Claudia's
Rock Diary

(Interviews and reviews for www.music-news.com. © by Claudia Andrei)


With the highly entertaining and charming "Alice The Malice" during a drinks reception following his "Welcome 2 My Nightmare Movies" event at BFI, South Bank. Read attached review.

(Photo: T. Mosley)


Meeting legendary composer, musician and producer Nile Rodgers (of Chic) after his highly energetic show at HMV Forum, Kentish Town. Yowsah, yowsah, yowsah! Read attached review.

(Photo: B. Clarke)




The legendary Jimmy Page of the iconic Led Zeppelin answers a question or two during the much anticipated 'Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day' press conference in London, September 2012, View attached video clip in which Claudia throws a question at Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

(Photo: C. Andrei)


The ever-fabulous Hugh Cornwell played his own songs, as well as some Stranglers classics, at Islington Academy. Read attached interview.

(Photo: Monsieur Frederic)




Having a little interview with Quireboy Guy Griffin at the Garage in Glasgow. Read attached interview.

(Photo: That cool Garage dude)


Enjoying a wee chat with the lovely and very talented Grainne at Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh. Read attached review.

(Photo: now who took that...?)




With the almighty Jimbo Mathus all the way from the bayou... Read attached review.

(Photo: D. Shields)


The best that the Catskill Mountains can offer - the awesome Simone Felice! Read attached review.

(Photo: A. Vane)




All round cool cat and Bermondsey Joyriders' front man Gary Lammin wants YOU to purchase a copy of their album, at the Brixton Jamm. Read attached review/interview.

(Photo: G. Jacks)


Life's A Gas... at the 'Marc Bolan 35th Anniversary Concert' after-party at Shepherds Bush Empire. Striking the pose are yours truly, Danielz of T-Rextasy and Neil X (ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik). Read attached review.

(Photo: some legend)




Sharing some cosmic vibes with Lord Hawkwind Nik Turner at Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead during a multi-media performance celebrating the work of Robert Calvert. Read attached review.

(Photo: E. Gray)


Backstage with Nik Turner ('Hawkwind') and special guest Suzi Owens ('The Cesarians') after Nik's 'Space Ritual' sell-out gig at the Borderline. Read attached review.

(Photo: Rania)




A racket you can trust! London blues punk duo Taurus Trakker know how to provide a groovy time, both on and off stage. Read attached review/interview.

(Photo: Lord Jacks)


It's Crunch time (but more fun than you think) with - from left to right Mick Geggus, Sulo, Dave Tregunna and yours truly. Read attached interview.

(Photo: the hunky waiter)




Can't get enough of T.Rextasy... With the charismatic Danielz before the "Unplugged" session at Quay Theatre, Sudbury. Read attached interview and review.

(Photo: The Dollar Man)


SKUM - the last word in professional unprofessionalism (or is it the other way around?) and the first word in the Survivor's Guide to Punk'n'Roll. Read attached interview.

(Photo: Whoops! I forgot. Call me umprofessional))




With charming and very talented Canadian singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega during an interview at the Borderline. Read attached interview.

(Photo: The Nice Assistant)


Lindi Ortega (and her red boots) in action during her much-applauded gig at the Borderline. Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)




Adam Ant (these days morphing into Johnny Depp...) during a highly charged performance at the 100 Club, Oxford Street. Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)


Enjoying some bourbon with the irrepressable and charismatic Rasp Thorne at the Rochester Castle garden in Stokey. Read attached interview.

(Photo: S. Perez)




Danielz of the glamtastic T-Rextasy performs during the Marc Bolan Commemorative Anniversary Concert at The Standard. Both were born to boogie! Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)


Keep a little Danielz in your heart: backstage during a sparkling interview with flamboyant T-Rextasy front man Danielz. Read attached interview.

(Photo: J. Skelton)




Quireboy rock'n'roll ragamuffin Spike wowing the crowd during his acoustic gig at the Jazz Cafe, Camden. Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)


Posing with Spike after our interview at the Jazz Cafe bar. Read attached interview.

(Photo: T. Gosling)




Schmoozing with Quireboys drummer Phil Martini at High Voltage after an interview. Read attached interview.

(Photo: Mr Misteriaz)


More schmoozing with Quireboys guitarist Paul Guerin before the Down N' Outz gig. Read attached review.

(Photo: P. Martini)




Ex-Mott The Hooples Ian Hunter brought the golden age of rock'n'roll to the Union Chapel for an outstanding acoustic gig. Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)

The ballad of Mott The Hoople continues with Verden Allen during an interview at the Marriott Hotel, County Hall. Read attached interview.  




Enjoying a chat and some coffee with Brooklyn-based bombshell Nell Brydon at Carluccio's, St Christopher's Place. Read attached review/interview.

(Photo: the hunky waiter)


With popular Canadian alt-country duo 'Whitehorse' after their impressive London debut at the Slaughtered Lamb.

Read attached review.

(Photo: L. Evans)




Sweat'n'booze'n'rock'n'roll backstage with Walter Lure (ex-Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers) at the legendary 100 Club.

Read attached review.


The lean, mean rock machine that is Glenn Hughes rocks the Islington Academy.

Read attached review/interview.

(Photo: C. Andrei)




Very cool and very nice New York Dolls guitar slinger Steve Conte tells me about his new solo album 'Steve Conte and the Crazy Truth' (www.steveconteandthecrazytruth.com). Read attached interview.

(Photo: C. Andrei)


Enjoying a drink with Steve before his Steve Conte Band gig at the Water Rats. Read attached review.




Suave and witty New York Dolls bassist Sami Yaffa striking the pose. Read attached interview.

(Photo with thanks from Sami's personal archive)


New York Dolls front man David Johansen in top form during their concert at the Forum, Kentish Town (in the background: Sami Yaffa and Sylvain Sylvain). Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)




Enjoying an in-depth chat with the son of Zappa, that's Dweezil for you folks, at High Voltage festival. Read attached interview.

(Photo: C. Hewlett)


With Blue King Brown's Natalie Pa'apa'a, hailed by Carlos Santana as the voice of the future, backstage at the Jazz Cafe. Read attached review.

(Photo: E. Ingvaldsen)




With the rockin' hot Electric Boys Andy Christell and Conny Bloom (he's funky!) backstage at Lisebergshallen, Gothenburg, Sweden, before their support slot for Alice Cooper. Read attached interview, plus, check them Boys out on their web site www.electricboys.com.

(Photo: Mr Cool Dude)


Talented tinseldust-cowboy and practical joker (say Dutch cheese...) Billy Miles Brooke is for ever all dressed up but has nowhere to go.... in Santa Fe. Read his entertaining lament in the attached interview.

(Montage by yours truly)




Welcome to his nightmare! King of Grand Guignol rock Alice Cooper delivers one hell of a show during his 'Theater of Death' tour. On this occasion at Lisebergshallen, Gothenburg. Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)


No 'Theater of Death' without a hellish good backing band! No attempt getting close to a hellish good backing band without getting pulled back by security, ha ha! Chuck Garric, Damon Johnson and Keri Kelli were worth it, though. See Alice Cooper review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)




Multi award winning funk rock, pop and R&B singer Gabriella Cilmi tells me about her upcoming album during a little chat at the V-Awards at the IndigO2. Read attached interview.

(Photo: P. Iwala)


Cool cat in the hat Charlie Winston explains why his musical direction of indie folk and jazz blues is more appreciated in France than in his native Great Britain. Read attached interview.

(Photo: J. Ingram)




Brunch with War Of The Worlds - The Musical composer Jeff Wayne at the very posh Langham Hotel. Read attached interview.

(Photo: Damian)


Getting tanked up with Edward Tudor Pole at the not quite so posh Underbelly in Hoxton. Read attached review.

(Pic: Jon Flash)




Lost and found again psychedelic folk rocker Rodriguez (aka Sixto Diaz Rodriguez) gave a truly mesmerising performance at London's Union Chapel. Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)


Desert blues rockers Tinariwen captivate a full house at Camden's Koko with their eclectic mix of African blues and traditional Tuareg tunes. Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)




And they called him Sebastian... no, they called him Steve Harley, and a damn fine show he delivered at the Shepherds Bush Empire! Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)


After her much applauded performance on the Jools Holland show 'America's Got Talent' winner Queen Emily treats fans to an acoustic set at the 12 Bar Club. Read attached review.

(Photo: Carlos)




Fiery Rupa Marya (of Rupa & The April Fishes) gets the crowd going with her musical concoction of gypsy swing, French chansons and Indian ragas at Club Cargo. Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)


Legendary guitarist and songwriter Wilko Johnson (formerly of Dr. Feelgood, the Blockheads) duets with Alison Moyet during a truly rockin' and rollin' evening at the Koko, Camden. Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Andrei)




With the dapper Scott Wilson of Dan Sultan Band after their gig at Somerset House. Read attached interview.

(Photo: C. Carr)


With Dan Sultan at Somerset House. Read attached review.

(Photo: C. Carr)




With the raunchy Jesse Forte of Vains Of Jenna before their knockout gig at the Barfly. Read attached interview.

(Photo: Anton)


Basking in the sun with Saxon metal legend Biff Byford at High Voltage. Read attached interview.

(Photo: S. Chevin)




Flea-pitting with Nigel Burch and Paul Ronney Angel (The Urban Voodoo Machine) in Stokey. Read attached review.

(Photo: Adrian)


With the very cool Elijah Jones of The Constellations backstage at Koko, Camden. Read attached review.

(Photo: Max)




The host with the most Luther Grosvenor (aka Ariel Bender). If you believe his warped sense of humour, he never played for Mott The Hoople, but hey, he plays solo these days! Read attached interview.

(Photo: M. Triggs)


Sipping Crystal with the stylish Kate Nash during the Swarovski Crystallized - Fashion Meets Music event, London. Read attached review.

(Photo: Sparkly Girl)



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