Album Review: Defying Gravity (Mr. Big)

By Cameron Arndt. All images via Redsand PR and © Mr. Big   Defying Gravity is the first album from melodic hard rockers Mr Big since 2015’s Stories We Could Tell. While by no means a bad record – it certainly had some cool moments, great songs and the four piece’s usual stellar musicianship – for me Stories… didn’t quite reach the heights of comeback album, What If. The melodies were a touch lacklustre in places, the ideas maybe not quite …

Gig Review: Dan Reed/The King Lot (Dreadnought Rock Bathgate, 01/07/17)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos courtesy and © John McIntyre Photography   Dan Reed – a man with a stellar resume from his trailblazing days in the Dan Reed Network, where he played to sold out stadiums on tours with Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and others – makes no secret of the fact that he loves playing smaller gigs these days – club shows, house concerts, even bigger but still reasonable-sized shows with the reformed DRN.   As he told us …

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 …

Preview/Interview: Dan Reed returns to Dreadnought Rock (01//07/17)

Interview by Cameron Arndt   One of the world’s greatest musical talents and a true internationally renowned musician returns to Dreadnought Rock to perform a solo acoustic show on Sat 1st July supported by local heroes The King Lot who will also perform acoustically, with their new line up. After successes with the reformed and rejuvenated Dan Reed Network who toured globally in 2016 and early 2017 (read our review of their excellent show at Glasgow’s Oran Mor here!) this …

New Video/Album News: (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ (King King)

Today King King release the video for the first single from their upcoming 4th record, Exile And Grace. (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ is a full tilt slab of classic, hook filled rock – a heavy blast that Thunder would be proud of, led in by a guitar riff reminiscent of the synth on Won’t Get Fooled Again. The chorus is immediately catchy, and delivered in the video by Alan Nimmo with palpable glee. The new single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder …

CD/DVD Review: Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening (Joe Bonamassa)

By Cameron Arndt Joe Bonamassa is back with another high quality live CD/DVD release (out today!). Yep, I can hear the complainers already, ‘Another live DVD!!’ they’ll cry, ‘When will he stop!’ Well I’ve got a simple solution for those folks: Don’t listen, don’t watch, and don’t buy. Problem solved! For everyone else, there’s much to enjoy here. Sure it might be too much for all but the biggest Bonamassa completest to own all his work – especially his myriad …

News/Preview: R&RT Presents Cameron Arndt (Highway 491) Europe Tour 2017

Highway 491 are excited to announce that frontman Cameron Arndt will be taking to the continent this summer for the In The Loop solo acoustic tour, taking in 7 dates across three countries in July 2017. Not only that, but this year will also see the release of the band’s second studio project. In The Loop – The Acoustic Sessions was recorded and produced by the band in May 2017 and – all going well – will be available on the tour dates, …

Single/Video Review: Who Is She? (The Naked Feedback)

By Cameron Arndt, all images © The Naked Feedback If I had to sum it up Who Is She? in just a few words… If I had to liken it to music by other artists… If pressed to describe the track in the most accessible way possible… I’d say something like: Crushing riffs and leads in the style of Queens Of The Stoneage, married to a Beatles-esque earworm chorus, with a fizzing guitar break that could have been perpetrated by Jack …