Known for his raw energy, aggressive style, melodic licks, and, of course, iconic top hat, Slash is one of the most recognisable rock stars of all time.

It’s fair to say that everybody has heard at least one of his guitar solos – even if it is a questionable rendition from the Step Brothers movie. But, who is Slash? Where did his musical career start, and, most importantly, what’s the craic with his new tour?

London born

Let’s start at the beginning. Before Slash, there was Saul Hudson – born to Ola and Anthony Hudson on 23rd July 1965 in Hampstead (London).

Why the name Slash?

But where did the name Slash come from? Well, an actor and friend, Seymour Cassel, said that Saul never stood still and was always working on his next scheme, and thus, Saul became Slash.

From drummer boy to rock star

Slash’s musical career started early, picking up the drums, initially as the little drummer boy in a school production of 12 Days of Christmas when he was just five. Then, in one portentous moment – a marijuana-infused awakening – Slash discovered the music of Aerosmith, and his journey to rock stardom began.

Slash began learning guitar on an old Spanish-style guitar that his grandmother gave him – practising 12 hours a day until he started his first band, Titus Sloan, in 1981. The band didn’t last long, and in 1983, he formed a new band called Roadcrew with Stephen Adler. After a few more failed music ventures, he eventually entered Guns and Roses (G&R) in 1985, replacing the band’s original guitarist (and namesake) Tracy Guns.

In 1987, G&R recorded their first album, where Slash’s virtuosic guitar solos cemented his claim to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time. But despite his accolades and rockstar status, it wasn’t until 2009 that Slash started to produce his first self-titled solo album. Slash embarked on his first solo world tour with Myles Kennedy to promote the album.

In 2011, Slash collaborated with Myles to produce his second ‘solo’ album, which was then assigned to the new band ‘Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators’. ‘The Conspirators’ comprises Brent Fitz on drums, Todd Kerns, bassist and vocals, and Frank Sidoris on guitar and vocals.

Four albums and thirteen years later, the band kicked off their 2024 “The River Is Rising – Rest Of The World Tour” in Mexico City’s Pepsi Centre WTC and is set to visit 20 countries and 31 cities across the globe, including Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London.

With its punchy and grittier tones, their touring album, ‘4’ benefits from being listened to live (or at the very least, a decent sound system) – from the Paradise City-esque double tempo of The River Is Rising to the sweet melody of Fill My World, the album is a treat to the ears, and with the stage presence of Slash, and his epic solos, this tour is a sensory delight you won’t want to miss.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Radiohead’s side project, The Smile, their latest album release and how to get tickets for the tour in March 2024.

While many of us were getting our hands dirty with (still unfinished) home-reno projects, Radiohead’s lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and singer Thom Yorke started a lockdown project that excited many: The Smile.

Three years and one debut album later, the Radioheaders and jazz drummer Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet) have released their second LP, Wall of Eyes, which already has fans calling it Greenwood’s best project since In Rainbows.

From the very first notes of Wall of Eyes, it’s evident that Greenwood’s innovative compositions and Yorke’s haunting vocals have reached new heights of creativity and intensity. Recorded at the infamous Abbey Road Studio, The Smile’s new album is said to have so-called ‘Beatles-inspired’ melodies, namely within Friend of a Friend – although we’re not sure how true this is. But there’s no denying the album’s dynamic range and raw energy. It showcases the band’s unparalleled ability to captivate audiences with their diverse sonic palette.

Their 2024 tour stretches from spring into summer, so there’s plenty of time to picture yourself amidst a sea of fellow music lovers, swept up in the euphoria of their unique sound. NME named their 2022 performance in New York a  ‘dazzling spectacle’ and it has received raving reviews far and wide. Trust us. This tour is not one to miss.

The Smile tour dates in March 2024:

07  – Dublin, 3Arena
10 – London, Eventim Apollo
13 – Copenhagen, K.B. Hallen
15 – Brussels, Forest National
16 – Amsterdam, AFAS Live
18 – Brighton, Brighton Centre
19 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
20 – Glasgow, SEC Armadillo
22 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
23 – London, Alexandra Palace

Kicking off in Dublin in March, there are just a few weeks to go until the launch of their European tour, so  the time to secure your spot and witness the spectacle is now. The prospect of experiencing the ground-breaking Walls of Eyes tracks live in the flesh is exhilarating. Following excessive demand, The Smile has announced an extra London date for their tour, so grab them while you can!

Whether you’re a long-time Radiohead fan or new to The Smile’s inventive sound, this promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Grab your tickets, get that album on repeat and prepare to be blown away by Yorke’s ethereal vocals.

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The winter solstice has passed, which means we’re inching closer to the warm embrace of summer. Soon enough, the air will be filled with the smell of barbeques, and you’ll be squelching through muddy festivals chanting along to the Seven Nation Army riff. But that doesn’t mean we have to wait until summer for great music.

2024 is already looking to be a big year for live music and here’s some of the concerts we’re most excited about:

1) Depeche Mode

The legendary Depeche Mode duo, Martin Gore and David Gahan, announced additional dates to their Memento Mori world tour, following sold-out stadium and arena shows across Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the US. These new European tour dates begin on 22nd January at London’s O2 Arena and finish on 5th April in Cologne, Germany.

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2) Holly Humberstone

Following the release of her debut album earlier this year, Holly Humberstone, will be touring in 2024. The singer first appeared at Glastonbury in 2019 on the BBC Music Introducing Stage and has since released several singles and opened for Olivia Rodrigo in 2022. If you’re a Lorde or Phoebe Bridgers fan, you’ll probably be a fan of Humberstone, too. Holly will be touring the UK in March, so don’t miss out.

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3) Slipknot

With their seventh album, The End, So Far, Slipknot are back and promise the usual energy and chaos that has become synonymous with their live shows. The band has received numerous awards, including a Grammy and 12 Platinum album certifications worldwide, with over 12.1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Touring the UK next December, this is an essential trip for metal fans and “maggots”.

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4) Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band

Why not welcome Summer in with Bruce Springsteen’s May tour dates? Long recognised as an incomparable live performer, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band are known for high-energy live performances featuring Springsteen’s signature blend of rock, folk, and blues music. According to Pollstar magazine, Springsteen is one of just four artists who have sold more than 20 million tickets since 1980 – don’t you want to be part of those numbers!?

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5) The Killers

Celebrating 20 years since the release of their debut album, Hot Fuss, The Killers are taking over UK stages as part of their Rebel Diamonds Tour. The tour celebrates the release of an album of the same name, featuring a compilation of their greatest hits. We assure you, bagging these tickets will make you ‘Smile Like You Mean It’.

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If stadium tours aren’t your cup of tea and you prefer something a bit more intimate, there are hundreds of great gigs happening across the UK in grassroots venues, supported by the Music Venue Trust. Discover what’s on at venues near you over on their website.

 

We are proud to announce the first step of our new initiative of giving back to grassroots venues from secondary ticketing. Ever since the inauguration of the Fair Ticketing Alliance 3 years ago it has been one of the campaign aims to license responsible traders and to create a pipeline fund from part of those license fees to give back to the venues.

Well as we all know it takes a long time to get any legislation through parliament, especially in the current climate, so instead of wait, here at Gigtix we have decided to be proactive and create a precursor to the proposed license fee fund. This will be in the form of a £1 charity donation from every sale made on the Gigtix website, the proceeds of which will go to the Music Venues Trust who do invaluable work in keeping open grassroots venues which we all love and hold so dear. Not only are these venues for our enjoyment but they are the lifeblood of new talent and performers, giving them a platform on which to build their careers. They are vital to our vibrant and precious live music and comedy scene.

In the past we have relied on donating to crowdfunding campaigns but in the event of Covid 19 this seemed like it wasn’t enough anymore. So a big thankyou to Music Venue Trust for embracing us and hopefully this is the first step on attracting more to do the same, we definitely know of other interested parties in carrying out a similar donation setup, so lets hope this is the start of something good and something BIG!

 

Well, it isn’t long now before events can start back up and we can get out to support the venues that need us. In the last week or so Van Morrison has started the ball rolling by doing his run of socially distanced shows at the London Palladium. On June 21st, the very day that restrictions are lifted we see https://powerhauscamden.com/ at Camden Locks open its doors for the first time, this is the old Dingwalls venue and has been refurbished. They have attracted some great acts in their first opening week including White Lies, Pete Doherty and Van Morrison for their opening night. Whilst these shows sold out very quickly be sure to keep an eye out for any new announcements they make, there is bound to be some more great acts added in the coming months!

So, exciting times ahead, here at Gigtix we are feeling momentum building once again and it is all about confidence which the covid vaccine appears to be giving people. Fingers crossed our road out of here ends at the venue we love the most. Enjoy your first gig back and if you haven’t booked one, get it in the diary and have something to look forward to!

The memory of this gig is a little on the hazy side! Four of us drove down to see Interpol at Shepherds Bush Empire from Birmingham, not quite sure why we didn’t go see them somewhere nearer home, perhaps they didn’t play in the Midlands.

The journey down was a fraught one, too many tins of Stella Artois meant we all had to keep stopping on the M40 to let off steam! This is the main reason the memory is a bit frayed. I do remember our knowledge of London streets at that time left a little bit to be desired and we were wandering around Baker Street trying to find Shepherds Bush! This was well before my IT working days in the City so my command of the underground wasn’t what it is now!

I remember it being a hot day and sitting on Shepherds Bush Green watching to see when the first people started queuing. We saw Sam Fogarino of the band exit a restaurant accosted by some screaming girls, it was a bit like a scene from some Beatles footage! Interpol were not a well known band back then so to see this mania was a little surprising.  Once we saw Sam go in the stage door that was our cue to get in the queue!

I loved being at the front, standing, have never understood why anyone would choose to sit down at a gig come to think of it. This always meant of course a looooong wait and I can’t sadly remember if there was actually any support band, Interpol have been known not to have any in the past so perhaps I waited hours and hours, probably getting through a whole pack of 20 cigarettes in the process!

Finally the band came on and they were smart, real snappy dressers. Suited and booted, reminded me of Joy Division, Interpol being the nearest you could get to my idols back then. The first album “Turn On The Bright Lights” is a masterpiece from start to finish and this tour was in support of it. Paul Banks looked great, smoking a tab, holding his fender guitar, very smooth, he said “Hello” in his deep also velvety smooth voice and we were away. Straight into “Untitled” the album opener, felt absolutely lifted along on a magic carpet with the reverberating, overlapping guitars intertwined with the dark vocals. Paul was a genius lyricist, quirky, meaningful, unique and emotional, delivering them with a powerful but also fragile voice which made you think he was going to cry at any moment.

The sound of Interpol rang around SBE that night, it always has been one of my favourite venues for sound. For a relatively new band they were definitely attracting a cult following of which I was proud to be a member of, though I always refrain from the tradition of throwing my pint over everyone else in excitement!

We weren’t expecting an encore as had heard the band didn’t really do them. Well they did two and ended with my favourite tracks off the album, “The New” and “Leif Erikson”.

We left buzzing from the experience, what a fantastic gig. I loved it so much that have seen them 5 times since and the band of course have gone on from strength to strength, hitting huge heights in the UK around 8 years ago when the Joy Division phenomena suddenly got noted by the masses 30 years after the band broke up! They still remain one of my favourite bands and hope to see them again soon. Thankyou Interpol for some great memories.

Here is the setlist link from SETLIST.FM for that night :

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/interpol/2003/shepherds-bush-empire-london-england-bd7d9b2.html

Probably the first large event I attended and one I will never forget. Having a very mixed up teenage musical experience consisting of liking Goth, Grunge and Madchester it sometimes amazes me how I managed to like it all at the same time. The Happy Mondays were my way into Madchester, for me even before The Stone Roses appeared I had watched a video of Happy Mondays play live, 2 particular songs Kuff Dam and Tart Tart I absolutely loved. Shaun’s voice was obviously so unique and that appealed to me as I had recently started listening to Joy Division too, better late than never!! Well, before long this music changed the whole UK music scene forever, literally overnight. Eagerly I awaited Top of the Pops on a Thursday anticipating that Happy Mondays and Stone Roses were going to be on. OH MY GOD! You seriously do not know how rare that was back then, there were NO indie bands that had chart success apart from Depeche Mode! Son on came Shaun in black looking cool and they banged out Hallelujah, the single mix and I was totally hooked. The Lord only knows how many times I repeat played that on video. Bez was mesmerising too, so much so my friend and I next day at school couldn’t talk about anything else.

Anyway, we of course had to see them as soon as was humanly possible and my friend arranged for his Dad to take us from rural Worcestershire to Wembley Arena to see them. Seemed such a long way away but oh so worth it. We queued and queued and queued and queued some more just to get to the front, running across the floor to get to the front barrier. It was such a long wait, so long I think we actually smoked some cigarettes there, couldn’t do that nowadays! I remember the band finally coming on and literally I just got squashed and couldn’t move. The surge kept on coming, wave after wave, but all I kept thinking was that Bez was staring at me but of course he was just staring at everything. All great gigs for me leave you thinking “yes they played everything I wanted to hear” and they didn’t let me down. Here is the setlist from that magical night :

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/happy-mondays/1990/wembley-arena-london-england-2bc6f8b6.html

We were the talk of the town next day as the first kids from our year to have ever gone to a gig so everyone was asking loads of questions. I had bought a bright pink tshirt with Happy Mondays multi coloured bubble writing on it and insisted on wearing it underneath my school shirt knowing it would get seen, think this was the start of teenage rebellion! Haha.

Happy Days!!! No actually better than that, HAPPY MONDAYS!

 

 

So here we are, over a year since the first Coronavirus lockdown and just about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It has been a long hard year for sure and we are all desperate to get back out there and find normality again. A big part of that is going out to see our idols and experience live events which have been cruelly taken from us for so long. Well it shouldn’t be too long to wait now as only today it was announced in The Sun that Boris Johnson is going to be advised that events can return at full capacity and that there is no need for social distancing. This is music to our ears of course! The first events that are pencilled in that we are covering are for Van Morrison in London which take place from 1st June to 5th June. These are currently socially distanced events, it remains to be seen if venues will be able to run at full capacity again which we think they really have to be. At a third of capacity it just doesn’t work for venues.

Well now we are all chomping at the bit lets help all of these venues, especially the small one by getting back out there and feeling confident that we will be safe. The vaccine rollout has certainly been a godsend in that regard and means that surely those mosh-pits will start back up again!

So from June 21st it looks like live events will return in full capacity venues and here are some of the highlights that we see as coming up over the Summer, mainly festivals but some of the lineups are magic and we cannot wait to be there!! We have plenty of variety when it comes to the festivals so take a browse at your leisure and enjoy looking forward to fantastic live events once again!

https://gigtix.uk/event/reading-festival-24974/

https://gigtix.uk/event/neighbourhood-weekender-festival-25202/

https://gigtix.uk/event/wireless-festival-25788/

https://gigtix.uk/event/all-points-east-festival-25419/

 

 

 

 

We are going to run a monthly new feature reviewing bygone gigs that we have attended. So many fantastic experiences and using the brilliant website https://www.setlist.fm/ it is possible to trigger so many memories and recollect those moments. So here goes with our first gig :

FOALS – BRIXTON ACADEMY – 12TH NOVEMBER 2010

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/foals/2010/o2-academy-brixton-london-england-5bd557f0.html

Well what can I say about this band? Firstly I have to admit that my wife introduced me to them and I was blown away from the first song she played to me which was Black Gold. She had told me it had this amazing build up and yes it sure did, at precisely 3 mins 55 secs!

I was hooked, tracks like Electric Bloom, Blue Blood and the incredible Spanish Sahara were right up my street. Spanish Sahara still is easily in my top 5 tracks of all time and many times since we have gone completely mad to that track when we hear it live, it takes you to a different place altogether. The only reason it wasn’t the first dance song at our wedding was because it was too long!

So the chance came up to see them live at Brixton, we’d only known each other for a few months and this was our first gig together. We had both been to Brixton many times before of course so we took in a bar on the main Brixton road as was custom, skipped food and went into the queue. I always love that bit where you turn the corner off the main road and look up at the front of Brixton Academy and see the band name in lights. The queue remarkably wasn’t around the block like it sometimes was and we got in with about 5 minutes to spare, apologies to the support act who we missed!

I will never forget that we were actually upstairs, very grown up of us to get seats even though we didn’t sit in them! As we went in through the section doors there was a blue light and the first notes of Blue Blood played, it was magical. What a great set, so well put together with a mixture of rockier faster tracks combined with some slower numbers, and of course the encore with the familiar ending. Suffice to say we never sat down to watch them again after this time because as any Foals fan knows they always end with Two Steps, Twice. This has a compulsory part in it where a big “hole” in the standing area gets created by the fans and everyone just goes mental at the crescendo bit, bumping into each other and generally going nuts. It is like an outer body experience!

So, since this gig we were hooked on Foals, so much that we have lost count of the amount of times we have seen them live. A truly wonderful band who move with the times, constantly surprising us with the power and depth of their tracks. If you get a chance to see them live, then go go go. They are playing plenty of gigs in 2021, they may get rescheduled to 2022 but either way don’t miss them and get into them!

We’ve dug out a photo of the band from around the time too, not the best quality wise but so interesting to look at them from back then and also the lady on the right, don’t remember her, who is she?

Tune in next time for Interpol, live at the Electric Ballroom, Camden!

Reading Festival is one of the best live events of the year for us. I myself have been going to it since 1992 and it has always been such an enjoyable experience. One memorable year when Nirvana headlined it was a sea of mud and I distinctly remember going to see Mudhoney, so very apt, on the main stage. It was absolutely manic as you can imagine and the crowd had managed to put together an enormous sheet, God knows where they got it from, soaked it in mud and draped it over practically everyone, we were covered head to toe in it and the band were getting mud thrown at them and were throwing it back, it was chaos! It is memories like these that we need to start making again as events come back and the announcement that Reading and Leeds is going ahead for 2021 literally made us cry with happiness.

I mean people just want to experience that night-time buzz outside the tents, gathering round chatting, drinking, smoking and generally having a good time. Everybody in it together, even miss the toilets! Or do I?! J. The plethora of food establishments on offer too, cheesy chips I mean come on is there anything better! Then nothing more enjoyable than sitting there on the grass with a stack of beers watching some of the smaller acts and working out from your planner which tent you simply have to be at so as not to miss that all important band you recently got into, then being outside as the light fades into the main headliners, just being amongst everyone all with the same goal in mind, to enjoy the magic and sing and dance to your idols.

So 2021, it promises to be a great line up so far. Highlights have to be QOTSA and of course Liam Gallagher, c’mon you know! You can’t beat a bit of bopping to Two Door Cinema Club or The Wombats either. Let’s Dance to Joy Division, yes please! Catfish too with their enigmatic lead singer Van McCann, powerful. More to be announced as usual so expect there to be a whole host of brilliant acts to fill the bill.

Welcome back Reading and Leeds, get in!

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