Author Archives: Laurence Todd

Took early retirement after many years as a teacher in order to write books as well as about music. A long-time music obsessive, has wide and eclectic tastes but particularly likes prog rock and rock in general. Enjoys going to gigs and discovering new acts.
ALICE COOPER Paranormal Night

ALICE COOPER’s new live album Paranormal Night at the Olympia, Paris

Alice Cooper, rock legend, elder statesman, one-time member of the original 1970’s Hollywood Vampires, rock n’ roll Hall of Famer and a whole lot more besides, is now fifty years into his career and at 70, he’s still going strong and showing no signs of slowing down. Actually, he’d probably be a legend even if all he’d ever recorded was ...

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Rise Of The Northstar announce UK dates

French rockers Rise of the Northstar, Europe’s biggest crossover metallers, will be releasing their much-awaited follow-up album to 2014’s Welcame on October 19th via Nuclear Blast. The album is entitled ‘The Legacy of Shi’ and will be available as a CD digipack as well as in various colour vinyl. For collectors, the digipack will include 1 of 10,000 ‘Northcards’ featuring ...

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Bigfoot say ‘Consider Yourself Invited’

Bigfoot, a five-piece hard rock band from Wigan, have announced a tour for autumn 2018 in support of their self-titled debut album, entitled ‘Consider Yourself Invited,’ which reached the top 40 UK albums chart. The tour takes in five dates across Europe before arriving in the UK for a run of fifteen dates, which includes appearances at two festivals. Bigfoot ...

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Ace Mafia announce self-titled EP

Hard rockers Ace Mafia, have announced the release of their self-titled EP on September 15th. The release will be officially launched at The Big Red, one of London’s premier hard rock venues, on September 29th. The EP will also feature Richie Faulkner, former lead guitarist before he left the band in 2011 to replace KK Downing in the mighty Judas ...

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PAUL FERGUSON is Remote Viewing

‘Big’ Paul Ferguson, known to many as the drummer in Killing Joke, releases a seven-track EP entitled Remote Viewing on August 24th on the Dead Radio Station label.  The EP will also feature guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite. Paul Ferguson is a founder member of post-punk / industrial band Killing Joke, playing with the band from 1978 until 1987 when, along ...

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From Ashes To New are back with new music

Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s very own From Ashes To New have announced a series of forty-five dates across the USA this coming autumn where, as well as headlining several dates on their own, they’ll be touring as support act to other bands, including Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and Stone Sour. Following on from their debut album, Day One, where they ...

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Mob Rules celebrate 25 years with new album ‘Beast Reborn’

Germany’s Mob Rules are close to celebrating their 25th anniversary as purveyors of power-metal, and Beast Reborn is their 9th album together. You could say they’ve been around long enough to be called veterans yet, as can be heard, they still retain the same infectious enthusiasm for the music which propelled them to begin in 1994. Compared to other albums ...

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Europe announce ‘The Siege’ as next single

Scandinavian rockers, Europe, will be releasing their new single ‘The Siege,’ on September 21st. Taken from the band’s last album, 2017’s Walk The Earth, which was recorded at the internationally renowned Abbey Road studios, and it saw the band achieving a fifth consecutive top five album in their homeland, Sweden, as well as a place in the top 70 albums ...

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Graham Bonnet Band

Graham Bonnet ‘Livin’ In Suspicion’

Graham Bonnet, a man with a decent claim to be considered as one of rock’s premier vocalists, has just released a new single, ‘Livin’ in Suspicion’, taken from his band’s recently released album Meanwhile Back in the Garage. The new single was written by Russ Ballard, a man best known as the guitarist and vocalist in 70’s band Argent, for ...

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Led Zeppelin release remastered version of ‘The Ocean’

Taken from their classic three night concert recorded at Madison Square Gardens in July 1973, the only one manager Peter Grant ever allowed to be filmed, Led Zeppelin are now also releasing a remastered version of ‘The Ocean’, taken from their album The Song Remains The Same and it’ll be available on September 7th, 2018. The Ocean in question is ...

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