Tag Archives: Manchester

Gig review: MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST– O2 Ritz, Manchester, 4 November 2017

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST– O2 Ritz, Manchester – 4 November 2017

Around this time of year there are cries around the country of ‘Christmas gets earlier every year’ as the first decorations are spotted and every TV ad features snowy scenes and perfectly wrapped presents. Manchester took this a step further … Continue reading

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Gig review: STANLEY CLARKE BAND – Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

STANLEY CLARKE BAND - Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

Stanley Clarke chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio ahead of his UK tour dates.  This hour special looks at his career, with tracks from the 1970s to the present. First broadcast on 16 July 2017. (Listeners in the USA … Continue reading

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Gig review: KISS – Hydro, Glasgow, 27 May 2017

KISS – Hydro, Glasgow, 27 May 2017

On arrival at the Hydro tonight there was a tight cordon of security following the tragedy at Manchester Arena the previous week. Whilst being searched the security guard asked if I had seen Kiss before to which I replied, yes … Continue reading

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Gig review: MIKE + THE MECHANICS – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 15 March 2017

MIKE + THE MECHANICS - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 15 March 2017

With only two tracks from the album featured in the set, the Word Of Mouth Tour 2017 billing – to celebrate that album’s 25th anniversary last year, turned out to be something of a misnomer. But, let’s be honest, the … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEVE ROTHERY BAND – Band On The Wall, Manchester, 12 January 2017

Steve Rothery Band - Band On The Wall, Manchester, 12 January 2017

This hour special was broadcast in the first hour of David Randall’s weekly show ‘Assume The Position’ on Sunday 18 September at 22:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. With an opening set provided by the Dave Foster Band … Continue reading

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Gig review: DELAIN, Evergrey – O2 Ritz, Manchester, 12 November 2016

DELAIN - O2 Ritz, Manchester, 12 November 2016

In May 2013, David Randall chatted to Charlotte Wessels at the time of the release of their first mini-album for Napalm Records,  ‘Interlude’.  Their chat includes references to the early development of the band, the split from the Roadrunner label, … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE TUBES – Club Academy, Manchester, 8 October 2016

THE TUBES - Club Academy, Manchester, 8 October 2016

Interview/news item We’re being spoilt.  Legendary San Francisco shock rockers The Tubes don’t play a gig in the UK for over 10 years and then we get two tours almost within the space of a year.  If the Mondo Pulp … Continue reading

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Gig review: SOS FESTIVAL, Manchester, 15-17 July 2016

Absolva - SOS FESTIVAL, Manchester, 15-17 July 2016

With suitable tunes on the car stereo we headed over to Prestwich, Manchester for the Rocksector Records annual get-together, ‘SOS Festival’.  Now in its ninth year it has a new home and has moved out of the now demolished Civic … Continue reading

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Gig review: HEART – O2 Apollo, Manchester – 30 June 2016

HEART - O2 Apollo, Manchester - 30 June 2016

In 2014 GRTR!’s David Randall chatted to Ann Wilson about her influences and Heart (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 23 March 2014) One of the the main trends in the topsy-turvy music industry in the past 10 … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE VIRGINMARYS – The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 8 May 2016

THE VIRGINMARYS - The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 8 May 2016

So on the hottest day of the year so far we headed to The Deaf Institute, Manchester for the first of the launch gigs for Divides the eagerly awaited follow up to King Of Conflict by indie rockers The Virginmarys. … Continue reading

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Gig review: GLENN HUGHES, Club Academy, Manchester, 29 October 2015

GLENN HUGHES, Club Academy, Manchester, 29 October 2015

Get Ready to ROCK!’s Pete Feenstra chatted to Glenn Hughes shortly before the start of his UK tour in October 2015.  This hour special includes a selection of tracks from Glenn’s solo and band/project albums. He’s a real trooper is … Continue reading

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Gig review: RIVERSIDE, SIXXIS, LION SHEPHERD – Ritz, Manchester, 22 October 2015

Riverside - Ritz, Manchester

With their superb new album, Love, Fear And The Time Machine to promote (check out my review), Riverside have been on tour since the end of August, taking in North, South and Central America as well as Europe. They rolled … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE TUBES – Club Academy, Manchester, 8 August 2015

THE TUBES - Club Academy, Manchester, 8 August 2015

I really hope The Tubes don’t leave it another decade before their next UK tour.  I mean the 50th anniversary will be in 2025 and their oldest member will be nearly 80.  The band have always had a soft spot … Continue reading

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Gig review: SOS FESTIVAL – Radcliffe Civic, Manchester, 17-19 July 2015

SOS FESTIVAL - Radcliffe Civic, Manchester, 17-19 July 2015

It’s that time of year when the Civic Hall, Radcliffe gets its roof well and truly raised as the hordes of rockers and metal-heads gather for the annual SOS festival. Organized by Rocksector Records it showcases not only their own … Continue reading

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News: SOS Festival, Radcliffe, near Manchester, 17-19 July 2015 (Metal and Rock)

Skarlett Riot

This preview of the SOS Festival was broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 12 July as part of ‘Assume The Position’ presented by David Randall (21:20) The 8th SOS Festival takes place 17-19 July at Radcliffe Civic … Continue reading

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Gig review: UFO – The Ritz, Manchester, 19 April 2015

UFO - The Ritz, Manchester, 19 April 2015

On the way to the gig in the car, and playing the latest album ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’, I was reassured that this was still the hard rock album of the year nearly six months in.  But, as it turned … Continue reading

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Gig review: LORDI – Manchester Club Academy, 26 March 2015

LORDI - Manchester Club Academy, 26 March 2015

When I heard that the mighty Lordi were to play Manchester Academy I was expecting it to be in room 1 or 2 due to their extravagant stage show of theatrical props and pyrotechnics and not in the Club Academy … Continue reading

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Quick Plays: NINE BLACK ALPS, EDENIAL

Album review: NINE BLACK ALPS – Live From The Wishing Well         Hatch Records (Release date 04.05.15) After 12 years and 5 studio albums, UK Grunge rock exponents Nine Black Alps are about to release their first … Continue reading

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Gig review: WILKO JOHNSON – Ritz, Manchester, 18 March 2015

Wilko Johnson, Giants Of Rock - 9 February 2014

For the second time in as many years I have the pleasure of watching a show by Wilko Johnson, by now I’m sure everyone knows of his incredible journey in the past two years which has taken him from being … Continue reading

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Gig review: SICK OF IT ALL – Sound Control, Manchester, 5 February 2015

SICK OF IT ALL - Sound Control, Manchester, 5 February 2015

Headliners Sick Of It All are Lou, Pete Koller (guitar), Craig Setari (bass) and Armand Majidi (drums) and have been around the scene since 1986.  While having plenty of success they may not be known to many outside of the … Continue reading

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