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Rob Stoubos at Whitesnake – Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Posted on 09 July 2011 by Mizzle

Whitesnake are known for their hard rock anthems of the 80s, but David Coverdale’s contribution to British music stems all the way back to Deep Purple in the mid-70s, right up to today, when they are still influencing melodic hard rock and bluesy bands.
Whitesnake night at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall – one of the most anticipated concerts in my whole 28 years. I’d seen Whitesnake once before, at the Download Festival in 2011. That day, outside in the burning heat, they were brilliant.
I was very excited about seeing them perform inside a smaller and more intimate venue, like The Civic.
But the night started with an entirely different sort of headbanging! This was probably the most bizarre accident of my life.
Having arrived home after a long day at work and getting ready in a hurry, I stepped out of the door just as it started pouring with rain. I ducked for cover and ran towards my car, quickly swinging the door open to get out of the rain. Then thwack! I somehow managed to run head-first into the door.
My brow was split open by the impact and, I must say, cut rather deeply. In a split second, I had a decision to make – go to A&E and get urgently-needed treatment for my oncoming concussion… or go pick up Chris and watch Whitesnake. There was no question. I was going to see Whitesnake and nothing was going to stop me!
I quickly fixed a rock’n’roll bandage to my forehead and headed off.
By the time we got there, it was packed, and we only caught the end of The Union’s set, but my ears liked what they heard. After a quick drink, the lights went down, and it was like the 80s never left us.
Whitesnake sprang to life, blasting out hits Best Years, Give Me All Your Love and the classic ballad Is this Love? The women were swooning to David Coverdale’s fruity vocal charms, the men raising their hands in the air and singing at the top of their lungs.
It had to go down as one of the best reactions to the start of a gig I’ve witnessed.
At nearly 60, David Coverdale was born to sing, he sings from the gut in a style completely of his own. And there is no doubt he has plenty left in the tank.
Midway through the set, he stopped to comment on some guy who’d flashed his wife’s breasts at the stage, before the band delved into material from their new album, including the single Love Will Set You Free and the moving title track Forevermore.
We were treated to guitar solos from the masters and an amazing drum solo from Brian Tichy. The guy must have used up a substantially-large tree of drum sticks – I counted at least 20 being thrown up in the air.
The band rounded off with a powerhouse of classics: Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City, Here I Go Again and the devilishly-sleazy, riff-tastic Still of the Night.
Several young girls around us were crying with joy. My cousin and I were completely blown away by the power of Coverdale’s voice, and the musicianship of the band.
It was clear they had given it their all.
I salute Whitesnake for making it a night to remember – despite the concussion. I hope they keep on rocking Forevermore.

Full Set-List:
• Best Years
• Give Me All Your Love
• Love Ain’t No Stranger
• Is This Love
• Steal Your Heart Away
• Forevermore
• Love Will Set You Free
• Guitar Duel
• My Evil Ways (into Guitar Solos, Drum Solo)
• Fare Thee Well
• Slide It In (part only)
• Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover)
• Fool For Your Lovin’
• Here I Go Again

• Still Of The Night


Blink 182 European Tour Postponed

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Blink 182 European Tour Postponed

Posted on 18 April 2011 by Mizzle

You read it right, Blink 182 are rescheduling their European 2011 tour due to their album taking long than expected.

Mark, Tom & Travis updated their blog earlier today:

“It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce our planned 2011 European Summer tour has been rescheduled.”

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Rescheduled UK dates:

Thursday 07 June 2012 -Birmingham NIA – 0844 338 8000 – Tickets still valid from Friday 01 July 2011

Friday 08 June 2012 -London The O2 – Tickets still valid from Monday 18 July 2011

Saturday 09 June 2012 -London The O2 – Tickets still valid from Tuesday 19 July 2011

Friday 15 June 2012 -Manchester MEN Arena – 0844 847 2000

Saturday 16 June 2012 -Birmingham LG Arena – 0844 338 8000 – Tickets still valid from Friday 15 July2011

Sunday 17 June 2012 -Sheffield Motorpoint Arena – 0114 256 5656

Tuesday 19 June 2012 -Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – 0844 493 6666

Tuesday 10 July 2012 -Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – 029 2022 4488

Wednesday 11 July 2012 -Nottingham Capital FM Arena – 0844 412 4624

Thursday 12 July 2012 -Liverpool Echo Arena – 0844 8000 400

For more information or to get your daily Blink fix, head over to their website (www.blink182.com)


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Cities We Sleep In

Posted on 13 April 2011 by Glenn Tucker

My Mates in a Band

Don’t you hate those awkward moments when you make friends with someone who tells you they are in a band, you go to watch them and then have to hide behind the nearest pot plant at the gig because you’re too ashamed and embarrassed to tell them how bad they were? Luckily this wasn’t the case with James Brown from Birmingham based band ‘Cities We Sleep In’. In fact it was quite the opposite and I was pleasantly surprised, even shocked at the quality of sound they produced.  Having seen them for the first time at the Actress and Bishop, after blagging my way in under another friend’s name, I was taken aback by their alternative rock/post hardcore style. These guys are definitely ones to watch.

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Bill Bailey to headline at Sonisphere

Posted on 28 March 2011 by Mizzle

Bill Baily is set to headline the Saturn Arena Stage on Sunday for the largest ever live comedy performance at a UK rock festival.

Sonisphere Festival Knebworth has revealed their first batch of comedy acts for this year’s event. From the beginning, Sonisphere has proved that it’s more than just a rock festival. In its first year the mix of rock legends with Abba and Bjorn Again tribute acts with a hugely successful comedy line up, went down a real storm.

Headlining on the Sunday night is comedy hero and multi-instrumentalist Bill Bailey. Bill started out on the stand-up circuit, before having his own show commissioned by the BBC. He’s now a household name and has enjoyed great success through teaming up with Dylan Moran in Black Books.

Another comedy act at Sonisphere this year is Jackass superstar Steve-O. There are very few men who have inflected as much damage to themselves for entertainment as Steve-0. With his previous shows consisting of hilarious anecdotes and shocking stunts, including balancing knives on his face whilst squeezing fresh lime juice in his eyes, this is something not to be missed.

Sonisphere Knebworth Festival takes place 8th – 10th July 2011.

For more information on this year’s event log onto www.sonispherefestivals.com.

Rock isn’t ‘cool’ – let’s keep it that way, say My Chemical Romance

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Rock isn’t ‘cool’ – let’s keep it that way, say My Chemical Romance

Posted on 25 February 2011 by Mizzle

Rock music has always been associated with a life on the edge, and this is true now more than ever according to American band My Chemical Romance, as reported by Contact Music Online.

‘Rock’s in bad shape,’ said guitarist Ray Toro in an interview with NME magazine. ‘It’s not cool to like rock music these days, and I think that’s really cool. It gives danger back to it.’

He compared the alternative niche occupied by guitar-based rock today to the reputation of hard metal in previous decades.

‘It’s like when you were a metal head and everyone was like, ‘what the f**k are you listening to, that sucks!’ That’s where we are.’

According to the ‘Na Na Na’ singers, rock has regained its ‘dangerous’ outsider status, after recent years seeing Hip Hop and pop increasingly storming the popular charts.

My Chemical Romance are currently touring Europe, and their latest album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ is now available for ‘dangerous outsiders’ to download.