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Kingdom of Madness: Classic Magnum in March

In this extended, exclusive edit Mark Stanway chats about Magnum and Kingdom of Madness (15:45)  A two-part special is broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in February 2019 prior to the tour (see news item for details)

Mark Stanway

The band formed by former Magnum keyboards player Mark Stanway play a series of dates in March 2019.

Stanway left Magnum in late-2016 and following a chat with one time Magnum keyboard player and flautist Richard Bailey decided there was merit in revisiting some of the earlier Magnum material.

Kingdom of Madness will play tracks from albums dating from the Magnum debut in 1978 to 1994 when they released ‘Rock Art’.

The band also includes 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.

A two-part special is broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio prior to the tour.

Part 1 is scheduled for Sunday 24 February at 18:00 GMT, Part 2 on Monday 25 February at 16:00. Both parts will be repeated back to back on Thursday 29 February at 22:00.

Presenter David Randall is a long-term Magnum fan: “I picked up on their music after the late eighties peak but have closely followed their trials and tribulations since the early 1990s and of course their revival in the early millennium.  Magnum have long been a featured band at Get Ready to ROCK! and in 2012 received further promotion to tie in with the 40th anniversary of their formation.”

“It is always difficult when a key band member leaves, and in this case after over 30 years.  On a positive note Magnum fans are going to be able to hear songs that haven’t featured heavily if at all in the band’s setlists in recent years and it will help fill in some of the gaps.  The whole thing is given greater interest with the presence of musicians who have featured at various times in the band’s history.”

Tour dates

Fri MAR 1st 2019
Buckley, Tivoli
Sat MAR 2nd 2019
York, Fibbers
Sun MAR 3rd 2019
Manchester, Academy 3
Thu MAR 7th 2019
Newbury, Arlington Arts Centre
Fri MAR 8th 2019
London, ULU Live
Sat MAR 9th 2019
Poole, Planet Rock “Winter’s End” Festival
Sun MAR 17th 2019
Milton Keynes, The Stables
Sat JULY 13th 2019
Alfreton, Carnfield Hall, Rock and Bike Festival
Sat AUG 3rd 2019
Faversham, A New Day Festival
Fri OCT 4th 2019
Troon, South Beach Sessions
Sat OCT 5th 2019
Kinross, Backstage at the Green Hotel

Band website


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Pete Feenstra chatted to King King’s Wayne Proctor for Get Ready to ROCK Radio, and featured several artists for whom Wayne has produced albums.  First broadcast on 27 January 2019.

KING KING - Manchester Academy, 15 February 2019

King King tour starts 31 January

Having played over 20 festivals, King King finished up 2018 as special guests of Swedish rockers Europe on the UK leg of their European tour.

In May 2018, King King won three prestigious awards at the UK Blues Awards including Blues Band of the Year, Blues Songwriter of the Year (Alan Nimmo) and Blues Album of the Year (Exile & Grace).

The band’s fourth studio album “Exile & Grace” was released in October 2017 via Manhaton Records.

SARI SCHORR - Manchester Academy, 15 February 2019

Special guest on the January/February UK tour will be U.S. blues rock vocalist Sari Schorr.

Tickets are available via www.kingking.co.uk/tour & www.thegigcartel.com.

Album review (Exile & Grace)
Album review (Sari Schorr, Never Say Never)

JANUARY
31 Nottingham Rock City
FEBRUARY
1 Birmingham Town Hall
2 Cardiff Tramshed
7 London KOKO
8 Bournemouth O2 Old Fire Station
9 Brighton Concorde
10 Norwich Waterfront
15 Manchester Academy 2
16 Newcastle Boiler Shop
17 Glasgow O2 Academy

Gig review (London, 7 February)
Gig review (Manchester, 15 February)


Cats In Space - GIANTS OF ROCK, Butlins, Minehead, 25-27 January 2019

Giants of Rock/Great British Rock & Blues reviewed

Three days of rock, roll and roast pork…We’ve covered the first big rock festival events of the year

Gig review (Giants Of Rock)
Gig review (Great British Rock & Blues)


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Black Stone Cherry - DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL - Donington Park, 8-10 June 2018

Ramblin’ Man Fair have announced their Saturday main stage headliner at this year’s event (19-21 July 2019).

Black Stone Cherry (pictured) will bring their southern-edged hard rock style, promoting their acclaimed current album ‘Family Tree’.

They join the previously announced headline acts – Foreigner (Sunday) and The Darkness (Friday).  The full festival line-up so far announced is listed below.

Other artists announced include Kris Barras, The Lazys, Austin Gold (main stage), Vola, Scardust (prog stage), Elles Bailey, Chantel McGregor (blues stage), Wille And The Bandits, Allman Betts Band (outlaw stage), Joyous Wolf (grooverider stage).

Planet Rock Main Stage
FOREIGNER (Headliner Sunday)
BLACK STONE CHERRY (Headliner Saturday)
THE DARKNESS (Headliner Friday)
THE WILDHEARTS (Special Guest Friday)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Living Colour
Kris Barras
The Lazys
Austin Gold

Blues Stage
BETH HART (Headliner)
Ritchie Kotzen
Elles Bailey
Chantel McGregor

Prog in the Park Stage
ANATHEMA (Headliner)
Pain of Salvation
Riverside
Koyo
VOLA
Scardust

Outlaw Stage
Robert Jon and The Wreck
Allman Betts Band
Wille & The Bandits

Grooverider Stage
Orange Goblin
Crobot
Obsessed
Joyous Wolf

Ramblin’ Man Fair is now a well-established annual event in the rock calendar and takes place in Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent.  The event is also highly accessible with multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone).

European festival goers will find easy links to the London airports, Eurostar via Ashford Int’l and Channel Ferries to and from mainland Europe.

Ticket information
Website

Festival review (Day 2, July 2018)


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Gigs to go to

WILLE AND THE BANDITS - Giants Of Rock, Butlins, Minehead, 25-27 January 2019

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

WILLE AND THE BANDITS (pictured)/Rainbreakers 26 January – 30 March
KING KING/Sari Schorr 31 January – 17 February
STONE BROKEN/Those Damn Crows 7-27 February
BLUE OCTOBER 15-23 February
BLUE OYSTER CULT/The Temperance Movement 21 February – 1 March
10cc 1 March – 2 May
KINGDOM OF MADNESS (Classic Magnum) 1-29 March
UFO 7 March – 4 April
CATS IN SPACE 8-27 March
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR 15-24 March
ERJA LYYTINEN 18-30 March
THE PINEAPPLE THIEF 20-24 March
RIVERSIDE 21-24 March

Check out our full listings!


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Feature video

CATS IN SPACE Thunder In The Night

Melodic pop pomp rockers Cats In Space release their third album on March 1 via Harmony Factory.  “Daytrip To Narnia” features a 27 minute concept piece from which the single ‘Thunder In The Night’ is taken.

The band play Giants Of Rock (27 January) and UK tour dates in March-May.

Album review

ELECTRIC MARY Woman

Aussie rockers Electric Mary release their fourth studio album on 15 February via Listenable Records.

It was on a trip to New York that a visit to Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady studios inspired frontman Rusty Brown and he named the band after the studio’s infamous manager “Electric Mary Campbell”.

Album review (and interview)



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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