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Peter Gabriel is glad that former Genesis bandmate Phil Collins is considering coming out of retirement.
But while he won’t rule out a classic lineup reunion of the influential prog band, he’s not fully convinced it will ever happen.
Collins retired in 2011 but last month suggested he was reconsidering the decision, saying: “I have started thinking about doing new stuff. Some shows again, even with Genesis. Everything is possible.”
Asked what he thinks of his former colleague’s comments, Gabriel tells Rolling Stone: “Good! I think he got himself into a bit of a hole, and that’s great news he’s coming out of it. It doesn’t have to involve work – but if it does, that’s a great indicator.”
His reaction leads to the inevitable question about a Genesis reunion, with the possibility having been raised on several occasions over the last decade. Gabriel replies: “It’s never been ruled out. I’m trying to picture a time when it would top my priorities list though.”
But he adds: “If you’re gonna do it, you gotta do it before you’re all dead, right? I was thinking about that the other day. We’re quite lucky – looking back at other bands of our generation, there’s usually one or two missing now. So you do get a sense of the clock.”
And he thinks the chances of staging a live performance of classic album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway are slipping away. “I’m getting older,” he says. “My voice has dropped a tone since the Genesis days. That’s a fact of life. I still sort of think through film ideas for The Lamb.”
Meanwhile, he’s aiming to complete the solo album he began in 2005, to be entitled I/O. “I really need to stop doing other things and lock myself away for a while,” he reflects. “It probably hasn’t moved nearly as much as I would have liked to in the intervening time. The songs are still there, but some of them I would redo now; and there’s some new stuff as well.”
Paul Di’Anno says he didn’t mean he was retiring when he announced he was retiring.
Instead, the colourful frontman insists he only meant he was going to stop performing Iron Maiden songs.
The news emerges almost exactly a year after he told fans he was “pulling the plug” in 2013. And last week he reiterated via Facebook: “For anyone who doesn’t already know, I am retiring. But there are still have a bunch of shows to do that could not physically be placed into 2013.”
But in a video interview with Metal Force, below, Di’Anno says: “It’s not an actual retirement retirement. All I’m doing is retiring the Iron Maiden shit. I’m sick of it. I’m fucking done, mate.
“It was a nice gesture to say thank you on the anniversary of the Maiden albums and it got out of control.”
He says he’s become fed up of promoters thinking “We can get a covers band with Paul Di’Anno singing,” saying: “You can go fuck yourself – that ain’t going to happen. So it’s all over.”
Instead, the vocalist is aiming to reform his 1990s band Killers alongside co-founder Cliff Evans. “We’ll see what happens,” he says. “It’s quite exciting – it means I can be in a whole band again, not just me with different members.
“A band situation is what I really want. I want to be part of a family again. I can’t fucking wait, I’m telling you.”
Former Slade members Noddy Holder and Jim Lea are in line to be paid £800,000 this year for iconic track Merry Xmas Everybody – 40 years after it was first released.
The songwriters continue to rake it in from royalties, with over £500,000 already earned during 2013.
The Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York is the second-biggest grossing seasonal single of the year, with Mariah Carey in third place.
Meanwhile, an online campaign to send AC/DC classic Highway To Hell to the UK number one spot for Christmas has led to bookmaker cutting the odds on the moment taking place. Paddy Power set the chances at 11/2, with only the as-yet unidentified X Factor winner and pop star Lily Allen doing better.
Rock fans are being asked to download Highway To Hell between December 15 and 21 in order to be eligible for the Christmas single chart.
Christmas single 2013 income so far
1. Slade: Merry Xmas Everybody – £512,000
2. Pogues: Fairytale Of New York – £386,270
3. Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You – £347,615
4. Wham: Last Christmas – £301,622
5. Cliff Richard: Mistletoe & Wine – £98,408
6. Band Aid: Do they Know It’s Christmas – £78,030
7. Shakin Stevens: Merry Christmas Everyone – £53,834
8. Pretenders: 2000 Miles – £45,344
9. East 17: Stay Another Day – £30,219
10. Jona Lewie: Stop The Calvary – £13,258
Pixies have named Paz Lenchantin as their replacement for Kim Shattuck, who departed just four months after replacing co-founder Kim Deal.
Deal left after 27 years in the band in June, with management saying she’d “just had enough” of the trials and tribulations of life in the band.
Muffs member Shattuck last week reported: “Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today. Amazing experience.”
While the band haven’t commented on her departure, they say of Lenchantin’s arrival: “Joining the Pixies as touring bassist for the North American, South American and European summer concerts will be Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, ZWAN, The Entrance Band). We are really looking forward to playing with her on these dates. Working with different bass players is very new for the band, but we’re having a great time doing it.”
The official statement lists the Pixes as consisting of Black Francis Joey Santiago and David Lovering. They’ll return to the UK for London’s Field Day festival in June. Meanwhile, they’ve released a video for recent track Another Toe In The Ocean.
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has confirmed he’s working on his first solo album.
It means he’s pulling double duties as Def Lep prepare to record new music in February.
But it shouldn’t be a problem for Campbell, who likes to keep busy – and recently explained how hard work had kept him motivated during his fight with cancer earlier this year.
He says via Facebook: “A few peeps have asked questions about my upcoming recordings, so here are some of the facts: I’m making a rock record (lots of guitar).
“I intend to sing – however, I may ask a real singer to help out if I fail miserably at the demo stages.
“I’m also writing for Def Leppard (we all are) as Leppard will be recording new music in February. So, all in all it’s a busy time creatively.”
Earlier this year Campbell reactivated the original lineup of Dio, without the late frontman, and toured as Last In Line – although the band’s schedule was compromised by the guitarist’s health issues.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse will return to the UK next year to headline the British Summer Time festival in London’s Hyde Park on July 12.
It had previously seemed possible that the band would never be seen again in Britain following the cancellation of shows in August as a result of guitarist Poncho Sampedro breaking his hand.
He’d earlier said: “My gut tells me this is really the last tour. I hate saying their ages, but I’m 64 and I’m the baby of the band.”
But now it’s been confirmed that Young and Crazy Horse will lead a bill also featuring The National, Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent and Flyte, as part of the British Summer Time event which runs from July 4 to 13. Tickets go on general sale on Friday at 9am, with many more artists to be announced for the four-stage event.
Classic Rock last week premiered Young’s new album Live At The Cellar Door, released today. Young and Crazy Horse’s recent album Psychedelic Pill has been nominated for a Grammy at next month’s awards.
Surviving Doors members Robbie Krieger and John Densmore played an unexpected four-song set at a Jim Morrison memorial event last week – and they’re planning to perform together again.
The pair had previously discussed the possibility of taking the stage together after the death of keyboardist Ray Manzarek brought them together earlier this year. They hadn’t been on speaking terms for nearly a decade following the launch of a spate of lawsuits.
Krieger and Densmore appeared side-by-side on December 5 to mark what would have been frontman Morrison’s 70th birthday. They were only expected to take part in a question-and-answer session – but they surprised and delighted the audience at the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art by playing a set including People Are Strange and Love Me Two Times.
Afterwards Krieger told Rolling Stone: “Jim would be happy if he were here, I think. After he died I thought, ‘In a couple of years people are never going to think about us any more. People are never going to realise how great these songs are.’
“If you listen to those albums, there’s so much in there that people still don’t even know about.”
Asked how Morrison might have celebrated his 70th, Krieger said: “I’m sure by this time he’d want to forget about his birthday. He’d want to forget how old he was.”
But despite enjoying his reunion with Densmore, the guitarist reflected: “It was more fun last night when John just came to my house and we played a few songs together. If we did this again it would be for some charity.
“We’re talking about a show – a tribute to Ray for his birthday, February 12. We’re going to try and get something together.”
Densmore added: “I had a lot of fun. I would do this again a few times, maybe.”
Meanwhile, The Doors App, available for iPad via the Apple App Store, has had a major overhaul to reflect the passing of Manzarek. Additional content includes a video interview with Krieger and Densmore as well as an in-depth new coverage of the keyboardist, plus the original immersive, interactive features.
Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has commemorated his first live show with Deep Purple by posting a special tribute on the homepage of his website.
Coverdale – the so-called “singing salesman from Redcar” who was plucked from obscurity to replace Ian Gillan – made his stage debut with Mk III line-up of Purple 40 years ago today, on December 9, 1973.
The singer has posted the following message on the Whitesnake website:
” It was 40 years ago this very day, December 9, 1973, when I had the indescribable honour of walking on stage with the extraordinary talents of Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Glenn Hughes at the KB Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark for the very first time.
“The Burn album had yet to be released, but it showed the balls of the guys in the band to go out and play brand-new, unheard songs to a rapturous Danish audience. An unforgettable experience for me.
“Thank you ALL for an amazing journey that continues today…”
Dec 9, 2013
Watch Coverdale performing Burn with Purple at the California Jam in 1974 below.
The electric guitar played by Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 has sold at auction for nearly $1m.
Dylan caused a storm of controversy when he put down his traditional acoustic instrument and plugged in the Fender Stratocaster for three amplified songs in Rhode Island.
Festival founder George Wein tells the BBC: “He changed the structure of folk music. The minute he went electrics all these young people said, ‘Bobby’s going electric – we’re going electric too.’”
Dylan lost the guitar when he left it on a plane 48 years ago. The pilot, failing to receive instructions from the musician’s management, kept hold of it, and a legal battle over ownership was settled out of court recently.
The Strat was authenticated by matching its wood grain with photos of Dylan on stage at Newport. Auctioneers Christie’s had estimated it would sell for between $300,000-500,000 but an anonymous buyer paid $965,000 in New York last week.
The previous record for an auctioned guitar was $959,500 for a Fender called Blackie once owned by Eric Clapton, which was sold in 2004.
Dylan is currently being probed in France for making allegedly racist remarks in a 2012 magazine interview.
Stevie Nicks says Christine McVie doesn’t need to ask if she wants to rejoin Fleetwood Mac.
The singer and keyboardist, who retired in 1998, surprised fans by making a guest appearance in London in September, after drummer Mick Fleetwood revealed he’d been told to stop inviting her back.
Last month McVie admitted: “I miss them all. If they were to ask me I would probably be very delighted – but it hasn’t happened, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
Now Nicks tells Billboard: “If Chris wants to come back to the band, I said to her, ‘It’s your band. I don’t really think you have to ask. McVie; Fleetwood Mac-Vie.
“‘So it all depends, Chris, on you. How you feel. Do you want to take this on again?’ I don’t know what she’ll do. Story to come – to be continued.”
Nicks describes working with the band as a “job of champions,” saying: “It is not easy, because we are not young. We’re out there rocking for almost three solid hours.”
Black Sabbath’s reunion studio album 13 has been nominated for a Grammy in the annual awards event, while their track God Is Dead? has been shortlisted for two more.
They’re named in the categories of Best Rock Album, Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Song for the 56th ceremony, which takes place on January 26 in Los Angeles. The metal veterans have previously won just one Grammy, for their live rendition of Iron Man on 1999 album Reunion.
David Bowie and the Rolling Stones both have three nominations while Led Zeppelin and Queens Of The Stone Age have two, and Paul McCartney is named in four categories. Other nominees include Anthrax, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, Volbeat, Gary Clark Jr, Muse, Kings of Leon, Neil Young, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica.
Sabbath, who won three Classic Rock Awards last month, tour the UK starting later this week. Their new DVD Live: Gathered In Their Masses is on sale now.
2014 Grammy nominations
Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes: Always Alright
David Bowie: The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Imagine Dragons: Radioactive
Led Zeppelin: Kashmir
Queens Of The Stone Age: My God Is The Sun
Jack White: I’m Shakin’
Best Metal Performance
Black Sabbath: God Is Dead?
Dream Theater: The Enemy Inside
Killswitch Engage: In Due Time
Volbeat: Room 24 (featuring King Diamond)
Best Rock Song
Gary Clark Jr: Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round
Nirvana / Paul McCartney: Cut Me Some Slack
Rolling Stones: Doom And Gloom
Black Sabbath: God is Dead?
Muse: Panic Station
Best Rock Album
Black Sabbath: 13
David Bowie: The Next Day
Kings Of Leon: Mechanical Bull
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
Queens Of The Stone Age: …Like Clockwork
Neil Young with Crazy Horse: Psychedelic Pill
Best Alternative Album
Nine Inch Nails: Hesitation Marks
Tame Impala: Lonerism
Best New Age Album
Brian eno: Lux
Best Blues Album
Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman: Remembering Little Walter
James Cotton: Cotton Mouth Man
Ben Harper / Charlie Musselwhite: Get Up!
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa: Seesaw
Bobby Rush: Down In Louisiana
Best Spoken Word Album
Pete Seeger: The Storm King
Best Compilation Soundtrack
Dave Grohl & co: Sound City – Reel To Reel
Best Recording Package
Metallica: Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)
David Bowie: The Next Day
Best Boxed Or Limited Edition Package
Rolling Stones: The Brussels Affair
Paul McCartney & Wings: Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)
Best Historical Album
Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965
Bill Withers: The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums
Best Engineered Album
Alice In Chains: The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Queens Of The Stone Age: …Like Clockwork
Best Surround Sound Album
Paul McCartney: Live Kisses
Primus: Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (Deluxe Edition)
Best Music Video
Jack White: I’m Shakin’
Best Music Film
Green Day: ¡Cuatro!
Paul McCartney: Live Kisses
Rod Stewart insists a Faces reunion is now more likely than it’s ever been – and he expects it to happen in 2015.
The long-awaited gathering has been under discussion for years, with Ronnie Wood – currently back in action with the Rolling Stones – having reported he and Stewart had written new music six years ago. The band last gathered for a rehearsal in 2009, but nothing came of it. In 2010 and 2011 Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall fronted the Faces for a number of shows.
Now Stewart tells WZLX in Boston: “I think we’ve got much more of a chance of getting the Faces back together, in fact.
“Ronnie’s office is talking to my people and we’re earmarking 2015.”
In September the vocalist claimed he’d been hoping for a double-header tour featuring Jeff Beck and the Faces, but it couldn’t happen because he’d fallen out with the guitarist. He also said the Stones would have to be finished before Wood became available.
Mick Jagger’s and co. are in the process of announcing a string of live dates for 2014 including Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China.
The new issue of Classic Rock, on sale now, features our critics’ choice of the albums and songs of the 2013. But we want to know which songs YOU think were the best rock had to offer in the last 12 months.
For the next coming days we’ll post up 10 songs a day and give you the chance to vote for your favourites. The resulting Top 50 will be revealed by the Classic Rock Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio on New Year’s Day (and on this website that same day).
Here are the fourth 10 – listen and place your votes below. You can vote for more than one track but you can only vote once.
Korn – Love And Meth
In a year of nu metal nostalgia, the band who started it all ditched the dubstep and returned to first principles: down-tuned guitars, twisted angst, and a big, big chorus. If nothing else this proves that nu metal wasn’t all bad.
The Hoax – Hipslicker
The best-kept secret in British blues returned after 14 years away with this effortlessly low-slung retro-modern shuffle. Sometimes you just don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
The Velcro Lewis Group – Inside My Cloud
The blind frontman, singing drummer and washboard player made the VLG sound like a novelty band. But this trippy Creedence-meets-George Clinton wig-out nailed the denim’n’paisley vibes at the drop of a tab.
It’s the greatest slice of ’68-era psych-funk you’ll hear in a long time.
Houston – I’m Coming Home
Leave it to the Swedes to serve up a slice of consummate, keyboard-parping AOR majesty that wasn’t afraid to parade its influences. Do you want cheese with that? It’s melodic rock like they don’t make
Beastmilk – Death Reflects Us
Taking their cues from 90s metal and 80s post-punk, these funereal Finns set the dial to ‘black’ on this chiming gloomfest. If there’s a nu goth revival on the way, this is where it starts.
Hell – The Age Of Nefarious
Gloriously theatrical old-school heavy metal from NWOBHM survivors. And was that a nod to todger-swinging 60s musical Hair we heard? Yes, it was. It’s the perfect soundtrack for panto season.
JJ Grey & Mofro – 99 Shades Of Crazy
Jacksonville’s number one funk-soul brother tore it up with style on this foot-stompin’ ode to, well,
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats – Mind Crawler
Underground rock’s shadowiest band paid homage to Black Sabbath, The Stooges and ritual
sex magick (it sez here) on this slab of stoned-immaculate fuzz. It’s even got the Sabbath stamp of approval – they’re supporting Ozzy and co this month.
Dregen – Just Like That
The sometime Backyard Baby hoisted the Scandinavian rock’n’roll flag with the lead-off track from his debut solo album. Good old sleaze rock was alive and well and living in Stockholm – and you won’t hear
a finer set of handclaps this year.
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Strange Fruit
Blues-rock’s first musical couple gave Billie Holiday’s timeless protest song a contemporary makeover. Against the odds, it worked. Hart and Bonamassa make you feel every syllable and note.
Trent Reznor has released an 80-minute concert film shot during Nine Inch Nails’ Tension 2013 tour. View it below.
He reactivated the band at the beginning of the year and released new album Hesitation Marks in September. By that time the outfit had already experienced a number of line-up changes – but now Reznor says he wants things to remain in flux.
In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session he explains: “When we commit to a touring cycle, it usually is at least a year long, and can start to feel stale after X amount of time. What I’m doing this cycle is making each leg of the tour have its own identity. The festival run we did over the summer was very different from the Tension tour we just finished.
“We’re currently rehearsing with a new incarnation of the band for what’s ahead – this keeps things fresh from a musician’s perspective, but also keeps things interesting for fans in an era where every show ends up on YouTube.
“The set-list and presentation moving forward will be very different from what we just did. That’s part of the incentive behind releasing the Tension footage now: it was one very specific look at Nine Inch Nails in the fall of 2013.”
He’s confirmed that Ilan Rubin, Alessandro Cortini, and Robin Finck will stay on board for the next phase of the band’s progress. NIN tour the UK in May:
May 18: Birmingham LG Arena
May 20: Glasgow Hydro Arena
May 21: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
May 23: London O2
May 24: Nottingham Capital FM Arena
May 25: Manchester Phones 4u Arena
The Answer have confirmed 32 more tour dates in support of recent album New Horizon.
Their journey kicks off in February and takes in the UK, Eire and Germany. The album’s title track is released as a single on March 23.
The Irish outfit’s fourth album was produced by ex-Little Angels frontman Toby Jepson and received acclaim on its release in September – Classic Rock said: “New Horizon delivers in style and Cormac Neeson’s gravel-gargling vocals are stunning throughout.”
Neeson himself says: “The first part of the New Horizon tour was absolutely fantastic, and we’re back in a big way. We’re really looking forward to getting out to perform in some towns and cities where we haven’t been for a few years. It’s a true ‘Road Less Travelled’ tour.”
Tickets are on sale as of today via Ticketweb, local box offices and usual outlets. Support acts will be confirmed in due course.
New Horizons: The Road Less Travelled UK and Eire tour dates
Feb 19: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Feb 20: Edinburgh Liquid Room
Feb 21: Middlesborough Empire
Feb 22: York Duchess
Feb 23: Hull Welly
Feb 25: Liecester O2 Academy
Feb 26: Norwich Waterfront
Feb 27: Tunbridge Wells Forum
Feb 28: Southend Chinnerys
Mar 13: Plymouth White Rabbit
Mar 14: Chester Live Rooms
Mar 15: Swansea Sin City
Mar 17: Cardiff Globe
Mar 18: Coventry Kasbah
Mar 19: Stoke Sugarmill
Mar 20: Liverpool O2 Academy
Mar 22: Waterford Shortts
Mar 23: Cork Cypress Avenue
Mar 24: Galway Roisin Dubh
Mar 26: Limerick Dolans
Mar 27: Derry Sandinos
Mar 28: Portrush Playhouse
Mar 29: Newcastle (NI) Quinns
Musicians from all genres of rock have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died last night aged 95.
The South African freedom fighter spearheaded the dismantling of his nation’s racist apartheid policy, spending 28 years as a political prisoner before becoming president in 1994.
Mandela – often known by his clan name Madiba, and also as Tata, meaning ‘Father’ – passed away at home in Johannesburg surrounded by family. Just before the end his daughter Makaziwe told press: “On his deathbed he is still teaching us lessons. Lessons in patience, lessons in love, lessons in tolerance.”
The last quote attributed to him on his official Twitter account was a comment he made in 1996: “Death is something inevitable.When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”
Tributes to Mandela
Guns n’Roses: ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ RIP Nelson Mandela
Slash: Really sad to hear we have lost the great Nelson Mandela, one of the few pillars of humanity we had left.
Duff McKagan: He changed the way the world thought. What a great, great man.
Glenn Hughes: Nelson, your love and light has moved mountains. The world has lost a messenger a shining beacon of love. My visit to your country this year was life-changing.
Living Colour: RIP Nelson Mandela! Fight The Fight.
Tom Morello: Hero. Freedom fighter. An iron will and a heart of mercy. Thanks for your struggle and your example.
Yoko Ono: Thank you for your highest standard of commitment to peace in our world. We are so lucky to have been on this planet with you.
Alex Skolnick: What a massive inspiration – imagine spending 27 years in jail and then calling 4 peaceful resistance.
Paul Stanley: A man of principle who lived by his beliefs and changed a country and the world.
Gene Simmons: A sad day. A great man.
Nikki Sixx: RIP Nelson Mandela. A man that changed the world.
Chris Cornell: The world should never forget Nelson Mandela. He left it much better than he found it.
DJ Ashba: We lost an incredible man.
Dave Mustaine: What an amazing man and legacy.
Jeff Scott Soto: The world is a few steps better because of his causes.
Kevin Shirley: So sad to hear of the passing of Mandela. Goodnight Madiba.
Billy Bragg: Politicised by Rock Against Racism and Artists Against Apartheid. Mandela was our leader, his struggle our struggle.
Bootsy Collins: As we watch his spirit rise, we shall all rise with him in his honor. Mr Nelson Mandela continues his journey for freedom. We love you as a man and what you stood for.
Monster Truck: Proof one man can change the world. It’s sad that governments are still violating human rights. Learn from mistakes.
The Doors: R.I.P. to a true leader, visionary, and hero.
Ozzy Osbourne took to his Facebook page on his 65th birthday to wade into a family feud between wife Sharon and her brother David Levy.
The siblings have been at odds for decades, with a truce of several years dissolving after they fell out over where their late father Don Arden was to be buried in 2007.
Earlier this week Levy, who suffers from MS, like the Osbourne’s son Jack, said he wanted their mutual illness to heal the family rift and also discussed his concern for Sharon’s interest in cosmetic surgery.
She lashed back, telling the Mirror: “I’m fuming. We call him Fredo after the weak son in The Godfather who sold the family out – that’s my brother. It seems all he wants is our money. I want absolutely nothing to do with him.
“I feel very bad for him that he has MS but I can’t help him with that. As far as him wanting to help Jack with his MS, I think it is an excuse.
“I think he looks at me and my family, all successful, and it eats away at him. My mobile number changes every three months but my office number has been the same for 32 years. He could have got hold of me at any time.”
Yesterday Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy joined the attack, saying: “David Levy, brother-in-law in name only, leave my family alone. Stop selling false stories on my family. Get a job and be a man.
“Thank God you can choose your friends but you are stuck with your family – even though David Levy has never been and never will be family.
“When we took him off payroll all he’s done is tried to make money selling false stories. Stop saying you love me – you don’t know what the word is. I wish you no harm but you don’t know my family. Leave us alone.”
He later added: “You call me a saint for living with your sister. The word is called love and adore not saint, but whoops I forgot you don’t know what love is do you?”
Black Sabbath tour the UK next week.
Robert Plant and Neil Young were among those who paid tribute to late folk-rock pioneer Bert Jansch at a memorial concert on Tuesday, marking what would have been his 70th birthday.
The Pentangle co-founder died in 2011 after a battle with lung cancer, leaving a musical legacy which inspired a wide range of musicians including Eric Clapton, Donovan, Elton John and Nick Drake.
Guest performers at London’s Royal Festival Hall included Led Zeppelin frontman Plant, Ralph McTell, Donovan, and Pentangle bandmates Jacqui McShee, Terry Cox and Danny Thompson.
Young recorded an exclusive video performance of Jansch’s Needle Of Death, which inspired his own classic track The Needle And The Damage Done. Plant sang Go Your Way My Love, later saying: “We all came to a similar place but we concentrated on different levels. Bert was a digger for us all.”
Long-time friend McTell, who performed Angie, said: “Americans had Dylan. We had Bert, who found the hidden music of these islands. He was sexy – he was cool. Women found him alluring and men admired him for that. I treasure the friendship I had with him for 40 years.”
Pentangle performed Poison and Donovan sang Oh Deed I Do, while Thompson delivered a cover of Charlie Mingus’s Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, a song he said Jansch loved.
The finale was a performance of Strolling Down The Highway featuring most of the night’s performers, which included Bernard Butler, Mara Carlyle, Martin Carthy, Gordon Giltrap, Wizz Jones, Lisa Knapp, Beverley Martyn, Martin Simpson and Paul Wassif.
Jansch’s first wife Heather has this week published two books about the musician, with £1 from each sale going to McMillan Cancer Support. Find out more.
Following her acclaimed guitar performance alongside Annie Lennox at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in June 2012 and the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album Almost Always Never, British blues rock guitarist, Joanne Shaw Taylor, returns to the UK on Sunday 12th May for an exclusive London concert to record a new live DVD. The concert will take place in the intimate setting of one of London's most famous live music venues, The Borderline.Tickets for this show go on sale Monday 25th March from the 24 hour box office 0844 478 0898, hereAs an electric guitarist, Joanne mixes many different genres into her blues-based music, including rock, blues, funk, and soul. Born and raised in the Black Country, Joanne was originally discovered by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart as a 16 year old guitar prodigy. Through hard work and near-constant touring, she is now one of the hottest young names on the British Blues circuit.The Borderline concert will see Joanne performing tracks from her current album Almost Always Never, alongside crowd favourites taken from her two previous albums - White Sugar (2009) and Diamonds in the Dirt (2010). Joanne was voted Best British Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards in 2010 and 2011.
Tickets on sale Wednesday 20th March
Stiff Little Fingers - Rescheduled Preston Show - Sat 18 May
Important Notice - Customers with tickets for the cancelled March 10th date should contact their original point of purchase / ticket agent by Mon 8 April at the very latest in order to arrange either a refund or for rescheduled tickets which can then be collected at the venue box office on the night of Sat 18 May.
Australia’s award-winning powerhouse rock band TRACER are pleased to announce the long-awaited release of their new studio album "El Pistolero" - released in the UK on Monday 6th May. The release will be supported by a re-scheduled UK tour that will start at the Sheffield Plug on 8th June, ending at the Isle of Wight Festival on 16th June.Produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Silverchair, Cold Chisel) the album is on target to make Tracer the band that everyone will be talking about in 2013. With the addition of new bassist Jett Heysen-Hicks, founding members Michael Brown (vocals and guitar) and Dre Wise (drums) are determined to take Tracer to the next level. "The song writing has gone up a peg or two,” says Michael Brown. “Kevin had us doing things we would never have thought of doing and because of that we've stepped into a new realm. I think El Pistolero will define what Tracer is about, and why we're different to everyone else." Watch the new EPK hereEl Pistolero commands a high-energy mix of stoner anthems, biker attitude and classic rock, it is the sound of a 21st century band making their best album to date – a high-energy collection on no-holds-barred rock’n’roll. It’s hot, loud and sweaty.Tracer have come a long way since forming in Adelaide, South Australia around 10 years ago. They’ve made two independent mini albums; Into The Night (2006) and L.A.? (2009), but it wasn’t until they released their 2011 debut album Spaces In Between that people really began to take notice. They’ve toured Europe 3 times, and won Best New Band at the 2012Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.Track Listing1. El Pistolero2. Lady Killer3. Dirty Little Secret4. Dead Garden5. Ballad of El Pistolero6. Santa Cecilia7. Wolf in Cheap Clothes8. Scream in Silence9. Hangman10. Manic For Ya11. There’s A Man12. Until The War Is Won13. Now I Ride
Following the March 25th release of Joe Bonamassa’s live album and DVD, An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House, the internationally renowned guitarist will embark on 7-Date UK Arena Tour in September 2013. Tickets go on sale Friday 15th March from the 24 Hour Box office: 0844 478 0898, www.thegigcartel.com.Bonamassa will perform songs from his classic albums including Sloe Gin, Dust Bowl, Black Rock, The Ballad of John Henry, and Driving Towards The Daylight (the latter reached #2 in the UK’s Official Album Chart). The highly anticipated tour will showcase a mix of acoustic and electronic selections performed by Carmine Rojas (bass), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboards), Tal Bergman (drums) and Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals).Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Wednesday September 18Bournemouth BIC Friday September 20Manchester Arena Saturday September 21Aberdeen AECC Monday September 23Edinburgh Playhouse Tuesday September 24Birmingham NIA Friday September 27Brighton Centre Saturday September 28
JJ Grey & Mofro are back in the UK in July
3 Jul Sheffield The Greystones
4 Jul Bury The Met
5 Jul London The Garage More information hereSinging with a passion and fervor directly influenced by the classic soul heroes, JJ Grey has written and recorded five albums of original songs steeped in the rhythm & blues, rock, and country soul of his native backwoods home outside Jacksonville, Florida. Grey comes from a long tradition of Southern storytellers and, in that spirit, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid, personal and universal. After a decade of hard touring, he still spends eight months of the year on the road, bringing his music to a loyal, ever-growing, worldwide fanbase. - See more at: http://www.thegigcartel.com/artists/profile:286#sthash.uFfXabFY.dpuf
Raggae Legend Jimmy Cliff calls in to Sheffield Plug on Monday 24th June, click here for tickets
With a legacy stretching back nearly 50 years, the Honourable Jimmy Cliff is still standing as one of the prime movers and continuing shapers of modern music. With a catalogue that ranks among the most influential in global culture, Cliff remains a forceful voice of power and conscience, creating new music as vital and vibrant as ever.Jimmy´s new studio album, REBIRTH, produced by Rancid`s Tim Armstrong was released on 17 July 2012 on Universal and has already garnered very favourable reviews, some of which you can read in the links below.
Jethro Tull guitarist announces new shows for 2013
More information here
Sept28 TAVISTOCK Wharf
Oct3 BRIGHTON Komedia4 LONDON The Borderline5 BANBURY The Mill6 HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club8 SHEFFIELD The Greystokes10WOLVES The Robin11 BRISTOL The Tunnels12 FALMOUTH Blues In The Bay14 MILTON KEYNES The StablesMartin Barre has been the guitarist of Jethro Tull for 43 years, hissound and playing having been a major factor in their success.Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to beplayed worldwide,representing an important part of classic rock history.Martin,s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect andrecognition;he was voted 25th. best solo ever in the USA and 20th.best solo ever in the UK, for his playing on Aqualung.As Jethro Tull are taking a long break from touring,Martin has puttogether a band to play the "classic" music from the Tull catalogue.This is an exciting project as it features many early tracks notperformed for many years.His band,under the title of Martin Barre's New Day is a totalcommitment to give the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance tohearsongs played as they were recorded. The band includes other members ofTull and top musicians from a similar background.
15 Apr Holmfirth Picturedrome, more information herePeter Hook And The Light features Peter Hook on vocals and bass, Jack Bates on bass, Nat Wason on guitar, Andy Poole on keyboards and Paul Kehoe on drums. Having performed together at the opening night of The Factory in February 2010, The Light have undertaken extensive tours of mainland Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and The United States, as well as numerous UK and international festival appearances.Performing "Unknown Pleasures" and "Closer" A Joy Division CelebrationPlaying the albums sequentially and in track order, both Martin Hannett produced LPs are considered seminal, much loved classics and their influence remains pervasive today, both with fans and for the many bands, influenced by and who have taken on the template of Joy Division's sound in the modern era."Unknown Pleasures" is considered one of the most stunning debut albums ever released and "still powerful enough to floor you 30 years on" (NME), while on "Closer" Hannett's incandescent production permeates the record alongside a band that had grown much in confidence approaching their second album.Both albums have come to yield many landmark tracks, "Unknown Pleasures" with "Disorder" "Insight", "New Dawn Fades", and "She's Lost Control", while Closer is considered by many to be a start to finish masterpiece with tracks such as "Atrocity Exhibition", "Heart And Soul" and "Twenty Four Hours" amongst its many highlights.With each album in performed in full during the concert, The Light also turn to Hooky's early repertoire to perform many other Warsaw and Joy Division tracks, some of which have never been played live previously.
Alabama 3 play Holmfirth Picturedrome on Sat 8th June, more information here
Best known internationally for supplying the theme to the American TV series 'The Sopranos' with their song 'Woke Up This Morning', Alabama 3 have carved a unique niche for themselves which transcends considerations of chart success and runs far deeper than the transitory fame of modern celebrity culture.They are undoubtedly the greatest American act the UK ever did produce, and their heady combination of techno and C&W, alongside a proclivity for rock 'n' roll decadence and an acute social conscience means that they are effectively a unique entity in modern music."The best live band in the country"The Guardian
Billy Bragg, Winner of The Roots Award 2013 at the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, releases his first new studio album in five years Tooth & Nail on Cooking Vinyl records on 18th March 2013.
Saturday 30th November, Sheffield City Hall - more information hereDrawing on personal rather than political themes, Tooth & Nail was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry (whose impeccable production credits include Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Hugh Laurie) in his South Pasadena basement studio. With Joe taking Billy out of his comfort zone (all vocals were recorded live without retakes or overdubs) the album features an accomplished crew of musicians, including Greg Leisz (Bon Iver), Patrick Warren (Lana Del Rey), Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) and David Piltch (Ramblin’ Jack Eliot). The spontaneous results are, according to Billy, a return to the rootsy sound of 1998’s Mermaid Avenue sessions he recorded with Wilco - drawing on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time.In his own words: “In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result.”
Joe Bonamassa Releaes 'An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House' On Cd/dvd/blu-ray On March 26th 2013 - more information here
Now available; Borderline Gold tickets. See Joe Bonamassa up close and personal at this intimate and very special show on 26th March, more info here
Nerina Pallot releases Valentine’s Day specialNerina Pallot has released a new set of songs entitled The Lonely Valentine Club EP, listen hereNerina performs live at Stockton on Saturday and the Minack Theatre in May16 Feb Stockton ARC15 May Minack Theatre
Bounemouth Pavilion Tues 18th June, tickets on sale Thursday 14th February hereRock Goddess Kerry Ellis is teaming up with Queen’s legendary guitarist Brian May again for a stunning candlelit, acoustic show; The Born Free Tour.After the phenomenal success of the sell-out charity show, Anthems: The Concert, at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May 2011, Their UK tour of Anthems: The Tour and the release of Kerry & Brian’s single Defying Gravity, Kerry & Brian will now be taking their majestic brand new acoustic show on the road once again across the UK throughout June 2013.The Born Free Tour promises to impress and entertain audiences with its stunning fusion of Kerry Ellis’s beautiful voice and Brian May’s awe-inspiring guitar performances – all in support of the world famous Born Free Foundation.
Planet Rock Sold To Bauer MediaNew owners confirmedBauer Media has bought the station from Malcolm Bluemel and has added Planet Rock to its already impressive portfolio of radio stations - which include Kerrang, Mojo and Q Radio to name but a few.The team at Planet Rock, which recently celebrated another fantastic RAJAR result (877,000 weekly listeners Wave 4, 12) now has an excellent opportunity to further develop the station and bring the best rock music to an even bigger audience! more info here
Friday 26th April
tickets on sale Wednesday 6th February
more info here
Acclaimed Manchester three-piece I Am Kloot release their eagerly awaited new album ‘Let It All In’ on January 21st on their Shepherd Moon label.Produced by Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Craig Potter, the new album follows 2010’s Mercury nominated ‘Sky at Night’ and cements the song writing fortitude of front man John Bramwell while confirming I am Kloot as one of the classic British groups of recent times.This 10 track long player is a concise and lean collection of pop gems. From bluesy, burlesque opener, ‘Bullets’, through to the reverential finale of “Forgive Me These Reminders”, “Let It All In” proves the adage that less is indeed more. Further highlights include the haunting epic ‘Hold Back the Night’; the mystical hypnotic pulse of ‘These Days Are Mine’ and the understated simple elegance of ‘Some Better Day’.I Am Kloot have crafted a laconic album of immense and enchanting pop songs that will be treasured and cherished. As the poet Simon Armitage sums up perfectly: “There’s something familiar and immediate about the sound they make, so much so that even a new song can find a place in the memory vault, even before it’s finished playing, as if we’d been listening to it for years.”
The Undertones to play Wolverhampton
25 May Wolverhampton Slade Rooms; more info here
Formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975, The Undertones became renowned for combining lyrical invention and musical flair with intelligent simplicity. Their anthemic Teenage Kicks, much loved by John Peel, was one of the most influential songs of the post-punk era. Reformed in 1999 without the influential Feargal Sharkey, they are still pumping out their classics hits with some new material.
Karl Wallingers World Party announces Holmfirth show.
Sunday 28th April more info here
World Party came into being in 1986 as the solo project of former Waterboys keyboard player Karl Wallinger, carrying the torch for intelligent pop and outstanding live musicianship. The group has amassed five critically acclaimed albums so far, including the Grammy nominated Goodbye Jumbo, (Wallinger's take on Carl Jung) which won the first ever Q Magazine "Album of the Year" award in 1990, and a series of hit singles, most notably "She's the One", written after the death of Wallinger's mother, and subsequently recorded by Robbie Williams, earning Williams a No.1 and Brit Award.
Saturday 3rd August Holmfirth Picturedrome, more info hereRising from the ashes of the original line-up of The Human League and mixing art-school electronics with lush funk arrangements, Heaven 17 achieved considerable chart success with their hit singles singles (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang and Play To Win from The debut album Penthouse & Pavement, followed by the singles Temptation, Come Live With Me, Crushed by the Wheels of Industry and Let Me Go off the Luxury Gap Album.
soundspheremag.com talk to Dreadzone Greg Roberts, drummer and founding member of Dreadzone, just as the band go in to their 20th anniversary year. Read the article here
Dreadzone play Holmfirth Picturedrome on Friday 12th April, more information here
Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor
On Monday 4th March, world-renowned Australian “fingerstyle” acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, and Britain’s Martin Taylor, MBE, will release their highly anticipated collaboration album “The Colonel & The Governor” on Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings.
The album coincides with a UK tour of the same name; which starts in Belfast on 2nd March. Full details for the album and tour can be found here.
The acoustic duet album stemmed from a simple idea: find songs that Tommy and Martin love and come up with arrangements that could allow both of them to, as Tommy Emmanuel says, “fly their own our kites,” and have some fun playing together in the process.
1. I Won’t Last A Day Without You
2. Jersey Bounce
3. Bernie’s Tune
4. A Smooth One
6. Heat Wave
7. One Day
8. Lullaby of Birdland
9. The Nearness of You
10. Down at Cocomos
11. The Fair Haired Child
12. Secret Love
13. Wonderful Baby
14. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
Southside Johnny & The Ashbury Jukes will be performing on
Thurs 2nd May Salisbury City Hall
Fri 3rd May Bury St Edmunds The Apex Arts Centre
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
“I've always wanted to be a Juke…and I still do .” (Jon Bon Jovi) “There's one thing I've always wanted to do,” Southside Johnny confesses, “and that is to sing.” And he has been doing just that for over a third of a century.
In a business where success is defined as getting a second single and longevity measured in nano-seconds, just surviving for thirty-plus years is a rare accomplishment. But Johnny and the Jukes have not just survived, they have flourished: over thirty albums, several EPs and a box set; thousands of live performances around the globe; a legion of dedicated and enthusiastic fans; dozens of classic songs; a record— HEARTS OF STONE —that Rolling Stone called one of the "top 100 albums of the 70's and 80's"; and the story continues as the band releases its newest studio album, PILLS AND AMMO, full of new material that is already getting rave reviews from fans.
While still tinged with the exuberant rhythm and blues feel that is the Jukes'trademark, and loaded with the driving sound of the legendary Jukes horn section, this new CD has a sharper, guitar-oriented, rock and roll feel to it. A harder edge for harder times. But, as always, the sheer joy of making music is obvious throughout PILLS AND AMMO. Tunes like "Umbrella in My Drink" with guest vocals by Gary Bonds; "Keep on Movin'" a homage to Jerry Lee Lewis and the early rockabilly sound; and "One More Night to Rock" all place the band in
their classic, jubilant "let's play all night" mood. And the band has never sounded better.
To Johnny, it's just what he does. "I grew up on music. We listened to Billie Holiday, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters and Big Joe Turner. My parents loved music, the louder the better." Born and raised on the Jersey Shore, Southside's fascination for the club scene started early. "My father played in bands for years, and my mother actually went into labor with me at some seedy New Jersey club.
I guess some things were just meant to be." Singing and playing in a number of blues and R&B bands at the now legendary Upstage Club, often joined by pals Bruce Springsteen, "Miami Steve" Van Zandt, and Garry Tallent, Johnny worked at making "meant to be" into "is." It wasn't easy. "We played for years on the shore, but it wasn't until Bruce hit with 'Born to Run' that these A&R guys would drive to Asbury Park to see what was happening."
Southside (so nicknamed because of his bent toward the Blues sounds of the Southside of Chicago) and his band, eventually called the Asbury Jukes, worked on growing their reputation as a dynamic live band through the late 60's and early 70's. "We built a big band, a home for lots of musicians, horns and all: sure we called it Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, but it was really just a bunch of guys getting crazy on stage." Then, in 1975, they signed with CBS/Epic Records,
Watch Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel return to Holmfirth Picturedrome Fri 16th August
Holmfirth favourite and much-loved British rocker Steve Harley and his band Cockney Rebel have been touring consistently for over 30 years, and shows no sign of slowing down. A prolific songwriter and renowned lyricist, Steve's set list is packed with all his big songs; 'Judy Teen', 'Mr. Soft', 'Here Comes The Sun', 'Mr. Raffles (Man, It Was Mean)', 'Sebastian', and of course the smash hit, 'Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)' which still guarantees a feel-good highlight at every show. Advanced tickets always recommended for this show.
Robben Ford adds second London Show due to popular demand.
Planet Rock have an exclusive presale this week for the best seats in the house, tune in here23 Apr London Leicester Square Theatre - NEW24 Apr London Leicester Square Theatre ( last few remaining tickets )
Robben Ford 'A musician's musician' with an illustrious career which began in the 1970s playing Blues in San Fransisco Bay, USA. With a string of Grammy nominations to his name and voted in the top 100 guitarists of the century, he is particularly known for his blues playing, but is equally at home in a wide variety of musical contexts.
Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor will release their highly anticipated collaboration album - “The Colonel & The Governor”On Monday 4th March, world-renowned Australian “fingerstyle” acoustic guitarists Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, and Britain’s Martin Taylor, MBE, will release their highly anticipated collaboration album - “The Colonel & The Governor” on Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings. read more on www.guitarplanet.eu/See Tommy & Martin live here7 Mar Waterside Theatre12 Mar Barnstaple Queens Theatre13 Mar Exeter Corn Exchange14 Mar Bristol Colston Hall16 Mar London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire17 Mar Folkestone Leas Hall18 Mar Crawley Hawth Theatre20 Mar Ipswich Corn Exchange21 Mar Chesterfield Winding Wheel22 Mar Halifax Victoria Theatre24 Mar Ulverston Coronation Hall26 Mar Aberdeen The Lemon Tree28 Mar Edinburgh The Queens Hall
Joe Bonamassa Dominating iTunes Blues ChartA look at this week's iTunes Blues Chart shows that Joe has not one but four albums in the Top 10.His most recent disc, Beacon Theatre: Live From New York is #3, Don't Explain, the album he cut with Beth Hart is #5, Live from Royal Albert Hall is #7, and his most recent studio album Driving Towards the Daylight is #9.
Now available; Borderline Gold tickets. See Joe Bonamassa up close and personal at this intimate and very special show on 26th Feb, more info here
Nerina Pallot is releasing a new EP and going on tourWhen Did I Become Such A Bitch hitmaker Nerina Pallot is releasing a new EP and going on tour.The EP is titled ‘Lonely Valentine Club’ and will be released on the 4th February.See Nerina Live hereArlington Arts Centre (Feb 8)Stockton Arc (Feb 16)Minack Theatre ( May 15)
Levellers announce a new show in Holmfirth
They play The Picturedrome on Sunday 30th June
More infor hereSell-out tours, 25 years in the ‘business’ and ten years of their own sell-out festival, Beautiful Days, are powerful proof of the power of the underground and the power of great live music. Renowned for their energetic live show, longevity has not diminished the Levellers’ ability to put in a performance and get everyone in a room, or field, dancing.
Robert Vincent will be supporting Justin Currie & also Simon Mcbride
on the following dates
15th Feb Stamford Corn Exchange supporting Justin Currie
16th Feb Newbury Arlington Arts Centre supporting Justin Currie
17th Feb Sale Waterside Arts Centre supporting Justin Currie
19th Feb Leeds City Varities supporting Justin Currie
23rd Feb Bridport Electric Palace supporting Justin Currie
24th Feb Bromsgrove Artrix supporting Justin Currie
25th Feb Bath Komedia supporting Justin Currie
26th Feb Sheffield City Hall supporting Justin Currie
14th Mar Glasgow O2 ABC supporting Simon Mcbride
19th Mar Norwich Arts Centre supporting Simon Mcbride
22nd Mar The Tunnels supporting Simon Mcbride
If there’s a lot of half-finished, vaguely unsatisfying music around - songs that say nothing to you about your life - then maybe it’s because the people who make it haven’t lived much of a life themselves. Not so in the case of Vincent, he’s a searingly honest Liverpool singer-songwriter whose mix of folk, rock and country has him described as a Mersey Van Morrison.
"A future star” is how BBC Radio 2 DJ Janice Long describes singer Robert Vincent. His music is the heartbeat of the new Liverpool music scene and now he’s emerging as one of the UK’s most talented singer-songwriters.
Barclay James Harvest are pleased to Announce a Show in Autumn at
The Picturedrome Holmfirth Sat 16th November
The Barclay James Harvest was finally fully formed in 1967 and were progressive and experimental from day one, utilising orchestral ensembles and breaking away from standard methods of songwriting, just as The Beatles had done on their groundbreaking 'Sgt Pepper' album. From the '70s through to the '80s, they enjoyed wide commercial success, earning them a place in the prog hall of fame and numerous worldwide tours. Founder member John Lees continues to tour with his five piece band.
Wilko Johnson, guitarist and founding member of Dr. Feelgood, will perform four farewell concerts in the UK during March 2013.
The news follows last week’s official statement on Wilko’s Facebook page that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas and has chosen not to undergo chemotherapy.Says Wilko’s manager, Robert Hoy, “The four UK dates represent an opportunity for Wilko to express his sincere thanks to his fans for all the support he has had over his long career.”Shows on sale Monday 21st January HERELondon Koko (March 6)Bilston Robin 2 (March 7)Holmfrith Picturedrome (March 8)Glasgow o2 ABC (March 9)
Local singer songwriter Jon Windle formerly of Indie chart toppers Little Man Tate strips back to his acoustic guitar to play old and news songs how they were written.
Windle will open for Sharon Shannon at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday 21st February.
More info here
Billy Bragg has announced the release of his first new album in five years.The singer songwriter will release 'Tooth & Nail' on March 18.The follow-up to 2008's 'Mr Love & Justice' was recorded in South Pasadena, California by producer Joe Henry, and, says Bragg, sees him returning to the rootsy sound of his and Wilco's 'Mermaid Avenue' sessions.Explains Bragg: "In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result."Bragg is currently giving away a free download of the album track 'Handyman Blues' at Billybragg.co.uk
Nerina Pallot will be joined by
David Ford at Arlington Arts Centre Fri 8th Feb
Tristan Mackay at Stockton The Arc Sat 16th Feb
Torch song pop singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot announces a solo UK tour for the New Year. February 2013 will see the Brit and Ivor Novello nominated singer take a brief hiatus from writing a recording her 5th album to grace some beautiful UK venues with her songs on her 'Lonely Valentine Club' tour . Anyone who has seen Nerina Pallot will tell you that she is one of the most engaging live female artists in the UK today, a secret and unique talent. If you’re feeling sad and lonely - or if you simply love hearing exquisitely crafted pop songs beautifully sung and played in intimate venues.
7 years into his career as a full time recording and touring musician, David Ford will release his fourth solo album ‘Charge’ in March 2013 and in the time honoured tradition of the troubadour he will tour the backside off of it throughout the UK, Ireland and the USA between March and June 2013.
The album, which has been co-produced by New York based studio wizard James Brown (who is more usually to be found making Grammy winning albums with the likes of Foo Fighters), will be the third to be self-released on David’s own label.
Tristan Mackay is already making an impact on the music scene following the recent release of his debut album Out Along The Wire. The album went straight to no.1 on the iTunes Blues album chart above such revered artists as Joe Bonamassa, BB King and Eric Clapton. Tristan is now touring the UK with his five piece band to promote the album and his second single Last Love which was released at the beginning of May.
Toto’s Steve Lukather returns with Transition, perhaps his most confessional, hardest-rocking solo album ever, on January 21, 2013 from Mascot Records. Check out an exclusive stream of its first single “Right the Wrong” here!
Lukather plays London's o2 Islington Academy on Friday 29th March more info here
PUNK survivors Stiff Little Fingers, inspired by pioneers like the Sex Pistols and The Clash, they were formed in Belfast in 1977.The good news for fans is that they’re finally working on an as-yet-untitled studio LP – their first for 10 years – which is due to be released this year.Fingers initially wrote about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like Suspect Device and Wasted Life, which remain staples of their live set to this day.They split in early 1983, and in the five years apart, each member pursued musical projects, but none were as satisfying, or as successful, as Stiff Little Fingers. Bassist Ali McMordie (who was replaced by The Jam’s Bruce Foxton before returning seven years ago) said: “It wasn’t until we got back together again we realised this was the only thing we were ever completely happy with.”In 1987, founding members Burns and McMordie decided to do a few reunion shows, and the audience response was so overwhelming the band has stayed together ever since, with Steve Grantley (drums) and Ian McCallum (guitar) completing the current line-up.Now, with younger “new” fans flocking to see them alongside the old diehards, they are back with the Up A Gear tour.Several new songs have been debuted live, including Trail of Tears, My Dark Places and Liar’s Club, covering topics such as the economic collapse, Jake’s personal struggle with depression, and continuing racism.SLF play Sheffield & Preson in March, click here for more information.
Joe Bonamassa makes it into both guitar player and guitar world 2013 readers polls
Steve Howe Departs From Asia
Steve Howe to step down
News taken from http://stevehowe.com/sh_news.html
ASIA announces that guitarist Steve Howe has relinquished his position in the band, in order to concentrate fully on his work on other projects. Steve said, "Myself and the band wish to thank their fans for the enthusiasm shown during the original members’ reunion. I will continue with Yes, and with my trio and solo guitar work. I wish my friends continued success".
In 2006 the original band reunited for a tour of USA, which was followed by four world tours and several continental tours. The reunited band has played over 300 shows and released three new studio albums, three DVDs and a number of live albums. The track ‘An Extraordinary Life’, from 2008’s album ‘Phoenix’ was chosen as the theme music for America’s Got Talent.
ASIA formed as a supergroup of stunning pedigrees, bringing together songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton [King Crimson, UK], keyboardist Geoff Downes [Yes, The Buggles], drummer extraordinaire Carl Palmer [ELP] and Steve Howe [Yes]. Their self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982 and monopolized the Number 1 slot in the Billboard charts for 9 weeks. The album is still in the top 3 Geffen sales of all time, with Guns ’n’ Roses and Whitesnake! With tracks like mega-hit ‘Heat Of The Moment’, ASIA helped to create the MTV phenomenon. The band’s work perfected the use of videos that encompassed stories and messages, examples being the work for ‘Wildest Dreams’, , ‘Only Time Will Tell’, ‘The Smile Has Left Your Eyes’ and ‘Don’t Cry’. ‘Heat Of The Moment’ is still a radio fixture and has been in top TV and films including ‘40 Year Old Virgin’, ‘South Park’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘The Matador’ and countless others.
The end of Steve’s time with the band marks the start of a new chapter for ASIA and a further announcement regarding new personnel, 2013 live appearances and new material is forthcoming.
Toto's Steve Lukather has set a January 21st UK release date for his seventh solo album Transition.
To support the effort, Lukather will launch a European tour in March, which includes a concert at London Islington o2 Academy on the 29th March. BUY TICKETS HERETransition will be released in three formats including limited deluxe edition CD, jewel case CD, and vinyl.Tracklisting1. Judgement Day2. Creep Motel3. Once Again4. Right The Wrong5. Transition6. Last Man Standing7. Do I Stand Alone8. Rest of the World9. Smile
WILKO JOHNSON – IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTI am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas. He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy. He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity. He has just set off on a trip to Japan; on his return we plan to complete a new CD, make a short tour of France, then give a series of farewell gigs in the UK. There is also a live DVD in the pipeline, filmed on the last UK tour.Wilko wishes to offer his sincere thanks for all the support he has had over his long career, from those who have worked with him to, above all, those devoted fans and admirers who have attended his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an extraordinarily full and eventful experience. Thank you.Robert Hoy(Manager)Our prayers go out to Wilko and all involved in this very difficult and sad time.
Joe Bonamassa finds his groove with Rock Candy Funk Party album
Rock Candy Funk Party will release their debut jazz-funk album “We Want Groove” on the Provogue Records label on Monday January 28. RCFP is comprised of world renowned musicians including album producer Tal Bergman (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus (guitar), Mike Merritt (bass) and Renato Neto (keyboards). The album will be released as a 2-disc set (CD & DVD), and on double gatefold vinyl. With its classic ’70s /‘80s jazz-funk, Rock Candy Funk Party <http://www.rockcandyfunkparty.com> delivers a sound that’s as celebratory as the name suggests.Fans can get a free download of the single “Octopus-e” HEREFeaturing nine tracks, eight originals and one cover, the album is full of space and texture, mashed up funk, jazz, rock and virtuoso musicianship. A bonus DVD is also included that features a making-of featurette, two in-the-studio featurettes and the official “Octopus-e” music video.In title and spirit, the album tips its hat to Miles Davis’ classic 1982 live instrumental LP We Want Miles, its influence is one of many echoing through RCFP’s re-imagination of jazz-funk—the album opener, “Octopus-e,” boasts a sinewy funk groove that suggests a meeting between Jeff Beck and the Average White Band. “Tal did a great job making sure the album didn’t become over indulgent,” says Bonamassa. “The challenge was to keep it fresh without our influences overwhelming the music—to keep the band vibe without it becoming too many ideas from too many people. It was important to commit to the moment and keep it fresh, and fun.”Track listing:CD1. “Octopus-e”2. “Spaztastic”3. “Ode To Gee”4. “We Want Groove”5. “The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life”6. “Animal/Work”7. “Dope On A Rope”8. “Root Down (and Get It)”9. “New York Song”DVD1. “The Making of We Want Groove”2. “In the Studio – Episode 1”3. “In the Studio – Episode 2”4. “Official Music Video for Octopus-e”
Tickets for all four venues will be released on Monday, available exclusively through Planet Rock.Following the release of his critically acclaimed 13th solo album ‘Driving Towards The Daylight’, international guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa will play a special concert at The Borderline on Tuesday 26th March 2013.This rare concert will showcase Joe’s atmospheric rise to the top of the guitar world, celebrating an extraordinary musical talent in the venue where it all began for him, playing a cut-down, intimate gig for only 200 lucky viewers.For The Borderline, the last remaining Golden and VIP tickets are available exclusively through Planet Rock from Monday 7 January.Standing & seated tickets will also be available for the Hammersmith Apollo gig, along with standing and seated tickets for Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the Royal Albert Hall.These are available to purchase at www.planetrock.com from Monday HERE
New Model Army return to Sheffield Plug Sat 11th May
New Model Army are an English rock band. They have been variously classified as a punk band, post-punk, folk rock, indie rock, gothic rock, rock noir and even metal amongst others.
New Model Army's earliest material on their debut album Vengeance (1984) could probably with some justification be regarded as modern punk, albeit more melodic than the works of many of their classic counterparts.
Through the years, however, New Model Army have experimented with a great number of musical styles and nurtured numerous different inspirations. As a rock band they generally stand out of the crowd having a greater emphasis on the rhythm section, which often contains references to R&B. Their music is often regarded as intense, angry, and powerful, some might even say militant. However their repertoire is much wider and more subtle than that and also includes quieter, more emotive and softer material often performed acoustically. Thus it would be inaccurate to simply classify them as any of these genres. Rather one should recognise them for what they really are: a very versatile underground cult rock band with many different musical roots. They have toured and recorded constantly for over 26 years and continue to do so and are considered a seminal influence by many contemporary younger rock bands.
Their lyrics are always very poetic, but still manage to express political and humanitarian messages. Songs like "51st State" (lyrics written by Ashley Cartwright of 'The Shakes' earned the band cult status in movements against American imperialism, but made it more difficult for the band to tour the US. The contradiction and search for deeper truths explored in New Model Army's lyrics stem from lyricist Justin Sullivan's deeply religious (Quaker) and literary upbringing.
Lyrically Justin Sullivan has had a very close relationship with British artist, novelist, and poet Joolz Denby, who is often credited as a consultant or Muse and sometimes even co-writer. She is also responsible for the characteristic artwork on their covers, merchandise, t-shirts etc. The Arts Council/Yorkshire Museums & Galleries international touring exhibition of Denby's artworks for NMA and their memorabilia is entitled with some accuracy 'One Family, One Tribe - The art & Artefacts Of New Model Army', and is unique in its presentation of the art of a working rock band.
As a music group, New Model Army also stand out because they tend to see themselves as an organisation rather than a business as the name of their homepage, www.newmodelarmy.org, signifies.
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The Wonderstuff will be prforming at Holmfirth Picturedrome Sat 6th April 2013.
The Wonder Stuff officially formed on March 19th 1986 in an area of the Midlands known as The Black Country. Their first EP, 'A Wonderful Day', was released on the band’s own Far Out Recording Company and financed by Rob Jones (aka The Bass Thing, the band’s original bassist) after a fortuitous win on the Football Pools. Although this release had only a small impact on a loyal following it did bring the band to the attention of Polygram Publishing who helped finance the band’s second release 'Unbearable', a UK Indie Chart Number One single. Whether it was this early commercial success, or the incalculable number of live shows the band were apt to perform during 1987, they were quickly signed to Polydor Records at the end of that year.
Touring being the band’s main activity they recorded their debut album, 'The Eight Legged Groove Machine' over a period of twenty eight days in 1988, taking time off from support tours with Big Country, Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction and Pop Will Eat Itself among others.
Although it took a further three single releases to reach the Official British Top 40, The Wonder Stuff regularly graced the covers of New Musical Express, Melody Maker & Sounds – the three essential music weeklies of the day. It was here that the arrogant, self-confident manner of vocalist/guitarist Miles Hunt, began to make something of himself beyond the sneering lyrical content of the band’s songs, a personality known well to thousands of fans that had seen them live.
During 1989 the band added North America & Europe to their touring schedule, picking up an international fan base before returning to the UK to record their second album 'HUP'. This album showed a genuine development from their previous twin guitar buzz signature sound, aided & abetted by multi-instrumentalist Martin Bell who would become a mainstay in The Wonder Stuff’s future sound.
All three single releases in 1989 were Top 20 Hits in the UK and each successive tour saw the band playing larger venues to capacity audiences, but commercial success couldn’t save the band from internal difficulties and in December ’89 Rob Jones left the band. He was replaced in the Spring of 1990 by an old friend, Paul Clifford, who was quickly thrown into a busy touring schedule as the band played support to The Mission in both Europe and North America.
The Wonder Stuff released only one single in 1990 - a song recorded prior to Rob Jones departure from the band, 'Circlesquare' which once again achieved Top 20 status in the UK.
Despite the line up changes, 1991 saw the band go from strength to strength. Their third album, 'Never Loved Elvis', produced four hit singles, including a collaboration with Kirsty MacColl on the song ‘Welcome To The Cheap Seats’ and the band’s first Top 5 hit with ‘The Size Of A Cow’.
Having already appeared at both Reading & Glastonbury festivals in previous years, The Wonder Stuff staged their very own open-air event, The Big Day Out, to coincide with the album’s release at Walsall’s 22,000 capacity Bescot Stadium. The event's name was inspired by hit television show ‘Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out’ and Vic Reeves himself compered the day’s events. Vic would later ask the band to return the favour by being his backing band on 'Dizzy', a track he was recording for an album that he planned to release later in the year - upon it's release in October 1991, the track reached Number One in the Official UK Singles Charts.
Touring took up most of 1992’s calendar for The Wonder Stuff, including a headlining spot at The Reading Festival, their only visits to Australia & Japan and several North American tours, both headlining and in support of Siouxsie & The Banshees.
1993 saw the release of the band’s fourth album, 'Construction For The Modern Idiot', and although the critics were not entirely convinced by this record the fans did not waver. More hit singles and longer tours in larger venues carried them through into 1994 when they were booked to headline Stratford-Upon-Avon's Phoenix Festival. It came as some surprise then that only weeks before their appearance at the festival, they announced their split. Hunt would later go on to say that the commercial success of The Wonder Stuff had taken much of the enjoyment out of being in the band and that he felt they had little else left to do.
With The Wonder Stuff consigned to the history books, Miles went on to front his own show on MTV Europe, '120 Minutes', before taking advice from no less than Paul Weller himself in abandoning a career in television and returning to the music industry with new group Vent 414, alongside Morgan Nicholls of Senseless Things and Pete Howard of EAT. The trio (briefly enlarged to a four-piece with the temporary enrolment of The Cult's Billy Duffy) released two singles and one album before begin discarded by Polydor Records.
Meanwhile, the other former members of The Wonder Stuff pulled in another Eat member, frontman Ange Dolittle, for their new group We Know Where You Live. After almost two years together, two EP's and a shedload of gigs up and down the British Isles, they too called it a day in the Autumn of 1996.
With everyone going off into other areas of the industry, well away from the labours of rehearsing, recording and performing live, it was Miles who eventually hooked back up with Malc Treece in 1998 when the two of them embarked on a holiday-cum-acoustic tour of the UK and USA. This began a new career in the chapter of The Wonder Stuff as they performed a range of material from their lengthy careers including new songs, Wonder Stuff material and Vent 414 tracks. Since then, Hunt has regularly split his time between his solo work and that of The Wonder Stuff's, with seven solo albums released to date and another in the pipeline.
Almost six years after the date of their final performance at the Phoenix Festival the group announced plans to reform, albeit with Stuart Quinell taking over bass duties in place of Paul Clifford, resulting in a sell-out five night residency at London’s Kentish Town Forum. In the three years that followed, the group would go on to play a handful of dates and festivals around the UK before, at the end of 2003, disagreements within the group once again saw a major fall-out within the ranks resulting in Hunt and Treece renewing the line-up of the group with Radical Dance Faction’s Mark McCarthy on bass and Love In Reverse’s Andres Karu on drums for the release of a new Wonder Stuff album 'Escape From Rubbish Island'.
Undaunted by the grievances of former members, Miles, Malc, Andres and Mark went on to tour both the UK and North America throughout 2005 and in 2006 released a sixth Wonder Stuff studio album, 'Suspended By Stars', featuring new member, Erica Nockalls on violin.
Since the end of 2006, Miles and Erica have combined The Wonder Stuff’s touring and recording schedule with their own acoustic work of Miles and Erica. With a live album and two studio albums now under their belt, the duo regularly tour the length and breadth of the UK, playing to both smaller audiences and large festival crowds alike supplying a mix of tracks from Hunt's entire career, alongside inter-song banter and some explanations into the stories behind the songs.
2008 saw the group celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album, 'The Eight Legged Groove Machine' with two concerts in Birmingham and London where they performed the album, in it’s entirety, along with a selection of other tracks from their illustrious recording career. Further dates were added in May 2009 and an album was also released of the new line-up re-recording the original album.
In June 2009, the group headlined the Avalon Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, one of a number of festival appearances at which the group would appear during the year. December 2009 saw the group return to their original stomping ground with a very special homecoming show at the 02 Academy in Birmingham to perform their HUP album in it's entirety which was recorded for release early in 2010 along with a full studio re-recording of their classic 1989 album.
2010 was another busy year with more live dates planned for Miles and Erica along with some new dates and material as part of the Shared project. The Wonder Stuff themselves toured the UK during April and May performing the HUP album as well as appearing at a handful of festivals in the Summer also. In November 2010, drummer Andres Karu left the group to pursue other interests paving the way for former Pop Will Eat Itself drummer to bring history full-circle buy joining the group in Dre's place.
In 2011, The Wonder Stuff will be touring with The Levellers as part of their Levelling The Land anniversary tour which will culminate at London's Brixton Academy exactly 25 years to the day that the group originally formed.
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we are pleased to announce the Buzzcocks will be
performing at Slade Rooms Wolverhampton Thurs 4th April 2013.
One of the great British punk bands from the '70s, whose hits included 'Ever Fallen In Love' and 'Orgasm Addict', featuring original members Pete Shelley and Steve Diggles.
They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, pop punk and indie rock.They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a "punk masterpiece" The widely covered "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" remains one of their best-known songs.
The name "Buzzcocks" was chosen by Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley after reading the headline "it's the buzz, cocks!" in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine.
LEZ ZEPPELIN - All Girls - All ZeppelinLondon Garage Friday-14-JunHolmfirth Picturedrome Saturday-15-JunBilston Robin Sunday-16-JunNew York City-based all-girl band who have gained worldwide critical acclaimfor the musicianship, passion and gender-bending audacity they bring to themusic of Led Zeppelin."They are the best new band I've seen all year, no question.""There's something beautiful and deeply subversive in taking one of the mostmasculine, straight, heavy groups of all time and turning them into girls.Chuck in the "Lez" reference and we're talking about a revolution."-- The Times of London
Ade Edmondson is bringing his Bad Shepherds back to FALMOUTH PAVILION ON 23RD NOVEMBER and
Holmfirth Picturedrome Fri 6th Dec 2013.Tickets now on sale.
Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments. Not as a gag, but because they really like the noise. They think the songs are better than people remember. They love folk instruments. It works. They do songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sham 69, The Undertones, The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, The Specials, Talking Heads, Squeeze and others, even Kraftwerk! Alright, they're not all punk, but they come from roughly the same era. They've mostly given the songs a kind of Celtic feel, and they've stuck in the odd reel and jig here and there. But occasionally they just thrash! They've always thought the excitement of a reel taking off is the nearest thing to the excitement of watching punk live in the 70's.
World-renowned Troy Donockley plays the ethereal uillean pipes and the bouzouki with Andy Dinan on the fiddle, the three of them now form the core of the band with occasional guest musicians. Adrian plays the Mandolin.
ASIA Cancels tourDates throughout UK written off due to band member's illness.ASIA, featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes (keyboards),Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton(Lead Vocal, bass), has been forced to cancel the 30th Anniversary UK Tour due to drummer Carl Palmer coming down with a severe case of E. coli.Tickets are refundable from the point of purchase.A list of the cancelled dates are as follows:Tavistock The Wharf (Dec 15)Holmfirth Picturedrome (Dec 16)Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Dec 17)Salisbury City Hall (Dec 19)Birmingham Town Hall (Dec 20)Manchester Royal Northern College of Music (Dec 21)London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (Dec 22)
Duke Special will be performing at Barnsley Civic Theatre Sat 9t March
Duke Special is an artist aptly named. Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality. Hailing from Belfast with a sound that is self-confessed “hobo-chic”, Duke Special - AKA the endlessly inventive Peter Wilson - is once heard, never forgotten. Blissfully at home in his own alluring genre of beautifully bruised romanticism, Duke Special inhabits a world unlike any other - a world filled with vaudeville-esque sensibility, sing-a-longs and addictive melodies
Duke Special’s immense creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for Sesame Tree (the Northern Ireland edition of Sesame Street where he also got to sing with The Muppets) to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children at London’s National Theatre. He then recorded an album of the twelve songs from the play, which was to form part of his ambitious project for 2010 - the release of a 3 CD box-set, The Stage, A Book & The Silver Screen. This box-set also included a 5-track EP Called Huckleberry Finn, the first ever recording of an unfinished musical written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson based on the Mark Twain classic, and the album The Silent World of Hector Mann, featuring 12 songs based on The Book of Illusions by contemporary American author Paul Auster.
In 2011, he presented a TV documentary for RTE in Ireland on the life and times of 50s megastar Ruby Murray. This was broadcast in January, and accompanied by 2 orchestral concerts in Dublin and Cork, showcasing Duke’s interpretations of Ruby’s songs. He also released a charity single of recordings of 3 of Duke’s favourite Ruby songs, donating all the profits to the Irish charity Depaul Ireland (www.depaulireland.org).
The next exciting and ambitious project was a show commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for their exhibition on the photographers Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand. Duke was invited to write a series of original songs based on the inspirational photographs featured in the exhibition, which he has said is artistically one of the most exciting things he has ever done. He then performed the songs to a backdrop of the photographs, accompanied by members of the Orchestre de Chambre Miniature, a string quartet founded by violinist Olivier Manchon from Clare and the Reasons.
Duke then brought this show to life again in the autumn in Belfast, Dublin and London in a show entitled “Under The Dark Cloth”. He also went into the studio with the RTE Concert Orchestra to record an album of these songs, which was released on 31st October.
The start of 2012 sees Duke going back into the studio, this time to start recording his next album, due for release in the summer, before embarking on more live dates to introduce the new songs to the world.
Duke Special is a fervent performer who harks back to a pre-rock ’n’ roll era, with dashes of Gershwin and orchestral swing, all tinged with a Northern Irish lilt and poetic lyrics that could feature in a modern-day fairytale; the perfect balance of old and new - boasting the appeal of a three-minute pop song with the incessant charm of an old-school music hall.
Dreadzone will be performing at Holmfirth Picturedrome Fri 12th April 2013.tckets now on sale
Dreadzone, the fervently followed British institution and original pioneers of UK bass culture released ‘The Good The Bad And The Dread’ - a compendium of their excellent musical story so far in May.
Still going strong after eighteen years, Dreadzone have carved a large niche and cult following. Hit records, critical acclaim and a huge, devoted fan base are theirs, due in part to their utterly storming live shows. The all-killer-no-filler 16 tracks collate the many highlights of ‘the Zone’s’ output to date - a coherent and still fresh-sounding body of work.
Dreadzone deal in accessible yet credible club sounds with pop nous, referencing everyone from Woody Guthrie and Max Romeo to John Holt and classic films. They also like to wander into uncharted territory, melding Celtic, Jamaican and Asian influences to their riddims and samples, thus turning out unique, quirky gems like ‘Captain Dread’ and ‘Little Britain’. The latter track is available here in its more rare vocal incarnation, which wasn’t featured on the album Second Light (the instrumental was). Their dubwise beats and bottom end, often adorned with the unmistakably dulcet tones of Earl Sixteen are a product of the cut-and-paste magpie nature of the ever-morphing world of dance music. Other collaborators who’ve passed through the house of dread include cultural figurehead Don Letts, Melanie Blatt and Alison Goldfrapp.
Dreadzone originators Greg Dread and Leo Williams are the drum and bass respectively in the seminal post-punk-electro-pop band Big Audio Dynamite. Tim Bran was also a founding father, still involved in shaping the Dread sound. Dreadzone was born from the duo’s shared love for reggae, ska, dub, dancehall, hip hop, breakbeats and the burgeoning electronic music scene of the time.
CARAVAN, the quintessential precursors to the British progressive rock music movement, start their 10-date UK tour on January 8, 2013 at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Very special guest on all dates is Garron Frith. Tickets for the tour are available from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898, www.eventim.co.uk <http://www.eventim.co.uk/Tickets.html?.
The tour sees Caravan celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the most important prog albums of all time; For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night. Led by founding member and chief songwriter Pye Hastings, Caravan will also perform songs from the album In The Land Of Grey And Pink, plus other classics from their colourful career.
Originally formed in 1968, Caravan were at the heart of the 1970s burgeoning Canterbury progressive rock movement. The current line-up features Pye Hastings (1968 founding member: guitar, lead vocals), Geoffrey Richardson (joined 1972: viola, guitar, flute, vocals), Jan Schelhaas (keyboards), Jim Leverton (bass, vocals) and Mark Walker (drums, percussion).
London Queen Elizabeth Hall (Jan 8)
Cambridge Junction (Jan 9)
Wolverhampton Robin (Jan 10)
Sage Gateshead (Jan 12)
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Jan 13)
Salford Lowry (Jan 14)
Bridport Electric Palace (Jan 16)
Bath Komedia (Jan 17)
Tavistock The Wharf (Jan 18)
Falmouth Princess Pavilion (Jan 19)
The Men They Couldnt Hang will be Special Guest Support for Stiff Little Fingers at
Preston 53 Degrees Sun 10th March
Plug Sheffield Tues 12th March Are
The Men They Couldnt Hang
`The Men They Couldn't Hang came together in 1984 to perform at the alternative music festival in Camden town alongside the legendary Pogues and the Boot Hill Foot-Tappers. Paul Simmonds, Philip 'Swill' Odgers and his brother Jon, veterans of the Southampton based pop-punk band 'Catch 22', met Pogues roadie Stefan Cush whilst busking in Shepherds Bush in London. Their early line up was Stefan Cush (Vocals, Guitar), Paul Simmonds (Guitar, Bouzouki, and Keyboards), Philip Odgers (Vocals, Guitar, Tin Whistle, and Melodica), Jon Odgers (Drums, Percussion) and Shanne Bradley (Bass, Flute). Championed by the late John Peel their first single, a cover of Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields of France' (1984), became a big hit on the UK Indie charts and a staple of Peel’s festive 50. Their first album, "Night of a Thousand Candles", was released in 1985. It includes the singles 'Ironmasters' and 'Greenback Dollar'. Signing for MCA the following year, they recorded their second album, "How Green Is the Valley", produced by Mick Glossop. Included on this album are the singles 'Gold Rush', 'Shirt of Blue' and 'Ghosts of Cable Street'.
In 1987 Shanne Bradley left the band and was replaced by Ricky McGuire, famous for touring with punk legends the UK Subs at the tender age of 17. With their third release in 1988, "Waiting for Bonaparte", The Men They Couldn't Hang were starting to achieve recognition across Europe for their political comment and raucous live shows.
One year later, they followed up the success of "Waiting for Bonaparte" with their fourth album, "Silvertown". In 1989 they played to over 250,000 people in Estonia as communism started to crumble and followed this with an unforgettable Reading Festival appearance. At the height of their career, TMTCH recorded the brilliant "Domino Club" (1990) produced by Pat Collier however, this was to be their last studio album for a while as in early 1991, after a blistering farewell tour the band called it a day.
The split didn’t last long as the band were invited by Vince Power to appear at his 10th anniversary celebrations for the Mean Fiddler venue in London and the band performed occasional gigs including a fantastic 2 ½ hour 10th anniversary gig of their own in 1994.
By 1996 much to the delight of their fans, TMTCH reunited permanently. They returned with a new power and excitement to their music. "Never Born to Follow" is an excellent work which includes the single, 'The Eye'. Shortly after this, they released the "Six Pack EP" (1997), followed by their 'Best Of' collections, "Majestic Grill" and "The Mud, The Blood And The Beer" (both 1998). In 2003 the band released the self-produced album “The Cherry Red Jukebox" to much critical acclaim and this was followed by the Pat Collier produced “Devil on the Wind” in 2009 featuring long-time associate Bobby Valentino on fiddle and introducing Tom Spencer of the YoYos and the Loyalties fame, son of musician and author the late John B Spencer on banjo. The band spent much of 2010 and 11 touring this across the U.K. and Europe including festival appearances alongside The Levellers and headlining a roots festival in Slovenia.
2012 saw the release of an album from Stefan Cush’s new band, “the Feral Family” and Paul Simmonds was recording and touring with renowned roots singer Naomi Bedford as well as numerous live dates for TMTCH. The latter including appearances at Mike Peter’s “The Gathering”, and festival appearances alongside Billy Bragg and Adam Ant to name but a few. They headlined the 10th anniversary commemoration of Joe Strummer’s Acton Town Hall show which also featured a special guest appearance by Hard Fi.
2013 will see the release in March of Swill’s anticipated solo album produced by the legendary Mick Glossop, as well as appearances at several festivals, including the Folkpunkrock festival in Berlin in February. They are very pleased to be supporting Stiff Little Fingers on their UK tour in March, which will be a great prelude to TMTCH’s 30th anniversary in 2014.