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#297 Struts @ London Electric Ballroom (September 18th 2017)

Support: Bang Bang Romeo

The Struts attract a variety of fans, from Little Mix loving teenage girls (bass player Jed Edwards is the boyfriend of a Little Mixer), to ageing rockers (with an alarming variety of hair styles). Noticeably though the Derby band's crowd seems to be gradually turning into a more typical rock audience. This may, in part, be due to the ever growing American support slots with the likes of the Foo Fighters, Motley Crue, The Who and The Stones.

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#296 Stereophonics @ London Student Central (August 25th 2017)

Support: N/A

Some 20 years ago the Stereophonics played the ULU. Two decades later they were back celebrating the anniversary of their debut album, released this very day in 1997. Word Gets Around being 20 years old is pretty scary. So much has happened to the band since its release. The success they have had has been one of consistency with huge highs (2002 at Slane Castle) and occasional gut wrench lows (the untimely death of former drummer Stuart Cable).

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#294 Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott @ London All Saints Church Kingston - Show 1 (July 31st 2017)

Support: N/A

Show 1: 7:45-8:35

Haven't been in church in a while...even after living in Ireland for 12 years I managed to go with the exception of a few funerals. £8 to go an see Paul and Jacqui sing a few songs though. Why the hell not. Ok so it was only a 50 minute show but to hear them sing acoustically in a church was something we couldn't pass up.

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#293 Ian Hunter & The Rant Band @ London Student Central (June 28th 2017)

Support: Worry Dolls

Do you remember Mott the Hoople? I thought everyone did, however in the lead up to this show anybody I mentioned it to had no idea who they or Ian Hunter was. Crazy right? Admittedly the people I talked to were not 43 year old wannabe rockers like myself...but still. How can you not know?

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#292 Guns n Roses @ London Stadium (June 16th 2017)

Support: The Kills / Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

There are some bands that mean more than others. Both globally and personally. For me Guns were one of the most exciting bands on the planet. I saw them a number times in the early '90s when I first discovered there were bands other than Queen (my first and biggest love). Nothing has come close to the feeling of anticipation I felt back in the day when waiting for a GNR gig. They lived breathed rock n roll. They WERE rock n roll.

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#291 Download Festival @ Castle Donington Donington Park (June 11th 2017)

Headliner: Aerosmith

Who I Saw: Aerosmith / Alter Bridge / Steel Panther / Airbourne / In Flames

Sunday is normally my day. Pretty much classic rock all the way. That of course meant an earlier start. Despite this I wasn't early enough to see the Dead Daisies who were on at the ridiculous time of 12.30. Love their albums but hey I need my sleep. I did though manage to make it to the site around 14.30 with a few delays on bag checking slowing my entrance (although only for a short while. Again the security were excellent all

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#290 Download Festival @ Castle Donington Donington Park (June 10th 2017)

Headliner: Biffy Clyro

Who I Saw: Biffy Clyro / Wednesday 13 / Sick Puppies / The LaFontaines 

Day two and the festival really kicks into gear. Staying in a hotel this year helps (camping is for wimps as we all know). The Holiday Inn near Derby train station may not sound glamorous but it is really ideal for travel with a fantastic shuttle bus service taking you to and from the site.

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#289 Download Festival @ Castle Donington Donington Park (June 9th 2017)

Headliner: System Of A Down

Who I Saw: System Of A Down / Prophets of Rage / Suicidal Tendencies

You would think the times we live in would make people feel like hiding away but the spirit shown this weekend at Download was truly heart warming. Yes there may have been more bag checks, longer queues (but really not bad at all) and more security including armed police

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#288 Quireboys @ London O2 Academy Islington (April 23rd 2017)

Support: Last Great Dreamers

The Quireboys know how to have a good time. They enjoy themselves and never take themselves too seriously. Don't be fooled though, they are a very, very good rock n roll band.

They have always been a great live unit with hooks everywhere and a singer with a voice that still sounds strong after all these years. That they have released four excellent rock albums in four years

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#287 Monster Truck @ London Electric Ballroom (March 22nd 2017)

Support: The Picturebooks

It seems silly to post this in the light of the days tragic events...but London keeps on rolling. Nothing will stop it. Fuck everyone that tries. Camden Town is such a vibrant place, although understandably a little more sombre than usual tonight. In the middle of Camden, surrounded by pubs and tattooists, is the Electric Ballroom. It was packed and defiant. Life really does go on.

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#286 Ladyhawke @ London Koko (February 15th 2017)

Support: Isle

I like a lot of music styles. At least I think I do. Then again most people that say they have an eclectic taste in music...really don't. The gigs I go to usually involve loud guitars and over long drum solos. Ladyhawke (Pip Brown) definitely doesn't fit into that category. She ain't no Whitesnake. There are similarities though. Both have dodgy hairstyles and wear clothes that were stylish in 1976.

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#285 Adam Ant @ London Roundhouse (December 18th 2016)

Support: UK Feds

The recent Top of the Pops repeats on BBC 4 have made me hungry for all things early 1980s...and there is no one that sums up that period better than Adam Ant. 35 years ago he was the man that everyone wanted to see, then in the fickle world of '80s music no one seemed to care. Thankfully, judging by the huge successes of recent tours, he is back with a bang. 

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#283 Rews @ London 229 (Venue 2) (November 25th 2016)

Support: Goldbirds / Mohawk Radio

I won't lie...I got these tickets for free. I'd never heard of any of the groups playing...yet this was three up and coming bands, a venue I had never been to before and a Friday night. Why the hell not? First up were Manchester based band, Mohawk Radio. Lead singer Mia Page (from Bermuda no less) is the focal point with a powerful rock voice and excellent stage presence...

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#282 Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul @ London Indigo at the O2 (October 29th 2016)

Support: The Marcus King Band

Little Steven (or Stevie Van Zandt to his friends)  announced his first gig in 27 years a month ago. Tickets bought. Queue queued. Position found. You may or may not know much of Stevie's solo output. To say he has been round the block in music terms is an understatement. The E Street Band, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S Bonds and of course his solo work...also lets not forget this guy

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#281 Gun @ London Underworld (October 22nd 2016)

Support: Skam, Sweet Crisis

I got the gig bug in the late '80s. Those were innocent days when I always made sure to see the support bands* (something which I'm ashamed to say I don't always do these days) and not be propped up at the bar having a few pre gig pints (which I'm ashamed to say I very much do these days). 

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#280 Lounge Kittens @ London Tufnell Park Dome (September 16th 2016)

Support: N/A

Another gig, another new venue. Tonight in Tufnell Park we were at the Dome for an album launch...and a meet and greet...and a bit of a session as well. All great except that I knew very little about the band we were there to see. I shouldn't have worried.

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#279 Izzy Bizu @ London Koko (September 14th 2016)

Support: Jay Prince / Lily Oakes

First time at Camden's Koko for me. We were here to see singer Izzy Bizu. The gig, originally set to take place in June, is a showcase for her debut album (A Moment of Madness) released a few weeks ago.

Koko is a grand old building, old style yet quirky as hell. Magnificent. Tonight it was packed and was buzzing with life from the off with an excellent support set from Jay Prince

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#278 Struts @ London Dingwalls (July 5th 2016)

Support: House of Thieves

The Struts have been playing the UK circuit for a few years now playing to more and more people. They have spent much of the last year touring the States...big things are happening over there (not least opening for Motley Crue on their final ever shows). Tonight felt like a homecoming.

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