The first forty minutes saw Hackett reminding us he’s not just all about keeping the Genesis flame alive, he’s also still a contemporary recording artist of some significance All photos by Mark Stimpson 'Well, isn’t it lovely to be able to go out again? Our first tour in 18 months', Steve Hackett gushes after the..
Thursday 5th March 2020. That was the last time I went to a live gig, one of the fortunate ones to see Samantha Fish before she had to pack up her tour halfway through due to the Covid lockdown. Here we are, 18 months later, and I’m fortunate again to break my fast on Robert..
PHOTOS BY John Bull ([email protected]) After a year’s enforced absence, the New Day Festival welcomed back fans to listen to three days of music, performed by a wide assortment of acts, in the sumptuous settings of beautiful Mount Ephraim gardens, just a few miles north-west of Canterbury. A new day perhaps, but it seemed as..
Sunday 20th June saw a select audience of 295 souls worshipping their heroes Caligulas Horse at Brisbane's The Triffid (an old WW2 aircraft hangar). This was a Live after Lockdown streamed performance partly showcasing the band's 2020 album Rise Radiant. As livestream products go, I have to say this isn't of the highest standard -..
Livestream performances can be a bit of a mixed blessing. For some the lack of the crowd - and the smell and heat of the crowd - diminishes the performance to the point of merely listening to a live album. Some artists are clearly affected by the lack of atmosphere. The Damn Truth do not..
It’s a sobering possibility that there’s a generation of young people who may never experience the excitement, mutually exchanged body fluids, and archly bonding euphoria of a sweaty, alcohol enhanced live event in a club venue, packed like sardines yet utterly wrapped up in the moment. Such has been the paradigm shift of the last..
I am becoming increasingly aware that I sound like a broken record when talking about Joe Bonamassa. The reason is not just that his studio output is excellent and getting better with each passing year, or even that his live shows are so consistently superb, but also that he seems to have the gift of..
The Bay Area of San Francisco. Not only home to the Golden Gate Bridge, the infamous Alcatraz island and taking in cities Oakland and San Jose but also the beacon of the US thrash movement that included Metallica. With its roots stemming as far back as 1979 - and it is not forgotten as to..
I have a confession to make. I am not a prog rock fan. There, I have said it. Normally, such a statement would be a complete irrelevance - but there is a point and that is that good music crosses boundaries and bridges the gaps between like and dislike. Where others have failed, The Dame..
A foot-stomping, hard-rocking piece of jugband blues, punctuated by Fish’s cigar-box rocking slide guitar, the coloured lights filtering through her bobbing, Monroe-inspired coiffure. Félix Rabin - photo by Robert Sutton Islington Assembly Hall found itself completely sold out for this gig by popular Kansas City blues babe Samantha Fish. Her opening act on this tour..