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3 days ago
Martin Howse
Johan Niemann, bass player in Evergrey, took Marcel's place. And very impressive he was too. I don't know if the CD sold out or not, I'm afraid. Probably worth asking Frontiers themselves. M
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3 days ago
Martin Howse
Treat were very good. Lots of material from the new album, which sounded excellent live. They had some issues with the sampled backing vocals - it seemed to go wrong once or twice. But overall, a really strong performance. Yes, they mentioned it was being recorded for a forthcoming live recording. I didn't notice any cameras, though, so not sure if it was for a DVD, or just audio. M
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5 days ago
Martin Howse
I really enjoyed the weekend. Band of the weekend for me - The Defiants. Paul Laine was immense vocally, and the set list - stuff from the album, Paul Laine-era Danger Danger and his solo album - was perfect! Absolutely brilliant performance! Additionally, both headliners - Last In Line and Talisman - were superb. Andrew Freeman - vocalist in Last In Line - is another stunning vocalist.
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5 days ago
Martin Howse
I fully echo the comments above. Stunning evening of music. TB still has the pipes and put on a fabulous show - wonderfully engaging storyteller, too, about the songs and what they mean to him. Only about 60 of us there, I think? Far too few for a man of his talent - I really hope the turn out is better elsewhere. The Darker My Horizon put on a fine acoustic set. Paul Stead is another g
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14 days ago
Martin Howse
Well said, AOR Chappie. I'm sure if Dave were able to release the full line-up, he would. I'd rather he drip-feed us bands once they're definitely confirmed, than telling us a list of names up-front and then have them drop out. I have enough faith in the event to know it'll be a fabulous weekend. The names so far are pretty good; no doubt more great names will be added. To an extent, I t
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3 months ago
Martin Howse
Yes, Ian was in Dressed To Kill. DTK's "Gene", Gary Piers-Banton, was on bass duties for him on the night, too. Great stuff. I echo everything that's been said here already about Cats In Space. Superb professionalism; great songs; excellent musicianship (Paul Manzi is a real find - sensational lead vocals). And for us 70s fans, the encores of Slade's "How Does It Feel"
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4 months ago
Martin Howse
Also guesting was Rudi Riviera, who many of you will remember as the second guitarist in Terraplane. He was also in a couple of NWOBHM band, Dragonfly and Saphire (featuring rock jouralist, Steve Gett, on vocals). And I spoke briefly with Myke Gray (Red White and Blues, Skin, Jagged Edge) in the crowd - seems he's just focusing on his martial arts stuff these days - shame, that Red White &
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9 months ago
Martin Howse
I'm quite surprised no-one here has mentioned Vasby Rock Festival this year in Sweden, which took place last weekend. Two fabulous days of rock music; superbly organised; friendly crowd - everything that's great about our genre of music, celebrated in a football stadium near Stockholm. Some stunning performances from acts many of us will have seen at Firefests in the past; H.E.A.T, of course
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9 months ago
Martin Howse
They were impressive at the first Frontier Festival in Milan last year - played tracks from the album, plus 21 Guns, Von Groove and The Storm material. Probably because of lack of rehearsal time, it was a bit rough around the edges, perhaps, but Tommy La Verdi sounded brilliant. I believe he gets/got bad stage fright, but it's such a shame as he still sounds amazing. They spoke about doi
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10 months ago
Martin Howse
That House Of Leaf album is actually really good - quite laid-back, but his voice is as excellent as ever.
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10 months ago
Martin Howse
The Eric Martin Band album, "Sucker For A Pretty Face" from 1983, was very much like early Loverboy to my ears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za5CG11Cl3A Great album too. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
I was pleasantly surprised, too. Quite a fair overall analysis of their appeal, and the reviewer (Kate Mossman) had clearly done her research. She pointed out parallels between FM and Thunder, commented on the awesomeness of Stiv's vocals, and knew the band's history. The "score" of 3/5 was a bit tight - it's a 5/5 in my book! Good to hear bands like these getting some mainstrea
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Just realised this info was posted by PDS earlier - my apologies! Andrew, feel free to remove my post - no point in duplicating the info. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
So far, just Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London - and the final three dates clash with the Rockingham Festival in Nottingham, which is bloody annoying! https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/Delain M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Similar tale at the Camden Underworld last night. Probably about 40 punters, but the band played like it was 4,000. All credit to them.
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Absolutely - he's still got a quality to his voice that's unique and instantly recognisable. Wonderful song - I remember trying to learn that guitar solo...
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
The venue is around 1,500 capacity, I'd guess. A nice high stage and no pillars means an unimpeded view, too. Last year, I thought the sound was pretty good throughout the event. It's a proper venue - modern PA and lighting. There's food available at the venue (burgers, etc) - but you can come and go from the venue if you want to explore the nearby cafes and bars too. The only issue la
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Looking forward to this - four great bands and a worthy cause for £12? It's a no brainer! The organisers have sorted out cheap rates for local hotels too, I believe, so there's no excuse. Hopefully see some of you there. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Yes. Went last year, too - well organised and friendly festival. Two stages at either end of a football pitch. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Plenty of carriers fly to Milan; but getting to the venue from there is a bit of a trek! Once in Milan itself, take the subway out to Gessate and take a bus from there. Takes quite a while, and be aware that the buses don't run on public holidays. For the first Frontiers Festival, the opening day was May Day - so no buses! Myself and dozens of other punters were stranded at Gessate with no me
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
I saw her at the first Gods of AOR festival in Milton Keynes. She was an absolute delight. Great singer/songwriter - absolutely right, totally under-rated. She also penned a few great new country songs, including Take Me As I Am for Faith Hill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvkMm_nXZdY M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Great news. And it looks like he's learned to walk on water too! Lovely pic. All the best. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Went to Vasby 2014 earlier this year. Brilliantly organised, lovely people and great music. And at under £60 for a two day early-bird ticket, the 2015 event is not bad value either. Looking forward to seeing Heaven & Earth again, who were fabulous on their short UK tour recently. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Oh yes - wouldn't miss it for the world. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
They've done it - 100% reached within a day of the announcement. Pretty good going, considering rock is apparently dead! Great band - should have been huge. So glad they're continuing to make great music. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
I agree with Stokieboy - shame there's no London date. But if you're going, get there for Ajenda too - brilliant band! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5VW_VcISCY M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Awesome. Their Camden Underworld gig last month was one of those jaw-droppers. Such musical talent and superb songwriting. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
I agree - Tony didn't have the best of days vocally. As a frontman, I thought he was great - but he really struggled with some of those high notes. But I agree with what you say about the festival - brilliantly organised, lovely people and fabulous weather. The days were not only literally long (it never really gets totally dark this time of year up there), but in terms of music, it started
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Agreed. I go to lots of gigs, but this was the best I've been to in a long long time. Hot, sweaty - reminded me of one of those classic gigs at The Marquee of my youth. All three players are amazing, of course - but it's Kotzen's vocals that just blow me away every time. And great songs, too. A very, very special night. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Went all the way to Inzell in Germany to see them on the Hi Rock festival - but the whole of the second day got cancelled due to flooding, so I didn't get to see them. Now they're coming to Shepherds Bush, which is 20 minutes away! Much easier... M
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