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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Anthology

Win ELP vinyl box set!

Your chance to bag the 4-LP collection pressed on “galaxy effect” coloured vinyl…


Listen in to the Emerson, Lake & Palmer tribute first broadcast in 2016, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 2 June, 21:00 GMT

Definitive John Wetton box set is announced

On the day that John Wetton would have turned 70 (12 June 2019), his Estate have announced a definitive box set “An Extraordinary Life”, dedicated entirely to John’s solo career. The project has the full support of his wife, Lisa, and  son Dylan, who are wholly involved with compiling the contents.

The set will include definitive, remastered editions of each of his six solo albums, with bonus tracks and artwork selected by John towards the end of his lifetime, and in some cases expanded to two discs.

An Extraordinary Life will also feature a lavish hardback “coffee table” book written by one of Wetton’s friends, the journalist Nick Shilton.

An Extraordinary Life will be completed during 2019 and initially be exclusively available via Burning Shed ahead of a wider retail release.

Photo: Andy Nathan/GRTR!

KINGDOM OF MADNESS (Classic Magnum) - The Tivoli, Buckley, 1 March 2019

Kingdom of Madness play more dates this summer

The band formed by one-time Magnum keyboard player Mark Stanway play several festival dates during the summer.

The band includes former Magnum keyboards player Richard Bailey, drummer Micky Barker who joined Magnum for the ‘On A Storyteller’s Night tour in May 1985 and remained with them until their split in 1995. Guitarist Laurence Archer, a long term associate of Stanway, stepped in for Tony Clarkin briefly on tour in 1984.

Completing the line-up is Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath) , vocalist Chris Ousey (Heartland, Snakecharmer) and Mo Birch who has provided backing vocals on previous Magnum albums and tours.

Sat JULY 13th
Alfreton, Carnfield Hall, Rock and Bike Festival
Thu JULY 25th
Cambridge Rock Festival, Barton, Cambridge
Sat AUG 3rd
Faversham, A New Day Festival
Fri OCT 4th
Troon, South Beach Sessions
Sat OCT 5th
Kinross, Backstage at the Green Hotel
Photo: David Randall/GRTR!

Gig review (March 2019)

Blues Caravan 2019

Blues Caravan rolls in to UK this September

Blues Caravan 2019 hits the UK for four dates in September, with Ina Forsman, Ally Venable and Katarina Pejak.

As part of an extensive European tour promoted by Ruf Records these artists will be showcasing their latest albums.

The Blues Caravan concept started in 2005 and amongst the artists who have already contributed to this annual blues rock pilgrimage are Samantha Fish, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Mike Zito.

Blues Caravan 2019

Finland-born Ina Forsman previously toured with the Blues Caravan in 2016, this time she’ll be promoting her current album ‘Been Meaning To Tell You’.  From Texas, Ally Venable released her album ‘Texas Honey’ and mixes blues and hard rock vibes whilst Serbian guitarist/singer Katarina Pejak provides – in her own words – “a blend of blues, country, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll wrapped in a piano-driven sound.”

Wednesday 11th September – The Robin 2, Wolverhampton
Thursday 12th September -  The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Friday 13th September – The Iron Road, Pershore
Saturday 14th September – Hartlepool United Supporters Club

MARTIN BARRE - Floral Pavilion, Wirral, 2 June 2019

Martin Barre summer festival dates

Martin Barre returns to Europe for a series of summer festival shows starting on Sunday 2 June with the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain in Wirral.  Martin also appears at A New Day Festival and Cropredy in August.

The long-serving Jethro Tull guitarist will be celebrating 50 Years of Jethro Tull with a special set including special guests Clive Bunker and Dee Palmer.

2 August 2019 Faversham, Kent. UK Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull A New Day Festival
4 August 2019 Villersexel, FRANCE Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull  Rock Au Chateau Festival
10 August 2019 Cropredy, UK Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival
24 August 2019 Shrewsbury, UK Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull Shrewsbury Folk Festival
Photo: David Randall/GRTR!

Listen in to the Martin Barre archive interview special, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 2 June, 22:00 GMT, repeated Monday 3 June, 22:00 GMT

Gig review (Int. Guitar Festival, Wirral, 2 June)

Sin’Dogs UK dates

In this exclusive edit Zal chats about Sin’Dogs and festival plans in 2019.  The full interview is broadcast on Sunday 17 March at 18:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (4:28)

Full interview

Zal Cleminson - Giants Of Rock 2019 (Photo: David Randall)

Legendary guitarist with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB), Zal Cleminson plays UK dates from 30 March including several festivals.

In the late 1970s/early 1980s he worked with Nazareth and as a session player touring with Elkie Brooks, Bonnie Tyler and Midge Ure.

Cleminson continued to tour as SAHB in the early-2000′s but then retired from music until 2017 when he formed Sin’Dogs.

The album ‘Volume 1′ was released in 2018. Joe Geesin, reviewing for GRTR!, wrote: “It’s loud, it’s heavy, and over the grinding powerful rhythms there’s some fantastic guitar work.”

The band’s summer festival appearances include Sweden Rock and Cropredy.

Album review
Gig review (Giants Of Rock, January 2019)

SAT 30TH: WAKEFIELD, Warehouse 23, 23 Smyth St, Wakefield WF1 1ED https://warehouse23.co.uk/events/zal-cleminsons-sin-dogs/
SUN 31st: STOKE, Eleven, 21a, Newfield Industrial Estate, Sandyford, Stoke-on-Trent , Staffordshire ST6 5PD 7pm https://www.ents24.com/stoke-on-trent-events/eleven/zal-cleminsons-sin-dogs/1073915165
SAT 13TH: EDINBURGH, Bannermans, 212 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NQ  7.30PM
SAT 20TH: GLASGOW, Barrowlands 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow G4 0TT 7PM Special Guests to MOTT THE HOOPLE
FRI 10TH: DUNDEE, The Church DD1 1ND 8PM https://www.musicglue.com/churchdundee/events/2019-05-10-zal-cleminsons-sin-dogs-church
SAT 11TH: ABERDEEN, The Assembly  3 Skene Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1RN 7PM https://www.musicglue.com/the-assembly-1/events/2019-05-11-zal-cleminsons-sin-dogs-the-assembly
SUN 12TH: INVERNESS, Ironworks 122B Academy St, Inverness IV1 1LX http://www.ironworksvenue.com/
14th: MIDDLESBROUGH, Town Hall TS1 2QQ 6.3pm Albert Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ https://www.middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk/whats-on/?search=Zal+Cleminson&cat=-1&earliest=&latest=
FRI 5TH: LONDON, 100 Club Century House, 100 Oxford St, Fitzrovia, London W1D 1LL 7.30pm  https://www.wegottickets.com/100club/event/459360
FRI 2ND A NEW DAY FESTIVAL (Faversham, Kent)
SAT 10th; CROPREDY – Fairport’s Cropredy Convention
SAT 17TH: WEYFEST (Farnham)
SUN 1st: BURY ST EDMUNDS, Blues/Rock Festival

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In this SOS Festival preview, tracks from The Quireboys, Luke Appleton and Massive. First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 14 April 2019 (14:57)

BEARDED THEORY'S SPRING GATHERING – Catton Park, Derbyshire, 23 - 26 May 2019

Bearded Theory (23-26 May) >> Review
“Welcome aboard the Bearded Theory time machine, where four days last five minutes.”
Camden Rocks (1-2 June) >> Review
“…surely this is the Edinburgh Festival of rock music”
Cornbury (5-7 July)
SOS Festival (12-14 July)
Ramblin Man Fair (19-21 July)
Steelhouse Festival (26-28 July)
Stonedeaf (24 August)

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Gigs to go to

Focus - GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 27 January 2019Focus - GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 27 January 2019


CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL 25-28 July (Don Airey, FM, Caravan, Atomic Rooster etc)
A NEW DAY FESTIVAL 2-4 August (Martin Barre, Focus
(pictured), Glenn Hughes, Wilko Johnson etc.)
BLUES CARAVAN 2019  11-14 September (Ina Forsman, Ally Venable, Katarina Pejak)
KINGS X 17-29 September

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Royal Republic formed at the Malmö Academy Of Music in 2007.  Their new album – Club Majesty – is released via Nuclear Blast on 31 May.

The Swedish rockers will play Download in June and return to the UK for an extensive tour in October.

15.06 Donington – Download Festival
18.10 Norwich – The Waterfront
19.10 Nottingham – Rock City
20.10 Glasgow – The Garage
22.10 Newcastle – University
23.10 Hull – The Welly
24.10 Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
26.10 Manchester – Academy 2
27.10 Birmingham – O2 Academy
28.10 Bristol – Trinity Centre
30.10 Southampton – Engine Rooms
31.10 London – Electric Ballroom


Ace sessionist Michael Thompson released a debut solo album some 30 years ago, followed up in 2012 with ‘Future Past’, and now releases ‘Love & Beyond’ via Frontiers Music on 26 April.

Thompson has lent his guitar talents to any number of big name artists including Madonna and Whitney Houston.

Album review

DIAMOND HEAD Death By Design

Diamond Head – the Stourbridge, England born New Wave of British Heavy Metal pioneers – return to the world stage with a new album – The Coffin Train -  set for release May 24th via Silver Lining Music.

Formed in 1976 by guitarist Brian Tatler, Diamond Head became the band who influenced and opened gates for many metal bands.

The new album is Diamond Head’s eighth studio release and the band have dates lined-up for the rest of 2019 including two very special UK shows with NWOBHM giants, SAXON, on October 19 (London’s iconic Hammersmith Apollo) and October 20 (O2 Apollo in Manchester).

21st June – Hellfest, France
26th Camp Bestival, UK
27th July – Rock & Blues Festival, UK
3rd August – Wacken Open Air, Germany
24thAugust – Stonedeaf Festival, UK
19thOctober – Eventim Apollo London, UK*
20thOctober – o2 Apollo Manchester, UK*
7-10thNovember – Hard Rock Hell Festival, Wales, UK
16thNovember – Cornwall Rocks Festival, UK
29thNovember – Winterstorm Festival, Scotland, UK
* Supporting Saxon

Album review

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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