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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL AOR – Pwllheli, 9-12 March 2017

Lita Ford - HARD ROCK HELL AOR - Pwllheli, 9-12 March 2017

The HRH franchise is probably the most successful of these three day indoor events and rightly so, they found a spot in the market and have developed a fluid, tightly run operation that always delivers. The AOR weekend was slightly … Continue reading

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Gig review: WINTER’S END FESTIVAL – Poole, 24-26 February 2017

WINTER

With the resounding success of sister event Rockstock, Planet Rock seized on the idea to stage another event this time in the south of England in Poole, a somewhat neglected area for touring rock bands.   I think it is safe … Continue reading

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Gig review: MIKE + THE MECHANICS – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 15 March 2017

MIKE + THE MECHANICS - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 15 March 2017

With only two tracks from the album featured in the set, the Word Of Mouth Tour 2017 billing – to celebrate that album’s 25th anniversary last year, turned out to be something of a misnomer. But, let’s be honest, the … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM GRIMM AND THE FAMILY BAND – A Stranger In This Time

TIM GRIMM AND THE FAMILY BAND - A Stranger In This Time

Cavalier Recordings [Release date 03.03.17] As the billing suggests, multi-talented folk/country singer/songwriter and actor (the TV series Reasonable Doubts, and films including Clear And Present Danger with Harrison Ford) Tim Grimm’s latest release is something of a family affair ‘supported … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MADISON VIOLET, STEVE RAVENSFIELD, BLACK ANGELS

MADISON VIOLET The Knight Sessions

MADISON VIOLET The Knight Sessions (Big Lake Music) With their last album Year Of The Horse (2014), Madison Violet (two piece Canadian female harmony duo Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac) shifted from their country/ folk roots to a bolder, dare … Continue reading

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Quick plays: VEXINE, SIREN’S SKY, NARYAN, THE VIOLET HOUR, THIRD LOVE

VEXINE Little Sin

VEXINE Little Sin [Release date 30.04.16] Female fronted blues based rock bands are becoming increasingly ‘in vogue’, but Richmond, Virginia, based 4-piece Vexine have hooked a left at the crossroads and are taking the genre across country. A seasoned bunch … Continue reading

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Album review: DREW HOLCOMB AND THE NEIGHBORS – Souvenir

DREW HOLCOMB AND THE NEIGHBORS - Souvenir

Magnolia Music [Release date 21.04.17] With a Masters degree dissertation on ‘Springsteen and American Redemptive Imagination’, and tour support slots for the likes of The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams and Los Lobo it’s not hard to guess what to expect … Continue reading

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Album review: EZIO – Daylight Moon

EZIO - Daylight Moon

Jazzhaus [Release date 18.11.16] From Cambridge, with eight studio albums, and four live albums to their name since 1990, Ezio have built up something of a cult following over their 26 year career (both in the UK and Europe), without … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN CLEWS – While Middle England Mows Its Lawns

DAN CLEWS - While Middle England Mows Its Lawns

Vista Music [Release date 31.03.17] Album number three, and much is still made of Kentish singer songwriter Dan Clews’ George Martin connections. But while originally endorsed by the 5th Beatle, and with son Giles involved in the production of Clews’ … Continue reading

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News: ELEANOR McEVOY – UK tour (May 2017)

Eleanor McEvoy - Alexanders, Chester, 12 March 2015

Ireland’s internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy continues her ‘Naked… Live’ tour with the announcement of a fourteen-date tour across England and Wales throughout May 2017. Best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, which … Continue reading

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News: Jethro Tull’s IAN ANDERSON – new album and radio interview (March 2017)

Jethro Tull

Pete Feenstra chatted to Ian Anderson and featured tracks from the new album, for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 12 March 2017. Album review Nearly 50 years after the debut album from Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is set … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUE OCTOBER – Islington O2 Academy, 4 March 2017

BLUE OCTOBER - Islington O2 Academy, 4 March 2017

Shortly before the UK tour, David Randall chatted to Justin Furstenfeld for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  In the first hour of his weekly show, David plays tracks from the current and recent albums whilst asking Justin about the band’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN REED NETWORK / Vega – Live Rooms, Chester, 4 March 2017

DAN REED NETWORK - Live Rooms, Chester, 4 March 2017

Chatting to two excellent songsmiths recently – Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld and Dan Reed – I suggested to them that modern songcraft isn’t what it used to be and that we were unlikely to be whistling many contemporary tunes in … Continue reading

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Album review: TERRY BOZZIO – Composer Series

TERRY BOZZIO - Composer Series

earMUSIC [Release date 25.11.16] Traditionally, drummers have received bad press or no press.  They sit at the back keeping time but very rarely come forward to articulate their wider musical visions.  Terry Bozzio is perhaps best known for his work … Continue reading

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News: BLUE OCTOBER – UK dates and radio interview (February 2017)

Blue October

David Randall chatted to Blue October mainman Justin Furstenfeld on the eve of their UK visit.  This special feature includes tracks from several albums including ‘Home’  (59:40) First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 26 February 2017. Blue October … Continue reading

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Album review: JON LORD – Reissues (Gemini Suite/Before I Forget)

JON LORD - Gemini Suite

Gemini Suite [Release date 09.12.16] Before I Forget [Release date 27.01.17] It is perhaps sometimes overlooked, but Jon Lord left a quiet legacy of solo albums even though for most of his career he laboured in the gargantuan shadow of … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) April-June 2017

Danko Jones - Wild Cat

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Updated 22.03.17 March 3rd RICHARD BARBIERI ‘Planets + Persona’ Kscope BLAZE BAYLEY ‘Endure And Survive (Infinite Entanglement Part II)’ BLINK ‘A Map of rhe Universe’ (re-issue) Garage Records BROTHER FIRETRIBE ‘Sunbound’ DANKO JONES ‘Wild Cat’ AFM … Continue reading

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Album review: FIREWIND – Immortals

FIREWIND - Immortals

AFM Records [Release date 20.01.17] It’s been four years since ‘Few Against Many’ but Gus G is no slouch.  In the interim he’s released two excellent solo albums and moonlighted with Ozzy.  And in spite of everything he always seems … Continue reading

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News: Man Doki Soulmates (incl. Ian Anderson, Chris Thompson, Randy Brecker) play London gig, 3 March 2017

Man Doki Soulmates

Where can you see the combined talents of some of the most renowned legends from the world of classic rock, prog and fusion? On Friday 3 March the musical collective of the Man  Doki Soulmates play a very exclusive one-off … Continue reading

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Gig review: FIREWIND – Manchester Academy, 16 February 2017

FIREWIND - Manchester Academy, 16 February 2017

You wonder: now that Ozzy has ended “The End”, in his dotage will he revive his solo career?  And does that mean there’s another job for Gus G?  The Greek guitarist was drafted in for the album ‘Scream’ in 2010 … Continue reading

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