The Pretty Reckless live at the O2 Academy Bristol, on November 23rd, 2014

I admit I had pre-conceived ideas about The Pretty Reckless which mostly centered on the ability or perhaps lack of, of the ex-actress centre-piece Taylor Momsen. I am always suspicious (or cynical maybe) about bands that have massive hype attached to them – are you listening Royal Blood – and sometimes wonder if it doesn’t do the band in question more harm than good by raising expectation to unachievable levels. Having been pleasantly surprised by their latest album I was interested to see exactly what this gig would bring.

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The Quireboys live at Limelight 1, Belfast on November 21st, 2014

Spike retains his bonhomie and still exhibits a great rapport and level of interaction with both sexes. His vocals remain as characteristic and unchanging since the band first started. Many vocalists over the years tend to lose some elements of their range as they age. Clearly not a problem here.The band retain their ability to deliver a solid night of entertainment each time they step on stage-Several drinks with friends,lots of pretty ladies,and some party anthems. Stepping back in time it was just like the eighties never went away.

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Dying Fetus and Goatwhore live at The Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, on November 20th, 2014

Promotion for tonight’s show in the Voodoo lounge was bound to raise some eyebrows with a line-up featuring Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Malevolence and Fallujah. The band names alone leave no doubts that the gig is not for the faint-hearted, nor for fans of One Direction. But the 200 or so fans of brutal and technical death metal that have congregated are certainly in for a treat.

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Dirty Thrills, Album Launch at the Barfly, Camden London, November 17th, 2014

Fronted by Louis James (son of ex-Moody Blues singer Nicky James), he is ably supported by fireball guitarist Jack Fawdry , solid drumming from Steve Corrigan and what appears to be Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) twin brother in groove laden bass player Aaron Plows. To sum them up easily they could be described as Rival Sons fronted by Robert Plant, such is the strength in James’ vocals. It’s definitely old school, retro fuelled rock ‘n’ roll and the band will certainly make waves in the current music scene given the critics and audiences penchant for this particular style right now.

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Y&T Celebrate 40th Anniversary Tour live at Limelight 1 Belfast on November 12th, 2014

Encore time and it was side one of the Black Tiger album. Despite Dave telling me in the pre tour promo interview that they would not be airing complete albums in their entirety as they had already done that,I guess he decided to meet halfway. In conclusion as usual the band delivered a high quality finely tuned solid professional show,From heart rendering emotional ballads such as “Winds of change” and “I believe in you”to hard rockers such as “Open Fire” and “Black Tiger”Fantastic band and still despite their longevity at the very top of their game. See you again next time in year 41 guys.

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