Author: Simon Rushworth

ROAD REPORT – LAST IN LINE & INGLORIOUS

Last In Line stole the show at Hard Rock Hell X and the band has been back out on the road this month with co-headliners and saviours of British classic rock Inglorious. HRH Mag’s Simon Rushworth checked their progress…   Long after Last In Line had fired out the final, passionate notes of We Rock to close the first night of Hard Rock Hell X, their supreme set was being talked about as the gig of the weekend. Three weeks later and the Dio revivalists were still going strong – reworking a raft of Ronnie James classics and introducing...

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ROAD REPORT – BLACK STONE CHERRY

Rock fans may not expect a Sunday evening sermon on mental health as they prepare to worship at the temple of rock but An Evening With Black Stone Cherry was all about the unexpected. And the crowd’s reaction to Chris Robertson’s heartfelt plea for understanding and awareness must have warmed this sufferer’s previously troubled heart. The charismatic singer, in atypically retrospective mood, admitted that he had been ‘the guy holding a gun to his mouth’ and that statement alone hit home. Here was one of the most successful young frontmen in rock – headlining a hotly anticipated acoustic show...

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ROAD REPORT – THE ANSWER & THE DEAD DAISIES

Rock has many faces and comes from many places. But it’s bound together by a collective will to entertain and this exceptional bill offered a welcome glimpse into every facet of a genre that refuses to be bound by passing trends or commercial pressure. Rarely can the Riverside have witnessed such a striking, compelling contrast. The juxtaposition of The Answer’s brains and The Dead Daisies’ brawn reflected the tone of both bands’ brilliant new records: the cerebral nature of the former’s Solas album utterly at odds with the ‘man rock’ underpinning the latter’s Make Some Noise. And yet this...

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ROAD REPORT – RECKLESS LOVE

Hard Rock Hell Road Trip headliners Reckless Love will arrive on the sun-kissed island of Ibiza fresh from their Pretty Boy Swagger Tour…and HRH Mag’s Guy Bell caught the band strutting their stuff in London.   The Finnish merry metallers returned to the UK for the second time in 2016 proving yet again why they are at the forefront of the glam revolution just months before Hard Rock Hell’s overseas celebration of rock. The Scandinavian quartet treated the Electric Ballroom in Camden to a show of sleaze and a setlist combining the very best of their four records released...

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ROAD REPORT – AIRBOURNE

Aussie wrecking crew Airbourne will headline Hard Rock Hell XI in 2017. We sent HRH Mag‘s Simon Rushworth out on the road to see what all the fuss is about. Is there a more relentless hour in rock and roll than the first 60 minutes of an Airbourne show? Renowned for their rabid commitment to the live music cause, the feisty Aussies could be forgiven for slowing down almost a decade after balls-to-the-wall debut Runnin’ Wild breathed new life into a croaking genre. However, the adrenaline-fuelled quartet are faster and more furious than ever – and still steadfastly refusing...

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