Thursday, December 2, 2021

Bad Touch Rocking on Time!

British rock band Bad Touch‘s 15-date UK tour kicked off with a sold-out hometown concert at the Waterfront Studio in Norwich tonight. 

Branded as Better Late Than Never, the UK tour was originally rescheduled from April 2021, but covid concerns to one side, it now sounds like fans can’t wait to catch them live. Previously purchased tickets remain valid, and those in need of them need only click here.

Special guests on all shows, except Leo’s Red Lion, are Midlands rockers Piston. Tickets available from . 

The tour follows their recent release of their rocking cover of The Allman Brothers Band classic ‘Midnight Rider‘, and you;re likley to hear that live alongside songs from their critically acclaimed current studio album Kiss the Sky, as well as ones from their back catalogue. Known for having a reputation as one of the UK’s hardest working, and most respected blues rock and classic rock bands, the UK tour promises to be a must-see. 

New new single ‘Midnight Rider’ is a much-covered number, ranging from artists as diverse as country star Waylon Jennings to British ska act Bad Manners, and a top ten UK hit single as a reggae version by Paul Davidson. Not surprisingly, Bad Touch – Stevie Westwood(vocals), Rob Glendinningand Daniel Seekings (guitars), Michael Bailey (bass) and George Drewry (drums) – took the rock template for their version.

The record was  produced at the Marshall Studio with producer Chris Sheldon(Foo FightersGunFeeder), as was their previous single, a beefed-up cover of Edwin Starr’s soul classic ‘Twenty-Five Miles’.

“The original is one of mine and Chris Sheldon’s all-time favourite songs, and I’m thrilled with how our version came out,” said Westwood. “It’s got harmonies out the wazoo, it’s heavy, dirty and Rob’s guitar solo is a belter. It might bother The Allman Brothers purists, but hopefully everyone loves it one eighth of as much as I do.” 

Distorted guitars drive the Bad Touch interpretation, and the song’s lyrical flow plays to the band’s natural bent for gospel harmonics – As you can discover for yourselves, by streaming ‘Midnight Rider’ here and watch the band’s video for it right here at RAMzine.

Bad Touch tour the UK from now through to December 2021. “I honestly cannot describe to you the feeling of being back at it with my brothers, we’re overjoyed,” said Westwood, exclaiming:” We’re fired up and cannot wait to be playing to all of you.”

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.

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