alberta cross bandOk, so first off we’re a bit miffed that these modern rock greats aren’t dipping their toes into rushonrock territory just yet.

But for now we’ll forgive Alberta Cross their decision to miss out the North East on their headline tour of the UK simply because debut album Broken Side Of Time is so damn fine.

Out on September 21 it really is an essential purchase for fans of guitar music played with passion and we’ll be running a full review right here on the eve of its highly anticipated release. And as for those gigs…

The ‘Cross play six dates across the country and guitarist/vocalist Petter Ericson Stakee admitted: “If we weren’t playing for people every night, we would be going mad.

“We do it, because we need to,” added bassist Terry Wolfers. “I remember going to see The Verve on the Storm In Heaven tour and I stood right in front of [guitarist] Nick McCabe the whole night. I remember walking out of that show feeling like I had just seen a group of people pour their heart and soul out, and I felt it.

“It changed my life. And that’s what we want to do. We want to give people something honest, and move them, make them feel.”

It’s been a busy gigging year for the US band with shows at Coachella, Bonnaroo, SXSW, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, plus support slots with Oasis, Neil Young and Dave Matthews Band to name but a few. Now Alberta Cross will headline the following UK shows in November:

11 Bristol The Cooler

12 Leeds Cockpit

13 Glasgow Captains Rest

15 Manchester Ruby Lounge

16 Birmingham Birmingham Bar Academy

17 London Bush Hall