Brek Shea poised to join Orlando City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Seems Brek Shea is set to join Orlando City on a permanent deal shortly. He has not really shown much for us and has just returned from a so-so loan spell at Birmingham City. Hopefully we can get shot of Maurice Edu who is currently on loan with MLS side Philadelphia Union. Quite possibly the worst signing by Pulis!

With the January transfer window soon not sure how much, if any, funds Mark Hughes will be given. Peter Crouch and Glen Whelan are both out of contract in the summer and could move in January if they are not offered or sign new deals. Whelan has already been linked to Swansea City and Crouch to Palace and QPR.

John Otway Christmas single is out now!

Posted in Classic rock, John Otway, Music for 2014, News with tags , , , , on December 15, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

You can buy the single/EP off iTunes or Amazon

Stream it on Spotify too as these count towards the singles chart now. One hundred streamed plays counts as one unit and each person can play a song a maximum of ten plays to count towards any chart.

It’s a tall order but if anyone can, Otway can :)

An alternative to BandAid

Posted in Fundraising, Music for 2014, News with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A work colleague who can sing! Kofi Hanson-Asiedu has a charity single out now with proceeds going to Christian Aid. Here is more on the music and why he has chosen this charity:

‘2014 has been unshaky for planet Earth. Malaysia Airlines MH370 & MH117, Ebola, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Boko Haram, ISIS and so many more. Band Aid was great but there’s still more to be done. Proceeds from this Christmas single will go to my chosen charity this year, Christian Aid.

Please donate to support the work of Christian Aid, and help to spread some love this Christmas!’

You can find out more here

Gig review: THE PUPPINI SISTERS – Garrick Theatre, 14 December 2014

Posted in Music for 2014 with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Now jazz has to be my least favourite genre of music bar a little bit of swing and big band now and then. Luckily the Puppini Sisters won over my natural apathy for jazz! What a grand seeting too, in London’s Garrick theatre and in recent years has hosted musicals like ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Rock Of Ages’ so a suitable setting for an evening of Christmas themed music then.

The Puppini Sisters are a trio – Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins and Emma Smith – who perform doo wop/light jazz/pop tunes and they are spot on with their vocals and harmonies. Backed by a three piece band and a four piece brass section on loan from another band, they belted through a series of classic tunes.

Plenty of festive songs including ‘Santa Baby’ and Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’, preceded by a risqué George Michael joke! The Puppini Sisters had a good onstage patter, with some witty one liners and helped/hindered by the fact the show times had to be adjusted by the theatre’s normal show having a matinee earlier in the day.

Really enjoyed their versions of ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (From Company B)’ (a cover of the Andrews Sisters classic) and ‘Mr. Sandman’, both featured the vocal harmonies they do so well and very accomplished musical backing.

It was like a mini-variety show too, as they had a dancing trio called the Bee’s Knees resplendent in 1930’s costumes, an entertaining magician and a ‘bendable man’, who lost his short but managed to keep his trousers on (much to the disappointment of the man behind me it has to be said). All were entertaining and added to the show, rather than prove a distraction.

The night closed with a jazzed up version of ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ and then all the night performers took to the stage for a cover of Elton John’s ‘Step Into Christmas’. Not a great Christmas tune in my book but fair play they sprinkled their Christmas magic into their interpretation.

I’d highly recommend seeing the Puppini Sisters if you get the chance. Pure musical escapism and a damn fine show for (most!) ages.

John Otway for Christmas number 1 – the B-side :)

Posted in Classic rock, Music for 2014, News with tags , , on December 12, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Well every good (old) Christmas hit needs a decent B-side, in this case ‘Rocking With The Reindeer’ and this is the B-side to John Otway’s attempt at getting a Christmas number one ‘OK Father Christmas’.

There is a Facebook group too for the Christmas number one campaign.

Otway for Xmas!

Best of 2014 with Frederick Thunder of Neonfly

Posted in AOR, Best of 2014, Get Ready To Rock!, Melodic rock, Power metal, Prog metal with tags , , , , , , , on December 10, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Guitarist Frederick Thunder with Neonfly, gives his best of for the year. Neonfly’s second album ‘Strangers In Paradise’ is one of the albums of the year for me…

neonfly

What are your top albums of the year? In no particular order I really enjoyed:

Edguy – Space Police – such a  cool album, full of hooks and all the things that make Edguy such a great band. It’s great to see that after all these years they still put out great albums and manage to keep fresh with every new release.

Sonata Arctica – Pariah’s Child – Another great album, with some great tunes, a band that keeps moving forward creatively, but with this release they still managed to keep many of the elements that made their earlier success. I don’t get tired of listening to this one!

Breathe Carolina – Savages – I recently got into this band and I really like their sound. Really fun songs to party to!

Amaranthe – Massive Addictive – I think this is their best album by far, they’ve managed to make their modern metal sound a bit more varied in this album than in the previous two, and the riffs are killer!

Dirty Loops – Loopified – I can’t stop listening to this. It’s infectious!!!

Best gig(s) of the year? (can include you own band!) -

TNT at Sweden Rock Festival. Oh how I love that band!!! -

Mago De Oz – London Underworld, it was really cool to get to see this Spanish band for the first time in London. They usually play stadiums in Spanish speaking countries… but rarely play outside of those. -

Ted Nugent at Sweden Rock Festival. What a guy!

How was 2014 for you…

Full of highs and lows… we got robbed on the road which was an extremely low point for the band, but in the end we manage to carry on, played a lot in the UK this year, released a new album, recorded a new video in Cyprus (it’ll be released in January), and played a really big show at the Forum in London with Epica and Dragonforce last weekend which was a great way to end the year!

…and what have you planned for 2015? Touring, touring, touring, and more touring! Hopefully…

You can pick a line-up for Download (or Monsters Of Rock as it was known). Maximum seven bands (can be past or present) and brief reason why you’d pick them…

Van Halen because Eddie Van Halen!!!

Led Zeppelin because I never got the chance to see them and they are the ultimate legends.

Virgin Steele, because I get so excited when I listen to that band… provided David can still sing the songs!

Meat Loaf – assuming he could still sing…

Dio – because we’re off to the witch, and we may never never never come home.

Savatage - because it’s such a cool band, and a million TSO, or Jon Oliva’s Pain, or Circle II Circle performances would never make up for the chance to see the real Savatage live!

Neonfly - Just because.

Was Gene Simmons right saying rock is dead or was Dee Snider & others right in saying it’s not dead yet?

I find this kind of debates silly. I don’t think rock is dead, otherwise I wouldn’t be trying to do this for a living. As a rock fan, it would be hard to be a fan if I considered rock was dead to me. As long as I like rock and I enjoy it then it would be pretty stupid to think that rock is dead, and I guess most rock fans feel the same way. If it’s not dead to you as a fan, then it’s not dead. And there are still millions of rock fans out there.

Anything else to add…

I’m naked right now.

Stoke City 3-2 Arsenal and Wrexham in the FA Cup

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on December 8, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Great win for us over Arsenal, a team who never seem to like playing at the Britannia :-) Goals from Peter Crouch, Bojan and Jon Walters secured three points and we even had a second Bojan goal disallowed. Next up Crystal Palace away, that will be a tough game, although Aston Villa recently beat them 3-1 at Selhurst Park. Good to see Huth come on at the end of the game too.

The FA Cup third round draw has been made today and we have non-league Wrexham at home. Good draw for them and not too far to travel. Really hope we get past this potential banana skin…

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