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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
9:55 am - BEST OF JANUARY 2K17
Chicken! Birthday! Chicken!

Best album from recent times
In the last few years I have mainly listened to new music unless a gig of certain bands was coming up. This year every other month or so I will try and revisit some of the albums that have been collecting dust in the mp3 drive :)

Gig of the Month
Sunny Afternoon (Kinks musical) Wed 25 Jan @ Theatre Royal
Glenn Hughes Thu 26 Jan @ Rescue Rooms

Cinema film of the Month
I wanted to see Split & T2: Trainspotting 2, but there was no time

Film on TV
Odd Thomas
Sausage Party
Divergent
Zootropolis
Central Intelligence
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Jason Bourne
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Cop Car

I enjoyed all films this month. I think Ben has influenced me on my decision seeming as we’ve had to put on Alice Through The Looking Glass about 10 times (although it has to start 14 minutes in when they get to Wonderland as 3 year olds are not bothered with real things).

Top purchase
For my birthday I got a Stormtrooper Bluetooth speaker. So far it’s mostly been playing kids songs via my phone. I best get saving for a Bluetooth Walkman.


February has 1 days off work, 2 gigs

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Monday, January 2nd, 2017
9:37 pm - BEST OF 2016
This year I’ve had:
The whole family advancing (apart from when I was off 4 days with a bad back and stomach virus)
Naughty Ben. Lovely Ben. Not going to bed Ben. Max giggling. Max growing. Max swimming.
Ben singing E-I-E-I-O many times. Me having a bad back (again) + the usual fun of having a 2 year old and 6 month old.
Butlins, sunshine, rain, sunshine, BBQ, a better back :)
Max getting teeth and keeping us awake at night. Ben speaking more. A sleepover with the 3 year old niece (who woke at 5am). Max waking at 5am :o
Max crawling. Both of them waking in the night for various reasons. K & I getting very tired.
Max crawling and climbing and sticking his tongue out and being better at sleeping. Ben talking more and being cute and naughty.
Busy house BBQ for friends.Working a lot. Busy house BBQ for family. Max turning 1.
Max teething and making us very tired, again. Baggy family illness then resurgence. Max walking. Ben being the nicest & naughtiest he’s ever been, good job he’s learning all those words and making us laugh.
Beerfest no kids day, Rockingham no kids weekend.
Ben getting very good at wee wee on potty (and also 1.5 poopoo). Max saying quack!
Ben learning Crimbo songs and singing the same one 50 times in a row.


Best album of recent times
Joanne Shaw Taylor - The Dirty Truth (2014) / Spike – 100% Frankie Miller (2015) / UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars (2015) / Coheed And Cambria - The Color Before The Sun (2015) / Cutting Crew - Add To Favourites (2015) / Europe – War Of Kings (2015) / Houston – Relaunch II (2015) / Chris Cornel - Higher Truth (2015) / Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live (2015) / King King – Reaching The Light (2016) / Magnum – Sacred Blood Divine Lies (2016)
The Quireboys – Black Eyed Sons (2014) St. Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul (2015)
Rhapsody Of Fire - Into The Legend (2016) / W.A.S.P - Golgotha (2015) / David Bowie – Black Star (2016) / Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls (2014) / Level 10 – Chapter One (2015) / Barbe-Q Barbies – Driven (2015) / Blaze Bayley - Infinite Entanglement (2016) / Last Autumn’s Dream – Paintings (2016) / Last in Line – Heavy Crown (2016) / Resurrection Kings - Resurrection Kings (2016) / Space Elevator - Space Elevator (2014) / Ten - The Dragon And Saint George EP (2015) / Battle Beast – Unholy Savior (2015) / The Defiants - The Defiants (2016) / Hollywood Vampires (2015) / Maxx Explosion – Dirty Angels (2015) / Myrath – Legacy (2016) / Night Flight Orchestra - Skyline Whispers (2015) / Rage Of Angels - The Devils New Tricks (2016) / Ozone – Self Defense (2015) / Operation: Mindcrime - The Key (2015) / SOTO – Divak (2016) / The Temperance Movement – White Bear (2016) / Treat - Ghost Of Graceland (2016) / Black Stone Cherry - Kentucky (2016) / Circus Maximus – Havoc (2016) / Samantha Fish – Wild Heart (2015) / Steve Hackett – Wolflight (2015) / Inglorious – Inglorious (2016) / Graham Nash – This Path Tonight (2016) CD / Red Jasper – 777 (2016) / Royal Blood - Royal Blood (2014) / Stratovarius - Eternal (2015) / Winery Dogs, The – Hot Streak (2015) / Lee Aaron - Fire And Gasoline (2016) / Angels Or Kings - Kings Of Nowhere (2014) / Big Boy Bloater & The Limits – Luxury Hobo (2016) / Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood (2015) / Chris Stapleton – Traveller (2015) / A Thousand Horses – Southernality (2015) / Blood Red Saints – Speedway (2015)
Martina Edoff - Martina Edoff (2014) / Unity (2015)
Hand of Dimes - Hand of Dimes (ep) (2015) / Radioactive - F4UR (2015) / Rival Sons - Hollow Bones (2016)
David A. Saylor – Strength Of One (2014) / Built 2 Fight (2015)
Kiefer Sutherland - Down in a Hole (2016) / Zakk Wylde - Book Of Shadows II (2016) / Dante Fox - Breathless (2016) / Faith No More - Sol Invictus (2015) / The Jelly Jam - Prophet Profit (2016) / Saxon - Battering Ram (2015) / Steel Panther - All You Can Eat (2014)
Tarja - The Brightest Void (2016) EP / The Shadow Self (2016)
Ailafar – No Limits (2015) / Blues Pills – Lady in Gold (2016) / The Dead Daisies - Make Some Noise (2016) / Evergrey - The Storm Within (2016) / Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – Broken Lines (2016)
Glass Hammer - The Breaking of the World (2015) / Valkyrie (2016)
Madness - Can't Touch Us Now (2016) / Hardline - Human Nature (2016) / Neal Morse - Morsefest (2014) / Royal Hunt – Cargo (2016)
Wild Rose – Hit n Run (2014) / 4 (2016)
Damian Wilson - Built for Fighting (2016) / Anderson Ponty Band - Better Late Than Never (2015) / Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct (2015) / Dare - Sacred Ground (2016) / Delain - Moonbathers (2016)
From The Fire - Evil Men Do (2014) / Octopus (2016)
Jorn - Heavy Rock Radio (2016) / Leaves´Eyes - King Of Kings (2015) / Metallica - Hardwired … To Self-Destruct (2016) / Jim Peterik & Marc Scherer - Risk Everything (2015) / Ted Poley - Beyond The Fade (2016) / David A. Saylor – Ship To Nowhere (2016) / Skunk Anansie – Anarchytecture (2016) / Trettioariga Kriget – Seaside Air (2016)

GOOD
Kiske/Somerville – City Of Heroes (2015)
Billy Sherwood – Citizen (2015)
Art Nation – Revolution (2015)
Helloween - My God-Given Right (2015)
Ghost - Meliora (2015)
Rocket Scientists – Refuel (2015)
Dream Theater - The Astonishing (2016)
Megadeth - Dystopia (2016)
Queensryche - Condition Hüman (2015)
Toto - XIV (2015)
Voodoo Hill – Waterfall (2015)
Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night (2016)
The Feeling – The Feeling (2016)
Subsignal - The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime (2015)
The Tangent - A Spark In The Aether (2015)
Avantasia - Ghostlights (2016)
Kiama – Sign Of IV (2016)
Parzivals Eye - Defragments (2015)
Tiles – Pretending 2 Run (2016)
Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight (2016)

GREAT
Cats In Space – Too Many Gods (2015) - melodic (70s influenced) rock
RPWL – Wanted (2015) - melodic (Pink Floyd influenced)
Frost* - Falling Satellites (2016) – UK prog band back after an 8 year silence
Zierler – ESC (2015) Mixed prog from Danish keyboardist Finn Zierler
Headspace - All That You Fear Is Gone (2016) Damian Wilson, Adam Wakeman, Lee Pomeroy
Mystery - Delusion Rain (2015) - with new singer Jean Pageau
Wilson Steven Wilson - 4 ½ (2016)
The Monkees - Good Times (2016)
Karmakanic - DOT (2016)
Anthrax – For All Kings (2016)
District 97 - In Vaults (2015)
Rick Astley - 50 (2016)
CIRCA - Valley of the Windmill (2016)
Sonata Artica - The Ninth Hour (2016)
Glenn Hughes – Resonate (2016)
Special mention for song Spock's Beard - Falling for Forever downloaded from their best of album and featuring all 3 vocalists.

SUPER GREAT
Nad Sylvan - Courting The Widow (2015) – A very Genesisy solo album from Steve Hackett's Genesis revisited singer.
Flying Colors - Second Nature (2014)
Mute Gods - Do Nothing till You Hear from Me (2016) – Nick Beggs was once the bassist with Kajagoogoo. Lately he’s been popping up in lots of prog albums, but now he’s made his own and it’s lovely.
Anderson/Stolt - Invention of Knowledge (2016) CD took a couple of listens to get used to but as with most Jon Anderson stuff it soon makes you fall in love with it (if you’re a Yes/Jon fan already of course)
Redemption - Art Of Loss (2016)
Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream (2016)

BLOODY BRILLIANT TOP 3
Flying Colors - Second Nature (2014) Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Steve Morse.
Anderson/Stolt - Invention of Knowledge (2016) CD took a couple of listens to get used to but as with most Jon Anderson stuff it soon makes you fall in love with it (if you’re a Yes/Jon fan already of course)
Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream (2016) – They’re quite good those Mr Morse & Portnoy guys :)


Best album from ages past
Joanne Shaw Taylor - White Sugar (2009) / Diamonds in the Dirt (2010) / Almost Always Never(2012)
Leaves´Eyes - Symphonies Of The Night (2013)
Battle Beast – Steel (2011) / Battle Beast (2013)
Myrath - Hope (2007) / Desert Call (2010) / Tales of the Sands (2011)
Skunk Anansie – Black Traffic (2012) / Black Stone Cherry - Magic Mountain (2014)
Samantha Fish – Runaway (2011) / Black Winds Howlin’ (2013)
Lee Aaron - Metal Queen (1984) / Kevin Chalfant - Running With The Wind (1997) / Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark (2008) / Fortune - Fortune (1985) / Sir Christopher Lee – Charlemagne: The Omens of Death (2013) CD
David A. Saylor – Kiss Of Judas EP (2013) / City Of Angels (2012)
Steel Breeze - Steel Breeze (1982)
The Storm - The Storm (1991 / The Eye Of The Storm (1995)
Tiles – Tiles (1994) / Jean Beauvoir - Drums Along the Mohawk (1986) / The Jelly Jam - Shall We Descend (2011)
Wild Rose – Dangerous (2013) / Hit ‘n Run (2014)
Damian Wilson - Let's Start a Commune (2003) / From The Fire - Thirty Days and Dirty Nights (1992) / Trettioariga Kriget – After Ever (2011)
CIRCA: - 2007 (2007) / HQ (2009)
Moon Safari - Blomljud (2008) / Lover's End (2010) / Himlabacken Vol.1 (2013)
District 97 - Hybrid Child (2010)

TOP 6
Ghost – Infestissumam (2013) – Swedish rock band with unknown musicians (nameless ghouls) and a classic rock feel.
CIRCA - And So On (2011) – Billy Sherwood
World Trade – World Trade (1989) – Billy Sherwood = Yes influenced = Good :)
Parzivals Eye – Fragments (2009) - ex-RPWL bassist Chris Postl. Including Christina Booth (Magenta) on vocals.
District 97 - Trouble With Machines (2012) – Female fronted prog (an ex-American idol contestant)
Moon Safari - A Doorway To Summer (2005) – Swedish prog. Beach Boys meets Yes and other prog stuff.


Best best of album
The Osmonds - The Definitive Collection
James – The Best Of James
Three Dog Night - The Best Of 3 Dog Night
Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin': The Very Best Of


Gig of the year
IN ORDER
Reeves & Mortimer @ Concert Hall Friday 2 December
Ramblin’ Man (Inglorious, IO Earth, Dead Dasies, Frost*, Purson, Lifesigns, Europe, Zombies, Thin Lizzy, Uriah Heep, Family, Whitesnake) Sat 23rd @ Mote Park Maidstone Kent
Melted Space / Myrath / Symphony X @ The Robin 2, Bilston Fri 12 Feb
Fish @ Rock City – Sun 10th April
Blind Guardian @ Rock City – Sat 21 May
Rockingham Fri 21 Oct @ Rock City - Art Nation / Valentine / Lee Aaron / Trixter
Rockingham Sat 22 Oct @ Rock City - Stone Broken / Blood Red Saints / Lionheart / The Poodles / Jean Beauvoir / Steelheart
Rockingham Sun 23 Oct @ Rock City - Martina Edoff / Angels Or Kings / ADV Band / Fortune / From The Fire / The Defiants / Kevin Chalfant
Bad Company + Richie Sambora & Orianti Wed 19th Oct @ Nottingham Arena
Queensryche @ The Robin 2 Bilston, Fri 26th Aug
Magnum @ Rock City – Tue 17 May
Status Quo + Reo Speedwagon @ Notts Arena Thursday 8 December
Royal Hunt @ Sheffield Corporation Sat 12th March
King King / Terrorvision / Thunder @ Concert Hall Mon 15 Feb
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow @ Brum Arena Saturday 25 June
Yes @ Sheffiled City Hall – Tue 3 May – Performing Drama & Fragile
ELO @ Notts Arena - Thur 7th April

Cinema film of the year
In order of brilliance
Independence Day: Resurgence
Bad Moms
Suicide Squad
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
X-Men: Apocalypse
Star Trek Beyond
The Hateful Eight
Captain America: Civil War
Deadpool
Doctor Strange
Star Wars: Rogue One - Maybe because it’s the most recent. The top 4 are probably interchangeable.


Film on TV
The Human Centipede 3: The Final Sequence / Get Hard / Unfinished Business / Run All Night / Girl House / The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 / Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb / Jupiter Ascending / Project Almanac / Seventh Son / Bound To Vengeance / The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Robocop / Bad Words / Black Rock / Rubber / Death Race 2 / Spooks: The Greater Good / Robot Overlords / Tower Block / The Pyramid / The Hole / Fantastic Four / Unfriended / The Two Faces of January / Maggie / Crimson Peak / SelfLess / Trainwreck / The Man From U.N.C.L.E. / Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens / The Good Dinosaur / Ender’s Game / Hotel Transylvania 2 / Spectre / Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials / Daddy’s Home / Emelie / The Joker / Daddy’s Home / The Human Centipede II / Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension / Martyrs (2015) / Ride Along 2 / Get Santa / Krampus / Seven Psychopaths / Paddington / The Night Before / A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas / Continuum / True Memoirs Of An International Assassin






GOOD
Non Stop
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Now You See Me
Tomorrowland: A World Beyond
Chappie
Mad Max: Fury Road
San Andreas
Terminator: Genisys
Ted 2
Knock Knock
Spy
Dracula Untold
Vacation
Hot Pursuit
Fast & Furious 7
American Ultra
The Expendables 3

GREAT
Pixels
Home
Kingsman: The Secret Service
John Wick
Big Hero 6
Prisoners
Inside Out
Jurassic World
Minions
Predestination
Ex Machina
Everest
Absolutely Anything - Especially poignant as it was one of Robin Williams last and could well be Terry Jones last film as writer and director, also maybe the last to feature 5 Monty Pythons.
Frank - The head of Frank Sidebottom but that’s all as it’s about an eccentric band lead by an eccentric man (Michael Fassbender with a Sidebottom head)
Grimsby
Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation
Scouts Guide to The Zombie Apocalypse
The Revenant
Filth

SUPERDOOPER>
THE GRATEFUL 8
Home
Big Hero 6
Inside Out
Minions

Grimsby
Prisoners
Everest
Frank - The head of Frank Sidebottom but that’s all as it’s about an eccentric band lead by an eccentric man (Michael Fassbender with a Sidebottom head)


Best DVD bought
Dogma
The Fly / The Fly 2
Alien / Alien 3 / Alien Resurrection
Hellboy
Best Of Daffy And Porky
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory - Purely coincidental but quite fitting this month with the death of Gene Wilder.
Severance
The People Under The Stairs
Minions
The Ring
Yogi Bear
Up
Blazing Saddles
The Descent Part 2
The Time Travellers Wife
Young Frankenstein
Fred Clause
The Grinch

TOP 8
Masters Of The Universe
Taken
The Descent
The Thing
AntMan
V For Vendetta
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Aliens


Top purchase
Toilet seat
Kitchen table cover – wipe clean
‘Yes’ 2016 Fragile Drama T-Shirt
‘Yes’ pint glass
Hoover WDXC485C1B Washer Dryer
Pillow and 4.5 tog bed cover
Dyson DC40 vacuum cleaner
Toys for Ben’s birthday
Chocolate orange

TOP 8 (well it seems to be the number)
Keter Store It Out Max - 125x145x82cm (outside plastic storage shed for the BBQ (unlit)
Father and Child Floor Lamp
A Ritchie Blackmore T-Shirt
Slow cooker
Push Cylinder Lawn Mower
Dyson DC58 Animal Handheld Vacuum Cleaner - For all those biscuit crumbs
Cinema vouchers
Annual pass to Wheelgate kids adventure park - Because I have some great memories of going there, some with just Daddy & Ben :)




For 2017 I have 35 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + whatever I toil I rack up.
So far I have 13 gigs and some crazy kid times with the Bagshaw boys and their Mum.

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Saturday, December 31st, 2016
10:18 pm - BEST OF DECEMBER 2K16
Ben learning Crimbo songs and singing the same one 50 times in a row.

Best album of recent times
Anderson Ponty Band - Better Late Than Never (2015)
Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct (2015)
Dare - Sacred Ground (2016)
Delain - Moonbathers (2016)
From The Fire - Evil Men Do (2014) / Octopus (2016)
Jorn - Heavy Rock Radio (2016)
Leaves´Eyes - King Of Kings (2015)
Metallica - Hardwired … To Self-Destruct (2016)
Jim Peterik & Marc Scherer - Risk Everything (2015)
Ted Poley - Beyond The Fade (2016)
David A. Saylor – Ship To Nowhere (2016)
Skunk Anansie – Anarchytecture (2016)
Trettioariga Kriget – Seaside Air (2016)

Glenn Hughes – Resonate (2016) is his most rockiest and best in a little while
But the grand double album prog filled Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream (2016) has grown on me more.

Best album from ages past
From The Fire - Thirty Days and Dirty Nights (1992)
Trettioariga Kriget – After Ever (2011)
World Trade – World Trade (1989) – Billy Sherwood = Yes influenced = Good :)

Gig of the Month
Reeves & Mortimer @ Concert Hall Friday 2 December
Status Quo + Reo Speedwagon @ Notts Arena Thursday 8 December

Cinema film of the Month
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Film on TV
Ride Along 2
Get Santa
Krampus
Seven Psychopaths
Paddington
The Night Before
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Continuum
True Memoirs Of An International Assassin

Filthwas sick but Grimsby was sicker
(I might get to see Sausage party tonight maybe)

Best DVD bought
Young Frankenstein
Fred Clause
The Grinch

Some think it’s dated and tacky, but I actually love Masters Of The Universe

Top purchase
Chocolate orange
I’ll get some enjoyment from my Slow cooker but probably a bit more from my Cinema vouchers

January has 3.5 days off work, 2 gigs and a change of 1 number on my age.

(BEST OF 2K16 will be appearing on Jan 2nd)

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
9:21 pm - BEST OF NOVEMBER 2K16
Ben getting very good at wee wee on potty (and also 1.5 poopoo).
Max saying quack!

Best album of recent times
Ailafar – No Limits (2015)
Blues Pills – Lady in Gold (2016)
The Dead Daisies - Make Some Noise (2016)
Evergrey - The Storm Within (2016)
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – Broken Lines (2016) - prog featuring members of Alice In Chains, Masterdon, Mars Volta, Dethklok
Glass Hammer - The Breaking of the World (2015) / Valkyrie (2016)
Madness - Can't Touch Us Now (2016)
Hardline - Human Nature (2016)
Neal Morse - Morsefest (2014)
Royal Hunt – Cargo (2016)
Wild Rose – Hit n Run (2014) / 4 (2016)
Damian Wilson - Built for Fighting (2016)

Rick Astley - 50 (2016) has a certain charm to it.
But in more rocky land I’m liking:
CIRCA - Valley of the Windmill (2016)
Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight (2016)
Sonata Artica - The Ninth Hour (2016)

Best album from ages past
Wild Rose – Dangerous (2013) / Hit ‘n Run (2014)
Damian Wilson - Let's Start a Commune (2003)

Gig of the Month
Glenn Hughes + Living Color was cancelled :(

Cinema film of the Month
Doctor Strange

Film on TV
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Martyrs (2015)
The Revenant

Best DVD bought
Blazing Saddles
The Descent
The Descent Part 2
The Time Travellers Wife

2 very different films Blazing Saddles, The Descent

Top purchase
Toys for Ben’s birthday

December has 7 days off work, 1 non musical gig and a Crimbo different to all the rest.

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Monday, October 31st, 2016
9:22 pm - BEST OF OCTOBER 2K16
Beerfest no kids day, Rockingham no kids weekend.

Best album of recent times
Anthrax – For All Kings (2016)
Dante Fox - Breathless (2016)
District 97 - In Vaults (2015)
Faith No More - Sol Invictus (2015) CD
The Jelly Jam - Prophet Profit (2016)
Meat Loaf - Braver Than We Are (2016)
Redemption - Art Of Loss (2016)
Thomas Rhett - Tangled Up (2015)
Saxon - Battering Ram (2015)
Steel Panther - All You Can Eat (2014)
Tarja - Tarja - The Brightest Void (2016) EP / The Shadow Self (2016)
Tiles – Pretending 2 Run (2016)

Nice ones from The Jelly Jam, Tiles, District 97 & Anthrax
But well executed prog metal wins this time Redemption - Art Of Loss (2016)

Best album from ages past
Jean Beauvoir - Drums Along the Mohawk (1986)
CIRCA: - 2007 (2007) / HQ (2009) / And So On (2011)
District 97 - Hybrid Child (2010) / Trouble With Machines (2012)
The Jelly Jam - Shall We Descend (2011)
Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs (2011)

Loving both CIRCA & District 97
After a brief listen I think I prefer District 97 - Trouble With Machines (2012) – It’s a little like Pink fronting a prog band.

Gig of the Month
Bad Company + Richie Sambora & Orianti Wed 19th Oct @ Nottingham Arena
Rockingham Fri 21 Oct @ Rock City - Art Nation / Valentine / Lee Aaron / Trixter
Rockingham Sat 22 Oct @ Rock City - Stone Broken / Blood Red Saints / Lionheart / The Poodles / Jean Beauvoir / Steelheart
Rockingham Sun 23 Oct @ Rock City - Martina Edoff / Angels Or Kings / ADV Band / Fortune / From The Fire / The Defiants / Kevin Chalfant

Film on TV
The Joker
Daddy’s Home
The Human Centipede II
Scouts Guide to The Zombie Apocalypse

Best DVD bought
Minions
The Ring
The Thing
Yogi Bear
Up

Up probably has a bit more depth to it, but while at first I wasn’t sure I’ve grown to love the madness of Minions

The Ring The Thing The Ring The Thing The Ring The Thing The Ring The Thing

Top purchase
A new Dyson DC40 vacuum cleaner

November has 2.5 days off work, 1 gigs

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Friday, September 30th, 2016
8:56 pm - BEST OF SEPTEMBER 2K16
Max teething and making us very tired, again. Baggy family illness then resurgence. Max walking. Ben being the nicest & naughtiest he’s ever been, good job he’s learning all those words and making us laugh.

Best album of recent times
Armstrong, Alexander Armstrong - A Year of Songs (2015)
A Thousand Horses – Southernality (2015)
Big Smo - Kuntry Livin' (2014)
Blood Red Saints – Speedway (2015)
Martina Edoff - Martina Edoff (2014) / Unity (2015)
Hand of Dimes - Hand of Dimes (ep) (2015)
Henley, Don Henley - Cass County (2015)
Charles Kelley - The Driver (2016)
Moore, Kip Moore - Wild Ones (2015)
Radioactive - F4UR (2015) – featuring vocals of Jimi Jamison, Fergie Frederikson, Jeff Paris
Rival Sons - Hollow Bones (2016)
David A. Saylor – Strength Of One (2014) / Built 2 Fight (2015)
Sunstorm - Edge of Tomorrow (2016) - JLT
Supersonic Blues Machine - West Of Flushing South Of Frisco (2016)
Kiefer Sutherland - Down in a Hole (2016)
Zakk Wylde - Book Of Shadows II (2016)

It’s a proggy finale. Karmakanic - DOT (2016) is nice but I think I preferred the previous album. Anderson/Stolt - Invention of Knowledge (2016) CD took a couple of listens to get used to but as with most Jon Anderson stuff it soon makes you fall in love with it (if you’re a Yes/Jon fan already of course)

Best album from ages past
Crash Diet - Generation Wild (2010)
Crazy Lixx - New Religion (2010)
Fortune - Fortune (1985)
Sir Christopher Lee – Charlemagne: The Omens of Death (2013) CD
David A. Saylor – Kiss Of Judas EP (2013) / City Of Angels (2012)
Steel Breeze - Steel Breeze (1982)
Steelheart - Good 2B Alive (2008)
The Storm - The Storm (1991 / The Eye Of The Storm (1995)
Tiles – Tiles (1994)
Valensia - Valensia (1993) / The Blue Album (2002)
Valentine – United (1995)

Another interesting Christopher Lee album & some nice old school AOR from Fortune & The Storm.
But it’s prog win month so it’s Tiles - Tiles (1994)

Best Best of album
The Osmonds - The Definitive Collection - Not proggy.

Gig of the Month
Nothing this month :o

Cinema film of the Month
Nothing this month :o

Film on TV
The Good Dinosaur
Ender’s Game
Hotel Transylvania 2
Spectre
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Daddy’s Home
Emelie

Best action: Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation
Best comedy: Absolutely Anything - Especially poignant as it was one of Robin Williams last and could well be Terry Jones last film as writer and director, also maybe the last to feature 5 Monty Pythons.
Best odd indie film: Frank - The head of Frank Sidebottom but that’s all as it’s about an eccentric band lead by an eccentric man (Michael Fassbender with a Sidebottom head)

Best DVD bought
Severance is a funny English horror but I’ve fond memories of The People Under The Stairs

Top purchase
Father and Child Floor Lamp - Chrome - 179cm – I can control the living room lights from my sofa :)
Pillow and 4.5 tog bed cover – because sleep is good.

October has 3 days off, a beer fest day, 1 arena gig and a 3 day gig :)

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
8:53 pm - BEST OF AUGUST 2K16
Busy house BBQ for friends
Working a lot.
Busy house BBQ for family
Max turning 1

Best album of recent times
Lee Aaron - Fire And Gasoline (2016)
Angels Or Kings - Kings Of Nowhere (2014)
Big Boy Bloater & The Limits – Luxury Hobo (2016)
Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood (2015)
Dan + Shay - Where It All Began (2014)
Gandalf’s Fist – A Forest Of Fey (2015) / Live From A Post-Apocalyptic Powercut (2015)
Nemesea – Uprise (2016)
Chris Stapleton – Traveller (2015)
Trixter - Human Era (2015)

Wilson Steven Wilson - 4 ½ (2016) but if it doesn’t count because it’s an EP then I’m digging The Monkees - Good Times (2016)

Best album from ages past
Lee Aaron - Metal Queen (1984)
Kevin Chalfant - Running With The Wind (1997)
Gandalf’s Fist – The Master And The Monkey (2010) / Songs From The Solway (2011) Ep
/ Road To Darkness (2011) / From A Point Of Existence (2012) / A Day In The Life Of A Universal Wanderer (2013)
Nemesea –Mana (2004) / In Control (2007) / The Quiet Resistance (2011)
Trixter - Trixter (1990) / Hear! (1992) / Undercover (1994) / New Audio Machine (2012)

Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark (2008) - I must be getting old.

Best Best of album
Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin': The Very Best Of

Gig of the Month
Queensryche @ The Robin 2 Bilston, Fri 26th Aug

Cinema film of the Month
Suicide Squad
Bad Moms

Film on TV
Trainwreck
American Ultra
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens

Nothing great, but looking back I did actually quite enjoy The Expendables 3

Best DVD bought
Best Of Daffy And Porky
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory - Purely coincidental but quite fitting this month with the death of Gene Wilder.

Top purchase
Keter Store It Out Max - 125x145x82cm (outside plastic storage shed for the BBQ (unlit)
Hoover WDXC485C1B Washer Dryer

September has 2 days off and no gigs :o

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Sunday, July 31st, 2016
9:40 pm - BEST OF JULY 2K16
Max crawling and climbing and sticking his tongue out and being better at sleeping.
Ben talking more and being cute and naughty.

Best album of recent times
Black Stone Cherry - Kentucky (2016)
Circus Maximus – Havoc (2016)
Samantha Fish – Wild Heart (2015)
A Steve Hackett – Wolflight (2015)
Inglorious – Inglorious (2016)
Graham Nash – This Path Tonight (2016)
Red Jasper – 777 (2016)
Royal Blood - Royal Blood (2014)
Stratovarius - Eternal (2015)
Winery Dogs, The – Hot Streak (2015)

A tie between Headspace - All That You Fear Is Gone (2016) Damian Wilson, Adam Wakeman, Lee Pomeroy & Mystery - Delusion Rain (2015) - with new singer Jean Pageau

Best album from ages past
Black Stone Cherry - Magic Mountain (2014)
Samantha Fish – Runaway (2011) / Black Winds Howlin’ (2013) – Blues lady

Best best of album
Three Dog Night - The Best Of 3 Dog Night

Gig of the Month
Ramblin’ Man (Inglorious, IO Earth, Dead Dasies, Frost*, Purson, Lifesigns, Europe, Zombies, Thin Lizzy, Uriah Heep, Family, Whitesnake) Sat 23rd @ Mote Park Maidstone Kent

Cinema film of the Month
Star Trek Beyond

Film on TV
Dracula Untold
Predestination
The Pyramid
Ex Machina
The Hole
Fantastic Four
Fast & Furious 7
Unfriended
The Two Faces of January
Vacation
Everest
Maggie
Crimson Peak
Self/Less
Hot Pursuit
Minions

The best ones are Predestination, Ex Machina, Fast & Furious 7 and Everest

Best DVD bought
Hellboy
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Top purchase
August has 2.5 days off work, a few BBQs and 1 gig.

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Thursday, June 30th, 2016
7:16 pm - BEST OF JUNE 2K16
Max crawling. Ben pooing in his potty. Max sleeping on his front. Max pulling himself up. Both of them waking in the night for various reasons. K & I getting very tired.

Best album of recent times
Battle Beast – Unholy Savior (2015)
Defiants, The - The Defiants (2016) – Ex Danger Danger dudes
Frost* - Falling Satellites (2016) – UK prog band back after an 8 year silence.
Hollywood Vampires (2015) - Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry with Dave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger
Maxx Explosion – Dirty Angels (2015)
Myrath – Legacy (2016)
Night Flight Orchestra - Skyline Whispers (2015)
Rage Of Angels - The Devils New Tricks (2016)
Ozone – Self Defense (2015) – Chris Ousey & Steve Overland
Operation: Mindcrime - The Key (2015) – Mr Tate
SOTO – Divak (2016)
The Temperance Movement – White Bear (2016)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Letters From The Labyrinth (2015)
Treat - Ghost Of Graceland (2016)
Zierler - ESC (2015)

A prog tie between Frost* - Falling Satellites (2016) – UK prog band back after an 8 year silence and Zierler – ESC (2015) Mixed prog from Danish keyboardist Finn Zierler

Best album from ages past
Battle Beast – Steel (2011) / Battle Beast (2013)
Myrath - Hope (2007) / Desert Call (2010) / Tales of the Sands (2011)
Skunk Anansie – Black Traffic (2012)
Stuermer, Daryl Stuermer – Go (2007)

Myrath – Hope (2007) – A Tunisian band with prog undertones.

Best Best of album
James – The Best Of James

Gig of the Month
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow @ Brum Arena Saturday 25 June

Cinema film of the Month
Independence Day: Resurgence

Film on TV
Tower Block
Spy

Best DVD bought
Alien Quadrilogy:
Alien
Aliens
Alien 3
Alien Resurrection

Top purchase
A Ritchie Blackmore T-Shirt in a size less than what I usually wear and it nearly fits me nice :)

July has 5 days off (mostly looking after the kids) and 1 big day gig.

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
10:14 pm - BEST OF MAY 2K16
Max getting teeth and keeping us awake at night. Ben speaking more. A sleepover with the 3 year old niece (who woke at 5am). Max waking at 5am :o

Best album of recent times
Leaves´Eyes - Symphonies Of The Night (2013)
Parzivals Eye – Fragments (2009) - ex-RPWL bassist Chris Postl. Including Christina Booth (Magenta) on vocals.

Best album from ages past
Barbe-Q Barbies – Driven (2015)
Blaze Bayley - Infinite Entanglement (2016)
Last Autumn’s Dream – Paintings (2016)
Last in Line – Heavy Crown (2016)
Midnight Eternal - Midnight Eternal (2016)
Mute Gods - Do Nothing till You Hear from Me (2016) – Nick Beggs
Parzivals Eye - Defragments (2015) CD from ex-RPWL bassist Chris Postl. Including Christina Booth (Magenta) on vocals
Resurrection Kings - Resurrection Kings (2016) - Craig Goldy , Vinny Appice
Space Elevator - Space Elevator (2014)
Ten - The Dragon And Saint George EP (2015)

Nice albums from
Avantasia - Ghostlights (2016)
Kiama – Sign Of IV (2016)
Parzivals Eye - Defragments (2015)
But my fave is
Mute Gods - Do Nothing till You Hear from Me (2016) – Nick Beggs was once the bassist with Kajagoogoo. Lately he’s been popping up in lots of prog albums, but now he’s made his own and it’s lovely.

Gig of the Month
Yes @ Sheffiled City Hall – Tue 3 May – Performing Drama & Fragile
Magnum @ Rock City – Tue 17 May
Blind Guardian @ Rock City – Sat 21 May

Cinema film of the Month
Captain America: Civil War
X-Men: Apocalypse

Film on TV
Ted 2
Pixels
Robocop
Bad Words
Black Rock
Rubber
Knock Knock
Death Race 2
Spooks: The Greater Good
Robot Overlords

Best DVD bought
Dogma
The Fly
The Fly 2

Top purchase
‘Yes’ 2016 Fragile Drama T-Shirt
‘Yes’ pint glass
Push Cylinder Lawn Mower - Cut down stoagre space and cut down time tomow and hopefully also cut down grass.

June has 2 day off work, 1 gigs

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Saturday, April 30th, 2016
8:41 pm - BEST OF APRIL 2K16
Butlins, sunshine, rain, sunshine, BBQ, a better back :)

Best album of recent times
David Bowie – Black Star (2016)
Cats In Space – Too Many Gods (2015)
Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night (2016)
The Feeling – The Feeling (2016)
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls (2014)
Level 10 – Chapter One (2015)
RPWL – Wanted (2015)
Subsignal - The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime (2015)
The Tangent - A Spark In The Aether (2015)

I’m mostly enjoying Elton John, The Feeling, Subsignal, The Tangent and a draw between the melodic (70s influenced) rock of Cats In Space – Too Many Gods (2015) and melodic (Pink Floyd influenced) RPWL – Wanted (2015)

Best album from ages past
Terrorvision – Super Delux (2011)
Moon Safari - A Doorway To Summer (2005) / [Blomljud] (2008) / Lover's End (2010) / Himlabacken Vol.1 (2013) - Symphonic Prog from Sweden
Moon Safari are great. Beach Boys meets Yes and other prog stuff. Tough to choose just one, but I think I’ll go for Moon Safari - A Doorway To Summer (2005)

Gig of the Month
ELO @ Notts Arena - Thur 7th April
Fish @ Rock City – Sun 10th April

Cinema film of the Month
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Film on TV
Jurassic World
Terminator: Genisys
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best DVD bought
Taken
V For Vendetta

May has 4 days off work, 2 gigs

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Thursday, March 31st, 2016
7:58 pm - BEST OF MARCH 2K16
Singing E-I-E-I-O many times. Me having a bad back (again) + the usual fun of having a 2 year old and 6 month old.

Best album of recent times
Blackmore´s Night - All Our Yesterdays (2015)
Chris Cornel - Higher Truth (2015)
Dream Theater - The Astonishing (2016)
Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live (2015) - Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass),Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards)
King King – Reaching The Light (2016)
Magnum – Sacred Blood Divine Lies (2016)
Megadeth - Dystopia (2016)
Queensryche - Condition Hüman (2015)
The Quireboys – Black Eyed Sons (2014)
The Quireboys –St. Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul (2015)
Rhapsody Of Fire - Into The Legend (2016)
Toto - XIV (2015)
W.A.S.P - Golgotha (2015)

Great ones from Chris Cornell, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Queensryche, Toto
Top dog this month is Voodoo Hill – Waterfall (2015) with Glenn Hughes on vocals. Although it is possible I might get more used to the DT album.

Best album from ages past
Soulspell - A Legacy of Honor – (2008) / The Labyrinth of Truths – (2010) / Hollow's Gathering – (2012)

Gig of the Month
Royal Hunt @ Sheffield Corporation Sat 12th March

Film on TV
Mad Max: Fury Road
San Andreas
Inside Out
I enjoyed them all.

Top purchase

April has 3 days off work, 2 gigs a Butlin’s weekend

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Monday, February 29th, 2016
8:32 pm - BEST OF FEBRUARY 2K16
Naughty Ben. Lovely Ben. Not going to bed Ben. Max giggling. Max growing. Max swimming.

Best album of recent times
Art Nation – Revolution (2015)
Cutting Crew - Add To Favourites (2015)
Europe – War Of Kings (2015)
Helloween - My God-Given Right (2015)
Houston – Relaunch II (2015)
Ulysses - #eMotion (2015)
Spock's Beard - Falling for Forever

I’m Loving Ghost - Meliora (2015) & Rocket Scientists – Refuel (2015) but once again the wealth of talent in Flying Colors - Second Nature (2014) lifts it a touch higher.

Also special mention for song of the month Spock's Beard - Falling for Forever downloaded from their best of album and featuring all 3 vocalists.

Best album from ages past
Ulysses - Symbioses (2003) - The Gift Of Tears (2008) – Prog Metal From Holland
Ghost – Infestissumam (2013) – Swedish rock band with unknown musicians (nameless ghouls) and a classic rock feel.

Gig of the Month
King King / Terrorvision / Thunder @ Concert Hall Mon 15 Feb
Melted Space / Myrath / Symphony X @ The Robin 2, Bilston Fri 12 Feb

Cinema film of the Month
Deadpool

Film on TV
Jupiter Ascending
Project Almanac
Seventh Son
Now You See Me
Bound To Vengeance

Favourites are
Best action - John Wick
Best animated - Big Hero 6
Best gripping child abduction drama Prisoners
Best sci-fi - Tomorrowland: A World Beyond + Chappie

Best DVD bought
AntMan

Top purchase
Annual pass to Wheelgate kids adventure park.

March has 1 days (+2 bank hols) off work, 1 gigs, a meal out without the kids

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Sunday, January 31st, 2016
9:50 pm - BEST OF JANUARY 2K16
The whole family advancing (apart from when I was off 4 days with a bad back and stomach virus)

Best album of recent times
Joanne Shaw Taylor - The Dirty Truth (2014)
Spike – 100% Frankie Miller (2015)
UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars (2015)

Top 4 -
Coheed And Cambria - The Color Before The Sun (2015)
Kiske/Somerville – City Of Heroes (2015)
Billy Sherwood – Citizen (2015)
Nad Sylvan - Courting The Widow (2015) – A very Genesisy solo album from Steve Hackett's Genesis revisited singer. Guests include Steve Hackett, Roine Stolt, Nick Beggs, Jonas Reingold, Nick D'Virgilio

Best album from ages past
Ugly Kid Joe – Motel California (1996)
Joanne Shaw Taylor - White Sugar (2009) / Diamonds in the Dirt (2010) / Almost Always Never (2012)

Gig of the Month
No gigs :(

Cinema film of the Month
The Hateful Eight

Film on TV
The Human Centipede 3: The Final Sequence
Get Hard
Home
Unfinished Business
Non Stop
Run All Night
Girl House
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Night At The Museum: Secretary Of The Tomb
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Rewatched Film on TV
Home because it keeps Ben quiet for a bit

Top purchase
Toilet seat
Kitchen table cover – wipe clean
Dyson DC58 Animal Handheld Vacuum Cleaner - For all those biscuit crumbs


February has 1 day off work, 2 gigs and a weight loss challenge :o

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Thursday, December 31st, 2015
9:08 pm - BEST OF 2015
This year I:
Have been to a few baby birthday parties. Experienced soft play centres.Turned 40.
Been to an 80’s Butlin’s stag weekend, witnessed Ben learning to walk. Seen Ben get ill and then perk up at 2 in the morning :o
Seen Ben disco dancing, doing monkey impressions and making us laugh by walking around with his eyes closed.
Lots of garden work, getting ill, getting better.
Enjoying the weather, Ben getting chicken pox.
Been to the zoo a few times, a successful take Ben to someone else home for BBQ day, a successful BBQ in the rain for 12 adults and 4 children
BABY MAX!
Figuring out how the household works with 4 of us.
A christening (not ours as I’m hoping my kids don’t have one). Uncle’s 60th bday doo with band. A haircut. A 2 day rock festival without the kiddies. A surprise bday party.
Ben turning (terrible) 2. Max sick in hospital for 2 nights.
Various toddler Crimbo parties.

Best album of recent times
Evergrey – Hymns For The Broken (2014) / Glass Hammer - Ode to Echo (2014) / Status Quo – Aquostic: Stripped Bare (2014) / Ayreon - The Theory of Everything (2013) / FM – Hero’s And Villians (2015) / Richie Kotzen - Cannibals (2015) / Romeo’s Daughter – Spin (2015) / Gentle Storm - The Diary (2015) / The Poodles – Devil In The Details (2015) / Soto – Inside The Vertigo (2015) / Blackmore's Night - Dancer And The Moon (2013) / Blackberry Smoke – Holding All the Roses (2015) / Blues Pills - Devil Man (EP) (2013) / Blues Pills (2014) / Dark Sarah – Behind The Black Veil (2015) / Tom Keifer - The Way Life Goes (2013) / Mark Slaughter – Reflections in a Rear View Mirror (2015) / Stream Of Passion - A War Of Our Own (2015) / Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror (2015) / A-HA - Cast In Steel (2015) / Halestorm – Reanimate 2.0: The Covers EP (2013) / Halestorm – Into The Wild Life (2015) / Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2015) / Ten - Isla de Muerta (2015) / Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase (2015) / Yusef - Tell 'Em I'm Gone (2014) / The Answer - Raise A Little Hell (2015) / Christina - The Light (2015) / Kamelot – Haven (2015) / Pendragon - Men Who Climb Mountains (2014) / Pink Floyd – The Endless River (2015) / S.A.Y. - Orion (2015) / Arena - The Unquiet Sky (2015) / The Dead Daisies - Revolución (2015) / ELO – Alone In The Universe (2015) / Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (2014) / Ugly Kid Joe - Uglier Than They Used To Be (2015) / Whitesnake – The Purple Album (2015)

GOOD
Beardfish - 4626-Comfortzone (2015)
Bigelf - Into The Maelstrom (2014)
Freak Kitchen - Cooking With Pagans (2014)
Pain Of Salvation - Falling Home (2014)
Kyrbgrinder - Chronicles Of A Dark Machine (2015)
Thunder – Wonder Days (2015)
Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (2013)
Red Jasper – The Great And Secret Show (2015)
Von Hertzen Brothers - New Day Rising (2015)
The Samurai of Prog - Undercover (2011)
The Samurai of Prog - Secrets Of Disguise (2013)
Threshold - For The Journey (2014)
Live - The Turn (2014)
Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland (2014)
Issa – Crossfire (2015)
Mr. Big - The Stories We Could Tell (2014)
Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints (2015)
Transatlantic - KaLIVEoscope (2014)
Allen/Lande – The Great Divide (2014)
Ammunition – Shanghaied (2014)
Care Of Night - Connected (2015)
Sylvan - Home (2015) – CD
Billy Idol - Kings & Queens Of The Underground (2014)

GREAT
AC/DC - Rock Or Bust (2014) CD
Jorn Lande & Trond Holter - Dracula - Swing Of Death (2015)
Lonely Robot - Please Come Home (2015)
Neal Morse - Songs From November (2014)
Vanden Plas - Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II (2015)
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015)
Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls (2015)
Def Leppard - Def Leppard (2015)
McBusted – McBusted (2014)

SUPER GREAT
Neal Morse - The Grand Experiment (2015)
The Samurai of Prog - The Imperial Hotel (2014) - Full on Prog.
Alice In Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)
The Darkness – Last Of Our Kind (2015)
Muse – Drones (2015) CD
Royal Hunt - Devil’s Dozen (2015)
Magic Pie – King For A Day (2015)
Symphony X – Underworld (2015) CD

BLOODY BRILLIANT TOP 5
Enchant - The Great Divide (2014) CD
United Progressive Fraternity - Fall In Love With The World (2014)
Kaipa – Sattyg (2014)
Hasse Froberg – HFMC (2015)
Spock’s Beard - The Oblivion Particle CD (2015)

Best album from ages past
Peter Grabriel – Us (1992) / Lana Lane - El Dorado Hotel (2012) / Freak Kitchen – Land Of The Freaks (2009) / Crazy Horse - Crazy Horse (1971) / Samurai - Samurai (1971) / Frederiksen Deander - Baptism By Fire (2009) / Icehouse – Man Of Colours (1987)
Kestrel – Kestrel (1975) / Blackberry Smoke – Bad Luck Ain't No Crime (2004) / Blackberry Smoke – The Whippoorwill (2012) / Pendragon - Passion (2011) / Last Autumns Dream - Last Autumns Dream (2004) / Helloween - Unarmed - Best Of 25th (2009) / Two Of A Kind - Two Of A Kind (2007) / Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow (2011) / Christina - Broken Lives & Bleeding Hearts (2010) / Silent Force - Walk The Earth (2007) / Leaves´Eyes - Meredead (2011)
Red Jasper – Sting In The Tale (1990) / A Midsummer Night's Dream (1993) / The Winter's Tale (1994) / Anagramary (1997)
The Alarm – Declaration (1984) / Strength (1985) / In The Poppy Fields (2004)
Giuffria - Giuffria (1984) / Silk & Steel (1986)
Utopia - Todd Rundgren's Utopia (1974) / RA (1977) / Oops! Wrong Planet (1977) / Deface the Music (1980) / Utopia (1982) / Swing to the Right (1982) / Oblivion (1984) / POV (1985)
Issa – Sign Of Angels (2010) / The Storm (2011)
Paolo Nutini - These Streets (2006) / Sunny Side Up (2009)

TOP 6
Anthrax – Worship Music (2011)
Utopia – RA (1977)
Glass Hammer - Cor Cordium (2011)
Glass Hammer – If (2010)

Best best of album
Men Without Hats - The Very Best Of Men Without Hats (1982-84)

Gig of the year
Theatre
Spamalot @ Nottigham Theatre Royal Wed 24 June

Music
Black Label Society - Wed 18 Feb @ Rock City
10cc - Thur 19 Feb @ Concert Hall – Performing the album Sheet Music + the hits. I especially liked Kevin Godley’s video contribution of him singing Somewhere In Hollywood.
Rival Sons / The London Souls @ Rock City Friday 3rd April
Von Hertzen Brothers / Ulysses / Black Wolf @ The Rescue Rooms Friday 24th April
Cloudbursting (Kate Bush Tribute) @ Rescue Rooms Saturday 16th May
Spock’s Beard – Tue 29 Sept @ Rescue Rooms
Hasse Froberg Musical Companion + Enchant Mon 12 Oct @ The Robin, Bilston
Rockingham Sat 24 Oct @ Rock City - Care Of Night / Vega / Last Autumns Dream / Electric Boys / Jim Peterik / Dan Reed Network / Gotthard
Rockingham Sun 25 Oct @ Rock City - Issa / Ammunition / Royal Hunt/ Stan Bush / Valentine / Giuffria / Dokken
Go West & Nik Kershaw + T'pau @ Concert Hall Friday 20 Nov
The Darkness @ Rock City Wed 2nd Dec

TOP 5
The Darkness @ Rock City Wed 2nd Dec
Rockingham - Sat 24 Sun 25 Oct @ Rock City - Care Of Night / Last Autumns Dream / Electric Boys / Jim Peterik / Dan Reed Network / Gotthard / Issa / Ammunition / Royal Hunt/ Stan Bush / Giuffria /
10cc - Thur 19 Feb @ Concert Hall – Performing the album Sheet Music
Hasse Froberg Musical Companion + Enchant - Mon 12 Oct @ The Robin, Bilston
Spock’s Beard – Tue 29 Sept @ Rescue Rooms

Cinema film of the year
In order of brilliance
Ant Man
Avengers – The Age of Ultron
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - It actually made me cry :o

Film on TV
300: Rise Of An Empire / Byzantium / The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia / The Zero Theorem / Godzilla / The Knights Of Badassdom / How To Train Your Dragon 2 / A Million Ways To Die In The West / 22 Jump Street / The Anomaly / Transcendence / Deliver Us From Evil / Transformers: Age Of Extinction / Bullet To The Head / As Above, So Below / Zombeavers / Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit / Warm Bodies / Bachelorette / Lucy / Curse Of Chucky / Annabelle / Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day / Let’s Be Cops / Ouija / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / All Cheerleaders Die / Burying The Ex / Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water / 13 Sins / Red 2

GOOD
Bad Neighbours
Last Days On Mars
Edge Of Forever. Live. Die. Repeat.
The Equaliser
Robot And Frank
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Gone Girl
Honeymoon
Keeping Rosy
Oculus
The Purge: Anarchy
TranSiberian
No One Lives
Maniac
Horrible Bosses 2
Black Sea
Taken 3

GREAT
Happy Feet
The Maze Runner
The Interview
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
The Lego Movie

Rewatched Film on TV
Labyrinth
The Grinch
Shrek
Frozen
Happy Feet
Monsters University
Monsters Inc

Best DVD bought
The Hobbit Trilogy boxset - (An Unexpected Journey) – (The Desolation of Smaug) – (The Battle of the Five Armies)
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy - Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy - Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) - Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Top purchase
Pen pipe / Over the door hanger / 44 x 10mm Self Adhesive Googly Eyes / Silicon oven glove / New kitchen window and front door / Ikea drawers for Ben’s new room / Jungle animal curtains and stickers for Ben’s new room / X-hose power washer / Jungle bed for Ben / Watch with fabric strap / Head torch / Annual pass for Tycross Zoo / A pizza with chocolate on it

TOP 7
6ft x 3ft Rustic Solid Oak Extending Dining Table
USB plug socket – No more need to swap plugs around.
Bow window in the living room
Chromecast – so I don’t have to watch Netflix through the Wii – Also good for showing photos of babies
Vauxall Zafira Tourer SE - The family car. Good because it’s mainly used by Kel so I can rest :)
New garden (patio and grass) – Come the summer this will be used more.
Tefal Optigrill – (Present from in-laws) Replaced the George Formby and I love it. Makes nice burgers, salmon, steak and toasted sarnies.

For 2016 I have 35 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + whatever I toil I rack up.
So far I have 6 gigs and some crazy kid times with the Bagshaw boys.

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
8:26 pm - BEST OF DECEMBER 2K15
Toddler Crimbo parties.

Best album of recent times
Arena - The Unquiet Sky (2015) CD
The Corrs – White Light (2015)
The Dead Daisies - Revolución (2015)
Def Leppard - Def Leppard (2015)
ELO – Alone In The Universe (2015)
Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls (2015) CD
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015) CD
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (2014)
Symphony X – Underworld (2015) CD
Ugly Kid Joe - Uglier Than They Used To Be (2015)
Vanden Plas - Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II (2015) CD
Whitesnake – The Purple Album (2015)

Good albums from Nightwish, Vanden Plas, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Arena.
But my top one is Symphony X – Underworld (2015) CD

Best album from ages past
Issa – Sign Of Angels (2010) / The Storm (2011)
Leaves´Eyes - Meredead (2011)
Paolo Nutini - These Streets (2006) / Sunny Side Up (2009)

Gig of the Month
The Darkness @ Rock City Wed 2nd Dec

Cinema film of the Month
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Film on TV
Taken 3
Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water
13 Sins
Red 2

Rewatched Film on TV
The Grinch

Best DVD bought
The Hobbit Trilogy boxset - (An Unexpected Journey) – (The Desolation of Smaug) – (The Battle of the Five Armies)
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy - Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy - Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) - Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Top purchase
Crimbo Jumper
Dancing santa
6ft x 3ft Rustic Solid Oak Extending Dining Table

January has 1 days off work, 0 gigs

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Monday, November 30th, 2015
8:54 pm - BEST OF NOVEMBER 2K15
Ben turning (terrible) 2. Max sick in hospital for 2 nights.

Best album of recent times
The Answer - Raise A Little Hell (2015)
Christina - The Light (2015) - solo album from the voice of Magenta.
Kamelot – Haven (2015)
Pendragon - Men Who Climb Mountains (2014)
Pink Floyd – The Endless River (2015)
S.A.Y. - Orion (2015)

Magic Pie – King For A Day (2015) – Wonderful melodic prog from Norway

Best album from ages past
Christina - Broken Lives & Bleeding Hearts (2010)
Utopia - Todd Rundgren's Utopia (1974) / RA (1977) / Oops! Wrong Planet (1977) / Deface the Music (1980) / Utopia (1982) / Swing to the Right (1982) / Oblivion (1984) / POV (1985)

Silent Force - Walk The Earth (2007) – Great because of the voice of DC Cooper
Utopia – RA (1977) -Todd Rundgren's totaaly prog album.

Gig of the Month
Go West & Nik Kershaw + T'pau @ Concert Hall Friday 20 Nov

Film on TV
Burying The Ex

Top purchase
A pizza with chocolate on it

December has 5 days off work, 1 gig, Ben seeing pretend snow and the Crimbo experiment.

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Saturday, October 31st, 2015
9:59 pm - BEST OF OCTOBER 2K15
Zoo. A christening (not ours as I’m hoping my kids don’t have one). Uncle 60th bday doo with band. A haircut. A 2 day rock festival without the kiddies. A surprise bday party.

Best album of recent times
A-HA - Cast In Steel (2015)
Halestorm – Reanimate 2.0: The Covers EP (2013)
Halestorm – Into The Wild Life (2015)
Billy Idol - Kings & Queens Of The Underground (2014)
Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2015)
Take That – III (2014)
Ten - Isla de Muerta (2015)
Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase (2015)
Yusef - Tell 'Em I'm Gone (2014)

Nice ones from Halestorm, Billy Idol, Ten, Steven Wilson.
But the great vocals of D.C. Cooper + great musicianship means Royal Hunt - Devil’s Dozen (2015) gets my vote.

Best album from ages past
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow (2011)

Gig of the Month
Hasse Froberg Musical Companion + Enchant Mon 12 Oct @ The Robin, Bilston
Rockingham Sat 24 Oct @ Rock City - Care Of Night / Vega / Last Autumns Dream / Electric Boys / Jim Peterik / Dan Reed Network / Gotthard
Rockingham Sun 25 Oct @ Rock City - Issa / Ammunition / Royal Hunt/ Stan Bush / Valentine / Giuffria / Dokken

Film on TV
All Cheerleaders Die
The Interview
Black Sea

Rewatched Film on TV
Shrek

Top purchase
Bow window in the living room – I think Mrs B wants somewhere to put the Crimbo tree. - Good for Kel
Head torch – To see the rabbit poop outside. - Good for the rabbits
Annual pass for Tycross Zoo - Good for Ben
USB plug socket – No more need to swap plugs around. - Good for me

November has 3.5 days off work, 2 gigs and our first boy turning 2.

(Join the zoo)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
8:43 pm - BEST OF SEPTEMBER 2K15
Figuring out how the household works with 4 of us.

Best album of recent times
Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror (2015)
Muse – Drones (2015) CD – A very good album but only just pipped by
Spock’s Beard - The Oblivion Particle CD (2015)

Best album from ages past
Two Of A Kind - Two Of A Kind (2007) (Boston meets Heart)
Gig of the Month
Spock’s Beard – Tue 29 Sept @ Rescue Rooms

Film on TV
Maniac
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Horrible Bosses 2

Rewatched Film on TV
The calm the child down movies:
Frozen
Happy Feet
Monsters University
Monsters, Inc

Top purchase
X-hose power washer
Chromecast – so I don’t have to watch Netflix through the Wii – Also good for showing photos of babies
Jungle bed for Ben
Watch with fabric strap – because I don’t like pastic or metal but I like digital

October has 5 days off work and trips to the zoo and other fun Ben time days, and 2 nights way for his Mummy & Daddy for a melodic rock festival :)

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Monday, August 31st, 2015
10:23 pm - BEST OF AUGUST 2K15
BABY MAX!

Best album of recent times
Alice In Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)
Allen/Lande – The Great Divide (2014)
Ammunition – Shanghaied (2014)
Care Of Night - Connected (2015)
Dark Sarah – Behind The Black Veil (2015)
Keifer, Tom Keifer - The Way Life Goes (2013)
Slaughter, Mark Slaughter – Reflections in a Rear View Mirror (2015)
Stream Of Passion - A War Of Our Own (2015)
Sylvan - Home (2015) – CD

2nd reunion album by both bands. Both different yet brilliant.
Alice In Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)
The Darkness – Last Of Our Kind (2015)

Best album from ages past
Giuffria - Giuffria (1984) / Silk & Steel (1986)
Last Autumns Dream - Last Autumns Dream (2004)

Helloween - Unarmed - Best Of 25th (2009) - compilation of re-recorded versions of Helloween songs in an acoustic/symphonic style.

Best best of album
Men Without Hats - The Very Best Of Men Without Hats (1982-84)

Film on TV
Gone Girl
Honeymoon
Keeping Rosy
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Let’s Be Cops
Oculus – Got a bit crazy to the end, but I thought it was quite scary.
The Purge: Anarchy
Ouija
TranSiberian
No One Lives
The Maze Runner - Left me wanting to watch the second one.

Top purchase
Jungle animal curtains and stickers for Ben’s new room.

September has 15 days off work and a gig and some sleepless nights.

(Join the zoo)

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