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Bad Company tour continues this week

BAD COMPANY - Manchester Arena, 24 October 2016
Photo: Steve Goudie

Bad Company will return to the UK for their first tour in four years on their ‘Swan Song’ tour.  Original Bad Company members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke will play eight dates in October.

One of the original stadium/arena rock bands of the mid-late 1970s, the band originally featured Rodgers and Kirke (ex-Free) and Mick Ralphs (ex-Mott The Hoople) together with the late Boz Burrell.

Special guests Richie Sambora and Orianthi (RSO) will open every show along with Steve Rodgers or Jasmine Rodgers as the first act.

Gig review (Manchester Arena, 24 October 2016)
Album review (Live 1977 & 1979)
Archive review


Saturday Oct 15 Leeds First Direct Arena
Monday Oct 17 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday Oct 19  Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Friday Oct 21 Birmingham Genting Arena
Monday Oct 24  Manchester Arena
Tuesday Oct 25 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Thursday Oct 27 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Saturday Oct 29 The O2, London


Tickets are on-sale from 9am on Friday 3rd June priced at £60 / £50 adv Regionally and London £65.00/ £55.00 adv (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

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Glenn Hughes: new album, tour and radio interview

Glenn Hughes

In late 2015, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame based in the USA, announced that Deep Purple including MKIII, were finally to be inducted after several previous nominations over the years.  This was a culmination of a 40+ years career which saw Glenn Hughes leave his indelible mark in several musical endeavours and bands, including Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, his collaborations with Gary Moore, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and most recently with Black Country Communion and California Breed.

In the past couple of years Glenn concentrated again on his solo career with constant touring throughout 2015,  and shows in South America, Europe, UK, Japan and Singapore.

Glenn Hughes - Resonate

On 4 November, Glenn’s first solo album in over eight years will be released via Frontiers.  “Resonate” features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), who joined them in the studio for the opening and closing numbers.

The album will be available in two configurations: regular CD and deluxe edition including one bonus track and DVD including a ‘making of’ documentary.  A vinyl release will be made available via  Frontiers’ partners Soulfood Music.

Glenn Hughes’ European tour starts 8 November in Leamington Spa and the dates take him to Europe until 10 December.  Support in the UK will be Stone Broken.

GRTR!’s David Randall caught up with Glenn recently to chat about the album and his music, playing tracks from ‘Resonate’ and other career highlights.  This special feature is broadcast on Sunday 30 October at 22:00 GMT in the first hour of David’s weekly show.

Says David: “In researching this feature I realised that the last time I spoke to Glenn was almost exactly ten years to the day, in October 2006.  It is therefore timely to gain an update with the new solo album.  Of course, we’ve always been strong supporters and we have many album and gig reviews in our 10-year plus archive which coincides with Glenn’s great renaissance in terms of his music.”

More information (Interview, 30 October)
Album review

UK Tour dates (November 2016)

The Assembly – Leamington Spa
Tuesday 8 November 2016
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Tickets: £22.00 / Doors: 7:30pm
Venue Tel: 01926 311 311 Email: enquiries@themjrgroup.com
Spencer Street, Royal Leamington Spa
Warwickshire, CV31 3NF http://leamingtonassembly.com/
Wulfrun Hall – Wolverhampton
Wednesday 9 November 2016
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Tickets: £25.00 / Doors: 7:00pm
Box Office – 0870 320 7000 boxoffice@wolvescivic.co.uk
North Street, Wolverhampton,
West Midlands, WV1 1RQ www.wolvescivic.co.uk
Riverside – Newcastle
Friday 11 November 2016
Tickets: £24.75 / Doors: 7:00pm
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Neptune House, 1 The Close, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear, NE1 3RQ www.riversidenewcastle.co.uk
Hard Rock Hell
Saturday 12 November 2016
Hafan Y Môr Holiday Park,
Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL53 6HJ
Rescue Rooms – Nottingham
Monday 14 November 2016
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Tickets: 25.00 / Doors: 7:30pm
Masonic Place, Goldsmith Street NG15GG Nottingham
02 ABC – Glasgow
Tuesday 15 November 2016
Tickets: £23.00 / Doors: 7:30pm
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300 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JA Glasgow
O2 Ritz – Manchester
Thursday 17 November 2016
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Tickets: £23.00
Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NQ
The Junction – Cambridge
Saturday 19 November 2016
Book online: http://bit.ly/2aSb25L
Tickets: £24.50 / Doors: 7:00pm
Venue Box Office: 01223 511 511 (Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm)
Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX www.junction.co.uk
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sunday 20 November 2016
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Tickets: £26.00 / Doors: 7:00pm
Shepherd’s Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

European dates

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Beth Hart: new album and tour

Pete Feenstra chatted to Beth Hart for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, first broadcast 16 October 2016.  This hour special includes tracks from the album ‘Fire On The Floor’.

BETH HART, The Barbican, London, 8 May 2015
Photo by John Bull/Rockrpix

Grammy-nominated Beth Hart releases her new album 14 October on Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Los Angeles-born Beth released several albums in the 1990s but has truly blossomed in the past few years.  Her previous album ‘Better Than Home’ topped the iTunes Blues Chart and was crowned #4 Best Blues Album Of The Year by Mojo magazine.

In the UK, she has headlined Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican and played historic Hampton Court Palace with Joe Bonamassa. In December 2015, she appeared in Jools Holland’s legendary annual Hootenanny.

The new album ‘Fire On The Floor’ will build on her momentum. Featuring a crack studio band that included Michael Landau (guitar), Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Brian Allen (bass), Rick Marotta (drums), Jim Cox (piano), Dean Parks (acoustic guitar) and Ivan Neville (B3 and organ) the twelve songs reflect Beth’s teenage influences, from gospel, soul and classical to the seismic rock of Soundgarden.

GRTR!’s Pete Feenstra described ‘Fire On The Floor’ as “a career defining album full of rich songcraft, heartfelt phrasing and exuberant playing shot through with total conviction and emotion.”

On Sunday 16 October in his weekly feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Pete chats to Beth Hart with tracks from the new album.  (the show is repeated on Tuesday 18 October at 21:00 GMT)

More information
Album review

Tour dates 2016

11th Nov – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
13th Nov – The Sage, Gateshead
14th Nov – O2 Academy, Glasgow
17th Nov – Colston Hall, Bristol
19th Nov – Solent Hall, Bournemouth
21st Nov – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
23rd Nov – Royal Festival Hall, London
26th Nov – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Holland
28th Nov – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
30th Nov – Splendid, Lille, France
2nd Dec – La Traverse, Cleon, France
3rd Dec – Theatre Femina, Bordeaux, France
5th Dec – La Cooperative de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
7th Dec – Le Pasino, Aix-En-Provence, France
8th Dec – Salle De L’Etoile, Chateaurenard, France
10th Dec – Le Plan, Ris Orangis, France
13th Dec – Olympia, Paris, France
15th Dec – Megarama, Casablanca, Morocco

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In this one hour special Pete Feenstra chats to Derek White from Larry Miller’s Band about Larry’s music and featuring tracks from the forthcoming compilation album. First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 9 October 2016

Musical fireworks expected at Larry Miller benefit show

Larry Miller

Blues/rock guitarist Larry Miller suffered a stroke in August 2015 and is still recovering.  Sadly he has been unable to play guitar since this time.  To raise funds and speed his full recovery, fellow musicians and fans have organised a special evening on Saturday 5 November.  This will also coincide with the launch of a new compilation album featuring his work.

Amongst those artists appearing: members of Larry’s band/Storm Warning (featuring MD Derek White), guitarists Elisha Blue (USA/Chaka Khan/Roachford)and Marcus Flynn (Brian May/ Beyoncé/ The Guitar Legends).  Catfish (featuring double award winning keyboard player and Paul Jones producer Paul Long & Matt Long), Stevie Smith (harp playing leader of Ruthless Blues),  guitarists Troy Redfern and Todd Sharpville (Duke Robbilard/Joe Louis Walker/Kim Wilson), Salvation Jayne and Bill Mead (founder member of Europe’s busiest R&B band The Sharpees).

Venue: Boom Boom Club/Sutton Utd FC, The Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, Surrey SM1 2EY
More information/bookings 0208 761 9078/ www.feenstra.co.uk

On Sunday 9 October at 20:00 GMT in his weekly Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Pete Feenstra chats to Derek White, from Larry’s band and a member of Storm Warning, with tracks from the compilation.

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Larry Miller has toured extensively in the UK and Europe. He was a regular headliner at The Marquee in London and played a barnstorming set at the Reading Festival. He holds the record for the most encores at Cambridge Rock Festival.

Reviewing the festival, Get Ready to ROCK! opined: “Crowd reaction to his performance was ecstatic… Joe Bonamassa watch out, there’s another new blues hero snapping at your heels”.

In ‘Classic Rock Presents The Blues’ magazine readers poll, Larry Miller  was voted number 3 behind by Joe Bonamassa and Walter Trout and an extensive feature noted: “This powerhouse blues/rocker is filling the niche left behind by Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher. The man has flair, memorable riffs, serious soloing as well as being a great blues vocalist and a consummate showman.”

Larry Miller Special on Mixcloud
Album review (Soldier Of The Line, 2014)

Photo: Noel Buckley/GRTR!

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Win AC/DC Book and Black Sabbath compilation

AC/DC - "In Full Flight"

“In Full Flight” is a limited edition 128 page photographic account of AC/DC during the years 1978-1982.  Covering the final months with Bon Scott and earliest times with Brian Johnson, the book also features relevant quotes from contemporary magazines, memorabilia, etc.

We have a copy of this book available to the winner of our current competition.

Book review
Competition (Closes 30.10.16)

Black Sabbath - The Ultimate Collection

In January 2017 Black Sabbath embark on their final UK tour entitled ‘The End’.  Released 28 October 2016, The Ultimate Collection is based around the band’s set list for the tour and is the definitive accompaniment for all Sabbath fans as well as those with a love of hard rock.

Remastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce (Motörhead, Deep Purple, Lou Reed, Iggy & The Stooges), the 31-track collection features the band’s classic songs including Paranoid, Iron Man, War Pigs, N.I.B. and The Wizard as well as choice cuts from their classic albums.

We’re giving away four copies of the album in our competition

Competition (Closes 13.11.16)

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Colin Blunstone - The Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, 19 April 2016

Colin Blunstone dates in October

Singer songwriter Colin Blunstone plays two dates in October including a 45th anniversary celebration.

More dates have been lined up for Jan/Feb 2017.

Sat, 29 Oct – Howden Live, Howden
Sun, 30 Oct – 45th solo career anniversary, The Boom Boom Club, Sutton, Surrey.


Gigs to go to

KING KING - Manchester Academy, 12 May 2016


LEVEL 42, 6-29 October
JUDIE TZUKE, 13 October-18 November www.tzuke.com
WISHBONE ASH 14 October-19 November
BAD COMPANY/Richie Sambora/Orianthi, 15-29 October
UFO 25 October-2 November
Y&T 25 October-6 November
SCORPION CHILD/Jared James Nichols, 30 October-7 November
DELAIN/Evergrey, 8-17 November
GLENN HUGHES 8-20 November
KING KING/Broken Witt Rebels, 9-29 November
LAURENCE JONES 10-15 November
EDEN’S CURSE 21-27 November

Check out our full listings!

Feature video

Beth Hart’s new album ‘Fire On The Floor’ was released on 14 October via Provogue/Mascot.

Beth is Pete Feenstra’s special guest in his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 16 October at 20:00 GMT.

Album review (and interview)


Glenn Hughes releases a new album – ‘Resonate’ – via Frontiers on Friday 4 November with UK dates from Tuesday 8 November.

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We’ve had unrivalled festival coverage this year, including events in the USA and France…

Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness 22-24 January

Giants Of Rock, Minehead 29-31 January

Hard Rock Hell AOR, Pwllheli, 10-13 March

Hammerfest, Pwllheli, 10-13 March

Hard Rock Hell Prog, Pwllheli, 17-20 March

Bearded Theory Festival, Catton Hall, South Derbyshire 26-29 May

Breaking Bands Festival, Stoke Prior Country Club, 27-29 May

Download, Donington Park, 10-12 June

Stone Free, The O2, London 18-19 June
Day 1 (Alice Cooper, The Darkness, Blackberry Smoke…)
Day 2 (Rick Wakeman, Marillion, Steve Hackett…)

SOS Festival, Prestwich, Manchester 15-17 July

Moondance Jam, Walker Minnesota, 21-23 July
(Boston, Chicago, Sixx: AM, Queensryche…)

Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone, 23-24 July
Day 1 (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Europe…)
Day 2 (Black Stone Cherry, Thunder, Airbourne…)

Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 23-24 July
Day 1 (Thunder, The Answer, Blues Pills…)
Day 2 (The Darkness, Terrorvision, The Dead Daisies…)

Cambridge Folk Festival, 28-31 July
(Imelda May, Christy Moore, Eliza Carthy…)

Cambridge Rock Festival, Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton, Cambridgeshire, 4-7 August


Weyfest, Surrey,  19-21 August
(From The Jam, The Darkness, Wishbone Ash, Big Country…)

Watchet Live Festival, Somerset, 26-28 August


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