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