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Hard Rock Calling: Bruce Springsteen (and friends) confirmed

February 10th, 2009

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As we predicted earlier this week, Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen, has been confirmed as the Day 2 headliner for Hard Rock Calling, the retro-flavoured rock festival that takes over London’s Hyde Park to June 27-28. Backing him up will be bore-rock favourites, Dave Matthews Band, and Springsteen’s biggest fans, The Gaslight Anthem (whom we just interviewed – keep your eyes peeled for the results next week). That’s them up there in the picture.

Of course this got us wondering whether our other prediction from earlier in the week – that AC/DC would be headling the first night – is going to turn out to be bang on the money too. Hard Rock Calling falls the day after the Aussie rock gods’ Wembley Stadium date, and still gives them time to rock up to Glasgow for their Scottish arena date on June 30. Hmmm….

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The only Grammys that count

February 9th, 2009

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In the midst of all these festival announcements, there’s been a little old thing called The Grammys taking place in the US of A. And unlike the rubbish mainstream music awards over here in Blighty, where heavy metal’s only nod comes from cursory nominations for Iron Maiden and AC/DC, the Americans aren’t ashamed to have awards for rock and heavy metal alongside all that pop music malarky.

Which is why it’s such a shame that they’ve balls’d it up so royally this year.

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Album: The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

August 1st, 2008

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The Gaslight Anthem
The ’59 Sound
SideOneDummy Records
19 August 2008

by Graham Drummond

Like an eccentric Mighty Boosh character, there are some who believe that punk and rock ‘n’ roll cannot be joined in holy matrimony, that the two genres cannot cohabit.

Hailing from New Jersey, leather jacket and flat-cap clad four-piece The Gaslight Anthem combine both with skill with undeniable conviction.

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