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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.
Joan Armatrading’s new album ‘Consequences’ is released on June 18 via BMG.
Asia (John Wetton pictured above) are celebrating their 40th anniversary by releasing a 5CD boxset ‘The Reunion Albums: 2007 – 2012′ through BMG Records on 11 June.
Big Big Train release their new album ‘Common Ground’ on July 30.
Black Label Society are currently recording their next album with a planned release in November.
Black Veil Brides have pushed back the projected release date of their new album, ‘The Phantom Tomorrow’, to October 29 from the previously announced June 4.
Dec Burke releases his new album, ‘Life In Two Dimensions’, later this year through Gravity Dream Music.
Darkthrone release their new album ‘Eternal Hails’ through Peaceville Records on June 25.
Dream Theater have announced the ‘Lost Not Forgotten Archives’, a new collaboration between the band and record label InsideOut Music. It will see the band’s own Ytsejam Records catalog reissued, alongside some brand new additions to this special collectors series.
Silver Lining Music release ‘Red Brick City’ on July 23, the debut album from Heavy Water, the new project featuring SAXON‘s Biff Byford and his son Seb.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds release a best of, ‘Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021)’, on June 11 via Sour Mash Records
Hardline release their latest album ‘Heart, Mind & Soul’ on July 9 via Frontiers.
Toby Hitchcock releases his new album ‘Changes’ on July 9 via Frontiers.
L.A. Guns release ‘Cocked and Loaded Live’ on July 9.
Yngwie Malmsteen has announced a new album, ‘Parrabelum‘ which is released on July 23 via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group.
Troy Redfern will release his new single ‘Waiting For Your Love‘ on Friday May 21. The single is taken from his forthcoming album ‘…The Fire Cosmic!’ released by RED7 Records on Friday August 6.
The Stranglers release their new album ‘Dark Matters’ on September 10.
Upcoming (new releases)
Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:
Blue Oyster Cult (Oct 2021 to Oct 2022), Deep Purple (Oct 2021 to Oct 2022), Faith No More (Jun 2021 to Jun 2022), the Flaming Lips (Jul 2021 to May/June 2022), Green Day (Jun 2021 to Jun 2022), George Thorogood & the Destroyers (Jul 2021 to Jul 2022), Brian Wilson (Jun/Jul 2021 to Jun/Jul 2022),
Cancelled UK & Ireland tour dates:
The Bonzo Dog Doh Dah Band (29 Oct London),
Upcoming (Gigs – UK)
Rescheduled US & European tour dates:
Green Day (Jun 2021 to Jun 2022), Marillion (Oct 2021 to TBA 2022),
Cancelled US & European tour dates:
Genesis has announced US tour dates for later this year.
The Darkness headline the Saturday night at the Steelhouse Festival on 24 July replacing Anthrax.
Marillion plan to livestream one of their November Hammersmith shows.
The Damn Truth support King King on the latter’s Feb 2022 UK tour.
Bruce Dickinson has a handful of spoken word shows in August.
The Monkees have announced a farewell tour for the US this autumn.
Megadeth and Lamb Of God have moved their joint US headline tour to the autumn.
This year’s Roskilde festival has been cancelled for the second year running due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
Indoor Summer Festival 2021 has been postponed to September 2-4 2022, at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany. Artists set to appear include H.E.A.T., Lee Aaron, Wig Wam, Paul Laine, Coney Hatch and more.
Rambin’ Man Fair due to take place in July has been cancelled and hopes to return next year
London’s Royal Albert Hall will be open for full capacity shows from July.
Producer Michael Wagner has announced he is retiring from the music business.
Anthrax celebrate their 40th anniversary in syle as each week, starting on May 3, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, concluding on the band’s official founding anniversary of July 18th, Anthrax‘s social media accounts will offer a series of video testimonials sent in by former band members, fellow musicians, colleagues, and industry veterans – sharing behind-the-scenes stories of working with the band and what Anthrax’s legacy has meant all these years on.
Guitarist Luke Appleton (Asolva, ex-Iced Earth) has joined Blaze Bayley’s band.
Drummer John Hinch who played on Judas Priest’s ‘Rocka Rolla’
Talas vocalist Phil Naro
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The Music Venue Trust (MVT) has backed the Prime Minister’s suggestion that rapid coronavirus testing could be the key to reopening music venues, and says the necessary plans are in place for it to be rolled out nationwide.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Monday (February 15), the Prime Minister said “rapid” lateral flow tests could be used by “those parts of the economy” that were unable to reopen their doors last year.
The lateral flow tests can provide results within half an hour, which could potentially allow music fans to return to venues once they can provide a negative result.
Says MVT CEO Mark Davyd “Rapid testing and other forms of health passporting, including vaccination certification, represent one of a range of opportunities to deliver events safely, which we have been discussing with the government since July 2020.
The latest suggestion comes after it was confirmed that UK music venues are set to trial a new system of digital “health passports” in a bid to reopen live gigs safely allowing music fans to prove that they do not have the virus to secure entry.
Two possibilites are being touted as a way back to normality for music venues. Although the Government has denied the mandated introduction of “vaccine passports” venues could still insist on gig-goers showing evidence of vaccination.
However there is still insufficient data about the transmission effect of the virus, even once vaccinated. Experts warn that social distancing/wearing of masks may still be the norm in public spaces until at least the end of the year.
In respect of rapid testing, the turn-round for results would be at least 15-30 minutes. This would inevitably lead to queues and delayed entry to venues and, presumably, with social distancing and mask wearing once inside.
The lateral flow tests themselves can also provide a ‘false positive’ – where someone receives a positive test result even though they do not have the virus (or a ‘false negative’ when the person receives a negative result when they have the virus). The cost of these tests – if not borne by the Government – would likely add to ticket prices.
The use and benefit of any initiative that facilitates venue entry will be determined by the pace of vaccine roll-out, with younger gig-goers unlikely to receive a first jab until August at the earliest which means that – for some – early summer festivals might still be a no-go.
What about bands? They would have to think carefully – at least initially – about their target demographic. Fine if it’s over 50 but less so if 18-34 and even then audiences are likely to be distanced and therefore attendance levels not maximised. Until air travel restrictions are lifted, bands outside the UK will be prevented from touring and similarly – even without virus implications – Brexit has made European touring potentially unviable.
The Government announced a four-step plan to release England from lockdown.
Step three, scheduled for 17 May at the earliest, is the first point where live events could return however limited capacities and social distancing may still be required.
If government tests are met on May 17, big events and sports stadiums will be able to reopen with capacity limits – for example, up to 10,000 attendees at festivals or up to 4,000 people, or 50 per cent capacity in stadiums; smaller events will be allowed up to 1,000 people or 50 per cent capacity (whichever is smaller for both outdoors and indoors).
Mark Davyd, chief executive of the Music Venue Trust, welcomed the timeline for the return of socially distanced events, but said he now hoped to see “sector-specific financial support to mitigate the damage being done to businesses and people’s lives, careers and families right across the live music industry”.
The Guardian newspaper reported “The government’s roadmap suggests that a return to live music is on the horizon but, thanks to a combination of a huge backlog of gigs, continuing global Covid infections, and unclear conditions for reopening, musicians, bookers, promoters, and club owners say it is far from certain.”
BBC News reported: A pilot concert was held in Liverpool’s Sefton Park on Sunday 2 May. This was one of the government’s official trial events to research how large gatherings can safely take place again. All ticket holders had to take a supervised lateral flow test at one of four testing centres in the city the day before, and were only allowed entrance if the test was negative.
They were also strongly encouraged to take more sensitive PCR tests on the day of the show and to do so again five days later. That will be crucial to working out whether there was any spread of the virus.
Scientists are also studying other factors like audience movement and interaction (there was no social distancing or mask wearing), ventilation, duration, catering and alcohol consumption.
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
THUNDERMOTHER You Can’t Handle Me
STAR FM Berlin, concertVR and Swedish Rockband THUNDERMOTHER are inviting a very special group of fans on May 4th, 2021: Covid-19 heroes including nursing staff and shop assistant front liners – at Olympiastadion Berlin.
A concert stream in Virtual Reality takes place on May 11th in cooperation with Ticketmaster (also available as Stream without VR glasses).https://www.ticketmaster.de/event/416469
The band’s current album ‘Heat Wave’, released in July 2020, is now expanded as a Deluxe Edition with 10 previously unreleased tracks. Three brand new songs, including this new single, live tracks, and acoustic versions of the ‘Heat Wave’ singles featuring two guests: Jesper Binzer (D-A-D) and Dregen (Backyard Babies/Hellacopters).
‘You Can’t Handle Me’ is a featured ‘Power Play’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio w/c 3 May.
NATHALIE MIRANDA Battle Scars (You Won’t Forget My Name)
Nathalie Miranda is a UK ‘power-house’ vocalist noted in the industry for her stunning and unique 4-octave range and high-octane performances. A musical chameleon, she delights in engaging her numerous fans on Patreon, Instagram and StageIt – with special live streams and exclusive online performances. Hot on the heels of her single ‘Catch-22’ is the powerful, commanding single ‘Battle Scars’ out now and available on all major download and streaming platforms.
Born in London to a musical Greek-Cypriot family, Nathalie’s inspiration is drawn from the greats: Freddie Mercury being her idol closely followed by Etta James, Aretha, Whitney, George Michael, Prince, Bruce Springsteen and Christina Aguilera.
To date, she’s released the EP ‘Bulletproof’ and six singles from the more synth sounds of ‘Red Light’ and ‘Poltergeist’ to the more retro soul sound of ‘Catch-22’ and now the edgy, rock vibe of ‘Battle Scars’.
‘Battle Scars’ is a featured ‘Power Play’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio w/c 3 May.
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