Skid Row are joined by Sister on their UK Tour

Sweden’s SISTER have announced they will join Skid Row on an extensive UK run that kicks off in Bristol on October 17th, 2014. Making up the bill will be The Last Vegas.

Rikki Riot comments: “Skid Row has been a great influence to the members in Sister since the start of their own musical career and before that. It will be a great experience to share the stage on the UK tour in October. We will do our part to make this a memorable tour for a long time to come!”

Skid Row UK Tour poster

They have also confirmed an appearance at the ‘Peace and Love’ festival in Borlänge, Sweden on July 5th.

Sister recently launched a brand new music video for one of the most vitriol-filled cuts from their latest album, ‘Disguised Vultures’. “Slay Yourself” was filmed at venues in Sweden and Finland and captures the sweaty and raw energy unleashed on the club stages on that tour.

Watch the video here:


“Disguised Vultures” emphasises what the band is all about: heavy, raw sound and attitude. Fans will find plenty more of what Revolver Magazine described as “a genre-bending amalgam of street punk attitude and glam-inspired melodies” on this new album.

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Heep fans, we salute you. Thanks for our Top 20 chart position!

We received some fantastic news this morning that our interview with Bernie Shaw of Uriah Heep has entered the Top 20 in Mixcloud’s Classic Rock Chart.

We doff our cap to all Heep fans the world over and say thank you for taking the time to listen to what Bernie had to say about their brilliant new album ‘Outsider‘. It’s a great interview with a good few laughs included along the way.

So, if you haven’t had a chance to listen, fear not, it’s still available:

We’ve got some more Uriah Heep lined up to play for you on this week’s show, 7pm Thursday.

For the original link, click here.

Thanks again for listening.

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Uriah Heep’s Bernie Shaw talks about Brazil, footie, touring and the new album Outsider

Uriah Heep, one of the pivotal hard rock groups to emerge from England in the late 1960s, return with ‘Outsider’, the band’s 24th studio album and the first since 2011’s critically acclaimed ‘Into The Wild’.

Formed in London in 1969 by guitarist Mick Box and late singer David Byron as ‘Spice’, the group evolved into Uriah Heep (the name was taken from a character in the Charles Dickens novel ‘David Copperfield’) when they began conceptualising their first record. The album, ‘Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble’, launched the band’s distinct sound in 1970, one that was built around layered harmony vocals, swirling keyboards, and heavy guitar riffs. Current lead singer Bernie Shaw and keyboardist Phil Lanzon have been ever present since the mid 1980s, while drummer Russell Gilbrook joined in 2007. Mick Box has remained a constant presence throughout.

From the opening chords of the album’s hard driving rocker, ‘Speed of Sound’, to the more introspective closer, ‘Say Goodbye’‘Outsider’ proves that Uriah Heep has remained a musical powerhouse, and one that can effectively balance its legendary sound with a distinctly contemporary approach. The record, which was produced by Mike Paxman (Asia, Status Quo), also introduces bassist Dave Rimmer, who joined the band in the summer of 2013 following the untimely death of long time member Trevor Bolder.

When we played ‘One Minute’ the other week, it got a terrific response. We’re looking forward to playing more tracks from the album.

We caught up with Bernie Shaw who had only just returned from the band’s recent tour of Brazil. We talked about the tour, his observations of everyday life out in Brazil and the World Cup, Uriah Heep’s work ethic, Dave Rimmer the new bass player and how easily he slotted into the band following the passing of Trevor Bolder, how they went about recording the new album and what fans of Uriah Heep can look forward to with the new album ‘Outsider’.

Listen to our interview with Bernie Shaw:

The release of ‘Outsider’ [EU: June 6th, UK: June 9th, NA: June 10th 2014] coincides with a Scandinavian tour and a number of summer festival appearances in mainland Europe, following which Uriah Heep will launch a world tour – including UK dates – as the band promotes the new album to an eager international audience.

This latest offering from THE hardest working rock band on the planet will not disappoint Heep fans. If you’re a fan of Classic Rock and straight up and down rock ‘n’ roll, then ‘Outsider’‘ is without doubt one of those albums that you simply must get.

For all things Uriah Heep, check out their website www.uriah-heep.com and you can follow them on Twitter @Uriah_Heep and on Facebook www.facebook.com/uriahheepofficial

Thanks for listening. ‘The Classic Rock Show’ is on every Thursday, so check us out if you haven’t tuned in before. You’ll be made most welcome.

Cheers!

MJ

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Scott Sharp of @ukblackwolf talks to The Classic Rock Show. #BlackWolf

We caught up with BlackWolf’s vocalist Scott Sharp on the day it was announced that the band would be the UK’s tour support for american rock legends Winger.

Scott talks of the busy schedule they’ve been negotiating of late, including a successful debut album release – ‘The Hunt’, a tour with The Answer, the video release of “Keep Movin’ On”, the upcoming Steelhouse festival appearance, plus news of more songwriting and studio sessions.

This is a band that really delivers with their stage performances. As well as at the Steelhouse festival, you can get to see BlackWolf at the Winger gigs (along with additional support band Jettblack) Jun 17: Glasgow O2 Academy, Jun 18: Newcastle O2 Academy, Jun 20: Bristol O2 Academy, Jun 21: London O2 Academy Islington.

Here’s the interview…

 

You can keep up to date with the band via Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for listening.

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Part 2 of the John McCoy interview is now available via #mixcloud

Hello again.

Part 2, the final part of the interview with John McCoy, is now available. We ended Part 1 on the subject of Gillan’s last gig at Wembley. If you haven’t heard Part 1 yet, you can do so by clicking this link here. It’s a great listen – it’s full of rock n roll history.

In Part 2, I began by asking John how this and previous experiences have come to shape his approach to the work he does in the studio when producing bands. The hugely popular Serbian band Riblja Čorba reached #1 with a John McCoy produced album, and John talks about the challenges working with non-English speaking musicians. He also talks about his association with Angel Air Records www.angelair.co.uk

It all makes, I hope, for an entertaining listen into the life of one of Britain’s most talented and recognisable musicians / record producers.

You can listen to Part 2 here.

MJ

John McCoy

Here’s ‘Part 1’ of the John McCoy interview

Hi there

I’ve been afforded some fabulous opportunities over the years, meeting members of bands that I grew up with, chatting to them about their lives ‘back in the day’ and what they’re up to nowadays. This was one of those opportunities which I’ll treasure forever.

John McCoy is a bass player, record producer and former member of bands such as Zzebra, Samson, Gillan, Mammoth and GMT to name but a few.

I met up with John McCoy recently over a pint of ale. Here’s ‘Part 1’ of the interview with John I recorded in a quiet little pub in Norfolk. John speaks of learning his trade with a variety of instruments through to his time with bands such as Zzebra, Samson and with Gillan, a hugely popular band which came to prominence during the NWOBHM era. He delivers an appraisal of his time with the band, the highs and the lows, describing just what it was like being at the centre of a band, leading up towards it’s untimely and rather abrupt end.

I hope you’ll find this an enjoyable listen.
MJ

Link: John McCoy interview (Part 1)

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