What’s Rockin’ July 2017

What's Rockin'

Happy Birthday to:

  • Dan Estrin, Hoobastank 9th July 1976
  • Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi 11th July 1959
  • Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation 12th July 1974
  • Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath 17th July 1949
  • Brian May, Queen 19th July 1947
  • Chris Cornell, Soundgarden 20th July 1964
  • Dani Filth, Cradle of Filth / Devilment 25th July 1973
  • Paavo Lötjönen, Apocalyptica 29th July 1968
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What’s Rockin’ June 2017

What's Rockin'

Happy Birthday to:

  • Jonne Järvelä, Korpiklaani 3rd June 1974
  • Pete Wetz, Fall Out Boy 5th June 1979
  • Tom Araya, Slayer 6th June 1961
  • Cristina Scabbia, Lacuna Coil 6th June 1972
  • Eric Kretz, Stone Temple Pilots7th June 1966
  • Michael Monroe 17th June 1962
  • Emppu Vuorinen, Nightwish 24th June 1978
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The Rasmus 2017 Tour and Album Announcement

Over the past few years The Rasmus have been super quiet and basically under the radar. And then they slowly starting emerging out of the woodwork, and on the 31st March they released their new single Paradise! To make matters even more exciting, they also announced a tour on the 3rd April! There are hints about a new album coming out, too, so keep an eye out for that…

If you get a chance, go see this awesome band! They’re wonderful live, and it’s an experience you just won’t forget. I’m taking my family to see them at the London show in Scala and I can’t wait!

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What’s Rockin’ May 2017

What's Rockin'

Happy Birthday to:

  • Pauli Rantasalmi, The Rasmus 1st May 1979
  • Perttu Kivilaakso, Apocalyptica 11th May 1978
  • Pelle Almqvist, The Hives 29th May 1978
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Parkway Drive at O2 Academy Brixton, 8th April 2017

The show was sold out and packed to the gills with Parkway Drive fans oozing with enthusiasm. There was already a long queue snaking around the legendary Brixton Academy when I arrived, just before doors opened at around 7pm.

Parkway Drive is a cocktail of of face melting metal riffs, ingeniously roaring lyrics, and catchy choruses. The production was admirably slick and topped off beautifully with blasts of fire and actual fireworks (there were fire engines and an ambulance on standby outside the venue, just in case)! You could tell a hell of a lot of heart, imagination, and careful planning had gone into this masterpiece of a show which, predictably, just flew by at warp speed.

Devilishly handsome, and with a voice so powerful it could slay a walrus, Winston McCall is the perfect lead singer. In between songs he expressed gratitude for his fans and thanked them for supporting the band. Simple words, but sincere, and delivered straight from the heart.

It was one of the heaviest and most exhilarating concerts I’ve ever been to, and they managed to cram so many fantastic tracks into the set. After listening to Vice Grip on repeat and watching the video dozens of times on YouTube, it was crazy amazing to witness it played live! Bottom Feeder was saved until very last to go with the encore, and I loved every furious second of it. You can totally understand why it’s so easy for Parkway Drive to whip an audience into such a frenzy.

All in all, an unforgettable and smashing night – as I predicted it would be!

Setlist:

  • Wild Eyes
  • Carrion
  • Dedicated
  • Vice Grip
  • Karma
  • Sleepwalker
  • Dark Days
  • Destroyer
  • Boneyards
  • Writings
  • Idols
  • Bulls On Parade
  • Swing

Encore:

  • Crushed
  • Bottom Feeder

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What’s Rockin’ April 2017

What's Rockin'

Happy Birthday to:

  • Samu Haber, Sunrise Avenue 2ndApril 1976
  • Toni Wirtanen, Apulanta 4th April 1975
  • Alexi Laiho, Children of Bodom 8th April 1979
  • Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance 9th April 1977
  • Emmi Silvennoinen, Ensiferum 9th April 1988
  • Jukka Nevalainen 21st April 1978
  • Lauri Ylönen, The Rasmus 23rd April 1979
  • Kellin Quinn, Sleeping With Sirens 24th April 1986

Gigs I’m going to this month:

  • Parkway Drive at O2 Academy Brixton 8th
  • You Me At Six at Alexandra Palace 15th
  • Bury Tomorrow at O2 Forum, London 22nd
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All Time Low Month

It’s been an AWESOME month to be an All Time Low fan and I’m enjoying every second of it! To me, times like this are better than being on a tropical island sipping Pina Coladas while a tanned and toned Adonis fans you and brings you refills. Okay, so that would be nice, but this is better!

I had such a blast at their Eventim Apollo show and I’m so glad I bought tickets for both the London dates so I get to see them at the end of the month as well! Wise decision, past Amanda! I know myself so well! I finally understand why, in high school, I was never able to get into the soggy boybands all the other girls were into. Why settle for Blue or Westlife when you can listen to a band that rocks?

All Time Low shows are the bomb. I met the band before the show, and it’s a moment I will treasure forever. From Jack’s dirty onstage jokes, to the magic of Alex’s solo Missing You and Therapy performances, jumping about hitting beach balls during Kids In The Dark, going completely insane for Backseat Serenade, and finally getting showered with confetti at the end, and going home with the biggest grin on my face, clutching my new tour t-shirt, it has been a month of celebration. Yeah, I’m pretty damn happy right now!

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