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H.E.A.T rely on backing tracks, claims Vega man

Swedish AOR outfit H.E.A.T have been accused of relying on backing tracks at live shows.

Vega guitarist Tom Martin has made the claim after seeing them at this weekend’s HRH AOR festival, hours after his own band had played.

Martin says via Facebook: “H.E.A.T spoiler alert – I’m sorry to those of you that dig this band, but they piss myself and my fellow band members off that we work hard on real BVs and musicianship, and everything they do live is all on tape.Everything near enough.

“I’d love to see those boys without backing tracks. It would be shit. Very upset by it all.”

It’s not the first time Martin has taken a pot-shot at the other group. In December he said: “Cannot wait to blow H.E.A.T away at HRH AOR.” He agreed with friends who described the Swedes as “overrated” but added: “Nobody’s slagging anybody off – it’s all music. Nothing serious and all in good spirit.”

Vega released latest album Stereo Messiah in October, while H.E.A.T just launched Live In London, recorded last year.

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Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.