LIFESIGNS – Kinross, Scotland (Concert Review)

LIFESIGNS – Kinross, Scotland (Concert Review)

There are often complaints from rock fans in Scotland when bands announce tours and they don’t complete any dates in the country. Progsters Lifesigns have stopped that happening by doing three shows in the Scotland, including one in the village/town of Kinross! The venue is called “Backstage At The Green Hotel”.  Every time I hear it, it said makes me want to sing a Frank Zappa song!  The place was pretty well full, despite being…

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BLOODSTOCK 2019 – SCORPIONS To Headline (News)

BLOODSTOCK 2019 – SCORPIONS To Headline (News)

Whilst this reviewer has been running around, Bloodstock Metal Festival has been announcing more bands for its 2019 celebration. The biggest announcement, met with almost universal approval on the forums for the festival, was the Sunday headliners, German metal legends Scorpions!  This should mean a real partying end to the weekend. Plenty of singalongs as well as headbanging and fist throwing. With songs like “Blackout”, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, “The Zoo” and “Big City…

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POWERWOLF – Halloween in Berlin (Concert Review)

POWERWOLF – Halloween in Berlin (Concert Review)

Powerwolf! I could do this review in 3 words. Those words being “bloody marvelous fun”. I was, of course, told that isn’t enough! So here is the longer review! Background To Review: Whilst in Berlin I was very lucky to be given the chance to review the gig by Powerwolf at Huxleys Neue Welt in the city itself. The venue holds around 3 or 4,000 fans and was sold out completely. When I arrived the…

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ERIC MARTIN – Live at Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh (Concert Review)

ERIC MARTIN – Live at Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh (Concert Review)

Eric Martin of Mr Big (as well as Avantasia) fame opened his UK acoustic tour in Bannerman’s Bar in Edinburgh on October 16, a Tuesday night.  Joining him onstage and for the tour was David Cotterill from UK metal outfit Demon. What sounds like a very unlikely pairing is actually very effective and fun. As you will be able to tell from the review both artists complement each other nicely throughout the show. David proving…

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RICKY WARWICK AND DAMON JOHNSON – Live In Edinburgh (Concert Review)

RICKY WARWICK AND DAMON JOHNSON – Live In Edinburgh (Concert Review)

Having Laughs In Bannerman’s Bar There have been many great comedic double acts through the years. Laurel And Hardy, Abbott And Costello, The 2 Ronnies and Morecambe And Wise (legends in the UK especially) and it now appears they have some new potential additions in ex-Almighty and now Black Star Riders‘ Ricky Warwick and ex-Alice Cooper and also BSR man Damon Johnson! Both work beautifully together causing many funny moments whether it be stories or…

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ERIC MARTIN (MR BIG) About To Embark On UK Tour (News)

ERIC MARTIN (MR BIG) About To Embark On UK Tour (News)

Singer Eric Martin of Mr Big and Avantasia fame is about to hit the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, in fact).  He is ably accompanied by guitarist David Cotterill of UK metal band Demon. ERIC MARTIN A local of the San Francisco Bay Area, Eric Martin first started his career in the music industry in 1978. During his career, Eric has featured on some fantastic albums.  Furthermore, his voice is immediately recognisable. Its rich…

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RAMAGE INC – Under The Skin – (Album Review)

RAMAGE INC – Under The Skin – (Album Review)

A Little About The Band: Ramage Inc are a Scottish band based in and around Edinburgh. This 4-piece have been around since 2012 having released 2 albums and an EP. The band won through a number of heats to play Bloodstock Metal Festival in 2016. They so impressed on the New Blood stage they were invited back the following year to play the much larger Sophie tent as the half day headliners! They have also…

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BLOODSTOCK 2019 – First Acts Announced (News)

BLOODSTOCK 2019 – First Acts Announced (News)

It seems like no time at all since Bloodstock 2018 finished, yet already plans are being made and bands being booked for the 2019 festival. Recently they announced the first headliner for Friday night in Sabaton from Sweden. They are a band that always put on a show and have graced the Dio stage before. In 2015 they had their tank stage and went down the proverbial treat. With a catalog of songs that need…

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CHANTEL MCGREGOR – Live at Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh (Concert Review)

CHANTEL MCGREGOR – Live at Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh (Concert Review)

Opening Thoughts: Sunday nights can be often quiet nights all round. Sunday 30th September however had quite a few bands playing in both Edinburgh and Glasgow including blues player Chantel McGregor who had a date in Bannerman’s Bar in Edinburgh. Pleasingly I think there was a bigger crowd there than the last time I saw her in Edinburgh so word must be getting out at how good she is. Having had the pleasure of seeing…

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DARKNESS DIVINE – Prelude (EP Review)

DARKNESS DIVINE – Prelude (EP Review)

Darkness Divine are a female fronted 5 piece band from Glasgow in Scotland, who I first came across in Bannerman’s bar in Edinburgh. I was most impressed at what I saw and heard. They had songs, energy and tight musicianship. I was happy to be sent a copy of their EP (out now via Radiate Records, see below) for reviewing. The EP is 5 tracks if you go for the download version. For those who…

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