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New MOTÖRHEAD album in August

Veröffentlicht am 9. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Motorhead, News, Hardrock, Punkrock, Rock, Rock'n'Roll, Classic Rock, Brian May, Queen

Fourty years in business and still one of the most constant factor in the scene - that's Motörhead. And since you snooze, you lose the guys decided to work on a new studio album. "Bad magic" is the name of record number 22. "Bad magic" was written by Lemmy, Phil and Mikkey all together in the studio and also recorded under live conditions.

Another remarkable thing that's worth a note is the fact that Queen's guitar legend Brian May had a guest appearance on "The devil"; one of the new tunes on "Bad magic".

Release date is end of August and we are already curious about the newst output from Lemmy and Co.

New MOTÖRHEAD album in August
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CD review CHARLIE BARNES "More stately mansions"

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2015 von Markus W. in Charlie Barnes, Queen, Rock, Prog Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) For all fans of the 80's series 'Dallas' the abbreviation 'CB' stand for Cliff Barnes, the counterpart of JR Ewing. For all fans of good rock music with a progressive approach 'CB' stands for another 'Mr. Barnes'. It is the Leeds-based musician Charlie Barnes who worked on his solo debut that will be released in the coming days. "More stately mansions" is the name of the longplayer that was mainly recorded in the Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire. The vocals have been put down in an isolotaed cottage in the middle of Wales.

I haven't heard about Barnes so far and I was curious and doubting when I have first seen the cover. A well-dressed guy and a nice haircut that looks like the excellent version of a son in law was facing me. So, what kind of music to expect?

After having listened to the album several times things got clearer. As mentioned earlier we are talking about rock music, that contains quite some progressive elements - without becoming complicated.

The album starts very slow with piano and vocals. Talking about the vocals I can say that Barnes' voice covers quite range that goes up to a higher pitch. I don't want to go that far to compare him with the legendary Freddie Mercury, but there are some moment on the album where you can hear some parallels. Anyhow, the sound of the 70's Queen comes up to surface in some of the more rocking element which gives the disc a certain unpredictable hardness.

"More stately mansions" is an album that also comes with a very dense sound. It is well produced and fits this kind of music in an excellent way.

If you are looking for something else than musical fastfood you have found the right album with "More stately mansions". This record demands some time from you and the willingness to dive into the songs. The reward will be some music that can keep you excited for quite a while. In context of the album's title I would say that Barnes' debut is a stately one.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. More stately mansions
  2. Sing to God
  3. Easy, kid
  4. Balloons
  5. Ghosts
  6. MacbethMacbethMacbeth
  7. House
  8. Dresden
  9. Hammers
  10. Film

 

Label: Superball Music

Genre: Rock

CD review CHARLIE BARNES "More stately mansions"
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CD review IAN PAICE'S SUNFLOWER SUPERJAM "Live at the Royal Albert Hall"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Ian Paice, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Queen, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(9/10) It was in 2012 when drum legend Ian Paice arranged a concert in the Royal Albert Hall in London. He called it the "Ian Paice's Sunflower Superjam". It was actually meant to be a private charity event that the iconic drummer organised together with his wife Jacky. The couple managed to bring together a bunch of excellent and well-kown musicians that supported them that night. The result was an outstanding evening with some of the most important heores in rock.

Luckily this event didn't stay just a private one. The concert was recorded and filmed and we all can join in via CD or DVD/BluRay.

The guys who performed the songs sound like the 'who is who' of rock. Names like Bruce Dickinson, Alice Cooper, Uli Jon Roth, Brian May, John Paul Jones and Ian Paice are a guarantee for excellent live music. Bruce Dickinson sings "Black night" from Deep Purple and does a great Gillan-like scream in the beginning - introduced by a "You now what comes next". He does a great job and having Brian May on the six string makes this version evem more special. Alice Cooper is performing "Elected" and the Cooper-hit "School's out". The first track supported by Uli Jon Roth on guitar while Brian May plays the axe on "School's out". Very cool stuff.

With "Pictued within" also Jon Lord (R.I.P.) was honored that night. The soulful intepretation of Steve Balsamo is awesome and gets under your skin. Uli Jon Roth added an old Scorpions song, "The sails of Charon" from the "Taken by force" album, to the show and also "Since you've been gone", with Brian May in the lead, is just a treat for your ears.

"Ian Paice's Sunflower Jam" is an impressive document of an extraordinary evening. Each rock fan should call this record his own. This is music history in all meanings of the words.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ain't no telling
  2. This wheel's on fire
  3. The sails of Charon
  4. Rock and roll
  5. Pictures within
  6. Something about you
  7. Lessons in love
  8. Emerald
  9. Behind blue eyes
  10. Black night
  11. Since you've been gone
  12. Elected
  13. School's out
  14. Smoke on the water

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review IAN PAICE'S SUNFLOWER SUPERJAM "Live at the Royal Albert Hall"
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Live review QUEEN + Adam Lambert, Amsterdam, 30.01.2015

Veröffentlicht am 31. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Queen, Rock, Classic Rock, Live Review, News, Brian May, Hardrock

When the mighty Queen is coming to your town than it is a MUST to go there. Finally the band came to Europe with Adam Lambert as singer and frontman. After having read the pretty good feedback from concerts in North America and Asia I was very curious about how the show will look like and of course how Adam Lambert will fit into the band.

I have seen Queen a few years ago when they have been on tour together with Paul Rogers, which was a solid show at that time. But I must say already at this stage of my review that Adam Lambert fits perfectly into the line-up of Queen. He fulfills the role of being the frontman of the band in an excellent way. He finds the right mix of very good singing and also acting. What helps the singer from Indianapolis, Indiana is for sure his experience gained in musicals and on theatre stages. Queen is more than only good music. A Queen concert also lives from the theatrical show combined with very good songs played by highly skilled musicians. Adam Lambert fits very much into this approach.

What I also appreciated was the fact that he never tried to copy Freddie Mercury. This would have been a mission impossible anyhow. Lambert took some of the elements Mercury used as well, like e.g. the crown during the last two song of the concert, but he did it in his way. I must say: well done. He was authentic during the whole show and this was also, based on the big applause, very much appreciated by the audience.

It seems anyhow that there is a kind of generation shift taking place. Next to Lambert there is also Rufus Tiger Taylor who is part of the live band. The son of drummer Roger Taylor is supporting his father on drums which ends up even in a drum battle halfway of the show. Instead of a normal drum solo father and son fed each other lines which was a highly entertaining spectacle.

Both, Lambert and Rufus Tiger Taylor, seemed to be a fountain of youth for the band - Lambert with his singing and acting; Taylor with a lots of energy and an enormous punch.

But how about the 'old' guys. I can hardly imagine Queen without Roger Taylor and Brian May. It is especially May's guitar sound that is one of the most important trademarks of Queen. You can recognise his singing guitar from the very first note and it is the base for all the Queen songs. That Brian May is a brilliant singer too is well known. His vocal performance of "Love of my life" and "'39" was great and the eight minutes long guitar solo was just jaw dropping good.

That also Roger Taylor is a quite good singer is something we know from his solo releases. And that he is one of the best drums goes without saying and it seems that his son inherited those drum genes. Both, Brian May and Roger Taylor, seemed to be calm anchor in the band based on their enormous experience. And calm anchor doesn't mean that they have been quiet. Guitars have been screaming and and drums pushed each song forward. But it is their self-confidence that gives adds such an ease  to the show.

The setlist of the Amsterdam concert covered everything the fans wanted to hear. It was a 'best of...' that showed again how many classics the band has as part of their discography. And all those songs have got a perfect sound from the very first note on. 

All this together led to an outstanding Friday night in Amsterdam and the sold out Ziggo Dome celebrated every single moment of the more than two hour long show. 

It was a night that was 'a kind of magic' and honestly I could see Queen producing even a new album together with Lambert doing the vocals. But I guess that this will stay wishful thinking.

 

Live review QUEEN + Adam Lambert, Amsterdam, 30.01.2015

Setlist:

  1. One vision
  2. Anotherone bites the dust
  3. Fat bottom girls
  4. In the lap of the God... revisited
  5. Seven seas of rhye
  6. Killer Queen
  7. I want to break free
  8. Somebody to love
  9. Love of my life
  10. '39
  11. A kind of magic
  12. Bass solo
  13. Drum battle
  14. Under pressure
  15. Save me
  16. Who wants to live forever
  17. Last horizon
  18. Guitar solo
  19. Tie your mother down
  20. I want it all
  21. Radio Ga Ga
  22. Crazy little thing called love
  23. Bohemian rhapsody
  24. We will rock you (Endore)
  25. We are the champions (Encore)

 

Location: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: 30.01.2015

Live review QUEEN + Adam Lambert, Amsterdam, 30.01.2015
Live review QUEEN + Adam Lambert, Amsterdam, 30.01.2015
Live review QUEEN + Adam Lambert, Amsterdam, 30.01.2015
Live review QUEEN + Adam Lambert, Amsterdam, 30.01.2015
Live review QUEEN + Adam Lambert, Amsterdam, 30.01.2015
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QUEEN press conference from Berlin (December 11)

Veröffentlicht am 12. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Queen, Rock, Hardrock, News

Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) gave a press conference in Berlin on December 11 together with Adam Lambert. They are talking about the coming tour which seems to become a real big one. Check it out.

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QUEEN plays several shows in Europe in 2015

Veröffentlicht am 3. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Queen, Adam Lambert, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Tour, News

Queen and Adam Lambert will go on tour together in the beginning of 2015. The dates cover several shows in the UK, German, The Netherlands,...

 

Here are the dates:

Tue 13 January NEWCASTLE Arena 

Wed 14 January GLASGOW Hydro 

Sat 17 January LONDON O2 Arena

Sun 18 January LONDON O2 Arena 

Tue 20 January LEEDS Arena

Wed 21 January MANCHESTER Arena

Friday 23 January BIRMINGHAM NIA

Sat 24 January NOTTINGHAM Arena - 

Mon 26 January PARIS Zenith

Thu 29 January COLOGNE LanxessArena

Fri 30 January AMSTERDAM, Ziggo Dome

Sun 1 February VIENNA Stadhalle

Mon 2 February MUNICH Olympiahalle

Wed 4 February BERLIN O2

Thu 5 February HAMBURG O2

Sat 7 February FRANKFURT Festhalle

Sun 8 February BRUSSELS Palais 12

Tue 10 February MILAN Forum

Fri 13 February STUTTGART Schleyerhalle

Sun 15 February HERNING Jyske Bank Boxen

Tue 17 February PRAGUE O2

Thu 19 February ZURICH Hallenstadion

 

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DVD review BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS "The candlelight concerts - live at Montreux 2013"

Veröffentlicht am 31. März 2014 von Markus W. in Brian May, Kerry Ellis, Rock, CD Review, DVD review, News, Queen

(9/10) It was in July 2013 when this DVD was filmed. Queen's guitarist Brain May played a show in Montreux, Switzerland together with musical star Kerry Ellis. In the Stravinski Auditorium the duo played a set full of Queen classics, ballads and cover version. 

The whole show as well as the earlier concerts in 2012 and 2013 have been named as the Born Free tour. 'Born Free' is the conservation and animal rescue organisation founded by Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers. Brian May is supporting 'Born Free' and by having the shows he together with Kerry Ellis created a bigger awareness for the organisation and animal welfare. It's good to see that people like May and Ellis use their popularity for these kind of social engagements. My respect.

The acoustical show is just May and Ellis supported in the background by keyboards. The songs are well chosen and are a good mix between silent and rockin ones. There are the Queen anthems like the awesome acoustic version of "'39" and "Love of my life". This just timeless music and it's always a pleasure to listen to these songs. The stripped down "Tie your mother down" got a totally new dress which makes the song even more attractive. "We will rock you" is the hymn which we know for so may years. Great to hear the tune with female vocals. Kerry does this in a perfect way and it shows the range of her voice.

Than there are other tracks like "The kissing me song" which was written by May shortly before the 2012 shows. It's a song with a faster pace, an awesome hookline and a chachy chorus. Ellis' voice fits perfect to this 'rocker'. With "Something" the duo interprets a song which George Harrison wrote for the Beatles and with "Last horizon" May wants to find out "how much noise he can make with this little baby", which his guitar. A cool instrumental moment showing the capability of the famous Queen six stringer and also how much noise he can make.

Kansas' "Dust in the wind" became a beautiful acoustic version which makes you dreaming. It's an wonderful interpretation of the classic rock ballad. "Born free" is a tune which is specially written for the 'Born free' foundation. The video in the background emphasis the importance of wild life and animal rescue. Thumbs up.

"Crazy little thing called love" rounds off an awesome evening in Montreux. I hope that this duo will do a few more shows and maybe even releases a album. There seems to be a magic between the two of them which is difficult to describe, but you can feel it.

I could continue writing about the DVD, but it's much better if you stop reading and watch this show. Great music performed by experienced and passionated musicians. This is a pleasure for your ears and eyes. Enjoy the show.

 

(9/10)

 

The CD, which is part of the package, was recorded already earlier. This concert happened in autumn 2012 and also contains a slightly different setlist, which makes the entire package exciting.

A nice package from the legendary Queen six stinger and the "first lady of West End". Beautiful music which is the perfet soundtrack for a relaxed Sunday.

 

 

Tracklist DVD:

  1. I who have nothing
  2. Dust in the wind
  3. Born free
  4. Somebody to love
  5. Nothing really changed
  6. Life is real
  7. The way we were
  8. '39
  9. Something
  10. Last horizon
  11. Love of my life
  12. The kissing me song
  13. Tie your mother down
  14. We will rock you
  15. No one but you
  16. Crazy little thing called love

 

Tracklist CD:

  1. Born free
  2. I love a butterfly
  3. I who have nothing
  4. Dust in the wind
  5. The kissing me song
  6. Nothing really has changed
  7. Life is real
  8. The way we were
  9. Something
  10. Love of my life
  11. I'm not that girl
  12. I can't be your friend
  13. In the bleak midwinter
  14. Crazy little thing called love
  15. No one but you (only the good die young)

 

Label: Eagle Vision

Genre: Rock 

DVD review BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS "The candlelight concerts - live at Montreux 2013"
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