Uli Jon Roth - 20 Oct 2023 Uli Jon Roth is a pioneer, a visionary, and explorer with a fifty year career in music. A key member of The Scorpions during their rise, he's also one of the most influential rock guitarists of all time. Preparing an assault on the U.K. with an extensive tour, we sat down with Uli for an extended chat about his time with the German rock giants, the evolution of his playing, and his memories of the bombastic 1970s.
Nik Kershaw - 03 Oct 2023. Once tired of being tied to his nostalgia-inducing mega hits including 'Wouldn't it be Good' and 'The Riddle', he now embraces them. "They're old friends, the hits", he explains as we sit down for a chat. Judging by the reaction he receives on the banks of the Thames in Henley, his fans are clearly delighted he feels this way. Talking success, and difficult guitar solos, we caught up with Nik Kershaw.
Alan Fletcher - 20 Sep 2023 Neighbours fans were devastated when the show was axed from screens in 2022. after 37 years, but now it's back, with Amazon and Channel TEN Australia having rescued the programme. To celebrate the return of the iconic Aussie soap, we sat down with Alan Fletcher, who has played Dr Karl Kennedy on the show for 28 years, for a chat about his music, and life as, and outside of Karl.
Kevin Armstrong- 18 Sept 2023. Finding himself at Abbey Road studios with David Bowie in 1985, an afternoon’s recording catapulted Kevin Armstrong onto world’s grandest stages alongside some of the biggest names in the business from Iggy Pop to Sinéad O'Connor. Telling it all in autobiography 'Absolute Beginner', we sat down for an extended chat with the guitar player and learn his fascinating story.
Erasure - 14 Sep 2023 In a set that made headlines, Andy Bell's 2023 Rewind South appearance is certain to go down in history. Backstage ahead of the headline slot, the atmosphere however was warm and welcoming. We spoke to the Erasure front man a few hours before taking to the stage for that infamous performance in Henley-On-Thames. Talking stepping out solo, and a little Erasure history; Andy Bell.
Toyah- 13 Sept 2023. Music's most adorable couple, Toyah and Robert Fripp lit up the world when their 'Sunday Lunch' series become a phenomenon. The iconic artist and King Crimson founder come are now set to take it out on tour. We caught up with Toyah at Rewind South to talk about Sunday Lunch, and plans for a movie celebrating it.
Therapy? - 31 Aug 2023 EXCLUSIVE: It's been another vintage year for Therapy?, with the release of the critically acclaimed 'Hard Cold Fire' seeing the Irish-Anglo trio revitalised. Currently in the middle of touring their highest charting U.K. release for twenty-five years, they're also looking forward to a very special anniversary in 2024. "It's happening", says Andy Cairns when asked about plans to commemorate three decades 'Troublegum'.
The Connells - 29 Aug 2023. One of North Carolina’s most successful indie rock bands, The Connells carved out a niche for themselves in the early ’90s alt-rock scene with their brand of introspective jangle pop. Breaking through in Europe, they scored a huge hit with '74-'75'. Celebrating 30 years of its parent album 'Ring', we sat down with Doug for a chat about the reissue, and those heady days.
UB40 - 28 Aug 2023 UB40 are world renowned originators. Formed in Birmingham in 1978, they conquered the globe to become one of the biggest selling reggae acts of all time. 45 years and 70 million album sales later, they're still here. It hasn't however, been all plain sailing. We caught up with bassist Earl Falconer and drummer Jimmy Brown for a chat about their roots and to find out why there's only one UB40.
Adrian Vandenberg- 17 Aug 2023. Reactivated in 2020 with a new line-up, Dutch phenomenon Vandenberg are back with 'Sin', a driving rock album that reveals exactly why David Coverdale was so keen to snap up six-string band leader Adrian Vandenberg. Talking the the new album, why Steve Vai apologised to him for his 1989 behaviour, and how he turned down a gig with Thin Lizzy, we sat down with Adrian for an extended chat.
Jon Anderson - 20 July 2023 Jon Anderson is touring Europe with The Paul Green Rock Academy. The singer will be playing Yes' classic 'Close to the Edge' in its entirety, as well as other hits and some surprises. We caught up with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to discuss the dates, touch on some key Yes albums, and find out what happened the night Yes attempted to play a gig in Cork on the night of the moon landing all the way back in 1969.
Ronnie Romero- 30 June 2023. Front man for Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow before joining up with Michael Schenker, Ronnie Romero has worked with some of rock's most larger than life figures. However, he's now stepping out with Elegant Weapons, who've recently released their debut album 'Horns for a Halo. We caught up with Ronnie to discuss the project, his split with Schenker, and what lies ahead.
Richie Faulkner - 23 June 2023 A member of Judas Priest for over a decade now, guitarist Richie Faulkner is stepping out with a little help from his friends with his own Elegant Weapons. Originally featuring Pantera's Rex Brown on bass, the line-up includes Ronnie Romero on vocals. We caught up with Richie to discuss the project, his shocking onstage aortic aneurysm, and progress on the new Priest album.
Corrosion of Conformity- 11 May 2023. A metal institution, Corrosion of Conformity have most endured as the four-piece 'Deliverance' line-up. The passing of drummer Reed Mullin in 2020 however, brought the curtain down on this era. Looking forward, they're bringing back 'In the Arms of God' drummer Stanton Moore for a new album, and are as focused as ever. We caught up with Woody Weatherman and Mike Dean to talk about the passing of Reed, and what lies ahead.
Paul Gilbert - 06 Apr 2023 Paul Gilbert is back with an unashamed passion project. Celebrating the musical output of one of metal's greatest singers, 'The Dio Album' is an instrumental interpretation of some of his most well-known works. Talking the new album, and plans for Mr. Big's farewell, we caught up with the maestro, Paul Gilbert.
King's X- 06 Mar 2023. One of the most celebrated underground acts in rock, Kings X never quite achieved the commercial success that many believed they were destined for. Formed in Missouri in 1979, they released their debut a decade later, and signed to major label Atlantic a few years after that. We caught up with front man Doug Pinnick at the Metal Hall of Fame in California for a quick chat about their career.
Steve Vai - 21 Feb 2023 Recently releasing Vai / Gash, guitar virtuoso Steve Vai has been looking back with fondness over his past. In part one of our chat, we got the background on how and why the album came about. For part two, we delve deeper, taking a look back at his ‘90s albums and plans for their reissue, his unexpected 2022 onstage reunion with Whitesnake, and in an EXCLUSIVE, learn details about the unreleased album he recorded with Ozzy Osbourne.
Steve Vai- 16 Feb 2023. Overcome with a desire to rip out the type of straight-ahead rock record that enthralled him as a teen, in 1991 Steve Vai began working with close friend Johnny ‘Gash’ Sombrotto for what would become Vai / Gash. The project however, remained on the shelf until now. We caught up with Steve to chat all about the record, as well as and other revelations from his career in part one of a special two-part in depth interview.
Derek Riggs - 06 Feb 2023 As the creator of Eddie The Head, Iron Maiden's universally recognisable mascot, Derek Riggs holds a special place in the hearts of rock and metal fans around the globe. Creating the cover art for the band exclusively for their first decade, his images were as defining and striking as the music itself. We caught up with Derek for a rare interview to chat about Eddie, and his evolution as an artist.
Paul Crook- 13 Jan 2023. Stepping into Meat Loaf’s band in the early 2000s, Paul Crook never could have imagined he'd go on to become his producer, confidant, and longest serving guitarist, Now proudly flying the flag for the late singer’s incredible legacy, he's bringing the officially-endorsed Celebrating Meat Loaf tour to the U.K. There’s also the matters of his time in Anthrax, and the much-mooted John BushBushthrax tour to talk about.
Terry Glaze - 06 Jan 2023 Pantera’s legend is as large as the state of Texas itself. '90s groove metal kings, t’s a long way from where they started, as Texan glam wannabies. With original front man Terry Glaze at the helm, they released three independent albums, that though rough around the edges, contain their fair share of hidden gems. We caught up with the affable Glaze for a chat about those heady days.
Anthrax- 24 Nov 2022. A year on from the release of his incredibly candid autobiography, Frank Bello is back with a musical accompaniment. “You take the book and all that emotion and angst I couldn't get rid of, and that's where the record came in”, he says of ‘Then I’m Gone’. We caught up with Frank for a chat about the book, the EP, and Anthrax past, present and future.
Trevor Dunn - 14 Nov 2022 Releasing one album in 2004, Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant have just released ‘Séances’, their first album in 18 years. A challenging listen, it’s been a labour of love for Dunn, who’s also been busy with Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle, and his recently launched Riverworm Records of late. We caught up with the amiable creative for a chat about all of the above.
Sepultura - 08 Nov 2022. Finally back on the road to promote 2020’s ‘Quadra’, Sepultura are in Dublin for a show that’s been sold out for almost two years. “It’s an exciting time for us”, says the band's front man; “we’re fortunate despite a lot of difficulties that have been going on for everyone to be able to play again and have that enjoyment and be so fulfilling”. Talking the new album, the tour, and his incredible 25 years with the band, we sat down with Derrick Green.