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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN’S UTOPIA – Live At The Chicago Theatre (CD/DVD/Bluray)

 TODD RUNDGREN

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 26.04.19] CD/DVD/Bluray Utopia was Todd Rundgren’s progressive/pop fusion vehicle and can sometimes get overlooked or misunderstood in his varied back catalogue. The band had split by 1986 but there was a brief reunion nearly 10 years … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…JETHRO TULL, THE BEATLES

On Track...The Beatles by Andrew Wild

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 26.04.19] The On Track… series continues with some momentum, nearly 20 titles currently scheduled, spearheaded by prog aficionado Stephen Lambe. The idea is to discuss in some detail individual songs but that invariably means talking about … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men

THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men

Graphite Records [Release Date 03.05.19] The Wildhearts are back with a new album, their first full release in ten years, and boy is it worth the wait. What we have here are ten joyous slabs of perfect pop rock with more harmonies per chorus than most … Continue reading

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Album review: FAT COPS – s/t

Fat Cops

Absolute [release date: 01.03.19] It’s hard to work out whether this Fat Cops ensemble is a serious project, or whether a bunch of blokes with other, loftier careers have simply got together to have a bit of a blast. Maybe … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMIE FREEMAN – Dreams About Falling

Union Music [Release date 17.05.19] Jamie Freeman (brother of the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Martin Freeman aka Dr Watson!) returns with his third album, which was produced by Grammy-nominated Neilson Hubbard in Nashville. The songs are themed around the fine … 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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EP review: ALEX JAMES BRIERLEY – Home Sweet Home

Facebook [Release date 22.02.19] Alex James Brierley released his debut EP ‘Listen’ last year to positive reviews, including a four star review from this reviewer. Fast forward a year and we have a new EP, four songs recorded over the … Continue reading

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Album review: DESIGN – Children Of The Mist – The Best Of

DESIGN - Children Of The Mist - The Best Of

Market Square Music [Release date 05.04.19] You may well ask: was there a Design flaw?  This six-piece pop harmony group had great exposure in the early-1970s via several major TV shows but they never had a hit single.  Their ultimate … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Daytrip to Narnia

CATS IN SPACE – Daytrip to Narnia

Harmony Factory [Release date 08.03.19] Album number three already from these groove filled Cats In Space who since their last album ‘Scarecrow‘ have been touring with the likes of Status Quo and Deep Purple, plus their own headlining tour. In … Continue reading

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Album review: DEL BROMHAM – White Feather

DEL BROMHAM - White Feather

In February 2019 Pete Feenstra chatted to Del Bromham for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, playing tracks from ‘White Feather’. Estoteric Antenna [Release date 12.10.18] After a 50 odd year career, ‘White Feather’ finally reveals who … Continue reading

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DVD review: SUGGS – My Life Story

SUGGS - My Life Story

Cadiz Music [Release date 23.11.18] Whether you are a fan of Madness or not, if you have read either of Suggs’ books (“Suggs and The City” and “That Close”) you will know he can tell a story, and here he … Continue reading

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Quick plays: COME TASTE THE BAND, MOZES AND THE FIRSTBORN, YOUNG FAST RUNNING MAN

COME TASTE THE BAND - Reignition

COME TASTE THE BAND Reignition AOR Heaven[Release date 25.01.19] Come Taste the Band is a Norwegian classic hard rock band, founded in 1997 by guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and singer Vidar Heldal. Since then they have released a couple of Deep … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

Focus - Hard Rock Hell Prog, Pwllheli, 21-22 March 2014

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Your tour not listed? Contact us! Updated 26/04/2019 2019 FESTIVALS BEARDED THEORY 23-26 May Catton Hall, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire The Cult + Suede + Doves … Continue reading

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Upcoming: European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

HEART - O2 Apollo, Manchester - 30 June 2016

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Updated 16/04/2019   ACCEPT 2019-04-22 Hamburg (Mehr! Theater) DE 2019-04-23 Fürth (Stadthalle) DE 2019-04-25 Kiev (Palace Ukraine) UA 2019-04-27 St. Petersburg (DK Lensoveta) RU 2019-04-28 Moscow … 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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Album review: MARIANNE FAITHFULL – Negative Capability

MARIANNE FAITHFULL – Negative Capability

BMG [Release date 02.11.18] With a recording career spanning over fifty years ‘Negative Capability’ is Marianne Faithfull’s twenty-first album. Battling arthritis, contemplating bereavement and dealing with loneliness, it’s a highly autobiographical and emotive offering from Faithfull. “It’s the most honest … Continue reading

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Album review: 41POINT9 – Mr. Astute Trousers

41POINT9 - Mr. Astute Trousers

The Highlander Company Records (19.10.18) 41point9 is a fascinating mix of prog and pop from a couple of guys who evidently don’t feel constrained by genre.  Bassist Bob Madsen and vocalist Brian Cline first collaborated in 1995 but it was … Continue reading

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Interview (Rising Stars): CHELSEA BOOTS

Chelsea Boots are Dani Núñez (Bass, Keys, Backing Vocals), Dani Ferrandis (Guitar , Backing Vocals), Santi Isla (Guitar, Keys, Main Vocals) and Martín Mosquera (Drums and Percussion). The eclectic four piece was born in Madrid in 2014 and the band have just … Continue reading

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Album review: P.O.D. – Circles

P.O.D. - Circles

Mascot Records[Release date 18.11.18] After a 26 year existence played out over a fast changing music scene, San Diego’s rap-rock into metal band P.O.D. (Payable On Death) are too long in the tooth to be caged in by any specific … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE FEELING – Academy, Oxford, 1 November 2018

The Feeling - WATCHET FESTIVAL - 27-28 August 2016

The Feeling roll into Oxford to play the penultimate date on their ‘Twelve Years and Home’ tour, which sees the band play their debut album ‘Twelve Stops And Home’ in its entirety and in track list order. The Feeling have … Continue reading

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