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Photo of Enter The Ghost: Mercury Shakespeare Company

The latest production from this burgeoning company is a bard-to-the-bone, full metal hamlet with tats, biker boots, wanton violence, sword-play and fierce language scorching the air. Disturbing and exhilarating in equal measure, Hamlet may be the longest of Shakespeare’s works, but this vibrant interpretation cleverly distills the action into three …
Image of Trevor Bolder

Trevor Bolder was born in Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England in 1950. His family were keen musicians with his father teaching him to play the trumpet. He also played cornet in the school band. Words: Mark Taylor Playing on the local blues scene in the 60s Bolder struck up …
Logo of the band SuidAkrA

SuidAkrA are about to release their twelfth studio album and despite this extensive back catalogue which contains many excellent works as well as having embarked on numerous European tours, three Indian tours, five North American plus South American and Chinese tours, they’re still pretty much an unknown quantity in Great …
Photo of Nicko McBrain, from Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden drummer Nick McBrain gave an extensive interview with The Drummer’s Journal recently when the band were in Los Angeles as part of their Book Of Souls world tour and in a very revealing conversation recalled the time that he was fired from the Pat Travers Band, as well …
Photo of Whitesnake at the SECC, Glasgow

I have never been such a fan of the SECC. Despite it’s relatively central location if you live or stay in Glasgow as a music venue as it is an outpost that Glasgow City travel planners delight in making public transport less. This makes it a venue that is not …
Image of Van Halen in 2012

It’s looking like the end game for Van Halen as 31 dates of their current US tour have been pulled from their website without explanation. The band were set to stay on the road until September with original frontman Dave Lee Roth, brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Eddie’s …
Uli Jon Roth, on stage at Bannermans in Edinburgh

The Ali Clinton Band are one of those young rock outfits getting out into every nook and cranny they can to play their music to a live audience.  Words: Ian Sutherland Pictures: Mark Holloway Wandering on stage with a strange line up of Clinton himself on guitar, regular drummer Richard …
Black Sabbath in 2011

Bill Ward has confirmed in the last half hour that he will not be part of the Black Sabbath reunion this summer. Bill’s lengthy Facebook post is reproduced, unedited, in full below. “Dear Sabbath Fans and Fellow Musicians, I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to …
Karnataka on stage in Edinburgh

It has taken Karnataka a long time to get to here. Founder member and bassist Ian Jones is on his second trip on the rock rollercoaster with this band and the ups and downs have been there from award winning albums to a complete break up of the band way …
Photo of Rock Goddess at the O2, Islington

It had been 32 years since this line up of Rock Goddess last played in the capital. Back then the South London trio were just teenagers with big ambitions who won critical acclaim with their ballsy eponymous debut that proved that women can rock hard in a heavily male dominated …