Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards!

Brought to you in conjunction with our good friends at AEG Presents, the awards will take place at the O2 Islington Academy in London on 28 March hosted by Ginger Wildheart and featuring performances from TV Smith and The Vive Le Rockers, featuring members of The Urban Voodoo Machine, The Ruts and Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind.

Tickets for the awards, including a special VIP ticket allowing holders to hang out with the bands and award-winners in the private backstage bar and at the aftershow party, are available here!

Votes are now being taken for the awards for Best Live Band and New Blood. Go here for full details!

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Hungarian pirate punks PADDY AND THE RATS are premiering their new video today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Join The Riot’ is taken from the band’s new album Riot City Outlaws due out in April through Napalm Records.

Produced by Grammy-winning producer Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Social Distortion, Pennywise), the 15-track  album has already been released in their homeland, where it hit No.1, going on to achieve Gold Record status.

Says vocalist Paddy, “The video for ‘Join The Riot’ is the first part of a trilogy. The other parts will be released in the next months. In this video we can follow the life of a pirate who had lost his faith, hope and life but finally he has to fight for it. This first one is about a pirate gang and it shows the life of on a pirateship. We tried to do it in a funny way. Do it like a burlesque.”

Set for release on 6 April, Riot City Outlaws is available to pre-order here.

The band head out on a series of European dates during the spring and summer. Catch them on the high seas at….

11.05.18 DE – Parsberg / Spectaculum Nordgavia
18.05.18 DE – Drachhausen / Spreewald Rock
29.06.18 DE – Tann (Röhn) / Rockwolf Open Air
27./28.07.18 DE – Megesheim / Der Krater Bebt
05.08.18 CH – Fehraltorf / Highlandgames
18.08.18 DE – Wuppertal / Feuertal Festival

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Our February cover stars THE DAMNED have finally announced details of their new album!

Their first new album in 10 years, Evil Spirits was recorded in 9 days at Atomic Sound Studios, Brooklyn with legendary Bowie and T Rex producer Tony Visconti. It also marks the return to the band of Black Album and Strawberries period bassist Paul Gray.

“We deliberately recorded the album retro style,” explains Captain Sensible. “The same way our debut album was made, basically. There’s something wonderful about the seventies sounds; glam, rock and punk records, they all sound so great and Tony specialises in beautifully crafted old school production. He had us all playing live, bashing it out in the same room with a focus on getting the initial band version of each song as close as possible to the finished thing.”

Evil Spirits is set for release on 13 April via Search and Destroy/Spinefarm. It’s available to pre-order here.

The album is preceded by a single, ‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’.

“It’s supposed to be very optimistic, even though it’s about a dark subject,” says Dave Vanian. “As an artist, you can’t help but reflect the times, because that’s what art does. I think we always do it, but in a slightly different way. So a song like ‘Standing…’ may seem quite joyous and uplifting musically, but some of the lyrics might be about quite dark things. That’s what I’d like to think this album is – an uplifting album, not a moaning old album – not ‘this is terrible, and that’s terrible’, and then not offering any answers. It’s more a case of, ‘If we get it together, maybe we could change things a bit’.”

As previously announced, The Damned kick off their UK tour this Friday 26 January in Newcastle, culminating in a pair of London shows on 16 and 17 February. Full dates are….

26th January – Newcastle, O2 Academy
27th January – Dundee, Caird Hall
28th January – Glasgow, O2 Academy
30th January – Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds
31st January – Manchester, Academy 1
1st February – Birmingham, O2 Academy
3rd February – Leicester, O2 Academy
4th February – Nottingham, Rock City
6th February – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
7th February – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
9th February – Cardiff, Great Hall
10th February – Bristol O2, Academy Bristol
11th February – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
13th February – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
14th February – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
16th February – Koko, London
17th February – London, O2 Forum

Tickets are available here.

The Damned answer your questions in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! Order it here!

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Hotly-tipped blues-punks J.D. HANGOVER have announced their first ever UK dates, including a show with Aussie legends THE SCIENTISTS.

The duo have been picking up rave reviews for their 6-track self-titled mini-album, which was released last November through Annibale Records (Dead Coast, The Shivas etc).

Comprising Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa from Italian punk-blues aces STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS whose album Banks Of The Lea was received considerable praise when it was released in 2014. This latest project, which finds them channelling NYC No Wave legends SUICIDE, backing guitar and bass with a vintage Bentley Rhythm Ace drum machine, has been playing dates in their homeland with the likes of ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO and BOSS HOG.

Check out the single ‘Mr Williamson’.

The pair’s debut UK dates see them playing shows with GANG OF FOUR singer John Sterry’s BILLIONAIRE project, MIRACULOUS MULE and sometime MEMBRANES guitarist Pete Bennett’s THE DUBLO, before opening for The Scientists at London’s Borderline in May. Full dates are….

Wed 7 Mar – New Cross Inn, London (w/Billionaire, Bridport Dagger & Those Howlin’ Sounds) tickets
Thur 8 Mar – The Railway Hotel, Southend on Sea (w/Tuppenny Bunters)
Fri 9 Mar – Paperdress Vintage, Hackney, London (w/Miraculous Mule & Mudlow) tickets
Sat 10 Mar – Biddle Bros, Clapton, London (w/The Dublo)

Thur 31 May – Borderline, London (w/The Scientists & The Cavemen) tickets

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Legendary L.A. rockers THE BLASTERS have announced a string of European dates, including their first London show in 14 years.

Trading in their own brand of ‘American Music’, combining rockabilly, rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues and punk, the band first formed by guitar-playing brothers Phil and Dave Alvin in 1978, emerging out of the same cross-cultural L.A. punk scene that nurtured the likes of THE GUN CLUB, LOS LOBOS, X, BLACK FLAG and THE GO-GOS. Signing to noted punk label Slash Records, they later impacted on rootsier end of the mid-80s Paisley Underground movement.

The current line-up features Phil Alvin and fellow founder-members John Bazz and Bill Bateman, plus lead guitarist Keith Wyatt.

The Blasters play the following shows….

28 Apr – De Oosterpoort, Groningen, Netherlands
29 Apr – Under The Bridge, London, England
2 May – Auditorium Toscanini, Chiari, Italy
4 May – Cinema Teatro Macallé, Alessandria, Italy
5 May – Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival, Ireland

Tickets for the London show are available here.

Check out ‘Long White Cadillac’ from 1985.

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News has reached us this morning that legendary guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, one third of the classic line-up of MOTÖRHEAD, has passed away.

According to former manager Doug Smith, he died in hospital last night where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 67.

Clarke, who had previously played with Harlem R&B legend Curtis Knight – a role once held by Jimi Hendrix – joined Motörhead in 1976, initially as second guitarist to Larry Wallis, before the latter quit, leaving the classic trio of Clarke, Lemmy and Philthy Animal Taylor.

Over six years and as many albums, they’d become one of the biggest, best loved and most influential heavy rock bands to emerge from the UK.

After Motörhead, Clarke formed the band FASTWAY, who’d enjoyed a resurgence in recent years.

Clarke was the last surviving member of the classic Motörhead line-up, Lemmy and Taylor having died in 2015.

Vive Le Rock sends love and condolences to Fast Eddie’s family, friends and many fans the world over.



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Glam-punks THE DeRELLAS kick off the New Year with a special show in London this month.

The gig, the first of 2018’s monthly Rockaway Beach club nights is a benefit for the charity Food For All, which distributes healthy food to different groups, including the homeless, disadvantaged and financially challenged.

Also featuring performances from KNOX from THE VIBRATORS and fast-rising Londoners BEXATRON, plus punk rock DJs, the gig takes place at legendary North London venue, The Hope & Anchor in Islington on Saturday 27 January.

Tickets priced £7.50 (plus booking fee) are available here.

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Massapequa’s finest THE STRAY CATS have just announced their first show in 10 years!

There had been mutterings during the past year that the trio of Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker would be doing something together in the near future.

Having split and reunited periodically since forming in 1979, the band had called it a day in 2008 with a mammoth world tour.

They’ll be reconvening once again for the Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend on 21 April. Tickets are on sale here.

Further dates, including UK shows, are on the horizon….

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Leicester area rock legends CRAZYHEAD have announced a major London show for the spring.

Having reformed for a successful series of dates last autumn, including a showstopping performance at Indie Daze 4 at Kentish Town Forum, the ‘What Gives You The Idea That You’re So Amazing Baby’ hitmakers are to play a headline show at the 100 Club, Oxford Street on Friday 4 May.

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10.00am.

The band are also set to appear at next year’s Bearded Theory festival which takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 24 to 27 May. Joining them on the bill are THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN, THE RUTS DC, SLEAFORD MODS, UK SUBS, BAR STOOL PREACHERS, PIZZATRAMP and loads more still to be announced.

Tickets are available here.

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Liverpool’s innovative and highly influential ‘second wave’ music scene is to be chronicled in a new box set.

Set for release on 9 February through Cherry Red, Revolutionary Spirit: The Sound Of Liverpool 1976-88 follows the city’s music scene out form under the legacy of The Beatles and the Merseybeat era, through the door opened by the arrival of punk and into the art school refectory.

Kicking off with the legendary DEAF SCHOOL (pictured), BIG IN JAPAN and THE YACHTS, this 5-CD 99-track set alights on the post-punk boom led by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, THE TEARDROP EXPLODES and ORCHESTRAL MANOUVRES and into the 80s with A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS, THE ICICLE WORKS, PALE FOUNTAINS, IT’S IMMATERIAL, WILD SWANS, THE LA’S, FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD, THE WALKING SEEDS and loads more lesser known but equally worthy acts.

The set is completed by a 56-page book, featuring artists’ sleevenotes, essays from scene observers and participants Bernie Connor, Mike Badger, Yorkie and Joe McKechnie, and illustrated with many rarely seen photos.

Full track-listing and pre-order is available here.

Recently reformed, Deaf School have just released Let’s Do This Again Next Week, their first full-length album of all-new material since 1978. It’s available here.

Check out ‘Rescue’ by Echo & The Bunnymen


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U.S. psych-punks THE PREFAB MESSIAHS have unveiled a new single from their forthcoming album.

‘Everything U No’ is the latest of four videos to be released from the album Psychsploitation …Today!, which is set for release on 26 January through Lolipop/Burger Records.

The band originally coalesced in Worcester, Massachusetts during the early 80s, releasing the cassette album Flex Your Mind. A CD-R compilation Devolver in 1998 sparked interest, with an official re-release through power-pop and garage experts Burger encouraging new material on the shape of the aptly-titled mini-album Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive in 2015.

Band frontman Xerox Feinberg explains, “The new album is really a mental and sonic continuation of the things we were obsessed about from the beginning — mashing up the sounds and attitudes of ’60s garage-psychedelia with post-punk ’80s stuff and dragging all that into whatever ‘today’ is — while generally trying to poke people in the ribs and skewer some of the Big Shams behind all the Shiny Facades. We still don’t do songs about girls’ names or feeling good. We’re still trying to toss everything into the mix including the kitchen sink. We’re still bemused and shocked and disgusted with The State of Things — and also in love with the noises in our heads and guitars. We like to think that The Prefab Messiahs’ work is never done.”

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BILLY IDOL has announced his first UK dates in three years!

The former GENERATION X frontman’s Live! 2018 Tour will land in Europe this summer with the first date in Manchester on 20 June, and a gig at London’s Brixton Academy on 23 June, with more dates to be announced.

The shows represent his first UK dates since the Kings & Queens Of The Underground Tour of 2014/2015, which accompanied his first new album in eight years. 2014 also saw the publication of his best-selling autobiography Dancing With Myself.

Dates announced so far are….

June 20 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo
June 21 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy
June 23 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton
June 25 Luxembourg, LU Rockhal
June 26 Regensburg, DE Donau Arena
June 30 Zajecar, RS Guitar Fest
July 2 Budapest, HU Budapest Park Open Air
July 3 Munich, DE Tollwood Festival
July 6 Zurich, CH Hallenstadion
July 14 Halle, DE Peissnitz Insel
July 17 Cologne, DE Tanzbrunnen
July 19 Berlin, DE Zitadelle
July 21 Slupsk, PL Charlotta Valley Amp
July 22 Hamburg, DE Stadtpark

Tickets go on sale this Friday 15 December at 10.00am here.

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Happening garage-psych trio L.A. WITCH have unveiled a new single and video ahead of Euro dates next spring.

‘Drive Your Car’ is taken from the band’s acclaimed self-titled debut album, released in September through Suicide Squeeze. The video is the work of by award-winning New York artist and filmmaker Allie Lane.

Currently touring Australia, L.A. Witch are set to follow up this year’s European shows with another bout of industrious gigging, with dates in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, France and the UK, including a London show at Oslo in Hackney. Full dates are….

16 Mar – Le Port Franc, Sion CH
17 Mar – Milk Party, Parma IT
20 Mar – Rote Fabrik, Zurich CH
21 Mar – Quasimodo, Berlin DE
22 Mar – Hafenklang, Hamburg DE
23 Mar – Melodybox, Stockholm SE
24 Mar – Truck Stop Alaska, Goteborg SE
27 Mar – The Chameleon, Nottingham UK
28 Mar – Sleazy’s, Glasgow UK
29 Mar – Cluny, Newcastle UK
30 Mar – Oslo, London UK
31 Mar – Headrow House, Leeds UK
4 Apr – Supersonic, Paris FR
5 Apr – Maison de l’etudiant, Arras FR
6 Apr – Veka, Glarus CH
7 Apr – Ohibo, Milan IT

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SHANE MACGOWAN is to have his  60th birthday celebrated with a special show in Dublin next month.

The NIPPLE ERECTORS, POGUES and POPES frontman turns 60 on 25 December, with the concert taking place at the city’s National Concert Hall on 15 January.

Featuring a band including Jem Finer, Cait O’Riordan, Terry Woods and Spider Stacy of The Pogues and led by musical director Terry Edwards, a host of famous names will be lining up to pay tribute to the mercurial singer, including Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Bobby Gillespie, Glen Hansard, Camille O’Sullivan, Cerys Matthews, Carl Barat, Lisa O’Neill, Finbar Furey, whenyoung, Glen Matlock and Clem Burke of Blondie and more….

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 8.00am here.

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS head out for a handful of dates this month as they break from recording their new album.

The as yet untitled album – the band’s fourth – is being produced by Pete Brown, son of Beat Boom cockney rocker Joe Brown. Having previously worked with the likes of DAVE EDMUNDS, NICK LOWE and STATUS QUO, Pete has a vast wealth of experience as an engineer, producer and musician in his own right.

Says guitarist Slyder Smith, “Working with him has been fantastic so far; he’s really getting something special out of the Dreamers, this is going to one hell of a record. We have 11 great songs and there are definitely a few surprises in there. We have most recording done now with just some vocals and lead guitar to finish before the mix.”

Funded through PledgeMusic, donors can still contribute here.

Last seen playing a series of dates with THE QUIREBOYS in September, the Dreamers return to the road joining Midlands metallers WOLFSBANE before playing a New Year’s Eve party in Bolton. Dates are….

Sun 17 Dec – Birmingham Asylum
Thurs 21 Dec – London Islington 02 Academy
Sun 31 – December Bolton BarMetro Rocks

Tickets are available here

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Seminal Aussie punks THE VICTIMS have been prompted by the death of Charles Manson to unveil what they’ve been working on.

The Perth band originally formed in 1977, releasing the classic single ‘Television Addict’ before splitting. Singer and guitarist Dave Faulkner and drummer James Baker later teamed up in the first line-up of the HOODOO GURUS.

Faulkner and Baker returned in 2014 to play Victims material, with THE HARD-ONS’ Ray Ahn joining them on bass. The trio have recently been revisiting old Victims material for later release. The song ‘Charlie’ was originally written as a put-down of Manson and the hero-worship surrounding him after the pair watched the film Helter Skelter.

Faulkner revealed in a Facebook post, “We decided to make ‘Charlie’ available for free now (on YouTube) because Manson died the day before we mixed it and it seemed like a good idea to give him a kick in the pants as he made his long-overdue exit. See ya, sucker!”



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Dunfermline’s finest, THE SKIDS are to have their seminal debut album reissued in vastly expanded form next month.

Scared To Dance was originally released in early 1979, spending ten weeks in the UK Album Charts, eventually peaking at number 19. Recorded at London’s Air Studios with SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND producer David Batchelor, it spawned the singles ‘Sweet Suburbia’, ‘The Saints Are Coming’ and their anthemic Top 10 hit, ‘Into The Valley’.

The new 3-disc reissue features a disc with the original album plus 9 bonus tracks including B-sides and alternative mixes. Disc 2 comprises 12 previously unreleased demos from 1978, while a third disc contains a complete set from a 1978 show at London’s legendary Marquee Club. The release is completed by a 28-page booklet.

Scared To Dance (Expanded) is set for release on 16 December through Caroline International.


The recently rejuvenated band release a brand new album Burning Cities, produced by Youth, on 12 January 2018, with extensive live dates planned for the summer, including Rebellion. Full tour details are on their website.

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Fast-rising Aussie longhairs THE CHERRY DOLLS are set to release their debut album in the UK.

They’ve shared a video of a live version of the track ‘Slave’ to accompany the release of the 10-track Viva Los Dolls, which was produced by Alexander Markwell of THE DELTA RIGGS.

Coming together two years ago in Melbourne, The Cherry Dolls have since applied their Stooges, MC5 and Johnny Thunders influences to two well-received EPs and countless road miles.

Viva Los Dolls is out on Golden Robot Records through Cadiz on 24 November.

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