It is clear that classic rock is alive and well in London when the queue at the Academy is growing from 5.30pm on a Friday evening, and the venue is already half-full by the time local boys Dead Man’s Whiskey take the stage, and deliver a 25 minute set of straight-up hard rock featuring tracks from their ‘Under the Gun’ album, and the new single Racing BulletNico Rogers on the vocals is a natural, and Billy Kons rips it up on the low-slung lead guitar.

The place is packed when South Wales boys Those Damn Crowskick off their set – a band I have heard lots of good stuff on, they delivered a really tight set of hard rock, with Shane Greenhall dominating the stage with his presence and huge voice.  New album ‘Murder and Motive’ is a terrific collection of modern classic rock, and these guys are destined to make a mark!

Stone Broken have been around for a while, with a strong following around the UK, led by Rich Moss on vocals and guitar, and with his partner Robyn Haycock slamming the kit behind him.  She must be classed as one of the best rock drummers around, and never stops smiling through the set.  Chris Davis delivers the riffs and Kieran Conroy holds the bass lines down, and they deliver a set spanning their two albums, ‘All in Time’ and ‘Ain’t Always Easy’.  Classic rock songs, with hints of nu-metal thrown in, that gives them a slightly different edge in what is a more and more congested market in the UK.  This is a band that is certainly going places!