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Welcome to the Flick Of The Finger live music review section. We cover live music and events across the UK, Denmark,  Nashville and Atlanta.    

Dead Kennedys, O2 Academy, Liverpool

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Friday 23 June 2017 saw The Dead Kennedys return to Liverpool to a hugely appreciative audience. Formed in L.A. back in 1978 they quickly became the darlings of the punk scene. Albums selling by the truck load and producing iconic singles. The first time I caught them was in Liverpool in 1982, 35 years ago!!…I still remember it as a great night and was hoping that this was going to…

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Kiefer Sutherland, Gorilla, Manchester

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Kiefer Sutherland landed in Manchester, polished cowboy boot first, to deliver the live tour of his debut album; “Down in a hole”. Often when an actor makes the switch from screen to the platform of music it can generate a sense of suspicion and scorn. Will they be any good? Is this endeavour simply based on ego or self-indulgence? Are they “cashing” in? I have to confess I was full…

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Europe, Helvíti stage, Copenhell

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Not The Final Countdown The Swedish legends proved that they are far from dead, and gave a blast of a show: Europe is probably known in most people’s minds as “The Final Countdown” guys. This afternoon they made sure that fact disappeared as quick as the rain, as they kicked off their massive show on the biggest stage. They were all over the stage, guitarist John Norum hid a bit…

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Architects, Pandemonium stage, Copenhell

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Extreme Measures Architects, the UK five-piece, had chaotic conditions during their show at Copenhell last night, but this didn’t kill it: As the show started very late, 12.15am, and the rain was pouring down at this point, you’d think the crowd would be scarce. But no – “Nihilist” came on for starters, followed by “Deathwish” and “These Colours Don’t Run”, and frontman Sam Carter screamed: “If this is a metal…

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Punch Cabbie, Live Wire Lounge, Chicago

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Punch Cabbie brings the noise to LiveWire Lounge! The lights dimmed as Punch Cabbie took the stage and the fans cheered in excitement. Punch Cabbie played with fire tonight.  After much excitement from the three opening bands, Punch Cabbie started their set around 12:30am. LiveWire Lounge is a small venue, but the room was filled with fans ready for the impending onslaught to their ears.  Overall the band sounded tight.…

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Prophets Of Rage, Helviti stage, Copenhell

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Protesting & Revolution without the “hell yeah”. They say the weakest link is what makes the difference. Prophets Of Rage is, by many, called the leftovers from Rage Against The Machine. This evening they proved 90% otherwise. Entering the biggest stage on the festival, Helviti saw a visit from Prophets Of Rage, the ensemble of legends from Rage Against The Machine, coupled with Chuck D. and DJ Lord from Public…

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Copenhell 2017

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110% energy from the Hertforshire quintet! Copenhell 2017 started out for our Denmark team, with nothing less than 200 mph with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes on the Pandemonium stage: Right from the get-go, Carter and his team made the smallest stage explode with energy. The audience was engaged from the first second to the last, and with their devilish punk-rock, they had the stuffed crowd in their hands. Carter’s…

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Paramore, O2 Apollo, Manchester

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After a formidable 3 years of almost nothing from the Paramore camp, the band come back to the UK with a bang. A month since their fifth album After Laughter hit the shelves, the time had finally come for fans to cherish the new material. On the 18th June 2017, Flick of the Finger were lucky enough to catch Paramore tear down the Manchester o2 Apollo – a venue they…

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Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul, Manchester Academy

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On a night so hot that Stevie Van Zandt might easily have thought he was back playing in New Jersey rather than Manchester, the man who has been Bruce Springsteen’s second in command on and off since 1966 brought his spectacular show to the Academy. The tour which is in support of Van Zandt’s first new album in 18 years, Soulfire, is visiting Manchester as the only UK date and…

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Evanescence, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London

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Arkansas rockers Evanescence back in London for the first time in five years. Evanescence stormed the Hammersmith Apollo during the second of their two-night residency at this famous west London venue. As a photographer tonight, I got very lucky. Evanescence were known in journalistic circles for being a little camera shy on this tour, having previously relegated photographers to the back of the venue. I was prepared for the worst…

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FOTF Download Festival 2017 Review

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Download.. the heaven for all metalheads, emo kids and those who seek refuge in the heavier side of music. Although I’m more used to head nodding than heading banging, for one weekend in a summery June, I find myself in midst of a sea of mosh pits, devil horns and the worst array of haircuts since Woodstock 69, and after a hungover, 4 hour coach journey, I find myself standing…

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Tool, Allstate Arena, Chicago

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Tool captivates the arena with unbeatable live performance. Maynard and the gang took stage as the fans jumped from their seats. In typical fashion for the last few years, Tool kicked off their set with ‘The Grudge’ from their 3rd full length release Lateralus.  It was the only song I was allowed to photograph, but it is also a 9 minute song so I didn’t mind, until being there in…

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Aerosmith & Rival Sons, Royal Arena, Copenhagen

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It’s amazing: Legends Of Rock’n’Roll still in great shape, despite sound issues Touted as their farewell-tour, Aerosmith is now touring the World with their AERO-VEDERCI BABY tour, and this night in Copenhagen, Denmark, started flat, but ended up in an epic show. It didn’t go without its hickups though: With 16000 ticket on sale at a hefty premium, the Boston rock’n’roll train managed to sell between 10000-12000, thereby not filling…

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Sigur Rós, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

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Sigur Rós brings two full sets and an amazing light show to the Auditorium Theatre. The trio took stage with high anticipation from the crowd. Sigur Rós started the night off with some slower, softer songs.  They opened the set with ‘Á’ which is a newer unreleased track.  The audience watched in awe as the mood for the evening was set.  The band managed the emotion in the room through…

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Camden Rocks Festival 2017, London

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13,785 steps, 250 bands, 24 venues, 1 ticket. Camden Rocks 2017 The heart of London’s music scene beat a powerful united rhythm on Saturday 3rd June as thousands came together to enjoy the sound and spectacle of the annual Camden Rocks Festival. On any given night in Camden you’re hard pressed to stand on the street and not hear live music free-wheeling down the pavement. The place is littered with…

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Dreamcar, Vic Theatre, Chicago

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Dreamcar delivers new sounds to the Vic Theatre! The intimate crowd took to cheers as Dreamcar took the stage. You never would have thought that this super-group formed only months ago.  Jumping right into their album opener ‘After I Confessed’ the band was on point showing how professional and talented they are.  Fronted by AFI’s famed vocalist Davey Havok, his voice melts the highly emotional 80’s esque style without flaw. He is…

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The Rifles Unplugged, Islington Assembly Hall, London

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While the Gunners were pleasing their fans at Wembley, The Rifles were pleasing theirs at Highbury, or Islington to be more precise. The London band finished the England leg of their unplugged tour with a hometown concert at Islington Assembly Hall on 27 May 2017. With increased security and a football match on, there were very few people in the venue to see opening act Frankie Forman, perform a selection of…

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Cal Ruddy, The Cavern Club , Liverpool

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Cal Ruddy headlining at the famous Cavern Club, Liverpool. When people headline at the Cavern, you tend to go along to watch with your hopes up. Its a big deal, especially in Liverpool. Well, Cal rose to the occasion magnificently. Performing songs, all written by himself ( bar Weed Bus, a cover by The Stairs ) much to the pleasure of the audience. Cal states his influences as good old…

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Lechlade Festival Sunday 28th May

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Continuing to blot out everything in favour of the music I headed back to Lechlade festival for a second day. Saturday had been a great day, what was in store today? Would it be as good, would it be better, all questions that were spinning around my mind as I entered the festival site, I’ll leave you to see what you think? I aimed to catch up with bands from…

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