Between a Rock and a Hard Place – classic and hard rock news round-up


By Peter Keevil

thetemperancemovementHi and welcome to the first of a regular feature where we look at the world of hard and classic rock.

The post-festival season leads into the album release and tour season and there’s a spate of quality albums for you to enjoy…


The Temperance Movement recently issued their debut album aptly titled ‘The Temperance Movement’. It managed a mid-week album chart high of No9 with the final chart revealing that they had reached the heady heights of 12 and no 3 in the rock album charts. They tour the UK/Europe right up to Xmas including Stoke Sugarmill 15th Nov and Birmingham Academy 20th Nov.


Black Spiders issued their second album ‘This Savage Land’ after a successful Pledge Music campaign. It attained No6 in the Official Rock album charts. Read our review here. They tour in October including Birmingham Academy on 8th, and then head out across Europe with Airbourne.


Northern Ireland revivalists The Answer released their latest album New Horizon on 30th Sept through Napalm Records.

They tour the UK in October with the excellent Tracer in support. The tour includes the Rescue Rooms, Nottingham 24th Oct but the scheduled date at the Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton 18th Oct has now been moved to the Slade Rooms.

The band courted controversy with their video of ‘Spectacular’ which was banned on YouTube for being too explicit. Thankfully vevo are not so shy and we give you the uncensored version below… warning it contains nipples being bitten!


The Union have recently issued a live DVD ‘Live at the Guidehall’ filmed at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre in the summer of 2013.

Acoustic set;

Holy Roller/Lilies/Marie Celeste/To Say Goodbye/If I Could Make You Mine/This Time Next Year/Lost To The Wind/Make Up Your Mind/Come Rain, Come Shine

Electric set;

Step Up To The Pla/You’re My Jesus/Tangled Up In You/Cut The Line/The Perfect Crime/The World Is Yours/Obsession/Saviour/Tonight I’m Alive/Black Monday/Fading Out Of Love/Black Gold/Siren’s Song/Watch The River Flow

They also tour in November…

4 Nov 2013 – Sheffield Corporation
5 Nov 2013 – O2 Academy Newcastle
6 Nov 2013 – The Cathouse, Glasgow
8 Nov 2013 – Manchester Club Academy
9 Nov 2013 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
11 Nov 2013 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
12 Nov 2013 – Bristol O2 Academy
13 Nov 2013 – O2 Academy Islington


Buckcherry release a Best Of… album on Oct 28th

The full tracklisting is:

01 Lit Up/02 For The Movies/03 Ridin’/04 Sorry/05 Next 2 You/06 Everything/07 Crazy Bitch/08 Rescue Me/09 Rose/10 All Night Long/11 Gluttony/12 Nothing Left But Tears

Buckcherry are on tour in Europe in November and December and will play the following UK dates :

22.11.13 LONDON Koko
23.11.13 COVENTRY Kasbah
25.11.13 MANCHESTER The Ritz
26.11.13 GLASGOW O2 ABC
27.11.13 BELFAST Limelight 2
29.11.13 DUBLIN Academy 2
30.11.13 NOTTINGHAM Rock City
02.12.13 BRISTOL Academy


Skarlett RiotLincolnshire’s Skarlett Riot have a UK tour in the pipeline and have announced different supports for each night.

28th November – Nottingham, Rock City – Patriot Rebel
30th November – Cardiff, Bogiez – Riot/Noise, No Glory
Dec 1st – Glasgow, Audio – The Falling Rain
Dec 3rd – Newcastle, Think Tank – No Reason Why, Fallen Mafia
Dec 4th – Liverpool, The Bumper – Signed In Crimson, Hitomi
Dec 5th – Manchester, Alter Ego – A Mouth Full Of Matches
Dec 6th – London, The Black Heart – Shouting Signals, Laid8
Dec 7th – Queens Hall, Nuneaton – Liberty Lies
Dec 8th – Reading, Facebar – Coma 69


BLACK STAR RIDERS featuring THIN LIZZY members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper / Megadeth), will be touring in support of ‘debut’ album All Hell Breaks Loose which was released in the UK through on Nuclear Blast Entertainment on the 27th May 2013.

Support for the tour is: Dead Daisies + Western Sand and there will be 4 Midlands dates…

Friday 22nd Nov O2 Academy, Bournemouth
Saturday 23rd Nov O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Monday 25th Nov O2 Academy, Bristol
Tuesday 26th Nov Junction, Cambridge
Wednesday 27th Nov UEA, Norwich
Friday 29th Nov Hard Rock Hell 6, Wales – FESTIVAL CO-HEADLINE
Saturday 30th Nov Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
Sunday 1st Dec Solus/University, Cardiff
Monday 2nd Dec O2 Academy, Oxford
Tuesday 3rd Dec O2 Academy, Liverpool
Thursday 5th Dec Ironworks, Inverness
Friday 6th Dec Picturehouse, Edinburgh
Saturday 7th Dec O2 Academy, Newcastle
Sunday 8th Dec O2 Academy, Leeds
Tuesday 10th Dec The Assembly, Leamington Spa
Thursday 12th Dec Rock City, Nottingham
Friday 13th Dec Ritz, Manchester
Saturday 14th Dec Academy, Dublin, EIRE
Sunday 15th Dec Limelight, Belfast


Vista Chino (Ex-Kyuss) + MR favourites, Monster Truck – head out on a UK tour together

Wed 30th Oct – MANCHESTER Ritz
Thu 31st Oct – BIRMINGHAM Institute
Fri 1st Nov – BRISTOL O2 Academy
Sat 2nd Nov – LONDON Roundhouse
Mon 4th Nov – GLASGOW Garage
Tue 5th Nov – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Wed 6th Nov – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy


Berlin-based psychedelic hard rock trio KADAVAR have just announced their first ever UK Headline tour for this October with Buffalo Summer as support.

Wed 23 Oct – London Borderline
Thu 24 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Fri 25 – Glasgow Cathouse
Sat 26 – Nottingham Bodega
Sun 27 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Mon 28 – Bristol Exchange


Alter Bridge are upping their game following the release of Fortress (read our review here) with a UK arena tour that includes Shinedown and Halestorm, including 2 Midlands dates.

Wed 16th Oct – NOTTINGHAM Arena
Fri 18th Oct – LONDON Wembley Arena
Sun 20th Oct – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
Mon 21st Oct – GLASGOW Hydro
Tue 22nd Oct – MANCHESTER Arena


Fresh off the back of landing a nomination for Best New Band of 2013 in this year’s prestigious Classic Rock Awards, London’s hotly-tipped, blues-soaked, garage rock ‘n’ rollers THE GRAVELTONES announce their debut album ‘Don’t Wait Down’ which is set for release on October 21 through the band’s own independent label Lagoon Dog Records, and distributed by RSK Entertainment.


Hope that keeps you busy for now, I’ll catch you again next month.