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Foreigner in the UK
The UK leg of Foreigner’s world tour kicked off on Saturday 12 May at Manchester Apollo.
Andy Susemihl gets “elevated” on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio
German guitarist Andy Susemihl is featured in an hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 20 May at 22:00 GMT.
Andy joined the melodic hard rock band Sinner in the late 1980s, had a spell with Udo Dirkschneider (former Accept vocalist) and has worked more recently with David Reece/Bangalore Choir.
His latest solo album is ‘Elevation’. In reviewing for Get Ready to ROCK! David Randall commented ““This is an album that grabs you from the start and engages until the last note. It must surely “elevate” Susemihl amongst his peers, and – frankly – not before time.”
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FM dates in May
On Sunday 4 March in the first hour of his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall chatted to FM’s Steve Overland and played tracks from ‘Atomic Generation’. In this exclusive edit, Steve chats about career highlights since the 1970s with Wildlife and FM in 2018 (6:32) Full interview…
Melodic rockers FM released their eleventh studio album – ‘Atomic Generation’ – in March via Frontiers Records. The band’s frontman Steve Overland chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! about FM and the album and this interview is now available via Mixcloud.
The album release will be followed by the band’s first-ever USA appearance in May headlining MelodicRock Fest 5 in Chicago, IL. FM will also headline at the sister festival MelodicRock Fest Scandinavia in June.
UK dates with Dare and Toby Jepson in May will be followed by a further UK tour later this year.
18 May London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
19 May Norwich Waterfront
25 May Glasgow Garage
26 May Newcastle O2 Academy
9 June Manchester O2 Ritz
On Sunday 4 March Steve Overland chatted to David Randall on David’s weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The feature included tracks from the new album.
Says David: “Get Ready to ROCK! has supported FM since 2007 when they reformed and featured many album and gig reviews. We were there at the Metropolis album launch in February 2010 – their “comeback” album – and it is timely to catch up with the band again via our chat with Steve ahead of a new album release.”
The Steve Overland interview is repeated on Sunday 20 May at 23:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio
The background to Bearded Theory…
This year’s festival takes place 24-27 May with headliner Robert Plant. Hollie Latham has covered the event for GRTR! in recent years and went on a fact-finding mission interviewing festival founder Rich Bryan More…
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
Robert Plant, Jimmy Cliff, The Jesus & Mary Chain and more.
DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, Derbyshire 8-10 June
Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and more.
STONE FREE, O2 Arena, London 16-17 June
Scorpions, Yes (Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman), Megadeth and more.
RAMBLIN MAN FAIR, Maidstone, Kent 30 June-1 July
Halestorm, Sons Of Apollo, Blackberry Smoke, Fish, Mostly Autumn, Von Hertzen Brothers and more to be announced.
CORNBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Oxfordshire 13-15 July
Alanis Morissette, Amy Macdonald, Pixie Lott and more
CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL, 26-29 July
Dan Reed Network, King King, Mostly Autumn, Dare, Atomic Rooster, Focus and more
STEELHOUSE, Ebbw Vale, South Wales 27 -29 July
Black Star Riders, Stone Broken, King King, Dan Reed Network, Glenn Hughes and more to be announced.
>> News item (Glenn Hughes)
A NEW DAY, Mt Ephraim Gardens, Faversham, Kent 3-5 August
Feeder, Ten Years After, Hawkwind, Caravan and more
THE GREAT BRITISH RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL, Calne, Lancs., 24-26 August
King King, Laurence Jones, Simon McBride, Connie Lush, My Baby, Kyla Brox and more to be announced.
FM 18 May-9 June
KING KING 3 May-2 June
DANNY BRYANT 7 May-17 June
FOREIGNER (pictured) 12-16 May (with Joanne Shaw Taylor/John Parr)
SPACE ELEVATOR 17-31 May
RICHIE KOTZEN 17-24 June
LAURA MEADE Sunflowers At Chernobyl
New York prog rockers IZZ vocalist, Laura Meade, releases her debut full-length studio album, Remedium, on 18 May.
Remedium combines Meade’s love of art rock with the emotion of musical theatre and features progressive, extended, workouts as well as art-pop sensibilities.
SMOKING MARTHA Say You’re Mine
The Aussie rockers released their debut EP in 2014 which included the first single “Sweet As Honey”. This track is included as a bonus on their debut album In Deep, released via Bad Reputation on 7 May.
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