This month, we are celebrating our twentieth issue with an absolute monster born from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic! Yes, that pesky little virus has affected every facet of everybody's life over the last few months and we have been no exception. Firstly, we would like to say a massive thank you for all your continued orders and we are glad they are reaching you eventually ... But more importantly, we are glad they are all reaching you safe and well!
The cover star of Eighth Day Magazine Issue Twenty, out now in Print and eMag form, is veteran musician and radio broadcaster Tom Robinson, whom this month was supposed to be celebrating his 70th birthday (1st June) with the eighteen date Never Too Late tour. The tour has now been postponed until next May but in Alice Jones-Rodgers' massive twenty-one page interview with Tom, he talks about all aspects of his long and illustrious career so far, his life as a fan of music new and old, his ongoing mission to bring us the very best new bands and artists and much more!
Elsewhere, Alice also speaks to The Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty, who talks at length about the band's fifty-eight year history and gives us an in-depth insight as to what it was like to work with the three guitarists who have become revered as being among the greatest of all time: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page; new romantic legend, former Blitz club DJ, ex-Rich Kids and Visage drummer and producer Rusty Egan, who we caught up with when he guested with last month's cover star Glen Matlock to perform a DJ set at Lowther Pavilion in Lytham St. Annes and singer-songwriter Joe Gideon, who having previously been a member of Bikini Atoll and Joe Gideon and the Shark, has just released his second solo album, the eerily-titled Jim Scavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds / Grinderman) produced and starring 'Armagideon'.
Meanwhile, in one of our most spectacularly rock 'n' roll interviews EVER, Kevin Burke chats to former Playboy model turned rock star and Liv Tyler's mum Bebe Buell and catches up with Andy Shernoff of New York proto-punk band The Dictators, whilst Peter Dennis meets former The Flowers of Romance and Nexus and now New Zero God frontman and pioneer of the Greek punk and gothic rock scene Mike Pougounas.
And if that wasn't enough, in the first of a brand new series, Joey Class, frontman of Blackpool-based genre-hopping rockers The Senton Bombs joins us to talk about the band's brand new single 'Be What You Want', the first taste of their upcoming sixth album; Frenchy brings us another rant, which as you can probably imagine is this month once again about the dreaded coronavirus; legendary comic strip Wasted World are back for another installment and German Shepherd Records return to bring us more 'different noises for your ears', this month with a look at Keltrix, Ember Rev and Lizard Brain as well as an insight into their involvement in Cambridge Calling, a series of compilations curated by Dave Hammond of fortnightly Cambridge 105 Radio show, The Smelly Flowerpot.
Talking of brand new bands, this month's Introducing stars are Swedish post-punk band Beverly Kills. Alice reviews their aptly-titled debut EP 'Elegance in a State of Chaos' and reveals why they are a band to look out for in the second half of 2020. Meanwhile, in another Introducing coup, we also look at the bizarre music scene of North Korea ... but we will leave this bit as a surprise for when you receive your Physical or eMag copy of Issue Twenty!
You want more? Well, Alice also reviews Spike Jonze's brand new innovative and career-spanning 'live documentary' Beastie Boys Story and The Strokes' newly released sixth album 'The New Abnormal'. She also heads to Blackpool Opera House to review Elvis Costello and the Imposters on their Just Trust tour, which came complete with support from Eighth Day Magazine Issue Thirteen cover star Ian Prowse.
You can find all this and much, much more in Eighth Day Magazine Issue Twenty, which with one hundred pages spanning six decades of rock 'n' roll is the perfect way to while away the lockdown boredom! Stay safe and stay well and we will catch you all for Issue Twenty-one, released on 06/06/20!
Issue Twenty was brought to you by the Eighth Day Magazine team:
Alice Jones-Rodgers: Editor-in-Chief, interviewer, writer, reviewer
Scott Rodgers: Photographer
Kevin Burke: Interviewer, writer and reviewer
Paul Foden: Interviewer, writer and reviewer
Peter Dennis: Interviewer, writer and reviewer
Wayne Reid: Interviewer, writer and reviewer
Dan Webster: Wasted World
German Shepherd Records: "Different Noises for Your Ears".
Joey Class: Guest writer.
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