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  JOHNNY MAIN

johnny main

I am a Glasgow-based rock writer and blogger who's been into rock and Metal music since discovering Iron Maiden way back in 1988. My musical preferences range from mainstream rock bands like AC/DC, Status Quo and Queensryche to heavier bands like Slayer, Mastodon and Possessed.

I'm a regular gig-goer and have been to over 700 gigs so far, including seeing one particular rock band over 35 times! Some of my favourite gigs include the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992, Iron Maiden at Earls Court in 2000, KISS at Donington in 1996 and Status Quo at Glasgow's Solid Rock Café during their famous promotional Pub Tour in 1999.


31 December 2014: Striker: 'City Of Gold'
31 December 2014: Wildfire And Ice – Day Two: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
30 December 2014: Western Sand: O2 ABC, Glasgow
29 December 2014: Wildfire And Ice – Day One: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
29 December 2014: Best Of 2014
22 December 2014: Derision: 'Rise Of The Departed'
16 December 2014: Heavy Smoke: 'All I Want For Christmas...'
13 December 2014: Centrilia: 'You Are In Error'
5 December 2014: Hard Rock Hell VIII Helloween Day Three: Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli
1 December 2014: Sodom: 'Sacred Warpath' EP
28 November 2014: Hard Rock Hell VIII Helloween Day Two: With Santa Cruz Interview: Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli
24 November 2014: Hard Rock Hell VIII Helloween Day One: Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli
24 November 2014: A Vulgar Picture: 'The World I Found'
17 November 2014: King Diamond: 'Dreams Of Horror'
11 November 2014: Vantage Point: 'Demonic Dinner Dance'
7 November 2014: Broken Chords: 'Broken Chords'
4 November 2014: Boogi Loushou/Stoneface/Deadbeat Ragdolls/Big Dirty Ride: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
31 October 2014: Status Quo: 'Aquostic (Stripped Bare)'
30 October 2014: Crowbar: 'Symmetry In Black'
29 October 2014: Ozzy Osbourne: 'Memoirs Of A Madman'
28 October 2014: Nashville Pussy/Desert Storm: Broadcast, Glasgow
17 October 2014: Destruction/Shrapnel/Lost Society/Evil Invaders: Audio, Glasgow
15 October 2014: Voodoo Vegas: 'No More' (Single)
13 October 2014: Hordes Of Beilal V Part Two: Beat Generator, Dundee
8 October 2014: Hordes Of Beilal V Part One: Beat Generator, Dundee
7 October 2014: Nashville Pussy: 'Up The Dosage'
25 September 2014: Electric Boys/Bad Touch: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
25 September 2014: Sarah Tipper: 'Eviscerated Panda – Back In Bamboo' Book Review
23 September 2014: The Cadillac Three: 'Tennessee Mojo'
23 September 2014: Disposable: 'At The Foot Of The World'
18 September 2014: Highway To Hell 5 – Day Two
13 September 2014: Highway To Hell 5 – Day One
19 August 2014: Line Of Fire: 'Nowhere To Go'
14 August 2014: Grand Magus: 'Triumph And Power'
11 August 2014: Mekong Delta: 'In A Mirror Darkly'
5 August 2014: Avatar: 'Hail The Apocalypse'
31 July 2014: Devil You Know: 'The Beauty Of Destruction'
21 July 2014: Onslaught/Artillery/Demonic Resurrection: The O2 ABC2, Glasgow
18 July 2014: Interview With Space Elevator
18 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: Day Three
18 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: The Dirty Youth/Falling Red
18 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: Savage Messiah/House Of X
17 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: Day Two
10 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: Day One
7 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: Bleed From Within/Demonic Resurrection
3 July 2014: Slowcoaches: 'Thinkers'
27 June 2014: Vantage Point/The Amorettes: The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh
27 June 2014: Massive Wagons: 'Red Dress'
27 June 2014: Achren: 'The White Death' EP
20 June 2014: Monument: 'Renegades'
17 June 2014: Interview With Vantage Point
11 June 2014: Interview With Baleful Creed
6 June 2014: Gamma Ray: 'Empire Of The Undead'
4 June 2014: Jac Dalton: 'Roll With The Punches'
30 May 2014: Chasing Dragons: 'Checkmate'
29 May 2014: Interview With Dave Ritchie, Founder And Organiser Of Les-Fest
28 May 2014: Eden's Curse/Estrella/Fahran: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
28 May 2014: Monument/Kaine/Storm Of Embers: Stereo, Glasgow
22 May 2014: Killing From A Distance: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
21 May 2014: Afterlife: 'Omega'
16 May 2014: Iron Knights: 'Iron Knights'
12 May 2014: Interview With Attica Rage
6 May 2014: Interview With Iron Knights
6 May 2014: Bram Stoker: 'Cold Reading'
29 April 2014: The Wildhearts/The Von Hertzen Brothers/Hey! Hello!: O2 ABC, Glasgow
28 April 2014: Beholder/Cambion: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
18 April 2014: Status Quo: O2 Academy, Glasgow
17 April 2014: Afterlife: The Cathouse, Glasgow
9 April 2014: States Of Panic: 'No World Order'
8 April 2014: Space Elevator: 'Space Elevator'
7 April 2014: Seven Deadly: 'Obliviation'
31 March 2014: Toby Jepson: 'Raising My Own Hell'
28 March 2014: Overkill/Xentrix/Shrapnel: The Cathouse, Glasgow
24 March 2014: Voodoo Six/Santa Cruz: Audio, Glasgow
24 March 2014: Newsted: 'Metal' EP
16 March 2014: Iron Knights: The Venue, Dumfries
13 March 2014: Interview With Chris Astley Of Xentrix
6 March 2014: Def Con One: 'II'
2 March 2014: The Treatment/Cage The Gods/States Of Panic: King Tut's, Glasgow
25 February 2014: Protest The Hero/TesseracT: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
24 February 2014: Killswitch Engage/Trivium/Miss May I/Battlecross: O2 Academy, Glasgow
20 February 2014: Lucid Skies: 'Hounds' EP
18 February 2014: Uncle Rust: 'Six Years In The Desert'
11 February 2014: Interview With Forsaken Age
31 January 2014: Lamb Of God/Decapitated/Huntress: O2 Academy, Glasgow
24 January 2014: The Treatment: 'Running With The Dogs'
15 January 2014: The Vintage Caravan: 'Voyage'
9 January 2014: Superfecta: 'She's A Star' EP
9 January 2014: Status Quo: 'Bula Quo' DVD
3 January 2014: Toby Jepson: Stereo, Glasgow
3 January 2014: Xentrix: The Cathouse, Glasgow
3 January 2014: The Mission: O2 Academy, Glasgow
30 December 2013: Fields Of The Nephilim: O2 Academy, Glasgow
30 December 2013: Buffalo Summer: The Cathouse, Glasgow
13 December 2013: Airbourne/The Treatment: O2 ABC, Glasgow
13 December 2013: Interview With Mike Breeze Of Mirror
10 December 2013: Interview With Steve Shaver Of To The Pain
10 December 2013: Interview With Dave Ritchie, Founder Of Les-Fest Part Two
1 December 2013: Interview With Toby Jepson
29 November 2013: Interview With Dave Ritchie, Founder Of Les-Fest
27 November 2013: Ex-Kobra And The Lotus Guitarist Timothy Brown Checks In With Johnny Main
27 November 2013: Sworn Amongst: 'Scourge Of The Omnipotent' EP
20 November 2013: Def Con One: 'Brute Force And Ignorance' EP
20 November 2013: Ghost: 'If You Have Ghost' EP
20 November 2013: Monument: 'Runaway'
15 November 2013: Interview With Steve Clifford Of Wretched Soul
15 November 2013: Sideburn: 'Electrify'
13 November 2013: If All Else Fails: 'We Dream Of Nothing' EP
7 November 2013: Wretched Soul: 'Veronica'
4 November 2013: Motörhead: 'Aftershock'
31 October 2013: Symphony Of Pain: 'Hydeology'
27 October 2013: Bad Pollyanna: 'Monstrous Child'
23 October 2013: Highway To Hell 4 - Sunday: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
17 October 2013: Highway To Hell 4 - Saturday: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
14 October 2013: Highway To Hell 4 - Results: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
11 October 2013: Death Angel: 'The Dream Calls For Blood'
9 October 2013: Testament: 'Dark Roots Of Thrash'
7 October 2013: Reckless Love: The Cathouse, Glasgow
3 October 2013: Onslaught: 'VI'
26 September 2013: Ajenda: 'Unrecognised'
20 September 2013: Buffalo Summer: 'Buffalo Summer'
16 September 2013: Sanktuary: 'Something Fierce'
11 September 2013: SuidAkrA: 'Eternal Defiance'
3 September 2013: To The Pain: 'To The Pain'
30 August 2013: Gama Bomb: 'The Terror Tapes'
28 August 2013: Stormbringer: 'MMXIII'
23 August 2013: Omery Rising: 'Omery Rising' EP
21 August 2013: Sweet Savage: The Cathouse, Glasgow
14 August 2013: Soil: 'Whole'
14 August 2013: Last In Line: The Cathouse, Glasgow
12 August 2013: Machinage: 'It Make Us Hate'
12 August 2013: King Kobra: 'II'
12 August 2013: Motherlode: 'Motherlode' EP
9 August 2013: Jettblack/ Hangfire/ Skarlett Riot: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford
5 August 2013: Monument/The Sanity Days/States of Panic: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford
2 August 2013: Fire In The Empire/Sworn Amongst/Hell Is Harmony: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford
31 July 2013: Excellent Cadavar/Mad Hatter 2.0/Diementia: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford
29 July 2013: Interview With Tim King Of Soil
29 July 2013: Chasar: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Saturday 29th June
29 July 2013: Arceye: 'At First Light'
24 July 2013: Killing From A Distance: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Saturday 29th June
19 July 2013: Achren: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Friday 28th June
16 July 2013: Interview With Hell To Pay
12 July 2013: Def Con One Review And Interview: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Friday 28th June
11 July 2013: Interview With Eva Plays Dead
11 July 2013: Estrella: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Sunday 30th June
9 July 2013: Primitai: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Sunday 30th June
5 July 2013: Bonafide: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Sunday 30th June
4 July 2013: Evile Review And Interview: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Friday 28th June
21 June 2013: Final Trigger: 'Skrap Metal Volume II'
19 June 2013: We Are The Catalyst: 'Panem Et Circenses'
19 June 2013: Manifold: Interview
4th June 2013: Interview With Alexei Belov Of Gorky Park
31st May 2013: Shit Happens Inc: '11 Year Itch'
22nd May 2013: Les-Fest Presents: Severenth/Dana O'Hara/Mair, Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
20th May 2013: Interview With Montezuma's Revenge
10th May 2013: Achren: Stereo, Glasgow
1st May 2013: Interview With Tacit Fury
24th April 2013: Hypocrisy: Stereo, Glasgow
24th April 2013: Saxon: O2 ABC, Glasgow
24th April 2013: The Quireboys: O2 ABC, Glasgow
12th April 2013: H.E.A.T.: Stereo, Glasgow
12th April 2013: Snakeskyn Whiskey: 'Vicious' EP
10th April 2013: Interview With Wax Angel
3rd April 2013: Interview With Paul Healy Of The Toi
24th March 2013: Interview With Vit 'Larv' Belobritsky Of Psilocybe Larvae
24th March 2013: Interview With Justyn Vynn Of Snakeskyn Whiskey
9th March 2013: Status Quo, 02 Academy Glasgow
9th March 2013: The Treatment, 02 Academy Glasgow
8 March 2013: Grand Magus/Primitai: The Cathouse, Glasgow
27 February 2013: Interview With Gary Moat Of Mothers Ruin
9 January 2013: The Sword/Lonely Kamel/The Amorettes: ABC2, Glasgow
24 December 2012: Best Of 2012
26 November 2012: Interview With Matt Drake And Joel Graham Of Evile
19 November 2012: The Amorettes: 'Haulin' Ass'
16 November 2012: Mother's Ruin: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
13 November 2012: Wolfsbane: The Cathouse, Glasgow
9 November 2012: Status Quo: 'Hello Quo'
6 November 2012: Wolfsbane: 'The Lost Tapes'
25 October 2012: Evile/Wolf: O2 ABC2, Glasgow
22 October 2012: Motörhead: 'The Wörld Is Ours Vol 2 - Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else'
18 October 2012: Beckon: Lofi Studios, Glasgow
17 October 2012: Estrella: 'Come Out To Play'
10 September 2012: Scottish New Music Awards 2012: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
7 August 2012: Surface Festival – Regional Semi-Finals: Stairway, Glasgow
3 August 2012: Hopeless Heroic: Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
24 July 2012: Sarah Jezebel Deva: 'Malediction' (EP)
9 July 2012: Les Fest 2012 Day Two
6 July 2012: Les Fest 2012 Day One
28 June 2012: Sarah Tipper: 'Eviscerated Panda'
26 June 2012: Gojira: 'L'Enfant Sauvage'
25 June 2012: Circus Maximus: 'Nine'
22 June 2012: Jørn: 'Bring Heavy Rock To The Land'
31 May 2012: Black Sabbath: 'Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath'
31 May 2012: Trippy Wicked And The Cosmic Children Of The Knight: 'Going Home'
28 May 2012: Snakeskyn Whiskey: 'Payments Made In Madness'
25 May 2012: Stuka Squadron: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
25 April 2012: Def Con One: 'Warface'
24 April 2012: Kyshera: 'Made In China'
19 April 2012: Kreator: 'Phantom Antichrist'
18 April 2012: Jägermeister Tour 2012: Featuring Skindred/Therapy?/Yashin/Black Spiders
12 April 2012: Running Wild: 'Shadowmaker'
3 April 2012: Sons Of Icarus: Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
21 March 2012: Destroyers Of The Faith: Cannibal Corpse/Triptykon/Enslaved/Job For A Cowboy, O2 ABC, Glasgow
16 March 2012: Freedom Call: 'Land Of The Crimson Dawn'
13 March 2012: Vengeance: 'Crystal Eye'
5 March 2012: Rage: '21'
17 February 2012: Caliban: 'I Am Nemesis'
9 February 2012: Vinterblot: 'Nether Collapse'
3 February 2012: Crimes Of Passion: 'To Die For'
25 January 2012: AC/DC: Scotland's Family Jewels At Kelvingrove
21 December 2011: Best Of 2011
15 December 2011: Blaze Bayley: Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
13 December 2011: Napalm Death: Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
5 December 2011: Hammers Of Misfortune: '17th Street'
3 December 2011: Charred Walls of the Damned: 'Cold Winds On Timeless Days'
1 December 2011: Wolfsbane: Glasgow O2 ABC2
29 November 2011: Wolfsbane: 'Save The World'
26 November 2011: Warbringer: 'Worlds Torn Asunder'
26 November 2011: Chris Cornell: 'Songbook'
16 November 2011: Evanescence: Glasgow, O2 Academy
15 November 2011: Alice Cooper: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
11 November 2011: Funeral For A Friend: 'See You All In Hell' EP
11 November 2011: Blue October: 'Any Man In America'
5 November 2011: Evile: Glasgow, Cathouse
19 October 2011: Evile: 'Five Serpent's Teeth'



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On the eve of the "Hair Down To My Grass" Tour, Hayseed Dixie release 'We're not Gonna Take It' video in tribute to the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE THIS MONTH AND NEW ALBUM IN FEBRUARY
Following on from their hugely successful debut album Skarlett Riot return with the riff-packed, hood laden 'We Are The Brave'...

furyon FURYON CHANGE RELEASE DATE OF SECOND ALBUM
What's to be expected is more explosive guitar riffs and solos in well-crafted song form...

bomber music BOMBER MUSIC ARE OFFERING A NUMBER OF FREE RELEASES
The UK Punk Rock Record Label have a selection of the best underground acts for your listening pleasure...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM 'WOLFLIGHT' OUT ON 30TH MARCH
The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom...

adrian smith IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH ROCKS UP IN CHISWICK WITH DOOGIE WHITE, ANDY BARNETT AND DAVE 'BUCKET' COLWELL
MetalTalk's first Gig Of The Week for 2015 turned up two major surprises as a great night was had by all...

sabaton SABATON ANNOUNCE "SABATON OPEN AIR" WITH POWERWOLF AND CIVIL WAR
Tickets are on sale now for this special event in Germany in July...

pig iron PIG IRON ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM
'Sermons From The Church Of Blues Restitution' will be released worldwide via OYR on 2nd March and will be preceded by a high value four track EP...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW FOR 'ECLIPTICA OVER EUROPE TOUR 2015'
"On these shows we'll perform 'Ecliptica' in its entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog..."

skalmold SKALMOLD UNVEIL NEW SPRING TOUR DATES WITH ELUVEITIE AND WIND ROSE
For those who didn't catch the Viking/Pagan Metallers live on tour, here's another chance...

nathan james NATHAN JAMES OF TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA IS THE NEW LEAD SINGER OF INGLORIOUS
Nathan is now looking forward to moving forward with his own band...

36 crazyfists 36 CRAZYFISTS REVEAL VIDEO FOR 'ALSO AM I'
36 Crazyfists can be seen in the UK in February on their headlining tour...

t rex TYRANNOSAURUS REX ANNOUNCE DELUXE CD & VINYL REISSUES FOR 3 ALBUMS + LIMITED EDITION 7" SINGLES
These new editions will contain substantial previously unreleased material...

tony iommi BLACK SABBATH LEGEND TONY IOMMI TELLS ALL ABOUT HIS CANCER BATTLE
"In the good old days there was cocaine everywhere. This time we had tea and coffee and health drinks..."

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH PROVIDE UPDATE ON THE RECORDING OF THE LATEST ALBUM
Things are shaping up nicely for the new album wiht lots of activity in darkest Suffolk...

def con one DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCE CRUSHING HEADS TOUR
British Metallers Def Con One can be seen across the UK in 2015...

manowar MANOWAR RETURN TO BRAZIL FOR THE MONSTERS OF ROCK FESTIVAL IN SAO PAULO ON APRIL 26, 2015
"We played the Monsters Of Rock Festival in São Paulo in 1998 and I remember that during the sound-check two of my speakers on stage actually caught fire..."

saxon SAXON DRUMMER NIGEL GLOCKLER OUT OF HOSPITAL, UDO'S SON TO STAND IN ON RESCHEDULED UK DATES
A positive start to 2015 for Saxon...

randy bachman RANDY BACHMAN ANNOUNCES 'HEAVY BLUES' ALBUM WITH NEIL YOUNG, JOE BONAMASSA AND PETER FRAMPTON
"Don't do the same thing and say it's a new album... Stop, get out of the box, do something fearless, be fierce, be ferocious, reinvent yourself..."

marilyn manson MARILYN MANSON PREMIERES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'DEEP SIX'
The first single from Manson's forthcoming album 'The Pale Emperor' was directed by surrealist artist Bart Hess...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCE NEW LIVE PACKAGE
'Live At Koko, London 2014' is on its way in February 2015, along with plenty more chances to see Uriah Heep live...

absolva ABSOLVA ANNOUNCE FIRST TOUR DATES FOR 2015
"We're very lucky to be able to add my brother Luke Appleton of Iced Earth on second guitar for these tour dates..."

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL UNLEASH NEW SONG & VIDEO 'NAIL THEM TO THE CROSS'
A new dawn rises and Dark Funeral open the gates to a new chapter of furious, intense and merciless Black Metal...

almighty THE ALMIGHTY CLASSIC EARLY ALBUMS TO BE OFFICIALY RE-LAUNCHED COMPLETE WITH EXTENSIVE BONUS CONTENT
The first two Almighty Re-issues will be made available via Spinefarm Records on February 9th 2015...

36 crazyfists 36 CRAZYFISTS ANNOUNCE FEBRUARY 2015 HEADLINE UK TOUR PLUS NEW ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED
This month-long outing aligns with the February 16th release of the group's sixth album, 'Time And Trauma'...

ac dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN DATES
Tickets for AC/DC at Wembley will go on sale from 9.30am Wednesday 17th December...

eric martin ERIC MARTIN CONFIRMS RESCHEDULED UK TOUR DATES AND ADDS FOUR NEW SHOWS
Eric will play thirteen shows in the UK and Ireland over a two and a half week period to make up for the unfortunate circumstance that caused the cancellation...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE WARSAW, POLAND AS NEXT DESTINATION ON 2016 WORLD TOUR
Manowar return to Poland after their debut performance there in 2014...

exploited THE EXPLOITED ARE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE
Great news that the punk legends are back and ready to go following singer Wattie Buchan's heart attack...

rainbow RAINBOW RELEASE 'A LIGHT IN THE BLACK' NEW 6 CD/DVD BOXSET
This career box set covers the entire Polydor career of Rainbow, featuring rare and unheard tracks as well as fan favourites and the famed concert at Monsters of Rock in 1980...

metalhead FEATURE FILM 'METALHEAD' STREAMS ONLINE AT VIMEO-ON-DEMAND IN SELECTED COUNTRIES
The award-winning film 'Metalhead' has a classic soundtrack and dark intense performances...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD ANNOUNCE ROUNDHOUSE LONDON SHOW FOR MAY 2015
Electric Wizard will also appear at the Un Tune Music & Arts festival, Berlin...

alan parsons THE ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT ARE CONFIRMED FOR LONDON 02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE ON MARCH 18TH
The greatest hits show will be the first UK concert in over ten years for the prog luminaries...

scott stapp CREED'S SCOTT STAPP CLAIMS HE IS ON A MISSION TO ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT OBAMA
A tape of a 911 call from relatives has emerged, detailing another extraordinary happening in the continued downward spiral of Creed's Scott Stapp...

kk downing KK DOWNING LAUNCHES WORLD'S FIRST EVER HEAVY METAL FRAGRANCES
"I think I just woke up one morning and thought of the word 'Metal'..."

hellfest HELLFEST ANNOUNCE ANOTHER WAVE OF BANDS PLUS WEEKEND TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT
The second wave of bands have been confirmed for Hellfest in Clisson, France...

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