Greta Van Fleet It’s not every day you get to go see a band boldly dubbed “The Future of Rock ‘n Roll”. That’s quite a heavy load to bear for a foursome from Frankenmuth, Michigan, that are all under 21! Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to see Greta Van Fleet on Wednesday evening as they packed out the O2 Islington to over-capacity. The band has an immense hype build around them at the moment and getting a ticket to one of the two London shows were a hot commodity. The band consists of three brothers, lead singer, Josh Kiszka; his twin brother, Jake Kiszka on guitar; younger brother, Sam on bass and then Danny Wagner behind the drums.


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Turbowolf Turbowolf put on an absolute scorcher of a show at Scala in London on Wednesday night last week. They released their third album, 'The Free Life' the prior Friday and is currently on tour in support of it. Fans flocked to the 800 pax venue in high anticipation of seeing this new offering live on stage. On tour with them is Puppy, another band I was looking forward to seeing.


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Highly Suspect If you've not heard of Highly Suspect then in 2018 that's all going to change. The trio originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts deal in the sort of rock that fits easily along side day time radio friendly pop yet often nips across the border into harder territory… Think Royal Blood and you won't be far off.


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Black Veil Brides The opening night of the ABvBA UK run of shows got off to a fine start in Birmingham, although not without some ‘first night’ glitches it has to be said. The co-headline ‘Resurrection’ tour bringing ‘modern metal’ heavyweights Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides together was something that a lot of people obviously wanted to see, evidenced by the sheer amount of people queuing to get in to the venue – the line of excited faces reaching back as far from the Birmingham Academy as you could see.


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The Bronx Welcome to an evening with Los angles finest, The Bronx. Now in their 15th year The Bronx deal in no nonsense dirty punk rock and roll, they play hard fast and tonight's sold out Mama Roux's crowd are here to bump heads and party hard. Having seen them several times tonight feels extra special as we were being treated to new album 'V' in its entirety. If I'm honest the new album is still growing on me so I was interested to see how it sounded live… I'm happy to report its sounds like a happy drunk dancing in the corner of a wedding with a little bit of gravy and sick on its shirt… Trust me thats a good thing.


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Five Finger Death Punch Five finger Death Punch are here in the UK touring in support of their 'A Decade of Destruction' compilation release which has many of the killer tracks played over the years which need little introduction to many out there.


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Nothing More Until two weeks ago I’ve never heard of a band called Nothing More and to quote a recent article by TeamRock, “Who the f*ck are…Nothing More?” Fast-forward two weeks to last night, I knew exactly who they are and I’ve been listening to their fourth and the latest studio album, 'The Stories We Tell Ourselves' on repeat. The world has taken note of this American prog-rock band from Texas and Nothing More recently received 3 Grammy nominations for “Best Rock Album” for their mentioned latest release, “Best Rock Performance” for their song, 'Go To War' and “Best Rock Song”, also for 'Go To War'.


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Marilyn Manson The black curtain is raised in the O2 Apollo in readiness for the unveiling of Marilyn Manson. The crowd is chanting in anticipation as 'This is the End' by the Doors echoes out into the arena.


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The Darkness For me, its always great to go to a Hard Rock gig. The lightshow is usually great, the music is really right up my street, the crowd is generally spot on and the atmosphere amazing. Tonight just imagine all of that times 10 - Why? Well beacuse The Darkness are in town, thats why.


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Deep Purple Deep Purple are one of the legends of rock. Formed way back in ’68, in a time that gave us local legends Sabbath and Zeppelin, they are too are one of the pioneers, that spawned a million rock fans. And tonight their 'The Long Goodbye Tour' reaches Birmingham Arena, with special guests, and legends in their own right Europe.


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Alice Cooper When the announcement came through that Alice Cooper, the man, the myth, the legend was coming to the Birmingham Arena it was a moment similar to the classic scene in 'Wayne's World' falling on the floor and shouting "We're not worthy" so you could tell this was an electrifying moment.


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Papa Roach It’s sometimes hard to believe how long Papa Roach have been together. Halfway through tonight’s show, lead singer Jacoby Shaddix points out they formed back in 1993 which makes half of the crowd feel very old and the other half realise they weren’t born at the time! They released their 9th album ‘Crooked Teeth’ a few months ago which has received great plaudits from critics and fans hailing it as their best work in a long time!


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Guns n' Roses A show that was never to be played in Axl Rose’s lifetime, happened in London tonight and he was on time, on cue and fully committed. London’s Olympic Stadium shook to the heavy rock sounds from Guns n' Roses 'Appetite for Destruction' and a lot of covers, but at least Slash and Axl are on stage together once more.


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KISS It’s bank holiday, and musical events are taking place across Birmingham - Slam Dunk, Pride, Anastasia at the Symphony Hall. And nearly 16,000 people are making their way to the Barclaycard Arena. All ages from small kids to grandparents, rockers, many wearing black T’s with tonight’s artists name emblazoned and some with the iconic faceprint, hair and a few in black spandex. To see a band with well over 40 years of delivering heavy metal in one of the most over-the-top performances you will every see. With a poignant nod to this week’s events, welcome all to the party, welcome to the world of KISS.


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