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Two-day festival raises funds for cancer relief and research
Cancer On The Rocks, a two day festival in aid of Macmillan and The Royal Marsden Hospital, takes place for the first time this year in London at Bush Hall, 23/24 November.
The brainchild of Skyfire Records’ Rick Palin, it has previously been successfully staged in the North of England.
Explaining the reason behind the event Rick Palin said “Macmillan and The Royal Marsden do an incredible job. I know first-hand from the support they gave my own family. I wanted to give something back. The Royal Marsden is equally important as they are on the cutting edge of research and treatment. But Cancer On The Rocks is not just about fund raising it is about celebrating life too. And what better medium to celebrate life with than music.”
Joining headliners Romeo’s Daughter (pictured) on the Saturday are upcoming rockers Collateral (recently toured with Jon Bon Jovi), Weapon UK, Gypsy’s Kiss and Blurred Vision.
Sunday’s bill comprises Piston (recently toured with The Cult), Joanovarc, Superfecta, Wily Bo Walker, Asif Outlaws, Lol Goodman and Found Missing.
Topping the Sunday Night will be the award winning Never The Bride and Ali Maas + Mickey Moody (Whitesnake).
Tickets are on sale now at www.cancerontherocks.co.uk priced £30/Saturday and £30/Sunday, weekend tickets are £45.
Tickets available from the shop on www.cancerontherocks.co.uk
Interview (Rick Palin)
Check out our competition to win a SLASH DVD (Living The Dream Tour)
Dan Reed Network, FM and Gun hit Big 3-0 in December
Three bands, including two GRTR! Featured Artists, will be showcasing their 1989 albums on tour in the UK in December.
Scottish hard rockers Gun achieved chart success in the summer of 1989 with ‘Taking On The World’ before opening up for the Rolling Stones across Europe on the Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour.
In October 1989 melodic rockers FM released ‘Tough It Out’ whilst Dan Reed Network(pictured) released ‘Slam’ having enlisted famed producer Nile Rodgers.
October also sees the reissue of the first two Dan Reed Network albums via Universal Music, including ‘Slam’, both remastered and available on CD, double vinyl and download.
The Big 3-0 Tour – December 2019
9th Bristol – O2 Academy
10th Southampton – Engine Rooms
11th London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
13th Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill
14th Norwich – LCR UEA
15th Nottingham – Rock City
17th Newcastle – O2 Academy
18th Leeds – O2 Academy
20th Manchester – Academy 2
21th Glasgow – Barrowland
Jethro Tull tour in 2020
Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have announced that they will return to the UK in September and October 2020 with The Prog Years Tour.
This tour will draw heavily on material from Jethro Tull’s more ‘prog’ albums, much of it focussing on the early, classic albums including Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick and Passion Play.
Ian Anderson will be accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), guitarist Joe Parrish and Scott Hammond on drums. The show will be enhanced by full scale video projection.
Tour dates are:
Wednesday 30 September Aylesbury The Waterside
Thursday 1 October Leicester De Montfort Hall
Saturday 3 October Blackburn St George’s Hall
Sunday 4 October Perth Concert Hall
Monday 5 October Glasgow Pavilion Theatre
Tuesday 6 October Stoke-On-Trent Victoria Hall
Thursday 8 October London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 9 October Brighton Dome
Saturday 10 October Poole Lighthouse
Monday 12 October Reading Hexagon
Tuesday 13 October Bath The Forum
Tickets go on sale at 9am on 6th November; buy them from: https://www.gigantic.com/jethro-tull-tickets or from the venues direct.
In spring 2020 Ian Anderson will set out on a series of dates in a more intimate setting when he will chat about Jethro Tull through the years. Dates so far announced:
Monday 20 April Yeovil Westlands
Tuesday 21 April Bristol St George’s
Wednesday 22 April Cheltenham Town Hall
This interview with Steve Hackett was broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on the eve of his UK orchestral tour. The hour special includes tracks from several albums included in the retrospective box set released in October 2018.
Steve Hackett is a Featured Artist at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. More…
Steve Hackett: new live 2-CD and Bluray
Steve Hackett has announced the release of a 2CD/Bluray digipak titled ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall’ on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic.
The album was recorded on 5 October 2018 at The Royal Festival Hall, London, during the 2018 Genesis Revisited Tour which fulfilled a long held ambition of Steve’s to perform the music of Genesis with a live orchestra.
The concert featured Steve’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals and Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) on bass, together with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann, and augmented by the 41-piece Heart Of England Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk.
Steve commented – “It was a fantastic experience for both the band and myself to play alongside an orchestra and to feel the power of the sound this extraordinary combo created. It sounds equally compelling on both film and audio. I’m proud to release this exciting product.”
The Blu-Ray digipak also includes a behind the scenes documentary plus promotional videos for Under The Eye Of The Sun, Beasts In Our Time and Peace.
Set 1: Dance On A Volcano/ Out Of The Body/ The Steppes/ Firth of Fifth/ Dancing With The Moonlit Knight/ Blood On The Rooftops/ Shadow of the Hierophant/ Set 2: In That Quiet Earth/Afterglow/Serpentine Song/El Nino/Supper’s Ready/
Encore: The Musical Box
Steve Hackett’s November UK tour (2-29th) will focus on ‘Selling England By The Pound’ and his solo albums ‘Spectral Mornings’ and the latest, ‘At The Edge Of Light’.
Gig review (Liverpool, 11 November)
Photo: David Randall/GRTR!
Pete Feenstra chatted to Steve Hillage about the box set for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. First broadcast 8 September 2019.
Steve Hillage/Gong UK dates and radio interview
Steve Hillage plays UK tour dates with Gong in November, following the release on 27 September of a new box set from UMC chronicling “The Virgin Years 1973-5″.
Much of the 13-disc box set includes previously unreleased material.
Steve recently chatted to Get Ready to ROCK!’s Pete Feenstra about the box set.
14 November – Engine Rooms, Southampton
15 November – Friars, Waterside, Aylesbury
16 November – Islington Assembly Hall, London
17 November – Warehouse, Glasgow
18 November – O2 Academy2, Sheffield
20 November – O2 Academy, Bristol
21 November – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
22 November – Tramshed, Cardiff
23 November – O2 Academy, Liverpool
24 November – Concorde 2, Brighton
Chris Braide chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in October 2015 and gave the background to DBA and his own music.
Geoff Downes and Chris Braide (DBA) live album
Downes Braide Association (DBA) have announced the release of Live In England a 2CD/DVD Box set on 29th November 2019 via Cherry Red Records.
DBA was originally conceived as a studio project by Yes/Asia keyboards player Geoff Downes and singer songwriter Chris Braide. This is the duo’s first live album following the release of three studio albums and was recorded at their first ever concert at Trading Boundaries, East Sussex, on 28th September 2018.
To coincide with the vinyl release of Live in England, DBA have announced a show on 14th February again in the atmospheric surroundings of Trading Boundaries.
Album review (Skyscraper Souls)
Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases here!
MARILLION (pictured) 1-19 November Archive Review
STEVE HACKETT 2-29 November Archive Review
LAURENCE JONES BAND 22 November-13 December Archive Review
Prog-pop trio Exploring Birdsong release their debut EP – ‘The Thing With Feathers’ via Long Branch Records on 29 November.
Having recently graduated from Liverpool’s Institute of Performing Arts, the young group have released two singles to date.
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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