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 …

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 …

Gig Review: Stevie Nimmo Trio/Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band (Cottiers – Glasgow, 11/03/17)

Review by Cameron Arndt, Pics courtesy of and © Ritchie Birnie/Jace Media Last Friday at Cottiers could be seen as excellent two-for-one offer for music fans. Those who came along to witness a stellar performance from the Stevie Nimmo Trio were also treated to a fantastic opening set by Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band – and there were plenty of people crowded into the atmospheric confines of the converted church to catch some top class blues, rock and soul. Read …

Gig Review: Mason Hill/Massive Wagons (Cathouse – Glasgow, 03/03/17)

Written by Gillian Thomson, edited by Cameron Arndt, Photos by Michael Bruce (MB Photos Scotland) Mason Hill hit the Cathouse with an almighty bang on Friday 3rd March, playing a blinding show at their sold out hometown venue. Support came from Massive Wagons, who opened with their own superb set of heavy, catchy rock n roll. Including belting numbers such as Tokyo and the amusing Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum – sample lyric, ‘Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, I smell the blood of a rock n roll band’ …

Gig Review: Bonadife/Tequila Mockingbyrd/Killer Bee (O2 ABC2 – Glasgow, 05/03/17)

Review by Cameron Arndt, Pics courtesy of and © Richie Birnie/Jace Media (except where noted) It’s Bonafide’s 10th anniversary and they’ve just released the superb Flames record, so there’s lot’s to celebrate as they arrive in the UK for the 14 gigs in 14 days, covering the entire country. Check out our exclusive interview with frontman Pontus Snibb here. Also onboard are Australian power rock trio Tequila Mockingbyrd and reformed classic rockers from Sweden, Killer Bee. It’s a mouth-watering lineup for …

Gig Review: The Answer & Black Cat Bones (Band On The Wall – Manchester, 06/03/17)

Written by Cameron Arndt, all photos by CA except where noted. This past Friday The Answer brought their ‘In This Land’ tour to Manchester’s Band On The Wall. The tour is in support of recent release, Solas – a record which is, in my view, something of a game-changer – and the band display full confidence in their new material by playing a big chunk of the album tonight. The noisy crowd are entirely supportive of this, responding just as loudly to the folk-tinged ballads …

Interview/Feature: Michael Schenker Fest LIVE in Tokyo (Interviews with Michael Schenker, Gary Barden, Robin McAuley & Ted McKenna)

By Cameron Arndt, Tokyo show photos by and © Emili Muraki ‘You know, the Japanese people they understand the art of lead guitar playing and pure self-expression – and of course Scottish and English people understand, that’s where it comes from. There’s people all over the world who understand what I’m doing, but the commercial ‘wide mass,’ they don’t understand. But over 40-50 years I think people have been educated and they have started understanding more and more and I think …