Gig Review: Mr. Big/The Answer (O2 ABC, Glasgow – 22/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pics by CA It’s been some time since Mr Big played in Scotland. Their last headline gig in Glasgow – at the same venue as tonight, the O2 ABC, in 2011 – was something of a revelation for me. Impressed with their then-current What If record I’d gone along and been blown away by the songs, the atmosphere and the musicianship. In recent years singer Eric Martin has played an acoustic show in Edinburgh, while bass player …

Interview: Brian Downey (Alive & Dangerous, Thin Lizzy)

Interview by Cameron Arndt 2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of Thin Lizzy’s iconic Live And Dangerous album (it was recorded in 1977, but released in 1978). In 2017 the band’s stock has arguably never been higher. Offshoot band Black Star Riders have just released their third album of original Lizzy-inspired hard rock, while the original band’s biting twin lead guitar style has influenced huge bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica and countless others through the years – and of course frontman …

Gig Review: Steve Hill (The Ferry, Glasgow – 12/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pics by CA I want to make one thing clear about Steve Hill before we go on to his unique selling point, or anything else: Musically he’s very, very good. It wouldn’t matter if this music was being played by a four piece band, a duo, or a big blues band. The songs are hard edged, prime blues/rock of the highest order; Hill’s guitar playing is sensational, and his voice is great – perfect for the style …

Gig Review: Y&T/Voodoo Vegas (The Garage, Glasgow – 03/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt, all pics courtesy and © Ritchie Birnie/Purple Skull Photography One of the first articles we published on Rock And Roll Traffic after starting out a year ago was something of a retrospective on one of the most consistently brilliant – and hard working – bands out there: Y&T tour constantly, and every year they make a welcome return to Scotland in October/November. For ten years or more we’ve been going along, and each and every year the show …

Gig Review: Michael Schenker Fest (O2 Ritz, Manchester – 04/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt ‘For the newcomers, I am Michael Schenker!’ The roar that greets the axeman’s announcement as he takes the stage at Manchester’s O2 Ritz suggests that that description applies to few, if any, in attendance. Either way the enthusiasm in his voice, and the almost childlike look of joy and wonder with which he surveys the venue, are infectious. For the past ten years Michael Schenker has been on a steady upwards curve as reunions with old bandmates, …

Gig Review: Brian Downey’s Alive & Dangerous (Nachtleben, Frankfurt, 17/10/17)

By Cameron Arndt, Pics by CA When the final touring line up of Thin Lizzy morphed into Black Star Riders in 2013, Brian Downey opted to retire from the band – citing the touring schedule a new album would entail. Three albums in BSR are an increasingly different proposition from the original band – though still though still heavily indebted to the Lizzy sound – and this perhaps explains Downey’s choice more thoroughly. Anyway, four years on and the sticksman …

Album Review: Solo Recordings Volume 3 (Steve Hill)

By Cameron Arndt I seem to continually find movie actors I thought were American who turn out to be Canadian. Through the years there’s been a fair few secretively Canadian musicians as well, but this last week I’m really wondering if they’re making a major play to take over the blues. Hot on the heels of JW Jones’ slick, soulful High Temperature album (reviewed here) comes this offering from Steve Hill. Another artist I was previously unfamiliar with, he occupies …

Album Review: Change My Game (Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado)

By Cameron Arndt, all pics © Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Quite by chance I caught Thorbjørn Risager And The Black Tornado live a few years ago at the blues festival in the small town of Sierre, nestled in the mountains above Lake Geneva in Switzerland. In a stunning setting the band made the most of a warm and sunny early evening slot and, although the crowd – many of whom were there to see headliners Nazareth – weren’t really warmed …

Album Review: Exile & Grace (King King)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos © Rob Blackman King King are a band much in demand. With deservedly rapturous responses to their third album (2015’s Reaching For The Light) ringing in their ears they’ve spent much of the last two years criss-crossing Europe on tour, gathering an army of fans wherever they go. Last year they finally recorded and released a much requested live album and DVD, which quickly proved another triumph. This seemed to only heighten the clamor for more …

Album Review: Truth Is A Wolf (Mollie Marriott)

By Cameron Arndt I wanted to write this review without mentioning Mollie Marriott’s famous father. This is her album after all, and should certainly be judged on it’s own merits. However, her career leading up to this has been such that a few names can’t help but be dropped – not many singers have performed at a memorial concert to their father alongside stars like Paul Weller, Zak Starkey and Deborah Bonham. Plus Mollie Marriott also appeared at Ronnie Lane’s …