Gig Reviews
Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 11 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:40

The Brink HRH XIIt hardly seems like a week has passed since the ÜR team of Monk and DQ were preparing to once more enter the rock ‘n’ roll emporium that is Camp HRH for the third and final day of the franchise’s flagship festival. But it is, and so no better time than to cast a backward glance and share their memories of another day of on stage action. You can see through the fog of time elapsed by clicking on the link that tells you what to do:

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Sniff The Riff Vol 1 – Manchester, Rebellion – 21 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:20

Sniff The Riff Sound Of OriginHave you ever just looked at a line up and thought it seems too good to be true? That was just the scenario our resident DJ faced when he saw the bill for Sniff the Riff Vol.1. Having experienced far too many instances of promises not being delivered upon, or the dreaded clashes that happen that a lot of festivals that the worry is always there that he’ll miss something important. Nevertheless, he used more of his frequent traveller miles and ventured forth, hoping that, for once, someone would get it right… did they? Find out on the other side of this link:

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Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 9 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:40

Dee Snider HRHAs the Hard Rock Hell franchise plants its feet very firmly in its second generation of operation, it is extremely clear that its popularity has not in any waned – in fact, if anything it continues to grow, which brings in itself problems. With this year’s attendance figures breaking all previous records, the main arena, as the weekend progressed, suffered severe problems with over-crowding… but, we’ll address that issue in due course. In the meantime, Monk and DQ look back on the events of the first evening:

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Last In Line/NI Music Awards – Belfast, Mandela Hall – 11 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 13 November 2017 04:40

Vivian Campbell Belfast November 2017This past Saturday evening, Sweet Savage/Def Leppard/Dio/Whitesnake/Last In Line guitarslinger Vivian Campbell was deservedly presented with a lifetime achievement gong at the annual Northern Ireland Music Awards… but, this was no stuffed-shirt affair, with artists getting up and performing in between a hearty round of backslapping, as it was followed by a full-blown performance by the man and his band. Our resident shredder was front and centre and brings us this inside scoop on what went down on the night:

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Warwick Johnson – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 5 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 11 November 2017 04:30

Ricky Warwick Belfast November 2017Black Star Riders are currently back traversing the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll, performing in cities and venues they’ve either never played/visited before, or haven’t been to in quite some time.  The tour includes a headline performance at the sold out Hard Rock Hell in Pwllheli tonight (Saturday).  However, last weekend, frontman Ricky Warwick and guitarist Damon Johnson teamed up for a couple of acoustic shows – one in a distillery and the other in the more familiar surroundings of Belfast’s historic Limelight venue.  Über Rock, naturally, were invited along to check out what went down in Warwick’s hometown:

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The Horrors – Liverpool, O2 Academy – 22 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 09 November 2017 04:00

The Horrors tour posterOur resident DJ and king of the rock karaoke took a break from both trundling up and down the motorway between Liverpool and Manchester and his staple of diet or rock and metal to stay a bit closer to home and sample something different from music’s eclectic menu.  So, how would a night of electronica sit with our man who’s more used to banging his head off other people’s skulls?  Would it be horrific (sic)? Click the link to find out:

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Cradle Of Filth – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 30 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Monday, 06 November 2017 04:40

Dani Filth Belfast October 2017‘Tis the night before Hallowe’en, and what else would the masters of all things filthy be doing but kicking off their world tour – and exactly where they finished the last one?  Yes, Dani and his motley crew of gothic hallions returned to Belfast for the first night of their latest cycle, this time in support of their just released ‘Cryptoriana’ aural excretion, to coin a phrase from the diminutive frontman himself… Naturally, Team Über were front and centre and in the thick of the action:

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Fozzy/Hardcore Superstar – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 29 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 03 November 2017 04:20

Fozzy BelfastCo-headline tours have undergone something of a rebirth in popularity in recent years – and, from my perspective, I think that it’s, by and large, makes common sense, combining a pretty neat packaging idea with a value-for-money alternative to often over-priced one-act bills. This particular revolving package – with Fozzy nominally headlining in the UK and Ireland, before Hardcore Superstar take over the role in the rest of Europe – was an even bigger belter, in that it came with another two “support” bands bolted on as well:

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Trent University – 22 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 02 November 2017 04:00

Loverboy Rockingham 2017Rockingham was going to have to do something special to follow on from the surprise of Saturday night headliner Vince Neil actually delivering a pretty decent and entertaining headline set. But, there was plenty of potential on the bill, including some bands with whom the UR team had not crossed paths before, and a few old favourites with whom we were looking to re-unite. But, you need to click the link to find out how, despite all the gloriousness that had gone before, the headliners managed to completely fuck things up:

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Trent University – 21 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:00

Vince Neil Rockingham 2017The second day of Rockingham came filled with expectation… after all, it was being headlined by former Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil, making his first return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll since the band’s hugely maligned farewell tour… but, would this be another spectacular car crash, or would the legend save his reputation? Click the link to find out what went down on another hugely entertaining day in the Midlands:

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Trent University – 20 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:20

Kix Rockingham 2017As anyone who read the recent Über Rock guide to the third iteration of the Rockingham festival will know, it once again promised to be a mixed bag of established, and favoured, acts, some new (and not so new) artists to check out – and at least one headliner who many were doubtful would actually deliver the goods… But that’s a story for the next instalment of our three-part review, which starts where it really should, at the beginning and a rather pleasant Friday evening in the centre of Nottingham:

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Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 10 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:40

YandT HRHIt was the morning after the night before, but there was barely time to recover from the first evening’s storming performances, especially by Dee Snider, before the UR team and the rest of the assembled HRH horde stormed straight back into the heart of the rock ‘n’ roll action… It turned out to be an eventful day, where the music wasn’t always to the forefront of our thoughts, as you can find out by clicking the link that allows you to do exactly what it says:

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Y&T/Stormzone – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 8 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:40

YandT BelfastY&T’s end of year UK tours have become something of a ritual. This year, their annual visit included a return to the Hard Rock Hall festival: but, two days beforehand, they made an overdue visit to one city, and one venue, which has really taken the band to their buxom… and URHQ’s management team were down the front, soaking up the sweat before boarding an early morning flight to the wilds of the Welsh coast to do it all over again:

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Paradise Lost/Pallbearer/Sinistro - London, Electric Ballroom – 3 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Sheila Hamilton   
Saturday, 11 November 2017 04:40

Paradise Lost tour posterImmediately prior to their headlining appearance at the annual Damnation Festival, British doom maestros Paradise Lost played a special one-off show in the darkest heart of Camden Town. So special, in fact, that Sheila Hamilton temporarily gave up organizing Über Rock’s hectic gig calendar to actually get in on the reviewing game. Find out how she got on by clicking the link:

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Puppy – Manchester, Jimmy’s – 24 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 10 November 2017 04:40

Puppy tour poster squareDespite his copious trips up and down the motorway between his native Liverpool and his second home of Manchester, DJ Astrocreep had never heard of the venue for this evening’s gig until we sent him along to check out a band we’ve written about quite a few times here on UR.  Find out how he got on by doing the decent thing and clicking the link to give this little pooch a home in your brain:

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Switchfoot – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 28 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 04:20

Switchfoot tour posterIt was a tale of two gigs at Belfast’s historic Limelight the other weekend, with stoner overlords Orange Goblin playing to a packed room of devoted ragamuffin rockers in the smaller of the complex’s two venues.  However, our man Jonni D, suitably refreshed after his recent Central American holiday, chose the slightly more chilled out atmosphere of the larger room for a taste of San Franciscan surf rock:

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Evil Scarecrow – Sheffield, The Corporation – 28 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D and Bona Bonmeister   
Friday, 03 November 2017 04:40

Evil ScarecrowHalloween may still have been a few days off, but that didn’t stop the good ghouls of Steel City dressing up in all their bloodiest attire and heading out for a Friday night rock ‘n’ roll party… and who better to host same than those naughty scamps Evil Scarecrow.  Click the link to find out more about dancing crabs and waltzing cyclops:

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club/Restavrant – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 24 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 02 November 2017 04:20

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Belfast 2017It has been a traumatic couple of years since BRMC last visited Belfast, close to the end of the touring cycle in support of 2013’s ‘Specter At The Feast’ album, not least due to drummer Leah Shapiro having to undergo life-saving brain surgery for a condition known as Chiari Malformation. Now, after a subsequent two-year hibernation in the studio, the San Francisco have come out the other side, with a new album, ‘Wrong Creatures’, due to emerge in January and a new touring cycle to promote same. Click on the link to find out if Über boss Monk was impressed by their long-awaited return to action:

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Metallica/Kvelertak – Birmingham, Genting Arena – 30 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Sean Larkin   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:40

Metallica Birimingham 30 October 2017Every band has, at some point in their career, had a bad night. Be it equipment issues, sound issues or a drummer too hungover to keep in time, the ‘off’ gig is something which catches bands and artists of all sizes, striking often at random. Many a band have faced the same issues, the same questions, but when you’re the biggest metal band on the planet playing your first arena tour in almost a decade, it’s fair to say the stakes are considerably higher than your average nerve-ridden fuck-up at a battle of the bands. Find out how Metallica rose to the just such a challenge the other night when they rolled, in the round, into the birthplace of the genre itself:

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Wednesday 13/Courtesans – Manchester, Club Academy – 26 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Hannah Reid   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:40

Wednesday 13 Glasgow October 2017It’s Hallowe’en, mofos, and what better company in which to spend the spookiest night of the year than that of the master of macabre and the king of horror punk himself? OK, we know the gig was a few nights back, but what better time to share our man with the frequent traveller card’s thoughts on the freakshow that was Wednesday 13’s return to the shores of the Über Kingdom of r’n’freakin’r? Click the link… if you dare:

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Lagerstein/Red Rum/Sellsword – Sheffield, The Corporation - 4 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D   
Monday, 30 October 2017 04:20

Lagerstein SheffieldSure what else would you be doing on a wet Wednesday night in Steel City than straightening your eye patch, slanting your tricorn and warming your cockles with a healthy dose of rum? Not much, to be honest! Which is exactly what Geno D did the other week when Aussie buccaneers Lagerstein tied their galleon up on the shores of the River Don. Click the link to find out why it has taken so long for him to recover:

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