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The Darkness - RAMBLIN' MAN FESTIVAL - Day 1 - Mote Park, Maidstone - 19 July 2019

Ramblin Man: The Review

Day 1 (The Darkness, The Wildhearts, FM)
Day 2 (Black Stone Cherry, Cheap Trick, Jimmy Barnes)
Day 3 (Foreigner, Airbourne, Chris Robinson Brotherhood)


This interview with Steve Hackett was broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on the eve of his UK orchestral tour. The hour special includes tracks from several albums included in the retrospective box set released in October 2018.

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STEVE HACKETT - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 3 October 2018

Steve Hackett: new live 2-CD and Bluray

Steve Hackett has announced the release of a 2CD/Bluray digipak titled ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall’ on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic.

The album was recorded on 5 October 2018 at The Royal Festival Hall, London, during the 2018 Genesis Revisited Tour which fulfilled a long held ambition of Steve’s to perform the music of Genesis with a live orchestra.

The concert featured Steve’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals and Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) on bass, together with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann, and augmented by the 41-piece Heart Of England Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk.

Steve commented – “It was a fantastic experience for both the band and myself to play alongside an orchestra and to feel the power of the sound this extraordinary combo created. It sounds equally compelling on both film and audio. I’m proud to release this exciting product.”

The Blu-Ray digipak also includes a behind the scenes documentary plus promotional videos for Under The Eye Of The Sun, Beasts In Our Time and Peace.

Track listing

Set 1: Dance On A Volcano/ Out Of The Body/ The Steppes/ Firth of Fifth/ Dancing With The Moonlit Knight/ Blood On The Rooftops/ Shadow of the Hierophant/ Set 2: In That Quiet Earth/Afterglow/Serpentine Song/El Nino/Supper’s Ready/
Encore: The Musical Box

Steve Hackett’s November UK tour (2-29th) will focus on ‘Selling England By The Pound’ and his solo albums ‘Spectral Mornings’ and the latest, ‘At The Edge Of Light’.

Gig review (October 2018)
Album review (At The Edge Of Light)

Photo: David Randall/GRTR!

Graham Bonnet

Graham Bonnet /Alcatrazz dates in September

Graham Bonnet returns to the UK with his band in September playing the music of Alcatrazz, plus Rainbow, MSG and Graham Bonnet solo.  The band includes original Alcatrazz keyboard player Jimmy Waldo together with guitarist Joe Stump, bass player Beth-Ami Heavenstone and drummer Mark Benquechea.

Sep 19 – London: Underworld
Sep 20 – Skegness: Suncastle
Sep 21 – Buckley: Tivoli
Sep 22 – Swansea: Sin City
Sep 23 – Stoke: Eleven
Sep 25 – Belfast: Limelight
Sep 26 – Dublin: Button Factory
Sep 28 – Bradford: Nightrain
Sep 29 – Edinburgh: Bannerman’s
Sep 30 – Blackpool: Waterloo Music Bar
Oct 1 – Bilston: Robin 2
Oct 2 – Portsmouth: Guild Hall

Gig review/interview (August 2018)
Album review (Live In Tokyo 2017)


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

Album review (Ally Venable)

Album review (Ina Forsman)


Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases here!


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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”
Download (14-15 July) >> Review
“Def Leppard remain masters of the  immaculately choreographed show and unlike contemporaries Bon Jovi, have retained just enough of a rock edge for Download to continue to successfully book them as one of the select group of headline worthy acts.”
Cornbury (5-7 July) >> Review
“Cornbury got the little things spot on, be it loos that still have toilet paper on a Sunday or the fact the two main stages have no overlap (bar Sunday’s headliners), so you can maximise your music and get a few healthy steps in between walking to and from the stages.”
Ramblin Man Fair (19-21 July) >> Review
“Everyone around me was smiling and re-inforced the view that this is one of the friendliest of Festivals on the circuit. You don’t always need mean and dirty rock ‘n’ roll moves to make a connection.”
Rewind Scotland (19-21 July) >> Review
“…my wife did find a woman sheltering in the toilets during Leo’s performance as she said he made her feel physically sick! You can’t win them all…he left the stage to the crowd chanting his name and a woman peering around the toilet door checking if the coast was clear.”
Upton Blues Festival (18-21 July) >> Review
“This was a superb introduction to an annual event we’ll be returning to.  Arguably better than a Saga cruise, and considerably cheaper.”
Cambridge Folk Festival (1-4 August) >> Review
“Cambridge Folk Festival, you marvellous wonders, thanks to you I have a stack of new CD’s and a new playlist of musical fabulousness.  I can’t wait to see what you have in store next year!”
Stonedeaf (24 August)

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Gigs to go to

WISHBONE ASH - The Tivoli, Buckley, 3 November 2018

AUGUST/OCTOBER 2019

KINGDOM OF MADNESS (Classic Magnum) 13 July – 5 October Archive Review
SOTO 2-6 September Archive Review
BIGFOOT 6-28 September
JUSTIN HAYWARD 8-18 September

BLUES CARAVAN 2019  11-14 September (Ina Forsman, Ally Venable, Katarina Pejak)
KINGS X 17-29 September
ALCATRAZZ (Graham Bonnet) 19 September – 1 October Archive Review
BLACK STAR RIDERS/Stone Broken/Wayward Sons 10-26 October Archive Review
WISHBONE ASH (pictured) 12 October – 16 November Archive Review
ROYAL REPUBLIC 18 – 31 October
ROBIN TROWER/Livingstone Brown/Sari Schorr 24-29 October
Archive Review

Check out our full listings!


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PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots

Following two very successful releases with PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS legendary long-time MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell has finalized work on his first-ever solo record, ‘Old Lions Still Roar’, which is scheduled for release on October 25 via Nuclear Blast.

The first single – ‘These Old Boots’  – features Dee Snider, Mick Mars and Chris Fehn whilst the rest of the album will include guest appearances by Rob Halford and Alice Cooper among many others.

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS live dates:
23.08.             B          Liège – Golden Age Rock Festival
24.08.             UK       Newark – Stonedeaf Festival
31.08.             UK       Durham – Stormin The Castle !!!NEW!!!
07.09.             AT       Wels – Trabrennbahn BÖHSE ONKELZ Open Air !!!NEW!!!
13.09.             D         Altenbergen – Rock N Revel
14.09.             D         Bochum – Rockpalast !!!NEW!!!
15.09.             F          Raismes – Raismes Fest
16.09.             B          Leuven – Het Depot (w/ GLENN HUGHES)
18.09.             F          Boisseuil – Espace Culturel du Crouzy
20.09.             CH       Aarau – KIFF
21.09.             D         Neuenstadt am Kocher – Stadthalle (w/ NITROGODS)
22.09.             F          Strasbourg – La Maison Bleue
24.09.             F          Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
25.09.             F          Bordeaux – Rock School Barbey
26.09.             F          Alencon – La Luciole
27.09.             F          Paris – Café de la Danse
28.09.             F          Le Havre – Magic Mirrors
13. – 18.10.     USA     Los Angeles, CA – MegaCruise
w/ KING CREATURE
29.10.             UK       Stoke – The Sugarmill
30.10.             UK       Glasgow – Classic Grand
01.11.             UK       Manchester – Rebellion
02.11.             UK       London – The Dome
03.11.             UK       Norwich – Epic Studios
04.11.             UK       Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
06.11.             UK       Southampton – Engine Rooms
07.11.             UK       Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill
08.11.             UK       Exeter – Phoenix
09.11.             UK       Cardiff – Tramshed
w/ LEADER OF DOWN
29.11.             D         Cologne – Gebäude 9
30.11.             D         Hamburg – Logo
01.12.             D         Berlin – Bi Nuu
02.12.             D         Nuremberg – Hirsch
04.12.             D         Dresden – Beatpol
05.12.             D         Munich – Backstage (Halle)
06.12.             D         Frankfurt – Das Bett
07.12.             D         Oberhausen – Nikolaut Winterfestival

THE 69 EYES Black Orchid

The release of THE 69 EYES’ phenomenal 30-years-anniversary album is getting closer – on September 13th, Finland’s dark rockers are set to release their 12th offering, ‘West End’, via Nuclear Blast.

“This is the most straight forward gothic rock song on the album”, explains singer Jyrki 69.”The guy talking in the lyrics is a similar kind of old fashioned adventurer like the guy in white in Sister Of Mercy’s ‘Dominion’ music video. He likes independent women, nightlife and reads E.A. Poe and Hermann Hesse.”

The Pennsyvania quartet were on tour in the UK in July including two main festivals.



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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