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Rowan Robertson, at the Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio

It’s only right that on his birthday, this star-studded tribute show is held to raise funds for cancer research in the name of Ronnie James Dio. Put together by Wendy Dio, the event highlights her late husband’s stellar career from Rainbow through to his time with Sabbath and onto his …
Night Ranger at the M3 Festival 2021

The time had come, the final day of the M3 Rock Festival. Though fans were exhausted, there was still a contagious excitement for the eight bands left of the weekend. It was the 4th of July, and the audience was decked out in red, white and blue garb in celebration …
Photo of Queensryche at the M3 Festival

After such a fantastic first night of the M3 Rock Festival, day two held high expectations – and these eight bands indeed came through. This festival provides the ’80s rock ‘n’ roll show that fans have been craving for the past year and a half and over Independence weekend, the …
Steve Whiteman from Kix

It’s a humid Friday afternoon out in Columbia, Maryland, and there is an energy among these fans that the M3 Rock Festival has never seen. With COVID-19 calming down here in the states, thousands of people have packed into the Merriweather Post Pavilion and are ready to rock once again. …
Photo from the Epica Omega Alive performance

Dutch symphonic Metallers Epica have always taken the band name seriously. They can bring it down when they want to, but overblown, epic, huge, mind-blowing, these are all epithets you can apply to much of their back catalogue and globe-trotting tours. Epica – Omega Alive Words: Ian Sutherland Singer Simone …
Blind River, at Leo's Red Lion

Before Boris shut us down last year, my last gig was at Leo’s Red Lion, and that is where I’ve picked up again, this time for the ever-rising Blind River, who have this warm-up show before setting out on a UK tour with King Creature the very next day. Blind …
The Pineapple Thief, live show

Neo-prog stalwarts The Pineapple Thief played a very special online show to make up for their tour cancellation due to “that pandemic.” The Pineapple Thief – Versions Of The Truth Online Show Words: Robert Adams September 2020 saw The Pineapple Thief release album number 13, ‘Versions Of The Truth’ to …
Photo of Joe Bonamassa

If this past year has taught us anything, it is that we should never take a live gig for granted again, and that does not just mean the performance. The whole experience before, during and after is something that should be cherished a lot more from here on in. Joe …
Photo of the band Goatwhore

The first time I saw Goatwhore live was 12 May 2012, in support of their ‘Blood for the Master’ album alongside Havok, Angelus Apatrida and Three Inches of Blood. I remember it vividly as it was only the second live gig I had reviewed for MetalTalk, but more importantly because …
Photo of the band Evanescence

To say that the global pandemic has been problematic for the music industry is possibly the understatement of the year. Words: Paul Monkhouse Bands have had to reschedule and rethink their whole existences, facing huge challenges as how to continue being creative and able to communicate their music to the …