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Riffs welcomes constant info on gigs, line-up changes and general band associated news.
(Please note that the further down the page, the older the News..................) 

After forty years of playing rhythm guitar for AC/DC, Malcolm Young has now stepped down permanently as he has been diagnosed with Dementia. The band will continue with Malcolm's nephew Stevie Young replacing him on guitar.

Before recording "That's All Right, Mama," Elvis auditioned to be a singer in a local band in Memphis and was told by the bandleader, "Stick to driving a truck because you'll never make it as a singer!"

NEW YORK—In a stunning reversal of their long-stated reluctance to take it, members of heavy-metal band Twisted Sister announced Monday that, after 24 years of fervent refusal, they are now willing to take it. “I acknowledge that we promised not to take it anymore, but things change. The world is a different place today, and with that in mind, we would like to go on record as saying that, starting right now, we are going to take it,” read a statement released by the band’s lead singer, Dee Snider. “To clarify, we would still prefer not to take it, but as of now, taking it is an option that we would be open to. That is all.”

Riffs hangs its head in shame today because we have only just learnt of the sad demise of Doc Neeson, the lead singer of the third greatest band to come out of Australia (and if you don't know who the other two are what the f**k are you doing readin' Riffs?). The Angels (originally Angel City) were from the same stable as AC/DC but were basically ignored by their record company because they straddled the thin line between Rock and Punk and so AC/DC were easier to market. They struggled every step of the way but turned out some great stuff. Their first three albums arguably the best (Face to Face, No Exit and Darkroom - you can get them off pirate bay). Here is a link to one of their tracks recorded live in Melbourne in 1988....here.
And here is a link to a piece on Doc and the band by The Guardian here

The Three Tuns Gateshead have misplaced their 2015 diary. Could anyone who has dates booked please text Paul 07940715824 to confirm. Sorry for the inconvenience.

I'm the owner of The George Stephenson Inn on great lime road.
I've got my 2015 diary open for bookings next year. The diary is filling up quite fast so anyone wanting to play in my pub next year can you get them to contact me asap.  Thanks very much!   Tiffany    milanotee@gmail.com   07732 175486

Wow! What a voice, the guy's still got it .... check out this track from Paul Rodgers' lastest album.  here

Can Riffs remind suppliers of gigs that we have on our Listings page, quite clearly: 'All gigs are free unless otherwise stated'. The more astute amongst you will have realised, therefore, that we need to know if there is a cover charge on the gig. We try to keep our information as accurate as possible and letting punters know whether it is a free gig or not is important. We also remind you that if we have a query regarding supplied gigs that this could delay the inclusion of your gigs or, if we are very busy and unable to highlight the query with you, deny the inclusion altogether..............

Returning from a month gigging in Scandinavia, Spectrum UK (feat Tom Atkinson, Jeff Armstrong, Carl McMenemy) will be playing a one-off mixed covers set at Sleepers, East Boldon, this Saturday, 6th September.

The MGs are Allen Matthews and Jeff Grant. Each an accomplished musician and singer in their own right with a long history of performing at the highest level throughout the North East. Allen's pure voice can bring a tear to many a maiden's eye and Jeff's exquisite and heartfelt guitar playing never sacrifices feeling for technical wizardry. They have now teamed together to bring you their mix of electrically acoustical and sometimes acoustically electrical sounds with many a surprise in their choices. Catch them now - see FB https://www.facebook.com/groups/1618568935036283/1618572781702565/?notif_t=like for details of gigs!

Due to the closure of the Office,South Shields, all gigs have been moved to a new venue:-

The Sound,Laygate,South Shields...NE33 5RF
Starting this weekend:-
Friday 29th August...I am Maiden (Iron Maiden Tribute)
Saturday 30th August..Damaged Inc (Metallica Tibute)

Saturday, April 25, 2015, The Academy, Newcastle   £22.50

The Flying Vs
 are confirmed to play at Ashcon 2014 warming up the audience for their heroes Wishbone Ash at The Winding Wheel Chesterfield on November 1st 2014. 
The band: Jeff Grant gtr & vox, Dave Barnes gtr & vox, Aaron Johnson bass & vox and Alan Thompson drums & vox made their debut only in February this year at Ronnington 2014 and are rapidly gathering a reputation on the circuit specialising in dual harmony lead guitar. This really is a dream come true for the lads who are all lifelong Wishbone Ash fans and whose sets include songs from the first six albums and also songs by The Allman Brothers, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix, UFO and more.....
The Flying Vs, in addition to playing Ashcon 2014, have also been invited to play The County Bar, Chesterfield on October 31st by the Wishbone Ash Fan Club at their Wishclone Ish event.


Skinny Molly was founded in 2004 by Mike Estes (formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd) and drummer Kurt Pietro. What was meant to be a one off tour of Europe has turned into one of the hardest working and popular rock bands out of the southern United States. Skinny Molly now includes guitarist Jay Johnson (Blackfoot/Rossington Band), and Grand Ole Stalwart bassist Luke Bradshaw. This line up has toured relentlessly, crossing the States and three continents on the strength of their "No Good Deed" debut CD in 2008, which has established the band as popular touring outfit across the USA and Europe. As part of their 2014 World Tour Skinny Molly are stopping off at Gateshead in the United Kingdom to perform at the Three Tuns.
Skinny Molly at the three tuns on Saturday 18th October featuring ex Lynyrd Skynyrd front man Mike Estes. It's £6 ticket or £9 on the door.
Full Molly info here

The Animals plus Russ Tippins / Mainsforth Community Centre DL17 0AG
December 13th 7pm. tickets £18  tel 07814965724

Scottish Blues Rock trio Lewis Hamilton Band are on an English tour and they have had a gig cancellation on Friday August 8th. They are in Carlisle on the Thursday and are at The Cluny on the Saturday so they would rather stay in the region than go home to Scotland and come back down again. As a result of this, the fee for this gig is negotiable and would be less than their usual fee.
if you are interested, please txt me 07811 899994 or email garygrainger@gmail.com and I will hook you up.

Blaydon Beer festival from 8th to 10th August are featuring a number of bands and music acts as well as beer!! from 6pm on the Friday night all the way through to Sunday night bands such as Ask Ruby, American Girl. Maverick Rejects, Erik and the Vikings as well as the Acoustic Beatles and others play over the festival, click the link below to go to the website;

Just had a load of great gigs submitted for the Rock Pit in Bishop Auckland. Looks like a heavy rockers paradise! All of Augusts gigs are now up. Reads like the who's who of rockin' north-east bands........ check out our Gig Listings page for details

The George Stephenson at West Moor is in new hands - tel Tiffany on 07732 175486 re bookings
thanks to Stormy Monday for this info..

hi,if anyone has any gigs booked at the Office in South Shields for 2014, whether they have been recently cancelled or otherwise,can they contact me on 07545544893,and I will confirm/reinstate dates....cheers....Al

Crookfest raises £1,000 for Help For Heroes

MUSIC lovers raised £1,000 for Help for Heroes at a football club’s festival this weekend.
Hundreds turned out to see more than 30 acts perform at Crookfest held at Crook Town Football club in Crook, County Durham, on Saturday and Sunday (May 4 and 5).
Organiser Marshall Rippon said he was pleased with how it had gone and delighted with how much was raised for the charity.
He said: “A special mention must go to Chuck Henderson who talked me into hosting Help for Heroes at Crookfest and helped a lot with the promotion of the festival.”

CrookFest 2014 Rockin for Heroes has been adding some extra names to the Saturday/Sunday Line-ups: The Boneshakers will now be playing The Hut Bar Stage alongside The Sugar Bs and Sheikh Ya Mojo for a full evening of the blues Saturday 3rd May. Solo artist Ricky Clark & rock band High Tide have also been added to the Saturday Patterson Stage which has Russ Tippins, Fickle Lilly, The Wanderers, Graham Henderson Experience, Alexanders Palace as special guests. Sunday 4th May also has new additions with Twister, The Avenues and Cats on Steroids making it a total of 25 bands covering the 3 CrookFest stages on the Sunday - these also feature the amazing Bessie and Zinc Buckets, State of Quo, Dust Town Dogs, Bon Jovi Forever, Emerald Thieves, The Bandits as special guests. The fest is held inside marquees in the grounds of Crook Football Club both days start noon finish 11.45pm,  tickets are £15 per day or £25 weekend pass available from Hope St Newsagents Crook; Crook Football Club 01388 762959; Ticketmaster-CrookFest, www.crooktownafc.co.uk   crooktafc@gmail.com

Sad news, The Grand in Bishop Auckland is closing its doors again, Paul, the present tenant, has been fighting a losing battle since day 1 apparently and enough is enough. They are having one final fling  with Shake the Snake Saturday 19th April before closing the doors on the 20th.

Alan, fizzyfish

Free pint for all selected buskers at the open Mic night starts 8pm Thursday 10th April at the White Lead, Blackett Street,  Hebburn NE31 1ST  hosted by Neil James Atkinson. New and regular buskers are all welcome.

Here is a mobile phone number for Joanne at The George Stephenson Inn, West Moor,  07872178260.
So any bands that have gigs booked there between now and the end of May please get in touch with Joanne on that number, she is only there until the end of May, so who knows what will happen after then at the venue when the new people take over the pub.
The George Stephenson Inn has always been a great venue for us, Heavy Load, let's hope it continues to do so for a good while longer, support your local pub and the bands that play there, keep live music alive and kicking in the North East.
Gordon Stables - Heavy Load

A short while ago you posted a front page ad for our gig for help the heroes in Framwellgate moor. We collected over a period of 8 gigs and sold everything that HFH sent for fund raising. We had a brilliant night on the main fundraising night. We have recently sent HFH a cheque for £1260 and would like to thank you for your help towards this amazing charity.

Richie  Mystified

Further to letters re the george stephenson, i visited to confirm our gigs in july and october. joanne is only there until may and does not have the diary so gigs beyond that will need to be confirmed with whoever takes over.

I read with interest the post by Gordon Stables of Heavy Load and have tried establishing contact with the new manager, Joanne, but to no avail. The two bands I'm in have previously booked gigs in June, September and October and the gigs were confirmed with bar staff, in February, who said that the 'official' diary would be passed on to the new manager. The last 'phone number I was able to use to secure the gigs was 0191-216-1707 but it now appears unavailable and apart from a personal visit, there appears no other method of contact. Can anyone out there help?
Keith Johnson
The Jayhawkers and Too Tired

The George Stephenson Inn, Great Lime Road, West Moor NE12 7NJ has been taken over by new management today, Wednesday 19th March, it was closed yesterday but it will be open by the weekend. The new manageress is called Joanne, and Heavy Load are playing at The George Stephenson Inn on Saturday 22nd March, 9.00 pm as advertised on our web site and on the gig list page on riffsonline. Any band that has a gig there should contact Joanne to confirm their booking.
Gordon Stables - Heavy Load


Acoustic Exiles are an exciting new rock covers band poised to hit the North East music scene in a big way. This 5 piece band has plenty of pedigree and boasts ex members of The Beer Monkeys, The Rise and Traffickers. They belt out bucket loads of renowned rock classics by the likes of Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi, The Foo Fighters, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, Hendrix, The Cult, Metallica etc but with a neat twist - it's all done acoustically. Check them out at www.facebook.com/acousticexiles and look out for them at a pub near you soon!

Teesside 80s rockers BLACK ROSE have been confirmed to play at the Play It Loud Festival in Brescia, Italy on Sat 15th March. The festival features rock and metal bands from the UK, Italy, Spain, Canada & the USA. Black Rose are currently writing for a new album and the line up is -
Steve Bardsley - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Kenny Nicholson - Lead Guitar
Kiko Rivers - Bass Guitar
Chris Bennett - Drums
The band will be announcing more European dates soon. Also on the bill for the Play it Loud festival are North East metal band - the mighty SATAN.

A new live music venue/cafe has opened in Stockton we are looking for acoustic acts or guitar, keyboard players to play around 30min to an hour during the day around lunch time at Musiclounge, all equipment including pa is provided.  This is ideal for students or any other musicians who want to get noticed, we will be holding band nights in future. Please check  www.musicloungestockton.co.uk
www.music-start.co.uk   or call Oliver on 07891343524

The Lambton Worm, North Road, Chester Le Street, is switching its music night from its regular Sunday to Friday nights at 9pm effective immediately. However, to ensure a smooth changeover, for the next two weeks there will be music nights Sunday AND Friday. And then from March 9 it will be Fridays only.
Snake Oil duo has been hastily added to the gig list and they will be playing at the venue TONIGHT - FRIDAY 28.
This is how the list looks:
Friday 28 Feb: Snake Oil duo 9pm
Sunday 02 Mar: The 2 hogs 7.30pm
Friday 07 Mar: Ani Sandwith 9pm
Sunday 09 Mar: Beth Macari 7.30pm
Friday 14 Mar: Faye and Foster duo 9pm
Friday 21 Mar: Gareth beddard 9pm

The barley mow pub on vigo lane birtley is shut till further notice.

CrookFest is back for its 4th year on bank holiday weekend 3rd and 4th May, noon till 11 pm and this year the festival will be raising funds the Help for Heroes charity with 3 stages hosting a range of rock music plus new to the festival on the saturday only will be the inclusion of a Rockabilly /RocknRoll  marquee featuring bands such as Fickle Lilly, The Q Jumpers, The Wanderers plus DJs while the other stages will feature the fests traditional rock such as Russ Tippins, Alexanders Palace, GH Experience. The RockJam Sunday has Bessie and the Zinc Buckets ,State of Quo and The Emerald Thieves playing the festival for the first time along with Bon Jovi Forever, The Dust Town Dogs and loads more, tickets are £15 per day weekend pass £25  available from Crook FC and -Ticketmaster CrookFest -  www.crooktownafc.co.uk

The "Help For Heroes" evening will be at Framwellgate Moor & Pity Me Working Men’s Club (near Durham) on Friday February 28th.

The group Mystified will be playing and there will be raffles and bingo. The event starts at 7pm. All proceeds are going to the Help for Heroes charity.

The event is registered with the charity.

Entry is £3 on the door and HTH merchandise can be purchased on the night.

Michael Katon and the Helltown Band
Forest Hall Ex Service Mens Club
Friday 24/01/2014

Hats off to the organisers of the Newcastle Blues Club for an outstanding evening of "Live" music. The night, eventually, kicked off as there was a technical hitch with a very good local band called TWISTER led by the excellent STEVIE STOKER. The band played some very good originals and some well worked covers and they went down well with an appreciative crowd. Next up were the LAST FAKERS, another local band who seem to be on the verge of breaking into the big time and their short but well played set also went down a storm with the audience.The highlight of the night arrived when MICHAEL KATON AND THE HELLTOWN BAND took the stage. MICHAEL always delivers his brand of Blues and Rock with an enormous amount of skill and energy and it was a wonder he could keep up the pace as the band had travelled 18 hours to get to the gig.Michael Katon and his band played songs off their new album HARD ON ( The Boogie) as well as songs from his extensive back catalogue and all went down well with a very enthusiastic crowd. The final encore came after midnight , thanks the the Club for allowing the gig to reach it's climax as there was a delay in starting and it showed the quality of the performance by the number of people who were still hanging onto every note. My favourite song of the night was the magnificent "Get On The Boogie Train" but there were so many outstanding tracks it seems a bit petty to pick one out. MICHAEL KATON invited some of the North East's best on stage to join him for a couple of songs and Ronnie Semple, Mitch Laddie and Anthony Turner of the Last Fakers seemed to enjoy the experience as much much as the band and the audience. A great night all round thanks to everyone concerned. If you get the chance look up the NEWCASTLE BLUES CLUB they seem to be booking some outstanding shows at an excellent venue, they deserve all the support they can get.
Christine and Terry Harbron

Somebody emailed Riffs recently asking if we knew of an electric Buskers night. If that person is still interested then the Three Tuns in Gateshead has just such an event every Wednesday. Landlord Paul will make you most welcome.............

The Rising are very pleased to announce the appointment of new drummer Ian 'Brick' Thompson. Formerly of the Whitesnake tribute band Slip of the Tongue, Brick will be taking up the role with immediate effect. Alongside Jeff Hopkins (Bass), the two original ex Riot members Alan Clark (Vocals/Guitar), and John Sykes (Keys), make up this not to be missed Classic Rock covers band, who are all looking forward to adding further new  material in the coming months.

Check out The Rising on facebook.

LOVEHUNTER are a Whitesnake tribute band, hailing from West Yorkshire. This 6-piece outfit are playing at The Office in South Shields, this coming Friday, the 10th of January. They play a range of material from the early bluesier roots of 70s Whitesnake, right through to their revamped hair-rock era or the late 80s and early 90s. The band also feature former A Foreigner's Journey lead guitarist, John Oxley, and the excellent vocal talents of Colin Robinson. Lovehunter are due on stage shortly after 9pm, and there is £3 admission fee. For further details and information on the band, please visit their website at http://www.lovehunteruk.com/

The Clarence Villa in Coxhoe are switching their music night for solo and duo gigs from a Sunday to a Friday night due to popular demand so please note that the last Sunday gig will be 22nd Dec at 7.30pm featuring the Two Hogs and then Fridays from then on with the first Friday 3rd January from 8.45pm featuring Danny Smith.

It's this weekend our charity event for The North East Regional Ladies Cancer Centre and I just wanted to tell you what I found out today. The money we raise this weekend amongst other things will buy an ice machine so the ladies, many of whom are too ill to eat, can enjoy the protein drinks they are forced to rely on. Let's put petty disagreements aside eh and help raise this cash. It's not going to any corporate pot, it's going directly to improve if albeit slightly the lives of people who desperately need our support and love. I can't tell you how humbled I am when I drop in and see the fantastic things these wonderful people have done with our bit money we've raised and if you can possibly help then please do in this way....
Come along Saturday or Sunday and see some fantastic live bands (listed below).
Drop us in a prize for the raffle or the auction.
Or, just declare your support here and offer some encouragement, remember we have committed to raising at least £3000 or the pub will make up the difference.
Saturday 21st
Sheriff Hillbillies...The Regular Johns (Foo Fighters tribute)...27 Side Effects...Bad Bob Bates....Beth Macari....Dethroned....Logoz
Sunday 22nd
The Deputies...Toxic...Akq Stottin Unplugged...Inner City Skies....New Age Jam....Dust Town Dogs.

The Grand, Bishop Auckland has reopened with new landlord Paul. He will still be having bands on but he wants to mix the genres up a bit. He is looking at 2 bands per month at the moment starting on Saturday, 21st December followed by New Years Eve. If anyone wants to get in touch re. gigs, his contact number is 07974 593072

Local cowpunk band The Fractured Valves have secured the support slot opening for the legend that is Edward Tudor-Pole. The former frontman with Tenpole Tudor ( 'Swords Of A Thousand Men' , 'Wunderbar' etc) also a well known screen and tv actor is playing a solo acoustic show at The Black Bull, Mulgrave Terrace, Gateshead this Friday 6th December. Ed treats his audiences to a mix of punk, country & Rock 'n' Roll mixed with humorous stories. The Fractured Valves will be starting the proceedings with their usual high energy ferocious country punk mayhem. It’s sure to be a memorable evening.

North East musician Russ Tippins and Shildon Civic Hall manager Paul Watson are very pleased to announce the third installment of RONINGTON - the annual all-day Rock concert in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Last February the ten-band event raised over £4000 for cancer treatment & research.
The inaugural concert..., in February 2012, was put together by Russ to mark the first anniversary of the day his friend Ronnie Patchett lost his fight with cancer. Although intended to be a one-off event, Ronington was such a success that they had little choice but to do it all again the following year.
And so it continues. Next year’s date is set to be Saturday 22nd February. Once again, the venue will be Shildon Civic Hall, and of course all proceeds will go to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation (NHS charity Reg. 1057213).
Tickets £10 are available now from the venue, and also online at www.ronington.co.uk
Featured bands:


The Three Tuns in Gateshead this week is celebrating 11 years of live music in which time they have hosted over 5000 live bands.
Paul emailed Riffs: This Wednesday we have Skinny Molly featuring Ex Skynyrd frontman Mike Estes - £7 on the door. The best live band I have ever seen.
Saturday night we are having a live music extravaganza with 4 quality bands headlined by Kimera but featuring a drinks giveaway to our customers on our anniversary. Everyone entering gets 3 free drinks - absolutely no strings attached.
1..A bottle of ice cold Stella
2..An Aftershock
3..A Cactus Jack
THEN....everything very cheap all night, 2002 prices including Stella and Bud at £1 and Jaegerbombs at £1.50.
Then on Sunday it's legendary punk rockers the UK Subs plus Gimp Fist £7 door.

The opening of the new music venue for solo and duo acts ie the Clarence Villa (ex Kicking Cuddy) Coxhoe has unfortunately been delayed by one week to Friday 22nd Nov so the first live act to play there will now be Gareth Beddard on Sunday 24th Nov from 7.30pm.

Teesside classic rock band The Rogues would just like to let everyone know that after much debating about whether or not to call it a day, it has been agreed that we are going to continue. Although not necessarily as The Rogues.  The band name may change, the music will be blues/rock rather than metal/rock, although lots of the old favourites will still be in there, and we will have a new guitarist (currently filled by Mr Dvd himself, Vaughan Lonsdale).  We are dead chuffed that Vaughan has agreed to play until we find the kind of guy that we are looking for. So if you're a local guy with the skill of Page, Moore, and Hendrix, have your own transport, and aren't looking to play any more than 1 or 2 gigs a month then give us a call on 07939 757226.(Bri)
Also, if any venue has booked The Rogues to play in 2014 then don't worry, we will be playing all of our gigs next year!

Skinny Molly featuring former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Mike Estes play the Three Tuns in Gateshead on November 20th. Tickets available now at £7. First come first served.....

New Music Venue for Solo and duo covers acts The Clarence Villa (ex Kicking Cuddy) tel 0191 3773773, opens its doors to the public for food and drink from Friday 15th November. The first and ongoing music night is a Sunday 17th November and features Tom Atkinson with future Sundays currently booked - details on Riffs gig listings page.

Just heard today (28th) that Lou Reed has died, aged 71.

This day in 1947 – Marc Bolan (Marc Feld)
of T. Rex is born in London

Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer, songwriter and guitarist whose hit singles, fashion sensibilities and stage presence with T.Rex in the early 1970s helped cultivate the glam rock era and made him one of the most recognisable stars in British music of the time.
Bolan and his producer Tony Visconti sorted out the session for “Ride a White Swan” and the single changed Bolan’s career almost overnight. Recorded on 1 July 1970 and released later that year, making slow progress in the UK Top 40, it finally peaked in early 1971 at No.2. Bolan and Visconti largely (and, in many ways, unwittingly) invented the style that would become glam rock and helped restore a brash and exciting feel, when rock bands had grown increasingly self-important.
In 1974, Bolan played guitar for Ike and Tina Turner. He appeared on Nutbush City Limits, Sexy Ida (Part II), and Baby Get It On. Bolan died on 16 September 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday. He was a passenger in a purple Mini 1275GT (registration FOX 661L) driven by Gloria Jones as they headed home from Mortons drinking club and restaurant in Berkeley Square. Jones lost control of the car and it struck a sycamore tree after failing to negotiate a small humpback bridge near Gipsy Lane on Queens Ride, Barnes, southwest London. Bolan died instantly, while Jones suffered a broken arm and broken jaw and spent a short time in hospital. Neither were wearing seat belts. Bolan’s home, which was less than a mile away at 142 Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen, was immediately looted.

North East Diamond geezer
Pat McMahon talks to Riffs
about life, the universe
and everything -
- oh yeah, and his debut album.

click here

The gerry jablonski band are passing through the area at the end of september and are available for a couple of gigs on friday 26th sept and sunday 28th sept for local shows in the north east.they are a top touring band in the uk and europe and want to fill a couple of dates as they come through.....the will do a deal on price and are looking for venues.........call me on 07733002841 or email rock4allevents@sky.com for info.....gerry headlined tillyfest a while ago and they are a cracking band live

Hi there, any bands booked to play the Bay Horse in Bishop Auckland can you please contact Bradley asap on 01388 609765 to confirm booking as i have misplaced my diary.

Blitzallica Festival featuring Diamond Head, The Amorettes, Dumpy's Rusty Nuts, Old Corpse Road, Holosade, The Side Project and more.

Saturday 25th October 2014
Shildon Civic Hall, Shildon, DL4 1AH

doors open 4pm
till late.

Tickets available from the venue priced £20.00 per ticket.

In support of
the Great North Air Ambulance

Buskers with full band set up now on every Tuesday at The Last Orders, Concord Front Street Washington. Full band set up, including a six piece drum kit, keyboards and full PA system. Every Tuesday night, starts around 9pm.

Blitzkrieg will kick off our 2014 European Tour in our hometown of Newcastle at Trillians Rock Bar on Sunday 7th September before heading into Europe for 12 shows in 12 days moving through Germany Switzerland and Italy in support of our latest album 'Back From Hell' which was officially released on November 5th 2013 on the Metal Nation Records label worldwide.  Joining us on the bill at Trillians for the night are our friends ...The mighty DRUGANAUT who will be onstage approx 8pm with Blitzkrieg following around 9.15pm

The Cross Arms is starting a new Live Music night this Thursday 17th (formerly Douglas Vaults, same owner new name!). This night will be showcasing new musicians from around the area and will present up to 3 different acts each week, similar to the night we used to have on around 2006/2007.

The White Lead Hebburn has decided to add a new decking area outside as well as an extra solo / duo music night from Saturday 5th April starting with the Stacked Actors duo  playing live from 8pm, this follows on from the usual Friday night gig featuring on the 4th April Jamie Farrell - also from 8pm - so 2 gigs per week plus buskers night every other Thursday, next one is 10th April with Dave Lynas. 


On the afternoon of Sunday 1st June we are holding a charity family music event in aid of Kayshill Animal Sanctuary. We would like bands, solo, duo and acoustic performers, there will also be hot and cold food,childrens rides, stalls,we also have a fantastic venue in Chilton WMC with large stage, and professional light and sound set up. If anyone is interested in being a part of this event in any way please get in touch , call Paul 07432510400


This Friday 21st March we have the Tony Liddle Band at The Tuns in Gateshead - which has been included in The Guardian's 100 best secret venues. Not only is owner Paul cockahoop at this acolade but the paper is sending a team to cover the show this Friday. It would be great if a few extra folk came out to see what after all is a superb rock covers band - and of course show the southern softies just what a proper rock crowd is..........

Just had an email from those Witchkraft boys letting us know that not only is the Barley Mow in Chester le Street back open again but the venue is rapidly filling its gig diary with quality rockin' bands. The new management is putting on live music every Saturday and chief axe-man Mal from Witchkraft wants to be the first to set the ball rolling for the collection for the new roof. The guess is they will need one from June.
Mal also says the band are really looking forward to playing there - about June.....

The White Lead
Hebburn is re-starting its fortnightly Thursday Buskers night from 8.45pm on 27th March with Ani Sandwith hosting the first night. All buskers are welcome and will earn a free pint for a performance!

Teesside 80s metal band FAST KUTZ will be one of the headliners at the north east's premier metal festival BROFEST 2 this weekend. The band had an album out called Burnin' in the late 80s which gained critical aclaim from Ozzy Osbourne and have reformed especially to play at Brofest 2. The band lineup is Kenny Nicholson - Lead Guitar
Keith Davison - Lead Vocals
Paul Fowler - Drums
Ian Gillson - Rhythm Guitar/vocals
Kiko Rivers - Bass Guitar/vocals
As well as playing tracks off the Burnin album and a new Fast Kutz song , the band will also be playing songs from Kenny Nicholson's other 80s rock bands - Holland and Hammer. The band will will take the stage at 10pm on Saturday March 1st.
Brofest takes place at Northumbria University, Newcastle this Fri/Sat/Sun this weekend  and it attracts fans from all over the world. Check out http://www.brofest.co.uk for full details, info, tickets etc

Ask Ruby
Band have launched a new updated website which is still work in progress however it provides the basics at this stage take a look they are also now on facebook and twitter links below


Two Tickets to see Dream Theatre at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on February 15th. Excellent seats absolutely gutted to be selling but must.  Were £55 each will take £35 each or make me an offer
Craig: 07861711267

Solo singers needed in Durham area.

We have organised a "Help For Heroes" evening at Framwellgate Moor WMC (near Durham) on Friday February 28th.

The group Mystified will be playing, but we are wondering if any solo singers would like to pop in to sing a couple of songs.

All the PA equipment will be there, just bring your mini-disc.

All the money is going to "Help For Heroes", so there will be no payment, but it could be good exposure for your act.

It's a great cause.

Please contact Kev 07445405977 or Richie 07836786479

The Ballbreakers are the new band formed by Ex Venom/Cronos guitarist Jim Clare.

The band could be described as "ZZ Top meets Steel Panther" and plays a varied set of original Rocking Boogie and Classic standards.

Joining Jim on bass is Pete Green and on Drums Matty Wilson.

For bookings contact Jim on 07884161827

Just discovered an online petition ran by Which? concerning exhorbitant ticket booking fees. A good way to voice your opinion if you think they are a rip off. Please sign to try and do away with this blatant act of daylight robbery....

There will be a gig in aid of The Bubble Foundation UK at Shildon Civic Hall on Sat Feb 15th February. There will be 3 acts performing on the night, Acoustic Weller + Rock/Punk/Pop covers band Four Letter Word + top Mod/Indie rockers The Scandals. Tickets are priced at £10 are available from the venue - tel:01388 772902. The Bubble Foundation is a fantastic cause based at the RVI in Newcastle and provides vital funds. The unit is a centre of excellence that works to save the lives of babies born without an immune system.


“THE TWIST OF THE WRIST” Tour February 2014. Legendary Rock drummer Carl Palmer, best known for his work with EMERSON LAKE & PALMER, will be on tour throughout the UK in February 2014. Acknowledged to be the finest drummer in the Rock field Carl joined with Greg Lake and Keith Emerson to form ELP in 1970 and went on to enjoy numerous World tours and Millions of record sales. ELP were one of the biggest rock acts around but due to a variety of reasons the band have now disbanded.
Carl Palmer was determined however to keep the Legend that was Emerson Lake and Palmer alive and is now touring as “Carl Palmers ELP Legacy” – a stunning three piece band that play the best of ELP including the likes of BARBARIAN; HOWDOWN; TARKUS and parts from PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION.
Expect a dazzling show from one of the great drummers of all time who is joined by two virtuoso players in PAUL BIELATOWICZ on guitar and SIMON FITZPATRICK on bass.

12 February 2014. Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy. The Cluny, Newcastle. Tickets £17.50

UFO doing a few gigs in March
19th March - England - Leamington Spa - The Assembly
20th March - England - Warrington - Parr Hall
21st March - England - Sheffield - 02 Academy

After being told constantly that she looks like Cher, Lara from American Girl has decided to be Cher. Love Cher is her new tribute show which brings a Vegas style show to the Northeast. The glitz and glamour of the mega Diva will be captured in this show, with lights, hand detailed replica costumes, a Vegas backdrop and of course the deep sexy vocals to complete the act. Her first scheduled performance is at Thornaby Sports and Leisure Club on New Years Day 8pm, and she is now available for bookings . Please see the website for details. http://www.lovecher.com

The Lambton Worm (North Road, Chester le Street) is staging a one off movember charity 50/50 act (Julie and Dave) / Buskers Open Mic night on friday 29th Nov starting around 8.30pm in the bar area. Dave Ridley and Julie Storey will be performing as well as providing buskers a chance to perform. A free pint of Sonnet 43 ale will be given to any busker that performs, there also will be the odd few nibbles on the bar. Please come along enjoy and support this worthwhile men`s charity (link to charity site below).

New buskers night starting in Bishop Auckland this Thursday and continuing every Thursday from 8.30 till 11.

It’s at Bar Tutsters (formerly Bar None) in Fore Bondgate.

Acoustic guitars and PA provided but anyone who wants to bring their own instrument along please do so. Mainly acoustic based but if we have anyone wants to play a bit of electric we can cater for it.

Journey 2 Toto, as the name suggests, are a tribute to both the AOR bands Journey & Toto, playing a selection of song material from both acts' back-catalogue. This 6-piece band are based in the midlands and are especially travelling up to the north east for this show. No advance tickets are available for this event but there is a £5 door fee which, for a theatre-style band of this calibre, is very reasonable indeed. It will be a spectacular 2-hour performance with a large sound system and stunning light show. And as the band seldom play in this region, then for any fan of AOR music then this is a must-see gig. This coming Saturday, 23rd of November, at The Office in South Shields (78 Victoria Road, NE334NQ).

JIAB are doing a special charity gig on Sat 16th November at Kibblesworth Working Mens Club for the Rainbow Trust. This is a charity that provides support for terminally ill children and their families. Tickets are £3 and are available on the door. Start time is 8.00 and as well as the band there is an illusionist and DJ.

FREE PINT of Sonnet 43 ale for selected performing buskers on the new Buskers (fortnightly) night at The White Lead commencing 7th Nov at around 8.45pm. The buskers night will be hosted by various well known acts kicking off with Jen Stevens and Dave Ridley, so go along and enjoy!

Legendary NWOBHM band Fist have reformed. Line up; Glenn S Howes vocals/guitar, Dave Irwin guitars/vocals, Norman Appleby bass/vocals and Harry Hill on Drums.  The band will be “turning the hell on with a vengeance” in 2014 and are currently rehearsing and have gigs booked for 2014 in the UK and Europe. Fist are also under negotiations for a local gig in the near future. A new Fist website is under construction. For any enquiries please email gore.pain@talk21.com.

Just a mention of a Buskers Night at the Washington Arts Centre this coming Friday night 18th October 2013. Pete Peverley will be running a buskers night with a theme of country rock music, this will be a night to dedicate to his dad Peter Peverley, who sadly passed away a year ago, if you did not know Peter he was a , Great Husband, Father ,Brother and Grandfather, and Great Friend , (my best) too so many , but he was also a great singer in the sixties and seventies with bands such as The Casuals, The Carousels, and the Petron Duo. Also he was a great follower of local bands ,and singers. Members of Big River will be doing a special tribute featuring Peters son, Pete Peverley, a real artist in his own right, so if anyone who would like to come along for a great nights entertainment and to get up and do a song or two are very welcome, or just come and listen. see you there .

It's that time of the year again, The Three Tuns annual charity event in aid of The QE Hospital women's cancer ward. For those unaware, every time around Christmas we put on a huge charity event over 2 days to raise funds to help improve the north east regional women's cancer centre at The Queen Elizabeth hospital. Everything we raise is then matched by the staff at Barclays bank Low Fell. In past years we have raised massive amounts, usually around £2500, this year however we have set ourselves a target of £3000! If we fall short of our goal WE the staff at the three tuns have agreed to bridge the gap with our Tips that usually pay for our Christmas night out. SO.....this is where you come in, over the weekend of 21st and 22nd December we require any acts willing to donate their time and talent even if just to play a 30 minute set. if you think you can help out please send a message to Paul on here and we'd be happy to fit you in. Also if you have anything to donate for use in the Raffles or Auctions it wold be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading and see you all there!
Read more: http://biggingergitsgigpit.proboards.com/thread/66902/bands-needed?page=1&scrollTo=616139#ixzz2hi0P8X78

Skinny Molly, featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd's former guitarist Mike estes play Skynyrd and Southern classics intermingled with some fantastic self penned tunes. Molly are undoubtedly The class act of The Tuns yearly offering (and that's saying something). This show will blow you away. i know a lot of local music folk include Skinny Molly at The Tuns as their all time favourite pub gig, steve gilroy, Bully, Ian, Blackfoot norm I think and certainly me amongst others. freebird will blow you away although my personal highlight is always Simple Man, it's spinetinglingly good.
Supported by local favourite Bad Bob Bates and his cigar box amongst others this should be a night to remember, I can't wait being honest. look out for a duet BBB and Estes himself doing Stones classic Dead flowers, i'm gonna make it happen.
Anyone thinking estes is anything other than a serious Rock N roll hall of fame great is pretty much certain to be relying on hearsay, see this charasmatic fantastic fropntman up close and personal with his stunning band for £7 is about as good a deal as it gets i reckon.
Next Friday Ian Stewart has put together a great show at The Tuns featuring Powerage (easily the best AC/DC tribute I've ever seen), Russ Tippins and Karma Heart. Tickets are just £4 and as part of the auction we're offering 4 tickets to Skinny Molly including taxis in and home plus free drinks all night, all in aid of his smashing and very talented daughter Emily. Come along and bid.

Eazy Over are pleased to announce the release of their second album. Eazy Over are an Americana/Country Rock band, hailing from Sunderland: Stevie formerly of the Smith and Jackson band among others and Dogg formerly of Cirkus and many other bands and with American Singer, Lara Dubov. The Album Rattlesnake Pie features contributions from Jimmy Smith who will also tour with the band and can be purchased on Itunes iTunes - Music - Rattlesnake Pie by Eazy Over or by contacting the band on Facebook EAZY OVER or Reverbnation EAZY OVER Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos for hard copies.

The White Lead in Hebburn is featuring solo and duo acts to kick off its live music nights. The pub opens 4th October after a major refit and introduces a new `live` music night every Sunday commencing 6th October starting at 7.30pm. Sign up to Facebook link to receive updates https://www.facebook.com/sonnet43thewhitelead
A `great act` featuring `The very strong voices of `The Tea Larks` duo (Jen And Kate) play the opening night singing a mix of pop and rock covers with some other great acts lined up for the weeks ahead.
Tea Larks link https://www.facebook.com/TheTeaLarks
The White Lead, Blackett Street, Hebburn NE31 1ST, tel 4894656

THE AMAZING KAPPA - live review
MBOX, Renshaw Street, Liverpool. Sunday 22nd September 2013
It has been a little while since I had the pleasure of catching the Amazing Kappa live so a trip over the Pennines was in order. I have been lucky enough to catch the magnificent Paul Kappa in venues such as the Cavern Club, The Cavern Pub both in Mathew Street, Liverpool and at the Three Tuns in Gateshead At all these gigs Paul was accompanied by the superb Martin Byrne on bass and Tony Smith on drums. So there was a touch of the unknown when I entered the Karaoke pub, MBOX, on Renshaw Street just off Liverpool's city centre. This new pub was an unusual mix of a "Live Music" room and private "Karaoke" rooms, to hire and was small and intimate. The staff are very friendly and made all customers feel very welcome. The venue was not the only new experience of the evening as it was my first opportunity to see The Amazing Kappa's new rhythm section. Paul was joined on stage by Laura Gilchrist on drums and backing vocals and Maria Hughes on bass, eventually, and also backing vocals. The evening kicked of with Paul playing an acoustic section as Maria's bass had gone missing but she did join him for vocal duets. Laura came on stage to add a little beat to some of the songs which were very well played but the set really kicked into full gear when the band were able to play their electric set. As usual Kappa play a hugely varied set mixing Rock, soul, blues and even pop with Paul's own stunning original songs or as members of the audience were heard to shout all night " what a song". This was a very intimate gig and perfect for a Sunday night and Paul, as usual set up a great rapport with his audience. Paul Kappa is truly an outstanding artist and worth seeing at any venue you can catch him. The MBOX has a great sound system and is worth a visit if you are in the area. Paul usually plays Sunday evenings for about 3 hours starting at 7:30pm. If you see Kappa introduce yourself, he is a great bloke, and let him know he is always welcome on the east side of the Pennines.
all the best

Minnie E.P. launch is at The Head of Steam in Newcastle on Friday 4th October.

With a new line up and sound I cannot wait to share more of my original music. Recently, I headlined at The Cluny and have enjoyed participating in several local Battle of The Bands contests too.

Tickets can be bought in advance and E.P copies can be reserved. Contact minnieforrest@hotmail.co.uk

Calling all Air Guitarists: think you can beat this guy ?
Come join in the fun at The Three Tuns on Sunday 1st September at 7pm for what could turn out to be the party event of the year! Shots for all competitors, cash prize for the winners and sets from Warning and Mother Firefly to get you all in the mood, so come on down and rock out.
To enter please either register your interest with the bar, or speak to / send a Pm to Bully here : https://www.facebook.com/PMSbull

A Riffs review:  FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
FM are stalwarts of the North East live music scene and when you have them appearing at one of the region's best known pubs AND you have pizza on offer - then that is a combination that surely is too good to resist!!
Well, resist it Riffs just could not, so off to the Three Tuns pizza festival in Gateshead (on for four whole nights!) I trotted.
FM were playing one of their monthly Zeppelin nights where they concentrate on Plant et al and so you know exactly what to expect. Singer
Steve and the lads were pouring with sweat into only song two and he mentioned the fact the Tuns is a hot pub at the best of times but with pizza cooking away in the corner it was nearly unbearable. But somehow it was a winning combination - quality rock; gorgeous pizza; dripping sweat. The lads had a mass of Zep catalogue to choose from but how could you be disappointed with the superb musicianship of these guys coupled with Steve's phenomenal voice - I am convinced he would have been a perfect choice to carry on the work of Mr Scott himself should Brian have been unavailable.
Dazed and Confused was a corker of a cover, so was Heartbreaker, in fact, they did justice to all of Zep's work and also had a laugh doing it.
There was room for more in the Tuns and I found that rather strange considering what talent was on offer and the pizza was definitely some of the best I have tasted. Although a mid evening downpour may have put some people off, if I can travel a 60-mile round trip then surely the locals could support a venue where the landlord bends over backwards to try and give as much as he can to tempt people along...... use it or lose it!!! (reminds me, where did I put the number for that escort....)
Tonight (Sat) it's the Ska Toons and tomorrow it's the turn of Witchkraft doing a Purple set. I enjoyed it so much I may just pop along on Sunday as Mal plays that guitar like it's part of him. More rock, more pizza. Salivating just thinking about it......

This bank holiday weekend sees Gateshead's very first pizza festival at The Three Tuns, Sheriff Hill. We've sourced the finest local ingredients to create an absolutely fantastic selection of pizzas. To accompany the food we've also got a sterling lineup of local acts. Starting on Thursday 22nd with Blue Diamonds, it's been almost a year since these guys last played here as a full band and we're thrilled to welcome them back. Fronted by the incredible Pat McMahon this is the perfect way to begin our festival. Then over the course of the weekend, we'll have shows from FM playing Led Zeppelin (23rd) Ska toons (24th) and UK number one Deep Purple Tribute Witchkraft (25th).
If it's anything like our past festivals this will be an outstanding weekend so come on down!

Durham band Spectrum are on the cover disc of Classic Rock magazine - The Blues edition this month with one of their songs 'Hope you know'.