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PHIL LANZON - Uriah Heep

Phil Lanzon: he’s not crazy

The Best Of The Year. Reviewed.

The Best of 2018

Monday 26 November 

We publish the highly-regarded Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer selections.

Monday 3 December

We open up a popular vote when you can indicate your own favourites in each category.

Optional  prize draw for all entrants!

Sunday 16 December

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio announces the results of the popular vote with a selection of the reviewers’ favourites in 2018.

Throughout December, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio will feature ‘Best of’ selections throughout their playlists.


THEA GILMORE - The Met, Bury, 8 December 2018
Photo: David Randall/GRTR!

Thea brings Christmas Cheer

Singer songwriter Thea Gilmore starts her festive tour on 28 November.

Thea will be showcasing the new, deluxe edition of  her seasonal album Strange Communion (including four brand new tracks).  She’s recently established a subscription only website via the Patreon network to offer fans exclusive video, content and songs.

Thea’s album The Counterweight was voted “top album” by the popular vote in our end of year Best of poll  in 2017.

Gig review (The Met, Bury, 8 December)

Tour dates

Dec 3 Mon – The Apex, Bury St.Edmunds
Dec 4 Tue -  Exeter Phoenix
Dec 5 Wed  – West End Centre Aldershot
Dec 6 Thu  – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea
Dec 7 Fri  – The Electric Palace, Bridport
Dec 8 Sat  – The Met, Bury
Dec 9 Sun  – The Storyhouse, Chester
Dec 13 Thu  – Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Dec 14 Fri  – Princess Hall, Clevedon


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In his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, on Sunday 28 October at 22:00 GMT, David Randall previewed some of the artist’s appearing at next year’s event (26:00)

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Roger Chapman - Under The Bridge, London, 10 September 2014

2019′s Giants Of Rock takes place at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset, 25-28 January.

Amongst the bands appearing at the event, in its fifth consecutive year, Skid Row, Roger Chapman’s Family & Friends (pictured), and Sweet.

As usual there is an excellent variety of bands covering various genres.  From hard rock/metal (Skid Row, U.D.O. Oliver Dawson Saxon), blues rock (Martin Barre, Eric Bell, Rob Tognoni), melodic rock (FM, H.E.A.T., Dare, Vega) to prog (Focus, Atomic Rooster).

An “introducing” stage features new and upcoming bands who fight for a chance to appear on the main stage the following year.  This year’s winners included Departed and Black Whiskey.

Prices start at £125 per person, based on four people sharing Silver Self-Catering accommodation.

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Gig review (Giants Of Rock, 2018)


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Gigs to go to

Von Hertzen Brothers - HRH PROG VI - Pwlhelli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

DECEMBER 2018/JANUARY 2019

FISH 2-13 December
VON HERTZEN BROTHERS 4-11 December (pictured)
BLACK STONE CHERRY/The Cadillac Three/Monster Truck 6-14 December
URIAH HEEP 12-16 December
MARTIN BARRE BAND 19-26 January
SKID ROW/H.E.A.T./Vega 22-26 January
WILLE AND THE BANDITS/Rainbreakers 26 January – 30 March
INGLORIOUS 28 January – 8 February
KING KING 31 January – 17 February

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Feature video

STEVE HACKETT Under The Eye Of The Sun

Following the tremendous success of 2017’s ‘The Night Siren’, legendary former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces the release of his new studio album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ on the 25th January 2019. The album which features ten songs, sees a vast amount of styles ranging from guitar driven rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric

Steve comments: “Under The Eye Of The Sun celebrates the wonder and spirit of the amazing rock-scapes I’ve experienced: Monument Valley, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Uluru and Arabian desert. This picture video by Leigh Harris and Franck Avril along with the song captures the sharp contrasts of bright light and mysterious darkness through the Shamanic heartbeat of these awe-inspiring places… Enjoy!”

Gig review (October 2018)


VON HERTZEN BROTHERS Jerusalem

Von Hertzen Brothers have reevealed their highly emotive new video for ‘Jerusalem’ in which Iraqi refugee, Bakr Hasan processes his emotions in a performance after getting a negative asylum decision from the Finnish Immigration Service.

The band wanted to release this extremely poignant video ahead of the Seventieth anniversary of the declaration of Human Rights on December 10th and to help bring attention to the importance of Human Rights globally.

#HumanRightsDay #HumanRights #UDHR70 #StandUp4HumanRights

War Is Over Part 2 UK 2018 Tour

Mon 10th Dec – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Tues 11th Dec – O2 Institute2, Birmingham
Weds 12th Dec – O2 Ritz, Manchester w/URIAH HEEP
Thurs 13th Dec – SWG3, Glasgow w/URIAH HEEP
Fri 14th Dec – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London w/URIAH HEEP
Sat 15th Dec – Rock City, Nottingham w/URIAH HEEP
Sun 16th Dec – City Hall, Hull w/URIAH HEEP



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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