Wednesday 28 September 2011

Daedalus Vocalist In feature With Jon Kirkman

Exclusive interview with Daedalus vocalist Davide Merletto in feature on Classic Rock Radio this coming Friday 30th September at 8pm UK Time. The feature will be repeated on Saturday night 1st October at 8pm UK time Davide is talking to Jon Kirkman about the new Daedalus album Motherland and playing tracks from the album.
Listen live on Friday and Saturday here .

Thursday 22 September 2011

Steve Hackett Releases New Studio Album BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON

Progressive rock giant Steve Hackett returns with another stunning release Beyond the Shrouded Horizon. This highly anticipated album, due to be released on September 26th, through Inside Out/EMI Records, will be available in four formats: CD; Limited Special Edition 2 CD & media book which includes a bonus CD with 6 previously unreleased tracks; vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve and digital album. The album will be the focus of Hackett’s Breaking Waves Tour and is sure to amaze and astound old and new fans alike, blasting them into Rock’s stratosphere.

Hackett says: “My new album Beyond the Shrouded Horizon breaks free from its moorings in early autumn and sets sail through choppy riffs and sudden electric storms to the odd romantic isle…”

“From Sinbad seas to Startrek oceans of deep sky, it’s an odyssey. Invisible chords link pop to pomp, blues to baroque, embracing all genres discovered along the way. Let cthonic guitar forces and power of song take you to where waves crash through de-tuned orchestras over the edge of charted territories.”

This eagerly awaited new album follows hot on the heels of the tremendous success of his previous opus Out of The Tunnel’s Mouth which until now has been heralded as his strongest work.

Beyond the Shrouded Horizon is a deeply profound and mystical, yet heartfelt and spellbinding, progressive rock record which will seduce the listener and marks another step on the enthralling journey we are taking with Hackett as he makes sense of his life through music.

The album strikes a joyous note while remaining a fascinating and deeply personal affair. As Steve says “For all you restless souls out there, tighten your seatbelts and join me at full throttle on a ride from the shores of Loch Lomond to the Rings of Saturn.”

Beyond The Shrouded Horizon, Steve’s 24th solo release, charts an intriguing journey into the unknown on beautiful numbers like the epic A Place Called Freedom and the romantic melodies of Looking For Fantasy. Hackett pioneered the “tapping” technique which influenced the likes of Eddie Van Halen and countless other virtuoso guitarists as well as producing countless classic works as a member of Genesis and GTR but Beyond The Shrouded Horizon is set to be a work of historic significance which represents the pinnacle of achievement thus far in his stellar solo career.

The band features long time collaborators Roger King (Keyboards), Gary O’Toole (Drums), Rob Townsend (sax, whistle, bass clarinet), Nick Beggs (bass) and the seductive vocals of Amanda Lehmann (who also plays guitar). Roger King and Steve’s wife Jo have written several of the tracks with Steve. Special guests include YES bassist Chris Squire, drummer Simon Phillips and flutist John Hackett, Steve’s brother.

Beyond the Shrouded Horizon

Track Listing

1. Loch Lomond
2. The Phoenix Flown
3. Wanderlust
4. Til These Eyes
5. Prairie Angel
6. A Place Called Freedom
7. Between The Sunset And The Coconut Palms
8. Waking To Life
9. Two Faces Of Cairo
10. Looking For Fantasy
11. Summer’s Breath
12. Catwalk
13. Turn This Island Earth

Bonus CD (Limited Special Edition only)

1. Four Winds: North
2. Four Winds: South
3. Four Winds: East
4. Four Winds: West
5. Pieds En L’Air
6. She Said Maybe
7. Enter The Night
8. Eruption: Tommy
9. Reconditioned Nightmare

Full details of the first UK leg of The Breaking Waves Tour featuring The Electric band. Line-up for these dates will be the same as on the album apart from Phil Mulford will replace Nick Beggs on bass.

The album is available for pre-order now from



Thurs 10th Tavistock The Wharf £22 01822 611 166

Fri 11th Gloucester Guildhall £20 01452 503 050

Sat 12th Manchester RNCM (Brunwood Theatre)£22.50 0871 230 110

Sun 13th London 02 Academy Islington £25.00 020 7288 4400

Tickets are also available from:

and for Manchester and London shows

All tickets are subject to booking fee.

An Evening With Danny & Ben – 2 Man Show – Music & Chat

Danny Bowes & Ben Matthews will play 8 intimate sit down shows in January 2012.
Each “Evening With Danny & Ben” will be a relaxed mix of stripped down Thunder tunes & their favourite cover versions, plus stories from their combined 760 years in the music business. The shows will be seated, and those who attend will be “actively encouraged” to join in. Exact details are top secret at this time………….There will be no support band, but there will be 2 sets each night, with a short interval in the middle.

5th Gateshead The Sage Hall 2 0191 443 4661

6th Glasgow Oran Mor 0141 357 6200

7th Manchester Academy 0161 832 1111

10th Birmingham Glee Club 0871 472 0400

11th Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660 352

12th Cambridge Junction 01223 511 511

19th Sheffield Memorial Hall 0114 2789 789

20th London Bush Hall 0844 477 1000

Tickets are £17.50 each (Subject to booking fee) and go on sale on Friday 16th September at 9.00am.
They are available from

Danny says: “Ben and I visited a secondary school a little while ago to give a talk to a load of 15 year old music students. Having agreed to do it, we were a bit apprehensive, and thought it might be a bit dull for them, having 2 old gits spouting on about the music business and touring etc, but we were wrong, they loved it. That started us thinking, always dangerous, the next thing we were doing some shows. Lord help us all….”

Ben says: “I’ve always enjoyed doing interviews with Danny, I didn’t get the opportunity that often but when we did it was always a lot of fun, that’s when I could get a word in edgeways! We seem to have the knack of making each other laugh, so we thought it would be a great idea to see if we could do the same in front of an audience. If all else fails we’ll play them a song or two and do a runner…”

A very civilised and fun evening for all, the perfect antidote to the New Year Blues…

Rush DVD & Blu-ray: “Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland”

DVD & Blu-ray: “Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland”
Release Date: 7th November 2011

“A blend of power, subtlety, soaring choruses and some of the most intelligent lyrics ever written…Let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of them” – 5/5 The Sun

“Canadian legends confirm their status as the world’s biggest, and best, cult band….Rush have never sounded better than they do tonight” – 5/5 Kerrang review of Time Machine Tour “Perhaps the coolest band in the world” – The Guardian

Eagle Vision are pleased to announce the BluRay/DVD release of RUSH TIME MACHINE 2011: Live In Cleveland. The DVD is an evening with Rush performing their classic hits and features the legendary Moving Pictures album live in its entirety. Released in 1981, Moving Pictures was their most successful album to date, certified 4x Platinum and features some of Rush’s most well known songs and perennial radio favorites, including “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight” and the Grammy®-nominated instrumental “YYZ.”

Captured in April at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena during the renowned trio’s extensive Time Machine world tour, TIME MACHINE 2011: Live In Cleveland marks the band’s first live concert filmed in the United States. The choice to record in Cleveland was a deliberate nod of gratitude to the first city to support Rush on its airwaves, as former WMMS DJ Donna Halper is widely credited for helping break the band in 1974 by spinning “Working Man.” The reinterpreted live version of “Working Man” was the encore closer on the Time Machine tour and is included on this DVD. Rush brought The Time Machine Tour to the UK, culminating in a sold out show at the O2 in May 2011.

In addition to the 26-song concert set, Rush’s notorious concept tour videos will be included: The first short film, entitled The ‘Real’ History of Rush ‘Don’t Be Rash’ , Episode No. 2, and the opening the second set video, The ‘Real’ History of Rush…and Rock ‘N Roll is My Name, Episode No. 17. The bonus material features outtakes from the short films, an alternate film version video for “Tom Sawyer”, and two rare pieces of Rush live footage from the vault: “Need Some Love” from Laura Second Secondary School with original drummer John Rutsey, and “Anthem” from Passaic New Jersey.

Anthem, Rush and Rounder Records have again selected D&E Entertainment (, who theatrically distributed the documentary ‘Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage’, to bring ‘Time Machine’ to the big screen and movie theatres across the US starting October 26. D&E will be working with Eagle Vision to bring ‘Time Machine’ to theatres across the UK and other territories as well.

Info on all screenings will be available at The big screen HD digital cinema presentation will give fans the best seat in the house and transport them from the theatre to the front row of the concert.
In related news, Rush is also releasing the audio companion (a 2 CD set and Moving Pictures: Live 2011 on vinyl) via Roadrunner Records on the 7th November as well.

Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans. According to the RIAA, Rush’s sales statistics place them third after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive Gold or Platinum studio albums by a rock band.
For more information on the band check out

Track list:

Set One
The ‘Real’ History of Rush Episode No. 2 “Don’t Be Rash”
The Spirit of Radio
Time Stand Still
Stick It Out
Workin’ Them Angels
Leave That Thing Alone
Free Will

Set Two
The ‘Real’’ History of Rush Episode No. 17 “…and Rock and Roll is my name.”
Tom Sawyer
Red Barchetta
The Camera Eye
Witch Hunt
Vital Signs
Moto Perpetuo (featuring Love For Sale)
O’Malley’s Break
Closer To The Heart
2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
Far Cry

La Villa Strangiato
Working Man

Bonus Material
Outtakes from “History of Rush, Episode 2 & 17”
“Tom Sawyer” featuring the cast of “History of Rush, Episode 17”
“Need Some Love” Live from Laura Secord Secondary School
“Anthem” Live from Passaic New Jersey

World’s greatest prog rock band YES to hit UK in November

After a hugely successful American tour with Styx, the world’s most quintessential prog rock band YES is ready to hit the UK in support of new album ‘Fly From Here’ with 8 memorable shows.The tour marks the return of keyboard player Geoff Downes, joining guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, and lead singer Benoit David.

‘Fly From Here’, the latest studio effort from YES – the first in ten years – was welcomed enthusiastically by fans and critics alike. Trevor Horn was back on the producer’s seat for the occasion, and Guitarist Magazine gave the album five stars, calling it ‘a positive delight’.

Proud of their new creation as much as they are of their legendary past, YES will perform tracks from ‘Fly From Here’ as well as timeless hits from albums ‘Drama’, ‘Fragile’, ‘Close To The Edge’ and ‘90125’. The band’s prolific back catalogue is a showcase of powerful progressive compositions, which have influenced generations of musicians and pushed
the cutting edge of art-rock music to its limits.

Chris Squire says “We’re looking forward to performing new music live and sharing the
experience with our fans.”

Between the unforgettable classics expected on the set list is the group’s popular single “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and ‘Roundabout’, a seminal hit that, from Howe’s signature guitar work to Squire’s bass-line approach to the use of synthesizers and sound effects, contributed to crown YES as major pioneers of the genre.

With an array of timeless songs this undoubtedly promises to be an evening of music not to be missed.

Dates as follows:

Tue 8th Cambridge Corn Exchange £34.50 01223357 851

Wed 9th Sheffield City Hall £34.50 01142 789 789

Fri 11th Birmingham Symphony Hall £34.50 0121 780 3333

Sat 12th Glasgow Clyde Auditorium £34.50 0844395 4000

Sun 13th Manchester 02 Apollo £34.50 08444 777 677

Tue 15th Brighton Dome £34.50 01273 709 709

Wed 16th Bristol Colston Hall £34.50 0117 922 3686

Thu 17th London Hammersmith Apollo £37.50 08448 44 47 48

24 Hr Ticket Hotline 0844 338 0000

All tickets subject to booking fee.

YES’ remarkable career has served to re-define the boundaries of rock
for more than four decades. The band has been dominant driving music force
selling over 30 million albums, reaching platinum status multiple times
worldwide. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical styles have made
each of the group’s members a virtuoso in his own right.

For additional information
please visit te bands Official ebsite

Ian Anderson Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Jethro Tull’s Groundbreaking Album ‘Thick As A Brick’ with UK tour in 2012

While busy with a string of highly anticipated UK acoustic shows, Ian Anderson announces he will hit the road again in April 2012 for a 19 date UK tour commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Jethro Tull’s 1972 Billboard No. 1 ‘Thick As A Brick’.

The band’s chart-topping record will be played in its entirety – as initially recorded – for the first time since its original tour in 1972. ‘Thick as a Brick’ was a concept album based on a poem written by a fictitious 10 year old boy Gerald Bostock – in reality Anderson himself, who wrote both music and lyrics. It only featured one seamless 45 minutes long track, although it was split to accommodate the album on vinyl and cassette. It reached number 5 in the UK charts.

Tickets for the 2012 tour go on sale from 7th September.

‘Thick As A Brick – Whatever happened to Gerald Bostock’ promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience, rediscovering a timeless milestone of progressive rock. The performances will also incorporate video projection and other theatrical elements. Ian Anderson performs some of his finest work with the added maturity and skill acquired across a 40 years strong career.

Anderson says: “I never thought I would do this music again in its entirety but, over the last couple of years, I have grown to rather like the idea and the prospect of a Prog moment of profound excess. Question is: will I now become filled with some dark and nefarious need to take this murky, anal business further? You never know….. ”

Widely recognised as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian also plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments, providing the acoustic textures which have been an integral part of most of the Tull repertoire and his solo material. In recent years, he has toured more and more under his own name in solo concerts with orchestras, string quartets, featured soloists and in his other eclectic acoustic shows.

During the ‘Thick As a Brick’ tour Anderson will be joined by John O’Hara on keyboards, David Goodier on bass, Florian Opahle on guitar and Scott Hammond on drums as well as guest performers.
Full details are: -

14th Perth Concert Hall 01738 621 031 £22.50/£25.50/£28.50
15th Glasgow Theatre Royal 0844 871 7627 £25.50/£28.50
17th Newcastle City Hall 0191 261 2606 £25.50/£28.50

18th Liverpool Philharmonic 0151 709 3789 £25.50/£28.50
19th Sheffield City Hall 0114 2 789 789 £25.50/£28.50
20th Blackburn St George’s Hall 0844 847 1664 £26.50
21th Harrogate Royal Hall 0845 130 8840 £25.50/£28.50
22th Manchester Opera House 0844 847 2484 £25.50/£28.50
24th Derby Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800 £25.50/£28.50
25th Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433100 £25.50/£28.50
27th London Hammersmith Apollo 0843 221 0100 £25/£28.50/£32.50
28th Bristol Colston Hall 0117 922 3686 £25.50/£28.50
29th High Wycombe The Swan Theatre 01494 512 000 £26.50/£29.50
30th Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 780 3333 £26.50/£29.50

2nd Oxford Apollo 0844 847 1588 £25.50/£28.50
3rd Reading Hexagon 0118 960 6060 £25.50/£28.50
4th Guildford G Live 0844 7701 797 £28.50/£31.50
5th Cardiff St David’s Hall 029 2087 8444 £25.50/£28.50
6th Southampton Guildhall 023 8063 2601 £25.50/£28.50

Doors open at 7.30pm except for Southampton – 7pm. Tickets are subject to booking fee.

Tickets go on sale from September 7th Here:

After 44 years of leading Tull to 54 countries worldwide and over 60 million albums sold, Ian Anderson celebrates a true progressive rock classic with old and new fans across the UK for a whole three weeks. Anderson is known as the flute and voice of the legendary Jethro Tull, formed in the North of England in 1968 from the amalgamation of blues-based John Evan Band and McGregor’s Engine. Since their first performance at London’s famous Marquee Club in 1968, the band has released 30 studio and live albums and earned a prominent place in rock history.

As well as releasing Aqualung (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) through EMI Records on 31st October, Anderson is also planning 3 Charity Cathedral Christmas shows in December:

December 10th Canterbury Cathedral (with Bruce Dickinson & Justin Hayward)

December 16th Salisbury Cathedral

December 19th Manchester Cathedral

Thunder Announce Xmas Show 2011

Photo Marty Moffat

Following their High Voltage triumph this summer, Thunder have decided to play a Christmas show at Rock City, Nottingham, on 21st December. This will be the first Thunder Xmas show since 2008.

The show will be a two set mix of acoustic and full-on electric sets, featuring Thunder songs and covers, with special guests and festive fun.

Tickets are priced at £27.50 (subject to booking fee) and go on sale on Friday 16th September at 9.00am from the box office ( 0845 413 4444) in person at the venue or from:

The show will be recorded, and the ticket price includes a CD of the highlights. There will also be a second slightly different version, which will be sold exclusively via the Thunder Shop. There are no plans for any other shows in 2012.

JUDAS PRIEST Album: The Chosen Few – Release date: 10th October 2011

“Priest has always meant one thing – take no prisoners. For decades. Across one continent to the next, they have never wavered in their commitment to treating the Stage as Holy Ground…”
– Gene Simmons, KISS

Sony Music are proud to announce the release of a unique Judas Priest album. The Chosen Few is an album curated by Judas Priest’s contemporaries in the music world – each artist picking their own favourite Priest track and explaining why it is special to them. Included are legends such as Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Alice Cooper, Joe Elliott, Slash, Lemmy, Kerry King and Corey Taylor. All build an album from the very best of Judas Priest – from 1977’s “Diamonds And Rust” through to 1990’s “Painkiller”. A selection of excerpts are below;

“The blueprint for the epic rock ballad. Copied thousands of times, never eclipsed.”

“This has always been one of my favorite Judas Priest songs…. I just want to know what the fuck that note is that Rob Halford hits in the beginning of the song. Fucking hell!! That note is probably just below what only dogs can hear.”

“For a metal band, Priest has always used tons of melody… when you have a singer as great as Rob Halford, you have to write great riffs WITH great melodies, you can’t just have riffs. Living After Midnight is the perfect example…”

“Judas Priest have put out their fair share of great albums to be sure. But my all time favourite is Screaming For Vengeance. It was and still is, one of the best metal records ever produced and the title track is in my humble opinion, still ahead of its time.”

“Judas Priest: the blueprint for the ultimate heavy metal band…..”

The Chosen Few tracklisting is as follows;
1) Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
2) Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai
3) Exciter (1978) – chosen by Accept
4) Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
5) Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)
6) The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) &
Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)
7) The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne
Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metalliica)
9) Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)
10) Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)
11) Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
12) Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
13) Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns n Roses)
14) You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
15) The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho
16) Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)
17) Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

The Chosen Few is released through Sony Music on the 10th October 2011.

Aussie rockers TRACER premiere new video and free MP3 download.

Photo BJ Wok

‘Too Much’, described as an exploding fireball of kinetic stoner rock energy, is also available as a FREE MP3 download from Soundcloud here –
Hailing from Adelaide, Southern Australia, TRACER will be in the UK in October as special guest on Royal Republic’s “We Are The Royal” European tour. The UK leg kicks off at the Sheffield Corporation on Monday October 24th.
Tracer release their latest album Spaces In Between in the UK on the 3rd of October

Skindred to headline Saturday night at HAMMERFEST 4

Following an incredible European rout of everything musical, 2011 has seen Skindreds career catapult them into the premiership and up their capacities round the globe. Its with great pleasure Benji and the boys take the Saturday night throne at Hammerfest 4 and do what they do best….blow yer face off with an onslaught of their self styled ragga metal. Skindred fans can expect a headline set from hell with a few surprises thrown in, just to rock the foundations of Prestatyn that bit more.

Making their HF debut, are Heavens Basement, who are no strangers to the scene but are well up for leading the charge on the special sounds stage on Friday. After a gruelling 3 years of non stop touring, we felt it was right for them to join the HF ranks and give it to us full throttle.

Lastly are new HRH discoveries Sci Fi Mafia, as Jonni Davis would describe it…it’s a metal version of Hawkwind and highly entertaining…Industrial Metal with electronic riffage…utterly FKN mental….have a listen

Were down to our last 11 VIP rooms and Gold is double on last year…so shift it

Line up for Hammerfest 4 now stands as:

Paradise Lost
Lawnmower Deth
Fury UK
Heavens Basement
Sci Fi Mafia

BUSH RELEASE NEW ALBUM “THE SEA OF MEMORIES” on earMUSIC in the UK on October 24th 2011.

earMUSIC, the Hamburg based rock label which is part of Edel Group, is proud to announce the release of the new BUSH album, The Sea of Memories, to be released in the UK on October 24th 2011 distributed by Absolute via Universal. This release is the first studio album from the band in over 10 years. It will be released on CD and as a limited edition double CD. The double CD will feature 8 exclusive tracks picked personally by the band for Europe from their archive of unreleased remixes and live performances.

The British-born band has had more success over the course of their first half-dozen years than most artists do in a lifetime. From 1994’s Sixteen Stone to 2001’s Golden State, they made some of the most successful rock albums in recent memory, selling over 15 million albums to date worldwide.

“We are the sum of everything we’ve done – right, wrong and in-between,” says singer and guitarist Gavin Rossdale ironically. “We’re all victims, and benefactors, of our past.”

The Sea of Memories is drenched in Bush’s trademark intensity and driven by Rossdale’s emotive, bittersweet vocals, but it’s also infused with an immediacy that pushes the album into new, compelling directions. From their lead single, the atmospheric powerhouse “The Sound of Winter,” to the rapid-fire exuberance of “All My Life,” Bush reveals itself as a re-energized band. It’s a fresh mindset that’s at least partially influenced by events surrounding the making of this record.

The Sea of Memories is Bush’s first indie effort since the early 1990s. Rossdale’s own imprint, Zuma Rock Records, will issue the album through an exclusive partnership with earMUSIC in Europe. “It’s been a relief and a breath of fresh air,” says Rossdale of making the leap from a major label, and being able to work under fewer creative constraints. “There’s a pressure that comes with being on a major. If you’re nurtured and looked after properly, it gives you the freedom and confidence to be creative, and from that comes good results. But it can also be disheartening. This feels good. This feels right.”

Disc One
1. The Mirror Of The Signs
2. The Sound of Winter
3. All My Life
4. The Afterlife
5. All Night Doctors
6. Baby Come Home
7. Red Light
8. She’s a Stallion
9. I Believe in You
10. Stand Up
11. The Heart of the Matter
12. Be Still My Love

Disc Two
01. The Year Of Danger
02. Ghost
03. Lay Down Your Guns
04. The Sound Of Winter (Junior Sanchez Remix)
05. The Afterlife [featuring Cecile] (Remix by Washroom & Bass Over Babylon)
06. All Night Doctors (original version)
07. Landslide (Written by Stevie Nicks – Live from the Bridge School Benefit)
08. Float (acoustic)

Bush is preparing to tour in fall 2011 with a series of already sold out shows all over Europe.

November 03, 2011 Heineken Madrid, Spain
November 05, 2011 Docks Hamburg, Germany
November 07, 2011 Huxley’s Berlin, Germany
November 08, 2011 Live Music Hall Cologne, Germany
November 10, 2011 Backstage Werk Munich Germany
November 11, 2011 Gasometer Vienna Austria
November 13, 2011 Komplex Zurich, Switzerland
November 14, 2011 Den Atelier Luxembourg
November 15, 2011 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 16, 2011 013 Popcentrum Tilburg, NL
November 18, 2011 Trix HallAntwerp, Belgium
November 19, 2011 Boule Noire Paris, France
November 20, 2011 Bush Hall London, England
November 21, 2011 100 Club London, England
November 22, 2011 Cargo London, England

Leslie West teams up with Slash and Bonamassa on “Unusual Suspects”

Photos Alex Solca

Leslie West(Pictured with Joe Bonamassa and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons), Legendary guitarist and the founder of one of rocks most influential bands, Mountain, will release a brand new solo album, ‘Unusual Suspects’, on Monday September 19th.

The album features West alongside a hand-picked line-up of the world’s finest guitar players; including Slash, blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Black Label Society front man and ex-Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Toto’s Steve Lukather.

Released by Provogue Records, the album follows the shocking news that, in late June, West underwent life-saving surgery, when his leg was amputated above the knee. While such an ordeal would surely deter lesser artists, West insisted on honouring the ‘Unusual Suspects’ album’s September release date and is gearing up for a US tour in October.

“These guys don’t just show up to play on everybody’s albums,” says West on his special guests and the album’s title. “They’re all stars in their own right, and fantastic players – everyone with their own sound and style, about as far from the usual suspects as it gets.”

Wilko Johnson’s nationwide UK tour kicks off on September 15th

Photo by David Coombes

Wilko Johnson, guitarist and founding member of Dr. Feelgood, who has influenced everyone from Joe Strummer, Mick Jones to Steve Albini, starts his nationwide UK tour at the Edinburgh Caves on Thursday September 15th. Johnson will be accompanied by Norman Watt-Roy (bass), and Dylan Howe (drums). Special guest is award-winning blues guitarist/singer Ian Siegal. 24 Hour Box Office: 0871 230 1101,
In 1971, Wilko first made his name when he formed Dr. Feelgood; a British pub rock band from Canvey Island, Essex. Known for their electrifying concerts, their first two albums, Down by the Jetty (1974) and Malpractice (1975), were immensely popular. In 1976, their live album, Stupidity went to No.1 in the UK’s official album chart. By the time Dr. Feelgood released their fourth album, Sneakin’ Suspicion (1977), Johnson left the group and to pursue a solo career, and joined Ian Dury and the Blockheads in 1980.

In 2009, Johnson starred in Julien Temple’s “Oil City Confidential,” a feature film documentary about Dr. Feelgood, and recently starred in HBO’s fantasy TV series “Game of Thrones.”

Wilko Johnson’s UK tour dates in full:

Edinburgh Caves Thurs 15 Sep
Glasgow O2 ABC Fri 16 Sep
Aberdeen Lemon Tree Sat 17 Sep
Newcastle O2 Academy Sun 18 Sep
Sheffield O2 Academy Thurs 22 Sept
Kendal Brewery Arts Fri 23 Sept
Holmfirth Picturedrome Sat 24 Sept
Leicester O2 Academy Sun 25 Sept
Bilston The Robin Thurs 29 Sept
London Islington Academy Fri 30 Sept
Manchester Academy Sat 1 Oct
Nottingham Rescue Rooms Sun 2 Oct
Gloucester Guildhall Thurs 6 Oct
Falmouth Pavilion Fri 7 Oct
Exeter Phoenix Sat 8 Oct
Brighton Komedia Sun 9 Oct

Saturday 3 September 2011

The First CRR T Shirt

Hi folks I'm feeling especially Rock this week I have a small pile of Classic Rock Radio T Shirts in my clutches it's our trial run and they are cooler than the lower bits of a penguin. There are only a few and I doubt they will be in my care for long as the first orders came in while I was still editing facebook. If you want to be totally rock and on message lets us know you want one its strictly first come and we want to see photo's of you Rockin' at a gig or just being a RockChick or Dude so we can post you up costs just £12.99 while they last and that's delivered.