Monthly Archives: May 2015

Album review: A LIGHT DIVIDED – Mirrors

A LIGHT DIVIDED - Mirrors

A Light Divided is a band out of Winston-Salem, NC and hopefully will (and rightfully should) be a name that will become synonymous with their incredible music. Typically speaking, this isn’t a band that I would stylistically jive with. Not … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUES PILLS – Islington Academy, London, 22 April 2015

BLUES PILLS - Islington Academy, London, 22 April 2015

The latest in the seemingly endless line of classic rock revivalists, a big buzz has emerged around Blues Pills. In their short career they have topped many end of year polls, including being GRTR!’s own tip for 2015. Then on … Continue reading

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Album review: AGNOSTIC FRONT – The American Dream Died

Nuclear Blast – Out Now. Passion, power, honesty, integrity…these are all words which have characterised the attitude and ethos of the New York based Hardcore quintet Agnostic Front since that fateful day in early 1980, when guitarist Vinnie Stigma decided … Continue reading

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Gig review: URIAH HEEP – Old Market, Brighton, 8 May 2015

Uriah Heep - The Old Market, Brighton, 10 May 2015

An incredible 45 years after their debut album, Uriah Heep could be gently coasting towards retirement, but on this evidence the band who on their debut professed to be ‘very ‘eavy and very humble’ are rocking harder than ever. This … Continue reading

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Album review: JOSH TAERK – Here’s To Change

Josh Taerk

Misty Creek Records [Release date 20.07.15] Josh Taerk is back with his second album, after good reviews for his 2013 debut album. This time he has upped the ante by recording in Nashville, joined by bassist Park Chisholm and drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: PENDRAGON – Men Who Climb Mountains

PENDRAGON - Men Who Climb Mountains

Pendragon/Toff Records  [Release date: 13.10.14] Ah, Pendragon – time was when their albums didn’t even need reviewing, such was their generic sound and all round cosy familiarity – it was first-rate, melodic progressive rock and everybody knew what to expect. … Continue reading

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Album Review: – A LIFE DIVIDED – Human

AFM Records [release date 10.04.15] A Life Divided are another one of those European bands that I’ve never heard of but new album “Human” is actually their fifth studio release following on the heels of “The Great Escape” released in … Continue reading

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News: PARADISE LOST, BULLETBOYS, GLENN HUGHES – Wednesday 13th May 2015

Glenn Hughes, photo by Mark Hughes

JOE SATRIANI releases his 15th solo studio album, ‘Shockwave Supernova’, on Friday 24th July. Joe also tours the UK in November with support from South African guitarist Dan Patlansky.  (Ticket hotline: 0844 888 9991, Book online: ticketline.co.uk) Manchester o2 Apollo  … Continue reading

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News: British Blues Award nominee TRISTAN MACKAY announces UK dates for June

Tristan Mackay - Wire & Wood

British Blues Award nominated songsmith  is set to play six headline shows throughout June 2015. The dates follow the released in April 2015 of Tristan’s highly acclaimed new album ‘Wire & Wood’, which hit #4 on the iTunes blues chart, … Continue reading

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Album review: NEAL SCHON – Vortex

Neal Schon - Vortex

This is an exclusive edit from an interview with Neal Schon using non-broadcast material.  An extended version will be broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in a special edition of ‘Assume The Position’ presented by David Randall on Sunday … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TOWN PORTAL, CIVIL WAR

TOWN PORTAL – The Occident Small Pond Recordings [Released 25.05.15] This is the second album by Danish band Town Portal. They are a three piece instrumental band, with guitarist Christian Henrik Ankerstjerne also handling production. Instrumental albums are sadly a … Continue reading

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News: TRACER, DEGREED, NIGHTWISH – Monday 11th May 2015

Tracer - Sheffield, The Plug, 8 June 2013

Degreed release their new album, ‘Dead But Not Forgotten’ on June 19th. The reissed Jethro Tull album ‘Minstrel In The Gallery’ has entered the UK album charts at no.59. David A Saylor (Push UK) will release his new album ‘Built … Continue reading

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Gig review: JUDIE TZUKE – The Lowry, Salford, 10 May 2015

JUDIE TZUKE - The Lowry, Salford, 10 May 2015

Judie Tzuke’s Songs & Stories tour, billed as ‘an intimate evening of old favourites, new songs and tales from her life and career’ is something of a revelation.  If for no other reason than the apparent exorcism of her well … Continue reading

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Album review: IMPELLITTERI – Venom

Frontiers Records [release date 17.04.15] Venom is the tenth studio album from Impellitteri and their first since “Wicked Maiden” back in 2009. My last dealings with Chris Impellitteri, however, were way back in 1988 with his debut “Stand In Line” … Continue reading

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Gig review: PANIC ROOM – The Citadel, St. Helens, 9 May 2015

PANIC ROOM - The Citadel, St. Helens, 9 May 2015

The last time we caught up with Panic Room was at the Zanzibar Club in Liverpool during last summer’s World Cup – a venue that, at best, can be described as ‘grimy’.  The Citadel has seen equally better days.  A … Continue reading

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Gig review: WILKO JOHNSON – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 26 April 2015

You could be forgiven for thinking that nothing has changed. Wilko is touring relentlessly, just like he always did. He’s currently two months into a year-long jaunt entitled ‘Still Kickin’ – the comeback tour. That’s ‘comeback’ in the Lazarus sense … Continue reading

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Gig review: BETH HART, The Barbican, London, 8 May 2015

BETH HART, The Barbican, London, 8 May 2015

The Barbican is hot tonight. The apparent lack of air con and a sense of pre-gig anticipation mean that when Beth Hart hits her stride the venue has an old fashioned clubby vibe. An expansive black back-drop, flickering candles on … Continue reading

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Gig review: FM – Bierkeller, Bristol, 1 May 2015

FM - Bierkeller, Bristol, 1 May 2015

With no Welsh date on this run of the Heroes And Villains UK tour, a trip across the bridge was in order tonight to catch the latest FM at a venue I haven’t been to in 22 years, suffice to … Continue reading

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News: DANA FUCHS interview – UK tour starts 11 May 2015

Dana Fuchs

Photo: Noel Buckley Blues rock singer Dana Fuchs is interviewed by Pete Feenstra for his feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, on Sunday 10 May at 19:00 Pete plays tracks from Dana’s albums ‘Songs From The Road’ and … Continue reading

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News: ASIA, EXTREME, BOREALIS – Friday 8th May 2015

Asia release ‘Axis XXX Live in San Francisco MMXII’ as a 2CD/DVD and blu-ray formats on July 3rd on Frontiers. The Darkness have a new drummer, Rufus Taylor, son of Queen drummer Roger. Spotify are rumoured to be planning to … Continue reading

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