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Steve Hackett: Orchestral tour, box set, radio interview

Prog-meister Steve Hackett tours with a 41 piece orchestra in October, plus there is the release of a 6-CD/2-DVD box set covering the years 1984-2006.

Steve’s orchestral tour stems from a one-off performance in March 2017 in the USA.  He’ll bring a symphonic slant to his “Genesis Revisited” catalogue.

October also sees the release of Broken Skies – Outspread Wings (1984 – 2006) a multi-disc collection of albums including the world music-inspired ‘Til We Have Faces’ and the live album ‘Feedback 86′ – all newly remastered, alongside a host of bonus tracks.

In addition to this, 2 DVD’s feature several recent live rarities and 5.1 mixes of selected songs, including the ‘Somewhere in South America’ live set.  This limited edition is rounded off by brand new artwork from Roger Dean and a 60-page book with liner notes, rare photos, lyrics and more.

On Monday 24 September (16:00 GMT; repeated Thursday 27, 23:00) he chats to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in a new interview as part of the radio station’s ’10 Years in the making’ celebration in September.

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Photo: Steve Goudie

UK Tour dates

1st October – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
3rd October – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester SOLD OUT
4th October – Royal Festival Hall, London SOLD OUT
5th October – Symphony Hall, Birmingham SOLD OUT
7th October – The Sage, Gateshead
8th October – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
10th October – Regent, Ipswich
11th October – Palladium, London

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Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrates 10 years in September

Peter Ross, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio

A month long promotion highlights the station’s 10 year interview archive

As part of the station’s 10th anniversary celebrations, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio will be replaying a selection of interviews gathered since 2008.  Most tie in with the artists’ imminent UK tour dates.

Station manager David Randall comments: “We are very proud of our modest archive and this led directly to the Featured Artist concept at our website and in the playlists.”

“Whilst the selection of featured artists may be highly subjective we have tried to reflect those who have featured regularly on the station either in our playlists or, more specifically, in interviews. We’ve also aimed to reflect the interests of our reviewers at getreadytorock.com”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio 2008-2018

“We’ve always endeavoured to give wider attention to, and support, those established artists who get overlooked by the modern mainstream. And of course we like to support upcoming artists in our weekly showcases.”

“Pete Feenstra has worked tirelessly interviewing a whole range of blues/rock-related people which gives the station real depth and not least reflecting the continued popularity of that particular genre. Pete promoted some of Joe Bonamassa’s early UK gigs and has also been a long-time supporter of Walter Trout. He’s also been a great advocate of the “new breed” of blues rockers such as Danny Bryant, Laurence Jones and Joanne Shaw Taylor.”

Amongst the highlights to be featured in September:

6 September (23:00) – Ian Anderson
The Jethro Tull mainman chats about the band’s 50th anniversary.

9 September (18:00) – Andrew Latimer of Camel Part 1
A two hour special celebrating the music of Camel – on tour in the UK 7-17 September. (Part 2, Monday 10 September, 16:00).

Roger Mayer and Pete Feenstra

11 September (21:00) – Roger Mayer
The guitar effects maestro chats about his work.  (pictured with Pete Feenstra)

16 September (18:00) – Joey Tempest of Europe
The frontman of melodic hard rockers Europe chats to GRTR! in 2013. The band play UK dates 14-24 September.

16 September (22:00) – The Sound of GRTR!
A two-hour special reflecting ten years of broadcasting.

17 September (16:00) – Glenn Hughes
The “Voice of Rock” chats about his music.  He plays UK dates 2-15 October performing “classic Deep Purple”.

18 September (21:00) – Sari Schorr
Including tracks from her 2016 album ‘A Force Of Nature’.  A new album is released in September with UK tour dates.

Martin Turner and Pete Feenstra

23 September (18:00) – Martin Turner ex-Wishbone Ash
Founder member of Wishbone Ash chats about his music with Wishbone Ash and beyond. (He plays UK dates from 13 September)

24 September (16:00) – Steve Hackett
Progmeister Steve in conversation ahead of UK dates with orchestra (1-11 October).

25 September (21:00) – Joanne Shaw Taylor
One of the rising stars in the blues rock world since her debut album in 2009.  She tours in the UK this October.

30 September (18:00) – The Sound of GRTR!
A two-hour special reflecting ten years of broadcasting.

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Martin Turner plays first Wishbone Ash album on tour in September-October

Martin Turner ex-Wishbone Ash

Following the release this year of the multi-disc ‘The Vintage Years (1970-1991)’ box set, founder member Martin Turner plays UK dates from 13 September.

He’ll be featuring the 1970 debut album ‘Wishbone Ash’ in its entirety.  This follows previous outings when he’s featured ‘Argus’ (in 2017) and, earlier this year, 1974′s ‘There’s The Rub’.

In addition to the box set, there has been the release of a live album recorded in 2017 – The Beauty of Chaos – Live at the Citadel – via Cherry Red Records.

The limited edition deluxe 30-CD career retrospective boxset (via Madfish) includes many rarities, memorabilia, a new interview and a lavish 156-page hardback book.

MARTIN TURNER- 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

Wishbone Ash was formed by Martin Turner and Steve Upton who, by 1969, had recruited two lead guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell.  The band went on to produce some classic albums and influencing many of their contemporaries.

As lead vocalist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s classic albums, with his passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability, keen melodic sense and production values being a key ingredient in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound.

Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current line-up, which features guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Tim Brown.

The Autumn 2018 tour will feature classic tracks from the extensive Wishbone Ash repertoire, as well as new music that remains true to the original Wishbone Ash style plus, a full performance of the debut album.  Released in December 1970 ‘Wishbone Ash’ contained an eclectic mix of progressive rock, hard-rock, blues, jazz and folk influences.

Thurs 13th Chislehurst Beaverwood Club
Fri 14th Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion,
Sat 15th Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
Fri 21st Buckley Tivoli
Sat 22nd St. Helens Citadel Arts Center
Sat 29th Deal The Astor
Sun 30th Colchester Arts Centre
Fri 5th London Boom Boom Club @ Sutton FC
Sat 6th Pocklington Arts Centre
Sun 7th Sutton in Ashfield The Diamond
Sun 21st Cardiff The Globe
Thurs 25th Bilston Robin 2
Fri 26th Darlington The Forum Music Centre
Sat 27th Rotherham Cutlers Arms

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio 23 September – Martin Turner ex-Wishbone Ash
Founder member of Wishbone Ash chats about his music with Wishbone Ash and beyond. (He plays UK dates from 13 September)

Martin Turner photo: Andy Nathan/GRTR!

Artist website
Gig review (October 2017)

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FIREWIND - Manchester Academy, 16 February 2017

Gus G plays rare solo dates in the UK

Firewind guitarist and one-time Ozzy sideman, Gus G plays a series of UK dates in October.

Oct 13 Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd
Oct 14 The Underworld, London
Oct 15 Yardbirds, Grimsby
Oct 16 Corporation, Sheffield
Oct 18 Rebellion, Manchester

Photo: David Randall/GRTR!

Album review

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THE GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL, Skegness, Lincs 19-22 January
Roger Chapman/Family, Lucky Petersen, Nazareth and more.  >> Review
GIANTS OF ROCK, Minehead, Somerset 26-29 January
HAWKWIND, URIAH HEEP, MAGNUM and more. >> Review
HRH AOR, Pwllheli, Wales 8-11 March
Joe Lynn Turner, Skid Row and more >> Review
BEARDED THEORY, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 24-27 May
>> Review
Robert Plant, Jimmy Cliff, The Jesus & Mary Chain and more.
DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, Derbyshire 8-10 June
>> Review
Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and more.
STONE FREE, O2 Arena, London 16-17 June
>> Review
Scorpions, Yes (Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman), Megadeth and more.
RAMBLIN MAN FAIR, Maidstone, Kent 30 June-1 July
>> Review
Halestorm, Sons Of Apollo, Blackberry Smoke, Fish, Mostly Autumn, Von Hertzen Brothers and more.
CORNBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Oxfordshire 13-15 July >> Review
Alanis Morissette, Amy Macdonald, Pixie Lott and more.
STEELHOUSE, Ebbw Vale, South Wales 27 -29 July >> Review
Black Star Riders, Stone Broken, King King, Dan Reed Network, Glenn Hughes and more
>> News item (Glenn Hughes)
First Aid Kit, John Prine, Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, Janis Ian and more.
CROPREDY, Oxfordshire 9-11 August >> Review
Brian Wilson, Levellers, Fairport Convention, Al Stewart and more.
STONEDEAF FESTIVAL, Newark Racecourse, 25 August >> Review
Skid Row, The Quireboys, Wolfsbane, Anvil, Graham Bonnet Band and more.

Gigs to go to

Joanne Shaw Taylor


MARTIN TURNER ex-Wishbone Ash, 13 September-27 October
/King King 14-24 September
THE BAD FLOWERS/Federal Charm/Those Damn Crows, 19-30 September
STEVE HACKETT 1-11 October
(pictured) 1-14 October
GLENN HUGHES 2-15 October
GUS G 13-18 October
10cc 18 October-17 November
SAXON 18-21 October

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Feature video


Midlands based hard rock band The Bad Flowers  co-headline with Federal Charm on tour starting at the Bristol Thekla on Wednesday 19th September. Special guests will be Those Damn Crows.


Jared James Nicholls is currently on tour with L.A. Guns.  ‘End Of Time’ is featured on his album ‘Black Magic’ (Listenable Records).

05/09 – The Craufurd Arms MILTON KEYNES
06/09 – Rebellion MANCHESTER
08/09 – The Tivoli BUCKLEY
09/09 – HRH Crows SHEFFIELD
11/09 – Turock Open Air ESSEN – GERMANY
14/09 – L’empreinte de Savigny PARIS – FRANCE
15/09 – Raismes Fest RAISMES – FRANCE
16/09 – Hair Metal Heaven HULL
19/09 – Nave 9 BILBAO – SPAIN**
20/09 – Memphis Live GIJON – SPAIN**
21/09 – Razzmatazz BARCELONA – SPAIN**
**Without LA GUNS

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