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Another Brick In The Wall For Joe

Joe Bonamassa - The Cavern Club, Liverpool, 27 June 2016

On Monday, 27 June Joe Bonamassa was inducted to The Cavern Wall of Fame, Liverpool.  His brick now rests with the many other names who have played at the venue since the early-1960s.

Bonamassa also played an invitation-only gig to celebrate British Blues and his heroes – Clapton, Beck and Page – ahead of his UK dates in July.  (Photos: Steve Goudie)

Joe Bonamassa - The Cavern Club, Liverpool, 27 June 2016


David Randall previews the SOS Festival, with tracks from Massive Wagons, Attica Rage, Crowsaw and Knock Out Kaine (16:47)

First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 26 June 2016.

Attica Rage - HARD ROCK HELL IX - Hafan Y Mor, Pwlhelli, Wales, 12-14 November 2015
Photo: Simon Dunkerley/GRTR!

Ninth SOS Festival gets underway 15-17 July

The annual SOS Festival takes place at the Longfield Suite, Prestwich, Manchester, 15-17 July.

This indoor event takes place across two stages with ample free parking and excellent transport links.

Headlining on Friday 15 July Absolva will be joined by Babylon Fire and Pythia amongst others.  Attica Rage (pictured) headline on the Saturday, with Crimes Of Passion and Vicious Nature also appearing.  On Sunday headliners are Knock Out Kaine.  Also on the bill are Massive Wagons.

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STONE FREE FESTIVAL DAY 1- 02 Arena, London, 19 June 2016

Stone Free Festival

Andy Nathan

Andy Nathan reports on the inaugural event at London’s O2 Arena…

Day 1 (18 June)
Day 2 (19 June)

 


Blues/rockers Jared James Nichols and Moreland & Arbuckle are on tour in the UK in the coming week (19-28 June).

Following his European tour with Zakk Wylde, Wisconsin-bred Jared James Nichols returns to the UK for a series of headlining live concerts followed by an extensive October UK tour supporting legendary blues guitarist Walter Trout.  Special guests on the June dates are Bad Touch and Dave Hanson.

To coincide with Jared’s return to the European stage, Listenable Records will release the Highwayman EP as an exclusive limited edition orange coloured 10 inch vinyl (500 copies).  On June 3, Jared digitally released a brand new single, ‘Don’t You Try’.

On Sunday 26 June, at 20:00 GMT, Jared is the special guest of Pete Feenstra in his weekly Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.

Future show guests Moreland & Arbuckle will be heading out on their UK tour from 22 June.

Newly signed to Alligator Records Moreland & Arbuckle released their album ‘Promised Land Or Bust’ in May.

Celebrating their 15th Anniversary, guitarist Aaron Moreland and vocalist/harpist Dustin Arbuckle have captured the visceral spirit of the early Delta blues and the raw energy of post-World War II urban blues and distilled it all into a hard-driving and powerful garage-rock configuration accompanied by Kendall Newby’s drums.

Album review (Jared James Nichols)
Album review (Moreland & Arbuckle)
Pete Feenstra (Radio page)

JARED JAMES NICHOLS – UK dates (June 2016)
Tue 21 June – The Cellar Door, Birmingham
Wed 22 June – Yardbirds, Grimsby
Thurs 23 June – The Live Rooms, Chester
Fri 24 June – Duck & Drake, Leeds
Sat 25 June – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
MORELAND & ARBUCKLE – Europe dates (June/July 2016)
Jun 22 Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier
Jun 23 Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, United Kingdom
Jun 24 Goin’ Up The Country Club
Jun 25 Linton Festival, nr Ross On Wye, Herefordshire
Jun 26 Seas Sessions 2016, Donegal, Ireland
Jun 27 The Haven Club, Oxford, United Kingdom
Jun 28 Boom Boom Club, Sutton, United Kingdom
Jul 15 Festival International de Blues de Bejar, Salamanca, Spain
Jul 16 Festival Cultura Inquieta, Getafe, Spain
Jul 19 SztygarkaChorzow, Poland
Jul 23 Macchia Blues Festival Macchia D’isernia, Italy
Jul 25 Blue Balls Festival Luzern, Switzerland
Jul 28 16 Toneladas Club, Valencia, Spain
Jul 29 Festival de Enclave de Agua, Soria, Spain
Jul 30 Burlada Blues Festival, Burlada, Spain

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In 2014 GRTR!’s David Randall chatted to Ann Wilson about her influences and Heart (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 23 March 2014)

Heart - Nancy and Ann Wilson

It’s all Heart in June

To celebrate their UK tour dates (29 June – 3 July), Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is adding more of Heart’s music to their general playlists.

The band release a new album – “Beautiful Broken” – in early July , followed by Ann Wilson’s second solo album.

Heart has sold over 35 million records, and this anticipated album is their first in four years. Beautiful Broken finds Ann and Nancy Wilson exploring new songs, but taking some of their favourite “cherry picks” from their catalogue and re-recording and re-thinking them.

These seven tracks are culled from the albums ‘Passionworks’, ‘Private Audition’, and ‘Bebe Le Strange’ whilst the title track is a re-recorded version of a bonus off Heart’s last album ‘Fanatic’ with guest vocalist Metallica’s James Hetfield.

Co-producer, Heart bassist Dan Rothchild, says: “On these classics, some of which had suffered from eighties-era over-editing-production-curse, we stripped the paint off and found the beauty underneath.”  One of the unique aspects to Beautiful Broken is the string arrangements on four songs by legendary arranger Paul Buckmaster.

UK tour dates
Jun 29 Royal Albert Hall, London
Jun 30 O2 Apollo Theatre, Manchester SOLD OUT!
Jul 02 Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow SOLD OUT!
Jul 03 Symphony Hall, Birmingham SOLD OUT!

Artist website
More information (Feature page)


AC/DC - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, 9 June 2016

AC/DC, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, 9 June 2016

Photos by Steve Goudie


Feature video

JARED JAMES NICHOLS Don’t You Try

News item (June 2016)

ALBANY DOWN Feeding The Flame


Album review

CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE Give A Damn


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Here’s a quick round-up of some key 2016 festival events – for more information about tours/festivals see our upcoming section. These are mainly the events we’ve been notified of – if you’re running an event and are not listed please let us know via the contact section.

Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness 22-24 January
Review

Giants Of Rock, Minehead 29-31 January
Review

Hard Rock Hell AOR, Pwllheli, 10-13 March
Review

Hammerfest, Pwllheli, 10-13 March
Review

Hard Rock Hell Prog, Pwllheli, 17-20 March
Review

Bearded Theory Festival, Catton Hall, South Derbyshire 26-29 May
Review

Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter Racecourse 3-5 June

THE BLOCKHEADS, KING KING, NELL BRYDEN, MIDGE URE, JUDIE TZUKE and more.

Download, Donington Park, 10-12 June

RAMMSTEIN, BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, NIGHTWISH and more

7 bands to Watch

Stone Free, The O2, London 18-19 June

ALICE COOPER, THE DARKNESS, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, RICK WAKEMAN, MARILLION, STEVE HACKETT and more.

Day 1 (Alice Cooper, The Darkness, Blackberry Smoke…)
Day 2 (Rick Wakeman, Marillion, Steve Hackett…)

Linton Festival, Nr. Ross On Wye, 24-26 June

KING KING, SUZI QUATRO, BILLY WALTON BAND, MORELAND & ARBUCKLE and more.

Be Prog! My Friend, Poble Espanyol, Barcelona, Spain 1-2 July

STEVEN WILSON, OPETH, MAGMA, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN, THE PINEAPPLE THIEF and more

Cornbury Music Festival, Oxfordshire 8-10 July

WILKO JOHNSON, THE DUNWELLS and more

SOS Festival, Prestwich, Manchester 15-17 July

ABSOLVA, ATTICA RAGE, KNOCK OUT KAINE, MASSIVE WAGONS and more

Chagstock Festival, Whiddon Down, Devon 22-23 July

DONOVAN, THE STRANGLERS, THE BLOCKHEADS, FEROCIOUS DOG and more

Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone, 23-24 July

WHITESNAKE (SATURDAY HEADLINERS), BLACK STONE CHERRY (SUNDAY HEADLINERS), THIN LIZZY, AIRBOURNE, EUROPE, THUNDER, GINGER WILDHEART, SEBASTIAN BACH, GINGER BAKER’S AIRFORCE 3, PURSON, CADILLAC THREE, THE GRAVELTONES, PROCOL HARUM, URIAH HEEP, HAWKWIND, VON HERTZEN BROTHERS, BLURRED VISION, THE FIERCE AND THE DEAD, FROST*, IO EARTH, THE WHITE BUFFALO, LIFE SIGNS, HAYSEED DIXIE, WALTER TROUT, KING KING, THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS, HEADSPACE, INGLORIOUS, THE ZOMBIES, WARREN HAYNES, SIMO, TAX THE HEAT, THE SUPERSUCKERS, SONS OF ROYALTY

Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 23-24 July

THUNDER, THE DARKNESS, THE DEAD DAISIES, BLUES PILLS, GINGER WILDHEART’S HEY! HELLO!, TAX THE HEAT, TERRORVISION, TOSELAND, VON HERTZEN BROTHERS, VEGA and others

On Track For Summer, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Bucks, 23-24 July

DONOVAN, THE MANFREDS, GINGER BAKER, CHRIS FARLOWE, PP ARNOLD,
THE MOVE,  CLIFF BENNETT  and more.

A New Day Festival, Mt Ephraim Gardens, Faversham, Kent, 5-7 August

JETHRO TULL’S IAN ANDERSON, THE STRANGLERS, WILKO JOHNSON, STEELEYE SPAN, FOCUS, CURVED AIR, CARAVAN, MARTIN BARRE BAND and others

Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 11-13 August

FAIRPORT CONVENTION, STEELEYE SPAN, RALPH McTELL, GRYPHON, HAYSEED DIXIE and more to be announced.

Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, 11-14 August

MASTODON, TWISTED SISTER, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, BEHEMOTH and more.

Down To The Woods, Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham, 13 August

PRIMAL SCREAM, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN and more.

Watchet Live Festival, Somerset, 26-28 August

LEVELLERS, UB40, THE FEELING, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT and more

Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne, Lancs 26-29 August

WILKO JOHNSON, NINE BELOW ZERO, BERNIE MARSDEN and more.


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