Gig Reviews
Gogol Bordello- Cardiff, Tramshed – 3 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 04:30

Gogol Bordello livePlaying four gigs in 72 hours – three of them in three different countries – you would have thought gypsy punks Gogol Bordello would have nothing left by the time their bandwagon rolled into south Wales… but, nothing could have been further from the truth, as our man Neville Brooks reports:

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Slugfest – Abertillery, Doll’s House – 1 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 05:00

Slugfest squareIt’s hard to believe that it has been ten years since the first ever Slugfest was staged in the tiny Valleys pub that used to serve as Über Rock’s local (until we upped sticks and moved the site across the Irish Sea)!  But, here we are… ten years in, and it’s still going strong, if not getting stronger – which leaves the gigging machine that is Neville Brooks wondering where it goes from here:

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Blue Oyster Cult – Nottingham, Rock City – 28 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 09 July 2017 04:30

Blue Oyster Cult - GlasgowLike many fans, Jim Rowland spent many a year wondering if he would ever see one of his favourite bands play this here Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n Roll ever again. But, over the past few years, the New York legends have become increasingly regular visitors to this corner of the Überverse, with the result that our man was able to catch them not once but twice within the space of less than a month. Click the link to find out what he made of his second close encounter of the Cultish kind:

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‘Playing It Forward’: John Farnham/Jimmy Barnes/Noiseworks/Diesel – Melbourne, Hisense Arena – 28 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mel B   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 04:30

John Farnham Poster - CroppedThe ‘Voice Of Australia’, John Farnham, recently headlined a very special benefit show in Melbourne. The show was inspired by guitarist Stuart 'Chet' Fraser, and his battle against lung cancer, and despite only being announced three weeks beforehand, it demonstrated the generosity of Aussie music fans when it comes to looking after one of the talents who has entertained them for a generation. Über Rock’s Mel B was among the 10,000 people who crammed into the Hisense Arena for this one-off celebration:

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The Godfathers – London, The Lexington – 24 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 01 July 2017 04:00

Godfathers BBBNThe prospect of seeing The Godfathers play not one but two sets – the first featuring the whole of their ‘Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise’ album, the second a carefully-selected collection of their best tunes – was too much for Martin Haslam to resist, so he headed into the heart of London town to revel in the occasion… and, of course, report back for Über Rock:

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Guns N’ Roses – London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London - 17 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 25 June 2017 05:00

GNR logoIt is one of the most aniticipated, most desired – and most controversial – reunions in the history of rock ‘n’f’n’ roll – that of three fifths of the members of a band responsible for one of the most iconic albums of all time. Debates raged online for months before, but the proof, as they say, is in the finished performance, and Rich Hobson was among the thousands to make the pilgrimage to London’s Olympic Stadium to see if Axl, Duff and Slash could get on, never mind cut it, all these after that infamous incarnation of GN’R imploded:

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Coheed and Cambria/Dinosaur Pile Up – Camden, Koko – 19 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Sunday, 25 June 2017 04:00

Coheed Koko 2Charismatic Noo Yawk rockers Coheed and Cambria brought the latest instalment of their ‘Neverender’ tours to Shit Island recently, with a triumphant performance at Download followed by two sold-out back-to-back nights at the legendary Koko. The latter shows saw them performing their landmark third album in its entirety, as well as treating their rabid fans to a nice little rummage through the rest of their back catalogue. Phil Cooper jumped in his spaceship, buckled up and enjoyed the ride:

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Download – 10 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Jonni D   
Saturday, 24 June 2017 04:30

Download DogHaving survived the first day of Download without a drop of rain, Über Rock’s intrepid dynamic duo of Rich Hobson and Jonni D were up and about bright and early for the second day’s action, wasting no time in heading into the moshpits, grabbing as much action as they could and reporting from the frontlines of Donington’s multiple stages. Click the link to see what bands impressed our makeshift team:

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Download – 9 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Jonni D   
Friday, 23 June 2017 04:00

Download DogWell, the festival season is now officially underway, and the UK’s biggest contribution to the circuit pulled one massive surprise – it didn’t rain all fucking weekend! This year’s Download may not have brought the rain and mud, but it did bring some of the biggest, and the hottest, names in rock and metal to the historic Castle Donington setting – and, naturally, Über Rock was there, with our dynamic duo flitting from stage to stage to bring you their highlights of the first day:

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Four Year Strong – Glasgow, The Garage - 8 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:30

FYS Glasgow 1Four Year Strong have been tearing up stages across Shit Island and beyond, as they celebrate the tenth anniversary of their breakthrough ‘Rise Or Die Trying’ album. It’s probably fair to say that they definitely have done the former, and that it doesn’t suck to be FYS at the moment… as Allan Maxwell found out when the tour pulled into Glasgow earlier this month:

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown/Jailbirds – Belfast, Voodoo – 13 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 17 June 2017 04:30

Tyler Bryant - BelfastTonight, Tennessee-based rock ‘n’ roll four piece Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown will rip up yet another stage as they support Guns N Roses on the second of their two sell-out shows at London’s Olympic Stadium. Last weekend, they did likewise at Downtown before relocating to the island of Ireland where they opened for Aerosmith in Dublin… but only after they had got all hot and sweaty in a small Belfast club – and, naturally, Über Rock was front and centre:

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The Dickies – Camden, The Underworld – 7 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 04:30

Dickiesuk 2017One of the most vivid memories of Jim Rowland’s junior school playground was singing the Dickies’ version of ‘Banana Splits’ with hits mates when it was rocketing up the UK charts in 1979… Almost 40 years later, he finds himself doing it all over again, as the Californian punks celebrate four decades of seriously fun and seriously great rock ‘n’ roll:

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British Summer Time: Green Day/Rancid/The Living End/The Hives/The Damned/Bash & Pop/Jesse Malin – London, Hyde Park – 1 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 09 July 2017 04:00

Green Day BST header croppedDom Daley freely admits to not like big open air festival-type events, and therefore the prospect of trooping up to London to join 60,000 people standing in a park to watch Green Day put him in a bit of a quandary… but, then the supporting cast was announced – and, bang, his credit card got suitably battered. Click the link to find out why he’s glad he splashed the cash and left home at 5.30 am to enjoy a day of hot (literally) punk rock action:

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Belfast City Blues Festival – 23/25 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 01 July 2017 04:30

Pat McManus Black BoxIt’s had its ups and downs, and faced its challenges – and overcome them – but the Belfast City Blues Festival has reached its ninth year. Although slightly scaled back for this edition, it nevertheless promised a feast of music from some very talented artists over the course of its three days, when it proved hard to ignore guitars and harmonicas blasting from every street corner… Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen trawled the city’s bar to see what they could see and hear what they could hear:

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Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul – Dublin, Vicar Street – 22 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Monday, 26 June 2017 05:00

Little Steven - DublinLast month, Little Steven released his first solo album in almost two decades. The album had been inspired by what was supposed to be a one-off appearance with the re-united Disciples Of Soul toward the end of last year… but, the bug bit, and here he is – out on the road again. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen took the first class train ride from URHQ in Belfast to catch this first class tour when it pulled into Dublin’s fair city for only one of two shows in this corner of the Überverse last week:

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Download – 11 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Jonni D   
Sunday, 25 June 2017 04:30

Download DogWith two days’ worth of blazing sunshine and hard rocking bands behind them, it might have made sense for Uber Rock’s dynamic duo to view third and final day of Download 2017 to be a gentle wind-down… They had no chance! With two hugely iconic and respected acts playing (ostensibly) their last ever shows in this corner of the Überverse, it’s fair to say that the Sunday held some of the biggest draws of the weekend. Find out what went down on the other side of the link:

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Alter Bridge/Red Sun Rising – Belfast, Ulster Hall – 21 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 24 June 2017 05:00

Alter Bridge - BelfastIt had been a long time since Über bosses Monk and DQ had rock ‘n’ rolled in the historic Ulster Hall, one of the most iconic venues on these isles… and we know the head honcho will do almost anything for his beloved other half. So, when it was announced that Alter Bridge were playing their only UK headline show of this current run in their home city, there was only one thing the man with the plan could do:

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Madina Lake – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – 31 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 24 June 2017 04:00

Madina Lake - GlasgowFour years ago, Chicago alt-metallers Madina Lake undertook their “farewell” tour… but, guess what? Less than three years later, they’ve just finished their “comeback” jaunt around Shit Island. Hannah Reid returned to the very same venue where she thought she’d seen them for the last time… but, could she control her excitement at getting to do it all over again? Click the link to find out:

 

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Devin Townsend/Mind Riot – Belfast, Limelight – 13 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D and Marc Leach   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:30

Devin Townsend BelfastFollowing a triumphant set at Download Festival and having just been named Metal Hammer’s ‘Riff Lord’ at the Golden Gods Award Ceremony, there has been a lot to celebrate in the Devin Townsend camp of late. And it appeared that there were plenty of fans willing to join him in revelling in his recent successes when ‘Hevy Devy’ traversed the Irish Sea for a couple of one-off headline shows… among them was the Über Rock team of Jonni D and Marc Leach:

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Aerosmith/Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – Dublin, 3Arena - 14 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 04:41

Aerosmith Dublin 2The Toxic Twins are currently saying ‘Aero-Vederci Baby’ to the world – at least in terms of touring (although there is a massive temptation to caveat that assertion with an “allegedly”). Following their stunning performance at a surprisingly dry Download the previous weekend, they crossed the Irish Sea to say farewell to their fans on the Emerald Isle… Marc Leach puffed out what’s left of his hair, squeezed into his favourite spandex and boogie-d his way down to the front:

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Skypilot/Conjuring Fate/Rosco’s Riot – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 10 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 16 June 2017 04:30

Skypilot 15Mark Ashby had been beginning to suffer withdrawal symptoms… despite the attraction of three touring acts playing his local club in the space of as many nights, it had been a full two weeks since himself and The Dark Queen had stepped over the threshold of a gig. They rectified that situation this past weekend, however, when they took up the invitation to part of a very special anniversary party:

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