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Evil Blizzard/The Common Cold – Manchester, Academy 3 – 14 December 2018

December 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Evil Blizzard/The Common Cold – Manchester, Academy 3 – 14 December 2018https://ift.tt/2CliGEG A penultimate Manchester gig of the year saw our Liverpool-based gigaholic take in some of Preston’s finest – or worst – exports in Evil Blizzard with the final stop of their ‘Worst Tour On Earth’. A band that love to be booed before, during and after their sets can be something of a conundrum for newcomers who either aren’t aware or don’t get it – you can always spot them by the confused looks on their faces! Fortunately, the big lad is not in the latter category: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Uriah Heep/Von Hertzen Brothers – Manchester, O2 Ritz – 12 December 2018

December 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Uriah Heep/Von Hertzen Brothers – Manchester, O2 Ritz – 12 December 2018https://ift.tt/2LmikAO Our resident gigaholic’s second prog gig of last week saw him take in Uriah Heep, with support from the Von Hertzen Brothers, whom he had seen previously at an HRH event or two. Given the big have most of the Uriah Heep albums on vinyl, he feltsomewhat remiss as he made his way across to Manchester’s O2 Ritz that this his first time seeing British rock legends live. Click the link to find out how he got on when he made amends for that oversight: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Spock’s Beard/Roine Stolt’s The Flower Kings – Manchester, Club Academy – 10 December 2018

December 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Spock’s Beard/Roine Stolt’s The Flower Kings – Manchester, Club Academy – 10 December 2018https://ift.tt/2AdBtRd This gig was always going to be a touch different from the rest, what with prog gods Spock’s Beard teaming up with the reformed Roine Stolt’s The Flower Kings to prove that they are no two ordinary bands and form the basis of the tour to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of their label, InsideOut. Another evening of guitar wankery therefore awaited our resident gigaholic as he once more ventured down the M62 to his second home: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Fish – London, Islington Assembly Hall – 8 December 2018

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fish – London, Islington Assembly Hall – 8 December 2018https://ift.tt/2rCNdHZ 1987’s ‘Clutching At Straws’, the final studio album from Marillion with Fish fronting the band, is regarded by many these days as Marillion’s finest hour. To coincide with a new deluxe multi-disc reissue of the album, Fish has been hitting the road performing ‘Clutching At Straws’ in its entirety along with a preview of a few tracks from his next album, and we sent Jim R to report back from the second of his two sold out London dates: from Gig Reviews [read on]

You Me At Six/Marmozets/The Xcerts – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 7 December 2018

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

You Me At Six/Marmozets/The Xcerts – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 7 December 2018https://ift.tt/2rCN1Zh It was a Friday night and Sheffield was getting ready for its weekend city centre madness. Geno D? He was just gonna take it easy and see what happened… which is why he ended up at one of his spiritual homes checking out an indy line-up, Although he admitted to feeling old compared to most of the faces in the crowd, he also found it surprising that he did know these bands and their songs, as he explains: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Black Star Riders/The Rising Souls/The Howling Tides – Sheffield, Corporation – 3 December 2018

December 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Black Star Riders/The Rising Souls/The Howling Tides – Sheffield, Corporation – 3 December 2018https://ift.tt/2EtOSrR Black Star Riders recently completed a week’s worth of gigs that can only be described as a farewell tour with a difference. Because it was not one of the hardest working hardest rockin’ bands on the planet that was saying goodbye: no, they were bidding same to their long-serving guitarist, Damon Johnson. We sent our Californian-in-exile along to capture this moment in history: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Madball/By Any Means/Lawfucker/Barrick Busters – Belfast, The Palm House – 4 December 2018

December 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Madball/By Any Means/Lawfucker/Barrick Busters – Belfast, The Palm House – 4 December 2018https://ift.tt/2zW1e8p One thing about the Belfast scene is that, like most others, it’s pretty compact, with nearly everyone knowing everyone else, and it’s often difficult to avoid tripping over bands that you see virtually week in week out. It is, therefore, a pleasant surprise to come across bands whom you haven’t heard/seen before, as happened to UR boss Monk with the first half of the support bill for this return visit by the kings of the Noo Yawk hardcore scene, the mighty Madball: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Headbangers Ball – Camden, Electric Ballroom – 6 December 2018

December 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Headbangers Ball – Camden, Electric Ballroom – 6 December 2018https://ift.tt/2PyI2lZ It was all about the old-school in the Electric Ballroom with wall to wall riffs, solos and high-speed metal making for an invigorating, if exhausting night. It was the London leg of the Headbangers Ball tour, a series of gigs across Europe named after the metal show that aired on MTV back in the ‘80s. We sent Tim Bolitho-Jones along to wind back the clock – and risk a fewe strained neck muscles along the way: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Headbangers Ball – Camden, Electric Ballroom – 6 December 2018

December 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Headbangers Ball – Camden, Electric Ballroom – 6 December 2018https://ift.tt/2PyI2lZ It was all about the old-school in the Electric Ballroom with wall to wall riffs, solos and high-speed metal making for an invigorating, if exhausting night. It was the London leg of the Headbangers Ball tour, a series of gigs across Europe named after the metal show that aired on MTV back in the ‘80s. We sent Tim Bolitho-Jones along to wind back the clock – and risk a fewe strained neck muscles along the way: from Gig Reviews [read on]

Sevendust/All That Remains – Nottingham, The Rescue Rooms – 6 December 2018

December 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sevendust/All That Remains – Nottingham, The Rescue Rooms – 6 December 2018https://ift.tt/2PAVRjU Seven years is a long time to spend away from the touring circuit – particularly when you’ve not actually been away in that time. And yet, Sevendust’s December jaunt through the UK is just that; their first in a seven-year touring drought (in Europe, at least), returning to the UK in the wake of their 12th studio album ‘All I See Is War’. Joined by metalcore stalwarts All That Remains to turn the tour into a co-headline package, Sevendust have a lot riding on their ability to galvanize a neglected fanbase and [read on]