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Slowly the giants of rock stop touring…

Posted in Classic albums, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, tours with tags , , , , , , on March 10, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

First we had the sad passing of Lemmy which meant no more Motorhead, a band that lived to be on the road touring and playing to their fans.

Now we have the news that AC/DC have had to postpone their remaining US tour dates as vocalist Brian Johnson has been advised to stop performing live to save his hearing. The band have said they will be rescheduled later in the year with a guest vocalist. But it won’t be the same without Brian Johnson plus of course illness forced Malcolm Young to leave the band.

Age is catching up fast with the rock giants of the 1970’s sadly, even the mighty Status Quo have said no more electric gigs and their UK tour later this year will be their last.

The latest band to call time on touring has been Rush. Guitarist Alex Lifeson confirmed in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine that the band won’t tour again due to the pain that drummer Neil Peart goes through.

When rock bands started way back in the 60’s and 70’s, they would not imagined the longevity many of them would have and now we are way into the twilight years for them sadly. But hey, they will still be drawn back to the stage I am sure for one-off shows and it is not all bad as Motley Crue have stopped as well 😉

Roy Harper’s song sums up the passing of this era, albeit about cricket it does work on many levels:


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

FVK announce debut headline European tour

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Modern rock, Music for 2016 with tags , , on February 15, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

My daughter introduced me to FVK (or Fearless Vampire Killers as was) and having seen them live a couple of years ago a band well worth seeing live. Their recent EP ‘Bruises’ sees them move away from their steampunk look and have a slightly more commercial edge. They never seem to stop touring…


As one European tour comes to a halt, FVK (formerly Fearless Vampire Killers), eager to return, are ecstatic to announce their first European headline run for May. Routing through France, Germany, Denmark, Poland and The Netherlands, this will be the bands fourth stint in Europe over the last year – previous tours include support to In This Moment, Black Veil Brides and Annisokay, alongside their current run with Escape The Fate. An unstoppable live force, it’s only a matter of time until FVK is a household name for European rock fans.

It’s almost a year to the day that we first toured mainland Europe and to think we’re now at a point that we can headline is amazing. I can’t wait to give our new friends out there a full show. We do things quite differently when headlining – we try to make the show more of diverse and memorable. See you all soon!”Kier Kemp, co-vocals

3rd May – Backstage, Paris (FR)
4th May – MTC, Cologne (GE)
5th May – Rock Café, Hamburg (GE)
6th May – Beta, Copenhagen (DK)
8th May – Hydrozagadka, Warsaw (PL)
9th May – Musik & Frieden, Berlin (GE)
10th May – Backstage Club, Munich (GE)
12th May – Sugar Factory, Amsterdam (GE)

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 18th February.

Following last year’s success of the aforementioned European tours, a UK headline run and a slot on Download Festival’s second stage, alongside the release of mini-album BRUISES in October which charted at #14 in the UK Rock Album Chart, FVK have gone from strength to strength. And they are showing no sign of slowing down with an upcoming UK headline run in March, and further huge announcements.

Whilst BRUISES saw FVK transition away from the Grandomina concept on previous albums Unbreakable Hearts and Militia of the Lost, the band continue to embrace creativity with co-singer Laurence Beveridge’s novels – recently releasing the third book in his series, Unbreakable Hearts. The band also have their own comic book The Vigilante  in the works, and online community The Obsidian Bond  continues to grow from strength to strength.

FVK are a rarity that goes beyond the music. They’re unafraid to be different, to have identity, fast emerging as pioneers for a new and exciting generation of rock fans.

Steeleye Span UK tour

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Steeleye Span release a new collection ‘Catch Up’ on December 4th which features this beautiful new song:

Excellent live they are well worth seeing and with a new-ish line-up, although Maddy Prior is still there.

Thu 19 Nov Town Hall Birmingham 0121 345 0600
Fri 20 Nov Assembly Hall Theatre Tumbridge Wells 01892 530613
Sun 22 Nov Borough Theatre Abergavenny 01873 850805
Mon 23 Nov The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre Taunton 01823 283244
Tue 24 Nov The Stables Milton Keynes 01908 280800
Wed 25 Nov New Vic Theatre Newcastle Under Lyme 01782 717962
Thu 26 Nov Prince of Wales Centre Cannock 01543 578762
Fri 27 Nov Town Hall Cheltenham 0844 576 2210
Sun 29 Nov Royal & Derngate Northampton 01604 624811
Mon 30 Nov Epsom Playhouse Epsom 01372 742555/742227
Tue 1 Dec The Winding Wheel Chesterfield 01246 345 222
Wed 2 Dec Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield 01484 223200
Thu 3 Dec Sage Gateshead 0191 443 4661
Fri 4 Dec Leeds Town Hall Leeds 0113 224 3801
Sun 6 Dec Great British Folk Festival Skegness 0330 102 5295
Tue 8 Dec The Apex Bury St Edmunds 01284 758000
Wed 9 Dec Corn Exchange Ipswich 01473 433100
Thu 10 Dec St Mary’s In The Castle Hastings 01323 841414
Sat 12 Dec The Lighthouse Poole 0844 406 8666
Sun 13 Dec Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch 01708 443333
Mon 14 Dec Cadogan Hall London 020 7730 4500
Tue 15 Dec St George’s Bristol Bristol 0845 40 24 001
Wed 16 Dec Portsmouth Guildhall Portsmouth 0844 847 2362
Thu 17 Dec City Hall Salisbury 01722 434434

JEFF LYNNE’S ELO UK tour dates announced :-)

Posted in ELO, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , , on November 9, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

It’s all go with ELO at the moment! The new album is out this Friday, the same day as the UK dates go on pre-sale. A decent run of arena dates here, although only one in Scotland and no Welsh date. The live line-up is set to include long time ELO member Richard Tandy along with Gary Barlow’s backing band again, although this has yet to be confirmed.

April 2016
Tue 05 Liverpool Echo Arena
Thu 07 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Sat 09 Leeds First Direct Arena
Sun 10 Manchester Arena
Tue 12 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Thu 14 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Sat 16 Birmingham Genting Arena
Sun 17 Birmingham Genting Arena
Wed 20 London The O2
Fri 22 London The O2

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FM “Heroes & Villains” tour continues through November

Posted in AOR, Get Ready To Rock!, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , , on October 18, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake


The FM “Heroes & Villains” tour continues through November with the following UK headline shows:
4 Nov Northampton Roadmender

6 Nov Lowerstoft The Aquarium

7 Nov Gloucester Guildhall

8 Nov Stourbridge River Rooms

Special guests for these shows will be Frontiers label mates Vega.

Tickets are on sale now from the venues and usual ticket outlets,

The band then head over to mainland Europe for the rest of November, as special guests to The Electric Boys for three shows in Sweden followed by headline shows in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and France with The Electric Boys as special guests.

FM round off an incredibly busy year by headlining Planet Rockstock in Trecco Bay, Wales on Friday 4th December.