SELF MADE MAN

It’s Friday so it must be Self Made Man day and our resident blogger is bang on form as he offers his latest views from the rockosphere. Catch one of the country’s leading authorities on classic rock right here every Friday. Start your weekend with Self Made Man!  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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READING/LEEDS FESTIVAL FOCUS – THE OFFSPRING

These punky funsters have sold 35 million albums worldwide and kept a solid trio at the core of the band.  It’s no wonder that 99% of us have encountered The Offspring.  As anticipation heightens for the last festival of the summer, we take a look at the legendary Californian act.   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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READING/LEEDS FESTIVAL FOCUS – FRANK TURNER

For a tour-aholic like Frank Turner a performance at Leeds/Reading Festival might just be another in the bag.  But what’s different about this English charmer is that he gives absoultely everything in every gig he plays till the point of exhaustion.  At the still-ripe age of 29, he played his 1000th gig last April, and promises to continue on his obsessive quest to bring the world – the music of Frank Turner. Simon Rushworth I’m…

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READING/LEEDS FESTIVAL FOCUS – DEFTONES

Deftones have been plugging away in the alternative metal scene for well over 20-years now, but that doesn’t make them at all outdated.  The Californian sextet are hoping to release album number seven soon, but before that they’ve got some festival crowds to blow away. 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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READING/LEEDS FESTIVAL FOCUS – MUSE

As Leeds and Reading beckon, the next band we take a look is Muse.  The studio three-piece made waves with fifth full-length record The Resistance in 2009 and have been solid regulars at UK festivals for some years.  This year they remain one of the most talked about live acts of the lot.   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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READING/LEEDS FESTIVAL FOCUS – 30 SECONDS TO MARS

The last big festival of the summer is looming and there’s plenty to get excited about if you’re a fan of rock – not least the return of the iconic Jane’s Addiction. We’re counting down to the Bank Holiday weekend riff fest with an alternative look at the must-see bands. And we’re kicking off with emo kings 30 Seconds To Mars… Simon Rushworth I’m a journalist specialising in sport and rock music. Can’t play either…

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REVIEWS – NEW MUSIC

Another mixed bag this week as we finally get up to speed with surprise Earache Records signing Rival Sons (pictured) and a whole lot more. We review and rate the latest releases by Revengine, Bedouin Soundclash, Ancient Ascendants and Kids In Glass Houses. And remember to check in every Sunday for news on the best new rock and metal records money can buy!  Simon Rushworth I’m a journalist specialising in sport and rock music. Can’t…

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SELF MADE MAN

The wait is finally over as Self Made Man returns from is self-imposed exile to bring us bang up to date with the soundtrack of his summer. It’s both predictable and surprising, typical and out of character – but then that’s our resident blogger all over. Good to have you back SMM.  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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FOREIGNER LAID BARE

Fans bowled over by Foreigner’s show-stopping sets on this summer’s AOR fest alongside Journey and Styx will be licking their lips with delight at the prospect of the band’s latest project. Acoustique (is that French?) sees the current line-up strip back the band’s familiar back catalogue and present all of the biggest hits – yep, you’ve guessed it – acoustically. But here at rushonrock we wonder whether Mick, Kelly and the crew might have bitten…

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