Mark Dean

I'm a 40+ music fan. Fond mostly of rock and metal - my staple musical food delights. Originally from Northern Ireland, I am now based in the UK-Manchester. I have a hectic musical existence with regular shows and interviews. Been writing freelance for five years now with several international websites. Passionate about what I do, I have been fortunate already to interview many of my all-time musical heroes. My music passion was first created by seeing Status Quo at the tender age of 15. While I still am passionate about my rock and metal, I have found that with age my taste has diversified so that now I am actually dipping into different musical genres and styles for the first time.
Interview with legendary bassist PETE WAY
Interviews

Interview with legendary bassist PETE WAY

2019 sees Pete Way hitting the live circuit for the first time in several years due to being dogged with…
Interview: William DuVall of ALICE IN CHAINS
Interviews

Interview: William DuVall of ALICE IN CHAINS

William DuVall’s first solo album, “One Alone,” is a smoldering, all-acoustic affair. In contrast to the multi-layered sonic assault comprising…
Concert Review and Photos: SKUNK ANANSIE at Manchester Academy
Concert Reviews

Concert Review and Photos: SKUNK ANANSIE at Manchester Academy

I was   quite surprised when this tour was announced as I hadn’t actually realised that the band were still around.…
Interview: Bassist ROB DE LUCA from Spread Eagle, UFO, & Sebastian Bach
Interviews

Interview: Bassist ROB DE LUCA from Spread Eagle, UFO, & Sebastian Bach

Rob De Luca is a bassist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. He has toured the world over the past 11 years…
Concert Review and Photos: BLOODYWOOD in Manchester, UK
Concert Reviews

Concert Review and Photos: BLOODYWOOD in Manchester, UK

At my time of life, I tend to think that I have generally seen and heard pretty much everything in…
Interview: Chris Clemence and Chad Cherry of BAD BLOOD
Interviews

Interview: Chris Clemence and Chad Cherry of BAD BLOOD

Bad Blood, who’s debut record is set for July of 2019 has already been extremely successful in landing several major…
Interview: Carl Canedy of THE RODS
Interviews

Interview: Carl Canedy of THE RODS

Some statements are so unambiguous that they require no further explanation: “If you like the first song, then the odds…
Interview: Corky Laing of MOUNTAIN
Interviews

Interview: Corky Laing of MOUNTAIN

Corky Laing started his life in 1948 as the youngest of five siblings in Montreal, Canada. His early bands enjoyed a…
Festival Review: HELLFEST OPEN AIR 2019
Festival Reviews

Festival Review: HELLFEST OPEN AIR 2019

Due to travel difficulties last year, I was unable to follow up my debut visit to Hellfest from 2017. However,…
Festival Review: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2019
Download

Festival Review: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2019

Having intentionally avoided returning to Download since my rain-soaked camping experience of 2016, I decided to adopt a different approach…
Interview: Ed Kowalczyk of +LIVE+
Interviews

Interview: Ed Kowalczyk of +LIVE+

The original line-up of the multi-platinum selling +LIVE+ are returning to the UK for the first time in over 13…
Interview: Keri Kelli of A NEW REVENGE
Interviews

Interview: Keri Kelli of A NEW REVENGE

The LA Based outfit, A New Revenge, featuring an all-star line up will release their debut album, Enemies & Lovers…
Interview: Fabienne Erni of ELUVEITIE
Interviews

Interview: Fabienne Erni of ELUVEITIE

Eluveitie released their 8th studio album, Ategnatos, with Nuclear Blast Records on April 5th. I managed to catch the band Live…
Interview: Reb Beach of WHITESNAKE and WINGER
Interviews

Interview: Reb Beach of WHITESNAKE and WINGER

Fresh off celebrating their 40th anniversary, rock legends Whitesnake return with their latest studio album, Flesh & Blood. This album follows 2011’s…
Interview: Rob Cavestany of DEATH ANGEL
Interviews

Interview: Rob Cavestany of DEATH ANGEL

Growing up in the eighties Death Angel were one of my first introductions to the musical genre of Thrash Metal…
DVD Review: FOREIGNER – Live At The Rainbow ‘78
Film/DVD Reviews

DVD Review: FOREIGNER – Live At The Rainbow ‘78

My first introduction to Foreigner was with their album, “4”, which seemed to break them through to the masses, helped…
Concert Review and Photos: IN FLAMES in Manchester, UK
Concert Reviews

Concert Review and Photos: IN FLAMES in Manchester, UK

Unfortunately, due to a prior work shift with some horses at the traditional Grand National races, I was running late…
DVD Review: TOTO – 40 Tours Around The Sun
Film/DVD Reviews

DVD Review: TOTO – 40 Tours Around The Sun

2018 was a banner year and the 40th Anniversary for TOTO who celebrated the occasion by embarking on their longest world tour…
Interview: Dave Rude of TESLA
Interviews

Interview: Dave Rude of TESLA

Tesla is a band that presented one of my first live experiences when they supported Def Leppard back in 1987…
Interview: Francis Rossi of STATUS QUO
Interviews

Interview: Francis Rossi of STATUS QUO

I have been into the heavier side of rock music since I went to my first concert at the age…
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