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.

The Metalite Interview

Guitarist Edwin Premberg of modern melodic metal act Metalite recently sat down to discuss the band’s history, where they’re at now, and what the future should bring. Here RAMzine features those findings. How did Metalite come about and is there a meaning behind the name? Edwin Premberg: The name Metalite just popped up when I was planning the new modern ...

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H.E.A.T is on for UK Melodic Mini-Tour

Swedish rock band H.E.A.T will play three exclusive UK shows next May. The tour will be quite a celebration with special support supplied by British rock bands Vega and Collateral, alongside award winning Scottish band Mason Hill. The tour will see H.E.A.T promoting their newly released H.E.A.T II – Available as CD digipak, on vinyl and digitally here. In a ...

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No Time Out for Hackett

Following his most successful solo tour yet, where he over 30 thousand tickets in the UK, Steve Hackett has announced that his 2020/21 World Tour will feature the whole of the 1977 Genesis live album Seconds Out in full, plus more! Seconds Out was the hugely successful double album recorded on Genesis’ 1977 concert tour together with ‘The Cinema Show’, ...

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Black River Rising over Silverthorne

Silverthorne follow their Top 20 iTunes debut single with ‘Black River Rising‘ now out on Golden Robot Records, ahead of the band’s debut EP Tear The Sky Wide Open due for 2020. The band was formed by Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner etc) and British singer/guitarist Pete Shoulder (Winterville, The Union), along with bassist Daniel Spree and the Tear ...

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Piston’s Crazy Slade Xmas Tribute

Celebrating the festive season,Cannock rock band Piston pay tribute to possibly the greatest rock ‘n roll band to come out of the West Midlands, and without whom Christmases could never be the same; we’re talking Wolverhampton’s Slade. But they’ve not gone for the obvious at this time of the year, but a track previously also a hit in the USA ...

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Glenn Hughes, 29th November, O2 Institute, Birmingham

Dead Sea Skulls are what we used to call a power trio: guitar, bass and drums. Where this particular combination differs is that it has all three members up front and the drummer standing as he plays a reduced size kit and supplies the main vocals. They come from Walsall, and I’m not sure if a large part of this ...

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Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull Tours

Fans of Ian Anderson And The Jethro Tull Band are going to have to make a new year’s resolution about saving that little bit more in 2020, as prog rock icons have some very special events coming up.   Spring will see more intimate live shows with Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull, the summer will find themKeeping The Blues Alive ...

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A Wail of a Time at Sea

Even with less than 10% availability left, guests keep being announced for Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II cruise taking place between 14th – 10th August 2020. Most recently, it was revealed that Ian Anderson Presents Jethro Tull would be stepping on board. For Anderson 2020 is going to prove an incredibly busy year, aside from this musical ...

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Samantha Fish Hangs Stockings out for Christmas

If you didn’t get chance to see Samantha Fish raising a storm on stage during her tour earlier this year you can catch her when she returns to the UK in February 2020 with Félix Rabin as her special guest. Her latest studio album Kill Or Be Kind is nominated for the top 20 albums of 2019 by Blues Rock ...

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Glitter Machine Cover Ariana Grande

Glitter Machine has just dropped their third single a brooding version of the Ariana Grande hit ‘God is a Woman’. Following on from their previous two hard rock singles, this track showcases the complexity and versatility of Glitter Machine’s sound. Thematically it’s a sultry ode to strong women, with hints of sexuality and spirituality; the verses interspersed with ethereal bridges ...

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