King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

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.

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in CardiffOpening the night, getting Friday 13th of to a rocking good start are the young band from Birmingham receiving lots of attention for all the right reasons. Having seen them play a festival set at Planet Rockstock 2016,  my expectations were very high. So do not let Bluesdoodles down! Did they No they did NOT… why the set was full of rock and roll sparkle the glints of razor sharp sapphire blue fused into the rocking foundation of the Rebels sound.

TheyOpened with Low, from the critically acclaimed EP Georgia Pine. This is a number that raises the temperature as the band took us on a musical journey with tracks from this and previous release Howlin.  The musical journey was a road of interest full of hefty licks, and gentler curves. The vocals of Danny Core are immense as he introduces a new number into the mix Bang Bang.  finishing with Guns, this is a band that is blazing a trail that you want to get on board. Many bands have potential, many promise so much. There is no argument that Broken Witt Rebels are a tight unit. The timing is impeccable, the warmth with which they thank the crowd is heartfelt. The stagecraft is mature and they have the hunger to rise to their promised destiny.  The quartet collectively making a sound that entertains are James Tranter, Luke Davis, James Dudley and Danny Core. The band’s exciting melding of styles, smooth and raw, smoky and intense this is music refusing to be bent into a genre just to raise your pulse. Now it is down to  Broken Witt Rebels; it is in their hands they have the energy, talent and drive to make it all the way.

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

There was an unplanned extended break due to technical gremlins. Well, it was Friday 13th, but thanks to the unsung heroes of a gig the sound man and King King’s roadie the troublesome lead was dispatched and the show was ready to start. Everyone in a packed Globe ready, waiting and eager to hear King King, and the voice of Alan Nimmo following the operation last year.

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in CardiffOpening the night with Lose Control, the opening track of the Live album we play when the band are not in town. The set list captured the essence that is King King. The d combination of Wayne Proctor on Drums and Lindsay Coulson completing the rhythm section and to the left of Alan –  Bob Fridzema, with is Hammond C and Piano. In Alan’s own words as King King kick start of 2017 with their first show of the year “this is going to be some gig!”. The crowd of fans hung onto every word and note sung, and those who were hearing the band for the first time live were enthralled.  His voice is back, full of emotional cadences and tone every word he sang with pure delight the smile said it all. Rush Hour, from Reaching For The Light,  was stunning!! The addition of a 300 strong choir sending a tingle down the spine as Alan conducted hearing the lyrics being sung to him. A magical moment, only being there in that moment really explains the feeling, Being in the company of people loving the music, celebrating the moment. Live music is made up of thousands of these special moments. Bob Fidzema’s dancing King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiffhands brings Long History of Love to life, then More Than I Can Take, from Standing in The Shadows took the roof of the place. Then two songs played with a dedication. The first was recorded for Facebook live and was for Alan’s Mum who has not been well. Get Well soon shouted The Globe, hello Alan’s mum roared the capacity crowd and then You Stopped The Rain, what a song the emotional power hits everyone who listens to the number in a different way but always deeply personal. followed by Take A Look, not often played live and a favourite of Merch Man and Driver Mike. Alan as ever connects with the important things in a band’s journey. With the new remodelled voice giving Alan confidence and a vigour that spread across the room his excitement at King King playing on a stage again was infectious. Crazy, yes, the room went crazy with this perennial favourite. Then far too soon it was time for an encore Let Love In and another opportunity for Choir Globe to get involved.

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

What a night of Live Music. Stupendous. As King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff helped by Broken Witt Rebels.


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Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album




Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album. We have waited, was it worth the wait… Yes, It was and we can shout across the land at last we can have on tap that Live magic that is King King.

Live, has captured everything a King King gig has to offer. We have the Alan Nimmo wit and the crowd’s warm heartfelt appreciation with ovations and cheers and then the silence of a mass of people listening intently. Recorded on the 14th May 2016 at Glasgow O2 ABC, in front of a home crowd with that added energy of a homecoming for Alan.

King King always exhilarates, they are a unit of musicians who build on each other’s emotional energy making as Aristotle said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!”

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
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Opening the twelve track album with Lose Control, which is a certainty with King King’s music; this is a jump up and down number that will raise the temperature at any venue. Glasgow is on fine form as Alan thanks the audience before launching into a Fabulous Thunderbirds number that is always sublime when it receives the King King treatment Wait On Time is no different tonight. The guitar from Alan weeps and pulls at the rock n roll vibe that Wayne picks up with a clash of the cymbal as the guitar beguiles you and pulls you in to a Nimmo musical hug.


Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
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The opening keys from Bob need no introduction with Long History of

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
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Love. Alan, sings  “…all I have to do is close my eyes….” and instantly I am transported to the front of the crowded venue and see the kilt, Bob’s smile behind the keys, Lindsey’s cheeky grin and Wayne behind the drums with stick raised with a purpose you can actually  smell and feel the atmosphere that is a King King live show.


Every track is a winner there are no favourites they all send that ecstatic musical shiver down the spine but as ever You Stopped The Rain dedicated to his brother Stevie and Frankie Millers, Jealousy raises hairs on my arms and I hold by breath so that every nuance of the numbers are not missed. Heavenly!


Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
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The tempo ebbs and flows  and as ever King King send you a little bit Crazy, as they pull out all the stops  to entertain with top-notch music.  Closing with Let Love In, once again we have entered their world they thank us for coming we thank them once again for keeping music fun and live.  The set list takes on a stroll from their current award-winning studio album Reaching For The Light, dipping into the back catalogue of both Standing In the Shadows and Take My Hand.


If you have been to a King King gig this is the whole event boxed and tied in tartan ribbon for you to enjoy again and again as we wait for the next tour to begin.  For a  glorious eighty-four minutes reality is suspended and you are transported into the land of rock-blues wow! Land with King King Live!

King King –  Live – Manhaton Records – Released Friday 21st October 2016

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live AlbumA Deluxe Edition 3-disc set, that will soon be available for pre-order, includes two CDs that captures the live energy of King King’s sold-out hometown concert at O2 ABC in Glasgow on 14th May 2016, plus a bonus DVD film of the band performing to a sold-out crowd at the Holmfirth Picturedrome on 13th April 2016.

Says King King’s lead singer and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “We are excited about ‘King King Live’ because it’s the first time we’ve ever released a live album.  It’s a great testament to how our audiences drive us on to perform to the best of our abilities. The audience reaction to the live performances is amazing.  This release couldn’t have been possible without them.”

Live Album Track List 

CD 1                                                        CD2

Lose Control                                         You Stopped The Rain
Wait On Time                                       Jealousy
Waking Up                                            Crazy
Rush Hour                                            All Your Life
A Long History Of Love                       Stranger To Love
More Than I Can Take                         Let Love In


Live DVD Track List

Lose Control
Waking Up
Rush Hour
A Long History Of Love
More Than I Can Take
You Stopped The Rain
All Your Life
Stranger to Love
Old Love
Let Love In



Back On Tour – November Brings Back King King



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Due to a recent vocal cord condition with lead singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo, the majority of King King’s November 2016 UK tour dates with special guests Broken Witt Rebels, have been re-scheduled to January, February, March and May 2017. The news follows the release of the band’s first ever live album ‘King King Live’ that went to #1 in Amazon’s Best Sellers Blues Rock Chart, and the upcoming release of their radio remix of their new single ‘Waking Up’.

Says King King’s frontman, Alan Nimmo, “I’ve seen my ENT specialist. He put a camera down my throat to look at what condition my vocal cords were in. Unfortunately, there’s still a good bit of inflammation and redness. I’ve been working with a vocal coach to build strength and stamina to aid my recovery.
“We will be re-scheduling most of the dates on the UK tour to January, February and March, however, we will commit to the remaining four shows on the November UK tour, beginning at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall (25 November), continuing through to the Live Rooms in Chester (26 November), The Grand Venue in Clitheroe (27 November) and wrapping up in London at Islington Assembly Hall (29 November).”

 Aberdeen Lemon Tree – Thu 24th
Edinburgh Queens Hall – Fri 25th
Chester Live Rooms – Sat 26th
Clitheroe Grand – Sun 27th
Islington Assembly – Tue 29th

Re-scheduled 2017 UK Tour Dates

Cardiff  The Globe Fri 13th January 2017
Frome Cheese & Grain – Sat 14th January 2017
Brighton Old Market – Wed 9th February 2017
Norwich Waterfront – Fri 3rd February 2017
Southampton 1865 – Sat 4th February 2017
Exeter Phoenix – Sat 18th February 2017th
Fri Brighton Old Market – Fri 3rd March 2017
Bilston Robin 2 – Sat 4th March 2017
Aberdeen Lemon Tree Sun 14th May 2017


Back On Tour – November Brings Back  King King



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To coincide with the November tour, King King are pleased to announce the release of a new live album that will be released on CD and digital download in October. The album will include the full audio from a storming live concert in Glasgow, plus exclusive DVD filmed at the Holmfirth Picturedrome.

Back On Tour - November Brings Back King King

 Brighton Old Market – Wed 9th
Norwich Waterfront – Thu 10th
Southampton 1865 – Fri 11th
Frome Cheese & Grain – Thu 17th
Bilston Robin 2 – Fri 18th
Cardiff Tramshed – Sat 19th
Exeter Phoenix – Sun 20th
Aberdeen Lemon Tree – Thu 24th
Edinburgh Queens Hall – Fri 25th
Chester Live Rooms – Sat 26th
Clitheroe Grand – Sun 27th
Islington Assembly – Tue 29th

Having scored three radio hit singles on Planet Rock with the songs Crazy, Hurricane, and most recently, Rush Hour, King King received a nomination for Best New Band at the 2015 Classic Rock Awards. King King followed up with a UK arena tour supporting Thunder that was highlighted at a packed concert at London’s Wembley Arena, and, as a result, won them over a raft of new fans.

The band’s 2015 album, Reaching For The Light, was voted #1 album by Blues Rock Review.  In 2014, King King won a total of five 2014 British Blues Awards, includingBest Album and Best Band. The nods came from BBC Radio 2 presenter Paul Jones to Classic Rock’s The Blues magazine. Their support slot on John Mayall’s 2014 UK tour pushed the band to another level.


Bluesdoodles reviews and more:

King KIng AlbumBack On Tour - November Brings Back King KingKing King – Reaching For The Light – HERE

Thunder, King King Entertain Colston Hall – HERE

John Mayall, King King Entertain St David’s Hall – HERE

Broken Witt Rebels – Georgia Pines – HERE


Back On Tour - November Brings Back King King

Back On Tour – November Brings Back  King King

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In the last six months, the buzz around self-released, Birmingham blues rock band Broken Witt Rebels has reached a deafening roar. So much so that the band have rushed out their latest single, Guns, to capitalize on fan-driven interest. The official video for Guns has generated almost 400,000 views on YouTube in less than 48 hours.

Chosen by the fans, Guns is now the second single to be taken from the band’s <strong>Georgia Pine EP. Produced by Tom Gittins (Robert Plant), the previous single, Low, was a featured track of the week on Radio X, and play-listed on Planet Rock, who are currently playing Guns.

GUNS pays homage to their hometown of Birmingham with a melody and energy that tears through you, with the refrain. “Born and raised where Guns are made, they burn bright like a cigarette.”

The Birmingham four-piece is comprised of James Tranter (guitar), Danny Core (vocals), Luke Davis (bass) and James Dudley (drums). Their bluesy southern swagger has drawn favourable comparisons with Kings of Leon, Alabama Shakes and The Black Keys.

King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury

Dan Patlansky supporting King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in SalisburyDan Patlansky supporting King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury

King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury


Tonight there was a very special buzz around City Hall, Salisbury. With a plethora of Thunder T-shirts through the years, a smattering of Satriani and many more King King Shirts. Both Dan Patlansky & King King, continue to be noticed for all the right reasons Blues that rocks your soul having toured with Joe Satriani and Thunder respectively.


Dan Patlansky supporting King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in SalisburySeats were filled and the lights dimmed and the music caught your breath as South African Dan Patlansky took control of the stage. This is the first opportunity to hear tracks live from his latest superb studio album Introvertigo. They sound even more exciting when you can see Dan’s magic fingers playing with the six-strings. The band was on fire providing a lusciousness of tone and sound for the guitar to soar up above with Dan’s vocals as hot as chestnuts heated over a brazier of firing blues.  Into the mix, this band is not messing around as they play Stop The Messin’. Then a change of guitar and slide for Heartbeat, drum’s pulling up the heat of Africa the beat resembling a heartbeat that is both fast and primeval. This track live is a fret teaser and the speed of Dan’s fingers is mesmerizing and the beating of hearts increased with the hot delights. The tempo changed and we had some slow blues as Old Red his preferred guitar worn with love entertained once again. With great interaction, Dan was warming the crowded venue for King King. The echo effect of Dan’s voice as he drew us in along with the melting and merging of tones contrasting and harmonizing this is exciting blues. Dipping into his previous album Dear Silence Thieves, via Backbite, the clock is speeding and Dan plays loud, raucous and always he has control of the guitar, holding by one string dancing up the fretboard and contending with an amp that just doesn’t want to play the game. Dan Patlansky excites, with is freeform blues-rock, with an instrumental that has the audience collectively holding their breath the guitar playing is phenomenal, Hendrix heart and soul has entered the building as Patlansky entertains, the audience is now hot with excitement.


King King WM-1209A short-break and the crowded venue fidgeting in their seats and then with a swirl of his red kilt and beaming smile Alan Nimmo sets the King King train underway in Salisbury tonight. King King’s reputation continues to grow as they tour making new friends on the way and always entertaining with blues that has special cadence unique to them. With a number of albums under the kilt we re-visited the earlier recordings and were entertained with songs for the acclaimed 2015 Reaching For The Light.  They may have opened with Lose Control, but everything was firmly under control for, Alan Nimmo fronting vocals and guitar, Bob Fridzema of keys and the powerhouse holding the rhythm Lindsay Coulson and Wayne Proctor. Glaswegian Alan, full of smiles and the vocals strong despite the fact this was the penultimate date on the tour and Alan waiting for what he calls his wee operation on his vocal chords. Everyone wishes him well though there are a few festival dates still to catch King King over the summer.  The studio version of Rush Hour is awesome, live it takes on another dimension of energy.  Why? It is the audience who participate picking up the beat set down by Wayne Proctor who builds the anticipated rhythm with style and flourish of the sticks Lindsay’s’ bass line fills in the gaps providing a rhythmic tempo allowing Alan to strut and swirl upfront. Two crowd stopping heart-searing moments in the momentous set were first Long History of Love and later in the set Jealousy. Bob’s Fridzema’s, Hammond combined with the whirling Leslie creates a sound that swells and grows filling every drop of air with sweet chords of Long History of Love. The music is so powerful you can taste it. Then add into the mix Alan Nimmo’s vocal and Fender the music is putty in his hands and we adore King King for playing music that hits our souls.  The emotion and inner tension of fellow Glaswegian Frankie Miller’s classic Jealousy is held in Alan’s hands from the first to the last note.  The warmth of the emotion, the agony of the pain jealousy causes are all captured in the guitar chord and the inflection of Alan’s voice. Wow! Who cannot be moved by this spine-chilling hairs on your arms raising performance? This is not the final number the tempo changes the audience fills with delight as the first notes of Crazy flow through the auditorium.  Then Alan’s party piece as he turns the volume down, down, down until you can hear the strings ping. The audience sits in respectful hush, the silence is deep and Stranger To Love wins us over again as the volume rises and the tuneful voice of Alan fills the hall again. Then they leave, and we want more but this is the last song of the night, the crowds stand in unison and cheer for more. With a smile and wave King King are back on stage for one last number the crowd-pleasing melodic Let Love In we sung, Alan sung we were all in harmony. The power of live music uniting us this is Blues-Rock infused with layers of tones and the deep feel of the blues.


Their status as performers extraordinaire was confirmed again with tonight’s no wonder King King are award winning, mega-popular and Reaching For The Light was the album of 2015 for many.  This is a night many will talk about do you remember when South African Dan Patlansky and ten the mighty King King took Salisbury by a Blues storm. Yes, King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury tonight. Dan Patlansky opening raised the roof. Blues swirled with rock heartbeats with both bands fuelled by delicious cake from Cupcake Heaven enjoyed as part of a rocking afternoon tea.

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Sit Back Enjoy Rush Hour with King King

Rush Hour-

Sit Back Enjoy Rush Hour with King King

From the stunning album released in 2015 Reaching For The Light we have a brand new Radio re-mix single RUSH HOUR.

Buy The Single, sit play and relax it is Rush Hour that pleases from the first breath to the last fading note. King King are mighty as a single There is a moment hesitation, then Alan breaths the vocals into the microphone hooking you into the music as Wayne Proctor’s Drums. Lindsay Coulson Bass and the keys of Bob Fridezma joins the mighty guitar and the quartet that is King King weaves their magic. You have the album, you have tickets to see the next show why buy Rush Hour as a single I hear you ask? This 4 minutes and 29 seconds of magic more than a marketing tool this is Rush Hour re-invented. Having played the number to the applauding crowds when opening for Thunder and then on a headline tour with Laurence  Jones. The band took time to go back into the studio to re-work shape and nail the blues-rock power that is a medium paced delight not a helter-skelter ride to the finish. Rush Hour.  Now re-mix the beauty of the lyrics the melodic unfolding of the tune honed to prefection with a new energy having played the song live.

The record label Manhaton have returned to Superfly Studios and mixed at Y Dream Studios, with Bob Ludwig from Gateway Mastering engineering a single that should be Number One for weeks. In days gone past this would have been in the charts and King King on Top Of The Pops! If you haven’t listened to King King download the single it is the perfect way of spending 79p. Download HERE and own a single full of soul and musical inner beauty. Re-mixed with love Rush Hour keeps you in the King King groove until you see them live in May.


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Award-winning Blues Rock band King King announce in association with Planet Rock radio a new nationwide UK tour for May 2016. King King always deliver –  read here what we said HERE. In addition to the award-winning Blues Rock of King King, inviting special guest South African guitarist Dan Patlansky, to open for King King. Patlansky, has won many plaudits opening for Joe Satriani across Europe and the UK recently – read about this HERE.

photo credit Laurence Harvey
photo credit Laurence Harvey

King King with two recent radio hit singles on Planet Rock with the songs Crazy and Hurricane, and a recent nomination for Best New Band at this year’s Classic Rock Awards, King King are going from strength to strength.

Their third studio album, Reaching for the Light, has been championed by dozens of music magazines and is a firm favourite at Bluesdoodles why “King King have nailed it with this album of platinum proportions” – read the rest HERE. In the New Year the band will record a full electric session for Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio 2.

photo credit Stephen Fourie
photo credit Stephen Fourie

Dan Patlansky has been winning fans in the U.K. where ever he picks up his guitar. April 2015, Dear Silence

Thieves was finally released in the UK, and Dan supported the release by touring the UK and was welcomed with open arms by the British rock and blues press with rave reviews and accolades including Bluesdoodles HERE.

Exciting follow-up album  to Dear Silence Thieves, INTRO-VERTIGO release date April 2016 just in time for this tour with King King!

The Globe Reaching For The Light with King King

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The Globe Reaching For The Light with King King



Opening tonight to a sell-out crowd at The Globe in Cardiff was Laurence ‘call me husky’ Jones, carrying on like the trooper despite a sore throat. It was a warm welcome from the many Laurence fans who still remember the young boy who played and delighted Cardiff many years ago. With a new drummer Phil Wilson and bassist Roger Innis this was going to be blues all the way from the dim blue light semi-illuminating the stage (The Globe is currently having the lighting updated). The set saw Laurence opening with a baritone guitar adding another weapon to his guitar driven blues armoury. This was a short set in which Laurence fitted a basket full of blues vibes. Within the set we were treated to All I Need off his current CD, What’s It Gonna Be. Good Morning Blues, a legendary Leadbelly number that Laurence played earlier in the year on stage at Carnegie Hall for the Leadbelly festival was the stand-out number for me, and the set was closed with a tribute to the late great BB King. Less singing tonight and more guitar blues breaks was welcomed by many and definitely warmed the atmosphere ready for the mighty King King.

It was richly deserved that King King who have travelled many miles and played at gigs when a few dozen people have loyally turned up, know that the fruits of their valiant efforts have been rewarded they are a name that people travel to see not once but as often as possible on a tour. The cheers were warm and full of delighted King King WM-7268anticipation as the jammed-to-the-rafters venue welcomed King King on stage. We were delighted that the kilted scot Alan Nimmo and his band of musical boys were back in town. We have the albums but King King live have a verve and an irresistible charm of rock that kicks the blues out of your soul.

Opening with Lose Control, the audience may have been at fever pitch King King just played on with controlled passion that filled the rafters of The Globe with a warm sound. Alan Nimmo out front throughout the evening displayed the twin talents that make him such a superb front-man. His guitar playing was at times raw, then gentle and always sweet. Then he opens his mouth and his tenor delights as the words are caressed and formed by his silvery tongue. The emotion is added to lyrics that make you want to rock n’ roll. Cry and sigh he nailed every song tonight. His confidence is high having been opening with the band for among others Thunder and John Mayall; this he uses to great effect. The crowd warms to his cheeky smile and tales he had the Welsh audience singing loudly and with delight he even said we had the job. King King like all great bands is more than the sum of the total parts. To Alan’s left is the mighty Bob Fridzema on keys and Hammond C3 he produces a wall of sound that adds another tonal layer of chords. His playing can be intense and then on other tracks gentle, a subtle whisper, adding hidden depths. To his right Lindsay Coulson, with his trademark dark blue bass and King King embellished strap; an evergreen presence who has shared every moment of King King’s journey. Sitting behind his Ludwig drum kit sits the awesome pivotal force Wayne Procter and his drumming. He adds a deep beating tone and texture to King King. What a quartet! With each year a new signature arises from the set list and at the moment it is Rush Hour from their current album Reaching for The Light. The whole set was a standout – Frankie Miller’s Jealousy full of emotional control as Alan combines guitar work that zings and his vocals purr and curl around the six-strings. Tonight, You Stopped the Rain was dedicated not to his older brother Stevie Nimmo, but his mother who is poorly in hospital. Everyone at the Globe sent speedy recovery wishes. Rather than go through the set list which is below it was the atmosphere that King King live creates that is what makes them a must see band in 2016. The instrumental included in the set was a fantastic addition. King King WM-7343Having Bob to open and lead the tempo adding some funky chords, subtle jazz interludes then back into rocking good blues. All four had fun following the path Bob was musically leading them and gave the instruments a moment to shine above Alan’s vocals. Live music will always have a special frisson of energy and emotion. King King delivers this live energy that is plugged directly into your musical antenna and sends shivers of delight up your spine and deep into your soul and memory. They manage to make you dance, laugh and cry and have a thoroughly great time.

As King King’s reputation grows and the expectation of the audience before a note is struck rises they have to continue to grow and showcase the music that will keep everyone coming back for more. Tonight King King surpassed expectations they were on fire, the selection of tracks from across their career fitted the bill, leaving us wanting more and counting down the days when they are back on a stage so we can hear King King live, sparkling and full of blues in their soul that has the edge of rock to spice it up.

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Set List

Lose Control (King King Album – Take My Hand)
Wait On Time – Thunderbirds
Waking Up (King King Album – Reaching For The Light)
Rush Hour (King King Album – Reaching For The Light)
Long History of Love (King King Album – Standing in the Shadows)
More Than I Can Take (King King Album – Standing in the Shadows)
You stopped The Rain (King King Album – Reaching For The Light)
Jealousy (King King Album – Standing in the Shadows)
Crazy (King King Album – Reaching For The Light)
All Your Life (King King Album – Take My Hand)
Stranger Love (King King Album –
Reaching For The Light)
Encore – Let Love In (King King Album – Standing in the Shadows)

Disappointed to have missed King King well they are back on tour soon with special guest Dan Patlansky

– get your tickets fast they are selling like the proverbial hot cakes..

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Clap of Thunder Rocks Colston Hall Bristol

Clap of Thunder Rocks Colston Hall Bristol


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Colston Hall, Bristol we made it through the chaotic traffic that was conspiring to make us late. We overcame and were there to see the first band in a smorgasbord of styles on offer tonight. With three bands it was going to be wall to wall guitars, vocals and keyboards with King King, Terrorvision and THUNDER!

What a start King King are not a bottom of the bill blues rock outfit. Thirty minutes are just not long enough we wanted more of Alan Nimmo’s honey dripping vocals that pour over his guitar strings. They made the best use of the time, chatter kept to a minimum they let the music do the talking. One thing for certain they made another phalnax of fans tonight, who will want to hear the band again very soon – you are in luck they are back on tour – checkout dates and venues HERE. King King are more than a little bit special they are a quartet of talent. King King are a band that celebrate each other’s abilities, thus the musical depth is greater than the sum of the individual inputs. Kilted and dazzling as ever front man Alan Nimmo adds the shining finishing touches to the surround provided by his musical comrades. The keys add lead breaks and curlicues of chords to every track thanks to Bob Fridzema, and the rhythm section, drummer Wayne Proctor and Lindsay Coulson on bass adding yet another tonal layer to the King King’s rising blues Rock Banner. What an opening act! We wanted more but sadly was not to be appropriately squeezed into a whistle-stop tour of King King songs was Hurricane kicking up a storm before Thunder, and then Bristol had a chance to sing with Rush Hour and You Drive Me Crazy. King King came and once again excited and royally conquered Bristol with blues rock that appeals and thrills every time.

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What an efficient turn- around equipment taken off the front of stage and Terrovision were set up and ready to take over the baton handed to them by King King to entertain.

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Terrovision, a band from Bradford not one I have heard much of so intrigued. Would they be terrifying or a visual delight? It turned out they for me were neither! For me they just did not connect in my musical lexicon. They were a letdown following the opening set. They delivered a set of high-octane power rock-pop, many fans in the audience were delighted with the antics. The second keyboard player of the night, who kept rocking the keyboard into a strange angle which added nothing the sound. Terrorvision definitely infused the high energy set with powerful riffs. Tony Wright fronting the band cavorts across the stage delivering his vocals whether on Discotheque Wreck the opening number right through to the expected songs in the set. The fans loved the trip down nostalgia road – My House, Alice and What’s The Matter. The set was showmanship over substance why take your shirt of Tony it added nothing to D’ya Wanna Go Faster as he leaped around the stage. Thankfully he did put another shirt on. Terrorvision fans were delighted they understand what Terrorvision are about musically this metal-pop just did not ignite.

Thunder WM-5944Another quick set change. Entering the stage to Edgar Winter on the PA followed by a clap of thunder! Danny Bowes and Thunder under a blaze of lights hit the stage in Bristol the applause, shouts and whistles were thunderous. The atmosphere just got hotter and hotter the energy and the thrill of the audience was uniform from the front of the stage up through into the seats upstairs. Starting the show with Wonder Days, title track off their current nostalgia drenched album. Danny had complete control of the crowd generating an electric atmosphere that he continued to re-fuel throughout the set.

Thunder is a band that refused to fade away, they have a fan base that is alive, well and growing this is the renaissance of a much underrated rock band. The reward a top-ten album, chart topping DVD and sell out shows – Colston Hall was sold out months ago.

Danny’s vocals are superb as he spits out the lyrics and then throughs in a gentler side. With his long-time partner in music Luke Morley on guitar. Adding into the Thunder mix that blew up a storm are one of the most popular drummers Gary ‘Harry’ James combined with Chris Childs the rhythm is assured. We still need a another layer of tones so who else could fill the role it has to be multi-instrumentalist Ben Matthews who not only plays a splendid cowbell his true role is guitarist and keyboard player. Fantastic to see him back on stage after his brush with Cancer.

This is not a strutting testosterone fueled rock band. Thunder want to have some cheeky fun, they want to have a rock fest of joyous energy. The set list was laden with songs from Wonder Days. There was also time to revisit past glories including River of Pain from the 1995 Behind Closed Door album and further back Like A Satellite. The crowd whooped with delight and earned a chiding from Danny as he smiled and said “you’re not helping”. Despite the passage of time, which Danny referred to his vocal prowess has not diminished with the passing years. He is unarguably on of the finest rock voices on the circuit today.
Luke Morely played with his characteristic way, tasteful considerate and never overwhelming the band. As Danny Bowes left the stage the acoustic was his chosen guitar with a gentle number fitting neatly into the set a juxtaposition to the rest of the evening. The interlude was short-lived the Gibson flying V tool over the voice was back and the band picked up the rock tempo with a flick of the lights adding more power to the set Rock Conquers All. The Colston Hall crowd loved every maneuver Danny used to get them participating the sparks between stage and audience were as intense as an electric storm. The cowbell added to I Love You More Than Rock and Roll, and Ben used the bell for a short while in the next track before casually throwing it towards the back of the stage where it was deftly caught. Picking up the guitar the bell was silenced.

The noise rose and rose as the demand for an encore was screamed, stamped and shouted for and the enthusiastic and happy audience was rewarded with Serpentine from Wonder Days and the inevitable Dirty Love.

Thunder tonight, played a magnificent set of classic rock sparking with lightening of guitars and keys and the thunderous power of ‘Harry’ on drums. SUPERB!!!

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King King Live 2015

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King King Live 2015

Artrix, Bromsgrove
12th November 2015


King King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0235lKing King the main event delivered a massive attack of rocking blues they blew the socks off everyone sat in the auditorium of The Artrix, who cheered, joined in and even danced despite the seats proving that the music could not be ignored. First, though let’s wind the clock back to the beginning.
The Artrix is a modern box on the outside, inside is a warm welcome from helpful staff a hot coffee from the bar welcomed on a wet and blowy evening – Storm Abigail may have been swirling outside, inside was light and bright. The welcoming atmosphere was warmed with the sounds of SongStars, the show choir of the venue with three generations spanning 5-whatever age you want to be performing in a choir with a selection of cheerful songs that set the mood for the doors opening and an evening of electric guitars, and vocals.

Ben Poole - Artrix - Nov 2015_0123lBen Poole and his band took to the stage opening with a real favourite Lets Go Up Stairs, hitting the ground running with bluesy lead breaks that seared through the sell-out auditorium, literally packed to the rafters. It is the rhythm section that lays down the grove thanks to the combination Craig Bacon’s drumming and bassist Matt Beable that allows Ben to explore the power of the six-strings in the lead breaks that grow in complexity. The clean and pure theatre sound suits his style of playing and the wooden façade on each tier of The Artrix warmed the sound. There was nothing clinical about his playing tonight, there was passion and fire as he interacted with audience and band. Ben Poole’s tribute to Gary Moore was the stand out moment the guitar work was exuding the essence of Gary Moore as the first chords of Holding On to Love hit home, full of emotion that made the guitar weep. Ben is growing in stature, he is a blues guitarist who writes songs with meaning that weave in influences so we have funk, country twang and sometimes a glimmer of solid rock making him stand out in the crowd.

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King King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0264lAfter a short break where the women laughed – for once the long queue was for the gents and not the ladies, the music was back on the stage with King King landing on the stage with a smile and a hefty wallop of the sound that is King King. It is distinctive mind curling delight of blues running through a tasty stick of aurally delightful rock! They may have played Lose Control, but that is something this band never does Alan Nimmo the ‘quiet unassuming’ kilted vocalist/guitarist up front has the audience warming to him with his pithy observations, ready smile and a guitar that sings in perfect harmony to his lyrical vocals that caress the words filling themKing King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0039l with emotion. Another night on tour, and a sell-out once again, even though they have not played Bromsgrove before their reputation is growing hardly surprising with three fabulous albums especially Reaching For the Light, Bluesdoodles said ..album of platinum proportions.. Tonight we heard tracks that prove a studio album sounds even better when the music is live and you can see, feel and hear up close and personal. King King the quartetKing King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0018l that has a cascade of sounds with layers of tonal textures thanks to Wayne Proctor’s drumming and clever use of cymbals and shading of sound from his drum kit whilst adding the rhythm is Lindsay Coulson on bass this is the back line that adds the dark colours to many a song. Then to the left of Alan is the mighty Hammond organ and piano played with panache by Bob Fridezma and adding a richness to the torrent that is the music of King King. Every song has the finishing tKing King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0087louch with the sparkling vocals of Alan, he can whip up a frenzy, make you cry, laugh and definitely makes you want to get up and dance it is the infection that is King King live.

You Stopped The Rain is a moving song dedicated to his brother Stevie a cancer survivor and to everyone touched by the awful disease this is no maudlin track full of self-doubt and reflection it is about power that drives a person too overcome full of hope and energy. Frankie Miller’s Jealousy, was given the Nimmo treatment and his voice rose above the musicians, through the auditorium music that is totally absorbing. We heard so many wonderful King King songs on the night including You Drive me Crazy, a single off their latest album King King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0210lReaching For the Light, that has had lots of airplay on Planet Rock, and Hurricane a suitable night when especially Scotland is going to be hit by Storm Abigail. Then there was for me the highlight of the evening; A Stranger To Love; this was a display of the interplay between the band, Alan’s vocals and the guitar work as he stood out front, turned the volume down and down until it was just the sound of the strings heard across the hall as The Artrix’s acoustics took up the sound and bounced and weaved them around the walls. The audience spellbound in appreciation were collectively quiet as a church mouse. Then the volume rose and a crescendo flowed… wow music that is stunning.
Tonight Bromsgrove rocked to the R&B that defines King King; they came, played and conquered. Yes there was an encore with lots of joyous audience participation, Let Your Love Shine; the love for King King definitely was felt tonight.

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King King – Nominated in the Best New band category ~ Get VOTING!

11986537_10153021880226922_6610046540939390124_nKing King  have been nominated in the Best New Band category of the Classic Rock magazine Roll Of Honour awards!

All votes are appreciated by this Band that is redefining British Rock Blues.. VOTE HERE






King KIng Album


Bluesdoodles loved their latest album Reaching For The Light we said… King King have nailed it with this album of platinum proportions

King King are touring UK this Autumn check out the dates and book a show – TOUR DATES







Following last night’s sold out  Jazz Cafe concert, multi-award winning blues rock band KingKing have added a London date to their October/November UK tour at O2 Islington Academyon Wednesday November 11.  Tickets available from or 0844 478 0898.

Reaching For The Light hit the Amazon UK Best Selling Blues Album Download Chart at #1 this week, with additional entries in the iTunes UK Blues Chart at #2 and Amazon’s UK Physical Blues Chart at #3.

“We’re really proud of this album,” says front man Alan Nimmo. “It’s faster, louder, more energetic and more exciting. It’s got the potential to blow the roof off.”

Listen to Hurricane and in the eye of the storm get your tickets for a show or two King King NEVER disappoint!


Bluesdoodles said in their review King King have nailed it with this album of platinum proportions
Bluesdoodles- Review of Reaching For The Light  and Interview with Alan

Reaching For The Light U.K. Autumn Tour

BURTON UPON TRENT, BREWHOUSE – Wednesday 21st October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898

HARPENDEN, PUBLIC HALLS – Friday 23rd October 2015
Box Office: 01582 767525 or Book Online: Gig Cartel

TAVISTOCK, THE WHARF – Saturday 24th October 2015
Box Office: 01822 611166 or Book Online: HERE

Sunday 25th October 2015
Box Office: 024 765 72777 or Book Online: HERE

Tuesday 27th October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

Thursday 29th October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

Friday 30th October 2015
Box Office: 01200 421599 or Book Online: HERE

Saturday 31st October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898
Book Online:
16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

Sunday 1st November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

CHESTERFIELD, REAL TIME LIVE – Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

HULL, FRUIT – Wednesday 4th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

FROME, CHEESE AND GRAIN – Friday 6th November 2015
Box Office: 01373 455420 or Book Online: HERE

SHOREHAM, ROPETACKLE ARTS – Saturday 7th November 2015
Box Office: 01273 455992 or Book Online: HERE

LONDON, ISLINGTON O2 ACADEMY – Wednesday 11th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 249 1000 or Book Online: HERE

BROMSGROVE, ARTRIX – Thursday 12th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

SALE, WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE – Friday 13th November 2015
Box Office: 0161 912 5616 or Book Online: HERE

MORECAMBE, THE PLATFORM – Saturday 14th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

SHREWSBURY, THEATRE SEVEN – Sunday 15th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

Read Bluesdoodles Interview with Alan Nimmo HERE