Writer, actor, broadcaster and musician RICHARD STRANGE is to celebrate the music of LOU REED on tour this Autumn.

The DOCTORS OF MADNESS frontman will be performing a selection of the New York legend’s songs – including classics intermingled with some obscure gems – in six cities during September, backed by a world class band.

With legendary musician, producer and arranger Terry Edwards of Gallon Drunk, PJ Harvey and The NJE acting as musical director, the line-up features guitarists Kevin Armstrong (David Bowie, Iggy Pop) and Paul Cuddeford (Ian Hunter, Trent Miller), keyboardist Florence Sabeva (Earl Slick) and drummer Dave Imby (Kid Creole).

You can catch Richard Strange and co on the following dates…

Sat 21 Sept – Jubilee Church, Hull
Sun 22 Sept – Zanzibar, Liverpool
Mon 23 Sept – Arts Centre, Norwich
Tues 24 Sept – O2 Islington Academy, London
Weds 25 Sept – Arts Centre, Colchester
Thurs 26 Sept – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham

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A new pop-up shop is opening in Soho in celebration of all things WHO.

WHO @ 52 will be opening at 52 Brewer Street, London W1F 9TQ over Friday 14th and Saturday 15th from 10am to 6pm.

The venture will celebrate the legendary band’s return to Wembley Stadium for the first time in forty years, along with the release of their Tommy Orchestral, a live version of their pioneering rock opera, performed with a full symphony orchestra last year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the seminal 1969 album.

Items for sale in the shop will include the Tommy Orchestral album on CD and vinyl; an exclusive limited edition 7″ of ‘Pinball Wizard’ ONLY available at WHO @ 52; official Who merch, including a bespoke t-shirt and poster; tickets for the Wembley Stadium gig on 6 July.

The shop will also include an exhibition of rare Who memorabilia and shoppers will be invited to compete in a special Pinball Wizard Challenge.

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Vive Le Rock recently hung out at London’s Hard Rock Cafe for Stevie Van Zandt’s live DJ set and radio broadcast of his Underground Garage Dance Party. The long-time member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and actor famous for The Sopranos series brought along his wife Maureen Van Zandt, who also plays his wife in The Sopranos.

A crowd of fans hoping to get their Van Zandt CDs and records signed gathered under the stage at the entrance of the Hard Rock. Van Zandt pulled up in a blacked-out 4×4 and entered through a side door to huge applause before grabbing the mic and opening his radio show with The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’.

The appearance comes off the back of the new album Summer Of Sorcery from Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, Little Steven’s first album of new material in 20 years. The band recently kicked off their live tour in May.

The show lasted two hours and featured Van Zandt’s usual mix of old school rock’n’roll embellished by his own stories as a fan and a performer. He took a break to meet everyone in the audience and spent a lot of time having pictures with fans.

Paula Frost

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Scots punks MURDERBURGERS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Turning 30 Was An Eye Opener’ is the opening track from the band’s latest album What A Mess released last March.

The video was made by and stars Kyle from Lovers Turn To Monsters. For fans of going apeshit in a room on your own.

Frontman Fraser heads out for solo dates during June, followed by full band shows around Europe with FLAMINGO NOSEBLEED, followed by appearances at Wonkfest and Rebellion. Full dates are…

8/06/19 – Dunfermline – Monty’s (Fraser solo)
19/06/19 – Inverness – The Market Bar (Fraser solo)
20/06/19 – Aberdeen – The Cellar (Fraser solo)
21/06/19 – Dundee – Conroy’s Basement w/ Nelson Savage + more (Fraser solo)
24/06/19 – Bristol – The Exchange w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
25/06/19 – London – New Cross Inn w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
26/06/19 – Leicester – The Soundhouse w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
27/06/19 – Stafford – Redrum w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
28/06/19 – Manchester – Gullivers w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
29/06/19 – Glasgow – TBC w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
30/06/19 – Edinburgh – Banshee Labyrinth w/ Ogikubo Station (full band)
02/07/19 – Vorselaar, Belgium – Den Tip w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
03/07/19 – Osnabruck, Germany – Substanz Haus w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
04/07/19 – Luneburg, Germany – Asta Wohnzimmer w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
05/07/19 – Berlin, Germany – Trickster w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
06/07/19 – Altenburg, Germany – Finnegans Irish Pub w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
07/07/19 – Prague, Czech Rep – Cafe Na Pul Cesty w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
08/07/19 – Vienna, Austria – Cafe Carina w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
09/07/19 – Linz, Austria – Sputnik Rock Cafe w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
10/07/19 – TBC w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
11/07/19 – Ravensburg, Germany – Cafe Balthes w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
12/07/19 – Savièse, Switzerland – Cage2Faraday w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
13/07/19 – Thun, Switzerland – AKuT w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
14/07/19 – Bergamo, Italy – Punk Rock Raduno
16/07/19 – Chamonix, France – Le Monkey (full band acoustic show)
17/07/19 – TBC
18/07/19 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Nilles Bar
19/07/19 – Den Bosch, Holland – Brouwpodium Bossche Brouwers aan de Vaart
20/07/19 – Hastings – Crowleys
27/07/19 – London – Wonkfest
01/08/19 – Blackpool – Rebellion Festival

What A Mess is available now from Asian Man (US), Brassneck (UK/EU), Umlaut (UK/EU) and Waterslide (Japan).

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Long-serving garage-rockers FLAMING SIDEBURNS are back with a brand new single.

‘Soulshaking’ is Finnish band’s first new song from their original line-up since the band’s classic album Hallelujah Rock’n’Rollah eighteen years ago. While that release brought huge international success for the band, it also marked the departure of founding guitarist Arimatti Jutila, leading to the band continuing with various different line-ups.

Last year, the original members came together once more for a series of dates, leading to the creation of a batch of material of which ‘Soulshaking’ is the first release.

“We had just played the first show in Barcelona, and the sense of ease and energy was filling our bodies,” explains Jutila. “I think that feeling was captured in ‘Soulshaking’.”

The track is a taster for the band’s new, as yet untitled, album which is set for release next year, the band’s 25th Anniversary.

You can stream/download ‘Soulshaking’ here.

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Reunited post-punks THE PACK are to issue their first new recordings since reconvening last year.

Progenitors to THEATRE OF HATE, the band features original members Kirk Brandon and John Werner plus Steve Grantley and Warren Wilson.

The quartet re-recorded thirteen Pack originals over three days in Salford last January. The Salford Sessions package also includes a DVD of the band’s show in London on 27 January.

Available for pre-release, the exclusive bundle also includes a limited edition art print, a t-shirt and an MP3, and is on sale from Brandon’s website.

As previously announced, The Pack play the following dates this month…

Wed 5 June – LONDON The Islington
Thu 6 June – PAISLEY Bungalow
Fri 7 June – NEWCASTLE University SU
Sat 8 June – MANCHESTER Ritz – on stage at 4.45pm
Sun 9 June – YORK Fulford Arms

Tickets for all shows are on sale here.

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