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Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day (2012)

“Good Times Bad Times”, “Black Dog”, “In My Time of Dying”, “No Quarter”, “Dazed and Confused”, “Stairway to Heaven”, “The Song Remains The Same”, “Kashmir”, “Whole Lotta Love”. It is quite a legacy.

It is no wonder then that with such a top calibre selection of songs both fans and Promoters have wanted the band to reform time and time again. Led Zeppelin have always said “No.” Until one day in 2007 they announced for one night only they were reforming along with Jason, their late drummer John Bonham’s son, to play a tribute show for Ahmet Ertegun the founder of Atlantic Records who had died the previous year.

Most will remember the frantic scrabble to get tickets, the ballot system put in place and the millions from around the world who tried to get briefs for the show; myself included. I was unlucky. Five years later the unlucky ones finally get to see the show and those who got the ‘golden’ tickets get a gorgeous reminder with Celebration Day which documents the show in full. Continue reading

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Cinderella – Long Cold Winter (1988)

Long Cold Winter was Cinderella’s second album. I bought it on a whim in a record shop which is now a Hairdressers in my local town.  I had money to burn and at 14 I had to spend it. Besides I knew they had something to do with Bon Jovi.

Getting home and putting side one of the vinyl on my record player the album started with a real country-esque slide guitar piece which got a little quicker as Tom Keifer’s vocal started. Very quickly the full electric rock band kicked into first song proper ‘Fallin’ Apart At The Seams’. Absolutely laden with screeching vocal and a blues-esque guitar riff all put together with the aforementioned Bon Jovi production values, what I was listening to sounded superb. Immediately after was single ‘Gypsy Road’ and in all honesty it was better than Bon Jovi!! Continue reading

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Box Set: Terrorvision

Terrorvision are best described as fun. No technical geniuses in their line up, but their infectious pop tinged brand of rock music has kept me entertained for the last 18 years amazingly without sounding old or tired, especially where the earlier material is concerned.

Formed in 1993 the band released 5 albums before splitting amicably in 2001. 10 years later they’re back with new album Super Delux and a tour to accompany it. It seems logical then that they should be the first subject of a new feature we’re calling Box Set – a look at an artist’s discography with thoughts on each album and highlighting a few stand out tracks you should hear. Continue reading

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The Almighty – Blood, Fire & Love (1989)

I was 14 when The Almighty released their debut album Blood, Fire & Love. They were from Glasgow (like me), played melodic rock music and came along at exactly the right time for this 14-year-old to proclaim them “The best band ever!”

Now first things first, they are not the best band ever, but they were damned good, and coming from the same city and getting into them at the very beginning meant I could see them in small venues, follow their career, and even get quite down when they eventually split in 1996. I owned everything they ever released, every single, every album, every VHS (!), and even many of their promo releases. Simply put I was a big fan and it all started with this album. Continue reading

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