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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

Albums of the Year – My Top 25 :-)

Posted in AOR, Best of 2015, Classic rock, ELO, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, Heavy metal, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2015, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, rock n roll, Singer songwriter with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Not in any order as it was hard enough whittling it down to 25. Honourable mentions to WASP (a real return to form), Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train, Joel Hoekstra’s 13, Jorn Lande & Trond Holter, Adrenaline Mob and PowerWolf.

1. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe (Colombia/Sony)

2. Lonely Robot – Please Come Home (Inside Out)

3. Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses (Spinefarm Records)

4. Five Grand Stereo – Sex & Money (indie)

5. Thunder – Wonder Years (earMusic)

6. Cats In Space – Too Many Gods (indie)

7. FM – Heroes & Villains (Frontiers)

8. Michael Monroe – Blackout States (Spinefarm Records)

9. The Radio Sun – Heaven Or Heartbreak (Melodic Rock Records)

10. Dennis Churchill Dries (ex-White Sister/Tatoo Rodeo) – I (AOR Heaven)

11. Ozone – Self Defence (Escape Music)

12. Neal Morse – The Grand Experiment (Inside Out)

13. Orden Ogan – Ravenhead (AFM Records)

14. Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall – Kingdom Of Rock (Frontiers)

15. Revolution Saints (Frontiers)

16. Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (Napalm)

17. Toto – XIV (Frontiers)

18. Third Eye Blind – Dopamine

19. Lifeline – Scream (Escape Music)

20. Tim Arnold – The Soho Hobo (indie)

21. Josh Taerk – Here’s To Change (Misty Creek Records)

22. Kamelot – Haven (Napalm)

23. The Darker My Horizon – Acquiesce (indie)

24. Khymera – The Grand Design (Frontiers)

25. Queensryche – Condition Human (Century Media)

Disappointing albums for me were Gloryhammer (not as good as the previous album), Eclipse and House Of Lords (bring back the pomp keyboards one more time please!).

Albums of the Year – THUNDER

Posted in Albums of the Year, Classic rock, Music for 2015, rock n roll with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Thunder’s latest album ‘Wonder Days’ was the band’s first new one in six years. It has some great rock ‘n’ roll songs like ‘I Love The Weekend‘ and then some acoustic gems like ‘The Rain’. They are touring the UK next year and here’s hoping they keep on recording as well as this is one of their best albums. Vocalist Danny Bowes has lost none of his vocal power and soul, grab a copy if you haven’t already.

Voodoo Vegas return with a new EP!

Posted in Classic rock, Music for 2015, rock n roll with tags , , on August 26, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

(Cracking band live, well worth seeing and looking forward to hearing their new EP)

Following the release of 2013’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Rise Of Jimmy Silver’ and last years UK/European tour with rock legends Y&T; Bournemouth hard rock 5 piece VOODOO VEGAS have confirmed they will release their new EP ‘Hypnotise’ on 12th October 2015.

The new EP features 4 tracks of pumped up, high voltage rock n’ roll that will please anyone that’s a fan of hard rock music. Laying down a foundation of essential classic rock, Voodoo Vegas have stripped away their sound and put the pieces back together to create a collection of music that is modern, fresh and demands it be turned up, LOUD!

Frontman Lawrence Case picks up the story “Since the release of our first album, we’ve been focusing on touring, playing live and writing new material. When you tour with bands like Y&T and Status Quo, the pure class and calibre of these guys is unmistakable. Watching those bands play live out front and by side stage, it was obvious we were going to learn so much, not only to benefit our live show but also our perception on crafting the next chapter of Voodoo Vegas.”

So why an EP, why not the second album now? Case coolly replies “We’re living in an age where music comes and goes in a blink of an eye. Our focus was always going to be on raising our game via the live shows and I think by doing this EP now it allows us the flexibility of continuing to extend our reach out to live audiences in sync with this release. The second album is in the works but we felt we needed to bridge that gap firstly and this EP is a very good indicator of where Voodoo Vegas are going. Essentially this a prelude as to what happens next but doesn’t give the game away.”

Opening title track ‘Hypnotise’ is unmistakably Voodoo Vegas but with a twist, the song blisters along with effortless groove, hard driven guitars and hooks aplenty. ‘Tied Up’ maintains the pace but steps things up and showcases Voodoo Vegas as the true contenders they are. ‘Round & Round’ mixes things up with dueling guitars, bass breakdowns and a live ‘jam’ feel midway whilst ‘Killing Joke’ cements the EP together and will surely become a live favourite in the band’s set list.

The EP ‘Hypnotise’ was produced by Will Maya (The Answer, Breed 77) and recorded at Los Rosales Residential Studio in Madrid.“Working with Will on this project really helped us bring the new songs to life. The guys is a consummate musician and producer and has a great eye for detail. We learnt a lot working with him. The fact that it was off the back of his work with The Answer (their latest album ‘Raise A Little Hell’ which broke into the UK’s National Top 20 and hit No.1 on the Rock Chart) really spurred all of us on. As a band, right now we’ve never been stronger. It’s an exciting time for Voodoo Vegas.”

With the EP’s cover art once again drawn by noted comic book artist Jim Boswell, ‘Jimmy Silver’ makes his return but this time he’s not the city smashing giant as seen on Voodoo Vegas’s debut album. As the title track suggests, something’s afoot and just who is the mysterious lady luring Jimmy in with her charms?

All will be revealed over the coming months as Case explains “We wanted Jimmy Silver back but this time we wanted a twist, a backstory which you’ll find running across not just the EP but on the second album. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes with this and we can’t wait to get the ball rolling!”

‘Hypnotise’ is released 12th October 2015 – pre order via iTunes now and get ‘Hypnotise’ single instantly:
itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hypnotise-ep/id1027803624

Track listing:
1) Hypnotise
2) Tied Up
3) Round & Round
4) Killing Joke

Voodoo Vegas are:
Lawrence Case – Vocals / Harmonica
Merylina Hamilton – Guitar
Ash Moulton – Bass
Jonno Smyth – Drums
Jon Dawson – Guitar

GRTR! review here: getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2015/08/ep-review-voodoo-vegas-hypnotise/