News/Tour Preview: Joe Bonamassa UK Tour, April 2017

JOE BONAMASSA APRIL 2017 UK TOUR Blues/Rock superstar Joe Bonamassa returns to the UK next month for a hotly anticipated run of dates. With a triumphant 2-date stint already announced for 21st/22nd April at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall – which he first headlined in 2009 and captured on the memorable DVD release Live From The Royal Albert Hall – he’s added three further gigs around the UK due to huge demand and limited tickets for the London shows. These include dates …

Gig Review: The Temperance Movement (Fat Sam’s Dundee, 17/03/17)

Review and pictures by Cameron Arndt Following an initial batch of acoustic shows last year, The Temperance Movement returned for a mini-tour of four acoustic dates in Scotland last week. It was an intriguing proposition, as their back catalogue contains a number of songs which would clearly work well in an acoustic setting. Even more interesting was how they would approach their heavier, fuzzed-up blues rock numbers. Having missed last year’s Glasgow show we took to the road last Friday …

Gig Review: Bad Touch/Broken Witt Rebels – Roadstars ’17 (O2 ABC2 Glasgow, 18/03/17)

Review By Cameron Arndt, Pics courtesy Ritchie Birnie and Martin Bone, © as noted. The 2017 edition of the Planet Rock Roadstars tour finally arrived in Glasgow this past weekend. It’s a show that’s been highly anticipated here at Rock And Roll Traffic and, going by the reaction of Glasgow’s gig-going population on Saturday, we weren’t the only ones looking forward to it. As this is a co-headline tour the two bands are taking turns to play first. Tonight, Birmingham’s Broken …

Album Review: Stolen Hearts (Erja Lyytinen)

Review by Cameron Arndt Finnish singer/guitarist Erja Lyytinen releases her 10th studio album, Stolen Hearts, on Friday 7th April. It’s her first studio album since 2014’s Elmore James tribute, The Sky Is Crying, and she’s thrown everything at this one – with stellar results. It was recorded and mixed by multi-platinum selling engineer, Chris Kimsey, who’s worked with artists including The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, INXS, Bad Company. Not only that but the vocals were recorded on the same desk …

TOUR NEWS: Michael Schenker Fest announces UK Tour in November 2017!

MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES “MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST” NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR With the release of his superb new DVD, Michael Schenker Fest LIVE Tokyo now only a week away, there’s further exciting news from Michael Schenker in the form of a UK Tour slated for November 2017! As with last years Schenker Fest concerts the tour will reunite the original three M.S.G. vocalists, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums). For the FULL story on this project read our recent …

Interview/Tour Preview: Sari Schorr

Interview by Cameron Arndt Photos © Laurence Harvey Celebrated blues vocalist Sari Schorr  kicked off her UK tour on Wednesday 15th March at the Bridgewater Bar Brunel and plays Cottiers in Glasgow on Sunday 26th March. The New York based singer is currently in Bath recording the follow-up album to her critically acclaimed debut album. A Force of Nature was released last year and it’s really quite stunning. Filled with searing guitar playing, excellent bluesy backing it contains 12 cuts of groove-filled, soulful …

Album Review: This Is Sammy Hagar (Sammy Hagar)

Review by Cameron Arndt Last year Sammy Hagar released this new collection in the US, and it was finally given a UK release last week (March 10th). ‘Oh no, not another hits collection from a classic rock artist!’ some of you might say. Some might even say ‘Oh no, not Sammy Hagar!’ However, anyone not willing to give this record a chance would be making a grave mistake. Comprised of cuts from some of the frontman’s lesser-known solo albums, there …

Gig Review: Black Star Riders/Gun (O2 ABC – Glasgow, 15/03/17)

Review by Cameron Arndt, Photos courtesy of and © Mike Bruce (MB Photos Scotland) Black Star Riders are currently criss-crossing the UK headlining a superb line-up in support of their third record, Heavy Fire. Scotland’s own, The Amorettes, have supported on select dates, but for two nights in Glasgow we’re treated to a co-headline bill including the city’s finest, GUN. Support comes from Backyard Babies who kick off the first of the packed shows at the excellent O2 ABC on Sauchiehall Street. The Swedes …

Gig Review: Dan Reed Network/VEGA (Oran Mor – Glasgow, 08/03/17)

Written by Keith Reid, edited by Cameron Arndt All photos courtesy of and © Martin Bone As with my previous trip to Glasgow (to review Tyketto at the ABC) there were three other bands in town this evening, namely Black Star Riders, GUN and The Backyard Babies at the O2 ABC. A sizable crowd had, however, selected Oran Mor as their venue of choice and the Dan Reed Network as their band this Wednesday night, and they were not to …