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The latest Facebook Live lockdown session from singer songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 31 May.  The next session is scheduled for Sunday 14 June, 21:00 BST (GMT+1), 16:00 EST.  More at our Facebook page

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JOE BONAMASSA- Royal Albert Hall, London, 25 April 2019

News - Album News

Valentine (the melodic rockers featuring Hugo on vocals), have teased on Facebook that new material is due soon.

Joe Bonamassa has released a new song ‘When One Door Opens’.

Arjen Lucassen has announced the release of a new Ayreon album, ‘Transitus’. It will be narrated by Doctor Who legend Tom Baker and will feature vocalists Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Amanda Somerville (Trillium), Simone Simons (Epica) and Paul Manzi (Arena).

Jackyl plan to release a live DVD before the end of the year.

Helloween have pushed back the release of their new album to early next year.

The Outfield release a new album ‘Demos & Rare Tracks’ on July 9.

Switchfoot release a six song covers EP on June 19.

Bob Mould releases his latest album ‘Blue Hearts’ on September 25.

Kamelot release a live album, ‘I Am The Empire – Live From The 013′ on August 14 through Napalm Records.

Motley Crue’s drummer Tommy Lee releases his solo album ‘Andro’ on October 16.

Former The Enid singer Joe Payne will release a new album ‘By Name. By Nature’ on August 7.

Paul Weller has moved back the release of his new album ‘On Sunset’ to July 3.

The Waterboys release their new album ‘Good Luck, Seeker’ on Cooking Vinyl on August 31.

News - Tours and GigsQuireboys - Giants of Rock, Butlins, Minehead, 26 January 2020

The Quireboys (pictured) have announced ‘A Bit Of What You Fancy 30th Anniversary‘ UK tour, with dates in December and February.

Manowar (another band who have completed a ‘farewell’ tour) are back next year with selected European dates to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.

Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates (all now 2021 unless stated) :

Aerosmith, Ash, The Beat, Kansas, Mavis Staples, Therapy?

Rescheduled US & European tour dates (all now 2021 unless stated) :

Aerosmith, Deftones, Faith No More & Korn (cancelled), Helloween (now Apr-Jun 2021), KISS, Motley Crue & Def Leppard & Poison & Joan Jett (now summer 2021)

Other Stuff

Rock photographer Bob Gruen publishes his memoir ‘Right Place, Right Time: The Life of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographer’ in October through Abrams Press.

Badfinger, who feature sole surviving orginal member Joey Molland, have released a new verison of their song ‘Baby Blue’ featuring Matthew Sweet on vocals.

Abbey Road Studios is open again for recording after being closed for ten weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

News - RIP

Steve Priest, bassist and founding member of The Sweet. He took over as the main vocalist with the band when Brian Connolly left in 1979, until the band split-up in 1982. After relocating to the USA he toured his own version of the Sweet in the US.

Producer, songwriter and musician Rupert Hine, who worked with Rush amongst many others.

Smashed Gladys singer Sally Cato.


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Cozy Powell

New features section added

We’ve recently added a new section – Features – which will include new and revised material from our archive.

Amongst the latest additions, Joe Geesin discusses the impact of heavy metallers Saxon on his musical tastes whilst Alan Jones recounts hearing Free for the first time at a seventies disco.

The series – under the collective title of “2020 Vision” – will build into a definitive guide to selected artists and bands and reflecting GRTR! reviewers’ critical analysis as demonstrated over a twenty year period.

Reviews editor Jason Ritchie commented: “It is the perfect antidote to the current lockdown, encouraging readers to discover or reappraise selected artists or albums. It is also an opportunity to revisit our archive of material which has built up over a period of nearly 20 years.”

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2020 Vision - Rock. Reviewed. Revisited.


News - Tours and Gigs

Vega - The Tivoli, Buckley, 27 November 2019

UK Tours 2020 at a glance

NB Subject to change/cancellation due to current virus pandemic

Amongst those major tours announced for 2020:

MAGNUM 19 March – 4 April
Promoting a new album ‘The Serpent Rings’.
Rescheduled to 10 -18 Dec and 15-24 February 2021
IAN ANDERSON 20 April – 19 May  Check jtull.com
Words and music from Tull mainman.
CANCELLED until further notice
JOE SATRIANI 22-28 May Check satriani.com
Promoting a new album – ‘Shapeshifting’ – due in April.
Rescheduled to 30 April 2021-6 May 2021
YES 26 May – 5 June Check yesworld.com
Performing ‘Relayer’ in its entirety.
Rescheduled to 16-28 May 2021. 
WHITESNAKE/FOREIGNER/EUROPE 31 May- 8 June Check whitesnake.com
CANCELLED due also to David Coverdale’s surgery

JETHRO TULL 30 September – 13 October
The “Prog Years” tour.
Rescheduled to 17-30 September 2021 
STEVE HACKETT 1 November – 1 December
Playing the whole of ‘Seconds Out’.
URIAH HEEP 1-7 November
Celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Plus…!

H.E.A.T., Vega (pictured)/Mason Hill/Collateral 28-30 May
Rescheduled 8-13 October 2020


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Gigs to go to

SARI SCHORR - Manchester Academy, 15 February 2019

October – December 2020
KINGDOM OF MADNESS 17 September-4 December
Archive review
BAD TOUCH 18 September-11 December
Archive review
KING’S X 18 September-1 October
THE PINEAPPLE THIEF 22-26 September
CARAVAN 21 October-9 November
Archive review
SARI SCHORR
(pictured) 3 November – 2 December Archive review

Subject to change due to the virus pandemic.  Please check with artist websites/venues.  Where possible we have updated our main listings.

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Feature video

JOHNNY HATES JAZZ Spirit Of Love

The new album from JOHNNY HATES JAZZ – Wide Awake – is released on 14 August. 

After 20 years, having gone their separate ways in the late 1980s, Clark Datchler and Mike Nocito reunited in 2009 to write and record new material. The result was come-back album Magnetized, released in 2013 to great acclaim.  This was followed by UK festival and tour dates.

Clark Datchler chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio about Johnny Hates Jazz in February 2016.

MARISA AND THE MOTHS Skin

MARISA AND THE MOTHS have spent lockdown releasing stripped back video versions of several album tracks including ‘Choke’ and ‘Slave’.

All songs will be released on 6 June as bonus content on the band’s vinyl version of their successful debut LP, Marisa And The Moths (released 15th November 2019).

24 Sep The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
25 Sep EBGBS Liverpool
26 Sep FAC 251 The Factory, Manchester
30 Sep Nambucca, London
01 Oct Reading tbc
02 Oct Hull tbc
03 Oct The Musician, Leicester
06 Oct Marisa And The Moths + Darkness Divine + Izzy Thomas, Glasgow tbc
07 Oct Marisa And The Moths + Jeanice Lee + Izzy Thomas, Edinburgh tbc
08 Oct Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle Upon Tyne
09 Oct Marisa And The Moths + Izzy Thomas + Alyssa Cumisky, Workington tbc
22 Oct Birmingham tbc
23 Oct Guildford tbc
24 Oct Marisa And The Moths + Cyanide Sundae + Idle Skin, Brighton tbc
31 Oct Marisa And The Moths + Cyanide Sundae, Southampton tbc

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U.D.O. We Are One

U.D.O. and the Musikkorps der Bundeswehr/Concert Band of the German Armed Forces release new album ‘We Are One’ on AFM Records on 17th July.

German Rock band U.D.O, including Udo Dirkschneider (the original voice of Accept with worldwide hits such as `Balls To The Wall‘, `Metal Heart‘ etc) have collaborated with renowned Concert Band of the German Armed Forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Scheibling.



Throughout September 2018 Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated the station’s 10th anniversary and a two-hour special reflected a decade of broadcasting.  “10 years in the making” features archive interviews with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Todd Rundgren, Graham Bonnet, David Coverdale, John Wetton and Bob Catley.

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