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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.

 

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 

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

Glastonbury-bound for Tyneside drummer

Local session drummer, Kyle Hughes, 19, is Glastonbury-bound this summer when he joins up with Aurora Dawn & The Screamin’ Skulls.

The young drummer, who late last year performed on a mini-tour with former Guns n’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Tygers of Pan Tang hot shot, Micky McCrystal, is readying himself for what could be a massive few months ahead.

With two dates on The Spike Stage (22 and 24 June) Kyle, who has been with the Skulls for nearly two years, will warm-up for the big one with a gig at London’s Off The Cuff (OTC) Bar on Herne Hill just for good measure (support from Carpet Face and Rachel Darcy).

In an exclusive, and rare interview, Kyle, who has also recently been endorsed by Natal, said: “This really is all pretty amazing right now and I’m honoured to be playing at Glastonbury, more so at my age.

“It’s rather surreal so I’m just looking forward to it more than anything as I’m going to be playing at what is such a prestigious event.; I think I’ll just go and do what I do best and that’s make some noise.”

Kyle first across Ms. Dawn back in early-2015 when his previous band, Twister, were supporting Bumblefoot at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, Aurora being there as a special guest performer of the Art of Anarchy star. The drummer however, well it was the beginning of a rollercoaster ride that, right now, has no end in sight.

“When I first met Aurora I was sat in the hotel lobby in Newcastle waiting for Ron,” explained Kyle.

“Aurora approached me and asked if I’d be interested in working together on a few projects and the next thing you know I’m rehearsing with the Skulls. You could well say that that gig with Ron was my audition.

“Now it’s Glastonbury here we come, first stop the OTC, and I’m buzzing as it’s my first experience of it, in any capacity.

“As for Aurora, she’s amazing, a real talent in her own right and it’s great seeing the support she gets; for me she’s pretty much the real deal and that’s why people turn up and pay to see her.”

Kyle Hughes will be performing with Aurora Dawn & The Screamin’ Skulls at the OTC Bar in London on June 20, then they will rock up to Glastonbury for two dates, June 22 and 24, on The Spike Stage.

Twister Ready For Major Headline On Tyneside

Rockers Twister are to headline the O2 Academy main stage in Newcastle this Sunday evening as Stevie Stoker and the lads take the next step on the rocky road to rock stardom.

The band, formed by Stoker near fourteen years ago, has come on leaps-and-bounds in the past few years, playing some high profile supports and selling out places like The Cavern Club in Liverpool and the O2 Academy (Stage 2).

In fact it was their last headline at Academy two, late last year, which saw the lads afforded the opportunity of the big one as Stoker, alongside bandmates Matt Whitaker, Jake Grimes and Joe Major, deciding to use the opportunity to capitalise and make it ‘The State of Mind Collection,’ full album launch.

Last time out they released the first half of the album, ‘Designed State of Mind’ in a packed out Academy when ably supported by Craig Roddam, Catalyse and Singapore Safehouse. Fast forward some seven months or so and they’re prepared to release not only the second half of the EP, ‘Refined State of Mind,’ but the complete collection, ‘Combined State of Mind.’

“We were absolutely over the moon to be able to sell-out Academy Two,” began Stevie.

“The response to the atmosphere and music on the night was great and then, to get the call from the Academy the following day asking if we’d fancy headlining the main hall, words can’t describe that.

“We’re aware as to how big a step up this is and the challenge that it presents but it’s a dream stage to play on and we’ve only been there once and that was a few years ago now (as support to Alarm).

“This is us, it’s something really, really special and we’ll certainly throw everything at it.”


“Playing the O2 is just surreal anyway and was packed out from start to finish, staying like that until the last song,” added Jake.

“So, already being on cloud nine with that, we get this as well. It brings back great memories for me going to gigs there as kids and the Ubeat Awards (last December when the lads collected a couple) was the perfect warm-up.

“Knowing it was Academy One from the off, we hope to sell it out, and although it could be seen as a bit of a risk, it’s now or never really. It’s the first step in the next big thing for us.”

In addition to their usual back catalogue of tracks, and the album being blasted out, Twister will also play two new tracks, opening with ‘Welcome to the State of Mind’ as well as ‘Mystery’ – which says it all really!

Supported by Sam Gibson, Offpeak, Judas, and A New Nowhere, tickets will be available for entry only, £8, on the night with VIP doors at 545pm and normal entry at 630pm.

 

Twister Welcome A New Nowhere

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Twister, headline the main stage at the O2 Academy in Newcastle for the first time and alongside them will be some special friends with the second announcement being the addition of A New Nowhere.

The quartet, a melodic, atmospheric rock band from Tyneside consists of Mark Gregg (vocals & guitar), Kev Gregg (guitar), Martin Hudson (bass) and Jack Wilson (drums) have recently released their debut single ‘You and Me’ amidst some acclaim.

With a little over twelve months together on the rock circuit the lads are doing alright with the video for their single, we all know what happened there, putting them in the spotlight on a grander scale than maybe even they could have imagined.

“There was certainly method in madness doing the video for ‘You and Me,’” began guitarist Kev.

“Granted it was more attention seeking than anything but it worked and that was the aim really.

“It’s more of a debut with the record label so it made sense for people to come and see it more. The previous release (Dark Place) was more about finding out where we were at.

“Mark and I have always been into music and have been with bands, wrote songs etc., but when we were doing a cover of a Tom Petty track I realised that he, Mark, had the better voice.

“Then, when were at a Foo Fighters gig, we started talking about doing something and with every song being different then it’s a good variety so we got our acts together.

“We went through a few different bass players before Martin came on board and, no disrespect to them as they’ve been great, but he (Martin) has brought that grungy style and we get along really well, on the same wavelength.”

 

This weekend their year continues, taking things up another level as A New Nowhere support Twister on the O2 Academy main stage, the start of an incredible summer of fun for the lads which will also see several festivals, and more, before heading into the studio to lay down the tracks for their debut album.

“We’ve always been aware of the Twister lads for a good few years now,” continued Kev.

“When I saw his post on social media I messaged Stevie a couple of times about it, you have to be relentless if you want something and it just went from there.

“We genuinely though that it was going to be a low key affair but we’d have said yes anyway and we now can’t wait to get on with what will be a great gig.

“We’ve never played the main stage before so supporting Twister is just brilliant.

“After this weekend we’ve got a few festivals lined up, interviews on some local radio stations then, in September, we head into the studio to start recording our debut album for early next year.

“We pretty much have what we need for it but anything can still happen between now and then.”

Tickets for the Academy show, priced at £7 entry (£8 on the door) and £11 VIP are available direct from A New Nowhere, or from www.officialtwister.co.uk.

You can follow A New Nowhere’s progress on social media via Facebook or Twitter and they’ll see you all front and centre, on Tyneside, on May 21.

Twister Welcome Sam Gibson

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Next month pop rockers, Twister, headline the main stage at the O2 Academy in Newcastle for the first time and alongside them will be some special friends with the first announcement being that of soloist, Sam Gibson.

Having released the EP, Before All Else, in 2012, Gibson, who is an international acoustic rock artist in his own right, with endorsements from both Candlewood and more recently Optima Strings, followed up with the debut album, Plastic Universe, in 2015, which all but solidified his name in rock.

“This is my fourth year performing on a full-time basis and have been gigging for around six,” began Sam.

“Although the good definitely outweighs the bad I just need to keep plugging away and doing what I do. I performed over 180 gigs last year which included an amazing tour of Switzerland where I’m looking at going back to later this year taking in France, Germany and Italy along the way.

“Last year was just amazing and it just added to all those big gigs I’ve done over the years and this (supporting Twister) will be another of those gigs.”

May 21 will see Sam open for Twister’s ‘The State of Mind Collection’ launch party and the two main parts of the wheel go back a number of years, Stevie Stoker (lead vocalist of Twister) calling on the friendship to get that wheel in motion.

“We’ve done a few things together over the last few years so I had to say yes straight away,” continued Sam.

“I like their (Twister’s) music anyway and he likes mine which is an obvious, added bonus so know we can work together.

“I’ve played upstairs (Academy Two) before but this is an amazing opportunity, for all of us, and I can’t wait to get out there and not only perform but also see the others do their thing as well.”

Constantly tour the UK and abroad, with festival appearances for added measure, Sam will follow up that May gig on Tyneside with hitting the studio and the recording of a new album of his own.

Tickets for the Academy show, priced at £7 entry and £11 VIP are available direct from Sam himself, or from www.officialtwister.co.uk.

You can follow Sam’s progress on social media via Facebook or Twitter  or visit www.samgibsonmusic.co.uk and he’ll see you all front and centre, on Tyneside, on May 21.

Let’s Rock n Roll In 2017

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North East music, and particularly its rock scene, is positively thriving as we head into 2017 with a number of acts looking at making some incredible noise.
With Twister claiming the Best EP/Album for Designed State of Mind, and Best Band awards at the recent Ubeat Music Awards; Craig Roddam and his band blasting their way through Christmas Live at the Arena; and Black Nevada providing immense support for Dani Filth and Devilment at Think Tank, you’d think the close to 2016 would be hard to top.
Actually, it’s already being set up to do just that as Twister have recently announced that they’ll be headlining the O2 Academy in mid-May for a Refined/Combined State of Mind double release, an opportunity arriving off the back of a hugely successful Academy Two slot were they were more than ably supported by Roddam, Catalyse and Singapore Safehouse.
Black Nevada followed up the release of their excellent EP, Fragments, with that Think Tank performance and go into the New Year talking of a possible new music video release and an early year tour taking in Leeds, Nottingham and parts of bonny Scotland, and that’s before summer festival festivities.
Craig Roddam on the other hand has certainly taken his opportunities the past year, following up supporting Twister to playing in front of thirty thousand plus at the Metro Radio Fireworks in Saltwell Park, to Christmas Live, in a matter of months. His new single, to be released early next year, places emphasis on Where do we go from Here.
“I already have a few things I want to get done next year and I’ll be in the studio soon enough,” said Roddam.
“I’ll look at releasing a single first so I can build some momentum, some hype, towards either an EP or album. There’s also the possibility of a tour along with some big support spots at places like the Academy.
“The band also deserves credit and I can’t believe how good they sound when playing my music, they deserve the big stages.”
Big stages are places the like of Micky McCrystal and Kyle Hughes are getting used to, for differing but similar reasons. The pair, along with Edward Bell, are still coming to terms with a recent mini tour they embarked upon with former Guns n’ Roses guitarist, Bumblefoot.
Beginning at Trillians in Newcastle they also took in the Diamond Live Lounge in Doncaster and a date in Featherstone, leading to the duo being offered an opportunity, amongst others, for a trip to LA next month, ahead of Hughes announcing something pretty special himself.
McCrystal meanwhile been guitarist with local rock gods, Tygers of Pan Tang, since Belgium in June 2013. The band releasing Only the Brave earlier this year before a home, Cluny launch, of their mass-acclaimed, self-titled album, in late October where they were, in turn, supported by…..Twister.
Releasing the album through Mighty Music in Denmark McCrystal said; “I had in my mind tas to what the fans wanted to hear and that’s how we approached it.
“Now we’re gearing up to record another video next month which won’t necessarily be old school Tygers, but more a fun song with a hint of classic Tygers all the same. The record label is keen on releasing more if all goes to plan which will be a combination of that old school, recognisable but new.
“That and, with my filling the boots of John Sykes there’s been a level of expectation for me, I’ve had to put my own stamp onto the position whilst still being respectful.”
An exciting addition to the scene the past few years has been Teesside’s Lisa Kilcar, who parted ways with a rock covers band to produce an array of her own, rock originality. The trodden path of many a rocker, before and after, came as a surprise to friends and loved ones alike.
Pushing boundaries of the blues, rock and ballads, Lisa has already penned material enough to release an album in the New Year alongside her new band.
She added: “Things will happen quite quickly as most of the album is done.
“After leaving the covers band I picked up a guitar and wrote a whole new batch of songs. I’ve always wanted to sing as well and, although people were surprised I took this path it’s always been one I wanted to take.
“I’m hoping to release a varied range of material next year across several genres whilst doing some solo work at the same time.”
With The Firelight Opera, Death to Indie and Serinette also making loud noises there’s a trio of acts to watch in Tyneside all-girl rockers, Scream of Sirens, Sunderland’s indie stars, Social Room, and Durham’s unknown entity, Off Peak.
Firelight Opera are making a transition from covers to original whilst penning an album, something they’ve already begun with Lee Hardy stating: “We’ve been down Liverpool already and began putting material down on a new album and is something we’ll go back to in February.
“There’ll be an official video and single release in March with an album launch come the summer.”
Mark Rayner and Death to Indie are in a similar position album-wise with their heading to the studio late spring.
“We’ve had a great response this year, support-wise, so we’re keeping the early part of the year free in order to refresh social (media) and website presence,” added Mark.
“Then we’ll build towards an album later in the year with a live video performance as a teaser, maybe two to build momentum.”
Social Room successfully released their latest single, Be Forever Mine, at Independent in Sunderland and the new year will be a massive one for the six-piece fronted by vocalist, Matty Smith alongside Adam Jefferson, Adam Potts, Simon Bewick, Chris Leonard and Alex Gunn ; Scream of Sirens followed up an EP with the launch of Get Some which landed them a slot with Wipe Out Publishing.
Off Peak meanwhile are brothers Jamie and Robbie Pick with friends Kier Hutchinson and Jackson Raw from Esh Winning who have been providing indie music for the past three years now.
The past twelve months or so have seen them come into their own following up the release of debut single, Stay the Same, with an Academy launch, in 2015, before an EP and mini tour last year.
“We’ll be releasing a second EP in January with a launch gig at Durham University,” said Jamie.
“Afterwards we’d like to release an album but an EP would be great as we’re enjoying it which is why we do it, doing it all off our own back.”
All of this, and more, will be played out on international radio station, EGH Radio Rocks, with Anne and Stephen Lambert, on Monday nights from 9pm; they themselves are looking at a big year ahead and can followed on Twitter through @EGHRocks whilst the online radio show can be reached via http://mixlr.com/egh-radio/.

FEATURE: Global Rock Star Returns To Tyneside

Last year rock legend, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, appeared at Newcastle’s O2 Academy where he was ably supported by Twister; the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist appearing onstage wearing a Newcastle United jersey, playing ‘Local Hero.’

Twister’s then drummer, Kyle Hughes, made that much an impression that he parted ways (on good terms it needs saying) with the band, becoming a session drummer working with Aurora Dawn and the Screamin Skulls whilst keeping in touch with, and having occasional dates with destiny, with Ron – it is a friendship that sees the duo re-unite in Newcastle as part of a mini-tour.

Ron has played music since his school days and now, forty years on, he’s still touring, as a soloist and with his own band, Art of Anarchy, playing with some of the biggest names on the planet (he’s just finished a tour with the ‘Platinum Rock All-Stars,’ with Carmine Appice (drums), Rudy Sarzo (bass), Geoff Downes (keys), Gene Cornish (guitar) and vocalist Phil Naro), as well as nine years with ‘the most dangerous band in the world.’

“I started playing very young and if you go by my first original song demos and gigs at the age of seven, it’s nearly forty years,” began Ron.

“The more things change, the more they stay the same. I’ve found that the roads to get from point A to point B have changed due to technology and business economy, but points A and B haven’t changed. It’s still about giving people something a real piece of yourself and giving people an experience that juices up their spirit.

“In those first gigs forty years ago, I’d cut up pieces of paper into home-made confetti and give out cups of it to the audience to throw in the air at the end of the show. Thirty years later and I’m standing on a stage in an arena with ‘confetti cannons’ spraying confetti it high in the air, colours raining down on a cheering audience of tens of thousands. And I think to myself, ‘Man, I’m glad I didn’t have to cut up all THAT confetti before the show.’”

The more things change, the more they stay the same, words which relate to all within an ever changing music industry, whether locally, nationally or internationally.

The same can be said of ‘that’ band, relationships Axl Rose, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus et al had en masse, Ron joining guitar greats with Guns like Tracii Guns, Robin Finck, Tommy Stinson, Buckethead, and DJ Ashba.

He joined as an experienced guitarist following recommendation by virtuoso performer Joe Satriani, officially to fill Buckethead’s previously vacated slot, making his ‘debut’ at the Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC, in May 2006.

Staying until 2014, Thal was involved with the Chinese Democracy album in 2008 and the video release of Appetite for Democracy 3D, along with numerous high profile tours, also partaking several solo projects before announcing in late 2014 that he would be leaving to focus on his solo career.

It was a solo career that had seen ‘The Adventures of Bumblefoot’ released in 1995, re-release as a 15-year anniversary issue in 2010, garner lots of reviews, and had Thal on the newcomer lists in many magazines.

He added: “That album got a good reception when first released in the mid-’90s, making ‘Best Newcomer’ lists in guitar mags, lots of positive reviews.

“The good thing about the re-release is that I had a transcription book of the album that I was able to release, 200 pages of extreme detail of every track played on every song, including music notation, tablature notation, including fingers used and picking details.

“I did all the transcribing and type-setting myself, it was 12 months of work. Early next year will be the 20th Anniversary of the follow-up album “Hermit”, which I’ve re-mixed and re-mastered this past Summer.”

It adds to what has been a rollercoaster ride that’s not only seen solo performances and a spell with Axl, but also release Art of Anarchy onto an unsuspecting, ultimately pleasing world, a band set up with John Moyer (Disturbed) with Jon and Vince Votta.

Five years on and they’re as strong as ever, and on the verge of releasing their second studio album after their self-titled album, ‘Art of Anarchy’ was released last year. The new album will be done with former Creed vocalist, Scott Stapp providing extra kick.

“Art of Anarchy was born out of a long-time friendship with Jon & Vince as I used to produce their bands in the late ’90s and we remained friends throughout.

“In 2011 they wanted to record ‘the album they always wanted to make’ ad we started doing that. Over time it grew wings and became something more, it became a real band, and despite many challenges it’s made it to the recording of its 2nd album and the beginning of live shows.

“Things have definitely fallen into place now though and you can hear the personalities of the band members in each song.

“Scott’s distinct vocals, Moyer’s grooves, the Votta’s metal sound, and I bring in some eccentricity. Put us all together and it balances into songs that wouldn’t happen the way they do with anyone else.

“We’ve all been busy with our own touring but it’s getting there, we plan to have the full-length album out in March 2017.  Our first single and video “The Madness” from the upcoming album was released October 7.”