EXCLUSIVE – AIRBOURNE INTERVIEW

When you’re the biggest metal band in the world who do you handpick to open up your homecoming headline shows? Airbourne is the answer. As the Aussie upstarts continue to slay Iron Maiden’s notoriously tough crowd across the UK we caught up with Ryan O’Keeffe – look out for a review of both bands very soon!  Simon Rushworth I’m a journalist specialising in sport and rock music. Can’t play either so I write about them…

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HIGH VOLTAGE: HIGH FIVE – SLASH

With just 24 hours to go before High Voltage 2011 we continue to look at the acts you can’t afford to miss. After bringing you an exclusive interview with Black Country Communion’s Glenn Hughes and scouting Saturday big guns Judas Priest, Queensryche and Rival Sons it’s time to focus on the best guitarist of the weekend. Slash has been warming up for Victoria Park with headline shows across the UK this week and here we…

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SELF MADE MAN

It’s Friday so it must be Self Made Man day! And as our favourite blogger signs off for his annual summer hols (he’ll be back next month) he reveals how, where rock is concerned, his mother will never be right.  Simon Rushworth I’m a journalist specialising in sport and rock music. Can’t play either so I write about them instead.

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HIGH VOLTAGE SCOUTING REPORT: JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRYCHE & RIVAL SONS

@ Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, July 20 2011 One of the most eclectic bills in recent memory threw together the definitive metal band, the thinking man’s prog metal act and a bunch of rising stars who owe everything to classic rock. The combination proved killer.  Simon Rushworth I’m a journalist specialising in sport and rock music. Can’t play either so I write about them instead.

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HIGH VOLTAGE: HIGH FIVE – BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION

With the latest of this summer’s big rock festivals just days away we’re focusing on five of the must-see bands of the weekend at High Voltage 2011. First up it’s retro blues rockers Black Country Communion and we’ve grabbed frontman Glenn Hughes for an exclusive pre-festival chat!  Simon Rushworth I’m a journalist specialising in sport and rock music. Can’t play either so I write about them instead.

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SONISPHERE WE GO AGAIN – VINTAGE TROUBLE

Vintage Trouble, Sonisphere UK, July 9 2011 Recently-accustomed but already loving newcomers Vintage Trouble for their suave soul rock n’ roll, it would be an understatement to say they were a little out of place at the heavy metalling antics of Sonisphere. In contrast to the many metalcore kids attempting to stick out in adolescent waning – Vintage Trouble are at ease with who they are and make no deceptions in the fact – despite…

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SONISPHERE WE GO AGAIN – OPETH

Opeth, Sonisphere UK Saturn Stage, July 10 2011 For any prog metaller it doesn’t get much better than this.  The prospect of first seeing an excellent Mastodon performance and then Opeth just two-hours later is beyond sufficient – it’s excessive. But who could complain when all things prog are usually executed in such a fashion?  Simon Rushworth I’m a journalist specialising in sport and rock music. Can’t play either so I write about them instead.

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SONISPHERE WE GO AGAIN – MASTODON

Mastodon, Sonisphere UK Main Stage, July 10 2011 Masters of progressive metal, Mastodon are past the point of being a tight setup.  You can expect this at the very least – anything else is just evidence of how far they have come in the 12 years of their existence. Impressed by their performance last year at Newcastle’s O2 Academy we were psyched about seeing the US band again.  One hour was a respectable amount of…

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SONISPHERE WE GO AGAIN – ARCH ENEMY

Arch Enemy, Sonisphere UK Main Stage, July 10 2011 Arch Enemy might not have been granted the best time to pervade some tracks from their new record Khaos Legions in true militaristic fashion, but that had no bearing on what Angela Gossow and the Swedish metallers would do to entertain this early afternoon crowd. Battle-scarred, beaten but relentless, Arch Enemy craft a sound that embodies an eternal uphill struggle represented with an uplifting tone of…

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SONISPHERE WE GO AGAIN – JAPANESE VOYEURS

Japanese Voyeuers, Sonisphere UK Bohemia Stage, July 8 2011 Following their impressive tour with Black Spiders, it’s now the time for Japanese Voyeurs to take grunge by the balls and yank it into the modern world. Just over a week ago, their highly anticipated full-length debut Yolk was released – signalling that their first chapter begins here.  Kicking and screaming, or in full compliance, we back them to do it.  Simon Rushworth I’m a journalist…

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