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.Photo: Mark Dean with Jeff Kendrick of Devildriver - Photography by Olga Kuzmenko
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…
Interview: Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin of GODSMACK
Interviews

Interview: Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin of GODSMACK

Godsmack is a band that I have keenly followed since their inception and the release of their debut album. I…
Interview: TODD KERNS of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Interviews

Interview: TODD KERNS of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

Todd Kerns has been around the block more than a few times musically over the years. His musical CV is…
Concert Review and Photos: UFO in Manchester, UK
Concert Reviews

Concert Review and Photos: UFO in Manchester, UK

Many rock bands don’t last, indeed many bands despite their musical genre don’t have any kind of longevity these days.…
Interview: ADELITAS WAY
Interviews

Interview: ADELITAS WAY

Adelitas Way are a band that not many in the UK are that familiar with. This hasn’t been helped by…
Interview: Doug Robb and Dan Estrin of HOOBASTANK
Interviews

Interview: Doug Robb and Dan Estrin of HOOBASTANK

Have to say that Hoobastank are a band that I wasn’t too familiar with their music outside of the song…
Interview: Josh Todd of BUCKCHERRY
Interviews

Interview: Josh Todd of BUCKCHERRY

Buckcherry are just a good old-fashioned rock band fusing all the fun elements of what I term the classic era…
Interview: HERMAN FRANK
Interviews

Interview: HERMAN FRANK

Herman Frank first came to my attention as part of the lineup of Victory, playing guitar on their great album…
Concert Review and Photos: BLUE OYSTER CULT in Manchester, UK
Concert Reviews

Concert Review and Photos: BLUE OYSTER CULT in Manchester, UK

I have only previously seen legendary rock band Blue Oyster Cult on one occasion and that was only briefly at…
Concert Review and Photos: GODSMACK in Manchester, UK
Concert Reviews

Concert Review and Photos: GODSMACK in Manchester, UK

Initially, Godsmack’s UK dates were postponed at the end of last year for tragic reasons. However, the rescheduled shows quickly…
Interview: We talk with guitarist KANE ROBERTS about “The New Normal”
Interviews

Interview: We talk with guitarist KANE ROBERTS about “The New Normal”

We talk with guitarist KANE ROBERTS about his latest solo effort, “The New Normal”. ANTIHERO: You’ve got a new solo…
Album Review: RUSH – Rush In Rio – (Vinyl Edition)
Album Reviews

Album Review: RUSH – Rush In Rio – (Vinyl Edition)

Rush in Rio was a release that I invested in when it was originally released back in 2003. At that…
Concert Review and Photos: BUCKCHERRY with HOOBASTANK and ADELITAS WAY in Manchester, UK
Concert Reviews

Concert Review and Photos: BUCKCHERRY with HOOBASTANK and ADELITAS WAY in Manchester, UK

An unusual triple American bill rolled over to UK shores. Opening tonight was Adelitas Way, despite a ten-plus-year musical legacy they…
Interview: Phil X of BON JOVI
Interviews

Interview: Phil X of BON JOVI

Bon Jovi needs no introduction, they are a legendary rock band full stop. Since the release of their self-titled debut…
Interview: Phil Labonte of ALL THAT REMAINS
Interviews

Interview: Phil Labonte of ALL THAT REMAINS

All That Remains were just another noisy band to me, one that I foolishly dismissed and never further explored the…
Concert Review and Photos: CKY and SUMO CYCO in Manchester, UK
Concert Reviews

Concert Review and Photos: CKY and SUMO CYCO in Manchester, UK

Another evening out and rocking with a diverse three band bill in a less than sunny Manchester. All were bands…
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