Band in top form

Jan 2014 Band in top form

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CD review Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live   MANY Deep Purple fans regard the Mark II line-up (Gillan, Blackmore, Paice, Glover & Lord) as the ‘classic’ of the band and were saddened when they split.   In 1984, that line-up announced a reunion and there was much rejoicing among the fans. More joy came when the Perfect...

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Warm welcome back for Chip

Jan 2014 Warm welcome back for Chip

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CHIP HAWKES is back and his determination has driven him to return with a polished, powerful and impassioned performance.

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Sun rises on The Animals

Jan 2014 Sun rises on The Animals

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JOHN STEEL of ANIMALS & FRIENDS, says the group had to change the original lyrics of ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ as there were suggestions that the song was about a brothel in New Orleans.   “We loved the song when we first heard it, but it was 1964 and we knew there was no way any radio station would play a...

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Oldfield’s new album inspires

Jan 2014 Oldfield’s new album inspires

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By Ralph Gowling Mike Oldfield has an album of fresh material coming out in January after a six-year gap during which he thought he would never record anything new again.   It was Mike’s appearance before a global audience of 900 million at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games that sparked his return to the studio and led...

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Merseybeats go back home

THE MERSEYBEATS rarely appear in their beloved Home City of Liverpool these days

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Jerry’s celebration

Jul 2013 Jerry’s celebration

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Jerry Naylor, former lead singer with The Crickets, completed his promotional tour of the UK last month.   Arriving at Glasgow on Sunday June 2, Jerry went straight to doing radio interviews at stations all over mainland Britain, including visits to the three capital cities, Edinburgh, London and Cardiff, and many places in...

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Wings in full flight, greeted by gasps and cheers

Jul 2013 Wings in full flight, greeted by gasps and cheers

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 DVD: Paul McCartney and Wings – Rockshow Eagle Vision / MPL Communications   Wings are captured in full flight during their triumphant 1976 tour – in some terrific concert footage that runs for more than two hours.   Sound and vision are both superb on this recording of a band delighting a hugely appreciative...

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The treasure ‘behind the curtain’

Jul 2013 The treasure ‘behind the curtain’

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The treasures that grew CD: Various artists  –  Canterburied Sounds Floating World Records   This four-disc box set is awash with excavated treasures for fans of the so-called “Canterbury scene”, in which the flagship names included Caravan, Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers.   Largely derived from tapes and...

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Born to perform with conviction

Jul 2013 Born to perform with conviction

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By Martin Hutchinson   LIVE REVIEW THE MOODY BLUES WEDNESDAY JUNE 12 O2 APOLLO, MANCHESTER   EXPERIENCING The Moody Blues live has got to be one of the most rewarding things you can do as a music fan.   Their music is timeless, emotional and downright exciting and on stage they play it with conviction. Don’t just take my...

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The silver screen Status Quo

Jul 2013 The silver screen Status Quo

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CD Review Status Quo: Bula Quo! Fourth Chord Records.   THIS is the soundtrack to the action/adventure film starring Status Quo opening in July.     Yes, you read that right – Status Quo starring in an action/adventure film, and it’s set in Fiji. Francis Rossi said: “It’s a lousy job, but someone’s gotta do it.”...

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Crafted music

Jul 2013 Crafted music

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CD review Dave Davies: I Will Be Me Cleopatra Records Inc. THE long-awaited new solo album from Kink’s lead guitarist Dave Davies has him stretching his compositional muscles to create some finely crafted music.   Dave’s last studio album was six years ago with Fractured Mindz, but with this new collection of songs we see –...

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50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds

May 2013 50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds

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[private] 50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds St. George’s Suite, Twickenham Stadium March 15   I headed down to Twickenham Stadium for the 50th anniversary concert of the Yardbirds. The special event was in the presence of the Mayor of Richmond. The concert was in the St. George’s Suite. The venue was just the right size for an...

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Quo re-united and united

Apr 2013 Quo re-united and united

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STATUS QUO – THE REUNION TOUR
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 – O2, APOLLO, MANCHESTER

“DEAR, dear, dear, whoever would have thought this would happen?” said Francis Rossi as the classic line-up of Status Quo – Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan took to the live stage for the first time for more than 30 years.

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Tears of success

Mar 2013 Tears of success

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Billie Davis celebrates the Golden Anniversary of her big hit ‘Tell Him’ this year, recalling how she was reduced to tears in the studio in the drive to get the sound that would propel the record into the UK Top 10.

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Jeff ’s electric idea is switched on

Mar 2013 Jeff ’s electric idea is switched on

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For inspiration for his new album “Long Wave”, Jeff Lynne has gone back to his childhood days in Birmingham when he heard songs on a crystal set

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Heep of good live music

Mar 2013 Heep of good live music

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UNLIKE many of the audience, this show was my first experience of seeing – and hearing – this vintage rock band live; and I was left with the thought, why have I waited this long?

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Build your own electric guitar

Feb 2013 Build your own electric guitar

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Hard-hitting 10 top tips for building your own electric guitar

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Aggression brilliantly on display

Feb 2013 Aggression brilliantly on display

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The Who’s inimitable brand of joyous aggression is showcased brilliantly in this DVD and double-CD package.

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Chas & Dave UK Tour 2013 – Back by demand!

Feb 2013 Chas & Dave UK Tour 2013 – Back by demand!

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Due to ‘phenomenal’ demand from fans, Chas & Dave are back and about to embark on an extensive UK tour, kicking off at the Cambridge Corn Exchange February 28.

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Blues Band Live

Feb 2013 Blues Band Live

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One of the most highly-regarded of British Blues outfits, The Blues Band have their albums Brand Loyalty (1982) and the double live CD Bye Bye Blues (1983) reissued on the Repertoire Records label this month.

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