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Bournemouth’s premiere live music venue.
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For 3 decades The Wildhearts have remained at the forefront of the British rock
scene. From their classic debut album ‘Earth Vs’ (voted number one album of the
year in Kerrang! back in 1993, and number 20 in the best rock albums of all time in
a Kerrang! Special in 2006), through to now with the release of ‘Renaissance Men’,
their first full-length studio album in 10 years, their creative output and legendary
live shows have been second to none.
Although the 90’s saw the band covered like a living soap opera in the press with
tales of sex, drugs, bust ups, fights (both with labels and themselves), splits, more
drugs and a lot more controversy (one such incident including entering and then
proceeding to trash the Kerrang! Offices!), the recent years have seen the band
more focused than ever before and firing on all cylinders.
The Wildhearts and their incendiary shows have cemented their reputation and
legacy as one of the best bands the UK has ever produced.
Welcoming back their long-time bandmate and brother Danny McCormack on bass;
Ginger and CJ on guitars and vocals, with Ritch Battersby on drums released their
new album ‘Renaissance Men’ on May 3rd to critical acclaim.
“It’s The Wildhearts remembering what they do best” - 9 out 10, hailed Classic
Rock, with Metal Hammer saying Renaissance Men is “the best thing they’ve made
since their genius / batshit crazy debut, Earth Vs The Wildhearts, back in 1993.
Actually, thats not true. It might be better.” While Kerrang! gave the album 4Ks,
Planet Rock 5 stars and Vive Le Rock 10 out 10!
The Wildhearts’ classic line up recorded the energetic and diverse ‘Renaissance
Men’ at the Treehouse Studio with Jim Pinder. It finds The Wildhearts at their full
creative tilt delivering hard-hitting, retooled classic rock with a modern and urgent
twist. Bristling riffs and jagged, riotous hooks are their poison and the 10 songs are
the perfect manifestation of the band’s immutable wit, charm and righteous anger.
Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom) painted the exceptional album cover
for ‘Renaissance Men’ and this honest and irresistible new album is an unequivocal
triumph, which encapsulates and distills perfectly The Wildhearts’ live energy.
To celebrate the release of ‘Renaissance Men’ The Wildhearts played an intimate 8
date UK headline tour, alongside packed HMV signing sessions and have further
live plans throughout the year including festivals, short runs internationally and tiny
warm-ups across the UK.
Creatively brilliant, The Wildhearts helped change the landscape of British rock
through the 90’s, and to this day they haven’t shown any sign of slowing down.
Here’s to the next decade.
https://twitter.com/thewildhearts / https://www.facebook.com/TheWildhearts
What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot as it happens.
The Tygers of Pan Tang were an essential part of the movement that became known as New Wave of British Heavy Metal(NWOBHM). Signed to M.C.A records they recorded 4 albums in 3 years, toured the UK and Europe extensively, outsold ‘name’bands in Japan and had an ‘almost’ hit single with their outstanding arrangement of The Clovers ‘Love Potion Number 9’. They weathered the mini storm of theirfirst vocalist leavingafter one album andreplaced him with the toweringfigure ofJon Deverill. Against theirrecord companies wishes they employed an additionalguitarist, the mercurial John Sykes, who......well that’s another story.On the brink of following Def Leppard and Iron Maiden who had softenedup the USA, the bandimploded spectacularlywhen the Los Angeles based MCA refused to provide thesupport necessary to cross the pond and, without a doubt, cement their growing reputation stateside.And that could well have been the end of the story had it not been for Robb Weir,who had founded the original Tygers and continued to ‘believe’. Recruiting a set of musicianswho could not only perform the old tunes with the necessary reverence, but who could also carry the Tygers torch forward and make new music suitably fitting of the name Tygers of Pan Tang,he set about rebuilding their reputation.And the results? Well, employing the vocal talents of a singer from Italy (Iacopo Jack Meille) who has been able to command the respect of Tygers fans old and new (and there are plenty of new ones) a rhythm section (Gav Gray and Craig Ellis bass and drums respectively) who are schooled in providing the necessary propulsion to drive the music from stage to audience and yet another guitarist of unnerving ability and an intuitive feel for the Tygers music (Micky Crystal) , the Tygers star has begun to rise again.That reputation was cemented recently when they were awarded a gold album by their record company for sales and downloads of their most recent, self-titled, albumreleased just over two years ago. In support of that album the band have played South America, North America, Japan and throughout Europe. The Tygers have just finished recording their next albumto be releasedworldwidein October 2019. They will then begin a two year world tour.
Band website http://www.tygersofpantang.com/official/
Management Tom Noble firstname.lastname@example.org
Agency Ludy Wetzl email@example.com
Key former Hawkwind members Harvey Bainbridge (synths & vocals) and Jerry Richards (guitar & vocals) alongside Dave Pearce (drums) and Tom Ashurst (bass & vocals) will be joined by legendary 'God-father of space-rock' and founder member of Hawkwind, Nik Turner for a string of dates which include two sold out shows for the 2019 HRH Prog Festival at Sheffield O2 Academy and at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
Turner was a key driving force in the creation and success of legendary British stoner band Hawkwind back in 1969, throughout the 1970s and beyond, so expect a choice selection of classic and contemporary songs, poetry, a retina-reducing psychedelic light-show and a maelstrom of mind-blowing music from these Masters of the Universe as they celebrate 50 years of British space-rock.
The band will also be performing songs from their 2018 hit album, "Brave New World" which debuted at number 12 in The Official UK Top 40 Rock & Metal Chart, alongside material from their latest studio album "Heaven's Gate". Their 8th studio release in as many years.
This is one hard working and hot rocking act at the peak of its powers: Don't miss them on this very special and unique tour.
See you 'out there'...
More details can be found here: www.facebook.com/TheHawklords
In the summer of 1984 singer Steve Overland and his brother, guitarist Chris (both
formerly of Wildlife) teamed up with drummer Pete Jupp (ex Wildlife and Samson)
and bassist Merv Goldsworthy (ex Diamond Head and Samson) to form FM. Joined
by the keyboard talents of Didge Digital, by December that year they had secured a
recording contract with CBS/Portrait and the band headed to Germany for a run of
dates with Meat Loaf.
Further tours with Tina Turner, Foreigner and Gary Moore built up the momentum. On
8 September 1986 FM released their debut album INDISCREET (featuring the hugely
popular single "Frozen Heart") to great critical acclaim and the year ended on a high
with FM supporting the white-hot Bon Jovi on their "Slippery When Wet" tour.
For the next nine years FM consolidated their position at the forefront of British
melodic rock, touring extensively as headliners and also joining bands such as Status
Quo and Whitesnake on tours to promote releases such as 1989's TOUGH IT OUT
album; TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS released in 1991 (with Andy Barnett on guitar
replacing the now-departed Chris Overland); APHRODISIAC in 1992 and what was
to be their 'final' album, 1995's DEAD MAN'S SHOES with new recruit Jem Davis
(Tobruk, UFO) on keyboards.
In 2007 - after a 12 year sabbatical - FM were persuaded to return to the stage for a
'one-off' headline performance at a sold-out Firefest IV at Nottingham Rock City.
The rapturous reception from the fans at Firefest led to FM quickly making the
decision to record a new album and following a return to Firefest in 2009, in March
2010 FM released their much-anticipated sixth studio album METROPOLIS with Jim
Kirkpatrick replacing Andy Barnett on lead guitar.
FM haven't stopped since… Headline tours both in the UK and overseas, Special Guest
slots touring with Foreigner, Journey, Thin Lizzy, Heart, Saxon and Skid Row; festival
appearances including Download, Planet Rockstock, Sweden Rock, Graspop,
Steelhouse Festival, Frontiers Rock Festival, Hard Rock Hell and Ramblin' Man Fair,
and in 2018 their first-ever live show in the US at Melodic Rock Fest 5.
When not touring, FM have been busy in the studio and since their 2010 'comeback'
album they have released 2013's double helping of ROCKVILLE and ROCKVILLE II;
HEROES AND VILLAINS in 2015 and ATOMIC GENERATION in 2018 along with
INDISCREET 30 - a new 2016 recording of FM's classic debut album to celebrate the
30th anniversary of its release - and THE ITALIAN JOB live DVD/CD.
2020 brings FM's first Australian tour in March followed by the release of the band's
twelfth studio album SYNCHRONIZED on 10 April via Frontiers Music S.r.l. and UK
Steve Overland (vocals, guitar) / Merv Goldsworthy (bass) / Pete Jupp (drums)
Jem Davis (keyboards) / Jim Kirkpatrick (guitar)