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Music for 2016: BIG BIG TRAIN

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, Music for 2016, News, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Really looking forward to hearing this one as Big Big Train are one of the best and most consistent progressive music bands out there at the moment.

Big Big Train have released a teaser video for their upcoming album ‘Folklore’. The album is released on May 27 and is available for pre-order now in CD, 2LP and digital formats.

Folklore tracklist:
  • Folklore
  • London Plane
  • Along The Ridgeway
  • Salisbury Giant
  • The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun
  • Wassail
  • Winkie
  • Brooklands
  • Telling The Bees

Music for 2016: FROST* announce their new album

Posted in Music for 2016, Progressive rock with tags , , , , on March 14, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Looking forward to this one a lot…

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Frost*, the brainchild of keyboard player and song-writer Jem Godfrey, have announced the release of their long-awaited new album ‘Falling Satellites’ for the 27th May 2016. Joined by guitarist & vocalist John Mitchell (Lonely Robot, It Bites), drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) & bassist Nathan King (Level 42), ‘Falling Satellites’ is the band’s first album in 8 years & the follow-up to the acclaimed ‘Experiments In Mass Appeal’.

Comprising 11 songs, the final 6 forming a 32-minute long suite, this album also sees a guest appearance from Grammy-nominated guitar legend Joe Satriani who Godfrey played with on the G3 tour in 2012. Jem had this to say about the album:

“It’s been a long time coming, but we got there in the end. I think this is our strongest album to date and moves the sound forwards whilst still referencing what’s gone before. It’s also great to have finally co-written some songs with John in a Frost* context. The end results were better than either of us could have imagined, we just can’t wait to get out and play it all live now.”

The album will arrive on limited edition CD mediabook (incl. 2 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD & digital download. The full track-listing is as follows:

1.       First Day

2.       Numbers

3.       Towerblock

4.       Signs

5.       Lights Out

6.       Heartstrings

7.       Closer To The Sun

8.       The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues

9.       Nice Day For It…

10.   Hypoventilate

11.   Last Day

12.   Lantern (bonus track)

13.   British Wintertime (bonus track)

The band will also head out on tour in the UK in support of the new record, including an appearance at Ramblin Man Fair in July. You can find the full list of confirmed dates below:

Friday 17th June – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Saturday 18th June – Montgomery Hall, Wath-Upon-Dearne

Sunday 19th June – The Robin 2, Bilson

Saturday 23rd July – Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone

Friday 29th July – Thekla, Bristol

Saturday 30th July – 02 Islington Academy, London

Sunday 31st July – The Portland Arms, Cambridge

Tickets for all headline dates available here: http://themerchdesk.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=155_201

DAVY O’ LIST LIVE AT THE BORDERLINE LONDON 23rd JANUARY 2016

Posted in Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Music for 2016, News, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , on January 6, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

DAVY O’ LIST LIVE AT THE BORDERLINE LONDON 23rd JANUARY 2016.

Davy O’List, who has during his colourful career, has been a founding member of Roxy Music, sideman to Bryan Ferry and John Cale, as well as a producer, writer, arranger and performer for bands such as Pink Floyd, The Attack and The Nice, proudly introduces his latest solo album, Second Thoughts.

This highly anticipated new album comes 18 years since last solo release ‘Flight of the Eagle’.  An elusive figure within the British rock scene, Davy was once voted within the

Top 100 guitarists ever by Classic Rock Magazine, yet in recent years, his disappearance from the music scene has remained a mystery to fans across the world.

Over the years Davy has produced singles and albums for The Attack, The Nice and Roxy Music, along with various others artists for Island Records, CBS and various indie labels.  Through his production work he became a pioneer, where he was one of the first in line to commercialise the blending of rock, pop, funk, jazz and classical music, in order to establish chart success.

‘Second Thoughts’ sees Davy returning to Prog Rock routes, a genre which he helped define in the late 60s during his time in The Nice.

Promo for the new record has included several interviews in Uncut Magazine throughout the progress of the new album, including a five page feature in 2014 and another which called his new material ‘Spectacular. Some tracks sound like long-lost Prog classics from 1973’.

Interviews with Davy have featured in Prog, Classic Rock and Record Collector magazines, alongside numerous glowing reviews, including a 4 star review in Classic Rock which said ‘Key to its appeal is O’List’s guitar tone, surely the best in Western civilisation‘. Record Collector, who also gave the album 4/5, said it was ‘Bursting with ideas’.

During his career Davy became notorious for his incredible live performances, so it’s with great excitement that he’s announced several live dates in October and November this year and a show at The Borderline in London on Saturday 23rd January.

☆☆☆☆ – Classic Rock Magazine ‘Key to its appeal is O’List’s guitar tone, surely the best in Western civilisation‘

☆☆☆☆ – Record Collector ‘Bursting with ideas’

THE BORDERLINE Orange Yard, Manette St, London W1D 4JB

SATURDAY 23rd JANUARY 2016 Doors 7.30pm

Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 First Band Announcement

Posted in AOR, Blues rock, Classic rock, Folk, Folk rock, hard rock, Heavy metal, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2016, News, Power metal, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , on January 6, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 First Band Announcement

4th-7th August 2016

70’s Legends Headline This Years Main Stage

The Cambridge Rock Festival is a superb music event featuring Classic Rock, Blues, with Progressive Rock and some young and exciting Metal bands, all stages are covered.  On the Thursday, the festival caters to the locals, with an evening of Tribute bands. This festival offers a stage to some up and coming younger bands and has seen some become successful. The Treatment, Bonafide, Pearl Handled Revolver and Walkway (recently supported the great Status Quo) to name a few. The Festival has some great food stalls, and is renowned for its 70 real ales, ciders, wines and lager!

The first bands announced for the 2016 festival are: One of Progressive Rock’s greatest legends, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Tour.    The extraordinary Dutch band Focus still featuring original members Thijs Van Leer (organ, flute and vocals) and Pierre Van Der Linden (drums). Curved Air with the beautiful Sonja Kristina at the helm. Sonja was one of the stars of the original cast of the musical Hair, in London in 1968. Curved Air rose to fame with their song Back Street Luv.

80’s star Hazel O’Connor, is huge favorite of the festival, and we are thrilled that she playing again in 2016.

Cregan and Co, Jim Cregan is Rod Stewart’s guitarist and co-songwriter. X-Factor finalist Ben Mills is on vocals. Jim was responsible not only for writing many of Stewart’s greatest hits, he also wrote Cockney Rebel’s hit Come Up And See Me.

The Pink Fairies are an English rock band initially active in the London underground and psychedelic scene of the early 1970s.  They have reformed for a series of gigs including the CRF.

Also playing are:  Walkway, a great Cambridge favorite.  HeKz a progressive metal band, who received a huge ovation at Cambridge 2014.  The Mentulls play their own brand of Progressive Blues. Purson,  Yossarian, Malayan Blues, Doris Brendel, and Derecho.

The Blues Stage bands will be announced soon.  Many more bands are still to be confirmed.

Camping and caravaning available over the full festival. Just 2.5 miles from the historic centre of Cambridge and 3.3miles from Cambridge Rail Station. 30 mins from Stansted Airport (150metres from M11 Motorway J12). Cambridge Rocks! as after all Cambridge is the original hometown of Pink Floyd.

Cambridge Rock Festival, Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton, CB23 7PZ.Just off the M11 Junction 12.

www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk

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: LONELY ROBOT

Posted in Albums of the Year, Music for 2015, Pop rock, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Lonely Robot released their excellent debut album ‘Please Come Home’ back in February on Inside Out. Lonely Robot is the brainchild of producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (Kino/It Bites/Frost*/Arena). He is backed by a rhythm section of Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett/Kajagoogoo) on bass and Craig Blundell on drums, with plenty of guests including Marillion’s Steve Hogarth, Nik Kershaw, Go West’s Peter Cox and Jem Godfrey (Frost*).

It is a cracking mix of melodic prog rock and some cracking pop rock like ‘Boy In The Radio‘ which features Peter Cox of Go West fame (always liked Go West, one of the better 80’s pop acts along with Talk, Talk and Tears For Fears).

LONELY ROBOT London date 20th December

Posted in Music for 2015, Progressive rock with tags , , , on November 13, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), released its debut album Please Come Home earlier this year and is set to play a special one-off live show this December in London. Joining John and his band for this very special evening, will be guest appearances from Peter Cox (Go West), Heather Findlay (ex-Mostly Autumn) & Kim Seviour (Touchstone), as well as Jem Godfrey, who will get on stage for a special encore of Frost* material.

Tickets are available now from the following outlets:

20/12/15 – Scala, London, UK

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/KWI2012

VIP & Merch Package deals available from The Merch Desk: http://themerchdesk.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=155_20

John’s band will be made up of Caroline Campbell on bass, Lauren Storer on keys and Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums, and they will be playing his debut album in its entirety.

A video for the track ‘The Boy In The Radio’ featuring Peter Cox, was also recently launched, and you can watch that here: https://youtu.be/iiCFjdc5Q5 

Please Come Home received some fantastic reviews, with Prog calling it “one mighty statement of intent” and Fireworks stating it’s “one of the finest pieces of Prog Pop”.

You can now order the Lonely Robot album from the InsideOut shop here: http://smarturl.it/pchIOMShop

And you can order the album digitally here:

http://smarturl.it/pchITUNES

http://smarturl.it/pchAMAZONMP3