Interviews
Sharks – The Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Sunday, 04 December 2016 03:00

Sharks - CroppedPrior to their celebratory set at Bedford Esquires earlier this year, Uber Rock’s Martin Haslam caught up with Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons and Chris Spedding of reformed “car crash super group”, Sharks, for a brief, pre-gig chat about their decision to get the band back together, as well as their plans for a new album release. Click the link to find out what beans were spilt…

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DALLAS FRASCA – The Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 03:00

Dallas Frasca Belfast November 2016Melbourne alt-rock trio DALLAS FRASCA recently celebrated their tenth anniversary as a band by releasing a new EP, ‘Dirt Buzz’, and then promptly hitting the road for an extensive European tour supporting Ugly Kid Joe. Thirty-five shows into the run, it stopped off in Belfast, where Uber Rock’s Marc Leach caught up with the woman behind the band’s moniker to chat about… well, changing hairstyles among other things! Intrigued? Well, you know what to do…

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HARD ROCK HELL - Interview with CROWSAW Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 18:14

URTV thmbAnother of the discoveries of last weekend's Hard Rock Hell X for Uber Rock's husband-and-wfe team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were CROWSAW.  Our dynamic due caught up with bassist Glyn Mason and drummer Mark Pullin to talk about what was going down with the band, and especially the development of the band's heavier sound since the latter joined, their recent live album and the advantages of own their own studio...

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HARD ROCK HELL: Interview with CROSS EYED MARY Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 18 November 2016 00:25

URTV thmbThey may be named after a Jethro Tull song - or more than likely not - but that's where the comparison between a certain bunch of self-confessed "ballbags from Belfast" and a Scottish lunatic with a penchant for standing on one leg ends... especially as, of the end of an evening, the guys (and gal) from Cross Eyed Mary usually tend end up wrapped up in their duvets with a nice cup of cocao - as if!  Uber Rock's Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with them before they'd had the chance to exchange their coffee for a Buckie...

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HARD ROCK HELL: Interview with THE LAST VEGAS Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Monday, 14 November 2016 19:48

URTV thmbOne of the highlight bands on the second stage at the tenth anniversary edition of Hard Rock Hell this past weekend were Chicago party animals The Last Vegas.  Uber Rock's Mark Ashby caught up with the band afterwards to talk about their appearance, how they feel the artistic community will react to, and rise above, the election of Donald Trump as nominal "leader of the free world", and how bands don't really need record companies any more in order to get themselves in front of fans...

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HARD ROCK HELL: Interview with WARRIOR SOUL Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Monday, 14 November 2016 03:20

URTV thmbWhile at this past weekend's tenth anniversary Hard Rock Hell festival in north Wales, Uber Rock's Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen took the opportunity to grab the extremely hot and sweaty members of WARRIOR SOUL - well, they'd only come off stage a few minutes earlier - for a chat with URTV.  Find out what subjects the conversation touched upon by clicking the link:

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Teenage Casket Company – Farewell, Adieu, Auf Wiedersehen… The Last Ever Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 13 November 2016 03:20

Teenage Casket Company - Gig PosterNext weekend, Midlands glamsters Teenage Casket Company bring the curtain down on their 13-year long career, with a farewell show in what promises to be a packed Tap N Tumbler in the heart of Nottingham. Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby caught up with frontman Rob Wylde to discuss the band’s decision to call it quits, the highs and lows of their existence and their respective plans for the future…

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Nightwish – The BIG Uber Rock Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Steve Beebee   
Saturday, 05 November 2016 04:00

Nightwish 2“I am the voice, the translator of these words and emotions,” is how Floor Jansen describes her role in Finnish symphonic rock titans Nightwish. Uber Rock’s Steve Beebee recently caught up with Dutch-born singer, and songwriter/keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen, in Helsinki and Madrid respectively, from where he brought us this exclusive, in depth interview, looking at the traumatic circumstances surrounding Jansen’s recruitment to the band at a critical time in their career and the subsequent ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ album, as well as the forthcoming ‘Vehicle Of Spirit’ live DVD – recorded at their sold-out Wembley Arena show last December – and the band’s future plans… well, after they take a well-deserved year-long break. Click the link to read our HUGE exclusive interview…

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Guy Bailey - The BIG FUCK OFF Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 29 October 2016 03:20

AlbatrossWith former Quireboys guitarist Guy Bailey preparing to release the second album from his latest project, Thirsty, Uber Rock decided to give the day over to one of the most massive interviews we have ever conducted. There was only man capable of getting under the skin of the artist, and the new album itself, and that was the one by the name of Dom Daley. Grab a coffee, put your feet up, click the link and prepare to immersed in the world of the enigmatic ‘Albatross’…

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Diamond Head – The BIG Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 01 October 2016 03:20

URTV thmbWhen reborn NWOBHM legends Diamond Head pulled into Belfast for the second time in just over 18 months – this time in support of their newly-released (and quite superb) self-titled “comeback” album – Uber Rock took the chance to catch up with band founder and producer of some of the most seminal guitar riffs of all time, the one and only Mr Brian Tatler. Click the link to find out what he had to say for himself...

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Rob Carlyle - The Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 17 September 2016 03:00

The Compulsions - Shock MeWhy wouldn't Uber Rock want to talk with New York rock and rolla Rob Carlyle? According to Uber Rock's Dom Daley, the last record 'Dirty Fun' was "all-killer-no-filler".  With the band subsequently having criss-crossed the USA to play east and west coast and having recently hooked up with a couple of ex Guns N Roses dudes, this was a good time for our man to grab the low down about all things Compulsions…

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GRAHAM BONNET - The BIG Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 20:52

30928283952 20c07c155a oGraham Bonnet currently is touring the highways and by ways of these British Isles promoting his latest album, 'The Book', just released via Frontiers Records. Uber Rock's team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with him earlier this evening, as he prepared to make his first live appearance in Belfast since 1968... collectively, they chatted about said new album, how he has always downtuned his voice - and his feelings on the recent return of his old sidekick Ritchie Blackmore to the rock 'n' roll arena...

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HARD ROCK HELL: Interview with Brad Marr of MASSIVE Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 13:54

URTV thmbOne of the highlight acts, not just of the final day of Hard Rock Hell X but the weekend as a whole were Aussie noiseniks MASSIVE.  A band who are literally going to live up to their name - at least if there is any shred of justice in this world - Uber Rock's Mark Ashby caught up with frontman Brad Marr to chat about the band's career to date, why the Australian rock circuit is dead, thus forcing them to virtually move full-time to Europe, and plans for when the seemingly never-ending 'Destination Somewhere' finally grinds to a halt at the end of this year...

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Onslaught - The BIG Uber Rock Interview with Nige Rockett Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 21:37

URTV thmbWhen Onslaught pulled into Belfast recently on the latest leg of their now seemingly never-ending tour to mark the 30th anniversary of their seminal 'The Force' album, Uber Rock's Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen took the opportunity to corner band founder and guitarist Nige Rockett to take a trip down memory lane to those heady days of the mid-1980s and the then importance of having a record contract, as well as how the music has changed in the intervening years and their plans to take their career into the next decade...

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HARD ROCK HELL: Interview with JOANovARC Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen   
Monday, 14 November 2016 13:13

URTV thmbOne of the discoveries, at least as far as the Uber Rock team were concerned, of this year's tenth anniversary Hard Rock Hell were fiesty female foursome JOANovARC, who rocked the second stage to its foundations on the Friday evening.  The next morning, The Dark Queen, normally the one filming our interviews, made her debut in front of the camera to talk to the girls about the show, posing nude for their album cover and overcoming the unfortunate bias and prejudice that still exists in the male dominated world of rock and roll.  Click the link to listen in...

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HARD ROCK HELL: Interview with BOBBY BLOTZER Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 13 November 2016 22:30

URTV thmbSo, there we were, sitting minding our own business, catching five minutes of downtime amid all the hectic running about at this past weekend's Hard Rock Hell, when myself and The Dark Queen got summoned backstage for a one-on-one chat with RATT founder and drummer Bobby Blotzer, literally moments before he went on stage... Click the link to find out what he had to say for himself...

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Dan Reed - The BIG Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 07 November 2016 20:46

URTV thmbThis past weekend, Dan Reed returned to Northern Ireland after a break of nearly two years.  Before his two-and-a-half-hour fan-request show, he took time out to talk to a good friend of Uber Rock, Gary Grattan of the Belfast Telegraph.  They talked about his love of this part of the world, the return of the Network - and, on the cusp of the Presidential election, the Clinton vs Trump battle for control of the White House.  Please express your deepest gratitude to both Dan and Gary as you click the link...

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From The Fire - The BIG Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 30 October 2016 03:30

URTV thmbNine o’clock on a Sunday morning! I mean, what self-respecting rocker is up and about at 9am on a freakin’ Sunday? Well, click the link to find out why Uber Rock's dynamic husband-and-wife duo of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were just that at last weekend's Rockingham festival...

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Jean Beauvoir - The BIG Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:05

beauvoirfreecover2015500This past weekend, the Uber Rock team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen travelled to Nottingham for the second annual Rockingham melodic rock festival.  While there, they caught up with the legend that is Jean Beauvoir, to chat about... well, just about anything and everything to do with his career, including how he would love the opportunity to be re-united with the late Wendy O Williams...

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Raging Speedhorn - The Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 01 October 2016 03:00

URTV thmbCorby heavyweights Raging Speedhorn recently returned to Ireland for the first time in almost a decade.  Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby took the opportunity to catch up with drummer Gordon Morison when they stopped off in Belfast on the final night of their three night jaunt around the Emerald Isle…

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The BIG Über Röck Interview: Mr Lordi Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 16 September 2016 03:00

Mr Lordi - Monstereophonic Close UpIt’s a very special day today!   Why? Well, any day that sees a new album emerge from the creative cocoon of those loveable Finnish monsters Lordi is a special one.  And so, as they release eighth studio album, ‘Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)’ on an unsuspecting rock ‘n’ roll Überverse, our very own editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with Mr Lordi himself for a very personal and revealing chat about said opus, why they can't play half of it live - and how, at heart, the workaholic frontman is basically a "lazy bastard"...

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