My plastic rocker was much more plastic than anybody’s

In the aftermath of his latest release and the subsequent passing of David Bowie, one line remains in my head. “I know how much you loved him.” My sister rang in her early UK hours to see if I had heard of Bowie’s death, she didn’t want me to be alone. I hadn’t heard the … Continue reading

Lush Brutality

The artistic war and gravitational pull of Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy’s relationship has, for years, been pivotal to creating their unique brand of rock. Astbury, lyrics and manifesto, was brought up on Native American spirituality and today flexes Tibetian Buddhism as Duffy, increasingly articulate maturing muso guitarist, exudes tough, earthed and pragmatic Mancunian tendencies; … Continue reading

Born To Lose. Live to Win.

Earlier in December an all star 70th birthday party was thrown, at The Rainbow Bar and Grill, Sunset Strip. Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Billy Idol, Billy Duffy from The Cult, Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, Zakk Wylde, Scott Ian and Charlie Benante from Anthrax were all there to wish Lemmy Happy Birthday. Yet, underneath the hat, Lemmy looked ill, old and tired. News of an aggressive cancer and a … Continue reading