VLR PRESENTS -THE CRUNCH-LIVE IN LONDON!

 VIVE LE ROCK PRESENTS PUNK ROCK SUPERGROUP-THE CRUNCH LIVE IN LONDON!!!!!

 

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PUNK AT SCREEN ON THE GREEN-THIS WEEKEND!

 

100 YEAR CELEBRATION


Everyman is excited to announce a 100 Year Celebration of the Screen on the Green with a weekend of unique events in tribute to the Midnight Specials of ’77.

From Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December, the Screen on the Green will host specially curated film screenings accompanied by live DJ Sets and music performances from the likes of punk and reggae legend Don Letts, Hollie Cook of The Slits and former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock.

Friday 29th November tickets at £25
Saturday 30th November tickets at £30
Sunday 1st December tickets at £25

 

Friday 29th November 19.30

One of the most influential Jamaican films of all time, The Harder They Come, plus DJ sets from fashion designer Pam Hogg, Tessa Bassie of The Slits and punk and reggae legend Don Letts will all be DJ-ing live to launch The Screen on the Green’s 100 Year Celebration.

Saturday 30th November 18.30

This seminal documentary following the life and times of one of the most iconic punk bands ever will be followed by live performances by former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, plus Hollie Cook and Viv Albertine of The Slits.

Sunday 1st December 13.30

To close our 100 Year Celebrations, Sunday will be lazy punk afternoon with bloody marys and food included. Featuring a screening of the Jim Jarmusch cult classic Mystery Train plus followed by a live Q&A with Viv Albertine, Glen Matlock, Johnny Green and another very special guest.

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JAMES STEVENSON-CHELSEA/CULT SOLO ALBUM

 

Guitar hero James Stevenson has just completed his first solo album. Produced by Pete Walsh (Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, Scott Walker etc.)

 

 

Everthing’s Getting Closer to Being Over features a stellar list of contributors, including :  Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull), Chris Bell (Thompson Twins, Spear Of Destiny, Specimen, Gene Loves Jezebel, Hugh Cornwell) Geoff Dugmore  (Killing Joke, Belouis Some, The Waterboys), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop etc) , Craig Adams (Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, The Cult,) Pete Rizzo (Gene Loves Jezebel), Mark Taylor (Simple Minds, The Alarm, The Cult), Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), The Sexpistilettos –  Maggi Ronson (Mick Ronson’s sister) Elizabeth Westwood (Westworld, Moondogg) , Tracie Hunter (Tracie Hunter Band, Ian Hunter’s Daughter).

The 2014 album promises to put James’ solo talents at the forefront of the musical world. Packed with some sublime influences and sounds the ten track album is not quite what you may have expected. Not that James’ ever really left the forefront as part of a glittering 35 year career.

 

The 70’s & 80’s

James Stevenson got his first taste of playing guitar professionally when he joined punk band Chelsea in March 1977 whilst still at school doing A level exams. He was gigging all over England within a couple of weeks.  James stayed with Chelsea until May 1980, deciding not to go to university, and was regarded as a seasoned pro by the time he was 21. At the time he left Chelsea he’d played on their first two albums, numerous singles and performed gigs all over the UK and Europe. The band also ventured to the US for a tour in February 1979. Chelsea were also the first ever indie band to play on nationwide TV when they performed on BBC’s The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1979.

After leaving the band he played on UK Subs’ singer Charlie Harper’s first solo single "Barmy London Army" before being invited by Billy Idol and Tony James to join the freshly reinvented Gen X. This was to be a short lived stint, lasting less than eight months and incorporating just one UK tour before Idol quit for New York and a solo career.

Before he had time to wonder what would come next he was invited by his old school friend Henry Badowski to play on his critically acclaimed Life Is A Grand album and simultaneously by his friend Calvin Hayes, Mickie Most’s son, to play guitar in the video for his Dad’s hottest new signing, Kim Wilde. Kids In America was a huge international hit and James can be seen in the video wealding the white Les Paul Custom that became his trademark.

The 90’s to current

In September 1994 James was invited by his old friend Billy Duffy to play rhythm guitar with The Cult on their forthcoming world tour. "That’s where I first met Craig Adams, though he was legendary before," James confirms with some humour. "The tour was great fun for me, just stand at the back and play A and E all night!" The tour still had three months to run when Ian Astbury threw a wobbler in Rio de Janeiro in March ’95 and left the band.

Heavenly Bodies had been a huge hit in Portugal so GLJ regrouped and embarked on a tour of that country. Michael and Jay tried working together again in Los Angeles. James produced Jay Aston’s solo Unpopular Songs album for his own Pink Gun label in 1996 before GLJ tried a reunion with both twins in 1997. It ended with the twins failing to see eye to eye yet again and the final dates were finished without Michael. The bands seventh album – VII, came out later that year. Although originally recorded with Michael, his contributions were removed from the CD before its release. The situation became extremely confused when Michael started using the name Gene Loves Jezebel too, with a band of LA musicians.

When Mike Peters was putting together his new electric band in 1997 Billy Duffy suggested he met with James. The pair got on immediately and have been firm friends ever since. James’ first gig with Mike was at The Gathering VI in North Wales in January 1998. His first proper recording with Mike was the 5CD Bond set, available only through The Alarm website – although he had played lead on a track from Flesh And Blood, a play Mike wrote the music for. In 2000 Mike decided to use The Alarm moniker again. In 2004 they released the ‘In The Poppyfields’ album, which spawned the 45 RPM hit single under the fake I.D The Poppyfields. It got to number 28 in the UK charts. The new Alarm album, Under Attack, was released at the end of February 2006. The first single, Superchannel, hit the UK Top 50 at number 24.

James also still plays with Gene Loves Jezebel (Jay Aston’s version) and also Chelsea – who reformed in 1999 for the infamous Social Chaos tour across North America. In 2000 he also did a tour playing with his old friend Glen Matlock having participated in his Open Mind album. It was James who introduced Mike and Glen, which has resulted in their Dead Men Walking collaboration. In 2002 Gene Loves Jezebel released The Thornfield Sessions – atmospheric reworkings of some of their best known tracks and four new songs. Chelsea released their new album Faster, Cheaper And Better Looking – their first for 20 years with the 79 line-up, to great reviews, in December 2005 in the UK. TKO Records are releasing it with extra tracks in the US in March 2007.  James also plays in Glen Matlock’s solo band Glen Matlock And The Philistines and New York singer/songwriter Willie Nile’s band when he tours the UK. He also recently formed The International Swingers with Glen Matlock, Blondie drummer Clem Burke and singer Gary Twinn

In June 2013 Billy Duffy again asked James to play second guitar with The Cult and he can be seen on their Electric 13 world tour.

James has also played on numerous records as a session guitarist and is featured on albums by artists as diverse as Tricky (Maxinquaye), Jimmy Nail (Crocodile Shoes II) and Scott Walker

(The Drift and 2013’s highly acclaimed Bish Bosch)).

He also wrote the music for the UK top ten TV series Hollywood Man and has also composed for TV commercials – most notably for Cadburys Whisper Chocolate bar featuring Ant and Dec.

For more information visit : www.Jamesstevenson.info

 

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DICTATORS,BIOHAZARD N’ MORE FOR REBELLION

REBELLION FESTIVAL ADDITIONS JUST ANNOUNCED!

THE DICTATORS are confirmed! So alongside this mornings announcement that STIFF LITTLE FINGERS are playing we can confirm that todays full list of bands added are:

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
THE DICTATORS
TV SMITH & THE BORED TEENAGERSPLAY THE ADVERTS
GLEN MATLOCK & THE PHILLISTINES
JAYA THE CAT
CHOKING SUSAN
CYANIDE PILLS
CRASHED OUT
MONKISH
EAST TOWN PIRATES
THE MORGELLONS
NO THRILLS

BIOHAZARD

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THE CRUNCH VLR SPONSORED SHOW


THE CRUNCH
London & Dublin dates announced for December
New single ‘A Little Bit of Grace’ out on Dec 9th
Terry Chimes autobiography ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Terry & Mr. Chimes’ published in December

The Crunch have announced they will play two intimate shows in London and Dublin this December.  The all-star power pop rock act, which features Sulo Karlsson (Diamond Dogs), Terry Chimes (The Clash), Mick Geggus (Cockney Rejects) and Dave Tregunna (Sham 69 / Lords of the New Church), will appear at London’s Nambucca on December 12th, before making their Irish debut at The Thomas House in Dublin on December 14th.

Vive Le Rock is proud to present the London gig, having praise The Crunch’s debut album ‘Busy Making Noise’ in the latest issue as a "soon-to-be-classic selection of power-pop anthems".  Completing an unmissable bill at Nambucca are special guests The Bermondsey Joyriders, whose incendiary punk-blues concept piece ‘Noise & Revolution’ topped our readers’ ‘Album of the Year’ poll in 2012.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now, priced as follows;

Thurs Dec 12th – LONDON, Nambucca (596 Holloway Road, N7 6LB)
Presented by Vive le Rock magazine & Monsta Ents.  With special guests
The Bermondsey Joyriders.
£8 adv. / £10 otd.  Tickets available at
www.wegottickets.com/event/248258

Sat Dec 14th – DUBLIN, The Thomas House (86 Thomas Street, Dublin 8)
?25 adv.  On sale for one night only on November 29th in Thomas House
from 6pm. Limited to 80 / 2 tickets per person.

The live dates coincide with the release of The Crunch’s new single ‘A Little Bit of Grace’, which is the third to be taken from ‘Busy Making Noise’ on December 9th. 

Finally, December sees the paperback publication of drummer Terry Chimes’ autobiography, ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Terry and Mr. Chimes’. Already made available as an e-book in November via Crux Publishing, the book covers the life of a man who made a successful transition from the original drummer of The Clash (he left the band in 1977, only to be asked back in 1982) and a succession of punk and heavy metal bands (Generation X, Hanoi Rocks & Black Sabbath), to a chiropractor offering kind words of wisdom and compassion to the sick.  Though recently returning to rock ‘n’ roll with The Crunch after several years away, Terry continues to practise as a chiropractor and train others.  His stranger-than-fiction life story is the first autobiography to be published by any member of The Clash.
 

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ADAM ANT TO PLAY DIRK IN FULL!!

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3 NOV 2013

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ADAM ANT PERFORMS CLASSIC ALBUM


Adam Ant will be performing his classic debut album
Dirk Wears White Sox,
in it’s entirety at
Hammersmith Apollo
on
Saturday 19th April 2014
. . . for one night only!


The seminal album, recorded in 1979 has never been performed live before.
It’s always been an ambition of Adam’s to do so and the set will also include favourite hit songs.

Tickets available Monday morning from the Hammersmith Apollo website
here

Tickets are £30 each or

earlybird offer: 2 for £50 (offer only available for 6 weeks)

Meet and Greets are limited to 50 tickets

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