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News: Heavy rockers MASSIVE WAGONS, IRON MAIDEN and THOSE DAMN CROWS named in popular poll (December 2018)

Massive Wagons

Readers and listeners have had their say in the annual ‘Best of 2018′ popular poll conducted by top classic rock website www.getreadytorock.com The Best of 2018 is based on the reviewers’ selections for Top Album, Live Act and Breakhrough Act … Continue reading

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Album review: SALVA – Off The Deep End

SALVA - Off The Deep End

White Knight Records [Release date 26.10.18] Not another band pillaging the vaults of pioneer classic rock acts such as Genesis Yes, Genesis, Tull, Floyd, Sabbath, Purple and the like? Yes, Swedish proggers Salva, are back with their ‘own’ brand of … Continue reading

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Album review: HELEN ROSE – Trouble Holding Back

HELEN ROSE - Trouble Holding Back

Monkey Room Music [Release date 21.01.19] I’m not sure what I was expecting from this sax toting singer songwriter debut produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice bassist and a founder member).  Perhaps, a cross between Maria McKee and Rindy Ross … Continue reading

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Album review: THE C SIDES PROJECT – 10 Days

THE C SIDES PROJECT - 10 Days

White Knight Records [Release date 26.10.18] Fellow reviewer Alan Jones gave ‘both barrels’ to South Wales proggers C Sides last release  – We Are Now (2017) – suggesting that the band, featuring ex Magenta members guitarist Martin Rosser and drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: TIGER MOTH TALES – Story Tellers Part Two

TIGER MOTH TALES - Story Tellers Part Two

White Knight Records [Release date 26.10.18] We were absolutely blown away this year by Pete Jones’ performances as part of Camel on their Moonmadness tour.  His keyboards and vocals were perfect, but it was his sax playing on ‘Another Night’ … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MOODY BLUES – In Search Of The Lost Chord (50th Anniversary edition)

THE MOODY BLUES - In Search Of The Lost Chord

Universal [Release date 02.11.18] I’ll be honest, I was never a big Moodies fan.  And this 3 CD/2DVD wallet busting re-visitation is clearly aimed at their most ardent followers i.e. those only too ready to meet the hefty £41.99 price … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January 2019 – March 2019

STEVE HACKETT - Under The Edge Of The Sun

Compiled by Jason Ritchie 2019 January 1st FATES WARNING ‘Awaken the Guardian Live’ 4th LEGION OF THE DAMNED ‘Slaves of the Shadow Realm’ Napalm Records 11th BRING ME THE HORIZON ‘Amo’ SOILWORK ‘The Arrival Of Verkligheten’ Nuclear Blast DAMIAN WILSON … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

Blue Oyster Cult - HARD ROCK HELL, Pwllheli, 15 November 2014

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Your tour not listed? Contact us! Updated 11/12/18   2019 FESTIVALS THE GREAT BRITISH ROCK AND BLUES FESTIVAL Fri 18 Jan-Mon 21 Jan 2019 Butlins Skegness … Continue reading

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Upcoming: European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

Dream Theater - Manchester O2 Apollo, 13 February 2014

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Updated 04/12/2018   ACCEPT 2019-01-31 Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL (70000 Tons of Metal) US 2019-04-20 Wuppertal (Stadthalle) DE 2019-04-21 Leipzig (Haus Auensee) DE 2019-04-22 Hamburg (Mehr! Theater) … Continue reading

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Gig review: THEA GILMORE – The Met, Bury, 8 December 2018

THEA GILMORE - The Met, Bury, 8 December 2018

Thea Gilmore is becoming something of a fixture in our seasonal despatches.  As traditional as decking the halls of GRTR! HQ with boughs of holly. This time last year The Counterweight was winning our readers’ album of the year vote … Continue reading

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Album review: WILLE AND THE BANDITS – Paths

WILLE AND THE BANDITS - Paths

Farm Hand Records [Release date 01.01.19] Last time we caught up with Wille And The Bandits it was at Giants Of Rock 2017 when they were touring Steal (2017) – a stormer of a blues /rock roots album.  So it’s … Continue reading

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News : THE BEST of 2018 – Vote for your favourites! Top rock albums and live acts! Win a £50 Amazon Voucher!

The Best of 2018

Every year the GRTR! Reviewers choose their favourite albums, live acts and breakthrough artists. We reduce this selection to a list of ten in each category, reflecting the top choices of each reviewer. Vote for your own favourite from the … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACK STAR RIDERS – The Tivoli, Buckley, 28 November 2018

BLACK STAR RIDERS - The Tivoli, Buckley, 28 November 2018

It was good to see “The Tiv” nearly full tonight, in stark contrast to our last visit and Wishbone Ash.  This has more to do with Wishbone’s more extensive itinerary and accessibility and Black Star Riders’ more modest – and … Continue reading

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News: The Best of 2018 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer top albums and live acts of the year

The Best of 2018

The Get Ready to ROCK! end of year ‘Best of’ fully reflects the reviewers’ and the website’s eclectic tastes.  Their reviews are amongst the most highly visible and authoritative on the web. From Monday 3 December, in the run-up to … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN DE LA COUR, SAM LEWIS

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange Flour Sack Cape Records [Release date 06.04.18] Having trodden a path from NYC to Europe, and then back to LA, to New Orleans and now (yes, somewhat predictably it would … Continue reading

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Album review: NORTHWARD – s/t

NORTHWARD

Nuclear Blast [Release date 18.10.18] The cover art image of the two main protagonists here – Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen, and Pagan’s Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad – photoshopped head to head, jaws agape and bawling at each other, offers … Continue reading

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Album review: LUNA ROSSA – Atropa

LUNA ROSSA - Atropa

Firefly Music [Release date 19.11.18] Three albums in, and the latest chapter in Panic Room acoustic side project of Jonathan Edwards (keyboards) and Anne-Marie Helder (vocals, acoustic guitar, and flute) finds them at a crossroads. The main stay of both … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN REED NETWORK – Live Rooms, Chester, 17 November 2018

DAN REED NETWORK - Live Rooms, Chester, 17 November 2018

This archive interview from April 2009 catches Dan Reed at the start of his more recent musical journey when the idea of reforming Dan Reed Network seemed less likely… (20:46) Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated its 10th anniversary this … Continue reading

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Album review: 41POINT9 – Mr. Astute Trousers

41POINT9 - Mr. Astute Trousers

The Highlander Company Records (19.10.18) 41point9 is a fascinating mix of prog and pop from a couple of guys who evidently don’t feel constrained by genre.  Bassist Bob Madsen and vocalist Brian Cline first collaborated in 1995 but it was … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2018 – December 2018)

Uriah Heep

Albums of the Month 2018 January – March 2018 April – June 2018 July – September 2018 URIAH HEEP Living The Dream (Frontiers) “…to their credit ‘Living The Dream’ remains wholly relevant to any rock audience, young or old. On … Continue reading

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