THE 2020 VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS GOES LARGE ON THE MAGAZINE’S TENTH ANNIVERSARY!

 

THE LEGENDARY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EVENT CONFIRMED TO TAKE PLACE AT THE 02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE APRIL 1ST

 

ICONIC 80S ROCKERS LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH TO PLAY ONE-OFF REUNION WITH FINNISH HANOI ROCKS LEGEND MICHAL MONROE FRONTING AND MUCH MORE!

 

Staking its reputation as an essential rock ‘n’ roll date in the annual calendar, with two now fabled awards nights at the 02 Islington Academy in 2018 and 2019 which saw a vast array of iconic artists performing and rubbing shoulders, the 2020 Vive Le Rock Awards is confirmed to take place this coming April 1st.

 

This time, however, the event has gone bigger and bolder, moving to the 2000 capacity 02 Shepherds Bush Empire for the party of the year that also celebrates Vive Le Rock’s tenth anniversary in print, having published its first issue in 2010, it is now the world’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll and punk magazine, independently published by Big Cheese Publishing Ltd in London.

 

The two previous years have featured live appearances from The Damned, The Stranglers, Shakin’ Stevens, Suzi Quatro, members of AC/DC, Sex Pistols, The Specials, Buzzcocks and even England football legend Stuart Pearce, and 2020 continues to up the ante.

 

This year sees Original Rudeboy – The Specials Neville Staple joining the party along with a very special one-off reformation of 80’s goth rockers The Lords of The New Church, fronted by Finnish Hanoi Rocks legend Michael Monroe on vocals. The Vive Le Rockers all-star band will once again back specially invited singers and compere for the night will see the return of Ed Tudor-Pole of Tenpole Tudor fame (and also 80s T.V show, The Crystal Maze!).  Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders are set to pick up an Icon Award and punk legend, The Damned’s Brian James will accept the Pioneer award. Two extra special guest performers are due to be announced soon along with a wealth of awards.

 

There will be a special section for rockers we have lost in 2019 including Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill, Eddie and The Hot Rods Barrie Masters (who played the 2019 VLR awards) and surf guitar legend Dick Dale.

 

The audience will comprise of invited members of the media, television, fashion and the music world as well as an allocation of tickets for the general public. The VLR Awards are a truly unique, international event celebrating the legends of our music scene. “This isn’t some chicken in a basket awards show, this is a party with the coolest people in rock n’ roll” said Vive Le Rock editor Eugene Butcher.

 

Tickets available HERE:

 

You can watch the action from the last two VLR Awards Here

 

2020 VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS!

2020 VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS! It's gonna be a wild night. Lords of the New Church- FEATURING Michael Monroe, Ed Tudor Pole, The Specials (Official) Legend From The Specials – Neville Staple, BRIAN JAMES- The Damned , 2 extra special acts and our Headline band! Plus All star guests and Presenters! Here's a sneak peak at the last 2 years.Tickets and VIP Packages at https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/the-2020-vive-le-rock-awards-tickets/artist/5330131

Posted by Vive Le Rock on Monday, 27 January 2020

Some claim Suzi is the “Queen of Rock & Roll” but for me, that just doesn’t cover it. Suzi is TOTAL ROCK & ROLL! She stands alongside Lemmy, at the top of the pile, influencing all the people that influenced your favourite bands.

It seems almost crass to remind you of Ms. Quatro’s history. Not only are there the great singles like ‘Can The Can’, ‘48 Crash’ and ‘Devil Gate Drive’, but there’s also been 17 studio over the last five (yeah FIVE !!!) decades and of course there was her heart mangling role as Leather Tuscadero in the classic TV series Happy Days. As a matter of fact, I was innocently sporting my Suzi shirt on the KissKruise last year when bloke after bloke after bloke stopped me share their Suzi love. See, not all Kiss fans are bellends.

Anyway, enough of the bull and on with the show…

No Soul/No Control is a dirty rock revelation. It’s kind of L7 to be honest, with a bit of Foo Fighters thrown in for good measure and it’s a banger!!! Going Home is grinding blues, with than a hint Joan Jett – probably owing more to Suzi’s influence on Ms. Jett than the other way around.

First single,  Macho Man is pure Deep Purple and probably my favourite track on the album. A guaranteed future live favourite, sure to take centre stage amongst the Quatro classics. 

Easy Pickings has that kind of sleazy shuffle favoured by Mr. David Lee Roth and is another great slab of rock& roll.

Don’t Do Me Wrong takes you back to the land of the dirty blues, while  I Can Teach You To Fly has a badass Neil Diamond vibe to it that drags you right back to the sixties and won’t let go.

Suzi is non-stop and not stopping. As she rightly says, “I’ll retire when I go onstage, shake my ass and there is silence” and I’m not holding my breath for that moment!

No Control is released on March 29th, 2019  on CD along with a super sexy double LP on yellow with black swirly vinyl (complete with a couple of extra tracks and free CD version).

Look out for Suzi on tour across the UK this April.

4th April – Manchester – O2 Apollo
5th April – Leeds – First Direct Arena

6th April – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
7th April – Brighton – Brighton Centre
9th April – Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
10th April – Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
11th April – London – The SSE Arena
12th April – Birmingham – Genting Arena
13th April – Liverpool – Echo Arena
14th April – Bournemouth – BIC

http://legendslive.org/tours

With more dates across Europe and Australia also in the works for later this year.

Author: Fraser Munro

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Suzi Quatro, who more than lives up to her name as the “Queen Of Rock N’ Roll”, has signed with SPV / Steamhammer Records to release her stunning new studio album ‘No Control’ on March 29th.

The American rock vocalist has enjoyed success as a musician for more than fifty years, performing with unbridled energy her greatest hits such as ‘Can The Can’, ‘48 Crash’, ‘If You Can’t Give Me Love’, ‘She’s In Love With You’ and ‘Devil Gate Drive’, let alone wowing her fans again and again with her new material. It comes as no surprise that she’s not thinking of retiring; “I’ll retire when I go onstage, shake my ass and there is silence” she states, fully aware that that moment is still a long way off.

The majority of ‘No Control’, which contains eleven brand new songs, (plus two bonus tracks), consists of collaborations with her son from her first marriage, Richard Tuckey. Suzi explains “This was our first attempt at writing and recording something together. The creative progress began with ‘Don’t Do Me Wrong’. And, through the unusually beautiful English summer of 2018, we sat outside, acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, iPad recording app, and lots of paper, throwing ideas back and forth.” With amazing results, as the new album proves – to Suzi herself not only on a musical but also on a personal level.

Take, for example, ‘No Soul/No Control’, which features the message “Don`t let go of yourself for anyone”; Suzi: “This is my personal mantra. All you have in this world is you.” Remembering the conception of the composition, she says; “We were busy as hell, buried in the songs. Richard had a new idea and showed me. It was very unusual and I liked it. A very basic guitar and drum track was put down for me to work on the melody and lyric. I went into the living area of the studio and about 15 minutes later, it was done. It flew out of its own accord, as the best songs do.”

The same applies to numbers such as ‘Macho Man’ (Suzi: “It’s a no-brainer that this is an opening live song; you cannot help headbanging to it, it just grabs you”), ‘I Can Teach You To Fly’ (“a definite throwback to the sixties”), ‘Easy Pickings’ (“I’ve been playing this riff on acoustic guitar forever, at least the last ten years. Then all of a sudden, it became a song”) and ‘Love Isn’t Fair’ (“Got this idea sitting in our Hamburg home. I wanted to create a Blondie-meets-Mavericks song, and I think I accomplished that”).

Perhaps most unusual track on the album, ‘Strings’, has developed into a true little masterpiece during the studio recordings. Suzi: “This is all about the strings that tie our lives together. Great riff. I drove everyone mad singing nonstop in this weird voice ‘Strings’. I couldn’t get it out of my head, and – hallelujah – it came out in the recording exactly as I’d imagined.” Then saxophone player Ray Beavis asked if he could do a horn arrangement. “I didn’t really hear it, but of course I said yes. What he came up with knocked us all off our feet. What a track!”

You can tell how proud Suzi Quatro is of ‘No Control’; pride and delight at a career which has lasted for five decades and has maintained the creativity of the American rock icon to the present day. Suzi states “I’ve never stopped releasing through the years. ‘Back To The Drive’ in 2006, ‘In The Spotlight in 2011’, ‘Quatro, Scott & Powell’ in 2016. These albums were thought about and planned out in great detail. I am proud of all three releases, very proud. But my new album ‘No Control’ is its own animal.”

Suzi Quatro Live in 2019:-

4th April            Manchester – O2 Apollo
5th April            Leeds – First Direct Arena

6th April            Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
7th April            Brighton – Brighton Centre
9th April            Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
10th April          Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
11th April          London – The SSE Arena
12th April          Birmingham – Genting Arena
13th April          Liverpool – Echo Arena
14th April          Bournemouth – BIC

http://legendslive.org/tours

SUZI QUATRO – No Control:   March 29th, 2019 CD DigiPak and 2LP Gatefold, 180g, printed inner sleeves, yellow with black swirls vinyl, 2 bonus tracks + CD (in paper sleeve) seems like a bargain for vinyl lovers. Available to pre order Here