And the prize for the most annoying Xmas video goes to………….


Gig Review – Diamond Head + support from Fires That Divide

As soon as I saw this line up I knew it was going to be a great night. The Robin 2 is a well known and well loved local venue, and has a great reputation for hosting some massive names. Last gig I came to was Inglorious, and before that Dirty DC, both were filled to the brim.

So there was no surprises when I saw the place filling up rapidly, well before the support band were due on. Fires That Divide are a 4 piece rock band from the West Midlands, formed back in 2014. They describe their material as an eclectic range of musical creativity delivered with a hard punch.


From left: Steve Knight (bass guitar), Kirk Shuttleworth (lead vocals and guitar), Steven Norton (guitar) and Marc Harris (drums).

For anyone who hasn’t heard of these guys before, why not take a look at my feature from earlier this year.

Okay so back to their latest performance. These guys showed that they had the balls to perform at big venues such as The Robin 2. Other than a couple of technical issues which were out of their control, they put on a strong performance, and had a good crowd of followers at the event.

They performed some new material which I particularly enjoyed, as well as some already established tunes such as Vector Man. Take a look at the video footage I caught along the way, and if you like what you see, why not visit Fires That Divide on facebook and give their page a like/follow! Or visit their website here.



I really hope to see Fires That Divide gigging again soon, as they are a force to be reckoned with, and after seeing them in this setting, supporting a massive band such as Diamond Head, I know this is where they belong. Well done lads!


I may still have a surprise or two up my sleeve involving this bunch, all will be revealed!

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Then it was time for the headline act, Diamond Head. This band was originally formed in 1976 in the town of Stourbridge. The band is recognised as one of the leading members of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

DSC07778DSC07725DSC07745DSC07643The current line up of the band is Brian Tatler – Guitars, Rasmus Bom Andersen – Vocals, Karl Wilcox – Drums, Dean Ashton – Bass, and Andy Abberley (Abbz) – Guitars

Needless to say, this band is well rehearsed and could probably but on a great show in their sleep, and this gig was no exception, a brilliant performance which delivered exactly what their fans expected and needed from them.

The star of the show for me will always be Brian Tatler, an amazing guitarist.

Take a look at some video footage I caught of these guys in action.

If you want to find out more about Diamond Head, why not visit their website to find out more about up coming gigs or follow them on facebook. 

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Photo credits to Dave Briggs – Gig Photographer . Why not visit his facebook page to see more photos from this gig. Click here




What’s next? – Diamond Head @ The Robin 2 with support from Fires That Divide

Diamond Head Fires That DivideThe Rock Asylum and Dave Briggs Gig Photographer will be visiting the lovely Robin 2 this Thursday 7th December 2017 to review this gig, which promises to be a blast! Fires That Divide will be kicking the night off in style as usual (I have seen them before and they’re fab!), followed by Diamond Head who will no doubt blow the roof off.

Doors open at 7.30! Don’t miss it!

We’ll be uploading photos and videos with a review of the night, and maybe a few surprises along the way too!

Gig Review – Uttoxeter Rocks @ The Old Star

The Old Star

The Old Star Pub, is a traditional pub, that serves cask ales as well as traditional lagers/ciders etc.  The Pub houses live entertainment in the beer garden and inside during the winter on a Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday 15th July 2017, The Old Star hosted the Uttoxeter Rocks gig.

The event was run and promoted by Mark from Crackin’ Snapin’ Promotions, along with Erica, who is the Landlady of The Old Star.  Also playing a big part in the organisation of the event were Andy Hartshorne, who arranged the bands and ran the stage, and Andy and Ray, the sound techs from Audio Difference.

I was told by a number of band members that Andy Hartsorne had worked his butt off to support artists during the preparation and run up to this event, and that it was much appreciated.

I have to say that everyone who was involved in this event, should be very proud of themselves and of the successful night which was a product of their blood, sweat and tears.

On arrival at the Old Star, I found parking easy to find which was a bonus, more or less right in front of the pub itself set in the centre of the town which was very picturesque. First impressions told me this was a sleepy little place, however I was soon to find out that Uttoxeter was very much alive.

This quaint old pub beckoned me to go in….. I could already hear music being played so was eager to see who was on stage.

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