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Wolfsbane: O2 Aademy, Islington, London Words: Chris Dale, Pictures: Trudi Knight I go way back with this band. Way, way back. In 1988, I went to see Tigertailz at the old Marquee club on Wardour Street. They had a strangely charismatic band opening for them. The band was called Wolfsbane. …

Church Of Misery No Bueno were first on with their set consisting solidly of uncompromising riffage throughout. No need for a singer to get in the way or a bass player for that matter. Church Of Misery/Slabdragger/No Bueno: Garage, London Words: Chris Dale Guitarists Reuben Gotto and Jodie Cox fill …

The big recent Kiss news is that Gene Simmons is releasing a 150 song, 10 CD boxed set of his demos over the years. He calls it “the greatest boxed set of all time”. Words: Chris Dale It is flight cased in a bank vault, it has a lavish book, …

Richie Kotzen is an interesting musician to say the least. He first came to attention as one of that generation of instrumental guitar players signed by Mike Varney to the Shrapnel label in the 1980s alongside Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine and Marty Friedman. Richie Kotzen: Islington Assembly Hall, London Words: …

New England drummer Hirsh Gardner has a new solo album entitled ‘My Brain Needs A Holiday’. Words: Chris Dale When I call him a drummer, I’m really only scratching the surface of his talents. He’s a Berklee trained multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer. Now here he is solo and what …

Peter Ellis with his Jim Ross NWA Hall Of Fame title Belt I was out in Germany recently playing bass for UK Metallers Monument, filling in for the injured bassist Dan Bate. It was all great Metal fun on and offstage but one conversation I had with lead singer Peter …

Gene Simmons recently attempted to copyright the ‘Devil hornz’ universal Heavy Metal gesture but this week we hear that he has dropped the claim. Gene stated that he first made the sign onstage with Kiss as early as 1974, thus predating some fans’ claims that the late great Ronnie James …

This was Archie’s first Kiss gig; he’s eleven. It was my twenty-fifth Kiss gig, unless I’ve forgotten a couple. I’m a bit older than him. Words: Chris Dale and Archie Dale, Pictures: Nigel Adie and David Cotterill On the way to the O2, Archie asked me what my favourite Kiss …

I don’t usually go about recommending albums these days but something drew me to this Swedish release for a few reasons. The first of which was the ‘man against the world’ attitude of its songwriter, bassist and mainman, Mattias Reinholdsson. So many great bands from the Foo Fighters to the …

Along with rock’n’roll pneumonia, Lead Singer’s Disease is probably the most common and most harmful ailment exclusive to the touring rock fraternity. Why do lead singers behave the way they do? David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen famously blamed the illness for both David Lee Roth …