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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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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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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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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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The Moods Live From Review, Media City, Manchester

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On a balmy rare Manchester, summer evening in June; a host of local music press were invited to the official press premiere of “Joy”; a mini film showcasing the release of “Joy” from The Moods. FOTF went along to have a nosey and enjoy some posh nibbles in a plush Media City viewing studio! “The Moods” are about to embark on a U.K. tour to support the forthcoming release (Late…

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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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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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Simple Minds Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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Alive and Kicking! Less than 24 hours after the horrific terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, Simple Minds took the stage at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall for the latest date on their acoustic tour. A lot of people entering the hall had come straight from the hurriedly arranged vigil in nearby Albert Square, so there was naturally a subdued atmosphere as people took their seats. The concert was advertised as sold…

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Coheed and Cambria, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

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Coheed and Cambria rock sold out show in Chicago! Claudio and the gang never cease to amaze their fan base as they play their entire 2005 album Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV. In typical fashion, the setlist was the entire album played in order.  Frontman Claudio Sanchez took the stage and played ‘Always & Never’ on his acoustic guitar.  The photos I took during the song don’t do the emotion proper justice.  Claudio sang…

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Maximo Park Albert Hall, Manchester

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Tonight’s support is provided by the 5 piece all girl band “Pins”, Hailing from Manchester and formed in 2011, it has been said that “Pins are more Brooklyn rather than Manchester”. There is a definite New York drawl and style that emanates from the band, more to do with the musical style of the band rather than a forced eclectic desire appeal to a wider audience. Pins are forging a…

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The One Hundred, Asylum, Birmingham

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A night filled with witty jokes, dynamic stage presence and amusing dance moves, The One Hundred bounce in to Birmingham to provide fans with a night to remember. With support coming from post-hardcore band Light the Skies and the lads in MassMatiks, the evening was lined up to have hard-hitting energy from the start. Local band Light the Skies graced the stage to a very small crowd, yet this did…

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The View, The Tramshed, Cardiff

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“The View, The View are on fire”, the crowd chanted, and they were, tonight in Cardiff. The Tramshed is a new venue to me, and once found was a great setting for The View’s return to the Hats off to the Buskers Tour. Supporting The View are The Blinders a three piece band now based in Manchester. They play with enthusiasm and had the crowds attentions running through a set…

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The Alarm O2 Ritz, Manchester

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The last time I saw The Alarm was in the late 1980’s at the fondly remembered International 2 on Plymouth Grove in Longsight. I remember it as a wild night with a crowd not unlike one you would have found on the football terraces of the era. Tonight over 25 years on, The Ritz is almost full for the latest line-up of what is essentially Mike Peters and The Alarm,with…

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Hey Violet, The Garage, London,

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Californian power-pop band Hey Violet played to a packed The Garage in London on 8 May 2017. It was the first UK date on their European tour to promote their debut album From The Outside. Despite being a fully fledged, card-carrying introvert, I feel at home at gigs. OK, the first time I went to an arena concert (Michael Jackson’s Bad Tour at Wembley), and saw the packed stand doing Mexican waves…

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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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The Saw Doctors, O2 Academy, Leeds

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Tonight a virtually sold out Leeds O2 played host to Galway’s own The Saw Doctors. Formed in 1986 by Leo Moran and Davy Carton, the Celtic rockers have gone through a number of lineup changes but Leo and Davy have remained a constant. The gig was rescheduled due to Carton’s throat operation in the Autumn of 2016, but tonight he was back on form and ready to lead the party.…

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Real Friends, Birmingham Asylum

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After rescheduling the original dates which were due to happen in December 2016, Real Friends hit the UK with a force that made up for the missed time. With a new line-up involving Microwave and Can’t Swim, Real Friends hit the Birmingham Asylum for a night of crowd surfers and push-pitters galore. Microwave opened the evening, jokingly telling the crowd ‘We’re a Limp Bizkit tribute act!’ Although far from this,…

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