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News: MAGNUM – UK dates in June 2019

Magnum - HRH PROG VI - Pwlhelli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

Melodic pomp rockers Magnum play UK dates in June, during which time they will also appear at the prestigious Sweden Rock festival and Rock Hard festival in Germany. The band’s current studio album was released in January 2018 via SPV … Continue reading

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Album review: LAST FLIGHT TO PLUTO – A Drop In The Ocean

LAST FLIGHT TO PLUTO - A Drop In The Ocean

White Knight [Release date 28.03.19] They like their prog in the valleys, don’t they?  There seems to be a never ending production line of female fronted bands emerging from secret facilities in deepest, darkest Wales.  Or in the case of … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERJA LYYTINEN – The Bullingdon, Oxford, 27 March 2019

ERJA LYYTINEN - The Bullingdon, Oxford, 27 March 2019

Like Joanne Shaw Taylor, who we reviewed recently, we’ve followed Erja Lyytinen since at least her major label album debut in 2006.  Pete Feenstra is of course a great advocate: promoting her gigs, playing and reviewing her albums.  And like … Continue reading

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Album review: TAL WILKENFELD – Love Remains

TAL WILKENFELD - Love Remains

BMG [Release date 15.03.19] If you want an album for late night listening, sustained by a favourite brew of something, this might be worthy of your attention. Australian Tal has lent her bass playing talents to any number of artists, … Continue reading

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Album review: VERITY WHITE – Reclaim; Set Fire

VERITY WHITE - Reclaim; Set Fire

[Release date 08.03.19] There’s a slew of young British female rock artists emerging at present, all looking to get a foothold on that slippery ladder of fame, with this month seeing sophomore releases from two south-west based singers – Elles … Continue reading

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Album review: BONNIE TYLER – Between The Earth And The Stars

BONNIE TYLER - Between The Earth And The Stars

BMG [Release date 22.03.19] Celebrating 50 years in the business and looking good (although the cover art has surely been subject to some diligent Photoshopping) Bonnie Tyler looks to bolster sales of her latest studio album with cameo duets from … Continue reading

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Album review: KEVIN ARMSTRONG – Run

KEVIN ARMSTRONG - Run

Wishing Tree Records [Release date 22.03.19] Kevin Armstrong was a something of a ‘go to’ guitarist in the 1980′s working with Bowie, Iggy Pop, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout, Thomas Dolby and many more. A name that will have gone under most … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANCIS ROSSI & HANNAH RICKARD – We Talk Too Much

FRANCIS ROSSI & HANNAH RICKARD - We Talk Too Much

earMUSIC [Release date 15.03.19] With 50+ years in rock ‘n’ roll behind him, Francis Rossi shows no sign of slowing down, with an album, a book, and a tour in 2019. Looking for a sparring partner to explore his soft … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR – O2 Ritz, Manchester, 17 March 2019

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR - O2 Ritz, Manchester, 17 March 2019

Releasing your sixth studio album right at the start of a UK tour may seem a little cavalier, especially given the inevitable lack of audience familiarity with new material, even though Sony have kindly uploaded most tracks via YouTube.  ‘Reckless … Continue reading

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News: ERJA LYYTINEN – UK tour starts 18 March and new album

ERJA LYYTINEN - The Bullingdon, Oxford, 27 March 2019

Pete Feenstra chatted to Erja Lyytinen in March 2016 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  A further interview is available via Mixcloud (September 2017) with tracks from then current album ‘Stolen Hearts’. Award winning Finnish guitarist Erja Lyytinen will release … Continue reading

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News: BEARDED THEORY – Suede, The Cult and many more (23-26 May 2019)

BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL - Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 26-29 May 2016

In this festival preview, tracks from The Cult, Bar Stool Preachers and Reef.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 14 April 2019 (13:19) One of the first major summer festival events – Bearded Theory – takes place in … Continue reading

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Gig review: KINGDOM OF MADNESS (Classic Magnum) – The Tivoli, Buckley, 1 March 2019

KINGDOM OF MADNESS (Classic Magnum) - The Tivoli, Buckley, 1 March 2019

Mark Stanway chatted to David Randall for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in February 2019 about his career including Magnum, Grand Slam and Kingdom of Madness.  This two-part special includes many Magnum favourites. Part 2 Our first big musical disappointment … Continue reading

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News: ZAL CLEMINSON SIN’DOGS – UK tour dates including summer festivals

Zal Cleminson - Giants Of Rock 2019 (Photo: David Randall)

In this exclusive edit Zal chats about Sin’Dogs and festival plans in 2019.  The full interview is broadcast on Sunday 17 March at 18:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (4:28) Full interview Legendary guitarist with The Sensational Alex … Continue reading

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Album review: APE SHIFTER – II

APE SHIFTER - II

Brainstorm Records [Release date 29.03.19] This trio from Germany released their debut in 2017 .  ‘II’ continues the guitar driven hard rock instrumental vibe.  Opener ‘Gravity’ gives a fair impression of the album as a whole, decidedly retro with classic … Continue reading

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Album review: KINETIC ELEMENT – The Face Of Life

KINETIC ELEMENT - The Face Of Life

Melodic Revolution Records Great, just what we need – another bunch of old buffers, sorry, I mean proggers, flogging early Genesis/Yes inspired symphonic prog.  The latter, in particular. To be fair, the Richmond, Virginia based band – formed by veteran … Continue reading

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Quick plays: KRISTINA STYKOS, DANNI NICHOLLS

KRISTINA STYKOS River Of Light

KRISTINA STYKOS River Of Light Thunder Ridge Records [Release date 05.04.19] With many of the songs delivered in an enforced semi-spoken style (in 2017, she was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder that makes speaking and singing difficult or even … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MICHAEL McDERMOTT, DANNY SCHMIDT

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Orphans

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Orphans Pauper Sky Records [Release date 12.04.19] In Orphans, a set of songs that while not making earlier records refused to be left to collect dust, Michael McDermott has come up with perhaps his best album yet – … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELY DAN/Steve Winwood – Manchester Arena, 21 February 2019

STEELY DAN - Manchester Arena, 21 February 2019

Could it be that for the past six years, Steve Winwood has been resting on laurels?  When we last reviewed him – in June 2013 – he was playing pretty much the same set.  With no new album since 2008, … Continue reading

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Gig review: KING KING/Sari Schorr – Manchester Academy, 15 February 2019

KING KING - Manchester Academy, 15 February 2019

Is it really 10 years?  King King’s progress over the last decade has been fully chronicled by Get Ready to ROCK! from their tentative blues rock debut album in 2011 to the more mainstream rocking ‘Exile & Grace’.  And, in … Continue reading

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News: KINGDOM OF MADNESS – Classic Magnum dates in March and radio special

Mark Stanway

In this extended, exclusive edit Mark Stanway chats about Magnum and Kingdom of Madness (15:45)  A two-part special is broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in February 2019 prior to the tour (see news item for details) The band … Continue reading

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