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UFO/REDS'COOL THE ACADEMY DUBLIN 21ST APRIL
I
must admit, before this gig, my knowledge of Russian rock was
limited, bar Gorky
Park ,
who back in the late 80's were doing their best Bon
Jovi impersonation.
But thankfully Reds
Cool ,
a five piece from St Petersburg, eased my ignorance with an hugely
...

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JOE LYNN TURNER at VOODOO,BELFAST,NORTHERN IRELAND APRIL 4TH
When I discovered that Joe Lynn Turner was including Belfast, and not my native Dublin, on his acoustic tour, I must admit feeling an overwhelming urge to kick something, or someone.  Nevertheless there was never a doubt about me hopping on the train and he...

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DOWN 'N' OUTZ and VEGA:THE ACADEMY DUBLIN DECEMBER 18TH.
If I could recommend one band to catch in 2015, it would undoubtedly be British melodic rockers Vega .  Their slick brand of AOR went down a storm with the sparse festive audience.  Vocalist, Nick Workman s' impeccable range, and high octane energy, on song...

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There was a time when you wouldn't hear a peep out of AC/DC from one album campaign to the next.  But in 2014 that all changed.  First were the rumours, and eventual confirmation, that Malcolm Young had been diagnosed with dementia.  When all the talk of a ...

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Y&T:THE OPIUM ROOMS DUBLIN NOVEMBER 11 2014.
Dave Meniketti If there were awards being handed out for the unsung heroes of rock, then the name Dave Meniketti should without doubt be top of the pile.  The only remaining original member of Y&T, his talent as both guitarist and singer is nothing short of...

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*SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY and THE CONSPIRATORS.3ARENA DUBLIN
NOVEMBER 10 2014.*
Last Monday I witnessed a phenomenon,14,000 people were miraculously cured of a life long bout of Monday blues.  A miserable, cold and rain sodden crowd, descended on the 3Arena, determined to have their spirits lifted.  At nine bells, miracle worker Slash ...

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JIMMY TO GET THE "LED" OUT........and about bloody time!!
Jimmy Page 2014 1988 was a notable year for a lot of things.  The first transatlantic fibre optic cable was laid, Bruce Willis was sexing up the vest in Die Hard , Barbie was a virgin, and Michael Jackson was a whiter shade of pale.  It was also the year th...

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DEVILSTRIP:RISE.
When I think of brilliant, three piece rock bands, straight away the likes of  ZZ Top ,  Rush ,  Cream  and  Motorhead  spring to mind.  These are all bands who emerged in the 60's and 70's, and, with the exception of   The Winery Dogs , nothing is really t...

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BLACK STATE HIGHWAY:ALBUM REVIEW.
It's refreshing to get an album these days that's not overrun with the usual 13 or 14 tracks, and a glut of substandard bonus tracks.  So I was pleasantly surprised when  Black State Highway 's self titled debut album arrived at my door, containing just 8 t...

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BLACK STONE CHERRY. THE ACADEMY, DUBLIN, 23rd OCTOBER.
A little over 700 people packed this tiny Dublin venue to witness the Kentucky rockers unleash their brand of Southern fried hard rock.  With a set spanning their four albums, this was a band hell bent on making this chilly Thursday night, a memorable one. ...
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