There are no words to describe my sadness over the death of Chris Cornell, who died too young at 52. I was shocked and just so, so heartbroken. He was one of my favourite singers in the world, a voice I could regularly turn to if I was feeling down. His songs would always lift me up. Never have I felt this sad over a musician passing away, he was just so special to me and always will be.
27 years ago today the world lost the mighty Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone, one of the pioneers of the Seattle scene in the 1990s. I’ve always said that without Andrew Wood, there would never be the success of my favourite bands today.
I can easily say that Mother Love Bone’s album, Apple, is my favourite album of all time. I don’t use that term lightly. Each song on the album is so unique and different to the rest. It’s simply a marvellous piece of music.
Andrew himself was so unique. So eccentric and raw. He unfortunately did not get to spend enough time on this planet, to make more music and fill the world with his grace and talent. But he will always be remembered as a true legend.
Disclaimer: I am in no way bias in this blog post just because I personally know Rigid Soul, this is my own opinion.
There are 2 types of ‘rock’ bands nowadays. Firstly, there’s the band that holds their guitars so high up their chest that it just looks ridiculous. They’re clad in patterned shirts or denim jackets, and you can’t forget the beanie. They try so hard to mimic indie bands such as Foals or Bastille. (Why would you want to be anything like Bastille? They’re terrible.)
Secondly, you have the ‘rock’ band that overall just tries too hard. Either it’s trying too hard to have a certain attitude like Kurt Cobain, where it just becomes cringey to watch, or they try too hard to produce their ‘original’ music, which ends up sounding just like any other commercial rock band today.
So there’s either stereotypical indie or harder rock bands. But which do Rigid Soul come under? Neither.
February the 27th saw the return of KoL to the Hydro in Glasgow, their first date in Scotland since 2014. I happened to be at that gig 3 years ago, and I can honestly say they came back bigger and better. Their 7th album, WALLS, was a sensation, and the WALLS tour was totally the icing on the cake. You can see my review of the album here.
TITP’s ‘little sister’ festival was announced in January, with many keen festival goers wondering which acts would take the Glasgow Green stage. On Tuesday this week, the 31st of January, the line up was released. I was completely shocked that such a contrasting and divergent line up of artists could come from the same makers of TITP.
On Tuesday the 24th of January 2017, the founders of heavy metal music Black Sabbath played their last ever show in Scotland.
Let me tell you, it was something I’ll never forget.
If you’re a keen one for concerts just like me, but are not quite sure what is coming up this year, hopefully my list will help you out. Read below for my top picks for rock concerts around Scotland this year!