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14 days 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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26 days 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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4 months 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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5 months 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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5 months 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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6 months 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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7 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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10 months 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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10 months ago
Martin Howse
Oh yes - wouldn't miss it for the world. M
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10 months 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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10 months 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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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Howdy, My mate can't go and is flogging his Winger ticket for half-price (£10) for this Saturday's gig at the Islington Academy. If you're interested, email me at martin.howse@prsformusic.com and we can make arrangements to meet you outside. Due to a curfew
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Awesome - looks amazing. Well worth the wait!
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Did you get to see Pop Evil supporting? I was gutted I couldn't get to either of the London dates as I really wanted to see PE live. Great band. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Yeah, good weekend. Far better choice of venue than last year's Rotherham site. Highlights for me were: UFO (Mogg in fabulous form!), Dynazty (powerful and energetic) Robin Beck Love/Hate (surprisingly - probably got the best reaction of anyone throughout the weekend) PC69 Cold Spell House Of Lords Tyketto (but Chris Green's guitar was too quiet in the mix, and I thought they were b
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Eclipse are playing at the Camden Underworld on 14th May. http://www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk/gigs/ M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Regarding accommodation, although the venue is some miles from Milan itself, the venue offers a bus service back to Milan Central Station after the gig for 10 Euros. Details on their website here: http://www.liveclub.it/en/dove-siamo/ Seems like a good idea, particularly if local accommodation isn't readily available. M
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1 year ago
Martin Howse
Never heard of Sub 89 in Reading. Anyone been there? Otherwise it'll be the Electric Ballroom. Nice one! M
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