Gig Reviews
The Boys/Heavy Drapes/The Vulz – London, The 100 Club – 6 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 15 January 2018 04:40

The Boys 100 Club posterIt’s always a pleasure (never a chore) for Dom Daley to find himself in one of the world’s most well-preserved and treasured concert venues right in the heart of London's Oxford Street – and especially when it’s for an all-too-rare live appearance by a truly legendary band.  Click the link to find out why this classics-laded evening once again left our man begging for more:

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Anti-Nowhere League/The Defects/Borrowed Time – London, The 100 Club – 5 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 13 January 2018 04:00

anwldefectsBack in the early ‘80s, a label called WXYZ Records released two cracking albums – Anti-Nowhere League’s ‘We Are …The League’ in 1982, and The Defects’ ‘Defective Breakdown’ the following year. Jim Rowland loved them both then, and still does today. Last weekend saw both bands back together on the same stage on the second night of this year’s Resolution Festival at Oxford Street’s legendary 100 Club venue - and our man was there like a rat up a drainpipe:

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Dio Returns – London, O2 Academy – 19 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 06 January 2018 04:20

dio returns 5057355638There had been a lot of talk before the Dio Returns gig about the use of the Dio hologram with a live backing track for his vocals. Both sides were quite vociferous in their opinions, one arguing that he should be left to rest in peace, others saying they had never had the chance to see him live so this was as close as they could get. There were numerous counter-arguments to anything either side could put forward… we sent our resident DJ along with an open mind, and equally open ears and throat, and you find out what he thought right here:

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Wolfsbane – Pontypool, The Dragonffli – 22 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 05 January 2018 04:40

Wolfsbane PontypoolEver since he joined the UR team last year, David O’Neill has spent a lot of time not only discovering the best in new music but also a lot of exciting stuff that he missed during years misspent doing other less important things!  The latest “blast from the past” to cross his aural radar are those rock ‘n’ rollers with more leather on their hides than the pigs that produce that other well-known export from Tamworth, the mighty Wolfsbane:

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Fields Of The Nephilim – London, Kentish Town Forum – 22 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 12:45

Fields Of The Nephilim posterThe stars may not have been quite aligned for goth legends Fields Of The Nephilim’s ‘Saturnalia’ winter solstice celebration this year - due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ the show had to be moved back one day – but that did not dampen the spirits of the Nephilim faithful one bit, and they were out in force at Kentish Town’s Forum for the band’s only UK show of this year. Among them, was our very own man in flour-covered black, Jim Rowland:

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Five Finger Death Punch – Glasgow, SSE Hydro – 18 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Friday, 29 December 2017 04:00

Five Finger Death Punch GlasgowWith a paltry two new songs tacked on to a recent “best of…” retrospective, you might just think that FFDP have been treading water of late… but, that didn’t stop them returning to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll earlier this month for a handful of arena shows. We sent our very own ketamine queen, the panda named Hannah along to record the action on the Glasgow leg:

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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Glasgow, G2 – 14 December 17 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:20

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus GlasgowWhen TRJA pulled into Glasgow as part of a run of dates to mark the tenth anniversary of their album ‘Don’t You Fake It’, with the promise of playing same in its entirety, our very own ketamine queen, the panda known as Hannah was the first in the queue to volunteer to brave the pit and record the occasion in both words and pictures, and you can enjoy the result on the other side of this link:

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HIM – Nottingham, Rock City – 15 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Allan Maxwell   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 04:40

HIM GlasgowAfter more than a quarter of a century at the forefront of the goth movement that he virtually helped to redefine, His Infernal Majesty Ville Vallo recently decided to hang up his beanie hat and retire his iconic ‘Heartagram’ – but, not before one last tour to bid farewell to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. We sent Allan Maxwell to record the Glasgow gig in glorious technicolour, and while Rich H was tasked with telling us what happened when the HIM hit machine rolled into Nottingham:

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Jaya The Cat – London, Underworld – 5 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 04:00

Jaya The Cat CamdenIt might have been a five year wait for a new record by Jaya The Cat, but as far as live shows go they never actually went away. A mainstay of the summer festival circuit (popping up variously at Rebellion and Boomtown over the years) and winter tour circuit, it just wouldn’t feel like a proper Christmas without a trip to see the outfit that Rich H describes as “the Cava of punk-reggae bands”. Find out why on the other side of the link:

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Royal Thunder – Birmingham, Mama Roux’s - 27 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 22 December 2017 04:40

Royal Thunder BirminghamIt may be the season of good will to all men, but at URHQ we’re celebrating the darker side, especially of the rock and metal spectrum… and what better way than to look back at a triple-threat bill of doom-infused occult-ish acts - playing in the birthplace of metal no less?  Who did we assign to walk on the dark side of the road?  Why, Rich H ov course! You can find out how he got on by clicking the link with the simple enchanting instruction:

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The Wildhearts – York, The Fulford Arms – 11 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes and Neil Vary   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:40

Ginger Wildheart YorkThe average hardcore Wildhearts fan has seen the band play live a bazillion times and they have seen Ginger perform acoustic gigs at least a handful of times I reckon. But how many have seen Ginger and CJ touring together, playing a set of Wildhearts songs each night? I’ll tell you how many... nada, nil,zilch... no one, as they have never bloody done it before! At least, not until earlier this month, and our resident wildheart himself found himself drooling at the prospect:

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Five Finger Death Punch/In Flames/Of Mice & Men – Birmingham, Arena - 17 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 06 January 2018 04:40

Five Finger Death Punch GlasgowLike many of us, Five Finger Death Punch had a tough year in 2017. Between legal disputes, on-stage meltdowns and frontman Ivan Moody stepping back from the band, for a while it looked like the band’s fantastic Download Festival performance would be the last in the UK for a while – announced December tour or no. The build-up over the next six months played out like a “will they or won’t they?” as to whether or not we’d actually get to Birmingham Arena and catch hold of Moody and co, but come the appointed date the canals of Birmingham were abuzz with activity as fans gathered en masse for an evening of (literal) arena sized metal tunes… among them was Rich H:

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Evil Blizzard/Ruts DC – Preston, 53 Degrees – 16 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 06 January 2018 04:00

Evil Blizzard Preston posterOn many occasions, our resident DJ has attempted to describe Evil Blizzard to people, the most succinct comparison being that they sound like Hawkwind took a really bad acid trip and tried to write some punk songs, whilst they look like a cross between Slipknot and Led Zeppelin… Intrigued? So were we, which why we asked to tell us more about their end-of-year co-headline show with perennial ÜR faves Ruts DC:

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Gogol Bordello – Manchester, Academy – 12 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 04 January 2018 04:40

Gogol Bordello tour posterEven a virtual nonstop gigging machine such as our resident frequent traveller needs a break now and again – and, so it was that, two weeks before Chrimbo, the big man found himself heading down the M62 for the last time last year to join in the party being thrown down Manchester way by those members of gypsy punk’s lunatic fringe known as Gogol Bordello.  Click the link to get in on all the frontline party cannon action:

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Idlewild – Glasgow, O2 ABC - 19 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth and Allan Maxwell   
Friday, 29 December 2017 04:40

Idlewild GlasgowScottish alt-rockers Idlewild recently marked the 15th anniversary of 'The Remote Part' with two sold-out back-to-back shows at Glasgow’s O2 ABC. We sent our brother and sister team of Lizzi and Allan Maxwell along to record this historic occasion, in both words and pictures, for both posterity and your reading pleasure, which you can enjoy in the other side of this link:

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Santa Cruz – Glasgow, Cathouse – 10 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:40

Santa Cruz GlasgowFinnish glunksters Santa Cruz recently returned to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll for a series of dates in support of their third album. We sent our very own ketamine queen, the panda named Hannah, along to Glasgow’s notorious Cathouse venue to find out if it would be a case of bad blood on the dancefloor or another dose of hairspray-infused heaven:

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Adam Ant – Camden, Roundhouse - 21 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:00

Adam Ant Squared OffAfter last year’s final performance of ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ at the very same venue, returning to the Roundhouse for the last night of the ‘Anthems’ tour was a no brainer for Martin Haslam. Performing ‘A’ sides and ‘B’ sides, with a gig-honed band, could this be or man’s ‘Gig Of The Year’?  Click the link to find out:

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Jimmy Barnes – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 19 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 04:20

Jimmy Barnes BelfastIt really was meant to be, wasn’t it? There Monk was, blithely editing a review of a charity fundraiser bash by Jimmy Barnes and a few chums back at the beginning of the summer, when an email popped into his inbox proclaiming that the man himself was due to make a long overdue visit to our little corner of the rock ‘n’ roll Überverse… And so it was, almost six months to the day later, he and DQ found themselves paying their last visit of the year to a venue which is literally just a few minutes’ dander from the front door of URHQ:

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The Answer – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 16 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 23 December 2017 04:20

The Answer AhoghillIt was always going to be a special night.  It always is when The Answer play the best li’l rock club on the island of Ireland. And even more so when it’s their traditional Christmas party. However, tonight was going to be even more special, as – unbeknownst to many present – it was to be the band’s last gig for quite some time as the lads prepare to spend the foreseeable future concentrating on various side projects… but, that’s a story for another day… for now, click the link to join in this particular rock ‘n’ roll party:

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Fish – Manchester, O2 Ritz – 9 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 22 December 2017 04:20

Fish tour headerHaving recently popped his Marillion cherry, it seemed only fitting for our resident DJ to do the same with the band’s former frontman, Fish, when he also came visiting Manchester. So, we despatched the big man back down the M62 to use up more of his frequent traveller miles and do just and see if the lanky Scot was ‘Clutching At Straws’ or still delivering feasts of aural consequences:

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Silverstein – Glasgow, G2 - 12 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth and Allan Maxwell   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:20

Silverstein GlasgowWhen a band has been around for 17 years, and have played thousands of shows they have got to find a way of keeping those shows relevant and fun. Not only for the fans but for themselves also. This is the task with which Silverstein found themselves confronted – and the big question is: did they succeed? We sent the brother and sister team of Allan and Elizabeth Maxwell along to the Glasgow leg of the tour to find out:

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