Rock Radio Northern Ireland
NEW UPDATE - ROSSINGTON Release New Album in November
Rossington - Gary Rossington, the legendary founding member and guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd along with his wife, Dale Krantz-Rossington, whom many call The First Lady of Southern Rock, release the heartfelt, soul-grabbing, bluesy new album Take It On Faith, November 4, 2016 on Loud & Proud Records. The duo has been making beautiful music together for over 35 years beginning when Dale opened for Skynyrd in ’77 while she was singing with 38 Special, then as part of Rossington Collins Band in the ‘80s and then and now as part of the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd family.
Last Updated (Thursday, 29 September 2016 13:48)
NEWS UPDATE - BRAND NEW Revealed as Support for BIFFY CLYRO Gigs
Today, Biffy Clyro announced Brand New as special guests to their Irish leg of their tour, playing Dublin’s 3Arena on Saturday, November 26th and SSE Arena, Belfast on Sunday, November 27th. This supports the release of their latest album “Ellipsis”, reaching Number 1.
NEWS UPDATE - Release of Documentary "CAN'T STOP THE SHOW - THE RETURN OF KIX"
Platinum-selling Maryland hard rock icons, KIX will release CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX, a two-disc DVD/CD set, October 21, 2016 on Loud & Proud Records. The 71-minute film is an in-depth look into KIX’s decision to record their first new album, 2014’s Rock Your Face Off, in almost 20 years.
Last Updated (Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:53)
NI ROCKS Recommends "Blues Power" by ABSOLUTION
I don’t post nearly enough recommendations for blues rock / rock and blues albums, though it’s a genre that I’ve always had a soft spot for. Indeed, I’ve had albums by some of the legendary blues artists in my collection for about thirty years. It was great therefore to listen to “Blues Power” and experience modern blues-rock at its best. This is the third album by British trio Absolution and it is released on 30th September via Mighty Music (Target group). The track “Price I Gotta Pay” is included on the Friday NI Rock Show on 30th September.
NI ROCKS Recommends "Murder And the Motive" by THOSE DAMN CROWS
“Murder And The Motive” is the excellent debut album from Welsh band Those Damn Crows. In fact it’s probably one of the best debut albums you’ll hear this year – in my humble opinion anyway! It’s a shame they’re from Wales rather than Northern Ireland (just kidding guys!), but then again the Welsh do have a good track record for rock bands too! The album was released on 26th September – I played the track “Blink Of An Eye” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd September.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 28 September 2016 07:57)
NI ROCKS Recommends "Walking In The Shadows" by GRIM REAPER
Following a gap of almost thirty years, Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper have just released album number four! The NWOBHM legends return with “Walking In The Shadows” which was released by Dissonance Productions on 23rd September. Steve Grimmett is my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 30th September when we talk about the album and play 4 tracks from it. The title track from the album was also included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd Sept.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:20)
NI ROCKS Recommends "What You Fear The Most" by BULLETRAIN
Swedish rockers Bulletrain released their second album, “What You Fear The Most”, through AOR Heaven on 23rd September. This is the follow up to “Start Talking” which was released in October 2014. I’d posted a recommendation for that album and tracks from it featured on the Shows over the last two years ( http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/1705-ni-rocks-recommends-qstart-talkingq-by-bulletrain.html ). I knew then I’d enjoy listening to “What You Fear The Most” and that tracks would be featured on our playlists. I played “Can’t Get Away” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 6th September and “Memory Lane” is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd September.
NI ROCKS Recommends "Shattered" by SEVEN
“Shattered” is the second album to be released by Seven; a band that initially had some success in the late 80’s, but which didn’t release an album until “7” appeared in 2014. The second album was released on 23rd September through Escape Music. The track “Light of 1000 Eyes” is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show broadcast on 23rd Sept.
NI ROCKS Recommends "Breakin Outta Hell" by AIRBOURNE
Airbourne are one of those bands that seem to draw their fair share of detractors. I’m guessing though that the O’Keeffe brothers couldn’t give a rats arse about their detractors. Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of the band – I’ve all 4 of their albums (and the earlier 8 track EP “Ready To Rock”) and have now witnessed their exuberant live performances in Belfast on 5 occasions; from June 2008 to the most recent in August 2016. Their latest album “Breakin’ Outta Hell” was released on the Spinefarm label on 23rd September. The title track was released as a single in July and was included on the playlist for the Friday NI Rocks Shows on 19th August and 16th September. It was also on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 12th July. The follow-up single “Rivalry” is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd September.
TOUR NEWS - IRON MAIDEN Continue "Book of Souls" Tour Into 2017
Rock legends IRON MAIDEN continue their hugely successful The Book of Souls World Tour into 2017 with a series of European arena shows opening in Antwerp, Belgium on April 22, Maiden’s first visit to this city since 1981 on the Killers Tour! The band then travel to Germany for shows in Oberhausen, Frankfurt and Hamburg before heading into the UK and Ireland for an extensive series of concerts in May including a return to Dublin, their first visit here in seven years, for a date at the 3Arena on May 6.
Last Updated (Friday, 23 September 2016 08:43)
NI ROCKS - What's on The FRIDAY NI ROCKS SHOW This Week?
The Friday NI Rocks Show this week has a distinct focus on new releases. There are no 80’s / 90’s classic tracks for a change but still a couple of local bands on the playlist. We have a few tour related tracks as well. The Show kicks off with Thunder following the announcement of 2017 tour dates this week and specifically gigs in Belfast and Dublin. That’s followed by Diamond Head who play Voodoo in Belfast on 23rd September. They’ve just released a video for the track that I’m playing – “All The Reasons You Live”. Brian Tatler was my guest on the Show back in April and we replayed that interview a few weeks ago - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/2575-ni-rocks-interview-with-brian-tatler-of-diamond-head.html
Last Updated (Thursday, 22 September 2016 22:26)
- NI ROCKS Recommends "The Dragon Years" by PSYCHEWORK
- NEWS UPDATE - ATTICA RAGE on Tour
- NEWS UPDATE - New Album from HEAVEN BELOW Featuring LITA FORD etc
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Halfway To Hell (Deluxe Version)" by LYNAM
- NEWS UPDATE - THE QUIREBOYS Release "TWISTED LOVE"
- NEWS UPDATE - New Track from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Breaking The Surface" by MERIDIAN
- NEWS UPDATE - THE ANSWER's New Album "SOLAS" and Tour Dates
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- NI ROCKS Recommends "Ghost Play" by MISS BEHAVIOUR
- NI ROCKS Recommends "One For The Road" by KING COMPANY
- NI ROCKS Playlists for AUGUST 2016
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- NI ROCKS Recommends "The Passage" by DGM
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Moonbathers" by DELAIN
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Rapid Foray" by RUNNING WILD
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Chapter One" by BLACK SWAMP WATER
- FRIDAY NI ROCKS SHOW - Review of the First Six Years
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Breathless" by DANTE FOX
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