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.

DVD Review: Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock – On A Mission: Live In Madrid

German guitar maestro Michael Schenker sat beside me in January 2016 with a handwritten set of New Year’s resolutions that went something along the lines of: (1) Ensure Temple of Rock UK Tour is so good we leave them begging for more, (2) Release live DVD recorded in Spain so the rest of the world can see it and beg ...

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Review: Ray Wilson – Song For A Friend

Ray Wilson? Many of us know the pedigree less so the music: ‘Inside’ was a great post-grunge hit single come cool Levi’s jeans advert and ‘Congo’ a solid return to credibility for a band whose parent album Calling All Stations we never gave a fair crack of the whip. Genesis and Stiltskin are just two words among many that you’ll ...

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Live: King King / Dan Patlansky,Town Hall, Birmingham

Review by Paul Birch, photos by Martin Tierney. Saturday 21st May 2016. Nonchalantly strolling on stage, his three piece band ready, Dan Patlansky takes a little while to tune up but as he begins to pull on notes more earnestly blues licks resonate, then sliding down his guitar neck with gusto before pinching strings with echoed wailing feedback he launches into ...

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Live Video Premiere for Stop The Messin’ – New Dan Patlansky Single

On April 27 th South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Patlansky played The Rivonia Barnyard Theatre in Johannesburg as the final date on his homeland tour. While there camera footage captured a performance of his new single ‘Stop The Messin’ that is also now available as a live video. ‘Stop The Messin’ is taken from his new Introvertigo album, a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Dear Silence Thieves that spawned rock radio ...

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The Fifth reveal new video for ‘No Going Home’

The Fifth have been referred to as “The mid-Atlantic region’s best kept secret,” and well they might for they have only just released the single ‘No Going Home’  – Their first new music in over seven years! Having got together in the eastern North Carolina area back in 2001, The quintet released three albums and an EP,  scored a radio ...

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Tangerine Dream launch documentary campaign

A documentary about Tangerine Dream, one the foremost exponents of what came to fall under the term krautrock, has been in development since 2014; prior to founder member Edgar Froese’s passing in 2015. Since then the project has evolved with plans for it to become a full-length feature. To achieve this, Tangerine Dream have started a Kickstarter campaign to acquire ...

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Jared James Nichols reveals video for ‘Don’t you Try’ plus UK tour

Wisconsin rock guitar-gunslinger Jared James Nichols who made a strong live impression as support act on Glenn Hughes’s last UK tour and is currently touring Europe supporting Zakk Wylde is looking to put in some hard graft over in the UK this year. Ranging from an appearance at this year’s Stone Free Festival to his own headline tour through June ...

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Broken Witt Rebels release new track ‘Guns’

Birmingham’s breakout indie blues & rock band Broken Witt Rebels have a new single ‘Guns’ taken from their Georgia Pine EP, due for release on 17th June. While their hometown has its inner city problems, the lines “Born and raised where Guns are made, they burn bright like a cigarette” are not a comment on gangland culture, but the fact ...

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Free Bonamassa Show at Liverpool’s Cavern

Joe Bonamassa’s love of the British Blues is said to be at the heart of his musical inspiration; and, for the first time, on Monday June 27th, he will perform a free “invitation only” concert at the legendary Cavern Club venue in Liverpool, as a thank you to all the fans that helped his career grow from playing small clubs to sold-out arena tours worldwide. Billed as ...

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Steve Hackett’s The Charisma Years (1975-1983)

After the success of 2015 CD Box set Premonition revisiting the early days of his solo career, Steve Hackett goes back to Memory Lane vintage style, with a vinyl collection of his first six albums on the Charisma label. The Charisma Years (1975-1983) featuring eight LPs and a 12” EP and is due out on May 27th.  It will include ...

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