News – AC/DC, BILL BAILEY, INGLORIOUS, FLOGGING MOLLY (October 2020)

News - Album News

AC/DC (pictured above) have been teasing new activity via their website and UK press adverts. They have now confirmed that vocalist Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd are officially back in AC/DC, joining Angus and Stevie Young. A new song ‘Shot In The Dark’ is released on Wednesday October 7 and the album ‘Power Up’ is out on November 13.

Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy has completed work on his second solo album.

Inglorious release their new album early next year and have announced UK tour dates for April and May.

Fiction Sixx have their debut album ‘Tall Dark Secrets’ re-issued on November 26 via Melodic Rock Records, who also release the band’s new album, ‘Ghost Of My Father’s Past’ in early 2021.

Drive-by Truckers release their new album (their second this year) ‘THE NEW OK’  via ATO Records digitally on October 2 with a CD/Vinyl release following on December 18.

Dream Theater’s vocalist James LaBrie has started work on a new solo album.

Elbow singer Guy Garvey has released a new solo single ‘My Angel’. The song is the theme tune to the new BBC One drama Life.

Keith Richards will release a newly expanded live box set ‘Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988′ on November 13.

Heart’s Nancy Wilson will release her debut solo album next year.

Midnite City have completed work on their third album entitled ‘Itch You Can’t Scratch’ which is due for release next year.

Blue Oyster Cult founder Albert Bouchard will release his new album ‘Re Imaganos’ on November 6.

Warrior Soul release a covers album ‘Cocaine And Other Good Stuff’ via Live Wire/Cargo Records on November 13.

Jump release their latest album ‘Breaking Point’ through F2 Music on November 9.

Last Great Dreamers release ’Live At The Tivoli’ next month.

Neil Diamond releases a new album ‘Classic Diamonds’ on November 20 via EMI Records where he reinterprets versions of his hits with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Massive Wagons release an updated version of their rarities collection ‘The Good The Bad And The Ugly’ on November 6.

Andrew W.K. has signed with Napalm Records who will release his new album next year.

Voodoo Circle release a new album ’Locked & Loaded’ on January 15 on AFM Records. The album also marks the return of vocalist David Readman and drummer Markus Kullmann.

Multi-Story release their latest album ‘CBF10′ on October 26 via F2 Music.

Royal Hunt will release their new studio album ‘Dystopia’ on December 9 via King Records (Japan/SE Asia) and on December 18th via NorthPoint Productions (Europe/N & S America). A concept album featuring performances by guest vocalists Mats Leven (Candlemass, TSO), Mark Boals (Malmsteen, Ring of Fire), Henrik Brockman (Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade, N´Tribe), Kenny Lubcke (Narita, Zoser Mez) and Alexandra Andersen (Royal Hunt, JSP).

News - Tours and Gigs

Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:

Boomtown Rats, Feeder, Ferocious Dog, Fish (Feb 2021 cancelled), Larkin Poe (Feb 2021 to Nov 2021), Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate (Feb 2021 to Feb 2022), Manic Street Preachers (NHS concerts Dec 2020 to July 2021), Mogwai (Feb 2021 cancelled), Cormac Neeson (cancelled), Ozzy Osbourne + Judas Priest (now 2022 dates TBA), Simple Minds (Feb/Mar 2021 to Aug 2021), Skunk Anansie, Scott Stapp (now 2022), Tangerine Dream, Therapy? (spring 2021 to autumn 20210), Rick Wakeman,

Upcoming (Gigs – UK)

Rescheduled US & European tour dates:

Skunk Anansie, Scott Stapp (now 2022),

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

Bill Bailey has announced a UK tour for next December with dates in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Leeds, Hull, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham.

Coney Hatch played a pay-per-view concert at El Mocambo, Toronto on October 3. The show was recorded for a future CD/DVD release.

Eric Clapton has announced a series of shows at the Royal Albert Hall for next May.

The Damned’s original line up — Dave Vanian, Brian James, Rat Scabies &Captain Sensible — will reunite for shows at the Eventim Apollo London, O2 Academy Birmingham, O2 Academy Glasgow and the O2 Apollo Manchester next July.

Fish has cancelled his rescheduled dates due next February, however the November UK & European dates are still on.

Flogging Molly have announced UK dates for August.

Martin Barre, Clive Bunker and Dee Palmer will perform ‘Aqualung’ to celebrate Jethro Tull’s 50th anniversary at next August’s A New Day Festival.

Sharon Osbourne has confirmed that Ozzy Osbourne is due back on the road in 2022.

Squeeze play a socially distanced arena gig at the O2 Arena, London on Saturday 5 December.

Rick Wakeman plays the London Palladium next month on November 27, where he will be joined by his son Adam Wakeman, for a socially distanced show. His scheduled Nov/Dec tour has been moved to next year.

Other Stuff

Dr. Martens have launched two new boots celebrating the 50th anniversary of Black Sabbath’s first two studio albums ‘Black Sabbath’ and ‘Paranoid’.

Vocalist Burton C Bell has left Fear Factory leaving guitarist Dino Cazares as the current sole member of the band.

Musical based honours in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list include ELO’s Jeff Lynne (OBE), Sir Tommy Steele and Mica Paris (OBE).

Richie Sambora has stated in a recent interview he wouldn’t rule out working with Bon Jovi again at some point in the future.

Guitarist Jason Hook has left Five Finger Death Punch and his replacement is Andy James.

Toto have announced a new line-up. Joining guitarist Steve Lukather and vocalist Joseph Williams are John Pierce (bass), Robert ‘Sput’ Searight (drums), Steve Maggiora (keyboards, vocals), Dominique ‘Xavier’ Taplin (keyboards) and Warren Ham (various instruments, vocals). The new line-up’s first show is on Saturday 21 November – a Worldwide Livestream Event.

89% of venues that applied for government funding in the UK were granted it according to the Music Venues Trust.

Alice Cooper has released a Halloween themed card game.

News - RIP

Australian singer Helen Reddy

Legendary bassist Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia, from Californian funk band Tower Of Power

Singer/bassist with the Outfield Tony Lewis

Spencer Davis of the Spencer Davis Group, who famously knocked the Beatles off the number 1 spot with ‘Keep On Runnin‘.

Former King Crimson singer and bassist Gordon Haskell

Widely influential guitarist Eddie Van Halen has passed away after fighting cancer.  His band Van Halen was one of the most successful rock acts of the 1980s.  The band reunited with original vocalist David Lee Roth in 2007 and for the 2012 album ‘A Different Kind Of Truth’.



Josh Taerk’s latest Lockdown session was streamed on Sunday 25 October. More about Josh: http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/?s=%22Josh+Taerk%22

David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 27 September 2020.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 29 September 2020.


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Featured Albums w/c 26 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 HEARTWIND Strangers (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 FATES WARNING Long Day, Good (Metal Blade)
14:00-16:00 PADRAIG JACK Making Sand (indie)

Power Plays w/c 26 October (Mon-Fri)

LYKANTROPI Axis Of Margaret (Despotz Records)
LIONS SHARE Aim Higher (indie)
ALL RUNS RED What Good Would That Do (indie)
TRIDENT WATERS Six Feet Under (indie)
HOLDING ABSENCE Beyond Belief (indie)
DORIS BRENDEL Other Side Of The World (Sky Rocket Records)



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