GHOST SIGNALS – November 2017 – Newcastle Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

Ghost Signals – 14th November 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Here’s a handful of shots from their recent gig opening for My Vitriol. I’ve not seen these chaps before, so I stood back and watched for most of the set, rather than snapping away like a loon 🙂 Note to self; go see more new bands!!!!

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THE TUBES – November 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop – REVIEW and PHOTO GALLERY

THE TUBES – Newcastle Boiler Shop, 9th November 2017

There’s a lot of love in the room tonight flowing both to and from the band. The Tubes frontman; Fee Waybill is beaming and thanking the audience and a friend of mine who worked for the band for many years and is still good friends with them turned to me and said; ” Fee doesn’t do bullshit very well. That happiness and gratitude is genuine!”

THE TUBES - November 2017 - Newcastle Boiler Shop

THE TUBES – November 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

The band have been around since the early 70’s delighting audiences with their theatrical Rock ‘n’ Roll show. They are over on a kind of double tour taking in some headline shows then off out with old friend Alice Cooper opening up alongside the Mission on an arena tour.

For nearly 2 hours the band bang out the tunes that they have crafted for over 40 years with almost no gap between them even when Fee is changing costume /character the guys play introductions and instrumentals in their matching white boiler suits.

THE TUBES - November 2017 - Newcastle Boiler Shop

THE TUBES – November 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

All of Fees’ personas are out tonight TV King, Mr Hate, Mondo Bondage, Golden Boy, Game Show Host for What Do You Want From Life. We are treated to a Beatles and Beefheart cover too along with the contractually obligated ballad (Fees’ words ). But of course its the larger than life glam rocker Quay Lewd who steals the limelight in his 13″ heels and spandex closing the set with the anthem ‘White Punks On Dope’. A quick change and an encore of singles ‘Talk To Ya Later’ and ‘She’s A Beauty’ leave the crowd on a high, smiling faces throughout the venue. Not content with that, the band then tell everyone they’ll meet them at the merch stand for chats and beers. True to their word, as I left 20 minutes later they were still meeting and greeting everyone who wanted to!

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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LIFE OF AGONY – September 2017 – Northumbria University – REVIEW and GALLERY

Life Of Agony, 19th September 2017,  Northumbria University

It’s safe to say a lot of the Newcastle alt-rock rock/hardcore scene missed out on one of the best gigs they could have seen tonight!! However for those that bothered their arses and came it was an intense, intimate show that will be remembered for a long time!

LIFE OF AGONY - September 2017 - Northumbria University

LIFE OF AGONY – September 2017 – Northumbria University

It’s the first time LOA have played in Newcastle, which is odd considering how long they’ve been going but hey they got here. They come out and blast straight into ‘River Runs Red’ then ‘This Time’ showing the songs still stand today.

In fact that debut album features heavily in the set with six songs from it and the rest of the back catalogue spread out around them (‘Weeds’, ‘Love to Let You Down’, ‘Lost at 22’and more).

Once the band came to terms with the small attendance they seemed to kick it up a gear and just have a blast. Mina Caputo sang the majority of the set from the security barrier right into the faces of the first couple of rows. Her voice was as powerful and emotive as it ever has been and the Joey Alan and Sal just absolutely tore up the stage behind her. I could go on at length about how great this was but it would make too many people sad that missed out and it’s kinda nice to keep this one “our little secret ” for those that made the effort.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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The Wildhearts, Reef and Terrorvision co-headline tour heading to Newcastle – GIG NEWS

The Wildhearts, Reef and Terrorvision co-headline tour heading to Newcastle

News from the 90s just in! A joint tour is rumoured to be heading to Newcastle O2 Academy on 20th May 2018. More news when we have it. Excitement! is kicking in already!!

UPDATE! This is now confirmed and tickets are on pre-sale https://priority.o2.co.uk/tickets/5a059272dc0e82003c2b7610/reef-the-wildhearts-and-terrorvision 

The Wildhearts - Newcastle O2 Academy Sept 2015

The Wildhearts – Newcastle O2 Academy Sept 2015

Reef Newcastle Riverside April 2015

Reef Newcastle Riverside April 2015

WIRE – November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

WIRE – 3rd November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

First time I’ve seen Wire in years. Check out my full review over on NARC Magazine. Such a brilliant set!

Here’s a full gallery of the gig. Including some shots for us guitar pedal nerds 🙂

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MUTATION – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTO GALLERY

MUTATION – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

I remember a graphic novel I read (Hellblazer/Sandman I’m not sure) where a guy does a devils deal to be creative and one of the last panels the twist is the guy going mad because he just can’t stop writing down his constant flow of ideas on paper, walls floor etc. I sometimes think Ginger is like this to a lesser extent. The number of projects he sometimes has on the go and the opposite ends of the spectrum that they fall in. This year he has released a solo country album and with Mutation a black metal power trio a new album called Dark Black from which most of the set is taken.

MUTATION - October 2017 - Newcastle Riverside

MUTATION – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

The band are made up of Scott Lee Andrews (exit Internation ) on bass and vox, Denzil (Young Legionnaire) drums, vox and Ginger guitar bass and vox. This is their first tour as Mutation but you’d think they’d been doing it for ages the way they gel together. Ginger paces the stage in front of his amps between tracks like a fighter waiting for the next round. Not sure if it’s nervous energy or just the brutal riff he is about to take everyone’s face off with!

The stage set is a huge back line of mismatched amps and cabinets and stage front and centre is the drumkit no riser or rear position, Denzil is on the lip of the stage flanked by the other two following his every lead. The man is a monster behind the kit I walked past in the pit and just the air from the mic hole in the kick drum (not the volume just the air) felt like a punch to the chest! His drumming is just ferocious which is totally fitting for this METAL that is being played at an incredible volume but not distorting.

MUTATION - October 2017 - Newcastle Riverside

MUTATION – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

I’m not gonna lie, I went to the gig not really knowing what to expect other than it was “Gingers black metal” project but by the 4th track I was totally hooked by the energy and almost hypnotic effect of it. Don’t be thinking it is all just a noise though there are still melodies and hooks in each of these head kickings (‘Friday Night Drugs for example),

MUTATION - October 2017 - Newcastle Riverside

MUTATION – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

It’s the last two tracks and album closers ‘Dogs and Deterioration’ that absolutely just put you through the wringer. With only a quick “thanks ” through the set it’s over and the sadly small crowd were left wondering what had just happened (in a good way). No idea why a lot of the fanbase didn’t turn out tonight for this it will remain a mystery to me especially as it was home ground but those that were there saw a band on fire and even in his tour diary Ginger says the band will possibly never play as good together as they did tonight.

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Mogwai and Out Lines head to Northumbria Uni – GIG NEWS

Out Lines join Mogwai at Northumbria Uni

A great gig just got a whole lot erm… greater…

Mogwai never let us down when it comes to great support bands. The Twilight Sad have retreated from the limelight after a mammoth tour for their last LP and a huge arena tour with The Cure. James is not resting up. Instead, he is forging ahead with a new Scottish super band (of sorts). We’re pretty damned excited to see them in Newcastle.

Of course, it goes without saying that Mogwai will be outstanding, they always are 🙂 Tickets have been flying out for this one. So get your skates on!

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