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The Darker My Horizon – Acoustic Couch, Bracknell

Posted in gigs, Melodic rock, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Second time seeing the Darker My Horizon this year and like February’s gig, again at the Acoustic Couch in Bracknell. Joining the core duo of Paul Stead and guitarist Mark Stephenson are drummer Steve Hauxwell (ex-Marshall Law/Winter In Eden) and bass player Paul Hamilton, who was in a previous line-up of Sacred Heart with Paul and Mark.

A nice, up-tempo and hard rocking set for a Saturday night, with a little acoustic interlude from Paul Stead as the support band never materialised. Plenty of riffs to be had in ‘Perfect’, ‘No Superhero Part 1’ and ‘Closure’, and it is always good to hear ‘Dear Olivia’ played live.

The new boys slotted nicely into the band’s sound, a steady bass from Paul Hamilton and as for drummer Steve Hauxwell, he had the flash and style more associated with American drummers like Eric Singer and Tommy Aldridge. Impressive to watch and a great addition to TDMH.

Two new songs were aired from the band’s new album ‘Seize The Day’ due next year – ‘Carpe Diem’ in acoustic mode and ‘Sleaze’, a nice and loud hard rocking tune. Bryan Adams’s ‘Summer Of 69’ was given an enthusiastic run through and the other cover as Bob Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ (popularised by Guns ‘N’ Roses), which will form part of an EP ‘Phoenix’ due out in January. The other songs on the EP are re-workings of Sacred Herat songs with this new line-up.

Fifty Gigs In A Day

Posted in Fundraising, gigs, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Modern rock, pop, Pop rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , on June 16, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I am doing a different idea for my fiftieth birthday next year, combining my loves of music, books & fundraising. You can find out more here

BELLOWHEAD FINAL TOUR DATES + DELUXE 2CD/DVD RELEASE

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Music for 2016, News with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

NAVIGATOR RECORDS – APRIL 8TH 2016
Bellowhead’s final set of live dates will be accompanied by the release of a CD/DVD release, ‘Bellowhead Live : The Farewell Tour’ on 8th April 2016 (Navigator Records). This deluxe 2 CD+DVD compilation features 52 tracks recorded during the band’s November 2015 tour, along with a 24 page booklet.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS – THE FINAL BELLOWHEAD TOUR

COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL *SOLD OUT* Wednesday, April 13

SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 14

CITY HAL, SALISBURY *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 15

COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 16

ST DAVID’S HALL, CARDIFF *SOLD OUT* Sunday, April 17

DOME, BRIGHTON *SOLD OUT* Monday, April 18

PHILHARMONIC, LIVERPOOL *SOLD OUT* Tuesday, April 19

GLASGOW – ABC *SOME TICKETS REMAINING* Wednesday, April 20

CITY HALL, SHEFFIELD *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 21

HEXAGON, READING *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 22

PALLADIUM, LONDON *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 23

CORN EXCHANGE, CAMBRIDGE *SOLD OUT* Sunday, April 24

VICTORIA HALL, HALIFAX *SOLD OUT* Monday, April 25

DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON *SOLD OUT* Tuesday, April 26

GUILDHALL, SOUTHAMPTON *SOLD OUT* Wednesday, April 27

CLIFFS PAVILION, SOUTHEND *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 28

OPEN, NORWICH *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 29

ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 30

TOWN HALL, OXFORD *SOLD OUT* Sunday, May 1

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ROCK ON GREEN FESTIVAL 2016

Posted in festivals, gigs, metal, News with tags , , , , on March 4, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Tarja Turunen and Amaranthe Confirmed To Co-Headline Brand New One-Day Metal Festival At London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town On 4th June

Divergent Concerts have announced the launch of a brand new one-day London metal festival for summer 2016.  The inaugural Rock On Green festival, which will be taking over the O2 Forum Kentish Town from 4pm onwards on Saturday 4th June, is set to present a packed bill of established names and rising stars from the realms of symphonic, power and gothic metal.

The first acts to be announced for this exciting new event are legendary Finnish soprano and former Nightwish frontwoman Tarja Turunen, who will play her first UK show for more than two years at Rock On Green, and the Swedish power metal/metalcore juggernaut Amaranthe.

Tarja Turunen is one of the most striking, and instantly recognisable vocalists in metal.  Rising to fame as the stunning, classically trained voice of symphonic metallers Nightwish, whom she fronted for 9 years, Tarja launched her hugely successful solo career in 2006.  An artist of incredible range, her solo catalogue includes both classical and symphonic rock releases, which have been awarded gold and platinum in multiple countries. Her adoring British fanbase can expect to hear her showcasing cuts from her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled fourth solo album for the first time when she comes to Rock On Green in June. Tarja comments, “I am super happy to start my new heavy/rock album tour in UK!! I miss the Brits.  Can’t wait to rock with you soon!

Check out www.tarjaturunen.com for more info.

Amaranthe are a genre-transcending, forward looking, and daringly innovative sextet from Gothenberg, noted for their three lead singers, who mix clean vocals with death growls, and melodic death metal elements with big hooks. Their third album, ‘Massive Addictive’ instantly charted in six countries on release in 2014, even reaching number one on the US Billboard heatseekers charts. The tremendous reception to the album led to an extensive world tour, including several coast-to-coast tours of the USA, a tour all round Europe and Japan, let alone numerous one-off shows. They’re currently working on a follow up, to be released at some point in 2016. Check out http://amaranthe.se for more info.

Further acts are due to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now priced at £35 for downstairs standing, and £40 for upstairs unreserved seating/standing; the link is:- www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/gdp0406?camefrom=AMG_FORUM_rogf&brand=o2for

The Maiden United UK Tour 2016

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Music for 2016, News, tours with tags , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Maiden United may play songs from another “Mega Famous” band, but they have lovingly stripped down each song, and rebuilt them as their own, acoustically and the outcome is simply fantastic. The line-up includes Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) and Damian Wilson (Threshold/Headspace).

Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden) will be joining the band for the London Gig.

“For an hour and 40 minutes we were treated to a magical journey of stripped back songs that we all know and love, played lovingly by fans of the band who happen to all be wonderful musicians”.

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“These aren’t just acoustic versions of Maiden songs, performed as the originals, only substituting electric guitars for acoustic ones, it’s clear that a lot of thought and work has gone into the arrangements, in an effort to create something very different”.   Midlands Rocks.

Mar 16 Underworld London, United Kingdom info & tickets
Mar 17 The Diamond Sutton-in-Ashfield, United Kingdom info & tickets
Mar 18 The Ruby Lounge Manchester, United Kingdom info & tickets
Mar 19 Bannermans Edinburgh, United Kingdom info & tickets
Mar 20 The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, United Kingdom info & tickets

Upcoming The Darker my Horizon UK live dates

Posted in festivals, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Modern rock, Music for 2016 with tags , , , , , , , on February 29, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Upcoming 2016 The Darker my Horizon UK live dates:

Sunday 6th March – Hope And Anchor (Islington), London
White Coast Rebels + TDmH + support TBC (£5)

Saturday 9th April – Snooty Fox, Wakefield
The Clan + TDmH + Jupiter Falls (£3)

Friday 22nd April – Jacks Beer and Burger Joint, Bognor Regis
Support TBC (free)

Tuesday 26th April – The Underworld, Camden (London)
Ex-Giant/Strangeways Terry Brock + TDmH (Acoustic show)

Thursday 28th April – The Iron Road, Evesham
Ex-Giant/Strangeways Terry Brock + TDmH (Acoustic show)

Saturday 11th June – Bad Wabbit Summer Shindig (Bognor Regis)

Sunday 17th July – Under The Bridge, Chelsea (London)
Nazareth + TDmH

Friday 26th August – The Wokingham Festival Elms Field

Saturday 27th August – Great Dorset Steam Fair Blandford Forum

Sunday 28th August – Rockwich Festival
Lowstock Sports and Social Club, Northwich (Cheshire)

Friday 9th September – Talking Heads (Southampton)
Newman + Blood Red Saints + TDmH

Friday 16th September – Yardbirds (Grimsby)
Newman + Blood Red Saints + TDmH

Saturday 8th October – Scruffy Murphy’s (Birmingham)
TDmH + Jupiter Falls + support TBC (£6)

Your support is always sincerely appreciated – we look forward to seeing you at some of these shows. TDmH

*More dates to be confirmed
**All dates subject to change

www.thedarkermyhorizon.com

The music is out there…

Posted in Blues rock, Classic albums, Classic rock, Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, hard rock, Heavy metal, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Mix tape, Modern rock, Music for 2016, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , on February 28, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I love discovering and listening to new music, be it actual new music or older music that I listen to for the first time. I know many music fans my age or older get very set in their tastes and say nothing new is as good as the older, established bands, however that misses the point a little for me. Yes bands like say the Temperance Movement or Inglorious, to name but two, are nothing new musically yet they take the music they love and give it their own twist. Heck, bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple borrowed and were influenced by established artists in their day to create the music that still resonates today.

Just this week I picked up a Richard Hawley CD after reading a rave gig review on GRTR! On Twitter I have been picking up on new music and currently loving Broken Witt Rebels (their new EP is superb!) and the indie rock of Mountain Jam. The joy and thrill of hearing new music and championing the musicians is one of life’s great joys for me and many others.

Go on, listen to at least one new band/musician this week, be they new or old…