Hughes that Tynesider touring Europe

At just 20-years-old most people coming out of their teenage years would still be struggling to find a career path, Tyneside’s Kyle Hughes therefore is something of an anomaly, or an enigma.

The past few years have been something of a whirlwind for the drummer from Rowlands Gill working with Aurora Dawn & The Screamin’ Skulls, Misanthropy UK and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal has meant he’s been kept busy.

Not shying from differing types of music either, Kyle is putting his drumming skills to use at differing ends of the music spectrum and followed up performing with Aurora and the Skulls at Glastonbury this summer with a trip Stateside with Ron, making new friends along the way.

Ron, of Art of Anarchy and Sons of Apollo fame, has enlisted Kyle’s services in part over the past two years, the drummer appearing on a UK mini-tour twelve months ago which included a date at Trillians in Newcastle. This year though has seen things taken up another level, Kyle travelling to America and appearing in New York City and New Jersey in August, before a whistle-stop tour of Romania the following month.

Next though sees Kyle on a Euro-tour, taking in dates in the Netherlands, France and Romania, eight dates in ten days, later this month.

“It’s always fun being with and playing alongside Ron,” began Kyle.

“I’m definitely looking forward at getting back out there and it’s an always an honour and privilege to do so; he definitely makes me up my game every time we perform.

“The trips I’ve done recently with him has been my first proper experience and I’m really happy as to how things have gone so we’re looking forward to bigger things to come.”

Kyle, who is also involved with local deathcore band, Misanthropy UK when on home soil, was involved with their recent release, Of Wolves (single), and their EP, Foot of the Mountain.

Touring though is something he’s experiencing properly for the first time, more so on foreign soils.

“This is my first time on tour in Europe with full dates,” continued Kyle.

“It’ll be my second time to Bucharest and Romania as well which is great as that has to be the best place I’ve ever performed a gig, the vibe created there was just amazing, and it was Ron’s birthday as well which added to the whole spectre.”

Having left the region on November 15 Kyle will be performing with Ron, and the New Jersey band, Thank You Scientist, in Heerlen and The Hague (Netherlands), Caen, Paris and Marseille (France) before the rock duo head back to Romania for a further three dates.

 

Matt adds a little gloss with US Tour

Alternative acoustic rock artist, Matt Adey, has had something of a busy time of it over the past few months, and now, as he embarks upon an acoustic tour of the USA under the guidance of manager, Vicky Hamilton, it’s fast becoming his time to shine.

Originally from Leamington Spa, Matt arrived in West London as a raw teenager and a member of the local band scene whilst making ends meet with regular, day-to-day work.

Now, twenty years and two albums later he’s set to release what will be his third album early next year and, this month, at the start of his US tour, the single Love Is Not a Game.’

Not only that but, finding himself managed by Vicky Hamilton is a move many artists can only dream of, but that is the case and go for it he is, more so after the success of recent releases, ‘She Wore Black’ and ‘Time Stands Still.’

The latter of the two releases, to Matt’s amazement, or even smirked amusement, was even remixed for a dance album by Armin Van Burren, which became a number one bestseller!

“I’ve always been writing my own song no matter what jobs I was doing or what band I was in but I didn’t want to specifically be a soloist,” began Matt.

“I was kind of forced into it (solo) really but it’s been kind of cool the way things have panned out over the past seven years which was when I released by debut album, ‘Home.’

“That was totally different to the second one, four years later, as this was really stripped back, raw, and all done in pretty much one take; whereas in 2014, when I released ‘Eden,’ now that was weird in itself.

“It was massive, overproduced, bombastic sounding record done in a strange kind of warehouse studio in Brussels whereas my third, due for release early next year, well that’s a really strong album and I honestly feel it’s the best group of songs I’ve ever written.”

Recently Matt has seen himself working with produce Chris Potter, he who was responsible for The Verve classic, ‘Urban Hymns’ record.

Fate playing its part, and a chance meeting with Vicky in London on her book launch tour last year, saw the two worlds collide.

“Chris suggested, or told me actually, that I should go try America and it kind of snowballed from there,” added Matt.

“I met Vicky at her London book launch last year having already sent her some music, which I thankfully say, she loved, and she’s had more of the same since as well.

“She then suggested that she should manage me and I don’t think I hesitated.

“She’s an awesome person and not only does she say what she means, she does what she says and has this way of saying things as well.”

It’s that way of saying and doing things that leads Matt Adey to the good ol’ US of A for an acoustic tour that see him perform on the following dates –

October 6 Republic of Pie, Los Angeles

October 7 Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles

October 12 The Cutting Room, New York

October 14 The Bowery Electric, New York

October 18 The Kibbitz Room, West Hollywood

October 24 The House of Blues, Anaheim

October 28 Lestat’s Coffee House, San Diego

November 2 Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles

 

 

‘Press On Babies, just Press On’ as Vicky Hamilton talks her ‘greatest achievement’

Twenty years ago, on October 4 1997, an opportune moment in music history led to the making of a friendship that, although Johnny and June Cash would pass within a few months of each other six years later, transcends time and, through family, remains to the present day.

The meeting of minds, between the legendary Cash’s and the equally legendary A & R representative and music manager, Vicky Hamilton, would take place at the House of Blues down on Sunset Boulevard.

Vicky had, at the time, convince Marc Geiger, of Rick Rubin’s label (American), to allow The Freewheelers the opportunity to open for ‘The Man in Black,’ Johnny Cash and, as the old adage sure goes, the rest is history.

Having previously seen Cash perform at the Viper Room a stripped back version of their incredible music nearly four years before, this became a sudden opportunity that was too good to miss.

It would be Rick that prove the main instigator of historical event which, in her life story ‘Appetite for Dysfunction: A Cautionary Tale,’ Vicky describes as this.

Rick Rubin gave me a look that I had seen many times before.

“You should go talk to her,” he said to me.

“I don’t know Rick, I would feel weird. She is country music’s first lady,” I said.

“Go talk to her, you should make a record with her,” Rick said.

“What?! I don’t know anything about country music,” I retorted.

“You are the coal-miners’ daughter, you are the perfect person to make her record,” Rick said.

From that moment on Vicky’s life changed forever and, over the next six years, the last six years of Johnny and June’s respective lives up to their respective deaths, within six months of each other, in May (June) and September (Johnny) 2003.

But from that evening on the Boulevard, a brief face-to-face conversation in a stairwell at the House of Blues, and Vicky was smitten.

Looking back on that six year spell, twenty years from its inception, Vicky Hamilton opens up about that night, and her relationship with the first lady of country.

“When Rick Rubin told me I should make a record with June Carter Cash, I was flattered, but didn’t think I had the tools to make a Country record,” said Vicky who, throughout her entire music career, has been a rock chick to the core.

“It was one of the greatest nights of my life, and life changing.

“The next day I got to my office and there was a message from June that said ‘Rick Rubin said you need to make my record.’

“I fell in love with June from that moment on.

“She was one of a kind. She had this beautiful upbeat personality and this came across in all of her live performances.

“I can’t name anyone that plays autoharp like her but John Carter Cash and his wife Ana pretty much nail ‘Jackson’ live.”

John Carter, their son, and Ana, John’s wife, have remained friends with Vicky in the ensuing years, the rock queen having attended the weeding of the pair last year and Ana, as of 11 September, giving birth to Grace June Cash.

Conversations, phone calls, and afternoon tea with June and her friend Rosemary Edelson later saw the catalyst of a burgeoning and beautiful friendship.

Vicky added: “You couldn’t help but fall in love with June, she sparkled.

“She was so enthusiastic, I just knew I had to get involved and make the record with her.

“It felt like destiny, but looking back, it felt like a dream.”

The first couple of years, between October 1997 and September 1999, would see countless hours being worked on the tracks that would eventually make up the ‘Press On’record, something which they officially began putting together in the fall of 1998, the cover image a photo of June in Jamaica and CD image of which being a traditional southern image of one of the china plates from June’s kitchen.

Everything which happened around June possessed elements of elegance, beauty, romanticism, and it’s little wonder Vicky, and others which June’s hand touched, held her in such high esteem.

“(Over lunch) she told me about all the tracks she had written in her lifetime.

“It was a little overwhelming, so over the next couple of months she sent me several demo tapes of bare bone recordings of the songs that she and John Carter put together in the Cash Cabin (a makeshift recording studio in Hendersonville across from the where the Cash’s lived).”

Johnny and June singing together was always a tender, special moment and, with June having told Vicky that in fact she had wrote one of Johnny’s greatest hits, ‘Ring of Fire,’ then their duet of ‘The Far Side Banks of Jordan’ would be just as special.

Vicky explained in Appetite for Dysfunction about the hit single that June had told her:

“When I fell in love with Johnny, I didn’t know what to do, I felt like a big ring of fire was going to swallow me up. “

Vicky’s love for June strengthened even more that day.

The day they put together ‘The Far Side Banks of Jordan’ was uniquely special, and powerful, but it was also something that natural for Johnny and June, done with persistent ease.

“I had seen them perform this song in concert and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” stated Vicky.

“But in this intimate setting in a little cabin in Tennessee with Johnny Cash telling stories about his life with June, it was surreal yet so real and beautiful.”

And the album itself, with Gabrielle Raumberger as creative director, ‘Press On’ eventually became reality, on Vicky’s own label, Small Hairy Dog, which she set-up to release the record.

On several occasions Vicky was reduced to happy tears as, although people failed to recognize her involvement, Johnny and June did not.

Vicky’s beloved mother, Clara Virginia, is also a lineal note in the record packaging and, a month after the release, and Johnny’s birthday, the Cash’s were visiting Los Angeles when Vicky was invited to the hotel they were staying with his telling her that:

“You did this. Everybody is trying to take credit for it but I know you did this…..I just wanted to thank you. This is what I’ve always wanted for June. It’s a beautiful record inside and out.”

“She dedicated the album to her mother, Maybelle, and mothers everywhere,” continued Vicky.

“It makes me cry when I think about the words she wrote to my Mom.

“It was such an honour for her and for me. I still can’t believe it, such a high point in my career.”

And Johnny: “The most rewarding moment of my career.

“Yes, it makes me tear up when I read that part out loud at readings, I am such an emotional girl, and so grateful for the time I spent with John and June.”

‘Press On’ would go on to win a Grammy Award in February 2000 for ‘Best Traditional Folk Record,’ June would see another record, ‘Wildwood Flower,’ released on Dualtone Records, shortly before she, then Johnny, would leave this world and, although when Vicky’s mom Clara, passed in early 2000, June wanted to attend and sing ‘Will the Circle be Unbroken,’ (unable due to Johnny’s illness), Vicky and the Cash’s have remained united.

“I got sober in 2000 and June definitely got me thinking there was more to life and I’m now 17 years clean and sober. I am grateful,” she said.

“I am glad to still be a part of John Carters life and his new wife Ana is really special.

“The relationship I’ve had with the Cash’s has been life changing and magical.

“The Circle be Unbroken.”

Roses are Red, Love Past Blue, Rock’s New Stars Are Coming For You

(Images courtesy of Baz Here)

They may be young, but America’s indie-alternative pop rockers, the quartet which form Love Past Blue, are fast making a name for themselves.

Already award winners, the band fronted by the exquisite vocals of 16-yeard-old bombshell, Clio Cadence are set to release their second EP of original music having released a self-titled, seven-track masterpiece at the turn of the year.

The debut EP, spearheaded by the brilliant ‘Keep Running,’ a personal favourite of the band, which put them firmly on the radar of management consultant, Vicky Hamilton, who shot to fame during rock’s heady days of the eighties and nineties with the likes of Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Stryper et al; and that after claiming both Battle of the Bands and Best Vocals last summer at the Wildflower Music Festival in Richardson, Texas.

With a sound that has been described as being both bold and sassy, whilst straddling the thin line between that of pop and rock music whilst having an infusion of a subtle blend of both jazz and funk, just for good measure.

Invited back to perform at this year’s event alongside Bowling for Soup and the All American Rejects Clio and her rock all-stars have so much going for them that they’re understandably elated with the rapid progression being made.

She said: “I’m humbled (with last year’s awards), we really didn’t think we would win.

“But it was awesome that we did; and to get best vocalist was a shock.

“We’ve also been pleased with the results (from the debut EP).

“It’s had a positive response when played on the radio, and a few of songs really get the audience singing along at our shows.

“Keep Running is definitely a crowd favourite, I love Keep Running; and I also like Tricks.

“This next recording, be on the lookout for a song called VIP.”

With their catchy name originating from a Beatnik poem, that, and the sultry rock sound they produce. It is their belief that, from that, and what they have and continue to produce, is a recipe for success and led to the formation of LPB.

Clio adding: “To us it means going through a hard or difficult time where you might feel sad or blue, and finding love on the other side.

“The band started basically from stalking! I knew I didn’t want to go the solo route, and thought it would be really fun to do the band thing. So I started calling around some local studios, which is how I found Joe (Galate).”

“I was working at a place called Whataburger when they called me,” continued Joe.

“I got off at 10, went over and auditioned and they decided right there that I was in. The year and half since then has been insane, but really fun.”

“I met LPB at a competition where we were both finalists,” continued Jack.

“A month later, when they needed a guitarist, they called me while I was on vacation. I auditioned shortly after a 20 hour drive, rehearsed with them for a couple of hours, and played a show that night.”

Continuing with their speed in addition of musicians to the band the line-up was recently completed when they added fifteen-ear-old drummer, Logan, to the mix. “I flew to Dallas to rehearse for the L.A. tour, which went so well that I got to do the recordings too.

“It has been great. I feel like we’re best friends already.”

Now, as they swim with the sharks or the powerful rock industry the quartet have found themselves playing events such as the Dallas International Guitar Festival, Wildflower, Springboard and Celtic Festivals as well as a recent outing at the famous Whisky a Go Go on the Hollywood strip.

Unanimously the band all agree that the Whiskey tops recent successes although Clio is very easily pleased, not wanting to nails her colours to any particular mast.

Fourteen-year-old Jack said: “The Whisky stage is a legendary venue.

“Zeppelin has played there, so have a bunch of other great rock bands.

“To have played there at age 14, to a lively crowd, was pretty amazing.”

As for Clio, she giggled: “All of them are my favourites; but the Whisky was the last big show we did.”

Moving forward the band are set to release a new, six track EP and will be nipping across country to New York in October for manager Vicky’s launch of the second edition of her own life story, ‘Appetite for Dysfunction.’

Along with their music producer, Sylvia Massey, their latest offering certainly ticks every box, pretty much the same as Vicky has with the soon-to-be A-Listers.

“Working with Sylvia on our new music is literally a dream come true,” added Clio.

“She really believes in us and our music, and she has definitely taken the recordings to the next level.

“We’re also absolutely thrilled to be working with Vicky.

“We had hoped that performing at SpringBoard would open some doors for us career-wise, but we had no idea it would lead to us working with someone so amazing.

“She really knows what it takes to make it in this business, how to get us connected and in front of the right people.”

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Putting the FUN back in DysFUNction – Second Edition Book Launch

(October 12, 2017, Cutting Room, New York City) Vicky Hamilton invites all to the launch of the second edition of her all-access, kiss-and-tell life story ‘Appetite for Dysfunction: A Cautionary Tale’ in New York City on October 12.

Aiming at “putting the FUN back in DysFUNction” Vicky has added a self-penned poem and new chapter she has entitled I’m A Thunderstorm.

Leaving her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, at just 22, Vicky arrived on the famous Sunset Strip as a wide-eyed blonde with an ear for rock n’ roll.

“I was back home interviewing Tom Petty for Three Rivers Review,” says Hamilton, “He told me I was a ‘real California girl,’ and that’s all it took.”

It was 1981 and Vicky had arrived at the center of Hollywood, where the scene was erupting in spandex, sex, cocaine, hairspray and madcap visionaries.

Hamilton discovered Guns N’ Roses and became their first manager and surrogate mother, living in her apartment as Axl Rose ducked a rape charge. “I was basically harboring a fugitive,” she says, “Axl ended up crashing on my couch for six months.”

Hamilton then negotiated GNR’s contract with Geffen Records. In 1986, she was let go and forced to sue the band to recoup the $25,000 she’d borrowed to bankroll them.

She now continues to share her stories in an explosive memoir of the woman who rode the crazy train with some of rock’s wildest frontmen, and matched their hard-partying ways.

Sober for near 20 years, Hamilton spent that last seven excavating her private collection of photos, flyers, contracts, letters, and interviews to create a revealing look into her fascinating life.

The book includes details of her turbulent relationship with Axl Rose and Poison’s Bret Michaels, her experience as an A&R Rep. for Geffen, and, above all, it’s the story of her rise and fall, and how she regained her life by becoming a Grammy Award winning executive that helped relaunch the career of June Carter Cash in 1999.

Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses drummer) said: “Vicky was probably the best thing that happened to us in the early days. She dealt with us when nobody else would, and made everything happen for us. I’m grateful for that.”

NOW UPDATED Vicky has added an extra chapter as, going into her sixtieth year, she is still tearing up the rule-book and still putting names on the map with Love Past Blue, Diane Meyer, Damian Sage, and London’s Matt Adey at the forefront of her exploits.

“I’ve written a new chapter for the second edition which brings the book up-to-date,” added Vicky, “Appetite for Dysfunction has had a life of its own and I’m so grateful to all I’ve met on this journey.

“A little rock n’ roll heart, definitely goes a long way.”

October 12 will see Vicky Hamilton and Friends at the fabulous Cutting Room, NYC where she’ll be doing readings from her memoirs, signing (not singing, although she could be tempted on stage), and several of her acts will also perform on a night not to be missed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vicky Hamilton is a Grammy Award winning music industry executive and manager who oversaw the early careers of Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Faster Pussycat and Mötley Crüe (to name a few). She is considered one of the most successful music industry executives of her time. Appetite for Dysfunction is her unbelievably true story, told for the first-time alongside stunning images and first-hand accounts of a music executive with nearly four decades of rock & roll stories to tell.

Limited edition autographed pre-release editions and other merchandise may be ordered through Vicky’s WEBSITE 

Influences of a Velvet Undergound

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the album ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ released by US rock group, The Velvet Underground, in the summer of 1967.

Stepping forward, led by Lindisfarne’s keyboard player, Steve Daggett (lead vocals, guitar, piano and drums) alongside partner Ema Lea Daggett (Lead vocals, drums, organ and guitar), ‘The Velvets’ are marking the occasion with a five-date tour, beginning in Newcastle on September 9 at the city centre’s O2 Academy.

Daggett, who has been with the north’s famed, folk rockers, Lindisfarne, since the mid-eighties, helped form The Velvets late last year with gigs in Newcastle (The Cluny) and Liverpool (The Arts Club).

Ten months on and the five-piece are ready to test the waters with an anniversary tour celebrating the release of that iconic album, which will see The Daggetts accompanied by Bad Bob Bates (guitars), Willie Angus (bass) and guest musician Chris Maynard (viola), follow up their Newcastle opener with dates in Bristol, London Islington, Wigan and Glasgow.

 

“The idea that we are a ‘tribute’ act is a little misinformed and presumptuous,” stated Steve with the band being labelled in some quarters of social media as sacrilege, blasphemous and uncool since they started last October.

“There are no wigs, plastic surgery or mannerism cloning going on around here.

“We see it more as a celebration of music that doesn’t get the airing it should, considering the impact and influence the original outfit had on popular music.

“At the Liverpool Academy show, which co-incidentally was the day after John Cales’ Liverpool performance, a large number of the audience went to both gigs.

“There were no doubts at the end of the evening and nothing but great feedback from the crowd. Some fans saying they enjoyed our gig just as much.”

Originally managed and produced by the influential artist Andy Warhol, the experimental rock band rose up in New York in 1965 and consisted of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker and Hungarian model and vocalist, Nico.

Although The Velvet Underground and their four albums garnered little success during the initial run, they’ve since been recognised as having had an influential presence on numerous musical genres. The groups’ songwriter Lou Reed achieved international rock star status with his solo work.

“I was looking for a project to run alongside my acoustic solo work and my live performances with the band Lindisfarne” explained Daggett of his decision to take the ball and run with The Velvets.

“The Velvet Underground & Nico debut album was released in 1967 and was a huge influence on my early teenage years and I thought it would be a challenge to recreate their great songs on stage.

“I’d only ever performed one or two of their tracks live before and so I set about getting deeper into the catalogue.

“The band was put together with other established musicians who were also big fans of the group.

“As rehearsals commenced we soon found ourselves in a predicament of which tracks to perform and which to omit, as a consequence we’ve ended up leaving very little out and having a two-hour show.”

With that musical marathon set to be unleashed The Velvets will cover tracks from the original album in the first half of their show followed by a selection of tracks from the bands’ subsequent catalogue of ‘White Light, White Heat,’ ‘Velvet Underground’ and ‘Loaded’.

Beginning on September 9 at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, The Velvets will then head to Bristol’s O2 on September 15 (POSTPONED), London Islington’s O2 on September 30 before trips to Wigan Old Courts Theatre on October 6 and Glasgow’s O2 on November 11; Daggett adding: “Initially we envisaged just playing small intimate clubs with a kind of 100 capacity, however it has grown into something a little bigger.”

Tickets for The Velvets – UK Tour 2017 can be purchased from individual venues, or via the websites www.ticketweb.co.uk and www.thevelvetslive.co.uk/

 

Look Hughes Living the Dream Stateside

A few weeks back Newcastle’s now famous session drummer, Kyle Hughes, headed Stateside for the second time this year.

At the turn of the year, along with Micky McCrystal (Tygers of Pan Tan Tang) Hughes attended the NAMM Show in California as the pair began to live the dream.

In Kyle, his began a few before when, as drummer for Twister, they supported Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal at the O2 Academy, Newcastle in 2015 then again at Trillians the following year.

From that day forth he has continued to push himself more than most teens of his tender age would dare dream.

November last year, and with Ron on a UK mini-tour, Kyle would join up with the Art of Anarchy star, along with some old friends – McCrystal, Ed Bell, and Coyote, to push out a couple of cheeky dates.

Kyle would continue working apace with Aurora Dawn and the Screamin’ Skulls which would see him perform at this years Glastonbury. A moment to cherish for the youngster who said: “Playing at Glastonbury is a pretty amazing thing.

“I’m honoured to have played at such an iconic festival at such a young age, and it’s my first time there but I’m just doing what I do best and that’s making music.”

(Above, Hughes and the legendary Jeff Scott Soto)

America though is just, different, and having been to NAMM, Hughes was invited back, to both LA and, once he’d heard of the impending brother of the little drummer boy, Bumblefoot wasted no time in adding him to his NYC/NJ gigs.

The legendary guitarist said of Hughes’ visiting: “KYLE-MANIA coming to the US shores!!

“America finally gets to enjoy what the UK has already witnessed

“I’ll be doing my Bumblefoot shows around NYC in August – wouldn’t want to do them with anyone else on drums.

“Kyle Hughes is a name the music world will be hearing more and more.

(Above – Hughes left, Bumblefoot centre, McCrystal right; Below – Hughes left, Bumblefoot centre, Peter Mann right both in November 2016)

“We met in Newcastle in 2015, his band took on the task of being my band as well, they were a great bunch and put on a great show, and nailed the music!

“Kyle and I have stayed in touch, and I’ve been happy to see continuing  opportunities coming his way, gear endorsements and gigs and recordings…  really, the guy can play anything, and groove with the best of ’em…!  And always with a smile…!

“We played an acoustic show earlier last year, and in November when we did a run of UK shows; and I’m sure there’ll be more to come.

“I just hope he’ll still have time for me when he’s on the cover of every drum mag and every band is knockin’ down his door.”

(Above, Hughes left at Epitaph Records)

Not much can contain the excitement of Hughes, who can already count on endorsements from Regal Tip and Natal moving forward and, with his name very much in the public eye, Bumblefoot’s awareness is with well-tuned nous for the industry.

“I was going out there (to America) anyway,” explained Kyle.

“It’s my first time not only being there but also to be able to perform and experience different types of audiences, as Bumblefoot’s drummer, In New York and New Jersey, is insane.

“Although there are potentially more shows to announce we’ll be doing these shows to promote Ron’s solo music.

“It’s certainly some five week trip!”

Anybody in the New York or New Jersey areas can see Bumblefoot, Kyle and company perform at Iridium (New York) on August 23, and at Mexicali Live (New Jersey) on August 25.

Any media requests for Kyle Hughes should be directed to his PR Management via petermann78@hotmail.com

Tyne to Rock the Foodbank

Throughout the summer break of the football season the Newcastle West End Foodbank has been looking at different ways of raising much needed awareness, funds, and more importantly, food, for their foodbank initiatives.

Now, on the night of Friday August 4, ahead of the new football season, the fans initiative brings their first ‘Rock the Foodbank’ to the Tyne Bank Brewery on Walker Road where an evening of live music will aim to continue the momentum moving forward.

Masterminded by two former NUFC fanzine writers, Steve Hastie and Peter Mann, the evening will be compered by Newcastle’s Sharon Percy (recently seen in I, Daniel Blake) and with music from the likes of Jesse Lowes, St Buryan, Jonathon Honour, The Red Jets, Papa Lazarou, 18-year-old Evie Lake, and a special appearance from Preston’s Breaking Waves, it promises to be a fantastic fundraising night.

Speaking of the event Ms Percy said: “I’m always happy to help out with anything and have been involved with the foodbank initiative from the early stages last year.

“It’s presence outside the football ground (St James Park on a match day) does help but we need more momentum with it all moving forward. There’s a number of collection points around the region but the problem doesn’t just go away after one, two, five sessions, hence why we need to keep it up.

“I’ve a good insight myself into how people end up in situations like food/clothing poverty, rent arrears etc and that suddenly turns into a greater problem.

“Now it’s the summer holidays as well the situation is even more important – don’t forget, there’s always somebody out there that needs support so we do need to keep these things going as much as we can.”

Breaking Waves meanwhile have just recently played a set at the city centre’s Trillians Rock Bar where they were supported by local band, Bitter Enemies. Heading back to the region Phil Ireland didn’t hesitate in agreeing to put the band on, and they’ll be the main support to Dave Burn and Papa Lazarou.

Phil added: “We don’t mind doing these types of events and with it being for a really good cause we jumped at the chance to come back to Newcastle.

“We don’t really play there that often, in fact before the Trillians gig it was nine months ago the last time we were over.

“However, this does tie in quite nicely with what we’re doing at present and Newcastle have been really good to us so it’s nice that we’re able to give something back.”

The event, ‘Rock the Foodbank’ takes place at the Tyne Bank Brewery on Friday August 4. Doors opening at 6:30pm the first act is scheduled for 7pm and will run overall until late; entry fee is either a cash or food donation on the door.

More information can be found on the event page ‘Rock the Foodbank.’

Press release on Chronicle Live 

North’s music community standing up to fight the black dog

On Sunday afternoon the region’s music community, and more, will gather at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle’s City Centre to not only honour the recent passing of both Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, but to ‘Fight the Black Dog.’

A lot of people have been affected by mental health, few stand up and talk about it and on Sunday, you can if you want, but you can also play some music and mingle with friends, whatever you’re feeling at the time.

Now, more than ever, there’s a growing need to break the stigma and talk about it, and where better place than where many feel at home and safe? This day is for everyone who feels alone, or feels that they can’t open up about their mental health.

Dave Hills, manager of Trillians was more than happy to welcome the event to his venue and, with MIND, Wandy UK, and the Jay Lennon Foundation all on-board, it has very much been an event taken to the hearts of the many.

A representative said: “From a little idea of a gathering we have this fantastic event.

“It all stemmed from a video on social media from one of the region’s rock artists after Chester’s unfortunate passing and it just went from there.

“The response has been amazing, both from the music community, and from local businesses, and with a venue like Trillians, a mainstay on the regional music scene for so long, we couldn’t really ask for any more.”

Of the artists performing on the day includes Steve Daggett, of Lindisfarne and The Velvets with acoustic sessions being the nature of the day; Steve will be joined on stage by the likes of the Front Step Collective, Jonathon Haigh, Craig Roddam and more.

Steve added: “I saw Dave (Hills) put a post out asking for people to perform so I contacted him as we’ve all been affected in some form or another.

“Something like this (Mental Health) affects and touches everybody whether personally, or in other ways.

“People need to reach out and make it known and hopefully not be affected by the stigma which surrounds it all and an event like this, it’s grabbed people’s attention from the off and was something I had to do.

“I’ve an acoustic slot at around half five and will probably play some of my own music, and some off Lindisfarne’s.”

Also on the day will be Gargoyle Beauty providing manicures and face painting, food will be available and funds raised will go to the designated charities; a raffle will also take place with some great prizes on offer including tickets for the O2 Academy, Riverside and Think Tank, a month subscription to Blyth Barbells and Fitness and much more.

The event starts at 2pm this Sunday at Trillians, Princess Square, and more information can be found on the event page ‘Fighting the Black Dog – Raising Awareness for Mental Health.

Press release on Chronicle Live 

SummerTyne Lovin’ for Northern Country Queen

(Images courtesy of Keith Fusco Photography)

Labelled as the Northern Country Queen, Tyneside-based singer-songwriter, Chloe Chadwick, takes her debut offering, Dustbowl Jukebox, into the acclaimed SummerTyne Americana Festival later this month.

A number of years in the making, and with her self-titled, 2015 EP, sandwiched in between, the launch itself was strategically placed either side of outings at Sage Gateshead, the second of which will see her appear the SummerTyne Americana Festival for the third successive year.

“What can I say about the SummerTyne Americana other than it’s just a fantastic event to be a part of once again,” Chloe stated with an enthusiastic smile.

I’ll be playing the concourse for the second time in three years having headlined the Jumping Hot Stage last year, but it’s great that artists from all over can be here so I’ll be sharing with the likes of The Shires, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Callaghan, Chuck Prophet, Sam Outlaw – it’s endless really.

I’m also looking forward to seeing some of the acts at this year’s event as I’ve always been elsewhere.”

“This festival puts the north east on the map for Americana music and it’s great to be a part of this wonderful event yet again!”

Of significant importance to Chloe’s musical career though was the launch of her debut album, it finally having been released to an increasingly eager following. The ten-track album, spearheaded by her latest single Love Will Find A Way sees Chloe aiming to take 2017 by storm.

An album that has something for everyone with undertones of pop, rock, country, blues and soul embedded throughout the artist believes she’s struck the perfect chord with this, adding: “My favourites are Big River and Plain Old Jane with the former being that classy ballad which relates to previous experiences whilst living life to the full.

“Recorded over in Los Angeles it came out exactly how I envisioned it, it really couldn’t have been any better.”

Her focus, albeit on her album launch, could well be swayed by end-of the-year awards nights, Chloe receiving dual nominations at the UKL Country Radio awards for the second successive year in September.

Nominated for both UK Country Artist of the Year and Female Country Singer of the Year among other country artists such as Jade Helliwell and Lily Garland, Wayne Jacobs and Zenne Kober, Chloe is adamant that her debut offering will carry her forward.

She added: “It’s been a labour of love more than twenty years in the making and the feeling is that I’ve delivered on my pledge to write the most authentic and personal account of an everyman’s journey through the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

“The actual launch itself was a huge success and for me there’s nothing better than playing to a home crowd and they certainly got behind me for my debut release and for that I’m thankful.”

You can keep up-to-date with all Chloe’s musical career via her website and can download the album via iTunes (hard copies also available via her website at £10)

Also, check out Keith Fusco Music Productions