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.

Interview: Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG, Temple of Rock) on 2015’s success with Temple of Rock and more. Interviewed by Paul H Birch Part 3, filmed by Martin Tierney. The award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour with his band Temple of Rock starting at the Bilston Robin in Wolverhampton on Wednesday 20th January 2016. MICHAEL ...

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Saxon – Eagles and Dragons Vinyl Box Set Due

Saxon will release an exclusive box set containing nine vinyl albums of all their studio albums recorded between 1991 to 2009 – Eagles and Dragons is out on 18th March, from Demon Records. Eagles and Dragons features nine seminal NWOBHM albums previously only released on vinyl in some regions including Germany, Italy and the UK, and in very limited amounts. These new luxury ...

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Yes Tour UK and Europe in April!

Yes have announced an extensive UK and European tour that begins in Glasgow this April. The band will be performing 1971’s Fragile and 1980’s Drama in their entirety, the latter for the very first time, plus other seminal classics including ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and ‘Starship Trooper’.   “Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years,” ...

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The Ultimate Guitar Experience Tour, featuring Uli Jon Roth, in North America

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth will be taking his Ultimate Guitar Experience Tour to North American stages in early 2016, kicking off on 26th February at the Culture Room in Fort. Lauderdale, Florida and concluding in 8th April in Melbourne, Florida after a thirty five date run in eighteen states and three Canadian provinces. Joining the storied former Scorpions axe ...

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Review: Anderson Ponty Band – Better Late Than Never

For most fans Jon Anderson will always be the voice of Yes, no matter how many years have now passed since he sung with them. News that wounds had been mended between his fellow co-founder and foil Chris Squire, before the bass player’s unfortunate death due to cancer, perhaps gives them some solace. For those fearing Anderson’s own health ailments ...

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Review: Inglorious – Inglorious

Looking for some retro rock with a bigger bang for your buck? Then it would be safe to say Inglorious are likely to be taking up a fair percentage of any spare cash you’ve got left hanging around this New Year. Not only is their debut album coming out in February but they’ve a heavy touring schedule ahead, opening for ...

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Review: Downes Braide Association – Suburban Ghosts

With Suburban Ghosts, a follow up to their original collaboration Pictures of You, Chris Braide and Geoff Downes have produced a song cycle of sometimes haunting tunes regarding what many consider the birth of modern facile consumerism, ie. the eighties. While the Downes Braide Association has certainly picked up and ran with some of the synth pop sounds of those ...

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Original DIO members reunite as Last In Line – Heavy Crown

When this band was first announced it sounded like an odd kind of cash-in, although Frontiers subsequently picking up the recording tab isn’t that unusual; after all they do go in for 80s heritage acts. If you shared similar doubts don’t rush off, the results are far better than expected. Debut single ‘Devil In Me’ opens proceedings, defining a statement ...

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Review: Danny Bryant – Blood Money

Delivering an album almost annually, this is Danny Bryant’s third offering produced by Richard Hammerton, and will come out on Friday 29th January 2016 via the Jazzhaus Records label. This persistence, in both recording and touring, is paying off for the big guy, as his fan base and reputation are growing. As we established in our review of his previous release, Temperature ...

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Jared James Nichols: Highwayman EP – A mix of vintage covers and self-penned songs!

“He reminds me of a young Ted Nugent,” said a voice to my left as I watched Jared James Nichols deliver an impressive support slot during Glenn Hughes’ recent UK tour. From a distance, visually perhaps, but with bigger biceps, and more akin to Joe Walsh if you ask me; especially the way he handles slide guitar. Actually, the fact ...

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