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Pete Feenstra chatted to Steve Hillage about the box set for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 8 September 2019.

Love From The Planet Gong - box set

Steve Hillage/Gong UK dates and radio interview

Steve Hillage plays UK tour dates with Gong in November, following the release on 27 September of  a new box set from UMC chronicling “The Virgin Years 1973-5″.

Much of the 13-disc box set includes previously unreleased material.

Steve recently chatted to Get Ready to ROCK!’s Pete Feenstra about the box set.

More information

Tour dates

14 November – Engine Rooms, Southampton
15 November – Friars, Waterside, Aylesbury
16 November – Islington Assembly Hall, London
17 November – Warehouse, Glasgow
18 November – O2 Academy2, Sheffield
20 November – O2 Academy, Bristol
21 November – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
22 November – Tramshed, Cardiff
23 November – O2 Academy, Liverpool
24 November – Concorde 2, Brighton

Chris Braide chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in October 2015 and gave the background to DBA and his own music.

Downes Braide Association (DBA)

Geoff Downes and Chris Braide (DBA) live album

Downes Braide Association (DBA) have announced the release of Live In England a 2CD/DVD Box set on 29th November 2019 via Cherry Red Records.

DBA was originally conceived as a studio project by Yes/Asia keyboards player Geoff Downes and singer songwriter Chris Braide.  This is the duo’s first live album following the release of three studio albums and was recorded at their first ever concert at Trading Boundaries, East Sussex, on 28th September 2018.

To coincide with the vinyl release of Live in England, DBA have announced a show on 14th February again in the atmospheric surroundings of Trading Boundaries.

Album review (Skyscraper Souls)

Yes announce UK dates in 2020

Yes have announced a 8-date UK tour for May and June of 2020. The Album Series 2020 Tour will feature their 1974 Relayer album in its entirety together with a selection of other classic Yes favourites. An extensive European tour will be announced soon.

Released in late 1974 on Atlantic Records, the band’s seventh studio album Relayer reached number 4 in the UK album chart and number 5 in the US Billboard chart.

UK dates are as follows:

Tuesday 26 May Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wednesday 27 May Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Friday 29 May York Barbican
Saturday 30 May Gateshead The Sage
Sunday 31 May Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Tuesday 2 June Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday 3 June Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Friday 5 June London Royal Albert Hall

Tickets go onsale at 10.00am Friday 11th October and are available from: 24hr Ticket Hotline: 0844 249 2222 bookingsdirect.com Meet & Greet packages available, for info go to yesworld.com Showtime is 8pm.

This interview with Steve Hackett was broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on the eve of his UK orchestral tour. The hour special includes tracks from several albums included in the retrospective box set released in October 2018.

Steve Hackett is a Featured Artist at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. More…

STEVE HACKETT - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 3 October 2018

Steve Hackett: new live 2-CD and Bluray

Steve Hackett has announced the release of a 2CD/Bluray digipak titled ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall’ on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic.

The album was recorded on 5 October 2018 at The Royal Festival Hall, London, during the 2018 Genesis Revisited Tour which fulfilled a long held ambition of Steve’s to perform the music of Genesis with a live orchestra.

The concert featured Steve’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals and Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) on bass, together with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann, and augmented by the 41-piece Heart Of England Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk.

Steve commented – “It was a fantastic experience for both the band and myself to play alongside an orchestra and to feel the power of the sound this extraordinary combo created. It sounds equally compelling on both film and audio. I’m proud to release this exciting product.”

The Blu-Ray digipak also includes a behind the scenes documentary plus promotional videos for Under The Eye Of The Sun, Beasts In Our Time and Peace.

Track listing

Set 1: Dance On A Volcano/ Out Of The Body/ The Steppes/ Firth of Fifth/ Dancing With The Moonlit Knight/ Blood On The Rooftops/ Shadow of the Hierophant/ Set 2: In That Quiet Earth/Afterglow/Serpentine Song/El Nino/Supper’s Ready/
Encore: The Musical Box

Steve Hackett’s November UK tour (2-29th) will focus on ‘Selling England By The Pound’ and his solo albums ‘Spectral Mornings’ and the latest, ‘At The Edge Of Light’.

Gig review (October 2018)
Album review (At The Edge Of Light)

Photo: David Randall/GRTR!

Mo Birch - Kingdom Of Madness

Kingdom of Madness line-up changes and November gig

Kingdom of Madness, the band formed by Mark Stanway and playing “Classic Magnum”, have announced recent line-up changes and a forthcoming gig in November.

Due to commitments with the nationwide UK tour of the musical ‘We Will Rock You” bassist Neil Murray has been replaced by Brian Badhams.  Brian worked with Stanway in the band Rainmaker in the mid-1970s as well as artists such as Steve Gibbons, Climax Blues Band, Bev Bevan and Elkie Brooks.

Guitarist Laurence Archer has also left to concentrate on the rejuvenated Grand Slam, whose debut album is released 22 November.

These changes have led to the  re-scheduling of shows in Newcastle, Glasgow and Kinross originally announced for 3-5 October 2019.  They have been re-arranged for 17-19 September 2020.  Original tickets will remain valid for the revised dates.

Kingdom of Madness play Wolverhampton Newhampton Arts Centre on Saturday 16 November.

The band also features Richard Bailey, Micky Barker, Mo Birch (pictured), and Chris Ousey.

Artist website
Gig review (March 2019)

Check out forthcoming album/DVD releases here!

Gigs to go to

SARI SCHORR - Koko, London, 7 February 2019


KRIS BARRAS BAND 5-30 October Archive Review
BLACK STAR RIDERS/Stone Broken/Wayward Sons 10-26 October Archive Review
WISHBONE ASH 12 October – 16 November Archive Review
ROYAL REPUBLIC 18 – 31 October
ROBIN TROWER/Livingstone Brown/Sari Schorr
(pictured) 24-29 October
Archive Review
MARILLION 1-19 November Archive Review
STEVE HACKETT 2-29 November
Archive Review
Y&T 2-8 November
Archive Review
Archive Review
LAURENCE JONES BAND 22 November-13 December
Archive Review

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More gig reviews

Feature video

ECLIPSE The Masquerade

Swedish melodic hard rockers Eclipse release their new album via Frontiers – Paradigm – on 11 October.

Describing the new album, vocalist Erik Martensson says: “I once saw someone describing our previous record as an accelerating motion, picking up more and more speed as the record progressed. Well, I think it is safe to say that Para-digm picks up where the previous record left off. We have a whistle blowing a few seconds in on the opening track and from there it’s just full speed ahead! We’ve written some of the best songs of our career and we can’t wait for people to hear them!”

The band’s European tour starts 22 October with UK and ROW dates planned for 2020.


Alt-rock metallers Sanguine release their third album – Cold Blood – in December via Odyssey Music.

The band released their debut album in 2012 and since that time have played festivals such as Download and Bloodstock.

KXM Time Flies

The latest album from “supergroup” power trio KXM featuring Ray Luzier (Korn), dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and George Lynch.

The band formed in 2013 with their debut album released a year later.

‘Circle Of Dolls’ is released via Frontiers (13 September)

Album review

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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