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Review of Gallus Cooper - Alice Cooper Tribute

Overall rating: 5

These guys get better and better every time with the addition of the keyboard player the sound is full. And the theatrics from Bill and rachel add to the show,! Great band worth seeing every time they play

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Review of Maiden Scotland

Fantastic gig as always from martin,stuart,alen,mark,&,mark excellent set brilliant new drummer always give the fans 110% great venue what more could you ask...

Review of Maiden Scotland

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

Great night out!

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Review of Maiden Scotland

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

Great gig played some classic oldies, know their audience. Transylvania Ancient Mariner Aces High Hallowed BTN, Powerslave, Clairvoyant Run to the Hooks, Beast, Iron Maiden, plenty to keep us rockin

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Review of Maiden Scotland

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

Absolutely amazing band!!

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Review of Maiden Scotland

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC PLACE WAS JUMPING GUITAR WORK JUST LIKE THE REAL IRON MAIDEN WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT ANYONE SHOULD GO AND SEE THEM AND THE LEAD SINGER ANDY SOUNDS LIKE BRUCE D**KINSON MAGIC REALLY ENJOYED IT JUST WISH THAT THE GROUP HAD BAND T_SHIRTS ETC AND CDS

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Review of Led Astray - Led Zeppelin tribute

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

Excellent evening of Zeppelin performed by a seriously talented band. We were treated to 2.5 hours of a broad range of Zeppelin covers including some less well played tracks. Outstanding! If there's a better Zeppelin covers band out there, I'll eat my hat.

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Review of Led Astray - Led Zeppelin tribute

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

Absolutely amazing, what a tribute......
Drum solo on par with Bonzo

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Review of Led Astray - Led Zeppelin tribute

Band decided to play some of the less visited songs from the Zeppelin back-catalogue and the evening was all the better for it. Great gig with a great crowd at this great wee venue.

Review of Talk of the Town - Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde Tribute.

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

One of the most authentic tribute bands there is. Really excellent sound and look and you don't have to be a Pretenders fan to enjoy them. I've seen them a few times now and they always entertain and take the time to talk to people. It's a shame there was a low turn out on Saturday as they are really at their best performing a full set. From a sold out show at the Liquid Room the week before it must be hard to perform to a small crowd but you wouldn't have known it. I'll definitely be back for more.

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Review of Kirk Brandon aKoustiK

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

A really good night only spoiled by the few people who couldn't stop talking during songs

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Review of XSLF - Ex Stiff Little Fingers support from Jock Sparra

Overall rating: 4.5

absolutely fantastic show

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Review of Kirk Brandon aKoustiK

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

Great venue and what a gig , Kirk was amazing singing whole range of songs then spending time with fans after wards

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Review of XSLF - Ex Stiff Little Fingers support from Jock Sparra

Overall rating: 3.5 Verified review

Fantastic evening, both bands were excellent

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Review of NR Rocks 2017

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

Rock Therapy...

Just as all sorts of music and genres can touch, move or inspire people, and form the tool from which Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy can do such wonderful work, it was three rock based but very different bands that helped support the third annual Nordoff Robbins Scotland fund-raising event at the Dreadnoughtrock in Bathgate (the longest running rock club in Scotland).

Twin Heart, the three piece outfit from Kilmarnock, deliver their brand of Emo rock across a wave of high-energy attacks from the guitar of singer Dawn Baxter and bassist Owen Burt while Dawn Baxter’s angst driven or plaintive vocals are backed or echoed by the throatier deliveries from Burt and drummer Murray Baxter.

But it’s far from all post-punk guitar attack and piledriving rhythms; with numbers built around ever-changing structures with progressive tendencies, contemplative passages and vocal shifts, the emotional hardcore rock of Twin Heart has a lot of melodic light and darker shade ('Ghosts' for example, a highlight of the band’s thirty minute set).

​While Twin Heart were an unknown to around half the Dreadnoughtrock crowd in attendance, Anchor Lane are a band familiar to just about every Scottish gig going heavy rock fan.

The young four-piece – Conor Gaffney (vocals, guitar), Jack Nicol (guitars), Scott Hanlon (drums), Matthew Quigley (bass) –were only a week removed from an outstanding opening slot in support of Mason Hill at a packed out Garage in Glasgow but delivered a similarly impressive half-hour set in Bathgate, the only real difference being a slight change in song order.

The closing brace of 'Twenty Sixteen' and 'Finished For Twelve' (both from the band’s New Beginning EP) made for a double cement-slabbed whammy of a big riff and high-energy ending; the meaty riffs and swaggering rhythms of such songs were tempered by the inclusion of the slower paced but no less impacting 'Take Some Time' (a song that’s fast becoming a highlight of any Anchor Lane set).

Just as their heavy rocking Glasgow buddies Mason Hill are starting to make a real name for themselves (recently signing to Frontiers Records) Anchor Lane are, hopefully on a similar onward and upward trajectory.

With Twin Heart and Anchor Lane having delivered two very different but equally expressive sets, the stage was made ready for the ear-wormery melodic hard rock and power-pop of The King Lot.
​A well-loved trio in the Lothian area and much further afield The King Lot are another band who, given a fair wind and the right backing, could be on their way to bigger, better and melodically deserved things (thirty years ago The King Lot would have been mainstream and rock radio airplay shoe-ins with at least Gold selling status on the Billboard side of the pond).

Having debuted new guitarist Jay Moir in acoustic setting at the Dreadnoughtrock six weeks prior, this time around the band, completed by Jason Sweeny (lead vocals, bass) and Chris Gillon (drums, backing vocals), had a chance to show what young Mr Moir could do – which, on the instrumental 'Equilibrium' (showcasing his melodic note-holding tone and faster, finger-flexing credentials), proved he was hired for a (king) lot more than his facial hair (the "three beards band" is fast becoming part of The King Lot’s imagery and identity).

The hour long set also gave the band a chance to feature a stack of new numbers that will feature on their forthcoming second album A World Without Evil.
While familiar debut album songs such as the ridiculously infectious 'One of These Days' and 'Addicted' more than made their melodic mark, it was new material such as 'Hearts On Fire' (chosen to be the first single and a song screaming out for rock radio airplay), 'Save Me' and 'A World Without Evil' that stood out, emphasising and underlining that the band have stepped up and moved on from what was a pretty strong debut.
(The title track from the forthcoming album was particularly noteworthy, hinting at heavier, and lyrically weightier, things to come).

​While all three bands played their part, and should be given an extra encore of applause for giving their time freely in support of Nordoff Robbins Scotland, it was that charitable body and the work it does that took centre stage.

Nordoff Robbins Therapy helps thousands of people with mental and physical impairments through the power, effectiveness and interactivity of music.
While the London based side of the operation, bolstered by its noted Silver Clef awards, can see donations totalled in the hundreds of thousands of pounds, the Scottish arm of Nordoff Robbins is in competition with a myriad of other excellent and desperately needed charities in a far smaller monetary environment, as was confirmed during a conversation I had with NRS Fundraising Director Carolyne Nurse.
All of which makes events such as this one very important indeed.

Ross Muir

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Review of Martin Metcalfe and the Fornicators and Brother Fox

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

Brilliant :)

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Review of NR ROCKS - Nordoff Robbins Charity Night 2017

Overall rating: 5

Excellent

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Excellent

Review of Martin Metcalfe and the Fornicators and Brother Fox

Overall rating: 4 Verified review

Excellent show from Martin. Great set-list including some nice covers. Highlight for me was hearing New Town Killers, When We Were Married and, of course, The Rattler. Shame there weren't a little more there to enjoy it, as there had been for the Filthy Tongues gig earlier in the year.

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Review of Bob Wayne - Dave Arcari - The Brothers Outlaw

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

Fantastic night from some awesome musicians, bringing a taste of badassery to your ears 👍

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