In the build-up to Christmas you’ll find videos selected by our award winning founder Paul Bachmann, tracks picked out by editor Dave Smith, and favourite albums personally selected by our staff as Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2014 series gets underway today. To start, our writers and photographers have put their collective heads together to help shape our Essential Gigs of the year, showcasing live reviews, galleries and interviews from a year of Live4ever featured shows in both the US and UK.
Amongst those making the cut is the ‘intimacy and skeletal delivery’ of Jake Bugg live in New York, The Jim Jones Revue saying farewell by ‘grabbing the lapels and screaming directly into the crowd’ at the Leeds Brudenell Social Club, and Embrace performing on an ‘emotionally-charged night’ upon their return to Manchester. You can discover the features in all their glorious entireties by clicking on each individual link.
Slash‘s UK tour brought him to the Manchester Phones 4U Arena on Friday night (November 28th), which was lit up with a fantastic night of rock n roll led by new material and Guns N Roses classics – ‘Sweet Child o Mine’ and ‘Paradise City’ being true stand-outs.
Catch up with all the action, courtesy of Gary Mather, via our exclusive gallery by clicking on the lead image above.
Stars from the music world have been paying tribute to Ravi Shankar after the hugely talented musician died on December 11th at the age of 92.
Former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash has been talking through a part of his somewhat unconventional childhood, telling Australian radio station Triple M of the time when he caught his mother naked with David Bowie.
Slash will return to the UK later this year after recently completing a European tour which included a stop off at the Download festival last month.
In today’s Soundbites - our look back at the past week’s news, features, videos and tabloid gossip – Charlie Sheen feels ready to start taking the piss out of other celebs, Frank Turner sticks up for the man on Twitter, Brian May wants to be remembered for helping squirrels, Noel Gallagher increases his weekly earnings by a few hundred pounds, and this week’s most popular video is revealed.
Slash officially received his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame yesterday (July 11th), with movie star Charlie Sheen using the occasion to deliver a little dig at the legendary guitarist’s former Guns N Roses bandmate Axl Rose.
Actor Charlie Sheen is set to pay tribute to legendary guitarist Slash later today (July 10th) when the former Guns N Roses man is inducted into the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Summer 2012. We’ve just had the wettest June on record, the festival season has been fractured by a series of cancellations, and album sales have fallen in their millions.
And yet, for every music fan, there’ still reasons to be cheerful.
The Stone Roses have just completed – with no major hiccups – the fastest selling weekend of live music in UK history, Blur have deemed us worthy to sample the fruits of their studio labours, some faith in humanity was restored when The Voice had its live tour pulled and, most importantly, for seven months now artists both new and established have been releasing a steady stream of truly impressive albums, proving once again that, if you’re prepared to look hard enough, quality is still out there in abundance.
So, take a look through just some of those releases we’ve pulled together for our latest Essential Listening rundown, and maybe you’ll spot something which will soon occupy a prominent place in your own record collection for the remainder of the year. And when you’ve been through the list, why not do the same for us by leaving a comment below highlighting your own favourites of 2012…so far.
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