December Gigs
Stone Sour – Glasgow, SSE Hydro, Glasgow - 8 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 10 December 2017 04:00

Stone Sour Corey Taylor Glasgow 2017Stone Sour, a band often mistakenly regarded as Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor’s “other project” have just completed a hugely successful run through the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll. We sent Allan Maxwell into the pit to report from the front line and tell us how the charismatic star turned Scotland’s biggest arena into a massive cake fight:

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Courage My Love – Glasgow, The Attic - 22 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 09 December 2017 04:40

Courage My Love GlasgowHot​ ​on ​the​ ​heels​ ​of​ ​​new​ ​album​ ​‘Synesthesia’,​ ​Canadian​ ​power trio​ ​Courage​ ​My​ ​Love​ ​took​ ​to​ ​the cities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Über Kingdom of Rawk ‘n’ Roll with a run of dates in support of same.  We sent our very own ketamine queen, the panda known as Hannah, along to check out the action when the tour rolled into Glasgie:​

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Mr Big – Manchester, O2 Academy – 21 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 09 December 2017 04:00

Mr Big headerThree headline bands in their own right on the same bill - and it's not a festival performance? That was the situation our resident DJ found himself in recently, when he once again dug out his “frequent traveller” card and headed down the M62 for something like his 93rd gig this year – and it ain’t over yet! Click the link to find out how many people in the audience knew the words to more than ‘To Be With You’…:

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Airbourne – Manchester, O2 Academy – 14 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Claire Simmons   
Friday, 08 December 2017 04:20

Airbourne SheffieldFresh from a headline slot at Hard Rock Hell, Aussie madcaps Airbourne headed straight back out onto the roads of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll to bring their ‘Breakin' Outta Hell’ world tour to a suitably stylish close. Once again, we maximized our team’s geographic spread, despatching DJ Astrocreep to pen some words on the Manchester show, and Claire Simmons to visually record proceedings when they crossed the Pennines to Sheffield:

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Brian Downey’s Alive & Dangerous – Kensington, Nell’s Jazz And Blues Club – 25 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 04:20

Brian DowneySo, Jim Rowland is a drummer whose all-time favourite band is Thin Lizzy. So, it was a no brainer when the band’s former drummer rolled into the normally posh surroundings of London town’s swankiest borough… and, of course, he was gonna be reprising a lot of the band’s greatest hits from their halcyon days. Check out what our resident tub thumper thought by clicking the link with the wee instruction on what to do next:

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Damnation Festival – Leeds, University – 4 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 02 December 2017 04:40

DAMNATION2017 ParadiseLost 6257 CroppedWith the summer a fading memory and announcements already pouring in for 2018 festivals, you’d be forgiven for thinking that festival season 2017 is all but done and dusted – not quite. Dropping in November each year in the grim north of Leeds, Damnation Festival is the answer to metalheads’ calls for something truly brutal to get them through the winter, the primo extreme music event in the UK. Pulling together some of the biggest international names in the business is no small task, but Damnation has risen to the challenge each and every year in its 13-year run, as Rich Hobson explains:

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BrainFreeze III - Ebbw Vale, Institute - 24/25 November2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 02 December 2017 04:00

BrainFreeze III posterIn these days where festivals seem to be multiplying at a rate of knots, and more and more franchises are being rolled out UK-wide, Nev Brooks reckons that the excitement we used to feel at going to what was a unique event has maybe become dulled. But, then along comes something like BrainFreeze, which re-ignites his enthusiasm and makes him realize why he loves the underground music scene so much:

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Adam Ant – Camden, Roundhouse – 18 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Friday, 23 December 2016 05:00

DSC00157It was 1980, and an album was released that Martin Haslam reckons genuinely changed his life. He was 13 years old. Thirty-six years later, and to our man, it still sounds as fresh and amazing as the first time he played it. So, how could we let him miss this opportunity to see it performed live for the final time in its entirety? Click the link to find out if the teenage angst has survived into middle age:

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Maverick / Safire – Belfast, Voodoo – 16 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:30

Maverick - Voodoo Belfast - 2“It’s not every day you say goodbye to a founding member of a band.”  The words of Maverick singer David Balfour, outlining the context of this special gig, as it was the band’s last with drummer Mike Ross, who is shortly to depart these shores to make a new life for himself on the other side of the Atlantic.  It was gonna be an emotional night for the band, as well as their families, friends and fans who had gathered to give the boy a fittingly raucous send off… Among them were our own Mark Ashby and Dark Queen:

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Imperial State Electric / Gentlemans Pistols – Camden, The Underworld – 8 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 17 December 2016 05:00

iseConsidering he was a huge Hellacopters fan back in the late 90s/early noughties, Jim Rowland did wonder to himself why tonight was the first time he had been to see Nicke Andersson’s Imperial State Electric. However, that was soon answered when he was reliably informed that this was only the second time the band have played London since they released their debut album back in 2010… click the link to find out what went down at this hotly anticipated return:

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Conjuring Fate (‘Valley Of Shadows’ album launch) – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 10 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:30

Conjuring Fate 1It seemed fated (sic)… and so it proved to be. Back at the tail of August 2015, Conjuring Fate were one of two bands to play wedding of UR bosses Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen… no, not the reception, but the actual ceremony itself. Now, fast forward to this past weekend and the band finally get around to releasing their long-awaited debut album: and, guess what? It just “happens” to “coincide” with Mrs A’s 50th birthday! It couldn’t have been planned better… or could it? Click the link to find out what went down on this particular evening:

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Good Charlotte - Southampton, O2 Guildhall –27 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper and Allan Maxwell   
Saturday, 09 December 2017 04:20

Good Charlotte GlasgowFollowing a hiatus since 2010s ‘Cardiology’, Good Charlotte returned last year with latest album ‘Youth Authority’. This year’s Download saw the band also make a welcome return to UK shores, followed quickly by a full(ish) tour, bringing together a group of like-minded bands. We despatched Phil Cooper to pen some words on the Southampton show, and Allan Maxwell to visually record the Glasgow leg:

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Kobra And The Lotus – Belfast, Voodoo – 26 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 08 December 2017 04:40

Kobra And The Lotus BelfastIt’s a cold Sunday night in Belfast, and the third of three gigs in as many nights for the team from URHQ… but, hey, they weren’t complaining – ‘cos the nature of rock ‘n’f’n’ roll and they wouldn’t have it any other way! Monk was re-acquainting himself with the rising talent that is Kanada’s Kobra And The Lotus, and introducing DQ to them for the first time.  Click the link to find out if herself was bitten by the band’s metallic charms:

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Deep Purple – Manchester, MEN Arena – 18 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and David O'Neill   
Thursday, 07 December 2017 04:40

Deep PurpleIf rock ‘n’ roll had its own royal family, then Deep Purple surely would be contenders for the crown. Now, 50 years into their storied career, they are supposedly saying ‘The Long Goodbye’ with their suitably epic last ever tour. With it being such an historic moment in time, we rewarded not one but two of our team members by utilizing our geographic spread, despatching DJ Astrocreep to pen some words on the Manchester show, and David O’Neill to visually record proceedings when they headed down to south Wales:

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The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – Camden, Dublin Castle – 26 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:40

TMTWNBBFN sigilHaving reviewed Andrew O’Neill’s recent ‘A History Of Heavy Metal’ stand up show, Martin Haslam finally got to see him with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. With support from Sister Witch, and a handful of new songs, everything aligned perfectly for our man with the snazzy hat to go back to the Dublin Castle for the first time in over 20 years:

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Cursed Sun – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 25 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 02 December 2017 04:20

Cursed Sun JonesBirthdays and anniversaries are always important occasions, in every aspect of life, and so it was that Belfast groove metallers Cursed Sun decided to celebrate ten years together as one of Northern Ireland’s most respected wrecking crews by doing what they do best – throwing a little gig and inviting along any who cared to come or had nothing better to do… among the party-goers were our own Monk and DQ:

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Diamond Head – Belfast, Voodoo – 24 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 01 December 2017 04:20

Diamond Head Belfast November 2017It was the start of busy weekend at URHQ, with DQ and Monk out covering three gigs in as many nights – but, hey, that’s rock ‘n’ roll, and they wouldn’t have it any other way… However, things didn’t look like they were going to get off to a great start as it turned out that the singers in not just one but both bands had been smitten down with the dreaded lurgy.  Did they battle through and prove that the show must go on? These aren’t pansy-assed pop divas, so of course they did – as you can find out on the other side of this link that tells you what to do:

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Trucker Diablo / Hell’s Addiction – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 17 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 22 December 2016 05:00

Trucker Diablo DRC 2Apparently it’s almost the time of year called Christmas. Or Coca-Cola-Mas as we call it ‘round here. Whatever you make of this festive period, it does herald one thing – the annual Trucker Diablo party at one of Über Rock’s favourite haunts, the Diamond in Ahoghill Rock City… Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen donned their finest party gear, boarded the beer bus and headed into the hills for this annual rock n roll hootenanny:

 

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Kvelertak / Skeletonwitch – Sheffield, Corporation - 3 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Bunting   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:30

Kvelertak 1The first Saturday in December was a good night for rock n’ roll in Sheffield: at the other side of town, countless NWOBHM bands were reliving the good old days in the Academy for Hard Rock Hell’s ‘Xmas Rocka’... but Matt Bunting chose to venture to Corporation to see two of modern metal’s more exciting bands.  Click the link to find out what was thrown down:

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The Posies / The President Lincoln – Bristol, The Louisiana – 30 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 16 December 2016 05:00

The Posies Bristol 1A little while back, Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson found himself at one of those gigs which, instead of the band playing out their stadium-filling potential rather “creates a special and personal relationship for fans, which in turn creates a sense of fierce pride in the band and their achievements”. It’s taken a while for our man to put his thoughts into words – well, he did move house in the interim – but you can click the link to find out what went down at what also turned out to be something of an UR family reunion:

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Rock & Roll Circus Xmas Charity Bash – Abertillery, Dolls House – 10 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 06:00

15338802 10209664480307115 3242938495726283472 nIt may be coming to the end of the year, and most people starting “winding down” for the so-called “festive season”… but, not us here at UR! We’re rock ‘n’ roll animals – and none more so than Nev Brooks, who this weekend returned to one of his favourite stamping grounds for the annual fundraiser organized by our good friends over at the aptly named Rock & Roll Circus radio show….

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