Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry Smoke

Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry Smoke

Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry Smoke

 

 

Spring sunshine warmed the pavements as the crowds gathered on the street outside the O2 Academy Bristol. The draw tonight was a double hitting rocking with energy delight with Biters opening the cavalcade of music, culminating with Blackberry Smoke. The bands are both label mates and friends so the pairing made sense on many levels to the audience it was the music, quality.

Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry SmokeThere was a rock n’ roll, retro bite as the band kicked off the night it was full steam ahead for music fun and games.  The quartet from Georgia, stepped onto the stage with a step back into the past Norman Greenbaum, Spirit In the Sky. This is a band that have both feet in the 1970’s including a number celebrating the golden age of rock 1975. With the task of warming the crowd, they immediately connected with the Bristol tonight, with a shout out for the gigging venue on a boat we all love where they have played. Thekla the venue where we hear first many a band that become firm favourites, demonstrating the importance of a vibrant and varied landscape of venues in a city. Cardiff, please take note; Womanby Street is a cultural asset!

Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry SmokeNow, back to the music with influences flowing through the veins of the music but never clogging the artistry with hints of Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzie and a large helping of T-Rex.  Biters, have a forthcoming album due out 19th May on EarAche records; The Future Aint’ What It Used To Be. The superb and ear-catching single from the forthcoming album Stone Cold Love full of T-Rex vibe was part of the opening numbers and we certainly were riding a retro rollercoaster of delight. Fitting in with the southern rock/country rocking vibe Georgia and Gypsy Rose fitted the starter menu perfectly. This is music that entertains. Energetic young band the perfect platform of hooks that caught the vocals and licks that made you shout with joy as the drums pulled the rhythm through every number.

Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry Smoke

The Bristol crowd was excited and ready for more rock in the form of Blackberry Smoke.  Back in Bristol, a band they are road warriors getting their distinctive sound majestic Southern Rock, authentic. They are as they describe themselves Too Country for Rock; Too Rock for Country the sound is a collision of two genres into a crescendo of rock that is full of southern warmth and edgy charm. Tonight Like An Arrow Tour rolled into Bristol, the city music fans appreciated this as the venue was packed from top to bottom.  Opening with Fire In The Hole we are ready to put reality on hold and be transported into the land of Blackberry Smoke with the setlist full of songs from the discography covering the whole of the twenty-first century. Yes, Blackberry Smoke are a millennium southern rocking explosion.   This is good time rocking music with an edge, the sound Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry Smokepermeated through the crowd creating an electric party atmosphere.  With Waiting For Thunder from current album having the audience singing and this will be a keeper for a live set becoming a classic.  The melding of American music is evident in a number that rocks and Charlie Starr, pulling on the tradition of the holler and the lead break from the keyboard under the guidance of Brandon Still is picked up by the guitar. What a number only five songs in and the venue is steaming with this heavy hollering delight. The music flows with an energy as the southern rock credentials pour through the O2, with Pretty Little Lie.  The wonderful southern slide sound from Charlie’s Gibson 335 was a joy to behold, and the keys add that extra tonal layer we are all transported to a special place that live music takes you. There has to be the jam moment, tonight A Sleeping Dog, from The Whippoorwill album is segued with Your Time Is Gonna Come as Zeppelin and Allman’s sounds are pulled into the version tonight. This is the moment when time stands still as the audience is collectively transfixed by the music we are a single entity absorbed and re-vitalised by the cleansing sound of guitars washing the dust away.

Tonight, music is a celebration of the sound of Americana with a willing audience participating in Ain’t Got The Blues, no-one in the audience tonight had the blues the music was a celebration of the positive, feeling good was the result.  Another number celebrating the sound of the Acoustic guitar was One Horse Town. All to soon time was catching up the encore left us with a trio of delights. We wanted more, tonight Blackberry Smoke were on top of the game. The guitar harmonies flawless, the percussive rhythm full of edge and the vocals poured out across the auditorium.  Closing with Ain’t Much Left, the music had said it all. Live Music rocks with Blackberry Smoke and Biters tonight.

Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry Smoke

 

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Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

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 Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownThe Motorpoint Arena’s stage with energy and ready to warm up an already excitable Cardiff crowd. The rock is classic, British taking you back to the seventies highlighted by the entrance to The Sweeney theme tune. The vocalist and frontman Paul Manzi is engaging and sings a mighty fine rock melody, reminding you why they caused a noise a few years back with Too Many Gods, their debut album.  The sound was polished with layers of sounds and textures with keys and guitars displaying in all their glories on Greatest Story Never Told a track that stood out from the others. With Andy Stewart behind the keyboard wearing a mighty fine Top Hat adorned quirky decorations the choice of The Mad Hatters Tea Party was a perfect fit and introducing fans to their forthcoming album of the same title.  With all the cats launched into space replete with rock. the crowd was ready for the forecasted stormy weather as the mighty Thunder took to the stage.

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownThe Motorpoint was hot the cheering immense as Jungle Boogie from Kool and The Gang rang out and the band took to the stage and Danny Bowes lifted the mic to sing, Brit Rock never sounded better in a set that was full of tracks from their acclaimed latest album Rip It Up.  The welcome from the Capital City of Wales was warm and heartfelt we wanted the evening to rock our socks off with energy and surprises and Thunder certainly delivered from the first to the last note. As ever The Motorpoint a vast cavernous space more Sports Hall than Concert Hall the echoes were present but the sound guys had certainly worked hard to reduce them for tonight to a minimum.

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownOpening with No One Gets Out Alive, from Rip It Up, the crowd were totally immersed into the waves of Thunder sound, the question to be asked would they let the band on the stage? Cardiff was in a mood to party especially with camera’s aloft swooping across the arena. Danny Bowes was in his element engaging and egging the crowd on to be louder as he danced and swirled around the stage with is signature boundless energy. Combining this with never missing a beat and his vocals always clear and soaring majestically out across the auditorium. Thunder is not a band supporting the frontman’s antics they are a tour-de-force to enjoy with rock melodies and riffs cascading through every track.  Luke Morley’s guitar playing was immense the solo lead breaks pulling out the emotional energy within the rock with the power of Gary James aka Harry drumming immaculately as ever a demonstration of how cymbals can be subtle as well as clanging with brute force.  Completing the quintet, bassist Chris Childs with his solid rhythms and Ben Matthews with his guitar, keys and the mighty cowbell towards the end of the set on Love Walked In.

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownThe perennial crowd pleaser River of Pain (Shooting at the Sun), proves Dany’s voice is as lyrically powerful and full of singing acrobatics as ever and makes Thunder’s rock a fizzy delight, a storm brewing that always refreshes and never cools the Cardiff Crowd. In between the half a dozen tracks from Rip It Up including the title track and yes Cardiff did Rip It Up, the cheering of the crowd was off the Richter scale. Old favourites were given an airing sounding fresh as ever with Backstreet Symphony and Don’t Wait for Me slipped into a set list that was alive with hallmarked British Rock verve and energy.

Friday night provided a big kick start for the weekend and before the encore, Cardiff was having the weekend of their lives. With three more numbers filling in the encore sandwich was She Likes Cocaine from Rip It Up a special track on the album with the addition of Lynne Jackaman’s powerful rock operatic soprano crescendos. Tonight for Cardiff Jackaman stepped on stage and lifted the atmosphere a notch higher. What a way to lead into the last song of the night. A great gig by one of the best live British Rock acts around.

 

 

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Monster Truck Tours 2017 & Sea Shepherd UK Charity

Monster Truck Tours 2017 & Sea Shepherd UK Charity

 

Monster Truck

Following on from their storming European Arena tour with Nickelback and Billy Talent, Canadian Juggernaut rockers MONSTER TRUCK return to the UK for a headline tour today starting at Limelight 2in Belfast and finishing at the Electric Ballroom, London on 22 March and intro mainland Europe and then on to support the legendary DEEP PURPLE through May and June.

Headline March/April 2017 Tour starts Monday 13th March

Announces collaboration with Sea Shepherd UK Charity.

+ Announced as support Deep Purple European tour

UK & Europe March/April 2017

Mon 13 March: Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
Tues 14 March: Academy Green Room, Dublin, IRELAND (Upgraded from Academy 2)
Weds 15 March: Marble Factory, Bristol, UK
Fri 17 March: Institute 2, Birmingham, UK *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*
Sat 18 March: Club Academy, Manchester, UK (Sold Out) *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*
Sun 19 March: O2 ABC Glasgow, UK (Upgraded from King Tuts) *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*
Tue 21 March: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Weds 22 March: Electric Ballroom, London, UK *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*

Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK’s coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities committed against marine wildlife and habitats. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations. To find out more visit: HERE

Fri 24 March: La Batterie, Guyancourt, FRANCE
Sat 25 March: Café Charbon, Nevers, FRANCE
Sun 26 March: Luxor, Cologne, GERMANY
Tues 28 March: Melkweg, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Weds 29 March: Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, GERMANY
Thurs 30 Mar: The Floor, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Sat 1 April: White Trash, Berlin, GERMANY
Sun 2 April: Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg, GERMANY
Mon 3 April: Theatrefabrik, Munich, GERMANY
Weds 5 April: Shuur, Lucerne, SWITZERLAND
Fri 7 April: Bikini, Barcelona, SPAIN
Sat 8 April: Carcol, Madrid, SPAIN
Sun 9 April: Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, SPAIN

 

Their latest album Sittin’ Heavy was released early 2016 and has received rave reviews; being hailed as “fresh and exciting” by Metal Hammer, how they “set the bar to unprecedented heights” by Rock Sound, proclaiming the new record is “relentless and unstoppable” according to Guitarist and a “hard rocking masterpiece” by Big Cheese. As well as guitar legend Slash backing their corner, Dee Snider can’t get enough of them saying “Holy Fuck, this band rocks” whilst Dave Navarro has come out with‘Killer band, great guitar playing.”

In true road warrior style they have learnt their chops on tour and have been relentlessly tearing through shows and have already opened for the mighty; Guns N’ Roses, Slash, Rob Zombie, Janes Addiction, Alice in Chains, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Nickelback, Rival Sons, Black Stone Cherry, Billy Talent andVolbeat over the last 3 years.

“Rock n roll might save your life, might save your life tonight”
Monster Truck, Why Are You Not Rocking?

Deep Purple EU Support Dates:Sat 13 May: Bucharest, Romania @ Romexpo
Sun 14 May: Sofia, Bulgaria @ Armeec Arena
Tues 16 May: Zagreb, Croatia @ Arena
Weds 17 May: Vienna, Austria @ Stadhalle
Fri 19 May: Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle
Sat 20 May: Geneva, Switzerland @ Arena
Mon 22 May: Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena
Tues 23 May: Lodz Poland, Atlas Arena
Weds 24 May: Katowice, Poland @ Spodek
Sat 27 May:  Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
Tues 30 May: Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena
Thurs 01 Jun: Lille, France @ Zenith
Fri 02 Jun: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
Sat 03 Jun: Paris, France @ Accorhotels Arena
Tues 06 Jun:  Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena
Weds 07 Jun: Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle 1
Fri 09 Jun: Leipzig, Germany @ Arena
Sat 10 Jun: Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle
Tues 13 Jun: Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes Benz Arena
Weds 14 Jun:  Stuttgart, Germany @ Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle
Monster Truck Tours 2017 & Sea Shepherd UK Charity
Bluesdoodles Album review HERE

Monster Truck are:

Jon Harvey (Vocals & Bass)
Jeremy Widerman (Guitar & Vocals)
Brandon Bliss (Organ & Vocals)
Steve Kiely (Drums & Vocals)

Monster Truck Tours 2017 & Sea Shepherd UK Charity

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo CD Rocks Your Socks Off

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo CD Rocks Your Socks Off

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo CD Rocks Your Socks Off

 

Live music adds a sense of occasion, the frisson of anticipation runs through you as you await the band to strike the first note. The next best thing is a live album, Michael Schenker on Fest – Live Tokyo International Forum Hall A, here he nails it. Close your eye turn the speakers up loud and you are in the concert hall with the band. Fest – Live Tokyo is a rock concert with an overture, three movements with interludes and the finale pulling the whole show together. This gives the body of work from Michael Schenker a structure, definition and purpose that engages and keeps the audience in the hall or listening to the double CD or DVD engaged with the music.

The overture is a double instrumental helping Searching for Freedom & Into The Arena. The stage is set as with any overture.  Searching For Freedom; the applause, then you can almost hear the collective holding of breath as the first notes of his virtuoso guitar playing fall like musical diamonds from the speaker.  The opening two instrumentals are a personification of rock majesty the instruments collective takes you on a journey looking for the freedom and Into The Arena we are now at the heart of the crowd intently listening to the band featuring drummer Ted McKenna and bassist Chris Glenn pounding out the driving deep rock rhythm and Steve Mann on keys adding tonal textures and interest counter-balancing Schenker’s guitar the glorious centrepiece of the CD & DVD.

With three vocalists in this eighteen track set, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley it is not long before the vocalists join as an extra layer with words and the human musical instrument the voice.

The first movement consists of five tracks featuring vocalist Gary Barden. Starting with Attack of The Mad Axeman. Gary was the vocalist on Michael Schenker Group debut album released August 1980 entering the top five UK album chart. With UK single chart conquered by Armed and Ready, the obvious track to close out this section.  This is a band in their element, they are hitting the highs pulling out every moment of the music. Production is superb the band is tight around the flaming guitar comet that is Michael Schenker, in his natural element playing live music on a Marshall stacked stage. Gary’s vocals have deepened connecting with the lyrics as he sends out a heartfelt cry For The Nations. This is a vocalist that is back in town singing rock with the band that he feels is right for him.

A pause as Coast To Coast resets the mood before the mighty Graham Bonnet picks up the microphone for a trio of numbers in the second vocal movement of the night. Yes, the first track is Assault Attack forever associated with the power of the partnership of Schenker & Bonnet.  The music is fast the rock is frantic and we feel the heat of the live event being turned up another notch. The DVD shows Michael & Gary smiling at each other once again, the joy of playing rock is paramount as the clock is turned back.

Captain Nemo the interlude as the microphone baton is passed to Robin McAuley for a quintet of numbers.  Change of vocalist, change of feel as the melodic movement cascades from the speaker as we hear This Is My Heart live. No one will have a broken heart listening to the outpouring of rock classics. The vocal muscles are warm full of emotional contours as they curl around the guitar and conquer Love Is Not A Game. Nor, is producing live rock of this glittering quality.

All too soon, the finale is here the mighty Doctor Doctor with all three vocalists joining the howling guitar majesty of Michael Schenker.  Live music is magical, this s a recorded live album that pulls no punches you truly feel that you are there in the presences of musicians who love and understand the power of rock. One thing I am certain of there will not be a better live album produced in 2017. Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo Rocks your socks off.

Michael Schenker on Fest – Live Tokyo International Forum Hall A – Inakustik

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Intro: Searching For Freedom
  2. Into The Arena
  3. Attack Of The Mad Axeman ft Gary Barden
  4. Victim Of Illusion ft Gary Barden
  5. Cry For The Nations ft Gary Barden
  6. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie ft Gary Barden
  7. Armed And Ready ft Gary Barden
  8. Coast To Coast
  9. Assault Attack ft Graham Bonnet
  10. Desert Song ft Graham Bonnet
  11. Dancer ft Graham Bonnet
  12. Captain Nemo
  13. This Is My Heart ft Robin McAuley
  14. Save Yourself ft Robin McAuley
  15. Love Is Not A Game ft Robin McAuley
  16. Shoot Shoot ft Robin McAuley
  17. Rock Bottom ft Robin McAuley
  18. Doctor Doctor ft Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo CD Rocks Your Socks Off

 

Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff

Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff

Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff
Thursday 2nd March
Support Amorettes & GUN

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?

Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed CardiffUp first, in the slot machine roulette at The Tramshed were The Amorettes.  With a dramatic entrance Gill, Heather and Hannah set off at a pace with Steal The Thunder. The opening set heated the room, with pure rocking joy as the Amorettes played a storming opening set. The Scottish trio of hard rocking, rock n’ roll loving women are building a reputation of playing a set of music that brings joy. Tonight they blasted across the Tramshed a set list that won them many more fans, mixing it up with raw delights of White  Russian Roulette and the single from White Hot Heat, Let The Neighbours Call The Cops. No one would be calling the police to stop this band from playing tonight or any night. Thirty minutes of raw, classic rocking delights with vocals that rasp, grasping with lyrics and spitting them out, an infectious opener that they should never be ignored. Those who missed the set missed a moment of live music, I recommend get to see the support they are the future you could be queuing for next year and across the decade.  A full house of three shot glasses brimming with sparkling rock.

Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed CardiffSecond, go at the Tramshed’s music slot machine delivered Gun to the stage. Let It Shine opened the set and the rock gods did shine on everyone in the room as Gun delivered. The Glasgow based quartet were shooting from the hip determined to entertain from the first note to the last. The line-up has changed but the music remains foot stomping Rock n’ Roll that thrills. With Dante Gizzi now out front loving every moment as the lead vocalist.  In the mix the set included songs from across the decades and a new song, She Knows, from forthcoming album out in summer 2017. GUN were pistol sharp shooters tonight blasting their full force through every barrel. We all stamped our feet and joined in with Hold Your Head Up, no one was staring at the floor tonight we were as one focused on the band. Wow, the energy the force of music through the speakers.  What a night to join with bassist Andy Carr and help celebrate his thirtieth birthday with a loud Cardiff cheer. GUN’s guitars gunned the beat, the hooks capturing the vocals their melodic rock captured the audience. The blinding set a prelude to Black Star Riders closed with a rip-roaring rendition of Beastie Boys (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) Tonight we partied with another jackpot of Glaswegian tartan rock.

Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff

A short breather and the packed, crowded, hot Tramshed were ready for the third dose of rock with headliners Black Star Riders.  Opening with Heavy Fire, the title track of the album that is on continuous play on many a rock house turntable. With a lengthy back catalogue, Black Star Riders born out of Thin Lizzy only had one of their tracks The Boys Are Back in Town. They definitely were. The venue was buzzing with red hot rock.  The set had tracks from the latest album, but as important are the favourites that have become part of the legend that BSR are rapidly becoming, with Bloodshot and The Killer Instinct. Tramshed was throbbing with the stamping of feet and the loud reverberation from the Marshall stacks. Dancing With the Wrong Girl had Cardiff singing the chorus before the Celtic branding of their rock appeared with Soldierstown. Ricky Warwick was full of bounding focused energy, happy to be back in Wales in front of an audience that wanted to join in the fun the boys were having on stage. The new tracks fitted into the set perfectly as if they had been played for years and not recent additions to the choice of music to play live. Cold War Love,  Who Rides The Tiger, and Testify or Say Goodbye kept the crowd engaged stamping and demanding more. With Hey Judas from All Hell Breaks Loose, a memory captured of opening for Judas Priest being a highlight. With a sincere plea for music lovers to buy physical copies of music that you can hold and connect with as we were Bound For Glory of live music with Black Star Riders. Closing with Finest Hour, for many this was Tramshed’s finest night of rock to date.  Tonight was loud and full on the fans were in their element. The neutrals from conversations I overheard enjoyed the ride especially the two opening bands. Tonight was definitely a triple jackpot with Black Star Riders delivering with Heavy Fire of rock.

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The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

 

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

 

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightSunday night, The Globe was buzzing with anticipation with Dan Reed Network back in Cardiff after 27 years. Opening the Sunday delights of live music in the Capital City was VEGA, a six-piece rock band that always please and tonight they set the venue on fire. VEGA were shining brighter than the fifth- brightest star in the night they are named after! They definitely lived up to their description of being a melodic rock/AOR band tonight, with huge choruses and opening with a keeper Stereo Messiah. As they dipped into their back catalogue we wanted to hear the whole album and the opening set passed by far too quickly doesn’t time fly by when you are enjoying yourself.  Front man, Nick Workman’s vocals soared above the melody set down by his band mates. As many said on the night seeing VEGA for the first time, they just wanted them to come back and play again on a larger stage. The energy was infectious the venue was hot with VEGA magic. They may have sung White Flag the title track of the latest album, to everyone’s joy the flag was one of victory not surrender.

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The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightShort break time for friends to catch up and anticipate the songs that Dan Reed would be bringing to Cardiff tonight. We wanted rock that was full of attitude, funk, soul and more would he deliver… YES the Network DID! With the reforming of Dan Reed Network, last year and the release of the superb album Fight Another Day. 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.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightThe rendition of Resurrect, from the 1988 album was full of the power of resurrecting the emotions lost and found.  No-one was divided in their opinion when Divided flowed from the speaker this was a Jukebox that was not going to disappoint for one second. The band that surrounds Dan Reed are determined to set the pace and have a good time this is music to party with. From The rhythm section, full of funk and attitude that is solid as the rock creating the foundation of the network, Melvin Brannon Jr on bass; and drummer Dan Pred. Adding to the network of sound, that excites are Brion James’ guitar and the keys of Rob Daiker what a powerhouse driven by rock and shaped by soul and funky grooves.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightThe audience was all too happy to shout out their favourites this re-energised the show as they collected the beat and groove. Including Champion from the current album what a fabulous moment hearing the music come alive as they jammed and kicked up a storm. The medley that produced a verse, and a lick of many favourites had the audience singing and dancing with Relax; we were certainly not relaxed we were high on the adrenalin of live music coursing through our veins

Throughout the evening the musicians showcased their instruments the bass boomed, the drums were pounding, a stinging guitar and keys that captured the sound of keys through the ages from fugues to hip hop.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightThe Heat was rising with Mix It Up the vocals danced with the movements as Dan Reed who at times mimed the meaning behind the words. With Tiger in The Dress, he became catlike, feral and a little bit wild awesome!!  What a joyous night celebrating the power of live performances, invigorating and deep with personal and worldly wise wisdom. Political and secular we were an extension of the network as the Globe became a live music Juke Box tonight, with the power energy and music of Dan Reed Network.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightAs the evening drew to a close, the band retired from the stage and Rob Daiker, stepped out from behind the keys and picked up the guitar to sing All For A Kiss, a romantic song from his forthcoming album produced by Dan Reed, Binary Affairs who joined him on stage whilst picking up the mood the Network. Closing the night with Get To You, the Dan Reed Network certainly got to everyone in the room leaving the stage all was not quiet in the jukebox punching in a request for more we heard A Capella, Rainbow Child. With the refrain She Is Everything, I though yes and so has Dan Reed Network. Combining Rock with twists and twirls of modern music a multiplicity of tempos, tone and perfect timing.

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The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

Dan Reed Network March 2017 UK Tour w/ special guests VEGA

Mar 7: The Cluny Newcastle (Sold Out)
Mar 8: Òran Mór Glasgow
Mar 10: The 100 Club London (Sold Out)
Mar 11: The Local Authority Sheffield
Mar 12: The Robin 2 Bilston
Mar 14: The Ruby Lounge Manchester
Mar 15: Rescue Rooms Nottingham

 

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

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), and to warm us up and build the rock vibe we had not one but two rock acts. First was young guns Calling Apollo.

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The AnswerCalling Apollo, a Cardiff-based band certainly made a positive impression. A young band with something to sing about with Christian Neale’s vocals power combined with powerful rhythms and guitars that add a layer of rock chords full of colour and textures. With tracks from the EP they recorded in a bedroom Great Depression Act 1 created an atmosphere as they harnessed their inner placebo.  They certainly woke Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answerthe room up, we were waiting for The Answer and having fun. Then a short change over, the small stage was definitely packed and an Ebbw Vale based alt. rock band, Scarsun strode on the stage with Jessica Irvine’s vocals flowing with a swish of her hair. They were loud, at times the tempo was off and the timing lost. The loudness meant Jessica’s vocals were drowned out and yes we want our metal loud, but it needs tonal shape and balance this was missing tonight. Sadly, did not rock this doodles metal soul.

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The AnswerNow for a clearing of the stage, and we waited as the crowds built for the act we wanted to celebrate St David’s day with. The Answer hit the stage to a loud welcoming cheer, and the audience response got louder and even warmer as the show progressed.  Cormac Neeson was on fire as we started the evening with the title track of their epic album Solas; we were now being bathed in the rock magic the answer to tonight’s need for a slug of live music.  Combining this a lucky few shared a slug of Jack Daniels handed out by Cormac as the Northern Irish band from Down Patrick joined in the celebrations on St David’s Day in the capital city of Wales. Accepting a flag from a renowned “gigpig”, Charley Farley we were Celts in celebratory mode.

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The AnswerTonight, the music was the celebration as the set list was populated with the new direction The Answer have taken with the latest offering Solas;  intertwined with hooks back to the past so we heard the boogie rawer sound as well.  As we stepped back to the debut album Rise with Never Too Late, as Cormack quipped, you remembered that! The opening chords of Beautiful World captivated the audience who were held in the hands of the band whose music connected us all. The power of boogie was harnessed with the energy and slide guitar of Paul Mahon on Demon Driven Man we were rocking and if there was more space we would all have been dancing.  The night was not all about the combination of the six stringed guitar and bass line as the mandolin was played by Paul and Michael Waters put down the bass to play the six strings on In This Land, a smattering of Celtic-infused magic. Then Cormac introduced The Globe to The Balalaika, a Turkish instrument popular for some reason in Irish music in Being Begotten.

The crowd was loud and harmonious when asked to join in and when Coramc stepped off the stage into the crowd he was engulfed with delighted fans who wanted to get close. All too soon it was time for the final song, as they took up Battle Cry from Solas leaving us happy, humming the music we love to hear. The infectious power of live music won the award for the answer to What entertainment on St David’s Day? – it was most definitely The Answer at The Globe we rocked with you.  With a shout out for Steelhouse a festival they love to play I am positive they will get another invite to climb the mountain and play once again.

 

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Dan Reed Talking about Networks and Live Music

Dan Reed Talking about Networks and Live Music

Dan Reed Talking about Networks and Live Music

 

 

BD: Hi Dan hope you are well, thanks for taking time to speak to Bluesdoodles, we spoke last year on the release of Fight Another Day, now as you embark on a European tour we have a chance to revisit and explore the world of Dan Reed Network.

DR: Good thanks, we are in Norway and it is as cold as hell. That is a silly thing to say it is beautiful and snowy.

BD: How has your perspective changed since taking the time out travelling, studying and having a son?

DR: Biggest change was the birth of my son.  He is so very cute, often mistaken for a girl with his long hair, people often still don’t connect when I say his name is Joshua. Having a child is all encompassing. It is so hard to describe the feeling the first time you hold the baby. There is a deepening of awareness, deepening of compassion, a child engulfs you with emotions of love and responsibility. My first responsibility is to raise them safely and then as they grow imparting lessons of gratitude, how to lead a good life, planting the seeds of who the child will grow into. It has made me a better human being. This runs through my lyrics as they reflect the path that you have left behind is so much more defined.

BD: Back touring Europe and hitting the U.K. in March. Before we talk about the 2017 tour with Fight Another Day. What were the highlights last year back on the road with the Network,

DR: Festivals are always fun and at Sweden Rock Festival, we were the first act on the stage on the second or third day after lots of partying. In an arena that holds twenty-thousand there were 300 in the rain. As the first song started the rain stopped and by the end of the set there were over 8,000 watching and it was exciting, energetic from the rain and gloomy skies we had music it was the best show. The coolest was playing back in our home town of Portland seeing so many familiar faces, lots of folks who have seen us play from the beginning from the making of the video for Ritual. It felt so good being back. Yes our knees hurt a bit with a few more aches and pains now after a performance but this is part of the challenge of a live performance and is definitely an excellent workout both mentally & physically.  Funky rock is hard and needs the energy of the song; we achieved this at a live rehearsal at the Hard Rock Café rehearsing in front of an audience the energy of the audience feeds the performance you trade off the energy of each other it is a symbiotic relationship. It is hard being away from family and home when on the road the positive trade-off is you get rid of the tensions by playing the music, talking to the audience and the feeling that we are so lucky to be doing this.

BD: What’s your favourite track from your extensive back catalogue to perform live??

DR: Favourite track, the solo stuff I love playing it live acoustic can be harder with a need to put your energy into the meaning of the lyrics. From the album The Heat Salt of Joy and when the band sings A Capella Long Way To Go, it is magical honest lyrics, written with visions in the head. Writing lyrics need to go into a daydream and explore thoughts and emotions. Kurt Cobain was a tortured soul but wrote honest lyrics the most honest rock songs ever written.

BD: Now you are performing tracks from Fight Another Day live, how do you select tracks from the extensive back catalogue to meld the past with the now.

DR: It can be difficult singing the same songs over and over again. The key to not sounding mechanical, just going through the motions is twofold having a good time and play the music as if it is for the first time. Play your arses out never let it become a slog, enjoy the music build up the audience.

Mixing things up more and more. Including a Bruce Springstein style request. It is fun, surprising challenging the request could be for a ballad, like Stronger Than Steel in a part of a set we would never plan a ballad. We now have no set list we play the songs we want to play trying to vary the groove what feels best changing the tempo and topics covered from politics to sex!

The Set is like climbing a mountain range. With summits and valleys can build and build through the show with a high point in the set climaxing the show. Or can sing a mellow song reached the top now meditating and chilling.

BD:  Last time we finished with what your dream band would be this time – what are you listening to and what Dan Reed Network track would you liked covered and by whom?

DR: Music that listening to at the moment D-A-D Danish rock originally named Disneyland After Dark but had to be renamed after The Walt Company threatened a lawsuit.  D-A-D & DRN all the letters would just so love to open for them would be so inspirational. The poppy melodies and funky tone of   Foster The People love the music they do not use any sequences and the evergreen band for me is  Jamiroquai

BD: Thank you for your time and looking forward to Cardiff at  The Globe on  5th March and hearing DNR live.

 Dan Reed Network is back in the UK with his tour Get Your Tickets HERE.

 

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Erja Lyytinen Exciting Blues Ensures Listeners Stolen Hearts

Erja Lyytinen Exciting Blues Ensures Listeners Stolen Hearts

Erja Lyytinen Exciting Blues Ensures Listeners Stolen Hearts

 

The release of her tenth studio album, Stolen Hearts, follows on from two critically claimed albums, Live in London and her tribute to Elmore James, her last studio album, The Sky Is Crying. The eleven track album has been lovingly created with production that is cooking the wondrous talent that is Erja Lyytinen. Recorded in two countries firstly in Helsinki at Sonic Pump Studios, then London where Chris Kinsey has used his breathtaking skills at State of the Ark Studios a hone Stolen Hearts into a standout album.   Creating a blues-rock infused album full of textures, tones and another side of Erja’s immense musical talents to make acquaintance with on Stolen Hearts.

Stolen Hearts, will steal your musical soul, Erja has stretched her wings they shimmer with the blues and more. The album is confident, not looking over one shoulder to Blues music of the past but singing into the unknown as the album explores a wider range of tones.  A crossover album striding across genres pushing them aside, making the music accessible to lovers of singers who sing powerful songs with gut-wrenching twisted guitar and deep and moody rhythms.  Having listened to the album a number of times it grows and grows as new nuances are heard, different lines of lyric pop out and connect.

Every track is different some are stronger but none are weak. My thoughts on a handful the rest I leave for you to explore and describe in your own words. Opening with the title track, a gentle intro that picks up as a backdrop of percussive grooves for Erja’s vocals to rule as queen of the stolen heart.  The edgy lyrics of a man-eater portrayed by a women who has the band at her fingertips and the guitar’s six-strings bend to her will on solos that create the landscape of the opening track. Laying down the intent this is an album that is another step in Erja’s journey as she weaves her spell over the blues of every hue.  Second track in and we have a rocking good time tempo, redolent of Led Zeppelin but one-hundred percent Lyytinen. The bass acts as the Rocking Chair going back and forth as the seven verses unfold. The gripping speed and urgency reflects the lyrics about personal growth, how we should find peace and pride with what we have done and reflect in our Rocking Chair.

Co-written with guitarist Alan Darby, a single from the album, 24 Angels has deep melodies and breathy delivery as she flirts with the mic. Radio play should be a certainty with a track that fuses lyrics and vocals that allow the guitar to fly with the angels as we are lifted up with blues fuelled adrenalin.

Half way through you are as the listener pulsating with the energy power and poetry of Stolen Hearts. With a deep blue driving rhythm, Black Ocean is full of heavy riffs, solid repeated unchanging like waves crashing against a granite cliff. We know it is dangerous but we have to listen to Black Ocean with a Prog Rock feel, but never inaccessible. This is progressive-blues Lyytinen style. The keys add a soothing texture and the twin guitars add layers of sound that never overpower the lyrics and Erja’s vocals unless it is the emotional tension within the guitar solo.

The dreamy tempo of keys and guitars of Silver Stones, cooling the album down with melodies that etheral showing a vulnerability as the lyrics explore the pain of mental health and fantasy worlds we create and get lost in. The album explores human experiences and is up-tempo and reflective, we have rock and slow blues, slide guitar all mixed so that each track flows and showcases the depths of Erja Lyytinen’s deep luminescent talent. Closing with a slow acoustic feeling number Broken Eyes a song for piano and vocals. The power of the two create a love song we have all experienced. The only answer as the last notes fade is listen and explore Stolen Hearts again. Why? Stolen Hearts is an album of musical maturity that will remain a firm favourite for years to come in collections of lovers of contemporary blues without boundaries.

 

Erja Lyytinen’s Stolen Hearts is released on April 7th on Tuohi Records.

TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Stolen Hearts
  2. Rocking Chair
  3. Love Laboratory
  4. 24 Angels
  5. Black Ocean
  6. Slowly Burning
  7. Lovers Novels
  8. Silver Stones
  9. Awakening
  10. City of Angels
  11. Broken Eyes

ERJA LYYTINEN – UK TOUR DATES APRIL 2017
Square & Compass, Ilminster – Sunday 9th April 2017 – Box Office – 01823 480 467
The 100 Club – Tuesday 11th April 2017 Record Release Party  – WeGotTickets.com
Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion – Wednesday 12th April SeeTickets.com and Ents24
Durham Gala Theatre, Durham – Thursday 13th April 2017  Durham Gala Theatre
HRH – Blues Festival, O2 Academy Sheffield – Saturday 15th April 2017 HRHBlues

Booked your tickets now listen to 24 Angels from the forthcoming album Stolen Hearts

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

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

Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he resonated across The Fleece. But first, we have the young band that is wowing audiences across the airways and live wherever they play. Yes, Stone Broken hit Bristol tonight with many fans already in the audience. They played to a packed Fleece, full of anticipation for Glenn Hughes. Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The FleeceThere is no doubt that this loud rock driven band caught our attention and we wanted to hear the music. This was a support that excited, left you wanting more. What makes Stone Broken, the band radios want to play and audience what to go out and see live? Chemistry. Yes, that magical distillation where all the band blend and create a cohesive rock sound combined with commitment. The commitment that they will have fun playing music that gives you pleasure. With Rich Moss on vocals that climb Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleeceabove the drumming of Robyn Haycock so that the lyrics are never lost in the guitar and bass maelstrom from Chris Davis and Kieron Conroy.  Every track was nailed to the mast of Stone Broken live, as they head across Europe with Glenn Hughes throughout February. The standout number in the oh too short set was Waiting For You, you may have heard it played on the radio but live it has a raw vibrant energy.   New songs that will be on the next album given an airing tonight were Just A Memory which is a heavier sound, and This Is Life. Long may Stone Broken climb reaching new audiences creating solid rock music that entertains.

Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The FleeceShort break, we draw breath and Glenn Hughes is on stage to a rip-roaring cheer from the crowd that must have lifted his spirits.  Throughout the night, Glenn shared insights into Glenn the person sharing his love for his loyal music friends. We shared his grief, he was playing tonight giving The Fleece audience the music we wanted to hear, despite the emotional pain of his mother passing the night before. The emotions flowed off the stage and back from the audience as we were bathed in the love that is Glenn, and the mutual love for music that rocks from Deep Purple days through to his latest acclaimed album Resonate.

Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The FleeceTonight, Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he resonated across The Fleece.  The band provided the backdrop for his bass and vocals that climbed the octaves with a purity that enchanted us all. Glenn hit the ground running, on form with those clear, powerful vocals. What a voice. And to think it was his fourth instrument of choice graduating from the piano, to guitar, to bass then finding his voice at nineteen. He has been on fire for the whole tour building energy from people that love the rock he brings into our lives; tonight was no exception with raw energy, poignancy and the ability to make each song fresh as Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleeceif being sung for the first time. Glenn connected personally with everyone in the audience, he was singing for each and every one of us. Let’s not forget his sublime string bending bass playing that resonates its deep chords through every number. With a great tight band behind him, guitarist Soren Andersen powerhouse of a drummer Pontus Engborg completing the trio from Scandinavia tonight on Hammond Organ Jay Doe bringing memories of Jon Lord into The Fleece tonight. Thanks to Glenn and his introductions and praise of the band at the end of the set we also know the height and weight of the monstrous trio that is a platform for Glenn Hughes to leap from.

We heard from Trapeze, with Medusa always a crowd please and sounds so very good, as he recalled that this was his first song written sitting at his mother’Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleeces kitchen table aged seventeen The number has longevity, tonight was rejuvenated as Glenn appears to be. The writing and recording of Resonate the catalyst, writing the songs while recovering from double knee operations a mighty album was formed. Deep Purple’s Might Just Save Your Life was awesome, the emotions rippled and we were collectively joined at the hip with Glenn and his band.
What a set list every number was electric. Then the encore first Heavy from ReRead Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleecesonate and then Purple’s Burn. Tonight we were burning hot in the hot rock music that defines Glenn Hughes 2017. What a night, live music that adds to memories and brings love to every rocker’s heart.