It’s that great time of year again as we announce that the Vive Le Rock awards return – celebrating ten years of the magazine – on April 1st 2020! This year will have eight acts performing on the night: The Lords of the New Church featuring Michael Monroe in a ONE OFF REFORMATION! 3 special guests plus a very special headline band along with Neville Staple with Christine Sugary Staple and the Vive le Rockers band returns.
Ed Tudor Pole will again return to be compere and Matt Stocks will be the resident DJ as we party long into the night at the )2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire…
Former Hanoi Rocks Frontman Michael Monroe is excited to announce that he will be doing a full European tour at the end of this year in support of his band’s forthcoming and much anticipated new album ‘One Man Gang’, with the album being released to coincide with the tour.
Michael Monroe says “I am very excited to announce that me and my band will be heading out for a full European tour this winter in support of our brilliant new album ”One Man Gang” which is going to be released this fall. It’s an ”all killers, no fillers” album and I can’t wait for you to hear it. I also can’t wait to see you down the road!”
Nov 01: Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Nov 02: Milton Keynes, UK Crauford Arms
Nov 03: Southampton, UK Engine Room
Nov 04: Birmingham, UK The Mill
Nov 05: Glasgow, UK Garage
Nov 06: Manchester UK, Club Academy
Nov 07: Bristol, UK Fleece
Nov 08: Stoke, UK Sugarmill
Nov 09: Great Yarmouth, UK, Hard Rock Hell Festival
Does the world really need any more music awards? Normally I’d answer with a firm thumb down. However, tonight is a welcome exception: in the world of punk, public recognition has been lacking way too long. Well done then to Vive Le Rock, a printed music magazine that keeps flourishing when the likes of the NME are shutting down shop.
From Cock Sparrer to Charlie Harper to The Damned and Michael Monroe, the recurring theme is clear – the recipients of these Vive Le Rock awards won’t struggle to find them a spot on their mantelpiece. Hard to believe when in attendance are some of the most influencing legends of rock.
Tonight’s host is an institution of the London live scene, Mr Ginger Wildheart, who took a break from the first Wildhearts’ original line up reunion and a billion other projects to be here. After a 4 track set from TV Smith, Ginger presents the first award – the Pioneer Award – to the Cure, with Kirk Brandon collecting. Best New Band is Booze & Glory,while the Roots Award goes to The Selecter and Film of the Year to Rebellion: A Punk Movie. Finally Gary Crowley bags the prize for Best Reissue before The Professionals take stage to the crowd’s cheers. It’s a brief set bursting with energy and camaraderie, everyone seemingly having a whale of a time. Paul Cook is loving it and we’re loving his enthusiasm – ageless.
They’re awarded Album of The Year, presented by none other than… Shakin’ Stevens! There’s also a Rock in Peace Award to remember Malcolm Young, and the International Award that prompt a meeting and a hug between two old band mates: it’s Michael Monroe, theatrical as always, treating us later to a taster of his explosive live performance. It’s Cock Sparrer however who bag the Live Award, with a heartfelt thank you to their loyal fan base.
Icon Award? Who else but Charlie Harper! And the legend that he is, he spent the night at the bar chatting to people and posing for selfies. True f***ing rockstar you are sir. Captain Sensible presenting him with the award is the cherry on the cake of this climax moment at the Vive Le Rock punk-star-studded do.
Band of the year, of course, The Damned, with the audience’s loud approval. The banter between Vanian and Sensible tells the story of two older, more mature men who have no time for petty feuds but still know how to have fun and most of all how to entertain a crowd. Young, old, man or woman, if you haven’t seen the Damned live yet please do and be grateful for still having them around…
Before heading back home we’re treated to few more tunes from Shakin Stevens, Michael Monroe and Mr Harper, before a collective jam of Ace of Spades and a fantastic closing for the Band of the Year themselves. See you all next year I hope…