BluesFest 2018 at The O2 this October was already looking pretty impressive with the likes of John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band, Robert Plant, Robert Cray and Van Morrison already on the bill. The promoters have now added more impressive names with the always excellent Zac Brown Band bringing their individual brand of Southern/Country/Jam rock to the O2 with special guest Beth Hart. The festival takes place October 25-27th with artists performing in the main arena and at the Indigo venue of the O2. More about the acts, the festival and ticket details follow:
Canadian act The Sheepdogs will be visiting the UK in late October for a run of dates before that hit the European mainland. The rescheduled dates are in support of their recent ‘Changing Colours’ release and include London’s Borderline on November 5th. The quadruple Juno Award winning act have been compared to The Band, The Allman Brothers Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, which gives you a good idea of where they’re at musically and ‘Changing Colours’ lives up to those comparisons. A full list of the tour dates and more about The Sheepdogs follows:
Blue Oyster Cult have announced a run of UK dates for February 2019 with special guests The Temperance Movement. The eight date tour starts in Norwich and includes a London show at Eventim Apollo which, coincidentally, was the venue when I first caught the band live on their 'Revolution By Night' tour in 1984. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday 27th July. A little more about BOC and those tour dates follows:
Fresh from the widespread acclaim he received for his 2017 release 'Sky Trails' the legendary David Crosby will return to the UK for two full band solo shows in September. Crosby was last in the UK in 2015 as part of Crosby, Stills & Nash but this is a rare opportunity to see the resurgent 76 year old singer-songwriter with his Sky Trails band. More about David Crosby and those dates follow:
Legendary UK prog-rock band Camel will perform a run of UK shows in September 2018. Camel formed in 1971 and are still led by founding member Andrew Latimer (guitar/flute/vocals). The upcoming tour dates will be of special interest to fans of the band and prog fans in general as Camel will perform 'Moonmadness' in full. The 'Moonmadness' album was originally released in 1976 and broke into the top 20 of the UK album chart. Over the years the album has received many accolades including a position in the top 100 prog albums of all time by the readers of Prog Magazine. The dates will go on sale on December 1st and more about the band and the full list of dates follows:
The seemingly ageless Billy Idol has announced he will be undertaking a UK / European tour in the Summer of 2018. Forty years into his career and Billy Idol is still going strong based on the success of his 2014 autobiography and the really terrific 'Kings & Queens of The Underground' album (RGM review here) which showed he'd lost none of his old vim and vigour. Tickets go on general sale on December 15th and expect more dates to be added soon. More about Billy Idol and the tour follows:
The annual Stone Free Festival is returning to the O2 in London for a third year. The first announcement of acts for the 2018 festival features a cool mix of prog, blues and hard rock acts including many 2018 UK exclusive performances. On June 16th German rockers Scorpions will perform with thrash act Megadeth as special guests. June 17th finds YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman closing the festival with support from ex Supertramp mainman Roger Hodgson and blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor. Many more acts will be added so this is looking like a great weekend. More info about the festival and a host of other things happening at the O2 over the Stone Free weekend follows:
In these days of fleeting one-hit wonders and reality TV, when the average attention span is measured in seconds, the fact that a band can announce a 50th anniversary tour is to be applauded. Jethro Tull are up there with the likes of The Rolling Stones, who they appeared with in 1968 at the ill-fated Rock and Roll Circus event, in the longevity stakes. Ian Anderson has led his troops through the decades rarely making a musical mistake and the result is a very impressive body of work which will be celebrated early next year. The latest line-up of the band with Anderson at the helm will perform a run of shows in the UK in April 2018. Tour dates and ticket details follow:
For fans of Toto 2018 looks to be a banner year as the band celebrate their 40th Anniversary. To start the ball rolling European dates have been announced for early in 2018 and to coincide Sony Legacy will release a remastered hits set, that will include newly recorded material. The band are rumoured to have extensive plans in place to mark the anniversary, with talk of deluxe remastered editions of their classic albums and a box set in the works. I'm hopeful, as a big fan, that all these things will come to fruition, especially with the news that the band are fully involved in the upcoming releases. Please read on for much more about Toto and those all important tour dates with tickets on sale from June 20th:
Matthew Logan Vasquez will be visiting the UK in February for a run of shows that includes The Slaughtered Lamb in London. Vasquez is best known as singer/guitarist/songwriter for Delta Spirit but is now gaining recognition as a solo act with his recent album 'Does What He Wants' garnering great reviews. More about Matthew Logan Vasquez, those tour dates and a fantastic live video follows:
Hard to believe that Mr. Big released their debut album nearly thirty years ago but the band are still going strong with the release of their latest record 'Defying Gravity' earlier this year on the Frontiers label. The quartet rejoined with original producer Kevin Elson for the sessions and the album was completed in just six days. Mr. Big will bring the 'Defying Gravity' tour to the UK in November with Irish rock act The Answer and sleaze rockers Faster Pussycat along for the ride. Full dates and an extensive look at Mr. Big follows:
70's inspired classic rock act Cats In Space will be touring the UK in September 2017 and the dates will include three shows at The Borderline in London (this is kinda cool as acts rarely play a residency these days). The tour will support the Cats upcoming album 'Scarecrow' which is due in August. So if you were impressed by the band on the recent Thunder tour, or just love great tunes with loads of harmonies, tickets for the shows are onsale from 10 AM on Friday, June 2nd. Those Cats In Space tour dates and a press release with obligatory Cat puns a plenty follows:
Cheap Trick will return to the UK for a short run of dates in June of 2017. The quartet formed in 1973 but are showing no signs of slowing down after the success of their acclaimed 17th studio album 'Bang,Zoom,Crazy...Hello' released last year. Those dates and a little more about Cheap Trick follows:
Ian Hunter has announced a run of UK dates for June/July 2017 as the ex Mott The Hoople mainman continues to support his very fine 2016 album 'Fingers Crossed' (our rave review of the album is here). A single from the album 'Ghosts' will be released June 9th to coincide with the tour. We were lucky enough to catch Ian Hunter at his London show last year and he played a blinder so I'd urge readers to get along to a show if they can. More about Ian Hunter, the tour dates and the single follows:
Steve Hackett has announced UK tour dates for April / May 2017. The former Genesis guitarist will be promoting a new album and also marking the 40th anniversary of the Genesis album 'Wind And Wuthering'. So fans can expect to hear a few classic Genesis tracks for the first time in many years. Tickets are on sale from Friday 7th October.
Swedish melodic hard rock act Eclipse will visit the UK in April for a short tour. The band will be joined by Finnish newcomers One Desire for a night of essential melodic rock. Both acts have new albums set for release on 24th March via Frontiers. More about both acts, those tour dates and a video or two follows:
The rise of Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke continues with the release of their fifth album 'Like An Arrow' on October 14th via Earache. To mark the event the band have announces a set of UK dates for March / April 2017. Ticket links and more about Blackberry Smoke follows....
Guitarist Saiichi Sugiyama and his band will be touring the UK in Early 2017 to promote his upcoming album which is due late April 2017. A video for the first single from the album 'Melting Away' is now available and features the late Andy Fraser of Free. Fans of early 70's blues rock should check this out. Those tour dates, the video and more about Saiichi Sugiyama follows:
The White Buffalo will return to the UK in January 2017 for a set of UK dates. In other great news for White Buffalo fans his back catalogue is to be made widely available in Europe for the first time. For more info about the tour, the reissues and a message from The White Buffalo please read on.
The Cadillac Three are bringing the 'Don't Forget Your Whiskey' tour to Europe later this year and the dates include a London show at Shepherd's Bush Empire. The band will be playing tracks from their new album 'Bury Me In My Boots' out August 5th on Big Machine Records.
To promote the release of 'Fingers Crossed' Ian Hunter will be touring the UK in November, 2016. The ex Mott The Hoople frontman is something of a rock legend in the UK and titles such as 'All The Way To Memphis' and 'Cleveland Rocks' still stand up to this day as timeless anthems. His latest work includes the terrific David Bowie tribute 'Dandy'.
3 Doors Down will return to Europe later this year in support of their recent 'Us And The Night' album. The tour includes 4 UK shows in November. All dates feature support from Pop Evil with additional support from Fallen State on selected shows.
Bad Company will return to the UK for the first time in four years for a run of shows in October, 2016. The band features original members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke. Support on the dates is provided by RSO the collaboration between ex Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Orianthi with Steve or Jasmine Rodgers as the opening act. Tickets go on sale June 3rd.
Twin guitars, four-part harmonies and even a good old fashioned raspy sax Five Grand Stereo are ideal for all fans of Roxy Music, Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Jeff Lynne and power pop in general. The band released an EP late in 2015 entitled 'David Bowie' which is well worth checking out and they are embarking on a short run of UK dates this October.
UK melodic rock / AOR act FM have put together a tour during which, at selected dates, they will play their classic Indiscreet album in full to mark the re-recording of the album which is released on October 28th.
American dark blues singer/songwriter THE WHITE BUFFALO has announced a number of European tour dates taking place this summer. Kicking off on July 17th and including shows across the UK, Germany and Italy, THE WHITE BUFFALO will be touring in support of his new album, 'Love and the Death of Damnation', which was released in Europe last month on CD and vinyl with three exclusive bonus tracks.
UK melodic rock act Vega will release their fourth album 'Who We Are' on the Frontiers label May 13th, 2016. The album was produced and mixed by Harry Hess of Harem Scarem fame. It has also been announced that Vega will open for UK rock legends Magnum on their UK tour with an additional headline show set for May 28th in Islington, London..