Inglorious - 29 August 2016. After releasing their self-titled debut album earlier this year, Inglorious have been hitting the road with some pretty high profile support slots, opening for The Winery Dogs and The Dead Daisies. We caught up with singer Nathan James to discuss touring and what lies ahead for one of rock’s most talked about acts.
Saxon- 26 August 2016. Saxon have been rocking the nations since first exploding onto the NWOBHM scene in the late 1970s. We caught up with bassist Nibbs Carter and guitarist Doug Scarratt ahead of the band’s appearance at Download to discuss their fortcoming tour and playing at the hallowed grounds of Donington Park.
Paradise Lost - 24 August 2016. Exclusive: Weathering some stylistic changes over a three decade career, Paradise Lost have returned to their roots with 2015’s ‘The Plague Within’, with it's death / doom leanings seeing the band revitalised. We spoke to founding guitarist Aaron Aedy about the bands metamorphosis and longevity.
Headspace- 23 August 2016. Headspace are forged from genuine rock royalty. featuring touring members of Black Sabbath, ELO and Threshold to name just a few. We caught up with keyboard player Adam Wakeman and singer Damian Wilson following the band's set at Ramblin' Man Fair.
Metal Allegiance - 22 August 2016. Exclusive: Featuring some of the most well-known names in metal, including David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, and Alex Skolnick, Metal Allegiance are now a bona fide band. We caught up with bassist Mark Menghi at Bloodstock, to find out what the busy outfit is currently up to.
Steve Hackett - 18 August 2016. Progressive rock royalty, Steve Hackett is one of the genre’s most revered figures. Currently with a number of projects on the horizon, we caught up withthe former Genesis guitaristat theStone Free Festival to follow up on our previous discussion, and found ourselves digging deep into his musical past.
Tony Wright - 17 August 2016. Exclusive: Best known as the frontman of 1990s’ chart-botherers Terrorvision, Tony Wright is readying the release of new solo album ‘Walnut Dash’. With an anniversary tour ahead for his day job, it’s exciting times for the Bradford born performer. We caught up with Tony to chat about the new album and more.
Hand Of Dimes- 16 August 2016. Formerly of classic rockers Skin and Welsh heroes Kooga, Neville MacDonald is now back with new project Hand Of Dimes. Gearing up for the release of debut album later in the year, we caught up with Nev at Steelhouse in Wales to talk about the festival, and making a fresh start.
Terrorvision- 9 August 2016. Exclusive: Back in the 1990s, for Terrorvision, it was gold albums, magazine covers, and high-profile festival appearances. These days, according to Leigh Marklew, the quartet are happy to “take every gig as it comes”. We caught up with the bassist, and guitarist Mark Yates at Ramblin’ Man Fair, to chat about the bands history.
"Weird Al" Yankovic- 8 August 2016. Cult animated classic Transformers The Movie is thirty years old this week. We caught up with one of its most memorable contributors "Weird Al” Yankovic, to talk about his involvement in the film, as well as his career to date.
Tax The Heat- 5 August 2016. Exclusive: Rising stars Tax The Heat have been making big noises since the release of debut album ‘Fed To The Lions’ earlier this year. We caught up with singer guitarist Alex Veale and drummer Jack Taylor at Ramblin’ Man Fair to talk about the album, touring, and keeping it “old school”.
Deven Townsend- 4 August 2016. Coming to prominence on Steve Vai’s 1993 ‘Sex & Religion’ album, Devin Townsend has since gone on to successfully plough his own musical furrow with, among others Strapping Young Land, Ocean Machine and the Devin Townsend Project. We caught up with the Canadian at Ramblin’ Man Fair to discuss his career.
Europe - 1 August 2016. Exclusive: With the 30th anniversary of ‘The Final Countdown’ being celebrated with a run of special shows, we caught up with Europe's John Levén and Mic Michaeli at Ramblin’ Man Fair to discuss the dates, playing with their heroes, and plans for a new album.
Blue Öyster Cult- 28 July 2016. Best known for classic rock staple ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’, Blue Öyster Cult have sold over 24 million albums, during a career that stretches back to the late 1960s. Back in the U.K. this week and playing their first ever Irish date, to celebrate, we look back on a chat we had with founder member Eric Bloom in 2015.
Thin Lizzy / Aerosmith- 27 July 2016. Exclusive: Assembling a new line-up that includes guitarist Damon Johnson and Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton Thin Lizzy are celebrating 40 years of 'Jailbreak'. We caught up with the pair backstage at Ramblin’ Man Fair, to discuss the tour, and more.
Therapy? - 18 July 2016. Irish-Anglo three-piece Therapy? have been preaching from their disquiet church of noise for over two decades now. We caught up with the band leader Andy Cairns at the Stone Free Festival in London, to chat guitar solos, difficult follow ups, and more.
Stuck Mojo- 16 July 2016. Stuck Mojo are genuine crossover pioneers. Back with latest album ‘Here Come The Infidels’. We caught up with guitarist and main man Rich Ward to talk about the release, and their impending appearance at Bloodstock, as well picking up an exclusive on U.K. dates this coming December.
Buck & Evans- 10 July 2016. Fast rising stars Buck & Evans have been making big noises in the rock world of late. Now adding a slot on this years’ Download Festival to their CV, the band are gearing up to finally release their debut album. All in good time though, as singer / keyboard player Sally Anne Evans tells Eamon O’Neill backstage at the Midlands’ festival.
Anthrax- 8 July 2016. Anthrax are one of the biggest and most respected names in metal. Deservedly crowned with the ‘Inspiration’ award at this years’ Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, we caught up with founder Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello on the red carpet at the event in London.
Billy Sheehan- 8 July 2016. David Lee Roth’s ‘Eat ‘Em And Smile’ is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. Featuring the virtuoso talents of Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan, it's rightly regarded as a classic. In this interview from the vaults, we caught up with Billy in 2014 to talk about the album and how he came to join the band in the first place.