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The Who, Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester 6th October 1975

Life was much simpler in 1975. NME was a decent music paper featuring quality writers, gig tickets were obtained by either sending a cheque with a stamped addressed envelope to the promoter or queueing up outside the venue, and beer was about 25p a pint. The summer of ’75 had seen the music papers full of stories about The Who and the tensions within the band, full on fist fights… Keep Reading

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Deftones, Copenhell 2018

Eight years has gone since Deftones ravaged the first ever Copenhell, now it was time for another round. Deftones are well known for an experimental approach to metal, well composed songs and high intensity shows. The expectations were sky high, and as expected Deftones delivered an overwhelming and breath taking performance leaving the crowd wanting more. The band played an intense full 90 minutes show with only a few song… Keep Reading

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The Rolling Stones, Old Trafford, Manchester

ITS ONLY ROCK AND ROLL BUT I LIKE IT ! I’ve seen The Rolling Stones twice before, in 1976 at Bingley Hall Stafford when they were good and again in 1990 at Manchester City’s old ground Maine Road when they were pretty average. Today I could to photograph one of my hero’s Patti Smith who’s career has been heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones, in particular Keith Richard OR I… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: Monster Magnet, Gorilla, Manchester

It was 23 degrees on the streets of Manchester this evening, but inside Gorilla it feels like 123 degrees as the venue is packed to the rafters for American rock band Monster Magnet. Originally hailing from New Jersey Monster Magnet have been around in various forms since 1989 when they were formed by Dave Waldorf and, since then the band have had varying amounts of success with both singles and… Keep Reading

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No Hot Ashes, The Venue Derby

Stockport’s No Hot Ashes, having already sold out Academys Two and Three in Manchester with their incredible local support are now on tour, seeing if their high energy funky sound can have the same effect on the rest of the UK. Tonight its Derby and there’s a good turn out to see what NHA can offer. Its ten o’clock before the band get on stage and its clear that some… Keep Reading

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The Empty Room Live at Night People, Manchester

The last couple of months have seen the big summer gigs, festivals and tours announced, The Stones at Old Trafford, The Killers in Bolton and an Arctic Monkeys tour to name just a few.  Before you spend a fortune on a ticket, have a look at whats on in your local area because the big bands of the future are probably playing in one of the many clubs that put… Keep Reading

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Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, The Twisted Wheel Manchester

Saturday 31st March saw the 50th anniversary of Geno Washington playing the legendary Manchester club The Twisted Wheel, so what better way to celebrate than by bringing the great man back. The Twisted Wheel now has a new home in the Night People club on Princess Street and tonight its packed out, with many of the crowd having danced at the original club. With top Northern Soul DJ Pete Roberts… Keep Reading

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Afghan Sand Gang, The Eagle, Salford

Mossley is not a place that immediately springs to mind in the annals of rock and roll, but from being a virtual music desert, Mossley has suddenly become a post punk oasis with Cabbage’s spectacular success being followed up the likes of Proletariat and Freeda. The latest band to come from this Mossley “ scene” is the three piece Afghan Sand Gang whose electronic krautrock music style is beginning to… Keep Reading

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Blue October, O2 Ritz, Manchester

Supported by Broken Witt Rebels, Blue October return to Manchester. Almost a year to the day, Blue October, consisting of Justin Furstenfeld, Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, Matt Noveskey and Will Knaak, return to Manchester’s Ritz, and put on an astonishing show. The night was opened by the Birmingham-based, soulful rockers, Broken Witt Rebels. With his gritty, Caleb Followill-esque (Kings of Leon) vocals, Danny Core’s power boomed throughout the quirky venue.… Keep Reading

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YES 50th Anniversary Tour, Bridgewater Hall Manchester

On the 29th April 1975 at the age of sixteen I went to see Yes at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, it was definitely the “prog” rock era because around this time I also remember seeing Pink Floyd and Genesis. Yes were at the top of their game with a series of hit albums, with art work provided by the legendary Roger Dean. Close The Edge was the one that… Keep Reading

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Morrissey, Leeds First Direct Arena

Every time I see Morrissey play I think it will be the last time, and yet after twenty five plus concerts here I am again finding myself excited at seeing this legend on stage ….. maybe Morrissey’s only happy when he’s up on the stage? Waiting in the cramped, narrow pit in front of the stage watching the obligatory thirty minute film bombarding the audience with iconic cultural images from… Keep Reading

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Don Broco, Birmingham O2 Academy

After receiving rave reviews from their newest album Technology, Don Broco hit Birmingham’s o2 Academy to show fans that they can put as much power in to these songs live as they could on the record. With support coming from Yonaka and Man with a Mission, it was clear that we were in for a fun-filled, exhilarating evening. Yonaka, hailing from Brighton, were the first band of the evening. Taking… Keep Reading

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Normandie, 02 Academy3, Birmingham

The roads may have been like an ice-rink outside, but that didn’t put Swedish alt-rockers Normandie or their fans off from creating a fun-filled, electric night. With support from Grumble Bee and William Ryan Key, Normandie came to prove that no matter the conditions outside, everyone was there for a good time. Opening the evening was Grumble Bee, a solo alternative artist from the UK. Braced with an acoustic guitar,… Keep Reading

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Kerrang! Tour, 02 Institute2, Birmingham

Another year, another killer Kerrang! Tour. With a varied line-up, the tour hit Birmingham for its first date of the run, which involved Casey, Vukovi, Boston Manor, and The Amity Affliction.   Humbled and emotion-filled, Casey were the first to grace the stage. They did not need to move around the stage in an attempt to get their passion across, and it was clear that they already had a rather… Keep Reading

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Creeper, 02 Institute, Birmingham

It’s almost as if Creeper fans can’t catch a break, much to their delight. After the uproar that the mystery of ‘James Scythe’ created (to those who don’t know, it is a VERY long story to tell), the Southampton punks toured the UK again, but this time, bigger and better than ever before.   Along for the ride were Nervus, Microwave, and Can’t Swim. With the long line of eager… Keep Reading

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Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, 02 Institute, Birmingham

The second night of the tour, and Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes came to make Birmingham wake the hell up. With support coming from Australian tornado Ecca Vandal and the UK’s punk-rockers Basement, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes really made the night something to remember.   Ecca Vandal opened the night in a flurry of dynamic moves and electric tunes. A buoyant display across a limiting stage, there was no… Keep Reading

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The Darkness, O2 Academy, Leeds

Give me a “D”…..Give me an “arkness”, and don’t let the bells end! Christmas comes early as Lowestoft’s finest ever rock band come back to Leeds to rock out with their bells out. It has been almost 15 years since ‘Permission to Land’ graced the record shelves of stores that no longer exist, however, The Darkness are still packing a punch and have a pre-xmas tour to play and a… Keep Reading

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The Blinders, Rock City, Nottingham.

A cold bleak Wednesday and a long drive down to Nottingham, like the trips to lower division mid-week football fixtures I used to make many years ago Tonight however is definitely a winner as its the opening night of The Charlatans UK tour, but as great as the band are its the support act thats dragged me down to the East Midlands. The magnificent Blinders from Doncaster, fresh from touring… Keep Reading

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Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Apollo, Manchester

There are not many true rock and roll legends left in the world but Wednesday night saw one of the greatest grace the stage at Manchester Apollo. Robert Plant once lead singer of Led Zeppelin, often cited as the greatest band in the world, played a two hour set to a packed theatre which considering ticlet prices were as much as £75 is no mean feat. Touring his latest album… Keep Reading

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Future Islands, Manchester Apollo 24th November 2017

When you trek out to the Manchester Apollo on a cold miserable night you hope the journey is going to be worth the effort. In the case of Future Islands on Friday evening every frozen bone was worth it. The band, originally from Greenville North Carolina but now based in Baltimore Maryland, are being called one of the best live acts around, and in front man Samuel T Herring they… Keep Reading

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