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Top 10 albums
We’ve introduced a weekly listing based on website views, social media activity and radio airplay.
From Sunday 10 January the Top 10 chart will be announced on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (Assume The Position, 22:00 GMT) and then published via our radio Facebook page.
Compiled by Jason Ritchie.
Abba release a new album ‘Voyage’ – their first in 40 years – on November 5. They have also announced a new live show, ‘Abba Voyage’, will open at the new 3,000 capacity Abba Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 27 May.
Anvil have finished recording their new album, release date to be confirmed.
Carmine Appice & Fernando Perdomo will release their new, all instrumental album, ‘Energy Overload’, on September 24 via Cleopatra Records.
Bad Wolves release their third studio album, ‘Dear Monsters’, on October 29 via Better Noise Music.
Danny Bryant will release his 12th studio album ‘The Rage To Survive’ on Friday 29 October via Jazzhaus Records.
D’Virgilio, Morse & Jennings release a new album ‘Troika’ through InsideOut in early 2022.
The Defiants plan to release their third album next year.
The Divine Comedy release ‘Charmed Life – The Best Of The Divine Comedy’ on February 4.
Drummer Kenney Jones says that the Faces have recorded “about 14 songs” for a yet to be announced release.
Govt. Mule release ‘Heavy Load Blues’ on November 12 via Fantasy Records.
Heartland release their new album ‘Into The Future’ on October 15 via Escape Music. Vocalist Chris Ousey is joined by Mike Slammer on this album.
Elton John releases ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ on October 22 with guest appearances from Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder and more.
King Kobra are working on a new album with Carmine Appice, Paul Shortino & Johnny Rod joined by former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson. The album is due for release through Frontiers.
Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) releases his solo album ‘Thorns’ on January 14.
Mastodon will release their ninth full-length album, ‘Hushed And Grim’, on October 29 via Reprise Records.
Octarine Sky release their debut album ‘Close To Nearby’ on November. The line-up features drummer Simon Phillips, guitarists Guthrie Govan and Amit Chatterjee, vocalist/keyboards player Dyanne Poitter Voegtlin and producer/musician Jan Christiana.
Alan Parsons releases ‘The NeverEnding Show – Live In The Netherlands’ on Frontiers on November 5.
Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes has launched a pre-order for his upcoming solo album, ‘Unbearable Influence’, to be released on September 26.
Pink Cream 69 have signed with SPV/Steamhammer and the band are working on their next album.
Pink Floyd release a remixed & updated version of their ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ album on October 29.
Skillet will release their new studio album, ‘Dominion’, on January 14 via Atlantic.
Skinny Lister release ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ on October 22 through Xtra Mile Recordings.
Sonata Arctica release their first acoustic album, ‘Acoustic Adventures – Volume One’, on January 21 on Nuclear Blast.
Stereophonics release their latest album ‘Oochya!’ on March 4 2022.
Stratovarius are currently working on their next studio album.
The Temperance Movement release ‘Covers & Rarities’ on November 26, which includes a Deep Purple cover with Ian Paice guesting.
Warrior Soul aim to release their new album within the next few weeks.
When Rivers Meet release their second album, ‘Saving Grace’, on November 19 through One Road Records.
Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:
The Psychadelic Furs (Oct 2021 to Apr 2022), Snake Oil & Harmony (Nov/Dec 2021 cancelled),
Newly announced UK tours (2021 unless stated):
ABC (June 2022), Black Spiders (Nov), Joe Bonamassa (2022), Lindsey Buckingham (2022), the Coral (2022), Alice Cooper & the Cult (2022), Roger Daltrey (Nov/Dec), the Divine Comedy (2022), Dream Theater (2022), Frost* (Apr 2022), Massive Wagons (Sep/Oct), Stereophonics (2022), When Rivers Meet (2022), Roy Wood’s Rock & Roll Band (Nov/Dec),
Upcoming (Gigs – UK)
Rescheduled US & European tour dates:
Bush (US 2021 postponed), KISS (Australia 2021 to 2022), Magnum (Oct/Nov 2021 to Apr/May 2022),
Newly announced US & European tours (2021 unless stated):
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (US), Whitesnake (Europe 2022),
RoSFest 17 will take place at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida between April 15-17 2022 and has already confirmed King’s X and Robert Berry will be appearing.
UFO have announced plans to play their final ever live show in Athens, Greece, on October 29 next year.
Stevie Van Zandt is set to publish his memoir, ‘Unrequited Infatuations’, on September 28.
Queen have a pop-up shop, “Queen The Greatest”, which will open on Tuesday, September 28 until January 2022.
‘The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film by Todd Haynes’ will premiere both in cinemas in the US and on Apple TV+ on October 15.
Eden Curse’s Nikola Mijić is new the singer of Serious Black.
Bassist Majsan Linberg has left Thundermother and her replacement is Mona “The Demon” DeMona
Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta will sit out upcoming shows with his place taken by Steve Brown.
Former Tangier guitarist Gari Saint
Reggae innovator and producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
Iron Butterfly drummer Ron Bushy
Black Oak Arkansas founder and guitarist Rickie Lee Reynolds
Record label boss Bill Chavis
Folk & roots singer songwriter Michael Chapman
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As part of final easing of legal restrictions in the UK (wef 19 July), the government has recommended that venues use the NHS Covid Pass to allow people entry if they have had both jabs or a negative test.
This comes only a week after the government pledged that such passports would not be introduced. This “recommendation” would apply to venues, pubs and restaurants and might be mandated if the number of covid cases worsened.
One industry source suggested that the prime minister’s statement that a covid passport would be needed for certain venues from the end of September is intended to encourage young people to get a vaccine by saying they’d soon need it to go clubbing, and that the government is waiting to see what the take-up rate is before announcing any further plans.
In the UK, nearly 77% of the adult population have been double-vaccinated, as of the latest update; the Music Venue Trust survey said that 91.6% of live music fans will have been vaccinated by the end of September.
The uncertainty around entry is compounded by the government’s long-awaited Covid cancellation insurance scheme for live events, announced at the beginning of August, which is said by some in the industry to still have gaping holes ahead of its September launch.
The scheme covers costs incurred if events are unable to happen due to government Covid restrictions, such as a local or national lockdown.
Source: The Guardian
Readers are advised to check out the artist and venue websites for latest information. Many tours/dates are being rearranged for 2022.
We will update our gig listings on a regular basis.
Check out rearranged dates for key 2020 UK tours
KRIS BARRAS BAND Dead Horses
The Kris Barras Band will be joining Kentucky heavyweights Black Stone Cherry on their upcoming 16 date September tour, followed by their biggest headline tour to date in March 2022.
‘Dead Horses’ is taken from their forthcoming new studio album, produced by Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Bury Tomorrow, Monster Truck), which will be released in 2022 by Mascot Records (Black Stone Cherry, Fozzy, Crobot).
Talking about Dead Horses, Barras explains, “It’s about the acceptance of a relationship that’s just run its course.” The song is co-written with Johnny Andrews (Three Days Grace, Halestorm, Buckcherry, Fozzy). Talking about the collaboration Barras continues, “this was the first complete song that I had ever properly co-written, and it was an awesome experience working with a guy like Johnny, even if it was done over Zoom during lockdown!”
The video was shot in his home county of Devon and the vast expanse of the moors of Dartmoor. “We managed to get hold of a beautiful 69′ Chevy Camaro,” he says. “I actually jumped in on camera duties for a few scenes, including one hanging out of the back of a car flying through the moors to get some of the driving shots.”
‘Dead Horses’ is a Power Play at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio w/c 6 September.
SHADER Blackholes (The World Eats A Weak Man)
The new single ‘Blackholes’ is a new heavy guitar-electro direction for the four-piece indie-rockers based somewhere between Stoke and Manchester.
Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Blinders/Editors) and additional production & mixing duties by long time Manic Street Preachers collaborator Dave Eringa.
Frontman and songwriter Stu Whiston on the new single – “Blackholes is a modern rock & roll explosive hymn for the lost and lonely, climbing out of the depths of solitude and fighting back against the world.”
Shader begin a 15 date headline UK tour in September seeing them play dates up and down the country until the end of this year. Blackholes (The World Eats a Weak Man) is digitally released on Friday, 3rd September on all digital platforms
Shader are: Stu Whiston – Vocals & Guitar Mike Lo Bosco – Lead Guitar Daz Edwards – Bass Tom Turney – Drums
‘Blackholes’ is a Power Play at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio w/c 6 September.
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