Author Archives: Neil Mach

RAMzine Senior Writer - With a career spanning 30 years author / journalist Neil Mach is an expert on the music business and is a reliable guide. He especially loves heavy metal, prog & blues.
TOSELAND

Interview with TOSELAND at Ramblin’ Man Fair

Following a premature end to his World Superbike career, James Toseland decided to focus on his first true love – music. After parting company with his first band, Crash, he embarked on a band project known, simply, as TOSELAND. The band’s first single ‘Life is Beautiful’ was released in April 2013 and later it was announced that they had been ...

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BRAD MARR

Interview with Massive at Ramblin’ Man Fair

MASSIVE are a volatile bunch of ever-intoxicated macho rockers from Melbourne, Australia, who formed an alliance in 2012 that seems fuelled by adrenaline, weak lager and a determination to party harder than everyone else they meet. They’ve been known to travel thousands of miles, sometimes across baking deserts, to get to gigs. Inevitably, when they arrive, things get hot and ...

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Guy Griffin

Interview with QUIREBOYS at Ramblin’ Man Fair

English hard rock band QUIREBOYS have been ultra-busy releasing an album a year since signing with ‘Off Yer Rocka’ and releasing Beautiful Curse in 2013. And in between a teaser EP expected this autumn and a fresh studio album perhaps in 2018, the lads are set to release a collection of iconic blues tunes on an album titled White Trash ...

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ACM Summer Live – An impressive evening of miscellany, revelation and five-star aptitude.

At the end of July we attended the industry evening of the ACM Summer Live events. This is a series of concerts held in Guildford, Surrey — this year at the Electric Theatre — which lasted four days (with live performances) and had more than 60 new acts. This year, this event was organized in collaboration with Eagle 3 [Surrey ...

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ZZ TOP Ramblin Man Fair

Ramblin Man Fair 2017 – The Full Report

FRIDAY After the syrupy Graham Bonnet Band (who got things going early at around 4pm Friday with a great set of recognisable toons — what a fab start!) we careened with sufficient buzziness straight into a sizzling set from the unbelievably-wunderbar! American rockers Last in Line (the original line-up of Dio) with the terrifically cool Viv and Vinnie who brought shouts of joy ...

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The Beggars Banquet

The Beggars Banquet: Michael Joseph Photos 

This week we were given a unique opportunity to see a series of photographs by one of the world’s  most talented photographers. He captured the mood of the ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ year — 1968. Michael Joseph, from South Africa, was born in 1941 and studied at the London College of Printing and Graphic Arts when he arrived in Great Britain ...

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HEAVY METAL TRUANTS IN METAL SPIN CLASS

RAMzine attends Heavy Metal Spinning with Download Dog in support of The Heavy Metal Truants

Inspired by the The Heavy Metal Truants — who complete a strenuous cycle ride from London to Donnington each year and have been donating to children’s charities since 2013 — the wonderful mob from Download organized a very special one-off heavy-metal spinning class this week [for metal heads and beginners] at the ostentatious 1Rebel fitness studio in the heart of ...

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Diet Cig — Swear I'm Good At This

Review: Diet Cig — Swear I’m Good At This

The New York pop-punk duo DIET CIG have announced their debut album Swear I’m Good At This will be released via Frenchkiss Records on April 7th. Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman have been playing together for three years and are already widely known for their snappy live shows. If 1975 Blondie had just comprised of just Debbie & Clem they might ...

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ZZ TOP

Preview: Ramblin’ Man – ZZ TOP, EXTREME, STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS

We all have a craving for Southern music, down-home blues and exciting classic rock, right? Yessiree, we do. So we cannot wait to head into the English countryside this July for a weekend with the Ramblers. We’ll be joining the friendliest crowds in the country to celebrate the best music on Earth  — down Kent way — for this year’s ...

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Girlschool Reissues

RAMzine Classic: Girlschool — Demolition, Hit And Run + Screaming Blue Murder

Girlschool, formed in the intoxicating years of the NWOBHM movement, and are the longest serving New Wave rock band in the world, comprising all women. The band remains active today after more than 35 years. Formed from the remains of a Wandsworth, South London school cover-band — they called themselves “Painted Lady” — Girlschool enjoyed the strong media exposure and ...

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