“Queen of Hearts” in the second album from Finnish band King Company and it was released on 10th August by Frontiers Music. The band formed in 2014 and released their debut album “One For The Road” in 2016 before health issues forced a change in vocalist in 2017. I’ve featured a few tracks from the debut album on the Shows since 2016 and the tracks “One Day of Your Life” and “Living In A Hurricane” from the new album were included on the Friday NI Rocks Shows on 1st June and 6th July respectively. The title track, “Queen of Hearts” opened the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 21st August.

 

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This week marks the 8th anniversary of the first Friday NI Rocks Show on 27th August 2010 and also the 400th Show. I’ve missed a few weeks over the years, normally for technical reasons, otherwise it would have been 416 shows! The NI Rocks A-Z Show started a few months earlier and is on show number 428.

As I keep a record of the playlists for all the shows, I thought I’d have a look at what has been played on the Friday NI Rocks Show over the past 400 shows. I’ve featured 2,793 different tracks by 1,024 different artists and in total have played 5,760 tracks. There have also been 87 guest interviews that I’ve recorded and broadcast and quite a few promo features.

Looking in detail at the artists and tracks featured on the Show, the emphasis on local music is very clear.

 

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Great news today from The Dead Daisies as they announce a return to Belfast on Thursday 22nd November to play Limelight 1 as part of the “Welcome to Daisyland” Tour. More details in the press release below.

 

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“The Day I Lost My Head” is the latest album from Greek trio Beggars and it was released on 10th August via Rock of Angels Records (ROAR!). The band formed in Athens in 2009 and was originally known as Beggar’s Blues Diary. I hadn’t actually heard of the band until we received the press releases from Rock n Growl Promotions but liked what I heard when I checked out the album. The track “Book of Days” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 17th August.

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German symphonic metal band Beyond The Black release their third album, “Heart of the Hurricane”, through Napalm Records on 31st August 2018. I only discovered the band myself last year but became an instant fan and ordered their first two CDs online. The band have gone through a big line-up change since the release of the first two albums, but singer Jennifer Haben remains at the heart of the band and “Heart of the Hurricane” is a great album that shows that Beyond The Black are back with a renewed focus and drive. I was fortunate enough to speak to Jennifer via Skype on 15th August and we chatted about the new album, the band and future plans. You can hear that interview on the 400th episode of the Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th August. The Show is available now via the On Demand Player and on iTunes - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (the Show uploaded on 23rd Aug).

 

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“Untold Stories” is the third album to be released by Airrace, the band that originated in the 80’s and which is probably best known for the involvement of Jason Bonham. There was 27 years between the release of the band’s debut album in 1984 and their come-back album in 2011. Fans have only had to wait 7 years for the third album which was released on 10th August by Frontiers Music. The track “Summer Rain” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April and “Running Out of Time” is included on the Show on 17th August.

 

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“Apocalypse” is the latest album from German power metal band Primal Fear and it was released on 10th August by Frontiers Music. Regular visitors to the website or listeners to the NI Rocks Shows won’t be surprised to see a recommendation for “Apocalypse” as Primal Fear are regularly featured on the Shows and this is now the fifth album from the band that I’ve posted a recommendation for in the past five years. A few tracks from the new album have featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show already – “Hounds of Justice” on 25th May, “King of Madness” on 6th July and “The Ritual” on 17th August.

 

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American band Redemption released their seventh studio album, “Long Night’s Journey Into Day”, through Metal Blade Records on 27th July. The album is the first to feature Swedish singer Tom Englund who is best known as the frontman for Evergrey. Englund replaces Ray Alder of Fates Warning who had been part of Redemption since 2004. I’ve played a couple of tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Eyes You Dare Not Meet In Dreams” on 27th July and the cover of U 2’s “New Year’s Day” on 10th August.

 

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“Deliverance” is the sixth album from Swedish power metal band Cryonic Temple and it was released on 20th July by Scarlet Records. The band formed over twenty years ago and released their first album back in 2002. The new album is the second part of a concept project that started with the release of “Into The Glorious Battle” in 2017. I’ve played a couple of tracks from “Deliverance” on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “End of Days” on 13th July and “Starchild” on 3rd August.

 

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Legendary AC/DC drummer Chris Slade, aka Mr. Thunderstruck, is bringing his 'Chris Slade Timeline' show to Limelight 2, Belfast on Friday 09 November. Tickets on sale now from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide including www.ticketmaster.ie.

THE CHRIS SLADE TIMELINE was formed in 2012 to celebrate CHRIS SLADE’s 50 year career as a professional rock drummer since he started with TOM JONES at the tender age of just 16 years. Since then he has performed with all the greats, including of course AC/DC, COUNT BASIE, MANFRED MANN’S EARTHBAND, PAUL RODGERS, JIMMY PAGE (The Firm), DAVID GILMOUR, URIAH HEEP, GARY MOORE, ASIA and many more!.....

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Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie has released a new lyric video for the track “Me Generation”, which is the latest single from the album “Imagine Your Reality”. Ryan was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May and that Show can now be heard on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-ryan-roxie-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-11th-may-2018/

The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, who is best known as Alice Cooper's longtime lead guitarist and collaborator, has also worked with Slash and Gilby Clarke and been a member of Classic Rock award-nominated band Casablanca.

 

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