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Win tickets to see Man Doki rock supergroup!
Where can you see the combined talents of some of the most renowned legends from the world of classic rock, prog and fusion?
On Friday 3 March the musical collective of the Man Doki Soulmates play a very exclusive one-off UK date as part of their upcoming European tour at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo.
The Soulmates project is the passion of renowned European music producer Leslie Mandoki who for two decades has been promoting large shows featuring some of the most recognised rock superstars.
The 2017 Soulmates lineup will be made up of creative talent including Leslie Mandoki, Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Nick Van Eede (Cutting Crew), Tony Carey (Rainbow), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Randy Brecker, John Helliwell (Supertramp), Bill Evans, Udo Lindenberg, Bobby Kimball (Toto), Till Brönner, Szakcsi and more!
The Soulmates’ repertoire combines a mixture of the members’ own music – a sophisticated and progressive rock sound combining elements of jazz, with classic, well-known hits from the bands of these original members and played together by all of them. Over the years the supergroup have recorded ten albums and have had their long history captured in a recent documentary film entitled “More Than 20 Years of Man Doki Soulmates”.
Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday 9th December via myticket.co.uk and seetickets.com.
Listen in to ‘Assume The Position’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 20 February at 22:00 GMT. In the first hour David Randall will play tracks from some of the featured artists and announce an additional question to give radio entrants priority in a competition to win a pair of tickets. N.B. You can still enter the competition even if you miss the radio show. See the competition page for more details.
Dan Reed Network tour starts 1 March
Dan Reed Network’s 11-date UK Tour starts 1 March to promote their latest studio album “Fight Another Day.” Special guests on all dates (except Sheffield) is Vega.
“DRN is thrilled to be returning to Europe this next March, says frontman Dan Reed, “and especially excited about the extensive UK Tour in celebration of our album ‘Fight Another Day’ and the reaction we have received from the record, and our CD Release show at the 100 Club last June in London!”
The album ‘Fight Another Day’ was released by Frontiers Music Srl and is the band’s first studio album for 25 years.
Says Dan to the fans: “We thank you for the many years of support and especially believing that we had new music in us to offer! We are forever grateful for you all being there with us on this journey!”
The band originally formed in Portland, Oregon where they packed out local clubs from late 1984 through 1986 before their recording debut in 1987. Their compelling mix of musical styles ranging from hard rock, funk to metal drew comparisons at that time with artists like Prince and Bon Jovi with whom they toured in 1989/90.
Wednesday 1 March Level 3 Club, Swindon
Friday 3 March Warehouse 23, Wakefield
Saturday 4 March Live Rooms, Chester
Sunday 5 March The Globe, Cardiff
Tuesday 7 March The Cluny, Newcastle
Wednesday 8 March Oran Mor, Glasgow
Friday 10 March 100 Club, London
Saturday 11 March Local Authority, Sheffield
Sunday 12 March The Robin 2, Bilston
Tuesday 14 March Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Wednesday 15 March Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Tickets are on sale via www.danreed-network.com
New radio website launches 10 February
Friday 10 February sees the launch of an exciting new website for the internet-based radio station Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.
The station was launched in late-2008 as an audible companion to the popular reviews-based website www.getreadytorock.com
The station has always been available in iTunes and via the Tunein phone app and in several online directories. It is also available on most standalone Internet radio sets such as the PURE and Roberts range.
The new website will make listening much simpler especially on smartphone and tablets. It will also re-purpose nearly nine years of original content to add to the listener’s experience.
Says Station Manager David Randall: “The new website is an exciting development for us and makes the most of our radio offering. Given that many listeners tune in via their mobile devices, the site is fully optimised for a much better user experience. We’ve also given prominence to our Featured Artists, those artists who we play more often on the station and we have usually interviewed over an extended period.”
“There are several cutting edge features including the ability for listeners to interact immediately and request a favourite track. We hope this new approach will encourage more listeners during 2017 who identify with the eclectic nature of the station’s output under a general classic rock heading, and who can help us shape the offering going forward.”
The new website will be available from Friday 10 February at www.getreadytorockradio.com
Win Vangelis 13-CD Box Set!
Modern music visionary Vangelis has announced the release on 3 February of a new 13-disc box set entitled ‘Delectus,’ featuring a chosen selection of his early discographic work. The mammoth collection will include all of his albums on Vertigo and Polydor, recently signed by Universal and remastered for the first time ever under the legendary composer’s own supervision.
Presented in a lavish box with an essay and a plethora of rare photographs, the discs are housed in two die-cut, gatefold disc holders within a rigid 242mm square slipcase, and accompanied by a 64-page book illustrating a period of his prolific career of the iconic Maestro.
‘I always welcome remastering my old work for two basic reasons’ – explains Vangelis – ‘firstly, I get the opportunity to bring the sounds to today’s standards, secondly, it gives me the chance to go through the experiences and memories of the time.’
‘Delectus’ gathers together Vangelis’ seminal albums ‘Earth’, ‘L’Apocalypse Des Animaux’, ‘China’, ‘See You Later’, ‘Antarctica’, ‘Mask’, ‘Opera Sauvage’,'Chariots of Fire’, ‘Soil Festivities’ and ‘Invisible Connections’, plus his collaborative recordings with Jon Anderson as ‘Jon & Vangelis’ – ‘Short Stories’, ‘The Friends of Mister Cairo’ & ‘Private Collection’. The remastered originals will be complemented with rare B-sides and 4 previously unreleased tracks.
Vangelis is most popular for his movie scores including Antarctica, Blade Runner, Missing, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Alexander and the 1981 Academy Award-winning soundtrack for Chariots of Fire. ‘Titles’, the theme for ‘Chariots of Fire’, was later chosen as background to the 2012 Olympics winners’ medal presentation ceremonies.Read more/less...
Albums and Track Listing:
1. Come On
2. We Are All Uprooted
3. Sunny Earth
6. Let It Happen
7. The City
8. My Face In The Rain
9. We Are All Uprooted
10. A Song
L’APOCALYPSE DES ANIMAUX
1. Apocalypse des animaux – Générique
2. La petite fille de la mer
3. Le singe bleu
4. La mort du loup
5. L’ours musicien
6. Création du monde
7. La mer recommence
1. Chung Kuo
2. The Long March
3. The Dragon
4. The Plum Blossom
5. The Tao Of Love
6. The Little Fete
7. Yin & Yang
SEE YOU LATER
1. I Can’t Take It Anymore
2. Multi-Track Suggestion
3. Memories Of Green
4. Not A Bit – All Of It
6. See You Later
7. Neighbours Above
8. My Love
9. Domestic Logic 1
1. Theme From Antarctica
2. Antarctica Echoes
4. Song Of White
5. Life Of Antarctica
6. Memory Of Antarctica
7. Other Side Of Antarctica
1. Mask: Movement 1
2. Mask: Movement 2
3. Mask: Movement 3
4. Mask: Movement 4
5. Mask: Movement 5
6. Mask: Movement 6
7. Flamants roses
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
2. Five Circles
3. Abraham’s Theme
4. Eric’s Theme
5. 100 Metres
7. Chariots Of Fire
1. Soil Festivities: Movement 1
2. Soil Festivities: Movement 2
3. Soil Festivities: Movement 3
4. Soil Festivities: Movement 4
5. Soil Festivities: Movement 5
1. Invisible Connections
2. Atom Blaster
3. Thermo Vision
1. Curious Electric
2. Each And Every Day
3. Bird Song
4. I Hear You Now
5. The Road
6. Far Away In Baagad
7. Love Is
8. One More Time
10. Play Within A Play
1. Italian Song
2. And When The Night Comes
5. He Is Sailing
7. Song Is
THE FRIENDS OF MR. CAIRO
1. I’ll Find My Way Home
2. State of Independence
4. The Mayflower
5. The Friends of Mr. Cairo
6. Back To School
7. Outside Of This (Inside of That)
8. One More Time
10. Play Within A Play
There are 4 bonus tracks, the previously unreleased:
Neighbours Above – 2015 Remastered version – Bonus track for See You Later
The other bonus tracks are:
My Love – 2015 Remastered version – Bonus track for See You Later
Domestic Logic 1 – 2015 Remastered version – Bonus track for See You Later
Song Is (Jon & Vangelis) – 2015 Remastered version – Bonus track for Private Collection
They were released on singles and have never appeared on CD before.
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Forthcoming festivals 2017
We list here a selection of festivals/large events taking place in the first part of the year – if your event is not listed please contact us with the details.
Bearded Theory, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 25-28 May
including SKUNK ANANSIE, THE ALARM, CAST, MADNESS…
The Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffs 2-4 June 2017
including HOWARD JONES, FAIRPORT CONVENTION, MARTIN TURNER…
The Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, South Wales 29-30 July 2017
including LAST IN LINE, KING KING, SAXON, BROKEN WITT REBELS, STONE BROKEN…
Ramblin’ Man, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent 29-30 July 2017
including ZZ TOP, KANSAS, DOKKEN…
FEBRUARY-MARCH 2017 (UK)
COLIN BLUNSTONE 20 January-18 February
SOTO (pictured) 10-17 February
MIKE + THE MECHANICS 14 February-28 March
FIREWIND 15 – 21 February
JO HARMAN 16 Feb-31 March
DAVE MASON 23 February-7 March
STEVIE NIMMO 1 March -1 April
DAN REED NETWORK 1-15 March
BLACK STAR RIDERS (pictured) 2-19 March
ARW (Anderson Rabin Wakeman) 12-25 March
MONSTER TRUCK 13-22 March
THUNDER 17-31 March
ASH WILSON Peace & Love
Ash Wilson’s debut album – ‘Broken Machine’ – is released 21 April.
BLACK STAR RIDERS Testify Or Say Goodbye
Black Star Riders new album ‘Heavy Fire’ is released via Nuclear Blast on 3 February. The band play UK dates 2-19 March.
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