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United We Rock Tour, Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre, Chicago

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Both REO and Styx brought nostalgia back to life for a packed crowd. It was a sweaty night in Chicago, and the bands only turned it up as the night went on. I managed to hit some traffic on my way to the show and came in a bit late only to catch the tail-end of Don Felder’s set.  He capped it off with a cover of ‘Hotel California’ complete…

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Arcade Fire, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

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Arcade Fire Entertain a sell out Gig at Castlefield Bowl It had been six years since the last venture into Manchester, by tonight’s Canadian hosts, Arcade Fire. Taking to the stage 30 minutes earlier than official stage times seemed to catch a few fans out, although by that time the Bowl was full. The band where relaxed and at ease from the opening song, “Everything Goes”. Arcade Fires, Win Butler…

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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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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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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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Steve Hackett, Sheffield City Hall 3rd May 2017

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Since our interview with Steve Hackett back in march this year he has now embarked on a new tour taking in the UK, Europe, and Australia. The aptly named, Genesis Revisited with Hackett Classics 2017 tour arrived in Sheffield last night and we sent a photographer/reviewer along to see the show. His previous Genesis revisited shows have been a resounding success and it is easy to forget that Hackett has…

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You Me At Six, Doncaster Dome

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All killer and no filler, You Me at Six and Tonight Alive took the roof off the Dome tonight, in a show that was truly memorable. Tonight it was the turn of the Doncaster Dome to host the You Me at Six “Night People” tour. In a pop-punk spectacular we witnessed a combination of bands that made for an almost perfect night. Opening the show tonight were South West 3…

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Creeper, Birmingham O2 Institute

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With debut album ‘Eternity, in Your Arms’ gracing store shelves just days before tour started, Creeper worked their way around the UK to show that they are as powerful as ever. Working with ‘That’s Not Metal’ podcast to create a line-up full of exciting bands, Creeper bought Puppy, Energy, and Milk Teeth along for the ride. First up were heavy-metal 3-piece Puppy, and although a slower start to the evening,…

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Ghost, Manchester, 02 Apollo

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Tonight it was the turn of the Manchester unfaithful to come to confession with Papa Emeritus and his band of faceless Ghouls. We were treated to incense, smoke, CO2 canons, flash bangs, flames, confetti canons, .. oh erm .. lots more smoke  and some damn fine tunes as well. Ghost are on tour promoting their new EP, Popestar, without a doubt their best release yet. The Swedish theatrical, satanic, metal…

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Judah & the Lion, House of Blues, Chicago

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Judah & the Lion pack the House of Blues in Chicago. The crowd roared and sang along as frontman Judah Akers started the night off with his second to none energetic stage presence. Judah and the Lion were supported on this tour by Wilderado.  They are based out of California and frontman Maxim Rainer could barely contain his excitement to be playing for the Chicago crowd.  They delivered an emotionally charged rocked-out set.…

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Glass Mountain, Leeds University Refectory

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“They’re a groovy band man” – Richard Chadwick – Hawkwind Last night Flick of the Finger were invited along to review Glass Mountain in support of the mighty Hawkwind. I had last seen the band back in September 2016 at Bingley Music Live and since then have kept in touch with their ever growing success. Now, after supporting the likes of Embrace,  we are seeing the fruits of their hard…

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Blossoms Klub Stodola, Warsaw, Poland

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Over the past few years I’ve seen Blossoms many times, from the tiny Edgeley Labour Club “Bungalow” to headlining The Albert Hall and I was beginning to think it was time to move on until they started touring new material. However when the chance to photograph them on tour in Poland came up I couldn’t resist, which is how I came to be at an Academy sized club in an…

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Sum 41, O2 Academy, Birmingham

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Sum 41 came back to the UK, proving that they are still a force as strong as ever. With fellow Canadian band Hollerado as support for the evening, fans were in for a wild ride. Bringing together a wide variety of older fans and new ones, Sum 41 bought their ‘Don’t Call it a Sum-Back Tour’ to Birmingham. With a set-list consisting of 26 songs from various different albums, the…

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Matt Boroff, The Old Blue Last, London

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Matt Boroff and the Mirrors impressed an intimate audience at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. The Austria-based American guitarist and singer, and his band played a set of superb musicianship deserving of a much larger audience. The London live music scene is a strange one. There’s no doubt that it’s in rude health at the moment, with no shortage of gigs every night of the week. Everyone still wants to…

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Stillia Launch Party, Jimmy’s, Manchester

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Under the umbrella of This Feeling, Saturday night saw the launch of Stillia’s debut single Let Me In. The basement of a relatively new Northern Quarter bar, Jimmy’s, was sold out for this performance by St Helen’s finest and though curfew restraints meant it was a short set, the crowd was literally left shouting for more. Opening act for the evening was Liverpool’s Red RumClub a six piece band with…

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Two Door Cinema Club, Leeds O2 Academy

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It’s a cold Monday night in January, but that has not stopped the sell out crowd queuing outside the O2 Academy in Leeds. After a slight delay in gaining access to the venue (thanks Loz) it was clear that this could turn out to be a special night. On stage first are, London based, Anteros. Lead vocalist Laura Hayden commands the stage like she was born to be there, with…

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The Fall, The Arts Club, Liverpool

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The Fall headline CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH all day festival. Mark.E.Smith and The Fall topped a well organised and band rich event. The Fall have been called “the most prolific band of the British post-punk movement.” They have released thirty-one studio albums as of 2015, and more than three times that number when live albums and compilations (often released against Smith’s wishes) are taken into account. While the Fall have never achieved widespread…

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Travis, O2 Academy, Liverpool

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Tonight at Liverpool O2 Academy Travis are celebrating 20 years in the music business with a run of 3 UK dates.  Fran Healy was humbled by the sell-out crowd and was quick to say “Travis are 20 years old, we are one of the few bands that are still surviving and it’s thanks to you all!” On a night when the city of Liverpool was in the grips of a…

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Richard Ashcroft, O2 Arena, London

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The former Verve frontman thrills under the Docklands big top with material new and old. An awful lot of bad things have happened this year. Richard Ashcroft’s ‘These People’ album and the subsequent tour promoting it were not either of those things. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t own a single recorded work by Richard Ashcroft; either as a solo artist or from when he was fronting The…

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Black Grape, The Electric Ballroom, Camden

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Black Grape descend on iconic Camden venue to continue the 21st anniversary celebration of ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’. The Electric Ballroom swung to memorable beats as Shaun Ryder, Paul ‘Kermit’ Leveridge and the 2015 reboot of Black Grape re-ignited the flame that shone all-too briefly in the mid-nineties. One thing’s for sure; Black Grape fans might like their music, but they obviously like the pub in at least…

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