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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.
Alcatrazz guitarist Joe Stump’s new solo instrumental record, ‘Diabolical Ferocity’, is due to be released on September 17 through Lion Music.
Barclay James Harvest’s 1975 album, ‘Time Honoured Ghosts’, will be reissued in remastered and expanded form by Esoteric Recordings on September 24.
Blind Guardian have completed work on their new album.
Billy Bragg releases his new album ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’ on October 8.
Cats In Space release ‘Diamonds – The Best Of’ on September 10. This will feature reworked versions of the band’s songs featuring vocalist Damien Edwards.
Daughtry release their latest album ‘Dearly Beloved’ on September 17.
Eclipse release their latest album ‘Wired’ on Frontiers on October 8.
Enuff Z’Nuff release a 3CD/4LP box set ‘Never Enuff – Rarities & Demos’ on Cleopatra Records on August 27. It features recordings made by the band prior to their major label debut on Atlantic Records in 1989.
Envy Of None features Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Coney Hatch bassist Andy Curran. The pair have recorded an album with a release date to be announced shortly.
The Faces – Rod Stewart, Kenny Jones & Ronnie Wood – have recently been recording new music according to a recent interview with Ronnie Wood by Music News.
Chris Farren ‘In So Many Words’, a double CD of unreleased songs, is due on August 13 via MelodicRock Classics.
The Georgia Thunderbolts release their debut album, ‘Can We Get A Witness’, on Mascot Records on October 15.
Helloween’s Michael Kiske is working on a solo album for release next year.
Hookers & Blow, featuring guitarist Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot, Beautiful Creatures) and keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses, The Dead Daisies), will be releasing their debut album via Golden Robot Records via digital basis on July 23 and CD/LP on August 13.
Hurricane are working on a new album for release later this year.
Inglorious (pictured) release a covers album ‘Heroine’ on September 10 via Frontiers. It features 11 covers of tracks by female artists who Inglorious respect and admire.
Iron Maiden release their seventeenth studio album entitled ‘Senjutsu’ on September 3.
Jethro Tull have signed with Inside Out who will release the band’s new album, ‘The Zealot Gene’, early next year.
Former Yes keyboards player Tony Kaye will release his first ever solo album, ‘End Of Innocence‘, through Spirit Of Unicorn Music on September 10.
KK Priest’s debut album has been delayed until October.
Marillion release deluxe CD and vinyl versions of their 1984 album ‘Fugazi’ on September 10.
Bernie Marsden releases his latest solo album, ‘Kings’, on July 23 through Conquest Music. On the album he musical homage to three of his blues heroes – Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King.
Ministry release their latest album ‘Moral Hygiene’ on October 1 through Nuclear Blast.
XTC’s Colin Moulding releases a new single, ‘The Hardest Battle’, via Burning Shed on July 2.
Primal Fear are currently writing for their next album.
Queen’s 40th anniversary edtion of their ‘Greatest Hits’ reached number 2 in the UK albums charts w/e 9 July.
Rage will release their new album, ‘Resurrection Day’, on September 17 via SPV/Steamhammer.
Troy Redfern is giving away a free download of a new song ‘Ghosts’ taken from his upcoming album ‘The Fire Cosmic’ due on August 6. The free MP3 download is at TroyRedfern.com
The Rolling Stones have recorded new music for an upcoming box set of their ‘Tattoo You’ album.
Saxon will release their new, as yet untitled, album on 4 February next year to co-incide with planned live dates.
Seether release ‘Wasteland – The Purgatory EP‘ available digitally and on CD July 30 and on vinyl October 22 via Fantasy Records.
Brian Setzer will release ‘Gotta Have The Rumble’ - his first solo album in 7 years – on August 27 on Surfdog Records.
Sorceress Of Sin release their second album ‘Constantine’ on August 6.
Supergrass reissue their second album ‘In It For The Money’ on August 27. The album will be available in a 3CD set, 2x2LP and digital.
Vega release their new album ‘Anarchy and Unity’ on September 17 on Frontiers.
Weezer plan to release four new albums next year – one for each season.
Yes release their new studio album ‘The Quest’ on October 1 via Inside Out/Sony Music.
Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:
The Libertines (Glasgow Jul 2021 to No 2021), Mudhoney (Sep 2021 to Sep 2022),
Newly announced UK tours (2021 unless stated):
Tori Amos (2022), Kris Barras Band (2022), John Cooper Clarke (2022), Eels (2022), Hundred Reasons (2022), Sabaton (2022), James Taylor (2022),
Upcoming (Gigs – UK)
Rescheduled US & European tour dates:
Deftones (2021 to 2022 US), Guns n Roses (Jul 2021 to Aug 2021 US),
Newly announced US & European tours (2021 unless stated):
Tori Amos (2022), Armored Saint (US), Seb Bach (US), Butcher Babies (US), Sammy Hagar (Las Vegas Oct 2021), Mammoth WVH (US), Manowar (2022), John Mayer (US 2022), Mogwai (US 2022), Rival Sons (US), Rolling Stones (US), Sabaton (Europe 2022), Steel Panther (US), Josh Taerk (US), James Taylor (2022), Tesla (US), Ann Wilson (US), Brian Wilson (US),
This month’s Womad festival has been postponed until next year.
Over half of the UK’s festivals due this summer have now either been cancelled or postponed until 2022.
Brian Blessed will make a special guest appearance at this year’s Bloodstock festival.
Steelhouse festival has been given the go ahead. The festival takes place between 23-25 July and features the Darkness, Bernie Marsden, the Wildhearts, and more. Due to coronavirus restrictions Uriah Heep replace Sunday night’s headliners Europe and Stone Broken replace H.E.A.T.
The Night Flight Orchestra have been replaced by Lawnmower Deth as Thursday night’s headliner at Bloodstock.
Ramblin’ Man Fair will return next July under new management as the previous ones, Spirit Of Rock, have gone into liquidation.
Bearded Theory festival, which was postponed to September this year, has now been cancelled and will return next May.
Ratt have a new second guitarist Frankie Lindia.
Guitarist Andy Sneap will once again be part of Judas Priest’s live line-up.
Guitarist Parker Lundgren has left Queensryche.
All change with bass players as Gav Gray leaves Tygers Of Pan Tang and Lexxi Foxx leaves Steel Panther.
Frank Marino has announced his retirement from touring after revealing he has developed an “unexpected and debilitating” medical condition.
UK retailer Sainsbury’s has announced it will stop selling CDs and DVDs in its stores. They will continue to sell vinyl.
US publication Rolling Stone will launch a UK edition this autumn.
Robby Krieger has announced his first-ever memoir, ‘Set The Night On Fire: Living, Dying, And Playing Guitar With The Doors’, which is published on October 12 by Little, Brown.
Former Uriah Heep vocalist John Lawton
Mahavishnu Orchestra bassist Rick Laird
Cinderella guitarist Jeff La Bar
Former KISS and Cinderella keyboards player Gary Corbett
Former Kansas violinist Robby Steinhardt
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PLANET FATALE Talking To Myself
Talking To Myself is the first single taken from their forthcoming album The Cycle Repeats, due out on 17th September 2021.
Lead singer Hels comments: “We are so excited to release this track – it has an absolutely killer riff and strong lyrical theme, it’s gonna be a lot of fun to play live! The song is about battling with your inner critic; that inner voice that likes to put you down. We had a great time shooting the video for this one! There are two versions of me, a stand off in the desert and a quest, with a nice little surprise at the end too, but I don’t want to give too much away before you’ve seen it! Marianne Harris has perfectly captured the vibe we were after visually!”
The five-piece, Planet Fatale, was founded in Cambridge in early 2019, with members from previous rock/metal outfits Powderhead (Hels – Vocals, Miller – Bass, Ollie – Drums), Unit 9 (Simon – Guitar) and Salamander (Chris – Guitar). Starting out under the moniker ‘Powderhead’, in their first year they released two singles, Shotgun Riders (April 2019) and Smash My Face (November 2019); alongside a live EP, Live Powder (November 2019).
VEGA Sooner Or Later
UK rockers VEGA are back with “Anarchy and Unity,” their seventh studio album overall and the culmination of a string of releases which started in 2009 with their debut album “Kiss of Life”.
“Anarchy and Unity” sees two new faces in the band, Billy Taylor (ex-Inglorious) on guitars and Pete Newdeck (Nitrate, Midnite City) on drums. They join singer Nick Workman, guitarist Marcus Thurston, and the brothers Martin, keyboardist James and bassist Tom.
The album is released 17 September via Frontiers.
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