GUESTS LINE UP FOR BUZZCOCKS SHOW!

BUZZCOCKS have unveiled some of the guests who’ll be joining them for their show at London’s Royal Albert Hall next month.

As previously announced, the show at the prestigious London venue on 21 June had already been arranged, but following the tragic death of Pete Shelley in December last year, the band decided to turn the show into a celebration of their singer.

THE SKIDS’ Richard Jobson and PENETRATION’s Pauline Murray – who memorably sang ‘What Do I Get?’ with Steve Diggle at this year’s Vive Le Rock Awards – were already booked to support on the night.

Other names lined up to contribute are Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible from THE DAMNED, Peter Perrett from THE ONLY ONES, SONIC YOUTH’s Thurston Moore and THE CHARLATANS’ Tim Burgess. Original Buzzcocks John Maher and Steve Garvey will also be appearing. Music journalist, author and broadcaster Paul Morley will compere the evening. More names will be announced soon.

“I’m looking forward to an amazing show at London’s Royal Albert Hall,” says Diggle. “It’s going to be the perfect setting for us and our fans to pay tribute to Pete Shelley.”

Tickets for the show are on sale here.

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MICHAEL MONROE ANNOUNCES DATES!

MICHAEL MONROE has announced a European tour in support of his new album.

“I am very excited to announce that me and my band will be heading out for a full European tour this winter in support of our brilliant new album One Man Gang which is going to be released this fall,” says Monroe. “It’s an ‘all killers, no fillers’ album and I can’t wait for you to hear it. I also can’t wait to see you down the road!”

The eagerly anticipated One Man Gang is the first new album from the former HANOI ROCKS frontman since 2015’s Blackout States and features his regular band, guitarists Steve Conte and Rich Jones, drummer Karl Rockfist and Monroe’s former Hanoi Rocks colleague, bassist Sami Yaffa.

Label details and release date for the album will be announced shortly.

The tour is set to kick off in Oslo on 22 October and features a London show at the O2 Academy, Islington on 30 October as well as a headline performance at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Great Yarmouth on 9 November. Full dates are…

Oct 22: Oslo, NO John Dee
Oct 23: Gothenburg, SE Pustervik
Oct 24: Stockholm, SE Fryhuset Klubben
Oct 25: Copenhagen, DK High Voltage
Oct 26: Hamburg, DE Headcrash
Oct 27: Berlin, DE Frannz
Oct 29: Paris, FR La Maroquinerie
Oct 30: London, UK O2 Academy Islington
Nov 01: Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Nov 02: Milton Keynes, UK Crauford Arms
Nov 03: Southampton, UK Engine Room
Nov 04: Birmingham, UK The Mill
Nov 05: Glasgow, UK Garage
Nov 06: Manchester UK, Club Academy
Nov 07: Bristol, UK Fleece
Nov 08: Stoke, UK Sugarmill
Nov 09: Great Yarmouth, UK, Hard Rock Hell Festival

More shows are likely to be added. Tickets are available here.

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WIN CALL OF THE WILD TICKETS!!!

A brand new festival is set to bring full-on rock sounds to the East of England next month. And we have 3 x VIP ticktes plus exclusive merch to give away!

Headlined by THE VIRGINMARYS, THE WILDHEARTS and HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, Call Of The Wild Festival takes place over the weekend of 24-26 May at Lincolnshire Showground, Grange De Lings, Lincoln.

Other acts appearing across the three stages include LAST GREAT DREAMERS, TRUCKER DIABLO, A JOKER’S RAGE, THE TREATMENT, TAX THE HEAT, THOSE DAMN CROWS, BULLETS AND OCTANE, THE IDOL DEAD, HANDS OFF GRETEL, COLT 45, FALLING RED, ROCKY SHADES’ WRATHCHILD, SPEED STROKE, WITH TRIPPER, THE KUT, SYTERIA, RAZORBATS, DUCKING PUNCHES and loads more…

Full details and day and weekend tickets are available here.

To be in with a chance of winning one of three VIP tickets plus exclsuive merch, all you’ve got to do is send an email to info@callofthewildfestival.co.uk with ‘VLR Ticket Giveaway’ in the subject box, completing the following sentence…

Nothing Ever Changes But The ?????

Now get to it!!!

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THE VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS 2019!

What a night it was! Packed full of all of the legends of rock‘n’roll, punk, 2-Tone and new wave, the AEG Vive Le Rock Awards 2019 at London’s O2 Academy Islington was a night to remember! Featuring live sets from the likes of The Stranglers, Steve Diggle of Buzzcocks and the surprise reformation of The Rich Kids, for the full run down of what occurred plus exclusive interviews with the winners, pick up the latest issue of Vive Le Rock! out now!

Knox, Pauline Murray & Segs Jennings
Jackie Chambers & Kim McAuliffe from Girlschool with Vive editor Eugene Butcher
Neville & Sugary Staple
Glen Matlock
Ed Tudor Pole
JJ Burnel
The Professionals’ Chris McCormack & Tom Spencer with Rat Scabies

Photos © Tina Korhonen and Dave Cox

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DALE WATSON HITS THE U.K.!

Upholding the banner for oldtime country and rockabilly, DALE WATSON returns to the UK this Spring.

The Texan musician will play a series of dates in May and June, including an appearance at this year’s Red Rooster Festival in Norfolk.

Originally based in Austin, Watson is spending an increasing amount of time in Memphis where he is in the process of reopening legendary bar Hernando’s Hideaway, a onetime haunt of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

A prolific artist since the mid-90s with around thirty albums to his credit, and secialising in songs about drinking, trucking and cheating, Watson’s latest release, Call Me Lucky, came out in February through Red House Records.

Check out his latest video…

Catch Dale and his band The Lone Stars on the road at…

Wed 29 May – London Jazz Café
Thur 30 May – Oxford Bullingdon
Fri 31 May – Euston Red Rooster Festival
Sat 1 May – Newcastle The Cluny
Sun 2 May – Liverpool Netherley Sports & Social Club
Mon 3 May – Glasgow St Lukes
Tues 4 May – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wed 5 May – Sheffield Greystones
Thur 6 May – Bristol Exchange

Tickets for all shows are available here.

Tickets for Red Rooster – which takes place at Euston Hall, near Thetford, Norfolk from 30 May to 1 June and also features sets from NICK LOWE, LOW CUT CONNIE, CEDRIC BURNSIDE, JESSE DAYTON, OH! GUNQUIT, POWERSOLO, JAMES & THE ULTRASOUNDS and more – are available here.

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GET SET FOR STRUMMERCAMP!

The Vive Le Rock-sponsored Strummercamp Festival returns to Oldham this Spring for the second year running.

Now in its 13th year, the festival, which is run entirely by volunteers in the spirit of the legendary CLASH frontman is back at Oldham Rugby Club over the weekend of 24-26 May.

Headlining this year are Vive Award-winners RUTS DC and THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS. Other acts confirmed over three stages include DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, INTERROBANG, HEADSTICKS, former STONE ROSES guitarist AZIZ IBRAHAM, THE ZIPHEADS, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, DIRT BOX DISCO, SKAPONES and loads more, with more acts to be confirmed.

Tickets are on sale here.

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STRAY CATS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE STRAY CATS have unveiled a brand new video for the first single from their new album

‘Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)’ taken from the album 40, which is out on 24 May on Surfdog Records through Mascot Distribution.

The album, which celebrates the band’s 40th Anniversary, is the Long Island rockabillies’ first new full-length in 26 years. It’s available to pre-order here.

“I love this video!” says Slim Jim Phantom. “It’s an animation style that combines the best elements of vintage and contemporary into a rockin’ joyride through our song.”

“I love our new single and video for ‘Cat Fight’,” agrees Lee Rocker. “I’m married to a hot brunette with a temper so I get it!! Bouncy walking boogie bass, twangy tough guitar and slamming drums. The Stray Cats are back!!”

As previously announced, the band play four UK dates in June. Support on all dates comes from Aussie rockers THE LIVING END.

Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham
Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester
Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London

Tickets are on sale here.

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GUERILLA GOT ME!

Ace French punks GUERILLA POUBELLE have announced a series of UK and European dates next month.

The Paris trio, whose name translates as ‘Dustbin Guerilla’, head out on a co-headlining tour with Wisconsin’s ARMS ALOFT throughout April and May including shows in London, Manchester, Cardiff and Canterbury.

To whet your appetite, they’ve released a new video for the track ‘Golgotha’ from their 2017 album La Nausée, utilising footage from John Carpenter’s They Live!

Catch both bands on the following dates…

20 Apr – LONDON New River Studio
21 Apr – MANCHESTER Manchester Punk Fest
22 Apr – CARDIFF The Tiny Rebel
23 Apr – CANTERBURY The Folkestonenor
24 Apr – BE BRUXELLES Le Bunker
25 Apr – FR METZ Maison Des Etudians
26 Apr – DE LENENSSTADT – OT Grevenbrück
27 Apr – DE MUNICH Kafe Kult
28 Apr – FR LUTTERBACH Salle des Brasseurs
29 Apr – DE MAINZ Kreativfabrik
30 Apr – CH BULLE Ebulition
1 May – FR BAGNOLS-SUR-CEZE La Moba
2 May – FR MARSEILLE Skate Punk Fest
3 May – FR CIRAL Blizz Art Fest
4 May – FR MONTAIGU Rhinoferoces Fest
4 May – FR PARIS Le Gibus

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EVIL BLIZZARD EXCLUSIVE!

EVIL BLIZZARD have announced the release of a double live album for Record Store Day, and they’re launching it with a new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Tell Me’ is taken from VILEVILIVE which was recorded live at the Sonic Rock Solstice Festival in Worcestershire last year. The album follows on from the last year’s release of the band’s debut album The Worst Show On Earth.

VILEVILIVE is set for release though the band’s Crackedankles label on Friday 12 April, in time for Record Store Day the following day. It will be available on white vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with a free download card, limited to 500 copies. It will also be available on CD, also limited to 500.

The band play a special headline show at Preston’s iconic Guild Hall on Staurday 13 April, with support from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Membranes and Part Chimp. Tickets are available here.

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STRAY CATS UNVEIL NEW MUSIC!

THE STRAY CATS have unveiled the first single from their new album, their first in 26 years!

‘Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)’ is taken from the succinctly-titled 40, celebrating the Long Island rockabillies’ 40th Anniversary. Check it out here.

The band recorded the album at Blackbird Studio, Nashville at the end of last year with producer Peter Collins. Check out this studio clip featuring band and producer talking about the album…

“You have to understand how unique The Stray Cats are,” explains Brian Setzer. “It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim playing two or three drums, and Lee Rocker slapping a stand-up acoustic bass. I get to write new songs and then play them with my buddies. Somehow we created a new and exciting sound with this simple idea. And you know what? A lot of people agree!”

“This new album really feels like the first record we did, it’s really natural and comfortable,” adds Lee. “For the recording, we went live – like doing a gig, we recorded in a real, organic way. We were all in one room standing next to each other recording live, with the amps turned up to 10, it captured the undefinable things that happen when a band is great, it captured the magic that takes place and an undefined spark.”

“We’re very, very focused when we get into the studio,” continues Slim Jim. “It didn’t feel like a long time had passed since we had done this, it felt very natural and familiar.  We were all in a row with everyone watching each other, so it felt like a gig in the set-up.  We really embraced that a little bit for the album, it’s like an old way of making records.  The modern is meeting the vintage, which has always been our inspiration.”

Featuring 12 all-new original songs, 40 is set for release on 24 May on Surfdog Records via Mascot Label Group Distribution. It will be available as a limited boxed edition CD, with two bonus tracks, a set of coasters plus postcards and stickers, as well as a limited editon siver vinyl LP. You can pre-order the album here and get ‘Cat Fight…’ as an instant free download.

As previously announced, the Cats play the following European dates…

Fri 21 June Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, Spain
Sun 23 June 02 Academy, Birmingham
Tues 25 June 02 Apollo, Manchester
Wed 26 June Eventim Apollo, London
Thur 27 June Eventim Apollo, London
Sat 29 June Retro C Trop, Tilloloy, France
Mon 1 July AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wed 3 July Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
Thur 4 July Palladium, Cologne, Germany
Sat 6 July American Tours Festival, Tours, France
Sun 7 July Les Eurockeennes, Belfort, France
Tues 9 July Killesberg, Stuttgart, Germany
Thur 11 July Zenith, Munich, Germany
Fri 12 July X-Tra, Zürich, Switzerland
Sat 13 July Musilac Festival, Aix-Les-Bains, France
Thur 18 July Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland
Sat 20 July Summer Jamboree, Falun, Sweden

Getcha tickets here!

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DATURA4 NEW TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

Aussie rock vets DATURA4 have a new album coming out and they’re sharing a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Run With Lucy’ is taken from the Western Australian rockers’ third album Blessed Is The Boogie, which is due out through Alive Naturalsound on 5 April.

Datura4 are lead by Fremantle native Dom Mariani, who’s been a linchpin of Aussie underground rock for the past 40 years with bands like The Go-Starts, The Stems, The Someloves, DM3 and The DomNicks (with former Cortinas and Clash guitarist Nick Shepard). Usually to be found trading in Beatley powerpop and Nuggets-era psych, with Datura4 Dom and his colleagues Stu Loasby, Warren Hall and Bob Patient scratch their heavy blues-rock and footstomping boogie itch.

“‘Run With Lucy’ (Lucifer) is an ode on the Cult of Personality,” Dom explains. “Living in uncertain times while our world leaders push agendas that create an unstable world to make us all feel uneasy about the future of this planet. History repeating? And so we bagged ‘em up into some glam-boogie-stomp ‘cos that’s the way we like it.”

There’s a limited edition Blessed Is The Boogie pre-order bundle available here.

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VOTE FOR THE BEST LIVE ACT!!

Voting is now open for the BEST LIVE ACT in the second VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS!

We’ve picked five of the most dynamic bands we’ve seen in the last year… KILLING JOKE, SLAVES, CHAMELEONS VOX, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS and THE SKIDS. Did you see ’em? Who was your favourite?

VOTE NOW!!!

VOTING NOW CLOSED

The Vive Le Rock Awards take place at The O2 Academy, Islington, London on Wednesday 27 March. Tickets, including exclusive VIP packages, are available here.

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REPLAYS FROM THE REBELLIOUS JUKEBOX!

THE FALL’s first two albums have their 40th birthday celebrated with the start of a new reissue programme.

Live At The Witch Trials was recorded in a single day at Sound Suite Studios in Camden and released in March 1979 on Miles Copeland’s Step-Forward label. It included material written by some of the then three-year-old band’s previous members, while drummer Karl Burns had left the notoriously fluctuant band before it was released with guitarist Martin Bramagh to follow soon after. It has since, however, become a landmark and hugely influential release.

It was followed just seven months later by Dragnet, which saw Mark E Smith, Marc Riley and Mike Leigh joined by Craig Scanlon and and Steve Hanley, two of the longest serving members of the Fall family. It was recorded at Cargo Studios in Rochdale, with co-producer Grant Showbiz.

Both albums will be available on limited edition coloured vinyl and as 3-CD box sets. The …Witch Trials box set features numerous bonus tracks, including tracks from the debut ‘Bingo Master’s Break-Out!’ single and the ‘Dresden Dolls’ bootleg single, plus Peel Sessions tracks, and a live set from Mr Pickwick’s, Liverpool from August ’78.

The expanded Dragnet, meanwhile, features several takes from the recording of the ‘Rowche Rumble’ single, plus live sets from Retford and Los Angeles. The vinyl edition also includes a replica 7″ of the ‘Rowche Rumble’ single.

Set for release on 24 May, these reissues represent the first salvos in Cherry Red’s deluxe reissue programme, Fall Sound Archive.

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YALLA YALLAS ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE!

Fast-rising Yorkshire punks THE YALLA YALLAS have unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Problems’ is the first single to be taken from the Leeds band’s fourth album which is due out in late Spring.

“The Hi-Energy Rock’n’Roll song was written on World Suicide Prevention Day and is a feel good fuck you to the advertising industry,” say the band. “The effects of advertising and social media on young people especially is starting to become a concern within society. The song is a rejection of perfection and the catchy chorus celebrates that each of us have our problems.”

He single is released digitally on Friday 15 February and will be available through all the usual platforms. You can get more information from the band’s website.

They’ve got a bunch of dates coming up, including support slots with Penetration, TV Smith and Subhumans. Get there early to catch them at…

Fri 26 April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ Penetration)
Sat 11 May – The Blind Pig, Sowerby Bridge
Wed 22 May – The Maze, Nottingham (w/ TV Smith)
Thurs 30 May – Fulford Arms, York (w/ Subhumans)

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LUICIDAL VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Venice Beach punks LUICIDAL have a brilliant new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘One Steel Soldier’ is the epic closing track from the band’s recently-released second album Born In Venice and stars guest vocalist Dale Henderson from thrashers BEOWÜLF. The video is the work of renowned artist and skater Bart Saric.

Luicidal was formed in 2012 by former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES members Louiche Mayorga and R.J. Herrera with a yen to create music “badass like the 80’s style Suicidal music.” The band released their self-titled debut in 2014. By early 2016, Herrera had left the band and the current line-up features Marty Ramirez on guitar, Mayorga on bass, Vince Sollecito on drums and Mike Avilez on vocals.

Fellow Venice band Beowülf formed in 1981, signing to Mike Muir’s Suicidal label. Releasing their first album in 1986, and sometimes described as a cross between Suicidal Tendencies and Motörhead, they’ve had numerous line-ups, Henderson being the sole original member.

Born In Venice was released in October and is available on Cleopatra Records.

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HOLIDAY GUNFIRE NEW SINGLE EXCLUSIVE!

New Birmingham, Alabama band HOLIDAY GUNFIRE are about to drop their debut album and they’re premiering a new single from it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Fake It’ is taken from the self-titled album which is due out through Cornelius Chapel Records on Friday 15 February.

Led by Lester Nuby III, formerly of much-loved 90s garage rockers VERBENA, Holiday Gunfire were formed two years ago, bringing together the cream of Birmingham underground rock, namely Jason Hamric, Craig Ceravolo and Michael Williams, in a band the traces the grand trajectory of American blue-collar post-punk, alighting on the likes of Sugar, Buffalo Tom and Fugazi.

Speaking about the new single, Hamric says, “‘Fake it’ is that inner dialog you have when there is every reason in the world to call someone out on their shit, but your empathy kicks in. You remember your own flaws and you let it go… secretly hoping the universe takes care of them for you!”

You can check out the video for the band’s debut single ‘Imaginary Friend’ here.

Holiday Gunfire is available to pre-order here.

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THERE’S A STORM COMIN’!

Aussie blues-punks TROPICAL FUCK STORM are set to make their European debut this Spring, including a bunch of UK dates.

The band were put together by Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin at the end of 2016 when their band THE DRONES went on hiatus, beiing joined by Lauren Hammel from HIGH TENSION and Erica Dunn of MOD CON, PALM SPRINGS and others. They released their debut album A Laughing Death In Meatspace last Autumn, a striking exercise in strident, experimental punk-blues. The band have just released a video for the track ‘The Future Of History’…

They hit the UK in May with a date at Oslo, London on the 8th, followed by an appearance at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival before heading around the country and over to Europe. More shows are to be announced but current dates are…

8 MAY OSLO, LONDON
9-11 MAY THE GREAT ESCAPE, BRIGHTON
15 MAY THE SOUND HOUSE, DUBLIN
17 MAY THE HUG AND PINT, GLASGOW
18 MAY COBALT STUDIOS, NEWCASTLE
21 MAY MERLEYN, NIJMEGEN
22 MAY HET BOS, ANTWERP
23 MAY VERA, GRONINGEN
24 MAY LONDON CALLING, AMSTERDAM
26 MAY FESTIVAL WHITE NAT WHITE HEAT, NANTES
29 MAY MOD, HASSELT
30 MAY VOORIUT, GENT
4 JUNE BEACHES BREW FESTIVAL, MARINA DI RAVENNA
6 JUNE LE ROMANDIE, LAUSANNE
15 JUNE ANDOAINGO ROCK, ANDOAIN
21 JUNE AZKENA ROCK, VITORIA

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MADNESS ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOWS!

MADNESS have announced a pair of major London shows in honour of their 40th Anniversary.

The shows represent just a small part of the North London ska pioneers’ upswing in renewed activity.

On 15 June, the band take to the stage in the grounds of the stately home Kenwood House in Hampstead, North London, a mere stone’s throw from the stamping ground of their youth. As befits the genteel surroundings, they’ll be joined for this show by a full orchestra.

Then on 26 August, their one-day festival House Of Common returns to Clapham Common, where they’ll be joined by a full supporting cast of acts which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for both shows go on sale this Wednesday 30 January at 9.00am here.

The shows will be followed by the publication of a new autobiography, Before We Was We: The Making Of Madness, which sees the individual band members telling their stories up to their breakthrough year of 1979. Published by Virgin Books on 26 September, it’s available to pre-order here.

As usual, the band return to Butlin’s Minehead at the end of November for their annual House Of Fun weekender. Tickets are available here.

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