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Top 10 albums
We’ve introduced a weekly listing based on website views, social media activity and radio airplay.
The Top 10 chart will be announced on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Sunday (Assume The Position, 22:00 GMT) and then published via our radio Facebook page.
Compiled by Jason Ritchie.
Bryan Adams releases his latest album, ‘So Happy It Hurts’, on March 11.
Alter Bridge enter the studio next April to start work on their new album.
Battle Beast release their new album, ‘Circus Of Doom’, on January 21 via Nuclear Blast.
Big Big Train will release a brand new studio album, ‘Welcome To The Planet’, through their English Electric Recordings label on January 28.
Albert Bouchard, founding member of Blue Öyster Cult, will release the next part of his Imaginos trilogy, ‘Imaginos II – Bombs Over Germany (minus zero and counting)’ on 21 October. Eric Bloom, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and Joe Bouchard all guest on the album.
David Bowie’s ‘lost’ album ‘Toy’ will be released on January 7.
Steve Conte releases his new album ‘Bronx Cheer’ on November 5.
Depeche Mode will release an expanded version of their 1989 documentary film ’101 ‘ on December 3.
Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan releases his latest album ‘Imposter’ on November 12 via Colombia Records. Gahan again teams-up with Soulsavers (Rich Machin) and the album contains 12 songs “from across genres and time periods”.
The Gathering will release their first studio album in almost a decade, ‘Beautiful Distortion’, in early spring 2022 via Psychonaut Records.
Green Day release ‘The BBC Sessions’ on Deecmber 10.
District 97 singer Leslie Hunt will release her second EP, ‘Descend’, through Cherry Red Records on October 22.
Hawkwind have a six-disc box set, ‘Dust Of Time: An Anthology‘, released through Atomhenge/Cherry Red on December 10. It will be the first compilation to cover all eras of the band’s history from 1969-2021.
Idles release their fourth album ‘Crawler’ on November 12.
In Flames re-issue their catalogue from between 1994 and 2008 on CD on November 26.
King Crimson release a new live album,’ Music Is Our Friend (Live in Washington and Albany, 2021)‘, through DGM on November 19.
King’s X will release their new album next year.
Sharon Lazibyrd releases her second album, ‘Scrolling Back’, on December 3.
Lillian Axe are the lead signing of new label Global Rock Records, launched by The Store For Music. They will release the band’s new album ‘From Womb To Tomb’ plus re-issue the band’s back catalogue.
Magnum (pictured) release their new album ‘The Monster Roars’ on January 21 via SPV/Steamhammer.
‘CHESS’ is Bernie Marsden’s follow-up album to the chart-topping, ‘KINGS’, which was released earlier this year. ‘CHESS’ is released by Conquest Music on November 26.
Meat Loaf is planning to release a new EP, including a song written with the late Jim Steinman. He is also planning to tour again in either 2022 or 2023.
A 3CD set ‘Mountain Live in the 70s’ is released on Voiceprint on 12 November 12.
Nestor release their album ‘Kids In A Ghost Town’ on October 22.
Of Mice & Men release their new album ‘Echo’ on December 3.
Ozzy Osbourne’s next album will feature guest appearances from Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde and Eric Clapton.
Plush release their self-titled debut album on October 29 and head out on tour as support to Evanescence and Halestorm.
Powerwolf release ‘Blood Of The Saints (10th Anniversary Edition)’ on December 17.
The Pretty Things ‘Live at the BBC’ 6CD box set is released via Repertoire Records on November 26.
InsideOutMusic have signed Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo, for the release of his upcoming album ‘War of the Worlds, Part II’ on February 4.
A 30th anniversary, expanded edition of Roxette’s ‘Joyride‘ album is released on November 26.
Sabaton will release their new album, ‘The War To End All Wars’, on March 4 via Nuclear Blast.
Bruce Springsteen duets with John Mellencamp on ‘Wasted Days’, which is off the forthcoming album from Mellencamp due next year.
Arjen Lucassen has announced that he will release a new Star One album, ‘Revel In Time’, through InsideOut Music on February 18.
The Tea Party release their new album ‘Blood Moon Rising’ through InsdieOut on November 26. Universal Music Canada release an expanded version of the band’s debut album on December 10.
Tears For Fears release their first new album in seventeen tears. Called ‘Tipping Point‘ it will be released through Concord Records on February 25.
The Three Tremors - Tim “Ripper” Owens, Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck - will release their second album, ‘Guardians Of The Void’, on November 5 via Steel Cartel Records.
Donnie Vie releases a new single, ‘Party Time’, on October 15, with ‘The Donnie Vie Collection’ box set due on October 22. The box set contains his five solo albums to date plus a sixth album of previously unreleased songs.
Former Trouble singer Eric Wagner‘s posthumous solo album, ‘In The Lonely Light Of Mourning’, will be released next March.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse release their latest album ‘Barn’ on December 10.
Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:
Blondie (2021 to Apr/May 2022), Genesis (remaining 4 UK dates postponed), Alanis Morrissette (Nov 2021 postponed), Sepultura (Oct/Nov 2021 to Oct/Nov 2022),
Newly announced UK tours (2022 unless stated):
Bryan Adams, Counting Crows, Beth Hart (2023), Yngwie Malmsteen, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Henry Rollins, Earl Slick (Nov 2021), Tremonti, Martin Turner (ex-Wishbone Ash), Keith Urban,
Upcoming (Gigs – UK)
Rescheduled US & European tour dates:
Exodus + Testament (2021 to 2022), Alanis Morrissette (Oct 2021 postponed), Sepultura (Oct/Nov 2021 to Oct/Nov 2022), Rick Wakeman (US 2021 to Feb/Mar 2022),
Newly announced US & European tours (2022 unless stated):
Battle Beast (Europe), Joe Bonamassa (US), Nightwish (US), Stpehen Pearcy (US Dec 2021), Red Hot Chilli Peppers (Europe), Scorpions (Europe), Shinedown (US), Nina Strauss (US 2021), Styx (US), Tool (US),
Liam Gallagher will headline a show at Knebworth on 4 Jun 2022, which will follow the release of his new solo album ‘Cmon You Know’, which is due out on 27 May.
Flotsam & Jetsam will no longer support Accept on their European tour early next year.
British Lion have withdrawn as support to the Darkness on their upcoming UK dates citing “completely unacceptable tour protocols.” Massive Wagons have replaced them.
Winter’s End festival (Friday 4-Sunday 6 March 2022, The Assembly, Leamington Spa) will feature Wayward Sons, Phil Campbell & the Bastard Sons, Skam, These Wicked Rivers, the Dust Coda, Florence Black, Vambo, Anchor Lane, Basette, Mason Hill, Jakc T Hutchinson, Sons Of Liberty & Laurence Jones.
Mason Hill will support Stone Broken on their UK dates early next year as Phil X & the Drills are unable to travel due to current covid restrictions.
Digital artworks now available from Rodney Matthews via Terra Virtua. Each digital artwork has a unique number, making them collectable and some feature animation, with subtle, yet captivating movements, and, in many cases, they would be progressive, merging from pencil to full colour.
Gigseekr is a live music discovery service with a difference. Download the brand new Gigseekr app from the Apple App Store or Googleplay from 1 November and you can check out listing events from across the UK, stay up to date with the tours, concerts and bands of your choice – all without having to share your personal data.
A new Ritchie Blackmore book by Ross Halfin will be published in December, featuring images from Halfin’s extensive library.
Van Halen‘s David Lee Roth says he’s “throwing in the shoes” following his January 2022 residency in Las Vegas and retiring from music. Alex Van Halen is set to join Roth on these Vegas shows.
Marillion have invited their supporters to “crowdfund” what is essentially insurance for their forthcoming (November) UK tour. Subscribers – or “Lightsavers” – will receive their money back if the tour completes but their pledges will help cover overheads if cancelled due to Covid. Incentives such as signed items and merchandise will still be available even if the pledge money is refunded.
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons have confirmed Bootyard Bandits vocalist Joel Peters as a replacement for Neil Starr.
Vandenberg have a new vocalist – Mats Levén (Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass). The band have also pulled their UK dates bar Planet Rockstock on November 12.
Weapon UK have announced a series of line-up changes with both Jeff Summers and Darren Lee leaving the band to be replaced by Hakan Grant and Andreas Westerlund. Robert Majd will be standing in for bassist Tony Forsythe as he recovers from cancer treatment.
36 Beatles songs are now available on TikTok.
Shane Fitzgibbon will sit in on a temporay basis for L.A. Guns after the depature of drummer Scot Coogan.
Rikki Dazzle is the new bassist in Steel Panther.
Glitter Band founder John Rossall
Wolf Jaw frontman Tom Leighton
Original drummer with the Beat Everett Morton
Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains
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As part of final easing of legal restrictions in the UK (wef 19 July), the government has recommended that venues use the NHS Covid Pass to allow people entry if they have had both jabs or a negative test.
This comes only a week after the government pledged that such passports would not be introduced. This “recommendation” would apply to venues, pubs and restaurants and might be mandated if the number of covid cases worsened.
One industry source suggested that the prime minister’s statement that a covid passport would be needed for certain venues from the end of September is intended to encourage young people to get a vaccine by saying they’d soon need it to go clubbing, and that the government is waiting to see what the take-up rate is before announcing any further plans.
In the UK, nearly 77% of the adult population have been double-vaccinated, as of the latest update; the Music Venue Trust survey said that 91.6% of live music fans will have been vaccinated by the end of September.
The uncertainty around entry is compounded by the government’s long-awaited Covid cancellation insurance scheme for live events, announced at the beginning of August, which is said by some in the industry to still have gaping holes ahead of its September launch.
The scheme covers costs incurred if events are unable to happen due to government Covid restrictions, such as a local or national lockdown.
Source: The Guardian
Covid passports for entry to venues will be required in Wales and Scotland (October) but form part of the government’s “Plan B” if infection rates/hospitalisations rise significantly in the coming weeks in England.
Readers are advised to check out the artist and venue websites for latest information. Many tours/dates are being rearranged for 2022.
We will update our gig listings on a regular basis.
Check out rearranged dates for key 2020 UK tours
ABOVE SNAKES Nothing To Lose
Rock/Nu Metal Band ABOVE SNAKES has released the official music video for their latest single, “Nothing to Lose,” the fourth single from the Boston based group.
Says the band’s singer Johnny Skulls: “This is an unapologetic anthem to not giving a F and living life the way you want. Life is too short and you gotta follow your dreams no matter how many people are chirping in your ear telling you you’re crazy.”
“Nothing to Lose” was produced/mixed by Kile Odell (FOZZY, THROUGH FIRE, AWAKE AT LAST) and co-written by Zach Williams (lead singer of DEAD EYES).
‘Nothing To Lose’ is a Power Play at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio w/c 18 October.
EDGE OF DESTINY Forsaken
Edge Of Destiny combine alternative, prog and hard rock influences.
Singer Kraevin Caedo is a long standing veteran in the music industry whilst Edge of Destiny have toured with Diamante, The Crowned and Dawn of Flames and most recently Tantric and Smile Empty Soul.
The band’s first and previous single – a cover of Pat Benantar’s “Invincible” – was released in April 2021.
‘Forsaken’ is a Power Play at Get Ready to ROCK! Radio w/c 18 October.
Throughout September 2018 Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated the station’s 10th anniversary and a two-hour special reflected a decade of broadcasting. “10 years in the making” features archive interviews with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Todd Rundgren, Graham Bonnet, David Coverdale, John Wetton and Bob Catley.
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