November Gigs
Von Hertzen Brothers/Goldray – Bristol, The Fleece – 12 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 24 November 2017 04:20

Von Hertzen Brothers BristolSwedish progsters Von Hertzen Brothers have just finished a run of dates in support of their recently released ‘War Is Over’ album, culminating with the second of two back-to-back appearances at Hard Rock Hell. Having seen the album remind him of why he fell in love with prog in the first place, David O’Neill took the trip over the Severn Estuary to get up close and intimate with the VH siblings as they tickled his musical bones:

Opeth/Enslaved – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 17 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and Marc Leach   
Thursday, 23 November 2017 04:40

Opeth Belfast November 2017Two genre-defying acts on the same bill? It was going to be epic in every way… and not just in the length of the songs! This double bill was a mouthwatering prospect for the sold out Belfast crowd, who just couldn’t wait to be entranced and captivated by two of the best examples of bands who have pushed the boundaries of genrification and make up their own rules. In the middle of the fray was our very own Über boss, accompanied on this occasion by his trusty partner-in-crime, Marc L:

Frank Iero and The Patience – Glasgow, Garage – 13 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:20

Frank Iero GlasgowA year on from a horrific car crash during the band’s Australian tour, Frank Iero and The Patience were back in Glasgow to reward their faithful fans for their dedication to their cause. We sent a very enthusiastic Hannah Reid to record the evening’s proceedings, and you can find out what went down on the other side of the link:

Weezer/The Orwells – Glasgow, 02 Academy - 24 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 04:20

Weezer GlasgowThere are those bands that you have listened to for years that for some reason or other you have never got around to seeing live. Allan Maxwell rectified that situation recently, when he caught up with Weezer when they made their return to Scotland in support of their latest album, ‘Pacific Daydream’. Click the link to find out if it was worth the wait:

Martin Barre – Preston, Guildhall – 6 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:40

Martin BarreFollowing on from his recent interview with Jethro Tull founder and all-round guitar genius Martin Barre, Über Rock’s most travelled reviewer hit the road again, albeit to somewhere a little closer to home, to catch the man in live action. Click the link to find out why, even at the age of 70, he can still shred better than many youngsters a fraction of his age:

Sniff The Riff Vol 1 – Manchester, Rebellion – 21 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:20

Sniff The Riff Sound Of OriginHave you ever just looked at a line up and thought it seems too good to be true? That was just the scenario our resident DJ faced when he saw the bill for Sniff the Riff Vol.1. Having experienced far too many instances of promises not being delivered upon, or the dreaded clashes that happen that a lot of festivals that the worry is always there that he’ll miss something important. Nevertheless, he used more of his frequent traveller miles and ventured forth, hoping that, for once, someone would get it right… did they? Find out on the other side of this link:

Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 9 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:40

Dee Snider HRHAs the Hard Rock Hell franchise plants its feet very firmly in its second generation of operation, it is extremely clear that its popularity has not in any waned – in fact, if anything it continues to grow, which brings in itself problems. With this year’s attendance figures breaking all previous records, the main arena, as the weekend progressed, suffered severe problems with over-crowding… but, we’ll address that issue in due course. In the meantime, Monk and DQ look back on the events of the first evening:

Last In Line/NI Music Awards – Belfast, Mandela Hall – 11 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 13 November 2017 04:40

Vivian Campbell Belfast November 2017This past Saturday evening, Sweet Savage/Def Leppard/Dio/Whitesnake/Last In Line guitarslinger Vivian Campbell was deservedly presented with a lifetime achievement gong at the annual Northern Ireland Music Awards… but, this was no stuffed-shirt affair, with artists getting up and performing in between a hearty round of backslapping, as it was followed by a full-blown performance by the man and his band. Our resident shredder was front and centre and brings us this inside scoop on what went down on the night:

Warwick Johnson – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 5 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 11 November 2017 04:30

Ricky Warwick Belfast November 2017Black Star Riders are currently back traversing the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll, performing in cities and venues they’ve either never played/visited before, or haven’t been to in quite some time.  The tour includes a headline performance at the sold out Hard Rock Hell in Pwllheli tonight (Saturday).  However, last weekend, frontman Ricky Warwick and guitarist Damon Johnson teamed up for a couple of acoustic shows – one in a distillery and the other in the more familiar surroundings of Belfast’s historic Limelight venue.  Über Rock, naturally, were invited along to check out what went down in Warwick’s hometown:

The Horrors – Liverpool, O2 Academy – 22 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 09 November 2017 04:00

The Horrors tour posterOur resident DJ and king of the rock karaoke took a break from both trundling up and down the motorway between Liverpool and Manchester and his staple of diet or rock and metal to stay a bit closer to home and sample something different from music’s eclectic menu.  So, how would a night of electronica sit with our man who’s more used to banging his head off other people’s skulls?  Would it be horrific (sic)? Click the link to find out:

Cradle Of Filth – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 30 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Monday, 06 November 2017 04:40

Dani Filth Belfast October 2017‘Tis the night before Hallowe’en, and what else would the masters of all things filthy be doing but kicking off their world tour – and exactly where they finished the last one?  Yes, Dani and his motley crew of gothic hallions returned to Belfast for the first night of their latest cycle, this time in support of their just released ‘Cryptoriana’ aural excretion, to coin a phrase from the diminutive frontman himself… Naturally, Team Über were front and centre and in the thick of the action:

Marillion – Manchester, O2 Academy – 8 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 23 November 2017 04:20

Marillion tour posterHang on a minute, here… our resident DJ reckons that Marillion are closer to a punk band than a prog one? Surely, there has to be something wrong in this assertion? Well, there is only one way to find out what he’s on about, and that’s leave your wizard’s hat, cape and other paraphernalia behind and click on this magical little link:

Mutation/Nomasta – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – 27 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Neil Vary   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:00

Ginger CroppedGinger Wildheart’s Mutation have had a wild ride. From day one issues have threatened to (and for a while, succeeded) to kill his most ambitious and divisive project, the band suffering everything from aborted studio sessions in 2011 to a black cloud of depression threatening to derail the band on their most recent album, ‘Dark Black’. And yet, Ginger has always prevailed, finding ways to overcome each and every trial that is flung his way. So it is with Ginger, so it is with Mutation. And they had more problems to overcome on the first date of their inaugural UK tour, as Rich Hobson hereby relates:

Kvelertak/Puppy – Sheffield/The Corporation – 27 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D, Bona Bonmeister and Claire Simmons   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 04:00

Kvelertak Sheffield 2017In a break from supporting the mighty Metallica on their recent stadium tour, Kvelertak kept busy by squeezing in a bunch of headline shows to promote their own new album, ‘Nattesferd’. Our Sheffield team were on hand when the Norwegians pulled into Steel City to deliver their own unique mix up of folk, rock, metal, punk and anything else that they care to throw into the melting pot. Click the link to do what it says:

Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 11 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:40

The Brink HRH XIIt hardly seems like a week has passed since the ÜR team of Monk and DQ were preparing to once more enter the rock ‘n’ roll emporium that is Camp HRH for the third and final day of the franchise’s flagship festival. But it is, and so no better time than to cast a backward glance and share their memories of another day of on stage action. You can see through the fog of time elapsed by clicking on the link that tells you what to do:

Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 10 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:40

YandT HRHIt was the morning after the night before, but there was barely time to recover from the first evening’s storming performances, especially by Dee Snider, before the UR team and the rest of the assembled HRH horde stormed straight back into the heart of the rock ‘n’ roll action… It turned out to be an eventful day, where the music wasn’t always to the forefront of our thoughts, as you can find out by clicking the link that allows you to do exactly what it says:

Y&T/Stormzone – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 8 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:40

YandT BelfastY&T’s end of year UK tours have become something of a ritual. This year, their annual visit included a return to the Hard Rock Hall festival: but, two days beforehand, they made an overdue visit to one city, and one venue, which has really taken the band to their buxom… and URHQ’s management team were down the front, soaking up the sweat before boarding an early morning flight to the wilds of the Welsh coast to do it all over again:

Paradise Lost/Pallbearer/Sinistro - London, Electric Ballroom – 3 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Sheila Hamilton   
Saturday, 11 November 2017 04:40

Paradise Lost tour posterImmediately prior to their headlining appearance at the annual Damnation Festival, British doom maestros Paradise Lost played a special one-off show in the darkest heart of Camden Town. So special, in fact, that Sheila Hamilton temporarily gave up organizing Über Rock’s hectic gig calendar to actually get in on the reviewing game. Find out how she got on by clicking the link:

Puppy – Manchester, Jimmy’s – 24 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 10 November 2017 04:40

Puppy tour poster squareDespite his copious trips up and down the motorway between his native Liverpool and his second home of Manchester, DJ Astrocreep had never heard of the venue for this evening’s gig until we sent him along to check out a band we’ve written about quite a few times here on UR.  Find out how he got on by doing the decent thing and clicking the link to give this little pooch a home in your brain:

Switchfoot – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 28 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 04:20

Switchfoot tour posterIt was a tale of two gigs at Belfast’s historic Limelight the other weekend, with stoner overlords Orange Goblin playing to a packed room of devoted ragamuffin rockers in the smaller of the complex’s two venues.  However, our man Jonni D, suitably refreshed after his recent Central American holiday, chose the slightly more chilled out atmosphere of the larger room for a taste of San Franciscan surf rock:

Evil Scarecrow – Sheffield, The Corporation – 28 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D and Bona Bonmeister   
Friday, 03 November 2017 04:40

Evil ScarecrowHalloween may still have been a few days off, but that didn’t stop the good ghouls of Steel City dressing up in all their bloodiest attire and heading out for a Friday night rock ‘n’ roll party… and who better to host same than those naughty scamps Evil Scarecrow.  Click the link to find out more about dancing crabs and waltzing cyclops:


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