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The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 22 November.
Blackmore’s Night release a festive themed four song EP ‘Here We Come A-Caroling’ on December 4 via earMUSIC. The same label release the band’s new studio album ‘Nature’s Light’ next spring.
Lizzy Borden releases ‘Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2‘ digitally on November 18.
Arthur Brown has teamed up with Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein to release a new single ‘Zombie Yelp’.
David Coverdale stated in a recent interview that he is working with Jimmy Page on a re-issue of their Coverdale/Page album. Also Whitesnake’s ‘Restless Heart’ album is getting a box set makeover.
Crashdiet have signed with a new management and have announced their new album will be released soon.
Saga are currently putting the finishing touches to their new album.
David Lee Roth has released five new songs as part of a new online comic. These recordings feature guitarist John 5.
Steve Hackett releases a new acoustic album ‘Under A Mediterranean Sky’ on 22 January on Inside Out.
Magnum are working on their next studio album. However, as the studio they record is moving premises, recording will resume next summer. The album is planned for a 2022 release.
Dan Reed releases his new album ‘Lift Off’ on December 4. Guests include Richard Hilton (Chic) and James Bird (Mason Hill).
Inglorious release their new album ‘We Will Ride’ on Frontiers on February 12.
Thunder’s new album is called ‘All The Right Noises’ and is out on March 12 via BMG.
Foo Fighters have announced their new album will be called ‘Medicine At Midnight’ Roswell Records/RCA and is released on 5 March.
Former Glitter Band member John Rossall has just released his new album ‘The Last Glam In Years’.
Doro (pictured) releases a new album ‘Magic Diamonds – Best of Rock, Ballads & Rare Treasures’ via her own record label Rare Diamonds Productions on November 13.
Lee Aaron has released a festive album called ‘Almost Christmas’.
Joe Bonamassa is the feature of a documentary ‘Guitar Man’, arriving on video-on-demand and digital on December 8.
Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and Dream Theater’s James LaBrie are currently working on a new album together. The album is set to be acoustic and bombastic.
Saxon have announced they will be releasing a covers album shortly entitled ‘Inspirations’.
Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:
The Alarm (Mar to Aug/Sep 2021), Jeff Beck (Apr/May 2021 to May/Jun 2022), John Gomm (Feb/Mar to Oct/Nov 2021), MSG (Dec 2020 to 2021 TBA), the Quireboys (Jan/Feb 2021 to Nov 2021/Jan 2022), Squeeze (Dec 2020 to Feb 2021), Therapy? (Mar 2021 to autumn 2021), Tyketto (Mar 2021 to Mar 2022),
Upcoming (Gigs – UK)
Rescheduled US & European tour dates:
Pendragon (Apr 2021 postponed to 2022), Y&T (US dates Jan-Mar 2021 to autumn 2021),
Download has announced more bands for next year’s festival including Megadeth, Monster Truck, Boston Manor & Massive Wagons.
Foo Fighters will broadcast a live streaming concert from the Roxy Theatre, Hollywood on Nov 14 at 8PM ET. The performance footage will be available for ticket buyers to watch for 48 hours after the live broadcast. A portion of proceeds will go to Sweet Relief, an organization providing financial assistance to musicians and music-industry workers who have been impacted by the pandemic.
Bassist Martyn Millard has announced he is leaving Orange Goblin, who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year.
H.E.A.T have announced that lead singer Erik Grönwall will be leaving the band, and that his replacement will be original H.E.A.T vocalist Kenny Leckremo.
Music Venues Trust has unveiled The Red List, 30 UK music venues in imminent danger of permanent closure between now and March 31. These include the 1865 (Southampton), Waterloo Music Bar (Blackpool), Hootannany (Inverness) and the Railway Inn (Winchester).
Former Uriah Heep keyboards player and songwriter Ken Hensley. He was also a member of Blackfoot and appeared on albums by W.A.S.P. and Cinderella, as well as releasing a number of solo albums.
Publicist and agent Eric Hall who worked with Queen and T. Rex amongst others
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Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues throughout the UK has issued a dire warning to the UK government that the entire grassroots live music sector is now at “red alert status” and has called on the wider music industry, local communities and music fans to support its ongoing #saveourvenues campaign by taking “decisive, direct action” to ensure every venue can survive and re-open safely.
There are over 400 venues at risk of closure, so this campaign aims to bring together artists who want to help, with the venues they love, and provide an easy way for music fans to financially support the resultant live streams.
With this in mind MVT is calling on the wider music industry, music fans and local communities to redouble their efforts to prevent the permanent closure of grassroots music venues by getting directly involved in the #saveourvenues campaign (saveourvenues.co.uk) through fundraising, letter writing to local councils, MPs, social media support and more.
Chris Difford gives COVID support with new album
Chris Difford’s Song Club album inspired by frontline photos taken by NHS nurse
An album of songs by award-winning songwriters – including Nick Heyward, Graham Gouldman, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mark Nevin and more – that celebrate frontline nurses is released 23 October. Curated by Squeeze co-founder Chris Difford, the Song Club album is inspired by photographs taken by Hannah Grace Deller, a nurse on the front line.
“I first saw Hannah’s photography on Grayson Perry’s Channel Four program ‘Art Club’. Lockdown provided some great TV moments and this was one of them. Inspired by her work I asked all of my co-writing chums to use her photographs as inspiration for songwriting. Together we have created a body of work to raise funds for the frontline workers, it has been so inspiring to hear the results” says Difford.
Difford’s co-writing “chums” have used lockdown to document a poignant moment in time.
“I hope that the voices of all the unsung heroes, their efforts and sacrifices are heard in this music. For me this record is a thank you to all my colleagues on the frontline, from the porters & domestics, to the doctors and nurses, I’ll never forget how we all stood side-by-side on the frontline fighting this illness together.” Hannah Grace Deller, matron paediatrics, Imperial College NHS Trust.
Available to purchase / from https://slinky.to/SongClub
Proceeds to (Royal College of Nursing) RCN Foundation COVID-19 Support Fund www.rcnfoundation.org.uk
Readers are advised to check out the artist and venue websites for latest information. Many tours/dates are being rearranged for 2021.
We will update our gig listings on a regular basis.
Check out rearranged dates for key 2020 UK tours
New features section added
In early-April we added a new section – Features – which will include new and revised material from our archive.
Amongst the latest additions, album retrospectives of Don Dokken, James LaBrie and Europe (pictured).
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.”
Check out our full gig listings! (Updated to reflect COVID-19 cancellations)
Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases here!
SHADOW & THE THRILL Ready To Roll
Shadow & The Thrill features Tony Montana (formerly of Great White) and ‘Ready to Roll’ is taken from the new album ‘Sugarbowl’ via Deko Entertainment.
SAINTED SINNERS Standing On Top
German heavy rockers, SAINTED SINNERS, have released a music video for ‘Standing On Top’, it’s the first single taken from their new album ‘Unlocked & Reloaded‘, which will be released on December 4th via El Puerto Records. The new album is the first with new singer Iacopo “Jack” Meille (ex-Tygers Of Pan Tang) .
The new line-up also includes guitarist Frank Pané (Bonfire), drummer Berci Hirleman, Rico Bowen (Paul McCartney, Madonna) on bass and Ernesto Ghezzi (Eros Ramazotti, Gotthard) on keyboards.
The album will be available in a strictly limited edition wooden box of 333 numbered boxes.
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