ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES SHOWS!

Detroit rock legend ALICE COOPER returns to the UK for a bunch of arena dates this Autumn.

Following on from his previous UK dates, where he was joined The Damned, Alice has dug out his punk address book once more and recruited THE STRANGLERS as special guests.

The shows will be opened by fellow Detroit rocker Wayne Kramer and his MC50.

Full dates are…

4 Oct – Manchester – Manchester Arena
5 Oct – Aberdeen – Event Complex
7 Oct – Leeds – First Direct Arena
8 Oct – Brighton – Brighton Centre
10 Oct – London – The O2
11 Oct – Birmingham – Resorts World Arena
12 Oct – Cardiff Arena

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 22 February at 10am.

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NIGHT OF THE HAUNTER!

The latest in a new crop of bands emerging from Down Under, A. SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS are set to release their debut 12″ single next month.

Despite having the worst name since Chocolate Starfish, the image-free Tasmanian quartet have delivered a seemingly effortlessly urgent slab of New Wave punk in ‘Suddenly’, such as might’ve lit up the airwaves in late ’78, courtesy of Peter Powell or Kid Jensen.

The prospect of 10″ minute B-side ‘Reciprocation’ sounds even more intriguing.

Set for release through Rough Trade on 29 March, the single is available to pre-order here.

The band hit the UK for an appearance at The Great Escape, Brighton which runs from 9-11 May.

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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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HAWKWIND AT 50!

HAWKWIND have announced full dates for their 50th Anniversary Tour.

The dates lead up to their previously announced show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 26 November.

The spacerock legends originally formed in the Ladbroke Grove area of West London in November ’69, playing their first gig as Group X at Notting Hill’s All Saints Hall, before changing their name to Hawkwind Zoo, then Hawkwind.

The band released their self-titled debut album, produced by The Pretty Things’ Dick Taylor, in August 1970. Their most recent album was last year’s acoustic The Road To Utopia.

Full dates are…

Mon 11th Nov York Opera House
Tues 12th Nov Ipswich Corn Exchange
Wed 13th Nov Basingstoke Anvil
Fri 15th Nov Manchester Albert Hall
Sun 17th Nov O2 Academy Glasgow
Mon 18th Nov Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tues 19th Nov Bristol Anson Rooms
Wed 20th Nov Cardiff Tramshed
Fri 22nd Nov Nottingham Rock City
Sat 23rd Nov Birmingham Town Hall
Sun 24th Nov Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms
Mon 25th Nov Guilford G Live
Tues 26th Nov Royal Albert Hall London

Tickets are available from www.hawkwind.com

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MORE ACTS FOR GROEZROCK!

Loads more acts have been added to the bill for Belgium’s legendary GROEZROCK FESTIVAL.

As previously announced JAWBREAKER and DROPKICK MURPHYS will be headlining the event, which is to take place at Meerhout on 26 and 27 April.

Other confirmed acts include COHEED AND CAMBRIA, MILLENCOLIN, COMEBACK KID, BOWLING FOR SOUP, MARKY RAMONE with GREG HETSON, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, NECK DEEP, BEACH SLANG, BRUTUS, DEEZ NUTS, HANK VON HELL, JOYCE MANOR, TRASH TALK and loads more.

That’s 80 confirmed acts and still 10 more – including a very special mainstage guest – to be announced. For more details and tickets, go to the festival website.

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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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ESSEX VENUE UNDER THREAT!

A fight is on to save legendary Southend music pub, The Railway Hotel.

Situated on the Essex shores of the Thames Estuary, Southend-on-Sea and environs have a long history as a haven for rock’n’roll and the birthplace of such major bands as Procol Harum, Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hotrods and in more recent times, The Horrors, These New Puritans and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

The pub, in the town’s Clifftown Road, has become central to the town’s music scene over the past decade, with memorable gigs from the likes of Wilko Johnson – a pub regular – The Jim Jones Revue, Vic Godard, Glen Matlock, Earl Slick, Steve Ignorant, Chas Hodges, Steve Hooker, The Lucky Strikes, James Leg, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, TV Smith, The Lovely Eggs, JD Hangover, Electric Six, Fallen Leaves, Walter Lure, The Nightingales, Bob Log III and loads more.

Not just a venue, the pub has become a major cultural and community hub, supporting numerous creative, charity and homeless projects.

Last December, having run the pub for ten years, and faced with mounting costs to preserve the fabric of the building, hosts Dave and Fi Dulake – who also gig as drums/organ duo The Tuppenny Bunters – decided too move on.

Given the current climate, and the possible threat of a negative impact on the community, the pair recently changed their minds and decided to stay on. Their financial worries haven’t gone away, however, so friends of the pub have set up a GoFundMe page in an attempt to give something back, ease the couple’s burden and preserve the pub as a venue for generations to come. For more info and to contribute, go here.

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QUADROPHENIA AT 40!

The classic Mod movie Quadrophenia is to have its 40th Anniversary celebrated with a special Londonscreening this Spring.

Franc Roddam’s 1979 directorial debut, based around THE WHO’s 1973 rock opera, is to be shown at Islington Assembly Hall on, appropriately enough, Bank Holiday Monday 6 May, with the screening followed by a Q&A with a number of the film’s stars including Phil Daniels (Jimmy), Leslie Ash (Steph), Mark Wingett (Dave) and Trevor Laird (Ferdy), hosted by broadcaster and DJ, Eddie Piller.

Quadrophenia is centred around Jimmy, a young Mod, who escapes from his dead-end job as a mailroom boy by dancing, partying, taking amphetamines, riding his scooter, and brawling with the motorcycle-riding Rockers. He discovers one of his childhood friends Kevin is now a Rocker and witnesses him attacking his Mod friends one night. The Mods vs Rockers violence escalates on a Bank Holiday trip to Brighton.

Although much of the movie is based, and was shot, around The Who’s stamping ground of Shepherd’s Bush, it has strong ties with Islington where various members of the cast, including Daniels, grew up or attended the nearby Anna Scher Theatre School. The location of the  café where the Mods congregate was Alfredo’s in Essex rode, which became a haven for Scooterists for several years, while the nearby Mildmay Tavern was a major Mod hangout during the late-70s Mod revival.

Tickets for the screening are available here.

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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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ZEROS HIT THE U.K.!

Legendary Cali punks THE ZEROS are set to play their first ever dates in the UK next month!

The band sometimes referred to as ‘the Mexican Ramones’ came together in high school in Chula Vista, Southern California in 1976. Their original four-piece line-up featured singer and guitarist Javier Escovedo – the middle of the three super-talented Escovedo brothers – and guitarist Robert Lopez – later to find fame as ‘Mexican Elvis’, El Vez. They signed to the legendary Bomp! label and the following year released the classic single ‘Wimp’ – later covered by the Hoodoo Gurus – backed with ‘Don’t Push Me Around’. Originally splitting in 1980, they reconvened for a new album in ’95 and this time round have been active since 2007.

Still featuring Escovedo and drummer Baba Chenelle, The Zeros play the following dates…

1 Mar – Shacklewell Arms, London (w/ Johnny Throttle & The Speedways)
2 Mar – Temple Of Boom, Leeds (w/ The X-Ray Eyes)
3 Mar – The Chameleon, Nottingham (w/ The Eviltones)
4 Mar – Pipeline Club, Brighton (Randy Savages)

Tickets for the London gig are available here.

Check out ‘Don’t Push Me Around’

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VOTE IN THE VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS!

VOTE NOW

As previously announced, the second Vive Le Rock Awards take place on Wednesday 27 March at London’s Islington Academy!

And we’re giving YOU the chance to vote for the Best New Blood!

In the running are AMYL & THE SNIFFERS, BLUE CARPET BAND, HANDS OFF GRETEL, PIZZA TRAMP and THE CHATS.

Which of these ace bands made you bang your head the most over the past year? To vote, go here!

Tickets for the event, which include standard and special VIP packages, are available here.

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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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STIV FILM GETS U.K. PREMIERE!

A new documentary on legendary DEAD BOYS frontman STIV BATORS is to get its UK premiere next month.

Born 70 years ago, the charismatic singer was the original embodiment of the self-destructive punk frontman with Cleveland, Ohio’s DEAD BOYS before embarking on a solo career. He went on to team up with members of SHAM 69 in THE WANDERERS. His greatest success came in the mid-80s with THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH alongside The Damned founder Brian James, Dave Tregunna from Sham 69 and ex-Barracudas drummer Nicky Turner.

The succinctly-titled Stiv, which features heaps of rare and unseen footage, as well as new interviews with all the major players in the singer’s life, is to receive its UK premiere on 24 March at the Regent Street Cinema, London as part of the Soundscreen Festival, presented in conjunction with Vive Le Rock! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Danny Garcia.

Tickets are available here.

Watch the trailer…

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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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MEKONS GET THEIR JUST DESERTS!

Leeds punk legends MEKONS are back with a new album and a UK tour. And they’re celebrating with a brand new video.

‘Lawrence Of California’ is taken from the album Deserted, which follows on from last year’s It Is Twice Blessed, for which the band reconvened their 1977 line-up under the guise of MEKONS 77.

Deserted was recorded, oddly enough, in the desert around to the town of Joshua Tree, California, where they also shot the accompanying video.

The album is set for release on Bloodshot in the US and Glitterbeat in Europe on 29 March and is available to pre-order here.

The band play four UK dates at the start of April – including shows in Brighton and London where they’ll be joined by rejuvenated anarcho-punk legends HAGAR THE WOMB and INTERROBANG‽ – before heading round Europe. Full dates are…

2 April – Le Pub, Newport
3 April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
4 April – Patterns, Brighton
5 April – 100 Club, London
6 April – Cinetol, Amsterdam
7 April – Musik & Frieden, Berlin
8 April – Hafenklang, Hamburg
9 April – Alice, Copenhagen
10 April – Mousonturm, Frankfurt
11 April – Stadtwerkstatt, Linz
12 April – Chelsea, Vienna
13 April – Franz.K, Reutlingen
14 April – Franziskaner, Bad Salgau

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FRANKLYS NEW TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

THE FRANKLYS are back with a killer brand new EP and they’re unveiling the first track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Not Guilty’ is taken from the EP Framed, which is set for release on 5 April.

The band tell us that, “lyrically, the record takes a look at the current state of the world’s affairs, whether that be on a small scale, such as in ‘Small Town, Small Talk’, or on much wider reaching issues. For example, ‘Mayday’ takes a swipe at the massive mess of the Brexit vote and its subsequent fallout. The songs deal with an increasing obsession with gossip, news and a lack of empathy fuelled by portrayals of unobtainable perfection found on some social media.”

Having completed no fewer than four European tours in 2018, the band return to the road this Spring, kicking off with four UK shows – including a London album launch – before heading to Germany, Austria and The Netherlands. Full dates are…

09/03 – The Horn, St Albans UK
16/03 – Acoustic Couch, Bracknell UK
11/04 – The Finsbury (EP Launch), London UK
13/04 – The Royal Standard, Hastings UK
24/04 – Kult 41, Bonn DE
25/04 – 7er Club, Mannheim DE
26/04 – Horrible Punk Festival, Bludenz AT
27/04 – Club Voltaire, Neu-Isenburg DE
30/04 – Molotow, Hamburg DE
02/05 – Slow Club, Freiburg DE
03/05 – Pink Pank, Rotterdam NL
04/05 – Sonic Ballroom, Cologne DE

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GETCHA CAT CLOTHES ON!

THE STRAY CATS have revealed that their first new album in 26 years will be released this Spring, with UK dates set for the Summer.

The Massapequa, NY rockabilly legends resurfaced in 2018 for their first US dates in 10 years, followed by the announcement that they were working on a new album with producer Peter Collins, famed for his work with UK rockabilly rebels Matchbox, and Jack White’s engineer Vance Powell.

The album, succinctly titled 40, in honour of the trio’s 40th Anniversary, features a dozen new original tracks and is set for release in the Spring, exact date to be confirmed.

“Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this Rockabilly music,” revels singer and guitarist Brian Setzer. “Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.”

The album release will be followed in the Summer by three dates, including a show at London’s Eventim Apollo which, as the fabled Hammersmith Odeon, has been the scene of some of the earliest Stray Cat victories. Full dates are…

Sun 23 June – Birmingham O2 Academy
Tues 25 June – Manchester O2 Apollo
Wed 26 June – London Eventim Apollo

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 1 February.

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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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