HAWKESTREL Welcome Mick Taylor To “Chaos” Of Live And Dead

March 31, 2024

It began five years ago with the forward-looking "The Future Is Us" album as a HAWKWIND offshoot, yet since then Alan Davey’s HAWKESTREL project proved to be a solid enterprise that, to the date, delivered two more platters and are ready to launch – on April 12th, on International Day of Human Space Flight, under the title of “Chaos Rocks” – their fourth. Traditionally star-studded, this record features a few unexpected guests, such as the former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor: yes, the guitarist took part in a "Pioneers Of Space" track and now expanded his presence to two cuts, one finding him in the company of Bob Calvert and the other of Nik Turner, both dead for years.

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Gerry Conway, Farewell

March 30, 2024

Gerry Conway, the beating heart of folk rock, passed away on March 29th; the giant of gentle percussion touch was only 76. It’s impossible to overestimate his part in creating the musical alloy of traditional idioms and pop trends, as Gerry will forever remain the only drummer to have played, either as ensemble member or guest, on albums by STEELEYE SPAN, FOTHERINGAY, THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, MAGNA CARTA, PENTANGLE, FAIRPORT CONVENTION and JETHRO TULL as well as Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Iain Matthews, the McGarrigle sisters and Cat Stevens. Also worth mentioning is Conway’s work with Alexis Korner and Jim Capaldi – the latter, himself a master of rhythm, knew a worthy professional when he saw one.

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Peter Hammill To Bring Forth “The Naked Songs Tour” Tapes

March 28, 2024

When Peter Hammill embarked on a concert trek in 1985, his fans were in for a few surprises. For one, the veteran hadn’t released a new album since 1983’s “Patience”; more so, the former VdGG leader parted company with K GROUP and electric-ensemble assault to stand alone and strip his repertoire to sonic essentials. Hence “The Naked Songs Tour” which, on March 8th of that year found the Englishman at “Schauburg” in Bremen, performing numbers from across his solo career and his former band’s repertoire.

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John Cale Uses New Illusions

March 27, 2024

Sometimes good things take long to arrive but when the do they come in twos – at least. John Cale‘s had to wait seven years for his 2016’s “M:FANS” to be succeeded by “Mercy” in January 2023, yet that album sees a follow-up planned for release on June 14th – titled “POPtical Illusion” and featuring a devil’s dozen fresh cuts. Also fueled by current affairs, this platter is quite different from its immediate predecessor.

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Glen Matlock And Clem Burke Report From Stage

March 26, 2024

Perhaps, it is due to the fact that this collective issued their concert album only on a limited-edition double-vinyl and as a download, omitting – hopefully, temporarily – a CD version that the recent release of the “Lust For Live” album went largely unnoticed by the masses. Or maybe it is due to the fact that the ensemble convened by SEX PISTOLS’ bassist Glen Matlock and BLONDIE drummer Clem Burke with Katie Puckrik on vocals and guitarist Kevin Armstrong who played with David Bowie and Iggy Pop in order to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the latter’s “Lust For Life” during a series of shows in early 2023 didn’t get as much attention as GENERATION SEX whose ranks included a pair of ex-PISTOLS and a pair of GENERATION X members. Yet LUST FOR LIFE BAND‘s LP cannot be ignored.

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