HOT RODS HIT 40!

Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS celebrate their 40th Anniversary next month with two very special shows. The band will be reuniting their classic ’77 line-up of Barrie Masters, Graeme Douglas, Paul Gray and Steve Nicol for the gigs. Current Hot Rods guitarist Richard Holgarth will be filling the role of original member Dave Higgs, who sadly died in 2013.

They play The Square in Harlow, Essex on Thursday 18 June – tickets, and the 229 Club in London on Friday 19 June – tickets.

Eddie & The Hot Rods followed fellow Canvey Islanders Dr Feelgood onto the Pub Rock circuit before their ferocious live shows brought them to the attention of punk, performing a legendary show at London’s Marquee supported by the Sex Pistols.

Releasing their half-live debut album Teenage Depression in ’76, they hit the Top 10 with the classic single ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ the following year, teaming up with the MC5’s Rob Tyner for a one-off single soon after. Gray and Nicol briefly backed Johnny Thunders before Gray joined The Damned for The Black Album.

http://www.eddieandthehotrods.com/

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THE DOOR AND THE WINDOW REISSUED

Original DIY punks THE DOOR AND THE WINDOW have their 1980 second album Detailed Twang reissued by Overground next week on limited edition 12-inch vinyl.

Formed in early ’79, the band had the luxury of sharing NME Single Of The Week status with Ian Dury’s ‘(Hit Me With Your) Rhythm Stick’, while their line-up included both Grant Showbiz and Mark Perry, at that time disillusioned by the constraints and expectations of Alternative TV.

Having published a fanzine Common Knowledge promoting DIY record production, the band became widely respected and shared bills with The Pop Group, Scritti Politti, The Raincoats, Delta Five and Swell Maps.

The release – limited to 500 copies – replicates the original LP, with the addition of a full biography with rare pics.

Listen to their cover of compadres Television Personalities’ ‘Part-Time Punks’ from the album.

 

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ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH SLAVES?

Young punks SLAVES issue their debut album next week through Virgin EMI. Are You Satisfied? features thirteen tracks including the singles ‘Hey’, ‘The Hunter’ and ‘Feed The Mantaray’.

The Tunbridge Wells duo of Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman can be seen at various festivals throughout the summer – including T In The Park, Reading / Leeds and Bestival – before playing a full headline tour in November  (dates below).

You can check out the video for ‘Feed The Mantaray’ here.

14 NOV  
Anson RoomsBristol, GB
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15  NOV  
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16  NOV  
Portsmouth PyramidsPortsmouth, GB
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18  NOV  
WaterfrontNorwich, GB
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19  NOV  
O2 ABCGlasgow, GB
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20 NOV  
Newcastle UniversityNewcastle Upon Tyne, GB
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 21 NOV  
The RitzManchester, GB
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ANTI-FLAG CELEBRATE SPRING

Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG return with their tenth album next week. American Spring is their first for new label Spinefarm.

The band have also launched a brand new video for the track ‘Brandenburg Gate’. Both video and song feature an appearance from Tim Armstrong of RANCID.

“A culture indoctrinated with violence will see and fear violence even when there is none. Activism is not a competition. Art doesn’t have to be safe. Revolution doesn’t have to be bloody. Change comes from people, not politicians,” they say. You can check out the video here.

Anti-Flag will be in the UK for a bunch of shows in August, including a set at Rebellion and a double header with LESS THAN JAKE at Brooklyn Bowl in London.

2 August     London @ The Old Blue Last (am and pm shows)

6 August     Blackpool @ Rebellion Festival

8 August     London @ Brooklyn Bowl – PUNKS AND PINS

9 August     Bristol @ The Marble Factory

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NUMAN FOR MANCHESTER

GARY NUMAN returns to Manchester Academy on Saturday 24 October for a very special performance as part of the venue’s year-long series of 25th Anniversary shows.

Having performed more than ten headline shows at the Academy during the past sixteen years, Numan has built up a strong affinity with the venue and his loyal Manchester fanbase.

The electro-pioneer and his band will use this occasion to present an all-new show, following on from his last appearance there, on the epic World Tour for 2013’s Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) album.

Pre-sale tickets can be had via the Academy Facebook page from 5.25pm on Wednesday 20 May. They go on general sale from Friday 22 May at 9am.

The Academy 25 series of Anniversary shows kicks off on Saturday 10 October with BUZZCOCKS and continues through 2016. Shows so far are as follows…

BUZZCOCKS – Saturday 10th October 2015

Plus a selection of Very Special Guests still TBA

 

GARY NUMAN – Saturday 24th October 2015

Plus special announcements still to come

 

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT – Friday 30th October 2015

A “Joy Division” Celebration – Performing Unknown Pleasures & Closer

And featuring an opening set of ‘New Order’ material

 

FROM THE JAM + THE UNDERTONES + THE BEAT + LOUISE DISTRAS –

Saturday 31st October 2015

 

THE WEDDING PRESENT – Plus support from artists personally chosen by David Gedge:

THE VASELINES + CINERAMA + EMMA POLLOCK

Saturday 14th November 2015

 

HAPPY MONDAYS – ‘PILLS ‘N’ THRILLS AND BELLYACHES’ – 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW

plus special announcements still to come

Friday 20th November 2015

 

HAPPY MONDAYS – ‘PILLS ‘N’ THRILLS AND BELLYACHES’ – 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW

SECOND SHOW ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

Saturday 21st November 2015

 

MEGADOG

With live performances from System 7, Dreadzone and Eat Static

Saturday 21st November 2015

 

NEW MODEL ARMY + THE DUB PISTOLS + TV SMITH –

Saturday 5th December 2015

 

http://www.numan.co.uk/

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GALLON DRUNK UNLEASH RAW POWER

GALLON DRUNK headline the first night of the RAW POWER festival in London next weekend. The band’s only UK date this year, the festival takes place at The Dome in Tufnell Park and runs from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 May.

Gallon Drunk headline the Friday night, while Californian psych-rockers EARTHLESS top the bill on the Saturday and Finnish experimentalists CIRCLE close the Sunday. Covering two stages, Raw Power, put together by London promoters Baba Yaga’s Hut, also features sets from Gnod, Esben & The Witch, Pharaoh Overlord, Hey Colossus, The Wharves, Luminous Bodies, Guapo and more. Full details and tickets are available here.

Gallon Drunk released their acclaimed The Soul Of The Hour album last year via Clouds Hill. Check out the video for the ‘The Dumb Room‘.

http://www.gallondrunk.com/

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DADDY LONG LEGS STEP OUT

Psychotic NYC blues trio DADDY LONG LEGS are in the UK this week and next, touting their speaker-shredding second album Blood From A Stone, produced by Heavy Trash’s Matt Verta-Ray and out now on Norton Records.

The band, featuring drummer Josh Styles and guitarist Murat Akturk backing the wailing harp of Daddy Long Legs himself, have been blowing up a storm since the release of their 2012 debut Evil Eye On You, tearing up stages alongside the Jim Jones Revue, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The Sonics.

This, their second UK visit, should see their Dr Feelgood-through-a-blender sound taking very few prisoners!

WEDS 13 MAY

Edinburgh, Sneaky Petes
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THUR 14 MAY

Newcastle, Cluny
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FRI 15 MAY

York, Fibbers
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SAT 16 MAY

Manchester, Gullivers
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SUN 17 MAY

Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
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TUES 19 MAY

Cardiff, The Moon
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WEDS 20 MAY

Bristol, Louisiana
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THUR 21 MAY

London, Shacklewell Arms
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FRI 22 MAY

Brighton, The Prince Albert
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SAT 23 MAY

Southend, The Railway
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http://www.officialdaddylonglegs.com/

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TAV FALCO ON THE PROWL

Legendary Memphis rockers TAV FALCO & PANTHER BURNS head to the UK next month for a run of dates in support of their current album Command Performance.

Coming to prominence during the late-70s/early-80s alongside primitive rock’n’roll contemporaries The Cramps and The Gun Club, the band have had something of a revolving door policy, featuring at one time or another Alex Chilton, Jim Dickinson, Ken Stringfellow, Jim Sclavunos and many, many more.

Tav has recently directed the new film Urania Descending and his book Mondo Memphis – an “encyclopedic history and psychogeography of the city” – is available now.

Tav Falco and Panther Burns play…

WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE     Cardiff, The Moon

THURSDAY 11 JUNE         Manchester, The Ruby Lounge

FRIDAY 12 JUNE                London, Oslo

SATURDAY 13 JUNE         Edinburgh, TBA

SUNDAY 14 JUNE             Glasgow, The Poetry Club

MONDAY 15 JUNE           Middlesbrough, Westgarth Social Club

Tickets are available now through Punk Rock Blues.

http://www.tavfalco.com/

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GENERAL ELECTION SPARKS NEUROTICS ACTION!

A Facebook campaign to make ‘Kick Out The Tories’ by The Newtown Neurotics the UK’s Number 1 single in election week has sadly failed.

But that hasn’t stopped the band regrouping for a series of dates, while frontman Steve Drewett has been invited by Billy Bragg to play the Left Field Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

‘Kick Out The Tories’, originally released as a single by the Harlow, Essex trio in 1982, marked a major politically-charged shift in the lyrics of frontman Steve Drewett, directly influenced by the 1979 election of the Conservative Government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

As part of the thriving early 80s UK punk scene, the band released a series of classic singles including ‘Living With Unemployment’ and ‘When The Oil Runs Out’, along with albums such as Beggars Can Be Choosers and Kickstarting A Backfiring Nation (featuring Porky The Poet alias Phil Jupitus).

Disbanding in 1988, Drewett formed The Indestructible Beat before fielding a reconfigured Neurotics for sporadic gigs over the past decade, most recently playing an election special at London’s Pipeline club in April. Latest dates

22 May                 Voodoo Club Belfast

23 May                 Fibber Magee’s, Dublin

11 June                 Fox & Newt, Leeds

12 June                 Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough

13 June                 Hairy Dog, Derby

26 June                 Leftfield Stage, Glastonbury (Steve Drewett solo)

http://steve-drewett.com/

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LEMMY HOSPITALISED IN BRAZIL

Motorhead were forced to cancel their performance at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Brazil this past weekend (Saturday, April 25th) after the band’s frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, was taken ill.

According to local media reports and festival organisers, Motorhead’s appearance was called off a few hours before the band was scheduled to take the stage at Arena Anhembi, São Paulo because Lemmy was suffering from gastric distress and dehydration.

All of us at Vive Le Rock wish Lemmy a speedy recovery.

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SIMPLE MINDS/STRANGLERS TOUR

Following the acclaim of their 16th album BIG MUSIC and current tour, due to demand and to cap off what has been a remarkable year for the band, Simple Minds will play three arena shows in November.

BIG MUSIC sees the band rekindling the energy and attitude, the mystery and magic that made them one of the greatest bands on the planet. It’s a swaggering collection that reiterates the band’s world-class credentials; a culmination of a decade of stealthy rediscovery that has seen the band make two albums, 2005’s Black & White 050505 and 2009’s Graffiti Soul, before reminding us all of their legacy with the acclaimed X5 boxed set and subsequent 5X5 Live album and tour.

With a touring cast that now sees Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill joined by stalwart drummer Mel Gaynor, keyboardist Andy Gillespie, bassist Ged Grimes, backing vocalists Sarah Brown and Catherine AD (additional keys and guitars), Simple Minds have a settled line-up that enables them to look and feel like a proper band again. Made with an array of collaborators old and new – including co-writer Iain Cook (of Glasgow band CHVRCHES) and producers Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg – BIG MUSIC is an irresistible mix of artistry and accessibility.

Simple Minds have undergone rightful reappraisal and renaissance in recent years. More relevant than ever, they have been lauded in recent times by NME (included in their ‘100 Most Influential Bands’), The Guardian and Mojo, and artists including The Horrors, The Killers, King Creosote, Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Radiohead. Last year the band played to 130,000 people in the UK alone – the most ever in one year.

BIG MUSIC is an album that combines a sense of sonic euphoria with some of the most personal lyrics Jim has ever written. It does justice to the Simple Minds legacy, an album that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Empires And Dance, New Gold Dream and Sparkle In The Rain.

Simple Minds are “widely regarded as one of the best live bands in the world” (BBC Breakfast) and over a 30-year career have been responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music.

Jim Kerr had this to say regarding the band’s special guests The Stranglers:

“Stranglers always were one of our favourite live acts. We know our audience will appreciate seeing both bands together during this arena tour.”

SIMPLE MINDS BIG MUSIC TOUR 2015

THU 26TH NOVEMBER LONDON THE O2 ARENA

FRI 27TH NOVEMBER LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA

SAT 28TH NOVEMBER GLASGOW SSE HYDRO

*TICKETS GO ON SALE 10AM FRIDAY 24TH APRIL

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