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Elbow @ National Indoor Arena, Birmingham – Wednesday 28th November 2012

Another triumphant concert from the band that became overnight sensations, after 15 years together. Everyone on their feet at the climax of One Day Like This, not a dry eye in the house, sore throats from singing along, aching arms from obeying the commands of puppet master Guy Garvey. But was there a spectre at the […]

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Evanescence + The Used + Lost Alone @ NIA, Birmingham – Thursday 8th November 2012

Beginning of November and out on a mild evening, we’re at the NIA for a bit of rock-gothic melodrama – Amy Lee and her support crew are here to bring Birmingham to life – it’s time for Evanescence. I didn’t get there in time to see the support act – but a bit of a […]

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Rob Zombie + Marilyn Manson’s “Twins Of Evil” Tour To Hit UK

Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie have extended their recently announced co-headlining “Twins of Evil” tour – arguably the most exciting rock tour this year – to take in four arena shows in the UK. Debauchery, theatrics, ghoulish imagery, and a full-on assault on all the senses are what’s in store for fans, as part of […]

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Jools Holland @ Birmingham NIA – 19th December 2009

There is nothing better than good old knees up and a boogie-woogie on the piano to celebrate Christmas, 2009. Jools Holland recently brought his Rhythm and Blues orchestra to the Birmingham NIA and they didn’t fail to disappoint. The show is well known to be an annual event amongst fans. Jools is renowned for his […]

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Andrea Bocelli @ Birmingham NIA – 4th November 2009

I must confess to going to see Andrea Bocelli with zero preconceptions. I knew he was an opera singer of international standing but was otherwise ignorant of his works. I didn’t even realise he was blind until reading the program. I did, however, know he was incredibly popular by dint of his filling the National […]

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Fleetwood Mac @ Birmingham NIA – 3rd November 2009

I haven’t been this excited about a gig for a long time; probably because I never thought I would see this band live, let alone with both Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham on stage together. Fleetwood Mac have had various personnel changes over the past forty two years with the one constant being their giant […]

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Steely Dan @ Birmingham NIA – 29th June 2009

I am a big Steely Dan fan. I think Fagen and Becker are amongst the greatest songwriters of our generation, who are often overlooked and underrated. Their recorded work of the 1970’s is timeless, edgy, well-crafted and beautifully produced, the albums that followed that along with Fagen’s solo work is clever and polished. I suppose […]

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Anastacia @ Birmingham NIA – 28th June 2009

Entry to tonight’s gig was difficult, due to the box office staff trying to force me to have both a ticket and photo-pass (which I had to sign for). After some considerable explanation the photo-pass was taken back and I made my way to my seat, which was centre-stage and offering a superb view. The […]

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Jean Michel Jarre @ Birmingham NIA – 24th May 2009

I am about to write a review about a show where the lighting is as important as the tunes, and where none of the songs have any words. Wish me luck… I’ll happily admit that this isn’t the usual kid of gig that I go to, but as a child I would listen to Jean […]

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The Australian Pink Floyd @ Birmingham NIA – 30th April 2009

Prog is a dirty word. It suggests over-indulgence, pretentiousness and, more often than not, organs. But one band that always managed to balance the stigma of the concept album with the cool-factor of being a rock band were Pink Floyd. This balance is probably why the Floyd were, and still are, so popular around the […]

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Editors + Whispering Sons @ Arena Birmingham 27th February 2020

It made a nice change to go to a gig and not get battered about on the way there by […]

The Boys Are Back @ Symphony Hall, 25 February 2020

If you’ve come to this review expecting to see something about Thin Lizzy, you’re in the wrong place. No, this […]

The 1975 @ Arena Birmingham, 25th February 2020.

There’s often a conversation about where the future female headliners are or even female acts on festival line-ups. Well a […]

The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue + Unorthodox Coolock @ O2 Institute 24th Feb 2020

It’s easy to get carried away in the here and now, especially with music.  Sometimes you have the feeling that […]

Palaye Royale @ KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 23rd February 2020

What a week it has been for Palaye Royale , the first show of the uk tour in Glasgow was […]

Album Review Humanist – Humanist

Rob Marshall, one time sonic backbone of the stupendous Exit Calm, has surfaced under the pseudonym Humanist. I could cut […]