Live Reviews


Live Review: The Used, Decade, and Landscapes

Well it’s been a fantastic gig tonight with the awesome support acts, Decade and Landscapes. Prior to the tour I had seen a press statement from Decade frontman Alex Sears saying “I think every band currently on the UK circuit would agree that [The Used] are a massively influential band so to be able to tour with them is an ...

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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: ANAAL NATHRAKH, London

There aren’t many bands who one could call truly monstrous in live performance but Annal Nathrakh certainly fit the bill. Headlining an evening of brutal black metal is no easy feat, although the Birmingham based outfit certainly gave everyone a lesson in bestial carnage on this night. Opening with ‘Acheronta Movebimus’ the crowd were sent into a frenzy and throughout ...

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Live Review: Hayseed Dixie, Academy 2, Newcastle

When you see most cover bands , or tribute bands, you know what you are going to get –  a good laugh, a bit of fun but you know it’s not the real thing. Hayseed Dixie on the other hand are a totally different experience. Imagine all your favourite rock songs played by four hillbillies, using banjos, mandolins and fiddles. ...

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Snakecharmer + Daylight Robbery @ The Robin 2

Rob Billingham reviews an AOR gig which didn’t disappoint… A real treat for lovers of melodic rock was in store for anyone braving the Arctic cold which had descended on Bilston this Friday evening. I’m glad to say that the cold was a deterrent as a very healthy crowd had come through the Robin 2 doors ready to enjoy the ...

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Live Review: Slipknot & KoRn ‘Prepare For Hell’ Tour,Arena, Newcastle

“In many ways Newcastle is like Des Moines,” announces Slipknot frontman Cory Taylor to the crowd “because Newcastle is home of some of the craziest human beings we’ve ever met.”…. We’ll take that as a compliment Corey! We know from various interviews that Corey Taylor is fully behind the live music scene in the UK, even Tweeting about a possible ...

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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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Live Review: Queen + Adam Lambert, Arena, Newcastle

If there is one band in the history of popular music who have brilliant legacy for playing live – it has to be Queen. Live at the Rainbow in 1974, Montreal in 1981, Live Aid in 1985,  and more recently live at Big Ben on New Year’s Eve 2014. The news that Queen were to tour again with the help ...

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Machine Head tribute to Dimebag Darrell

This cold December night in London, I feel like I have been part of something very special. A gig highly anticipated by all in attendance, but we did not comprehend how unique this gig was going to be. You see this day December 7th 2014, is just one day shy of the 10 year anniversary of the death of one ...

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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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