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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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Album review: VARIOUS ARTISTS – Stay Tuned (Deep Purple etc.)

EarMUSIC [Release date 30.11.18] Drummer Bernhard Welz, known for his work with Schubert In Rock, is the brains behind this all-star charity album, aimed at benefitting the Linda McCartney Fundraising Centre. Welz certainly has a decent contacts list of fellow … Continue reading

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Album review: ADRIAN BELEW – Mr Music Head/Inner Revolution

BGO Records [Release date 26.10.18] Adrian Belew is a well respected guitarists having worked with the likes of Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, King Crimson and David Bowie amongst others. Even today he is forging ahead in music with his FLUX … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGELINE – Shadowlands

Blow Your Fez Off Music [Release date 28.09.18] Angeline were formed in Sweden in 1987 and having taken a hiatus somewhere down the line the band reformed in 2010, since then they have released three studio albums, the latest being … Continue reading

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Gig review: TERRY BROCK – Hope and Anchor, Islington, London, 22 November 2018

TERRY BROCK - Hope and Anchor, Islington, London, 22 November 2018

One of melodic rock’s great voices, Terry Brock is best known for lifting Strangeways’ ‘Native Sons’ and ‘Walk In The Fire’ albums to classic status. There is however much more to the Georgia native’s career, whether as an in-demand backing … Continue reading

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Album review: THE CASCADES – Phoenix

THE CASCADES - Phoenix

Echozone [Release date 15.10.18] Gothic rock isn’t normally a genre that pings on my musical radar, however, new album “Phoenix” from Germany’s The Cascades may well change that. Not a band I had heard of before, but they are celebrating … Continue reading

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EP review: COLLATERAL – 4 Shots

Roulette Media [Release date 23.11.18] Collateral are new kids on the rock block and with their guy liner & ripped jeans look you’d think they hailed from the Sunset Strip back in the day, when in fact they are from Kent. Collateral consist of … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN REED NETWORK – 229 Club, London, 23 November 2018

Photo: Simon Green Many bands pay lip service to their fans but Dan Reed Network have something of a unique communion with theirs, to the extent that their new album ‘Origins’ was recorded across the world, mixing old and new … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – Pure Fire – The Ultimate KISS Tribute

Cleopatra [Release date 19.10.18] There was a trend in the late 90’s/2000’s where tribute albums were popping up left, right and centre, each one boasting a host of musicians that had not so long before been the staple of MTV, radio … Continue reading

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Album review: STEPHEN PEARCY – View To A Thrill

Frontiers [Release date 09.11.18] “View To A Thrill” is the fifth (oh, I wish it was his 007th, this would have made the jokes so easy!!) solo album from Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy. From the lyrical content throughout the album … 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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Album review: RIVERSIDE – Wasteland

RIVERSIDE - Wasteland

Inside Out  [Release date: 28.09.18] The death of Riverside guitarist Piotr Grudzinski in 2016 hit the band really hard. Not only was he one of a ‘band of brothers’ and an exceptional guitarist, he was part of a band that … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DEAD DAISIES – O2 Islington Academy, 19 November 2018

Dead Daisies

I’ve come to love the Massive Wagons only relatively recently. This year’s excellent and decent-selling album ‘Full Nelson’ seemed to move the band into different territory. This awakening finally cemented in my dulling brain that Massive Wagons and Monster Truck … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL ARMSTRONG – #LookingForTheWorld

MICHAEL ARMSTRONG - #Looking For The World

Michael Armstrong introduces his new album (27:44)  This showcase was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in the ‘New to GRTR!’ sequence. More information www.michaelarmstrongmusic.co.uk [Release date 23.11.18] Second album by Michael Armstrong, one that has been in the … Continue reading

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Gig review: BIG COUNTRY – Under The Bridge, London, 16 November 2018

BIG COUNTRY - Under The Bridge, London, 16 November 2018

For Big Country, their 1983 album ‘The Crossing’ is the gift that keeps on giving. It catapulted them to fame, established their trademark sound and to this day contains most of their best loved songs. Shortly after reforming at the … 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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Album review: BETH HART – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

BETH HART – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Provogue  [Release date: 30.11.18] The double set ‘Live At The Albert Hall’ squares the circle of Beth Hart’s roller coaster career. The former wild child and rock chick has matured into a stellar performer who delivers a career defining live … Continue reading

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Album review: GINGER WILDHEART – G.A.S.S Mark 2

GINGER WILDHEART - G.A.S.S Mark 2

Round Records [ Release Date 20.09.18] The approach with every Ginger Wildheart album is ‘expect the unexpected’. Ginger is not one for sticking to a particular genre or style on his albums and this release is no different, only Devin Townsend can touch Ginger in the … Continue reading

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