Music is memories. I listen to Just Push Play from Aerosmith and I don’t think it’s not as powerful, catchy or good as Pump or Permanent Vacation. I reminiscence about sitting in the Hard Rock Café in Melbourne over a pint of VB listening to it premier. Appetite for Destruction reminds me of me blasting out My Michelle from an amp in my bedroom. Fast forward to August 2040. I’m a 67-year old dude looking back at 20 years ago. I might be thinking of the mask-wearing public, the lack of gigs, the fear and confusion of the pandemic crisis of twenty years ago. But I think I’ll hear the opening of Breaking Out or 99 Ways and think about the time that Blitz’s Fight to Survive hit my earlobes. And by god, I will smile. Because music like this engulfs the politics and the socioeconomics and reminds us why the Earth is a great place to inhabit in 2020.
Kicking off with One In a Million sets the scene perfectly. It hooks you in quicker than Pamela Anderson’s bosom in Barb Wire and doesn’t let you go. The guitar solo forms together seamlessly with its great chorus. Blood Brothers soon enters the fray and buy now you know the next hour or so is going to move quicker than Theresa May in a wheat field. Damage is Done follows Waiting For a Miracle and the pace doesn’t drop. In fact, Damage is Done is a killer of a tune that strongly requires a further crank of the volume knob. This would fit comfortably on any Rock compilation CD and should be included in everyone.
The first single Breaking Out which by now is lodged in my brain as firmly as my love of Discos is followed by the title track of the album Fight To Survive. Party Time holds the tradition of bourbon drinking parties at the pool, birds, booze and bad language then the beautifully crafted Never Surrender soon follows at its rowdy heels. The album’s end track Rock Show finishes on a high, very apt at this time of Covid cancellations but not before 99 Ways and Dance Of Fire– two further outstanding tracks.
BlitZ are the real deal. Let’s get that straight. Welcome to the Rock Show was ace but this album was built on a foundation of hard-graft, relentless work, great attitudes and a mountain of talent. They are a band who bring it live. The attitude is there for all to see but above all, my god they are very spectacular indeed.
Do yourself a massive favour and on August 21st go purchase Fight To Survive. The album artwork itself is awesome but the energy that goes into it from Kevin Simpson, Stuart Corden and Matt Davis is a thing of beauty. Well done boys. Give yourself a massive pat on the back. The world is a better place with BlitZ in it.
Guys, come and join me for my live show.
Yes, I couldn’t make it to your town but I can make it to your living room.
FRIDAY 14th JULY 7PM
Get your tickets here and now –
With special guests and an hour and a half of stand-up comedy this is gonna be a BLAST.
See you very shortly
No need to dress up. In fact keep these jogger on and get your laughing gear on……
Well, my friends its been a while.
Just a quick note to say hi and hope you are all staying healthy, happy and behaving (this is optional).
My 2021 Tour is fixing up nicely, and from Somerset to Glasgow it’s looking like a helluva tour. I can’t get wait to get on that stage again, the writing process is fun but there’s nothing like making an audience laugh. Together with music festivals, comedy festivals and some very special one off gigs it is indeed something to look forward to.
In fact to try out some new material I am looking at releasing wee 5 minute stand-up shows every Friday. Well, more like sit-down. So I will hopefully see you all this Friday for Episode 1. I’ll be on facebook, twitter, instagram and other social media platforms (but not Tik Tok cause I don’t know what it is)
And thank you for buying The Call and Resurrection Mill – I am very grateful indeed.
Right, my tea’s ready so I’m off.
In this time of bad news, unemployment, BREXIT and Covid-19 the world needs it’s yin to its yang. And by God the Outlaw Orchestra supply this ray of sunshine fun. The sun is out and as I’m playing Pantomime Villains the lock down is forgotten and instead I feel like I’m being carried through life in a wheelbarrow full of Opal Fruits. Starbursts for the younger generation.
The first time I intro-ed the Outlaw Orchestra on stage I was later bitten in the thigh by an employee of a rum promoter. Two things that night left its mark on me. A fine pair of teeth and the energy, talent, stagecraft, musicianship and fun by this fantastic foursome.
Pete Briley, Ryan Smith, Alex Barter and Dave Roux are what the world needs right now and now is the perfect time for the release of Pantomime Villains their first album.
We all know (if not you should) how brilliant they are live. During their Ramblin’ Man and their Winterstorm set I desperately needed to pee but my eyes were glued to the stage with their rock n roll bluegrass styling and their onstage charm. In fact Eric’s onstage (not offstage) persona , the guitarist from my book The Call is based on Dave. Fact! I think, by memory I did make it to the toilet but didn’t wash my hands as I never wanted to miss a beat of this class act (Note: this was before Covid-19 so acceptable.)
This debut album contains ten songs and begins with Take A Bow, a foot-stomper followed by the released Chicken Fried Snake. Already a live favourite and a great opening sequence of the album. I don’t smoke cigars or drink whiskey on my porch but once Hanging Tree is played I sure want to. Maybe I will just take a trip to the One Stop and sit in a chair outside rocking myself silly.
Whiskey Drinking Liar follows us to the latest single Arabia. “Where’s my camel when I need one?” says it all. In ten years time and believe me in this, in stadiums and festivals around the world, thousand upon thousands of music fans will be singing this at the top of their volumes waving their plastic pint in their hand. I want Arabia to be the theme tune of the Qatar World Cup competition. Come on guys, let’s make this a reality.
The second half of the album continues with the awesomeness of the first half which means unlike Metallica’s Black album they can play it live from start to finish if they want – and not backwards.
Jumpin’ Jive is quick energetic, dirty and sleazy. In a good way of course. Already you can imagine this live, the grins on the faces of the band, the grass taking a stomping on whatever festival its at.
In my opinion Voodoo Queen is a real grower. Certainly not my favourite on the album on first listen, by listen ten questionably my favourite. Either I’m fickle of the Spanish influence is beautiful crafted. Perhaps both.
Send Some Whiskey Home and Too much Willie Nelson completes this brilliant album.
To be honest The Outlaw Orchestra have something about them that could just about satisfy anyone. Even Katie Hopkins would reduce her hatefulness if exposed to these guys. I don’t buy that they don’t fit into a particular genre. They don’t need to. They are The Outlaw Orchestra and their uniqueness along with their writing and playing ability, stagecraft and attitude make them a genre in their own right.
So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, brothers and sisters. Get Pantomime Villains on May 29th and give your ears a treat. By the 30th I guarantee you’ll turn into a whiskey-drinking, tobacco-smoking, fast-driving, rockabilly, Psycho-billy guitar-yielding, straw dancing bundle of joy.
And when you can next go see them life. And bring Hopkins with you.
Pantomime Villians is out on the 29th May on Voodoo Queen Records.
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2020 is gonna be an awesome year. Yes, my new novel THE CALL is released. Yes, I’m hitting the road for my stand-up tour in April and May. And yes, more amazing music will be delivered by these super-talented musician types. One of these who fall in the latter category is THE CITY KIDS.
And trust me when I say this album and band are going to be the antidote for flooding, the corono-virus and Trump’s annoyingly upside down mouth.
THE CITY KIDS consists of;
DAVE SANDERS on the drums
Dave Sanders. The man, the myth, the Cumbrian cat with the hat on the sticks. There’s not a happier drummer on the planet apart from when Lars Ulrich was winning his battle against Napster. Mr Sanders , the drummer of Falling Red is quite simply a superhero. In 2019 he helped Theia out for many of their tour dates and in the same year he bought me a beer. What a legend! With Dave perched on the throne The City Kids have got a rhythmic heartbeat as strong as an ox, as reliable as Jurgen Klopp and as tireless as the Duracell bunny, but way, way cooler.
BERTY BURTON on bass duties
Mr Burton. What Angus Young is to the guitar, Berty Burton is to the bass. The Tigertailz, Popestars, Demon Speed bassist who brings joy, musicianship and a sense of theatre every time that grin hits the stage. With performing bass duties for Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters Mr Burton makes Flea look like a cardboard stationary cut-out. I first saw the alchemist Berty Burton playing bass for The Last Great Dreamers and he simply made me happy. Very happy. I felt it was 1991 again and I was against the barrier trying to get Steve Harris’s attention. But Burton smiles more. And doesn’t need to wear shorts.
DENNIS POST guitar and vocals
Dennis Post. The Dennis Post. Yes Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, brothers and sisters. Denis Post from Warrior Soul is not only in the house but firmly on guitar and vocal duties and that means one thing. Rock and Roll. That could be two things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is Dennis Post – yes, Dennis Post is on board. Many people in the world would like to be handled like of Post’s axes. The guy is a Don. Storm Dennis? Absolutely, but this storm isn’t just hot wind (see what I did there?), Storm Dennis is one of the coolest, most talented and aw-inspiring guitarists out there. And believe me, he will blow you away. Fences wont be falling. Your belief of normality will be when you hear the magical sounds he can make with that damn guitar.
JJ WATT guitar and vocals
The City Kids is JJ’s brainchild. And anything that spawns from JJ is either going to be a horrendous unfathomable devilish disaster or a work of utter genius. Thankfully The City Kids is the latter. Unfinished business is never nice, a wise man once said that. Possibly Jon Bon Jovi. But this time the world would be grateful as JJ’s unfinished business with The Main Grains meant in 2020 The City Kids would be spawned and dominate the globe. With a combination of well-structured brilliant songwriting with a glorious sound that makes you feel the need to down a bottle of bourbon whilst saluting the world, JJ has made a monster. A monster of creative genius. The V+A museum is now the second most artistic cultural hub of Dundee. JJ Watt is the first. The thought of seeing JJ, cap over his eyes, Newcastle Brown next to him, singing and playing The City Kids material live will be like that first cup of tea in the morning after a kebab the night before. Simply sweet.
Look out for THE CITY KIDS forthcoming album Things That Never Were out soon
JJ appears in THE CALL – The novel – available now for pre-release