Our Best Of 2013
Mark - Chief Correspondent South of Watford
1 Dream Theater self titled
2 FM Rockville 1 and 2 (still can't seperate them)
3 The Winery Dogs self titled
Bubbling under The Temperance Movement self titled , Vega What The Hell , W.E.T. Rise Up ,Voodoo Six Music To Invade Countries To .
Live cd / dvd
1 Dream Theater Live At Luna Park (the deluxe edition is just wonderful )
2 Def Leppard Viva Hysteria
3 Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Live
Bubbling under Testament Dark Roots Of Thrash and Joe Bonamassa Tour De Force Live At Shepherds Bush Empire
Richard Marx Shepherds Bush was something I have never seen before or since.One man an acoustic guitar and piano music and his soul laid bare!!Truly mind blowing.
1 Iron Maiden / Voodoo Six O2 Arena
2 Rush LG Arena
3 Last In Line Islington Academy
Bubbling under FM / Vega / Serpentine Pontypridd , The Winery Dogs Islington Academy , Queensryche Islington Academy , W.E.T. at Firefest , Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa at Hampton Court Palace ( most surreal after a picnic on the lawn), H.E.A.T. The Borderline ,
Biggest disappointment Journey at LG Arena.
Looking forward to in 2014.
February 21st new cd's from House Of Lords , W.E.T. Live In Stockholm , Vanden Plas and Steve Overland all on the same day!!!
Within Temptation Hydra cd and UK date at last!!
Dream Theater an evening with UK date.
New FM and Vega cd's !
New Winger cd in April and new H.E.A.T. cd in March.
Maybe even new Night Ranger,Threshold and Tesla cd's!!
Lots of small gigs and the continued rise and rise of The Temperance Movement.
Nigel - Our Man North of Watford (mostly)
1) Saxon / Quireboys / Redline - Oxford
2) The Union - Leeds
3) FM - Bingley
4) The Answer / Tracer - Leeds
5) Chantel Mcgregor - Leeds
The Union - The World is Yours
Saxon - Sacrifice
Black Star Riders - All Hell Breaks Loose
Tracer - El Pistolero
1 FM / Vega / Serpentine Pontypridd
2 The Temperance Movement Oxford Academy
3 H.E.A.T. Borderline London
1 The Temperance Movement S/T
2 Vega What The Hell
3 FM Rockville 1 and 2
Nige - occasionally turns up and does stuff.
Hard to put into any order as they have been so varied.. but five that stick in my mind for different reasons are :
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa at Hampton Court. Perfect gig. Perfect venue.
Joe Bonamassa at Shepherds Bush Empire - Part of his 4 gigs in 4 days in London and the first time that I had seen him on his own.
Green Day at Brixton Academy - Less Panto, more Punk..loved it. Nearly didn't go as someone very close to me died the day before..but I was convinced to go and it was just what me & the kids needed.
An Evening with Danny & Ben at Milton Keynes Stables - The Thunder Boys just having a laugh, some songs and a conversation with a few hundred of us in an intimate venue.
FM / It Bites / Vega at Shepherds Bush - Hadn't seen FM for years.. and they blew me away - again!
A few other mentions of bands that surprised me with how good they were : Shinedown at the Alterbridge gig were awesome, was also really impressed by Redline supporting Saxon, the Dead Daisies supporting Black Star Riders (who were bloody good too) and Thunder blew Journey and Whitesnake right out of Wembley Arena.
Gigs I never made it to despite having tickets : Temperance Movement & Black Sabbath !
1 - The Temperance Movement debut album
2 - Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart - Seesaw
3 - FM - Rockville
4 - Black Star Riders debut album