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November 2021

K.K. Downing, The Steel Mill

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A spectacular and historic evening saw KK Downing, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Les Binks joined by Megadeths David Ellefson and Hostiles AJ Millls at the excellent Steel Mill in Wolverhampton.

The Steel Mill, fronted by KK Downing, has come on leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. It is a superb music venue, full of atmosphere and history and it is now a major Northern calling point for many bands on their UK tours.

And a packed audience were treated to something unique and wonderful.

The terrific Blaze Bayley opened the evening. Supported with members of Absolva and Iced Earth, Blaze was in top form indeed. His solo material is great and finishing with two Maiden songs was the icing on the cake. This bodes very well for next years Burr Fest.

David Ellefson needs little introduction too. A founding member of Megadeth, Ellefson is crossing Europe promoting his solo album and new book. Mixing Megadeth classics with his solo material, it was a heavy set which was beautifully received.

But the night was about the re-emergence of The Heavy Metal Legend KK Downing.

Fourteen Tracks followed. From the opener ‘Riding On The Wind’, through ‘Beyond The Realms Of Death’ and ‘Burn In Hell’, to the explosive ‘Before The Dawn’, it was incredible how good the five piece sounded. Tight as hell, the band totally smashed it. KK was on top explosive form, Ripper spectacular, Les beautifully solid, Ellefson thundering and AJ was a delight to hear.

Same again, please….?

Along with my photos, this was reviewed by MetalTalk – you can read their review at

Glenn Hughes, London

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Fourty years after Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band had hit the shelves, it was with great excitement that we ventured down to the last leg of Glenn’s UK Tour to relive a fine era of hard Rock and Roll.

Glenn Hughes

What a special night it was. Hughes has rediscovered his mojo; The important things in life, and he and his band were on fire.

Special surprise of the night was the introduction of the fantastic Joe Bonamassa for the encore of Burn, Mistreated and Highway Star.

Doug Aldrich, The Dead Daisies

The Dead Daisies, London

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Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

[tg_small_content]With a great new album out, Holy Ground, which saw Glenn Hughes replacing the departing Jon Corabi and Marco Mendoza, The Dead Daisies rocked up to the UK for a tour that really put the heart back into live Heavy Metal.

The set at Londons Shepherd’s Bush Empire was a great mix from the bands’ career so far. Lock ‘n’ Load from their debut and Rise Up stood out. It’s particularly great to witness Tommy Clufetos smashing the skins in his dramatic style.[/tg_small_content]

[tg_small_content class=”animate”]Burn and the soulful Mistreated were spot on. Doug Aldrich was on fire, well supported by David Lowy.

Glenn Hughes is no spring chicken, but he looks a total picture of health and, wow, does he love his stints on stage.

Shots were for MetalTalk, and you can read Paul Monkhouse’s view of the evening at[/tg_small_content]

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Of The Dead Daisies, he says, “it looks like this beast will be rampaging across the planet, bringing the healing power of rock ‘n’ roll to all corners of the globe for a long time to come.”

The Shepherds Bush Empire is a wonderful place to shoot. It has been a while since I was last there, but the lighting was nothing short of superb for all bands. Big shout out to the excellent Grand Slam and The Quireboys for their role in a fantastic evening.