SAXON, DIAMOND HEAD @ DE MONTFORT HALL, LEICESTER 25/11/2022

In some other world, Diamond Head would have their names on the top of the bill here tonight. Of all the NWOBHM bands (and...

FOCUS @ ROBIN 2, 24/11/2022

Focus have just played “House Of The King” – one of the most recognisable prog rock songs in the world – and Menno Gootjes,...

NIGHTWISH / BEAST IN BLACK @ OVO ARENA, WEMBLEY, MONDAY 21st NOVEMBER  2022

The last time I was at this venue was thirty five years ago for Roger Waters Radio KAOS tour in November 1987 and if...

FEROCIOUS DOG @ ASSEMBLY, LEAMINGTON 18/11/2022

About halfway through their set tonight, Ferocious Dog play “Punk Police”. A vicious condemnation of the “people who sit at home on the tinterweb”...

SOUL ASYLUM, EVERCLEAR @ THE MILL, BIRMINGHAM 16/11/2022

“I’m 60 years old,” reasons Art Alexakis – the beating heart of Everclear for 30 years and the only original member on stage –...

ENUFF Z’NUFF, MIDNIGHT DEVILS @ ROBIN 2, BILSTON 13/11/2022

Midnight Devils haven’t come from Omaha to wonder. No, they’ve come from somewhere in Middle America to make an impression. And, my God, Sam...

SQUEEZE, JOHN COOPER CLARKE @ SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM 12/11/2022

John Cooper Clarke has, at 73 years old “circumnavigated the globe 10 times” with his poetry, he reckons. Fileas Fogg could do it in...

UGLY KID JOE, MASSIVE WAGONS @ KK’S STEEL MILL, 11/11/2022

When you watch Massive Wagons – now chart stars, by the way, “Triggered” their new record is in the Top 10 – you can’t...

LIGHTNING SEEDS / BADLY DRAWN BOY @ TOWN HALL, BIRMINGHAM, THURSDAY 10th NOVEMBER 2022

It must be over a decade since I last saw Damon Gough otherwise known as Badly Drawn Boy. The singer walks on stage tonight...

PETER FRAMPTON, CARDINAL BLACK @ VICTORIA HALL, HANLEY 05/11/2022

He’s an icon. She’s an Icon. They’re Icons.  It’s a phrase increasingly bandied about, especially post covid. The mere act of coming out the other...

THE DAMNED, PENETRATION, TV SMITH AND THE BORED TEENAGERS, SMALLTOWN TIGERS @ O2 ACADEMY, BIRMINGHAM 05/11/2022

On a night that celebrated the very birth of punk, it was perhaps fitting that the first band on were not born when the...

SEPULTURA, SACRED REICH @ KK’S STEEL MILL, WOLVERHAMPTON 04/11/2022

You have to feel a bit for Phil Rind: “It’s my second time here,” smiles the happiest man in thrash. “And I’m 0 for...

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