PICTURE at Sweden Rock Festival 2017

PICTURE at Sweden Rock Festival 2017

One of the most anticipated gigs at this year’s Sweden Rock Festival took place on the 4 Sound Stage quite early on during Friday. Some bands come out at the right time but still do not seem to be in the right place at the right time or just don’t have the luck that is required to hit big commercially. It is safe to say this is the case for the Dutch veterans in Picture. The…

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Conversation with SALEM (UK) Guitar Wizard Paul Macnamara (Interview)

Conversation with SALEM (UK) Guitar Wizard Paul Macnamara (Interview)

While attending Brofest in Newcastle, UK in February me and Rich “The Meister” Dillon took the opportunity to talk to Paul Macnamara of Salem (UK). We had chatted with the band about doing an interview in Newcastle as Salem (UK) was headlining the pre-party at Trillian’s Bar on Thursday evening. When we arrived on site we caught Paul selling T-shirts and merchandise for the band at the merch booth. We had a brief conversation with…

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A Chat with the SARACEN Guys (Audio Interview)

A Chat with the SARACEN Guys (Audio Interview)

I  recently had the great opportunity to catch a show by NWOBHM heroes Saracen at the Brofest Festival in Newcastle, UK. Read the review of the gig here! Saracen rarely play live and the albums are far in between. The band did a highly successful gig at the Keep It True Festival in Germany a couple of years back. They were scheduled to play last year’s Brofest but had to cancel due to illness within the…

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A Chat With STEVE Dobby DAWSON of Oliver/Dawson Saxon (Interview)

A Chat With STEVE Dobby DAWSON of Oliver/Dawson Saxon (Interview)

Hello, Steve! Thanks for taking your time to talk to us and let’s get straight to the questions! As far as I can understand SOB began life back in 1972 and took the name from a Free song called “Tons of Sobs”. Is that correct?   YES THAT’S RIGHT The original line-up consisted of Steve “Dobby” Dawson on bass, Graham Oliver on guitar, Steve Firth on vocals and drummer Al Dodd. How was the relationship…

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TOKYO BLADE Close Brofest on a High Note (Concert Review)

TOKYO BLADE Close Brofest on a High Note (Concert Review)

When asked about NWOBHM, thoughts are immediately turned to the likes of Iron Maiden, Saxon, Tygers of Pan Tang and Girlschool. A name that should have been on most fans lips would be Tokyo Blade. The band has shared stages with the likes of Metallica, Dio, Blue Öyster Cult, and Scorpions.  On this night Brofest, Newcastle, UK had “the Blade” as the festival headliners and they had the honor of closing the festival on Sunday. Tokyo Blade…

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OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON Play Nostalgic Set at Brofest (Concert Review)

OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON Play Nostalgic Set at Brofest (Concert Review)

The headlining act of Brofest day 1 needs no introduction to the hard rock fan. This was a really anticipated gig for me being a huge Saxon fan but I am also proud to call myself a huge fan of the Son of a Bitch record released in 1996. Son of a Bitch is, of course, the original name of the band before changing it to Saxon on the record label’s advice. By the time…

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Interview with INTICE and former ROXX GANG guitarist JEFF VITOLO

Interview with INTICE and former ROXX GANG guitarist JEFF VITOLO

Hi Jeff, Hope everything is ok with you and thanks for taking your time and answering my questions on Intice which just released a CD with archive material. Check out my review of the Intice release here (Intice – The Legacy Album Review) including some history on the band from 1. Your former band Intice just got a full CD of 1980’s and early 1990’s material released by Demon Doll Records. How does it feel…

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SARACEN Kills It At Brofest – (Concert Review)

SARACEN Kills It At Brofest – (Concert Review)

When taking a quick look at the bill at Brofest, Saracen might seem a little bit misplaced. These metal progrockers from Matlock, Derbyshire widely used keyboard as part of their sound from the very beginning and the approach is much more melodic than your usual NWOBHM band. The songs have a slight proggy touch but are very melodic and catchy. The Saracen gig was one of the anticipated highlights for me personally at Brofest. The…

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SALEM Turn Up The Heat at Brofest Pre-Party! (Concert Review)

SALEM Turn Up The Heat at Brofest Pre-Party! (Concert Review)

The headlining act of the pre-party for Brofest, Newcastle, UK at Trillian’s Rock bar on Thursday night was the superb hard rockers Salem from Hull, UK. I must admit I did not know of them during their first period of life (1980-1983). This is not very strange as I was around 10 years old and was not into hard rock at the moment. With a rare vinyl single and a couple of demos the word did not…

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HAVOC – Back for the Kill! (Album Review)

HAVOC – Back for the Kill! (Album Review)

The American melodic metallers Havoc formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, way back in 1986 by guitarist Mark Weddington, bass player Mark Lyerly, drummer Michael James and lead vocalist Binney Orrell. The band soon started gigging around and very fast became a stable at the N.Y.C. club scene. They built a strong local following by honing their live skills and earned a reputation for always putting on a great show. Havoc recorded and released a self-financed and…

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