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..
On a bitterly cold night in Sheffield, what better way to warm the heart and soul than by hearing some of the very best live sounds around - no exaggeration. The Backroom stage at the rear of The Greystones is proving to be a consistently fine venue in Sheffield, with a varied line-up of acts..
All gallery photos: Ian Jenkinson The 02 Institute feels like the perfect venue for a Delain show and their brand of symphonic and orchestral metal - the building originally opened in 1908 - the high ceiling and the ornate balcony creates an auspicious and intimate setting. And in this delightful venue, there's more than a..
Andy Scott swaps his red Strat for a gold one which he plays with an (empty) baked bean can for some reason... When I was a kid in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, one of the upsides of catching some flu bug was getting to bunk off school, and another was special radio privileges...
...there is a trip back to the very first IO album for a tremendous rendition of the epic Creation, which is greeted like an old friend by the assembled throng When you go to a gig, you often tend to learn something new. Sometimes it’s about the bands, sometimes it’s about the venue, sometimes it..
229, London. 16 November 2019 Photos: Simon Green It’s always interesting to step outside of what you believe to be your wide circle of musical knowledge as you quickly realise that your circle is just a tiny circle in a universe of many other circles of almost infinite possibilities. It’s also a good thing to..