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BIFF BYFORD: album review and interview

Biff Byford’s solo album ‘School Of Hard Knocks’ is released on 21 February via Silver Lining Music.  Joe Geesin reviews the album and chats to the Saxon frontman.

Album review

In this hour special for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete Feenstra chats to Collateral’s Angelo Tristan.  First broadcast 9 February 2020.

COLLATERAL- The Cavern, Raynes Park, London, 10 January 2020

COLLATERAL: Get Ready to ROCK! Breakthrough Act release debut album and tour

Kent-based melodic hard rockers Collateral release their debut album on Friday 21 February via Roulette Media.  They were voted ‘Breakthrough Act’ of 2019 by the GRTR! review team.

They tour in the UK with Jared James Nichols from 25 February.

Gig review (London, January 2020)
Album review

Stray - Giants of Rock, Butlins, Minehead, 25 January 2020

Giants of Rock 2020 – full review

Great British Rock & Blues 2020
- full review

MARILLION - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 4 November 2019

News - Album News

Marillion release an expanded version of ‘Script For A Jester’s Tear’ on April 3 as a 4CD/Blu-ray package and on 4LP.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets will release ‘Live At The Roundhouse’ (2LP, 2CD/DVD and Blu-ray) on April 17 through Sony Records.

Night Ranger have re-signed with Frontiers and plan to release their next studio album in 2021. Guitarist Brad Gillis is close to completing his solo album which features former Night Ranger vocalist Gary Moon.

Tears For Fears have announced a box set to mark the 35th anniversary of Songs From The Big Chair. A limited edition picture disc of the album is set to be released, as well as a deluxe 4CD/2DVD boxset on March 13.

Candlemass have announced a new EP ‘The Pendulum’, due out March 27 via Napalm Records.

Adrian Vandenburg has announced the return of his band VANDENBURG. Joining him is vocalist Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Lords Of Black) with Rudy Sarzo and Brian Tichy completing the line-up. A new album is due on the Mascot Label this year – the first since 1985.

FM release their new album ‘Synchronized’ via Frontiers on April 10.

Tesla release ‘Five Man London Jam’ on March 27. The show was recorded last year at the Abbey Road Studios.

Judas Priest have started work on their next studio album.

Shinedown aim to have their new album out by mid-2021.

Enter Shikari release their latest album ‘Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible’ on April 17 via So Recordings.

Folk rock duo Milton Hide have set-up a Crowdfunder campaign for their debut album.

Her Chariot Awaits feature vocalist Ailyn (ex-Sirenia) and guitarist/producer Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob). The band’s self-titled debut will be released on April 10 via Frontiers.

Progressive metal band Simulacrum have signed a multi-album deal with Frontiers and will release a new album later this year.

The Dowling Poole release their third album ‘See You See Me’ on Feb 28.

Tommy Shaw has stated that Styx are well underway in writing for a new studio album.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of their widely celebrated album ‘Agents of Fortune’, Blue Öyster Cult performed the album in its entirety, Hollywood. Frontiers release this as an LP, CD/DVD and Blu-Ray on March 6. On the same day the label re-issue the band’s 1998 ‘Heaven Forbid’.

News - Tours and Gigs

THUNDER have announced the opening acts for their November tour which features UGLY KID JOE as special guests. They are as follows -

Nov 19: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – Those Damn Crows 
Nov 20: Birmingham Resorts World Arena – Piston
Nov 21: London SSE Arena Wembley - The Kris Barras Band
Nov 27: Glasgow SEC Armadillo – Mason Hill
Nov 28: Leeds First Direct Arena – Massive Wagons

The Black Crowes have announced UK & European dates for the autumn.

The Dead Daisies, now featuring Glenn Hughes in their line-up, have announced European tour dates for June & July.

Ozzy Osbourne has postponed his current US tour dates. He has recently announced he has been suffering from Parkinson’s for a number of years. UK & European dates are still planned to go ahead in the autumn.

Styx have announced a show at the London Palladium on June 4.

Jeff Beck has announced UK dates for May.

King King tour in the UK 3-17 April with special guests Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones.

Mike Zito plays UK dates 2-11 April.

Once Def Leppard get off the road with Motley Crue in the US, they embark on a short series of autumn dates with ZZ Top in the US.

Rage Against The Machine will headline at this year’s Reading & Leeds festival.

The Smashing Pumpkins will support Guns N Roses on their US dates.

Rival Sons have been added to Ramblin’ Man Fair (17-19 July) as Sunday headliner. George Thorogood And The Destroyers, Foghat and Goodbye June have also been added to this year’s line-up

More information (Ramblin Man)

Other Stuff

Riverside have announced guitarist Maciej Meller is now a permanent member of the band.

KK’s Priest feature three former Judas Priest members – KK Downing, Les Binks, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens – plus guitarist AJ Mills and bassist Tony Newton (Voodoo Six). They are currently working on their debut album and plan to tour later in the year.

Drummer Don Powell has revealed that Dave Hill has told him ‘ his services are no longer required’ in Dave Hill’s Slade. Powell aims to launch his own version of Slade and work on a new solo album.

Ian Anderson has issued a statement - For The Avoidance Of Doubt – The Name Jethro Tull - to clear up any confusion over the use of the Jethro Tull name.

KISS are planning a biopic for release next year.

Guitarist Chris Sanders has left Ratt.

Vocalist Brian C Jones has left Lillian Axe to write a book and embark on a solo career.

Steve Hackett publishes his autobiography in July.   ‘A Genesis In My Bed’ (Wymer Publishing) is an account of his early life and time with Genesis plus his later career.

News - RIP

Andy Gill founding member of Gang Of Four.

More News

News - Tours and Gigs

FOREIGNER - Manchester Apollo, 12 May 2018

UK Tours 2020 at a glance

Amongst those major tours already announced for 2020:

MAGNUM 19 March – 4 April
Promoting a new album ‘The Serpent Rings’.
IAN ANDERSON 20 April – 19 May
Words and music from Tull mainman.
Promoting a new album due in April.
YES 26 May – 5 June
Performing ‘Relayer’ in its entirety.

JETHRO TULL 30 September – 13 October
The “Prog Years” tour.
STEVE HACKETT 1 November – 1 December
Playing the whole of ‘Seconds Out’.


H.E.A.T., Vega/Mason Hill/Collateral 28-30 May

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Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases here!

Gigs to go to

Don Airey


BETH HART 31 January – 24 February Archive Review
(pictured)/Brian Downey’s Alive & Dangerous/Rebecca Downes 22-28 February
JARED JAMES NICHOLS/Collateral 25 February – 29 March Archive Review
WILLE & THE BANDITS 26 February – 4 April Archive Review
BAD TOUCH/Piston 30 March – 16 April
Archive Review

Check out our full listings!

More gig reviews

Feature video


Following the success of four highly praised albums with Iamthemorning, the lyricist, singer and co-songwriter Marjana Semkina releases her debut solo album, Sleepwalking, on 14 February 2020 through Kscope, her album will also be released under an alternative spelling – Mariana Semkina.

To aid the her vision for Sleepwalking, Marjana invited renowned keyboard player Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), drummer Craig Blundell (Steve Hackett) and bassist Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson), as well as the St. Petersburg Orchestra “1703″ and frequent collaborator Vlad Avy.

Album review


‘Choke’ follows the release of the band’s previous three singles taken from the band’s self-titled debut album released in November 2019.

Triple guitar duties are shared between frontwoman and vocalist Marisa Rodriguez, Chris Merton, and Sophie Lloyd  The band play a series of gigs in April.

16/1 The Dublin Castle, London
28/1 The Old Salutation Inn, Nottingham
20/3 The Prince Albert, Brighton
02/4 Nambucca, London
03/4 Suburbia, Southampton
12/4 Santiago Bar, Leeds
16/4 Zanzibar Bar, Liverpool
17/4 Waterloo Bar, Blackpool
18/4 Lounge 41, Workington
19/4 Bannermans, Edinburgh
20/4 Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow
25/4 Are You Listening? Festival, Reading

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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