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WIN BLACK SABBATH PARANOID SUPER DELUXE EDITION – 50th ANNIVERSARY!
Albums of the Month (July-September)
We list those albums high in the ratings with the GRTR! Reviewers…
The latest Lockdown Live Sunday Session featuring Canadian singer songwriter Josh Taerk and his brothers was streamed on Sunday 20 September, 21:00 BST, GMT+1, 16:00 EST
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Music Venue Trust, the charity which protects, secures and improves the UK’s grassroots music venues has launched #saveourvenues to draw together fundraising activity aimed at preventing the permanent closure of these vital venues due to COVID-19.
There are over 400 venues at risk of closure, so this campaign aims to bring together artists who want to help, with the venues they love, and provide an easy way for music fans to financially support the resultant live streams.
Readers are advised to check out the artist and venue websites for latest information. Many tours/dates are being rearranged for 2021.
We will update our gig listings on a regular basis.
Check out rearranged dates for key 2020 UK tours
King Crimson release a 26-disc set, ‘The Complete 1969 Recordings’, through Panegyric on October 23. It features a brand new Dolby Atmos mix by Steven Wilson of the band’s 1969 debut album ‘In The Court of the Crimson King’, and includes 6 CDs’ worth of session material on CD & Blu-Ray for the first time.
Broken Teeth plan to release a live CD/DVD entitled ‘Evil In The Queue‘ later this year.
Neil Young (pictured above) releases a digital only EP ‘The Times’ through Amazon Music on September 18.
Former Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin’s solo album will be called ‘Thorns’ and released by Dark Star Records (Americas) and Battlegod Productions (ROTW).
John 5 And The Creatures release ‘Live Invasion’ on CD & DVD on September 4.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Chrysalis Records are reissuing Ultravox’s ‘Vienna’ on October 9 as a six-disc set featuring the original album, a 2020 Steven Wilson Stereo Mix, rarities, and a live concert from St. Albans. The box will also feature new sleevenotes by all four band members.
Sanctuary will release a 30th anniversary edition of ‘Into The Mirror Black’ on October 9.
Vain are currently working on a new album.
The Flower Kings release a double album ‘Islands’ on October 30 via Inside Out.
Greg Lake has a career-encompassing anthology released through BMG on October 23 entitled ‘The Anthology – A Musical Journey‘.
Five Finger Death Punch will be releasing their best of ‘A Decade Of Destruction – Volume 2′ via Better Noise Music on October 16.
Def Leppard release ‘Hysteria At The O2′ and ‘Hits Vegas: Live At Planet Hollywood’ on Eagle Rock on October 16.
American Tears, who feature original member Mark Mangold, release their new album ‘Free Angel Express’, through Deko Entertainment on October 23.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band release their new album ‘Letter To You’ on October 23.
Pink Floyd’s ‘A Delicate Sound Of Thunder’ gets a cinematic release next month on October 16, followed by a four disc box set released on November 20.
Frost* release 8-disc artbook anthology ’13 Winters‘ in November which will be limited to 3,000 copies.
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will be releasing their first ever live concert video ‘Straight To You: Live’ on 27 November via Provogue.
Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates (all now 2021 unless stated) :
John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest, the Black Crowes, Danko Jones, the Enid (cancelled), Machine Head (cancelled), Magnum, Nightwish, Ozzy Osbourne (cancelled), Snake Oil & Harmony, the Sweet, Thundermother,
Upcoming (Gigs – UK)
Rescheduled US & European tour dates (all now 2021 unless stated) :
the Black Crowes, Elton John (US tour now 2022), Magnum, Nightwish, Santana (Las Vegas residency cancelled),
WinterStorm at Troon has moved to 26/27 November 2021. The full line-up will be announced at the end of January.
Glastonbury is still scheduled to go ahead in June next year, despite some reports saying an autumn date was being considered.
HRH Prog has been moved to 4 (London) & 5 (Sheffield) September 2021.
Neil Peart will be honoured with a tribute concert featuring Mike Portnoy, Carl Palmer, Stewart Copeland, Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith and more. The tribute event, which is part of this year’s Modern Drummer Festival, will stream live at midnight UK time Saturday 12 September (8pm EST) and will be hosted by LiveXLive Media. The concert will be available to view until December.
Around 64% of professional musicians are thinking of quitting music as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey carried out by British booking organization Encore Musicians. It concluded that artists had lost an average of £11,300 in income each with 87% fewer gigs booked for Aug – Dec 2020 than same period in 2019.
Judas Priest release a 648 page book ‘Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years’ in December as part of the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Quiet Riot have announced they will continue to tour despite the recent death of drummer Frankie Banali.
Vega have added drummer Pete Newdeck (Midnite City, Tainted Nation) and former Inglorious guitarist Billy Taylor to their line-up. The band are planning live dates for 2021.
Anathema have announced they are going on indefinite hiatus citing the “hardest of times” and each band member will “pursue other paths in life”.
Former Bay City Rollers bassist Ian Mitchell
Former Rose Tattoo slide guitarist John Meyer
Drummer Lee Kerslake, most famous for his time in Uriah Heep (1971-79, 1981-2007) and as part of Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard Of Ozz.
New features section added
In early-April we added a new section – Features – which will include new and revised material from our archive.
Amongst the latest additions, following the recent release of a new Alcatrazz album, David Randall returns to the early 1990s when band members Graham Bonnet and Jimmy Waldo formed Blackthorne.
The series – under the collective title of “2020 Vision” – will build into a definitive guide to selected artists and bands and reflecting GRTR! reviewers’ critical analysis as demonstrated over a twenty year period.
Reviews editor Jason Ritchie commented: “It is the perfect antidote to the current lockdown, encouraging readers to discover or reappraise selected artists or albums. It is also an opportunity to revisit our archive of material which has built up over a period of nearly 20 years.”
Check out our full gig listings! (Updated to reflect COVID-19 cancellations)
Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases here!
FUTURE PALACE Parted Ways
Future Palace’s debut album ‘Escape’ was released on 18 September via Arising Empire. ‘Parted Ways’ is one of six advance singles from the album. The Berlin-based trio have been working on their album since forming in late-2018.
DarWin Nightmare Of My Dreams
The second album from DarWin is due 6 November. Once more DarWin has assembled a stunning ensemble of musicians. “DarWin II: A Frozen War” continues the core collaboration with Simon Phillips (drums, Toto/The Who/Jeff Beck), Matt Bissonette (Elton John, David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr) and DarWin.
Joining them are powerhouse players Billy Sheehan (bass, Mr Big/ Steve Vai/Winery Dogs), Guthrie Govan (guitar, Aristocrats/Asia/Hans Zimmer/Steven Wilson), Greg Howe (guitar, Michael Jackson/Justin Timberlake), Derek Sherinian (keyboards, Dream Theater/Alice Cooper/Black Country Communion) and more…
The second album builds on the themes of “Origin Of Species” – first single “Nightmare Of My Dreams” features a video centered around the theme of the recent wildfires = and filmed in areas of Australia directly affected.
The other tracks build on DarWin’s sound – with the best elements of progressive rock and a generous amount of guitar shred and heavy grooves.
Throughout September 2018 Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated the station’s 10th anniversary and a two-hour special reflected a decade of broadcasting. “10 years in the making” features archive interviews with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Todd Rundgren, Graham Bonnet, David Coverdale, John Wetton and Bob Catley.
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