R.I.P Chi Cheng

It is with sadness that I have to report that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has passed away at the age of 42. Cheng was involved in a car accident in November of 2008 that has left him in a paralyzed state ever since. His family released the following statement:

“Our dearest Family,

This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.

He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.

With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)”

I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my condolences to Chi’s family, friends and fellow band members.

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In Tribute I have posted below some of my favourite Deftones moments!

Bored: –

My Own Summer: –

Be Quiet & Drive: –

Back To School: –

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Biffy Clyro – The O2 – Live Review – 03/04/2013

Ive been meaning to do this for the last few days but kept getting distracted so I really should apologise for the belated nature of this review!, as previously mentioned I traveled up to the O2 in London last week to see Biffy Clyro yet again, and it has to be said every time I go to the O2 I forget how big that place really is!!

Support: –

The support like Bournemouth was once again ‘City & Colour’ the only difference was that this time we got to see their entire set as apposed to walking in a few songs in, I have to say though my opinion of them changed very little however, I think that they are pretty good musicians and they put forward a really strong performance, that being said I found it hard to be particularly enthralled or excited by any of their material, solid enough live just not for me I’m afraid.

Main Headliner: –

That brings me to the almighty Biffy Clyro and the 13th time I’ve seen them!! Obviously having seen a band that many times gives you more than a good idea what to expect! Biffy were in astonishing form, a band in full flow amid touring and it shows as they pulled off yet another showstopping performance! I thought the sound all night was amazing especially considering the size of the venue that they were filling!! I know every time I see them I say that the ending to ‘That Golden Rule’ sounds even more monstrous or epic but it really is true and somehow at the O2 it was taken up an even bigger notch!

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the Bournemouth show because it was a more intimate venue and you get all the bonus’ that come with that, but if truth be told I had much more fun at this show, I found the crowd to be quite flat at Bournemouth for parts of the show that intertwined with the annoyance of people talking at the top of their voices during the acoustic numbers really did bother me, none of this was true at the O2 however as it was much more of a party atmosphere everyone was there to have a good time and this really showed with the near word for word sing-alongs all night and the dancing. The party atmosphere also seemed to reverberate back to the band as they seemed to be having a lot more fun than the sometimes serious more workmanlike Biffy Clyro. The band also took the chance to take full advantage of the huge arena bring large fire pyro’s with them, making it snow confetti to ‘The Thaw’ before the confetti deluge for show closer ‘Mountains’, all of which were absent from the Bournemouth show!

Highlights: –

As ever with a Biffy Clyro show it’s hard to narrow this down as the entire show was a completely flawless performance (If you ignore Simon Neil trying to sing the wrong verse during one song), I will of course always have a soft spot for the older material with ‘Glitter & Trauma’ taking the plaudits for me on this night as it sounded particularly special. In all honesty though it was some of the material from ‘Opposites’ that really hit home for me on this night as it just seemed to come alive when put in the live environment, ‘Victory Over The Sun’ is fast becoming one of my favourite Biffy Clyro songs for the last few years, ‘Sounds Like Baloons’ is a song that is clearly written for mass participation in arena’s and that’s what it gets, ‘The Thaw’ sounded every bit as lovely as it does on record and the “snow” really added, however the song that I really couldn’t get out of my head though was definitely ‘Skylight’ the performance was beautiful and the stage show that accompanied it just made it and amazing experience! It really has to be said no matter how many times I listen to/see Biffy Clyro I will never get tired of them truly one of the most phenomenal bands on the planet!! Until next time Biffy Clyro.. Until next time…

Setlist: –

‘Different People’
‘That Golden Rule’
‘Sounds Like Balloons’
‘Black Chandelier’
‘Modern Magic Formula’
‘Justboy’
‘Opposite’
‘Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies’
‘Bubbles’
‘Victory Over the Sun’
‘A Day of…’
‘Biblical’
‘Spanish Radio’
‘There’s No Such Thing as a Jaggy Snake’
‘God & Satan’
‘The Thaw’
‘Machines’
‘Glitter and Trauma’
‘Who’s Got a Match?’
‘The Joke’s on Us’
‘Many of Horror’
‘Picture a Knife Fight’
‘The Captain’

Encore:

‘Skylight’
‘Stingin’ Belle’
‘Mountains’

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Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun – The Boileroom – Guildford – 10/04/13 – Review

Last night I traveled up to Guildford to a venue I’ve never been to before The Boileroom, it was as I had expected pretty much a pub with a stage which meant we got a really intimate show, the band I headed up there for was Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, a band that I saw support Frank Turner in December last year at the Bath Pavilion.

Support: –

The show was set up quite like a local band night just with different touring artists what this meant is that there were 3 support acts last night, the first of these was Jack Wiseman, he reminded me a bit of Newton Faulkner in the sense it was one person and he’s guitar and he’s sound was very quirky, I quite enjoyed it and the the song ‘Blimp’ (I think it was called) was both catchy & quirky, it was quite an interesting performance.

Up next were Nothing But Thieves, I’m still not sure what to make of them to be honest as their set seemed to be a little all over the place almost as if they are unsure what they want to be, the first couple of songs were very generic indie they then pulled of an extremely proficient cover of Radiohead’s ‘Just’, before an acoustic number & a really country sounding song, it was all a little to eclectic for me, that being said musically they were incredibly tight and the singer had a phenomenal voice, some serious potential there I just think it needs channeling a little more.

Up next were The Lagan, now people who come here regularly will know I like to find new bands that impress me when I go to live shows and boy did I find that with this band!! Kingston’s answer to Flogging Molly/The Dropkick Murphy’s, proper full on Irish/Celtic punk rock, the performance was outstanding and the vocal harmonies were fantastic especially when they performed a couple of tracks as vocals & drums only, all that has to be said about the impression they left on me is that since I got home from work today I’ve already listened to their album twice on Spotify!! Definitely a band on the see again list.

Main Headliners: –

That brings us to Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, having been so impressed by them when I saw them support Frank Turner I was hoping that it would be very much more of the same.. It however wasn’t… it was even better!! Their performance was amazing it was so full of energy and you could see they were having fun, the bit where they unplugged and came out into the crowd to perform one song was a really good touch that added something a little extra special to the performance. They played a set that was slightly heavier towards the newer album ‘Death’ which is to be expected especially as that is the album that is more likely to be known.. and if I’m completely honest it’s the album I’m far more familiar with aswell, so hearing tracks such as ‘New Natives’, ‘Warriors’ & ‘Wishing Well’ was great for me, the song that will be stuck in my head again though is definitely without fail ‘England’s Dead’ after the Bath show it was lodged there for weeks and I’m positive it will be again a great song, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it was good to have a chat with the guys in the band after the show, they seem like a nice bunch of down to earth guys and I hope that they were right that the tour they are planning in September does in fact include a trip into Portsmouth as they suggested!! Because if it does I can guarantee my presence there once again from a very impressed fan in the Cancer Bats T-Shirt!

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Jimmy Eat World Reveal New Single ‘I Will Steal You Back’

Jimmy Eat World have premiered their newest song today entitled ‘I Will Steal You Back’ (Which Can Be Seen Below) it is the first single to be released off of their upcoming album ‘Damage,’ which will be released June 11th.

‘Damage’ is described by frontman Jim Adkins as an “adult break-up record.” Speaking to Rolling Stone about the album, the singer said: “I hate saying more raw, but it’s more raw and warm.” The Jimmy Eat World frontman adds, “Love songs are what make rock ‘n’ roll go around,” he said. “It’s just sort me trying to take an honest look at what that might be in an older context. In a non-bubblegum kind of way. It’s also kind of more about bettering ourselves in the process. It’s about focusing on making decision instead of just resolutions.”

The tracklisting for ‘Damage’ is as follows : –

‘Appreciation’
‘Damage’
‘Lean’
‘Book of Love’
‘I Will Steal You Back’
‘Please Say No’
‘How’d You Have Me’
‘No, Never’
‘Byebyelove’
‘You Were Good’

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The Gaslight Anthem – The Troxy – 30/03/13 – Live Review

Normally I would post reviews to gigs the day after I attend but a combination of the ridiculous journey home and having other things planned means I haven’t had the chance until now, although It has to be said I’m not really sure what to say about this show as truth be told the show was somewhat overcome by the venue for which the sound was atrocious all night.

Support: –

The support came in the form of Canadian two-piece band ‘Japandroids’, I find it quite hard to write anything about them because for the entirety of their 40 minute or so set all you heard was to be honest quite an indistinguishable wall of noise as the venue (A concerted 1930’s Art Deco Theater) clearly struggled to cope with the dynamics of a live band, as a result of this I’m not gonna review the band as I feel it would be unfair as I honestly couldn’t for the large part tell what they were actually playing.

Main Headliners: –

Unfortunately my hopes that it was just a bad setup for the support band didn’t turn into fruition, instead the sound problems continued and hampered much of The Gaslight Anthems set and throughout the entire show you could barely make out what Brian Fallon was saying or singing. The sound did get marginally better about the time they played ‘The ’59 Sound’ but it wasn’t until the encore that the sound was closer to what you’d expect.. still no where near perfect but at the very least passable, as a result it did make the show much harder to enjoy, although it did still have some moments new material ’45’ & ‘Handwritten’ both produced good sing-alongs although it’s a tragedy that the lead guitar was lost in the mire somewhere. All in all I couldn’t help but feel quite annoyed but also sad as you could tell the band were playing with all the energy and enthusiasm you would normally get from The Gaslight Anthem but the Troxy as a venue just didn’t do them any justice. All I can say on the matter really is it was obviously a bonus getting to see The Gaslight Anthem again but my overriding feeling at the end of the show is that I have found the only Venue in England with a sound worse than the Southampton Guildhall and as a result the Troxy will now join said Guildhall on my blacklist of venues to avoid in the future, my only advice to those who read this would be to avoid gigs at the Troxy like a plague if that was anything to go by.

Highlights: –

Normally I would put highlights from the set here but its quite hard to really although I guess the last couple of songs of the encore would be the most obvious pick as they were the few songs with an almost passable sound.

Setlist: –

‘High Lonesome’
‘American Slang’
‘The Diamond Church Street Choir’
‘Old Haunts’
‘Old White Lincoln’
‘The ’59 Sound’
‘The Patient Ferris Wheel’
‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’
‘Handwritten’
‘The Queen of Lower Chelsea’
‘Biloxi Parish’
‘Boomboxes and Dictionaries’
’45’
‘Here Comes My Man’
‘Too Much Blood’
‘Great Expectations’
‘Keepsake’

Encore:

‘She Loves You’
‘Mulholland Drive’
‘Desire’
‘Here’s Looking at You, Kid’
‘The Backseat’

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