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KS Cover no. 77 2006 Ocober

OCT 2006 :: 077

Ginger (ex Wildhearts)

Oct 2

Club Quattro, Osaka

The Wildhearts were a very good rock band from the north of England who had a lot of success in the nineties so it's no surprise that ex singer, guitarist and main songwriter Ginger is still using the name to advertise himself. But of course, back in the late eighties and most of the nineties, rock music was almost fashionable not just to the hardened rock fans but to the commercial masses as well. So how has the ex-Wildhearts (and ex-Quireboys — the band not the church-going type), now 42 years old, faired since the new millennia came around?

Well, he started off by reforming the Wildhearts in 2001 but if life tells us one thing it' s not to repeat the same mistakes as before, and reforming the band is the mistake of allmistakes. The internal problems that had split the band in the first place were quick to reappear and it was probably a case of hanging on for dear life and milking it for all it's worth that quite unbelievably kept them going until 2005.

From there Ginger briefly joined The Brides of Destruction with guitarist Tracii Guns (another nineties leftover on his way to the Where are they Now?list). This venture was not to last and he finally released his first 'real'solo album in December 2005 and it's on the back of this that he is flouting his wares. Now that he seems to have finally cast aside the Wildhearts (though he'sprobably left it a little too late) he can get the credit as a performer and songwriter that he so rightly deserves. The album is called Valor Del Corazen, which is Spanish for 'strength of heart' and probably sums up what has kept him going.

Glam Rock frontman guitarist
Time: 7pm • Entry: ¥6,000
Tel: 06-6535-5569 • Genre: Rock

The Zutons

Oct 4

Big Cat, Osaka

Formed in Liverpool, England in 2002, rock/indie unit The Zutons have in a very short space of time released two excellently received albums and built a strong reputation as a great live band. Their latest album, Tired of Hanging Around, was released in April of this year and reaching number two in the UK album chartsshasamuch has a much heavier sound than the band's debut. All eleven tracks were written over the course of a year touring (in which they supported Oasis, U22 and REM).

Vocalist Dave McCabe says that the first album Who Killed The Zutons (which incidentally had early presses with a 3D cover and pair of 3D glasses that many fans wore to concerts) was the band finding their feet but now they know how to better put themselves across.

The Zutons really are an addictive band with their harmonized vocals, weaving saxophone, sixties tainted guitar leads and melodic catchy rhythms. And if you like music videos then the black and white filmed video to the single'Ohtheesingle' is a real treat. The band manage to get themselves bumped off one by one only to reappear in the spirit to perform the tune, McCabe's head decapitation at the hands of a blonde axe-wielding maniac is particularly amusing.

And personally, how have the band coped with such a busy couple of years and sharing stages with bands that have been around the block more than a few times? McCabe continues by stating that playing so many gigs “it toughens you up”.

UK acclaimed Indie-rock newcomers
Time: 7pm • Entry: ¥5,800 • Tel: 06-6535-5569
Genre: Indie Rock

Iron Maiden

Oct 30

Osaka Jo Hall, Osaka

It's now just over thirty years since Iron Maiden in it's'ss earliest form set out on their long and hugely successfull road as probably the most influential rock/metal band of the last twenty-five years. And with bassist Steve Harris at the helm since the inception they have just released their fourteenth studio album A Matter of Life and Death. With the bands popularity just as strong as ever it was no surprise that the new album went straight in to the UK charts at number four.

In their time, Iron Maiden have notched up numerous gold and platinum disc awards from their seventy million plus sales and in 2000 were awarded the Ivor Novella award for International Achievement.

Of course it hasn't all been rosy and as fans will know there have been a few line-up changes. After the debut album Iron Maiden in 1980 guitarist Dennis Stratton departed to be replaced by Adrian Smith and then punk influenced vocalist Paul Diano left the band after only two albums. With musical chairs at such an early stage in theirtheirr career it was wondered whether Maiden could survive. In stepped Bruce Dickinson, vocalist, author, and fencer extraordinaire to calm any fears of a downward spiral. In 1984 stickman Clive Burr called it a day and the stool was taken over by the effervescent Nicko McBrain. This line-up went through what many fans would see as Maidens golden era until Smith left in '89 and Dickinson just a couple of years later. With a couple of albums put out with Blaze Baile on vocals Dickinson and Smith then returned to the fold (whilst the band kept Smith's replacement ex-Gillan guitarist Janik Gers making it a three guitar ensemble as the ever smiling Dave Murray had stayed firm in his position since the beginning). With this turnabout Maiden were resurgent and listening to the band they don't sound like an outfit that technically should be passed their best. The new album is fresh, ferocious, epic and exactly what Maiden stalwarts expect. A job well done boys! Up the Irons!

UK Metal pioneers of the last twenty-six years
Time: 7pm • Entry: ¥8,400 • Tel: 06-6233-8888
Genre: Metal

Live Listings Octber

Ginger (ex Wildhearts)

10/2 @ Club Quattro, Osaka
7pm • ¥6,000 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

Christopher Cross

10/2 @ Blue Note, Osaka
6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥7,400-¥8,400 • Tel: 06-6342-7722
AOR Guitar Vocals

The Pogues

10/2 @ Namba Hatch, Osaka
7pm • ¥7,000 • Tel: 06-6535-5569
Irish Folk


10/3 @ Taku Taku, Kyoto/b>
7pm • ¥4,200 • Tel: 075-351-1321
Japanese Female Vocal

Michael Franti

10/4 @ Club Quattro, Osaka
7pm • ¥6,000-¥6,500 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

The Zutons

10/4 @ Big Cat, Osaka
7pm • ¥5,800 • Tel: 06-6535-5569
Indie RockBoz


10/5-7 @ Blue Note, Osaka
6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥10,600-¥12,600 • Tel: 06-6342-7722
AOR Guitar Vocals


10/10 @ Big Cat, Osaka
7pm • ¥6,000 • Tel: 06-6535-5569
Indie Rock

Candy Dulfer

10/11-12 @ Blue Note, Osaka
6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥7,000-¥9,000 • Tel: 06-6342-7722
Jazz Funk Sax

Fiona Apple

10/12 @ Club Quattro, Osaka
7pm • ¥7,500 • Tel: 06-6281-8181


10/13-14 @ Zepp, Osaka
7pm • ¥6,500 • Tel: 06-6233-8888

Celtic Woman

10/16 @ Festival Hall, Osaka
7pm • ¥6,000-¥10,000 • Tel: 06-6362-7301
Folk Vocal Group


10/16 @ Zepp, Osaka
6:30pm • ¥9,500 • Tel: 06-6233-8888


10/17 @ Zepp, Osaka
6:30pm • ¥9,500 • Tel: 06-6233-8888
Thrash Metal


10/21 @ Zepp,Osaka
5pm • ¥6,500 • Tel: 06-6233-8888

Brian Setzer

10/23 @ Zepp, Osaka
7pm • ¥7,000 • Tel: 06-6341-4506

Niacin (Billy Sheehan/John Novello/Dennis Chambers)

10/23-24 @ Blue Note, Osaka
6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥6,400-¥8,400 • Tel: 06-6342-7722
Prog Rock/Jazz/Funk

The Living End

10/24 @ Club Quattro, Osaka
7pm • ¥6,300 • Tel: 06-6281-8181

Mariah Carey

10/24-25 @ Osaka Jo Hall, Osaka
7pm • ¥6,000-¥12,000 • Tel: 06-6321-7301
R&B Vocal

Mai Kuraki

10/25 @ Gran Cube, Osaka
7pm • ¥6,000 • Tel: 06-6321-7301
Japanese Vocalist

John Wetton & Geoff Downs

10/26 @ Blue Note, Osaka
6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥6,000-¥8,000 • Tel: 06-6342-7722
Prog Rock

Fried Pride

10/26 @ Club Quattro, Osaka
7pm • ¥5,750 • Tel: 06-6344-6618
Japanese Male/Female Duo

Less Than Jake

10/28 @ Club Quattro, Osaka
7pm • ¥5,300 • Tel: 06-6535-5569
Ska Punk

Mando Diao

10/28 @ Zepp, Osaka
6pm • ¥6,300 • Tel: 06-6233-8888
Garage Rock

Iron Maiden

10/30 @ Osaka Jo Hall, Osaka
7pm • ¥8,400 • Tel: 06-6233-8888

Roger Joseph Manning Jr.

11/1 @ Club Quattro, Osaka
7pm • ¥6,250-¥6,750 • Tel: 06-6535-5569
Acoustic Singer-songwriter

Bobby Caldwell

11/3-4 @ Blue Note, Osaka
6:30pm/9:30pm ¥10,000-¥12,000 • Tel: 06-6342-7722
AOR/Jazz Vocals

Mystery Jets

11/5 @ Club Quattro, Osaka
7pm • ¥ 5,500 • Tel: 06-6535-5569

Compiled by Phillip Jackson

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