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Black Sabbath competition starts 4 September

Our competition to win the ‘Ten Year War’ box set starts Monday 4 September.

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BLACK SABBATH

Heavy metal legends release a limited edition vinyl box set on 27 October via BMG.

‘The Ten Year War’ brings together their eight Ozzy-fronted albums, plus many other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.

‘The Ten Year War’ tag comes from a brochure that made a playful dig at journalists with the witty tagline “more good press than most – more bad press than any.” The brochure is reproduced in full for the box set and is one of the many exclusive items that accompany  8 remastered vinyl LPs and pressed on 180 gram splatter-coloured vinyl, each LP with unique and individual colouring.

BLACK SABBATH Ten Year War Box Set
BLACK SABBATH
PARANOID
MASTER OF REALITY (including original fold-out colour poster)
VOL. 4
SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
SABOTAGE
TECHNICAL ECSTASY
NEVER SAY DIE!

2 x rare 7″ singles are reproduced in their original sleeves: the Japanese version of Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)/Black Sabbath and the Chilean version of Paranoid/The Wizard (only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed).

A crucifix shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.

The set also includes a hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo-shoots.  A repro Tenth Anniversary World Tour 1978 Official Programme is included with a reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show.  Each box set is individually numbered.

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David Randall previewed some of this year’s HRH Prog artists in his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 17 September, including headliners Uriah Heep and Magnum (28:34)

Bob Catley - Magnum

HRH Prog 16-19 November features Uriah Heep and Magnum

The sixth HRH Prog event takes place at Pwllheli, North-West Wales 16-17 September.

Artists appearing incude Mostly Autumn (Thursday 16th), Uriah Heep, Caravan (Friday 17th) and Magnum and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy (Saturday 18th).

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Marillion announce UK dates in April 2018 plus new single

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Judie Tzuke: new album and UK dates from September

JUDIE TZUKE - The Lowry, Salford, 10 May 2015

Singer songwriter Judie Tzuke releases a new album – ‘Peace Has Broken Out’ – on 1 September, ahead of a series of UK tour dates.

On Sunday 16 July at 22:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio there was a world exclusive first radio play for one of the album tracks.

Judie came to wider attention in 1979 with the hit single ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’ and sustained her popularity with the debut album ‘Welcome To The Cruise’ and the follow-up ‘Sports Car’. In the late 1990s she anticipated the later trend for artist autonomy and established her own record label. From that time on she continued to release albums and tour, albeit in a more low-key fashion.

The new album is the labour of several years during which time Judie has experienced several set-backs, not least with health issues.

In late-June 2017 she was special guest of Christopher Cross and demonstrated that – nearly 40 years after her initial success – she can still command and enchant an audience.

The new album is now available to those who pre-ordered but the full general release will be available in early-September.

UK Tour dates (2017)

Sep 28 CatStrand Arts Centre Castle Douglas
Sep 29 The Albany Theatre Greenock
Sep 30 Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross
Oct 01 Oran Mor Glasgow
Oct 05 Landmark Arts Centre Teddington
Oct 21 Goosfest Goostrey
Oct 29 The Robin Bilston
Nov 11 The Plough Arts Centre Great Torrington
Nov 12 The Flavel Dartmouth
Nov 16 St Andrews Hall Norwich
Nov 17 Hertford Corn Exchange Hertford
Nov 18 The Stables Milton Keynes

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Judie Tzuke interview (Parts 1 & 2, September 2016)
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DAN REED NETWORK - Live Rooms, Chester, 4 March 2017

Dan Reed: new album and UK dates in September plus Extreme tour

Dan Reed releases a new solo album – ‘Confessions’ – in September.

Dan Reed Network will be special guests on Extreme’s December 2017 UK tour.  (See “Infected” video, below)

Newcastle O2 Academy  -  Wednesday 13 December
Glasgow O2 Academy  -  Thursday 14 December
Leeds O2 Academy  -  Saturday 16 December
Birmingham O2 Academy  -  Sunday 17 December
Bristol O2 Academy -  Monday 18 December
London O2 Academy Brixton  -  Wednesday 20 December

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Dan chooses his Favourite Tracks (Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Thursday 14 September, 23:00 GMT).


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BEAUTIFUL DAYS FESTIVAL - Devon, 18-20 August 2017

BEARDED THEORY (25-28 May)

The happiness that Bearded Theory is, is a relaxed happiness, a warm happiness, the happiness that comes from being among your tribe, free to be your real self without the constraints of societal norms and everyday life.  And with the sun beating down from a cloudless blue sky the weekend looked very promising indeed.  (Hollie Latham)

DOWNLOAD (9-11 June)

“The organisers of this year’s event might need reminding that Castle Donington is historically a rock/metal affair.”   (Darren Griffiths)

STONE FREE (17 June)

Having satisfied the demands of his rabid fans to return to the rock that made him famous, maybe the Man in Black can now return with dignity to Blackmore’s Night, having scratched that itch both for himself and for all of us. (Andy Nathan)

SUMMERFEST (28 June – 9 July)

Many of the acts I saw won’t be there in ten years time, let alone 50, but this remains a magical festival which is something of a Mecca for all music lovers which I would thoroughly recommend as an experience. (Andy Nathan)

REWIND FESTIVAL (22 July)

The premise of the Rewind franchise is to tap into the now late forty and fifty year old music fans looking for a reminder of those heady times of big hair and even bigger shoulder pads. (David Wilson)

STEELHOUSE (28-30 July)

It was the early-era Whitesnake songs that everyone revelled in though and, amid cries of “Bernie”, they ploughed into those four classic songs again.  Nev (MacDonald) injects the blues soaked passion that Coverdale used to deliver before he discovered the USA.  (Darren Griffiths)

RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR (28-30 July)

The old lady with pink socks and brown sandals next to me, roll-up clenched between thumb and fore-finger, was almost crying as she rang out “What a night to be called to heaven/What a picture to fill your head”. What a picture indeed. A special moment.
(Dave Atkinson)

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL ( 27-30 July)

Perhaps the final line of Frank Turner’s ‘Photosynthesi’s describes perfectly the people that go to music festivals: ‘and most of all I will not grow up’.  We all have that itch to scratch and this is our way of doing it. (Simon Dunkerley)

CROPREDY (10-12 August)

To me, Marillion not doing ‘Kayleigh’ at a festival is as daft as Petula Clark not doing ‘Downtown’. Happily the latter obliged. Would I pay to go and see a Petula Clark gig? Probably not. But was singing along to ‘Downtown’ in a field with several thousand others one of those not-to-be-missed life-affirming moments? Absolutely! (Darren Johnson)

BEAUTIFUL DAYS (18-20 August) (pictured)

On Sunday, the heavens opened and after a rather cold, soggy morning with no sign of the rain letting up I needed an injection of happiness; I found it at The Band Stand in the form of The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican. (Hollie Latham)


Gigs to go to

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

CATS IN SPACE 6-27 September
VOODOO SIX 8-30 September
AS LIONS 9-30 September
MARTIN TURNER 15 Sept-3 November
ERJA LYYTINEN 20-26 September

VEGA 21-30 September
ANATHEMA 22-30 September
SUZANNE VEGA 22 Sept-2 October
JUDIE TZUKE 28 Sept-29 October
(see interview above, September 2016)
INGLORIOUS 30 Sept-20 October

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JANET GARDNER Rat Hole

Janet Gardner is vocalist/guitarist with 80s female rockers Vixen and released her debut solo album via Pavement Entertainment on 18 August.

INGLORIOUS Change Is Coming

Inglorious play dates in the UK from 30 September, with special guests Wayward Sons except those marked *.

Gig review (May 2017)

UK Tour Dates

Sat 30th September 2017 , Pontipridd, Uni Arts Centre
Sun 1st October 2017 , Southampton, The Brook
Tues 3rd October 2017 , Belfast, Limelight*
Wed 4th October 2017  EIRE, Dublin, Academy Greenroom*
Fri 6th October 2017 , Buckley, Tivoli*
Sat 7th October 2017 , Bilston, Robin 2
Sun 8th October 2017 , Newcastle, Academy 2
Tues 10th October 2017 , Glasgow, Classic Grand
Wed 11th October 2017 , York, Fibbers
Thurs 12th October 2017 , Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Fri 20th October 2017 , London, Electric Ballroom


BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Collide

The single is taken from BCC’s brand new album “BCCIV”, released on Friday 22 September via Mascot Records.  This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s ”Afterglow”.

BCC are launching the video to coincide with the start of the ticket pre-sale for their exclusive UK tour dates.  The band will play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday 2 January and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 4 January 2018.

Black Country Communion is the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa. 

“We had around 4 months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves,” comments Glenn Hughes. “All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. “



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