New Collateral single ‘On The Long Road’ out now ahead of 24th May album release
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by Darren Johnson
4d ago
I was fortunate enough to enjoy a sneak preview of the new single from Collateral when they played legendary Hastings rock venue, The Carlisle this month. ‘On The Long Road’ (released today 19th April) is the second single to be released from the band’s forthcoming album Should’ve Known Better. With this latest single the Kent-based hard rock band slow things a notch with an emotive ballad on a deeply personal theme. Collateral frontman Angelo Tristan comments: “I’ve never been in a position to write about such a personal painful subject,” says  about the new single. “During the pan ..read more
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The child sex offender and wannabe rockstar who came straight out of prison and got his own radio show
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by Darren Johnson
1w ago
Back on 4th April I received an email from someone warning me about a person called Danny Stoakes, a guy I knew who ran his own rock music website, ‘Stoakes Media’, and had his own radio show, ‘Stoakes Media Live’. With my music PR hat on, this is someone for whom I’d arranged numerous guests to appear on his show or else get their music played or their live gigs reviewed. And with my author hat on, I’d even been interviewed by him myself. The shocking news in the email was that ‘Danny Stoakes’ was not, in fact, his real name and that his real name was Andrew Welsh, a man who had received a 27 ..read more
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Live review: Saving Grace with Robert Plant & Suzi Dian, White Rock Theatre, Hastings 23/3/24
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by Darren Johnson
1M ago
Like many regional theatres in the UK, the events programme for the White Rock In Hastings has been the typical mix of touring tribute shows, musicals and panto with the odd stand-out musical gem thrown. Recently, the theatre saw a change in operator with Trafalgar Theatres (who run many similar venues across the UK), giving way to the Guildhall Trust. The latter are a charity that operate the Portsmouth Guildhall and they came in promising “exciting times ahead” and a “broader programme of entertainment” for the White Rock. Certainly, having Robert Plant on stage sets high bar and is hopefull ..read more
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Farewell Frank Torpey – the last surviving original member of The Sweet
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by Darren Johnson
1M ago
Frank Torpey, the last surviving original member of The Sweet, has sadly passed away. His family have posted the following message on Facebook. “Frank passed away in his home surrounded by family at 1AM on Saturday 23rd March 2024. He will be missed and remembered by all his friends and family, rest well xx” Frank, along with Brian Connolly, Steve Priest and Mick Tucker, was one of the founder members of The Sweet. Torpey, Connolly and Tucker had previously been part of the Middlesex-based band, Wainright’s Gentlemen. Torpey and Tucker were unceremoniously sacked and an infuriated Connolly dec ..read more
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Intelligent Music Project announce new album – Simon Phillips, John Payne and Joseph Williams back on board
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by Darren Johnson
1M ago
Intelligent Music Project, the Bulgarian-based supergroup comprising world-famous rock musicians, is set to launch their much-awaited eighth album, Miracles Beyond, on May 15th.  The band recently released their first single from the album, offering a fascinating preview of the musical journey that awaits. While the album boasts the presence of globally celebrated rock stars, it’s noteworthy that the lead vocalist for the single ‘Shine for You’ is none other than Slavin Slavchev. Serving as the band’s primary vocalist in live performances, Slavchev, also an X-Factor winner ..read more
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March 2014-March 2024: Celebrating ten years of Darren’s Music Blog
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by Darren Johnson
1M ago
“You should start writing a blog,” my brother Sam mentioned to me while we were sitting at a festival one afternoon in the Summer of 2013 discussing the various bands we’d each seen recently. Darren and Sam (right) at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention I told him the thought had vaguely crossed my mind but it was something I could give more thought to the following Spring once my lengthy stint as a local councillor was coming to an end. My evenings would then be freed up, giving me time to start seeing more gigs and, crucially, sharing my thoughts online about what I’d just seen. I’d always writte ..read more
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Live review: Joanne Shaw Taylor at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill 26/2/24
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by Darren Johnson
1M ago
“I’m a blues guitarist but not necessarily a blues artist,” Joanne Shaw Taylor confides in the De La Warr audience at one point in the set, explaining her desire not to be boxed in too much by the constraints of genre labels. And that pretty much sums up her whole approach on stage tonight. From the pounding rhythm and blues of show-opener ‘In The Mood’ to the heart-wrenching classic blues of the Albert King cover ‘Can’t You See What You’re Doing To Me’, to the polished pop-rock of recent single ‘Wild Love’ to the elongated ‘60s-style freak-out of ‘Watch Em Burn’ to the funky licks of ‘Diamond ..read more
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Lust For Live: Lust For Life band (Glen Matlock, Clem Burke, Katie Puckrik) release live album from 2023 tour
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by Darren Johnson
2M ago
In February and March 2023 an all-star line-up convened to celebrate the forty-fifth anniversary of the release of Iggy Pop’s classic Lust For Life album. Legendary Blondie drummer, Clem Burke, was joined by former Sex Pistol and punk pioneer, Glen Matlock on bass; broadcaster and Pet Shop Boys dancer, Katie Puckrik on vocals; Iggy Pop and David Bowie collaborator, Kevin Armstrong on guitar; Luis Correia, who’s toured internationally with Earl Slick on second guitar together with classical pianist, composer, and touring member of Heaven 17, Florence Sabeva on keyboards. Lust For Live, recorde ..read more
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