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Foreigner - London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire & Hammersmith, Eventim Apollo - 12 & 13th April 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 03:00

Foreigner thmbWith a few of the Uber elders laid low recently with mystery illnesses we thought Jim Rowland was phoning in sick too when he was reporting of Double Vision. Thankfully in his case it was Foreigner Double Vision as he got to catch the band’s acoustic show at Shepherds Bush and then the following night witness the AOR-tastic main event in Hammersmith in the fine company of Europe and FM.

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Mental Ward UK / Don’t Look Down - Corby, The Zombie Hut - 5th April 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 04:00

Mental Ward thmbThere were grimly fiendish live goings on in the Mental Ward UK camp to help celebrate the release of their self titled EP at the start of this month. Uber Rock’s Nick Russell was thankfully on hand at Corby’s Zombie Club to witness the crackpot punk’s victorious hometown show.

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D-A-D / ’77 / Taras - London, Highbury, The Garage - 3rd April 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Friday, 18 April 2014 03:00

DAD4Returning to the UK for a short stint of 3 shows, Danish kings of cowpunk D-A-D were in the mood for a party as they hit London’s Garage venue recently. Also along for the ride were Spanish rockers ’77 as well as fellow Danes Taras, but will Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland be lucky enough to bag himself a piece of D-A-D’s 30th birthday cake? Not before a few tasty musical appetisers that’s for sure. Hit the link and all will be revealed.

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The 45s/The Valmores - York, Fibbers - 5th April 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:00

45slivethumbUber Rock's Ben Hughes, in the venue where he first discovered Vintage Trouble, thinks that he's discovered something very special once again. The band are The 45s, seventeen year olds with a vintage record collection, keen fashion sense, and the songs to take them higher...much higher.....

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The Great British Alternative Music Festival - Minehead, Butlin’s - 28th-30th March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 03:00

GBAF finalthumbAs the clocks in the UK went forwards to mark the start of British Summer Time, the clocks in Minehead Butlin’s turned themselves back to around about 1979 for the latest three day Great British Alternative Music Festival. Running Friday to Sunday and featuring the likes of The Damned, The Buzzcocks, Cockney Rejects and many others, we sent along a team of crack Uber Rock Soldiers to bring you all the action. Right here is Johnny H’s report from the festival frontline.

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Stiff Little Fingers/The Godfathers - London, Kentish Town Forum - 28th March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 03:20

SLF thmbIt’s a decade since Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland last witnessed Northern Ireland’s godfathers of punk rock Stiff Little Fingers live, and as his recent encounter at London’s Kentish Town Forum proved a lot has changed with the band in that time. With The Godfathers also along for the tour there was definitely ‘No Going Back’ for our intrepid scribe.

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Bonafide/Bad Touch - York, The Duchess - 22nd March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 03:00

bonafidepontus400yorkIf there was ever a band that did exactly what it says on the tin, then it's Swedish rock 'n' rollers Bonafide. Uber Rock's Ben Hughes filled his head with rock as he caught the York show of the band's UK tour, with hotly-tipped rockers Bad Touch in support. Hit Read More for the lowdown dirty details.....

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Rebellion, Amsterdam, NL - Amsterdam, The Melkweg - 22nd March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H & Nev "Zigzag" Brooks   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 03:00

Rebellion flyer thmbTwelve hours, three stages, and the chance to experience a host of punk rock bands we’ve largely never heard of before sounds like a challenge to us. But we needed to get to Amsterdam first and to The Melkweg where Rebellion were putting on a show headlined by Uber Rock faves Cock Sparrer and The Damned. Johnny H And Nev Brooks were our men on the scene for what proved to be a most memorable weekend, for all the right reasons.

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The Damned - Belfast, Feile an Earraigh - 14th March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 28 March 2014 03:00

damned belfast thmbGoing to see a gig in a tent temporarily erected in the car park of a former Leisure Centre sounds like something straight out of a work of fiction, especially when you find out that headlining said show is The Damned. But as the Uber Rock elders set off to watch the same said band playing at Butlins this weekend we turn the spotlight on Mark Ashby for a review that perhaps no one was expecting.

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The Peckham Cowboys/The Bleedin’ Noses - Crumlin, The Patriot - 14th March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks & Johnny H   
Friday, 21 March 2014 03:00

PCthmbHaving released one of the Uber Rock albums of the year so far with their ‘10 Tales From The Gin Palace’ opus, The Peckham Cowboys were back in Wales last week looking to follow up the highly impressive album with a suitably impressive live show. Uber Rock’s Johnny H was on call at the Crumlin show and what he found was a band living out the rock ‘n’ roll dream, whilst Nev Brooks picks up the support band The Bleedin’ Noses. Read on to find out more.

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Trucker Diablo - Comber, Enler Delta Blues Club - 1st March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 04:00

Trucker Diablo tmbA couple of weeks ago Irish hard rockers Trucker Diablo played what was to be their last live show with founding guitarist/vocalist Simon Haddock, however as Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby found out that intense night at Comber Rec turned out to be a whole lot more significant. Read on to find out why.

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The Wildhearts/Von Hertzen Brothers/Hey! Hello! - Bristol, O2 Academy - 9th April 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 03:00

GingerBristolWith Scott Sorry back on bass duties after a four-year hiatus, The Wildhearts returned for yet another UK tour, this time with Ginger's 'other' band Hey! Hello! in support, along with the highly-rated Von Hertzen Brothers. Uber Rock's Gaz E caught the second date of the tour.....

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The Hip Priests/The Sick Livers/Los Pepes - London, The Pipeline - 4th April 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 03:20

sickpipe86Uber Rock's Dom Daley, Godfather of Glunk, found himself at the Pipeline for a date on the oft-troubled UK jaunt from the uber-approved pairing of The Hip Priests and The Sick Livers, the latter already two men down before the night's proceedings had even kicked off.....

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Status Quo/Wilko Johnson - London, Hammersmith, Eventim Apollo - 29th March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 03:00

Quo thmbIn 2013 the original Status Quo line up reformed to the sound of much excitement within the hard rock community. Sales of junkie juice trebled over night as forty somethings dug out their denim cut offs ready for a night out with the Frantic Four, with many seeing the Lancaster, Parfitt, Rossi and Coghlan line up live for the very first time. Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland couldn’t wait to do it all over again (and again) recently as the band returned for just a few select European dates. Hit the link to find out what happened next at London’s infamous Eventim Apollo???

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Five Finger Death Punch/Upon A Burning Body/Pop Evil - Birmingham, O2 Academy - 28th March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 03:00

FFDP posterHeading over to Birmingham’s O2 Academy for a sell-out show on their ‘Wrong Side Of Heaven’ world tour Uber Rock’s Nick Russell wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from Five Finger Death Punch. Having thought their recent album to be a bit ‘metal by numbers’ just what would the boys from Las Vegas be like live? Click the link for the all-important Uber Rock verdict.

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Temple Of Lies/Mage/Mental Ward - Leicester, Pi Bar - 22nd March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 04:00

TOL thmbIt’s one of those typical wintery Saturday nights we love to hate here in the UK, so what will any self-respecting Uber Rocker be doing to help take the load off after another frantic week of reviewing? Why out reviewing of course as Nick Russell proves with this review of Temple Of Lies, Mage and Mental Ward live at Leicester’s Pi Bar.

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Hammerfest VI - Pwllheli, Hafan y Mor Holiday Park - 13th - 15th March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 02:55

Hammerfest VI thmbBilled as the ‘Book Of The Dead’ and featuring the likes of Kreator, Overkill Soilwork and Corrosion Of Conformity on its 3 day bill, the sixth annual Hammerfest festival was packing enough of a heavyweight metal punch to lure Uber Rock’s Nick Russell up to North Wales for a weekend in a caravan park. Click the link to find out how he managed to survive.

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Grand Magus - London, Camden Underworld - 16th March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 03:00

grandmagus thmbWith a certain scribe engaged elsewhere playing cowboys, just like on that legendary T Shirt immortalised by Sid Vicious, Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland jumped at the chance to take his place at the Underworld to witness the mighty Grand Magus debuting live tracks from their recent ‘Triumph And Power’ album. So was it a night of death to false metal? You betcha!

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Love/Hate - Sutton In Ashfield, The Diamond - 15th March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Ross Welford   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 03:00

jizzylive86With Jizzy Pearl putting Love/Hate to bed after a lengthy UK tour, Uber Rock just had to catch a show to say goodbye...which proved easier said than done. Luckily, Ross Welford found himself in cool venue The Diamond alongside a rabid horde of Love/Hate fans who said their farewells in classic fashion.....

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The Hip Priests/The Sick Livers/The Setbacks - Bristol, Stag And Hounds - 7th March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 03:00

Hip Priests Bristol thmbBack on the road just a few weeks after declaring they were off to write the Uber Rock Album Of The Year, those loveable rapscallions The Hip Priests returned to the live stage for the first of a series of shows with their (bummed to death) chums The Sick Livers. Also on the bill for the opening night of the tour in Bristol were The Setbacks and Uber Rock’s Nev Brooks just had to be there to sample the night’s mischief.

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Exit_International/The Lash/They Told Me You Were Dead - Newport, Le Pub - 1st March 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:00

EIthmbHaving just released their Uber Rock Approved ‘Our Science Is Golden’ album in an expanded 2CD edition Exit_International chose one of the finest live venues in South Wales in which to celebrate the album in all its live glory. Add to the bill rock 'n' soulers The Lash and newbie post hardcore mob They Told Me You Were Dead and we had one hell of a celebration on our hands as Johnny H explains.

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