ULTRASOUNDS SCAN THE U.K!

Notorious Memphis garage-rockers JAMES & THE ULTRASOUNDS are to make their live debut in the UK in March.

The brainchild of Memphis music scene regular James Godwin, this lo-fi rock’n’roll quartet have been getting considerable praise for their full-length debut Bad To Be Here, released late last year through MadJack Records.

Promoted by Punk Rock Blues, James & The UltraSounds play the following dates….

Wed 9 March      What’s Cookin’, London  FREE!

Thur 10 March    Cluny 2, Newcastle   Tickets

Fri 11 March         Gullivers, Manchester   Tickets

Sat 12 March        The Royal Oak, Bath   FREE!

Mon 14 March     The Shacklewell Arms, London   Tickets

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THE 69 EYES UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Long-serving Finnish goth-punks THE 69 EYES have unveiled a brand new video for the first single from their new album.

‘Jet Fighter Plane’ is taken from their eleventh album Universal Monsters. It’s out on 22 April through Nuclear Blast, but it’s available to pre-order here.

Directed by band photographer Ville Juurikkala , frontman Jyrki 69 says of the video and single: “As I first heard the instrumental demo of the song, it immediately sounded for me like a song from the early 80’s new wave/post punk days. You know, like when the music was heavily inspired by David Bowie’s dark visions, the Cold War, the threat of nuclear war and 1984-kind of the future. So I wrote such lyrics from the past – and all of a sudden, the history started to repeat itself and the Cold War winds started to blow again. It was very strange – all of a sudden THE 69 EYES have a song which is very ‘today’ and even slightly political, longing back the days of peace. We also wanted the video to be artistic and visually capturing the vibe and theme of the song. There is hope but also darkness, violence and innocence. But it’s only goth ‘n’ roll and I like it!

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THE WORLD NEEDS ANOTHER PIL TOUR!

After the success of their tenth album What The World Needs Now… and subsequent tour last Autumn, Public Image Limited have announced a further UK tour.

As previously announced, the band will be headlining at the Bearded Theory Festival at Catton Hall, Derbyshire on Saturday 28 May. Full UK tour dates are below….

24 May  Coventry, The Copper Rooms @ Warwick University

25 May  Wakefield, Warehouse

26 May  Wrexham, William Aston Hall

28 May  Walton-On-Trent, Bearded Theory Festival

29 May  Cardiff, Tramshed, Sunday

30 May  Sunderland, The Point, Monday

1 June  Lincoln, Engine Shed, Wednesday

2 June  Blackburn, King George’s Hall

4 June  London, Indigo at O2, Saturday

6 June  Oxford, O2 Academy

7 June  Sheffield, O2 Academy

Tickets are available for pre-sale from 9am on Friday 15 January and general sale on Monday 18 January from the band’s website.

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THE BOYS KEEP SWINGING!

THE BOYS dive headlong into 2016 with a brand new video!

‘Global Warming’ is the fourth video to be drawn from their critically acclaimed album Punk Rock Menopause. Directed by TV documentary maker Paul frost, the video was filmed at the band’s gig at London’s Pipeline Club. Their only UK show of 2015, it marked a return to match-fitness of guitarist Honest John Plain following a serious accident earlier in the year.

Both Punk Rock Menopause and the secretly-recorded Undercover: Live In China album are available to buy from the band’s website.

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HEY! HELLO! RESCHEDULED DATES!

HEY! HELLO! have launched a brand new video, as well as announcing their rescheduled tour dates for Spring.

As previously announced, the dates had been scheduled for December but had to be postponed when Ginger Wildheart was sidelined suffering from acute clinical depression.

The video, for the song ‘Automatic Love’, showcases the band’s new line-up, featuring new singer Hollis Mahady from LOVE ZOMBIES.

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The rescheduled dates are as follows….

1 Apr  London, O2 Forum Kentish Town (Ginger’s Birthday Show)
15 Apr  Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
16 Apr  Stockton, Georgian Theatre
17 Apr  Manchester, Academy 3
18 Apr  Newcastle, Academy 2
20 Apr  Glasgow, Cathouse
21 Apr  Edinburgh, Electric Circus
22 Apr  York, Fibbers
23 Apr  Stoke, Sugarmill
24 Apr  Sheffield, Corporation
26 Apr  Bristol, Fleece
27 Apr  Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
28 Apr  Southampton, Joiners

Tickets are available here.

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COCKNEY REJECTS’ WILD WEEKEND!

THE COCKNEY REJECTS have announced a two-night stand at the 100 Club in London, featuring a rare live performance of their first rock album The Wild Ones.

The band will take over the Oxford Street club on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April. The first night will see them playing “all the classics”, with support from EAST END BADOES, CROWN COURT and JACK THE LAD.

The Saturday night show will feature a full performance of The Wild Ones, their 1982 heavy rock album, produced by UFO bassist Pete Way, which marked a direction change in a bid to escape the violent following that was hampering the band’s existence. Support comes from special guests, reconvened 70s bootboy rockers HEAVY METAL KIDS, originally fronted by the late actor and singer Gary Holton, noted for playing Wayne in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

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Tickets are available for £20 each for the Friday and Saturday, or there’s a special weekender ticket for a bargainous £30.

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SECOND ALBUM FOR JADED EYES!

Leeds hardcore mob JADED EYES are set to release their second album next month.

All veterans of the UK punk scene for many years, Jaded Eyes’ members have seen action with the likes of VOORHEES, JOHN HOLMES, DEAD PETS, SEX MANIACS and GEOFFREY OI!COTT, and unabashedly draw influence from the Dischord stable. They released their acclaimed debut Gods And Monsters through Boss Tuneage in 2013.

The Eternal Sea is out on 29 January, on CD and coloured vinyl, and can be pre-ordered here.

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Jaded Eyes have three dates lined up in the New Year….

29 Jan    Wharf Chambers, Leeds

30 Jan    Grimsby, North Lincs

13 Feb    The Birds Nest, London

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GANG OF FOUR ANNOUNCE LIVE ALBUM!

GANG OF FOUR make good on their return by announcing the release of a new live album in the New Year.

The legendary Leeds post-punk quartet, helmed by original guitarist Andy Gill, recorded Live In London at their show at Islington Assembly Hall in November, having recently returned from months touring in the USA. They released their latest studio album What Happens Next last March.

The album is available to pre-order through PledgeMusic in a variety of formats including download, CD and double vinyl, along with a DVD and visual download of their recent show at New York’s Irving Plaza. There are also VIP experiences and memorabilia from shows also available, with other items being added throughout the campaign.

Gang Of Four play the Outlines Festival in Sheffield on 27 February. Tickets are available here.

Read a review of Gang Of Four’s Islington Assembly Hall show in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!

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MAID OF ACE VIDEO PREMIERE!

South Coast all-sister punk band MAID OF ACE have made a brand new video and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The video for ‘Stay Away’, made by Mark Richards, presents the first new material from the Hastings quartet since their 2014 debut album. Touring widely in the past year, including dates in the USA, Europe and Rebellion, they’re currently planning their second album and more UK dates for 2016.

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WILKO’S BACK ON THE ROAD!

WILKO JOHNSON has announced his first headline tour since receiving lifesaving treatment for cancer.

The former DR FEELGOOD guitarist plays six shows in April, culminating in a performance at The Forum in London’s Kentish Town on 23 April. It’ll be his first major London headline show since he played Shepherd’s Bush Empire with ROGER DALTREY in 2014. He and his band have just completed a run of support dates with STATUS QUO.

The BBC recently screened JULIEN TEMPLE’s film The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson, which followed the guitarist from the initial cancer diagnosis, through his refusal of treatment and acceptance of death, to the unexpected surgery which has now left him cancer-free. He plays the following dates….

14 April Glasgow O2 ABC

15 April Newcastle O2 Academy

16 April Manchester The Ritz

21 April Bristol O2 Academy

22 April Leamington The Assembly

23 April London O2 Forum Kentish Town

As previously reported, Johnson’s former Feelgood colleague LEE BRILLEAUX is the subject of a new biography by author Zoe Howe, wife of Wilko’s drummer, Dylan. Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’Roll Gentleman is available here and from all good bookshops.

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NEW VIVE LE ROCK T-SHIRTS!

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You’ve been asking for them, so here they are! All you need for the punk or rocker in your life, the brand new Vive Le Rock t-shirts!

Alongside the classic and best-selling ‘Born A Rocker’ design, there are now two new ones – the Ramones-tastic ‘Print’s Not Dead’ (above) and the piratical ‘Skull’n’Crossbones’!

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Priced at just £13 each, all three are available now from the Vive Le Rock Store!

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CHELSEA HIT 40!

Original punks CHELSEA have all nine of their original albums released as three 3-CD box sets to celebrate the band’s 40th Anniversary next year. There’s also a bunch of UK dates to coincide.

Anthology One comprises Chelsea, Alternative Hits and Evacuate; Anthology Two includes Original Sinners, Rocks Off and Underwraps, while Anthology Three features The Alternative, Traitors Gate and Faster, Cheaper & Better Looking. All sets included bonus and unreleased material.

Due for release on 15 April through Westworld Recordings, the box sets are available to pre-order here.

Meanwhile, Alternative Hits, Evacuate, The Alternative and their current critically acclaimed tenth album Saturday Night, Sunday Morning are all being made available as deluxe vinyl editions.

Chelsea will be playing the following 40th Anniversary dates….

London, Garage – 23rd April

York, Fibbers – 29th April

Bristol, Louisiana – 13th May

Scarborough, Corporation Club – 18th May

Glasgow, Ivory Blacks – 19th May

Edinburgh, Citrus Club – 20th May

Aberdeen, Krakatoa – 21st May

Middlesbrough, Westgarth Social Club – 22nd May

Newcastle – 1st October

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THE LAMPLIGHTERS IGNITE!

German melodic punks THE LAMPLIGHTERS have released a new video on the eve of the release of their new album.

The Ramones-channeling ‘Basement’ is taken from the album Views, which is out on 18 December through No Panic.

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Originally formed in 2009, relentless touring has seen The Lamplighters rise to become mainstays on the European punk scene. Recording Views in a ten-day burnout earlier this year, they’re now planning a major tour for early 2016.

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TURBONEGRO UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

TURBONEGRO have returned with a brand new song and an excellent new video to go with it.

The brilliantly-titled ‘Hot For Nietzsche’ was filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada and Santa Ana, California and directed by Rick Kosick of Jackass and classic skatemag Big Brother.

You can buy ‘Hot For Nietzsche here.

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Formed in Olso in 1989, Turbonegro’s most recent album is Sexual Harassment, their first to feature former DUKES OF NOTHING frontman Tony Sylvester, released in 2012.

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HALLELUJAH! THE RETURN OF THE DEXATEENS!

Alabama quintet THE DEXATEENS have announced the arrival of their long-awaited sixth album with this redneck-baiting video.

‘Old Rebel’ is taken from Teenage Hallelujah which is due for release via Cornelius Chapel Records next Spring. It’s their first release since the Sunsphere EP two years ago.

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Fusing Southern rock with garage punk, The Dexateens were formed by guitarist Elliott McPherson in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, releasing their debut album on Estrus Records in 2004. Mid-period releases saw them indulging in mellower alt.country fare, but recent reports have found them very much back on scorching form.

Guitarist Lee Bains III has since formed LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES, while bassist Matt Patton has been shared with DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS.

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CURE EURO TOUR!

THE CURE have announced a major European Tour for Autumn 2016. It’s their first such tour since 2008.

It kicks off in Helsinki, Finland on 7 October and winds up with two UK dates, at Manchester Arena on 29 October and Wembley Arena on 1 November.

The band’s last album was 2008’s 4:13 Dream. They haven’t revealed whether there will be a new one to coincide with the dates.

Full dates and ticket links are below.

OCTOBER

07
HELSINKI Finland
Hartwall Arena
Presale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : Monday 30-Nov-15 @ 10 am CET
Ticket link : www.lippu.fi

09
STOCKHOLM Sweden
Ericsson Globe Arena
Presale : 26-27 Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Onsale : 30-Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Ticket link : www.axs.com

11
OSLO Norway
Spektrum
Pre-sale : Wednesday 25th November 10AM to Thursday 26th November 3PM
On-sale : Tuesday 1st December 9AM CET
Ticket link : http://www.billettservice.no/event/479173

12
GOTHENBURG Sweden
Scandinavium
Presale : 26-27 Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Onsale : 30-Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Ticket link : www.ticnet.se

14
COPENHAGEN Denmark
Forum
Presale : 26-Dec-15 @10am CET
Onsale : 1-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : http://www.billetnet.dk/event/FOR1410L…

17
HAMBURG Germany
Barclaycard Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Hamburg : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16253

18
BERLIN Germany
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Berlin : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16254

20
LODZ Poland
Atlas Arena
Presale : none
Onsale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : www.livenation.pl

22
PRAGUE Czech Republic
O2 Arena
Pre-sale : 24-25 Nov-15 @ 10am CET http://www.livenation.cz/
Onsale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET www.ticketportal.cz

24
MUNICH Germany
Olympiahalle
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Munich : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16255

26
VIENNA Austria
Marxhalle
Pre-sale : none
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Tickets : http://www.oeticket.com/tickets.html…

27
BUDAPEST Hungary
Papp Laszlo Sports Arena
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : www.livenation.hu

29
BOLOGNA Italy
Unipol Arena
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 24-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Tickt link : www.ticketone.it

30
ROME Italy
Palalottomatica
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 24-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Tickt link : www.ticketone.it

NOVEMBER

01
MILAN Italy
Mediolanum Forum
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 24-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Tickt link : www.ticketone.it

04
BASEL Switzerland
St. Jakobshalle
Presale : 25-Nov-15 @ 8am CET
Onsale : 26-Nov-15 @ 8am CET
Ticket link : www.ticketcorner.ch

06
STUTTGART Germany
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Stuttgart : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16256

08
LEIPZIG Germany
Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Leipzig : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16257

10
COLOGNE Germany
Lanxess Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Cologne : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16258

12
ANTWERP Belgium
Sportspaleis
Presale : none
Onsale : 27-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : www.proximusgoformusic.be
Dutch: http://www.proximusgoformusic.be/nl/event.php…
French: http://www.proximusgoformusic.be/fr/event.php…

13
AMSTERDAM Holland
Ziggo Dome
Presale : none
Onsale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : www.ticketmaster.nl

15
PARIS France
AccorHotels Arena [ex Bercy] Presale through Alias site : Wednesday 25th November – 10am (local time)
Venue presale (Accorhotels Arena) : Thursday 26th November – 10am (local time)
On sale : Friday 27th November – 10am (local time)
Presale : LINK TBC
Tickets : http://www.alias-production.fr/artistes/the-cure/

17
LYON France
Halle Tony Garnier
Presale : none
On sale : Friday 27th November – 10am (local time)
Tickets : http://www.alias-production.fr/artistes/the-cure/

18
MONTPELLIER France
Park&Suites Arena
Presale : none
On sale : Friday 27th November – 10am (local time)
Tickets : http://www.alias-production.fr/artistes/the-cure/

20
MADRID Spain
Barclaycard Center
Presale : 01-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : 03-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : http://www.livenation.es/artist/the-cure-tickets

22
LISBON Portugal
MEO Arena
Onsale : 28-Nov-15 @ 11am CET
Ticket link : http://ticketline.sapo.pt/evento/12322

24
BILBAO Spain
BEC
Presale : 01-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : 03-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : http://www.livenation.es/artist/the-cure-tickets

26
BARCELONA Spain
Palau St Jordi
Presale : 01-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : 03-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : http://www.livenation.es/artist/the-cure-tickets

29
MANCHESTER UK
Manchester Arena
Pre-sale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time
On-sale : Friday 27-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time
Ticket link : BOOKINGSDIRECT.COM

01
LONDON UK
The SSE Wembley Arena
Pre-sale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time
On-sale : Friday 27-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time
Ticket link : BOOKINGSDIRECT.COM

 

 

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LONDON SHOW FOR BRIAN JAMES!

THE DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH legend BRIAN JAMES rocks back with  a very special London show and a new single!

Taking place on Friday 29 January at the capital’s fabled Hope & Anchor in Islington – where The Damned filmed their infamous ‘New Rose’ clip – the gig celebrates forty years of punk and is dubbed Year Zero Special accordingly. Organised by promoters Rockaway Beach, support comes from RAGE DC and tickets are priced £12, available here.

It’s been a very active year for James. He appeared in Wes Orshoski’s acclaimed Damned documenatary Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead?, while his latest album the Guitar That Dripped Blood getting rave reviews throughout the press. A limited edition coloured vinyl edition released for Record Store Day sold out in double quick time, but fear not! Another run will be made available to coincide with the gig. In the meantime, you can get the CD here.

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James also has a limited edition single out this month in the Easy Action Records Singles Club series. The vinyl 7″ features ‘Walkin’ ‘Round Naked’ from The Guitar That Dripped Blood backed with a version of the Damned classic ‘Born To Kill’ and comes with a postcard signed by the man himself. Get it here!

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HELP STEEL PULSE TELL THEIR STORY!

UK reggae legends STEEL PULSE are to be the subject of a new documentary film. And fans are being invited to contribute to the making of it.

Directed by filmmaker Yoni Gal and produced by Gal with Oscar-nominated producer Mike Lerner, Dreadtown follows the band from their origins in Handsworth, Birmingham in the mid-70s through their US success during the 80s and 90s and beyond.

Narrated by Hollywood star Danny Glover, the film will feature interviews with a diverse cast of interviewees including Burning Spear, Aswad, UB40, John Lydon, Billy Idol, Rita Marley, Gwen Stefani, Matt Groening, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis and more.

The band, together with Gal and Lerner, have launched an Indiegogo campaign offering a number of incentives for fans to contribute to the completion of the film, which is due for release at the end of 2016.

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Watch a teaser for Dreadtown.

Check out the major new interview with Steel Pulse’s David Hinds and UB40’s Robin Campbell in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!

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