PHOTO FINNISH!

Michael Monroe Band

In celebration of this month’s cover stars HANOI ROCKS, we’ve hooked up with photographer Per-Åke Wärn to present a gallery of Hanoi spin-off bands over the years.

The shots begin with CHERRY BOMBZ, the band formed by Andy McCoy and Nasty Suicide with singer Anita Chellamah immediately after Hanoi’s original ’85 split. You can catch Anita and her band playing a rare London show at The Hope & Anchor on Friday 28 April.

DEMOLITION 23 represented a partial regrouping of members in New York in ’93, with Michael Monroe joined by Nasty and Sam Yaffa.

Lastly, we have a series of shots of Michael’s solo band from 2010 (with Ginger Wildheart) and 2014.

You can read a full and uncompromising feature on Hanoi Rocks in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock magazine out now!

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Cherry Bombz – Live Errols Gothenburg 1986

Cherry Bombz - Live Errols Gothenburg 1986

Cherry Bombz – Live Errols Gothenburg 1986

Cherry Bombz - Live Errols Gothenburg 1986

Cherry Bombz – Live Errols Gothenburg 1986

Cherry Bombz - Live Errols Gothenburg 1986

Cherry Bombz – Live Errols Gothenburg 1986

Cherry Bombz - Live Errols Gothenburg 1986

Cherry Bombz – Live Errols Gothenburg 1986

Demolition 23 - White Corner Gothenburg 1995

Demolition 23 – White Corner Gothenburg 1995

Demolition 23 - White Corner Gothenburg 1995

Demolition 23 – White Corner Gothenburg 1995

Demolition 23 - White Corner Gothenburg 1995

Demolition 23 – White Corner Gothenburg 1995

Demolition 23 - White Corner Gothenburg 1995

Demolition 23 – White Corner Gothenburg 1995

Michael Monroe Band

Michael Monroe Band

Michael Monroe Band

Michael Monroe Band

Michael Monroe Band - Sticky Fingers Gothenburg 2010

Michael Monroe Band – Sticky Fingers Gothenburg 2010

Michael Monroe Band - Sticky Fingers Gothenburg 2010

Michael Monroe Band – Sticky Fingers Gothenburg 2010

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Michael Monroe Band

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GOOD FRIDAY JUST GOT BEAT-ER!

L.A. powerpop lords PAUL COLLINS’ BEAT have two of their classic 80s EPs reissued this month, and they’re sharing a track with Vive Le Rock!

‘Always Got You On My Mind’ is taken from Long Time Gone / To Beat Or Not To Beat which is issued through Lolipop Records on 28 April.

Formed in 1979 by Paul Collins, former drummer of THE NERVES – of ‘Hanging On The Telephone’ fame – The Beat became Paul Collins’ Beat in the mid-80s, following a dispute that caused Dave Wakeling’s mob to be renamed The English Beat in the US. To show there were no hard feelings, both bands toured together in 2012.

To Beat Or Not To Beat, featuring current TELEVISION guitarist Jimmy Ripp and PATTI SMITH drummer Jay Dee Daugherty was originally released in 1983, followed two years later by Long Time Gone, produced in the UK by former MOTORHEAD and WARSAW PAKT drummer Lucas Fox.

Speaking of ‘Always Got You On My Mind’, Collins says, “Steve Huff and I were living full time in New York – up all night, sleep all day, that was our M.O. Hanging out all the cool clubs like Danceteria and Mud Club. We had been touring all over the area with Jay Dee Daugherty and Jimmy Ripp. We decided it might be a good idea to take it out of state and go back west. Jimmy couldn’t make it so we met up with guitar slinger Werner Fritzsching. He had done time with Hall & Oates and that was good enough for us! After one long tour out west we got back to NY and we really wanted to have one more cut to round out the EP To Beat or Not To Beat as it was being released in Europe, so we went back into the studio. This time we went to the Power Station to get that big time rock sound we wanted so badly. Back then everything had to have that big radio friendly sound. We came pretty close and you can hear the slick production sound on this recording, thankfully the song holds up and it still sounds good today. My favourite part is where Werner starts rocking out at the end, I always loved his guitar part on this song!”

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Paul hits Europe on tour from May, including a UK show at a special Dirty Water Club night at The Finsbury, London on Saturday 13 May. Support comes from LUCY & THE RATS and SEE NO EVILS. Tickets priced £8.50 are available here. Full dates are….

FRANCE
5/6 Clermont-Ferrand @ Bombshell
5/7 Marseliie @ Le Jam
5/8 Toulouse @ Dispensary
5/10 Rouen @ 3 Pieces
5/11 Vannes @ Le Jam Session
5/12 Paris@ La Mécanique Ondulatoire

ENGLAND
5/13 London @ The Finsbury

BELGIUM
5/16 Kortrijk @ Den Trap

NETHERLANDS
5/17 Rotterdam @ V11
5/18 Haarlem @ Patronaat

GERMANY
5/19 Düsseldorf @ The Tube
5/20 Berlin @ Cortina Bob
5/21 Hamburg @ Monkeys Music Club

SWEDEN
5/23 Malmo @ Folk & Rock
5/24 Gothenburg @ Liseberg Amusement Park Power Pop Festival w/ Psychotic Youth/Kurt Baker Combo
5/25 Eskilstuna @ Ölkultur
5/26 Karlskoga @ Rock Bar
5/27 Stockholm @ Pet Sounds record shop show!

SPAIN
5/30 Madrid @ Fun House
5/31 Burgos @ El Matarile
6/2 Zarragoza @ Teatro Arbolé
6/8 Barcelona @ A Wamba Buluba
6/22 Alicante @ Hostal Galicia

PORTUGAL
6/29 Lisbon @ Popular Alvalade

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BEVIS FROND LONDON MINI-FEST!

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Massively influential psych-rockers THE BEVIS FROND celebrate 30 years with an all-day event in East London next month.

This Corner Of England is taking place at London Fields Brewhouse, Hackney from 4pm ’til 11pm on Sunday 28 May and features sets from THE GROUNDHOGS (RHYTHM SECTION), WRECKLESS ERIC, THE JAZZ BUTCHER and SWELL MAPS founder JOWE HEAD AND HIS INFERNAL CONTRAPTION with more to be confirmed.

Tickets priced £20 are available here.

Founded by, and for a long time identified solely with, guitarist, singer and songwriter Nick Saloman, while gigs have been notably rare, the band have earned a solid fanbase and influenced the likes of TEENAGE FANCLUB, DINOSAUR JR and EVAN DANDO. With a line-up completed by former HAWKWIND bassist Adrian Shaw, guitarist Paul Simmons (also of THE CRAVATS) and drummer Dave Pearce, the Frond have been particularly active of late with three new albums in quick succession and a comprehensive reissue programme through Fire Records.

 

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BOOZE AND GLORY VIDEO PREMIERE!

BOOZE & GLORY have a new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The band say….

“Here is our new video for “Simple” – a song from our latest album (Chapter IV) released on Burning Heart Records last month. It was shot over 2 days in North London in an abandoned warehouse. It’s the first time we have worked with director Jean Christian Larche and his crew. We feel he has really captured the essence and emotion of this very personal song. This is a side of Booze & Glory you have never known before and it’s the first of a series of videos we are planning to release to accompany Chapter IV.”
Director/Editor – Jean-Christian Larche
D.O.P – Noel Darcy
Gaffer – Theresa Winkelmann
1st AD / Camera Operator – Mat Kokvik
Camera Ops / Production Assistants – Emil Ali, Tosan Ben-Edigbe, Neil Sweetman
Online Editor – Julie Syversen Larche
Produced by CRUSTIC Productions

The band have a handful of UK dates lined up in April at….

20 April – The Fleece, Bristol
21 April – The 100 Club, London
22 April – The Hairy Dog, Derby
23 April – The Anvil, Bournemouth

…. following which they head off the the USA and Mexico for a mammoth tour, including an appearance at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas.

They’ll be back in the UK at the end of July to play The Flag, Watford (25 July) and Rebellion, Blackpool (6 August).

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ME FIRST P.R.B. EXCLUSIVE!

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In celebration of their new greatest hits album and their appearance at Punk Rock Bowling, Me First & The Gimme Gimes’ frontman Spike Slawson has spoken exclusively to Vive Le Rock!

Now in its 19th year, Punk Rock Bowling returns to Las Vegas with an all-star punk-rock bill.

Taking place from 27 to 29 May the downtown outdoor festival features sets from IGGY POP, BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES, PENNYWISE, FIDLAR, DISCHARGE, THE ADICTS, BOUNCING SOULS, OFF!, THE INTERRUPTERS, THE DICKIES, BOOZE & GLORY and more….

Kicking off on 26 May, there are also individual late night club shows from TELEVISION, THE SONICS, GIUDA, RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, SCREAM, THE VANDALS, MUNICIPAL WASTE and loads more….

Full details and tickets are available here.

Me First this week release a career-spanning retrospective Rake It In: The Greatest Hits, compiling all their favourite songs on one record. Set for release on Friday 7 April, if you pre-order the digital album from iTunes or Bandcamp, you’ll immediately get an instant download of ‘City Of New Orleans’. It will also be available from the Fat Wreck webstore. Read our Q&A with Spike below….

 

So how was your recent U.K tour? What do you like most about coming to the U.K?

I enjoy watching the final stages of the UK’s transformation from far-reaching, iron-fisted empire to a cultural and economic backwater. I’d like to think that American reality TV culture had something to do with it. You’re welcome.

Playing Punk Rock Bowling must be a lot different to the usual theatre and club shows. What have you got planned for PRB?

Steady as she goes. When you’ve got a winning formula (hit songs, great outfits, scintillating onstage banter, matching guitars…), you stay the course. Our plans for after the set is to watch the master (Iggy) at work. I am also planning to don a quinceañera dress and a cowboy hat, and recite my poetry through a bullhorn on Fremont St. You might want to miss that.

You have covered quite a few big stars who have played Vegas. Any special songs coming up in the set?

Every song that we lovingly render is special in its own unique way. Everytime we play one it’s like we’re hearing it for the first time, whether we’re in Vegas, or Reno.

Are Me First gambling kind of guys?

Everytime we mount a stage, we gamble with the prospect that we’ll be laughed out of town. So far, the only place that’s happened was in Pittsburgh.

This will be our first time in Las Vegas. What would you recommend we check out? 

The Liberace Museum. East Fremont St is still kinda seedy. Thrift stores (people lose all their money, and sell everything they own).

What 3 essential things will you be taking to Punk Rock Bowling and Las Vegas? 

Energy, passion, and intensity (maybe a humidifier).

Here’s Me First performing at PRB in 2015.

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MAX’S KANSAS CITY COMP REISSUED!

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Max’s Kansas City 1976 – the compilation spawned by the legendary New York City nightclub – is getting an expanded reissue.

Situated at 213 Park Avenue South, Max’s first opened in the mid-60s as a haven for artists, poets and musicians, including Andy Warhol, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed – it was also the location for the recording of the Velvet Underground’s classic 1972 live album, Live At Max’s Kansas City.

Closing in 1974, it reopened a year later, becoming as integral to the birth of New York punk as CBGB’s, with show’s from the likes of Wayne County, New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith, Ramones, Television, The Fast, The Dictators, Blondie and many more.

Max’s Kansas City 1976 was compiled as a 10-track album by music director Peter Crowley to help promote the club. Now the original album is expanded to 40 tracks across two CDs, with a selection of 25 on the double-vinyl edition. Including many unreleased and rare tracks, it was once again compiled by Crowley, who also adds sleevenotes detailing the album’s history. Further notes and artist biogs by writer, musician and Max’s regular Jimi LaLumia complete a 20-page booklet.

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Max’s Kansas City: 1976 & Beyond is released through Jungle on 5 May. It’s available to pre-order here.

Full tracklisting on the CD version is as follows….

Disc 1:
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Max’s Kansas City
The Fast – Boys Will Be Boys
Harry Toledo – Knots
Cherry Vanilla and her Staten Island Band – Shake Your Ashes
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Cream In My Jeans
The Fast – Wow Pow Bash Crash
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Flip Your Wig
John Collins Band – The Man In Me
Suicide – Rocket USA
The Fast – Kids Just Wanna Dance
Philip Rambow – Night Out
Suicide – Ghost Rider
New York Dolls – Bad Girl
The Stilettos – Pink Stilettos
The Knots – Heartbreaker
The Senders – 6th Street
Jimi Lalumia & the Psychotic Frogs – Death To Disco
The Brats – First Rock Star on the Moon
The Offs – You Fascinate Me
The Terrorists – Riis Park
Roland Alphonso & the Terrorists – Sax Skandal
Disc 2:
Von LMO – This Is Pop Rock
Fast Floyd & the Famous Firebirds – Frogs Legs
Cellmates – Everybody Wants
Science – Twisco
BMTs – Clothes & Alchohol
Keiran Liscoe & the Attitude – Hello St. Vincents
Freddy Frogs – Days On Earth
Joy Ryder – Johnny Was A Fireman
Sea Monster – Halloween In Detroit
Ruby & the Rednecks – Ruby From The Wrong Side of Town
Joey Kelly Allstars – Amanda
Philippe Marcade – All Quite Wasted
Jayne County – Max’s Kansas City (reprise)
Iggy Pop – Rock Action
Nico – Saeta
Gang War – These Boots Are Made For Walking
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers – M.I.A.
Sid Vicious & The Idols – Take A Chance

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Read a full feature on Max’s in the latest edition  of Vive Le Rock!

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THE MISSION ANNOUNCE NEW BOX SET!

THE MISSION herald a new box set edition of current album Another Fall From Grace with a brand new video.

‘Only You & You Alone’ is the penultimate track on the original album and features a guest appearance from Martin Gore of DEPECHE MODE.

The Complete Another Fall From Grace Box contains two CDs, two vinyl LPs and a DVD, along with a 20-page limited edition book featuring artwork and lyrics. The set includes seven bonus tracks comprising remixes and two new tracks. The DVD features four videos, including ‘Only You & You Alone’.

The box set will be available from 12 May from the band’s website.

As previously announced, the band play the following UK dates in May….

Thu 11th Norwich Waterfront *
Wed 17th Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thu 18th Oxford O2 Academy
Fri 19th Liverpool O2 Academy
Sat 20th Newcastle O2 Academy
Fri 26th Sheffield O2 Academy (Wayne’s Birthday celebration show)
Sat 27th Leicester O2 Academy

Support comes from SKELETAL FAMILY and PAULINE MURRAY except *.

As also previously announced, they join THE TUBES as support to ALICE COOPER on an arena tour in November….

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

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MEMBRANES, SPEAR FOR STRUMMERCAMP!

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Vive Le Rock is pleased and proud to sponsor Strummercamp Festival, which returns in May after a year’s lay-off.

Taking place at Manchester Rugby Club, Cheadle Hulme over the weekend of 26-28 May, the 11th Strummercamp continues the spirit and positive influence of Joe Strummer and The Clash, providing a mix of punk, ska, reggae, rock’n’roll and more on a not-for-profit and completely independent basis.

This year’s event features performances from THE MEMBRANES, SPEAR OF DESTINY, T.V. SMITH, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, DEPARTMENT S, CHRON GEN, ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, THE HURRIERS, NECK, THE WAKES, BEXATRON, RUFF TRADE, KLONK, HEADSTICKS, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, THE NORTHERN EMBEZZLERS, KOPEK MILLIONAIRES, NOSEBLEED, STATION 5 and loads more…

Tickets are being sold on a revolutionary ‘pay what you can afford’ basis, with adult weekend tickets ranging from £65 to £80 at increments of £5. They’re on sale here. Kids under 12 are FREE!!

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MAID OF ACE HIT THE ROAD!

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Sisterly south coast punks MAID OF ACE have announced a series of UK dates next month.

Kicking off in Canterbury on 18 April, the tour climaxes with a special Some Weird Sin night at Nambucca in London on 28 April. With BAD NERVES and WHITE WITCHES also on the bill, tickets at a very reasonable £6.00 are available here.

The Hastings quartet released their second album Maid In England to wide acclaim last year. It’s available now from their website.

Both the band’s album are also now available to download from iTunes.

Catch them on the road at….

April 18th – Lady Luck, Canterbury
April 19th – Sticky Mikes, Brighton
April 20th – Talking Heads, Southampton
April 21st – MPF – Sound Control, Manchester
April 22nd – Bannermans, Edinburgh
April 24th – Think Tank Underground, Newcastle
April 25th -The Parish, Huddersfield
April 27th – Winchester Arms,Taunton
April 28th – Nambucca, London (w/Bad Nerves & White Witches)

Read a new interview with Maid Of Ace in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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SISTERAY EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!

Walthamstow band SISTERAY are set to release a new EP next month and they’re premiering the lead track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Queen’s English’ is the opening cut from 15 Minutes, a title inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous quote about fame.

Formed in 2014, the quartet came together over a shared love of BUZZCOCKS, THE CLASH, THE KINKS and THE SMITHS. Since then they’ve been playing up and down the country, performing guerrilla gigs and organising their own club nights,  as well as appearing at Camden Rocks, Isle of Wight and Leeds festivals.

The EP was recorded at East London’s Lightship 95 studio with producer Rory Attwell of TEST ICICLES and VACCINES fame.

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Guitarist Dan Connolly says, “Now more than ever, people seem to be given 15 minutes and 15 minutes only. It’s not an album and it’s not a single. It’s simply a statement about the times we are living in.”

15 Minutes is available from 14 April through Vallance Records on vinyl and download. It’s available to pre-order here.

Catch the band live at….

Thur 16 Mar – Bleach, BRIGHTON
Fri 17 Mar – Guns & Smoke, LONDON
Fri 24 Mar – Firebug, LEICESTER
Fri 31 Mar – Black Heart, LONDON

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WONKFEST VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

It’s that time again! With tickets selling fast for Wonkfest 5, Vive Le Rock is pleased to present this exclusive taster for Wonkfest 4: The Movie.

Shot as ever by photographer and filmmaker Mark Richards, this clip catches Wonkfest head honchos WONK UNIT in full flight.

The full film features the cream of the UK’s DIY punk scene, including THE RESTARTS, THE MURDERBURGERS, ROUGHNECK RIOT, MING CITY ROCKERS, PIZZATRAMP, NOVA TWINS and many more. It will be upon us very soon….

Wonkfest 5 – The Omen takes pace at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London on Saturday 1 July and promises sets from THE PARKINSONS, THE CRAVATS, The MurderBurgers, MAID OF ACE, PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES, SPRING KING, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, BAD BREEDING, THE KIMBERLEY STEAKS, CALVALOUISE, GREAT CYNICS, SIMON WELLS, SHEEPY, SHOT, THE CUT UPS, Nova Twins, AERIAL SALAD, THE RAGING NATHANS, FUCK YOU IDIOT, MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS, SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS, Pizzatramp, DOMT and of course Wonk Unit.

Tickets at a ridiculous reasonable £22.00 are available here.  As usual, you’re invited to bring food for the buffet and/or a donation to local food banks.

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SENSELESS THINGS UNVEIL NEW TRACK!

SENSELESS THINGS have unveiled a new single ahead of their Shepherd’s Bush Empire reunion show.

‘Lost Honey’ is the band’s first new recording for 22 years.

A limited edition of 100 copies on baby blue swirl vinyl will be followed by a standard release available at Shepherd’s Bush on 25 March and their sold out warm-up at the New Adelphi in Hull on 19 March.

Sleeve art for the single is the work of legendary comic artist Jamie Hewlett – creator of Tank Girl and later GORILLAZ – a long-term collaborator, who provided the art and images for the first two Senseless Things albums and most single releases.

Tickets for the Shepherd’s Bush show – which features support from SKINNY GIRL DIET and THE TUTS – are almost sold out, but you can get them here if you’re very quick.

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Read a new feature on Senseless Things in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, out this week!

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VIVE LE ROCK PRESENTS BRIAN SETZER!

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Vive Le Rock is very proud to present Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot live in London this Summer!!

The 3-time Grammy-winning STRAY CATS legend is set to play The O2 Forum in London’s Kentish Town with his band on Tuesday 11 July. It will be his first London show in 6 years, and his ONLY UK show!!

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 24 February at 9.00am.

Bombing out of Massapequa, Long Island at the tail-end of the 70s, Brian and the Stray Cats took the world by storm, spearheading the early 80s rockabilly revival with numerous hit singles and albums, maintaining a rocking momentum on and off throughout the the past 30 years.

Between times he’s achieved global success completely on his own terms, releasing successful solo albums, bringing swing to the masses with his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra and most recently returning to his rock’n’roll roots with his band the Rockabilly Riot, releasing the live album and DVD Osaka Rocka – Live In Japan! late last year.

Check out ‘Let’s Shake’ live in Japan.

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NEVILLE STAPLE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

SPECIALS founder NEVILLE STAPLE returns with a new album and he’s launching the video for the title track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Return Of Judge Roughneck sees Staple revisiting his Judge Roughneck character from the Specials’ debut album track ‘Stupid Marriage’ on new reworkings of classic Jamaican cuts, alongside brand new material, plus a few gems from his past, the while the second part of the album features a full set of special dub remixes.

Along with his regular Neville Staple Band musicians, the album features a number of guests including former GERALDINE FIBBERS and JAYHAWKS violinist and Neville’s wife Christine Sugary Staple, who co-produced the album along with Neville and Tom Lowry at Coventry’s Planet Studios.

The video was shot by Lee Cogswell and Daniel Thompson at various locations around Coventry,  including the historic Coventry County Court, where Neville was sentenced to borstal during his youth. Further locations include Coventry University’s Moot Room, the local Council Chambers, St Mary’s Guildhall and the Belgrade Theatre.

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Released today Friday 17 February, the album’s available to buy here.

Neville heads out on a UK Tour next week. For dates and tickets, go here.

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MATT BOROFF EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE!

US-born but now resident in Austria, singer-songwriter MATT BOROFF is premiering his new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Thirst’ is taken from Matt’s third album Grand Delusion, which features contributions from producer and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes (PJ Harvey, Queens Of The Stone Age), Jack Irons (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam) and Mark Lanegan.

The atmospheric video was directed and produced by visual artist Austin Settle and was shot on location at the foot of Mount Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria.

With a career stretching back to the end of the 80s, Boroff has toured widely, sharing stages along the way with QOTSA, Nirvana, Kyuss, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and more. Relocating from New York to Austria in 2000, he formed MATT BOROFF & THE MIRRORS, who released three albums, before Matt decided to go solo in 2010.

Set for release on 5 May on Panta R&E, Grand Delusion is available to pre-order from Plastic Head Distribution and though Matt’s website.

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WILKO FOR ROYAL ALBERT HALL!

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Essex R&B legend WILKO JOHNSON has announced a special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall this Autumn.

As well as turning 70 this year, the former DR FEELGOOD guitarist will be marking the 30th Anniversary of the WILKO JOHNSON BAND with this special performance.

As well as being joined by cohorts Norman Watt-Roy and Dylan Howe, he’s promising “family, friends and special guests” for the show on Tuesday 26 September. Tickets are now on sale here.

Wilko has previously announced a series of UK dates for April. Catch him on the road at….

13/04/17 Worthing   Assembly Hall
14/04/17 Bury St Edmunds   The Apex
15/04/17 Cardiff   Tramshed
20/04/17 Newcastle   Wylam Brewery
21/04/17 Nottingham   Rock City
22/04/17 York York   Barbican
20/05/17 Devizes, Wiltshire   Kings Arms

Tickets available here.

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DAMNED ALBUM GIVEAWAY AND VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

The classic 1977 debut album by THE DAMNED is to get the deluxe reissue treatment next month.

The UK’s first ever punk album, Damned Damned Damned is being rereleased through BMG on Friday 17 February, almost 40 years to the day since it was first released by Stiff Records.

To celebrate, Vive Le Rock presents this video exclusive of Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible’s 40th Anniversary Q&A  last year at The British Library – and we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of the album on CD!

Recorded at the fabled Pathway Studios in Newington Green, North London, Damned Damned Damned has been fully remastered and is being released as part of BMG’s The Art Of The Album series, refocusing attention on the album as a format. It comes with new, comprehensive and extensively researched sleevenotes by noted punk writer John Ingham.

Talking of the album’s recording, Captain Sensible reflects, “Damned Damned Damned was almost ‘un-produced’ by our Stiff stablemate Nick Lowe, who managed to capture the energy of our live set spectacularly.  Nick was known as ‘Basher’ as there was no messing about. It’s fairly manic, but also tuneful and, listened to now, still sounds pretty fresh to my ears…. The guitars don’t sound nice – they’re a raw, fuzzed-out thrash – that’s punk rock.  Pathway was a rough and ready studio round the back of an Islington garage.  It was so dark and dingy in there – you had to be careful or you’d knock your beer over.  The sessions took two days, after which the tape was recycled for an Elvis Costello album so there’s no chance of a remix…  Not that you’d want one – it’s perfect!”

Available on vinyl, CD and download, you can pre-order it here.

The band are about to embark on an extensive World Tour, taking in Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, USA and Canada, but will return in time to headline Camden Rocks on 3 June.

Thanks to The Damned and BMG, Vive Le Rock has three CD copies of the album to give away. Just drop us an email to info@vivelerock.net with Damned Damned Damned in the subject box and the answer to the following question….

What other band were ‘mistakenly’ pictured on the original back cover of Damned Damned Damned?

Good luck!

The Damned 'Damned Damned Damned' Art Of The Album edition album packshot (c) BMG Music 2016

Read our review of Damned Damned Damned and the story of the band’s fast and furious year in Vive Le Rock’s 1977 Punk Special – out now!

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RMBLR PLAY THE NAME GAME!

Hot new Atlanta rock’n’roll punks RMBLR release their debut EP next month and are sharing the lead track with Vive Le Rock!

‘Name Game’ is taken from the EP Territory which is released on 7″by Fat Possum on 17 February.

Pronounced Rambler, the band comprises the excellently punk-named Chase Tail (guitar/vocals), Alex Hagen (guitar/vocals), Jason Boyer (bass) and Jake Berry (drums), four punk mercenaries who emerged out of the touring line-up of legendary Atlanta Band, the DINOS BOYS.

Following in a grand tradition of both rock’n’roll and punk, they cite such reliable influences as CHUCK BERRY, THE SAINTS, THE COLOURED BALLS and THE KIDS.

Download ‘Name Game’ from the band’s Bandcamp page.

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