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In this hour special Pete Feenstra plays a selection of Jon Hiseman-related material including Colosseum and JCM.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 13 January 2019.

“Tribute to Jon Hiseman” - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 2 February.

Jon Hiseman tribute gig on 2 February

JCM featuring legendary guitarist Clem Clempson, Mark Clarke on bass and Ralph Salmins on drums have announced a European Tour for Spring 2019 “In Memory of Jon Hiseman” which kicks off soon after their appearance at the eagerly awaited “Tribute to Jon Hiseman” concert at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 2nd February.

Jon Hiseman was a rock, jazz and fusion drummer, percussionist, band leader, recording engineer, producer, music publisher, label boss and author (2010’s ‘Playing The Band’).

His 53 year career included working with the likes of  Arthur Brown, Georgie Fame, Jack Bruce, Graham Bond, John Mayall, Tempest, The United Jazz & Rock Ensemble, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphanelia and latterly JCM, the project he was working on before his death in June 2018.

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European dates
18.04. Hamburg, Fabrik
20.04. Bensheim, Musiktheater Rex
21.04. Stuttgart, Theaterhaus
22.04. tba
26.04. Affalter, Zur Linde
27.04. Hannover, Blues Garage
28.04. tba
29.04. Bonn, Harmonie
01.05. Torgau, Kulturbastion
02.05. CZ-Prag, Lucerna Music Bar
03.05. Berlin, Quasimodo
04.05. Worpswede, Music Hall
05.05. Dortmund, Piano

In September 2018, Steve Hackett chatted to David Randall for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio about the orchestral tour and referencing the new album.

STEVE HACKETT - The Lowry, Salford, 25 October 2015

Steve Hackett: new album 25 January

Steve Hackett releases a new studio album on 25 January “At The Edge Of Light” via Inside Out.

Later in the year, his UK dates will feature the Genesis album ‘Selling England By The Pound” along with highlights from ‘Spectral Mornings’ and the new album.

Magnum - HRH PROG VI - Pwlhelli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

Magnum Live At The Symphony Hall

Melodic pomp rockers Magnum release a new live album on 18 January via SPV.

Recorded in April 2018 at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall the album features tracks from the latest studio release ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’ together with familiar classics.

The album is available as a double digipak CD, triple gatefold (with printed inner sleeves), 180 gram green-with-white-swirls vinyl (+ 2CD in paper sleeve), download and stream.

The band play two European festivals this summer: Sweden Rock (7 June) and Rock The Coast Festival in Malaga (15 June).

Album review

Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases here!


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Black Stone Cherry - DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL - Donington Park, 8-10 June 2018

Ramblin’ Man Fair have announced their Saturday main stage headliner at this year’s event (19-21 July 2019).

Black Stone Cherry (pictured) will bring their southern-edged hard rock style, promoting their acclaimed current album ‘Family Tree’.

They join the previously announced headline acts – Foreigner (Sunday) and The Darkness (Friday).  The full festival line-up so far announced is listed below.

Main Stage
FOREIGNER (Headliner)
THE DARKNESS (Headliner)
BLACK STONE CHERRY (Headliner)
THE WILDHEARTS (Special Guest Friday)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Living Colour

Blues Stage
BETH HART (Headliner)
Ritchie Kotzen

Prog in the Park Stage
ANATHEMA (Headliner)
Pain of Salvation
Riverside
Koyo

Outlaw Stage
Robert Jon and The Wreck
Grooverider Stage
Orange Goblin
Crobot
Obsessed

Ramblin’ Man Fair is now a well-established annual event in the rock calendar and takes place in Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent.  The event is also highly accessible with multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone).

European festival goers will find easy links to the London airports, Eurostar via Ashford Int’l and Channel Ferries to and from mainland Europe.

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Festival review (Day 2, July 2018)


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David Randall previews two bands appearing at the Butlins Big Weekends in January.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 30 December. (11:17)

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Martin Barre - Great British Rock & Blues Festival 2015

2019′s Giants Of Rock takes place at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset, 25-28 January.

Amongst the bands appearing at the event, in its fifth consecutive year, Skid Row, Roger Chapman’s Family & Friends, and Sweet.

As usual there is an excellent variety of bands covering various genres.  From hard rock/metal (Skid Row, U.D.O. Oliver Dawson Saxon), blues rock (Martin Barre (pictured), Eric Bell, Rob Tognoni), melodic rock (FM, H.E.A.T., Dare, Vega) to prog (Focus, Atomic Rooster).

An “introducing” stage features new and upcoming bands who fight for a chance to appear on the main stage the following year.  This year’s winners included Departed and Black Whiskey.

Prices start at £125 per person, based on four people sharing Silver Self-Catering accommodation.

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Gig review (Giants Of Rock, 2018)


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Frontiers Rock UK Festival

Frontiers bring festival event to UK

Following successful label festivals in Milan, Los Angeles and Stockholm, Frontiers Music presents “Frontiers Rock UK” at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on 2nd February.

The event is a showcase for new label talent including Inglorious, Wayward Sons, Vega and Doomsday Outlaw.


Gigs to go to

INGLORIOUS - Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, 30 September 2017

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

MARTIN BARRE BAND 19-26 January
THE ZOMBIES Alban Arena, St. Albans 20 January
SKID ROW/H.E.A.T./Vega
22-26 January
WILLE AND THE BANDITS
/Rainbreakers 26 January – 30 March
INGLORIOUS
(pictured) 28 January – 8 February
KING KING 31 January – 17 February
BLUE OCTOBER 15-23 February
BLUE OYSTER CULT/The Temperance Movement 21 February – 1 March

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EVERGREY Weightless

Swedish prog/metallers Evergrey release their new album – The Atlantic – via AFM Records on 25 January.

The band’s frontman Tom S.Englund: “It’s probably our most complex and progressive release so far and includes all the elements that our fans love.”

Evergrey will be supporting Kamelot for two dates in March and also playing Hammerfest:
21st March, Manchester
22nd March, Birmingham
23rd March, Hammerfest, Prestatyn

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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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