BEAUTIFUL i saw a review that said a of Beautiful, the Carol King story, 'a Tapestry of great hits' (clever eh) well it sure was. Actually Tapestry is one of my all time favourite albums, there is something about the line in the song Tapestry, 'Once he reched for something gold and hanging from a tree, but his hand came down empty' that seems so full of lost opportunity, said so poetically that I could only wonder at her skills. Anyway back to Beautiful, I defy anyone not to enjoy this show, packed with so many of the Goffin King hits and latterly Kings alone, (and a number from other writers of that era), and the story is pretty interesting too. So a big thumbs up from me. Robin Smith
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Classical-inspired stars Clean Bandit, psychedelia Heavenly Records signings Temples and innovative duo Public Service Broadcasting are amongst the latest additions to the ever-expanding line-up for Truck Festival, 17th and 18th July, Oxford. Also heading to the Hill Farm site is a dance stage presented in collaboration with Switch and crowned by Shy FX. Tickets are a steal at only £79.50, on sale now from Truckfestival.com.
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ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SHAPESHIFTERS. As aging Rock Gods go Plant certainly looks like a man who has enjoyed the pleasures and pain of a hedonistic lifestyle. Ravaged and bearded he may be but he can certainly hold an audience in the palm of his hand. He is currently touring his upcoming album Lullaby and The Ceaseless Roar with his band The Sensational Space Shifters and I got to see it at The Roundhouse in London. Actually, just about see, even though I was there pretty early I was nowhere near the front of the crowd. Fortunately the venue is not that huge so even standing well back was not a major disadvantage. I rather imagined the audience to be made up of old guys hoping to see a slither of Led Zep, sure there must have been some and sure there was a lot of grey hair . . .
Despite the fact that the current Lynyrd Skynyrd line up only includes two original members; guitar players, Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke, Skynyrd is still a powerful and energetic act today with all the spirit of the old band... Read the full review Here
Emerging Bands at Glastonbudget 2011: Interview with the Tribal Suns Tribal Suns: The name conjures up either a heavy African drumming sound or at the other end of the scale atmospheric ‘60s hippy chant. The band’s sound is neither of those and indeed the name seems to be somewhat random, however their music is a fusion of two very different elements. Adam, Sean, Oliver and Joe formed less than a year ago in Nottingham, emerging from other local groups and bizarrely met up working on the wards as psychiatric nurses! Half the band hails from a dance, indie, and hip hop background whilst the rhythm section by contrast is from the heavy metal scene. Despite this odd combination, they are collectively influenced by U2, Kasabian, Black Stone Roses and . . .
Download at Donnington June 2011 Friday and Saturday at Download this year were less of a washout than last year, with weather holding up until the downpours plagued visitors during Sunday. This year there was a fabulous turnout with a sea of people sporting tour t-shirts anxious to get close to their idols. 2011 saw yet another fabulous line up of acts including headliners Def Leppard, System of a Down and Linkin Park. Download has now become such a big event and it is always exciting to see who will come crawling out of the woodwork or which new bands are sprouting up. I was particularly excited to see not crawling, but bursting on to the stage with customary theatricality, The Darkness. The Hawkins brothers were on excellent form with . . .