|Uber Rock's Gigs of the year 2016|
|Written by Mark Ashby|
|Sunday, 01 January 2017 04:00|
Live gigs are the lifeblood of rock ‘n’ roll, and over the past 12 months Uber Rock’s dedicated writers have been to literally hundreds of them and seen possibly thousands of bands. Unlike many other websites, who won’t darken the door of a venue unless they have been given a freebie, more often than not, they have paid into the shows (although offers of guest tickets are more than gratefully received), and their attendance is purely voluntary and because they love the music…
So, as 2017 dawns, our team looks back at the year now fading into the rearview mirror and gives you their pick of the crop of the massive amount of shows they have attended in that period.
At the end of each list, they also present their thoughts on their personal surprises and disappointments of 2016, and their predictions for the coming year…
Surprise of 2016: The Uber Rock founders announcing their retirement.
Biggest Disappointment of 2016: The Uber Rock founders actually retiring.
Top Tip for 2017: Hands Off Gretel
Surprise of 2016: Teenage Casket Company calling it quits!
Disappointment of 2016: Teenage Casket Company calling it quits!
Top Tip for 2017: A toss between Theme for Alex and The Boom Sons!
Surprise of 2016: People still listen to Iron Maiden
Top Tip for 2017: Role Models and Hip Priests to get the recognition they deserve would be a nice start.
Surprise of 2016: Metallica actually release a new album
Disappointment of 2016: Metallica’s new album
Top Tip for 2017: The triumphant return of Sharks…
Surprise of 2016: Witnessing Uriah Heep support Status Quo in Belfast’s SSE Arena. It was the first time I had listened to Uriah Heep, and I was just blown away.
Disappointment of 2016: The new Narnia album: I had waited so long to hear it, especially since it was Christian Liljegren’s big return to the band.
Top Tip for 2017: If you’re a legend and have survived 2016, good! Continue to stay alive. 2016 was too painful of a year in regards to deaths of legends, from David Bowie to The United States Of America…
Surprise of 2016: Well, if you’d told me at the beginning of the year that I would be the co-owner of the mighty Uber Rock, then I would have told you to go jump off a bridge in a pair of concrete boots! That, and possibly the fact that I got dragged along to see Nickelback and actually enjoyed the show! Oh, and discovering The Radio Sun at HRH AOR… fantastic AOR band with all the right ingredients.
Disappointment of 2016: Gaz and Johnny actually deciding to knock it on the head – but they did so for the right reasons! That and actually enjoying that Nickelback gig…
Top Tip for 2017: Stick with Uber Rock children: it’s gonna be another great year for great music, and we’ll be continuing to fight the forces of musical mediocrity by bringing you the bands that the so-called mainstream media won’t touch just because they don’t have big name record companies behind them… long live the underground!
Surprise of 2016: Stumbling across Pkew Pkew Pkew's album via a Spotify playlist. Definitely the best dumb but actually quite clever punk rock I've heard in years. Gonzo rock at its finest.
Disappointment of 2016: The split of John Coffey. Got three great shows in the Netherlands out of them this year, though, so have some good memories because of this band, so not all bad.
Top Tip for 2017: Haven't been to enough gigs this year to think of one band under the radar, so a couple of bands that I've heard online and sound pretty interesting are Idles and Cellar Door Moon Crow. Hope to catch them both live in the new year!
Surprise of 2016: John Monday.
Disappointment of 2016: The Sick Livers split.
Top Tip for 2017: Bar Stool Preachers and Wonk Unit to take it to the next level.
Surprise of 2016: The number of older thrash bands knocking out some top quality music!
Disappointment of 2016: Download
Top Tip for 2017: Hey!Hello! for world power pop rock domination!
Surprise of 2016: Jane's Addiction at Download Festival; an immensely atmospheric and entertaining show that pipped "set of the weekend".
Top Tip for 2017: Chris Catalyst's solo debut album.
The Dark Queen
Surprise of 2016: Bigfoot. They blew me away when they opened the Steelhouse festival in the summer.
Disappointment of 2016: Saxon. I was so looking forward to seeing them again, and to shooting them for the first time… but both the lighting and the sound were awful and the band looked they were going through the motions. What should have been one of my gigs of the year turned out to be the worst.
Top Tip for 2017: Stone Broken. I saw them for the first time at Rockingham and I reckon this is going to be a big year for them.
So, there you have it folks. It certainly was a great year for live music, and 2017 is shaping up quite nicely so far. Keep rockin'.