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Singer songwriter JOSH TAERK streamed his latest Lockdown Live session via Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (Facebook page) on Sunday 21 February. A selection of originals and covers including The Killers, Bryan Adams, Panic! At The Disco and a Springsteen medley!
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The Music Venue Trust (MVT) has backed the Prime Minister’s suggestion that rapid coronavirus testing could be the key to reopening music venues, and says the necessary plans are in place for it to be rolled out nationwide.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Monday (February 15), the Prime Minister said “rapid” lateral flow tests could be used by “those parts of the economy” that were unable to reopen their doors last year.
The lateral flow tests can provide results within half an hour, which could potentially allow music fans to return to venues once they can provide a negative result.
Says MVT CEO Mark Davyd “Rapid testing and other forms of health passporting, including vaccination certification, represent one of a range of opportunities to deliver events safely, which we have been discussing with the government since July 2020.
The latest suggestion comes after it was confirmed that UK music venues are set to trial a new system of digital “health passports” in a bid to reopen live gigs safely allowing music fans to prove that they do not have the virus to secure entry.
Two possibilites are being touted as a way back to normality for music venues. Although the Government has denied the mandated introduction of “vaccine passports” venues could still insist on gig-goers showing evidence of vaccination.
However there is still insufficient data about the transmission effect of the virus, even once vaccinated. Experts warn that social distancing/wearing of masks may still be the norm in public spaces until at least the end of the year.
In respect of rapid testing, the turn-round for results would be at least 15-30 minutes. This would inevitably lead to queues and delayed entry to venues and, presumably, with social distancing and mask wearing once inside.
The lateral flow tests themselves can also provide a ‘false positive’ – where someone receives a positive test result even though they do not have the virus (or a ‘false negative’ when the person receives a negative result when they have the virus). The cost of these tests – if not borne by the Government – would likely add to ticket prices.
The use and benefit of any initiative that facilitates venue entry will be determined by the pace of vaccine roll-out, with younger gig-goers unlikely to receive a first jab until August at the earliest which means that – for some – early summer festivals might still be a no-go.
What about bands? They would have to think carefully – at least initially – about their target demographic. Fine if it’s over 50 but less so if 18-34 and even then audiences are likely to be distanced and therefore attendance levels not maximised. Until air travel restrictions are lifted, bands outside the UK will be prevented from touring and similarly – even without virus implications – Brexit has made European touring potentially unviable.
The Government announced a four-step plan to release England from lockdown.
Step three, scheduled for 17 May at the earliest, is the first point where live events could return however limited capacities and social distancing may still be required.
If government tests are met on May 17, big events and sports stadiums will be able to reopen with capacity limits – for example, up to 10,000 attendees at festivals or up to 4,000 people, or 50 per cent capacity in stadiums; smaller events will be allowed up to 1,000 people or 50 per cent capacity (whichever is smaller for both outdoors and indoors).
Mark Davyd, chief executive of the Music Venue Trust, welcomed the timeline for the return of socially distanced events, but said he now hoped to see “sector-specific financial support to mitigate the damage being done to businesses and people’s lives, careers and families right across the live music industry”.
Readers are advised to check out the artist and venue websites for latest information. Many tours/dates are being rearranged for 2022.
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Top 10 albums
We’ve introduced a weekly listing based on website views, social media activity and radio airplay.
From Sunday 10 January the Top 10 chart will be announced on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (Assume The Position, 22:00 GMT) and then published via our radio Facebook page.
Compiled by Jason Ritchie.
Cheap Trick release their new album ‘In Another World’ on April 9 via BMG.
Sweet Oblivion featuring Geoff Tate release their second album ‘Relentless’ on April 9 via Frontiers.
FM release a double live album ‘Tough It Out Live’ on April 9 via Frontiers.
Queensryche are working on their next studio album and may release a live album beforehand.
League Of Lights release their third album ‘Dreamers Don’t Come Down’ on March 12 (April 23 for vinyl) on Eightspace Records.
Jon Boden releases his new album ‘The Last Mile Home’ on March 12.
HeKz have announced a new line up, with a double concept album ‘Terra Nova’ due for a 2022 release. Founder member Matt Young has been joined by drummer Moyano el Buffalo and Pieter Beemsterboer on keyboards.
Steve Cropper releases a new solo album – which he considers his first since 1969 – on April 23 called ‘Fire It Up’.
Peter Frampton Band release an all instrumental album on April 23 called ‘Frampton Forgets His Words’.
Eric Church has released a new single ‘Heart On Fire’. The track comes from his forthcoming triple album ‘Heart & Soul.‘ The new album will be released in three parts with ‘Heart’ out on April 16, followed by ‘&’ on April 20 as a vinyl record available exclusively to Church Choir members, and finishing with ‘Soul’ on April 23.
Joe Lynn Turner is working on an album with producer and Hypocrisy/Pain frontman Peter Tägtgren.
The Pinepapple Thief release ‘The Soord Sessions: Vol 1-4′ as a deluxe hardback 4CD on April 16.
Peggy Seeger has announced what is “probably her farewell album”, ‘First Farewell’, which is released on April 9 via Red Grape Music
Levara release their self-titled debut album through Mascot Records on May 14.
Hardcore Superstar have signed with Golden Robot Records and plan to release a new album later this year.
Mammoth WVH release their self-titled debut album on June 11.
Neonfly release their new album ‘The Future, Tonight’ on June 18 via Noble Demon Records. They have just released a cover of Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus‘.
The Selector’s debut album ‘Too Much Pressure’ is reissued as 3CD set on April 23.
Thundermother release a double live album entitled ‘Heat Wave Deluxe Edition’ on May 21.
Paul Carrack releases a new sinlge ‘You’re Not Alone’ on February 19, with his new album ‘One On One’ due in the summer.
Jethro Tull’s ‘A’ album is released as a six CD box set ‘A (A La Mode) 40th Anniversary Edition’ on April 16.
Mike Tramp releases a best of ‘Everythung Is Alright’ on May 21 via Target.
Crowded House release their new albium – their first in over a decade - ‘Dreamers Are Waiting’ on June 4.
Papa Roach intend to release a new studio album in 2022 with an accompanying tour.
Shinedown will release their new album after the summer.
Heart’s Ann Wilson releases a new single ‘The Hammer’ on February 25.
Blackberry Smoke release their new album ‘You Hear Georgia’ on May 28 via Earache Records.
David Coverdale has stated in a recent interview that the planned 30th anniversary edition of the ‘Coverdale Page’ album will include newly recorded material.
Sunbomb sees Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) and Michael Sweet (Stryper) team up with their debut release ‘Evil And Divine’ out May 14 via Frontiers.
Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:
Aerosmith (Jun 2021 to Jun 2022), A-Ha (May 2021 to May 2022), Bad Touch + Piston (Mar/Apr 2021 to Nov/Dec 2021), Bowling For Soup (May 2021 to Apr 2022), Cast (Mar/Apr 2021 to Jan/Feb 2022), Cheap Trick (Apr 2021 to Feb 2022), Doves (Mar 2021 to Feb/Mar 2022), FM (Apr 2021 to April 2022), Robert Jon & the Wreck (May 2021 to Sep 2021), Richie Kotzen (Apr 2021 cancelled), Lazuli (May 21 to Mar 2022), the Mission (Apr 2021 to Apr 2022), Nightwish (May 2021 to Nov/Dec 2021), Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy (Apr 2021 to Apr 2022), Queen + Adam Lambert (Jun 2021 to May/Jun 2022), These Wicked Rivers (Mar 2021 to Sep 2021), Thunder (May 2021 to May 2022), Travis (Apr/May 2021 to May 2022), the Who (Mar/Apr 2021 cancelled),
Upcoming (Gigs – UK)
Rescheduled US & European tour dates:
Hall & Oates (2020 to Apr/May 2021), Nightwish (May 2021 to Nov/Dec 2021), Primal Fear (Feb/Mar 2021 to Sep 2021 & Jan/Feb 2022), Queen + Adam Lambert (Jun/Jul 2021 to Jun/Jul 2022),
Acoustic Festival of Britain has been postponed from May this year to May 20-22 2022.
Squeeze have moved their socially distanced Wembley show back to May 22.
The Teenage Cancer Trust shows planned for the Albert Hall next month have been cancelled.
The Slam Dunk festival has moved from May to September.
The organisers of the Leeds & Reading festivals have said they will both be going ahead as planned in August.
A new music channel The Coda Collection launches on Amazon Prime with programmes on Dave Grohl, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones planned for the early weeks of its launch.
Ronnie James Dio’s memoir ‘A Rainbow In The Dark‘ is published on July 27 and co-written with Mick Wall.
Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kürsch has quit his long-running project Demons & Wizards which he formed with Iced Earth‘s Jon Schaffer. Hansi announced his departure two weeks after Schaffer was arrested for his involvement in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have both quit the band.
Following an announcement that he has been diagnosed with ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease), George Kooymans, the guitarist who co-founded Golden Earring, will retire. As a result the band are calling it a day – “This is a death blow,” said singer Barry Hay. “We always said we would keep going until one of us fell over. Our last performance appears to have been in Ahoy in 2019. That was a great show with family and friends, but we would have preferred it differently.”
Delain keyboardist Martijn Westerholt has announced that the band have split up and he would continue Delain as a solo project.
Tora Tora have parted ways with label Frontiers after releasing one album with them.
Kissin’ Dynamite founding member and drummer Andi Schnitzer has left the band.
Guitarist and founder member of The Animals, Hilton Valentine
Guitarist and singer Stefan Cush of The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Jazz pianist and musical fusion pioneer Chick Corea
Louis Clark who was a member of ELO (orchestrating the strings on the band’s albums between 1974 to 1983) and devised Hooked On Classics
THE TREATMENT Rat Race
The Treatment are back with their second album with vocalist Tom Rampton.”Waiting For Good Luck” is released via Frontiers on April 9, 2021.
The fifth full-length album from the British hard rockers The Treatment and produced by
Laurie Mansworth (Airrace) and mixed by Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Black Country Communion, etc.).
ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN Agape
Agape is a track from the forthcoming album by Anneke van Giersbergen, released via InsideOut Music on 26 February.
The album’s title, ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’, refers to the idea that, when facing personal challenges, we are forced to find answers to life’s biggest questions.
Anneke spent 13 years as the frontwoman for melancholic metallers The Gathering before striking out on her own in 2007. Since that time she has collaborated with artists such as Ayreon and Within Temptation and released several solo albums.
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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