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Top 10 albums
We’ve introduced a weekly listing based on website views, social media activity and radio airplay.
From Sunday 10 January the Top 10 chart will be announced on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (Assume The Position, 22:00 GMT) and then published via our radio Facebook page.
Compiled by Jason Ritchie.
Abba release a new album ‘Voyage’ – their first in 40 years – on November 5. They have also announced a new live show, ‘Abba Voyage’, will open at the new 3,000 capacity Abba Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 27 May.
Tori Amos releases her latest album ‘Ocean To Ocean’ on October 29 via Decca Records
Anvil have finished recording their new album, release date to be confirmed.
Carmine Appice & Fernando Perdomo will release their new, all instrumental album, ‘Energy Overload’, on September 24 via Cleopatra Records.
Bad Wolves release their third studio album, ‘Dear Monsters’, on October 29 via Better Noise Music.
Black Star Riders have signed with Earache Records, who will release the band’s new album in 2023. Founder member Scott Gorham has also announced he’s left the band to concentrate on touring with Thin Lizzy next year. The band will continue as a four piece including new drummer Zak St John.
Danny Bryant will release his 12th studio album ‘The Rage To Survive’ on Friday 29 October via Jazzhaus Records.
D’Virgilio, Morse & Jennings release a new album ‘Troika’ through InsideOut in early 2022.
Deep Purple release a covers album ‘Turning To Crime’ on November 26 via earMUSIC.
The Defiants plan to release their third album next year.
The Divine Comedy release ‘Charmed Life – The Best Of The Divine Comedy’ on February 4.
Eels release ‘Extreme Witchcraft’ – the band’s 14th album – on Januey 28.
Drummer Kenney Jones says that the Faces have recorded “about 14 songs” for a yet to be announced release.
Govt. Mule release ‘Heavy Load Blues’ on November 12 via Fantasy Records.
Heartland release their new album ‘Into The Future’ on October 15 via Escape Music. Vocalist Chris Ousey is joined by Mike Slammer on this album.
Elton John releases ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ on October 22 with guest appearances from Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder and more.
The Kentucky Headhunters release their new album ‘That’s a Fact Jack!’ on October 22.
King Kobra are working on a new album with Carmine Appice, Paul Shortino & Johnny Rod joined by former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson. The album is due for release through Frontiers.
Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) releases his solo album ‘Thorns’ on January 14.
Mastodon will release their ninth full-length album, ‘Hushed And Grim’, on October 29 via Reprise Records.
A 30th anniversary edition of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album is released on November 12.
Octarine Sky release their debut album ‘Close To Nearby’ on November. The line-up features drummer Simon Phillips, guitarists Guthrie Govan and Amit Chatterjee, vocalist/keyboards player Dyanne Poitter Voegtlin and producer/musician Jan Christiana.
Alan Parsons releases ‘The NeverEnding Show – Live In The Netherlands’ on Frontiers on November 5.
Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes has launched a pre-order for his upcoming solo album, ‘Unbearable Influence’, to be released on September 26.
Pink Cream 69 have signed with SPV/Steamhammer and the band are working on their next album.
Pink Floyd release a remixed & updated version of their ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ album on October 29.
Skillet will release their new studio album, ‘Dominion’, on January 14 via Atlantic.
Skinny Lister release ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ on October 22 through Xtra Mile Recordings.
Sonata Arctica release their first acoustic album, ‘Acoustic Adventures – Volume One’, on January 21 on Nuclear Blast.
Stereophonics release their latest album ‘Oochya!’ on March 4 2022.
Stratovarius are currently working on their next studio album.
The Temperance Movement release ‘Covers & Rarities’ on November 26, which includes a Deep Purple cover with Ian Paice guesting.
Volbeat release their new album, ‘Servant Of The Mind’, on December 4 on Republic Records.
Warrior Soul aim to release their new album within the next few weeks.
When Rivers Meet release their second album, ‘Saving Grace’, on November 19 through One Road Records.
Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:
Evergrey (2021 to 2022), Elton John (2021 to 2023), The Psychadelic Furs (Oct 2021 to Apr 2022), Sari Schorr (Oct 2021 to Oct 2022), Snake Oil & Harmony (Nov/Dec 2021 cancelled),
Newly announced UK tours (2021 unless stated):
ABC (June 2022), Black Spiders (Nov), Joe Bonamassa (2022), Lindsey Buckingham (2022), the Coral (2022), Alice Cooper & the Cult (2022), Roger Daltrey (Nov/Dec), the Divine Comedy (2022), Dream Theater (2022), Frost* (Apr 2022),Kings Of Leon (Jun 2022), Massive Wagons (Sep/Oct), Don McLean (Sep/Oct 2022), New Model Army (Mar 2022), Stereophonics (2022), When Rivers Meet (2022), Roy Wood’s Rock & Roll Band (Nov/Dec),
Upcoming (Gigs – UK)
Rescheduled US & European tour dates:
Bush (US 2021 postponed), Evergrey (2021 to 2022), Elton John (2021 to 2023), KISS (Australia 2021 to 2022), Magnum (Oct/Nov 2021 to Apr/May 2022),
Newly announced US & European tours (2021 unless stated):
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (US), Whitesnake (Europe 2022),
RoSFest 17 will take place at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida between April 15-17 2022 and has already confirmed King’s X and Robert Berry will be appearing.
The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival held anually in Colne, Lancashire for over 30 years has been cancelled indefinitely. A statement from the organisers noted: “The Council no longer has the resources to run the Colne Blues event in its current format. However, we are going to manage a summer music festival in Colne next August, alongside our other provisions for local residents.”
UFO (pictured) have announced plans to play their final ever live show in Athens, Greece, on October 29 next year.
John Mayall has announced he is retiring from touring, bar shows local to his Californian home and special events.
Stevie Van Zandt is set to publish his memoir, ‘Unrequited Infatuations’, on September 28.
Queen have a pop-up shop, “Queen The Greatest”, which will open on Tuesday, September 28 until January 2022.
‘The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film by Todd Haynes’ will premiere both in cinemas in the US and on Apple TV+ on October 15.
Eden Curse’s Nikola Mijić is new the singer of Serious Black.
Bassist Majsan Linberg has left Thundermother and her replacement is Mona “The Demon” DeMona
Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta will sit out upcoming shows with his place taken by Steve Brown.
Former Tangier guitarist Gari Saint
Reggae innovator and producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
Iron Butterfly drummer Ron Bushy
Black Oak Arkansas founder and guitarist Rickie Lee Reynolds
Record label boss Bill Chavis
Folk & roots singer songwriter Michael Chapman
Manager and tour manager Steve Strange
Former Status Quo bassist Alan Lancaster
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As part of final easing of legal restrictions in the UK (wef 19 July), the government has recommended that venues use the NHS Covid Pass to allow people entry if they have had both jabs or a negative test.
This comes only a week after the government pledged that such passports would not be introduced. This “recommendation” would apply to venues, pubs and restaurants and might be mandated if the number of covid cases worsened.
One industry source suggested that the prime minister’s statement that a covid passport would be needed for certain venues from the end of September is intended to encourage young people to get a vaccine by saying they’d soon need it to go clubbing, and that the government is waiting to see what the take-up rate is before announcing any further plans.
In the UK, nearly 77% of the adult population have been double-vaccinated, as of the latest update; the Music Venue Trust survey said that 91.6% of live music fans will have been vaccinated by the end of September.
The uncertainty around entry is compounded by the government’s long-awaited Covid cancellation insurance scheme for live events, announced at the beginning of August, which is said by some in the industry to still have gaping holes ahead of its September launch.
The scheme covers costs incurred if events are unable to happen due to government Covid restrictions, such as a local or national lockdown.
Source: The Guardian
Covid passports for entry to venues will be required in Wales and Scotland (October) but form part of the government’s “Plan B” if infection rates/hospitalisations rise significantly in the coming weeks in England.
Readers are advised to check out the artist and venue websites for latest information. Many tours/dates are being rearranged for 2022.
We will update our gig listings on a regular basis.
Check out rearranged dates for key 2020 UK tours
BAD TOUCH Twenty Five Miles
Bad Touch have recorded a rocking cover of Edwin Starr’s soul classic Twenty-Five Miles with legendary producer Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Gun, Feeder).
Bad Touch’s lead singer Stevie Westwood said ‘This was one of the most fun songs we have recorded, putting a rock spin on such a classic Motown track we felt like we had a bit more freedom with where we could take it. It’s loud, it’s funky and most importantly; it’s got soul.”
Released ahead of their November 2021 UK tour, Bad Touch were one of the first bands to enter the new state of the art Marshall Studio Recording Studio.
Bad Touch embark on their “Better Late Than Never” UK tour in November and December 2021, previously rescheduled from April 2021 (all original tickets remain valid). Special guests on all shows except Leo’s Red Lion are Midlands rockers PISTON.
Tickets are now available from www.badtouchrocks.co.uk/gigs-tours.
The 15-date tour includes their hometown Norwich (Nov 17), Newcastle (Nov 19), Glasgow (Nov 20), Southampton (Dec 1) and London (Dec 2), plus many more dates.
‘Twenty Five Miles’ is a Power Play at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio w/c 20 September.
TRUE NORTH Save Me
Los Angeles alternative pop-rock band True North have released a video for their new single ‘Save Me’, out now via via Out Of Line Music.
True North’s Michael Cisterna and Joel Ferber comment on the single:
“This song is unique for us because it was originally written with our friends Julian and Dylan from Loveless. It started off as way more of a heavy rock song, but as we continued working on it, we ended up adding more pop and electronic elements.”
The result is a dark, moody track, that blends equal parts pop, electronic and heavy rock, offering a glimpse into the band’s new direction.
Lyrically, ‘Save Me’ explores the attempt to find meaning and happiness through other people and relationships, realising it’s a dark cycle that won’t end until you learn to find it within yourself. The verses paint a picture of somebody obsessing over a relationship that they think will ultimately bring them a sense of fulfilment, whereas the chorus takes a step back, offering a sense of realisation and clarity.
The band’s previous single ‘Your Confession’ featured a guest appearance from Sleeping With Sirens’ Kellin Quinn.
‘Save Me’ is a Power Play at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio w/c 20 September.
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