gem of a set to a packed out Eleven in Stoke including super-fan Mike Lace from Macclesfield which made it his 260th gig by them! This was one of the biggest and loudest crowds …

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ALL THAT REMAINS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM VICTIM OF THE NEW DISEASE OUT NOVEMBER 9TH VIA FEARLESS RECORDS

ALL THAT REMAINS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM  VICTIM OF THE NEW DISEASE OUT NOVEMBER 9TH VIA FEARLESS RECORDS AND DECEMBER UK TOUR WITH SEVENDUST WATCH THE VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK ‘FUCK LOVE’ HERE Clinging to airtight songcraft, knifepoint precise metallic instrumentation and stadium-size hard rock hooks, ALL THAT REMAINS are cutting right to …

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Cauldron and Primitai -The Black Heart, London – 20th September 2018

Thursday night in the heart of Camden and the masses are descending to the Black Heart to see a long promised heavy metal concert and bang their heads with an early start for the weekend. The heavy metal ritual would commence at 8, with UK based Primitai on stage, promising …

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Europe – Institute, Birmingham – 19th September 2018

Tonight’s opening act is Scottish blues rock band King King. They’re a great choice given the bluesy nature of recent Europe albums, and the fact that King King are a great live band. That fact was evident from the fact that the hardcore Europe fans who had been queuing outside …

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HRH CROWS 2018 – Sunday

Stonewire were first to play in the VIP sessions and it was a great start to the day – Sky has a great voice and the acoustic set showed off the gentler side of her vocals whereas the later main stage set showed off the power she’s got in her …

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HRH CROWS 2018 – Saturday

This was the first day of the first HRH Crows – Country Rock, Outlaw, Western & Southern Rock. Held in the O2 Academy in Sheffield there was a fairly diverse lineup to look forward to over the weekend. Before the main event started, there were two bands doing acoustic sets …

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Bigfoot + The New Breed – Eleven, Stoke

On only the second date of an extensive UK tour (following five European gigs) it looked like a baptism by fire for new Bigfoot lead vocalist Sean Seabrook but he made it look effortless with a confident delivery and stage persona point proven by set opener ‘Eat Your Words’ from …

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MaYaN – De Helling, Utrecht – 22nd September 2018

For tonight’s album launch show, MaYaN have two suport acts. First up was Carthagods from Tunisia. Despite being Tunisian, they do have one familiar band member – Delain guitarist, Timo Somers. He’s played with them before for some live shows in Tunisia, but this is the first time the band …

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An Evening in the Company of Mick Rossi – Event Review

. An Evening in the Company of Mick Rossi The Peer Hat, Manchester: 18th August 2018 Following a UK Tour which included a show at Rebellion Punk Music Festival in Blackpool. Mick Rossi, guitarist from one of the most underrated bands ever (in my humble opinion) Slaughter and the Dogs …

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