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Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album ‘Ordinary Man’ debuted at number 3 in both the US Billboard and UK album charts.
Fish is now hoping to release his long-awaited final studio album ‘Weltschmerz’ in July.
Carcass have named their new album ‘Torn Arteries’, which is due on August 7 via Nuclear Blast.
Heathen release their new album, ‘Empire Of The Blind’ later in the year via Nuclear Blast.
Def Leppard are working on their next album according to a recent interview with Vivian Campbell.
Bad Touch release their new album ‘Kiss The Sky’ on Marshall Records on June 19. The band tour the UK in September with special guests Piston.
Jocasta release a B-sides and demos album ‘Ideas Are Bulletproof’ on March 20 as a download/streaming.
Biffy Clyro have pushed the release of their new album back to August 14.
Steve Earle & The Dukes release their new album, ‘Ghosts Of West Virginia‘ on May 22.
Mr. Big will release a Japanese only ‘best of’ on March 25, ‘Songs 2010-2017′.
House Of Lords release their new album ’New World, New Eyes’ on May 8 via Frontiers.
Prog legends Gentle Giant are to release first four albums on vinyl on April 3rd, 2020. This follows the release in 2019 of the ‘Unburied Treasure’ box set.
Record Store Day releases include a live EP from Toto, Def Leppard, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and a 1978 live set from UFO. The event has now been postponed from April 18 to June.
In Flames has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast who will re-issue all the band’s albums.
Escape Music release the debut album by Compass called ‘Our Time On Earth’ on April 24. This is a concept album written and produced by Steve Newman.
Ann Wilson (Heart, pictured) and Blues Pills are the latest additions to Ramblin’ Man Fair in July. Amongst bands added to the Rising Stage are Gin Annie (Headliner, Friday 17th July) Collateral (Headliner, Saturday 18thJuly), Wolf Jaw (Headliner, Sunday 19th July) and Mother Vulture (Special Guest, Sunday 19th July) More information (with updated schedule).
The second Road Rage festival takes place in Sheffield at Corporation and Trafalgar Warehouse on Saturday 28 March. On the main stage Reef are joined by The Kris Barras Band, Bad Touch, Piston, Black Whiskey and Lowdrive.
The Prognosis festival has now been moved to September 4-5.
Glastonbury has been cancelled in what was the festival’s 50th anniversary year.
Saxon’s Biff Byford has cancelled his upcoming solo tour which was due to take place during April and May. In an honest statement Biff states – “The honest truth is the tickets for the forthcoming tour have just not sold as everyone expected for whatever reason, so we have cancelled the dates as scheduled with a view to hopefully re-visiting at a later date.”
Kansas play the London Palladium on Sunday October 18 where they will be performing ‘Point of Know Return’ album in its entirety. They also release their new album ‘The Absence of Presence’ on June 26.
Genesis – the 80′s version of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford & Tony Banks – have announced they have reformed and play a series of UK & Irish dates during November and December. Phil Collins’s son Nicholas will play drums on the tour.
Candlebox are reuniting for two shows on October 2 and 3 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band’s ‘Lucy’ album.
The Sweet have announced a UK tour for November and December.
Brian Wilson (pictured) has announced UK dates for May and June where he will be joined by Al Jardine and Blondie Chapman.
All of Whitesnake‘s previously announced touring activities, including this summer’s U.S. tour with Sammy Hagar & The Circle and Night Ranger, have been cancelled so that David Coverdale can undergo surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia.
Tours & festivals postponed due to concerns over coronavirus -
Cairo (UK), Download UK (cancelled), the Eagles (US), Fairport Convention (UK), Faster Pussycat (UK), Fish (UK), Samantha Fish (Europe), Ghost (Europe), Green Day (Asian tour), H.E.A.T (UK), HRH AOR festival (UK), HRH Hammerfest (UK), King King (UK), KISS (US March), Lacuna Coil (Asia & Italy), Lynyrd Skynyrd (US March dates), Machine Head (UK & Europe), Richard Marx (UK & Europe), the Michael Schenker Fest (Japan), The Mission (Europe), My Chemical Romance (Japan), the National (Japan), New Order (Japan), Papa Roach (Europe), Parkway Drive (UK & Europe), Pearl Jam (US), Queen + Adam Lambert (Paris May 26), Rage Against The Machine (US), Roachford (UK), the Rolling Stones (US), Santana (Europe), Slipknot (Asia), Snake Oil & Harmony (UK & Europe) Sons Of Apollo (Europe), Styx (US), Trivium (Asia & Europe), Van der Graaf Genertaor (Europe), The Who (UK & Europe), Whitesnake (Japan)
For an updated list please visit Stereoboard
Live Nation have paused all their tours, both in the US and worldwide which includes artists such as KISS, Tool and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Flava Flav has left Public Enemy.
Journey’s Neal Schon & Jon Cain have filed a lawsuit against Ross Valory & Steve Smith, who have also been fired from the band.
Robbie Williams has revealed in a recent interview he turned down the chance to join Queen.
Former Jellyfish members Eric Dover and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. have formed the Lickerish Quartet, which also features Tim Smith in the line-up.
Firewind has parted ways with guitarist/keyboardist Bob Katsionis and vocalist Henning Basse. The group’s new vocalist is Herbie Langhans.
Record Store Day has been moved back from April 18 to June 20.
Ex-Head East guitarist Mike Somerville
Scorpions, Whitesnake & Ozzy Osbourne producer Keith Olsen
Graham Gouldman new album
On 20th March 2020, 10cc’s Graham Gouldman will release ‘Modesty Forbids’, his first solo album in eight years.
Released on British independent record label Lojinx, Modesty Forbids is the fifth solo album of Graham’s career, and his first since 2012′s ‘Love And Work’.
In the past couple of years Graham was invited by former Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr to join his All Starr Band for tours of Europe and the USA and Ringo makes a very special guest appearance on Modesty Forbids, playing drums on a song called ‘Standing Next To Me’.
Graham said, “Playing with Ringo Starr and The All Starr Band was absolutely brilliant, and having Ringo play drums on one of my new album’s songs was the icing on the cake. In it, I write about how I came to be asked to join Ringo’s band and about my experience of being on the road with him, alongside Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, who also plays drums on three of the album’s tracks.”
Graham continued, “I can’t begin to tell you what a pleasure it was making Modesty Forbids and to be able to work with so many fine musicians. When listening back to the album I realise that there are two recurring themes. One is about climate change awareness and the other is a call for ‘peace and love’. These two subjects may be clichés, but I don’t care – as long as we take action on the first and practice the second we’ll all be ok.”
King King UK tour postponed
King King have re-scheduled their forthcoming UK tour to February 2021. The band have just released a new single – ‘I Will Not Fall’ – their first new material in three years via the band’s own independent label, Channel 9 Music.
The new song recognises the changes made in the band in recent years and a new sense of direction.
“I reached a stage where I felt that I wanted to regain control of my life, career and future,” says Alan Nimmo. “I made a number of changes within the band and people surrounding the band. That was a lot of changes at one time. It was a daunting feeling, but they were important decisions that had to be made.”
On Monday 9 March (16:00 GMT, repeated Thursday 12 March, 23:00 GMT) Get Ready to ROCK! Radio replays an interview with Sari Schorr recorded in early 2019 with tracks from the current studio album.
Sari Schorr: new live album
Sari Schorr releases her first live album – ‘Live In Europe’ – via Manhaton Records on 6 March.
Sari was recognized for her contribution to the blues in 2015 with an induction into the New York Blues Hall of Fame. In Memphis, that same year, a chance meeting with iconic record producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Peter Green) took Sari’s career to the next level.
Within minutes of hearing Sari sing Vernon offered to come out of retirement to produce her debut album, A Force of Nature. The album quickly established Sari as a new rising star of the blues rock world. Sari’s follow-up album ‘Never Say Never’ was released in 2018.
The new live album, recorded on tour in 2019, includes original songs from her two studio albums and two reworked covers, ‘Black Betty’ and ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’ along with two previously unreleased acoustic tracks recorded for the BBC in the UK.
Sari has announced that remaining European tour dates in March and April have been cancelled.
UK Tours 2020 at a glance
NB Subject to change/cancellation due to current virus pandemic
Amongst those major tours already announced for 2020:
MAGNUM 19 March – 4 April
Promoting a new album ‘The Serpent Rings’.
CANCELLED until late this year/early 2021
IAN ANDERSON 20 April – 19 May Check jtull.com
Words and music from Tull mainman.
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.
WHITESNAKE/FOREIGNER/EUROPE 31 May- 8 June Check whitesnake.com
JETHRO TULL 30 September – 13 October
The “Prog Years” tour.
STEVE HACKETT 1 November – 1 December
Playing the whole of ‘Seconds Out’.
URIAH HEEP (pictured) 1-7 November
Celebrating their 50th anniversary.
H.E.A.T., Vega/Mason Hill/Collateral 28-30 May
RESCHEDULED 8-13 October 2020
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Subject to change due to the virus pandemic. Please check with artist websites/venues. Where possible we have updated our main listings.
SKARLETT RIOT Human
Following the success of their second album ‘Regenerate’, the hard-hitting UK quartet Skarlett Riot return with a new song ‘Human’. Their next album is due later this year via Despotz Records.
ONE DESIRE Shadowman
Finnish melodic hard rockers One Desire will release their second album, ‘Midnight Empire’, via Frontiers on 10 April.
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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