Everything Everything The 12th April saw Everything Everything make their long awaited return to Birmingham after their previous date was postponed due to snow and safety concerns for the audience. As a regularly missed town on the tour map, Birmingham crowds are known for their dedication and riotousness. This particular gig was no different.


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Of Mice & Men Hit with a gross humidity as I enter crowded venue of the O2 Academy, awaiting Of Mice & Men, the suspense is high in the sold out arena. As I settled in with a beer in hand the room swallows us up in a blackout and a siren of alarms set off a deafening roar of screams from the audience.


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Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock Michael Schenker was, and certainly after tonight’s performance, still is, a guitar god in any self-respecting Rock music fans eyes. Starting out in The Scorpions back in the 70’s and then joining UFO later that decade, Schenker supplied the killer riffs that under pinned the very heart of classic songs such as Doctor Doctor, Lights Out, Rock Bottom among many others. He then went on to front a myriad of line-ups of his eponymous band, which again produced fabulous tunes such as Armed and Ready, Into The Arena among many others.


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Billy Idol On this Bonfire Night we lucky things at Gig Junkies are off to see fireworks in Brum of a different kind. And we're kinda excited!  Cos we're here to see former punk of Generation X fame, who went to American to seek fame and found it and then some! With a Rebel Yell and far, far more than that - success beckoned with attitude-laced hits that were chant-fantastic. And the blonde bombshell with the snarl that Elvis would be jealous of, is here tonight - ladies and gentlemen - welcome Billy Idol.


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Counting Crows I was going to say something cheesy about Counting Crows and fireworks – it being the 5th November and all, but I am far, far better than that and thankfully so are they!


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The Boomtown Rats Listening to the radio on the day before this gig, Chris Evans said that he had asked Bob Geldof if there would ever be a Live Aid II – his response was, apparently, that he didn’t do nostalgia so no! Well he may not intentionally do nostalgia, but it was certainly a completely nostalgic trip at The Boomtown Rats gig in a wet through Sheffield on this late October night.


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Eliza and the Bear As I head down to the O2 Academy, Birmingham. The night is drawing in, it’s cold and the air is damp. Upon reaching the Academy it doesn’t look like there’s a gig on, there are a handful of people standing around already waiting to see Eliza and the Bear, chatting amongst themselves.


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The Gaslight Anthem Ahhhh – the perfect Saturday nights entertainment… Popping down the Chinese for a takeaway, nipping into the off licence for a 4 pack and grabbing the latest movie from Blockbusters. Splendid! Unfortunately that’s the opening paragraph from the other website I write for – LifeofaDullard.com and thus bears no relation to the splendid night I spent at the O2 Academy Birmingham rocking out to the tremendous Gaslight Anthem.


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