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- w/c 28 November we publish the GRTR! Reviewer selections
- w/c 5 December we invite the reader/listener vote
- Sunday 18 December we announce the results of our popular poll
- All participants can enter a Prize Draw
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Greg Lake R.I.P. (1947-2016)
Greg Lake has died aged 69 after “a long and stubborn battle with cancer”, according to his manager.
Lake is known as one of the founding fathers of progressive rock, working in King Crimson and with Emerson, Lake & Palmer. His musical partner Keith Emerson also died in 2016.
Popular poll for Best of 2016 gets underway
Popular review website Get Ready to ROCK! has launched a popular poll so that readers and listeners can vote for their favourite album, live act and breakthrough act of 2016.
Since 2003 the website (www.getreadytorock.com) has published the reviewers’ selections for Top Albums and Live Acts. This builds into a useful archive for each year. The selections always reflect the eclectic nature of the enterprise with Get Ready to ROCK! encompassing a wider range of genres than most.
Says Reviews Editor Jason Ritchie: “The poll is a bit of fun in the run up to Christmas and allows readers and listeners to vote for their favourite. They can use the reviewers’ list for starters and they may even agree with their choices but they can also leave the details of any album or artist that hasn’t been mentioned.”
Participants can optionally enter their email address for a prize draw to win a selection of 2016 albums, sponsored by German label earMUSIC.
In 2015 the Top Album selected in the popular poll was ‘Heroes And Villains’ by melodic rockers FM. The Top Live Act was Vintage Trouble.
‘The Best Of 2016′ is featured in a special show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 18 December at 22:00 GMT. when the popular vote countdown/results will be announced.
Steve Rothery UK dates in January – Marillion Royal Albert Hall date in 2017
Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery plays European dates in January including the UK.
Steve’s solo album ‘The Ghosts Of Pripyat’ was released in 2015 with guest appearances from Steve Hackett and Steven Wilson. It was a GRTR! Reviewers’ favourite for that year.
In other Marillion-related news, the band have confirmed they will play a special show at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on Friday 13th October 2017. Tickets go on sale at midday on Monday 5th December.
Steve Rothery dates
04/01/17 Hamburg Knust Germany
Time: 8:00pm. : Neuer Kamp 30.
05/01/17 Dortmund Musiktheater Piano Germany
Time: 8:00pm. : Lütgendortmunder Str. 43.
06/01/17 Frankfurt Batschkapp Germany
Time: 8:00pm. : Gwinnerstraße 5.
07/01/17 Uden De Pul Netherlands
Time: 8:00pm. : Kapelstraat 13 5401 EC.
11/01/17 Glasgow – O2 ABC
Time: 7:00pm. : 300 Sauchiehall Street. Venue phone: 0141 332 2232.
12/01/17 Manchester – The Band On The Wall
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £18. Box office: 0161 834 1786. : 25 Swan Street, The Northern Quarter.
Venue phone: 0161 834 1786.
13/01/17 London – Islington Assembly Hall
Time: 7:00pm. : Upper St. Venue phone: 020 7527 8900.
14/01/17 Cambridge – Cambridge Junction
Time: 8:00pm. Venue phone: 01223 578 000.
Dave Mason radio special and early 2017 tour dates
Dave Mason, founder member of the legendary psychedelic/prog rockers Traffic, is featured in a one hour radio special on Sunday 27 November 2016.
Dave chats to the award-winning Pete Feenstra in his weekly Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, ahead of rare UK tour dates in February/March 2017.
Mason was an original member of Traffic whom he co-founded in 1967 and although appearing on several albums left the band several times until they finally split in 1975.
In the 1970s he pursued a solo career and worked with a variety of musicians including Delaney and Bonnie, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Family (whose debut album he produced). Later he duetted with Michael Jackson (in 1980) and was a member of Fleetwood Mac for a brief period in the 1990s. In 2004 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
Mason brings his Traffic Jam World Tour to the UK in February 2017, featuring hits and deep cuts from iconic Traffic albums, stories and anecdotes, plus new material and a selection of classic solo music.
Since launching in 2014, Mason’s Traffic Jam show has been garnering critical praise – in the U.S, the National Rock Review commented how “the music performed was timeless and resonates deeply”.
UK Tour Dates 2017
Feb 23 – Shrewsbury Theatre Severn
Feb 25 – Stevenage Concert Hall
Feb 27 – Guildford G Live
Feb 28 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Mar 1 – St Albans Arena
Mar 3 – London Union Chapel
Mar 5 – Bilston Robin 2
Mar 6 – Bury St Edmunds Apex Theatre
Mar 7 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
8 DECEMBER 2016 – 30 JANUARY 2017
MARTIN TURNER (ex-Wishbone Ash) 2 November-10 December
BLACK STONE CHERRY 19 November-8 December
MAGNUM(pictured)/Vega 6-11 December
WILDHEARTS 14-18 December
AVENGED SEVENFOLD/Disturbed/In Flames 7-22 January
POPA CHUBBY 18-29 January
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR/Broken Witt Rebels 19-28 January
THE PRETTY RECKLESS 19-24 January
GLENN HUGHES 20 January-2 February
BLACK SABBATH 20 January – 4 February
TYKETTO 21-30 January
GIANTS OF ROCK (Steve Hackett/Ian Anderson) 27-30 January
AARON KEYLOCK All The Right Moves
Taken from the upcoming debut album ‘Cut Against The Grain’, released 20 January via Mascot Label Group/Provogue
TILT Against The Rain
Prog rockers TILT have launched a Pledge Music campaign in order to get their album ‘Hinterland released on heavyweight double vinyl.
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