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 The Best of 2021
Our reviewers selections for 2021

Popular poll: from Friday 10 December

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Best of 2021 radio show and poll results: Sunday 19 December


Hawkestrel - Space Xmas

Our guide to the best Christmas Music

“…every great artist worth their salt (and Frankincense) should produce a Xmas song once in their musical lifetime. ”

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Top 10 albums

We’ve introduced a weekly listing based on website views, social media activity and radio airplay.

The Top 10 chart will be announced on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Sunday (Assume The Position, 22:00 GMT) and then published via our radio Facebook page.

Compiled by Jason Ritchie.

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Michael Schenker, photo by Simon Dunkerley

News - Album News

Elles Bailey has opened pre-orders for her next album, ‘Shining in the Half Light’, due for release on 25 February 2022.

HammerFall release their new album ‘Hammer Of Dawn’ on February 25 via Napalm Records.

Alan Parsons with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, release ‘One Note Symphony: Live In Tel Aviv’ on 11 February on Frontiers.

Queensryche will start recording their new album in January.

Saint Etienne have released a seasonal EP ‘Her Winter Coat’.

Steve Vai will release his new album, ‘Inviolate’, on January 28.

Voivod will release their new studio album, ‘Synchro Anarchy’, on February 11 via Century Media Records.

News - Tours and Gigs

Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:

Cadillac 3 (Dec 2021 postponed), Brian Wilson (postponed),

Newly announced UK tours (2022 unless stated):

Bowling For Soup, Camel (2023), the Cure, Duran, Duran, Gryphon, John Hackett, Happy Mondays, the Libertines, Primal Scream, Earl Slick, Uriah Heep, Vader + Mardruk, Paul Young,

Upcoming (Gigs – UK)

Rescheduled US & European tour dates:

Christy Moore (Ire Dec 2021 & Jan 2021 shows cancelled), Santana (Dec 21 US cancelled due to illness),

Newly announced US & European tours (2022 unless stated):

Foo Fighters (US), Goo Goo Dolls (US), Steve Hackett (US), Iron Maiden (US), Joe Jackson (US & Eur), Toto (US), Uriah Heep (Eur), Eddie Vedder (US), Brian Wilson + Chicago (US),

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

UK Festivals 2021

Stonedead Festival has added two more bands to next year’s bill - Vandenberg and Stone Broken. They join headliners The Michael Schenker Group (celebrating Michael Schenker’s 50-year music career, pictured), The Wildhearts, H.E.A.T., The Treatment, Tygers of Pan Tang and Thundermother. For those with camping tickets, the party starts early on Friday 26th August with performances from Black Spiders, Massive and Revival Black.

Troy Redfern replaces Limehouse Lizzy as support to Sweet on their remaining December tour dates.

Legendary Dutch progressive rockers Kayak have announced their farewell tour, set to take place in April & May 2022. These shows will see them perform tracks from across their career, including their latest album ‘Out Of This World’ released in early 2021. Originally formed in 1972, this will be the last time the band tour.

Other Stuff

Deep Purple’s Roger Glover is still working on his memoir and has enlisted Chris Charlesworth as the book’s editor.

Guitarist Ronnie Simmons has joined Faster Pussycat.

Chicago guitarist and singer Keith Howland announced his retirement from the band after almost 27 years and is replaced by Tony Obrohta, a member of former singer Peter Cetera’s band.

Soft Machine have announced that bass player Roy Babbington has retired. He has been with the band since 1970 and has chosen his successor for the band, Fred Thelonious Baker.

News - RIP

Singer & songwriter John Miles, best known for his hit ‘Music’. He also worked with Tina Turner and Jimmy Page


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News - Tours and Gigs

Check out our full gig listings! (Updated to reflect COVID-19 cancellations)

News - Album News

Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases!


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Save Our Venues

Save Our Venues

The New Normal?
Would you return to music venues if you had to show evidence of vaccination or undertake a rapid test?

Update (12.07.21)

As part of final easing of legal restrictions in the UK (wef 19 July), the government has recommended that venues use the NHS Covid Pass to allow people entry if they have had both jabs or a negative test.

This comes only a week after the government pledged that such passports would not be introduced. This “recommendation” would apply to venues, pubs and restaurants and might be mandated if the number of covid cases worsened.

Update [25.08.21]

One industry source suggested that the prime minister’s statement that a covid passport would be needed for certain venues from the end of September is  intended to encourage young people to get a vaccine by saying they’d soon need it to go clubbing, and that the government is waiting to see what the take-up rate is before announcing any further plans.

In the UK, nearly 77% of the adult population have been double-vaccinated, as of the latest update; the Music Venue Trust survey said that 91.6% of live music fans will have been vaccinated by the end of September.

The uncertainty around entry is compounded by the government’s long-awaited Covid cancellation insurance scheme for live events, announced at the beginning of August, which is said by some in the industry to still have gaping holes ahead of its September launch.

The scheme covers costs incurred if events are unable to happen due to government Covid restrictions, such as a local or national lockdown.

Source: The Guardian

Update [20.09.21]

Covid passports for entry to venues will be required in Wales and Scotland (October) but form part of the government’s “Plan B” if infection rates/hospitalisations rise significantly in the coming weeks in England.

Coronavirus

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


Feature video

HANNAH ALDRIDGE & JAMES CHARLES MILLER Sinking

Hannah Aldridge’s new single “Sinking” is a cover of the Godhead original from 2001, and features band founder and frontman Jason Charles Miller himself.

Since becoming a solo artist, Jason has expanded his roots in Americana and country, dynamically exposing his blues-inspired and Southern rock influences, thus quietly establishing himself as a veteran presence in Americana, country and Southern rock.

Says Hannah: “These songs were a canvas for me to lean a little harder into heavier rock, while still maintaining a sound that my audience would relate to. I have been slowly moving into a darker rock sound album by album so, for me this landed on a real sweet spot of a dark rock sound without completely reinventing myself as an artist.”

Hannah Adridge plays UK dates from 4 December.

Dec 4 – Dinton near Aylesbury, UK – Dinton Parish Church* http://www.wegottickets.com/event/527680/
Dec 5 – Manchester, UK – The Rose and Monkey* https://www.ticketweb.uk/…/hannah-aldridge…/11420055
Dec 6 – London, UK – The Half Moon Putney* https://www.wegottickets.com/event/527488/
Dec 7 – Edinburgh, UK – The Voodoo Rooms* https://www.eventbrite.com/e/186968677347
Dec 8 – Glasgow, UK – The Glad Cafe* https://www.eventbrite.com/e/186991746347
Dec 9 – Aberdour, UK – The Woodside Hotel* https://event.bookitbee.com/35968/hannah-aldridge-2
Dec 10 – Bewdley, UK – Music in the Halls* https://tickets.thehall-bewdley.org.uk/product_info.php…
Dec 11 – York, UK – 45 Vinyl* https://www.fortyfiveuk.com/…/hannah-aldridge-and-jason…
*With Gustav Sjödin and special guest Jason Charles Miller

‘Sinking’ is a Power Play at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio w/c 15 November.

QUILL Riding Rainbows

Quill hail from Birmingham and feature the legendary drummer Bev Bevan. In 2017 Bev was inducted into The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, having notched up 50 million + album sales with a music career that spans 50+ years performing with likes   ELO, The Move and Black Sabbath. 

The band’s latest studio album Riding Rainbows includes guest contributors such as Andy Fairweather Low, Nick Pentelow (Wizzard), John Lodge (The Moody Blues), Chris Norman (Smokie), Louis Clark Jr. (The Orchestra) and Richard Bailey (Magnum).

‘Riding Rainbows’ is a Power Play at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio w/c 15 November.

2021
5 Dec              The Robin 2, Bilston
10 Dec            The Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
11 Dec             Quinney Hall, Sutton Coldfield
12 Dec            Quinney Hall, Sutton Coldfield
18 Dec            Admaston Village Hall, Staffordshire
19 Dec            Admaston Village Hall, Staffordshire
2022
4 Feb              Core Theatre, Solihull
18 Feb            Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
26 Feb            The Playhouse, Stratford Upon Avon
10 Mar           Palace Theatre, Redditch


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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