Category Archives: GIG REVIEWS

Gig review: PAT MCMANUS BAND – Half Moon, Putney, London, 18 April 2018

PAT MCMANUS BAND - Half Moon, Putney, London, 18 April 2018

One of the most welcome developments of recent years has been the return of Pat McManus to the rock environment. The brothers in Mama’s Boys were one of the great bands that nearly made it big before drummer Tommy’s sad … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DEAD DAISIES/The Treatment/The Amorettes – O2 Academy, Bristol, 14 April 2018

THE DEAD DAISIES - O2 Academy, Bristol, 14 April 2018

Supergroups come and go, more often than not exploding onto the scene with excitement then invariably disappearing due to the sound of clashing egos… This is not necessarily the case with The Dead Daisies: yes, they have had more line … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARILLION – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 20 April 2018

MARILLION - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 20 April 2018

It’s been a while (over 10 years, by my reckoning, or ‘about fuckin’ time’ as one local punter eloquently put it) since Marillion last played Liverpool, and there’s something different about this leg of their ongoing FEAR tour.  Seats! Giving … Continue reading

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Gig review: BETH HART – New Theatre, Oxford, 18 April 2018

Beth Hart piano by MHPstudios

Opening for Beth Hart are the Kris Barras Band, who were performing as a three piece in acoustic mode (not sure where the fourth band member was!) and promoting the new album ‘Divine And Dirty’, which our resident blues guru … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEVE THOMPSON – The Georgian Theatre, Stockton, 25 March 2018

STEVE THOMPSON - Georgian Theatre, Stockton, 26 March 2018

Inspired by the passing of two close friends and wonderfully talented musicians, Tyneside-born songwriter Steve Thompson reflects and celebrates a career that truly illustrates the ups and downs that have been the songwriters lot to him. Only three shows old, … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEF LEPPARD – Royal Albert Hall, London, 25 March 2018

DEF LEPPARD - Royal Albert Hall, London, 25 March 2018

For well over a decade now, the charity shows in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, curated by Roger Daltrey, have been a landmark in the Spring gig calendar. As well as raising awareness of … Continue reading

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Gig review: MALONE SIBUN BAND/Lethbridge Owen Band – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 March 2018

MALONE SIBUN BAND – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 March 2018

The Malone Sibun Band might not win any medals for the originality of their name, but musically they surpass all expectations with a perfect blend of kick-ass, but soulful rocking blues. They perfectly balance the explosive guitarist Innes Sibun with … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Saturday 10 March 2018 (Day 3)

Skid Row - HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Saturday 10 March 2018

With Night Ranger polishing off Friday with such aplomb the omens were good for the Saturday, which on paper had a stronger line up. When arriving on site on Thursday I found out that The Quireboys were to stand in … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROCKIN’ THE BLUES 2018 – The Garage, London, 17 March 2018

Eric Gales - ROCKIN

The inaugural Rockin’ The Blues Festival hit London after 7 gigs – coupled with special meet and greet sessions and guitar clinics –  in 8 days over three countries,. Clearly the Provogue label is taking its concept of a musical … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Friday 9 March 2018 (Day 2)

Night Ranger - HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Friday 9 March 2018

Having given up the opportunity of the Thursday after-show party, a leisurely start to Friday was rewarded with Scottish rockers The King Lot.  They kicked off the main stage activity and, after a  successful Pledge campaign for their second album, … Continue reading

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Gig review: SKID ROW/NIGHT RANGER – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 12 March 2018

SKID ROW - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 12 March 2018

Co-headline tours make business sense,  especially when the bands concerned have flown over from the USA: in Skid Row’s case this double header was part of an extensive UK tour, with Night Ranger’s  briefer stop over focused around a headline … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT – Forum, Kentish Town, London, 9 March 2018

The Temperance Movement - Manchester Academy, 23 April 2014

There was a buzz about this gig. On the back of their third album smashing in to the actual charts at Number 6 and in the middle of a well-received tour, there was a sense that things were happening for … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Thursday 8 March 2018 (Day 1)

Eclipse - HRH AOR - Pwllheli, Wales, Thursday 8 January 2018

In March 2016, Joe Lynn Turner chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio for an extensive career overview, in three parts.  Parts 2 and 3 are available via Mixcloud The annual four hour jaunt to one of my favourite festivals … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN REED AND DANNY VAUGHN – Borderline, London, 3 March 2018

DAN REED AND DANNY VAUGHN - Borderline, London, 3 March 2018

Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn have hit on a winning formula with their ‘Snake Oil and Harmony’ shows, this being a third tour since 2015. The premise is simple – just these two talented singers perched on stools with their … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROBIN TROWER – Islington Assembly Hall, London, 27 February 2018

ROBIN TROWER - Islington Assembly Hall, London - 27th February 2018

The term living legend should not be lightly used, but in rock circles Robin Trower comes close to that description. With a signature guitar style and playing as well, if not better, than ever, the master craftsman is about to … Continue reading

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Gig review: KEN HENSLEY – The Hospital Club, London, 26 February 2018

KEN HENSLEY - The Hospital Club, London, 26 February 2018

Prior to this showcase gig, Get Ready to ROCK!’s Pete Feenstra caught up with Ken Hensley to chat about his music and play tracks from the new album.  The special feature was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE BROKEN – Islington Assembly Hall, London, 24 February 2018

STONE BROKEN - Islington Assembly Hall, London, 24 February 2018

One of the healthiest factors in the current music scene is that, alongside long-established and recently reformed names, a whole new generation of classic rock bands are coming through and growing in popularity. Indeed one of the fastest-growing Facebook groups … Continue reading

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Gig review: ALESTORM – Forum, Kentish Town, London, 22 February 2018

I pitched up at the Forum as Rumahoy were prowling the stage bashing out infectious lumps of good time rock to an enthusiastic, packed house of swashbucklers and buccaneers. Pirate metal was in town. The band were suitably attired as … Continue reading

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Gig review: NEW GENERATION BLUES 2018 – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 February 2018

NEW GENERATION BLUES 2018  – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 February 2018

The New Generation Blues 2018 rolled into the Boom Boom Club for the penultimate date of a UK tour that has seen them work their way from Hartlepool to Worthing. The Danny Giles Band (aka The DBG), Red Butler and … Continue reading

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Gig review: TOWERS OF LONDON – New Cross Inn, London 14 February 2018

TOWERS OF LONDON - New Cross Inn, London 14 February 2018

A decade or so ago glam punk outfit the Towers Of London were steadily building up a reputation. Tours supporting the likes of the Pogues and the New York Dolls. Festival slots at Reading and Leeds and Download. But then … Continue reading

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