Monday 13 February 2012

Michael Schenker Temple of Rock UK Tour Dates In May

Legendary rock’n’roll guitarist Michael Schenker has announced that his brand new classic rock band “Temple of Rock” will embark on a 4-date UK tour in May 2012. The tour kicks-off at the Wolverhampton Wulfrun on Wednesday May 9th.

Tickets for all four “Temple of Rock” UK concerts go on general sale Friday January 13th at 10am.  24 hour ticket hotline: 0844 478 0898.  Book online:

Following his acclaimed 2009/10 world tour performing the “MSG 30th Anniversary Show”, where Michael was joined by (original MSG vocalist) Gary Barden, alongside a host of other classic rock legends including Carmine Appice, Simon Phillips, Chris Slade and Chris Glen, Schenker’s “Temple of Rock” is ready to conquer the UK with a brand new kick-ass, all-star line-up.
Boasting Ex-Scorpions stars Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz on drums and bass respectively, MSG stalwart Wayne Findlay on keyboards and the magnificent Doogie White (ex Rainbow / Yngwie Malmsteen) on vocals, these “Temple Of Rock” concerts will include a plethora of hits spanning Michael Schenker’s colourful career.

Songs to be performed by the “Temple of Rock” include UFO’s “Rock Bottom” and “Doctor Doctor”, MSG’s “Armed and Ready” and “Into The Arena”, and the Scorpions classics “Another Piece of Meat” and “Rock You like a Hurricane”. In addition, Schenker will perform brand new songs from the recently released “Temple of Rock” album alongside other solo favourites such as “Before the Devil Knows You´re Dead”, “Miss Claustrophobia” and “Hangin On”.

In 2010, Michael Schenker received the Marshall ’11′ Award at the Classic Rock Magazine Roll Of Honour awards; in 2011 he rocked the High Voltage Festival, and also played some UK dates with Black Country Communion.  Now he´s back in 2012 with the “Temple of Rock” world tour.



UK TOUR – MAY 2012
Wolverhampton The Wulfrun
Wednesday 9th May 2012
Tickets: £22.50 / Doors: 7.30pm
North Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RQ

Manchester HMV Ritz
Thursday 10th May 2012
Tickets: £22.50 / Doors: 7.00pm
Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NQ
Glasgow O2 ABC
Friday 11 May 2012
Tickets: £22.50 / Doors: 6.30pm
300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 12th May 2012
Tickets £22.50 / Doors: 7.30pm
Shepherd’s Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

Walter Trout. New Album and Tour Details

Critically acclaimed American blues rock guitarist, Walter Trout, today announced the release of his new studio album Blues For The Modern Daze. 

The album is released by Provogue Records (a division of Mascot Label Group), in the UK on Monday 23rd April, followed by US release on 24th April.
To support the upcoming album, Trout will embark on a UK tour in March. Ticket Hotline: 0844, 478 0898,  Dates include:

Southampton The Brook
Tuesday 6th March

Tickets: £15.00 (advance), £17.00 (door)
Box Office 023 8055 5366
466 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton SO17 3SD

Newcastle O2 Academy
Wednesday 7th March
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
O2 Academy Newcastle, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SW

Leeds City Varities
Thursday 8th March
Tickets:  £22.00 / Box Office: 0113 243 0808
City Varieties Music Hall, Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LW

Sheffield O2 Academy
Friday 9th March
Tickets: £20.00 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
O2 Academy Sheffield, 37-43 Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PN

Clitheroe The Grand
Saturday 10th March
Tickets: £20.00 / Venue Box Office: 01200 421599
The Grand At Clitheroe, York Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2DL

Salford The Lowry
Sunday 11th March
Tickets: £20.00 / Box Office: 0843 208 6000
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, Lancashire, M50 3AZ

Pontardawe Arts Centre
Monday 12th March
Tickets: £17.00 / Box Office: 01792 863722
Pontardawe Arts Centre, Herbert Street, Pontardawe, SA8 4ED

Cardiff Glee Club
Tuesday 13th March

Tickets: £17.00 / Box Office 0871 472 0400

Wolverhampton Robin 2
Wednesday 14th March
Tickets: £15.00 (advance), £17.00 (door)
Box Office:  01902 401211
The Robin 2, 20-28 Mount Pleasant Bilston Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ TE

Bristol The Tunnels
Wednesday 15th March
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 0845 6050255
The Tunnels, Arches 31 & 32, Lower Station Approach Road, Bristol, BS1 6QF

Devon Tavistock The Wharf
Thursday 16th March
Tickets: £18.00 / Box Office: 01822 611166
Wharf Community Art Centre, The Wharf, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT

Blues for the Modern Daze, showcases the contemporary guitar legend’s return to his hardcore blues roots.  The album is Trout’s sixth recording for Provogue, and his first fully-fledged blues album in 23 years as a bandleader.  Trout’s practical schooling in blues started when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1973 and secured gigs behind Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Percy Mayfield and Joe Tex. By 1981 he joined the remaining original members of Canned Heat.

The turning point for Trout was his tenure with British blues giant John Mayall. Trout became part of the Bluesbreakers’ lineage of great guitarists along with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. By 1989, Trout formed his own band, released his debut album Life In the Jungle, and rapidly became a star in Europe. His first US release, 1998′s critically heralded Walter Trout, made him a permanent fixture in the American blues rock scene.

“My main inspiration for this album,” says Trout, “was the country bluesman Blind Willie Johnson, an early blues innovator who recorded such timeless gospel informed blues numbers as Soul of a Man and Nobody’s Fault But Mine. His music is beautiful, primal, direct and deeply spiritual. “The album explores a side of my music that’s rooted in my first musical love, and it reveals something about me, too. It sums up the thoughts and attitudes of somebody who is getting a little older and is feeling like he’s a part of another era, with different values and a different perspective on life that’s prevalent today.”

Wednesday 8 February 2012

Thin Lizzy - Brighton Review

One of our listeners, Pete Patterson, went to see Thin Lizzy at the Brighton Dome on February 3rd 2012 and sent in the following review and photos to us at Classic Rock Radio - thank you Pete!

This was my sixth Thin Lizzy show, the first was on the Black Rose Tour where we camped overnight outside the Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office to make sure we got our tickets!

In the modern world camping is no longer required but it was no less exciting for me to receive my ticket for the new Lizzy line-up's Brighton show

The lights went out, the walk-on tape began and then the curtain dropped suddenly (as per Def Leppard's 80's Hysteria tour) and Are You Ready ' kicked off the evening in superb fashion

The sound was loud & proud and the band raced straight into the classic
Jailbreak (albeit without the siren & police lights in the middle section. )

Bad Reputation and a bouncing Don't Believe A Word followed with Ricky Warwick looking and sounding much more at home than he did at a previous Lizzy show that I saw last year. He's grown into the very big shoes he's had to fill, and while the legend that is Phil Lynott could never be replaced, Mr Warwick is now a huge part of this band.

A kicking Killer On The Loose was followed by bass man Marco Mendoza introducing Dancing In The Moonlight and working the crowd like a frontman
as we 'whoahhh'd' in tandem with him.

Then, as per the Live & Dangerous record, Moonlight segued straight into Massacre - oh the memories of listening to that album as a 15 year old!!

Darren Wharton 's turn next as he paraded first his keyboard talents in the epic Angel Of Death and then his vocal talents as he sang the first part of
each verse in the awesome Still In Love With You with new man Damon Johnson playing Brian Robertson 's Live & Dangerous solo notes perfectly!
Mr Johnson is every inch the rock star and looks like he's been playing with the
band forever. He copied Robertson's classic Lizzy 'whah' sound exactly and each of his solo's were as per the records , truly superb!

A lovely slow bluesy Damon Johnson guitar link led us straight into Whisky In The Jar and we bounced up and down and sung like never before.

Brian Downey was introduced to thunderous applause next as he led the band
through Sha La La with his drum solo again almost identical to the Live & Dangerous one of 35 years ago - the man's playing is immense, he has such feel & groove in his playing ..he was 61 last week & still has the stamina of an 18 year old!

One of my favourites, Suicide was next , it was one of the best tunes of the night for me - it rocked!!
Waiting For An Alibi and the Cowboys Song/Boys Are Back that we all know and love closed the set in true rock n roll fashion.

The first encore Emerald had us bathed in green light & had a surprise guest in the form of Gary Moore 's son Jack Moore who swapped solo's with Scott Gorham & Damon Johnson - what an amazing thing for him to be able to say he's done : he jammed with Thin Lizzy!!
Rosalie is just such a rock n roll tune, it always get me going & the evening was completed by Black Rose , surely one of Mr Lynott's finest moments?!

They came, they saw, the rocked our world and had great fun doing it!!

I think Mr Lynott will be looking down from above proud of his boys -no, it may not be the same, but it is Thin Lizzy and those songs will live forever!

Words and photos (c) Pete Patterson 2012

Monday 6 February 2012

Gary Moore 4th April 1952-6th February 2011

We at Classic Rock radio wish to mark the first anniversary of Gary Moore's death with a musical tribute and as such all day today  we will be playing two tracks per hour at approximately 15 minutes past the hour. Marilyn Michaels will also present a special feature at 8pm GMT.

We feel that Gary was such an important and influential guitarist that we should mark the first anniversary in respect with a musical tribute. Gary may be gone but his music and the man will never be forgotten. R.I.P Gary Moore; one year gone and still very much missed.

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