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.

King King announce 2017 tour dates

Following extended time required for guitarist/vocalist Alan Nimmo to recover from surgery, King King were forced to cut short their winter tour and reschedule dates. Following Ramzine’s previous news on new dates there have been further minor amendments and indeed additions meaning potentially more fans can get to see Britain’s number one blue rock band in 2017 whose King King – Live was recently ...

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Nightrage release new track ‘The Venomous’

Greek /Swedish heavy metal band Nightrage featuring have released ‘The Venomous’, the title track for their forthcoming 2017 album as a single via Despotz Records. Nightrage was formed in 2000 by Greek guitar hero Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) and rhythm guitarist Marios Iliopoulos (Dies Irae, Exhumation) and have undergone a number of personnel changes along the way, including Jo ...

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Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett announces new album ‘The Night Siren’

Steve Hackett will release his latest album The Night Siren on 24th March 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony). As with his previous album, Wolflight, the former Genesis guitarist will be joined by musicians from several different countries, his intentions this time being to celebrate multicultural diversity and unity.  Featured will be singers from Israel and Palestine, actively campaigning to bring Jewish and Arabic ...

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Yes to be inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Legendary progressive rock band Yes are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Class of 2017. This follows two previous nominations so many would declare the award overdue, however it should also be noted it falls 12 months before the band’s 50th anniversary. Founded in 1968 by bass player Chris Squire, vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist ...

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Bad Touch and Broken Witt Rebels

Roadstars 2017 – Bad Touch and Broken Witt Rebels

Following this winter’s successful triple-billed Planet Rock sponsored Roadstars tour featuring Simo, Aaron Lock and Federal Charm, the baton is being picked up by Bad Touch and Broken Witt Rebels to tear through the UK on a 13 date tour this coming spring. Following the release of their five track EP Georgia Pines and assorted singles all gaining radio airplay, ...

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Jethro Tull String Quartet – Ring Out These Bells

Following on from the recently released ‘Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)’, Jethro Tull The String Quartet featuring Ian Anderson, John O’Hara and The Caruducci Quartet have a second seasonal offering out in the form of ‘Ring Out These Bells’, an adaptation of the Jethro Tull single ‘Ring Out, Solstice Bells’. “’Ring Out These Bells’ was written for the Songs From ...

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Red Tide Rising – Mad World

Having just completed touring the USA with Drowning Pool, Denver modern metal merchants Red Tide Rising have released a reinterpreted version of the Tears for Fears classic ‘Mad World’ (also made popular by Gary Jules), that can be downloaded from iTunes. ‘Mad World’ became a set highlight after breaking out into it during a set when playing it while on tour ...

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Jethro Tull Go Classical

Jethro Tull The String Quartets is an album of classic Jethro Tull songs by Ian Anderson, arranged for classical string quartet to be released on 24th March 2017 by BMG. Former Jethro Tull members Anderson and keyboard player John O’Hara had been discussing the prospect of a specially conceived album of such material, and when they saw The Carducci Quartet at the London Symphony Orchestra’s LSO St ...

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Beth Hart Royal Albert Hall Due… In 2018!

Following her recent sold-out UK tour, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Beth Hart and her band are planning well into the future with The Royal Albert Hall booked for Friday on Friday 4th May 2018. Tickets for the prestigious venue are already on sale and can be booked direct at the Royal Albert Hall  plus the 24-hour box office: 0844 871 8819 and If you’re wondering what to ...

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Glenn Hughes – Resonate

Review: Glenn Hughes – Resonate

They’d have us believe Resonate is one of the heaviest solo albums Glenn Hughes has produced.  If we mean heavy as in metal, that lies with Addiction. If we mean heavy as in the hippy vernacular, okay, I’ll go with the flow. To be sure, there’s plenty of sturm und drang going on between the grooves, and mainly from that ...

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