2017 is a special year for Wilko Johnson. Not only does it mark the 30th anniversary of the Wilko Johnson Band, but this year sees the guitarist celebrating his 70th birthday, with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 26th September 2017.
Given the events of recent years, this gig is truly a celebration with Wilko leading his own party long time partners; Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Dylan Howe (drums), family, friends and special guests.
The wonderful news is that Michael Head who is best known for his time with The Pale Fountains in early eighties Liverpool with younger brother John and the band they both went on to form, the legendary, Shack.
Eleven years since the release of his last album 'On The Corner Of Miles And Gil' released on Noel Gallagher's Sour Mash label, Michael Head is in the studio again, adding the finishing touches to his highly anticipated new album. 'Adiós Señor Pussycat' which will be released in the summer, preceded by a single. Both will be released on Michael's own Violette Records.
Watch this space for more news to come soon.
Doors open at midday for a rockin' Saturday on 17th June at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.
Playing a full headline set and closing the afternoon festivities at Indigo at The O2 will be the iconic New York hard rockers Blue Öyster Cult after which The O2 Arena's Main area will open up for headliners Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow who will be preceeded by British glam rock legends Sweet. There will also be an After Party with Steve’n’Seagulls from Finland. Skillfully re-working some of metal’s finest moments into a new breed of country hoe-down guaranteed to shake you all night long!
Full details of everything happening on the day are below;
Speak Easy Lounge
One of the must-visit destinations at last year’s event, the Speak Easy Lounge, is back to make you shed tears of laughter with a whole host of performances to be announced including comedian and singer-songwriter Phil Nichol, who found fame in the Canadian comedy music trio Corky and the Juice Pigs, comedy club regular Rich Wilson, hailed by Time Out as “Highly entertaining” and a very special live recording of Stuart Goldsmith’s Comedians’ Comedian podcast featuring a big comedy name to be announced (previous guests include Tim Minchin, Bill Burr and Jimmy Carr).
Big Entrance Stage
The Big Entrance Stage will be there to welcome all Stone Free Festival goers with a bang as they arrive into the venue and will have performances throughout the afternoon providing a non-stop soundtrack to the variety of entertainment on offer.
Headlining will be the menacing Evil Blizzard who with four basses and a singing drummer will bring their dystopian madness to proceedings. Joining them will be the rock and soul infused Buck & Evans, Australian hell-raising rockers , Brit rockers Massive Wagons and the heavy metal stalwarts Death Valley Knights.
The Beer Garden
With no chance of rain stopping play, there will still be the chance to bask outside in London’s summer sun. Outside the entrance to the O2 will be The Beer Garden with street food stalls and more live music to entertain fans as they eat, drink and get merry.
Classic Rock Vinyl Fair
Free to the general public, VIP Record Fairs will be returning to Stone Free on Saturday 17th June. VIP Record Fairs produce more Vinyl Record Fairs than any other company in the world and at the Stone Free Festival they will present specially selected vinyl dealers from around the UK.
A new box set which includes a 20 page limited edition book, artworks and lyrics. 2 x 180g Vinyl and 2 x CD, 1 x DVD sets, containing the complete works from The Mission’s 2016 album, 'Another Fall From Grace' will be released on 12th May.
To coincide with the release The Mission will be touring the UK in May with The Skeletal Family and Pauline Murray supporting on all UK shows (except Norwich). The seven UK dates start in Norwich on May 11th and include Wayne’s Birthday celebration show in Sheffield, before concluding in Leicester on May 27th..
'Another Fall From Grace' was produced by Wayne Hussey and Tim Palmer, features guest backing vocals from Gary Numan, Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Ville Valo (HIM), Julianne Regan (All About Eve) and Evi Vine.
With the original members Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams and Simon Hinkler being joined by new drummer Mike Kelly in 2011 the band are still cranking out great shows;
Watch a new video for Only You & You Alone (featuring Martin Gore)
THE MISSION ANOTHER FALL FROM GRACE TOUR 2017
Thu 11th Norwich Waterfront *
Fri 12th Belgium Leuven Het Depot
Sat 13th Germany Oberhausen New Waves Festival
Sun 14th Germany Flensburg Roxy
Wed 17th Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thu 18th Oxford O2 Academy
Fri 19th Liverpool O2 Academy
Sat 20th Newcastle O2 Academy
Wed 24th Greece Athens Gagarin 205
Fri 26th Sheffield O2 Academy (Wayne’s Birthday celebration show)
Sat 27th Leicester O2 Academy
Tues 30th Netherlands Hengelo Metropol
Wed 31st Netherlands Tilburg 0-13
Sat 3rd Germany Hannover Musikzentrum
* For the opening night in Norwich and we, understand from the band that they are maybe planning to play one of their infamous 2 set gigs that night as a warm-up for the rest of the tour.
THE MISSION with ALICE COOPER and THE TUBES November tour 2017:
Sat 11th Leeds First Direct Arena
Sun 12th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Tue 14th Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Wed 15th Manchester Manchester Arena
Thu 16th London The SSE Arena, Wembley
Broken Social Scene have released their first new song in seven years. Entitled 'Halfway Home,' the new song follows the band’s 2010 album 'Forgiveness Rock Record' and their storming performance at the End of the Road festival last year.
Band members Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Andrew Whiteman, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg, Ariel Engle, Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars’ Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, David French, and Dave Hodge will be playing the dates below as Broken Social Scene
See Broken Social Scene live:
23/5 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Albert Hall
24/5 - London, United Kingdom - Brixton Academy
26/5 - Neustrelitz, Germany - Immergut Festival
28/5 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
29/5 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
30/5 - Paris, France – Alhambra
1/6 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
4/6 - Toronto, Ontario - Field Trip
24/6 - Pasadena, CA - Arroyo Seco Weekend
5/8 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga
With the release of their first album in five years, 'VOIDS', Seattle's, Minus The Bear have announced a string of EU/UK dates for June 2017.
The new dates will follow on from a 29-date spring tour across North America, culminating in a hometown Seattle show on 15th April .
Thu 01 Jun - Manchester, Gorilla
Fri 02 Jun - Glasgow, Stereo
Sat 03 Jun - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sun 04 Jun - Newcastle, Riverside
Mon 05 Jun - Nottingham, Bodega
Tue 06 Jun - London, Scala
Thu 08 Jun - Cardiff, The Globe
Fri 09 Jun - Oxford, The Bullingdon
Sat 10 Jun - Brighton, The Haunt
Sun 11 Jun - Southampton, Talking Heads
Mon 12 Jun - Antwerp, Kavka
Tue 13 Jun - Amsterdam, Paradiso Upstairs
Wed 14 Jun - Cologne, MTC
Thu 15 Jun - Prague, Futurum Music Bar
Fri 16 Jun - Berlin, So36
Sat 17 Jun - Mannheim, Maifeld Derby
'VOIDS' is the Seattle band’s sixth full-length album, and first new LP in half a decade. It also marks the band’s return to their original label home, Suicide Squeeze Records, a longtime pillar of Seattle's indie rock scene.
Maximo Park unveil 'What Did We Do To Deserve This' as the next track to be released from their forthcoming album 'Risk To Exist.' which is released on 21st April.
You can pre-order the album digitally and receive two tracks instantly here
UK Tour Dates
Fri 5th May Birmingham O2 Institute 1
Sat 6th May Newcastle O2 Academy
Mon 8th May Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Tue 9th May Glasgow O2 ABC
Wed 10th May Sheffield Leadmill
Fri 12th May London Royal Festival Hall
Sat May 13 Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion
Mon 15th May Cambridge Junction
Tue 16th May Cardiff Tramshed
Wed 17th May Falmouth Princess Pavillion
Fri 19th May Manchester Albert Hall (10pm curfew)
Maximo Park are Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan Lloyd (guitar), Lukas Wooller (keyboards) and Tom English (drums).
Looks a lot of fun creating a little 'roadside rom-com' for Emily Barker's new song 'Sunrise'.
"Sunrise’is about a romantic road trip" and was recorded in Memphis at Sam Phillips Recording Service with Matt Ross-Spang at the helm as producer and Memphis musicians: Dave Smith (bass), David Cousar (electric guitar), Steve Potts (drums) and Rick Steff (keys). "We recorded live and direct to tape".
New album 'Sweet Kind of Blue' is due out on 19th May and can be pre-ordered here
Soulful London quartet The King’s Parade have a new single out now called ‘Haze’.
‘Haze’ is the first taste of new music following the band’s 2015 debut EP Vagabond, which saw The King’s Parade build their fanbase with shows at London’s Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, Oslo as well as a residency at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s.
Michael Schenker has announced that he will be touring "Michael Schenker Fest" throughout the UK in November 2017.
Four concerts will take place at London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (Nov 2), Sheffield O2 Academy (Nov 3), Manchester O2 Ritz (Nov 4) and Hull City Hall (Nov 5).
The concept of 'Michael Schenker Fest' reunites the original Michael/McAuley Schenker Group vocalists Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keys), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).
Says Schenker, "It's a miracle that after all these years, a tour like this will take place with the original band members of "M.S.G.". Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable."
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR DATES
The Black Angels have confirmed details for their upcoming album, ‘Death Song,’ out on 21st April. This will be the Austin five-piece’s first full-length album release in four years, and their debut for Partisan Records. Listen to the opening sonic track 'Currency'.
Recorded between Seattle and Austin, ‘Death Song’ features production from Phil Eck and the 11-track record offers a psychedelic menacing wonderland of sound. The band will be on tour this summer including a slot at The Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia
‘Death Song’ Track List:
2. I’d Kill For Her
3. Half Believing
4. Comanche Moon
5. Hunt Me Down
6. Grab As Much (As You Can)
8. I Dreamt
10. Death March
11. Life Song
The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne have an incredible list of artists lined up as part of their festival in Lancashire this August. Today we focus on the ladies on the bill.
Jason Elliott, festival director, commented "We're extremely proud of our 2017 line up and of the huge array of female talent which will grace our stages this year. Great women. Great music. Great festival. We're delighted to be musically female-heavy!"
Just some of the artists involved -
One of the most beloved figures in the Americana, blues and roots music world... meet 2017 Grammy nominee, Janiva Magness.
Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s number one star in the blues rock world.
Northern Ireland's Kaz Hawkins, with her soulful rock 'n' roll-blues is an artist very much on the rise.
Soul. Blues. Gospel and pop can be expected from radio 2 play-listed Jo Harman and her band...
Bristol based Elles Bailey seamlessly weaves rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with a contemporary edge and her trademark ‘smoky vocals’ taking the lead.
Husky Tones’ punk blues style delivered by of female drummer/singer Victoria Bourne and guitarist Chris Harper.
The Katie Bradley Band are highly energetic; "Katie has the voice of Big Mama Thornton and the heart of Memphis"
Modern, folk-tinged country-blues from the wonderful singer-songwriter Lucy Zirins
Delta Ladies - a hypnotic fusion of world music, folk roots and blues, christened 'Hillbilly Trance', They're not all ladies, but are headed up by Vicky Martin on guitar, banjo, kandela...
Award winning singer, songwriter and musician, Jess Gardham brings soulful roots and blues.