Thursday, June 29, 2023

Spiritualized @ Gaité Lyrique, Paris - June 29th, 2023

It's 8:30 when the lights dim and the musicians start populating the stage one at a time. A frail looking Jason pierce enters last, sits on a chair, and the band starts playing Hey Jane from 2012's Sweet Heart, Sweet Light... And we're off for two hours of... How can we qualify Spiritualized's music? Some call it psychedelic (and it most certainly is), some call it garage rock, some call it space rock... Whatever it is, this music slows time down. 

Charlie Watts Anthology to be released tomorrow. Pre-save it here.

It's been nearly two years since beloved drummer Charlie Watts passed away and while he'll always be remembered for being the backbone of the world's greatest Rock n' Roll band (no, not Nickelback) Watts was also an accomplished jazz drummer. 

Sony BMG is releasing a compilation of some of his best recordings in that genre and it'll be available tomorrow Friday, June 30th, 2023. You can pre-save the album in your Apple Music library or stream it when it becomes available in the embedded player below.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Check out the Replay of these great sets from this summer's festivals

Festival season is well underway, and thankfully we live in an age where technology allows us to watch these shows remotely if we aren't lucky enough to be there in person. Rock Am Ring, Hellfest or Glastonbury were live-streaming or broadcasting most of their sets, so we've been able to see some truly great live music, even if it was from behind a screen. From Foo Fighters' emotional set at Rock Am Ring to Elton John triumphant farewell at Glastonbury, 2023 is one for the ages and some of them are still available on replay. Here's a little selection of shows that are still up... How long until the links disappear is anyone's guess, so watch them while you can! Let us know which ones you've seen that we may have missed and maybe we'll add them to our list on our next update.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Gov't Mule announces new tour

Southern rockers Gov't Mule have announced a string of European dates for the fall of 2023 in support for their latest album Peace... Like A River. The band will make a stop at the Trianon in Paris on November 11th. Pre-sale for the Paris show will start on Thursday, June 28th at the link below. General sale tickets will be available on Friday, June 30th at that same link below.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Backstage with the Hollywood Vampires

The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Joe Perry & Johnny Depp) played a kick-ass show in Paris on Sunday, June 25th 2023. Thanks to local promoter Gérard Drouot Productions, we were able to make it backstage after the concert. Here's a quick account of what that was like.

Hollywood Vampires @ Zénith, Paris - June 25th, 2023

The Hollywood Vampires started as a fun little side project that Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp founded on their time off from their regular gigs, playing cover songs of their favorite artists. Then, due to the quality of their shows and the demand of the audience, they quickly started writing their own material and the band soon became a bona fide headlining act, playing the world's biggest stages.

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Depeche Mode @ Stade de France, Saint Denis - June 24th, 2023

I've always had a rather complicated relationship with Depeche Mode. For a while, I absolutely hated them because I associated them with Just Can't get Enough, which I thought was the epitome of terrible music. A bouncy synth, an electronic disco beat, a happy singalong melody... I just couldn't stand it and I lumped them in the same bag as atrocities like Bros or Bronski Beat. Then when they released Violator, I realized that their dark aesthetic was deeper, more complex and more musical than what that early single let on. And then in 2001 a friend took me to see them live on the Exciter tour (it was the concert that ended up being released as One Night In Paris) and I absolutely loved it.

Happy Heavenly Birthday Jeff Beck

Today is Jeff Beck's first birthday since his shocking passing last January. It's hard to believe the man would have turned 79 had a bout with meningitis not abruptly ended his life: he always seemed so youthful and vibrant. That's probably because musically, unlike a lot of his contemporaries, he never stopped exploring, he never stopped advancing and he never stopped being curious. Never one to be pigeonholed or stuck in one genre, Beck was on a seemingly never-ending quest for emotion, expression and tone. Not only did he change stylistically, he also regularly altered his approach to playing the guitar... Yet somehow he was always recognizable by his phrasing and by his touch.

Friday, June 23, 2023

The Who @ La Défense Arena, Nanterre - June 23rd, 2023

For a long time, between the late sixties to the mid-seventies, The Who was the best live band on the planet. Better than the Stones, better than Zeppelin, and yes, even better than your favorite band. Now, I'm too young to know this from experience: I've had to learn it second-hand through many (many!) live albums, bootlegs, concert movies and various documents. But the excitement, the power, the insanity, the musicality of a Who show was unmatched, unrivaled, unequaled. That was in large parts thanks to the manic drumming of Keith Moon and the virtuosic bass playing of John Entwistle, whose endless creativity and astounding chemistry turned their rhythm section into a lead instrument of sorts.

Pretenders to play two nights at intimate Paris venue


Chrissie Hynde and her band have announced two dates in the small Parisian club La Maroquinerie. Don't miss the rare opportunity to see the band up close and personal in a tiny venue! Tickets at the link below.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Rhiannon Giddens announces European tour dates

Rhiannon Giddens has announced a handful of European tour dates and she'll be performing in Créteil near Paris in February for the Sons D'Hiver Festival. .Check out the details in the embedded tweet below.

New Beck/Bogert/Appice box set coming

Comprised of guitar hero Jeff Beck and Vanilla Fudge/Cactus rhythm section Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice, Beck, Bogert & Appice was a short-lived Hard Rock supergroup that released only one studio album in 1973, between the collapse of the second Jeff Beck Group, which was primarily a Soul/Rock outfit, and the guitarist's reinvention as an instrumental Jazz Fusion musician with the blockbuster album Blow By Blow.

Light Summer Reading

Eugene Hütz on stage with Gogol Bordello in 2017

Well, summer is upon us and summer vacation is almost here... Which means, we get to catch up on all the reading we can't get done the rest of the year. On a plane or on the beach, it's time to relax and get a lost in a good book. To that effect, here's  a selection of some of our favorite rock autobiographies.

New Cannibal Corpse album on the way - Listen to the first song here.

Cannibal Corpse has just released surprise new single Blood Blind, the first taste of their upcoming new album Chaos Horrific, which is due on September 22nd. Fans of the band can their usual trademark sound of delicate melodies, subtle grooves and poetic lyrics of love and hope, and maybe even an accordion solo or two. You can pre-save the album and listen to the song in the embedded Apple Music player below, or in the YouTube video at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

The Hollywood Vampires are finally coming to Paris!


The Hollywood Vampires are a Hard Rock Supergroup featuring Alice Cooper on vocals with movie superstar Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry as well as Alice Cooper band mainstay Tommy Henriksen on guitars. On their first performances, they were backed by Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum on bass and drums respectively, but now those positions are filled by Chris Wise and Glen Sobel, augmented by keyboardist Buck Johnson. They were named after a drinking club that Alice Cooper used to belong to in the seventies with such legendary drunks as Harry Nilsson, John Lennon or Keith Moon... To be a fly on the wall when these colorful characters got together to imbibe!

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Gogol Bordello @ Élysée-Montmartre, Paris - June 17th, 2023

A Gogol Bordello show is one of the rowdiest, most intense event you can experience in rock n' roll. The term absolute insanity doesn't even begin to describe the atmosphere, on the stage or in the crowd, and this show was no exception, like if the Clash, Goran Bregovic, Mano Negra and Bob Marley all got hammered on red wine and started an orgy. Simply put, this was one of the best show we've seen this year, and we've seen a lot.

Friday, June 16, 2023

Fishbone @ Bataclan, Paris - June 16th, 2023

Fishbone has been around for nearly forty-five years, playing its unique stew of ska, punk, funk, rock and reggae. For their first Paris date in nearly ten years, and with an excellent new self-titled EP released just last month, you'd expect a sizable turnout. However the crowd is disappointingly small: a lot of rock fans are away attending summer festivals. But it doesn't matter! Fishbone is going to rock the house, whether there are a hundred or, like their set at Hellfest the previous day, over a hundred thousand.