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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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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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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The Lemon Twigs We’ve all heard of The Lemon Twigs by now, right? They’ve been the band on everyone’s lips since last summer, and the hype only got louder upon the release of debut LP ‘Do Hollywood’ last October. At tonight’s sold out show, KOKO buzzes with anticipation; pre-show conversations largely consists of brags about seeing them before they got so big, or musing over the young band’s anachronistic influences, a blend of Big Star’s jangly pop and David Bowie’s glam.


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Steel Panther On a wet and windy night in Soho a crowd of 50/60 huddle into the infamous Crobar, Manette Street's premium bar, music sheet wallpaper and memorabilia adorning the walls with wooden vintage floors to give the feel of an old school rock bar, on entry names were taken and crossed off whilst vouchers were handed out for a drink to cure your "Valentine's hangover!" - courtesy of Glam Rockers Steel Panther.


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Roy Wood So with just a handful of sleeps before Christmas it is only truly festive to pop along to see one of those people who gave 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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Steel Panther Humorous hit after hit hounded the stage as the Los Angeles super band exhilarated the crowd with tongue in cheek 'Just like Tiger Woods' and 'Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World' before slapstick 'Asian Hooker' echoed around the arena, crowd chanting along whilst male crowd surfers were being pulled from the crowd by security.


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BAND NAME Just over 12 months since Swedish rockers Hardcore Superstar were last in the UK on their headlining tour, they are back again accompanied by UK rockband SKAM and Manchester’s very own Bollywood bhangra duo BONAFIDE. The headliners tonight are those glam rock pirates from Newcastle, The Quireboys, who together are on their Hard Rock Hell (HRH) tour around the UK.


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The Darkness

I have to confess. A Friday night with The Darkness is not on my ‘bucket list’ and after a long week at work I wasn’t overly excited at the prospect. For me it was going to be a whole load of ‘cock rock’ clichés and not the most enjoyable of evenings…

Little did I know however that I was about to witness the finest performance of frontmanship (if there is such a word) from Freddie Mercury reincarnate, Mr Justin Hawkins performing with his cohorts from Lowestoft, Suffolk, The Darkness!



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Hardcore Superstar In January 2008 when Hardcore Superstar (HCSS) announced the departure of guitarist Thomas Silver and their new relationship with Nuclear Blast Records I really thought that was the end of the band as they were. However Crazy Lixx guitarist Vik  Zino slot straight in as a temporary measure and then soon became a permanent fixture within the group.


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Steel Panther Tonight is the opening night of the tour and everybody is in high spirits. A lot of the fans here have taken it upon themselves to get glammed up for the occasion and why not? With the line up of bands that we have on show tonight everyone is in a for a treat.


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The Quireboys Tonight in the intimate Manchester Academy 3 Venue, The Quireboys, a band which has been going since 1984 and seen many band members come and go, play the second show of the UK leg of their huge 30th Anniversary "Black Eyed Sons" tour.


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Ty Segall Like Jack White, Ty Segall is one of a new breed of young musicians who have real talent, as well as charisma, who take the trouble to learn from listening to the rich musical heritage of rock and seem to develop loads of ideas and a real sense of direction as to where they want to be. Still only 27 and with umpteen solo albums / other band collaborations already behind him, Segall is back in the UK playing sold out gigs based around his latest album, ‘Manipulator’.


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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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