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Tanzwut – ‘Seemannsgarn’ (AFM Records)

Bagpipes. Often a bit of a controversial topic, we've found! It seems that people either love bagpipes or they have a real passionate hated for them. Jonny B? He makes no secret of the fact that he's a big fan of the bagpipes and he thinks that more bands should experiment with them. Fortunately, the latest release from Germany's Tanzwut had bagpipes in spades, so this will be an exciting ride for our man...

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Steve Hillage Band – Shepherd’s Bush O2 Empire – 8 June 19

The musical activity that has revolved around the planet Gong has endured for more than 50 years now, and of course a pivotal figure within that activity is Steve Hillage. Tonight is the last of three shows reintroducing the Steve Hillage Band to the live circuit and the first SHB headline shows for 40 years. And what’s more, it’s the current, and quite excellent, line up of Gong that joins Hillage to comprise ‘the band’. So finding motivation to attend tonight was not exactly difficult for our man JR...

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Tesla – ‘Shock’ (UMC)

ÜR boss Monk first came across Tesla back in early 1987. he was about 18 months into his journalism career and writing the only rock column being published on a regular basis by any Northern Ireland newspaper. A copy of an album called ‘Mechanical Resonance’ by an unknown band from Sacramento plopped onto his desk. Monk was immediately drawn to it – and to say it blew him away would be the understatement of the millennium!  He reckons he has burned out three copies of the album, and still rates it as one of the best pure hard rock albums ever, never mind one of the classic debuts of all time. Now, here we are a little more than three decades later and Tesla are about to drop their eighth studio album...

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Steve Hillage Band – Shepherd’s Bush O2 Empire – 8 June 19

The musical activity that has revolved around the planet Gong has endured for more than 50 years now, and of course a pivotal figure within that activity is Steve Hillage. Tonight is the last of three shows reintroducing the Steve Hillage Band to the live circuit and the first SHB headline shows for 40 years. And what’s more, it’s the current, and quite excellent, line up of Gong that joins Hillage to comprise ‘the band’. So finding motivation to attend tonight was not exactly difficult for our man JR...