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Live Review : New Found Glory, 02 ABC (17/11/14)

On Monday night, Glasgow’s O2 ABC saw American band, New Found Glory take to the stage as part of their Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour, which was finally brought to the UK after enjoying huge success Stateside in 2011. The band’s latest offering, “Resurrection” was released last month and is the first album not to feature founding guitarist, Steve Klein.

New York-based band, State Champs took to the stage to warm up the crowd, playing a selection of tracks from their debut studio album, “The Finer Things” as well as a few tracks from previously released EP’s. Next to perform were main support act, The Story So Far who opened their set with “Empty Space” which was followed by “Things I Can’t Change”, a track taken from their latest album. The five piece from California ended their time on stage with “High Regard” which saw most of the venue singing along with vocalist, Parker Cannon.

After a short break to get thing set up, the headliners kicked off their 21 song-strong set with new track “Selfless” which had the entire venue off of their feet, before older tracks “Understatement”, “Don’t Let Her Pull You Down” and “Hold My Hand” filled the room. The foursome then went on to play “Resurrection” and “Hit Or Miss” where frontman, Jordan Pundik left the stage and sing whilst towering over fans from on top of the barrier. When guitarist, Chad Gilbert asked the crowd to go crazy, they responded with no questions asked; mosh pits opened up and crowd surfers were thrown towards the stage from every direction. “Stubborn” and “Ready And Willing”, both from the latest album, also got an airing.

Towards the end of the set, The Story So Far’s guitarist took to the stage again to play track namesake, “The Story So Far” alongside New Found Glory. “Head On Collision” and “Kiss Me” got a great reception from Scots‘ fans, however one of the bands biggest hits, “My Friends Over You” sent the audience reaction off the rictor scale when any lasting inhibitions, screaming the lyrics as loud as their throats would allow. Taking a few minutes to recompose themselves, the band returned to the stage for an encore consisting of “Sonny”, “Forget My Name” and “All Downhill From Here”. With the 17 year old band giving everything they had to make the sold out show unforgettable for the hundreds of both new and old fans that attended, it can be said, with confidence, that pop punk is certainly not dead!

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 20/11/14

Glasgow Gigs This Week

80s synth-pop duo, Erasure will be LIVE at 02 ABC on Sauchiehall Street tomorrow night (Friday 21st November). The pair are expected to perform classic hits including, “A Little Respect”, “Sometimes” and “Stop” as well as material from their latest album, “The Violent Flame”, released in June of this year.

Lily Allen is brining her Sheezus Tour to the O2 Academy this Saturday (22nd November); the tour comes in support of the singer/songwriter’s third studio album of the same name, released earlier this year. This will be Allen’s first headline tour since 2010, although she supported wild child, Miley Cyrus on tour in the US earlier this year. 

2014 marks 30 years since The Jesus & Mary Chain released “Psychocandy” and to celebrate, the band are playing TWO gigs at The Barrowlands this weekend (Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd November). The East Kilbride born band will be playing the album in full as well as material from their back catalogue, including “Darklands” and “Honey’s Dead”.

Coming all the way from Japan, metal-core band, Crossfaith will be blowing the roof off of The Garage on Sunday night. With a musical style which fuses together metal with an electronic twist, a unique show is to be expected!

Award-winning English folk/rock singer, Passenger will be at the O2 Academy on Tuesday (25th November) as part of his Whispers Tour. After his solo career began in 2009, the 30 year old has had a huge success, largely thanks to single, “Let Her Go”. Support is coming from Canadian trio, The Once.

Mancunian duo, The Tings Tings play King Tut’s this week (Wednesday 26th November). Known for their signature song, “That’s Not My Name”, the pair are out on the road in support of third album, “Super Critical”, released last month. 

Mastodon will be at the O2 Academy this week (Wednesday 26th November). With an impressive six studio albums produced since the bands formation in 2000 (two of these which debuted within the Top Ten on The Billboard 200 Chart), the Atlanta four-piece definitely know how to rock!

Echo & The Bunnymen are scheduled to take to the stage at Glasgow’s O2 ABC next Thursday (27th November). The band from Liverpool, who formed over 30 years ago, have released many successful albums over the years, including “Porcupine” released in 1983, a self-titled album in 1987 and their latest offering “Meteorites” which came out earlier this year.

Announced This Week

On Wednesday, it was announced that old-school, shoe-gazers Ride have reformed following their break-up in 1996 and will be touring North America and Europe next year, including a gig at The Barrowlands on 22nd May 2015. 

Following the release of latest album, “Sonic Highways”, rock icons, Foo Fighters will be embarking on a UK Tour next year, including a gig at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on 23rd June 2015. Over the 20 years since Grohl and Co formed the band they have become one of the most influential bands of our generation. With massive hits including, “Learn To Fly”, “All My Life”, “The Pretender” and “Everlong” as well as plenty of experience playing sold out shows, The Foo’s  LIVE will be an unforgettable night!

X Factor success story, Olly Murs will be touring next year. The cheeky chappy from Essex came second to Joe McElderry in 2009 and has gone on to over 10 million albums worldwide and score 4  UK number one singles. Murs will be at The SSE Hydro on 14th and 15th April 2015

Pop-newcomer, Ariana Grande announced plans to tour this week. Fresh from The MTV EMAs in Glasgow earlier this month, Grande will be at The SSE Hydro on 8th June 2015.

Liverpudlian band, The Wombats will be at The Barrowlands in Glasgow on Friday 17th April 2015, as part of their UK Tour. Formed in 2003, The Wombats have released three studio albums and are known for their indie-dancefloor friendly anthem, “Let’s Dance To Joy Division”.



“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” 2014

The 2014 version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” got its World Premiere on The X Factor last night. 

The latest version of “Do They It’s Christmas?” has reworked lyrics to reflect the Ebola crisis, including the subtraction 0f Bono’s notorious line, “Well tonight, thank God it’s them, instead of you” and features One Direction, Rita Ora, Olly Murs, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, Emeli Sande and Sinead O’Connor.

Band Aid 30 marks 30 years since the original 1984 version released to combat the famine in Ethiopia and was the catalyst for Live Aid which took place on 13th July 1985

The official video for the single was introduced by Geldof on The X Factor and included some short, but harrowing footage of Ebola in full effect; a decision that Geldof said he had agreed with Simon Cowell in order to let viewers understand what the magnitude of the disease. Geldof made a passionate plea to viewers to buy the single, not to download it for free “This is hardcore, to allow X Factor nation to watch this. This is the most anti-human disease but we can stop it and we will stop it”. 

The single is available NOW and has already raised over £1 million, according to reports issued earlier today. Join the fight to STOP Ebola by texting AID to 70060 to DONATE £5.




New Music : Out This Week (17/11/14)

Bryan Ferry “Avonmore”

Roxy Music frontman, Bryan Ferry releases her 14th solo album today. “Avonmore” is his first studio effort since 2009’s “The Jazz Age” and includes the single, “Loop De Li”. Roxy Music announced their split just last week, and Ferry will be on tour in the UK next Spring.

TV On The Radio “Seeds”

Brooklyn-born band, TV On The Radio release their fifth studio album this week. It follows their 2004 debut, “Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes”, 2006’s “Return To Cookie Mountain”, 2008’s “Dear Science” and from 2011, “Nine Types Of Light” and is the band’s first studio effort since the death of bassist, Gerard Smith. “Seeds” includes the single, “Happy Idiot”, released in September.

One Direction “Four”

X Factor success story, One Direction release, “FOUR” this week, their fourth studio album since coming third in the TV talent show in 2010. It’s the bands first studio album since 2013’s “Midnight Memories” and includes the single, “Steal My Girl”, the video promo which features legendary Hollywood actor/director, Danny DeVito.

Nickleback “No Fixed Address”

The Canadian rock band release their eighth studio album today. It’s their first release via Republic Records and includes the singles, “Edge Of A Revolution” and “What Are You Waiting For?”


Gig Guide, Glasgow : 06/11/14

Glasgow Gigs This Week

After the shock split of My Chemical Romance last year, frontman, Gerard Way has gone solo and will be at the O2 Academy on Friday night (7th Nov). Way released his debut solo album “Hesitant Alien” this year, which showcases a more mature and experimental style from his MCR days.

Coming from Cambridge, alt-rockers, Mallory Knox are appearing at Glasgow’s Garage for one night of madness this Monday (10th Nov). The five-piece’s released their sophomore album, “Asymmetry” in October which features the singles, “Ghost in The Mirror” and “Shout At The Moon”. Support comes from Frank Iero (ex My Chemical Romance guitarist who has also embarked on a solo project since the band split) Fort Hope and Moose Blood.

Scottish singer, Sandi Thom burst onto the mainstream scene in 2006 with smash-hit single, “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)” and now has five albums to her name. She will be at Oran Mor on Tuesday 11th November. Support for the show, “An Evening with Sandi Thom” will come from Elvira Stitt.

Australian pop princess, Kylie Minogue is taking to the stage at the SSE Hydro on 12th November. The tour comes in support of Ms Minogue’s latest album, “Kiss Me Once”, released in March

Announced This Week

American rockers, Crown The Empire have announced they will be returning to Scotland with a headline tour in 2015 with support coming from Set It Off and Dangerkids. The tour will follow the bands’ latest release “The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways” and they will be at Glasgow’s Garage on 7th February.

Pop diva, Jessie J will also be touring the UK early next year, following the recent release of her third album “Sweet Talker”, which includes her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande“Bang Bang”. The singer has announced six dates so far, the first of which will be at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on 21st January 2015.

Indie rockers, Idlewild will be performing at the O2 ABC in Glasgow for not one, but two nights on the 7th and 8th of March next year. After reforming last year from a hiatus, the Scottish band announced the release of new album, “Everything Ever Written” from which their latest single, “Collect Yourself” is taken from.

Taking to the stage at The Queen Margaret Union on 27th March 2015 will be British singer/songwriter Charlie XCX, known for her collaborations with Icona Pop and Iggy Azalea. She released her third album, “Sucker” was released last month.

Country queen turned pop princess, Taylor Swift announced her plans to take her hugely successful LP, “1989” out on the road next year this week. Swift has proved she is a force to be reckoned with, thanks to the success of “1989”, released last week, which features her two finger salute to all “the haters”, smash-hit single, “Shake It Off”. She will be at The Hydro on 23rd June 2015.




New Music : Out This Week (03/11/14)

Superfood “Don’t SayThat”

Indie new-blood, Superfood release their debut offering, “Don’t Say That” today. It includes singles, “Superfood” and “TV”. The band are currently on tour in the UK as part of NME New Breed Tour 2014 with dates in Manchester, London and Bristol this week, with support from Glaswegian band, Honeyblood.

Calvin Harris

Dumfries DJ, Calvin Harris releases his fourth studio album, “Motion” this week. The superstar spinner has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the pop business including Rihanna, Ellie Goulding and Scissor Sisters, to name but a very few. “Motion” includes the smash-hit single, “Summer”, “Blame” and “Under Control”.

Damien Rice “My Favourite Faded Fantasy”

Irish singer/songwriter, Damien Rice releases “My Favourite Faded Fantasy” this week, his third album and first studio album in 8 years. Rice shot to fame in 2002 with the release of his debut, “O”, largely thanks to signature song, “Cannonball”, which was later covered by girl group, Little Mix and the inclusion of “The Blower’s Daughter” on the “Closer” movie soundtrack, which starred Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman. “My Favourite Faded Fantasy” includes the singles, “I Don’t Want To Change You”, “The Greatest Bastard” and title track, “My Favourite Faded Fantasy”.

Simple Minds “Big Music”

Scottish rockers, Simple Minds release their 16th studio album today. It’s their first studio effort since 2009’s “Grafitti Soul” and “Big Music” features the single, “Honest Town”.

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