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Ian Fortnam

Writer for NME, VOX, KERRANG and other publications, Ian has covered the recent alternative and hard-rock scenes extensively.

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AC/DC: live at Wembley Arena

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, December 2000

TIMES CHANGE. ROCK STARS and rock stars go. Thrash gives way to death; gives way to glam; gives way to stoner; gives way to nu. ...

Aerosmith: This Way to Insanity

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, October 1998

"WHEN THE moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore." A rich and fruity baritone croons impressively from room 523 of the ...

Aerosmith: Tales of Toys and Toxic Twins: Aerosmith

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

SPOOL BACK four years to the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel on America’s sun-kissed East Coast and I’m sharing a sumptuous afternoon repast with Aerosmith’s Steven ...

Ash: The Nu-Clear Age

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, September 1998

Six months in the making, ASH's eagerly-awaited second album, Nu-Clear Sounds, is finally upon us. Today, the band look back on 16 weeks of tap-dancing ...

Ash: The New, Clear Sounds of Ash

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, September 1998

TUCKED AWAY behind a careworn inner city church on a quiet residential street in Highbury, North London, lies an outwardly unremarkable red brick building. This ...

The Bay City Rollers

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Uncut, May 1998

Ahh, those much-mimicked hedgehogian coxcombs; those calf-chafing, tartan-trimmed trews with half a yard of surplus flapping flare to spare; those cheery, cheeky chipmunk grins and ...

Blink 182: The Toilet Boys

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, October 1999

When it comes to smut, filth and all-round seedy behaviour, no one can touch San Diego oiks BLINK 182. This is, after all, a band ...

David Bowie: Best Of 1974/1979 (EMI)

Review by Ian Fortnam, Vox, June 1998

Where the first instalment of this condensed collection of Bowie's "best" work covered the formative innocence of the man's glam rock period, 1974/1979 finds the ...

The Buzzcocks

Interview by Ian Fortnam, music365.com, 1999

SINCE THEIR initial formation, way back in 1976, Manchester’s Buzzcocks have attained a genuinely legendary status in the hearts and minds of both aficionados of ...

Vic Chesnutt

Profile and Interview by Ian Fortnam, New Musical Express, April 1995

"I DRANK as much as anybody, but I'm not drinking now... except tonight." ...

The Clash: Clash/Subway Sect/Slits/Prefects: Chancellor Hall, Chelmsford

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, New Musical Express, October 1994

BORED TEENAGERS – SUBURBAN HICKS with soap-stiffened Sid Vicious barnets and bleeding earlobes gape in awestruck, whey-faced wonder. Chelmsford, anonymous epicentre of NOWHERE is playing ...

The Clash: A Career Overview

Overview by Ian Fortnam, music365.com, June 1999

IN 1977, ROCK'N'ROLL WASN'T merely a peripheral diversion to take your mind off of the mortgage on a Saturday night, it was a matter of ...

Alice Cooper Gets Brutal

Interview by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, May 2000

WAY BACK in the post-Woodstock doldrums of the early 1970s, Alice Cooper erupted out of Phoenix, Arizona, and immediately consigned the wilting bouquet of navel-gazing ...

David Coverdale, Deep Purple, Whitesnake: Mr. Coverdale and His Enormous Snake

Interview by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, September 2002

THE GENTLEMAN rock star lounges decorously before us, a cigarette steadily smouldering between his fingers. ...

Dick Dale: Lord of Loud

Interview by Ian Fortnam, New Musical Express, May 1996

29 PALMS is hardly the most hospitable place on earth. It's a half-horse town located in the heart of the Californian desert and it's perpetually ...

Del Amitri: The Del Amitri Story

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Record Collector, October 1998

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN something of a thankless task, being a member of Del Amitri. Put bluntly, in spite of launching their prestigious career from the ...

Roky Erickson

Profile by Ian Fortnam, Uncut, January 1999

While it's an established fact that an extended tour of duty within the darkest recesses of the psychedelic jungle will extinguish myriad illuminations within the ...

The Faces: Rod Stewart & The Faces: Changing Faces: The Very Best Of; Ronnie Lane: Ain’t No One Like

Review by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

HAD IT NOT been for the existence of Rod Stewart & The Faces, I’d probably have a proper job by now. ...

The Fall: Dingwalls, Camden, London

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, November 2000

Well, they’re untouchable, aren’t they? Since Mark Edward Smith initially put the very first Fall line-up into place some 23 years ago, generations of chin-stroking ...

Feeder: "I'm The King Of The World"

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, August 1998

We join Grant Nicholas at a party on board a boat sailing around Seattle harbour. After six months of incendiary gigs, broken bones, nervous exhaustion and ...

John Frusciante, The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Interview with John Frusciante

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, March 2001

WHEN FRESH-FACED, 18-year old New Yorker John Frusciante was originally recruited as guitarist by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, following the heroin-related death of original ...

Fun Lovin' Criminals: Fun Lovin’ Criminals: The Illegals Have Landed

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Vox, September 1996

Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak somewhere in, er, Denmark, as those Fun Lovin' Criminals unload their arsenal of jazz, blues and hip-hop on 90,000 ...

Green Day: The Biggest Punk Rock Band in the World: Green Day

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, unpublished, 2002

THE FACTS speak for themselves. With worldwide album sales currently in excess of 23 million, their Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum Dookie debut boasting an almost ...

Green Day, Offspring: California Über Alles: US '90s Punk part1

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, January 1999

In 1994, GREEN DAY and THE OFFSPRING released two albums which changed the face of American music. From Dookie and Smash to 'Pretty Fly (For ...

Green Day, Offspring, Rancid: California Über Alles: US '90s Punk part 2

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, February 1999

After the huge success of GREEN DAY, THE OFFSPRING and RANCID came the inevitable wave of copy-cat bands and the backlash. Here, US punk's movers ...

The GTOs: Girl Together Outrageously: Pamela Des Barres

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

IN CASUAL DEFIANCE of the fact that her fifty-fifth birthday looms large, the Marchioness Des Barres positively radiates rude good health and an undeniably disarming ...

Guns N' Roses: The Madness of King Axl

Report by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

AS OPPRESSIVE darkness gradually envelops Temple Newsam, a remote agrarian idyll that annually plays host to the Leeds leg of the Carling Festival, the all-pervasive ...

Guns N' Roses, Izzy Stradlin: Izzy Stradlin

Interview by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, March 2001

SHAKING THE notoriety gained following six years on the road with Guns N' Roses was never going to be the easiest of tasks. But Izzy ...

Hanoi Rocks

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

BY DECEMBER 1984, having exploded onto a decidedly lacklustre rock scene blighted by vacuous new romanticism, post-punk austerity and backward glancing metal Gumby-ism, the five ...

Hanoi Rocks: A History

Sleevenotes by Ian Fortnam, Castle Music, March 2001

PART THE FIRST: BANGKOK SHOCKS, SAIGON SHAKES, HANOI ROCKS ...

Happy Mondays: Greatest Hits

Review by Ian Fortnam, music365.com, August 1999

Of course, this whole Mondays comeback nonsense merely drags the hard-won bad name of everyone's favourite Manc scamps down to even lower levels of infamy. ...

Richard Hell: The Richard Hell Interview

Interview by Ian Fortnam, music365.com, 2000

RICHARD MEYERS, AKA Richard Hell, has more than made his mark on many areas of the media. Musically, he formed Television with Tom Verlaine, the ...

Iron Maiden: Dance Of Death (EMI)

Review by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, October 2003

IN ESSENCE, Iron Maiden are the rock Marmite. Ambivalence is simply not an option when bearing witness to their characteristic onslaught of dense, prog-laced riffage. ...

MC5, Wayne Kramer: The Wayne Kramer Interview

Interview by Ian Fortnam, music365.com, April 2000

DETROIT, MICHIGAN’S Motor City 5 slicked their savage, sonic sedition with pure, high octane, rock ‘n’ roll rocket fuel. When they initially spat their fretboard ...

Ronnie Lane, The Small Faces: The Ronnie Lane Story

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Troubadour, June 1998

ON THE fourth of June, 1997 the world of popular music lost one of its finest song writing talents when Ronnie Lane, affectionately known to ...

Led Zeppelin: Latter Days

Review by Ian Fortnam, music365.com, April 2000

BY 1973 Led Zeppelin had attained absolutely colossal status and the band's positively palaeontological enormity was utterly unprecedented. The Beatles may have enjoyed a far ...

Mötley Crüe, Tommy Lee: Tommy Lee Talks!

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, November 1999

STUDIO CITY, situated on the outskirts of the sprawling Twentieth Century Babylon that is Los Angeles, is a singularly bizarre locale. In amongst its statuesque ...

The Pogues, Shane MacGowan: Shane MacGowan: It's A Long Way From Tipperary

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, January 1998

AS PUNK PASSION dissipated and died, choking on its own irrelevance, a generation of serial venters were suddenly deprived of its primal, therapeutic effect. The ...

Marilyn Manson: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, December 1998

The season of goodwill may be upon us, but one man has come to vomit on your festive cheer. Fresh from wrecking his hotel room, ...

Ian McLagan, The Small Faces: All Ian McLagan's Rage

Interview by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, April 2000

IAN MCLAGAN’S CV reads like a veritable who’s who of rock ‘n’ roll. Over the course of his 54 years the Hounslow-born keyboard player ...

Metallica: King Dongs and French Ticklers: Metallica with Strings Attached

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Front, February 2000

IN THE perpetually over-stated arena of titanic metal, no other band in the entire cosmos are quite so synonymous with brain-boggling hugeness as Metallica. ...

Metallica: Rage-a-holics Anonymous: Metallica

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

OF COURSE, you all know the deal with Metallica. At present, the single most enormous band in the entire rock firmament who, having casually taken ...

Monster Magnet: Life After Mood-Altering: Monster Magnet

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, February 1999

SIT A SPELL in the stark and featureless foyer of the current temple of the Monster Magnet dreams, a half-built Sunset Strip hotel of rare ...

Gary Moore Goes Back to the Blues

Profile and Interview by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, 1999

CURIOUSLY UNDERVALUED, and rarely lauded in similarly hushed tones to the likes of Clapton, Beck and Page, Belfast-born Gary Moore is unequivocally one of the ...

New York Dolls: The New York Dolls

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, July 2000

WHILE IT was the Rolling Stones who pretty much defined and trail-blazed the cavalier pursuit of decadence and debauchery in rock 'n' roll, it was ...

Offspring: The Offspring

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, January 1999

THE UTILITARIAN confines of the cavernous Manchester Apollo are abuzz with a veritable army of well-disciplined tour troopers. It's 3.30 on a particularly inhospitable Mancunian ...

The Only Ones, Peter Perrett: The One Featuring Peter Perrett: London, Camden Underworld

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, New Musical Express, May 1994

ELEGANTLY WASTED, stylishly dissipated.... it is far too easy to wrap the debilitating effects of heroin addiction in the prosaic flippancy of 1970s rock journalese. ...

Pantera

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, May 2000

AS DIMEBAG Darrell spins the cap from an already dented litre bottle of Crown Royal whiskey in the trashed-out confines of Pantera’s booze-reeking Manchester Apollo ...

The Partridge Family: The Tragedy of Danny Bonaduce

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, 1996

EVEN NOW, after almost three decades of relative sanity, it's utterly impossible to erase the excruciatingly impish image of Danny Bonaduce from the nation's collective ...

Iggy Pop: Lusts of a Legend: Iggy Pop

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, 2001

THE ICON flexes his implausibly limber, scar-studded torso and un-focuses his piercing blue eyes for a few seconds as he casts his mind back over ...

Public Enemy’s Back Pages

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, 1996

WITH INDIEDOM firmly in the grip of the inane and the insipid, the doleful delinquents of 1986 were in dire and desperate need of a ...

Queen: The Hard Life of Brian: Brian May

Interview by Ian Fortnam, unpublished, April 1998

It's quite a spread – set in the majestic, green sward Jerusalem of the Home Counties' stockbroker belt, and surrounded by idyllic gardens painstakingly landscaped ...

Radiohead’s Back Pages

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, unpublished, 1997

DESPITE THE best efforts of such explosive talents as Suede, Polly Jean Harvey and the Manic Street Preachers, 1992 was not a great year for ...

Rammstein: Nude Power Generation

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, November 1998

Last month, German shock metallers RAMMSTEIN were branded Nazis by the British press. We have flown to America to uncover the truth. We will subsequently ...

Lou Reed: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, May 2000

THE PREMIER PARAGON OF subterranean New York cool’s post-Velvet Underground career has never been anything other than unpredictable. For every Berlin there’s been a Metal ...

Bill Wyman, The Rolling Stones: Bill Wyman: The Classic Rock Interview

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

OVER THE COURSE of the last forty years probably more column inches of copy have been dedicated to the cavalier exploits of the Rolling Stones ...

Henry Rollins

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, February 2000

HIS REPUTATION most definitely precedes him. The press's perception of Henry Rollins has always been somewhat fractious. Journalists have always been suspicious, and on occasion ...

Roxy Music

Sleevenotes by Ian Fortnam, Valentine, April 2000

THE EARLY 1970s were an extraordinary time for popular music. Lank-haired singer songwriters - drably dressed down in denim uniforms - rubbed chart-bound shoulders with ...

Alvin Stardust, The Rubettes, Showaddywaddy: Showaddywaddy/Alvin Stardust/The Rubettes: London Palladium

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, music365.com, 2001

WELCOME TO MIKE LEIGH'S Lollapalooza. Monstrous Brylcreem erections sway precariously, as gaggles of tiddly matrons giggle and jiggle the creases from their jeans. Unlikely lads ...

The Runaways: Runaways: The Runaways/Queens Of Noise/Live In Japan/Waitin' For The Night

Review and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

UNTIL THE ADVENT of Sunset Strip cherry bombers The Runaways, all-girl rock bands were invariably self-consciously butch and hairy apparitions with names like Birtha and ...

Slipknot at Ozzfest

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Face, The, 2001

STANDING CENTRE-stage and plastered in a grin that pretty much redefines the very word maniacal is a 52-year old man uniquely blessed with the voice ...

The Smiths' Backpages

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, June 1997

They were the darlings of the '80s bedsit generation, a loner, a muso and their mates who created British Pop pretty much from scratch. Ten ...

Britney Spears: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, October 2000

IN CERTAIN SOCIAL CIRCLES it’s entirely acceptable, if not positively compulsory, for gentlemen rock journos of a certain age to swan about like leather-clad rutting ...

Status Quo

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, Summer 2003

WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR was responsible for the construction of Lincoln Castle in 1068. In Victorian times it housed a prison, but now acts as a ...

Stereophonics: The Stereophonics

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Vox, June 1998

"Only in America," postulates a booming Welsh baritone, "could they have a museum dedicated to a fucking soft drink." ...

Thin Lizzy: Wild One -The Very Best Of Thin Lizzy (Polygram)

Review by Ian Fortnam, New Musical Express, June 1996

THE LONG hot summer of 1976 was not a great time to be a pop kid. Brotherhood Of Man and Showaddywaddy (ask your dad) dominated ...

Tina Turner: London, Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, July 2000

NESTLED BETWIXT the iconic twin towers of Wembley Stadium lies a sumptuous banqueting hall that’s completely rammed to its very rafters with the affluent and ...

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