Live Reviews

Mr Big

Mr. BIG ‘Defying Gravity’ at Shepherd’s Bush Empire with three sets!

There’s an excited crowd waiting for Mr. Big in a packed Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Everybody is ready to give them a very warm welcome back after their fourth album, nine years after their reunion.This tour is in support of their new album, Defying Gravity, which was released in July. Coming out into the darkness of the stage, light then blasting on ...

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Venom Prison at The Black Heart, London

Live: Venom Prison at The Black Heart, London

When you are told to take out just under two months from gigs for health reasons from your doctors, some choose to return to it lightly, others jump in the deep end. I returned to doing gigs with photographing Nails the weekend previous, nothing quite like an explosive gig such as that to get you back in the game. Is ...

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Airborne

A night of intense no frills rock ‘n roll with Airbourne, Phil Campbell and The Wild.

The queue at the Roundhouse started quite early with hundreds of fans ready to get their rock ‘n roll dose. This eventful evening starts around 7.30 pm with The Wild, a brilliant Canadian band I have never had the pleasure to listen to or see live before. And what a great energy! From the very first moment they get on ...

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HRH Awards

Review: The First Annual Hard Rock Hell Awards

Glitz, blitz, glamour and more kilts than an SNP convention, tonight marks the very first Hard Rock Hell Annual Awards ceremony in all its glory. After 10 years of building the HRH empire, this seems to be the next logical step for the monsters of rock. Rubbing shoulders with rock’s finest with fully unrestrained access to industrial levels of alcohol, ...

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marillion

MARILLION very much at the top of their game | London Palladium

Marillion are now almost certainly the Grateful Dead of the prog world, in that they play lots of people around the world, but largely the same people. Asked by Steve Hoggarth how many in the packed Palladium audience were at the band’s recent Albert Hall gig, the majority responded in the affirmative. Given there was also a sizeable number who’d ...

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Rise Against

Live: Rise Against, Manchester Apollo

Some may argue that punk rock in recent years has become stagnant and lost all of the edge it once had, however, bands like Rise Against still exist. Sleeping With Sirens acted as direct support and while from a musical standpoint they fit in with Rise Against it was clear that the audience was divided, with many just tolerating them ...

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Fozzy

Live: Fozzy and Hardcore Superstar, Manchester Academy

At one point wrestlers trying to branch out into other mediums was met with derision and little success for the most part but one of the most notable exceptions is Chris Jericho with his band, Fozzy; a hard rock outfit heavily influenced by 80’s heavy metal bands, joining them on a co-headline tour was Swedish hair metal revival outfit, Hardcore Superstar. ...

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cro mags

Cro-Mags Destroy The Camden Underworld In a Triumphant Return To The UK

It has been a while since legendary NYHC crew Cro-Mags have performed in London. Only having done one-off appearances here and there (most notably at Outbreak Festival in Leeds this year) over the course of time in the UK, this is the first time that Cro-Mags have played London in what seems like forever – and yours truly was beyond ...

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Nails

Nails Unleash Sheer Hellfire and Fury in Camden Town!

The past year has been pretty mad for Nails. With a sudden ‘hiatus’ if you please, which left them cancelling their 2016 Euro tour and a radio silence that left a fan base in the dark without any answers as to what was going on, it left a lot of people wondering what the future of the band could indicate. So ...

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WASP

Live: WASP, University of East Anglia

Some things are reassuringly familiar, and WASP are one of them. Fads have come and gone but Blackie Lawless and his ever-changing entourage have stuck to their tried-and-tested heavy metal formula for 35 years. You know what you’re going to get when they roll into town – usually, anyway. But this tour is a little different, as we get a ...

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