Sunday, September 6, 2020

UPCOMING GIGS! Tentatively...

Although much of the world is still in the throes of a deadly pandemic and a second wave is due to hit our neck of the woods in the fall at the very latest or even as early as this summer according to some reports, some concerts are being scheduled (or re-scheduled) and hopefully we'll be able to hit some of them. It's hard to believe it's been six months since we last attended a rock show.

Our fingers are crossed, and so are our toes. Maybe real life, normal life, is on its way back. Because, you know, this virtual concert thing, it's better than nothing, but it's not exactly cutting it. Here are the concerts we'll be hitting, providing they actually happen.

The government has recently issued an extension of the ban on events of more than 5000 people, so everything is up in the air... Obviously, it's more important to stay safe. So let's wait this thing out. Don't forget to wash your hands and wear a fucking mask, people.

WALTER TROUT - January 29, 2021 - Café de la Danse, Paris

The Texas guitarist has a new lease on life and is wasting no time releasing one fantastic album after another and touring the world. The new album is called Ordinary Madness, and it's killer.

TARJA TURUNEN - February 2nd, 2021 - La Cigale, Paris

While her former bandmates in Nightwish are embarking on a world tour to support their Human: II :Nature, Tarja is promoting In The Raw, showcasing her more Metal leanings. Do not pass the opportunity to catch one of the originators of a style that has spawned many imitators.

SIMPLE MINDS - March 23, 2021 - La Seine Musicale, Boulogne-Billancourt

Simple Minds are celebrating four decades of a career that has proven both popular and demanding. Hits like Don't You, Sanctify Yourself, Belfast Child or Mandela Day have acquired legendary status and have been the life soundtrack of nearly three generations.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS - April 28, 2021 - AccorHotels Arena, Paris

The Ghosteen tour cycle continues with an arena tour of Europe: the Australian preacher will once more galvanise the crowds with his songs of faith, murder, love and grief.

NIGHTWISH - November 25, 2020 - AccorHotels Arena, Paris

The symphonic Metal heroes will be presenting their epic, sprawling double album Human: II : Nature in the arenas of the world. Nightwish always puts on a spectacular show and their new record is extremely cinematic: this tour promises more of their usual stunning visuals and musical bombast.

BLUE OYSTER CÜLT - May, 20, 2021 - Le Trianon, Paris

Twelve years after their last Paris date, the Long Island gang is back. Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma are still manning the ship and no doubt they'll be setting the city on flames with their heavy psychedelic rock and roll.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS - June 4, 2021 - La Maroquinerie, Paris

I'm extremely excited to finally see this band. I've been a fan of them for nearly two decades and I can't wait to hear their punk/Southern rock hybrids in the intimate setting of the Maroquinerie. Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley (along with former member Jason Isbell) are some of the best songwriters of their generation. My generation.

If you don't know the DBT, check them out HERE

SPARKS - June 7, 2021 - Casino de Paris, Paris

Can't get enough of these guys. Another excellent album in tow (A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip) featuring their trademark intricate arrangements and surrealistic lyrics, they're back to rock Paris, a city that they love almost as much as it loves them.

AEROSMITH - June 14, 2021 - AccorHotels Arena, Paris

Aerosmith is arguably the best American rock and roll band of all time. Certainly the best classic act that's still active today. They haven't visited our shores in over a decade, so it's time for them to show a whole new generation how it's done. Rock and roll doesn't get better than this.

DEEP PURPLE - June 29, 2021 - La Seine Musicale, Boulogne-Billancourt

Deep Purple have become the elder statesmen of English progressive hard rock: their line-up have been stable for several years, and the records they have released since Steve Morse was welcomed into the fold have been consistently excellent. Produced by Bob Ezrin, Whoosh is another banger and another pretext for yet another trek around the world for the seasoned road warriors.

GUNS N' ROSES - June 30th, 2021 - OlympicStadion, Munich

Who would have thought, just five years ago, that Guns N' Roses would become one of the most reliable, well-oiled classic rock machines touring today? Who would have bet that Axl, Slash and Duff would make amends and conquer the world again? Who could have predicted that the reunion would not only occur, but also last longer than a few gigs? The Munich show will be our fifth time seeing them on this endless Not In This Lifetime Tour, and we can't get enough. Alright guys, how about a new record now?

ROSE TATTOO - July 7, 2021 - La Cigale, Paris

Last surviving member of the original band, Angry Anderson is still waving the Australian Blooze-Rock flag proudly with new band members, including Mark Evans, formerly of that other hard rock band from Australia. Real, authentic music from a rock and roll lifer.

IRON MAIDEN - July 11, 2021 - La Défense Arena, Nanterre

The current Iron Maiden tour is their most elaborate, most spectacular show to date. The setlist is perfect and the performances are epic. If you're a fan, you need to see this show. And if you're not a fan, you will be after you see this show. See this show.

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - August 23, 2021 - Olympia, Paris

A few months after his main band plays Paris, guitarist Joe Perry brings his side project Hollywood Vampires to the city of lights. On second guitar is none other than Jack Sparrow himself, Mr. Johnny Depp. And on vocals, the instigator of this demented bunch, the one and only Alice Cooper. A seventies-style supergroup, the self-proclaimed most expensive cover band is now playing mostly originals and they are quite simply the best at what they do: vintage hard rock. Simply unmissable.

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