saxon_band_colour108Reborn NWOBHM stars Saxon (pictured) return to the fray with a live show in Newcastle on Friday – supported by the delectable Doro Pesch.

But if you like your rock more youthful then check out the fantastic Fightstar at the o2 Academy on Wednesday – a gig which goes head to head with funk rock favourite Dan Reed at Trillians.

The man responsible for the superb Rainbow Child finds support in the shape of rising US stars 4Bitten and we’re hoping to bring you news on both. But if that platter of rock isn’t enough then Sunday sees Therapy? entertain the Academy riding high on the back of latest release Crooked Timber. And as for the rest of this week’s highlights…

rushonrock‘s editor at large Simon Rushworth features in the latest edition of Culture Magazine – bringing this month’s edition to life with a look at the resurgence of vinyl. We’ll be bringing you the piece right here with links to the monthly mag – available in stores free with Tuesday’s Journal newspaper and on sale thereafter.

And on the subject of our favourite format, another song is due to land on The Vinyl Countdown before the end of the week following Alice Cooper’s appearance at the weekend. Plus there’s blogs from Self Made Man and Rock O’ The North and all the news and gossip we can get our hands on.