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Kenny Wayne Shepherd - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 15 April 2015

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: new album and UK dates plus radio interview

Blues rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd releases his eighth solo album on 21 July via Provogue/Mascot, called ‘Lay It On Down’.

Shepherd plays  the Country Outlaw stage at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair (29 May) before returning to the UK in October and November for a run of shows in support of his new album.  This will include the London Bluesfest (co-headline with Gov’t Mule) at the Indigo O2 on October 28.

Of the new album Shepherd says:  “I wanted to put a heavy emphasis on the songs themselves and the writing behind them. I wanted each song to really stand on its own with the songwriting, the music, the words.”

On Sunday 23 July at 20:00 GMT Kenny Wayne Shepherd chats to Pete Feenstra for his “Feature” show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio

Album review

UK Tour dates

Fri 29 July – Ramblin’ Man Fair – Headlining the Country Outlaw Stage
Sat 30 July – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth – SOLD OUT
Fri 27 October – Mr Kyps, Bournemouth
Sat 28 Oct – London Blues Fest, Indigo O2 – Co-Headline with GOV’T MULE
Mon 30 Oct – Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa
Tues 31 Oct – Tramshed, Cardiff
Wed 1 November – Ritz, Manchester


More Hot Fun: Stanley Clarke UK tour (July 2017)

On Sunday 16 July on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio at 18:00 GMT, Stanley Clarke chats about his career ahead of the UK dates (Repeat: Thursday 20 July, 22:00 GMT)

In this extract he sets the scene for the UK tour dates which start on 17 July. (8:57)

STANLEY CLARKE - Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

Four-time Grammy Award winner Stanley Clarke plays rare UK dates from 17 July as part of a European tour.

Acknowledged as a true innovator in the field of jazz fusion, Clarke has also forged a successful career as a producer, arranger and film score composer.  As a young prodigy he was immediately recognized for his sense of lyricism and melody with famous bandleaders such as Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Saunders, Gil Evans and Stan Getz.

In the 1970s he was a member of the jazz fusion pioneers Return To Forever, who included Chick Corea and Lenny White, whilst pursuing a parallel solo career which reached its zenith in 1976 with the album ‘School Days’.

STANLEY CLARKE - Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

He became an in-demand composer in Hollywood for film and television scoring in the mid-1980s including such films as  Boyz ‘N The Hood, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, The Transporter, Romeo Must Die,  Passenger 57, Poetic Justice, Best Man Holiday and The Five Heartbeats.

In a 40-year plus career Clarke has worked with luminaries such as keyboardist George Duke (in 1981 they formed The Clarke/Duke Project), Jeff Beck and  Keith Richards amongst others.

Clarke’s latest album with The Stanley Clarke Band, UP, was released in 2014.  He is currently recording a new album for release in early 2018 which he describes as “funky, melodic, musical, contemporary, fresh, and with a rich multi-genre influence.”

STANLEY CLARKE - Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

On Sunday 16 July at 22:00 GMT in “The Eclectic Mix”, Stanley Clarke chats to David Randall about his career.  Says David: “When doing some life-laundry recently I realised that – in the seventies and eighties – I was a closet Stanley Clarke fan possessing several of his albums on vinyl.”

“I also saw him perform a rare date at the legendary Eric’s club in Liverpool in 1976 or 1977.  Our recent chat has made me further appreciate the work of a jazz fusion giant and I hope listeners will join me in digging out Stanley’s former glories as much as looking forward to the tour and next year’s new album.”

This special is repeated on Thursday 20 July at 22:00 GMT.

17 July London 229 The Venue
(229 Great Portand Street. Venue phone: 020 7631 8379)
18 July Manchester Gorilla
(54-56 Whitworth Street West Venue phone: 0161 826 2998.)
19 July Bristol The Fleece
(12 St Thomas St, Bristol. Venue phone: 0117 929 3301.   Box office: 0115 896 4456)
24 July Glasgow St. Luke’s
(17 Bain Street. Venue phone: 0141 552 8378. Box office: 0141 552 8378)
25 July Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
(33 Queen’s Road 33. Venue phone: 0113 275 2411)

Gig review (Manchester, 18 July)
Album review (The Definitive Collection, June 2017)
Artist website


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Judie Tzuke: new album and UK dates in September

JUDIE TZUKE - The Lowry, Salford, 10 May 2015

Singer songwriter Judie Tzuke releases a new album – ‘Peace Has Broken Out’ – in September, ahead of a series of UK tour dates.

On Sunday 16 July at 22:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio there’ll be a world exclusive first radio play for one of the album tracks.

Judie came to wider attention in 1979 with the hit single ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’ and sustained her popularity with the debut album ‘Welcome To The Cruise’ and the follow-up ‘Sports Car’. In the late 1990s she anticipated the later trend for artist autonomy and established her own record label. From that time on she continued to release albums and tour, albeit in a more low-key fashion.

The new album is the labour of several years during which time Judie has experienced several set-backs, not least with health issues.

In late-June 2017 she was special guest of Christopher Cross and demonstrated that – nearly 40 years after her initial success – she can still command and enchant an audience.

The new album is now available to those who pre-ordered but the full general release will be available in early-September.

UK Tour

Sep 28 CatStrand Arts Centre Castle Douglas
Sep 29 The Albany Theatre Greenock
Sep 30 Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross
Oct 01 Oran Mor Glasgow
Oct 29 The Robin Bilston
Nov 17 Hertford Corn Exchange Hertford

Judie Tzuke interview (Parts 1 & 2, September 2016)
Artist website


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DAN REED NETWORK - Live Rooms, Chester, 4 March 2017

Dan Reed: new album and UK dates in September

Dan Reed releases a new solo album – ‘Confessions’ – in September.

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Black Sabbath box set in September

BLACK SABBATH

Heavy metal legends release a limited edition vinyl box set on 29 September via BMG.

‘The Ten Year War’ brings together their eight Ozzy-fronted albums, plus many other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.

‘The Ten Year War’ tag comes from a brochure that made a playful dig at journalists with the witty tagline “more good press than most – more bad press than any.” The brochure is reproduced in full for the box set and is one of the many exclusive items that accompany  8 remastered vinyl LPs and pressed on 180 gram splatter-coloured vinyl, each LP with unique and individual colouring.

BLACK SABBATH Ten Year War Box SetBLACK SABBATH
PARANOID
MASTER OF REALITY (including original fold-out colour poster)
VOL. 4
SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
SABOTAGE
TECHNICAL ECSTASY
NEVER SAY DIE!

2 x rare 7″ singles are reproduced in their original sleeves: the Japanese version of Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)/Black Sabbath and the Chilean version of Paranoid/The Wizard (only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed).

A crucifix shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.

The set also includes a hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo-shoots.  A repro Tenth Anniversary World Tour 1978 Official Programme is included with a reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show.  Each box set is individually numbered.

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Five Finger Death Punch - DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, 9-10 June 2017 (Part 1)

The story so far…

BEARDED THEORY (25-28 May)

The happiness that Bearded Theory is, is a relaxed happiness, a warm happiness, the happiness that comes from being among your tribe, free to be your real self without the constraints of societal norms and everyday life.  And with the sun beating down from a cloudless blue sky the weekend looked very promising indeed.  (Hollie Latham)

DOWNLOAD (9-11 June)

“The organisers of this year’s event might need reminding that Castle Donington is historically a rock/metal affair.”   (Darren Griffiths)

STONE FREE (17 June)

Having satisfied the demands of his rabid fans to return to the rock that made him famous, maybe the Man in Black can now return with dignity to Blackmore’s Night, having scratched that itch both for himself and for all of us. (Andy Nathan)

Forthcoming festivals 2017

We list here a selection of festivals/large events taking place in the first part of the year – if your event is not listed please contact us with the details.

Relache Festival, Bordeaux, France, 2 June-1 September
including THE PRETTY THINGS, MR SIPP, KENNY NEAL, MIGHTY MO RODGERS, HAT FITZ & CARA  More info

Rock And Blues Custom Show, Pentrich, Derbyshire 27-29 July
including Y&T, BRITISH LION, GRAHAM BONNET, FM and more…

The Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, South Wales 29-30 July 2017
including LAST IN LINE, KING KING, SAXON, BROKEN WITT REBELS, STONE BROKEN…

Review (2016)

Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent 28-30 July 2017
including ZZ TOP, EXTREME, SAXON, KANSAS, DOKKEN, GLENN HUGHES …

David Randall’s weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (9 July) included a preview of some of those bands appearing at this year’s event. (20:14)

Review (2016)
News item

Cambridge Rock Festival, 3-6 August
including FM,TYGERS OF PAN TANG, EDDIE & THE HOTRODS and more…

In ‘Assume The Position’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (16 July) David Randall previewed some of the bands appearing at this year’s event. (20:59)

Review (2014)

The 15th Dream Of Dr.Sardonicus, Cellar Bar, Cardigan, Wales 4-6 August
featuring THE BEVIS FROND, FUCHSIA, EARTHLING SOCIETY, BABAL, RED SUN, ANTON BARBEAU, SENDELICA

In ‘New to GRTR!’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (9 July) David Randall featured some of the bands appearing at this year’s event. (14:48)

Cropredy, Banbury, Oxfordshire 10-12 August
including FAIRPORT CONVENTION, RICHARD THOMPSON, MARILLION and more…

Review (2015)

A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent 25-27 August
including URIAH HEEP, JOHN LEES’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST, MARTIN BARRE  and more…


Gigs to go to

JULY-AUGUST 2017 (UK)

STANLEY CLARKE 17-25 July

Check out our full listings!

More gig reviews


Feature video

BLACK SABBATH The Ten Year War (Box set)

Black Sabbath release a major 8-vinyl box set in September, called ‘The Ten Year War’ featuring a host of extras and rarities.

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KING KING (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’

The new King King single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy) and is taken from the forthcoming album.  “Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it,” says King King’s frontman Alan Nimmo. “We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre, Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder.”

UK tour dates
Bath, Forum     Saturday 14 October
Birmingham, Town Hall   Tuesday 17 October
London Shepherd’s Bush Empire Wednesday 18 October
Sheffield, Leadmill Thursday 19 October
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall  Friday 20 October

Tickets are available from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and from www.thegigcartel.com.

JARED JAMES NICHOLS Last Chance

Jared James Nichols’ new single “Last Chance” is taken from his upcoming new album “Black Magic”, released in September.

He plays Ramblin’ Man Fair (29 July) and Steelhouse Festival (30 July) and supports UFO in Birmingham (Town Hall, 27 July) and Blackburn (King George’s Hall) 28 July.

MASON HILL Now You See Me

Based in Glasgow, Mason Hill have been making serious waves around the UK in the past year including appearances at Ramblin’ Man Fair, Hard Rock Hell (after winning the UK’s Highway To Hell battle of the bands competition) and Winterstorm.

‘Now You See Me’ is taken from the debut EP ‘Mason Hill’.  The debut album by Mason Hill is due in 2018 on Frontiers Records.

Upcoming UK shows:
21.07.17  BURNLEY Sanctuary Rock Bar
22.07.17  HEYWOOD Heywood Biker Rally
05.08.17  GLASGOW G2 @ The Garage
12.08.17  STORNOWAY Stramash Festival
25.08.17  HULL Hair Metal Heaven
26.08.17  BRIDGNORTH Bridgnorth Festival
27.08.17  NORTHWICH Rockwich 2017
25.11.17  TROON Winterstorm
02.12.17  GLASGOW Barrowlands (with GUN)
03.12.17  TRECCO BAY Planet Rockstock
16.12.17  LONDON The Underworld
17.12.17  CARDIFF Fuel


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