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Hammered: Heavy Tales from the Hard-Rock Highway - Kirk Blows (Plexus Publishing) Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Richards   
Sunday, 15 July 2012 04:00

hammered86Kirk Blows is a former editor of Metal Hammer, sub-editor on The Sun, contributor for titles as varied as RAW and Penthouse, and author of a number of books on West Ham United. His seventh book, 'Hammered', looks back at his run-ins with various names in the world of metal and hard rock. Jamie Richards checks out a book that features Pearl Jam, Motorhead, Axl Rose, Wolfsbane, Ozzy, Gene Simmons, The Black Crowes, The Quireboys, Dumpy's Rusty Nuts and....err....Gypsy Queen....

Kiss - London, HMV Forum - 4th July 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Phelps   
Saturday, 14 July 2012 04:00

kisshmv86It was the worst kept secret in rock 'n' roll; July the 4th saw Kiss replace their planned appearance at the doomed Sonisphere with a one-off show at London's HMV Forum, buoyed on by a couple of thousand fans eager to see the hottest band in the world....The Wiggles! Shit, sorry, Kiss!!! Uber Rock's Matt Phelps slapped on some make-up and ended up on the stage playing someone else's songs! Only joking, he was in the crowd loving every second of a crazy crazy night........

Pearl Jam - Prague, O2 Arena - 2nd July 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Richards   
Friday, 13 July 2012 04:00

vedderprague86Uber Pearl Jam fan Jamie Richards wasn't content with seeing his favourite band open their European tour in Manchester late last month; no, he had to drag everyone to Prague pretending it was a family holiday when really it was all about the Vedder. Read on as our man is presented with a religious experience on the stage of Prague's O2 Arena.....

The Psychedelic Furs - Bristol, The Fleece - 4th July 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 04:01
PF_thmbBack in the UK playing seven ludicrously intimate dates spread either side of an equally ludicrously enormous set at this year's Hop Farm Festival, post punk alt rock icons The Psychedelic Furs chose to pop into one of Uber Rock's favourite venues along the way, and we just had to be there to witness it. Up close and quite literally in heaven with Richard and Tim Butler was one Johnny H, and here's his story of the night.
Dave Evans and the UK Badasses/Triaxis/Buffalo Summer - Garnlydan, Odin's Rock Club - 29th June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 04:00

daveevansthumbDave Evans, you say? Born in Wales, you say? Nothing strange or uncommon about that, especially when talking about a Friday night in Garnlydan. But what if the Welsh-born Dave Evans in question once fronted Australian megasuperuberstars AC/DC? Now you're interested, right?! Uber Rock's Rob Watkins pulled on his helmet and rode bareback into Odin's Rock Club to check out some badasses.....

Diamond Head - Pontypool, Hog And Hosper - 28th June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 04:00
DH_Nick_thmbIt's the opening night of a 12 date European tour for NWOBHM pioneers Diamond Head and they have chosen a venue within walking distance of URHQ in which to play said date, so it would be rude of us not to show up right? Especially when it's in Pontypool's uber cool Hog And Hosper and our pals from Fell On Black Days and Counterhold are supporting. Nev Brooks picks up the live action and remembers when local gigs of this calibre were nothing more than a pipe dream.
Everclear - 'Invisible Stars' (E1 Music) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 09 July 2012 04:00

everclearstarsapproved_small_2012Following the live album, the re-imagined album, the cover tune album and the re-recorded album, Everclear return with their first all-new studio album since 2006. Currently on a US tour with fellow '90s poster boys Lit, Sugar Ray and the Gin Blossoms, could the band recreate some of that vintage sparkle, or would they just fade into obscurity? Uber Rock's Gaz E gets emotional as a long-lost love walks back into his musical life......

Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Steve Danger - Wolfsbane Print E-mail
Written by Steve Danger   
Sunday, 08 July 2012 05:00

dangermix86Is it just us or did the rock world just start smiling a little more when Wolfsbane got back together? Who better to wake you up on a Sunday morning that drummer Steve Danger? Detailing his ultimate thirteen song mixtape and, yes, cheating just a little, Danger comes to Uber Rock's Midnite Mixtape Massacre with a list of songs that might just surprise some people.......

Glenn Frey - Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Mark Taylor   
Sunday, 08 July 2012 04:30
Glenn_ThmbFor Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey the heat is most definitely on this summer, but it's a version of musical heat probably unfamiliar to a lot of his everyday fans. That's because with his latest studio album 'After Hours' Glenn has gone back to basics to record a piano and vocal album, which makes this interview Mark Taylor the perfect companion for your Sunday morning chill out.
Down10ad 2012 - 'Diary Of A Mudman' Print E-mail
Written by Ian Bell   
Sunday, 08 July 2012 04:00

Metallica_thmbMost people who attended 2012's Download festival re-christened it 'Drownload' by virtue of the fact that the Man From Atlantis (wearing a bullet belt of course) would have felt at home at the annual 3-day event. Luckily for us, trained deep-sea diver and heavy metal maniac Ian Bell was on site as a paying punter along with 3 of his old school mates, all looking for a good time and a chance to meet and greet one of the weekend's headliners. This is the story of their festival. 

The Dogs D'Amour - London, Islington, O2 Academy - 22nd June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Craggy   
Saturday, 07 July 2012 04:15

tylelive86craggyThe elders at URHQ love The Dogs D'Amour more than they love cake. And they love cake. Uber Rock's preening prince Craggy was selected to represent the finest website known to humanity at the O2 Academy in Islington where Mr Tyla J Pallas had assembled his latest Dogs line-up in order to play a hotly-anticipated rock concert show where seminal albums 'In The Dynamite Jet Saloon' and 'A Graveyard Of Empty Bottles' were to be played in their entirety. Click that link, Craggy wants to be your little friend......

Chris Cornell 'Songbook' - Manchester, Salford, The Lowry - 16th June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 06 July 2012 04:00
Chris_Cornell_thmbIn between supporting Black Sabbath at this year's Downpour festival and headlining their own upcoming show at London's Soft Rock Calling, Seattle's forefathers of grunge Soundgarden have spent much of their time readying themselves for the release of their first studio album in about 16 years, by playing anywhere that will have them. So what does frontman Chris Cornell do when he gets 5 minutes downtime from the band's hectic schedule? He picks up his acoustic guitar and takes his 'Songbook' tour to selected UK theatres. Rich Hobson was at the Salford show for Uber Rock.
Vampires Everywhere! - 'Hellbound and Heartless' (Century Media/Hollywood Waste) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 04:00

vampireseverywhereLos Angeles outfit Vampires Everywhere! take their name from The Lost Boys and their sound from a lost rock star. After fighting an internet war following the release of their debut album in 2010, the band returns with 'Hellbound and Heartless', a record that Uber Rock's Gaz E claims could be the surprise release of the year. Why? Read on and find out.....but bring some holy water.......

Million Dollar Reload - 'A Sinner's Saint' (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:15
Million_Dollar_Reload_-_A_Sinners_Saintapproved_small_2012Four years on from the release of their critically acclaimed 'Anthems For A Degeneration' debut, Northern Ireland's finest bad boys of sleazy rock 'n' roll Million $ Reload are back with a new record label and a sophomore effort that promises a hell of a lot. We asked our very own Norn Iron bad boy of rock 'n' roll Mark Ashby to investigate 'A Sinner's Saint' to see if those promises are fulfilled - and this is what he found.
The Flower Kings - 'Banks Of Eden' (InsideOut Music) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:00
Flower_KingsReturning after a five year hiatus Swedish prog merchants The Flower Kings are back with 'Banks Of Eden', a sprawling example of seventies tinged excess custom built for fans of the more eccentric strand of the genre. Jim Rowland dons his cape and stands on a mountain to experience the album in all its progressive glory, and boy does he like what he hears.
Lita Ford - 'Living Like A Runaway' (SPV / Steamhammer) Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 04:05
Lita_Ford_Living_like_a_Runaway_printThe bitch with the BC Rich is back with her eighth solo album to date and a return to her more hard rocking roots following the universally panned 'Wicked Wonderland'. So with plenty of things on her mind to let rip about song wise, is 'Living Like A Runaway' the return to former glories we are all hoping for from Lita Ford? Johnny H is our scribe out for blood and ready with all the answers.

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