Steve Winwood I declare I’ve been a big fan of Steve Winwood ever since Traffic’s appearance at Lancaster University in 1974. Yet tonight’s show is something of a mixed bag. Sat behind his Hammond Organ for the first three numbers it is clear that this ‘vintage’ seventy year old has lost none of his distinctive and distinguished vocal chops.


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Billy Idol Brixton Academy rocked last night like never before as Billy Idol took to the stage to a sold-out crowd. Fans waited patiently in line to fill the venue and see this rock legend do a range of tracks including some real rare gems. We were first treated to support provided by The Professionals which gave a good warm up to the main event with their punk style and cool personas. But all too soon it was time for the main event.


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The Breeders There is something just undeniably cool about The Breeders. I’m not happy with that word ‘cool’ in there. It’s not a word I use. Ever. But I’m going to allow it this once. The Breeders are a band every aspiring musician should want to be in. That has to be cool surely? I mean, this is rock royalty up on that stage. I digress.


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Frank Turner In a packed out Camden Roundhouse, just under 2,000 fans eagerly anticipated the grand entry of the greatest showman that is Frank Turner. And his entry is certainly epic as his band mate trips him over whilst running onto the stage, falling flat on his face. An extremely embarrassed Frank Turner curses and laughs at guitarist Ben Lloyd as he continues to start the show with the energetic and upbeat ‘1933’.


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We Are Scientists New York rockers We Are Scientists packed out Bristol's Thekla on Wednesday 2nd May, turning the first leg of their Megaplexpedition into an impromptu birthday bash!


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Gomez Gomez emerge from the stage door to a massive cheer from this patient crowd, the opening synth sound of ‘Get Miles’ fills the room and we are off. The album will be played live in full, and in the same listing order, exactly how it should be. No major deviation or changing of styles, this is a perfect rendition sent to awaken your nostalgic senses and prompt the loudest singalong this venue has seen for a while.


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Joe Satriani Joe Satriani brings his guitar buddies for another overdose of steller G3 solos at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Joe Satriani loves playing Hammersmith, it’s clear for all to see and he reminds us of that fact several times during the show as this isn’t the first time he has brought 2 great guitarists out to play in London on his G3 road trips.


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Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather Brian Fallon walks on stage full of smiles with his band The Howling Weather, which features the familiar face of Ian Perkins, and they quickly burst into ‘A Wonderful Life’. After the song someone within the crowd responds by shouting “where is the checked shirt Brian” to which he responds with how he brought the polka dot shirt out especially for Manchester, one of the many exclusive treats he has up his sleeve for us. Next up on the setlist is the catchy ‘Rosemary’ and one of the brand new songs ‘Forget Me Not’ which goes down a treat.


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Arch Enemy Tonight I visited the rowdy Nottingham venue Rock City to see Black Symphonic Metallers Arch Enemy. First up as main support we had Wintersun, a band I was happy to realize were supporting as I was a fan in my teenage years.


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The Damned Ever wondered what happens to old punk rockers? Last night after I watched The Damned deliver a blistering 2 hour set at the Leeds O2 Academy, the answer was an emphatic ‘they’re doing fine’, thank you very much!


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Hollywood Undead The anticipation for tonight's headliners Hollywood Undead is reaching peak levels with the fans singing ‘Everywhere I Go’ to pass time. The sound of opening track ‘Whatever It Takes’ hits the speaker and the banner hiding the stage drops to reveal the band. Taking turns to walk on stage to sing their parts they are greeted to cheers from the crowd. Screams of Undead! fill the venue as the intensity the band are playing with is incredible. For a group that has so many members singing so many different parts they are not missing a beat they work the stage to its max covering every inch of it.


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Roy Wood It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas - as they say. Well there is no better way to spend it than with a local legend who’s given us one of those true Christmas songs we’ve sung along to for all these years. In the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, with a plethora of special guests, and a pretty much sold out crowd in full Christmas spirit akin in Santa hats and festive garb – let us welcome the Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band.


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Bad Touch It’s almost panto season and tonight we have ‘Beauty & The Beast’ in the shape of Mollie Marriott and Bad Touch, live at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. Classic Rock n’ Roll tales as old as time. I’m back at my favourite independent music venue in the North – Leeds Brudenell Social Club for a night of Classic Rock that could have been made in the 70’s. We have the long hair, flares, boots, beards and loud guitars – we also have beer at £1.99 but that’s not as a throwback gimmick, or even because it’s Black Friday. This is a normal night here, a social music club deep in the mainly student community of Leeds. Now having 3 stages and every night is booked, it’s so great to see it thriving when many others are closing down.


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Opeth Tonight we venture into the world of progressive metal; specifically of the Nordic variety. The 02 Institute in Birmingham presents us with Enslaved from Norway, a band that has been on the radar since the nineties and has a large back catalogue to choose from. The headliner tonight, Opeth, have garnered much success in their 18 years since formation, with frequent changes in style along the way.


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