Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014Fish @ The Globe, Cardiff – December 2014
Brit Floyd @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – December 2014
Banned From Utopia @ The Scene, Swansea – December 2014
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus @ The Flowerpot, Derby – November 2014
Bellowhead @ St David’s Hall Cardiff – November 2014
Stevie Nimmo Trio & Ali Clinton Band @ The Flowerpot, Derby – November 2014
Show Of Hands @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – November 2014
Rich Robinson Band & Federal Charm @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2014
Joanne Shaw Taylor @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2014
Mike Zito & The Wheel and Samantha Fish @ The Scene Swansea – November 2014Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014
Sandi Thom @ Pontardawe Arts Centre – November 2014
Katie Bradley & Kirk Fletcher @The Convent – Stroud ~ October 2014
Laurence Jones @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale – Oct 2014
King King supporting John Mayall @St David’s Hall – October 2014
Larry Miller @ The Globe, Cardiff – October 2014
Guy Tortora & Ben Tyzack @Southhill Park, Bracknell – October 2014
Carl Verheyen @ The Globe, Cardiff – September 2014
ELO Again @ St David’s Hall – September 2014
Grainne Duffy @Beaufort Theatre, Beaufort September 2014
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014Cut The Funk – Riffs Bar, Swindon – Aug 2014
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson – The Moon Club, Cardiff – Aug 2014
Layla Zoe & Ali Clinton Band – Robin 2, Bilston – July 2014
Paul Weller @ Cardiff Castle – July 2014
JJ Grey & Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – Brooklyn Bowl, London – July 2014
Lisa Mills & Ian Jennings @ West End Club, Barry – July 2014
The Heritage Blues Orchestra @ The Moon Club, Cardiff – July 2014
Larry Miller @ The Scene, Swansea – June 2014
Blind Boys Of Alabama @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – June 2014
Royal Southern Brotherhood @ The Globe, Cardiff – June 2014
Ryan McGarvey @ The Met, Abertillery June 2014
Hamilton Loomis with Mark Pontin Band supporting @ The Garage, Swansea June 2014
Robert Cray Band @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff May 2014
Ian Siegal & Quimby @ La Scala, London – May 2014
Ian Anderson @ Colston Hall, Bristol – May 2014
Jeff Beck @ Colston Hall, Bristol – May 2014
Gwyn Ashton Solo @ The Garage, Swansea May 2014
Jo Harman & Company @ Beaufort Theatre, Beaufort – April 2014
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014The Hoax Supported by Well Hung Heart & Federal Charm @ The Globe Cardiff – April 2014
Ian Siegal Solo @ The Garage, Swansea – April 2014
Paul Carrack @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – April 2014
Wooden Horse @ West End Club, Barry – March 2014
Simon McBride @ The Garage, Swansea – March 2014
Giles Robson @ The Garage, Swansea – Feb 2014
Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – Feb 2014
Babajack with support from Rita Payne @ The Flowerpot, Derby – Feb 2014

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Northsyde @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Stark @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Chantel McGregor @ The Tunnels Bristol – December 2015
Waterboys @ Colston Hall, Bristol – December 2015
Planet Rockstock 
Jamie Smith’s Mabon @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – November 2015
The Grahams @ The Convent, Stroud via Netgig November 2015
Spikedrivers ~ Pontardawre Arts Centre – Pontardawre November 2015
Joe Satriani with special guest Dan Patlansky ~ Live at St David’s Hall, Cardiff Nov 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Steve Hackett ~ Live at Colston Hall Bristol October 2015
Joe Bonamassa Live @ Motorpoint, Cardiff October 2015
Glenn Hughes & Special Guest Jared James Nichols @ Robin 2, Bilston – October 2015
Steve Earle @ Colston Hall Bristol – October 2015
Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons @ St Davids Hall Cardiff October 2015
Simon Campbell & Suzy Starlite @ The Convent, Stroud – September 2015
Crosby Stills & Nash @ The Motorpoint, Cardiff – September 2015
Kirk Fletcher @ The Convent Club, Stroud – September 2015
Aynsley Lister @ The Tunnels, Bristol – August 2015
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Babajack & Marcus Bonfanti @ The Cube, Malvern – July 2015
Cara Dillon @ The Convent Club, Stroud
James Hunter Six @ The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
Brother Strut @ The Globe Cardiff, July 2015
Coolhand Album Launch @ The Globe, Cardiff July 2015
The Jar Family @ The Convent Club, Stroud, July 2015
Amy Wadge & Pete Riley @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Elvis Costello @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Suzanne Vega @ Colston Hall, July 2015
Dave Arcari @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale June 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Doug MacLeod @ The Convent Nr, Stroud, Glos June 2015
Blues on The Farm
Ben Poole supported by The Della Grants @ The Flowerpot, Derby May 2015
Larry Miller @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale May 2015
Dana Fuchs Live @ The Tunnels, Bristol May 2015
Gill Landry Guest of Laura Marling @ Colston Hall May 2015
Kara Grainger: Live @ The Convent Club May 2015
Beth Hart: Live @ Colston Hall May 2015
Dan Patlansky with Tristan MacKay Opening @ The Borderline, London April 2015<a
Mike and The Mechanics @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff April 2015
Band Of Friends @ The Globe, Cardiff April 2015
Duke Garwood @ The Louisiana, Bristol April 2015
Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Ben Poole @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Grand Opening @The Convent Club, Stroud, April 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Tunnels, Bristol March 2015
The Handsome Family @ The Globe, Cardiff March 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Flowerpot, Derby – March 2015
Oysterband @ The Garage, Swansea – March 2015
King King with support from Laurence Jones @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2015
Joan Armatrading @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
10cc @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
JAKS & Introducing Stage @ Great British Blues Festival ~ Skegness 2015 – January 2015
Thomas Ford @ West End Club Barry
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – February 2015
Marcus Bonfanti @ The Prince Of Wales, Ledbury – February 2015
Chantel McGregor @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale – Jan 2015
Paul Carrack @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Johnny Cash Roadshow @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

FESTIVALS

Rock & Blues Weekend – Friday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
Rock & Blues Weekend – Saturday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
Rock & Blues Weekend – Sunday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
HRH Blues – O2 Academy Sheffield – April 2016
Blues On The Farm Pump Bottom Farm – June 16th – 19th June
Steelhouse, Ebbw Vale July 2016
Old Bush Blues, Callow End August 2016
3rd UK Blues Challenge @ Robin 2 November 2016
Planet Rockstock 2016 @Trecco Bay – December 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016GIGS

Alter Bridge with support from Like A Storm – Gojira – Volbeat @ Motorpoint Cardiff – Nov 2016
Planet Rock Roadstars – Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm, SIMO @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2016
Black Stone Cherry @ St Davids Hall, Cardiff, November 2016
Planet Rock Roadstars – Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm, SIMO @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2016
Beth Hart @ Colston Hall, Bristol June 2016
Ian Siegal – Twenty Five Years Touring @ The Convent, Stroud November 2016
Saxon, Fastway GirlsSchool @O2Bristol November 2016
UFO @Tramshed Cardiff November 2016
Walter Trout, Jared James Nichols @Tramshed Cardiff October 2016
The Tubes @The Globe Cardiff October 2016
Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia & Will Wilde @ The Scene, Swansea September 2016
Sari Schorr & The Engine Room@ The Tunnels, Bristol – September 2016
Mitch Malloy @ The Globe, Cardiff – September 2016
The Dead Daisies @DCU Centre Worcester, Massachusetts – September 2016
Devon Allman @ The Scene Swansea – August 2016
LaVendore Rogue @The Convent, Stroud – August 2016
Sisters Bring Blues and Friendship To The Convent – July 2016
Lisa Mann – The Convent via netgig, July 2016
Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion @ Colston Hall, Bristol – July 2016Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016
Kaz Hawkins Band @ The Convent, June 2016
Vintage Trouble – The Tramshed Cardiff June 2016
Joe Louis Walker -The Convent June 2016
Michael Messer’s Mitra – The Convent – June 2016
Tristan McKay opening for Dan Patlansky – The Globe, Cardiff June 2016
Bonnie Rait – Colston Hall, Bristol June 2016
JJ Grey & Mofro – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Stevie Nimmo Trio & Ben Poole Band – the Flowerpot, Derby May 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016King King supported by Dan Patlansky – Civic Centre, Salisbury May 2016
King King, Dan Patlansky & Cake – Salisbury May 2016
Simon McBride – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Gov’t Mule – O2 Academy, Bristol May 2016
Magnum – Tramshed, Cardiff May 2016
Ryan McGarvey – The Scene Swansea May 2016
Yes – Colston Hall, Bristol May 2016
Fish – Robin 2, Bilston May 2016
Chris Cornell – Colston Hall, Bristol April 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016Dr. John Cooper Clarke – Tramshed, Cardiff April 2016
Hawkwind – Tramshed, Cardiff April 2016
JW Jones – The Garage, Swansea April 2016
The Sheepdogs with support from The People The Poet – The Globe, Cardiff
Karnataka – The Globe, Cardiff – April 2016
Tracer, Federal Charm & Everyday Circus – @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2016
Reef & Tax The Heat – Tramshed, Cardiff March 2016
Ian Siegal – ‘The Lantern Colston Hall – Bristol Jazz Festival March 2016
King King with support Laurence Jones – @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2016
Mary Coughlan – @ Roots Unearthed – St David’s Hall, Cardiff, March 2016
Jack Savoretti – supported by Earl – @ Tramshed, Cardiff – March 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016Devon Allman – supported by Kev Andrews @ The Flowerpot Derby – February 2016
Inglorious – supported by Ali Clinton @ The Flowerpot, Derby – February 2016
Runrig @ Colston Hall – February 2016
King King, Terrorvision & Thunder @ Colston Hall – February 2016
Whiskey Myers opening For Cadillac Three @ Tramshed, Cardiff – February 2016
Inglorious Opening For The Winery Dogs @ O2 Academy, Bristol – February 2016
RavenEye @ Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff – January 2016
Oyster 3 @ St Davids Hall, Cardiff – January 2016

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 20162016 has seen many miles on the clock, dark roads and festivals and venues that make the trip worthwhile. The live music we have heard has been reviewed thanks to the winning combination of my trusty note taker and the driver of the car Kevin Hewitt and my Camera capturing the moment that memories are made of. We also need to include our faithful hound Othello our Labradoodle who loves his music and Bandanas.  Sometimes my trip planning can be faulty classic example South Wales to Salisbury to Derby and home to Blackwood, South Wales. The bonus was we did get to see both Alan Nimmo aka King King and Stevie Nimmo that weekend and eat fabulous cake thanks to Sandy and Paul Gregory at Cup Cake Heaven. The rewards of listening to have been amazing and the music tremendous – hot loud and live. Forever etched in my memory bank will be the Friday evening phone call and a trip across the Atlantic. Before we get to that let’s roll the year back to January 2016.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016Started the year with bands that play at the opposite ends of the music spectrum Oysterband 3 and RavenEye and then the annual trek to Skegness for a weekend of musical fun and meeting up with old friends and making new ones. Another wild weekend of cold weather and hot music. As ever the music is mashed up from Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Catfish and the magic of seeing Rebecca Downes, one to catch on stage her voice is spellbinding and The Della Grants rising to the occasion on the main stage. (FridaySaturdaySunday reviews)

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016January warmed us up for a hot music fuelled February.  The first visit to the new Cardiff venue Tramshed; it proved to be a great venue that delivered music throughout 2016;  for The Cadillac Three who were stunning combined with a new band for us and a find of 2016 Whiskey Myers who delivered one of the strongest sets of the weekend at the end of the year at Planet Rockstock.  This was quickly followed by King King opening for the mighty Thunder at Colston Hall. King King just keep improving another gig of the year would be the winning combination of Dan Patlansky and King King later in the summer.  The glories of February continued with Runrig at Colston and then the first time we would see Devon Allman live starting at The Flowerpot, Derby courtesy of Raw Promo a venue that consistently put on music that thrills. The second time was at The Scene in Swansea, both competing to be the gig of the year. Could the momentum of the first two months continue in 2016 yes it can we were on the road to prove it.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016March saw the winning combo of King King with support from Laurence Jones at The Globe, blues and rock collided this is the highest standard of British R n’B and then back at the Tramshed a hot night with Jack Savoretti entertaining and delighting the jam-packed house. A quick visit to Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival and  Ian Siegal with his band opening his celebration of touring with a band for twenty-five years. The enthusiasm to deliver his wild Rock n’ Roll music cocktail infused with country, blues and hill country music swampy, moody and surprisingly refreshing.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016As the weather warmed the gigs increased with so many bands touring in April.  Welcoming compelling prog rock from Karnataka at The Globe and Canadian bluesman J W Jones to The Garage in Swansea and rockers The Sheepdogs to The Globe saw the red Maple leaf fluttering with musical pride over Wales. The Sound Garden was hushed as Chris Cornell held the audience enraptured with his sell out solo acoustic show and Colston Hall.  A first for us was a trip to Sheffield for HRH Blues Festival weekend what an array of talent that just played the blues with heart, soul and a helping of rock. Ten Years After acoustic was a sight to see and a joy to listen as was their headlining electric jamboree.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016At the start of May, we said farewell to Fish at Robin 2 and across the land a performer that will be missed from the circuit. Gov’t Mule at the 02 Academy, Bristol was a scorcher wow we just can’t get enough of Warren Haynes at Bluesdoodles HQ. The Tunnels delivered with stellar guitar playing from Simon McBride, and then a double act full of anecdotes laughs and stunning music as the wayward sons Ian Siegal & Jimbo Matthus entertained. The final of the trio of Tunnel delights was the effervescent JJ Grey & Mofro. The journey of the year followed, and I will not live this down for a while. We can see both the Nimmo brothers perform this Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016weekend journey looks fine to me the non-driver of the Bluesdoodles team. So stage one Wales to Salisbury fortified by two delicious cakes celebrating Introvertigo and  Reaching For The Light from Cupcake Heaven in Salisbury as King King & Dan Patlansky performed at The Civic Centre.  Up early next day for a cross-country jaunt to Derby and the winning combination of Ben Poole opening for Stevie Nimmo and a finale with Aynsley Lister joining in – what a top-notch weekend. Plus some Prog rock Yes in Bristol and Magnum in Cardiff, May played out in every musical style.

 

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016June nearly half way through the year and Bonnie Raitt certainly bringing a ray of musical sunshine to Colston Hall. Brightening June with high energy entertaining nights of music were Vintage Trouble at Tramshed and Kaz Hawkins Band at The Convent. Soulful. delights at The Tunnels from JJ Grey & Mofro.  The festival celebrating a Silver Jubilee, Blues On The Farm was not so much a festival in the midsummer sun but more of a deluge of water and mud thankfully drowned out by the glorious selection of acts that kept smiles on out faces and the thought of British Summertime in our hearts. Festivals for Bluesdoodles is meeting frBluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016iends and discovering new and interesting acts and those we just never tire of hearing play. These included Ian Siegal; King King and Stevie Nimmo Trio. New discoveries were Sari Schorr and The Engine Room, Debbie Bond and  Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado. A first and quite possibly the last time I will hear the bagpipes played in a Blues band; Dr. Schwamp definitely delivered a musical feel good vibe.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016

A first for me in July I was asked to act as interviewer/link person for a celebration of women in music. Sisters definitely bought blues and friendship
to the Convent. A scary but definitely fun night.  July also meant a local festival and a trip up a mountain. Firstly taking us back to a mellow Blues explosion that shaped the 1960’s and beyond was Joe Bonamassa at Colston Hall. Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016Two days later and we had sunshine and wet and cold just had to be Steelhouse Festival, near Ebbw Vale, South Wales. The rock was varied loud and very good. The mountain thundered its roar of approval. With so many highlights, laughs with friends. Bands that
caught attention who I had not seen play live before were Bigfoot, Vega, Von Hertzen Brothers. Into the mix add RavenEye, Dirty Thrills, The Answer, Thunder and The Dead Daisies the festival was musical mayhem and fun.

Bluesdoodles Picks of Live Music 2016With the summer upon us, highlights of August were hearing Devon Allman and his band for the second time and LaVendore Rogue with their special music mix-up with hints blues. punk/rock and always quality.  Off to Old Bush Blues, where Matt once again opened the pub and grounds to bands that just want to entertain. This is a weekend to kick off your shoes and enjoy yourselves. With Chris Farlowe, Northsyde, jammings sessions that left you breathless, any excuse to taste the real ale again!

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To BostonAutumn, life is in a spin as Liz won a competition on Planet Rock Radio, a weekend to Boston to see the Dead Daisies play in Worcester. The excitement and delight will take many months to wear off. What a weekend from taking off at Heathrow until we landed back home. What laughs and adventures, staying in the same hotel as The Daisies, going to the gig on the tour bus and the AAA passes. This was a magical few days filling many pages in the music memory diary. Could any gigs compete as the year drew to a closes yes they could! Sari Schorr playing The Tunnels followed by Mike Zito at TheScene, Swansea with Albert Castigalia opening and kicking up a Blues storm. These two acts definitely kept live music hot and exciting as the year tumbled into October.

For me it has to be one of 2016 best events The Tubes in Cardiff, what a musical spectacle, myriad of costume changes, music energy and lyrical messages. Pure platinum entertainment. The nights were dark but the music and the warmth and light to cheer the shortening days. Saxon in Bristol another highlight even the gig of the year if it hadn’t been for that trip to Boston! Then two amazing nights by artists whose vocal power and emotional intensity always capture my musical soul. Ian Siegal celebrating twenty-five years on the road with his band and Beth Hart celebrating her wonderful album Fire On the Floor. These two are my absolute highlights of the year. when artists have that fire in their performance it is a real privilege to be in the audience.  In the midst of the gigs, we went to the 3rd UK Blues Challenge at Robin 2 organised by UK Blues Federation. The four acts were superb, Rebecca Downes, Wille and The Bandits, Dove and Boweevil and Kaz Hawkins Band. On the night the judges agreed that Kaz Hawkins delivered, winning the challenge and will in 2017 represent Britain for the fist time at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and will sing in the European Blues Challenge. Great opportunity to be heard and noticed. The emotion was raw and the blues deep when Walter Trout stunning Guitar and a Parka Plays It LiveWalter Trout visited Tramshed in Cardiff. A trio of acts closed November as The Planet Rock Roadstars. We saw them at The Globe & The Tunnels as two British bands blues rockers Federal Charm and young rising star Aaron Keylock were joined by SIMO from Nashville Tennessee.  SIMO stole the show they were superb with high-octane music that flowed with a cascade of notes and beats. Closing out November Black Stone Cherry at St Black Stone Cherry Bringing Kentucky To CardiffDavids Hall, Cardiff. A sit-down venue seems wrong for BSC. But it worked. The first half acoustic the second portion rocking BSC with tracks from Kentucky played loud sending through the rafters and out into the night.  The final act though was for Alter Bridge supported by Gojira and Volbeat. Volbeat stole the show the heaviest band I have seen this year but one I will definitely go again too.

Planet Rock Brings Rockstock 2017 to Trecco BayDecember started with Planet Rockstock, what a weekend friends, laughs rock and the seaside of Porthcawl always a winning combination. Stage two delivered those wow must see them again moments with JoanOvArc; Tequilla Mocking Bird and Lazuli. With a French Horn played the first time for me outside of an orchestral piece. Lazuli delivered progressive horn, chapman stick and so much more. Broken Witt Rebels fulfilled my expectations and more looking forward to seeing them in 2017 as they open for King Planet Rock Brings Rockstock 2017 to Trecco BayKing. The other highlights of the weekend were seeing SIMO again and Stone Broken, A Thousand Horses and Whiskey Myers they rocked. Hitting the notes once again with their irascible brand of Rock n’ Roll the Dead daisies re-ignited the excitement of September. What a difference a year makes as Inglourious returned and they were glorious full of confidence the crowds were ecstatic.  Closing the festival Black Stone Cherry left everyone on a Winter rock fuelled high.

Once again 2016 confirmed that from January to December music will always take Bluesdoodles on a rollercoaster of musical highs.

We attended fifty-seven gigs; five festivals and 1 UK Blues Challenge. Notching up a few many miles and hearing a myriad of notes, chords and voices having listened to and watched over One Hundred and Sixty acts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZEAL & ARDOR New Album and Arresting Video

ZEAL & ARDOR New Album and Arresting Video

 

 

ZEAL & ARDOR New Album and Arresting Video 

 

Zeal & Ardor have offered the first visual from new album ‘Devil Is Fine’, out February 24, 2017. The video for the title track “Devil Is Fine” premiered via Noisey in the USA, UK, and across Europe.

ZEAL & ARDOR New Album and Arresting Video Title track Devil Is Fine grinding darkest blue against solid metal genre mishmash that intrigues. Alternative Blues drench in today’s reality.

Zeal & Ardor have been generating significant buzz online for the past year – it’s growing louder by the day. With accolades piling up from the aforementioned Noisey, Rolling Stone, and Alternative Press, the project is poised to grab further global attention in 2017 with the UK/European release of the album and extensive touring, including a debut show in London in April. Gagneux comments, “Devil Is Fine was not created thinking that this many would ever hear it. There is no stylistic compromise or pandering on it. Only things I personally like.”

‘Devil Is Fine’ mixes a variety of genres, including black metal, blues, and more, while the lyrics are delivered in the fashion of slave spirituals sung by chain gangs.

Zeal & Ardor is the one-man brainchild of Manuel Gagneux, a Swiss-American formerly based in New York City. His approach draws on an alternate history and stems from two thoughts: Christianity was imposed upon American slaves, just as it was imposed in Norway, and black metal in the ’90s grew as a rebellion to monotheism. What would have happened if American slaves had rebelled in the same way? Or put bluntly: What would satanic spirituals sound like?

 

 

Alter Bridge Recording Live In Cardiff

Alter Bridge Recording Live In Cardiff

Alter Bridge Recording Live In Cardiff

 

 

Opening a show with a quartet of bands, early on Monday evening in Cardiff Like A Storm. An unknown quantity for many, if you were not aware that three brothers Brooks in the band are from New Zealand. The opening with a blast of the didgeridoo from lead singer Chris Brooks gave a context to the heritage of the band who, with their Canadian band mate are all living in Canada now.

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They certainly were relishing playing in Wales for the first time, promising to be back with a short set including TNT, an AC/DC classic with a mix of their own numbers including Chaos and Wish You Hell from the alternative heavy metal band’s current album Awaken The Fire. The live powerful set certainly awakening the audiences attention tonight who were getting excited with favourites amongst the three different interpretations of Rock tonight French band Gojira, Danish Volbeats and Floridians Alter Bridge.

 

Gojira – previously known as Godzilla producing a heavy bass thumping metal from Bayonne with brothers (almost a theme here!) Joe & Mario Duplantier joined by bassist Jean-Michel Labadie & guitarist Christian Andreu. They deliver their own brand of metal, harsh, industrial, loud and grinding out the beat with timing that is tight and the musicianship is without argument superb. With a 2016 album Magma to play live unsurprisingly Silvera and The Cell were in the mix.  The sound is colossal and the bass lines hit hard in the solar plexus. Gojira’s music style is just too heavy for my tastes, that withstanding as ever live music rules and for lovers of death metal, Gojira has it all.

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Third on a night where live music was shaking the dust from the vaulted ceiling of The Motorpoint, with another quick change and a new backdrop Volbeat took to the stage.  Following Gojira, which was loud full of energy was going to be a task as the crowd’s excitement was rising proved an easy feat for the boys from Denmark. These brothers in music deliver a kaleidoscope of sound as Rockabilly, Rock n Roll collide with Metal with a splash of Punk. Out of this potentially chaotic style emerges Volbeat for many in Cardiff the band of the night.  With a new album Seal the Deal & Lets Boogie sums up the set. They sealed the deal with the audience who were delighted with the live music and they certainly added boogie to the musical journey we were being taken on before Alter Bridge.

Opening with The Devil’s Bleeding Crown from their current album Seal the Deal & Lets Boogie the filling arena participated and their engagement got louder and hotter. No song is off limits for the Volbeat treatment as acoustic guitar heralds Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire, Michael Poulson builds the crowd up who are happy to join in the fun as acoustic makes way for electric. This stage piece of the band a Volbeat signature that we mash-up the styles to create our own.  This is a band that wants everyone to have a good-time, to party with them. The cheer as Barney Greenway (Napalm) joined them on Evelyn was loud and genuine. The Cardiff Motorpoint audience was now getting loud and they were ready to have rock cascade over them song after song.   They definitely Seal the Deal with Alter Bridge that they would warm up the atmosphere in Cardiff.

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Alter Bridge Recording Live In CardiffThe three bands who had entertained since 6.15pm had warmed the stage and spacious auditorium ready for Alter Bridge who were recording tonight for a live CD. If the crowd was excited before now they were ecstatic, a moment of fame “yes that was my scream, whistle yes it was I was there”.
The anticipation was high, but did Alter Bridge vault the expectation of fans yes, probably the added frisson of a live recording helped. For me, the engagement at times between audience and the band was a little flat. There was none of the danger of Gojira, of friendly warm rocking communion that Cardiff had with Volbeat. That said there is no doubt that the combination of Myles Kennedy’s vocals and Mark Tremonti guitar will always be a charismatic and winning combination.  The band bounce off each other and as you would expect the musicianship was exceptional as was the set with the changing visuals this was not about showmanship it was Alter Bridge delivering rock that will always, please. There is no competition in the band they are there to play the music live we want to hear. Huge anthems and songs to be heard live for the first time from the current album The Last Heroes.  The Writing On The Wall opened the set and shaped the rest of the evening as Alter Bridge played the music that makes them identifiable and so very listenable.

This was Alter Bridge playing the music live as they filled the cavernous arena that is the Motorpoint with rock music that stays with you. Lyrics linger and riffs capture you with a musical hug Addicted To Pain was smashed as they followed with Poison In Your Veins. Two different albums Fortress versus The Last Hero these songs played live prove the quality of the catalogue that makes Alter Bridge.

With Waters Rising, Mark Tremonti has the opportunity to add a vocal flourish to the guitar playing that was majestic with its riffs, licks and lead breaks throughout the set tonight. Mark, makes his guitar sing deep with a rock vibe.  Then the quiet moment time to draw breath with Myles Kennedy acoustic as he sung Watch Over You. Then back came the band  and the throttle was revved back up and a back to back pairing that were definite highlights Isolation and Blackbird. Alter Bridge were on form tonight a gush of beats that rocked the collective soul in Cardiff tonight.

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All to soon the hour and half whizzed by and the auditorium fell quiet with just the buzz of people talking as they entered into a Cold Monday night in Cardiff hot with the music that had fuelled them since just after six and Alter Bridge Recording Live In Cardiff.

Photo Album – Alter Bridge HERE  Photo Album – Volbeat HERE

Photo Album – Gojira HERE   Photo Album – Like A Storm HERE

 

Rock Fans became a Hoard for Saxon Tonight

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Rock Fans became a Hoard for Saxon Tonight

 

Thursday night in Bristol was buzzing and all rock fans footsteps were heading to the O2 Academy for a trio of bands that promised to entertain. The connection that ran through the three acts was Motörhead as Girlschool the aperitif with sparkles, Fastway the taster buzzing and the main event Saxon on fire.

The venue was packed as Girlschool got the night warmed up, this was British Heavy Metal that was dramatic, entertaining with strong vocals and even the promise of a tongue in cheek promise of a drum solo. This was a perfect opportunity for drumming to be the intro but we didn’t wait long when the rest of the girls joined the party with huge riffs and depth of sound. With tracks from their new album Guilty As Sin, including Come The Revolution a call for change with guitars and bass that is raucous the driver to motivate a revolution! The set delighted the cheers and applause as they left the stage showed what promise the evening held.

Now for a shout out for the roadies who work unnoticed the change-overs, tonight were quick and effective, the sound was awesome and the lighting full on this all adds to the energy of live music.

Now for Fastaway, Classic heavy rock reformed in 2007 with acclaimed new album Dog Eat Dog we knew with Fast Eddie on guitar this was going to be an entertaining classic rock ride with the band. Toby Jepson on vocals was tremendous full of rock power and energy. The set pulled on the talents of the band with Deliver Me from their latest album and a tribute song Telephone dedicated to Lemmy, There was a lot of emotion for Lemmy on the stage and throughout the venue, who was here in musical spirit tonight. Fastaway delivered a very strong set of good old heavy rock that boomed through the venue. Now for the main act of the night, the anticipation was rising with every second until Biff Byford stepped on the stage.

Rock Fans became a Hoard for Saxon TonightThe heavy rock crowd  here for Saxon the chants were heartfelt as the music-driven Saxon Hoard stood and listened to the new wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) sound that everyone wanted to hear and tracks from the new album Battering Ram the motivation for the tour.
The venue was now bursting at the seams with the tiers full flags draped over balconies the mood was electric.
The set was one hundred percent Saxon with two exceptions the opening number It’s A Long Way To The Top the AC/DC anthem for the dramatic entrance and the Encore a tribute to Lemmy with Ace of Spades.
Biff Byford was tonight definitely master of the stage for the whole of the gig. The power is a gift from the talented musicians that surround him on stage, Nigel Glockler on drums provides booming bass drumming through to tom toms that sing the rock chant combine with bass delivered by Nibbs Carter this is a true powerhouse of a rhythm section. The guitars of Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt gave depth of riffs that cascaded through the music acting as the punctuation of the lyrics reinforcing the anger, joy or fear being sung by Biff. Saxon are a band that stands and delivers honest, authentic rock full of drama. Tones and shapes that lead on to chorus’ that we can all sing back. This is music that charted our youth and continues to entertain from young to those with grey in our hair a united a Saxon hoard that has a treasure the heavy rock that is Saxon.

Rock Fans became a Hoard for Saxon TonightOpening with Battering Ram from the album of the same name we were in for a ride of deep joy. Many of the tracks tonight, like the first are the title tracks of the albums being dipped into tonight for our enjoyment. There is always something special about hearing tracks live and tonight is was pure delight, especially the tracks from the new album, Battering Ram. Queen of Hearts was outstanding but the highlight for me was Devils Footprint, gothic, eerie and atmospheric modern rock full of vitality. Long live Rock in every shape and form but especially Saxon’s interpretation. Sacrifice, was stunning with smoke that shrouded Biff and then as it faded away he picked up the next chorus, the crowd was mesmerized as they followed every move and pulled in every word to hold deep in our music memories to treasure. Biff the showman, got the best Rock Fans became a Hoard for Saxon Tonightout if a very vocal crowd, he had us all in the palm of his hand. Frozen Rainbow took us back to the very beginning of the first album Saxon a power ballad that soars above all others.

Toby Jepson, from Fastway joined Biff on stage for an entertaining take on Wheels Of Steel; and we now had not battle of the bands but battle of the two halves of the venue. We may not be a hoard with axes but we were a vocal and competitive hoard. As the left side tried to out sing the right we responded to our team leaders Biff and Toby. The result, a heroic draw and a fun memory as we united together through music.

As the last notes of Ace of Spades faded away from Fast Eddie’s guitar who joined Saxon in this moving tribute. Bristol was rocked to the core tonight, live music is always special to Bluesdoodles and tonight is certainly one of the top highlights of 2016 can it be bettered we will wait and see.

 

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Set List

Battering Ram – (Battering Ram)
Let Me Feel the Power The Inner Sanctum
Sacrifice – (Sacrifice)
Solid Ball of Rock (Solid Ball of Rock )
Never Surrender (Denim and Leather)
Frozen Rainbow (Saxon)
Stand Up and Be Counted (Wheels of Steel)
Devils Footprint (Battering Ram)
Strong Arm of the Law (Strong Arm of the Law)
Killing Ground (Killing Ground)
Eagle Has Landed (Eagle Has Landed)
Queen Of Hearts (Battering Ram)
And The Bands Played On (Denim and Leather)
Terminal (Unleash The Beast)
Dallas 1 PM (Strong Arm of the Law)
Wheels of Steel (Wheels of Steel)

Encore
Ace of Spades (Motörhead – Lemmy Tribute)

Saxon Battering Ram Tour Reaches UK

Saxon Battering Ram Tour Reaches UK

SAXON ANNOUNCE UK & IRISH DATES
FOR THEIR BATTERING RAM TOUR

With Special Guests: Saxon icons of the new wave of British heavy metal are touring for ten night across the U.K. as part if the Battering Ram World Tour kicking off in Newcastle on the 28th October the day, The Vinyl Hoard is released. Joined on the tour by special guests Fastway and Girlschool for these much-awaited shows.

 “Gonna be a great tour with Fastway and Girlschool” – said frontman Biff Byford. “I think this line up is unique, you don’t wanna miss it.  Looking forward to battering some halls… Welcome to the metal church!”

Here’s a short clip of Biff talking about Tour and the Box Set…..

Battering Ram, Saxon’s 21st studio album, was released in October 2015 reaching the UK Top 50 and #12 in Germany. It was described by frontman Biff Byford as “a natural progression from Sacrifice” with “a bit less rock’n’roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it”. Following its release Saxon hit Europe with Motorhead for their 40th Anniversary tour, accompanied by Girlschool. Sadly, the tragic passing of Lemmy in December put an early end to the tour, and the entire UK leg planned to begin on January 16th was canceled – with the exception of a Saxon headlining show in Brighton.

TOUR DATES 2016

October

28th – Newcastle O2 Academy
29th – Glasgow O2 ABC
30th – Belfast Limelight

November

1st  – Dublin *Academy
2nd –  Manchester O2 Ritz
3rd  – Bristol O2 Academy
5th – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
6th – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
8th – Sheffield O2 Academy
9th – Nottingham Rock City

Tickets on sale HERE or HERE
* Fastway are the only support in Dublin.

Saxon Battering Ram Tour Reaches UKBox Set Release
The Vinyl Hoard

To coincide with the opening date of the U.K. tour Saxon releases  The Vinyl Hoard, their deluxe 8 vinyl album boxset which features four explosive live recordings.  The albums come in specially designed gatefold sleeves in a slipcase box.   They are: The Dogs Of War Tour, 1995” Recorded on tour in German and featuring: Dogs Of War, Denim And Leather, Wheels Of Steel; The Lionheart Tour, 2004” Recorded on tour in France, England and Germany featuring: Lionheart, Court Of The Crimson King, Are We Travellers In Time; A Night Out With The Boys, 2005: The 25th Anniversary of the NWOBHMRecorded on tour in Germany and Sweden and Featuring: And The Bands Played On, Suzie Hold On, Stand Up And Be Counted; Rocksound Festival, 2006” [2 LP] Recorded in Switzerland Featuring: Backs To The Wall, Princess Of The Night and Crusader.