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12th January 2017

paddy goes to holyhead

Paddy Goes To Holyhead are to reform for one night only to perform a gig on St Patrick's Night at The Cavern, Raynes Park, London on March 17th, which is the "most famous bar in the world" according to the gig poster, just in case you've never heard of it before.

The band supposedly played their last ever gig two years ago at the much missed Merton Manor Club, London in celebration of their 30th anniversary.

MetalTalk didn't believe a word of it and knock us down with a feather, the Paddies are back for the craic.

The line-up is, as if you didn't know...

Danny Hynes (Weapon UK)
Andy Burgess - Guitar/Vocals (Praying Mantis)
Chris Troy - Bass/Vocals (Praying Mantis)
Tino Troy - Guitar/Vocals (Praying Mantis)
Darren Lee - Drums (Weapon UK)

We're sure there will be a guest, or two, turning up on the night as well.

Former members have included Andy Scott and Mick Tucker (Sweet), original Weapon drummer Bruce Bisland, now filling the drum stool in Sweet, Mal McNulty, current vocalist with Slade and a former member of Sweet, Phil Lanzon (Uriah Heep), another former member of Sweet... there seems to a bit of a Sweet trend going on here... Syd Twynham (Les Gray's Mud) and Pete Bullick (Deborah Bonham Band).

Paddy Goes To Holyhead will be playing a set of traditional Irish tunes and Shamrocking classics.

Tickets are available direct from the venue.


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is stricylt limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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