May 2021 see the return of music festivals, rock concerts and global tours!
As most of the UK is spending New Year in Tier 4 lockdowns, I have no idea how this will happen but as Limp Bizkit and some bloke called George once said… We gotta have faith!
This weeks episode of The Road To Rock is with a man who has toured the world and played more concerts and festivals than Steven Tyler can shake his microphone stand at.
Jim Kirkpatrick is the lead guitarist with British melodic rock band FM and has been part of the band since 2008.
FM was born in the summer of 1984 when Steve Overland and his brother Chris formed the band. Over the years they toured with the likes of Foreigner, Saxon, Thin Lizzy and Bon Jovi, have headlined their own tours in the UK and globally and in May of 2020, released their 12th studio album called Synchronised.
Aside from playing in FM, Jim performs with former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden and also tours with Rhino’s Revenge, a band fronted by Status Quo bass player John ‘Rhino’ Edwards.
Somehow in the midst of this manic work schedule, Jim found the time to release his own solo album, Ballad Of A Prodigal Son, back in September.
I caught up with Jim a few weeks ago to chat about how the release went, how he joined FM, how they almost got stuck in Australia for the pandemic and what happened when he played the main stage of Download Festival for the first time.