Albums of the Year 2017

1  CATS IN SPACE Scarecrow
Their debut was pretty damn fine, so high expectations and they delivered! A marvellous mix of 70s’ rock, pomp, pop and more melodies than you can shake a stick at.

2  THRESHOLD Legends of the Shires
Returning vocalist Glynn Morgan helps the band to make one of the finest albums to date. A real return to form.

3  LONELY ROBOT The Big Dream
Part two of the trilogy and another fine set of musical adventures. No name guests this time as John Mitchell does it all bar the drums and some backing vocals.

4  BOULEVARD IV
Finally we get a new album from Boulevard. Fantastic tunes and production, deserves a place in every melodic rock/AOR fans collection.

5  THE YOUNG ‘UNS Strangers
Folk acapella from this talented three piece. Each song is based on a true story and the songs are all positive and uplifting.

6 STEVE WALSH Black Butterfly former Kansas vocalist returns with an album chock full of melodic rock treats.

7 SONS OF APOLLO supergroup featuring Jeff Scott Soto, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinan and Billy Sheenhan. Fantastic joining of music talents and the music lives up to expectations.

8 LIONHEART only 20 odd years since their last album…with Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena) on vocals, Lionheart deserve a place in any melodic rock fans collection.

9 IT Home thought provoking and timely progressive rock backed by oodles of melody.

10= H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown they have changed their sound a bit which may upset some fans, but for me they are heading onwards and upwards.

10= PUGWASH Silverlake the power pop album of the year. If you like ELO, Duckworth Lewis grab a copy of this.

10= BARENAKED LADIES Fake Nudes another set of memorable melodies and lyrics that don’t always take themselves too seriously…

Honorable mentions…

HAREM SCAREM United they keep on churning out classy melodic hard rock and long may that continue.

THE BITERS plenty of retro on this one, with the T Rex sounding songs

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Retribution not as instant but stick with it

BIGFOOT one of the debuts of the year. Modern hard rock and the singer doesn’t half sound like Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn at times!

THE NIGHTS more classy Scandi melodic rock with hook filled choruses big enough to land a whale.

THE NEW ROSES One More For The Road good time hard rock, no frills and plenty of riffs.

NIGHT RANGER Don’t Let Up they show no sign of letting up quality wise, another ‘must have’ for fans.

DANKO JONES Wild Cat if you like 70’s rock, Thin Lizzy and foot tapping tunes look no further.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Amber Galactic like Brother Firetribe their ‘day bands’ are heavy yet here they show their love of 80’s melodic rock and AOR.

Fellow GRTR! reviewers choices can be found here

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JEFF LYNNE’S ELO ANNOUNCES 2018 UK & EURO TOUR

Following triumphant performances in Oberhausen, Amsterdam and Zurich in 2016, as well as a sold out UK arena tour including London’s Wembley Stadium in June 2017, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have announced today that they will be returning to the UK and Europe for an extended run of shows in 2018. The newly announced shows will see the legendary band play 19 dates across the continent through September and October.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO play the following UK & EURO Arena dates in Autumn 2018:

September 2018

Wed 12 Stockholm, Ericsson Globe Arena
Fri 14 Oslo, Spektrum Arena
Sun 16 Copenhagen, Royal Arena
Tue 18 Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena
Wed 19 Berlin, Mercedes Benz Arena
Fri 21 Munich, Olympiahalle
Sun 23 Vienna, Stadhalle
Tue 25 Mannheim, SAP Arena
Thu 27 Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
Sun 30 Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena

October 2018

Wed 03 Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena
Fri 05 Manchester, Manchester Arena
Tue 09 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Wed 10 Birmingham, Arena Birmingham
Mon 15 Leeds, First Direct Arena
Wed 17 London, O2 Arena
Tue 23 Liverpool, Echo Arena
Wed 25 Dublin, 3Arena
Fri 26 Belfast, The SSE Arena

Tickets go on General Sale Friday November 17 at 9:00am local time.

Looking ahead to the new shows, Jeff said; “Our audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group. We can’t wait to play for them again.”

More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne’s sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.

June’s stunning Wembley Stadium gig is being immortalised in the live DVD ‘Wembley Or Bust’ out November 17th. In ‘Wembley or Bust,’ we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd.

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THE DUNWELLS – new single ‘Colour My Mind’

The Dunwells have announced the release of a new EP. Released on December 1st 2017, ‘Colour My Mind’ is a brand new collection of songs, showcasing a new sound for the band.

From concept to record, this EP has been 24 months in the making. Brothers Joe (vocals,
guitar) and David Dunwell (vocal, piano, guitar) decided that they wanted to capture the
sound and personality of the band’s live show in the studio.

With the video released today, lead single and title track ‘Colour My Mind’ has elements of gospel music. Not necessarily religious, but a brightness found in gospel harmony. Where previous releases may have veered toward the melancholy, this is a song designed to make you feel pure joy.

Hailing from Leeds, The Dunwells formed in 2009, drawn together by a mutual love of bands such as Bon Iver, Elbow, and Damien Rice. With their previous single ‘Communicate’ hitting over two million streams on Spotify, two albums and two EPs under their belts, the band are set to enjoy huge success with their upcoming release.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO ‘Wembley or Bust’ Live CD/DVD

Having released an acclaimed new album ‘Alone in the Universe’ in 2015, sold out multiple arena tours, and had an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Jeff Lynne’s ELO will release a live CD/DVD of their legendary concert at Wembley Stadium in June. Titled ‘Wembley or Bust’ and directed by Paul Dugdale it is out on multiple formats November 17th on Sony Music.

In ‘Wembley or Bust’ we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd. As Jeff says himself, ’It’s the best time I ever had in music… It is beyond anything I could have imagined.’

Most importantly, the film includes performances of many of the most beloved songs of our lifetime, from vintage ELO classics like “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Livin’ Thing,” and “Evil Woman” to “Do Ya” from his days with The Move, “Handle With Care” which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys, right through “When I Was A Boy” from his latest ELO masterpiece, Alone In The Universe.

More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne’s sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.

Widely agreed upon as one of the greatest record producers in music history, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Traveling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and, most recently, Bryan Adams.

Tracklisting:
1. Standin’ In The Rain
2. Evil Woman
3. All Over The World
4. Showdown
5. Livin’ Thing
6. Do Ya
7. When I Was A Boy
8. Handle With Care
9. Last Train to London
10. Xanadu
11. Rockaria!
12. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
13. 10538 Overture
14. Twilight
15. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
16. Shine A Little Love
17. Wild West Hero
18. Sweet Talkin’ Woman
19. Telephone Line
20. Turn To Stone
21. Don’t Bring Me Down
22. Mr. Blue Sky
23. Roll Over Beethoven

‘Wembley or Bust’ is available on the following formats:
2 CD
2 CD/DVD
2 CD/Blu Ray
Vinyl (3 Discs)

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PICTUREHOUSE new single + London date in November

Following their recent triumphant anniversary show last month, PictureHouse have announced plans to release “Somebody Somewhere”, the lead track and from the 21st anniversary celebration album “How Can I Explain How This Came To Be?” on November 24th via Plane Groovy records

Amid the fanfare of reaching their 21st anniversary which included a letter of tribute from the Irish President Michael D Higgins, the band received video messages of support from a host of well known Irish faces including U2 frontman Bono. Massive accolades indeed.

A favourite in live sets, Somebody Somewhere is a song about keeping hope in even the most bleakest and darkest situations. The band first premiered this song in a prison in Dublin after being invited to play for selected inmates. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

The band play an intimate showcase in London’s The Islington on November 21st.

 

Colin Moulding & Terry Chambers ex-XTC news

Former XTC bandmates Terry Chambers and Colin Moulding, now billed as TC&I, have reunited forGreat Aspirations, an EP of new recordings that promises to offer “some truly original stuff” with “maybe a nod and a wink here and there” to their previous musical endeavors.

A release date for the collection has yet to be announced, however pre-orders are open through PledgeMusic

Andy Partridge guests on the upcoming Downes Braide Association album ‘Skyscraper Souls’ due on Nov 17.

BARENAKED LADIES announce new album Fake Nudes

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With over 14 million albums sold, multiple JUNO Awards and Grammy nominations, world renowned rockers Barenaked Ladies are excited to announce the release of their fifteenth studio album, FAKE NUDES, on November 17, 2017 via UMC. The new album features fourteen freshly minted tracks including catchy lead single “Lookin’ Up” written by BNL frontman Ed Robertson, Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) and Sam Hollander (who has co-written with Weezer, Fitz & The Tantrums and Train). Beginning Friday September 8, 2017 Fake Nudes will be available to pre-order on CD or digitally.

States Ed Robertson, “I’m incredibly proud of this collection of songs. This is a record where all band members shine. It’s incredible to feel so excited about something 29 years into our career. I’m excited to get out and play these songs live.”

Fake Nudes finds the long-standing partnership of Ed Robertson (guitar, vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass, vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard, guitar, vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums, vocals) in top form, capturing the rock icons’ incredible camaraderie and musicianship that stand as a testament to the band’s remarkable longevity.  Back on board is award-winning producer Gavin Brown, who has helmed the band’s last few projects, Grinning Streak (2013), Silverball (2015), and Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies And The Persuasions (2017). Fake Nudes features songs written by Ed Robertson, Kevin Hearn and Jim Creeggan.

To coincide with the release of Fake Nudes, Barenaked Ladies will kick off their Fake Nudes tour of Canada in November, the UK leg starting April 18th 2018 in Salisbury and concluding at The Roundhouse in London on April 27th. VIP pre-sale with exclusive access and packages will go on sale at 9am on September 6th with the general on sale at 9am September 8th.

Visit barenakedladies.com for more information on ticket bundles and VIP packages.

FAKE NUDES Track Listing
01. Canada Dry
02. Bringing It Home
03. Invisible Fence
04. Lookin’ Up
05. Sunshine
06. Dusty Rooms
07. We Took The Night
08. Navigate
09. Flying Dreams
10. Nobody Better
11. Bag of Bones
12. You and Me
13. 20/20 Hindsight
14. The Township of King

FAKE NUDES UK Tour Dates
17.4.18   Salisbury – City Hall
19.4.18   Manchester – O2 Ritz
20.4.18   Edinburgh – Queen’s Hall
21.4.18   York – Barbican
23.4.18   Birmingham – O2 Institute
24.4.18   Bristol – Colston Hall
25.4.18   Norwich – The LCR at UEA
27.4.18   London – Roundhouse

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