Monthly Archives: October 2021

Album review: TONY MITCHELL – Hot Endless Summer Nights

TONY MITCHELL – Hot Endless Summer Nights

AOR Heaven [Release date 26.11.21] Nearly two years on, Tony Mitchell releases his third album as he goes full on 80s AOR. Tony Mitchell spent several months travelling coast to coast taking in the sights, sounds & overall American culture … Continue reading

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Upcoming: European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2022)

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Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Updated 18/05/2022 European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2021) UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2022) *** 2022 *** A DAY … Continue reading

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Album review: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – The Duets Collection Vol. 1

JEFF SCOTT SOTO – The Duets Collection Vol. 1

Frontiers [Release date 08.10.21] The pandemic and resulting lockdowns certainly had musicians thinking about ways to carry on with their musical passion. One such artist Jeff Scott Soto wanted to do a retrospective ‘best of’ from the many bands and … Continue reading

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EP review: LIBERTY LIES – HaLLoween EP

LIBERTY LIES - Halloween

Liberty Lies – Official Website (libertyliesofficial.com) [Release date 29.10.21] Liberty Lies formed in 2010 and the current line up consists of vocalist Shaun Richards, guitarist Josh Pritchett, drummer Adam Stevens and bassist Miles Bagshaw. They have been on the road … Continue reading

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Album review: ORANGE GOBLIN – Rough and Ready, Live and Loud, 25 Years of British Rock and Heavy Metal

ORANGE GOBLIN - Rough and Ready, Live and Loud, 25 Years of British Rock and Heavy Metal

  Dissonance/Cherry Red [Release date: 5.11.21] Counting back to 1995, Orange Goblin are a ten album band, whose latest live recording was available only as a digital release in 2020, due to the unforseen circumstance we call Covid. Now it’ll … Continue reading

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Album review: BURNTFIELD – Impermanence

BURNTFIELD - Impermanence

Progressive Gears [Release date 12.11.21] Hands up all those feeling reflective and romantic?  This band – a Dutch/Finnish hybrid – will provide your soundtrack. Skip to ‘Trust In You’ an early single/video to give you an idea of the vibe.  … Continue reading

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Album review: FANS OF THE DARK – Fans Of The Dark

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Frontiers [Release date: 05.11.21] Fans Of The Dark are a new Melodic Rock band formed by songwriter / drummer, Freddie Allen, the driving force behind AOR legends-in-the-making, Houston. He’s brought in Alex Falk on vocals, with guitarist, Oscar Bromvall and … Continue reading

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Album review: MISHRA – Reclaim

MISHRA - Reclaim

Shedbuilt Records [Release date 29.10.21] Described as a “global folk collective” Mishra brings together banjo player Kate Griffin (The Magpies) and flautist Ford Collier (The Drystones) who fashion a contemporary take on folk fusion.  Together with their cohorts tabla player … Continue reading

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Album review: MISSISSIPPI MacDONALD – Do Right, Say Right

MISSISSIPPI MACDONALD – Do Right, Say Right

Another Planet Music [Release date 19.11.21] Mississippi MacDonald (despite his name!) is a 3-times British Blues Awards nominee, from London, England. He has been playing since he was 11 years old and has travelled on the US Blues trail, meeting … Continue reading

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EP review: AMY THATCHER – Let What’s In, Out

AMY THATCHER – Let What’s In, Out

Website [Release date 05.11.21] Amy Thatcher is a professional accordionist based in the North East of England. She has built up a reputation as one of the UK’s leading folk accordionists, both as a performer and composer, working with fellow … Continue reading

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Album review: MARCO MATTEI – Out Of Control

MARCO MATTEI - Out Of Control

7D Media/Third Star Records [Release date 19.11.21] There seems to be a trend amongst aspiring proggers to acquire the services of the “prog-whores” who – in the nicest way possible – lend their talents to any number of albums.  In … Continue reading

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Album review: ASTRAL DRIVE – Astral Drive (Orange album)

ASTRAL DRIVE – Astral Drive

Pete Feenstra chatted to Phil Thornalley for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast Sunday 31 October 2021. Lojinx [Release date 24.09.21] ‘Astral Drive’ is the musical vehicle for producer, singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Phil Thornalley. The ‘Astral Drive’ … Continue reading

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Album review: ORGAN FAIRCHILD – Brewed In Buffalo

ORGAN FAIRCHILD - Brewed In Buffalo

Organ Fairchild Records [Release date 15.09.21] Here at GRTR! Towers we are privileged to receive any number of albums from aspiring or jobbing musicians, some obviously hitting the mark more than others.  Occasionally a real gem emerges and in Organ … Continue reading

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Gig review: REBECCA DOWNES – 100 Club, London, 19 October 2021

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Just before the pandemic struck, one of the artists I was looking forward to seeing more of was Rebecca Downes, a very enjoyable support slot to Brian Downey’s Live and Dangerous at the Underworld proof that she was successfully diversifying … Continue reading

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Album review: NAKED RAYGUN – Reissues

naked raygun reissues

Audio Platter / Plastic Head Chicago punk band Naked Raygun formed in 1980 and their style strongly dipped into post punk and hardcore. They have been an influence on the likes of Dave Grohl and Blink192, and they have toured … Continue reading

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Album review: HEARTLAND – Into The Future

HEARTLAND- Into the Future

Escape Music [Release date 15.10.21] I assumed Chris Ousey had kicked the long career of Heartland on the head with their last album of new material coming back in 2007. However, after his time with Snakecharmer and also fronting Kingdom … Continue reading

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Book review: ERUPTION – CONVERSATIONS WITH EDDIE VAN HALEN by Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill

ERUPTION- CONVERSATIONS WITH EDDIE VAN HALEN by Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill

Hachette Publishing [Publication date 28.10.21] When Eddie Van Halen lost his prolonged struggles with cancer last autumn the rock world mourned – the number of Facebook friends who put his ‘Frankenstein’ guitar patterned design as their cover photo in memoriam … Continue reading

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Album review: ECLIPSE – Wired

ECLIPSE- Wired

Frontiers Records [Release date 08.10.21] Eclipse have been on one the hottest streaks in melodic rock of recent years- even last year’s stop-gap live album ‘Viva la Victouria’ being a reminder of quite how many anthems they have written. And … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FOREIGN FILMS – Starlight Serenade

The Foreign Films - Starlight Serenade

Pete Feenstra chatted to Bill Majoros for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 21 November 2021. Curve Music [Release date 30.07.21] What’s the significance of a band’s name? In the case of The Foreign Films (aka Canadian singer songwriter … Continue reading

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Album review: LOVERBOY – Loverboy and Get Lucky (Remasters)

loverboy get lucky

Rock Candy Records [release date 24.09.21] Selling 6 million between them, Loverboy’s self titled debut (1980) and follow up, Get Lucky (1981), have now had the treatment from Rock Candy Records. Forty years of remastering evolution has brought us to … Continue reading

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Album review: BURNING POINT – Arsonist Of The Soul

Burning point Arsonist-Of-The-Soul

AFM Records [Release date: 22.10.21] Finnish band, Burning Point have never found their way into the vanguard of European Power Metal. To their credit, despite being handicapped by lacklustre albums and personnel changes, they’ve kept moving forward. Now, five years … Continue reading

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Rising Stars: FURBABY & THE TIGHT SPACES

Furbaby

Featuring past and current members of bands including The Last Vegas, The Steepwater Band, Urge Overkill, The Cynics, Warrior Soul, Abbarama and Tyla & Dogs D’Amour, Furbaby & the Tight Spaces were dreamed up during 2020 quarantine, their debut album … Continue reading

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Gig review: KING KING – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion – 19 October 2021

King King - Bexhill, October 2021

After numerous attempts at rescheduling during the Covid crisis, King King’s tour in support of their 2020 album finally gets under way. Venue availability, as a myriad of bands all attempt to simultaneously reschedule gigs that have been postponed over the last eighteen … Continue reading

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Album review: SYLVAN – One To Zero

SYLVAN

 Gentle Art Of Music   [Release date: 28.05.21] Sylvan are one of Europe’s finest progressive rock bands whose stock has been rising for some time, but particularly since they signed up to the Gentle Art Of Music label run by fellow … Continue reading

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Album review: AVAWAVES – Chrysalis (Anna Phoebe/Aisling Brouwer)

AVAWAVES - Chrysalis

One Little Independent Records [Release date 08.10.21] The return of Anna Phoebe!!   She contributed a track to our Rising Stars sampler in 2007.  She has performed with Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  She was special guest of Jethro Tull (2009) and gave Ian … Continue reading

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