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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Birmingham Arena, 13 October 2018

Posted in ELO, gigs, Jeff Lynne, pop, Pop rock, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

To say I was excited at seeing Jeff Lynne and ELO play his home town of Birmingham would be an understatement! I have only see the Jeff Lynne fronted ELO once back at his comeback gig at Hyde Park in 2014. But first we had a wander around the local area near the Arena which has changed a lot since I was last in Birmingham back in the late 1980’s. The area has changed a lot needless to say with the canals area restored and plenty of restaurants and bars nearby, along with the impressive new Birmingham Rep/library building. Mind you avoid the library cafe as it is overpriced. This fella was outside the Legoland Experience…

Billy Lockett was the support, an up and coming singer/songwriter who I had not heard of prior to tonight. Backed by a guitarist and a drummer, with himself centre stage on keyboards, Billy Lockett was impressive with his songs going from the grandiose, to more reflective songs. He has a great ear for melody and impressed the arena crowd, most of whom had taken their seats unlike many rock gigs where the audience prop up the bars during a support act. ‘Fading Into Gray’ was a stand out and I am off to hear more from this artist who is on the up and up.

Jeff Lynne was backed by twelve highly talented musicians, led by musical director Mike Stevens (10CC, Take That), although sadly no Richard Tandy on piano this time around. Most of the band were at the Hyde Park show in 2014, bar a new string trio and keyboards player Jo Webb.

Opening with ‘Standin’ In The Rain’ and what a way to start with an orchestral piece full of strings, keys, guitar and Jeff Lynne’s distinctive vocals that are still sounding good. Added to that the first look at the wondrous light and visuals, an integral part of any ELO performance.

It was a hit filled set including ‘Telephone Line’, ‘Wild West Hero’, ‘Do Ya’, ‘Turn To Stone’ and being a Saturday night, a little disco in ‘Last Train To London’. The only time the spotlight literally fell on Jeff Lynne was on the ‘comeback’ single ‘When I Was A Boy’ – the only ELO song since 1980 played this evening.

A personal highlight was hearing ‘Rockaria!’ performed live with backing vocalist Melanie Lewis-McDonald hitting those operatic high notes perfectly.

Jeff Lynne doesn’t really do much in between song chat, even leaving the band introductions to Mike Stevens. He did however give an introduction to his ‘other band’ the Travelling Wilburys, before launching into ‘Handle With Care’, with Iain Hornal taking on the lead vocals.

The whole band seemed to be having a great time, none more so than bassist Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Take That) who seemed to be performing the dying fly on stage at one point!

‘Mr Blue Sky’ closed the show in style with every person in the arena singing along, even some of the arena staff. To hear that live is a real musical high point.

Chuck Berry’s ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ was the encore which allowed the band to have an extended rock ‘n’ roll jam session.

Jeff Lynne was suitably humbled by the reception he received from the audience tonight and long may he continue touring ELO. A wonderful night of classic ELO songs played by a talented set of musicians, with lights and visuals to dazzle and of course, Jeff Lynne at the centre of it all, navigating the ELO spaceship.

Setlist –
Standin’ In The Rain
Evil Woman
All Over The World
Showdown
Do Ya
When I Was A Boy
Livin’ Thing
Handle With Care (The Travellng Wilburys)
Last Train to London
10538 Overture
Shine A Little Love
Wild West Hero
Sweet Talkin’ Woman
Don’t Bring Me Down
Turn To Stone
Mr Blue Sky

Encore
Roll Over Beethoven

STEELEYE SPAN UK tour dates

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, gigs, News with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Tonight’s performance is the best I’ve seen from the band in several years. Let’s hope the current line-up will be around for a whileThe Stinger – Darren Johnson

Steeleye Span are fast approaching their 50th anniversary 2019, with a work rate to put many younger artists to shame.  The bands’ eighth album in twelve years – 2016’s Dodgy Bastards – saw them return to the folk tales and characters that have always been at the heart of the Steeleye sound.  Dodgy Bastards saw the folk-rock pioneers continue drawing stories of murder, religion, incest, skulls, honour killings and tormented spirit.  They once more create an inspired and dark take on the music of the British Isles.

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Steeleye Span are an English Folk Rock band formed in 1969. Still active today, along with Fairport Convention they are amongst the best known acts of the British Folk Revival and were among the most commercially successful, thanks to their hit singles Gaudette” and “All Around My Hat”. They had four Top 40 albums and achieved a certified gold record with sales of “All Around My Hat”.

The present Steeleye line-up is:  The Legendary Maddy Prior (vocals), with long term member Liam Genockey(drums), Julian Littman (guitar/keyboards and vocals)Andrew Sinclair (guitar), Jesse Mae Smart (violin and backing vocals), Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar and backing vocals), (whose father John Kirkpatrick played with the band in 1977-1978) and Roger Carey (bass)

Steeleye are working on their new studio album for their 2019, 50th Celebration,  some of the new tracks will feature in the set list for the up and coming UK tour.

“STEELEYE Span cross the folk rock divide like no other act in the UK”. Andrew Riley (Quay News.net).

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Tour Dates 2018

Mon 1st October       Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen

Tues 2nd October    The Subscription Rooms, Stroud

Wed 3rd October      The Stables, Milton Keynes

Thurs 4th October    Swan Theatre, Worcester

Sat 6th October        Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne

Sun 7th October       Chelmsford Theatre, Chelmsford

Mon 8th October      Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Tues 9th October     Opera House, Buxton

Wed 10th October    Palace Theatre, Mansfield

Fri 12th October       The Core at Corby Cube, Corby

Sat 13th October      Holy Trinity Church, Sudbury

Sun 14th October    Theatre Royal, Margate

Mon 15th October    Hexagon,  Reading

Wed 17th October    Royal Philharmonic,  Liverpool

Thurs 18th October The Courtyard,  Hereford

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