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.

Guns N Roses’ ex- manager releases book revealing untold stories

Appetite for Dysfunction: A Cautionary Tale is an all-access pass into the early days of Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Mötley Crüe and the debaucherous ‘80s Sunset Strip… And rock manager Vicky Hamilton reveals in a uncensored tell-all book. At 22, Vicky Hamilton left her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and arrived on the Sunset Strip as a wide-eyed blonde with an ear ...

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Live Review: Inglorious, The Robin 2, Wolverhampton

Review by Paul Birch, photos by Martin Tierney I’ve seen Ali Clinton live a number of times, in various bands, and usually fronting rock trios. A talented youth, the influences of Rory Gallagher and to a lesser degree Jimmy Page were always evident in his fiery blues rock playing. Tonight he’s covering broader terrain, travelling in pastures trod by Virgil ...

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Rick Wakeman, Solihull Arts Complex, Thursday 11th February 2016

“Am I looking through rose-tinted glasses, or are we the youngest people here?” whispered my better half looking out among the greying flock being herded to their seats. Not quite, thought I when young singer/songwriter Prash Gor bounced on stage with his battered acoustic guitar. The Leicester lad then proceeds to sing around half a dozen songs, a number about ...

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Review: The Mute Gods – Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

Early progressive rock abandoned its psychedelic birth-mother in search of musical adventurism. That the worlds of fantasy and science fiction were going through a new redefining phase too back then meant many bands drew lyrical inspiration from such works. Stretching out, exploring new worlds, looking to discover. In reality we’ve still only got as far as the moon here in ...

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Catch Naked Six

York based indie/rock/psychedelic band Naked Six are beginning to establish their name to a wider fan base. Having brought out three singles, they are now due to play London as part of the Camden Chaos event, and playing at Proud Camden on Thursday 18th February. Featuring Seb Byford on vocals and guitar, Caleb Quaye on bass and Tom Witts on drums, Naked Six were reently ...

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About Your Date with The Iron Maidens…

World famous tribute band The Iron Maidens have had to change venue for their debut UK show. The concert will now take place at the O2 Islington Academy on 14th April. As previously reported at RAMzine, the all-female band who have been together since 2001 were due to play the 02 Shepherd’s Bush but the venue has been closed as ...

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The Enid complete Prog Trilogy

Seminal prog act The Enid release their new album Dust  on 1st April – This is the third in a trilogy that started with 2010’s Jouney’s End and was followed by 2012’s Invicta. Dust is the band’s 14th studio record and released on the band’s own Operation Seraphim label. It features the following tracks are as follows: ‘Born in the ...

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Black Stone Cherry New Single … In Our Dreams

10 years strong now, Southern rock ’n’ rollers Black Stone Cherry have signed to the Mascot Label Group and are due to release their brand new album Kentucky on April 1st. “There’s all this freedom because it’s just us producing it this time,” said guitarist Chris Robertson of the record. “We’re doing it like we did that first one; people still ...

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Inglorious – Unaware

Five-piece hard rock band Inglorious release a new single on February 19th through Frontiers Music. ’Unaware’ is a radio-edited version of the last track on their self-titled album, previously reviewed by RAMzine. Produced by Inglorious, written by band members Nathan James, John Mitchell and Colin Parkinson, and mixed and mastered by John Mitchell, the single dispenses with its full length ...

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The Answer – RISE 10th Anniversary

Almost 10 years to the day, on 17th June 2016 RISE –10thAnniversary Edition on TAP Music will see a fully remastered, celebratory edition of The Answer’s debut, an album that broke the 100,000 sales barrier. “This album will forever hold a special place in our hearts. As with most of the music we release, we approached the 10th anniversary of Rise from a ...

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