Keepers Of The Faith

Let’s see if I can complete my aim of three posts in the next 24 hours before I attend my latest show.

First up are tomorrow nights headliners in Manchester, Los Angeles based hardcore band Terror. I’ve been listening to frontman Scott Vogel’s bands since his Slugfest and Despair days, so over 20 years now.

I saw the Vogel fronted Despair three times in the summer of 1997 when I followed Stampin’ Ground for a long weekend of hardcore goodness. My car companions and I had a few nights sleeping in the car or under the stars as we attended shows in Germany – Wuppertal and Cologne – and a festival that should have been headlined by Hatebreed in Dilsen, Belgium.

Between Despair and Terror forming in 2005 there was also Buried Alive – who I never got to see.

Considering the band have played over 30 shows in British venues since 2005 I have yet to see the band live. A high percentage of those shows have been in London, when they’ve played north of the capital I’ve either had another show arranged or the touring route has completely gone around the North West and the Midlands.

I’m quite looking forward to tomorrow evenings hour long set of Vogel-isms. It’s going to be an intense 60 minutes of short and punchy tunes and another show with no barrier where they can elevate the maximum stagedive potential.


Live Arena 2016.4

So what do I potentially have in the gig diary for the last week of January?  It doesn’t seem like long ago when we were celebrating Christmas Day, now February is nearly upon us!

This weeks shows should have opened in Manchester with Motörhead and Saxon, but we all know that’s never happening again.


Wednesday 27th – Manchester, Sound Control

After H2O a few weeks ago and Ignite playing a one off show in London last night, we now get another show from what was travelling through Europe under the Persistence Tour. Manchester welcomes a headline slot by Terror, ably supported by Twitching Tongues and Wisdom In Chains.

Saturday 30th – Liverpool, Echo Arena

I haven’t got a ticket for this one yet, so I’m not sure if it’s sold out.  Headlined by Black Stone Cherry the Carnival of Madness hits the UK for eight shows. My main draw for this tour are the support bands Halestorm and Shinedown.  Depending on train times I could be home before Black Stone Cherry finish their set!





Live Arena 9

Well this weekends superb Nightwish extravaganza brought 2015’s gig diary to a close and now I’m looking forward to 2016.

So far plenty of bands to look forward to seeing over the forthcoming twelve months including a trip to Canada in April and a few continental European visits potentially. But first Christmas and New Year shenanigans to endure!

A few of next years shows I’ll be catching.