There have been quite a few unmistakable characters that heavy metal has given us over the years. On Tuesday 16th December 2014, an impressive amount of these renowned names, including Zakk Wylde, James LaBrie, Gus G, Joey Belladonna and Dave Ellefson and many more, will unite as the “Metal All Stars“, for a special one-off UK concert at O2 Academy Brixton, London.
The special one-off London concert will feature sets including renditions of all the artists’ respective classics. Metal All Stars was put together by Gabe Reed Productions as a way to give the world’s metal fans an opportunity to see metal legends in one blockbuster show. “As a metal fan,” says Reed, “this is the show that I always wanted to see – two and a half hours of relentless, legendary metal!” The artists are really looking forward to the Metal All Stars London show as much as the fans are. Says Zakk Wylde, “The Metal All Stars are back and we are going to kick some major ass!” Additionally, James LaBrie, “I am psyched to be a part of the Metal All Stars tour with an incredible collection of singers and musicians. Come on out and let’s make it a memorable kick ass evening that is going to rock!”
Hot off the heels of a summer of touring European festivals, MOTÖRHEAD, the loudest band in Rock’n’Roll, have announced that they will be returning to the UK for a very special, limited run of November shows, this time hitting O2 Apollo Manchester on 4th November, Birmingham NIA on 6th November and culminating in their largest headline show in over a decade as they return to London’s SSE Wembley Arena on 8th November. Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk or http://www.livenation.co.uk
Motörhead re-released their 2013 album Aftershock, under the title Aftershock – Tour Edition on August 4th. This expanded release contains a bonus disc of live material comprised from the band’s historic appearances at the 2014 West Coast Tour, and in further celebration, UDR/Motörhead Music/ ADA are proud to present “Lost Woman Blues” live from The Warfield in San Francisco on Friday April 18th, 2014. The show was part of the band’s warm-up mini tour for their current European festivals, and the song’s performance, verve, swagger and attitude show Motörhead have maintained their rich ripeness and added another layer of grit and polish. Joining the band on their November run will be fan favourites, The Damned. Having joined Motörhead for their November tour in 2009 to mass acclaim, they were the obvious choice or these shows. As if that wasn’t enough, Berlin’s country rockers The Bosshoss will be rounding the line up off.
It proves one major thing no-one should ever forget…they are Motörhead, and they play rock’n’roll!
TUESDAY 04 02 APOLLO MANCHESTER
THURSDAY 06 BIRMINGHAM NIA
SATURDAY 08 LONDON THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY
MARMOZETS & LONELY THE BRAVE TO CO-HEADLINE WITH SUPPORT FROM ALLUSONDRUGS
Big Cheese Magazine is proud to present two of the fastest rising young UK bands, teaming up for The Big Cheese Tour this October. Yorkshire angular alt-rockers Marmozets and Cambridge anthemic melodic rockers Lonely The Brave join forces to co-headline. Support comes from Leeds-based psychedelic grunge rock quintet Allusondrugs. Commenting on the tour, Mo from Lonely The Brave is “Absolutely stoked to be on this tour with a band that we’ve been fans of for ages. Can’t wait to share a stage with them every night.”
Marmozets comment that “After Warped Tour in the US we’re unbelievably excited to be back touring in the UK with the excellent Lonely The Brave and our friends Allusondrugs. They’re both great bands and this is not a tour you want to miss! It’s gonna be loud, heavy and chaotic. Can’t wait for everyone to hear the tracks from the new album.See you there!”
Allusondrugs follow by adding “We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this tour. We love Big Cheese Magazine, the line-up is amazing and it’s going to be a pleasure to play alongside our friends Marmozets & Lonely The Brave”. Their new self-titled EP is available now via Clue Records.
The thirteen date UK tour begins in Manchester on October 1st and runs through to October 16th. It includes a show at London Scala (October 10th). Full tour dates listed below.
THE BIG CHEESE TOUR: OCTOBER 2014
WEDNESDAY 1 MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE / THURSDAY 2 GLASGOW KING TUTS / FRIDAY 3 LIVERPOOL O2 ACADEMY 2 / SATUDAY 4 CARDIFF CF10 / MONDAY 6 BRIGHTON KOMEDIA / WEDNESDAY 8 TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM / THURSDAY 9 SOUTHAMPTON TALKING HEADS / FRIDAY 10 LONDON SCALA / SATURDAY 11 NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY BASEMENT / MONDAY 13 SHEFFIELD CORPORATION / TUESDAY 14 NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY 2 / WEDNESDAY 15 BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY 3 / THURSDAY 16 NORWICH OPEN
The Big Cheese Tour tickets priced at £9 regionally and £10 in London (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or
After last year’s storming of the Isle of Wight Festival stage an exhilarated Bob Geldof said “It’s weird. I’d forgotten how powerful a band The Rats are!” Others hadn’t. What was only meant to be a brief “re-grouping” turned into a triumphant sell out UK tour, a block-booked 2014 Festival season and now the announcement of ‘Ratlife’ the second half of The Boomtown Rats’ second coming. Taking in the towns missed out on their first jaunt and returning – literally by public demand – to the country’s major cities so thoroughly re-Ratted six months ago. Beyond nostalgia both press and audience agreed that those many classic Ratsongs had indeed stood the test of time morphing from the radical, upstart transgressive rage of the mid-70’s into tunes for the ages with a tragic contemporary resonance. The audience, ranging from the Rats’ contemporaries to the newer, younger curious crowd wondering what the fuss had been about, immediately recognised the timeless frustrations and rage of the Now embodied in the Rats’ tunes and performance. Age had indeed not withered them, but made them more potent. At a time of cookie cutter anodyne musical drivel the visceral Shock of the Old from its original purveyors is one of contemporary music’s great treats and revelations.
‘Ratlife’ will visit: OCT 18th WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall / 19th NEWCASTLE O2 Academy / 20th GLASGOW O2 ABC / 22nd SHEFFIELD O2 Academy / 23rd LIVERPOOL O2 Academy / 25th MANCHESTER Ritz / 26th LINCOLN Engine Shed / 28th LEAMINGTON SPA Assembly / 29th BRISTOL O2 Academy / 31st PORTSMOUTH Pyramids Centre
NOV 1st OXFORD O2 Academy / 3rd CAMBRIDGE The Junction / 4th LEICESTER O2 Academy / 6th BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy / 7th LONDON The Forum
Accompanying the Live Nation promoted tour the Rats will release ‘Ratlife’ – a hits compilation of classic Rats tracks with previously unheard additions.
Formed in 1975 in Dublin The Boomtown Rats exploded out of Ireland in ’76 and their fast, loud, furious music and their fast, loud, furious attitude meant they became part of the burgeoning punk scene. Singer Bob Geldof’s defiant motormouth arrogance and flagrant disrespect for authority endeared him and his band to every youth who felt weighed down by the heavy handed blandishments of church and state. In the UK The Boomtown Rats first toured with the Ramones and Talking Heads rocking and mocking the status quo alongside the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers. They became one of the biggest bands of the late 70s/80s with a string of top ten hits and platinum albums, earning them Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos and Grammy Awards. Making history as the first Irish band to have a UK no 1 hit with ‘Rat Trap’, they went on to top the charts in 32 Countries with ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ and racked up six era-defining albums.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAID ABOUT THE RATS REUNION
“In a ‘mega’ snakeskin suit…the Peter Pan of post-punk flung himself into the show in the manner of an enraged stick insect, a blur of jerking limbs and fervent lip-curls. ..the Rats articulated contemporary fears and furies better than almost any of their new wave peers. ..the performance never felt like an exercise in nostalgia. After all he has been through and achieved Geldof’s ability to tap the inchoate rage of his youth was remarkable.” DAILY TELEGRAPH
An alarmingly strong set. The Rats blast through the hits… …combining Mick Jagger and Nick Cave…Geldof is every inch the hyperkinetic ball of sexual tension he was in his youth.’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘The Rat Pack were given a massive ovation and returned for an encore of chanting their own name. No wonder they don’t like Mondays when they have so much fun on weekends.’ DAILY MIRROR
‘The Boomtown Rats are immediate, childish and sloppy, doused in the punk nonchalance that made them legends in the 80s. As far as reunions go, this is a gleaming example… It’s a glorious return.’ THE 405
‘(Isle Of Wight festival) Best moment: Boomtown Rats performing together for the first time in 27 years was pretty spesh…’ COSMOPOLITAN
‘Bob Geldof became a proper rock star again, bouncing on the spot as he played with The Boomtown Rats for the first time since 1986.’ DAILY STAR
‘…in the late Seventies, The Boomtown Rats were the most interesting pop group in Britain, scoring hit after hit with sharp-witted, punk inflected, new wave tunes, chock full of bright ideas, crammed with sparky hooks, and delivered in attention-grabbing style’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
The Boomtown Rats tickets priced at £25.00 regionally and £28.50 in London (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Warpaint are pleased to announce a UK headline tour in November / December 2014. This will be the band’s biggest tour in the UK so far. This rounds off an excellent year for the band, their 2nd Album Warpaint made the top ten at the start of the year.
November 29th – London – Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
November 30th – Bournemouth – O2 Academy
December 2nd – Gateshead – Sage Gateshead
December 3rd – Glasgow – O2 Academy
December 4th – Manchester – Apollo
December 5th – Birmingham – The Institute
ALBUM I NEVER LEARN OUT NOW
Following the release of her critically-acclaimed third studio album I Never Learn, Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li is pleased to confirm the release of her new single ‘Gunshot’. Lykke commented on the track, “I wrote Gunshot straight after a meditation and the lyrics just came out of violent words, ‘I’m longing for your poison like a cancer for its prey, I shot an arrow in your heart where you waited in the rain.’ So this is also the moment in a relationship where you’ve fucked up and some things you can never take back. I think that a lot of people can relate to that moment where it’s just gone forever.”
After the US tour announcement of last week, including a show at Radio City in NYC, Lykke has announced the I Never Learn UK tour which includes a headline London show at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo on 13 November. UK fans will still be able to catch her prior to this at Latitude Festival and Glastonbury.
UK Tour Details:
13 NOVEMBER 2014 –Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London
15 NOVEMBER 2014 – Albert Hall, Manchester
16 NOVEMBER 2014 – Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
Independent on Sunday – ‘This…album makes majestic work of pop melancholy’ ????
Clash – 8/10 – ‘An affecting album of real beauty’
DIY – “it’s an album you will fall for” ????
Mojo – “every melody instantly grabs” ????
London In Stereo – “Lykke’s the best around”
Daily Mirror – “I Never Learn is a tear stained pearl” ????
Daily Mail – ‘heartbreak has never sounded so alluring’ ????
Mixmag – 8/10 – ‘Everything sounds bigger here and for once that’s a good thing’
Big Issue– ‘Terrifically intense and cathartic’
The Guardian – (live review) ‘There is an exultant quality to these tales of woe’ ????