UGLY KID JOE – Capitol, Perth City (Concert Review)

UGLY KID JOE – Capitol, Perth City (Concert Review)

Ok, Ugly Kid Joe‘s leadoff single “Everything About You” was a bit of a novelty track when it first came out, with its dumb lyrics and teenage libido but hiding behind that song was a band that rocks out and parties like it’s 1999. Their first full-length album, Americas Least Wanted, followed hot on its heels and definitely didn’t disappoint. In my opinion, there is not a bad track on this album and when I heard that…

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PHEAR Strikes at The Rockpile in Toronto (Concert Review)

PHEAR Strikes at The Rockpile in Toronto (Concert Review)

Fear not my friends…metal flames burn brightly in Mississauga Ontario. The Toronto suburb is home to meal band Phear. Spelt with a “ph” like phat…meaning cool? Works for me. Nothing to be afraid of here despite what you may have heard on the CGCM Podcast about frontman Patrick Mulock being a scary guy. There may also have been other inappropriate chatter concerning genitalia. Those that know, know. Those that don’t…might want to maintain that blissful…

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GUNS N’ ROSES – Live at Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH (Concert Review)

GUNS N’ ROSES – Live at Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH (Concert Review)

GNR – THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY 26 years ago, a 16-year-old Jeremy (that’s me!) and some buddies headed out to our first concert – Guns n’ Roses for their Use Your Illusions tour (with Skid Row opening!). Izzy was still in the band at that point (for a few more months anyway), but Steven Adler was gone. That concert was simply amazing. Even factoring the nostalgia of my first concert, I remember being…

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CHANTEL MCGREGOR – Live In Glasgow (Concert Review)

CHANTEL MCGREGOR – Live In Glasgow (Concert Review)

Chantel McGregor the award-winning guitarist (several times over in the UK) from Bradford, England stopped off in Glasgow at the ABC2 as part of the UK leg of her tour (she is heading to Europe soon, including Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic amongst others). With no support, it was an evening just with the lady and her band themselves. Before the show, she was happily mingling with fans chatting away and having photos taken….

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SAVAGE MASTER – Creature of the Flames/Toronto (EP & Concert Review)

SAVAGE MASTER – Creature of the Flames/Toronto (EP & Concert Review)

Galloping out of the fires of Hell (Louisville Kentucky), Savage Master charge upward, riding hard and fast. The full on leader of female fronted occult heavy metal. Their blend of NWOBHM tinged, speed-laden, thrash-influenced metal hits hard. Relatively new, Savage Master began life in 2013 and have risen quickly in establishing a name for themselves. With a roster of Adam Neal (guitar), Larry Myers (guitar), Brandon Brown (bass), John Littlejohn (drums) and Stacey Savage (vocals) they…

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ALICE COOPER with ACE FREHLEY – Perth Arena (Concert Review)

ALICE COOPER with ACE FREHLEY – Perth Arena (Concert Review)

Alice Cooper has played in Perth many times in the 16 years I have lived in this beautiful city. Situated on the swan river in the South West corner of Australia, the Perth Arena, location of tonight’s badly undersold gig, is looked upon as a work of art or an eyesore depending on how your mind works (see picture left). I don’t really understand why Alice would pick Perth Arena as the venue for tonight’s…

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MAX and IGGOR CAVALERA – Return to Roots Australia (Concert Review)

MAX and IGGOR CAVALERA – Return to Roots Australia (Concert Review)

The last time I saw the Cavalera brothers play together on a stage, was during the 1996 Roots tour at the Newport Centre in Wales. A gig which no one knew at the time would be their final outing together as Sepultura. Fast forward twenty years and one half of Sepultura has come together once again, to wow the unwashed masses with a complete run through of their seminal album Roots. The setting for this triumphant…

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MICHAEL SWEET: The voice of STRYPER (Concert Review)

MICHAEL SWEET: The voice of STRYPER (Concert Review)

Michael Sweet – Solo acoustic tour Goldfield Trading Post 9/30/2017 Sacramento, CA While Stryper is on a bit of a hiatus, the energetic Michael Sweet never stops.  This man can’t stand still for a minute.  Whether it’s continually touring or releasing new music yearly under the monikers of Stryper, Michael Sweet, Sweet & Lynch, etc. etc. etc., obviously Sweet doesn’t believe in the statement that “Rock is dead!” Although I’ve seen 300+ shows in my…

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The British Invasion – SAXON/UFO in Toronto (Concert Review)

The British Invasion – SAXON/UFO in Toronto (Concert Review)

The British Invasion was in full force this week in Toronto as the Saxon/UFO co-headlining tour rolled through. This was a dream bill for me personally. That’s the only way to sum it up. The names of both Saxon and UFO appear in my full sleeve tattoo depicting a guitar case “stickered” with the logos of some fave bands. Both bands have been with me in listening rotations for years upon years. Both bands are…

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TRUCKER DIABLO – Fighting For Everything (Album Review)

TRUCKER DIABLO – Fighting For Everything (Album Review)

Sometimes rock is just rock. It doesn’t need to fit into an overly dramatized subcategory. And it’s not dead. Not even close. Ireland’s Trucker Diablo is such. They are just rock. Good rock. Hard rock. Rock that’ll have your toes tapping. Or headbanging. Or even up on the dance floor, groovin’. My road to discovery took place back in 2013. Seems like a lifetime ago. The record company imposed upon me a new album. Back then…

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