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Book review: WHO IS BLUES Vol.2 – The Interviews. Blues Encounters 2000 – 2020 by Vincent Abbate

Vincent Abbate - Who Is Blues

Self Published [Publication date 01.09.21] ‘Who Is The Blues Vol.2: The Interviews. Blues Encounters 2000-2020′ is an interesting cross section of 20 years of interviews of contemporary blues artists by the German based, New York blues scribe Vincent Abbate. Abbate … Continue reading

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News: ANVIL, TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, ALAN PARSONS (September 2021)

The Temperance Movement - The Ritz, Manchester, 17 November 2014

Abba release a new album ‘Voyage’ – their first in 40 years – on November 5. They have also announced a new live show, ‘Abba Voyage’, will open at the new 3,000 capacity Abba Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park … Continue reading

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News: VANGELIS, SLADE, GENESIS (August 2021)

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

Bryan Adams has signed with BMG who will release his new album later this year. Elles Bailey has released a new single ‘Cheats & Liars’. It’s the first single from her third album ‘Shining in the Half Light’ which is due next … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2021 – September 2021

Bernie Marsden - Kings

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January-March 2021 April-June 2021 July 2nd AT THE GATES ‘The Nightmare Of Being’ Century Media JIMMY BARNES ‘Flesh & Blood’ Bloodline Records RICHARD MARX ‘Stories To Tell: Greatest Hits And More’ (2CD inc. demos & rarities) … Continue reading

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News: ENVY OF NONE, HOOKERS & BLOW, TROY REDFERN (July 2021)

INGLORIOUS, 02 Academy, Oxford, 28 October 2019

Alcatrazz guitarist Joe Stump’s new solo instrumental record, ‘Diabolical Ferocity’, is due to be released on September 17 through Lion Music. Barclay James Harvest’s 1975 album, ‘Time Honoured Ghosts’, will be reissued in remastered and expanded form by Esoteric Recordings … Continue reading

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News: CARAVAN, DONNIE IRIS, DOWNLOAD (June 2021)

FIREWIND - Manchester Academy, 16 February 2017

Asking Alexandria have signed with Better Noise Music and have already started work on new music. Barenaked Ladies release their latest album ’Detour de Force’ on July 16. The Beach Boys will release a new five-CD box set, ‘Feel Flows — The … Continue reading

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News: SLIM CHANCE The Phoenix Tapes, track by track (May 2021)

slim chance the phoenix tapes

THE PHOENIX TAPES is a collection of fourteen previously unreleased tracks recorded by Slim Chance since its reincarnation some 10 years ago. Originally posted as a series on YouTube in the last part of 2020 to raise spirits in lockdown, … Continue reading

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News: ASIA, ANTHRAX, TOBY HITCHCOCK, GENESIS (May 2021)

Dream Theater - Manchester O2 Apollo, 13 February 2014

Alter Bridge plan to record their next album in 2022. Joan Armatrading’s new album ‘Consequences’ is released on June 18 via BMG. Asia are celebrating their 40th anniversary by releasing a 5CD boxset ‘The Reunion Albums: 2007 – 2012′ through … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2021 – March 2021)

Albums of the Month (January-March 2021)

THUNDER All the Right Noises (BMG) Thunder fans will love this album as it touches all the band’s key strengths – memorable songs, party rockers, ballads, lyrics to make you think and above all, well-crafted hard rock tunes. An Album … Continue reading

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News: POWERWOLF, TONY IOMMI, OPETH, TRIFECTA (April 2021)

Lee Aaron (pictured) will release her latest album, ‘Radio On!’, on July 23. Bellowhead release a live album, ‘Reassembled’, on June 18. This was recorded at the band’s one-off online reunion show last December. The Black Keys release a blues … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) April 2021 – June 2021

LYLE WORKMAN - Uncommon Measures

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2021 April 2nd DAVID BOWIE ‘The Kit Kat Klub (Live In New York ’99)’ Parlophone CACTUS ‘Tightrope’ Cleopatra Records DR FEELGOOD ‘Greatest Hits’ EAGLES ‘The Millennium Concert’ (vinyl) BRYAN FERRY ‘Royal Albert Hall … Continue reading

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News: QUEEN, SABATON, ANGEL, RAMMSTEIN (March 2021)

Rammstein - DOWNLOAD, 10-12 June 2016

Rammstein (pictured) have been working on a new studio album during the current lockdown. No news as yet on a release date, title, etc. Alice Cooper has already announced plans for his next album. It will be recorded by his … Continue reading

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News: CHEAP TRICK, FM, LEAGUE OF LIGHTS (February 2021)

IAN ANDERSON (JETHRO TULL) - The Lowry, Salford, 14 September 2015

Cheap Trick release their new album ‘In Another World’ on April 9 via BMG. Sweet Oblivion featuring Geoff Tate release their second album ‘Relentless’ on April 9 via Frontiers. FM release a double live album ‘Tough It Out Live’ on … Continue reading

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News: FOO FIGHTERS, RAINBREAKERS, KISS, JOHN SYKES (January 2021)

HEART – O2 Apollo, Manchester, 30 June 2016

Foo Fighters have released a new song ‘No Son Of Mine’ taken from their upcoming album ‘Medicine at Midnight’, out February 5 on Roswell Records/Columbia Records. John Sykes (ex-Blue Murder, Whitesnake) released a new song ‘Dawning Of A Brand New … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! announce Best of 2020 Popular Poll winners

Snake Oil & Harmony

Rock music website Get Ready to ROCK! has announced the results of the Popular Poll for Best of 2020. Readers and listeners could vote in two categories this year: Top Albums and Breakthrough Act. Snake Oil & Harmony (aka Dan … Continue reading

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News: UK Rock and Music FESTIVALS in 2021

Bearded Theory Festival

Compiled by Jason Ritchie All dates are subject to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Please check artist and venue websites for latest information. Your festival not listed? Contact us! 2021 Tour Dates (UK and Ireland) 2021 Tour Dates (Europe, USA, ROW) You can see … Continue reading

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News: Vote for your favourite albums and artists in our Best of 2020 Popular Poll

AC/DC - Download 2010

Every year the GRTR! Reviewers choose their top albums/reissues, live acts and breakthrough artists. With the decimation of live music this year they have focused on three categories and you can vote for: Top Albums Breakthrough Act We’ve reduced their … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2020 – December 2020)

Album review: FISH – Weltschmerz

  FISH – Weltschmerz (Fish Music) …this is a rich, accessible, profound album invested with heaps of integrity, passion and insight. ‘Weltschmerz’ stands as the best album of Fish’s solo career, and easily amongst the best of the year by anyone… … Continue reading

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News: The Best of 2020 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewers choose their Top Albums of the Year

AC/DC - Power Up

2020 has been a horrendous year for live music,  silenced by the coronavirus pandemic.  With live music off the agenda, there has been no shortage of album/EP releases, so this year our reviewers have concentrated on selecting their Top Albums, … Continue reading

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News – NEAL SCHON, HEART, MAGNUM, THE DARKNESS (December 2020)

Journey’s Neal Schon (pictured) releases his new album ‘Universe’ this month. Dream Theater have started work on their new album. In the meantime they have released a seasonal medly ‘The Holiday Spirit Carries On’, available for download at dreamtheaterofficial.bandcamp.com Magnum … Continue reading

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News – BLACKMORE’S NIGHT, H.E.A.T., ORANGE GOBLIN (November 2020)

DORO - The Tivoli, Buckley, North Wales, 21 November 2015

Blackmore’s Night release a festive themed four song EP ‘Here We Come A-Caroling’ on December 4 via earMUSIC. The same label release the band’s new studio album ‘Nature’s Light’ next spring. Lizzy Borden releases ‘Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2‘ … Continue reading

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News – AC/DC, BILL BAILEY, INGLORIOUS, FLOGGING MOLLY (October 2020)

AC/DC (pictured above) have been teasing new activity via their website and UK press adverts. They have now confirmed that vocalist Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd are officially back in AC/DC, joining Angus and Stevie Young. A … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2021)

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy - HRH Prog, November 2017

Compiled by Jason Ritchie All dates are subject to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.   Please check artist and venue websites for latest information. Your tour not listed? Contact us! UK Festivals 2021 2021 Tour Dates (Europe, USA, ROW) For festivals see … Continue reading

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Upcoming: European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2021)

kiss 36 (Medium)

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Updated 15/09/2021 ALLMAN FAMILY REVIVAL November 27 – The Factory – St. Louis, MO 29 – Majestic Theater – Dallas, TX 30 – ACL Live at … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2020 – September 2020)

MAGENTA - Masters Of Illusion

MAGENTA Masters Of Illusion (Tiger Moth) It turns back the years without ever being ‘retro’ and I would suggest is comfortably the best Magenta album since Home.  Masters Of Illusion – The Musical, anyone?   ***** (Pete Whalley) WALTER TROUT Ordinary … Continue reading

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