Monthly Archives: January 2017

Gig review: BLUESCLUB – Eel Pie Club, Twickenham, London, 26 January 2017

I had wanted to see Robbie McIntosh play live ever since I was spellbound by his scintillating playing on The Pretender’s ‘Learning To Crawl’ album back in 1984. Tracks like ‘My City Was Gone’ and ‘Time The Avenger’ are still … Continue reading

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News: JOHN WETTON 1949-2017

In this interview extract from April 2009 John Wetton tells David Randall about his early influences, and the immediate aftermath of his departure from Asia in 1991 which led to the release of his second, and favourite, solo album ‘Battle … Continue reading

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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 27-30 January 2017

Steve Hackett - Giants of Rock, Minehead, January 2017

David Randall sets the scene… Giants of Rock.  Geriatrics of Rock?  It’s where we’ve ended up.  The bracing sea air, the faded resort town, the surfeit of hand-wash.   These events as much remind us of our own mortality as that … Continue reading

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Album review: DANKO JONES – Wild Cat

DANKO JONES - Wild Cat

AFM Records [Release date 03.03.17] Danko Jones have been around since 1996 and this is the band’s eighth album. They have a good live reputation, regularly touring the UK and Europe. For me this is my first time listening to a whole album … Continue reading

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Gig review: JUST SAY YES/ARFM MELODIC ROCK FUNDRAISER – The Spot, Derby, 28 January 2017

VEGA - Melodic Rock Fundraiser - The Spot, Derby, 28 January 2017

From initially modest ambitions,  the ‘Just Say Yes’ fundraiser is rapidly establishing itself as a must on the festival calendar for melodic rock fans, sandwiched between Autumn’s Firefest and latterly Rockingham, and Spring’s HRH. I hugely enjoyed my first festival … Continue reading

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Album review: GERRY JABLONSKI & THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live Trouble

GERRY JABLONSKI & THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live Trouble

Gerry Jablonski [Release date 02.12.16] The fact that Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band chose Poland to cut a live album tells you all you need to know about the relentless road work that this Scottish band have undertaken in … Continue reading

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Album review: HEATH GREEN & THE MAKESHIFTERS

HEATH GREEN & THE MAKESHIFTERS

Okay, this is the shit. From the chugging opening bars of “Out to the City”, and that voice – close your eyes and tell me Frankie Miller isn’t back in the house. This is swampy Americana at its finest from … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WILD! – Wild At Heart

THE WILD! - Wild At Heart

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 17.02.17] Jailhouse tattoo sleeves, Jack Daniels, skanky birds, drag cars, chainsaws, yobbish football-terrace choruses, drinking double-fisted, whacking beer bottles with baseball bats, Powerage-era riffagery, setting fire to…anything, reckless frat-boy behavior, blue denim cut-offs, trailer-park trash attitude and I’m guessing, way out of date … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK ‘PORKCHOP’ HOLDER – Let It Slide

[Release date 10.02.17] So, Eric Sardinas walks into a grubby, smoky, barrelhouse bar where the soles of your shoes stick to the carpet like glue, starts pounding shots of Mississippi moonshine with George Thorogood and talking about putting a band together – when the group walks on stage. After an hour of gritty, foot-stomping Porkchop blues, … Continue reading

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Gig review: TYKETTO – Islington Academy, London, 26 January 2017

TYKETTO - Islington Academy, London, 26 January 2017

2016 was meant to be a big year for Tyketto as they both celebrated the 25th anniversary reissue of their classic ‘Don’t Come Easy release and an excellent new album ‘Reach’, the first with a new line-up of the band. … Continue reading

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Album review: EMPIRE – Hypnotica (+3)

Pride & Joy Music [Release date 24.02.17] Pride & Joy Music are set to re-release Empire’s four albums throughout 2017 and start off with the band’s debut album ‘Hypnotica’, originally released back in 2001. Empire were formed by guitarist Rolf Munkes (Majesty/Razorback/Crematory) … Continue reading

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Album review: AARON KEYLOCK – Cut Against The Grain

Aaron Keylock - Cut Against The Grain

Provogue [Release date 20.01.17] This is a good time to be Aaron Keylock. He’s an impossibly young veteran of the rock/blues genre, who has graduated through the ranks old school style, while dipping into blues, indie and rock along the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE PRS BAND – Time To Testify (Paul Reed Smith)

THE PRS BAND - Time To Testify

Pete Feenstra chatted to Paul Reed Smith for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, first broadcast 5 March 2017. Favored Nations [Release date 10.02.17] www.prsband.com/music (hear samples) He’s been designing guitars for any number of name guitarists … Continue reading

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News: LISBEE STAINTON to release first album in three years ahead of a UK tour

Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Lisbee Stainton will release her fifth studio album ‘Then Up’ on 21st April 2017 on Marionet Music, ahead of a nine-date headline UK tour throughout May. The release of ‘Then Up’ will be preceded by the release … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM BOWNESS – Lost In The Ghostlight

Inside Out [Release date 17.02.17] To my shame I have never really listened to any of the music by Tim Bowness prior to this album. The album’s theme revolves around the contemporary musings of Moonshot leader Jeff Harrison, though the … Continue reading

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Gig review: GLENN HUGHES – Islington Assembly Hall, London, 21 January 2017

GLENN HUGHES - Islington Assembly Hall, London, 21 January 2017

In October 2016, Glenn Hughes chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio about his music with tracks from ‘Resonate’ Keeping up a gruelling schedule that would break many a younger man, Glenn Hughes’ solo career, which took a bit of … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MIKE GROGAN, PELE, THE MOST UGLY CHILD

MIKE GROGAN Too Many Ghosts

MIKE GROGAN Too Many Ghosts Poacher Records [Release date 10.02.17] Having paid his dues in the punk explosion of the 70′s, and a six piece Springsteen-esque band in the 80′s, South of England based multi-instrumentalist Mike Grogan has settled into … Continue reading

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Album review: VANGELIS – Delectus (Box set)

VANGELIS - Delectus

Win the box set!! (Comp. closes 19.02.17) UMC [Release date 03.02.17] Just too late for Xmas, comes this mammoth 13-disc box set of Vangelis’ albums on Vertigo and Polydor, remastered from the original first generation tapes under the big man’s … Continue reading

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Album review: ASH WILSON – Broken Machine

ASH WILSON - Broken Machine

Wilson Brothers Music [Release date 21.04.17] There’s nothing ‘broken’ about this debut from Lincolnshire based singer-songwriter/ blues guitarist Ash Wilson.  One of a growing band of a new blues generation, with brother Phil not only contributing drums and percussion, but … Continue reading

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Album review: JO HARMAN – People We Become

JO HARMAN - People We Become

Sands Foley Entertainment [Release date 03.02.17] So who the hell is Jo Harman?  Her 2013 debut album Dirt On My Tongue blended rock, soul, blues and jazz with a maturity way beyond her tender years.  Get Ready To ROCK!’s Pete … Continue reading

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