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The Best of 2020

The Reviewers Choice of Top Albums, Reissues and Breakthrough Act!


Popular Poll from Friday 11 December!


The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 22 November.

Josh’s next – festive flavoured – session will be on Sunday 20 December, 21:00 GMT, 16:00 EST.



News - Album News

Journey’s Neal Schon (pictured) releases his new album ‘Universe’ this month.

Dream Theater have started work on their new album. In the meantime they have released a seasonal medly ‘The Holiday Spirit Carries On’, available for download at dreamtheaterofficial.bandcamp.com

Magnum have released ‘On Christmas Day’ from the upcoming compilation album ‘Dance Of The Black Tattoo’, which is released on January 8.

Lewis Clay releases a new five song EP ‘Idle Hands’ on Christmas Day which can be pre-ordered here.

Former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner is planning to record a solo album, the songs for which he has been working on the past few years.

Evergrey release their latest album, ‘Escape Of The Phoenix’, on February 26 via AFM Records.

Greta Van Fleet’s second album ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ is released on April 16.

Downes Braide Association (DBA) release their new album ‘Halcyon Hymns’. The CD/DVD is out on 5 February, and 2LP White Vinyl edition on 26 March.

Evanescence release their new album ‘The Bitter Pill’ on March 26.

News - Tours and Gigs

Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:

Bonfire (Jan 2021 to Aug 2021), Freedom Call (Jan 2021 cancelled), Heavy Pettin (Dec 2020 postponed),

Upcoming (Gigs – UK)

Rescheduled US & European tour dates:

Freedom Call (Jan 2021 cancelled),

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

Great British Rock & Blues Festival 2021 is postponed to Fri 14-Mon 17 Jan 2022.

Duran Duran play London’s Hyde Park on Jul 11 supported by Nile Rodgers & Chic and Grace Jones.

Suzi Quatro plays the Royal Albert Hall on April 20 2022.

The Darkness perform a live concert and stream from London’s Indigo at The O2 on December 18. It will also be recorded for a live album ‘Streaming of a White Christmas’ out in April 2021.

Other Stuff

Heart have announced a biopic is being planned on the band to be shown on Amazon Prime.

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Save Our Venues

Save Our Venues

Music Venue Trust (MVT),  which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues throughout the UK has issued a dire warning to the UK government that the entire grassroots live music sector is now at “red alert status” and has called on the wider music industry, local communities and music fans to support its ongoing #saveourvenues campaign by taking “decisive, direct action” to ensure every venue can survive and re-open safely.

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.

With this in mind MVT is calling on the wider music industry, music fans and local communities to redouble their efforts to prevent the permanent closure of grassroots music venues by getting directly involved in the #saveourvenues campaign (saveourvenues.co.uk) through fundraising, letter writing to local councils, MPs, social media support and more.

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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.

Check out rearranged dates for key 2020 UK tours

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, album retrospectives of Don Dokken, James LaBrie and Europe (pictured).

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.”

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2020 Vision - Rock. Reviewed. Revisited.

Check out our full gig listings! (Updated to reflect COVID-19 cancellations)

Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases here!

Feature video


Shadow & The Thrill features Tony Montana (formerly of Great White) and ‘Ready to Roll’ is taken from the new album ‘Sugarbowl’ via Deko Entertainment.


German heavy rockers, SAINTED SINNERS, have released a music video for  ‘Standing On Top’, it’s the first single taken from their new album ‘Unlocked & Reloaded‘, which will be released on December 4th via El Puerto Records. The new album is the first with new singer Iacopo “Jack” Meille (ex-Tygers Of Pan Tang) .

The new line-up also includes guitarist Frank Pané (Bonfire), drummer Berci Hirleman, Rico Bowen (Paul McCartney, Madonna) on bass and Ernesto Ghezzi (Eros Ramazotti, Gotthard) on keyboards.

The album will be available in a strictly limited edition wooden box of 333 numbered boxes.

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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