Category: Rock/Media

The Nectars Release New Single I Want It

New Jersey scenesters The Nectars have revealed the video for their new single, I Want It, the second track to be taken from their upcoming debut album Sci-Fi Television, out May 25th. The video premiered with leading US publication Sci-Fi Television. The video follows frontwoman Jessica Kenny’s preparations for flying to Jupiter, involving crafting a spaceship out of cardboard and advertising the trip on the streets of New York. It references the mysterious Toynbee Tiles, which promote the idea of creating a human colony on Jupiter and physically resurrecting the dead, creating a man-made heaven inspired by Arnold Toynbee’s...

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The Evil Spirits The Damned Release First Album For A Decade

The Damned need no introduction. They were the first punk rock band from the United Kingdom to release a single, New Rose, release an album, Damned Damned Damned , and tour the United States. As well as being one of the first Punk bands, spearheading the Punk movement, along with The Sex Pistols and The Clash, they were one of the first gothic rock bands. David Vanian’s gothic costumes, drawn from Vampire legend, along with his trademark white streak, set them apart from the others. The Grimly Fiendish band return this month with a double A side single available...

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27 Gone Too Soon Film Investigates Lost Icons

  A captivating new film about the ‘27 Club’ is set for release on March 26th. The film is distributed by Bulldog Film Distribution and is directed by Simon Napier-Bell. He will be familiar to a many, having managed artists such as The Yardbirds, with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, Ultravox, T Rex, Japan, Asia, Sinéad O’Connor, and George Michael. The film investigates the notion that 27 is the Burmuda Triangle for music artists even though artists have died at 26, 28 and other ages for that matter. Although notable artists have died at the age of 27, such...

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Art On Your Sleeve For MIND – Your Chance To Take Part

If you are a vinyl enthusiast, or a creative artist, or even better, both, then you have the opportunity to be involved in a project with some of the best creative minds in the World. What is more you will be helping a very good cause. Mental Health is high up on the agenda, and most of us will either have suffered with mental health issues, or know someone battling with it. The music industry and fans alike have lost some great talents due to mental issues. So the fusion of music and art to aid Mind, the mental...

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Tell Courtney Barnett How You Really Feel

Hot on the heels of a spate of breathless activity in recent weeks, including the unveiling of her furiously infectious new single Nameless, Faceless, and the announcement of a brand new album, Courtney Barnett today is also announcing a sure to be triumphant run of worldwide dates, happening this summer. Nameless, Faceless signals an exhilarating shift in gears for Barnett which steps things up gloriously and announces a new found directness on her new record, Tell Me How You Really Feel. There’s a muscularity to the instrumentation, a tenderness to her voice and a boldness to the lyrics which will...

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Aerosmith Might Be Recording New Material On The Eve Of 50th Anniversary

Despite where your loyalties may lie as a fan, we all concede that there are a handful of bands that are true rock legends and Aerosmith is definitely up there among them. Created in the ’70s in Boston, MA, USA, the “Bad Boys from Boston”, as they are sometimes called, managed to catapult to superstar status by giving us rock gems like Cryin’, Crazy and the timeless classic ballad I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing. Now, founding member Joe Perry says he wants Aerosmith to join forces again and record new material, so could this be what die-hard fans have...

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Uncertain Times from King Crimson

King Crimson has announced the Uncertain Times European tour for 2018. As well as the UK, the ensemble will visit Poland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Italy and France. King Crimson are scheduled to play six shows in the UK in October/November. VIP tickets are available from the band’s website, where fans can also find recordings and photographs of recent shows. With three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, as well as the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Rieflin on keyboards, guitarist and original founding member, Robert Fripp states that this “double quartet formation” is likely...

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Myles Kennedy Debut Devil On The Wall

As anticipation continues to build for Myles Kennedy’s debut solo album, Year Of The Tiger, another lyric video is released worldwide. The video for the 3rd track, Devil On The Wall, can be seen below. Myles is known as the lead singer of the stadium rock band Alter Bridge and also the voice  of the Slash driven project Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. The album will be released worldwide on March 9th by Napalm Records. Fans that pre-order the download of Year Of The Tiger through a digital retailer will receive an instant download of the song as well as...

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Ash Return To Infectious Music And Release Islands & Live Dates Announced

Almost 3 years since the release of their last album, Kablammo!. Ash have announced the release of their seventh album, Islands, which will be released on the 18th May and see’s Ash back with the Infectious Music label. As well as announcing their return to Infectious Music, which was the label that ASH released their  number one albums, 1996’s 1977 and Free All Angels in 2001. Ash have also unveiled new track Buzzkill and confirmed their appearance at BBC’s Biggest Weekend festival in Belfast. Twenty-five years on from their emergence as teenagers on Belfast’s DIY scene Ash have returned with another irrepressible track that more than holds...

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Frank Turner Urges Us To Be More Kind

Frank Turner cannot be accused of resting on his Laurels. Only months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions of tracks from across the past decade, he has announced details of his forthcoming seventh studio album,  Be More Kind which will be released on May 4th through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. It’s a record that combines universal anthems with raw emotion and the political and the personal, with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner’s sound imbued with new,...

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All Quiet Now: Hugh Masekela

Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”. Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as Soweto Blues. The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid...

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The Final Straw For Plastic @ Bestival

Bestival promoters have today announced plans to ban plastic straws from their events, which include Bestival, Camp Bestival and Common People, for 2018, and are working to make the practice a UK festival standard. The initiative will then extend to include all single-use plastics, including drinks bottles and bar cups. Following a successful trial at 2017’s Bestival, when biodegradable paper straws replaced plastic, promoters Josie and Rob da Bank are launching The Final Straw campaign to purge plastic straws from the festival landscape. Northamptonshire’s Shambala, Kendal Calling and Cheshire’s bluedot have already signed up, and now Josie and Rob...

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Local Groups Wanted For Goldsmiths MA Radio Live

Local music groups are being sought to perform at a new event that’s part of Goldsmiths MA Radio course. Each year, Masters of Arts Radio students are challenged to create programmes in the style of a variety of radio genres, such as music and speech and, this year, there is a brand new category – live music event. The event will see the MAs bring together musicians and musical ensembles for a programme of short performances in the early evening, which will be transmitted, live on the internet, together with interviews with the performers. Robert Freeman, Associate Lecturer –...

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Albums Of The Year 2017

In a bumper year of great albums it has been so difficult for every one of our photographers and journalists to choose their best albums of the year. 2017 saw album releases from Bleachers, Noel Gallagher, Perfume Genius, St Vincent, Lorde, Killers, Liam, Arcade Fire, Bjork, Prophets Of Rage, Frank Carter, Lucas Nelson, Ibibio Sound Machine, Laura Marling, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Jessie Ware, Kevin Morby to name but a few. Those albums are very good indeed but did they make the list of our Albums Of The Year 2017. Here are our favourites. Courtney & KurtREWS  ...

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Music Legends & Casino Themed Songs

Over the years, our ears have been blessed to hear some amazing rock songs by great artists. Many of these great artists were asked to write or sing songs featured in movies, with some songs featuring themes from popular culture including casinos and games. Such artists like Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, and so many more. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember some of these great artists and their themed songs. Since we mentioned him first, let’s look at Paul McCartney, founding member of the Beatles & Wings. Let’s start by saying he is considered...

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Cheap Trick Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

After wowing UK crowds earlier this year, American rock icons Cheap Trick are back, but this time with a Yuletide twist. Famous for their hits Surrender and I Want You To Want Me, The band will rock in the Christmas season with the release of their first holiday themed album Christmas Christmas. After news of the album broke in July this year, we can finally confirm that the album will be out October 20th on Big Machine Records Arriving mere months after their critically acclaimed 18th studio album We’re All Alright!, Cheap Trick co-produced the holiday collection alongside their longtime collaborator, GRAMMY®Award winner Julian Raymond,...

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All Quiet Now: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen Remembers

Walter Becker founder, songwriter and guitarist from the band Steely Dan has died. Donald Fagen his friend, co-founder of the band and songwriting partner has penned this moving tribute. Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967. We started writing nutty little tunes on an upright piano in a small sitting room in the lobby of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion on the Hudson River that the college used as a dorm. We liked a lot of the same things: jazz (from the twenties through...

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Welshly Arms Do A Playlist

US rock band Welshly Arms have made us a great playlist ‘There are six people in our band and with six people come different styles, genres, grooves etc. It’s our diversity of tastes that’s makes us Welshly Arms and we like to lean on that mix of flavors when we make our music. We have compiled a “top ten list” of what we are all currently listening to”. Here is a link to the Spotify playlist See the video for new single Legendary The band play at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on September 12th 2017

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Prog Legends Gentle Giant Release Three Piece Suite, Remixed By Steven Wilson

  Gentle Giant release their first taster from their new Prog compilation album Three Piece Suite remixed by Steven Wilson, out September 29th, the fabulous Peel The Paint is shown in full video above. —Three Piece Suite is a specially curated selection of songs and compositions from the band’s first three albums (Giant, Acquiring The Taste, Three Friends) presented in both 5.1 surround sound and stereo. There are nine tracks from the albums, plus a pre-debut song, remixed by Steven Wilson. The choices were determined by the limited availability of multi-track master tapes from the era. Only a few songs from...

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Rock/Media: Mollie Marriott Album & Tour

Mollie Marriott, which we went to see at The Borderline earlier in June, is due to release her newest album Truth is a Wolf, available on 3rd November 2017 via Amadeus Music. The album is available for pre-order through and is available as Limited Edition Red Vinyl and Deluxe CD and Standard CD. Fan favourite bundles are available with exclusive signed merchandise ranging from T-Shirts, Posters, Set Lists, Unique Polaroid images and even house gigs. Anyone who pre-orders any of the bundles will receive Mollie’s first single Control as a thank you on Friday 28th July. “I’m really...

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Vision: Wildwood Kin, Run

Having recently signed to the newly re-launched Sony imprint Silvertone, acclaimed indie alt folk band Wildwood Kin will release their much-anticipated debut album Turning Tides August 18th. In the meantime here is their new single and video Run. Wildwood Kin, a family trio formed in Exeter, borrow heavily from early folk influences, but their extraordinary debut album delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments. It boasts inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their sublime three-part harmonies. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney all sing, swapping leads on original songs,...

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All Quiet Now: Chris Cornell

Nail in my hand, from my creator. You gave me life, now show me how to live. Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has passed away suddenly at the very young age of just 52 mere hours after stomping through a massive two hour show with Soundgarden at Detroit’s Fox Theatre venue on May 17th. Like many I’m sure, I first heard of Cornell through an audio cassette that had passed through the hands of many of my school friends before being shoved firmly in mine: “You have to listen to this!” I was told. I don’t think that...

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Keeping The Rock In Your Wedding – The Ultimate Checklist

  Music plays such a pivotal role when it comes to someone’s wedding day that it can become quite tricky to assemble the songs that matter most to you as a couple. For many people, music is something very unique and this is what can make it all the more difficult to create the perfect party vibe whilst also playing the songs that you want to hear yourselves. When it comes to rock music, there is an endless list of sub-categories that can be delved into on the search for the most incredible anthems. However, we have made your...

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Rock Media: Albert Man, Live At St Pancras Old Church

Our good friend Albert Man called me and said “I wanted to let you know that I’ve just finished putting together an eleven-track live album, Live At St Pancras Old Church which was recorded during the EP launch of Nothing Of Nothing Much back in February 2017.” He also told me that “It features songs from last years studio album Cheap Suit (a brilliant! album) and the more recent Nothing Of Nothing Much. The album also features a previously unreleased track Groundhog Day which is being offered as an instant gratification download with any iTunes pre-order. The album is already available for pre-order on...

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The Beatles, Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary

It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition packages on May 26 (Apple Corps Ltd./Universal Music). The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings. “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and...

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All Quiet Now: John Wetton

Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31 January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer. John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band’s 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat Of The Moment. (John Wetton by...

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Rock Media: George Harrison, The Vinyl Collection.

The Harrison family is proud to announce the release of George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection box set featuring all of George Harrison’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time. The vinyl box set includes all twelve of George’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are George’s classic live album Live In Japan (2LP), and two 12” single picture discs of When We Was Fab and Got My Mind Set On You. All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in...

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All Quiet Now: William Onyeabor.

Some sad new from the people at Luaka Bop record label that William Onyeabor has died. The people that discovered his music and know his mysterious history have put out this message: It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we have to announce that the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer William Onyeabor has passed away at the age of 70. He died peacefully in his sleep following a brief illness, at his home in Enugu, Nigeria. An extraordinary artist, businessman and visionary, Mr. Onyeabor composed and self-released 9 brilliant albums of groundbreaking electronic-funk from 1977-1985, which he recorded, pressed...

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Michael Chapman new album produced by Steve Gunn

As a long time admirer of Michael Chapman and indeed Steve Gunn, this album is something we at Rockshot Industries have been waiting for. Michael Chapman’s new record 50, (produced by Gunn) titled to commemorate fifty years of touring—and released four days before Michael’s seventy-sixth birthday—stands as a formidable monument of retrospection and introspection in his adventurous catalog. A return to the gloriously ragged kineticism of Rainmaker (1969), Fully Qualified Survivor (1970), Wrecked Again (1971), and Savage Amusement (1976), Michael’s first “American record”—an elusive goal for decades—embodies his undeniable late career masterpiece. 50 is Chapman’s first album in years with...

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Vision: Lucy Rose – Shiver Video from Live At Urchin Studios.

Ahead of the release of her new album, Live At Urchin Studios which is out on 9th December 2016, Warwickshire folkster Lucy Rose has unveiled a video of the live recording of Shiver. Recorded in just one hour at London’s Urchin Studios in front of an audience of competition winners, the forthcoming live album features tracks from Lucy Rose’s debut release Like I Used To as well as last year’s follow up, the Top Ten charting album Work It Out. Taken from Like I Used To, Shiver has proved a firm favourite amongst Lucy’s fans and has amassed over 17 million streams on Spotify alone since its...

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All Quiet Now: Leonard Cohen.

In September 2013, I was thrilled to see Leonard Cohen live for the first time. I’ve been listening to him since I was a teenager and there have been many times over the years when I’ve turned with gratitude and curiosity to the dark chill and surprise twists of his songs. Sinking into his world of beguiling, damning and humorous stories, was both an escape and an instructive reflection on conflictingly beautiful and unpleasant angles of the human psyche. Much of what I read about the man himself made him sound part mythological. When I finally witnessed one of...

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Bob Dylan The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016.

Bob Dylan now has a Nobel Prize to go along with his Oscar, as he has now been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. Bob Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He grew up in a Jewish middle- class family in the city of Hibbing. As a teenager he played in various bands and with time his interest in music deepened, with a particular passion for American folk music and blues. One of his idols was the folk singer Woody Guthrie. He was also influenced by the early authors of the Beat Generation,...

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Rock Media: The Man Who Fell To Earth

To mark the 40th anniversary of the UK release of director Nicolas Roeg’s iconic science fiction odyssey, The Man Who Fell to Earth, STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce a new 4k restoration of the cult classic. The restoration has been in the works since late 2015, but is now especially timely and poignant given the news of David Bowie’s death earlier this year. The film will be released in cinemas nationwide on 9th September by Park Circus and on Download, DVD, Blu-Ray and as a Collector’s Edition from 24th October by STUDIOCANAL, complete with brand new bonus material and special packaging, as part of their Vintage Classics range. Restored by Deluxe...

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Rock Media: The Most Anticipated Rock Concerts in the UK

Some Of The Most Anticipated Rock Music Concerts in the UK Our RockShot Music Magazine team together with our friends from Ticket Select in the UK from have prepared a list of exciting rock music events you should consider going along to in 2016. We actually like Ticket Select’s clean interface and an easy way to search for events and tickets. Click the links around the names to see what we mean. Rod Stewart Fans of great music will be excited to welcome Rod Stewart back to the UK  With a 50-year career he is of the most famous British rock singers of all time....

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Video: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore.

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry share new video for a cover version of Jean Ritchie song The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore Taken from the new album Shine A Light – Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad out Sept 23rd on Cooking Vinyl Recorded while travelling across America by train, Shine A Light features songs originally made famous By Hank Williams, Lead Belly, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Glen Campbell, Gordon Lightfoot & More Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of...

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All Quiet Now: Bernie Worrell, Wizard of Woo.

Bernie Worrell, the ingenious Wizard of Woo whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of funk, rock, hip-hop and other genres, has died. Worrell, who announced in early 2016 that he had stage-four lung cancer, died Friday at age 72. He died at his home in Everson, Washington on June 24th 2016. Throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, George Clinton’s dual projects of Parliament and Funkadelic and their various spinoffs built upon the sounds of James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone among others and turned out...

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Feature: Ray Wilson, Song For A Friend.

Stiltskin frontman and former Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson is set to release a new album entitled Song For a Friend. It is dedicated to his close friend James Lewis who tragically committed suicide in 2015.  Inspiration also came to Ray from other significant events in the lives of those surrounding him. He utilises music and song as an emotional vehicle, sharing his feelings for the people who have touched his life. The songs are a collection of musical short stories and he poetically describes his mission in writing them: “The meaning of life is the journey: this album encapsulates the journey....

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All Quiet Now: Prince

A Man Ain’t Happy Unless A Man Truly Dies – Sign O’ The Times Prince formed a fundamental part in the soundtrack of many people’s lives, including my own. His music gave me something different. Unique, yet familiar. Relatable yet from a completely different world. Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 7th June 1958 and named after his father’s stage name in the Prince Rogers Trio jazz group, he abbreviated his name simply to Prince upon releasing his first album For You in 1978. Here was a man that was not going to be limited by anything, his colour,...

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Rock Media: James McCartney Reveals Unicorn.

James McCartney reveals music video for Unicorn Taken from the forthcoming new studio album  The Blackberry Train released May 6th Directed by renowned motion designer Sholto Crow, the animation brings to live the aural aesthetic of Unicorn, an urgently melodic track centered on the spiritual nature of psychedelic music, in a surreal and immersive way. James told RockShot “Unicorn is a song that has elements of the avant-garde and psychedelic in it, and I wanted to use those elements in the video as well. It’s very trippy and cool, just like the song”. On directing the video Crow said,...

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Rock Media: The Sessions. Re-Staging The Beatles Live.

The Sessions. Re-Staging The Beatles Live. Following an open-doors charity preview in The Beatles’ home city, Liverpool, and the show’s already-sold-out world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on April 1st, the production, part blockbuster stage show, part access-all-areas musical documentary – will then travel to arenas in Brighton, Cardiff, Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Aberdeen, Leeds and Birmingham, before returning to London for performances at Wembley Arena and the O2. Set in a state-of-the-art reproduction of the iconic Abbey Road Studio 2, The Sessions will stage breath-taking, musically spectacular new live renditions of the timeless albums recorded there by...

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