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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:

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Theory Of A Deadman – ‘Wake Up Call’ (Roadrunner Records/604 Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 13 November 2017 04:20

Theory sleeve loresJonni D recently returned from a jaunt around central America, and so we thought we’d welcome him home with something really special – the sixth studio album from the band once dubbed ‘Nickeleback-lite’ because of their closeness to their Canadian countrymen. Have they finally managed to shake off that tag, or is our lad wishing he was back in a wifi-less jungle? Click the link to find out.

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Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons - ‘Ain’t No Pussy’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 13 November 2017 04:00

Pussycat JohnsonsAfter falling headfirst last year for their ‘Dirty Rock N Roll’ album, and having previously enjoyed ‘Exercise Your Demons’, Martin Haslam had high expectations for the new release from Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons. Were his expectations fulfilled? To find out, you know what to do:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Martin Barre Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:30

Martin BarreIt is not every day that you get the chance to interview someone who not only has been working as a professional musician for longer than you yourself have been on the planet, but even less so when it's someone who has been a major influence on subsequent generations of musicians. But, that was just the experience DJ Astrocreep had the other week, when he was offered the opportunity to sit down for an in-depth chat with the legendary guitarist, Martin Barre:

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MOANLOAD 2018 – What The Fuck Are You Lot Complaining About? Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:00

Download 2018 HeadlinersWith the winter chill well and truly set in and the finishing line for ‘best release list of 2017’ within spitting distance, the time is high to get stuck in with announcements for the bands that will grace our shores come festival season 2018. With that in mind, this past week Download Festival announced its headline line-up for next June. Running from 8 to 10 June at Donington Park, Download Festival is indisputably the biggest out and out rock and metal fest in the UK, challenged only by specialist fests like Bloodstock and Rebellion in terms of sheer excitement. Yet, even with the announcement of three of the biggest names in the game, inevitably the moaners have come out in force to complain because, after all this is the same crowd that started the #whynotDyingFetus campaign in earnest. With that (and a pithy pun) in mind, Rich Hobson presents a round-up of the acts announced for Download Festival 2018 so far, looking at exactly who they are, what you should check out if you don’t already know them (having just emerged from your pre-historic cave) and exactly why they are a great booking for Download Festival and the greater rock community…

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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:

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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:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 11 November 2017 04:00

Ricky Warwick interview photoBlack Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick just loves his hometown shows. He’ll find virtually any excuse to pop home to his native Belfast, plug in his guitar and play a few tunes. This past weekend, in advance of the band’s headline appearance at Hard Rock Hell and accompanying tour dates, he did just that, performing an acoustic show with bandmate Damon Johnson at the city’s historic Limelight venue. Über Rock caught up with him beforehand for a quick update on what is going down in the BSR camp, the possibility of not only a new solo album but also a joint Warwick/Johnson one, his special relationship with his guitarist, how family is important to him and how he just generally likes to keep busy:

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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:

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Various Artists – ‘Saving Souls With Rock And Roll’ (Wolverine Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 10 November 2017 04:20

savingsoulswithrocknrollGermany’s Wolverine Records are celebrating 25 years of releasing punk, psychobilly and a host of other sub-genres, and to do so they have just issued a CD jam-packed with 22 of the bands which have made up their roster in that period. It landed on the doormat at URHQ for only the briefest of moments before being winged straight to the valleys for Dom Daley to wrap his ears around and evaluate:

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Santa Cruz – ‘Bad Blood Rising’ (M-Theory) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Friday, 10 November 2017 04:00

SC BBR CoverLRG02By the time a band reach their third album, fans should more or less know what to expect. But, with a new record company heralding a supposed new beginning, Finnish sleaze rockers Santa Cruz are looking to establish a slightly outlook for themselves… so, how have they combined introspection with their party attitude? Phil C has the answers on the other side of this link:

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Jaya The Cat – ‘A Good Day For The Damned’ (Bomber Music) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 09 November 2017 04:40

Jaya The Cat artworkAvid readers of Über Rock will be familiar with the sites love of all things Jaya from the spin-off reviews to interviews to live reviews we've carried over time for these Europhiles from the Americas and their brand of reggae/punk. But, Double D reckons it’s not fair to pigeonhole these particular cats, as they encapsulate the rock ‘n’ roll pirate lifestyle… click the link to find out what he’s on about:

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Rose Tattoo – ‘Tatts: Live In Brunswick 1982’ (Golden Robot Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 09 November 2017 04:20

Rose tattoo livein brunswick 300x300Back in 1981, when Aussie rock ‘n’ wreckers Rose Tattoo battled their way into his native Belfast, UR boss Mark Ashby was too young to be allowed to go to the gig… but, thanks to some farsighted and highly plugged in dude at the BBC, it was recorded and subsequently beamed into his living room, helping to cement another part of his teenage education. Now, 35 years later, one of the band’s classic concerts has been given the re-issue treatment. Click the link to find out more:

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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:

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Tony Mills – ‘Streets Of Chance’ (Battlegod Productions) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 04:40

Tony Mills artworkSometimes the fates do indeed align… there was UR boss Monk prepping a playlist for one of his rare DJ gigs when, as he held a certain single in his hand, the new album from the singer concerned literally fell onto his doormat, representing a moment in time separated by three decades. Click the link to find out if the fates were indeed aligned, or was it just a matter of (streets of) chance:

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Indonesian Junk – ‘Stars In The Night’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 04:00

Indonesian JunkAnother day, another Rum Bar Records release and another day on which DD’s world is that little bit brighter. And on this particularly bright day, he once again takes a dander down to the joint which he reckons possesses the finest of jukeboxes.  Click the link to find out what he’s been lining up on this occasion:

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