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 info@vivelerock.net 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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