News: MARILLION, NICK MASON, STYX, BLUE OYSTER CULT (February 2020)

MARILLION - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 4 November 2019

News - Album News

Marillion release an expanded version of ‘Script For A Jester’s Tear’ on April 3 as a 4CD/Blu-ray package and on 4LP.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets will release ‘Live At The Roundhouse’ (2LP, 2CD/DVD and Blu-ray) on April 17 through Sony Records.

Night Ranger have re-signed with Frontiers and plan to release their next studio album in 2021. Guitarist Brad Gillis is close to completing his solo album which features former Night Ranger vocalist Gary Moon.

Tears For Fears have announced a box set to mark the 35th anniversary of Songs From The Big Chair. A limited edition picture disc of the album is set to be released, as well as a deluxe 4CD/2DVD boxset on March 13.

Candlemass have announced a new EP ‘The Pendulum’, due out March 27 via Napalm Records.

Adrian Vandenburg has announced the return of his band VANDENBURG. Joining him is vocalist Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Lords Of Black) with Rudy Sarzo and Brian Tichy completing the line-up. A new album is due on the Mascot Label this year – the first since 1985.

FM release their new album ‘Synchronized’ via Frontiers on April 10.

Tesla release ‘Five Man London Jam’ on March 27. The show was recorded last year at the Abbey Road Studios.

Deep Purple release their new album ‘Whoosh!’ on June 12 on earMUSIC.

Judas Priest have started work on their next studio album.

Shinedown aim to have their new album out by mid-2021.

Enter Shikari release their latest album ‘Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible’ on April 17 via So Recordings.

Folk rock duo Milton Hide have set-up a Crowdfunder campaign for their debut album.

Her Chariot Awaits feature vocalist Ailyn (ex-Sirenia) and guitarist/producer Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob). The band’s self-titled debut will be released on April 10 via Frontiers.

Progressive metal band Simulacrum have signed a multi-album deal with Frontiers and will release a new album later this year.

The Dowling Poole release their third album ‘See You See Me’ on Feb 28.

Tommy Shaw has stated that Styx are well underway in writing for a new studio album.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of their widely celebrated album ‘Agents of Fortune’, Blue Öyster Cult performed the album in its entirety, Hollywood. Frontiers release this as an LP, CD/DVD and Blu-Ray on March 6. On the same day the label re-issue the band’s 1998 ‘Heaven Forbid’.

News - Tours and Gigs

THUNDER have announced the opening acts for their November tour which features UGLY KID JOE as special guests. They are as follows -

Nov 19: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – Those Damn Crows 
Nov 20: Birmingham Resorts World Arena – Piston
Nov 21: London SSE Arena Wembley - The Kris Barras Band
Nov 27: Glasgow SEC Armadillo – Mason Hill
Nov 28: Leeds First Direct Arena – Massive Wagons

The Black Crowes have announced UK & European dates for the autumn.

The Dead Daisies, now featuring Glenn Hughes in their line-up, have announced European tour dates for June & July.

Ozzy Osbourne has postponed his current US tour dates. He has recently announced he has been suffering from Parkinson’s for a number of years. UK & European dates are still planned to go ahead in the autumn.

Styx have announced a show at the London Palladium on June 4.

Jeff Beck has announced UK dates for May.

King King tour in the UK 3-17 April with special guests Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones.

Mike Zito plays UK dates 2-11 April.

Once Def Leppard get off the road with Motley Crue in the US, they embark on a short series of autumn dates with ZZ Top in the US.

Santana have announced US tour dates for the summer supported by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Uriah Heep tour the UK in November to mark the band’s 50th anniversary.

Rage Against The Machine will headline at this year’s Reading & Leeds festival.

The Smashing Pumpkins will support Guns N Roses on their US dates.

Rival Sons have been added to Ramblin’ Man Fair (17-19 July) as Sunday headliner. George Thorogood And The Destroyers, Foghat and Goodbye June have also been added to this year’s line-up

More information (Ramblin Man)

Other Stuff

Riverside have announced guitarist Maciej Meller is now a permanent member of the band.

KK’s Priest feature three former Judas Priest members – KK Downing, Les Binks, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens – plus guitarist AJ Mills and bassist Tony Newton (Voodoo Six). They are currently working on their debut album and plan to tour later in the year.

Drummer Don Powell has revealed that Dave Hill has told him ‘ his services are no longer required’ in Dave Hill’s Slade. Powell aims to launch his own version of Slade and work on a new solo album.

Ian Anderson has issued a statement - For The Avoidance Of Doubt – The Name Jethro Tull - to clear up any confusion over the use of the Jethro Tull name.

KISS are planning a biopic for release next year.

Guitarist Chris Sanders has left Ratt.

Vocalist Brian C Jones has left Lillian Axe to write a book and embark on a solo career.

Steve Hackett publishes his autobiography in July.   ‘A Genesis In My Bed’ (Wymer Publishing) is an account of his early life and time with Genesis plus his later career.

News - RIP

Andy Gill founding member of Gang Of Four.


In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 10 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.


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Featured Albums w/c 25 May (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 FM Synchronized (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
14:00-16:00 BEN KUNDER Searching For The Stranger (indie)

Power Plays w/c 11 May (Mon-Fri)

THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
ALI MASS & MICKY MOODY These Times (Last Man Music)
MASSIVE WAGONS Bangin In Your Stereo (Earache)
UDO We Are One (AFM Records)



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