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The latest of our Lockdown Live sessions was streamed on Sunday 28 June featuring Canadian singer songwriter Josh Taerk.  The perfect antidote to Glastonbury repeats

Next session: Sunday 12 July

 Save Our Venues

Save Our Venues

Music Venue Trust, the charity which protects, secures and improves the UK’s grassroots music venues has launched #saveourvenues to draw together fundraising activity aimed at preventing the permanent closure of these vital venues due to COVID-19.

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.

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Readers are advised to check out the artist and venue websites for latest information. Many tours/dates are being rearranged for the Autumn and/or early 2021.

We will update our gig listings on a regular basis.

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The Cult - Festival D'ete De Quebec, 7-17 July 2016

News - Album News

Jefferson Starship are planning to put out their first album in 12 years, ‘Mother Of The Sun’. Guitarist David Freiberg is the only original member remaining in the group.

Skerryvore release ‘Live Across Scotland’ on July 10 to celebrate their fifteen years of playing live.

Katie Melua releases her new album ‘Album No.8′ on October 16.

The Cult (pictured) are currently working on a new album.

Sufjan Stevens has announced that his new album ‘The Ascension‘ will be released via his own Asthmatic Kitty label on September 25.

Savoy Brown, led by founding member Kim Simmonds, release their new album, ‘Ain’t Done Yet’, on Quarto Valley Records on August 28.

Neal Morse’s new album, ‘Sola Gratia’ will be released September 11 on Inside Out.

Tony Mitchell releases his new album ‘Church Of A Restless Soul’, out on August 28th, 2020 via AOR Heaven. It includes a guest spot from Danny Vaughn.

Austin Gold have released a new single ‘Here To Stay’.

Diesel Machine – featuring vocalist AJ Cavalier (Soil, World In Pain), guitarist Patrick Lachman (Halford, Damageplan), bassist Rich Gonzales, and drummer Shane Gaalaas (Cosmosquad) – will release their new album, ‘Evolve’, on August 21 via Metalville Records.

News - Tours and Gigs

Y&T – The Tivoli, Buckley, 8 November 2015

Scorpions have announced they plan a full tour of the US next summer. The band are currently working on their latest album.

Stonedead festival has been postponed until Saturday August 28 2021 with the same line-up.

Hard Rock Hell bring together  the cream of New Wave Of Classic Rock (NWOCR) bands together for one weekend. HRH NWOCR will be a 2-day, 2-arena affair on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021 at the 02 Academy, Leicester.

Bands featured will include Massive Wagons, Bad Touch, Massive, Ryders Creed and more.

Ramblin’ Man Fair (Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK) takes place 16-18 July 2021.  Amongst the acts announced so far: Clutch (Headliner, Friday 16thJuly), Foghat, The Quireboys, Massive Wagons, The Steel Woods, The New Roses, Bad Touch, Hands Off Gretel., These Wicked Rivers.

On Saturday 17 July the Prog in the Park Stage includes headliner Big Big Train plus Curved Air, Pure Reason Revolution, Moon Safari, Lazuli and Blurred Vision.

The Blues Stage, on Sunday 18 July includes headliners Clutch, Eric Gales, Samantha Fish, The Inspector Cluzo, Connor Selby and Blindstone.

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

Arena, Michael Bolton, Cast, Steve Hackett, Elton John, Kingdom Of Madness, Saxon, the White Buffalo, Y&T (pictured)

Upcoming (Gigs – UK)

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

Arena, Elton John, Ratt, Santana (European dates cancelled), Y&T

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

Other Stuff

Queen drummer Roger Taylor stated in a recent interview the band would still be making music if Freddie Mercury was still alive. Roger Taylor has recently released a new single ‘Isolation’.

‘Beavis & Butt-Head’ are being brought back, with two series being comissioned by Comedy Central. Winger will be pleased!

Over 1500 musicians are lobbying the Government  to take urgent action to help live music in Britain avoid collapse.  A letter signed by artists such as Paul McCartney and  The Rolling Stones called for a three-point strategy for restarting the live sector, including a clear timeline for reopening, a comprehensive support package and VAT exemption on ticket sales.

Rockfield: The Studio On The Farm, is set for its World TV Premiere on BBC Four and simultaneously on BBC Wales on Saturday 18 July 2020 at 9pm, it will also be available to view on BBC iPlayer.

The docmentary traces the history of the recording studio that played host to bands such as Black Sabbath, Queen and Oasis plus many others from the 1970s onwards.

Jethro Tull have endorsed a charity hand sanitiser which is helping to raise money in the USA for the Helping The Heroes charity.

News - RIP

Pete Carr, Muscle Shoals guitarist

Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone, whose credits included ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’ and ‘The Mission’.

Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels

Jazz drummer Joe Porcaro, whose sons Mike, Jeff and Steve have all been members of Toto

More News

Steve Hackett - The Lowry, Salford, 2 November 2014
Photo: Simon Dunkerley

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, Alan Jones and David Randall have provided an introduction to the music of Steve Hackett whose autobiography is published 24 July.

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.”

More information

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.


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

Check out our full gig listings!

Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases here!

Gigs to go to

Caravan - HRH PROG VI - Pwllheli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

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
(pictured) 21 October-9 November Archive review
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


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.

Album review


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


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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