Today we need your help.
Kerrang magazine in the UK are looking for a brand new band (!) for their front cover next week and we of course think that this accolade should naturally go to the best new band in the UK. For our money, there is no better band for the bill than Wales’ finest, The Dirty Youth. These guys are the best of breed and deserve a shot at the big time. As many of you may know, we have been supporters of these guys since the early days and they are pretty hot right now after just coming off a European tour with The Rasmus.
Take our word for it. When they hit the USA, they will be huge! You heard it here first.
Please help us out massively by tweeting
@jamesjammcmahon Put @DirtyYouth on the cover.
Please help us out massively by tweeting
@jamesjammcmahon Put @DirtyYouth on the cover.
Check out The Dirty Youth website here…
Photo: Rob McGlade
Who can believe its 2013 already?
We are once more at the beginning of a new year with all the resolutions and goals that this time of year brings. I hope all of you get everything you wish for this year. For me, it is time to get back to updating this site and using it to showcase some of my work and some of the best bands around. Over the next days and weeks I will catch up with some old shoots (I have hundreds of really great unpublished shoots) and maybe a few new ones too. Here’s to 2013.
It’s good to be back…
First of all – Thank You
Thanks to all of you for all the kind words, comments, calls, visits, flowers & gifts we have received over the past few days. Our world has been turned upside down since last week and we are still devastated at the loss of our lovely little baby Laura.
Summary of Events
Laura was born on Friday 20th April and seemed perfectly normal. We all spent a few wonderful hours bonding and Laura was transferred to the ward where she had the first little blip where she occasionally struggled to breathe. As the day progressed, the breathing difficulties increased in frequency and progressed to choking incidents which became more and more frightening. A doctor was called to see her and it was decided to move her to the Special Care Baby Unit where they carried out some tests. Very quickly she was diagnosed with OA/TOF – a condition that affected her oesophagus:
Oesophageal Atresia (OA)
In oesophageal atresia there is a break in the continuity of the oesophagus. The end nearest the mouth is not attached to the end which enters the stomach, the gap usually occurring high up in the chest. The presence of a blind-ending pouch in the upper oesophagus means that food is unable to reach the stomach; any swallowed milk or saliva instead returns to the mouth.
Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF)
A fistula, from the Latin meaning ‘a pipe,’ is an abnormal connection running either between two tubes or between a tube and a surface. In tracheo-oesophageal fistula it runs between the trachea and the oesophagus. This connection may or may not have a central cavity; if it does, then food within the oesophagus may pass into the trachea (and on to the lungs) or alternatively, air in the trachea may cross into the oesophagus.
Laura was transferred to Chelsea & Westminster Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Saturday morning and was scheduled for surgery the following day . We said goodbye to her at 12:30pm outside the Operating Theatre and waited while the operation commenced. Just before 6pm we were advised that all was not going well with the operation and that Laura had been resuscitated a number of times but was not responding. We rushed to the operating theatre in a state of shock and disbelief and stood outside while the life of our little baby hung in the balance. Sadly, she did not survive despite the surgeons best efforts. It seems that the operation was far more complicated than originally thought and just after 6pm, Laura was pronounced dead.
It is the most awful feeling to be completely helpless when your child is in a grave situation. We had not even considered that she might not live through the operation but sometimes life can be cruel. The staff at the NICU at Chelsea & Westminster hospital were absolutely fantastic – they offered Laura incredible care in her short time there and all the staff were visibly affected by her death. They showed incredible compassion for us when Laura died and they bent over backwards to make us comfortable.in the aftermath. They made our difficult time so much easier and we thank them very much for that.
The one silver lining in all of this is the overwhelming amount of support and love that has come our way since Laura’s untimely death. People have been so kind… we’ve had meals, gifts & flowers dropped off to us & support has come from friends and family in London, Ireland, Manchester & the rest of the UK, Abu Dhabi, Croatia, Greece & New Zealand amongst others. Thanks to everyone who showed they care for us. Support really has been overwhelming and a joy to behold.
Funeral This Friday 4th May 2012
We don’t want anyone to feel under any pressure whatsoever to attend, but everyone is of course welcome to come and celebrate Laura’s life with us. It will be nice to see anyone who can make it.
The funeral service is this coming Friday 4th May at St. Edmund of Canterbury Catholic Church, St. Edmund’s Lane, 213 Nelson Road, Whitton, Twickenham, TW2 7BB at 1pm. There is some parking available in the car park, otherwise you can park along Nelson Road.
Following the service we will travel to Borough Cemetery, Powder Mill Lane, Twickenham, TW2 6EJ for the burial at approximately 2pm
After the burial we shall make our way to the Duke of York Pub at 672 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, TW4 5NP where we will celebrate baby Laura’s short life.
We would ask for family flowers only please, to be delivered to Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors, 108 High Street, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 4EX by 9:30am on the day of the funeral. If anyone would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, this may be given via Lodge Brothers and will go directly to the charity that benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital where Laura was cared for in her final hours. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity – Neonatal Unit Fund 137’ – with your name and address on the back of the cheques.
Thanks once again for all your kind wishes & thoughts. Your love has been amazing.
It is with great sadness that we announce the news that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with cancer.The recently reunited band’s statement on the current situation is as follows:
“With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan–the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.
This comes as Black Sabbath…–Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums)–are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony. Further information will be released as it becomes available.”
We all wish the iron man a speedy recovery.
Gotthard…’”Remember It’s Me”
New Singer Announced
Gotthard’s new singer has been confirmed. The successor to Steve Lee, who was killed in a tragic accident last year, is Nic Maeder and is Swiss-born. Nic was born in 1971 in Lausanne, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and "Down Under".
Dear GOTTHARD Fans – it gives us great pleasure to announce that we have found a new singer. The successor is Nic Maeder.
"Nic not only has a great voice and is a fantastic musician, but we also have a great person in our midst", says Leo. "We can rock again at last".
During the months after the decision to carry on was taken, we received a huge amount of applications from all over the world; it was really overwhelming! At this point we would really like to thank everyone, especially the candidates, to whom we were not able to send a personal message. Thank you for your understanding and we wish all of you lots of luck and success in the future!
"The search took a long time but it was clear to all of us when we met Nic that he was the right guy. With him we can enjoy the music again and celebrate new success," states Hena. "I’m really happy that we are continuing".
The final decision for Nic Maeder was unanimous. "We noticed straight away that the chemistry, both musically and personally, was right. For us, he is the new member of the family", says Freddy.
Nic Maeder, who besides his singing position also plays guitar and piano, is a very talented and creative person. His songwriting ability also means he fits perfectly into the Gotthard family. He is the missing piece in the puzzle.
"Music has been my companion all my life and always was an important part of it. It is a great feeling to be able to share in the birth of a song and to see how it keeps growing. I can experience that with GOTTHARD and it makes me happy. I am making music with friends," says Nic Maeder.
Of course you can write a lot about a new singer, but in the end there is nothing better than seeing and hearing him sing. We therefore decided to produce a song plus video as a thank you to our fans, which can be downloaded free of charge. It is dedicated to all our Fans who didn’t lose their faith and trust in GOTTHARD. You have supported us with all your strength during the past months. Thank you so much!
Marc "With Nic, we have taken the right decision for GOTTHARD. A lot of courage is needed to step into the footsteps of such a great singer. For that, Nic has earned our respect. Let’s never forget this and make Nic welcome in the family.
We are in the studio at the moment and are working with renewed energy and enthusiasm on songs for a new album, which will be released in the spring of 2012… keep on rocking!!!
"Remember it’s me" can be downloaded free at www.gotthard.com
‘Red Light Fix’ finally hits the stores
Hot on the heels of their recent appearances at Sweden Rock and Download Festival, Wales’ finest, The Dirty Youth have finally released their long awaited new album – ‘Red Light Fix’. The album was mixed by Martyn ‘Ginge’ Ford and Colin Richardson, both of whom who have recently worked with such bands as Slipknot, Trivium and Bullet for my Valentine. The album was mastered at the famous Sterling Sound in New York. Heady stuff indeed for a band that six months ago were drawing huge crowds at sell-out gigs but incredibly remained unsigned. All that has changed now with fresh management and major label backing.
Early reviews have been amazing with HMV selecting the album as their ‘Recommended New Release’ for the week. The video for their new single ‘Fight’ is also getting heavy rotation on Kerrang and Scuzz TV channels. The band are about to go out on a 15-date UK-wide tour and are also set to tour with Adam Ant. Catch them in the smaller venues while you still can because take my word for it – these guys are going to be huge!
Order your Fix here:
Preview Tracks and Order ‘Red Light Fix’ at HMV