Author Archives: Reg Richardson

As a teenager at the end of the 1960's I was listening to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Hawkwind, Mountain and Grand Funk Railroad amongst a long list of other rock bands. My first foray into band photography was Hawkwind, 1972-ish at Liverpool Stadium.
Dubs of Anarchy

Charity Event: Dubs of Anarchy – this September!

Look out for the zombie apocalypse as the undead prepare to descend on a small farm in Evesham this summer. The Dubs of Anarchy is a bus & bike charity event held in support of the Midlands Air Ambulance and Midlands Freewheelers (Blood Bikes) and is being held at Ashdown Farm in Evesham over the weekend of the 16th-18th September. ...

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Grand Funk by Grand Funk Railroad

RAMzine Classic: Grand Funk by Grand Funk Railroad, released 1969

Grand Funk aka The Red Album was Grand Funk Railroad’s second studio album and was, according to bass player Mel Schacher, his favourite album. The band were also known as GFR or Grand Funk, the original name being taken from the Grand Trunk Western Railroad that passed through Michigan, the band’s home state. The band started out as a power ...

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DVD Review: Thunder – All You Can Eat

This album set is released as a full buffet for both new and existing Thunder fans. For those new to the Thunder fanset these disks tell them exactly what the band is all about while those who are already fans get to hear some familiar sounds and visions. The three disks are put out as ‘Starter’, ‘Main Course’ and ‘Dessert’ ...

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diamond head

Diamond Head to release new album in March

It’s been nine years since Diamond Head released their last studio album, ‘What’s in Your Head?’, and they are now due to release their new, self titled album on March 11th. Discussion about a new album began after the successful 2014 tours with new singer, Rasmus Andersen, whose energy and vocals re-ignited the band’s enthusiasm for writing new material. The ...

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Thunder embark on UK tour.

As they enter their 26th year, British rock stalwarts Thunder embark on a new UK arena tour.Due to kick off next week in Nottingham with Bristol, Glasgow, Sheffield and London to follow. The tour will promote the band’s first album for over six years, Wonder Days, and coincides with the release of a boxed DVD set entitled ‘All You Can ...

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The Tubes

The Tubes Announce a 9-Date UK Tour for August 2015

It’s been 40 years since The Tubes hit the decks with their first album and they’re back on UK shores to celebrate with a 9-date tour that takes in venues throughout England and Scotland. The 40th Anniversary Tour starts in Bristol and takes in Brighton, Southampton, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Edinburgh and Wolverhampton. Fans can expect to see the usual ...

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Live Review: StoneWire / Skinny Molly – Robin 2, Bilston

It’s a bit unusual not to be writing, principally, about the headline band, but tonight was one of those occasions when the support band, StoneWire, took the review centre-stage. So, I’ll reverse the roles and first mention the headliners, Skinny Molly. For those who don’t know the band they play southern style rock and being fronted by Mike Estes, formerly ...

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Live Review: Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock, Robin 2 Bilston

A sell-out show audience greeted me as I walked into the Robin 2 for the Temple of Rock ‘Bridge the Gap’ show; Michael Schenker is making a habit of it here in Bilston. This was part of the ‘Bridge the Gap’ tour to promote the release of the album of the same name late in December 2013. Despite the tour ...

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Review: StoneWire – When the Crow Flies

The debut album from StoneWire, promised by the band when I first saw them co-headline in Bilston with Four Wheel Drive at the start of the year. I was highly impressed by the live performance of StoneWire so was hopeful that the album would strengthen that feeling – on the whole it didn’t disappoint. The album was mixed by Voodoo Six ...

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Live Review: Marillion at Leamington Assembly

The evening didn’t quite start as planned for me and my review assistant, Paul. Arriving at the Assembly Rooms in Leamington we were met by a queue which stretched from the door of the venue, snaked up the road, round the corner and on for a hundred yards or so. A pint of Hobgoblin later and the queue had subsided ...

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