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Top 10 albums
Our weekly listing is 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.
Alestorm begin work on their next album, ‘Seventh Rum Of A Seventh Rum’, which will be released on Napalm Records later this year.
Big Big Train recently released ‘Bats In The Belfry’, composed by the band’s drummer Nick D’Virgilio, and it will feature on the band’s forthcoming ‘Welcome To The Planet’ album due at the end of this month.
The Black Sabbath albums featuring Tony Martin have been signed up by a label for re-issue.
Dream Theater vocalist James La Brie releases his new solo album, ‘Beautiful Shade Of Grey’, on May 26 via InsideOut.
Blue October will start recording their next album in February.
Dare (pictured) release their new album ‘Road To Eden’ on April 1.
Diamond Dogs release their second single, ‘Rocket Ricochet’, from their upcoming double album ‘Slap Bang Blue Rendezvous’ due on January 21.
Bruce Dickinson will resume work on his latest solo album in the spring.
Envy Of None, featuring Alex Lifeson (Rush), Andy Curran (Coney Hatch), Alfio Annibalini and singer Maiah Wynne, release their self-titled debut album on Kscope on April 8.
Elton John’s guitarist Davey Johnstone releases his second solo album, ‘Deeper Than My Roots’, on February 3. His first solo album came out in 1973.
Former Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flur is to release a new album, ‘Magazine 1′, on March 4. Guests include Midge Ure, Peter Hook (New Order) and Claudia Brücken (Propaganda).
Peter Knight & John Spiers release a new album, ‘Both In A Tune’, on February 11.
Kreator will release their new album in the summer with a single due in the next couple of months.
Lionheart release an expanded version of their 2017 album ‘Second Nature’ on January 21 via Metalville Records.
Dom Martin releases his latest album ‘A Savage Life’ on April 8.
Odin Dragonfly release their new album ‘Sirens’ on January 22 via Black Sand Records.
Revival Black release a new single ‘Believe’ on 6 January.
Joe Satriani releases his new album ‘The Elephants of Mars’ on April 8 on earMUSIC.
Chris Caffery revealed in a recent interview with That Metal Interview that he has been working with Jon Oliva on new Savatage music. There are currently no plans to record formally due to the lack of a record label at present.
John Sloman (ex-Uriah Heep), releases his latest solo album ‘Two Rivers’ on 25 February.
Sam Sweeney has announced ‘Solo’ (4 February), the first in a series of EPs that will highlight different members of the band who performed and recorded on his 2020 album ‘Unearth Repeat’.
Earache Records release ‘Caught On Stage: Live & Acoustic’ from the Temperance Movement on 14 January.
Trick Or Treat will release their new studio album, ‘Creepy Symphonies’, on April 1 via Scarlet Records.
Tygers of Pan Tang release an EP ‘A New Heartbeat’ on February 25 via Mighty Music.
Steven Wilson plans to release his next solo album in 2023 and it is likely to be a concept album.
Newly announced UK tours (2022 unless stated):
Franck Carducci, Dare,
Upcoming (Gigs – UK)
Newly announced US & European tours (2022 unless stated):
Arch Enemy + Behemoth (US), Bon Jovi (US), Cheap Trick (US Feb/Mar),Clutch (US), KISS (US), Megadeth + Lamb Of God (US), Steve Rothery (EU Mar/Apr), Steel Panther (US),
Rescheduled & cancelled tours:
Avatar (2022 to 2023), Biffy Cylro (Jan UK postponed), Blackberry Smoke (UK & EU 2022 to 2023), Bring Me The Horizon (EU 2022 to 2023), Cheap Trick (UK Feb to Oct), Diamond Head + Rock Goddess (Jan/Feb UK cancelled), Brain Fallon (US Jan/Feb cancelled), Samantha Fish (UK Jan/Feb to Oct), Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets (US 2022 to “later in the year”), Pendragon (all 2022 dates postponed), Queen Extravaganza (2022 to 2023), Henry Rollins (UK/Eur cancelled), Dave Lee Roth (Las Vegas residency cancelled), Spock’s Beard (UK Mar postponed), Static X + Fear Factory (US 2022 to 2023), Rod Stewart (Aus/NZ Mar cancelled), Stone Broken (UK Jan/Feb to Apr), Walter Trout (UK Jan to Jun), Midge Ure (UK 2022 to 2023), Wolf Alice (UK Jan to Feb/Mar),
Coldplay have announced they will stop making music after 2025.
Vinyl hit a new sales record in 2021 with ABBA’s ‘Voyage’ the biggest seller.
Rush have a new pinball machine coming soon!
David Bowie’s music catalogue has been sold to Warner Music, whilst David Coverdale has sold his rights to his Deep Purple and Whitesnake songs to Round Hill Music, who recently brought the rights to Heart’s Nancy Wilson’s songs.
Cliff Richard has again topped the sales charts for music calendars in the UK.
Tesco is reportedly phasing out CDs and DVDs in its UK stores, with plans to stop selling both formats by the end of February.
The Ronnie James Dio documentary is set to air later this year.
Thorsten Bauer has announced he is leaving both Leave’s Eyes and Atrocity.
Fozzy have parted ways with long-time drummer Frank Fontsere who has been replaced with Grant Brooks (Through Fire).
Guitarist Mick Sweda and drummer Jimmy D’Anda are no longer part of the BulletBoys, who reformed with their original line-up in 2019.
Heavy Pettin’ are looking for a new bassist after Jez Perry left the band.
IO Earth have announced that they have singer Rosanna Leferve.
Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons have announced Joel Peters as the band’s new vocalist. Peters fronted the band on last year’s autumn dates.
Original keyboards player Pete Jones has rejoined Haken.
Soilwork have recruited bassist Rasmus Ehrnborn as a full-time member
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Janice Long
Woodstock organizer Michael Lang
Budgie’s Burke Shelley
Ronnie Spector of the Ronnettes
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Some venues and events are now legally required to check the Covid status of visitors over 18.
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- indoor hospitality venues must collect customer contact details
- all over-18s required to prove their vaccine status or show a negative test at nightclubs and other venues
- NHS Covid Pass needed for entry to nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls and many other indoor and outdoor events
From 27 December nightclubs will be forced to close.
- face coverings compulsory in shops, indoor seated venues and visitor attractions, public transport and some other settings
- Covid passport scheme for venues including nightclubs, bars and cinemas
Source: BBC News
England’s Plan B measures are to end from Thursday 27 January , with advice to work from home and Covid passports both dropped.
Mandatory Covid passports for entering nightclubs and large events will end, though organisations can choose to use the NHS Covid pass if they wish.
Face masks will no longer be mandated, though people are still advised to wear coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces, particularly when meeting strangers.
In Scotland, most remaining restrictions will be lifted from Monday 24 January, including allowing nightclubs to reopen and removing limits on indoor events.
In Wales, crowds will return to sporting events from Friday 21 January and nightclubs can reopen the following week. In Northern Ireland, nightclubs remain closed and indoor standing events are not allowed.
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
KRIS BARRAS BAND These Voices
Kris Barras Band were voted Breakthrough Act in our Popular Poll for Best of 2021.
The band release their new album – ‘Death Valley Paradise’ – on 4 March via Mascot followed by a UK headline tour.
08 Mar Phoenix, Exeter
09 Mar Phoenix, Exeter
11 Mar Tramshed, Cardiff
12 Mar Rock City, Nottingham
13 Mar KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
14 Mar Marble Factory, Bristol
16 Mar Academy 2, Manchester
17 Mar Hangar 34, Liverpool
18 Mar Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
19 Mar The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
21 Mar Boiler shop, Newcastle
22 Mar Leadmill, Sheffield
23 Mar The Waterfront, Norwich
25 Mar The Brook, Southampton
26 Mar Electric Ballroom, London
ERIC GALES I Want My Crown
Critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Eric Gales will tour the UK in March and April 2022.
The tour follows the release of Gales’ forthcoming album ‘Crown’ produced by and featuring Joe Bonamassa. The album is released by Provogue on Friday 28 January 2022.
Special guest on all shows is British blues rock guitarist Danny Bryant who released his 12th studio album The Rage To Survive in 2021.
WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH 2022
DOVER, BOOKING HALL
THURSDAY 24 MARCH 2022
LONDON, O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
FRIDAY 25 MARCH 2022
SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2022
SUNDAY 27 MARCH 2022
NOTTINGHAM, RESCUE ROOMS
TUESDAY 29 MARCH 2022
WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH 2022
THURSDAY 31 MARCH 2022
GLASGOW, ORAN MOR
FRIDAY 1 APRIL 2022
WHITLEY BAY, PLAYHOUSE
SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2022
LEEDS, BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
SUNDAY 3 APRIL 2022
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