Author Archives: Paul H Birch

RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

Save Me Now – New Billy Idol Single & Tour Due

Billy Idol releases his new single ‘Save Me Now’, taken from his recent new album Kings & Queens of The Underground on 13th April. He has also announced new UK tour and European tours following the success of those held in the latter part of 2014. Beginning with shows at the UK’s Isle of Wight and Download Festivals, the tour also includes ...

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TOTO XIV – First Studio Album in Ten Years!

TOTO XIV will be released in the UK on 23rd March through Frontiers Music Srl, following a mainland European release and prior to it becoming available worldwide in various formats including a deluxe “making of” documentary DVD and expanded books, on CD, and as 2 album vinyl editions etc TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since ...

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If we’re to believe the press spiel, TOTO XIV is the album that guitarist Steve Lukather, keyboard players David Paich and Steve Porcaro, and bass player David Hungate (returning to the fold, and one of several four stringers featured on the record) consider the one they should have followed their worldwide vinyl hit TOTO IV with. If that’s the unmitigated ...

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Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock – New Video Single & Album Release

Award-winning guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album entitled Spirit On A Mission in the UK on Monday March 23rd, a video for the new single ‘Live & Let Live’ is out now. Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band on 12 rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar ...

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Jethro Tull –

Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera

Progressive rock pioneer Ian Anderson has announced six dates of a 2015 UK tour, titled Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera. The shows will take place in September, with tickets on general sale from 9th March. Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera honours that 18th Century English agriculturalist after whom the band was named back in 1968. The shows tell the ...

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Flower Kings

Flower Kings’ Roine Stolt Joins Hackett Band

Swedish guitarist Roine Stolt, leading light of Norway’s The Flower Kings and member of modern day prog rock super group Transatlantic is to join Steve Hackett for his forthcoming tour to promote his new studio album, Wolflight. Stolt will be taking Nick Beggs role in the band, plus occasional extra duties, as the legendary ex-Genesis guitarist revealed: “I’m really pleased that ...

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Moody Blues

Moody Blues’ John Lodge New Solo Album – 10,000 Light Years

Esoteric Antenna, an imprint of the Cherry Red Records Group label has announced the release of 10,000 Light Years Ago, the new studio album by legendary Moody Blues member John Lodge on May 4th in the UK and the rest of the word, with the exception of the U.S.A. and Canada where it will be released on the 5th May with distribution via MVD Entertainment. ...

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Review: H.E.A.T. – Live In London

From over the PA comes a movie voice-over quote so old it has barely escaped the silent era, but it’s entirely fitting for these youths: “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” Jona Tee’s keyboards ...

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Review: Savage Machine – Through The Iron Forest

Savage Machine hail from Denmark and fly the colours of heavy metal’s flag as distinguished during it ‘80s rise to world domination, though here on this mini-album it’s given a clean  modern crisp guitar sound with a good clear production.  Founded by former Momentum guitarist and drummer Jacob Bruun and Martin Helbo, respectively; this newer group features vocalist Troels Rasmussen, ...

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Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani November 2015 UK Tour

Following the success of his 2013 Unstoppable Momentum tour, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani will be returning to the UK for a nine date tour this November, in support of Shockwave, his new studio album that is due this July. The biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time, having sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date, Joe Satriani has ...

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