ROSE TATTOO ANNOUNCE U.K. SHOWS!

Aussie legends ROSE TATTOO are to have their Blood Brothers album reissued to coincide with their European Tour.

First released in 2007, Blood Brothers is the band’s most recent studio. It was the last to feature original guitarist Mick Cox, who would pass away two years later, and also saw the arrival of slide guitarist Dai Pritchard, replacing band founder Peter Wells, who died the previous year.

The album saw a boost in profile for the band with considerable exposure for the lead single, a cover of EASYBEATS frontman Stevie Wright’s Oz rock classic ‘Black Eyed Bruiser’.

The reissue, which features 6 bonus live tracks, is set for release through Golden Robot on 18 May. It’s available to pre-order here.

Rose Tattoo last year announced a new all-star line-up with Angry Anderson and Dai Pritchard joined by former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, Angels and Skyhooks guitarist Bob Spencer and former Australian Crawl drummer John Watson.

The band head to Europe in June, arriving in the UK in September. Catch them on the road at….

Jun 05 Hamburg – Germany Markthalle
Jun 07 Sölvesborg – Sweden Sweden Rock Festival
Jun 08 Hamburg – Germany Markthalle
Jun 09 Aschaffenburg -Germany Colos-Saal
Jun 10 Munich – Germany Rockavaria
Jun 12 Dornbirn – Austria Conrad-Sohm
Jun 13 Pratteln -Switzerland Z7
Jun 14 Strasbourg – France La Laiterie
Jun 15 Bochum – Germany Zeche
Jun 16 Alkmaar – Netherlands Victorie
Jun 17 Bremen – Germany Tivoli
Jun 19 Neuruppin – Germany Kulturhaus
Jun 20 Berlin – Germany Astra
Jun 22 Clisson – France Hellfest
Jun 23 Leipzig – Germany Matapaloz Festwiese
Jun 24 Aschaffenburg-Germany Colos-Saal
Aug 29 Nürnberg – Germany Hirsch
Aug 30 Karlsruhe – Germany Substage
Aug 31 Bochum – Germany Zeche
Sep 01 Hartenholm – Germany Serner Rennen
Sep 02 Bremerhaven – Germany Full Metal Cruise
Sep 06 Glasgow – Great Britain O2 ABC
Sep 07 Belfast – Great Britain Limelight 2
Sep 08 Dublin – Ireland Voodoo Lounge
Sep 11 Birmingham – Great Britain O2 Academy 2
Sep 13 London – Great Britain O2 Islington Academy
Sep 14 Kortijk – Belgium De Kreun
Sep 16 Raismes – France Raismes Festival

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SECOND WAVE PUNK GETS NEW BOX SET!

The latest in a series of comprehensive box sets from Cherry Red focuses on the second wave of UK punk.

Over four CDs and 114 tracks, Burning Britain: the story of independent UK Punk 1980 – 1983 catalogues the vital scene that reignited in the aftermath of Thatcher’s 1979 election victory.

Covering a wide spectrum, the anthology not only reflects the impact of the anarcho scene, but also alights on Oi, pathetique and other sub-genres, drawn from the catalogues of such labels as Riot City, No Future, Fallout, Clay, Mortarhate, Anagram, Step-Forward, Small Wonder, WXYZ, Rondelet, Spiderleg and Flicknife.

Bands featured include THE TOY DOLLS, POISON GIRLS, DISCHARGE, THE MOB, ANIT-PASTI, INFA RIOT (pictured), G.B.H., VICE SQUAD, 4 SKINS, CHRON GEN, COCKNEY REJECTS, THE BUSINESS, ACTION PACT, DESTRUCTORS, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, CHAOS U.K., THE EXPLOITED, SUBHUMANS, THE DEFECTS, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, SPECIAL DUTIES and THE PARTISANS, while major players from the first time round – THE DAMNED, CHELSEA, THE LURKERS, U.K. SUBS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS – also get a look in.

The set is completed by a 64-page book with a foreword by punk historian Ian Glasper, author of the essential book Burning Britain, from which the anthology takes its name.

Set for release on 27 April, it’s available to pre-order here.

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UNPLUGGED CHORD WONDERS!

ADVERTS frontman T.V. SMITH headlines a special acoustic punk show in South London this Sunday 18 March.

Taking place at the New Cross Inn in, err, New Cross, the show kicks off at 4pm and features a line-up of singer-songwriters, all of whom are playing unplugged for the night, but don’t assume they’ll be taking it easy, so leave your slippers and Sunday papers at home!

Joining T.V. on the bill are former VIBRATORS frontman Knox, ex-BOYS bassist and now successful power-popper Duncan Reid, Paul-Ronney Angel of THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, former CANNIBAL and now RAW FUN frontman Patrice, Rich Ragany from ROLE MODELS, Lucy Ellis of LUCY & THE RATS and Dave Renegade.

Tickets priced £7 are on sale here. Admission on the door will be £10.

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BONNEVILLES EXCLUSIVE TRACK PREMIERE!

Northern Irish garage-blues duo THE BONNEVILLES are today premiering a brand new track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Don’t Curse The Darkness’ is from the Lurgan pair’s new studio album Dirty Photographs, which is out this Friday 16 March through Alive Naturalsound. It’s available as a CD, download limited edition vinyl and t-shirt bundle here.

Says guitarist/singer Andrew McGibbon Jr, “I love this song, one of my favourite Bonnevilles tracks. This song has taken about 10 years to write, believe it or not. One of the million jobs I’ve had in my life, I delivered and removed pianos. After the last economic crash in 2008 I was sent to this guy’s house in the country to remove his piano. He had lost absolutely everything to the banks but the one thing he wouldn’t let go was the piano. We took the piano from his very nice house, which he had just given up and took them into town. He was such a lovely guy, very chipper, especially considering what he was going through, so I asked him why he seemed to be okay with everything that was happening to him and he said back to me, ‘Don’t curse the darkness, light a candle.’ That blew me away. I wrote it down in my notebook. A few years later I wrote the song and we played it out a few times. We even recorded it for our last album (Arrow Pierce My Heart) but the recording didn’t do the song justice, so I pulled it. We rearranged it a bit and tried again on these sessions and it turned out great, I would never allow a crap version of it to go out as I always felt the song has the potential to be meaningful to someone. It might end up being ‘that’ song for some soul out there that needs it.

“We dedicated it to our friend Audrey Extraordinary Fraser, she was in the room the first time we played it at a gig in Montrose in Scotland. She was going through some difficult stuff at the time and it made her cry. We took that as a good sign.”

The Bonnevilles tour mainland Europe this April, before returning to the UK to play Red Rooster Festival, Euston, Suffolk on 31 May and Mandela Hall, Belfast on 15 June.

 

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LONDON SKA FEST TICKET OFFER!!!

The LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL returns over the Easter Weekend, celebrating its 30th Anniversary with an impressive selection of ska and reggae in North London.

And if you buy this month’s issue of Vive Le Rock, you can find out how to get half-price tickets!

From Thursday 29 March to Sunday 1 April, the Festival will be taking over both rooms at the O2 Academy, Islington for a host of shows from world class performers including KEN BOOTHE, HORACE ANDY (pictured), DERRICK MORGAN, FREDDIE NOTES, THE CLARENDONIANS, JOHNNY CLARKE, RANKING JOE, DOREEN SHAFFER, OTIS GAYLE, THE ORIGINAL ACES, AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE, PAMA INTERNATIONAL, MAROON TOWN, POTATO 5 HORNS, THE HEMPOLICS, ALPHEUS, THE SPITFIRES, PHOENIX CITY ALL-TARS, CAPONE & THE BULLETS, BOMBSKARE, THE KUBRICKS, HEAVYBALL, CAPTAIN ACCIDENT & THE DISASTERS and loads more.

There’ll also be the usual array of DJs and sound systems including DON LETTS, CLIVE CHIN, GLADDY WAX, TESSA BASSIE (THE SLITS), WRONGTOM, RAS DIGBY, ASHER G, AXIS VALV-A-TRON valve sound system
PHIL BUSH SOUNDS & PRESSURE, BARRIE SHARPE, TIGHTEN UP CREW and more besides.

Full show details and tickets – including weekend wristband and individual events – are available via www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk But get in quick as shows are already selling out!

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EXTRICATED MOVIE PREMIERES AT SOUNDCREEN!

This month’s Soundscreen Festival, London’s new music and film festival brought to you by Vive Le Rock in conjunction with Rock’n’Roll Cinema and Cadiz Music, will see the world premiere of Uncaged, the story of Brix Smith and The Extricated, the band put together by ex-members of The Fall.

The screening, at London’s Legendary 100 Club on 21 March, will be followed by a special performance by the band themselves.

Taking place at venues across the city from 21 to 27 March, Soundcreen promised an exciting programme of music on film, including the UK premieres of the Radio Birdman story Descent Into The Maelstrom and The Go-Betweens film Right Here, the acclaimed Slits documentary Here To Be Heard, and Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise, accompanied by a performance by the man himself.

With new events being added all the time, full details and tickets can be found at www.soundscreenfestival.com

The festival will be followed immediately by the first ever Vive le Rock Awards at the O2 Academy, Islington on Wednesday 28 March. Featuring a string of guest presenters and live performances by the likes of Ginger Wildheart, The Professionals and Charlie Harper, it’s not to be missed. Tickets are available here.

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MIRACULOUS MULE HOST HACKNEY HOEDOWN!

MIRACULOUS MULE return next week with a special garage-blues extravaganza in East London.

The trio’s most recent album Two Tonne Testimony was a standout release of 2017, making Vive Le Rock‘s Top 10 albums of the year, and they recently tore the roof of the legendary 100 Club while opening for BOG BOY BLOATER.

The band are already plotting their follow-up release with new material being broken in at live shows during the year. The first of these is set to take place at hip clothes shop-cum-venue, Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney Central, on Friday 9 March.

Check out ‘Shave ‘Em Dry’.

Joining Miraculous Mule on the night are long-serving South Coast punk rock blues practitioners MUDLOW, who are preparing for the release of their restrospective compilation Waiting For The Tide To Rise, due out in April.

Check out ‘Mad Mary Lou’.

Opening the night are happening  duo J.D. HANGOVER – featuring members of legendary Italian punk-blues maestros STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS – whose harsh Delta blues channels SUICIDE by way of an ancient Bentley Rhythm Ace drum machine.

Check out ‘Mr Williamson’.

Throughout the night and afterwards, DJs from Stag-o-Lee Records will be manning the decks.

 

“We’re hoping to get our next album recorded before the end of the year and we’re using upcoming London shows to try out new songs,” says Miraculous Mule’s Michael J Sheehy. “It always adds a little spice as does having a great opening band and we’ve got two at Paper Dress. Too often we’ve found ourselves playing with bands with egos and bad attitudes which far outweigh their ability, passion or tunes, Mudlow and JD Hangover are exceptional, both bands know how to bring it and will light a fire under Miraculous Mule’s arse so expect a night of full on mutated rocking fiery garage blues!”

Tickets for the show, priced at a very reasonable £5, are available here.

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TABLE SCRAPS REVEAL NEW VIDEO!

Fast-rising garage-rockers TABLE SCRAPS have unveiled a brand new video.

‘I’m A Failure’ is the lead track from their just released debut album Autonomy, which is already picking up rave reviews, including a hefty 9-out-of-10 from Vive Le Rock!

Speaking about the video, the Brummie trio say, “We had wanted to make a video that affectionately referenced channel surfing for ages and inspiration struck when, as always, we realised we had no money. We did have cheap wood and socks, though: it was all we needed to put together a loving homage to Beavis and Butt-Head, the golden years of MTV and the amazing/terrible music videos of our youth.”

The band are taking the album to the masses with a bunch of shows this week, including a FREE London show at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston this Wednesday. Full dates are….

Feb 28 – London, The Shacklewell Arms
Mar 1 – Bournemouth, 60 Million Postcards
Mar 2 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds Kings Heath
Mar 3 – Bristol, The Trap

Released through Zen Ten Records, Autonomy is available on vinyl, CD and download from tablescrapsband.com.

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THIS MEANS WAR! VIDEO PREMIERE!

Dutch hardcore mob THIS MEANS WAR! have just released their debut EP and are premiering this video exclusively with Vive Le Rock! and Down For Life.

The video for ‘Use It Up’ is the work of director, animator and producer Chris Curtis of Dropkick Murphys and Green Day fame.

Veterans of the Dutch live scene, This Means War! came together in 2016 when members of Discipline, Hidden Guns, Superhero Status and Convict answered an Internet ad. They recorded the 5 -track EP in Amsterdam with producer Igor Wouters (Gold, Backfire!) before having it mixed at Getaway in Boston by Jason Maas.

The self-titled EP is out now on 10″ vinyl through Pirates Press.

Catch the band on the road at….

24 MARCH – Cafe den Tip, Vorsselaar, Belgium
2 JUNE – Rebellion Amsterdam 2018
7-8 JULY – Sjock Festival, Belgium
1 SEPTEMBER – Namur, Belgium w/ Lion’s Law

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THE MEMBRANES’ MANCHESTER MAY-FEST!

Punk iconoclasts THE MEMBRANES have announced a one-day minifest in Manchester this spring.

Following the success of last year’s The Membranes & Friends event, the band have decided to make it an annual occurrence.

The Membranes & Friends II will take place at Manchester’s historic Ritz dancehall on Saturday 5 May. The band will once again be joined by the 20-voice BIMM Choir and will de debuting songs from their forthcoming double album due in September.

Other acts on the bill include THE LOVELY EGGS, EVIL BLIZZARD, THE CRAVATS, ONE SIDED HORSE and SINK YA TEETH, with several more acts to be announced.

Tickets for the event priced £21.50 are available here, with 50p from each ticket going to the Ritz Restoration Fund.

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VIVE SPONSORS NEW FILM FESTIVAL!

Vive Le Rock is joining forces with Rock & Roll Cinema, AEG Presents and Cadiz music in the creation of a brand new film festival for London.

Bringing together a programme of new music documentaries, live shows and Q&As, Soundscreen Music & Film Festival will take place from 21 to 27 March at some of the capital’s most iconic venues, including the 100 Club, Koko and Regent Street Cinema.

The festival will culminate in the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards at the O2 Academy, Islington on Wednesday 28 March.

The opening night of Soundscreen will feature the premiere of Uncaged, the story of Brix Smith and The Extricated – the band featuring Smith and fellow ex-Fall members Paul and Stephen Hanley – at the 100 Club. The
screening on 21 March will be followed by a live performance by the band.

Thanks to their sweary rants about modern England, Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods have been called “The Voice of Britain” by their fans, “Britain’s angriest band” by the Guardian, and “The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” by Iggy Pop. Jason Williamson, beatmaker Andrew Fearn, and their manager Steve Underwoodhave won over fans with their brutally honest lyrics and DIY ethos. Christine Franz’s documentary Bunch Of Kunst follows them on their journey from Sherwood to chart success, taking on the music business on their own terms. Franz and Underwood will undertake a Q&A at the screening taking place at Mile End’s Genesis Cinema on Tuesday 27 March.

A unique double bill featuring separate documentaries on each of the legendary Davies brothers from The Kinks, in the presence of the director Julien Temple,  Ray Davies – Imaginary Man and Dave Davies – Kinkdom Come will be shown at the Regent Street Cinema on Friday 23 March at 7pm.

Saturday 24 March at Regent Street Cinema sees the UK premiere of The Go-Betweens: Right Here, a documentary about the people who created this seminal rock band. Unflinching, insightful and at times painfully honest, the film tells the story of The Go-Betweens from the inside out, from the people who lived it, and from those whose lives were transformed by it.

A Shot Of Whisky, on Sunday 25 March at Regent Street Cinema, is the incredible story of the legendary LA club, Whisky a Go-Go. This is where reputations were built, moulds were broken, rules were torn up and legends were made. No other venue has nurtured generations of music legends such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, Love, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations, Blondie, The Go Go’s, The Knack, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Motley Crue and many more.

Descent Into The Maelstrom, the story of Australia’s legendary 70s Punks, Radio Birdman, reveals how the band changed their nation by inspiring not only the fans, but also a golden age of independent music, firing up the likes
of Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and more.

Also confirmed is Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits, which tells the story of Ari Up and company from their inception in 1976 to the band’s end in 2010 and the death of Ari. Featuring Tessa Pollitt, Palmolive, Viv Albertine, Bruce Smith, Adrian Sherwood and many more, it’s essential viewing.

Madness’ saxophonist, song and lyric writer Lee Thompson will perform live at a screening of the hilarious One Man’s
Madness rock / mockumentary at the 100 Club. Lee Scratch Perry will also make a rare London live appearance alongside a screening of his trailblazing documentary Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise being shown on the big screen at Koko.

Full details of all screenings can be found at at www.soundscreenfestival.com

Tickets for the Vive Le Rock Awards are on sale here.

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NUN’S THE WORD FOR HOLY JOY!

Reinvigorated South London post-punks BAND OF HOLY JOY return to their old stamping ground for an intimate show in April.

The band, still fronted by charismatic Newcastle iconoclast Johny Brown, celebrated one of the most successful of their 33 years in 2017 with high profile dates around the release of their widely acclaimed new album Funambulist We Love You.

The band return to play The Ivy House in Nunhead on Friday 6 April, with support from QUARTERLIGHT, the current band from PENETRATION co-founder Gary Chaplin, and atmospheric art-punks PENDENNIS. MC for the evening will be DOCTORS OF MADNESS frontman Richard Strange.

Brown promises, “A night of beastly beatitude and other sonic deviances at the Ivy House, London’s first co-operatively owned pub with the best back room and stage in London. Come and join us for some good old bohemian beatnik post-punk kicks…”

Tickets are on sale here.

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CRAVATS AND FOLK DEVILS JOIN FORCES!

Post-punk legends THE CRAVATS and FOLK DEVILS join forces for dates this spring.

Originally signed to iconic label Small Wonder, The Cravats last year released their first new album in 35 years, the acclaimed Dustbin Of Sound through Overground.

West Londoners Folk Devils made a surprise return in 2016, to play shows in support of the retrospective anthology Beautiful Monsters on Optic Nerve.

Both bands will be dusting off classic tracks from their back catalogue as well as demonstrating new material at shows in London, Bristol and Brighton. Full dates are….

Thur 5 April – The Thunderbolt, Bristol (w/ Otalgia) tickets
Fri 6 April – The Water Rats, London (w/ DJ James Endeacott) tickets
Sat 7 April – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton tickets

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LOUDER THAN WAR – SCOTLAND SPECIAL!

THE COCTEAU TWINS are the cover stars of the new ‘Made In Scotland’ edition of Louder Than War magazine.

Our bumper special also includes new features on BELLE & SEBASTIAN, THE JESUS & MARCY CHAIN and FRANZ FERDINAND.

There’s also our tribute to Manc legend MARK E SMITH.

Plus, there’s over a hundred pages crammed with interviews, news and reviews on the likes of SWANS, THE BREEDERS, SPACEMEN 3, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, NED’S ATOMIC DUSTBIN, THE WONDER STUFF, SHAME, THE LOVELY EGGS, U.S. GIRLS, THE GO! TEAM, SUPERCHUNK, THE SPOOK SCHOOL, BLACK MOTH, EMBRACE, THE JAZZ BUTCHER and loads more….

Louder Than War is available to order here now!

Don’t want to miss an issue? Subscribe to Louder Than War now for just £29.99 and receive a copy of MOGWAI’s latest album Every Country’s Sun absolutely FREE!!!

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A HOT ROD SPEAKS!

Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS recently announced that 2018 would be their final year of touring.

Ahead of the band’s show next week at Northampton’s Roadmender club, Vive Le Rock‘s Peter Dennis caught up with the band’s drummer Simon Bowley for a chat….

Peter: Hi. Please introduce yourself and the band.
Simon: My name is Simon, I manage the band and play drums. Dipster plays bass, Rich plays guitar and Barrie Masters is the original vocalist.

Peter: Can you tell me about your musical journey? What was your earliest memory and what made you want to pick up an instrument?
Simon: My uncle is Steve Nicol who along with Barrie formed the band in 1975. Steve was the original drummer so my earliest memory is of them being played on the stereo and watching them on TV. I was 7 when I went to the Rainbow to watch them. I started playing drums properly at the age of 8 or 9. At the age of 13 I joined a show band and did some TV work. All through school I played in different youth bands. When I left school I formed a heavy rock band called Enigma, we were managed by my uncle and we signed to Virgin Records but unfortunately nothing happened. At the age of 26 I joined Eddie and the Hot Rods and 21 years later I’ve toured all over the world, played some of the biggest festivals and had a right good time.

Peter: What other bands were you in before the Hot Rods? How did you join the Hot Rods and how do you feel the new line up gels together?
Simon: I joined the Hot Rods as a stand-in for the guy they had at the time, the band were just doing odd shows and not taking it too seriously. I eventually got the job full-time when the band were offered a 76 date tour with Dr. Feelgood.

Peter: That whole Canvey Island scene was magical with a host of great bands. How does that whole scene compare now with then?
Simon: Dr. Feelgood kick started the whole Canvey Island scene and the music press latched onto it, a bit like the Madchester scene with Oasis. These days there are still good bands coming from the Island but unfortunately they’re stifled by the music press.

Peter: ‘Teenage Depression’ is often cited as the link between pub rock and punk rock. How do you feel about the albums legacy? Do you consider the band to be a pub or punk rock band? Neither? Or something in between?
Simon: I feel the album does have a place in history as the link between pub and punk rock. It was recorded in just a week and sounds raw and energetic. The Hot Rods were a rock band who likened themselves to bands like The MC5. They never got into the whole punk look and never liked the punk tag. Even today we are a high energy rock band with a punk twist.

Peter: You attract a wide demographic to your shows. How does it feel to see young people who weren’t even born in 1977 digging your music?
Simon: It’s great. They often come up to us and say, “My dad told me I must come and see you and I’m so glad I did.” It’s nice that we can still connect with the younger generation.

Peter: You recently toured with John Otway. What was it like touring with such an energetic performer? Were you worried that he might upstage you or did that spur you on?
Simon: It’s funny because John is actually a quiet, sensible chap off stage. No we never feel upstaged and we never go out to upstage anybody either. We appreciate that people have spent their hard earned cash coming to watch us and just try to give them a great show. We have known John for a long time and his show is very different from ours. It’s all great fun.

Peter: You’ve gigged all over the world. Where was your best reception? How to over seas crowds compare with the UK? Any new territories you’d like to play?
Simon: I think I would have to say that the USA is the best, purely because we still appeal to a younger audience over there, they are pretty crazy gigs. Foreign audiences are good. I think they appreciate that we still travel to their countries. The UK audiences are still great too. I would’ve liked to play Australia before we stop but that’s looking unlikely now as 2018 is our final farewell. We don’t generally mind who our touring partners are. I think these days the package tours of bands from the same era do very well.

Peter: The band haven’t played Northampton for a while. How do you feel that this tour is going to hit the town?
Simon: I remember visiting Northampton and The Roadmender on the Naughty Rhythms Tour back in 2000. Strange really because that one went on the ‘must visit again soon’ list. Is it 18 years already?! It was a great gig and venue. The people were really friendly and up for the gig, so were really looking forward to playing there again.

Catch Eddie & The Hot Rods on the road at…

Sat 17 Feb – Roadmender, Northampton
Fri 9 Mar – Hapenden Hall, Harpenden (w/ Department S)
Fri 13 Apr – Undercover Festival, Margate

Tickets available here.

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JOHNNY HALLYDAY R.I.P.

French rock’n’roll legend Johnny Hallyday sadly passed away at the end of last year. You can read our full tribute to the great man here….

 

JOHNNY HALLYDAY
15/06/1943 – 05/12/2017

Known as the “French Elvis”, Johnny Hallyday sold more than 110 million records and was famous across generations. Although he wasn’t well known outside of the French-speaking world, he was music royalty in his homeland and was the biggest French rock ‘n’ roller ever. With a career spanning over half a century, he sadly passed away in December from lung cancer, aged 74. He released 50 studio and 29 live albums. Following his passing, French president Emmanuel Macron stated, “we will never forget the name, face, the voice or above all the concerts of Johnny Hallyday.” He later added on Twitter, “we’ve all something of Johnny in us”, a reference to Hallyday’s 1985 hit ‘Quelque chose de Tennessee’ (Something of Tennessee). France paid tribute to the man and mourned his loss, with a headline in L’Obs magazine reading “The king is dead” and the Duroc metro stop in Paris being renamed Durock Johnny.

Born Jean-Philippe Smet in Paris to a French mother and Belgian father, he was abandoned as a baby by his parents and raised by his aunt, surrounded by cabaret singers and performers. As a teenager he took to the stage, taking the name Hallyday from an American relative. At the age of 14 he saw Elvis Presley’s ‘Lovin’ You’ at the cinema which he later claimed determined the course of his life.

He briefly lived in London as a child, when the relatives who raised him were working there. He also stated that he recorded in the capital of England frequently and had some famous friends. “I was very good friends with Jimi Hendrix, I knew Mick Jagger, John Lennon. Rod Stewart is a friend. We’d all record in the different studios and meet for tea.”

Hallyday was signed to Vogue Records in late 1959 and his first was released in March 1960. The second single from that four-track EP, ‘Souvenirs Souvenirs’, which he performed on television, was his breakthrough hit. His ‘Viens Danser le Twist’ launched the transatlantic dance craze in France and his first album, the hugely successful ‘Salut les Copains’ on Philips resulted in a major tour and near-hysterical fans. President Charles de Gaulle was disgusted at the corruption of France’s youth and suggested they be drafted into road-gangs “because they clearly have too much energy to spare”.

Hallyday went from a young heartthrob who introduced France to American-styled rock ‘n’ roll in the ’60s to an ageing bad boy of French pop, wearing black leather, metal skull jewellery and rarely seen without a cigarette. His music was varied, covering everything from rock ‘n’ roll and blues to country and ballads, even though more than a quarter of his recordings were French adaptations of English language songs. However, Johnny Hallyday was best loved for his energetic and unforgettable live performances. Everything from hip-swinging and smoke and flames to being winched down into a stadium from a helicopter, he was a master performer. Over the course of more than 50 tours he played to more than 28 million people (roughly a third of the population of his homeland) and was so famous in France that Jimi Hendrix once played as his support act. His last legendary (and free) performance was on Bastille Day 2009 at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, with a live audience of between 800,000 and 1 million people.

His immense popularity led to alcohol, orgies, fights, tax scandals and fast motorbikes and cars (he walked away from a 125mph crash in his Lamborghini). He was dogged by insecurities and struggles as a result of being abandoned, going on to survive an early suicide attempt in 1966, suffer from depression, need cocaine to work and battle years of health problems. He had four marriages, and gossip magazines followed him around, even though he presented himself as a regular guy.

He wasn’t just a musician either, having acted to critical acclaim in numerous films and once for the auteur-director Jean-Luc Godard in the 1985 film ‘Détective’. Hallyday even won an award in 2003 for his role in Patrice Leconte’s ‘L’Homme du Train’. He was also personal friends with French politicians, including Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy.

 

Receiving a diagnosis of colon cancer in 2009, that was followed by an operation on a herniated disc resulting in him being put in a medically induced coma for three weeks. When the news broke the doctor who did the surgery was attacked in his home by a masked gang. However, Hallyday recovered and released the 2012 album ‘L’Attente’ in 2012, which resulted in his first ever gigs in the UK, at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall. Two more followed in 2014 and 2015, as well as a 90-date tour Rester Vivant (Staying Alive) that only finished last year. Speaking of the 2012 Royal Albert Hall gigs, which he cited as his best memory on stage, he recalled, “there was a very ‘rock and roll’ atmosphere. People were getting on to the stage, like they did in the 1960s. I hadn’t seen that for some time.”
Latterly living in Los Angeles with his wife Laeticia and their two daughters, he lived the rock ‘n’ roll dream for over five decades. Rock in peace.

Check out Johnny singing ‘Laisse les Filles’ in 1960

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LIKE A CAT IN THE RAIN!

Vive Le Rock favourites JAYA THE CAT have unveiled a new video on the eve of their latest tour of the UK and Ireland.

‘Huddersfield Rain’ – surely the only song written about the West Yorkshire market town – is taken from the band’s latest album A Good Day For The Damned, released last November. The video was shot at their London show during their previous visit in December.

They’re not playing Huddersfield this time around, but are playing….

Feb 8 – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
Feb 9 – The Maze, Nottingham
Feb 10 – The Art Department, Belfast
Feb 11 – Fibber McGees, Dublin
Feb 12 – Marr’s Bar, Worcester

Buy A Good Day For The Damned here.

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THE DAMNED REVEAL NEW VIDEO!

THE DAMNED have unveiled a futuristic video for their new single.

‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ is taken from the Tony Visconti-produced new album Evil Spirits, which is out in April through Search And Destroy/Spinefarm.

The video was directed by band frontman Dave Vanian with renowned video producer Dan Axtell.

Regarding the video’s theme, Vanian says, “The exploration and colonisation of other worlds is something we will face in the not so distant future. My fervent hope is that we do not take our fears and prejudices with us and repeat the mistakes we have made on our home planet.”

The Damned have just embarked on a UK Tour. Remaining dates are….

30th January – Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds
31st January – Manchester, Academy 1
1st February – Birmingham, O2 Academy
3rd February – Leicester, O2 Academy
4th February – Nottingham, Rock City
6th February – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
7th February – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
9th February – Cardiff, Great Hall
10th February – Bristol O2, Academy Bristol
11th February – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
13th February – Southampton, O2 Guildhall

Tickets are available here.

Evil Spirits is available to pre-order here.

The Damned answer your questions in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! Buy it here!

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