Gig Review: Tyketto/Bigfoot (La Belle Angele – Edinburgh, 25/11/17)

By Keith Reid, edited by Cameron Arndt, all pics © and courtesy John McIntyre Bigfoot interview by Cameron Arndt. On a cold November Saturday evening, Tyketto rolled into Edinburgh with Wigan-based heavy melodic rockers Bigfoot in tow to take the stage at La Belle Angele in support of their Frontiers Records album Reach. Both bands were fresh from their performances at WinterStorm in Troon the previous evening. Bigfoot Bigfoot got things underway, playing a selection of material from their excellent self-titled …

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: 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: Californiasoul (Supersonic Blues Machine)

By Cameron Arndt I stumbled upon Supersonic Blues Machine’s debut album quite by accident a couple years ago. It was the band name that caught my eye on the rack in a record store and made me pick up the CD. The group’s moniker certainly proved apt as West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco was a turbocharged platter, verging almost more on hard rock more than blues. I enjoyed it, but in truth only come back to it every now …

Music Reviews: New/Recent Releases October 2017

NEW/RECENT RELEASES OCTOBER 2017 Into October, and here’s another batch of excellent new and recent releases with work from the legendary Dave Arcari, debuts from Crimson Star and Mitch Underwood, and more. Click one of the links below to jump to a specific review, or scroll through and find something new! Live From Memorial Hall (Dave Arcari) Songs By Liz Jones (Broken Windows) Bay View EP (Crimson Star) The Space Between (Mitch Underwood) Seven Sounds EP (Taped Live) Dave Arcari: …

EP Review: Seven Sounds (Taped Live)

By Cameron Arndt, pics from Taped Live Facebook Page, © Taped Live We’ve discussed previously the apparent proliferation of two piece blues/rock bands going around these days. We also noted how it’s incumbent on such bands to find their own style and selling point within the format in order to differentiate themselves from the many potentially similar bands. The flipside of that is that the two piece set-up seems to be uniquely suited to allowing a duo to stretch themselves; the potential …

Gig Review: Voodoo Six + Support (Bannerman’s, Edinburgh – 22/09/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pics by Blaine Ferguson As powerful as recorded music can be, it’s no surprise that when you catch a band live it often has even more of an impact – not for nothing is touring now the most lucrative outlet for all sorts of rock bands, pop outifts, even large orchestral concert tours. A live show connects you with the music, with the band onstage. At their best you feel part of the action. Sometimes it can …