Great Rock n Roll Tribute-Starring

Sex Pistols Experience
Special Guest – Ed Tudorpole (Who Killed Bambi, Swords of 1000 men)
The Latchicos
The Garage, Highbury Corner, London
Saturday 14th April 2012 @ 7pm
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Releases the posthumous album ‘Ya Know?’ on May 30th on BMG Rights Management

Featuring guest appearances from Joan Jett, Steven Van Zandt, Richie Ramone, Lenny Kaye and more

A new Joey Ramone album entitled ‘Ya Know?’ will be released on May 30th on BMG Rights Management. Compiled by Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh, the fifteen-track album primarily consists of previously unheard songs written and performed by the late Ramones frontman, songwriter and visual icon. The album will be previewed with the release of a coloured 7” vinyl A-side single featuring ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Is The Answer’ and ‘There’s Got To Be More To Life’ which will be issued on April 21st as part of this year’s Record Store Day.

Named after a phrase that was a staple of Joey’s conversation, ‘Ya Know?’ adds a significant new chapter to the seminal punk icon’s hugely influential body of work. The tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade and a half of his life. It’s a riveting collection of first-rate songs that embody Joey’s trademark intensity, wit and infectious hooksmanship, and that can stand proudly alongside his most beloved Ramones compositions. It’s also a fitting, if belated, follow-up to Joey’s first solo album ‘Don’t Worry About Me’, which was recorded just prior to his death in 2001 and released the following year.

The swaggering album-opener ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Is the Answer’ (co-written with Plasmatics guitarist Richie Stotts) and the hometown shout-out ‘New York City’ demonstrate Joey’s knack for channeling his personal passions into bracing anthems, while the breezy ‘Make Me Tremble’ (which Joey wrote and recorded with Dictators founder Andy Shernoff) and the bittersweet acoustic ballad ‘Waiting For That Railroad’ find him exploring some of the more introspective territory that he’d been unable to visit within the format of his former band.

Elsewhere on Ya Know?’, ‘I Couldn’t Sleep’ is a collaboration between Joey and Mickey who also teamed up to record a romantic alternate version of the Ramones’ holiday classic ‘Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)’ in Joey’s apartment. Meanwhile, a previously unreleased reprise of Joey’s late-period Ramones tune ‘Life’s A Gas’ ends the album on an appropriately uplifting note.

"The diversity of this album might surprise a lot of people," says Leigh, the album’s executive producer. "I really think it will expand the perception many people currently have of Joey’s scope as an artist. It’s the same Joey that everyone knows and loves, but there are some things on here that are completely different from anything people have heard from him before."

Leigh, along with Joey’s manager Dave Frey, reached out to an assortment of Joey’s talented friends, collaborators and contemporaries in order to bring the album to fruition. It features the production talents of Ed Stasium who produced several of the band’s most loved albums, Joe Blaney who mixed the Ramones’Halfway To Sanity’ and Joey’sDon’t Worry About Me’, and Jean Beauvoir who produced the Ramones’ 1986 album ‘Animal Boy’.

The album’s guests include Joan Jett, who lends her distinctive voice and guitar to ‘21st Century Girl’, and Steven Van Zandt, who plays guitar on ‘Party Line’ and wrote the album’s poignant liner notes, Also featured are drummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of the Smithereens, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, punk survivor Holly Beth Vincent, guitarist Al Maddy, Kenny Laguna, saxophonist Arno Hecht of the Uptown Horns, and members of the Ramones’ punk-era contemporaries The Dictators.

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Great lineup at Nambucca, Holloway Rd. London this sat-2 tone revivalists NEWTOWN KINGS-plus Vive Le Rock faves and Clash styled rockers -ELECTRIC RIVER. SEE YA THERE!!!

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ONE OF THE GIGS OF THE YEAR-LUCK YOU-SAN FRANCISCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20 Years of Rancid / 40 Years of Cock Sparrer

Rancid and Cock Sparrer


Friday March 23, 2012
(2 days left until show)

Cock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential Street Punk bands in history.

2012 sees them celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

The thing about Sparrer is that they’re not just a band. They are childhood friends and have been making a noise since they got together way back in 1972. They were playing, drinking, going to football and generally making a nuisance of themselves when the late 1970s punk scene started in London. Finally it seemed that there were hundreds of like-minded people with the same attitude.

Rarely do a band get the reaction that these guys do. A Cock Sparrer show is an event. It’s like cup final day. A family singalong. Theirs is a career in reverse, they’re bigger now than they ever were. Regularly headlining all the major punk festivals in Europe and occasionally hitting the US to headline events such as Punk Rock Bowling and Riot Fest.

This year is a year of celebration– with friends. And to start it off the band are hooking up with RANCID, who themselves are celebrating 20 years together, for a joint show on 23rd March at the Warfield in San Francisco.

Cock Sparrer — 40 years on, still five blokes in a pub, five mates having a laugh, more than just a band.

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  • The Warfield
  • San Francisco, California
  • Show time: 8:00pm
  • Door time: 7:00pm
  • Age: All Ages+


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Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead discusses his impending solo record, his first.

Quick Chat: Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead
Nearly four decades after founding the thunderous hard-rock band Motorhead, bass-playing vocalist Lemmy Kilmister is still one of the most unforgettable faces in rock ’n’ roll. The gravel-voiced 66-year-old and L.A. resident recently appeared on the 10th season premiere of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” and is about to step out with his first solo record.

You’ve worked with VH1 on various shows. Do you ever watch yourself on-screen afterward?

I usually watch them once, just to make sure I didn’t make too much of a fool out of myself.

You’ve mentioned that you’re a big fan of the strip club Cheetahs. Have you been there since they’ve started booking bands?

I haven’t been there much lately, but I know that’s a mistake. How desperate is that? I want to go there to see some strippers, not some dude with a guitar.

At this stage in your career with Motorhead, why release a solo record?

People kept asking me for one, and I have a lot of songs I couldn’t really do with Motorhead. I’ve been working on the thing for about seven years because I can only do it during the time I’m not with Motorhead. There’s not much of that.

Who have been some of your favorite collaborators on it?

Dave Grohl and Joan Jett were a couple great ones. I should have the album finished in a couple of months. No set release date yet.

You also have a rockabilly side project called Head Cat. Has that style of music always been a part of your life?

Yeah, it’s pretty much what I started out playing as a kid.

Any specific memories from your recent gig on Gigantour with Megadeath and Lacuna Coil?

Our L.A. show was probably the best show we’ve ever played out here. It must’ve been, because I had to miss the next four shows because of laryngitis. I just lost my voice.

Has that ever happened before?

Once or twice, I think.

Since you’re at home in L.A., where do like to hang out?

The Rainbow Bar is pretty much my local bar; it’s right up the street from me. I tend to chase women usually. I catch ’em now and again too.

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THE CULT To Tour U.K. With THE MISSION, KILLING JOKE – Mar. 19, 2012
Live Nation has announced that three of the most incendiary bands from the "alt rock" era are coming together to tour arenas throughout the U.K. this September. THE CULT, THE MISSION and KILLING JOKE will be hitting the road together for the first time in celebration of the dazzling trails they’ve continually blazed through the musical landscape since their respective inceptions. This incredible tour, the likes of which hasn’t been seen before, will be hitting arenas in Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and London. THE CULT, THE MISSION and KILLING JOKE tickets will go on sale on Friday, March 23 at 9 a.m. and will be available from

THE CULT are one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of our time. They have continued to push musical and artistic boundaries making them as vital today as ever. The tour comes on the heels of the band releasing their
brand new studio album, "Choice Of Weapon", due for release via Cooking Vinyl on May 21 in the U.K. (May 22 in North America). The album was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert and the band’s Witch Mountain studio between July and December2011. Longtime CULT collaborator and producer Bob Rock, who produced one of THE CULT‘s most successful albums, the platinum-certified "Sonic Temple", put the finishing touches on the foundations that were laid by co-producer Chris Goss. The new release features founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse.

On this incredible gathering of vitally important musicians, Ian Astbury had the following to say: "This is a fantastic bill and these will be magical shows ,a unique occasion that we look forward to with great anticipation. The band is killing it right now and we are excited to get back to the business of playing live."

Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams left the SISTERS OF MERCY and formed THE MISSION, enlisting Simon Hinkler and Mick Brown into their ranks. Having performed together in Europe before, but never on our shores, this special tour will see THE CULT and THE MISSION performing together for the very first time ever in the U.K.

Speaking on the tour, Wayne Hussey had the following to say: "It’ll be great. We played a festival show in Belgium with THE CULT back in October last year and it was really lovely to see Ian and Billy again, it was like no time had passed at all. We’d gone our separate ways over the years and travelled different roads but I always think of Ian and Billy as brothers in arms, kindred spirits. I’m looking forward to hearing ‘Sanctuary’ every night. And it’ll be great to have KILLING JOKE along, too. I’ve been a long time admirer of Jaz and his cohorts. I was fortunate enough to be able to work with Jaz, he is a huge personality. It’ll be good to see him again."

Since the emergence of the post-punk scene KILLING JOKE have been pioneers across multiple genres from metal, industrial to dance. They have been covered by everyone from METALLICA to FOO FIGHTERS evolving and influencing musical generations for three decades. In 2008 the original members Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker, Youth and Big Paul Ferguson reunited for a sold out world tour which culminated in the band recording the critically acclaimed album "Absolute Dissent" on Spinefarm/Universal. The album went on to win Metal Hammer "Album Of The Year" and they were honoured by Jimmy Page at the Classic Rock Awards for Innovation. 2012 sees them return with highly anticipated new studio album, "MMXII", released April 2 on Spinefarm/Universal.

Speaking on the tour, Youth adds: "KILLING JOKE are honoured and are proud to celebrate together and play alongside THE MISSION and THE CULT, at this great gathering of the tribes. We look forward to unleashing an apocalypse of sonic destruction and giving the crowd a good kick in the teeth."

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We dig into the VLR vaults to bring you this interview with Sex Pistols legend Paul Cook from last year.

Paul Cook has been a been a busy man of late. Working with Edwyn Collins, playing with a reformed Chiefs Of Relief ‘We may release the recording of the Scala show’ and now about to release the second album from his new band Manraze, that just happens to include a certain Phil Collen from Def Leppard.

Did you know Phil and Simon from back in the day and how did that come together?
"Um, not really. I bumped into Phil in the last 10 years or so and we crossed paths when we were touring for the Pistols in ’96. We kind of just talked up about doing a band and it was just like that really. Until recently I bumped into him walking down the Fulham road and he was like, oh yeah I got something for you I’d like you to listen to and all this and see what you think and the thought went from there really. I had a listen to some demos and asked if I wanted to get involved and I said yeah we’ll see how it goes and if it works out and it was quite a long process. We got there in the end and it worked out good."

The album is called Punk Funk Roots Rock, that’s kind of like a mix of all three of your influences and all three parts coming together sort of thing?
"Yeah I guess that’s what it is really. Its all of our influences basically like we were kids basically re-growing up. that’s what we wanted to express with our emotions. We just wanted to combine it all."

Is the reggae influence yours?
"We all grew up in London and I grew up with reggae when I was a kid, and Reggae was on the charts all the time in the early ‘70’s – and it was just really big back then."

And you have a cool cover of Hendrix’s song ‘Fire’ which is brilliant and hard to play and do justice to.
"We play it live a lot, we love playing that live, and we thought let’s try it and get it on the album if we can. And it worked out all right, It’s one we’ve all grown up listening to as well. We wanted to keep it (the band) as a three piece. We wanted to keep it as a nice unit."

Do you find it harder playing it as a three piece? It must be a bit trickier.
"It is a little bit. Singing and playing and stuff like that is, but it pushes you a bit more musically, which is good, and it tests you as a musician playing different styles, and playing as a three piece."

The song ‘Get Action’ sounds a bit like Thin Lizzy.
"Well they were a great rock band, really. I grew up listening Phil and Lizzy, and became friends with them eventually, which is nice. So it’s good to always keep all those influences in there."

And of course you played with the Greedies (various Pistols and Thin Lizzy members)
"Oh, the Greedies that was just a bit of fun. The live shows were good fun."

Are you going to be playing more gigs in the UK and America?
"We are heading over to the states in September for the album release. Towards the end of the year after the album is up and running, we will be heading back to the UK for some shows."

So its still fun for you playing live these days?
"Yeah, I love playing live actually. A lot of people aren’t playing anymore, when they get to that stage in their career, so I cant complain".

We saw John Lydon at Guilfest the other weekend and he was good.
"Yeah, he’s playing all over the place. Been hearing a lot of good feedback from it. He’s seriously good so hopefully he’ll be carrying on with that and making a new album or something".

No plans in the works for the Pistols?
"Not really, not at the moment. Everyone’s busy doing their own stuff but next year it might be different. You never know."

Everybody has been asking will the Professionals (Paul and Steve Jones post Pistols band) ever play again?
"Who knows we might do something. I would like to do some new material cos I don’t really like doing all this stuff without it.I’d be interested and I spoke to Paul Meyers yesterday actually, it might come together you never know".

"One of my regrets was that we didn’t make another album with the Professionals. Them, the Pistols, Chiefs, just one album – story of my life".

PunkFunkRootsRock is out now on Earmusic.

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VLR catches up with Social D’s legendary frontman Mike Ness!

I chose to produce the new album cos I wasn’t that happy with the last production. The songs could have come across a little better if they’d been produced by someone in the band. It’s something I wanted to get into anyways in the future working with young bands. Helping develop them and pulling stuff out of them that they didn’t know they had. I figured it would be as good a start as any to start with my own band and if I fuck up then there’s no one to blame!
In the video for Machine Gun Blues we were just like ten year old boys again, playing dress up and playing with guns.


When I was 5 I would go into my babysitter’s, she was this old lady and I’d go into her guestroom or whatever it was, and turn on the radio. Whatever was going on I don’t really remember, I know things weren’t hunky dory at home, so that allowed me this incredible escape of like a fantasy. I just knew at that age that that was what I wanted to do. I didn’t know if I had any talent or not. And then the influence started coming from music around the house which would be like polar opposites with my parent’s. Mum’s was like The Rolling Stones, some folk music and rock ‘n’ roll. My father’s was more like blues, Johnny Cash and stuff like that. That’s when I first go exposed to stuff like that. I remember the first time hearing The Carter Family, something about the tone in that, it just had this like heartfelt desperation you know that just really touched something in me. And then I had uncles who were young giving me Creedence and Stones records when I was in 3rd grade. By 7th grade everything was David Bowie, T-Rex, Lou Reed and it progressed into the glam stuff so it was only natural that the punk stuff was next. But having that foundation was great of music of the 60s and 70s, whether it was Bad Company or David Bowie it was very blues based rock and roll.
It really built the foundation so when I did finally hit punk you know…that was why we were never, even though we were sometimes labelled a hardcore band I never understood that. Cos we were always like…we were listening to the bands of the first wave of punk which were I feel were very kind of traditional rock just speeded up.
The Sex Pistols are laced with like Chuck Berry you know…

It’s funny too cos you know when you’re 17, 18 you know you kinda like…I mean, I couldn’t make it through a 5 minute blues song for a while. It was just like ‘It’s Wednesday night and we were going out, put on Sham 69 start drinking these beers and we’re gonna go on out and make some noise’. It’s funny cos where I’m staying, my hotel is right on the border of Chelsea and Fulham and one of my favourite bands was The Lurkers. And I was like, ah yeah! This is where they’re from, this is rad man!


I can’t imagine what it would have been like to keep going (on drugs). Cos I mean it was fun when I started, and I started you know 12, 13. You know, thought it was just a harmless gateway. But it was you know, just my personality.For me it went down quick which was good because by the time I was 23 I was done with that part of my life and ready to start channelling that energy into the band.
It’s kind of when we started to really develop a work ethic and realise that you know if I wanted to do this professionally that I would have to start acting like a pro.

I do surfing, I do yoga, I do boxing. I do a little bit of everything. I’m trying to stay fit cos at my age my body’s not gonna take care of itself unfortunately.
On stage you get in the situation where there’s no oxygen and you better hope you’ve got a little bit of stamina!
I collect 30s, 40s and 50s cars and customize them. Got some old Ford coupes and stuff. To me it’s another way of expressing myself, like the way you dress it emotes this attitude. It’s just another form of self expression.

Right now Social Distortion, we’re having a good time.
This album hit some places on the charts that we’ve never been before and that’s great you know. Because you know I mean…we don’t really know what we’re doing you know, you know I’m just a musician. I still write songs to make myself happy and I hope that when I’m done with the record that other people will like it too. To get the reception that we’ve got at this stage of the game is great.
With the ‘Machine Gun’ video, I just like the fact that we made a short film. I wanted even less performance than it is, cos if people wanna see what we look like with a guitar in our hand then they can come and see us live, so let’s just make a short film that shows the not so glamorous side of that life. It was just really what the song’s about.
My youngest son is in it, and is a natural actor, he doesn’t know it but…you know I’m really proud to have him in there.

My 3 favourite gangster movies are The Godfather, Goodfellas and Bonnie and Clyde. I started crying when I was a boy when that came out. Cos Hollywood made them so loveable.
Goodfellas’ just had really believable acting. Amazing, just really very convincing. That guy Joe Pesci was just brilliant…

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KING MOB are the hottest gun-slinging rock’n’roll machine out there right now. Their debut album features an all-star cast including Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, the Pretenders Martin Chambers, guitar legend Chris Spedding, former Sharks frontman Snips and hot new guitar player, Sixteen! King Mob’s debut album is out now on SPV, and they play their Vive Le Rock sponsored show at O2 Islington Academy on We March 28th with a host of all star guests – we asked Snips for a word!

How did King Mob come together?
"After composing and producing instrumental music for 30 years, I suddenly felt the urge to sing in a beat group again."

Were you looking for such an all-star band?
"All-Star meaning everyone in it is a star. In the world of King Mob, reputations are just dust in the fire."

Sixteen is a real talent.
"Sixteen was our second choice after Jimmy Page, but we did ok finding him. The fact that he is young and good looking is just something we have to live with."

King Mob’s rock’n’roll sound is a real up to date twist of a classic genre. Is that what you were aiming for?

"Everything is FRESH if you love it, and the Twist is still my favourite dance."

What have you got planned for the London O2 academy show – and what special guests will be coming along?
"It’s a feast of guitars. We are extending some of the songs from FORCE 9 to incorporate the guests. Phil Manzanera will sail on China Waters, Wilko Johnson will be a Lover Of High Renown, and Mick Ralphs will have an extended conversation with King Mob. Glen can sing and play whatever he chooses to! We will also feature four new songs which we have recorded for our second album."

Stephen W Parsons (vocals) • Chris Spedding (guitar) • Sixteen (guitar) • Toshi Ogawa (bass) • Martin Chambers (drums)


with special guests including:



“…exotic tremolo guitars shimmer while echo-drenched vocals wrap themselves seductively around some 21st century boogie beats – and it rocks like a bastard. Can’t wait to see them live.” (Classic Rock)

“Think The Godfathers clashing with a slicker Alabama 3” (MOJO)

“…sounds so brilliantly fresh it’s one of the best things I’ve heard this year.” (Big Cheese)

As a new year dawns, KING MOB are looking forward to working hard on the live circuit, with dates already scheduled for the UK and the rest of Europe and summer festival dates in the offing. Many more dates are still to be officially announced but KING MOB will play London’s O2 Academy Islington on 28th March with some very special guests including Phil Manzanera, Glen Matlock, Wilko Johnson and Mick Ralphs.

At the end of last year brand new English beat combo, KING MOB released their stunning debut album Force 9.

KING MOB began life when vocalist Stephen W Parsons approached his old friend and ex-Sharks colleague Chris Spedding with the idea of forming a new band. Following a highly successful film and advertising career, Stephen had taken time out for a while and found himself DJ-ing at The Axe club on Hackney Road. Every Friday and Saturday night from midnight until 6am, the joint jumped to Stephen’s old school music in the form of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Ike & Tina et al. Realising that these pre-1977 sounds were going down a storm with the younger crowd, Stephen’s passion for the sheer excitement and energy of R&B was re-ignited and happily Chris Spedding agreed to come on board to form a new combo of talented like-minded musicians from either side of the generation gap.

“King Mob came to rock the joint and raise the dead. We will continue to do so in 2012” (Stephen W Parsons)

KING MOB + special guests




TICKETS: £12,50




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The Vibrators were there from the start. So we asked '77 punk veteran and Vibrators frontman Knox to share his memories of John Lydon (Sex Pistols, PIL), our cover star for the latest issue of Vive Le Rock (issue 6).

First off, did you know John Lydon and were you aware of the Pistols?
“We were aware of the Pistols prior to playing with them, in fact Eddie, our drummer, had driven Bazooka Joe to play in St Martin's Arts School the previous October, or some time before Christmas, so it would have been 1975 and the Pistols that was their very first gig, supporting Bazooka Joe. I don’t think they were that good, they were jamming or something, and had to go and get amps. The best thing would be to talk to Eddie, but he is away on tour. I was sort of aware of them, and that they had a very good sort of image and were in the press, so they were on the radar. We turned up to play. and they were reasonably friendly. I think they had people there trying to interview them, so they were probably busy with that. They were probably a bit nervous of you, as you might be of them, but when they played they were brilliant. Johnny Rotten’s fantastic. The only thing I thought they fell down on slightly was Steve Jones' guitar sound. On the records I think it’s layered up with like six guitars or whatever, but when he was playing live you just had a twin reverb. I think it was on a chair or something. It was loud but it wasn’t that much of a fat sound, that was the only thing, but they played brilliant. They came with this fantastic visual package and Johnny Rotten was really doing his sneering stage thing. What I found really weird was about a year or so ago, I'm not sure if it was with the Vibrators, but we were back in the 100 Club and there was The Sex Pistols Experience playing. And the singer they had was so like Johnny Rotten it was like time hadn’t passed, taking us back there. It was a very peculiar kind of experience. That time I felt like was back at that same gig.”

Was there competition at that point between bands like The Vibrators and the Pistols? Were you aware of that?
“Not really. Possibly slightly. There weren’t so many bands out there. They’d already got all the attention. I think we were very pleased to be supporting them and we were sort of new. They had all that kind of management, they had their attitude thing and everything in place. I think later on, for every gig that they were doing, we were doing about a dozen gigs. We were out in the suburbs, it’s quite nasty out there. You’re the first band in town. A bit later on, after that nasty 100 Club thing with the Damned, punk became synonymous with violence, so you are on the front line as it were. I mean, nothing ever really happened, but being in these places - it’s aggressive, a really scary atmosphere. It’s like being in a kind of war zone. I mean, maybe bands have again created that today. I don’t know really.”

Did you see the Pistols when they came back?
“No I didn’t. I listened to them, I think live on the radio. I haven’t seen them, apart from that time we played with them and when we played with them with the Heartbreakers over in Amsterdam, in the Paradiso. We did two nights there with them.”

How was it playing in somewhere like Amsterdam, when punk was all new and the Pistols had just gone there?
“Well, very exciting. I think we were out there possibly on a tour before - or that might have been part of the tour - and then we did the two nights with them. And you’re the first people, it’s very busy with people wanting to interview you, very newsworthy. It’s extremely kind of exciting and probably at the same time, kind of tiring, doing all those interviews before you’re playing. It’s that kind of adrenaline.”

Did the shows go well down in Holland?
“They went down pretty well. I think on one night they went off stage, I think they had some stuff thrown at them. Johnny Rotten just stayed on the stage doing his nasty staring like, 'let’s not be naughty boys and girls'. I think the people throwing the stuff, I don’t think it was dangerous. I think it was celebratory throwing if there is such a thing.”

What do you think of John Lydon’s work with Public Image?
“I’m not that familiar with it, but I know people that see it and think it’s fantastic. The other day someone said they’d seen Public Image one time a few years - maybe quite a few years ago - and that they were terrible. But on that last tour, which I would’ve liked to have seen, I heard that they were really, really brilliant, so I dunno. Also I like some of the songs stuff like ‘Rise’ and all that stuff. I haven’t heard Johnny Rotten’s other stuff. Hasn't he got a thing called Psycho’s Path?”

KNOX IS RECORDING WITH THE VIBRATORS - Knox is currently in the studio (5-15 March 2012) recording with The Vibrators. Mainly his songs, and they're hoping to get lots of guest singers on this album

KNOX RECORDING WITH THE KNOXVILLE BOYS - Knox recorded with the Knoxville Boys (a cut down line up of theTrailer Trash Orchestra), Fri. 9th March to make an EP to sell on the upcoming German Tour (see dates below).

19-27 May - GERMAN TOUR - The Knoxville Boys





“Bourbon Soaked Snake Charmin’ Rock’N’Roll Cabaret”

Saturday 17 March 2012


KATY PRADO & THE MAMBOLEROS – Latin Rockabilly Cha Cha Bizzness!
EMPRESS STAH- Erotic Circus Cabaret Starlet!
FLORENCE JOELLE’S KISS OF FIRE – Rhythm’n’Blues Chanteuse!
MISS MIRANDA- The Voodoo Priestess!
THE ROCKETEERS – Rockin’ Revue!
MICHELLE BRENNAN – Smokey’n’Sultry Songstress!

dj Scratchy – Resident Wax-Spinner

The Lexington
96 – 98 Pentonville Road N1 9JB
Tel: 0207 837 5371
Tube: Angel/Kings Cross

Doors 8pm
Show starts 9pm
Drinkin’ and Dancin’ till 4am.

Tickets £9.99 in advance from 



Time Out


Saturday 31 March at Osto Bar, Dalston E8
Lady Ane & Paul-Ronney Angel welcomes you to:
***The hangout joint for cheating magicians, drunk musicians and other exotic species***
The Dalston Devil Trio & Roxy Velvet perform 9pm-3am £6.66

Saturday 21 April at The Lexington
Delaney Davidson – Bad Luck Hobo!
Ophelia Bitz – Fire Eating Ring Mistress!
Rhino and the Ranters – Cow Punk Gospel Blues!
Tropics Of Cancer – Trollmors Vuggesang Single Launch!
Bob Slayer – Rock’n’Roll Comedian!
Future Shape Of Sound – Space Age Gangster Soul!
dj Scratchy – Resident Wax-Spinner!
Tickets here:

Sunday 6 May at The Garage (BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND!)
Vive Le Rock and Gypsy Hotel presents:
The Grit, Roddy Radiation (The Specials), 999
DJ’s Ray Gange, Paul-Ronney Angel plus a host of circus and cabaret stars!
(8pm – 2am) Early bird Tickets only £10 from

Saturday 19 May at The Lexington
Trans-Siberian March Band – Wold Beat Brass Oddities!
Fancy Chance – Burlesque Terrorist No. 1!
The Long Insiders – Twang’n’Tunes!
Dalston Fisting Club – Double Dippin’!
Tricity Vogue – And Her Ukulele!
dj Scratchy – Resident Wax-Spinner!

Tuesday 5 June at Islington Academy
The Urban Voodoo Machine + supports
Tickets on sale 9 March

Saturday 16 June at The Lexington
The Troubadours – Folk Rock Explosion!
Buffalo’s Wake – Gypsy Punk Orchestra!
The Ladykillers – Rockabilly Garage Guys!
John Crampton – Footstomping Blues & Bluegrass!
dj Scratchy – Resident Wax-Spinner!



Gypsy Hotel Vol 1 is compiled by our resident wax-spinner dj Scratchy and host Paul-Ronney Angel, Gypsy Hotel Vol 1 features 16 of the finest bands that have played the club including The Urban Voodoo Machine, the Jim Jones Revue, Mama Rosin, Little Victor, Nigel Burch, Trans-Siberian March Band and many more!

Released through Gypsy Hotel Records/RSK Entertainment available on CD with a tasty 24 page booklet and Download. Full track listing and order info here: 

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LIKE ALL good wild rock alter egos, the panstick-painted persona of maniac Medics’ leader ‘The Doctor‘, is a confusing character to converse with. No longer playing 300+ gigs a year, he’s today closely reconciled to polite parent-of-four Clive Jackson, whom neighbours in rural Welsh community Libanus know as a chap who sits on the local school board.

It’s a perplexing pair of personalities to put together, and Vive le Rock is only grateful not to have met the man who moved to Mexico in 2003. That bloke appears “when I do local radio – I’ll do you a favour and not let you publish that as the truth”, the Doc cackles (fairly certainly, Clive isn’t the cackler). “I play that card to root out the ones who’ve only read Wikipedia” he smirks.

The Doctor admits a certain amount of the mystery is cultivated, and even endorsed sources’ telling of the truth may be muddied. Although eagerly aiding the remastering and repackaging of the Medics’ first three albums and a singles compilation for reissue recently, the Doc preferred to pass responsibility for the sleevenotes to good friend Hari Oakham, who he remembers “said ‘do you want to check them?’. I said ‘no, I’ll read them when it comes out’. The thing about being ‘not proper famous’”, he muses mischievously, “is that no-one really knows what the truth is”. If he himself knows, he‘s telling only “the more far-fetched stories tend to be the truer ones”.

In a sense, Oakham‘s simultaneously economic and embellished biography is perhaps the truest representation to be drawn for a group who masked themselves in distorting acid trip imagery, to tout a baffling blend of influences. Those hallmarks developed initially at Alice In Wonderland, the 80s London clubnight the Doc and Christian Paris established to be “the direct antithesis to what was going on at the time”. Thinking New Romantic “too serious”, Alice liked to “go back to glam, psychedelic and punk”, and in no particular order. Straight playlists were scorned, and punters “would come down and say ‘ooh, a psychedelic club”, to have their records set skew-whiff; when Alice spun “Johnny Cash, Nirvana – Johnny Cash after Nirvana!”.

While the strange music brewed in London, The Medics’ freaky image and fine-tuned sense of the absurd were nurtured on Alice ‘Mystery Trips’; outings which variously found the regulars caught in a cave during a power cut, and lost in Lowestoft when their coach driver called one way enough. Finally, the pieces fused to form a band for the sum of £5 – bet (and still owed) to the Doctor by a member of The Marble Staircase – who gave The Medics their first gig. “Ravensbourne Art College, 1982”, the Doc remembers, “two weeks earlier he’d said ‘you’ll never form a band….‘”.

It’s thought the money never materialized because of “sour grapes – we blew them off stage!”. Were it that way, The Marble Staircase lost all pride, no doubt, when four years later the monster they made turned up on Top of The Pops. Spirit In The Sky, and the fleeting fame following it, is assumed by many to have become a millstone to The Medics later, and indeed even the distributors’ of the recent reissues in their notes deem the band “unfairly remembered” for it. Here however, the Doctor is unusually generous with the truth, declaring “as life unrolled after Spirit… I loved every minute of it!”.

Looking over the albums, the Medics have certainly made a suitably solid originals catalogue to be creatively content in their career, and the Doc forges forward still, maintaining a steady live schedule and now gearing up to record the long-due next album. He admits to wondering “’what am I going to write about?’” once he’d set this goal and finding little inspiration in available precedents. “I listened to a lot of records by people who’d got to a certain age and they sounded like bitter old men. I didn’t want that, and I certainly didn’t want to get jiggy with kids”, he shudders.

So he took to “looking back to what I used to do”, and realized pretty swiftly the Medics never did need a precedent. And weren’t about to find one, on this plane, at least. Instead, “it was all about this fantasy world, part myth, part history, part religion – once I put it all back in there it just started flowing”.

Alison Bateman


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The Cure have been announced as headliners of this years Reading/Leeds festival along with the FooFighters. Other Vive friendly bands include Gaslight Anthem-and well-not much else really. The Lock Up stage will be announced soon.

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No Goverment legends-ANTI PASTI have been added to a brilliant Rebellion festival lineup. Also recently added were the Only Ones and of course this months Vive Le Rock cover stars PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED. For the full line up go to-

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