THE DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH guitar legend BRIAN JAMES lands in London this week for a super-rare show.

A dymamic presence on London stages since the early 70s, James helped turn the global music scene upside down when he penned ‘New Rose’ for The Damned, the UK’s first ever punk single!

He went on to achieve Stateside success alongside former DEAD BOYS frontman Stiv Bators in The Lords Of The New Church. Between times he put together Tanz Der Youth, Hellions and Brian James’ Brains, a breeding ground for the future foot soldiers of punk rock.

Along the way he’s shared stages with the great and the good of punk history, as sideman for IGGY POP and one quarter of Transatalantic supergroup MAD FOR THE RACKET with Wayne Kramer, Clem Burke and Duff McKagan.

Brian’s recent solo album The Guitar That Dripped Blood was a stunning return to form that saw the great man back in the public eye once again. He doesn’t play that often – this is his first London show in more than a year – so his show at the legendary 100 Club on Friday 23 August is definitely not to be missed!

Support comes from the UK’s No.1 glam punk seditionists THE DeRELLAS and happening hotwired rock’n’rollers ELECTRICS, with legendary DJ Cruel Valentino spinning the punk-rock platters between the bands!

Last few tickets available here.

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EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID have announced a handful of dates hot on the heels of their recent live album.

The Essex post-punk blues decontructionists recorded the live show in Stuttgart in October 2017 for the Kosmic Orgon Kannister radio show. The limited edition 12″ vinyl plus free 7″ release features fourteen band originals plus their abrasive covers of Mick Farren’s ‘Drink’ and ‘Mr Pharmacist’ by US garage legends The Other Half, made famous by The Fall.

The album comes complete with a free poster, photographs and setlist from the night of the gig, and is available now via Bandcamp.

The band, who feature Wilko Johnson’s son Simon on guitar, recently dropped an explosive two-part video of a live show at London’s Shacklewell Arms. With a claustrophobic Technicolor vibe that channels the mid-60s heyday of the British Blues Boom, you can check the first part here…

Aside from the forthcoming live dates, Eight Rounds Rapid have been preparing the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed second album Objet D’Art, which scored a 9-out-of-10 review in Vive Le Rock from The Members’ Nicky Tesco. The as-yet-untitled new album is due next Spring.

“There were always supporters who followed us around,” says frontman David Alexander. “In a small venue there will be someone who travelled a long way to see us. We own our songs, we own our outsider sound. Because we don’t fit, and because we do everything ourselves you become resilient. Our next album will be as original as the first two and some people will like it. Others won’t get it at all, but we are in this for the long haul and we might just leave something good behind.”

The band’s latest round of dates kicks off in Deptford this weekend and takes in shows in Guildford, Liverpool and Amsterdam. Full dates are…

Sat 24 Aug – Birds Nest, Deptford, London
Sat 21 Sept – Holroyd Arms, Guildford
Sat 5 Oct – Outpost, Liverpool
Fri 11 Oct – Maloe Melo, Amsterdam

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THE BRUTALISTS are back with a new video and a bunch of U.K. dates.

The ska-flavoured ‘Take It All Away’ is the first single from the L.A. rockers’ second album We Are Not Here To Help, which is out on 6 September through Cleopatra.

The band, featuring former QUIREBOYS members Nigel Mogg and Luke Bossendorfer and Mick Cripps from L.A. GUNS, crashed onto Vive Le Rock‘s radar last year with their striking debut album and a handful of riotous shows. They return in October for more dates, joining West London legends THE DIRTY STRANGERS for their There’s Still Room To Rock’n’Roll tour. Full dates are…

Fri 11 Oct – Dublin Castle – London
Sun 13 Oct – Prince Albert, Brighton
Mon 14 Oct – Mau Mau Bar – London
Thur 17 Oct – Esquires – Bedford
Sat 18 Oct – Troubadour – London

We Are Not Here To Help is available to pre-order on CD here at a special price, and digitally here.

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BOOZE & GLORY have announced the release of a brand new album.

The street-punk quartet have spent most of the past three years on the road, including a 5-week North American tour with DROPKICK MURPHYS, and appearances at Hell Fest, Punk Rock Bowling and Pol’and’Rock Festival where they wound up the half-a-million-strong crowd before JUDAS PRIEST. Biggest honour of all, though, was earning the coveted New Blood trophy at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards!

The band’s long-awaited new album Hurricane – the band’s fifth – is due for release via their own Scarlet Teddy label on 18 October.

As previously announced, the band play a special 10th Anniversary show at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town, London on Saturday 2 November, with a full supporting cast including Roy Ellis, Giuda, Perkele, The Filaments, The Baboon Show, The Analogs, Liam Marr and the hotly tipped Riskee & The Ridicule.

Tickets and full tour dates are available here.

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Finnish rock legend ANDY McCOY has just released a video for his brand new single.

‘Seven Seas’ is the first single from the former HANOI ROCKS guitarist’s new album 21st Century Rocks, his first new full-length since 1995’s Building On Tradition.

The album is a culmination of renewed activity for McCoy: the past year has sen him recording and touring for the 40th Anniversary of his pre-Hanoi band PELLE MILJOONA OY, alongside his old sparring partner, bassist Sami Yaffa. Dates are still ongoing with the band playing Helsinki’s legendary Tavastia club on 29 and 30 August.

McCoy plays a special solo acoustic show tonight (15 Aug) at the Hard Rock Cafe, Helsinki, with an album launch scheduled for Suvilahti TBA, Helsinki at the end of September. A full tour next year is promised, although wther this will include UK shows remains to be seen.

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WAYNE HUSSEY sets out on a solo tour this month in support of his recently published autobiography.

Salad Daze was published in May and follows the musicians life from his early days in Bristol, up to Liverpool, across the Pennines to Leeds and further afield as the life of an internationally renowned artist beckoned. Most widely recognised as the frontman of multi-million-selling THE MISSION, Hussey’s career has taken in stints with PAULINE MURRAY’S INVISIBLE GIRLS, DEAD OR ALIVE and THE SISTERS OF MERCY.

Published through Omnibus Press, Salad Daze is available in various editions and bundles here.

The Salad Daze Tour 2019, which kicks off at the Queens Hall in Nuneaton on 26 August and winds up at the Komedia in Bath on 6 November, will find Hussey relating episodes and anecdotes from his storied career, illustrated by musical highlights from his 200-song repertoire.

Full dates are…

26 Aug – Queens Hall, Nuneaton
27 Aug – Discovery Centre, Winchester
28 Aug – H&C Club, Bristol
29 Aug – Marrs Bar, Worcester
30 Aug – Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
31 Aug – The Bullingdon, Oxford
1 Sept – Black Market VIP, Hastings
22 Oct – Chinnery’s, Southend
23 Oct – Esquires, Bedford
24 Oct – Night People, Manchester
25 Oct – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
26 Oct – Cluny, Newcastle
27 Oct – Audio, Glasgow
2 Nov – Pavilion, Whitby
5 Nov – Nambucca, London
6 Nov – Komedia, Bath

Support on all dates comes from EVI VINE.

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THE CLASH are to have their classic London Calling album celebrated with a major new exhibition this Autumn.

The exhibition, at the Museum of London, comes amid a flurry of activity surrounding the album’s 40th Anniversary.

Recorded at Wessex Studios in Islington and released in December ’79, the double-vinyl London Calling was an audacious return for The Clash and a major bridgehead, coming more than a year after mixed reception to second album Give ‘Em Enough Rope.

The album’s now-iconic sleeve design by Ray Lowry married the lettering from ELVIS PRESLEY’s debut album with a striking image by noted photographer Pennie Smith of Paul Simonon smashing his bass onstage at the Palladium in New York. The release was led by the Top 20 single of the title track and contains several Clash classics, including ‘Lost In The Supermarket’, ‘Clampdown’, ‘Train In Vain’ and ‘Guns Of Brixton’.

The exhibition, which runs from 15 November until Spring next year and is FREE to get in, will feature more than 100 items from the band’s archive, including Simonon’s legendary smashed Fender Precision Bass, Joe Strummer’s notebook and typewriter, Mick Jones’ handwritten notes and Topper Headon’s drumsticks, plus stagewear, lyrics, photos and films, some previously unseen.

Beatrice Behlen, Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London, says, “London Calling is The Clash’s defining album, a rallying call for Londoners and people around the world. The album’s lyrics reflected contemporary concerns, many of which are still relevant today, as it moved away from traditional punk by adopting and reworking much wider musical influences. At the Museum of London, we tell the stories of our capital through the objects and memories of the people who have lived here. This display will provide a brand new, exciting and vibrant take on this, showcasing rarely seen personal objects and telling the incredible story of how London Calling was, and for many still is, the sound of a generation.”

To coincide with the opening of the exhibition, Sony Music are publishing the London Calling Scrapbook – a 120-page hardback book which which includes the album on CD plus hand-written lyrics, notes, photos and previously unseen material from the period.

Prior to this, National Album Day on 11 October, will see a special deluxe reissue of London Calling on CD, vinyl and cassette, in a special sleeve highlighting the layers of the album artwork.

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Former RADIO BIRDMAN guitarist CHRIS MASUAK returns this week with a brand new album.

Address To The Nation is the Canadian-born musician’s second album with his band THE VIVEIRO WAVE RIDERS since relocating to Spain in 2010, following on from 2016’s Brujita.

Joining Radio Birdman in 1976, Masuak went on to play in such legendary Aussie bands as SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, THE HITMEN and THE NEW CHRISTS alongside Birdman singer Rob Younger. He rejoined the reconvened Birdman in 1996 contributing to the new studio album Zeno Beach and the live album Ritualism.

Address To The Nation is available now on I-94 Bar Records through Bandcamp. Check out the lead single ‘1776’…

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After a summer spent hitting the festivals and fleshpots of Europe and the UK, THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE roll up their sleeves for an appearance at the London Tattoo Convention.

Now in its 15th year, this year’s event tales place at Tobacco Dock, Wapping from 27 to 29 September.

Other acts appearaing as part of the Convention’s musical line-up include THE QUIREBOYS, NEVER THE BRIDE and AC/DC tribute HELLS BELLS.

The Convention’s Gretsch Guitars stage will also be offering the opportunity to ‘Jam with Gretsch’, in between live blues sessions and the chance enter a charity auction and win one of five customised guitars.

Other highlights of the weekend will include the UK’s oldest tattooist Doc Price inking his last ever tattoo; a half-pipe materclass with skate legend Steve Olson; celebrity tattoo artist Mark Mahoney will be judging this year’s tattoo competitions.


Further details and tickets can be had at

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While Rebellion was in full swing in Blackpool last weekend, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS headed off for a short tour of Sweden as a warm up for the UK and Irish gigs planned later this month.

Supported by the always energizing and exciting local punks The Headlines, SLF covered the three main cities in four days. Vive Le Rock was lucky to catch the band on fire at KB in Malmö on Friday night where they played a storming gig to an enthusiastic crowd, who were offered a good mix of old and new favourites including new and unreleased song ’16 Shots’, about the 17-year old black youth Laquan MaDonald who was killed by Chicago Police, along with unavoidable numbers like ‘Suspect Device’, ‘Strummerville’, ‘Alternative Ulster’ and ‘My Dark Places’ to name a few.

SLF resume touring in the UK and Irleand next week. Catch the band live at…

Fri 16 Aug – King George’s Hall, Blackburn,
Sat 17 Aug – Hardwick Hall Hotel, Durham
Sun 18 Aug – Tivoli, Buckley
Tues 20 Aug – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
Wed 21 Aug – Guildhall, Gloucester
Fri 23 Aug – The Academy, Dublin
Sat 24 Aug – Custom House Square, Belfast

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Memphis rock’n’roll legends TAV FALCO & PANTHER BURNS breeze in for a bunch of UK shows this Autumn.

Tav and his band are currently on a year-long tour celebrating the 40th Anniversary of when he and legendary Boxtops and Big Star guru Alex Chilton first launched Tav Falco’s Panther Burns.

The veteran performer recently released his latest album Cabaret Of Daggers, recorded in Rome with an all-Italian configuration of Panther Burns and featuring new originals and selections from 80 years of the Great American Songbook.

Tav and the band hit the UK on 19 November for a show at Ramsgate Music Hall before travelling round the country. Full dates are…

TUE 19 NOV – Ramsgate Music Hall
WED 20 NOV – Bedford Esquires
THU 21 NOV – Halifax The Lantern
FRI 22 NOV – Edinburgh Voodoo
SAT 23 NOV – Glasgow Broadcast
SUN 24 NOV – Newcastle The Cluny
TUES 26 NOV – London Oslo
WED 27 NOV – Norwich Arts Centre

Tickets are on sale now here.

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A new box set brings together 10 classic SLADE singles, and Vive Le Rock has one copy to give away!

This deluxe set from BMG comprises nine replicas of rare European releases of the Top 5 hits ‘Coz I Luv You’, ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’, ‘Mama Weer All Crazy Now’, ‘Gudbuy T’Jane’, ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’, ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’, ‘My Friend Stan’, ‘Everyday’ and ‘Far Far Away’, all in their original picture sleeve designs and backed with their original B-sides – which are pretty much all as good as the A-sides!

The tenth record in the box is a replica of the super-rare two-track UK promo for their Six Of The Best EP from May 1980, featuring the tracks ‘Night Starvation’ and ‘When I’m Dancin’ I Ain’t Fightin”.

Feel The Noize – The Singlez Box is available to buy here.

But to be in with a chance of winning a copy of this strictly limited edition artifact, just drop an email to with ‘SLADE SINGLEZ’ in the subject box and the answer to this simple question…

At which 1980 UK festival did Slade make their live comeback?

Good luck!

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Isle Of Wight punks GRADE 2 have signed to Hellcat Records and drop a new video to celebrate.

‘Graveyard Island’ is the title track from the angry young punkers’ third album which is due for release on 11 October. It follows on from their 2016 debut Mainstream View and 2017’s Break The Routine.

The trio, who formed at school in 2013, ran into RANCID’s Lars Frederiksen, who liked the band so much he spread the word to his colleague Tim Armstrong. The guitarist invited the band to record at his Shiprec Studio in L.A. with him producing, and agreed to release the resulting album, mixed by THE INTERRUPTERS’ Kevin Bivona, through Hellcat.

“He’s one of the most efficient people we’ve ever worked with,” says bassist/vocalist Sid Ryan. “He knows exactly what he wants. In the studio, he wanted to capture how we sound onstage, so we were tracking songs live with a scratch vocal.”

“Although we’re more than forty years on from when punk began, I actually think the times are very similar now to how they were back then,” he continues. “The political climate today means that people see the worst in everything, which means that for us there’s a lot to write about. Everything in the country is pretty much turning to shit! There are certain parts of our record that would make sense were it released in 1976.”

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HAWKWIND have announced a new album for their 50th Anniversary year.

All Aboard The Skylark will be the Ladbroke Grove spacerock pioneers’ 32nd album and continues a trajectory of prolific activity from the band, following on from 2016’s The Machine Stops, 2017’s Into The Woods and last year’s orchestral Mike Batt-produced The Road To Utopia.

The album is the band’s first release to feature the four-piece line-up of band founder Dave Brock, drummer Richard Chadwick, guitarist Magnus Martin and bassist and keyboard-player Niall Hone.

Packaged in a space-travel-themed sleeve echoing the band’s 1974 classic Hall Of The Mountain Grill, the new album features a bonus disc Acoustic Daze, featuring unplugged renditions of eleven ‘wind evergreens, including ‘PSI Power’, ‘The Watcher’, ‘Down Through The Night’ and ‘We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago’.

As previously announced, the band head out on their 50th Anniversary tour in November, culminating in a show a London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Full dates are…

Sunday November 10 – Theatre Royal, Brighton
Monday November 11 – Grand Opera House, York
Tuesday November 12 – Corn Exchange, Ipswich
Wednesday November 13 – The Anvil, Basingstoke
Friday November 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester
Saturday November 16 – The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Sunday November 17 – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Monday November 18 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Tuesday November 19 – Anson Rooms, Bristol
Wednesday November 20 – Tramshed, Cardiff
Friday November 22 – Rock City, Nottingham
Saturday November 23 – Town Hall, Birmingham
Sunday November 24 – Empire, Coventry
Monday November 25 – G Live, Guildford
Tuesday November 26 – Royal Albert Hall, London

Set for release on 25 October through Cherry Red, All Aboard The Skylark is available for pre-order here.

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The late FOLK DEVILS frontman IAN LOWERY has his 1989 album with THE IAN LOWERY GROUP reissued for its 30th Anniversary this week.

The album saw a line-up change for Lowery’s post-Folk Devils project KING BLANK for what was effectively the outfit’s second album, and consequently a name-change too, hence the punning title King Blank To… The Ian Lowery Group.

Originally released through Beggars Banquet subsidiary Situation Two, King Blank To… gets a digitally-remastered download-only release through Beggars Arkive this Friday 2 August.

Lowery’s musical career had begun with highly-rated Sunderland punks THE WALL, whose debut single for Small Wonder, ‘New Way’, is a card-carrying second-wave classic. The singer quit to form pioneering punk-funkers SKI PATROL in 1980, releasing several singles before moving on to greater acclaim with Folk Devils.

Following Folk Devils’ demise in ’87, Lowery took up the name King Blank for his solo and collaborative projects, rather than as a solid band. After their debut album, original Devils guitarist Kris Jozajtis and drummer Kevin Rooney departed, with bassist Hugh Garrety, drummer Alan Burgess, former The Wall guitarist Joe Hammond and future BUSH guitarist Nigel Pulsford recording the follow-up.

Trailed by the incendiary single/video ‘Need’ – a Sounds magazine Single Of The Week – the album was released to considerable acclaim, with Lowery and Pulsford undertaking a promotional tour of the US, before the mercurial singer moved on the fresh pastures, tragically passing away in 2001.

This new 30th Anniversary edition of King Blank To… sees the original 12 tracks augmented by two b-sides, a pair of previously unreleased live tracks and the spoken word ‘Ian Lowery Speaks’, previously released on a promo flexi for US college radio.

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