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#266 New Model Army @ London O2 Forum Kentish Town (December 11th 2015)

Support: She Makes War

After getting dragged to see NMA in this very venue last year I somehow found myself back (one day short of) a year later. The gig in 2014 was an eye opener for me. A sea of shirtless fans (including a few women). Most moshing good naturedly, others with their arms outstretched whilst sat on the shoulders of friends or strangers. There was no change tonight. 

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#265 Fish @ Cambridge Junction (December 7th 2015)

Support: Lazuli

I never, in a million years, thought I would persuade my wife to come with me to see Fish. Not least because she had no idea who he is. Indeed the run up to this gig included questions about why he was called Fish, what his real name was (when answered all I got in return was "no really, what is his real name") and major doubts about the

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#264 Struts @ London 100 Club (November 19th 2015)

Support: The Turning

The Struts have been playing to ever growing crowds in the UK for a few years and in the process have developed a reputation as a top live band. That reputation is helped in no small part by a front man (Luke Spiller) who, like his obvious heroes, is here to entertain but the band as a whole are a well oiled unit. Now America has started to take notice.

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#263 Faster Pussycat @ London Underworld (November 11th 2015)

Support: Pirates of Panama / Kinkade

Since seeing the videos for Bathroom Wall and You're So Vain on 'Headbangers Ball' in the late 80's (ah Vanessa Warwick I remember you well) I knew Faster Pussycat were a band for me. The voice, the style and the swagger. Tonight I finally got to see them live at Camden's Underworld. 

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#261 Tom Keifer @ London O2 Academy Islington (October 22nd 2015)

Support: Sons of Icarus

Don't you hate those people at gigs who arrive later than others yet pull the auld, 'wave at an imaginary person near the front', so they can make their way to a much better position. No one ever actually buys that right? So annoying. Well anyone looking on tonight may have thought they saw me do something very similar.

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#260 Elle King @ London Electrowerkz (October 7th 2015)

Support: Sample Answer

Elle King is in the middle of a UK and Ireland tour supporting James Bay and judging by Twitter (where I take all my facts from) she is gaining plenty of new fans. While over from America she has also squeezed in a few of her own shows. Tonight's is at the Electrowerkz. The venue, round the corner from the Angel tube station in Islington,

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#259 Ugly Kid Joe @ London Underworld (September 26th 2015)

Support: Hailmary / Richards/Crane

I may have drank many a pint in the famous Worlds End pub in Camden but I had never made it downstairs to the Underworld until tonight. A cracking little venue as it turns out. A venue made for rock music. That it would be Ugly Kid Joe that finally got me here was unexpected having last seen them some twenty years ago in the same city, albeit a slightly larger venue (playing as support to Bon Jovi at Wembley Stadium).

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#257 Download Festival @ Castle Donington Donington Park (June 14th 2015)

Headliner: KISS

Who I Saw:  KISS / Motley Crue / Slash / Billy Idol / Darkness / Code Orange / Evil Scarecrow / Colour Of Noise

Steps Walked: 15,913 / Distance Covered: 12.33 km /  Pints Drank: 7 /  'Mrs Miggins' Sausage Baguettes Eaten:  1

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#254 Europe / Black Star Riders @ London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (March 20th 2015)

Line Up: Europe / Black Star Riders / Tax The Heat

Co-headline tours are becoming more common in rock circles. They work well. Half the cost for the artists, double the fan base and twice the value for the fans...all in the name of good music. Despite the advantages, a double header from Europe and Black Star Riders seemed strange on paper. Two bands with two very different backgrounds. Tour reports had been good though and both bands have excellent new

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#252 Christians @ London Jazz Cafe (February 11th 2015)

Support: Jackie D Williams

Apart from drinking too much and feeling intimidated by the 6 foot barmaid (I asked for stout she gave me Stella…I didn't argue) tonight turned out to be a really good gig. The Jazz Cafe may be small but it oozes cool (not that Mr Christian himself was impressed…although, as he pointed out, he wouldn't be happy if he wasn't complaining). Turns

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#251 Queen and Adam Lambert @ London O2 Arena (January 17th 2015)

Support: N/A

I’m a Queen fan. A big Queen fan. Have been since I can remember. Seeing May and Taylor on the big stage is a wonderful thing for me. Nothing else really matters...I went to a number of shows on the two Queen and Paul Rodgers tours and enjoyed them immensely; that though always felt like an odd combination; a blues rock singer, singing songs from a band that were as far away from blues as Brian May is from joining a Boxing Day Hunt.

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