Monday, 23 May 2016

Dan Reed Danny Vaughn Camden Underworld 15-05-16

First up was Craig McDonald who played a 30 minute acoustic set which showed off his fine guitar playing  and his excellent melodic vocal tones.

Definately one to look out for on YouTube as he kept telling us and his banter with the crowd showed  great humour.Great to see the 2 Dan's come on unannounced to give backing vocals on one track that Craig seemed genuinely surprised to see them.

I was fortunate to catch last year's first Snake Oil And Harmony tour and this just about topped it.

From the minute they came on with Dan Reed apologising for Donald Trump their mix of witty banter and genuine admiration for each other's musical ability needs to be bottled and brought out to make the world a better place.

They tend to do a song each with the other adding wonderful vocal back up melodies and watching in admiration.

Here is what they played

Sometimes It Snows In April (Prince cover)
Only Love
Is That All There Is
I'm Lonely Please Stay
Burning Down Inside
Bending The Light
Making Waves (From The Inside
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
39 (Queen cover)
Standing Alone 3 with Craig McDonald
Get To You
Here's Hoping It Hurts
Rainbow Child
Miracle Days
Soldiers And Sailors On Riverside
Salt Of Joy
Encores of Wings
Long Way To Go

They started with a Prince song that was genuinely moving and you could have heard a pin drop before huge applause rang out.

Other covers included David Bowie's Space Oddity which had Craig rejoin them with the harmony backing vocals going to an even higher level before Queen's 39 had Dan using a tambourine something he told us he had never done before.

They strip the songs back to it's original format and it is breath taking.

Monday from Tyketto's Dig In Deep was a welcome addition with Danny Vaughn's raw vocal stunning.

There was a great moment when they spoke about best and worst present's from fans which had Dan saying crabs to Danny saying hair product.More banter ensued mentioning razor's and the struggle to find a hair brushing the tour bus this year.

Dan dug deep with Avalanche and set closer Salt Of Joy was stunning.

Danny gave us a song from the second From The Inside album and of course some classic Tyketto with the 25th anniversary of Don't Come Easy celebrated with Burning Down Inside seeing the audience backing vocals very loud.

Rainbow Child from Dan was amazing with his vocal tone superb.

Long Way To Go ended a near 2 hour set that sets the standard for all performers to try to reach.

All bands should be made to do shows like this and I still find it incredible they have only known each other a few years as the warmth they show each other seems to be decade's deep.

Simply superb and lets us hope for more shows and maybe some recording together.

If not record these shows and let the magic begin.

Magnum / Vega Oxford Academy 14-05-16


Being a huge Vega fan I was looking forward to seeing the guys on a bigger stage and the chance to win over some new fans.

Their 40 minute set went past in a flash and here is what they played.

Kiss Of Life
Going To Need Some Love Tonight
Every Little Monster
Stereo Messiah
All Or Nothing
The Wild The Weird The Wonderful
White Flag
Where We Are

Saving Grace

With the stunning new cd Who We Are out the day before the band came on to the new fantastic opener Explode which did exactly that.

Marcus Thurston's guitar riff cut through the air as Dan Chantrey's drum kicked off a 40 minute set that showed the band are ready and able to kick on to the next level.

The huge chorus had me screaming it back and Nick Workman on vocals was in great voice and working the crowd from the word go.

And his cheeky banter with the crowd showed a man at ease.

Following it up with their first single from 2010 Kiss Of Life was perfect as was the follow up Going To Need Some Love Tonight by which time I need oxygen.

A perfect 1-2-3 which had all of Vega's trademark riff and huge huge choruses.
The crowd were won over straight away and Vega kept up the standard with Every Little Monster again from the new cd with another killer chorus.
Marcus's short fiery fast fingered soloing was a highlight especially on his birthday.

Ending with a new song Saving Grace that ended with a crowd participation part and the band left to huge applause and for a long time fan like me the hope that this is only the beginning.

Magnum don't do bad gigs.
For a band now in their 5th decade they continue to amaze with their high quality recorded output and plenty of touring too.
Their new cd Sacred was well represented with 5 new songs aired and all impressed.
In fact with such a long career how do you keep everyone happy.
Their 100 minute set had a fantastic mix of new and old with a 50/50 split between newer material and classics and for me was about right.
Here is what they played.

Soldier Of The Line
On a Storyteller's Night
Sacred Blood Divine Lies
Freedom Day
Dance Of The Black Tattoo
Crazy Old Mothers
Blood Red Laughter
Your Dreams Won't Die
How Far Jerusalem
Unwritten Sacrifice
Twelve Men Wise And Just
Les Morts Dansant
All England's Eyes
Princess In Rags (The Cult)
Encores of The Spirit

Kingdom Of Madness

Bob Catley at 68 was in wonderful voice and only he could come in dressed all in white including Reebok hi top boots.
As ever his hand gestures amaze and delight and his vocal tone and range was as good as ever.
All of the band are top notch.Mark Stanway on keys,Al Barrow on bass,Harry James who was in fine pounding form and of course the man behind all of the music Tony Clarkson on guitar who makes it look all so easy.

His spotlight piece in the extended part of How Far Jerusalem was starting point for all aspiring guitarists.Not flash and not all fingers flailing but how he riffed and melodic soloing was jaw dropping and a highlight for me.

Ending with a riff heavy Vigilante before returning for a beautiful acoustic opening The Spirit was incredible and you could have heard a pin drop.
Kingdom of Madness ended with the crowd bouncing up and down and plenty of crowd bellowing and a fine end to a yet another top gig from Magnum.

This gig showed the classic band and the new upcoming band and both were on top notch form and if you get the chance to see them do not miss out.

Dan Patlansky - Stop The Messin - Official Video

Fresh off his special guest slot on King King’s May UK tour, South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, DanPatlansky, has released a live video of his latest single , Stop The Messin.  The video was filmed on April 27th at theRivonia Barnyard Theatre in Johannesburg which was the final show on Patlansky’s recent South African tour. The song is taken from Patlansky’s new studio albumINTROVERTIGO.

Currently on tour in Holland and Germany, Patlanskyreturns to the UK on Monday 6th June for a six-date UK tour taking in the Jazz Café in London on Thursday 9th June. Tickets can be booked from or the 24 hour box office: 0844 478 0898.


CARDIFF GLOBE                                TUESDAY 7 JUNE
CHESTER LIVE ROOMS                    SUNDAY 12 JUNE

INTROVERTIGO is the follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed Dear Silence Thieves which spawned to rock radio hits Backbite and Fetch Your Spade.

In 2015, Patlansky toured 10 countries with Joe Satriani, and was nominated by Classic Rock as one of their hotly tipped new artists of 2015.  Dear Silence Thieves received many accolades and praise from the British press, includingMost Promising Male Blues Artist by Blues & Soulmagazine, and was nominated Best International Solo Artist at Planet Rock Radio’s ‘Rocks’ Awards.   SaysPatlansky about the new album, “INTROVERTIGO draws from all my influences from Audioslave, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jim Hendrix, Rival Sons and beyond. We’ve continued the same mix of rock, funk and blues that we mastered on last year’s Dear Silence Thieves album.”  

First Signal - "Minute Of Your Time" (Official Audio)