Thursday, November 30, 2023

R.I.P. Shane McGowan

I suppose this shouldn't come as a shock since we've known he'd been ill for quite awhile: Shane McGowan died today. Photos from his and his wife's social media painted a heartbreaking picture of an emaciated Shane wasting away from encephalitis. And in the past few weeks, as we saw his friends and former Pogues band members pressing to the side of the Sick Bed of McGowan, it became evident that the writing was on the wall.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The new Judas Priest video is here!

Unleashing the unbridled fury of their sonic arsenal, the iconic British juggernauts of heavy metal, JUDAS PRIEST, have birthed a masterpiece with their latest offering, "Trial By Fire" – a blistering anthem that ignites the very essence of the genre. The accompanying official music video is a visual feast that plunges the audience into the molten heart of the band's relentless artistry. Brace yourselves for a sonic journey that transcends boundaries and heralds a new era in metal supremacy.

Check out Neal Morse's new music video here

Neo-Prog superstar Neal Morse just unveiled the video for his latest single, "I Hate My Brothers," a teaser from the forthcoming album, 'The Restoration - Joseph: Part Two", slated for release on January 12, 2024. This comes as the anticipated sequel to 2023's 'The Dreamer - Joseph: Part One."

The first chapter left Joseph unfairly imprisoned, and now "The Restoration - Joseph: Part Two" picks up the biblical saga, recounting Joseph's journey to becoming Egypt's viceroy and his eventual family reunion. 

Thursday, November 23, 2023

This film should be played loud! - Pt. 3

The year is coming to an end and things are slowing down here for us on the concert front. We may be able to squeeze in a couple of more shows before 2024, but this is essentially it. But we still need our fix of live musical thrills, so we're gonna be blasting a few concert movies and we're gonna be sharing them with you in the third installment of our ongoing series "This Film Should Be Played Loud!"

You can check out the previous entries of this series below:

Hit us up on on our forumour socials, or in the comments to let us know what you think of our selection and what your favorite concert films are.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Kid Congo Powers' new album "That Delicious Vice" to be released in 2024

Kid Congo Powers And The Pink Monkey Birds will release their new album "That Delicious Vice" on April 19th, 2024 via In The Red Records. This will be the band's first full-length LP since 2016's La Araña Es La VidaWe've heard them play some of the songs from the upcoming album last month in Paris, and if this is any indication, this will be a dynamite record.

Friday, November 17, 2023

Listen to Trevor Horn and Iggy Pop covering Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus

A new track from Trevor Horn's upcoming album "ECHOES - ANCIENT & MODERN" was released a few days ago. It's a cover of Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus sung by Iggy Pop and Lambrini Girls and it rips. Check it out in the embedded Apple Music player or in the YouTube video below.

The album is due out on December 1st.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

New Steve Hackett album on the way!

Progressive Rock wizard Steve Hackett is releasing his newest sonic masterpiece, 'The Circus And The Nightwhale,' on February 16th, 2024, courtesy of InsideOut Music. This rite-of-passage concept album introduces us to Travla, the youthful protagonist steering the musical ship through 13 autobiographical tracks.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Massive official Alice Cooper book to be released in 2024

Rufus Publications proudly unveils the imminent arrival of "Starring Alice Cooper ». More than just a book, it's a behemoth of rock history, a 400-plus-page opus that's been brewing in the creative cauldron for a whopping two years. So get ready to embark on a  rock n’ roll journey through the legendary life of Alice Cooper as he unveils the curtain on his storied career in 400 pages of pure rock and roll awesomeness, meticulously curated and personally overseen by the man who brought you "School's Out" and "Poison." It's like having a backstage pass to the greatest show on earth

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Toto to play Paris next summer

Toto announced their new European summer tour today, including a stop at the Dôme de Paris in the 15th arrondissement of the French Capital on July 11th.

The band is now comprised of perennial guitarist Steve Lukather and historic singer Joseph Williams, surrounded by various talented backing musicians.

Tickets will go on sale on November 17th at 10:00 am local time at the link below.

Bookmark or share the following URL to secure your ticket when the online sale starts:

Monday, November 13, 2023

Marillion @ Trianon, Paris - November 13th, 2023


After witnessing Madonna's dreary mechanical pageant the previous night, we were excited to see an actual live performance by some real musicians, and on that front Marillion is second to none. Just a little over a year since their last performance in the French capital, the progressive rock superstars delivered a typically generous set in the confines of the beautiful Trianon theater, playing for over two hours, delving deep into their extensive catalogue of challenging, exquisite music and giving the audience a truly immersive experience without resorting to silly pageantry or sacrificing substance over style.

Eric Clapton to play two shows in Paris in May 2024

Eric Clapton has announced two shows at the Paris Accor Arena on May 26 and 27 of next year. These will be the legendary guitarist's first  Paris dates in almost exactly thirteen years when he played the very same venue with Steve Winwood on May 25th, 2010 (the private corporate gig he did a few years ago doesn't count...) so we're excited to see one of our favorite musicians on stage again.

He has been very controversial lately because of his positions on the COVID vaccine, and his association with some more than unsavory characters... But on stage, with a guitar in his hands, he will put politics and other personal considerations to the side and let the music do the talking. And on that front, he has very few equals.

You can get tickets for the two Paris shows tomorrow at 11:00 local time at the link below or by clicking HERE.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Madonna @ Accor Arena, Paris - November 12th, 2023

Due to a stringent photo policy, we aren't able to publish the pics we snapped during the show. The production team gave us a few pre-approved photos to use, but this isn't really the point of this site... 

Photos and videos abound on social media, you can always go on your favorite platform to see what the show looked like. 

Not being a big fan of Madonna's, I approached this concert with a healthy dose of skepticism. Still, fully conscious of her impact on the entertainment industry and her reputation for stunning live shows, I found myself making the pilgrimage to the Paris Accor Arena for the for the first of her four-night residency in the expansive 20,300-seater venue.. Despite my reservations, I decided to embrace the experience with an open mind. 

Some unspecified technical problems delayed the start of the show by over an hour, and it was almost 10:20 pm when a charismatic character names Bob the Drag Queen, who would act as ringleader throughout the whole evening, appeared in the crowd before climbing on stage and introducing the star of the evening. Then, after being hyped for a solid ten minutes, the superstar finally took the stage to the tune of "Nothing Really Matters", off of her "Ray Of Light" album. We were off for two hours of a breathtaking visual extravaganza, but  the absence of a live band transformed the atmosphere into what felt like a giant futuristic karaoke rather than the anticipated live musical journey.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Gov't Mule @ Trianon, Paris - November 11th, 2023

While initially a side gig for Allman Brothers Band members Warren Haynes and the late Allen Woody, Gov't Mule has transcended labels, becoming legendary in the Jam Band scene and Southern Rock. But trying to pigeonhole them into any genre is like trying to fit a wild mustang into a corral... it ain't gonna work. Their arsenal of musical styles includes Hard Rock, Jazz Fusion, Soul, Funk, Psychedelia, Prog Rock, and Country, all built upon the foundation of the Blues. Armed with their excellent latest record, "Peace... Like A River," the band demonstrated why they're perpetual purveyors of musical excellence.

Friday, November 10, 2023

Scary Pockets @ Élysée-Montmartre, Paris - November 10th, 2023

Scary Pockets is a musical collective formed by Ryan Lerman and Jack Conte, bringing together a rotating cast of talented musicians and vocalists to record funkified versions of popular songs across various genres, showcasing their exceptional musicianship and creativity. The group gained popularity through their YouTube channel, where they release high-quality videos of their performances. Their arrangements often feature intricate instrumentals and soulful vocals, giving familiar songs a new and exciting flavor. Scary Pockets' eclectic repertoire spans from classic hits to contemporary chart-toppers, appealing to a wide range of music lovers. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Simple Minds - "New Gold Dream Live from Paisley Abbey" Album + Tour

Simple Minds, the iconic Scottish rock band, has recently released their highly anticipated live album, "New Gold Dream Live from Paisley Abbey." This record captures the band's electrifying performance at the historic Paisley Abbey, delivering a transcendent musical experience that showcases their enduring talent and powerful stage presence. The album features reimagined renditions of classic tracks from their seminal 1982 album "New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)" accompanied by a symphony orchestra, adding a new dimension to their already majestic sound. You can stream the new album in the embedded Apple Music player below or by clicking HERE.