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Posted in Classic rock, Pop rock, rock with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Cassidy Paris has released her debut EP ‘Broken Hearted’ – available to purchase via the following link :

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Video directed by Ben Herbert

The lead song of the Divine Comedy’s new double album ‘Office Politics’, out this Friday 7 June. Having been lucky enough to have an advance listen ahead of penning a review, I can say it will delight the band’s fans and ‘Norman and Norma’ is one of the album highlights.

NEONFLY support GAMMA RAY & release a new video for Highways To Nowhere

Posted in Heavy metal, Melodic rock, Music for 2015, Power metal with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Neonfly are one of the best new melodic metal bands to appear in the past few years and they are off on tour soon with the masters of melodic power metal Gamma Ray!

Mighty hard driving melodic metal rockers Neonfly are extremely excited to announce the release of their new single and video “Highways to Nowhere”. An instant favourite with crowds this summer on festival main stages across Europe, where Neonfly unveiled their new Aztec inspired stage set and show, which saw the band breathing fire on stage to the rhythm of their steely iron riffs, surrounded by awesome Aztec temple backdrops, risers, silk flame machines, and feathered Aztec warrior crowns.

The video captures the excitement of Neonfly’s thrilling performances and encapsulates where the band are today, musically and stylistically. A hugely entertaining combination of melody, metal, and dark intensity.


Neonfly have announced they are embarking on an 18 date European tour together with metal legends Gamma Ray in November and December 2015. Two extra German shows have now been added to their touring schedule: a headline show in Hamburg, and a show in Hanover supporting long-time friends and metal heroes, Freedom Call.

Dates are as follows, all shows with Gamma Ray unless otherwise stated:
13 – Pamplona – Sala Totem (ES)
14 – Santiago de Compostela – Capitol (ES)
15 – Porto – Hard Club (PT)
17 – Lisboa – Paradise Garage (PT)
18 – Sevilla – Sala Custom (ES)
20 – Murcia – Sala Gamma (ES)
21 – Madrid – San Miguel (ES)
22 – Barcelona – Razz 1 (ES)
24 – Lyon – Ninkasi Kao (FR)
25 – Pratteln – Z7 (CH)
27 – Memmingen – Kaminwerk (DE)

02 – Hamburg – Rock Café (DE) *Neonfly headline show
03 – Hanover – Lux (DE) **Neonfly supporting Freedom Call
04 – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal (DE)
05 – Paris – Trabendo (FR)
06 – Vosselaar – Biebob (BE)
08 – London – O2 Academy Islington (UK)
09 – Tilburg – 013 (NL)
11 – Göteborg – Musikens Hus (SE)
12 – Stockholm – Klubben (SE)

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…


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.

Albums of the Year 2014

Posted in AOR, Classic albums, Classic rock, ELO, Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2014, News, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock, Queen, Singer songwriter with tags , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Thought I would get in early and whittled the albums down from a shortlist of 24 to fifteen!

Neonfly – Strangers In Paradise (Inner Wound Recordings) The band’s second album has been worth the wait as they have produced a monster! Big sound, big production and big songs, the best melodic metal album released this year.

The Tea Party – The Ocean At The End (Inside Out) It’s been ten years since their last studio outing but it has been worth the wait. Epic soundscapes, hints of the Doors and Led Zeppelin, glorious stuff.

The Dowling Poole – Bleak Strategies (Indie) Willie Dowling and Jon Poole combine talents for one of the best pop rock albums you’ll hear this, or indeed any, year.

Night Ranger – High Road (Frontiers) Since they returned Night Ranger keep on producing good quality music and one of the few big 80’s melodic rock bands who actually produce new music on a regular basis.

Bellowhead – (Island) The band’s first for their new label and although not as instant, it is a ‘grower’ and the better for it. They set such high standards you do wonder how they keep bettering themselves but they do.

The Radio Sun – Wrong Things Right (Melodic Rock Records) Formed from the ashes of Aussie modern pop rockers Supersonic, I defy anyone not to sing-a-long to the immense choruses contained on this album.

H.E.A.T. – Tearing Down The Walls (earMusic) H.E.A.T. really are on the up and deservedly so. This is their best album to date, not one filler. A ‘must have’ for any lover of hard rock/melodic rock.

Flying Colors – Second Nature (Mascot) Second album from the prog rock supergroup sees them going a little more prog on this album, although they still pen damn fine short songs that appeal to those with more pop/alt rock tastes.

Evergrey – (AFM Records) The band nearly called it a day and thank goodness they didn’t. Quite possibly their best album to date.

The Trews – S/t (Indie) Surely this band deserve a break outside of their native Canada? They produce consistently high standards of alt/modern rock with songs made for constant playing and airplay.

Patsy Matheson – Domino Girls (Proper Records) One of the best female singer/songwriters out there and her most varied album to date.

Nightingale – Retribution (Inside Out) New band to me, although this is their seventh album. Dan Sawnko and his cohorts have produced an album with AOR/melodic rock leanings backed by prog metal riffing.

Brother Firetribe – S/t (Spinefarm Records) Good to have them back! OTT 80’s melodic rock/AOR as only they can do and more hooks than a fishing tackle shop!

Audrey Horne – Pure Heavy (Napalm Records) This time they really tap into their love of 80’s hard rock with plenty of wild guitar solos and big choruses.

Smash Fashion (Indie) From pop rock to glam rock stomp, this band’s debut is highly impressive and recommended listening.


Queen – Live at the Rainbow ’74 (Universal) Essential for any Queen fan, simple as that.


Jeff Lynne’s ELO Hyde Park Only waited 28 years to see ELO live, okay it was just Jeff Lynne but he is ELO and long-time ELO band member Richard Tandy was playing to. The gig of the year by a country mile and Jeff Lynne and co. far exceeded my high expectations, made even more special as my son joined me and loved every minute to.

Kansas – Shepherd’s Bush Empire A sad, but fond farewell to vocalist Steve Walsh and lets’ hope the band are back sooner rather than later.

Public Service Broadcasting – Guilfest A new discovery to me and they put on a memorable show, both musically and visually.

Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Guilfest In an ideal world Mr B and his brand of chap hop would be on the music GCSE syllabus. Jolly good show for (nearly) all ages.

Foreigner acoustic – Shepherd’s Bush Empire Even in acoustic mode Foreigner are one of the best live rock bands around today.

Bellowhead – Royal Albert Hall Celebrating their 10th anniversary in style with a set list that covered all their output. A phenomenal live act and one well worth seeing regardless of you musical preferences.

Ones to watch… so many good, new bands appearing and long may this continue. Three to watch are Neonfly, surely destined to move up the popularity levels based on their latest album and regular touring; Smash Fashion highly impressed by their debut and UK dates next spring; MT (Many Things) insanely catchy quirky pop rock and their relentless live shows should see success come their way.

Ebay auctions now online raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Posted in Fundraising, Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, News with tags , , , , , , , on January 12, 2012 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Girlschool baseball cap and XXL t-shirt

Signed Jimmy Cricket panto flyer

Robin George’s Lovepower downloads

Also online soon items pledged by Pendragon, Patsy Matheson, Neonfly and more…

Girlschool baseball cap & postcard & sticker raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Posted in Charity auctions, Fundraising, Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, News with tags , , , , on January 6, 2012 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Kindly donated by Girlschool with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.

Look out as well soon for a Girlschool t-shirt and other goodies coming soon to raise funds for the charity including kind donations from Patsy Matheson, Neonfly and more TBA!

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