News: CHEAP TRICK, FM, LEAGUE OF LIGHTS (February 2021)

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News - Album News

Cheap Trick release their new album ‘In Another World’ on April 9 via BMG.

Sweet Oblivion featuring Geoff Tate release their second album ‘Relentless’ on April 9 via Frontiers.

FM release a double live album ‘Tough It Out Live’ on April 9 via Frontiers.

Queensryche are working on their next studio album and may release a live album beforehand.

League Of Lights release their third album ‘Dreamers Don’t Come Down’ on March 12 (April 23 for vinyl) on Eightspace Records.

Jon Boden releases his new album ‘The Last Mile Home’ on March 12.

HeKz have announced a new line up, with a double concept album ‘Terra Nova’ due for a 2022 release. Founder member Matt Young has been joined by drummer Moyano el Buffalo and Pieter Beemsterboer on keyboards.

Steve Cropper releases a new solo album – which he considers his first since 1969 – on April 23 called ‘Fire It Up’.

Peter Frampton Band release an all instrumental album on April 23 called ‘Frampton Forgets His Words’.

Eric Church has released a new single ‘Heart On Fire’. The track comes from his forthcoming triple album ‘Heart & Soul.‘ The new album will be released in three parts with ‘Heart’ out on April 16, followed by ‘&’ on April 20 as a vinyl record available exclusively to Church Choir members, and finishing with ‘Soul’ on April 23.

Joe Lynn Turner is working on an album with producer and Hypocrisy/Pain frontman Peter Tägtgren.

The Pinepapple Thief release ‘The Soord Sessions: Vol 1-4′ as a deluxe hardback 4CD on April 16.

Peggy Seeger has announced what is “probably her farewell album”, ‘First Farewell’, which is released on April 9 via Red Grape Music

Levara release their self-titled debut album through Mascot Records on May 14.

Molly Karloff release their new single ‘She Said’ (Romesh Remix) on February 19. All proceeds from the single will be donated to the UK mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind.

Hardcore Superstar have signed with Golden Robot Records and plan to release a new album later this year.

Mammoth WVH release their self-titled debut album on June 11.

Neonfly release their new album ‘The Future, Tonight’ on June 18 via Noble Demon Records. They have just released a cover of Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus‘.

The Selector’s debut album ‘Too Much Pressure’ is reissued as 3CD set on April 23.

Thundermother release a double live album entitled ‘Heat Wave Deluxe Edition’ on May 21.

Paul Carrack releases a new sinlge ‘You’re Not Alone’ on February 19, with his new album ‘One On One’ due in the summer.

Jethro Tull’s ‘A’ album is released as a six CD box set ‘A (A La Mode) 40th Anniversary Edition’ on April 16.

Mike Tramp releases a best of ‘Everythung Is Alright’ on May 21 via Target.

Crowded House release their new albium – their first in over a decade - ‘Dreamers Are Waiting’ on June 4.

Papa Roach intend to release a new studio album in 2022 with an accompanying tour.

Shinedown will release their new album after the summer.

Heart’s Ann Wilson releases a new single ‘The Hammer’ on February 25.

Blackberry Smoke release their new album ‘You Hear Georgia’ on May 28 via Earache Records.

David Coverdale has stated in a recent interview that the planned 30th anniversary edition of the ‘Coverdale Page’ album will include newly recorded material.

Sunbomb sees Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) and Michael Sweet (Stryper) team up with their debut release ‘Evil And Divine’ out May 14 via Frontiers.

News - Tours and Gigs

Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:

Aerosmith (Jun 2021 to Jun 2022), A-Ha (May 2021 to May 2022), Bad Touch + Piston (Mar/Apr 2021 to Nov/Dec 2021), Bowling For Soup (May 2021 to Apr 2022), Cast (Mar/Apr 2021 to Jan/Feb 2022), Cheap Trick (Apr 2021 to Feb 2022), Doves (Mar 2021 to Feb/Mar 2022), FM (Apr 2021 to April 2022), Robert Jon & the Wreck (May 2021 to Sep 2021), Richie Kotzen (Apr 2021 cancelled), Lazuli (May 21 to Mar 2022), the Mission (Apr 2021 to Apr 2022), Nightwish (May 2021 to Nov/Dec 2021), Carl Palmer’s ELP  Legacy (Apr 2021 to Apr 2022), Queen + Adam Lambert (Jun 2021 to May/Jun 2022), These Wicked Rivers (Mar 2021 to Sep 2021), Thunder (May 2021 to May 2022), Travis (Apr/May 2021 to May 2022), the Who (Mar/Apr 2021 cancelled),

Upcoming (Gigs – UK)

Rescheduled US & European tour dates:

Hall & Oates (2020 to Apr/May 2021), Nightwish (May 2021 to Nov/Dec 2021), Primal Fear (Feb/Mar 2021 to Sep 2021 & Jan/Feb 2022), Queen + Adam Lambert (Jun/Jul 2021 to Jun/Jul 2022),

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

Acoustic Festival of Britain has been postponed from May this year to May 20-22 2022.

Squeeze have moved their socially distanced Wembley show back to May 22.

The Teenage Cancer Trust shows planned for the Albert Hall next month have been cancelled.

The Slam Dunk festival has moved from May to September.

The organisers of the Leeds & Reading festivals have said they will both be going ahead as planned in August.

Other Stuff

A new music channel The Coda Collection launches on Amazon Prime with programmes on Dave Grohl, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones planned for the early weeks of its launch.

Ronnie James Dio’s memoir ‘A Rainbow In The Dark‘ is published on July 27 and co-written with Mick Wall.

Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kürsch has quit his long-running project Demons & Wizards which he formed with Iced Earth‘s Jon Schaffer. Hansi announced his departure two weeks after Schaffer was arrested for his involvement in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have both quit the band.

Following an announcement that he has been diagnosed with ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease), George Kooymans, the guitarist who co-founded Golden Earring, will retire. As a result the band are calling it a day – “This is a death blow,” said singer Barry Hay. “We always said we would keep going until one of us fell over. Our last performance appears to have been in Ahoy in 2019. That was a great show with family and friends, but we would have preferred it differently.”

Delain keyboardist Martijn Westerholt has announced that the band have split up and he would continue Delain as a solo project.

Tora Tora have parted ways with label Frontiers after releasing one album with them.

Kissin’ Dynamite founding member and drummer Andi Schnitzer has left the band.

News - RIP

Guitarist and founder member of The Animals, Hilton Valentine

Guitarist and singer Stefan Cush of The Men They Couldn’t Hang

Jazz pianist and musical fusion pioneer Chick Corea

Louis Clark who was a member of ELO (orchestrating the strings on the band’s albums between 1974 to 1983) and devised Hooked On Classics


The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk Sunday 21 February, 16:00 EST, 21:00 GMT

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 7 February 2021 and includes the Top 10 albums at www.getreadytorock.com for that week.

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 26 January 2021.


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Featured Albums w/c 22 February 2021 (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 RADAR Lost In The Atlantic (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 DURBIN The Beast Awakens (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN – The Darkest Days Are The Brightest (InsideOut Music)

Power Plays w/c 22 February 2021 (Mon-Fri)

ALESTI Voices
DEAD REYNOLDS Bright Lights

ALLY VENABLE Road To Nowhere
JASON SWEENEY She’s A Fighter



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