Andy Black Tonight Andy Black brought his ‘The Ghost Of The United Kingdom’ Tour to Birmingham’s O2 Institute which concluded his UK run of dates with support from drag queen artist Adore Delano.


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Metallica You can hear the juggernaut that is Metallica rolling into town for weeks if not months before it arrives. This date has been marked in many calendars for a long time with the excitement reaching fever pitch hours before the headliners take the stage with fans filling the streets of Manchester for a pre-gig pint.


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Disturbed The Manchester Apollo was absolutely heaving for the Disturbed show tonight. Not just busy, but absolutely jam packed full of rock fans. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the venue as full as it was for the first of their two nights in the city to close the Evolution World Tour. It was full right from the get-go too due to the support act tonight being the one and only Skindred, who are, in their own rights a massive draw.


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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Slash, Myles and the Conspirators turned the Doncaster Dome into the Thunderdome for the night with a two and a quarter hour set of exquisite RnFnR.


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Steel Panther Politically correct? Not tonight. Steel Panther are so far removed from being politically correct they make Keith Lemon look like a primary school teacher (sorry to all you raunchy primary school teachers out there).


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Avatar I feel I’ve come a little late to the show for Avatar, despite the band being around for well over ten years, my first experience was at Download only last year, where they blew most of the opposition away with their metal freakshow circus antics. Since June last year I have managed to catch them on more than one occasion supporting Halestorm on their tour of the UK Academy circuit.


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Halestorm About 8 years ago I was completely blown away by a voice that captured everyone inside an arena within 30 seconds - completely acapella. It gave everybody goose bumps and stopped them in their tracks - and the performer wasn’t even on stage yet. It was an offstage intro from Lzzy Hale from Halestorm and it had everyone mesmerised from the get go. 8 years and 4 albums later and they have lost none of that ability to instantly capture a room full of people. If anything, that ability is even stronger now with a catalogue of incredible tracks to choose from.


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Stone Sour Having already played a couple of festivals around Europe this summer Stone Sour are now ready to hit the UK with a few dates, first up is tonights gig at the Manchester Apollo. Arriving at the venue there is a buzz around and fans are here in their numbers with the que reaching far into the distance.


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Alice in Chains Seattle legends Alice in Chains paid a flying visit to the UK for two shows in the run up to the release of their new album due later this year and before they spend the whole summer on a huge run of festival shows. We were lucky enough to catch them at Leeds Academy, the first of the two nights.


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Ugly Kid Joe Almost 3 years after their last Brighton show, Ugly Kid Joe returned to our beloved venue by the sea, Concorde 2, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their platinum selling album America’s Least Wanted.


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Trivium Summer has arrived unexpectedly early in Manchester, and around the campus of the university students are basking in the sunshine. Meanwhile, outside the Academy there's a sea of black clothing as the queue for tonight's metalfest begins to snake around the block. The Metal Hammer-sponsored 'The Sin And The Sentence' tour has brought a varied line-up to town that includes the new hopes for Death Metal, Venom Prison, Texan thrashers Power Trip, Grammy-nominated hardcore bruisers Code Orange and headliners Trivium for a night of big riffs and plenty of energy. Almost at the end of a nearly 7-week European run, expectations for tonight's show are bound to be high.


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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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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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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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