EDDIE & THE HOT RODS celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their classic single ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ with two special shows this weekend.

The single, written by manager Ed Hollis and guitarist Graeme Douglas, newly arrived from fellow Southenders THE KURSAAL FLYERS, was released on 29 July 1977. The first single from their second album Life On The Line, it soared to No 9 in the UK charts, becoming the band’s biggest hit. It has since been covered numerous times, by the likes of MICHAEL MONROE, THE ALMIGHTY, DIE TOTEN HOSEN, THE BUSINESS, PETER BRUNTNELL and MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND.

The current line-up of the band play a hometown show at Chinnery’s, Southend on Friday 11 August, with support from THE MEDIA WHORES and HEADLINE MANIAC – tickets.

They then play the 100 Club, London on Saturday 12 August, joined once again by The Media Whores – tickets.

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Original punk legends CHELSEA have been in the studio recording a brand new album. Bassist Mat Sargent got in touch to let Vive Le Rock know how things have been going down…..


Saturday Night Sunday Morning in 2014 was Chelsea’s first album in 10 years so the fans were ready for a new album. A killer line-up with James Stevenson from the first recording line-up and Nic Austin from the Evacuate period both on guitar.  The album did very well and for the 40th Anniversary the record company released the three Chelsea Anthology box sets of the complete studio recordings and unreleased demos.  All the studio albums were also reissued on limited edition coloured vinyl, which got the collector fans wanting more.  
The record company, Westworld Recordings, asked us to record a new studio album for the bands 40th Anniversary so in January 2016 Nic and I worked on demos, writing 4 tracks together –  ‘You’re No Fun’, ‘Control’, ‘Sun Stop Shining’ and ‘I Can’t take This’.

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Nic and I both wrote the lyrics and music for ‘You’re No Fun’, it was the first track we wrote for the album.  Nic came up with a haunting riff for ‘Control’, I did a ‘Shakin’ All Over’ type bass line for the verses and we wrote the lyrics together, Nic wrote the hooky chorus.   Nic and I jammed ‘I Can’t Take This’, it just happened, it was a telepathy like when we’re on stage, we just knew where we were going with that song. Nic wrote the lyrics for the verses and I wrote the lyrics for the bridge.  ‘Sun Stop Shining’ was a song I wrote with a friend in mind, the late Tony Van Frater (bass player for Cockney Rejects / Red Alert) who had passed away a few months before.  Nic wrote the lyrics for the chorus and added the Chelsea morse code guitar. 
Nic had written 4 tracks of his own – ‘Fashion’, ‘Suit In The Spotlight’, ‘Let Me Go’ and ‘Something In The Air’. I’d also written a track ‘Old Town’ whilst I was in Florida visiting my Dad.  I had a dream about going back to my old town in Yorkshire but everything had changed and everyone had moved on.  It was the first time I’d written a song from a dream, I jumped out of bed one morning around 6am and scribbled the lyrics down around.  I remember an alligator swimming past in the lake in front of the house whilst I was writing it.

I went over to Gene’s place a few times times for writing sessions in February and March 2017, we wrote ‘Jackie Got A Gun’, ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Sands Of Time’. Gene had already written some lyrics so I strummed the guitar and we wrote some extra parts for the songs.   I’d already written the music for ‘Jackie’s Got A Gun’ and Gene’s lyrics fit the track really well.  Gene had the idea for ‘Mission Impossible’, he even had a riff for it which he sang to me whilst I strummed along and wrote the chorus & solo.  When Gene sang me ‘Sands Of Time’, it reminded me of the Dave Goodman ‘Rocks Off’ era of Chelsea. Straight away knew it was asking for an acoustic feel.  
James came to a couple of writing sessions at Gene’s place when we wrote ‘I Don’t Know, I Don’t Care’. Gene and James wrote the chorus and Gene and I wrote the verses.  James also played through an old song called ‘Just Like Me’ which he’d written in 1978 for Chelsea but had never got used.  When Gene heard it he said, “That old thing, sounds alright though, why don’t we do that then?”…  So we did. 
I went over to Nic’s in April where we demoed the tracks I’d done with Gene and James.  Nic and I also wrote a new song ‘Make It Happen’ which just happened. Again it was the telepathy between us both, it just came from nowhere, we wrote the lyrics and music together.

After listening to the demos on CD for a few weeks, Nic, Lee and I rehearsed the album in the basement of the ‘Hand In Hand’ pub in Brixton during April and May before we went into the studio to start recording.
On the 3rd June we went to Panther Studios in Surrey and ‘Mr. Lee’ laid down all the drums for 15 songs in just under 6 hours. The following day I put all the bass down which took around 5 hours and we started on rhythm guitars.  On the thrid and fourth day we cracked on with guitars and did the backing vocals.  A friend of mine Sam Jones popped over to the studio and played piano and flute on a track, James also recorded some rhythm guitars and did a few solos.  On the sixth and seventh day I worked on tidying the tracks up with producer Dick Crippen getting the backing tracks ready for Gene to do his lead vocal.  I redid a couple of bass tracks and Lee did some tambourine & shakers.

On Saturday the 10th of June after the first week in the studio, we played at the Camden Underworld for Gene’s birthday bash. Playing a gig just before going into the studio was a great way to warm Gene’s voice up for the recording session.  It was an excellent show with Chron Gen and Department S supporting, opening up the show for us.

A few days after the gig, Gene came to the studio and spent 3 days recording the vocals.  James came back to the studio and finished his guitar tracks for all the songs.  I spent a couple of days sifting through the tracks with Dick, getting the best takes and getting the tracks ready for mixing.   Nic, Lee and I spent the last few days of the recording session doing final over dubs and mixing the tracks.
The album was initially to be called Mission Impossible and with 15 tracks to record & mix in just under 3 weeks it seemed an apt title.  Mission accomplished!

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Industrial rock giants FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY are to play in London this month as the only UK date on their European Tour. And Vive Le Rock has two pairs of tickets to give away!!!

The Vancouver band play the O2 Academy Islington on Thursday 24 August, supported by German band DER REST.

Formed in 1986 by ex-SKINNY PUPPY member Bill Leeb in 1986, Front Line Assembly have successfully combined the influence of early electronica with elements of rave and metal on a string of pioneering albums including Caustic Grip, Millennium and Hard Wired. The current tour will see the return of original member Rhys Fulber.


To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to their Islington show, just send an email to with FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY COMP in the subject box with the answer to the following question….

Which UK record label put out FLA’s classic late 80s/early 90s albums Gashed Senses & Crossfire,
Caustic Grip and Tactical Neural Implant ?
…and we’ll pick two winners at random.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 13 August. Good luck!
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Aussie rock legends and Vive Le Rock faves ROSE TATTOO are set to return with a new line-up. And holding down the bottom end is none other than former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans.

Evans joined AC/DC in 1974, playing on their debut album High Voltage and leaving after the release of Let There Be Rock in 1977. Later replacing ex-Tatts guitarist Mick Cocks in heavy rockers HEAVEN, more recently he’s joined former BUFFALO and COUNT BISHOPS frontman Dave Tice in the acoustic duo TICE & EVANS.

News of the new Tatts line-up was broken in a Facebook post by another new member, former ANGELS guitarist Bob Spencer. Joining Evans and Spencer in the band are former AUSTRALIAN CRAWL drummer John Watson, Dai Pritchard – the band’s guitarist for the past decade – and of course frontman Angry Anderson.

Anderson, Evans and Pritchard recently hooked up in the band BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS, a touring outfit put together in celebration of the music featured in writer Murray Engleheart’s essential Aussie rock history book of the same name.

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London punk-jazz trio THE N.J.E. release a new single today, unveiling the video with Vive Le Rock!

Their highly original take on JIMI HENDRIX’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ heralds the band’s long-awaited debut album Afloat, which is out next month.

The video was shot by Liv Bedford at the trio’s regular haunt, Indo Bar in Whitechapel.

The NJE – or Near Jazz Experience – were formed in 2010 by three musicians with 2 Tone Records connections – sax-player Terry Edwards and drummer Simon Charterton are former members of Norwich punk-funkers THE HIGSONS, while Mark Bedford is the longstanding bassist with MADNESS. Between them, they’ve put in time with the likes of IAN DURY, NICK CAVE, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, SIOUXSIE, SNUFF, ALEX HARVEY, SPIRITUALIZED, TOM WAITS and BIG STAR.

Most recently Edwards has been a member of GALLON DRUNK, PJ HARVEY’S HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT and Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey’s BOWIE tribute, HOLY HOLY. He also joins Bowie pianist Mike Garson on his Aladdin Sane dates this autumn.

The 11-track album brings together studio recordings and live tracks, recorded at Indo and elsewhere.

Set for release on Friday 1 September through Sartorial Records, Afloat is available to pre-order here.

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Yorkshire punk duo CHAMBERS are unveiling their new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ follows on from the pair’s previous singles ‘Hostile’ and ‘Sister Doom’ and is released through I’m Not From London Records this Friday 4 August.

“We filmed the video in four scenes which each highlight different moods and emotions experienced in relationships,” they say. “The song was originally written with an Alice In Wonderland theme in mind. Sometimes in life you can feel like you’re sinking down in to a bottomless pit, much like the one in Alice in Wonderland, where the more you worry about a situation, the worse it gets and you ultimately sink further and further in to a pit of self-doubt.”

The video was directed by Patrick Mateer and Josh Moore.

Recently winning funding from the PRS Foundation’s Open Music Fund enabling them to concentrate their resources on further recording and touring, the pair – who hail from Leeds and Hull – have already shared stages with the likes of Black Honey, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Clean Cut Kid and Louise Distras.

Chambers head into the studio later this year to work on a full EP. In the meantime they’ve got a bunch of festivals and gigs lined up. Full dates so far are….

4 August – Preston – The Ferret
5 August – Humber Street Sesh – BBC Introducing Stage
18 August – Driffield – Tribfest
19 August – Ashton Under Lyne – The Station Hotel
29 August – Hull – The Sesh
17 September – Worcester Music Festival – Firefly
2 October – Hamburg – Hafenklang (Germany)
4 October – Amsterdam – Vrankrijk – WTF QUEER Wednesdays (Netherlands)
5 October – Arnhem – Cafe De Wacht (Netherlands)


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Ace Italian antifa mob LOS FASTIDIOS have just unveiled a new video.

‘Clandestino’ is a cover of a song by French world-punk legend MANU CHAO and is taken from the band’s current album The Sound Of Revolution which is out now through Kob Records.

The band from Verona have just arrived in the UK and play The Duke Of Wellington, Shoreham tonight and Rebellion over the weekend. Full dates are below….

02.08 Shoreham – Duke of Wellington
03.08 Wrexham – Saith Seren
04.08 Blackpool – Rebellion (Acoustic stage)
05.08 Blackpool – Rebellion
06.08 Glasgow – Stereo Cafe Bar w/The Wakes
07.08 Aberdeen – Vulture Lounge
08.08 Edinburgh – Bannermans Bar w/Oi Polloi
09.08 Hereford – The Booth Hall
10.08 Derby – The Hairy Dog
11.08 London – AWOD – Boston Arms
12.08 Winchester – BoomTown Fair

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PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES frontman Peter Bywaters was barred from entering the US at the weekend for impersonating Donald Trump!

The band had been due to play the Punk Invasion Festival in Orange County but on landing in San Francisco last Friday, Bywaters was detained by Customs & Border Protection officials and interrogated for 6 hours. During that time he was confronted with photos and videos of himself dressed as Trump from the band’s last German Tour, where Bywaters was particularly scathing about Trump and US politics in general. His passport and phone were confiscated, he was fingerprinted, DNA swabbed, photographed and forced to make a sworn statement before being put on a plane back to London. During the 11-hour flight home he was denied any alcohol, as United Airlines have a policy of refusing alcohol to deportees!

The rest of the band played the festival with the help of guest vocalists Joey from Narcoleptic Youth, Ron from Lower Class Brats, Gabe from Oi Scouts and Mike from Blank 77.

On 1 September Peter and The Test Tube Babies will release their new single ‘Crap Californian Punk Band’ featuring Lars Frederiksen. As previously announced, their new album That Shallot will be released on 15 September.

“A US Tour or festival will never ever happen again!” says Bywaters.

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As you may have seen, Vive Le Rock has entered the world of rock’n’roll book publishing with our new brand, Extradition Books!

Our first two volumes are available to order now, unavailable anywhere else!

Metal Guru – The Life & Music of Marc Bolan is author Paul Roland’s fascinating biography of the the glam rock god: over 238 packed pages it features brand new interviews, anecdotes and chapters from everyone who knew Marc including David Bowie and The Damned’s Captain Sensible. Brilliantly illustrated with a wealth of rare photos, posters, flyers and memorabilia, it’s something that no self-respecting Marc fan will want to be without.

Priced £15, it’s available to order here.

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We’re also delighted to bring you Some Weird Sin, UK Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs’ incredible diary of life on the road, playing alongside Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy in Iggy Pop’s band on his 1988 world tour. The book charts an explosive sex, drugs and alcohol-fuelled 232-night sprint around the globe as henchmen to the Igfather, illustrated with more than 50 images – many previously unseen. Unbridled chaos and wild times ensue!

Also priced £15, get it now here.

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Rejuvenated Leicester rockers CRAZYHEAD have announced more dates around their performance at Indie Daze 4 in October.

With some members of the original band recording playing together for the past couple of years in SWAMP DELTA, the band were invited to reunite for this year’s Indie Daze all-dayer at The Forum, Kentish Town, London on Saturday 7 October.


Full Crazyhead dates are….

15 Sept – The Donkey, Leicester
16 Sept – Doghouse, Nottingham
29 Sept – NEM, Heanor
7 Oct – The Forum, London
2 Dec – Lending Room, Leeds

Crazyhead’s back catalogue is now available digitally through Bandcamp.

Check out the video for ‘Baby Turpentine’.

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