Because we like to spoil you, not only we did we do our favourite gigs/albums, but we have put together a playlist of some 2011’s best tracks! Join us in celebrating the end of the year blasting these tracks LOUD!
Thinking about it, I have seen over 100 live performances this year; so you can see my dilemma when asked to just pick one of those! There are two gigs that I battled between as ultimate favourite; the outcome being Alter Bridge. Even then, I still had a difficult time picking which one of the 4 shows I attended. Glasgow narrowly wins it for me, just over the big one at Wembley. The band were on fine form, as were the crowd, and you could feel the connection between the two. Blasting through hits off all three albums, the energy levels were sky high and the smile on my face never left. A band focussed on their music, they are an excellent live band. A hilarious appearance from Ben and Chris from Black Stone Cherry (who were also brilliant!), dressed as young girls with bunches and knee high socks, was a cheeky bonus in celebration of Mr Kennedy’s birthday. Admittedly, I am a huge Alter Bridge fan, but I would not place them top if they didn’t deserve to be there!
A close second was Slash & Co in Manchester. Despite Stoke being a special occasion for Slash, the crowd were infinitely better in Manchester; something I often find! Fans singing along to Guns N’ Roses classics echoed around the Apollo and the chemistry of the band onstage makes them an extra special band. Slash’s guitar genius had the audience in awe and Myles Kennedy tackled a variety of songs brilliantly.
Forgive me for waffling on, but I would also like to give Rival Son’s end of tour party in London a mention. They are a special band and sure to be a huge hit in 2012, make sure you get involved!
Small mentions to Rob Zombie’s Download set, Vintage Trouble and Def Leppard!
Carrying on from that, my album of the year also goes to the LA rockers! Pressure & Time truly is a fantastic album; no nonsense, back to basics rock n roll. Going back to the roots of rock n roll, Rival Sons take their influences from the old rhythm and blues classics; Otis Redding, Little Richard, all the greats. Each member adds another dimension to the group, creating a unique, addictive sound that would not have been created if any one member was different. The passion with which they play is as clear as the light of day. Since owning the album, I have found it difficult to find time to listen to anything else! Expect to hear their name a lot in 2012, and don’t forget to check them out for yourselves!
Other albums I thoroughly enjoyed were Michael Monroe’sSensory Overdrive, The Answer’sRevival and Graveyard’sHisengen Blues. Graveyard are another group set to have a big year next year!
Gig of the year - The Jim Jones Revue supported by Lewis Floyd Henry. The Plug, Sheffield, 2nd April 2011.
I’ve been to many gigs this year, but none stand out like this one. First, the show was started off by perhaps the best support act I’ve seen in quite a long time: Lewis Floyd Henry, the one man band. To some he’s ’just a crazy busker’, but they do say that there’s a fine line between insane and genius, and on that night in The Plug everyone in attendance could see he’s closer to the latter, mixing bluesy elements from Hendrix in with the darker side of Black Sabbath, with a touch of The Stooges and a nod to Beefheart. An interesting mix to say the least, and all created with help from a tiny drum kit and a somewhat battered guitar. At one point he sat and rocked the seen-better-days pram beside him, which held his battery powered amp. Insane or genius, indeed.
And this gig of the year wouldn’t be complete without the main attraction, The Jim Jones Revue. Taking influence from Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard (and 100 others besides probably), every ‘Revue song is another hit of relentless rock’n’roll, from the very first beat of "Hey Hey Hey Hey" (the night’s opener) to the last bit of encore "Princess and the Frog". Although their sound hails back to 50s/60s rock’n’roll, the ‘Revue still sound modern - they’re much more in-your-face and somewhat louder than any of the original rock’n’roll acts, perhaps inspired by a punk band or two along the way.
On this night in Sheffield they took to the stage full of energy and presence, putting many other bands out there to shame and easily standing out of the multitudes of other artists around. You can clearly tell that the ‘Revue enjoy playing, no matter the attendance, the venue, the city - they put their hearts and souls into their music, which is a refreshing change to say the least and is probably the main reason why this gig is my gig of the year.
Album of the year - "And Them Boys Done Swang" by Electric Boys
Electric Boys’ 4th album, “And Them Boys Done Swang”, is their comeback after more than a decade’s gap. But it is more than just a comeback album, as although it does recall the earlier releases (so much that the band refer to it as “Groovus Maximus Part II”), it is a great album in its own right, pulling the band into the 21st Century with a more modern take on the Electric Boys brand of funky classic rock, whilst still paying tribute to their 70s influences.
Released in May this year, it has quite a summery feel to it, especially in tracks "Rollin’ Down The Road" and "Chickalicious". Amongst the fun vibe of some songs, others take a more serious approach, touching on subjects such as alcohol addiction ("The Day The Gypsies Came to Town" and "Put Your Arms Around Me"), but this is all ontop of a groove that the band is known for: Hendrix-esque licks (Conny Bloom was born with a Strat, surely?), cool and inventive bass lines, hit-the-mark drums. Serious subjects or not, “…Swang” isn’t going to bring you down any time soon.
Well, what can I say, 2011 has been quite the year for music for me. I think I have tackled more gigs this year than ever before. I’ve been up and down the country, been to three festivals, and seen and heard all sorts! So when it comes to picking my favourite of the year it is a tough decision, a very tough decision.
I think though, for my best gig of the year, I am going to have to go with Slash at Victoria Hall in Stoke. A special night for so many reasons. Not only was this Slash’s first time back in the city he was born, but he was playing a gig in a beautiful venue, and it was all being recorded for his first live dvd! It was a fantastic night. I remember the band being on top form, they all looked and sounded amazing and gave a million per cent. I will never forget the look on the crowds faces as Slash played the Godfather theme solo, and hearing everyone afterwards talking about how it was possibly the best show they have ever seen. I know I certainly felt that way. A perfect evening in the company of a guitar god and his wonderful band.
Pulp at Wireless Festival was also a great one. Pulp have been one of my favourite bands since I was a little girl, infact Different Class was the first album I ever bought. I was too young the first time to see them, and they disbanded before I was old enough, but the news this year of their reformation made me ridiculously happy. It was a very very special night. An amazing set, full of timeless classics that I sang every word to. Jarvis Cocker is a true poet, and to hear him sing some of those songs live was honestly a dream come true. The crowd and the atmosphere in Hyde Park was electric and everyone united for mass sing alongs, it was kind of mesmerising.
Other stand out shows for me this year have been the truly fantastic Rival Sons. I managed to catch them play a very very tiny gig at The Cockpit in Leeds earlier in the year and it moved me immensely. They are the kind of band, that when they play you feel every single part of the music and it is so full of emotion, spirit and fire you cannot help but fall in love with them. Also, Michael Monroe and his band headed out on a tour back in April, and seriously, their show is one you need to see. So much energy and rock and roll attitude condensed into 90 mins, it is inspirational to see a band full of great musicians having so much fun playing music they love!
I feel like I have to also mention amazing sets from Rob Zombie, New York Dolls, Def Leppard, Duff McKagans Loaded, really there is just too many to choose from.
Now, onward to another difficult topic, album of the year. How can I pick just one when there have been many?
Rival Sons make it into this for me again. Pressure and Time is an absolute powerhouse of raw, dirty, soulful rock and roll. Nothing more, nothing less, just pure brilliance from beginning to end. Jay Buchanan’s voice is like nothing I have heard before, sure we have had some amazing frontmen in our time but Jay is something else. I first heard them back in January, Young Love was the first song to be precise and I had it on repeat for a good few days, so when Pressure and Time was released, it didn’t leave my stereo for a long time, infact it’s still in there. Honestly, if you are any kind of music fan you must listen to this band, I urge you. I know huge things will happen for them, so be a part of it too.
There have been many other fantastic releases this year, This Might Hurt by The Treatment, Sensory Overdrive by Michael Monroe, as well as offerings from Motorhead, Black Spiders and Graveyard that have kept my ears happy over the last 12 months.
Like I said 2011 has been a solid year for great music, it has been a very difficult task to try and some up just how great it has been for me, and I’m still sure I’ve forgotten some stuff, but you get the picture. Roll on 2012? I think so.
Since the rock n roll hall of fame announcement, Guns N’ Roses have become the centre of rock gossip. Axl Rose has now hinted that he would be willing to re-introduce classic members Duff McKagan and Slash back in to the fold; less keen on rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler. The frontman told LA times; "The only thing that would make it would be Duff and Slash, really. It’s nothing against Izzy and it’s nothing against Steven, or anything like that.
"Steven may want it, but these guys I’m working with right now, they work really hard and it’s hard work. I’ve toured with the other guys and I’ve also seen what they’ve done since, and I just know the difficulties. So it’s not really even a full reunion."
On the topic of a reunion tour, Rose mentioned a key reason as to why a full line up reunion isn’t likely; managers and the commission they would claim, a point we can fully understand!
Slash has also spoken out about the ongoing feud between the pair in a column for Esquire. Commenting on how the split between the two, he admits it was fairly quiet before the media pounced on it and made it into the ugly, big mess it is seen as today.
There seems to be new developments in the Guns N’ Roses camp every week; and with 4 months still to go until the induction, who knows what could happen!
Like my co-writers, I’ve been to stupid amounts of events this year. I guess that’s what you get when you have an insatiable appetite that’s difficult to quench. So when the task came of trying to pick ONE concert and ONE album that have been my favourites this year, I breathed a dreaded sigh.
A lot can happen in the space of a year, and there’s been a tremendous amount of events and just as many new records that I’ve really loved. I’ve been lucky enough to get to see some acts from my early teen years that brought a wave of nostalgia with them, like the Murderdolls and Wednesday 13. I’ve been graced with the presence of my favourite modern day band, Crashdïet, more than a good handful of times this year, and got to share with them some excellent drunken memories. I saw my girl crush Katy Perry do an outstanding show in the States, and saw bands I never thought in a million years I would ever get to see - Twisted Sister, Mr. Big, Rob Zombie and Motley Crue. I’ve had revisits from fantastic performers such as Hardcore Superstar, Michael Monroe, and Papa Roach, and also met and watched relatively unknown bands like Dynazty, who are definitely some of my new favourite people.
So as you can see, it’s been a whirlwind – and that’s just a selection of the ones I can remember off the top of my head. And in all this wonderment, it’s extremely difficult to pick a single event that I enjoyed most all this year. It’s a toss up between Katy Perry and Def Leppard/Motley Crue/Steel Panther, the only actual arena tours I did this year. And I think I’m going with Leppard and Crue. Def Leppard were absolutely outstanding, I always enjoy seeing them play as they’re professional, precise, and perfect, and always play a fantastic selection of songs. It was my first time seeing Motley Crue and I have to say I was a little disappointed (you can read Caris’ review of the Sheffield show here). They were slightly flat and had no “wow” factor to them. So then, why is this my favourite? I can sense your confusion, and rightly so. But it was my first time seeing them, I broke the Crue Curse, and being my second favourite band I felt I’d finally completed a life ambition, and that’s why I think I still enjoyed them. And Steel Panther were still entertaining, despite myself doubting whether they would still be able to pull in the laughs. Also, there is something magical about arena shows. The atmosphere, the energy, the noise of thousands of people buzzing with anticipation, and the mass congregation soaking up the moment alongside you.
Now, my decision for favourite record surprised me. It was a battle between Dynazty’s Knock You Down and Miss Behaviour’s Last Woman Standing, both relatively smaller and unknown bands. And I ended up choosing Last Woman Standing. It surprised me because I’m not usually a fan of AOR/Melodic rock, and as a live performance band I much prefer Dynazty. But Last Woman Standing ended up on my iTunes by pure luck, and it struck a chord within me that I just couldn’t work out. Nonetheless I really enjoyed it, and had it on repeat far more than I ever expected to. I’ve covered both Miss Behaviour and Dynazty in previous posts (go here for Miss Behaviour and here for Dynazty), and I feel both bands, although very different in genre, are both highly underrated. So I urge you to check them out and see what you think.
Other albums I enjoyed a lot this year were Vintage Trouble’s The Bomb Shelter Sessions, Beyonce’s 4, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Reckless Love’s Animal Attraction (after a lot of re-listening and re-adjusted expectations, trust me! And I’m not actually all that ashamed to admit it either, oddly enough…)
So, there you have it. My very small insight (but rather large explanation) of what I liked most this year. You have no idea how difficult this was, and I’m still a little unsure of some of the decisions! But what I am 100% certain about, is that I’m excited to see what’s in store for 2012.
This year has been LTMDTT’s first Christmas! Apologies for the lack of posts, we hope you have been enjoying the festive season as much as we have! As 2011 draws to a close, we would like to thank everyone for your support, we can’t do it without you! 2012 is going to be a bigger and better year and we can’t wait to dive straight in.
Over the next few days we will be posting our favourite gigs and albums of the year, as promised. Don’t forget to let us know what you think!
If you’re like me, the worst part about Christmas is the dreadful music we are subjected to listen to. It really is truly terrible! Searching to see what Spotify has to offer, I have come up with an alternative playlist to replace the warblings of the likes of Mariah Carey! Let us know you’re favourite Christmas tracks. Hope you enjoy!
Well, 2011 has certainly been the year of grunge and important anniversaries. 20 years since Nirvana released Nevermind, 20 years since Soundgarden released Badmotorfinger and 20 years since the release of Ten by Pearl Jam. A few months back, to mark this occasion the band released a special film titled PJ20 for one night only in theatres around the world. It set about showing Pearl Jam from when they started and how they started to where they are today. Directed by Cameron Crowe, longtime friend of the band, it is a great movie full of many a tale of the ‘grunge’ superstars.
Crowe does a magnificent job of narrating the tale of the early days and the Seattle music scene where it all started. Providing footage of old gigs, home videos and interviews with members of various bands, notably Stone Gossard and Jeff Ahment, who were part of Mother Love Bone at the time. There is a great scene showing the guys trying to get backstage passes to see The Cult, highlighting that they are definitely not shy.
The movie not only shows past interviews from the early days but also cuts in interviews with the guys from over the years, as well as clips from new interviews conducted as the film was being made. It also has a few appearances from others present in the life if the band, including Chris Cornell of Soundgarden.
One thing I do love about this film is that it really does start from the beginning and features a lot on Mother Love Bone, the band in which Pearl Jam derived from after the death of their singer Andrew Wood. Crowe tells the tale of Wood with clips of gigs the band played and snippets of music and mucking about. And the guys themselves speak about what a great frontman he was, and at one point a very touching scene from Chris Cornell as he chokes up talking about Andrew, as he was a very close friend and roommate. Really fitting tribute and a great lead into the history of Pearl Jam.
The movie goes into a great detail about how Eddie Vedder ended up joining the band, and around the release and success of Ten, but beyond this it all seems a little bit of a rushed history. Still touching on all important aspects of the band but without as much focus, like the Temple of the Dog times, the Roskilde tragedy that left 9 people dead, the infamous MTV Singles party, and the bands battle with Ticketmaster over ticket prices. It also looks at the bands dealings with alcoholism, line up changes aswell as their reluctance to fame and all that came with it, showing exactly how the band have survived the last 20 years.
Intertwined with all the footage and interviews there are live performances thrown in to break it up a bit, again from across the history of the band. In particular, the clip of Alive from their second ever gig is astounding. The difference in Vedder and his presence on stage, also the scene of Better Man at Madison Square Gardens is beautiful.
All in all this is a great film, Crowe has done a fantastic job at telling the story of Pearl Jam, highlighting exactly what a great band they are and really how important they are, something that is in my opinion always overlooked. I really look forward to seeing the guys return to the UK next year and what other plans they make have for the future!
Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has revealed he is contemplating leaving the group after their stint in Las Vegas next February.
After one of Crue’s best touring years, and celebrating their 30th anniversary, the decision is not yet definite, but is a serious consideration on his part. This wouldn’t be the first time Vince has quit the group, aft er a 5 year gap from 1992 to 1997, in which time a successful replacement was never found.
With a never ending list of side projects coming from each member of the band, would they have the time and dedication to keep Motley Crue going? Guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Rammstein are probably one of the most talked about bands in metal, going strong for many years now its about time a singles collection was released. With over twenty platinum album, 19 top 20 singles in their native Germany, and sold out arena shows all over the world there isn’t much this band hasn’t accomplished. The band have had an outstanding effect on the industrial metal scene, and it is completely evident why when it comes to listening to Made in Germany.
Taking singles from their studio albums spanning their entire career, all the tracks you expect to hear are there. Mutter, Sonne, Du Hast, Amerika, making it a great sampler for someone who may be new to Rammstein. Also included are the non single Mein Herz Bremnt, and new track Mein Land which was recorded especially for the compilation. As with many of these single collections though, there are some tracks missing that die hard fans won’t like, but you get a perfect idea of what Rammstiein are about with what you are given.
One thing I have always found with Rammstein, is that whenever you hear the songs you immediately see the visual. Noted as one of the greatest live bands ever because of their crazy and amazing stage show, they are also very well known for their music videos. From the Snow White theme of Sonne, to the x-rated Pussy, and the new video for Mein Land which is frankly hilarious. When you hear it, you see it.
With rumours circulating for a long time that the end may be near for the band, if this is their way out it most definitely is a strong representation of an amazing body of work, full of stomping beats and monster riffs, but hopefully the end isn’t near just yet.
Rammstein return to the UK in February and this is a show not to be missed. Tickets available here.
Is there an album released this year that you just can’t turn off? Is there an album released this year that you think is better than anything else you have ever heard ever? Or is there an album this year that has left you disappointed?? We want to know!
With 2011 drawing to a close we will be doing a series of posts on our favourite albums this year, and we would love to hear your ideas! We will also be producing another of our awesome playlists made up of our fave tracks this year, so get in touch!
ALSO, we want to know what the best gig you have been to this year is? To be fair 2011 has been a cracking year for live music with many amazing shows to choose from, so again, let us know your thoughts!
Today, the legendary guitarist turns 68! Known for his interweaving guitar play and bluesy hooks, Keith Richards has inspired countless musicians. Without Keef and The Rolling Stones, music today would not be the same!
As we have previously mentioned (ok, quite a lot!), this year has been a great one for the resurgence of both classic rock and bluesy rock n roll; The Cartellos fit into the latter.
Their biography is short but sweet, and a bit like their music description; no nonsense. Heading back to influences of the 60’s, the quartet are fuelled by blues hooks and rock n roll riffs. Ben Riley’s vocals are raw and gravelly; compelling to listen to. The addition of a harmonica is always a personal favourite element and it is utilised well. They have that unmistakable blues groove that you can’t help but move to!
If rock n roll is what you like, you will love The Cartellos! Check out their music here.
Guns N’ Roses are one of the most recognisable and interesting bands in the rock world. A lot of drama surrounds the group and fans revel in any new information availble. In the past few years both Slash and Steven Adler have told their story, now the time had come to hear Duff McKagan’s side…
The book starts with a very light, funny story about his daughters’ 13th birthday party and the new challenges he faces as his children get older. You can easily tell Duff is a writer outside of this book through his flowing sentences and clever format. From the get go, Duff manages to include all the information vital to his story, without divulging too far. There are a lot of tales, particularly in his childhood, many wouldn’t have known about; sadly a lot of tragedy. The honesty with which he writes is crucial to the understanding of his past. This book shows McKagan’s character in volumes through his determination and will power. His story of getting sober is extremely inspiring, especially as there were no trips to rehab involved! McKagan’s chance meeting with a certain Axl Rose is included right towards the end and the willingness to forgive and leave the past in the past really puts their relationship into perspective.
Every ‘original’ Guns N’ Roses members story will add another dimension to their hectic past, and with Duff’s, it is the honest tale of a outcast punk rocker from Seattle.
Tonight sees one of the most anticipated tours of 2011 come to Sheffield, hometown of one of the bands playing this evening. Yes, the mighty Def Leppard are back again, this time bringing Motley Crue and funnymen Steel Panther along for the ride.
Pretty much a dream tour for many people, as the crowds begin to fill the Motorpoint Arena the night kick off with Steel Panther. I have to say, they are one of those bands that seem to divide people, you either love them or hate them, but after their set tonight i am most definitely a lover. Not sure what that says about me, or my sense of humour but they got the night off to a great start.
They genuinely rock. Michael Starrs voice probably outsings both frontmen from the headlining bands this evening, and he has the crowd in hysterics. Satchel produces more guitar licks than, well, I’ll leave that joke to them, while Lexxi Foxx takes the lead on lipgloss and hairspray, and Stix Zadania pounds the hell out of his drumkit.
The sound of the crowd singing along to classics like Asian Hooker and Death To All But Metal drowns the arena, which is pretty hilarious given the lyrical content. Tracks from the new album Balls Out go down a storm also, favourites of mine being 17 Girls in a Row and Tomorrow Night.
Tonight Steel Panther prove they are not only hilarious, but they have the musical ability to back it up and actually be a great band. After a short 45 min set, it’s a shame to see them leave, but no doubt in my mind they have won round the people of Sheffield and will see many of them again when they return to the UK in March.
Now the excitement really sets in. As the arena fills and the crowd reaches capacity, it is time for the bad boys of hair metal Motley Crue to emerge. Literally exploding onto the stage they immediately burst into Wild Side. Lights, fireworks, and a massive circular rollercoaster housing Tommy Lee’s drumkit accompany a full set of classic rock anthems. Think Dr Feelgood, Girls Girls Girls, and the truly beautiful moment that was Tommy Lee playing piano on Home Sweet Home, and so on.
But, and it is sad that there has to be a but, I can’t help but feel like all the pyro, fire, stage props and fake blood are making up for the fact that in all honesty the band aren’t all they used to be. Vince Neil really isn’t up to scratch, missing every other word in the songs making it a little frustrating and disappointing to watch. Saying this, Nikki Sixx looks cool as ever, Mick Mars is an absolute genius on guitar, he is so under rated it is painful, and Tommy Lee’s drum solo completely blows everything out of the water, ever the attention seeker.
Kickstart My Heart brings the house down, and Sixx covers the crowd in fake blood, spitting here there and everywhere, before buckets of the stuff are thrown over those lucky enough to be up close. Crue certainly know how to put on a great show, but whether they still have the ability to back it up is questionable, sadly.
The same cannot be said however for Def Leppard. Tonight was always going to be a great show for them, back in their hometown and no doubt the place is packed with friends and family to cheer them on, but nevertheless, they put on an amazing show. Not taking note from their American co-headliners, Leppard don’t have any crazy pyro or stage props, but truth is they don’t really need it. Although, the huge video screens at the back of the stage are pretty special.
It is easy to forget just how many amazing songs Def Leppard have when you compare them to the hits of Crue, or any other band of that time, but tonight they do a great job of reminding us. Opening with anthem Undefeated, then onto Rocket, Sweet cover Action, followed by hit after hit. Joe Elliots voice still holds up, and shirtless as always Phil Collen alongside Viv Campbell play out the riffs with confidence as the crowd sing along.
In the middle of the bands set they take to the front of the catwalk stage to play an acoustic version of Two Steps Behind which is really special, they also start Bringin’ On The Heartbreak acoustically before taking it to a full on crescendo ending, amazing to watch. Without doubt the highlights of the set are Hysteria, Animal and Pour Some Sugar on Me which gets everyone on their feet that aren’t already and dancing along, its kind of hard not to. The band leave to enormous cheers from the crowd, only to return for an encore of the stunning Love Bites followed by Lets Get Rocked.
Tonight the night belongs to Def Leppard, again not to say that Motley Crue weren’t brilliant also, as they were, but something missing. Besides, a fantastic night on a greatly anticipated tour, Sheffield really did get rocked!
Now if you watched Axl Rose’s interview with That Metal Show last month, you will have heard him throw out there that Duff McKagan’s group Loaded were to support them on their US tour. Not only did this statement completely baffle a lot of fans, but once again started speculation of Duff’s status with GnR after performing with the group in London earlier this year. With the recent announcement that GnR are to be inducted into the hall of fame, the rumour mill cogs were already spinning, now it turns out that Axl’s statement is infact true, the mill is on fire!
Loaded join the group for their Seattle and Vancouver dates on the 16th & 17th.
Check out a video of Duff performing with Axl & co, will this be happening again we wonder?
Known for his boyish good looks back in the day, the crowd assembling for Adam Ant are here for the nostalgia of that time. There are still fans that come dressed up!
Accompanied by all female supports act, both groups which, without going into too much detail, were poor. Attempting to cover Led Zeppelin classic Whole Lotta Love, Dressing For Pleasure were weak in all musical areas. Poussez Posse followed and it seemed they would be much more suited to a burlesque club rather than attempting music.
Full costume in tact, Adam Ant took to the stage opening with Plastic Surgery. As the set wore on, his enthusiasm level went up and his comedy story injections picked up. As expected, his voice isn’t as strong as it used to be, but his showmanship skills still shine through. Big hits such as Stand And Deliver sent the crowd into a frenzy with Adam’s distinctive yodelling ringing round the room. Joined by Georgina Baillie of Poussez Posse, she mainly spent her time provocatively dancing and providing hit and miss backing vocals. The huge 24 song set covered a range of material, all of which delighted the crowd. Finishing on a cover of T Rex’s20th Century Boy, continuous applause echoed before the encore. The hugely popular Prince Charming included, the encore was a little bit flat, not that the crowd seemed to notice.
Once one of the great performers, with age comes weariness and Adam Ant has reached that stage. For this older crowd though, seeing one of your childhood heroes can never be beaten!
This festive season, Shelter have joined forces with Station Sessions at St Pancras station in London. Performing between 6 & 7, you won’t know who’s playing until they take to the small stage! We caught Rival Sons on Thursday, for an acoustic set prior to their end of tour party.
From past live reviews, we always sing these guys praises, because they are an immensely talented group. Their acoustic session was nothing short of stunning and a pleasure to watch. Check out a video of Burn Down Los Angeles below:
You can catch the sessions on the walkway to the platforms every Thursday. Don’t miss out! And most importantly, don’t forget to donate.
Ginger and Friends - Moho Live, Manchester 07.12.2011
What a year it has been for Ginger Wildheart eh? Firstly releasing the amazing Sensory Overdrive as part of the Michael Monroe Band, heading out on tour with said band, heading out on his own acoustic tour (two of them infact!), setting up a pledge campaign for his new triple album project and now, once again heading out on his annual Ginger and friends winter tour! We headed to the first night in a cold and rainy Manchester to be entertained once again….
The line-up that Ginger has out on this tour is maybe amongst his best yet. Rich Jones (Black Halos/Amen), Chris Catalyst (Eureka Machines), Random Jon Poole (Cardiacs), Denzil (Young Legionairre) and Victoria Liedtke join him onstage and the night begins with Wildhearts track Inglorious, followed by Wildhearts track The Hard Way. As expected the crowd are in great spirits, always the case at a Ginger gig.
The man himself is in fine form, much the comedian as usual, I always say that seeing Ginger live is in some ways like seeing stand up, always makes me laugh. At one point my cheeks hurt from laughing. Anyway, he really knows how to work the crowd into frenzy and treats them like they are lifelong friends, and really many are as they have been there since the beginning. They are rewarded by the band playing some great songs tonight, many not played live before.
Particular highlights being Mazel Tov Cocktail, always a great one to sing along to, Slaughtered Authors which was wonderful, Splattermania and Vanilla Radio. But really it is hard to pick any highlight as the whole gig was just brilliant. Heavy, raw, manic, let’s just say my ears were struggling to work after the show. The set ended with the fantastic cover of the Cheers theme, again another cracking sing along, the sense of community in the room just tripled. Its moments like this that brings people together that makes me love music. A nice little twist on the ending with the Eastenders theme aswell….
The band leave the stage to chants of ‘Ginger’ and ‘We want more’, clearly the crowd don’t want the night to be over yet and a few minutes later Ginger and co descend on the stage once again. The encore consists of Vernix, complicated but brilliant, Something Weird which is another treat for the old skoolers, and the classics 29 x The Pain and I Wanna Go Where the People Go. Another perfect night and another perfect Ginger gig.
As he applauds the crowd you can see he loves what he has created, and the love is returned with the cheers and adoration the crowd show. We wouldn’t change this moment for anything else. Never mind the wind outside; I’m surprised Ginger didn’t make the roof blow off tonight….
There are still tickets left to some of the other shows but they are in high demand so get in quick! There is still also time left to make a pledge for Ginger’s Triple Album Project, go here for more details!
Guns N' Roses to be inducted in to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame!
It’s official! After months of voting through an online poll, Guns N’ Roses emerged winners to join a handful of other inductees.
In the ‘classic’ era of the group, they produced one of the greatest debut albums of all time, Appetite For Destruction, containing hugely popular rock anthems in Sweet Child O’ Mine and Paradise City. Despite losing Steven Adler, the group battled on and introduced Use Your Illusion I & II. Unfortunately it was the supporting 26 month tour that saw the final break ups of the classic line up, resulting in the Axl show that is out there today.They are also well known for their off stage antics, being one of the most reckless bands rock has ever seen.
Traditionally, the members deemed most important are inducted and attend the ceremony as a group. With a members list as long as Axl’s arm, who will the chosen few be? Will they all show up together? Is a performance actually going to happen? Let the speculation commence!
When the words Korn and dubstep were first heard together, I think the metal world did a collective shudder. Could these two extremes possibly work? Especially after the recent failings of Loutallica! Nevertheless, first single Get Up!, featuring Skrillex was released and got us thinking, maybe this wasn’t going to be so bad…
Opener Chaos Lives In Everything, is another collaboration with the upcoming Skrillex. Despite the addition of dubstep/electro elements to the album, it still has the recognisable essentials of Korn, triplet rhythms for example. Jonathan Davies voice still has a commanding presence despite the busy background surrounding it. The lyrics are, of course, as dark as ever, which the heavy synth sounds matches surprisingly well. On that note, it is evident that the collaborating artists have a good understanding of Korn and their musical style. For me, the Skrillex tracks are the best on the album, particularly Narcissistic Cannibal. The mix of the two genres compliment each other perfectly and nothing gets lost in the hectic accompaniment. Way Too Far is without doubt, the heaviest track on the album, with a thick bass layer and strong vocals. In true Korn style, Bleeding Out features bagpipes and Tension includes Davies’ own brand of scat singing, both well known factors in the groups music. Tension provides an unnerving end to the album, but a brilliant one nonetheless.
The Path Of Totality is certainly a breakthrough album in terms of something new, and thankfully, it is actually successful! Known for going against the grain and being experimental, Korn have once again pulled it off!
Songs I’d Recommend: Narcissistic Cannibal, Get Up!, Bleeding Out.