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The latest Lockdown Live Sunday Session was streamed on Sunday 19 July featuring Canadian singer songwriter Josh Taerk and his brothers.
Next session: Sunday 16 August
Music Venue Trust, the charity which protects, secures and improves the UK’s grassroots music venues has launched #saveourvenues to draw together fundraising activity aimed at preventing the permanent closure of these vital venues due to COVID-19.
There are over 400 venues at risk of closure, so this campaign aims to bring together artists who want to help, with the venues they love, and provide an easy way for music fans to financially support the resultant live streams.
Readers are advised to check out the artist and venue websites for latest information. Many tours/dates are being rearranged for 2021.
We will update our gig listings on a regular basis.
Uriah Heep (pictured above) have announced they will start work on their next studio album in February.
Overkill are currently ‘hard at work’ on their next album.
Slade release a new best of, a double CD entitled ‘Cum On Feel The Hitz’ on September 25.
Manowar are working on the ‘Final Battle II’ EP.
Jon Gomm releases his latest album ‘The Faintest Idea’ through KScope on October 16.
When Rivers Meet release their debut album on 20 November.
Toto’s Steve Lukather has finished recording his latest solo album.
Devin Townsend has revealed on his Twitter that he is working on a “weird” album called ‘Lightwork’.
Colosseum have five archive ‘bootleg’ live concert CDs released through Repertoire Records on August 28.
Winger are currently at work on their next album.
Steve Hackett releases ‘Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith’ on 25 September on Inside Out. The 2CD/DVD live recording is taken from last year’s UK tour.
The Pretty Things have released a new single ‘Bright As Blood’ from their upcoming album ‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ out on 25 September through Madfish Music. An entirely acoustic album, which the band had been working on right up until the sudden and tragic passing of Phil May in May this year.
Black Stone Cherry release their latest album, ‘Human Condition’, on October 30 via the Mascot Label Group.
Michael Schenker is currently in the final stages of recording a brand new MSG album, ‘Immortal’, which is set to be released on Nuclear Blast on January 8 2021.
Journey plan to release a new single by early next month.
Katrina & The Waves release their latest album ‘Hearts, Loves & Babys’ on 28 August.
Armored Saint release their new album ‘Punching The Sky’, which is due on October 23 through Metal Blade Records.
Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates (all now 2021 unless stated) :
Gong, Roachford, Sparks, Status Quo (cancelled), Robin Trower, Uriah Heep, Van der Graaf Generator,
Upcoming (Gigs – UK)
Rescheduled US & European tour dates (all now 2021 unless stated) :
Deep Purple, Def Leppard & ZZ Top, Foo Fighters (US Oct tour cancelled), Status Quo (cancelled),
Download will take place next year betwee June 4-6. Headliners are Kiss, System Of A Down and Biffy Clyro. Other bands confirmed include Korn, Deftones, The Darkness, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Myles Kennedy & Company, Lacuna Coil, The Wildhearts, Airbourne, Steel Panther, Volbeat, Bush, Gojira, Funeral For A Friend and Sepultura.
The Struts, Night Ranger and Steel Panther all have their own headline drive-in shows planned for this month in the US.
Call of the Wild festival has rescheduled for the second time this year and will now take place between May 20-23 2021 at the Lincolnshire Showground.
The UK government have postponed live indoor events resuming for a further fortnight at least. These were due to resume on August 1.
‘Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne’ is due to premiere on the US TV network A&E on September 7.
The Clash and Nirvana are amongst the latest artists to get jigsaws (or ‘rocksaws’ as they are known) produced featuring their classic album covers.
Jon Anderson has said in a recent interview he would love for all the surviving members of Yes to reunite for a concert one day.
Director Alan Parker, whose films included Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’
Molly Hatchet guitarist (1974-84) Steve Holland
Iron Maiden and Deep Purple producer Martin Birch
Q magazine ceases publication
The final issue of Q Magazine was published on 28 July after a period of 34 years.
The coronavirus pandemic and dwindling readership are major factors in its demise.
The first issue was published in October 1986 with Paul McCartney on the cover.
In the early years the magazine placed an emphasis on classic rock, before widening its brief in the 1990s with a more mainstream approach and then increasingly leftfield.
By registering for Get Ready to ROCK! you can gain access to a 35,000+ database of album reviews appearing in Q from 1986-2006. You can search on artist, genre, rating or identify issue number. Each “new” album has a one liner “nugget” from the original review.
Photo: Simon Dunkerley
New features section added
In early-April we added a new section – Features – which will include new and revised material from our archive.
Amongst the latest additions, Alan Jones and David Randall have provided an introduction to the music of Steve Hackett whose autobiography is published 24 July.
The series – under the collective title of “2020 Vision” – will build into a definitive guide to selected artists and bands and reflecting GRTR! reviewers’ critical analysis as demonstrated over a twenty year period.
Reviews editor Jason Ritchie commented: “It is the perfect antidote to the current lockdown, encouraging readers to discover or reappraise selected artists or albums. It is also an opportunity to revisit our archive of material which has built up over a period of nearly 20 years.”
UK Tours 2020 at a glance
NB Subject to change/cancellation due to current virus pandemic
Amongst those major tours announced for 2020:
MAGNUM 19 March – 4 April
Promoting a new album ‘The Serpent Rings’.
Rescheduled to 10 -18 Dec and 15-24 February 2021
IAN ANDERSON 20 April – 19 May Check jtull.com
Words and music from Tull mainman.
CANCELLED until further notice
JOE SATRIANI 22-28 May Check satriani.com
Promoting a new album – ‘Shapeshifting’ – due in April.
Rescheduled to 30 April 2021-6 May 2021
YES 26 May – 5 June Check yesworld.com
Performing ‘Relayer’ in its entirety.
Rescheduled to 16-28 May 2021.
WHITESNAKE/FOREIGNER/EUROPE 31 May- 8 June Check whitesnake.com
CANCELLED due also to David Coverdale’s surgery
JETHRO TULL 30 September – 13 October
The “Prog Years” tour.
Rescheduled to 17-30 September 2021
STEVE HACKETT 1 November – 1 December
Playing the whole of ‘Seconds Out’.
Rescheduled to 10 September – 22 October 2021
URIAH HEEP (pictured) 1-7 November
Celebrating their 50th anniversary.
H.E.A.T., Vega/Mason Hill/Collateral 28-30 May
Rescheduled 7-12 October 2021
Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases here!
THE LEGACY PILOTS Dreamers
The second album from Frank Us and Legacy Pilots features contributions from Jordan Rudess, Steve Morse and Pete Trewavas.
FRONTIERS ALL STARS Push Through
A unique new single has been recorded by a virtual plethora of Frontiers Music artists.
It all started from a discussion that the label team had with their in-house producer Alessandro Del Vecchio about the idea of creating a ‘Frontiers All Stars’ song, with everyone wanting to vent frustration and disappointment about the pandemic situation and show a ‘sign of life’ to demonstrate that, while all businesses were on lockdown, creativity was certainly not on hold.
‘Push Through’ features vocal performances from James Christian, Ronnie Romero and Toby Jepson amongst many others.
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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