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Russ Ballard

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Part 1, Sunday 26 July, 16:00 GMT
Part 2, Sunday 2 August, 16:00 GMT

In the first of a two-part special rock writing royalty Russ Ballard chats to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio’s David Randall.

Russ has recently released a new album – ‘It’s Good To Be Here’ – via umumusic.com.  Most recently – in 2010 – he joined the reformed Argent to play the High Voltage festival and the band embarked on a short tour in early-2012.

A member of Adam Faith’s backing band – The Roulettes – in the 1960s he hitched up with Rod Argent in 1969 and, together with Roulettes drummer Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford, as Argent he had great success in the early-1970s.  The band scored a major hit in 1972 ‘Hold Your Head Up’ whilst his compositions ‘Liar’ and ‘God Gave Rock And Roll To You became massive hits for Three Dog Night and Kiss respectively.

Russ left Argent in 1974 and followed a solo career with a string of albums 1974-8 whilst still supplying songs for other artists into the 1980s, including the two ABBA singers Agnetha and Frida.

In this special feature, he chats about his career, songwriting and solo work.

Part 2 is broadcast on Sunday 2 August, 16:00 GMT.

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Shooting Star have released their new album ‘Into the Night’ for free as a download on their website. Download by going to www.shootingstarmaniacs.com and using the code “1980″.

Art Nation release their new album ‘Revolution’ on AOR Heaven on 28th August.

Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba has joined Blink 182 and they plan to record a new studio album.

Drummer Arin Ilejay has left Avenged Sevenfold.

Ten release a new EP ‘The Dragon And Saint George’ on September 4th.

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THE MELVINS
Sun September 13 BRISTOL Exchange
Mon September 14 BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Sat October 10 LONDON Electric Ballroom

MICHAEL MONROE + HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
Fri October 09 BIRMINGHAM Library
Sat October 10 SHEFFIELD Corporation
Sun October 11 GLASGOW Cathouse
Mon October 12 MANCHESTER Academy
Tue October 13 NORWICH Waterfront
Thu October 15 LONDON Electric Ballroom


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In this exclusive interview edit Fee Waybill of The Tubes chats to David Randall about the forthcoming tour and meeting audience expectations (14:58)

The Tubes

The Tubes Anniversary Special
Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 28 June, 16:00 (Part 1)
Sunday 5 July, 16:00 (Part 2)
Both Parts 1 & 2 are now available at Mixcloud
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The legendary Tubes celebrate their 40th anniversary with a UK tour in August.

The Tubes incurred the wrath of local councils and morality campaigners in the UK when they first toured in 1977, and when they sold out five consecutive nights at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.  They would repeat that feat in May 1979 but not before Fee Waybill made news by falling off the stage and breaking a leg a year earlier.

The band’s “colourful” stage show was popular but expensive and after their departure from A&M Records greater emphasis was put on having a hit single and becoming financially solvent.  With David Foster the band produced two more albums one of which – ‘Outside Inside’ – produced the band’s only Top 3 U.S. single ‘She’s A Beauty’.

The return of Todd Rundgren to production duties failed to arrest their inevitable decline in the mid-eighties and in 1986 Waybill left and the band soldiered on for a time with a different vocalist.  A decade later – with their iconic frontman back at the helm – the band produced their latest studio album ‘Genius Of America’.  They have continued to tour ever since and currently with four original members – Waybill, Roger Steen (guitar), Prairie Prince (drums) and Roger Anderson (bass) – joined by long-standing keyboard player David Medd.

On Sunday 28 June at 16:00 on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Fee Waybill (aka Quay Lewd, Johnny Bugger, Dr. Strangekiss etc) chats about the band from earliest times and through the trials and tribulations of local council bans, police arrest, injury and scrapped albums.

Part 2 of this two-part feature is scheduled for 16:00 on Sunday 5 July.  Throughout July more Tubes music will be added to the radio station’s general playlists.

The tour kicks off at Bristol, The Fleece on August 3, followed by Brighton Concorde 2 (August 4), Southampton, The Brook (August 6), London Clapham Grand (August 7), Manchester Club Academy (August 8), Glasgow, The Art School (August 9), Leeds Brudenell Arts Club (August 11), Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (August 12), and Wolverhampton Robin 2 (August 13).

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