drrIt all kicks off tonight when fast-emerging punk rock kids Dirty Rock & Roll (pictured) play Newcastle’s Hide Bar and gathers pace on Tuesday when Ill Nino and God Forbid roar into town to lay waste to the o2 Academy.

And if that’s not enough to get your live juices flowing then three quarters of The Darkness return in the guise of Stone Gods on Saturday – a gig we simply can’t miss (but probably will). As far as interview exclusives go in the next seven days we’ll be bringing you all the latest from the Hundred Reasons camp and a catch-up with Brummie rockers Templeton Pek. And there’s more.

We’ve got the latest Monster Of Rock – expect long hair, beards, blood, sweat and tears (and that’s just on the women) – another gem from The Vinyl Countdown vaults and the usual heady mix of hot news and outspoken views. For those about to rock this week – rushonrock salutes you.