NEW 2xCD ALBUM ŒSPOT THE DIFFERENCE¹ OUT NOW > > > South London¹s favourite sons will return to what they do best this winter > when Squeeze take to the road for their biggest UK tour in over 10 years! > The boys will invite their fans to ³Spot The Difference² at 22 dates > across > the country, kicking off in Bournemouth on 14th November and concluding by > returning home to play three separate London venues in four days. > > > > Releasing their first EP ­ the cheekily titled ŒPacket Of Three¹ - in > 1977, > Squeeze shot to fame thanks to the pithy Œkitchen-sink¹ lyrics and new > wave > guitar music that have since become their trademark. Having numbered Jools > Holland and Paul Carrack within their ranks, and working with the likes of > Elvis Costello and Velvet Underground¹s John Cale, Squeeze became a > fixture > of the UK¹s music scene over the course of their 13-album career, before > splitting in 1998. > > > > Despite tentatively reforming in 2007, Squeeze have so far refused to > tread > the well-worn reunion path by trading on their past glories, which have > included hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic such as Cool For Cats, > Tempted, Hourglass and Up The Junction. Instead they have gradually been > re-establishing the informal live show that made them such favourites in > the > first place, their festival appearances and gigs to date honing the > chemistry that saw co-founders and ever-presents Chris Difford and Glenn > Tilbrook dubbed ŒThe New Lennon and McCartney¹. > > > > They are joined on this tour by fellow Squeeze favourite John Bentley, > with > the line-up completed by Glenn¹s solo bandmate Simon Hanson on drums. > Although Stephen Large has toured with the band since 2007 ­ notably > playing > the keyboard solo for ŒPulling Mussels (From The Shell)¹ on an iPad on a > recent US TV performance ­ he is now taking a sabbatical to be MD for > Duffy's band. So Squeeze are proud to welcome their old friend Steve Nieve > back into the fold. As well as appearing on several Squeeze albums, he was > formerly a long time member of Elvis Costello¹s band The Attractions, and > is > already a key part of Squeeze¹s most able line up yet ­ Glenn commented > "we > now welcome with open arms and baited breath the incredibly talented Steve > Nieve, who joins a long list of pianists that have joined Squeeze for a > second time.  Both I and my colleagues in Squeeze are dead chuffed." > > > > This set of dates will cap an exhilarating 2010 for the Squeeze boys. In > March they had the site of their first ever gig in Greenwich commemorated > by > a PRS for Music Heritage Award, one of only a few bands to receive this > honour alongside Blur and Dire Straits, and in October they were awarded > with the PPL / Radio Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, joining the likes > of Sir Paul McCartney, Gary Barlow and Trevor Horn. Meanwhile the summer > found them playing to their fans in the USA ­ Squeeze having long made a > mockery of the belief that English bands cannot travel across the pond. > Both > continue to gig separately as well. Glenn is currently working on his > fourth > solo record with old friends Nine Below Zero, while Chris has also been > busy > with his new album ŒCashmere If You Can¹, which saw a release this summer > through the innovative new Saturday Morning Music Club label. > > > > > > Glenn Tilbrook continues to be involved with the Love Hope Strength > Foundation, and this year trekked to the summit of Mount Fuji, following > previous expeditions to the top of Kilimanjaro and Base Camp at Everest. > LHS > will have a stand at each of Squeeze¹s shows to spread information on the > music-centric charity¹s work fighting cancer. > > > > With their new album ŒSpot The Difference¹ Squeeze have successfully > recaptured the vigour of their performances first time round, inspiring > Chris and Glenn to set aside some time early next year to start writing > the > first new Squeeze material in over a decade. > > > > More than 30 years after ŒPacket Of Three¹, will Squeeze fans be able to > spot the difference? Certainly not if the infectious enthusiasm that the > band still bring to their live shows is anything to go by! > > > > Sunday 14TH November                       Bournemouth O2 Academy > 0844 477 2000 > > Monday 15TH November                     Reading Hexagon > 0118 960 6060 > > Tuesday 16TH November                     Bristol Colston Hall > 0117 922 3686 > > Thursday 18TH November                   Cardiff St David¹s Hall > 029 2087 8444 > > Friday 19TH November                        Nottingham Royal Centre > 0115 989 5555 > > Saturday 20TH November                    Sheffield O2 Academy > 0844 477 2000 > > Monday 22ND November                     Aberdeen Music Hall > 0844 4999 990 > > Tuesday 23RD November                     Glasgow O2 Academy > 0844 4999 990 > > Thursday 25TH November                   Newcastle City Hall > 0191 261 2606 > > Friday 26TH November                        Leeds O2 Academy > 0844 477 2000 > > Saturday 27TH November                    Manchester Apollo > 0844 477 7677 > > Monday 29TH November                     Liverpool Philharmonic > SOLD OUT > > Tuesday 30TH November                     Birmingham Symphony Hall > SOLD OUT > > Thursday 2ND December                     Cambridge Corn Exchange > SOLD OUT > > Friday 3RD December                           Norwich UEA > 01603 508 050 > > Saturday 4TH December                      Plymouth Pavilions > 0845 146 1460 > > Monday 6TH December                        Southampton Guildhall > 023 8063 2601 > > Tuesday 7TH December                        Brighton Dome > SOLD OUT > > Thursday 9TH December                      London Indigo2 > SOLD OUT > > Friday 10TH December                         London Forum > SOLD OUT > > Sat 11TH December                               London O2 Shepherds Bush > Empire                 SOLD OUT > > Sun 12th December                              London O2 Shepherds Bush > Empire                 0844 477 2000 > > > >  
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 GODFATHERS:   ŒSHOT LIVE AT THE 100 CLUB¹  NEW DVD / CD RELEASE, LONDON SHOW @ CARGO,  WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 1st 2010  CARGO, 83 RIVINGTON STREET, SHOREDITCH, LONDON, EC2A 3AY  TELEPHONE: 0207 739 3440  TICKETS: £14 IN ADVANCE OR £16 ON THE DOOR  TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM: WWW.TICKETWEB.COM & WWW.GIGANTIC.COM  The Godfathers, bespoke purveyors of dynamic, 100% full-on rock and roll action, are to release their first full-length DVD (with a CD soundtrack of the DVD), entitled Shot Live At The 100 Club, on Monday, November 1st 2010. To celebrate the release, the band ­ featuring brothers Pete (vocals) and Chris Coyne (bass and vocals), with guitarist Del Bartle and drummer Grant Nicholas, play a London show at Cargo in Rivington Street on Wednesday, December 1st. This is the band¹s final show in London this year, where they will perform highlights from Shot Live At The 100 Club as well as premiering some fine new material that will feature on a forthcoming studio album, to be released in 2011.     The Godfathers are also available for interviews and sessions in support of Shot Live At The 100 Club and the Cargo show in London ­ please contact Indiscreet PR for further details.    
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Keith Morris of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and (most recently) OFF!, has been immortalized in a new throbblehead figure. This figure capturing Keith in full-on live mode is limited to 1000 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall, and is made of a "super strong" polyresin.

Previous iconic musicians organized in the series include GG Allin, Milo Aukerman, Joe "Shithead" Keithley, The Dwarves and Tesco V.


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 SAVE THE 100 CLUB what have Alan  McGee & Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream got in common, other  than  Creation records? They are both behind the ground breaking scheme set  up by  a trio of music fans to save the 100 club on London's Oxford Street  from  becoming the latest in a line of iconic live venues to shut up shop due  to  ever increasing overheads.  The scheme aims to raise the capital needed to  buy out the present owner and  run the historic venue as a NOT FOR PROFIT  outfit. They are asking for  donations, initially pledges, to raise the funds  and anyone that donates  directly to the scheme will become a "member of the  100 Club" and will have  a say in the major decisions taken by the  Trustees.  The former Oasis label boss, Alan McGee gets behind the  campaign by saying "  The 100 club is a national treasure and should be  saved. It is at the  heartbeat of rock 'n' roll music in London. Its a  magical venue."  A spokesman for the savethe100club campaign told the BIG  CHEESE "We are  doing this because above all we love the place and don't want  to see it go  the way of other small clubs in London, It has an amazing  legacy but it also  has the potential to be great again and we want to see  the "next big thing"  discovered at the venue, we hope to save the future by  preserving the past".  <http://www.savethe100club.co.uk> <http://www.savethe100club.co.uk/>     
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Ari Upp, the flamboyant lead singer of the 70s girl punk band ‘The Slits has died of cancer at age 48.

Up, whose real name was Arianna Forster, was the granddaughter of a wealthy newspaper man from Germany. Her mother was a music publisher who counted among her friends Jimi Hendrix and John Anderson of the band ‘Yes’ who was her godfather.

The Slits  performed punk and Reggae as they toured with ‘The Clash. They were the opening act.

Having no formal training Arianna did her own thing and was good at it. The Slits disbanded in 1981. Up recorded a solo album ‘Dread More Dan Dead’.

Touring with re-start version of ‘The Slits’ Up toured as late as last year. She also did solo concerts with her back up band ‘The True Warriors’.

Some of the colorful titles of ‘The Slits’

  • Spend Spend Spend
  • Shoplifting
  • Ping Pong Affair
  • Difficult Fun

The covers of their albums were usually adorned with lots of flesh, tasteful for the most part….sometimes not (google ‘The Slits’ Peel Sessions.


RIP punk queen, your fans will miss you.

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  MOTORHEAD ALBUM AND TOUR-TO READ MORE CHECK OUT LATEST ISSUE OF VIVE LE ROCK!  BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM: 'THE WÖRLD IS YOURS¹ Released: December 13th       Legendary rock¹n¹roll band Motörhead is proud to announce the formation of 'Motörhead MusicŒ as they prepare to release ŒTHE WÖRLD IS YOURS' this December. Joining forces with EMI Music Services, Motörhead Music is owned by Motörhead and represents their very first venture into the record company business.     Motörhead have never just been the best rock'n'roll band in the world. They've never just been the loudest. Or the hardest. Or the toughest. Or the bad-ass-est. No... Motörhead are also a lifestyle.     Motörhead are a mindset, a belief, a way to live your life, a way to both survive and beat a society that sometimes seems intent on trying to grind you down.     Which is why Motörhead have chosen now, in what might be some of the most tense times in recent global history, to release a hell-raising, rebel-rousing rock¹n¹roll statement known as 'THE WÖRLD IS YOURS'.     Written and performed by Lemmy Kilmister, Philip Campbell and Mikkey Dee in both Los Angeles, CA and Wales, with production once again by Cameron Webb, 'THE WÖRLD IS YOURSŒ serves to remind everyone that you should never stop questioning or critiquing a society that would surely chew you up and spit you if given half a chance. And with 10 soul-scorching testaments to the unbridled power this world-famous trio continually maintain, 'THE WÖRLD IS YOURS' delivers some of the finest, most important Motörmusic yet.     On instant classics such as 'Get Back In Line', Kilmister thunders that "The way we are is not the way we used to be my friend", and "We are trapped in luxury, starving on parole, no-one told us who to love, we have sold our souls", whilst on 'Brotherhood Of Man' Kilmister roars "You cannot hide the truth from me I know whatŒs in your heart, greed and jealousy each equal, all your days now dark". And with the defiant, uproarious 'Rock¹n¹Roll Music', Kilmister and co remind everyone that "rock¹n¹roll music is the true religion" and "rock¹n¹roll even gonna set you free, make the lame walk and the blind see."     Recorded during the late spring, the albumŒs creation was thrown into turmoil by the poor health and sad eventual passing of Philip CampbellŒs father; the situation dictated that Philip needed to be home during some of the scheduled recording time, so Motörhead hired a studio in Wales where Campbell was able to continue working on ideas and record tracks whilst first Mikkey and Lemmy, and then just Lemmy, laid down the rest of the album in LA. But being Motörhead nothing phased them, and with 'THE WÖRLD IS YOURS' the band have triumphed over adversity to produce an absolute stormer in this, their 35th year as THE greatest, loudest and just plain goddam coolest band around.         THE WÖRLD IS  YOURS   01         Born To Lose 02         I Know How To Die 03         Get Back In Line 04         Devils In My Head 05 Rock¹n¹Roll Music 06         Waiting for the Snake 07         Brotherhood Of Man 08         Outlaw 09         I Know What You Need 10         Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye   Produced by: Cameron  Webb          Motörhead on  Tour: 11/08/2010         Aberdeen  AECC 11/09/2010        02 Academy Glasgow 11/10/2010         Newcastle City  Hall 11/12/2010         Blackburn King Georges  Hall 11/13/2010         Llandudno Arena 11/15/2010         Derby Assembly  Rooms 11/16/2010        02 Apollo Manchester 11/18/2010 Leicester De Montfort Hall 11/19/2010         Bristol Colston Hall 11/21/2010         Southampton  Guildhall 11/22/2010         Cambridge Corn Exchange 11/24/2010         Wolverhampton Civic  Center 11/25/2010        02 Academy  Leeds  11/27/2010        02 Academy Brixton   11/28/2010 Brighton  Centre 11/30/2010         Germany,  Dusseldorf  Philipshalle 12/01/2010         Germany, Hanover AWD  Hall 12/03/2010         Germany, Trier  Arena 12/04/2010         Germany,  Stuttgart  Schleyer-Halle 12/07/2010         Germany,  Berlin  Arena Treptow 12/08/2010 Germany,  Wiesbaden  Rhein-Main-Halle 12/10/2010         Germany,  Chemnitz Arena 12/11/2010         Germany,  Munich  Zenith 12/13/2010 Switzerland, Winterthur/Zurich Eishalle  Deutweg 12/14/2010         France, Lyon Halle Tony Garnier 12/16/2010         Spain, Durango Feria de  Muestras 12/17/2010         Spain, Barcelona, St. Jordi  Club 12/19/2010 Spain,  Madrid La Riviera    
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   GMT-featuring 70s punk/rock n roll guitarist Bernie Torme are on tour!!  (Guy, McCoy & Torme) ARE COMING TO ROCK A TOWN NEAR YOU THIS NOVEMBER A 7 DATE TOURETTE  Thur 18th: THE RAILWAY ~ BOLTON Fri 19th: THE VOODOO LOUNGE ~ STAMFORD (LINCS) Sun 21st: DINGWALLS ~ LONDON Thur 25th: AREA 81 ~ BRISTOL Fri 26th: REVOLVER ~ BIRKENHEAD Sat 27th: BLACK FLAG ~ WAKEFIELD Sun 28th: THE MUSICIAN ~ LEICESTER IT'S PUNK, IT'S ROCK, IT'S ROLL IT'S EVIL TWIN 2010 IT HAS BEEN CALLED A 3 WAY MARRIAGE GONE HORRIBLY RIGHT! SO RAW IT MAKES SUSHI TAST LIKE 7 MONTH OLD HADDOCK! IT IS THE PERFECT THREESOME! BERNIE TORME'S GUITAR SHREDDING JOHN McCOY'S RUMBLING BASS ROBIN GUYS'S AWESOME DRUMS BETWEEN THEM THEY MAKE UP G.M.T  .  THE BANDS THESE GUYS HAVE PLAYED WITH INCLUDE: GILLAN  ZZEBRA  BRUCE DICKINSON  OZZY OSBOURNE  SAMSON  TIGERTAILZ  THEIR DEBUT ALBUM 'BITTER & TWISTED "A typically monstrous slab of punk-tinged psychedelic hard rock, overlain with squalling guitars, Whammy bar torture tactics and barely intelligiable, electric soup-fuelled vocals, 'Bitter & Twisted' is worth tracking down right away."  FOLLOWED UP BY 'EVIL TWIN' "GMT prove that with a basic 3-piece band, you can still do unheard of things - one minute it's a white-knuckle rollercoaster ride,with Robin doing his best 'Keith Moon' on "You Can't Hold Me", then next stop is an epic blues-based tale ('Perfumed Garden') invoking the Dartford Tunnel..." AND NOW YOU CAN HEAR THEM LIVE IN A TOWN NEAR YOU! 
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 The Jesus and Mary Chain Upside Down: The Best OfŠ Out 15th November  Colossal, violent, electrifying, The Jesus And Mary Chain made a profound impact on the music of their generation and played an integral part in shaping the sound of British music for years to come.  Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus And Mary Chain (out November 15th on Music Club Deluxe, a division of Demon) is a 2 CD career-spanning overview that marks 25 years since their first album Psychocandy. The very first of its kind for brothers Jim and William Reid and their many notable musical cohorts, Upside Down features all single ŒA¹ sides, key album tracks and rarities, with guest appearances by Shane MacGowan (The Pogues) and Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), and, of course, original drummer Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream).   Named after the band¹s groundbreaking debut single, this collection coincides with the release of the documentary film Upside Down: The Story Of Creation Records, which features interviews with The Jesus And Mary Chain, the label¹s first big breakout act. Both of the band¹s Top 10 UK chart toppers -- ³April Skies² (no. 8 in May 1987), and ³Reverence² (no. 10 in February 1992) -- are herein, along with ten other top 40 hits. Included also are two tracks never before found on a Jesus And Mary Chain release: their 2008 recording ³All Things Must Pass² (recorded for the US TV programme Heroes) and ³45 RPM² (previously only available on an XFM compilation).  Actively touring since their reformation in 2007, The Jesus And Mary Chain headlined the Meltdown festival that same year, their first UK appearance in nearly a decade, followed by a sold-out show at Brixton Academy. Their distinctive feedback-saturated wall-of-sound has increasingly been acknowledged by a new generation of bands such as The Raveonettes, The Horrors, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dum Dum Girls and Wavves; and their songs have frequently appeared in TV and films (Sofia Coppola¹s Lost In Translation made great use of their classic ³Just Like Honey²).  Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus And Mary Chain  CD 1      CD2 1. Just Like Honey 3.02    1. Half Way To Crazy 3.41 2. April Skies 4.01     2. You Trip Me Up 2.26 3. Blues From A Gun 4.44    3. Rollercoaster 3.46 4. Far Gone And Out 2.51    4. Birthday 3.57 5. Some Candy Talking 3.18          5. Happy Place 2.24 6. Come On 2.14     6. Something I Can¹t Have 3.04 7. Head On 4.12             7. I Hate Rock¹n¹Roll 3.44 8. I Love Rock ¹n¹ Roll 2.37    8. Tower Of Song 4.50 9. All Things Must Pass 4.28    9. Vegetable Man 3.35 10. Reverence 3.41     10. In A Hole 3.03 11. Sidewalking 3.35     11. Kill Surf City 3.12 12. Cracking Up 4.41     12. 33 1/3 3.19 13. Upside Down 3.00            13. Cherry Came Too 3.03 14. Never Understand 2.59    14. Between Planets 3.27 15. The Hardest Walk 2.39    15. Moe Tucker 3.19 16. Happy When It Rains 3.37   16. Little Stars 3.34 17. The Perfect Crime 1.36    17. God Help Me 2.48 18. Sometimes Always 2.32    18. New York City 2.00 19. Almost Gold 3.19     19. Nine Million Rainy Days 4.28 20. Darklands 5.29     20. Drop 1.58 21. 45 RPM1.52             21. Black 5.19 22. Head 3.51             22. Psychocandy 2.55   www.myspace.com/thejesusampmarychain thejesusandmarychain.org www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk 
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 Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor and Stephen Dale Petit are joining forces to save The 100 Club and the gig has sold out in 4 days! Rolling Stones guitarists Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor are rumoured to be amongst an increasing list of renowned musicians who will join New Blues guitar pioneer Stephen Dale Petit live onstage on December 1st at London's famous, under threat, 100 Club. Would a feature on the gig be possible please? If you would like guest places or would like to interview Stephen, please let me know. Thanks : Steph - Manilla PR Ltd The 100 Club has the an incredibly unique history and heritage, hosting history-changing appearances from stars like Glenn Miller and Louis Armstrong in the 40's, Howlin' Wolf and BB King in the 50's, The Stones, The Who & The Kinks in the 60's, The Clash & The Sex Pistols in the 70's and Oasis and Travis in the 90s. More recently The White Stripes and The Kings Of Leon have used it as their venue of choice for intimate London gigs. As widely reported here and in recent broadsheet and tabloid press, the 100 Club is threatened with closure. Guitarist Petit, who has strong connections with many of the Guitar World's greats, is mounting the benefit gig to raise awareness and support for the club. Californian-born Petit, who has headlined the prestigious club nearly a dozen times, says 'The first gig I went to in the UK was Alexis Korner at The 100 Club. There is no other venue like it on earth ' when you walk downstairs it's like entering a magic portal. I always feel honoured to perform there, and this show is going to be extra special'. Organizers will not be drawn on an increasing list of stellar rock names, rumoured to be making an appearance on the night, currently flooding the internet. They will only comment that more guests will be confirmed at www.stephendalepetit.com in the coming days. Meanwhile Facebook page membership has rocketed from nothing to over 15,000 in a matter of days and a website www.savethe100club.co.uk features thousands of fans comments. Tickets are £35 advance, £38 on the door. Online at www.wegottickets.com/event/96517 All profits go to the Save The 100 Club campaign.    
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 Edwyn Collins Announces details of a new single.   The most uplifting guitar-pop album of the year ­ 5/5 The Daily Telegraph He¹s made one of the best British albums of the year ­ 8/10 NME Equal of anything he has ever written ­ 4/5 Sunday Times A career masterpiece ­ 5/5 The Fly   Edwyn Collins has announced details of the release of a new single. Do It Again will be released through Heavenly Recordings on Monday 6th December 2010.   The single, featuring Alex  Kapranos and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand and taken from Edwyn¹s recent much-acclaimed album Losing Sleep, features the B-sides You¹re Gonna Love It.   The album also includes tracks co-written with Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs and The Drums and is the first long-player Edwyn¹s written and recorded since his serious illness in 2005.  Having already played London¹s Queen Elizabeth¹s Hall and 100 Club, Edwyn has recently announced details of an extensive UK tour. Support on all the UK dates comes from The Kinbeats, a young German band he loved so much he decided to produce their record at his West Heath Studio.  The full list of dates are as follows:   NOVEMBER 4th                        Brighton                        Komedia 5th                        Oxford                                    Academy 2 6th                        Leeds Brudenell Social Club 7th                        Glasgow                        Oran Mor 9th                        Newcastle                        Cluny 10th                        Manchester                        Deaf Institute 12th                        Preston                                    53 Degrees 13th                        Liverpool                        The Well 14th                        Bristol                                    The Fleece 15th                        Birmingham                        Glee Club  Tickets for the UK tour in November are priced at £15 and available via www.ticketweb.co.uk <http://www.ticketweb.co.uk>  (Brighton, Oxford & Newcastle), www.gigsandtours.com <http://www.gigsandtours.com> (Manchester, Bristol & Birmingham), www.lunatickets.co.uk <http://www.lunatickets.co.uk> (Leeds), www.pclpresents.com <http://www.pclpresents.com> (Glasgow), www.seetickets.com <http://www.seetickets.com>  (Preston) and www.secure.ticketline.co.uk <http://www.secure.ticketline.co.uk> (Liverpool).   Additionally, Frankie & The Heartstrings, whose debut album is currently being produced by Edwyn and Seb Lewsley at their West Heath Yard studio, will provide main support on the first 6 dates of the tour.   
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 SOCIAL DISTORTION TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM ON JANUARY 17, 2011    Rock 'n' roll icons Social Distortion <http://www.socialdistortion.com/> have officially announced the release of their long awaited, highly anticipated new studio album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which is set for January 17.  A follow-up to their acclaimed album Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes is the band's seventh studio album and first release in over six years.  Fans are invited to download the first single, "Machine Gun Blues," via iTunes on November 8.    Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes builds on singer Mike Ness' twin footings, one in the haunted American landscapes of Hank Williams and the other in the raw swagger of Exile-era Rolling Stones.   While these twin pillars have always been behind Social Distortion's anthemic songs, on Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes they come roaring to the fore, in one of the hardest rocking, most soulful, albums of Ness' career.    After years of working with various producers in the studio, Mike Ness took on the duty for the first time with their new album.  The band entered a Burbank studio in early 2010 where they recorded for the next several months in between spring and summer tour dates which included Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. In early October the band wrapped up recording before heading out for their fall US tour.    "It's something I've always wanted to do," Ness explains.  "I love being on that side of the board.  Even though I've co-produced all of our records, I always was there for everything.  It just came to a point where I was like 'I think I want to try this, I want to do this ourselves.' By being at the helm this time allowed so much more focus for me to the fine details of every aspect of it, whether it was performances, or tones, or arrangements, backing vocals..everything."    Self-produced and teamed with legendary punk rock label Epitaph Records, Social Distortion maintain the rebellious credibility that made them a household-name decades ago with the release of their latest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.    Social Distortion gets straight to business on Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes with the grooving instrumental intro "Road Zombie," setting the album's tone before segueing into what's possibly one of the band's finest written songs to date, "California (Hustle and Flow)," which gives nod to the Stones with backing gospel singers, greasy solos and enough attitude to redline a '40 Merc.    "California (Hustle and Flow) was an early idea last year," says Ness.  "It started out as pretty much a roots rocker, ended up morphing into kind of a tribute to the Stones.  Also if you listen to the opening line it's third person, and it's talking about some kid with an attitude and dyed jet black hair and motorcycle boots and running around like he don't care. It basically chronicles my career in music.  Just how it started out, how rock n roll has been good to me.And I'd like to think I've been good to rock 'n' roll ya know."    Fans will find familiarity in tracks like "Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown" and "Diamond In The Rough," which combine the band's inimitable vintage sound with their contemporary vision.    "("Diamond In The Rough") that one is pretty autobiographical..so many faults, yet so little time.  What are you gonna do?. Better write a song."    Without warning Social Distortion kicks the album into overdrive with their first single, "Machine Gun Blues," a sneering modern day Bonnie & Clyde outlaw anthem which encompasses the album's rebellious attitude.  The band only takes a few moments on the album to slow things down and like Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll's "Footprints on My Ceiling" the band momentarily dial it back for the gentile biker bar dance number "Bakersfield," which flows gracefully into the modern rocker "Far Side of Nowhere."  Ness pays tribute to his idol Hank Williams with a dark rockin cover of "Alone and Forsaken," which gives him a chance to slow things down again for what's sure to be a fan favorite live song "Writing on the Wall."  Closing out the album, Social Distortion cranks it all the way to 11 with "Can't Take It With You" and "Still Alive."    Bruce Springsteen has "been a fan of Social Distortion for a long long time," Guitar World has ranked Mike Ness as one of the coolest guitarists of all time and now with the release of Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, Social Distortion has further cemented themselves as one of the great rock bands of all time.    Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes Track Listing:  01. Road Zombie 02. California (Hustle and Flow) 03. Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown 04. Diamond In The Rough 05. Machine Gun Blues 06. Bakersfield 07. Far Side Of Nowhere 08. Alone And Forsaken 09. Writing On The Wall 10. Cant Take it with You 11. Still Alive    For More Information:  www.socialdistortion.com  www.myspace.com/socialdistortion  www.epitaph.com    
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 Another Reybee Productions present... THE ENGLISH BEAT!!! I            "              Wakeling has assembled an engaging group of players... He easily              revved up this Denver crowd, hungry for Saturday night fun."               - Denver Post            "Dave               and friends can still whip the hell out of most of              the Third Wave groups" - Village Voice            THE              ENGLISH BEAT              Gets Ready to Celebrate Samhain in Los Angeles              Adds More Tour              Dates on Both the East and West Coasts!              Dave                  Wakeling of The English Beat                  Photo credit: Bryan Kremkau                  Click for hi-res          New            York, NY -            In the midst of a cluster of weekend shows in their homebase of            California, Two-Tone ska legends THE ENGLISH BEAT are            beginning to look forward and prepare for a swing of shows of the            East Coast. But before they pack things up and shoot Eastward, they'll            be celebrating the Celtic celebration of end of Harvest Season on            "Samhain," better known these days as            its more commercial offspring, "Halloween." "I enjoy            celebrating samhain because it explains what on earth we are doing            on Halloween," laughs lead vocalist/guitarist Dave            Wakeling. "I like all the festivals based on the turns            of nature like the Winter and Summer Solstice! There is something            elemental about them that feels more comfortable and more evolved            from the modern world we live in."          For English Beat, they'll            be kicking up the plows on October 31st at Los Angeles' Henry            Fonda Theatre to partake in the Gaelic celebration. "I            will probably wear a costume," he continues, "but            it can be hard to sing and play guitar well. In previous            years, I have worn my normal stage clothes and said my            costume was that of a Confused Middle-Aged Rock Star!" Their            East Coast swing begins on Dec. 8th in Annapolis, MD and includes            dates in Brooklyn, Hoboken, Connecticut, and more (dates below).          The English Beat's irresistible            blend of ska, reggae, and punk has made them undeniable stars throughout            the last three decades and, in fact, this year marks the 30th Anniversary            of their 1980 debut I Just Cant Stop It.            As a testament of their longetivity, their music has been heard            recently in Hot Tub Time Machine ("Save It            for Later"), Shrek Forever After ("Click            Click") and even in Target commercials ("Tenderness"            as their post-English Beat break up band, General            Public). Among the other uber-memorable hits include            Mirror In The Bathroom, I Confess,            "Doors of Your Heart", and "Tears            of a Clown" among many others.          As a major part of the            two-tone ska music revolution of the late 70s and early 80s, alongside            their stablemates The Specials, Madness, and The Selector, the musical            juggernaut that is lead vocalist Dave Wakeling hasn't            lost any momentum in songwriting. He and his bandmates managed to            find time between endless touring to lay down demos for their forthcoming            release (planned for 2011). Their new songs such as "The            Love You Give Lasts Forever", "How Can You Stand There"            and "Said We Would Never Die" are quickly            becoming fan favorites and live staples.          This isnt just            any ska band, English Beat is THE ska band!              THE                  ENGLISH BEAT                  Tour Dates              Oct                  21 Yoshis San Francisco, CA                  Oct 22 Saugus Speedway Saugus, CA                  Oct 23 Last Day Saloon Santa Rosa, CA                  Oct 29 House Of Blues Anaheim, CA                  Oct 30 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach, CA                  Oct 31 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA                  Nov 05 Fishlips Bakersfield, CA                  Nov 06 Romanos Concert Lounge Riverside, CA                  Nov 12 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA                  Nov 13 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA                  Nov 19 SLO Brewing Company San Luis Obispo, CA              Nov                  20 SoHo Santa Barbara, CA                  Dec 08 Ramshead On Stage Annapolis, MD                  Dec 09 Bell House Brooklyn, NY                  Dec 10 Fairfield Theatre  Stage One Fairfield,                  CT                  Dec 11 Fairfield Theatre  Stage One Fairfield,                  CT                  Dec 12 Infinity Hall Norfolk, CT                  Dec 14 Maxwells Hoboken, NJ                  Dec 15 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH                  Dec 16 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction, VT                  Feb 4 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA                  Feb 5 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA            www.myspace.com/officialbeatspace            www.twitter.com/EnglishBeatFans            www.facebook.com/EnglishBeatFans 
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Your guide to Issue 1’s free Vive Le Rock covermount CD…

The ultimate anthem to kick off the very first CD on the debut issue of Vive Le Rock ,a classic by Adam and the Ants from their Apollo 13 album from 1985. Written with guitarist Marco Pirroni, this proves that, when he’s on top of his game, there’s nobody better than Adam.
The most iconic frontman in new wave has just finished recording his brand new studio album which is scheduled for a 2011 release.Catch him live in London in November for the memorial show for former Ant, Mathew Ashman.

Formed by Kirk Brandon from the remains of the lauded Theatre Of Hate in the early 1980s, Spear Of Destiny are currently gearing up for their Vive Le Rock-sponsored tour. If you needed any further swaying as to why this is one for the diary then this exclusive, remixed ‘Suicide God’ is one hell of a sonic reason.

London’s premier bourbon-soaked gypsy bop ‘n’ strollers return with an exclusive taster from their upcoming new album. Turning the blues inside out, ‘Cheers For The Tears’ is a barroom brawl set to music, throwing horns, stripper-inciting percussion and a real sense of swing into the mix. Read more about them on P52.

Kicking out punk ‘n’ roll jams like they’re going out of style, Electric River bring a whole lotta soul to the punky party. A five-strong wrecking crew hailing from London and the South East, they’re touring up until the end of December – miss them at your peril!

Having become a punk icon as drummer with this month’s Vive Le Rock coverstars the Ramones, Marky Ramone is still keeping the soul and the spirit of the bruddas alive and kicking with his new band Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg, currently on a world tour. Joined by former Misfits frontman Michale Graves (who wrote it, with Ramone handling production), this brand new song is an anthemic track powered by Ramone’s powerful beats and Graves’ distinctive vocals. 1, 2, 3, 4!

When you’re talking about legendary figures within the psychobilly scene, they don’t come much bigger than P. Paul Fenech. As frontman for the unstoppable Meteors he’s a force to be reckoned with – something he’s compounded on with his solo work. Dripping with attitude and filthy licks, ‘Legions Song’ is taken from album ‘International Superbastard’. It rocks like one too.


Sonic innovators and political agitators, Jaz Coleman’s Killing Joke have returned with a new album in the form of the colossal ‘Absolute Dissent’. A state of the world address that pulls no punches and aims as much for the head as it does the jugular, ‘Endgame’ is one of the standout tracks on an album of genius.

Influenced by the likes of The New York Dolls and the Velvet Underground, Andy J Gallagher first came to the fore with offbeat Britpop group The Shopkeeper Appeared. Hailed by former Damned member Roman Jugg as “a lyrical genius”, there’s plenty of evidence of that here on ‘Something Else’.

Fronted by the phenomenal Becki Bondage, Vice Squad have been standing strong and proud in the UK punk scene since they formed in 1978. Still hungry after all these years, ‘Punx United’, taken from latest album ‘London Underground’, roars out of the speakers like a tiger escaping captivity in a zoo.

The famed ‘70s band who hit the charts with the immortal ‘Is Vic There?’ have returned. While singer Vaughan Toulouse might no longer be with us (he passed away in 1991), the band are back together and re-stoking the fire that drove them in the first place with this jazzed up, slice of new wave .

Straight out of Canada, the Creepshow continue to represent all that’s glamorous and deadly in the world of psychobilly. With new album ‘They All Fall Down’ (from which this track is taken) the band have taken their sound to the next level – and how.

One of Denmark’s oldest and longest running punk rock bands, The Zero Point continue to astound and amaze. Releasing latest album ‘Shameless Selfpromotion’ recently, they continue to put bands half their age to shame.

Part Elvis and part Misfits, Denmark’s Volbeat combine hard rock, elements of rockabilly and ‘50s style crooning to winning effect. Taken from new album ‘Beyond Hell/Above Heaven’, you’ll have already read about them in our Down On The Street section, now hear them for yourself!


Goldblade frontman John Robb is a busy man. When he’s not writing for Vive Le Rock he’s busy being number one punk soul brother for the mighty Goldblade. A stone cold classic, ‘Jukebox Generation’ is the perfect way to end the very first Vive Le Rock CD!

A rising star in the art world, the visual skills of Hop74 are undeniable. Whether he’s working with stencils and spray cans to create pop art and portraits or carving the face of Arnie into pumpkins, the punk rock spirit runs through all of Hop74’s work – just check out the Queen/Elvis mash up of this month’s Vive Le Rock CD! To find out more visit Hop74.com

Responsible for the effects on the cover to this month’s CD, Steve Kitchen is a master of graphic design and illustration. Check out more of his work over at Combination13.com


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Rolling Stones superstars Ronny Wood and Mick Taylor are among the first artists rumoured to have signed up alongside blues rocker Stephen Dale Petit for a one-off benefit gig in support of London’s legendary 100 CLUB.

With an official lineup announced later this week, the exclusive December 1st show is expected to be a blowout and should hopefully raise a few valuable quid for the cause.

"The first gig I went to in the UK was Alexis Korner at the 100 Club," reminisces Petit on the subject, "There is no other venue like it on earth – when you walk downstairs it’s like entering a magic portal.  I always feel honoured to perform there, and this show is going to be extra special."

In similar news, cockney ska collective Buster Shuffle have recently revealed their secret weapon in the war against the 100 Club closure.  Available for download at bustershuffle.co.uk, the band’s newest song/video acts as a call to arms to the music masses, as lead singer Jet Baker explained:

"The video and track is intended to be a viral that will spread the message, we cannot let The 100 Club go without a fight,"

Listen up people! Let’s save our scene!

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After the threat of closure for London’s legendary punk/rock venue 100 CLUB, a Facebook site with more than 12,000 supporters and messages of support from the likes of Glen Matlock, Mick Jones and Paul Weller, you can help to save the venue. They’re trying to raise half a million pounds by late November to keep the venue’s doors open as a non-profit making collective.

The Save The 100 Club group, completed by Tony Morrison and Craven Brides’ manager Rob Ryan, hope to plan a board of Trustees elected by the donors to run the venue. A donation entitles any donor to an equal say in decisions. They also hope to raise further finance from sponsorship, charities and merchandise.

Long Tall Short drummer Jim Piddington (one of the duo behind the Facebook appeal) explained:

"the only way the 100 Club’s gonna stay open is with a large injection of cash and that has to be pledged by November 15, 2010 if the club is to have any chance at all. Pledges can be made by visiting savethe100club.co.uk. The minimum donation is just £10 but the sky is the limit."

Get involved and save the 100 Club!

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The planned movie about IGGY POP, with former hobbit Elijah Wood playing Iggy, is no longer happening. Iggy himself put a stop to the biopic film, although a documentary about his life, directed by Jim Jarmusch, is still in the works.

About the scrapping of the film, Iggy told Australia’s ‘Triple J Radio’:

“It’s nothing against Elijah, and the script was OK, but they sort of wanted me to jump out of cakes and do promotional things and I didn’t really want to get involved. (Plus), I didn’t think it was time for someone else to tell our story because, inevitably, it’s not just my story, it’s everybody I worked with.

“When I’m dead then people can do that to me (make a movie). If somebody did want to make a biopic of me, I think they should get Lindsay Lohan, actually. She looks like me and she’s the only one with enough attitude, too. They could tape her boobs up or something. She’s been in jail at the right age and everything, so I thought she could do it.”



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