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GSTV’s Mad Dog Blogger rounds up the latest in new books, albums and films

 

As the onset of Springtime wakens woodland creatures from their winter slumber and promises longer days and balmy evenings, the receding frost uncovers gems old and new in the forest and the Mad Dog pitter patters in wide-eyed wonder amongst the…….WHOA, sorry – been listening to too much Jethro Tull recently. Won’t happen again.

 

My television is bruised purple and my DVD player is still shaking like… Read More

The Mad Dog’s Rocking New Year

GSTV’s Mad Dog Blogger reflects on the year in rock

 

Here we go – time to transition from days and days of sedentary excess into the month of ridiculously-imposed resolutions and promises to overhaul the debauched lifestyle into which we have sunk (and which we, quite frankly and honestly, prefer). I’ll let you into a secret – if you stop smoking, stop drinking and no longer self-medicate, you won’t live any longer – it will just feel like it.

 

That’s it for the forward looking part of the… Read More

Mad Dog Blog: The Answer begs the question . . .

GSTV’s continental correspondent sounds off on Belfast blues rockers The Answer and three other bands you need to hear

 

By the Mad Dog

 

The Mad Dog was in Paris recently to see Belfast blues rockers, The Answer, on the penultimate night of their European tour. Formed in 2000 and touted on their recording debut in 2005 as “the best new UK band since Led Zeppelin,” The Answer are the real deal sporting the purists’ line-up… Read More

Alan McGee Launches New Label: 359 Music

Former Creation Records head Alan McGee launches 359 Music

 

Creation Records was a legendary label that introduced influential 80s/90s/00s British bands like Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, and Primal Scream to the world. The man behind that label was of course Alan McGee, who more recently ran the Read More

Mad Dog Blog: Stephen Stills’ New BandThe Rides

Steven Stills has a new project and GSTV’s Mad Dog Blogger is feeling it

 

Thank goodness for Stephen Stills ! At 68 years young, my favorite individual from the timeless CSN (and Y) has formed “the blues band of his dreams” in The Rides.

 

A musician of Stills’ standing would always have the pick of the litter against any musical playground wall and on forthcoming album, Can’t Get Enough, Stills has recruited former Electric Flag keys-man Barry Goldberg and relative whipper-snapper,… Read More

Beware of Darkness “Orthodox” – Reviewed by the Mad Dog Blogger

GSTV’s Mad Dog Blogger reviews new album by LA rockers Beware of Darkness

 

By The Mad Dog

 

One of the best new albums of the year is by LA-based Beware of Darkness. What would you expect if early Queen fronted by Arctic Monkey‘s Alex Turner got together with QOTSA and asked Read More

The Mad Dog Blog: Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen

GSTV’s Mad Dog Blogger reflects on one of rock’s lost cinematic treasures

 

I want to take you back to a time before Pontius was a pilot, when men were men and sheep were nervous. When a dose of the clap was a mere inconvenience and when putting on a great rock show was more about spontaneity and getting it out to the people rather than kowtowing to health and safety nerds and contract formalities.

 

This is a tribute to my favorite live album and concert movie

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Mad Dog Blog: Status Quo – The Rock Institution You’ve Never Heard Of

GSTV’s resident Brit takes on the formidable task of trying to sell Status Quo to Americans

 

By The Mad Dog

 

What if I could introduce you to a band which has had more hit singles than the Rolling Stones (single number 100 came out earlier this month), has sold more albums than the Beatles, is currently in their sixth decade of recording and touring, and is in the Read More

Mad Dog Blog: Three New Bands You Should be Listening to

GSTV introduces “The Mad Dog Blog” and three new bands to watch in 2013

 

By “The Mad Dog”

 

You’re born, you rock, you die…….any questions ? Well, the first one that springs to mind who is this Mad Dog geezer imposing himself and his opinions on unsuspecting citizens of the blogosphere ? I’m just a music-loving Brit nut who, as the t-shirt says, “may be old but he got to see some of the best bands on earth’.

 

I like my rock classic with plenty of roll.… Read More

Def Leppard’s Viv Campbell is Treated for Cancer

Def Leppard guitarist feeling “spiffy” two months into a six-month course of treatment

 

By Alex Baker

 

Two months after beginning a six-month course of treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Def Leppard guitarist Viv Campbell has announced that he’s feeling “rather spiffy.”

 

The former Thin Lizzy axeman was diagnosed with the disease on March 11, the day Def Leppard were to begin rehearsals for their Read More