Tuesday, 20 February 2018

KISS donate mammoth prize to raise funds for Manchester Children's Hospital Charity



Legendary rock band KISS is supporting Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital by donating an incredible, money-can’t-buy prize to help raise valuable funds for the hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Following the tragic event at the Manchester Arena last year, the Children’s Hospital has received an out-pouring of support from across the North West and beyond with individuals, schools and businesses wanting to help in any way possible to support the patients and staff at the hospital. This tremendous support has now stretched across the Atlantic with rock stars KISS getting in touch to pledge their support after the awful attack.

The band has donated a phenomenal prize of three of their personal guitars signed by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer respectively, plus a signed personal snare drum with signed drum sticks from Eric Singer. The guitar donated by Paul Stanley is his signature Ibanez PS120 guitar which he was intending to play at their Manchester Arena gig on Tuesday 30th May. The band sadly had to cancel the gig following the attack at the Manchester Arena. The guitar has never been played and will be up for auction along with VIP tickets to any sold out KISS show in the world, plus a cabin on the sold out 8thKiss Kruise and two tickets for one of their sold out shows on the Kruise with a meet and greet with the band.

Paul Stanley said: “We were devastated by the heinous attack in Manchester Arena and had to do something to support the city. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital's incredible work with children was never more evident than after this horrific event. We are humbled to be able to give something to support them in their ongoing efforts. Knowing that the money raised will go towards purchasing life-support ventilators, our prayers and wishes will continue to help both those affected directly by the attack, and beyond. This night will give everyone an opportunity to do their part in raising as much money as possible for an incredibly worthy cause.” 

This incredible prize will be auctioned off at the Red Sea Pedestrians (RSP) 10th Anniversary Charity ball in aid of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which will be held next month on17th March 2018 at the Lowry Hotel. The RSP Charitable committee have supported Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for a number of years with funds raised for the charity totalling to £827,381 since 2011.

The Charity Ball will be raising funds to support the hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) which cared for many of the young victims who were seriously injured in the Arena attack. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is a regional major trauma centre with all paediatric major trauma cases from across the region directed to the hospital, with most of these cases cared for in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

A total of £740k is required to ensure the unit is able provide 26 cutting edge life support machines. The new state-of-the-art life support machines are the most advanced mechanical ventilators and the very real impact they will have on the quality of patient care, and the benefits it will mean for medical staff is considerable. 

Maurice Watkins CBE, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity’s fundraising board added: “We’re delighted that KISS has donated this incredible prize to be auctioned at the RSP Charity Ball and want to thank them for their tremendous generosity. In recent testing times staff at the hospital – just like the city of Manchester – pulled together to make sure the young victims from the attack got the best possible care, as quickly as possible. The new ventilators we are fundraising for will ensure that the medical teams in our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit can assess a patient’s condition faster and more accurately, resulting in more effective treatment and care at a time when rapid reaction to a patient’s condition is crucial.”

The charity is accepting closed bids for this auction prize. To find out more information or to place a bid please contact the charity team on 0161 701 1124. Bids will close at midnight on Saturday 17th March 2018.

The support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.

The Charity has three main areas of work:
to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment
to support research projects to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses
to help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly

The prize consists of:
Signed Ibanez Rhythm Guitar from Paul Stanley
Signed Axe Bass Guitar from Gene Simmons
Signed Epiphone Lead Electric Guitar from Tommy Thayer
Signed Attack Drumhead Snare Drum and signed Drumsticks from Eric Singer
Two VIP Tickets to ANY sold out Kiss show in the world (Travel to the show not included)
A cabin on the sold out Kiss Kruise 2018 plus meet and greet with the band
Kiss Kruise from 31st October 2018 to 5th November 2018
The cruise departs from Miami then onto Key West and finally docking in Nassau
(Travel to and from the cruise is not included)
Guest will stay in a cabin on the cruise
The cruise includes two tickets for one of the Kiss sold out shows on the Kruise
Full details about the cruise can be found here: ww.thekisskruise.com

The Charity provides resources to make a difficult time a little bit easier for children and their families who use Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. 
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital treats over 260,000 patients every year. They come from all over the North West of England and from other parts of the country for some highly specialised treatments. 
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is part of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) Charity. Registered charity number 1049274. 
The other hospitals which make up Manchester Foundation Trust Charity are: University Dental Hospital of Manchester Charity; Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Charity; Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity; Saint Mary’s Hospital Charity; Trafford Hospitals Charity and Wythenshawe & Withington Hospitals Charity

Arch Enemy Wintersun & Tribulation KOKO Camden 11th February 2018

The cold chill of Winter still has its strong grasp over the capital, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner or was at least at the time of writing and world has now seen the end of the Fifty Shades film saga (Thank you Satan for letting it come to an end finally!). 

Yet here tonight, the gathering is for none of those reasons. As Swedish metal titans Arch Enemy and company head to Camden’s KOKO to warm up this frosty crowd.

Tribulation Photo Credit: Nathan KP

Up first are a strange bunch, we don’t like classifications too much but where do you put Tribulation (6) on the Metal tree? 

Are they Black Metal? Well yes and no, visually and vocally certainly they are from that vein however they also have gothic elements thrown in for good measure as well more traditional heavy metal melodies within their guitar work. 

Anyway that explanation of Tribulation helps explain the affect the Swedes have on tonight’s gathering metal masses. Although, by no means was the performance bad, far from it, this is a band that breaks boundaries of where it lays within the metal world. The crowd tonight where either far to frozen as they emerged into the venue from the bitter chill of winter or simply they weren’t ready for what they heard it just felt a little flat during the mainstay of the show. Yet the crowd are very receptive to the Swedish outfit giving them a rapturous applause as the band leaves the stage. 
Wintersun Photo Credit: Nathan KP

Up next and by far a very different beast is Finnish metallers `Wintersun’ (8). A band that’s far more akin to tonight’s headliners and boy are the crowd pretty much up for it from word go. 

Despite only having 3 studio albums as their back catalogue, Wintersun really do pack a punch and the crowd are in full swing whether that’s belting the songs back to the Fins in fine voice or hitting out the circle pits during the bands aggressive sections, certainly it gets the crowd pumped up for what’s to come.

Arch Enemy Photo Credit: Nathan KP

So to tonight’s main feature, Arch Enemy (10) have been on something of a rollercoaster ride over the past few years with the extraordinary response to their previous two albums `War Eternal` and `Will To Power` have help skyrocket the band to headline Wacken Open Air. So tonight’s venue albeit it grand by its very design is perhaps a little small for a band of Arch Enemy’s current stature. However, Metal just feels more that home in smaller venues, where bodies and sweat intermingle and moshpits rise up in every corner of the venue. On tonight’s showing Arch Enemy are on absolute maximum overdrive, ripping through all the greats at blistering speed yet always maintaining their melodic sensibilities. Alissa is just a perfect vocalist with an impressive range, just take a listen to `Reason To Believe` through to `Nemesis`, she can handle it all and does so brilliantly well for tonight’s rampant crowd. 

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Glenn Hughes performs Classic Deep Purple 'Live' - October 2018 UK Tour


PLANET ROCK 48-HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE
WEDNESDAY 21st FEBRUARY

ALL TICKETS: £27.50 (EXCEPT LONDON: £30.00)

GENERAL ON-SALE FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY
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Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion, is pleased to announce that he will be performing Deep Purple only material with his “GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE” nationwide UK tour in October 2018.

The nine date tour promises to be a dynamic, turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza homage to his tenure in MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple - one of music history’s most seminal and influential rock and roll groups. All tickets are priced £27.50 (£30.00).

Planet Rock will launch a 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 21ST February from www.planetrock.com. Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday 23rd February from the 24 HR ticket hotline 08444 780 898 or www.thegigcartel.com

"I'm excited to be touring the “Classic Deep Purple Live” in the UK this October. I first toured Classic Deep Purple Live in Australia and New Zealand last year and it went down like a storm. We’re also touring the show throughout South America in April, and festivals throughout the summer. By the time we tour the UK in October, we’ll be on fire.”

GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE “LIVE” – OCTOBER 2018 UK TOUR
TICKETS: 08444 780 898 (24HR Box Office), www.thegigcartel.com

Bristol, Academy Tuesday 2 October
Leamington, Assembly Wednesday 3 October
Southampton, Engine Rooms Friday 5 October
Cardiff, Tramshed Saturday 6 October
Leeds, University Union Tuesday 9 October
Newcastle, O2 Academy Wednesday 10 October
Glasgow, ABC Friday 12 October
Manchester, Academy 2 Saturday 13 October
London, Koko Monday 15 October

NEW YEARS DAY Unveil Specifics For Their New EP, "Diary Of a Creep"


NEW YEARS DAY have kicked off 2018 with a brand-new EP, a killer North American tour alongside In This Moment, all while continuing work on their much-anticipated, new full-length release for a tentative fall release. 

New challenges and new worlds beckon, but first, it’s time for a celebratory look inward. This comes in the form of a brand new EP, "Diary Of a Creep", which follows the tradition of landmark releases like "Garage Days" by Metallica by paying tribute to the artists who shaped the band, even as they continually redefine their music with each successive bold stage of their evolution.

"Diary Of a Creep" was released digitally 26 January via Century Media Records. In the UK, a limited edition in the CD Jewelcase format is available as of today, 16 February.

"Diary Of a Creep" kicks off with the brand-new, hard-hitting track, 'Disgust Me'.

Check out a static video for 'Disgust Me' under the following link:

Ash Costello (vocals) states: "I want to start by saying, it was incredibly difficult to narrow this down to the 5 songs I wanted to cover the most. Narrowing it down to 20 songs was hard! Let alone just 5. It felt very important to me to not only pay tribute to the artists that shaped who I am today, but to share it with all of you. It’s easy to dismiss where an artist has come from if you have no clue who they worshipped when they were just kids in school, dreaming of being a real musician someday. Honestly, everyday, I cant believe how far I’ve come and how absolutely happy I am that I get to share my music with whoever wants to listen, and these are just a few of the songs that helped me and shaped me along the way. When I was just a middle schooler, trying to get thru those horrible teenage years, I wish I had known then, that someday I would become of the heroes I looked up to, and it would be all thanks to YOU. I am grateful to you for listening and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do."

There’s 'Only Happy When it Rains', featuring Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, a somber alt-rock anthem by the multiplatinum Garbage, the Shirley Manson fronted band, which includes songwriter and performer Butch Vig (who produced landmark albums by Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, and Foo Fighters).

There’s also NYD's version of the Linkin Park mega-hit 'Crawling', with Costello putting her own spin on the fierce vocal delivery of the late Chester Bennington.

Then there’s 'Don’t Speak', the smash ballad from No Doubt’s diamond-selling album "Tragic Kingdom". Dark new wave finds its way into the EP via New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle.” On the other end of the NEW YEARS DAY spectrum, there’s Pantera classic “Fucking Hostile,” now a staple of NYD’s live show.

NEW YEARS DAY are currently wrapping up their North American tour with In This Moment, P.O.D. and Ded.

NEW YEARS DAY online:

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Black Country Communion - 'The Cove'


Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, reveal their brand new video for ‘The Cove’, taken form their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, ‘BCCIV’, released via Mascot Records in September 2017.

The song represents a subject very close to the heart of Glenn Hughes as he explains. "Joe captured the mood brilliantly on this song. I'm still shaking my head in astonishment. I wanted to write a song about my love for dolphins. Each year thousands of these beautiful Souls are murdered by Hunters in the coastal town of Taiji Japan. They are drove into the Killing Cove and brutally slaughtered. I have been working with Ric O'Barry from the Dolphin Project for four years, and told him I had written a song about this senseless & horrific scenario for BCCIV, that has been happening for decades.”

Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, reveal their brand new video for ‘The Cove’, taken form their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, ‘BCCIV’, released via Mascot Records in September 2017.

The song represents a subject very close to the heart of Glenn Hughes as he explains. "Joe captured the mood brilliantly on this song. I'm still shaking my head in astonishment. I wanted to write a song about my love for dolphins. Each year thousands of these beautiful Souls are murdered by Hunters in the coastal town of Taiji Japan. They are drove into the Killing Cove and brutally slaughtered. I have been working with Ric O'Barry from the Dolphin Project for four years, and told him I had written a song about this senseless & horrific scenario for BCCIV, that has been happening for decades.”



He continues, “my heart aches as I watch on live stream on what happens in the Cove. I ask you all to listen to this song and understand how deeply affected we all are as animal and sea life protectors. The Dolphin Project has changed my life, and to my dying day I will be of service to be a protector of all inhabitants that live in the sea. Thanks to Ric and his son Lincoln for supplying the footage.”



Just like its three predecessors, ‘BCCIV’ was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalogue of hit records for Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Journey, The Black Crowes, has made him the hottest producer that rock music has to offer. Shirley, who originally had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa in a band after seeing them jamming together onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009 – is the group’s unofficial ‘fifth member’.



Black Country Communion is an earth-shattering combination of American and British rock influences—a bona fide super group that conveys to the world a simple but important message: classic rock is alive and well and in good hands in the 21st century. Their communion together forms something that is greater than the sum of its parts, creating a legacy being cemented within the halls of music history.