NEWS: Back To The Future? This time it’s no accident we’re going 30 years into the past

DeLorean’s, flux capacitors and Casio calculator watches aside, it’s no accident we’re going 30 years into the past!

This Thursday ‘The Classic Rock Show’ is going to take you back to 1985 in Part 6 of our series of shows entitled ‘Back To The 80s’.

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Join us for little musical trip down memory lane (interspersed with news events from the year): Dio, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Magnum, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, Asia, Uriah Heep, The Power Station, Heart, Pat Benatar, Kiss, Saxon, Dokken, Ratt, ZZ Top, Mike + The Mechanics, Dire Straits, Rush, Aerosmith, The Firm, Marillion, Night Ranger, Simple Minds, The Cult, AC/DC, with plenty more besides, it’s sure to be a bit of a belter.

Tune in from 7pm (2pm EDT) this Thursday, 21st May.

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TONIGHT: Here’s what we’ve got lined up…

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After last week’s ‘Bex Rocks’, we’re back behind the wheel again tonight with three hours of rock tuneage for you: Two from Mötley Crüe and AC/DC, some proper good ol’ Southern Rock with The Allman Brothers, Grinderswitch and The Marshall Tucker Band, along with Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Manowar, The Cult, Helloween, Biffy Clyro, Gary Moore, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.

Plus we’ve got some more new music; from Long John Laundry, The Picturebooks and The Vintage Caravan, as well as track from each of the four bands who begin their UK Tour together next week – Coal Chamber, Soil, The Defiled and Dope.

We’ll be playing tracks from albums by Anthrax, Pantera and Saxon, who released albums back in the day around this time in May.

Climb on board from 7pm BST (2pm EDT) tonight!

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#NEWS: The Picturebooks begin their UK tour in Brighton 16th May

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THE PICTUREBOOKS start a run of UK shows this Saturday (16th May) with a set at The Great Escape in Brighton.

The Picturebooks are a rock-blues-country-soaked German duo consisting of Fynn Claus Grabke (vocals/guitar) and Philipp Mirtschink (drums). Signed to the highly regarded LA psych/stoner imprint Riding Easy, they have recently completed their first UK tour, where they went down the proverbial storm on a set of dates with The Answer to promote the forthcoming UK release of their album ‘Imaginary Horse’.

They return to the UK for the following shows:

16.05 BRIGHTON – The Great Escape
17.05 BRISTOL – Louisiana
19.05 LONDON – Barfly
20.05 TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Forum
22.05 LEICESTER – Scholar
23.05 SHEFFIELD – Corporation
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‘The Classic Rock Show’ interviewed the band recently. You can read it all here.

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#NEWS: The Darkness ‘Open Fire’ on the UK with ‘Blast Of Our Kind’ tour

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The Darkness are pleased to announce the Blast of Our Kind tour, which will commence on November 30th in Norwich and culminate in a triumphant show at London’s Roundhouse on December 20th. It is the first, and a golden, opportunity for enthusiasts to see The Darkness on their own stage in support of the new, fourth album ‘Last of Our Kind’.

‘Last of Our Kind’ is an album of unparalleled beauty and power. It is to be released on June 1st, at which point children and adults alike will rejoice. The first single ‘Open Fire’ has already been unveiled and the video, directed by Simon Emmett, is currently lording over the internet, stamping it’s scaly feet and pecking at cyber grubs like a magnificent peacock.

The album also features ‘Barbarian’, which was released as a ‘teaser track’, with a brutally beguiling animated lyric video illustrated by Nick Roche.

Blast of Our Kind will be The Darkness’ first UK tour since 2013. Those in attendance will be awestruck by the all-new material and downright delighted by the early works as The Darkness rip through their repertoire of ruddy great songs with new drummer Rufus Taylor.

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The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain with new drummer Rufus Taylor

The Darkness will spend the summer months honing their craft with a sold-out launch show at Dingwalls and choice slots at the various festivals listed below.

Summer Activities:

3 June                       LONDON, Dingwalls album launch
4 July                        WICKLOW, Groove Festival (Ireland)
5 July                        WATERFORD, Daytripper Festival (Ireland)
12 July                        CHELMSFORD, Brownstock Festival
9 August                    NEWQUAY, Boardmasters Festival
30 August                   PORTSMOUTH, Victorious Festival

Blast of Our Kind UK Tour:

30 November           NORWICH, Open
 1 December            CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
 2 December            NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
 4 December            NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
 5 December            GLASGOW, O2 Academy
 9 December            LEEDS, O2 Academy
10 December           MANCHESTER, Academy
11 December           BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
13 December           BRISTOL, O2 Academy
14 December           SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
15 December           BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavillion
17 December           BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
19 December           OXFORD, O2 Academy
20 December           LONDON, Roundhouse

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 15th May priced £25.00 & London £27.50 adv.
http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-darkness-tickets
Live Nation presale from the 14th and O2 / Fanclub presale from the 13th May.

‘Last of Our Kind’ will be released on limited edition colour vinyl, Compact Disc and downloadable computer files in partnership with Kobalt Label Services.

New single: ‘OPEN FIRE’ – 1st June 2015
New album: ‘LAST OF OUR KIND’ – 1st June 2015

‘Last of Our Kind’ Track Listing:
Barbarian * Open Fire * Last of Our Kind * Roaring Waters * Wheels of the Machine *Mighty Wings * Mudslide * Sarah O’Sarah * Hammer & Tongs * Conquerors

NEWS: W.A.S.P. announce ten date tour of UK and Ireland in September! New album ‘GOLGOTHA’ due in August!

W.A.S.P. have announced a ten date tour of the UK and Ireland which kicks off at The Troxy in London on September 11, 2015 to promote their highly anticipated and long awaited new album Golgotha due on Napalm Records in August.

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Catch them here:

11.09.2015 UK – London / Troxy
12.09.2015 UK – Leeds / O2 Academy
13.09.2015 UK – Newscastle / O2 Academy
14.09.2015 UK – Manchester / Ritz
16.09.2015 IRL – Dublin / Academy
17.09.2015 IRL – Belfast / Limelight
18.09.2015 UK – Glasgow / O2 Academy
19.09.2015 UK – Nottingham / Rock City
21.09.2015 UK – Wolverhampton / Wulfrun Hall
22.09.2015 UK – Bristol / Motion

Tickets go on general sale at 11am on May 1 (Friday) via NMC Live.

Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. That is about to change as W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria’s Napalm Records.W.A.S.P. will release their 15th studio album titled Golgotha this August.

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W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins. Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007’s Dominator and 2009’s Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Six years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!

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TONIGHT on ‘The Classic Rock Show’…

Another week has flown by and we’re here again ahead of tonight’s show letting you know what we’ll all be rockin’ out to later.

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We begin, as is the norm these days, with two tracks from albums which were released around about this week back in the day; two prime cuts of well-hung beef in the form of Van Halen and Krokus. Also on The Classic Rock Show tonight (from 7pm BST) are Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath (x3), Queen, Magnum, Sammy Hagar, Led Zeppelin, Atreyu (who absolutely killed it last night at The Underworld, Camden), The Cult (from their stunningly brilliant Sonic Temple album which was released 25 years ago and still sounds awesome!), Buckcherry, Hinder, Blackberry Smoke, Anti-Nowhere League, Pearl Jam, W.A.S.P., Children Of Bodom, Alestorm, Rainbow, Savatage, Def Leppard, Kiss, Status Quo, Peter Frampton…and so the list goes on!

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Listen links can be found on the homepage…see you at 7pm BST for three hours of great music.

 

 

INTERVIEW: Cancer Bats’ Liam Cormier talks about the new album, Reading and Leeds Festival, gigs and fans

Produced by legendary multi-platinum producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, Slipknot, The Cure, Sepultura, Glassjaw) Searching For Zero is simultaneously the most melodic, yet menacing Cancer Bats release. The record incorporates the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut, Birthing The Giant and more metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer, while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps and Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is Cancer Bats at their pinnacle – their ‘True Zero’.

We caught up with Liam Cormier ahead of their gig at Norwich UEA to get a little more insight into how the album was written and recorded, but began by asking how the current tour has been going.

TCRS:  Liam Cormier, welcome to The Classic Rock Show, and welcome to the Norwich UEA.

Liam Cormier: First time attendee to the show, but long time fan of Norwich.

TCRS: You’re here with While She Sleeps as part of a co-headline tour which began over on mainland Europe a few weeks ago.  And this will be your third night in the UK, following Birmingham and Manchester. How’s it been going so far?

Liam Cormier: So far so good.  I mean the shows have been crazy. Birmingham was packed out.  Tons of kids going off. The nice part about this tour is that there is While She Sleeps fans and Cancer Bats fans, as well as Hundredth and Oath Breaker, but everybody is sticking around for like a really good night.  Sometimes when you do you know shows people will only kinda around to watch the band that they want to watch then they take off.  Whereas this everyone is excited about the whole package and it makes for just such like a party.

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TCRS: This will be, for most of the audience that you are playing to tonight, the first time that the audience has heard tracks from your new album, your latest album, “Searching For Zero”, tell us what you have been playing and how, how has that been going down.

Liam Cormier:  It’s been going down great.   I mean we’ve been playing a lot of stuff off the new record.   I mean we definitely wrote this album with like playing it live in mind, so we were pretty excited to try out like as many of the tracks as we could, but obviously we want to still mix it up and play stuff off of all of our albums, just to have a party, you know.  So make sure that kids who don’t have the new record as yet can still have a good time.  But it’s been rad, obviously people know “Arsenic” and “Satellites” and “True Zero”, we play those three and people sing along.  But we’ve been playing like “Devil’s Blood” and “Beelzebub”,  and the response of those has been just as good.  We’ve been playing “Buds”,  people have been just like headbanging super hard so it’s been really cool to see that like the whole record is getting a response and not just a couple songs that we have on the Internet.

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Cancer Bats – Norwich UEA LCR – 24th April 2015

 

TCRS: The album sounds absolutely awesome. You seem to have drawn on energies captured on previous albums.

Liam Cormier: Yeah, I feel like, I mean with this record we definitely had like a chance to really reflect on, you know, what we had done like you said, kinda taking all of our favourite pieces from, you know, all of our past records.   But especially looking at, I mean we’re such a live band, I think that’s almost predominantly how we’re known, and we’ve  put out records that we obviously try and reflect that.  When we’re writing an album, we look at, you know like why do we put these sixteen songs like in our set list every night?   Why are these the songs that like kids always ask for? So it’s like using that almost as a jump off point for like where we are going to start writing.   Not to try and copy those songs, but to have that like okay this really works when we leave this live, or this like doesn’t work so well, this is more of a studio track.  So our goal is to have like the whole album be like you know a live set-list that we can play, so it’s like trying to like incorporate those kind of ideas of flow and like pacing in terms of like how we would even put a record together now.

TCRS: You worked with Ross Robinson, who’s worked with just about everyone who is anybody.

Liam Cormier:  Oh. Absolutely, yeah!  And then The Cure on top of it, yeah!

TCRS: How was that experience for you guys?

Liam Cormier: It the first time we had ever recorded even outside of Toronto. So for us to go so far down to like Venice Beach, California, instead of an industrial park in Toronto, it was amazing. I mean the best part about the whole experience was that we came to Ross with like a finished record; we’d been jamming it like all the songs were finished, I had finished vocals, everything was ready to go.  So then it was his input you know on how to take that the step further.  And we look at it like, we could have you know, stayed in Toronto and recorded there but this is I feel like the big difference between like “DSOL” and “Searching For Zero”;  it’s having the input of someone like Ross, who has so much experience, who has such just like a passion to like bringing out the like energy of an album of a live band,  of like a real band that wants to like,  just let forth  like aggression.  You know what I mean?  So to have all that,  but then to have someone like Ross who knows how to transfer that on to a record who is, like you said, he’s done Heavy Drive and Blood Brothers, Norma Jean, Glassjaw, so many bands that I love and respect and it’s like, okay he’s going to use all of those tricks with like our band to now like capture it on an album and be super stoked while we’re doing it. It’s just like we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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Cancer Bats – Norwich UEA LCR – 24th April 2015

 

TCRS: Was it a pretty compact session with Ross?  Everything was mapped out pretty much before you sort of got there?

Liam Cormier: Yeah, I mean we definitely had a lot of ideas about how they wanted to approach the studio with him. One of the things that our friends in Comeback Kid had just finished recording their new album and they told us they had done a different song everyday; so they would do vocals, bass, guitar for like a different song which we really liked that idea of having like every song has its own setup of guitar bass, tones like vibe and we brought that to Ross and he was just like, “Ahhh, that’s of that’s a great idea!”  Like even though he’s got all these tricks and he knows all these things to do it like here we’re kinda even shaking things up for him.  And then on top of it we had like zero time to do with it.  We’ve always recorded in three weeks that’s just like what we know about recording albums and Ross has only ever recorded for like 6 to 8 weeks.  So, right off the bat he was just like, “This is awesome! We’re gonna cram everything that I’ve ever done into like half as much time.”   But he was really up for like that energy and what that would produce, almost like a franticness where you can’t really over think anything that’s happening. You just kinda have to go with your gut reaction on like basically everything; which we were really up for as well, like,  “Oh this is so cool!”.   So it meant that we were working like 14 hour days and we never took any days off.   We were there for a little under a month, working 14 hours a day, just like crushing it. We’d work from Noon ’til three or four in the morning every single day. And then it would be like, “All right, see you guys in the morning.”  And like Ross would go crash and like the rest his ears.  We would all pass out and then we would like wake up in the morning, go get coffee, hang out on the balcony, watch people surf, eat our breakfast and then be like laughing and making noise and that would wake Ross up.  And then he’d come down be like, “All right”. He’d like walk his dog and then it was just like back into the studio, it was like crushing all day.  It was the best vibe ever.

TCRS: And that’s certainly picked up on what’s come out on the album.

Liam Cormier: I think that’s the thing, yeah. That energy and that’s franticness I definitely think translates.  And the nice part is that I feel like people seen us play in like you know crazy venues and in these small places and you know wild shows, those are the ones that are like picking up on that energy and being like, “This makes me think of when you played like “The Mole” and like “Bath”.  “This makes me think of when you played like in Morecambe and like, “This is like when you played The Barfly in 2008” .  You know and like that kind of response from long-time fans that gets me excited cause I’m like, “Okay cool”, like  “That was the idea”, like,  “You get it”, like “Wicked!”  So yeah it’s definitely been a like awesome to get that feedback from people.

TCRS:  And 2015 is already mapping out to be…

Liam Cormier: Pretty hectic. Yeah! We’ve got  Leeds and Reading that we’re coming back for which we are super excited. The Pit is looking awesome, I’m really excited about that. We’ve known Daniel P Carter for a very long time, so we’re even like super pumped when he got like his own stage and then to like soon after be asked to play it, it’s just like the best thing ever. I think it’s going to be such a good day. We definitely have like a ton of tours that are coming up. Nothing planned for the UK yet other than Leeds and Reading but definitely like more European stuff. We have tons of e-mails every day to come to Australia and how bummed they are that they live far away from us, so we’re trying to figure that out to get to Australia straight as soon as we can. For us we love like just playing like small gnarly bars and that’s what we’ve done all over the world and we’ve been fortunate to play some great shows in Australia but for us it hasn’t been enough.   Like coming from Canada we know that there’s more than just five cities.  You know we’re used to like, in Canada there is like thirty places that you can play, and it’s not just Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, you know,  so we kind of sympathize with Australia where most tours only hit like your five major cities and then you have like 12 hours or 24 hours of country in between that have great scenes and have places you can play. So that’s our whole goal is to try, I mean we want to try and do that everywhere but I mean, it’s even like, I know the drives aren’t like that, but the same idea applies in the UK. Like we’ve done twenty six-day tours in the UK and hit like every city you know that’s why we have friends in Newquay, we have kids from Morecambe that I like, “Your show was my first show I ever went to!”  And we’re like, yeah, we get that.  I didn’t grow up in Toronto you know, I grew up an hour and a half outside of it and I went to like shows in halls and like that’s how I got exposed to punk rock and that’s how I got exposed to hard-core. It’s like,  if it wasn’t for those bands making that effort, it’s like I wouldn’t have you know been in this position right now. So it’s like I didn’t want to try and do that as much as we can in these other places.

TCRS: Liam Cormier, thanks for chatting with The Classic Rock Show. We’re looking forward to the show tonight.

Liam Cormier: No worries. Yeah! I’m so excited for tonight. I think it’s gonna be wild!

Cancer BatsLater that evening, Cancer Bats went on to take down the Norwich UEA LCR with a stellar performance, comprising 16 song setlist and a high-octane fueled delivery that rounded of the night perfectly.

There are three remaining dates on their current co-headline tour with While She Sleeps:

APR 28th – Newcastle, University
APR 29th – Glasgow, O2 ABC
APR 30th – London, Forum

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