Gig Review: Edinburgh Blues & Rock Festival (Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 29/07/17)

Review/Interviews by Cameron Arndt, all photos courtesy and © Stuart Stott After a successful first year in 2016, the Edinburgh Blues & Rock Festival returned to the Corn Exchange last week boasting another sterling – and surprisingly eclectic – line-up of some of the best blues/rock talent that Scotland, Britain, and indeed the world has to offer. This time Rock And Roll Traffic was there to catch all the action, sample the atmosphere backstage, and grab many of the bands for …

Review: 3 Days At The Montreux Jazz Festival 2017

By Cameron Arndt, all photos by CA, all shows reviewed took place 9th-12th July 2017   It’s been a stormy day in Montreux. We step off the train into a torrential rainstorm and struggle through the short walk to our hotel near the lakeside. The usual spectacular view is completely obscured by clouds and mist, with only the start of the lake visible and no hint of the stunning vista of mountains that lies on the far side.   Fortunately the …

Gig Review: Blue Oyster Cult (O2 ABC Glasgow, 29/06/17)

By Cameron Arndt   As far as I can work out, it’s been almost ten years since Blue Oyster Cult played in Scotland. Back then they played a much smaller venue, The Ferry, whereas tonight they grace the O2 ABC up on Sauchihall Street. Whether this apparent resurgence is due to a renewed drive within the band themselves, or indicative of a wider renaissance in the rock scene as a whole I’m not sure, but whatever the reason, their return …

Gig Review: Jared James Nichols (O2 ABC Glasgow, 29/06/17)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos courtesy of and © Dave Jamieson   This past Thursday, Wisconsin guitar hero Jared James Nichols and his band teed up an excellent evening of  classic rock n roll at Glasgow’s O2 ABC. As far as I can work out, it’s been almost ten years since Blue Oyster Cult played in Scotland. Back then they played a much smaller venue, The Ferry, whereas tonight they grace the O2 ABC up on Sauchiehall Street. Whether this apparent resurgence …

Gig Review: Guns N’ Roses (London Stadium, 17/06/17)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos by CA   What happened to Axl Rose? Maybe nothing I guess… but the man we’ve seen in public over the last couple of years bears little resemblance to the unpredictable diva we’ve known for the last 20 or so. Whether kicking off the Guns N’ Roses reunion at Coachella last year, or fronting AC/DC to help close out their Rock Or Bust tour after Brian Johnson’s unfortunate enforced retirement (due to hearing issues), he …

Gig Review: Aerosmith (3 Arena – Dublin, 14/06/17)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos by CA With the possibility that this will be Aerosmith’s last visit this side of the Atlantic, and only a solitary show at Download Festival taking place in the UK, it seems that a large contingent of Glasgow and Britain’s rock and metal fans have descended on the Irish capital for tonight’s show at the 3 Arena – or at least I certainly kept running into people I knew!   Having neve r seen the band …

Gig Review: Eric Gales/Bourbon Street Band (Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – 24/05/17)

By Cameron Arndt, photos courtesy of and © Stuart Stott ‘We’ve been waiting for you twenty years Eric!’ comes the elated shout early in the show as the guitarist thanks everyone for coming along to his first ever UK show. The man onstage looks truly moved, and this is just one small special moment in an evening packed full of emotion, intensity and spellbinding musical skill. By any way you’d care to measure Eric Gales has had an illustrious career so …

Gig Review: Iron Maiden (Glasgow Hydro, 16/05/17)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos courtesy and © Mark Rutherford The strains of UFO’s Doctor Doctor reverberate around the venue. Iron Maiden’s perennial intro track is beloved of band and fans alike, and the anticipation in the densely packed SSE Hydro reaches fever pitch as the masses sing along with the classic British rock anthem. The light’s go down and a video – showing the band’s mascot, Eddie, hacking his way through an exotic jungle – plays as the road crew …

Gig Review: The Naked Feedback, IdKid, The Rich, The Label (13th Note, Glasgow – 29/04/17)

By Cameron Arndt This past Saturday saw our first ever ‘Rock And Roll Traffic Presents…’ showcase gig. Held at the 13th Note in Glasgow we assembled four handpicked bands for an evening of no holds barred rock and roll, at it all went down a storm! We’re not going to feature a full review of the show, as we were really too busy to take notes on the night, but here’s a quick roundup of some of the highlights! The …

On & Offstage… with the Danny Bryant Big Band (La Belle Angele, Edinburgh – 28/04/17)

On & Offstage #5 Written by Cameron Arndt, photos courtesy of and © Stuart Stott ‘I think because I do blues/rock most people think that’s what I listen to, and I have, but now it’s sort of BB King, and a lot of stuff that was recorded in the 60s, and even the 70s. I don’t mean 70s music, but when the blues guys took those big road bands out in the 70s. That’s the stuff I really love.’ Danny …