In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

Liz chatting with Tom Leighton Lead Vocalist and Guitarist for The Bad Flowers. Good evening Tom, thank you for taking time out to chat to Bluesdoodles. The Bad Flowers will be a new band to many readers of Bluesdoodles. So this is the perfect chance to talk about debut album and part of a tour we are all excited about.  With The Bad Flowers as special guests for a night of exciting music with Jared James Nichols & Stone Broken.

 

 

As a Midlands based hard rock band, what were your first musical influences growing up in Cannock?

Thin Lizzie was the first band me and Dale the bass player latched on to so we have that common ground. Then there was Black Sabbath and stuff like that in the Midlands. Dale is a huge Gezzer Butler fan. So all bands of that ilk really. The first band I went to see live with my Dad was Wishbone Ash. So it is all Classic rock that influences me. You have quite a heritage of classic from coming from that area?  Yes, we have Glenn Hughes, Galley Brothers they were obviously Trapeze to start with, Dale was lucky enough to have a jam with Mel Galley which was pretty cool. There are some great bands come out of the area, the likes of Slade, Noddy Holder is one of my favourite singers; Robert Plant is from Wolverhampton so it is a good area from Heritage for sureIt is not just about Heritage though it is about moving music on keeping it modern and fresh. It is definitely about tipping your cap to that but doing your own thing as well trying to keep that flame going. There are a bunch of bands coming out at the minute there is Stone Broken, Broken Witt Rebels, ourselves, and there is Piston from Cannock. Not heard of Piston! Piston, yea they are good guys man, playing similar sort of thing, yes they’re a bunch of great bands coming out of the Midlands at the minute doing lots of good things so all good.

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad FlowersThe opening track of Starting Gun, Thunder Child has been released as a single which is catching the ear of reviewers for all the right reasons. How did you decide on this number to unleash the power of The Bad Flowers album for radio play etc?

It was one of the later songs that we wrote for the album. When we played the riff for the first time, we came up with the riff it was like yea this is kinda us it was fast paced, quite a heavy riff shows us all off. The bass line is great, and the drumming great in it. It is fast paced and catching the ear let’s go with this one. We have similar songs on the album but because it was last it was so fresh and no one had heard it ever. We hadn’t played it so let’s put it out it is totally new. So was the album mainly material you have played live or mainly new material? Majority of it is fresh, majority brand new. City Lights was actually on our last EP; it has been one of the most popular songs when we play live. We have noticed recently that when we play it people starting to sing back the words at the beginning it is a strange feeling to have but good feeling but it is strange. We felt that song still had some legs so we put it on the album the rest we have written in the last year so all pretty new. Tom, are you the songwriter?  Yea all the lyrics and everything. We come up with the riffs altogether.

How do you define the music of The Bad Flowers so that you stand out from the plethora of trios playing rock?

Well, the one word we get a lot is ‘Thunderous’ which is a good word to describe us especially live we’ve always gone out as a three-piece but make it sound like there are more than the three of us. Thunderous Rock n’ roll – I like that description. I think it gets us down to a T really.  But, the album shows off a little bit a softer side to it at times. Trying to be a bit diverse. Yes, there is a really nice acoustic track included.  Yes, it is I Hope   So will you be including the softer side into your live set? In the live set, it is all pretty heavy. From the album, Lets Misbehave that starts softer and builds which we have put into our last two live shows. It went down really, really well so may keep that in for the New Year when we go on tour, and just depends on how long a set we get as it is one of the longer songs. It is one of my favourite songs on the album to be fair.

I didn’t pick up thunderous on the first couple of listens. I felt the Album is full of volcanic rocking energy, with the artwork on the cover of Starting Gun is eye-catching reflecting bands and album name how did you arrive at this image and album name for your debut?

The name is actually a lyric from Thunder Child – it is like The Thunder Clap is my Starting Gun. When we were thinking of a name for the album Starting Gun clicked in my head. It is our first album we are making the statement we want to go in with a bang really. So we came to the conclusion it would be a good name for the album.  Then the artwork was a collaboration between myself and our friend Shaun, who is a singer in a band Liberty Lies and he did the design work for us and we are really happy. Yes, great artwork. Love seeing artwork relevant to the album but not a picture of the band. We have always been a fan of artwork and things. Our previous EP had like a Lion, Shark and a Phoenix on it because each of us has one of these tattooed on us somewhere, so we put it all together and I drew that myself.  This time round got Shaun to do the artwork as he is very talented. Yes, we are really happy with it. We actually got the full CD’s today and they look amazing. It is the vinyl I am looking forward to getting my hands on the most I can’t wait.

Starting Gun, Engineered at Vigo Studios in Birmingham then the music travelled to Hamburg, Germany for Mastering? How and why did you choose this combination?

We spoke to the guy online. He noticed us through the power of Social Media, perhaps Instagram, that we were recording and he sort of pitched himself to us. We sent him a track to test out how it sounded and it came back and sounded really good. It fitted into our budget and we loved the way he worked so it was great. So that was how it came back. So social media chose the path. We spent some time in Germany last year but it was just a coincidence really, it came about at the right time and worked out really well. It has got a lovely sound the album. We tried to keep the sound as analogue as we could and mix it like we were playing live when we were recording trying to capture the energy a bit. We don’t even use a click track, we just go in and play it. Yes, it has got that clean has a natural feel.  Yes, it is the human element we don’t like recording like a machine, we don’t even use a click track. We just go in and play so some of it might speed up a little bit or slow down a little bit but we just like to play how we play live capturing the energy that is how we have always done it and works really well for us as well.   It would take us longer to record to a click track, to be honest with you (laughing). For those who want to know what is a Click Track? It is like a metronome. It is a constant perfect timing that you play along to, but we play by feel.

As the Guitarist and vocalist do you have a favourite track?  Yes, as I said Let’s Misbehave. What made this track the favourite?  Yes pretty much. I was going through a strange point in my life when we did that and it kind reflects that a little bit. We had the music for quite a long time before the lyrics. The lyrics for that I went into the studio and I had very little idea and then recorded it in an evening. It was just one of those moments, you listen back and go that’s the one! So it was done in two or three takes that song was done lyrically. So in an evening you started you had no idea and it has become one of your favourites?  I did have an inkling, a few lines but nothing set in stone.  The chorus which was set in stone it was the verses that took the time.  But we sat down and the Producer Adam really helped me with them in phrasing and things like that, we listened back and did it in an evening. It was one of those great moments that you can only get writing music.

The rhythm section of Dale on Bass & Karl on Drums is a powerhouse how do the three of you work together ensuring the sound is coherent and works so well with your vocals and guitar so that the melodic flow is never lost against that powerhouse?

It is a kinda unconscious thing really. Me and Dale have been playing together since we were about 16/17. So we have only really been in bands playing together and the majority has been as a three-piece. When Karl joined about three and half years ago now, we had to look for the right person to fit in with Dale and myself. We have been playing together for so long it isn’t easy.  As soon as he started playing with us it was like we had been playing together months not minutes. It is something that I have always said. When we are playing together it is like we are all on the same wavelength. Dale & Karl are really good at locking in together. If something is not right Dale or Karl will shout out straight away. We won’t sit on things we are always upfront and honest with each other, if things have to be changed then that is what happens. It works well when we are in the studio/ rehearsing. Hard to explain it just clicks.

The Bad Flowers are out on Tour in March with fellow Midlands’s band Stone Broken and American Jared James Nichols. Which tracks from the album and why will be played live and loud.

We are quite good friends with Jared we toured with him November 2016 and we have stayed in touch ever since.  When he came over last summer for festivals we hung out with him, so it is going to be a tour with all of our friends. It is I think quite a good line-up. Everything that is on the album is or has been on the live set recently. Hopefully get Let’s Misbehave on there because I love that track, Who Needs A Soul, Thunder Child, Hurricane and I Don’t Believe It, which is kinda treading new ground for us.  It is quite a fast paced riffy track with lots of parts to it. When we first started playing it live we struggled then it clicked and is now one of our favourites. City Lights different live to what is on the album and has been the losing number but may shake it up on this tour.  Going to be fun, lots of new venues and people to play to live and loud lots of foot stomping.

If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing

Drums: John Bonham
Bass: John Entwistle
Guitar: Daniel Sproul (Rose Hill Drive one of the reasons why we got together so have to have their guitarist who is phenomenal)
Vocals: Robert Plant

 

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

 

BAND MEMBERS

Vocals & Guitar: Tom Leighton

Bass: Dale Tonks

Drums: Karl Selickis

 

 

Bad Flowers on Tour 2018

Read More about the tour and links to tickets HERE

 

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

Melodic Rock Stalwarts HEAT Score Again going Into The Great Unknown

Melodic Rock Stalwarts HEAT Score Again going Into The Great Unknown

 “I thought this was a blues site” I hear you cry… yes it is, but without the blues, there would be no rock music & no apologies for covering the latest album by H.E.A.T. – Into The Great Unknown

Although far from blues, it does have references aplenty with some interesting chord structures not dissimilar to some of Gary Moore’s blues work.

It is a very good album for those who like the AOR/Melodic genre – think Joe Lynn Turner, Europe & latter-day Whitesnake & you’ll be on target.

The line up of Guitar: Sky Davis, Bass: Jimmy Jay, Keyboards: Jona Tee, Drums & Percussion: Crash, Vocals: Erik Grönwall make a damn good noise &, in a crowded Scandi-Rock scene, they are definitely in the vanguard. The vocals of Erik Gronwall are particularly strong reminding me of the aforementioned JLT but stronger & with more light & shade… sorry, Joe!

The opening track – full of “whoa, whoa, whoas” – goes by the unlikely title of Bastard of Society! Ludicrously catchy & well structured this (like We Rule with it’s lighter waving potential) has to be have been designed for full-on audience participation.

“Things ain’t pretty, down in Shit City” is the main theme of another truly melodic & well-executed song despite the strange title.

Blind Leads the Blind is the ‘heaviest’ of the bunch but still retains the melodic verse/chorus structure typical of the whole album.

Bowing out with We Rule – another anthemic riff, woven around by keyboards, finishes as we started with another catchy song (Justin Hawkins should listen to this one…). A damn good album for any rock fan.

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing:

  1. Bastard Of Society
  2. Redefined
  3. Shit City
  4. Time On Our Side
  5. Best Of The Broken
  6. Eye Of The Storm
  7. Blind Leads The Blind
  8. We Rule
  9. Do You Want It?
  10. Into The Great Unknown

 

 

Melodic Rock Stalwarts HEAT Score Again going Into The Great Unknown

LA Guitar Legend Michael Landau New Song One Tear Away

LA Guitar Legend Michael Landau New Song One Tear Away

LA Guitar Legend Michael Landau Releases New Song One Tear Away

The song features on Michael Landau’s upcoming album Rock Bottom,
Released via Provogue/Mascot Label Group on the 23rd of February.

Listen to the song NOW!

Rock Bottom sounds like it left the Morrison Hotel in 1970, got lost in Laurel Canyon, and finally found its way out onto Ventura Boulevard in 2017. It suggests Joni Mitchell’s heady brew of imagery laden words and mystical melodies as easily as it evokes Hendrix, Arthur Lee and Love’s Forever Changes, and Buffalo Springfield. It is, however, above all, an album with a singular voice of its own. Have you ever been experienced? Well, this album will get you where you’re going.

Michael Landau talking about the song One Tear Away: “I was very happy to reunite with my old pal David Frazee on this new record. David was the singer in our band ‘Burning Water’ back in the 90’s, such a strong voice and a very interesting songwriter. David wrote the lyrics and melody on ‘One Tear Away’, it’s got a very haunting feel to it. Here’s what David had to say about the lyrics: ‘They’re an urging to not give up on living, an encouragement to acknowledge and heal the wounds within and free ourselves from self-judgments about being human.’ We cut the basic tracks to tape, we all worked hard to get the record just right, I’m proud of this one and I hope you dig it… Michael.”

Michael Landau has surrounded himself with familiar faces from his past – longtime collaborator David Frazee (Burning Water) on vocals and lyrics that can only be called poetry, his brother Teddy Landau (Raging Honkies) on superlative bass (which should end up on some future top ten lists), Larry Goldings on organ, and Alan Hertz playing drums, and their familiarity gives this album an incredible sense of timing and cohesion. There are myriad twists and turns, and the record unfolds to reveal exotic sounds and feelings, but it’s so well composed and performed that it is like taking a sonic, spiritual vacation.

“Michael Landau is an undiscovered gem… one of God’s guitar players. I grew up playing with him, and he’s really inspired me. Michael is absolutely one of my favourite guitar players in the world.” ~ Steve Lukather, Toto.

Rock Bottom is an album for its age. In times of existential angst and cultural unrest, it acts as a spiritual calmative, engaging and holding you without knocking you about unnecessarily along its course. A day trip into the collective consciousness of its players. Listening to this band is akin to watching a thousand birds flying in formation, climbing, diving, circling and back around without ever colliding. It colours its jazz roots just enough to never lose its pop contingent. You get the idea that this record came very easily to those who were creating it, even though it is clear in its sophistication and intellect.

LA Guitar Legend Michael Landau New Song One Tear Away

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

The excitement of a new release from Joe Satriani is a bubbling elixir of anticipation of sizzling guitar and an energy captured in the music that takes you on an instrumental journey of delightful discoveries.  Listening to What Happens Next? Is that a question Satriani is asking himself, where is his musical journey taking him in 2018 and beyond? For me What Happens Next, open CD put on the player, turn the volume up, sit back then be absorbed into every musical moment created on the album. Once again Joe Satriani’s scintillatingly sharp and persuasive manipulation of the six-strings sent a shiver of pure pleasure down my spine, my music antenna were pulsating with delight. As Joe Satriani guitar asks What Happens Next?

Joe Satriani’s immense guitar presence is at the heart of this twelve-track instrumental album. Joining him with perfect rhythm and timing with the pairing of Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith.  Deep Purple burns up the Red Hot Chili Pepper the two creating a monstrous beat. Building the perfect wall of sound for the wildness of Satriani in full flight. The trio complements each other resulting in the artistry of the Satriani guitar develops with a myriad of tones and textures. All three instruments talk to you as the notes replace the need for words whilst being transported to the world of Satriani.

Opening the album with Energy we are instantly drenched in a rich high-octane tonal experience. The beat is alive and kicking we are with feet firmly on the ground and the ears in tune with a journey that will energise, uplift and mesmerize as the notes cascade and follow each other in a perfect procession of rock glory. Opening with the drum kicking up a roar Thunder on High Mountain is a building storm the drum beat persistent with guitar in a swirling frenzy as the notes are whipped into a whirling maelstrom. Then bass adds depths that Thunder on High Mountain is intriguing, dangerous and never ignored.  We move from stormy mountains to Cherry Blossoms. A change in beat, tone and textures as the number unfurl as warm as a Spring day full hope and lyrical melodies. Catchy and beguiling the swirling mass of cherry blossoms are conjured into a thing of beauty performed with a gentle touch and lyrical emotions played out through the clever instrumentation.

Every track is a golden nugget of guitar playing spontaneous, alive, controlled and wild. No note misplaced this is music that creates a visual soundscape through the notes. The album is not a sprint with a headlong rush to close one number and fall into the next; neither is it a marathon with long tracks looping around itself often going nowhere. We are lopping along at the perfect pace to enjoy the box of delights as we find out What Happens Next. The title track towards the end of the album is slower the guitar stretches the notes exploring the cadences in a thoughtful exploring way. The track has a synergy as the three monsters of rock explore the sounds and asks once again What Happens Next? With the reuniting of Smith and Satriani could it be that Chickenfoot is to rise once again from the ashes as the supergroup we want to hear?  A new approach with bass driven Super Funky Badass brings out the inner funkiness of rock and re-energises an album that has no flaws.

Closing out an album that celebrates the power of the six-strings and the virtuosity of Satriani, Forever and Ever is an appropriate number as the superlatives describing the stunning playing of Satriani truly could go on Forever and Ever. While we think up some let’s go back to the beginning and see if this time we can answer the question What Happens Next?

 

Joe Satriani – What Happens Next – Sony/Legacy Recordings

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

 

  1. Energy
  2. Catbot
  3. Thunder High On The Mountain
  4. Cherry Blossoms
  5. Righteous
  6. Smooth Soul
  7. Headrush
  8. Looper
  9. What Happens Next
  10. Super Funky Badass
  11. Invisible
  12. Forever and Ever

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

ad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting GunStarting Gun launching The Bad Flowers into the spotlight with the attention of radio plays, interviews and national tour. The artwork defines the album as The Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun sums up the rocking ride that kick starts 2018. The music is sharp, melodic, exciting and above all entertaining.  The melodies and rhythms are addictive, with lyrics and licks that become friendly earworms! Definitely, Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

The opening number and first single from Starting Gun is a friendly anthemic clap of rock as Thunder Child cascades out of the speakers. Having checked out the where Bluesdoodles said “Check It Out. Why? I smell rock that sizzles”. The sound builds and builds with a rumble and roll of riff mayhem, with the single and B side Lions Blood. Now to settle down and listen to the next nine tracks and fingers crossed they all live up to the heady announcement of the single. Three tracks in and The Bad Flowers are endearing themselves as the must-see live new band in 2018. Secrets is slower has the feeling that Tom Leighton on vocals and guitar is sharing the lyrics just with you the listener.  The last number written on the album is dirty riffs with lots of fuzz that works well. This change of tempo and intensity works adding interest and texture to the album. Joining Tom in this powerhouse of a trio is Dale Tones on deep bass and backing vocals along with Karl Selick’s kick-ass drumming.

Five tracks in and we are given a breather with a complete volte-face as the electric is unplugged and acoustic flowers reign, Tom’s voice has an emotional clarity in complete harmony with the acoustic guitar very personal and fits cooling the album like a summer shower acting as a refresher to the bouquet of rock that is created on Starting Gun.  The tension and ferocity building life is short so are the minutes on an album, not one is missed on Starting Gun even when the Bad Flowers sing Let’s Misbehave. Then we have rock blues that is so dark and dirty the blue is indigo and the rock has the power of granite the groove pulls you deep as they ask Who Needs A Soul. Not sure when there is music like this to fill the void!

Heading for home we are now in a for heavy weather with Hurricane and I Don’t Believe. This is an album that is building and though you want the music to go on how will it then end cool and personal, dirty blues or heavier rock as we visit City Lights with the boys. First, we have Tom’s vocals and I am sure I am not the first or last person to compare his vocal sound to Cult’s Ian Astbury.  The drumming from Karl is precise with strong rhythms laid down by Dale’s bass playing off the rocking solid guitar of Tom. The lyrics throughout are strong and the refrain “Can’t afford the champagne … I’m just addicted to the City Lights” then the power of guitar-charged up and electric. Another addictive track from the new boys The Bad Flowers the album is a wow!

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

When I review I have four simple rules of life.
Rule ONE: Play the music loud YES
Rule TWO: Listen To new Bands YES
Rule THREE: Celebrate the gems from artist that are unknown to you YES

Rule FOUR: Never give a debut album 10…. Hey Ho! Rules are made to be broken and so early in 2018, I have broken my own rules! Still 3 out of four is pretty good. Which one did I break? Well, Starting Gun is a celebratory stupendous TEN. Will The Bad Flowers sophomore album reach the same dizzy heights, time will tell. Until then the boys are on tour February/March 2018 with Jared James Nichols and Headliners Stone Broken

The Bad Flowers – Starting Gun – Released 16th February

Released on CD; Limited Edition Red Vinyl and Standard Digital Download – Bluesdoodles recommend you pre-order before catching them on tour.

 

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

 

  1. Thunder Child
  2. Lions Blood
  3. Secrets
  4. Rich Man
  5. I Hope
  6. Let’s Misbehave
  7. Who Needs A Soul
  8. Be Your Man
  9. Hurricane
  10. I Don’t Believe It
  11. City LIghts

 

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

Festival & Gig Reviews 2017

Festival & Gig Reviews 2017 – live music made 2017 full of friends and fun and the power of live music never disappoints. We travelled to Sheffield for an Easter weekend without chocolate but a fist full of blues. Visited Callow End for a favourite festival, travelled to Liverpool for the UKBlues Challenge. In 2018 the winner LaVendore Rogue will be off to Memphis, USA and Hell in Norway to represent the UK. On the gig front crossing the bridge into Bristol was the favourite Bluesdoodles city for gigs that were full of rock, blues and joy of music. Bluesdoodles is now looking forward to 2018 where there is some wonderful live music promised to make 2018 sparkle.

Check out the forthcoming gigs on 2018 UK Tour Page

FESTIVAL REVIEWS 2017

UKBlues Challenge Fifth Contestant Announced

 

UKBlues Federation hosted – 4th UKBlues Challenge September 2017 

 

 

 

 

Old Bush Blues August 2017

 

 

 

Steelhouse 2017

 

 

Chocolate Free Music Fueled HRH Blues Easter

 

 

HRH Blues III Sheffield 15th – 16th April

 

 

Blues Joins The Jazz Party in Bristol Festival 2017

 

Sari Schorr – March 2017
Northsyde – March 2017
Robben Ford – March 2017
Kirk Fletcher – March 2017
Mud Morganfield – March 2017

 

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The Great British Rock & Blues Festival – Jan 2017

 

GIG REVIEWS 2017

Dan Reed Networking Bristol Tonight For Extreme

 

Dan Reed Network @ O2 Academy, Bristol – December 2017

 

 

Broken Witt Rebels Rocking Thekla Boat Tonight with their brand of rocking and rolling Music. Before the Rebels took to the stage the night opened with Sonia Leigh. Sonia’s band whilst she is over from Nashville Tennessee are The Healers with Katy Hurt on backing vocals. What an amazing voice is the first thing you notice about diminutive Sonia. Full of textured gravel swirling around melodic tones delivering songs full of emotional intent. Sonia is a rocked up Mary Gauthier. The set was shimmering with powerful intent as country rocked and rolled as her vocals were supported by the percussive rhythmic shaping and guitar playing from Steve, Ace & Gab who are the Healers. With her new album Mad Hatter we were treated to Jack Is Back, wow this is a band that wants you to have fun as the set included My Name is Mary, Rocking In The Moonlight and Shelter. Sonia and the band surrounding her tonight played music that warmed the venue and left a lasting impression. We all agreed the set was far too short as they closed with Alabama Band full of Southern Rock and energy. We were ready and waiting to shout Up The Rebels as the main band of the night set foot on a stage in Bristol for the second time. Short break and our wishes were granted, first time playing on a boat for the Rebels the third time this year Bluesdoodles were excited to once again be listening to Broken Witt Rebels. Tonight they hit the ground running with Low from their self-titled debut album. The crowd need no encouragement from Danny Core to join in they were soon singing along confirming this as a firm favourite when played live & loud. The set flowed warming the atmosphere, with Breathless one of the new numbers on the album, Bang Bang and Howlin. We were now deep in the zone that Broken Witt Rebels create when playing live, they have a special sound blending influences as this Midlands based band meld Southern Rock with country with the drive of Brit-Pop pulled together by the talented and ebullient energy of front man Danny Core whose vocals connect to the audience. His vocals, groan, cry, beseech and take you to a special place as the tonal depth sends shivers of pure delight down your spine. This is a quartet of musicians who understand the intricacies of the sound they create and love playing the music. Danny’s vocals will always gain your attention but without the soaring driving platform of the other musicians it would be a voice and nothing more. Tonight James Tranter’s backing vocals were smooth and his guitar playing clever with hooks that pulled Danny’s vocals in, and riffs that hit home with the audience that showed the clever use of his pedal board. Then the rhythm section never to be ignored when the Rebels play their brand of Rock as Luke Davis on bass and James Dudley’s drumming combine to give every number a percussive deeper growling force. With fabulous backing vocals from James and Luke the choruses build and connect the verses and how the audience loved to add their voice. With two new numbers inspired and reflecting on their recent US tour opening for Whiskey Myers. Fearless, this reflects the playing of a band that is fearless in their intention for the whole venue to have fun. We rocked long and hard and like the music the boat stayed steady in its delivery. Followed by Give It Up, from tonight’s performance, that is definitely not a consideration for a band on this form. The musicianship was top-notch. The current single now was played live, however good the music is on a radio, when played live it takes on a new deeper energy and that was the case tonight with Wait for You. Now let’s have some drama, as they continued putting a Spell on You a highlight that glimmered brightly in a set of seventeen songs that were glorious from the first note to the last note. An acoustic guitar was picked up by James, as he and Danny stepped off the stage as Danny explained ‘going to try something different’. Turn On me, performed pure acoustic in the heart of the crowd who were spellbound. For me once again the centre-piece of the night was Georgia Pine which they nailed tonight live and will always be that special song, the one that caught my attention when I heard the EP Georgia Pine for the first time. Every time you hear this young band play they just keep getting better, songs you know like the closing numbers Snake Eyes and Guns prove that. Always full of rebelling attitude now they have been shaped and honed into a pressure pack of controlled energy that bursts out of the blocks as the energy builds and grows to a thunderous climax. From the performance tonight and the length of the queue at the Merch desk Broken Witt Rebels are welcome to return to Bristol anytime and we say make that soon, your music rocked our boat tonight.

 

 

Broken Witt Rebels @ Thekla, Bristol – December 2017

 

 

Samantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites Bristol

 

Samantha Fish @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2017

 

 

Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels Majestically

 

Flowerpot Opens – Special Guest Mollie Marriott & Headliners Bad Touch @The Tunnels Bristol – November 2017

 

 

 

Crow Black Chicken @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2017

 

 

Simon McBride Triumphantly Ends this Tour at The Tunnels

 

Simon McBride @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2017

 

 

 

Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight

 

Beth Hart @ The Forum, Bath – November 2017

 

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd with support from Laurence Jones @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017

 

 

Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in Wales

 

Gov’t Mule @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017

 

 

The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals.

 

Dan Owen with support from Billy Lockett @ The Lantern, Colston Hall Bristol October 2017

 

 

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

 

Walter Trout with Special Guest Sari Schorr @ The Muni, Pontypridd October 2017

 

 

Live Music Came Outta The Swamp to Play The Louisiana, Bristol.

 

Big Boy Bloater with support from Ruzz Guitar (solo) @ The Louisiana, Bristol October 2017

 

 

 

Erja Lyytinen with support from Red Butler @ The Tunnels – September 2017

 

 

Kirk Fletcher and Friends turn The Tunnels Blue

 

Kirk Fletcher with support from Ruzz Guitar Blue’s Review @ The Tunnels – September 2017

 

 

Ash Wilson Played Broken Machine Live To Perfection

 

Ash Wilson – The Tunnels – September 2017

 

 

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

 

King King & Bad Touch @ The Fleece Bristol

 

 

Bristol Trio of Bands, Women , Punk Revival and Politics

 

Husky Tones – Rita Lynch – Drunken Butterfly @ The Louisianna June 2017

 

 

 

 

Devon Allman  – The Tunnels – May 2017

 

 

 

Steve Hackett – St David’s Hall – April 2017

 

 

Led Zeppelin Classics Mastered by Violins and more

 

Led Zeppelin Masters (Zep Boys joined by Black Dog Orchestra) – Colston Hall April 2017

 

 

Hayseed Dixie, French Hard Rock Excites The Globe Cardiff Tonight

 

Hayseed Dixie with Dätcha Mandala – The Globe, Cardiff April 2017

 

 

Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry Smoke

 

Blackberry Smoke with guests Biters – O2 Academy – Bristol – April

 

 

 

The Roadstars: Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch – The Globe – Cardiff – April

 

 

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

 

Thunder with guests Cats In Space – Motorpoint – Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The Tunnels

 

Kaz Hawkins – The Tunnels – Bristol – March 2017

 

 

St David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

 

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – St David’s Hall – Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

 

 

Monster Truck with Guests The Picturebooks – The Marble Factory – Bristol – March 2017

 

 

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

 

Dan Reed Network with Special guests Vega – The Globe Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff

 

Black Star Riders – with Amorettes & Gun – Tramshed, Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

 

The Answer – The Globe, Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleece

 

Glenn Hughes with Special Guests Stone Broken – The Fleece, Bristol February 2017

 

 

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS

 

King King with special guests Broken Witt Rebels – The Globe, Cardiff – Jan 2017

 

 

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 2016 Check them out HERE

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 2015 Check them out HERE

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 2014 Check them out HERE

Black Country Communion Live In Wolverhampton

Black Country Communion Live In Wolverhampton opening the 2018 gig calendar for many of the people descending from far and wide to the Civic Hall.  With only two shows scheduled this opening night was crammed to the rafters for the last show at the venue before it closes down for a refurbishment, they knew tonight was going to be loud rocking mayhem and the building would crumble and need repairing after a two-hour full on set from the boys known as Black Country Communion.

Opening the set we were all anticipating was a rock overture of Air Raid Sirens bright white searchlights and then Big Train from Afterglow what an introduction. 2018 was coming alive with Black Country Communion tonight. Then straight into Sway, Jason Bonham’s drum heralding in a night where the bass would rule as the deep sounds rolled into the melodic keys of Derek Sherinian, crisp rock chords of Joe Bonamassa and in the limelight the bass and glorious vocals of Glenn Hughes.  It was fitting that fifty years on from playing for the first time on this stage Glenn should be playing an anthemic number from the latest album BCCIV. This was the Phoenix coming home howling like a wolf to the full moon as the flames rose in the mighty chords of rock to engulf the audience and raising the temperature. The set worked around chosen tracks from the album including Wanderlust, The Crow dramatic on the album and live it had an additional rawness and intensity as Glenn howled the audience absorbed every night with pure joy at this phenomenal rock display the keys from Derek were on fire lighting the stage with cascading notes of pure joy matched by the scintillating Bonamassa guitar. Then Over My Head instantly recognised as the single from the album; live its energy is unleashed and beats out the granite rhythm what a song to have been imagined when asleep then written down full of melodic rhythms and a mesmerising chorus. We are as one now wishing the night near to end as Glenn sings may the night never end…… One of the many memorable moments was The Last Song for my Resting Place as Joe Bonamassa took over vocals with Gerry O’Connor bringing his brand of Irish heavy metal fiddle and mandolin. Wow, the emotion, love and power of the lyrics shook the Civic Hall as the leader/head violinist of the Orchestra playing on the Titanic a rock song about a violinist written by Joe came alive tonight as a Rock classic rooted in the Irish Tradition.

This was not a night selling the latest acclaimed album they let the music do the talking and selling as interspersed through the set were numbers from the debut, second and Afterglow the third and what many thought would be the final album from Black Country Communion. We were wrong the quartet is definitely back with the bonds of musicianship, friendship and mutual admiration as strong as ever.  From the self-titled debut album Song of Yesterday was a standout moment and This is Your Time from Afterglow it is definitely Black Countries Communion time in Wolverhampton. Glenn’s vocals were superb creating an atmosphere of deep granite rock with foundations deep and wide. The interplay between Joe was friendly and vocals harmonized and at other times intimated the call and holler. Always the cementing rock chords from Bonamassa’s guitar that talked to the audience, cried, moaned and hit cascading crescendos of rock guitar glory every song was played with passion and joy.  Closing the two-hour set was Black Country a perfect closing number with its message “I am a messenger … I’m goin’ back to the Black Country“. The prophecy was true tonight.  The stage went dark the crowd was noisier then ever this was music we wanted more of. The waiting was short as we had a three-track encore opening with Collide the opening track of BCCIV this was high energy lets keep the party going music. Then we were taken back to a nightclub in Los Angeles and the first number Glenn & Joe played together back in the ’70’s blues-rock power-driven Faithless. The night definitely now was coming to a close as  Deep Purple’s Mistreated rocked the Civic Hall before the builders move in… what a stupendous performance of this classic track from Burn.

Tonight, was a truly memorable night of live music.  A brilliant kick-start to the 2018 gigging calendar. The night could never be described as a rollercoaster why? No lows only highs a true rocking carousel ride of live music. Thank you Black Country Communion for the love and sharing your live set in the heart of the Black Country tonight in Wolverhampton.

Black Country Communion Live In Wolverhampton

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All photographs copyright Christie Goodwin – Bluesdoodles gives a big thank you to Christie the official Black Country Communion photographer for the use of her superb photographs.

 

Black Country Communion Live In Wolverhampton

 

 

Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At Home

Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At HomeThanks to the release of a DVD and Album we can Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At Home. For the majority of fans sitting in the Hollywood Bowl on the 10th August 2016 was just a dream. Now it can be a virtual experience thanks to the release of DVD, CDs and Blueray.  First I watched the DVD, the energy of the show is captured, the feeling of live music permeated through the speakers. Jeff Beck is in absolute control from the first note, his band is in stunning form as The Revolution Will Be Televised is announced by Rosie Bones. We are off to a show-stopping guitar fest no one speaks or move I am in the Beck Zone. The same feeling is on the double CD.  The recording of the live show has kept the warm fluid tones of a live performance and the night just gets better and better no wonder the audience is so enthusiastic.

The collection of tracks reflecting the half century of his incredible contribution to modern music. This is a party with true style as the eight-time Grammy award winner fills his golden moment with a phalanx of special guests. The guests add but never detract from Beck’s glittering virtuoso guitar performance. How far has the road been since Jeff Beck stood on the stage as a tourist to performing to a packed house of fans who hung on every note played and string bending moment. This would not have been a Jeff Beck celebratory party without Jan Hammer on keys bring the textured wonder that shapes Prog-Rock. Freeway Jam is the first but not the last time we hear Jan’s fingers dancing across the keyboards.

Early on in his career as a member of The Yardbirds Jimmy Hall takes on the lead vocals on Over Under Sideways and For Your love. Tonight we journey through his career dipping into an array of albums Truth his debut album through to the 2016 Loud Hailer album.  The albums are crammed full of one highlight after another the guests all adding pizzazz as Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Steven Tyler and Beth Hart all help create the celebratory mood. But the crowning glory on every track is the magical guitar sound from the maestro himself Jeff Beck. There is no need to be a guitar expert, or understand the technicalities of strings, pickups and pedals to sit back and listen in awe to the range and complexity of chords and riffs that flow with incendiary precision from the flying fingers across the six-strings.

To pick out a few of the tracks just doesn’t do justice to the album celebrating the depth and breadth of Beck’s long and illustrious career to-date. With Beck’s Bolero creating a pictorial landscape visualized through the sound and shape of Beck’s guitar, followed by a twin helping of glorious Beck, instrumental Rice Pudding always a live favourite morphing into Morning Dew with Jimmy Hall replacing Rod Stewart on vocals what a classic duo of tunes to showcase contemporary rock. We have to have a jam with the energy on the stage as Beck’s voice once again praises the great Jan Hammer on keys as we zoom down the Freeway. The keyboards create a sound that towers above the instrumentation then in reply Beck’s guitar sweet, controlled and determined that the keys will not win this road race.

The blues classic is given a Hart/Beck rendition as I’d Rather Go Blind is heard across the Hollywood Bowl as Beth relinquished the microphone Buddy Guy picks up the challenge to play with Jeff Beck. As Let Me Love You fills the auditorium and the guitars emit some mighty licks. Then Beck plays Rough Boy with Billy Gibbons, replaying the ZZ Top 2016 hit. Now with Steve Tyler as vocalist, the party is rocking and the show is heading to a close with the 1968 Yardbirds, Train Kept A-Rollin followed by Shape of Things. Who what a night of music live in your sitting room.

How to top that for an encore? Firstly, let the guitar do the talking with a glorious instrumental version of A Day In The Life from Beatles Sgt. Pepper Album. Then invite everyone back on stage and a tribute to the late Purple majesty, Prince with Purple Rain that left everyone listening stirred, shaken and over-awed by the wonderfully emotional performance leaving you astounded by the wonders of contemporary rock.

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

CD1:

  1. The Revolution Wil be Televised (Featuring Rosie Bones)
  2. Over Under Sideways Down (feat Jimmy Hall & Todd O’Keefe)
  3. Heart Full of Soul ((feat Jimmy Hall & Todd O’Keefe)
  4. For Your Love (feat Jimmy Hall & Todd O’Keefe)
  5. Becks Bolero
  6. Medley Rice Pudding / Morning Dew (feat Jimmy Hall)
  7. Freeway Jam (feat Jan Hammer)
  8. You Never Know (feat Jan Hammer)
  9. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers (feat )
  10. Star Cycle (feat Jan Hammer)
  11. Blue Wind (feat Jan Hammer)
  12. Big Block

CD2

  1. I’d Rather Go Blind (feat Beth Hart & Jan Hammer)
  2. Let Me Love You (feat Buddy Guy)
  3. Live In The Dark (feat Rosie Bones)
  4. Scared For The Children (feat Rosie Bones)
  5. Rough Boy (feat Billy Gibbons)
  6. Train Kept A Rollin’(feat Steven Tyler)
  7. Shapes of Things (feat Steven Tyler)
  8. Day In the Life
  9. Purple Rain (feat Jan Hammer, Beth Hart, Rosie Bones, Jimmy Hall & Steven Tyler)

 

Enjoy Jeff Beck Live Hollywood Bowl At Home

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK

 

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK – The Dead Daisies have announced tour dates for April-May 2018, to coincide with the release of their eagerly-anticipated 4th studio album. Kicking off the tour 2018 in the UK what a wonderful April – as John Corabi makes the announcement.

 

 

UK Dates – (With special guests THE TREATMENT & THE AMORETTES)

8th April 2018 – Glasgow, Garage Tickets

9th April 2018  – Bilston, Robin 2 Tickets

10th April 2018  – London, Koko Tickets

12th April 2018 – Manchester, Academy 2 Tickets

13th April 2018 – Nottingham, Rock City Tickets

14th April 2018 – Bristol, Academy Tickets

Tickets will be available from Thursday 21st December 2017. Get ‘em while you can!

Fans of this dynamic Australian-American rock supergroup, which pools impeccable pedigree rock talent, will be able to see the band making some serious noise at 6 dates and venues in the U.K. then 20 in Europe (details below). The mighty 26-performance run gets underway at Garage in Glasgow on 8th April 2018 and winds up in Madrid on 12th May. Further dates for Japan, South America, USA, Canada, as well as European Festivals will be announced very soon!

The Dead Daisies’ current line-up is comprised of singer John Corabi (Motley Crue, The Scream), lead guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), rhythm guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink), bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English, Harline)

The band is currently in Nashville, with Marti Frederiksen at the helm, finishing their eagerly-anticipated 4th studio album, and are looking forward to getting back on the road and performing live once more.

“We are so excited to announce the first part of our World Tour for 2018!” the band proclaims with passion, “Having been in the studio for a few months it certainly feels great to rise up and get ready to do what we do best!  We really cannot wait to burn it down with you guys and get the spirit of rock to set us free! And we can finally stop bitching about not having any new songs to play!”

In the U.K. The Dead Daisies will be joined by The Treatment and The Amorettes as special guests, Meanwhile, on the European leg of the tour, the special guests will be German rockers The New Roses.

2018 will be The Year of The Daisies!

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK

Dead Daisies 2018 World Tour 2018 in The UK

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Festival and Gig Reviews  2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Steelhouse 2017 Simply Marvellous Mud Music and Mates

Steelhouse family came together on a Welsh Mountain united by rain, sun and MUD! The glue binding us was live music and the super glue the brilliance of Bernie Marsden not once, not twice but all three days on the stage entertaining.  We had dragon magic gracing the festival that you climb up slowly to the top driving up a rough track to the top of a Welsh Mountain above Aberbeeg.  Read More HERE … Steelhouse 2017

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed.

Opening the cauldron of fiery guitar curling around the blues, we have Laurence Jones Band. The lead breaks were scintillating Kenny certainly makes the Strat bend to his fingers demands as it weeps, curls around tones of joy and pain. Tonight the setlist was a mix of old and new with six tracks from his current acclaimed album Lay It On Down. Read more HERE

Kenny Wayne Shepherd with support from Laurence Jones @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in Wales.

Friday night was alive as the energy of the Mule filled The Tramshed in Cardiff with over two hours of music that fills your soul.  Read More HERE

Gov’t Mule @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight

The Muni is back open for gigs. The crowds outside just show how popular the venue still is and the two acts on tonight Sari Schorr and The Engine Room opening for the mighty Walter Trout.  …. What a wonderful version of the mighty Albert Collin’s Cold Cold Feeling. Under Walter’s dexterous fingers he magic’s up a pure connection to the original whilst making this a pure gold classic Walter playing live moment. READ More HERE

Walter Trout with Special Guest Sari Schorr @ The Muni, Pontypridd October 2017

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

 

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

 

Tonight the last Friday of April the packed St David’s Hall was treated to a programme of two halves. A musical programme of two movements. The first Prog Rock modern, progressive and pertinent as Steve Hackett unveiled live numbers from his stunning album The Night Siren and dipping onto four of his many solo albums.  The second helping on this musical palette of delights was a revisiting of Genesis, the majority drawn from Wind and Wuthering celebrating forty years since its release. Read more HERE

Steve Hackett – St David’s Hall – April 2017

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

 

With a sold out show, everyone was at The Globe to hear the unique Hayseed Dixie take on classic songs we love to hear. Before the main event up on stage was an unknown entity, on the second night of their first UK Tour, a young French band, Dätcha Mandala. Read more HERE

Hayseed Dixie with Dätcha Mandala – The Globe, Cardiff April 2017

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

April Roadstars Are
Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch

Spring sunshine warming  Cardiff pavements, but not as hot as The Globe scorching from the two rock n roll sets from rising British Bands 2017 Planet Rock Roadstars show; Broken Witt Rebels Bad Touch.  Read more HERE

 

The Roadstars: Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch – The Globe – Cardiff – April

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

 

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

Do not let the clear blue skies deceive you, Cardiff is in for a British rock invasion with the promise of stormy weather brewing under the mighty hammer of Thor as Thunder hit the stage with an array of cameras. The show was being filmed tonight which added to the eagerness to get the show underway. Opening the evening, Cats In Space filled The Motorpoint Arena’s stage with energy and ready to warm up an already excitable Cardiff crowd. Read More HERE

Thunder with guests Cats In Space – Motorpoint – Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Once again we were the Third Level courtesy of Roots UnearthedSt David’s Hall, Cardiff bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley Daniel Kimbro a duo playing roots music with style. The roots are twisted and twirled as blues meets country and folk tales are re-told in new exciting arrangements. Read More HERE

 

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – St David’s Hall – Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

Sunday night, The Globe was buzzing with anticipation with Dan Reed Network back in Cardiff after 27 years. … The set was a Jukebox of live music as after the first few songs Dan Reed asked the audience to suggest the numbers. From the first album to the latest we were taken on a tour of DRN depth and breadth of music they deliver with energy and the pure delight of playing live music for an enraptured dancing clapping and definitely noisy and appreciative Cardiff crowd. Read More HERE

Dan Reed Network with Special guests Vega – The Globe Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff

Black Star Riders, attracted the rock fans of Cardiff and beyond tonight at The Tramshed. Tonight with a trio of bands would we have three jackpots in a row? Find out by reading on HERE

 

Black Star Riders – with Amorettes & Gun – Tramshed, Cardiff – March 2017

 

 

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

The wind was biting and vicious as we waited for doors to open at The Globe in Cardiff on St David’s night. The Queue was excited The Answer were in town as the long white tour bus parked outside confirmed. Before the mighty Answer would take to the stage with their distinctive blending of rock, with Irish folk to have us rolling with delight in the aisles, (we all wanted to hear our favourite tracks from Solas performed live for us)…. Read if we did HERE

 

The Answer – The Globe, Cardiff – March 2017

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

Friday 13th bringing joy to The Globe Cardiff as Blues Rock drenches the packed audience with a medley of chords, lyrics and emotions. Special guest Broken Witt Rebels and the mighty King King turned up the Blues thermostat, the venue and the music was scorching.

Sold Out, music to the ears of bands, venues and promoters alike, as Cardiff gives a loud and enthusiastic shout out for the Blues Rock power that is King King with their special guests Broken Witt Rebels. Read More HERE

King King with special guests Broken Witt Rebels – The Globe, Cardiff – Jan 2017

 

Advent 22 Gig and Live Music Fun in Wales 2017