Monthly Archives: March 2022

Gig review: PAT MCMANUS BAND- Half Moon, Putney, London, 16 March 2022

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Pat McManus chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio about his music.  First broadcast 3 October 2021. On the eve of the day when anyone with any Irish ancestry celebrates their patron saint, it was another Patrick who produced a … Continue reading

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Album review: RONNI LE TEKRO – Bigfoot TV

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Tekro Music / Rough Trade [Release date: 18.03.22] Fast approaching 60, Oslo born guitarist, Ronni Le Tekro, ex TNT, is not for slowing down. He’s guested on some interesting albums of late, but Bigfoot TV is his first solo outing … Continue reading

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Album review: THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS – Toward The Fray

THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS – Toward The Fray

Americana Vibes/regime Music Group [Release date 25.03.22] GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass, folk and Americana outfit, the Infamous Stringdusters, have been making music since 2006 and ‘Toward the Fray’ is the band’s first original album since 2019’s ‘Rise Sun’. The Infamous Stringdusters … Continue reading

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Album review: HARRY CHAPIN – Story Book, The Elektra Albums, 1972-78 (6 CDs)

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Cherry Red/Strawberry [release date 25.03.22] Heads and Tales (1972) Sniper And Other Love Songs (1972) Short Stories (1973) Verities and Balderdash (1974) Portrait Gallery (1975) Greatest Stories Live (1976) On The Road To Kingdom Come (1976) Dance Band On The … Continue reading

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Album review: SHINING BLACK – BOALS and THORSEN – Postcards From The End Of The World

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Frontiers [Release date: 18.03.22] Shining Black’s 2020 self titled album collaboration was tuned into Hard Rock as much as it was to Melodic Metal. Guitarist, Olaf (Labyrinth, Vision Divine) Thorsen and singer, Mark (Malmsteen, Royal Hunt) Boals’ first musical marriage … Continue reading

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Album review: RADIOACTIVE – X.X.X

RADIOACTIVE- X.X.X

Frontiers Records (Release date 11.03.22) Few people in the melodic rock world have as lengthy or prolific track record as Tommy Denander. While best known for playing on or producing records for a dizzying roster of artists and, for UK … Continue reading

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Album review: FM – Thirteen

FM-Thirteen

Frontiers Records (Release date 18.03.22) Over a decade since reforming, FM’s run of quality product since seems to be coming at an ever faster rate, their suitably titled 13th studio album coming less than two years after its predecessor ‘Synchronised’. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SPIDERHAWKS- Travelling Light

THE SPIDERHAWKS- Travelling Light

Music for Sport (Release Date 25.03.22) The Spiderhawks are the brainchild of Simon Webb who has a CV as long as your arm as a composer for TV, theatre and film. They released  a charity single during lockdown but this … Continue reading

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Feature: Magnum Month @GRTR! – What Magnum Means To Me

Magnum Month @GRTR!

Introduction The Studio Albums The Live Albums Singles Reissues Collections Memorabilia What Magnum Means To Me… As part of our month long promotion “Magnum Month @GRTR!” in March 2022 we invited fan recollections and stories.  Some have followed the band … Continue reading

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Album review: DARE – Road To Eden

DARE- Road to Eden

Darren Wharton chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio about his career and Dare. The two hour special includes tracks from each of Dare’s studio albums.  First broadcast 10 April 2022. Legend Records (Release date 01.04.22) Back in the late … Continue reading

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Album review: PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS – Only Passing Through

PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS – Only Passing Through

InsideOut Music [Release date 01.04.22] Pattern-Seeking Animals consists of current and former Spock’s Beard members Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan and Dave Meros in addition to long-time contributing songwriter-producer John Boegehold. ‘Only Passing Through’ is the band’s third album and again … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE PORTRAITS & DOM PRAG, Harwell Village Hall, Friday 18 March 2022

THE PORTRAITS - For Our Times

Another lovely little venue literally on my doorstep, where Big Ginger Tom Music have been putting on monthly folk themed gigs for a few years now. Of course the pandemic brought a halt to these, but credit to the husband … Continue reading

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Album review: RONNIE ATKINS – Make It Count

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Frontiers [release date: 18.03.22] When Denmark’s Paul Christensen founded the Pretty Maids with Ken Hammer, he changed his name to Ronnie Atkins. And this despite assurances that his birth name sounded pretty cool. None of this matters now, he lives … Continue reading

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Album review: VON HERTZEN BROTHERS – Red Alert In The Blue Forest

Von Hertzen Brothers - Red Alert In The Blue Forest

Doing Being Music [Release date: 18.03.22] Described by the 3 Von Hertzen Brothers – Kie, Mikko and Jonne – as 70 minutes of art rock, ‘Red Alert In The Blue Forest is a concept album written separately by all 3 brothers … Continue reading

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Album review: ADAM NORSWORTHY – Infinite Hotel

Adam Norsworthy - Infinite Hotel

Pete Feenstra chatted to Adam Norsworthy for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 20 March 2022. Park Hall Records [Release date: 04.03.22] ‘Infinite Hotel’ is the perfect title for an album that searches both lyrically and musically for a … Continue reading

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Gig review: HALESTORM – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 13 March 2022

HALESTORM- Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 13 March 2022

Halestorm have put in the hard yards of touring the UK for over a decade to become a major draw in their own right. This love affair with the country was demonstrated when, in spite of pulling the rest of … Continue reading

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Feature: MAGNUM Month @GRTR! – Singles

Magnum Month @GRTR!

Introduction The Studio Albums The Live Albums Singles Reissues Collections Memorabilia What Magnum Means To Me… Magnum in the Millennium Since the late 1990s the number of physical singles released by Magnum – and indeed many artists – has diminished, … Continue reading

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Album review: SHEWOLF – SheWolf

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Frontiers [Release date: 18.03.22] Aiming to climb the Power Metal mountain, SheWolf release their self titled debut album this month. Led by stunning Greek vocalist, Angel Wolf-Black, the band, The Hunter (guitars), The Predator (bass) and Alpha (drummer) might sound … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2022 – March 2022)

Albums of the Month (January - March 2022)

LIFESIGNS Altitude (Lifesigns Music) Fans of the likes of Marillion, Genesis and Camel will find much to enjoy here – fans of the more challenging end of the prog spectrum should probably look elsewhere.  ***** Review by Alan Jones SAXON … Continue reading

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Album review: CIRCLE OF FRIENDS – The Garden

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS - The Garden

Escape Records [Release date 25.03.22] ‘The Garden’ is the album put together by Bruce Mee (of Fireworks magazine) as a tribute to his mother, who died of cancer in 2020. The studio project is called Circle of Friends because the … Continue reading

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Album review: PHARMACOSE – Prescription Fiction

Pharmacose - Prescription Fiction

Indie [Release date 22.02.22] Rock is a genre that holds the key to so many subgenres. The umbrella term for so many artists, it may seem too broad a word. But sometimes we really do just need the reliability of … Continue reading

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Album review: THE VIBRATORS – The Albums 1985-1990

THE VIBRATORS – The Albums 1985-1990

Captain Oi!/Cherry Red One of the finest bands of the original punk era, the early years of The Vibrators have already been comprehensively collected by Cherry Red in two previous box sets. Their commercially successful years were well behind them … Continue reading

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Album review: CHIP Z’NUFF – Perfectly Imperfect

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Frontiers [Release date: 18.03.22] New solo album from Grammy nominated musician, Chip Z’Nuff. As much of today’s pop and rock degenerate into pro-tooled, prefabricated, flatpack blandness, Z’Nuff makes the case for home made, rough around the edges rock. He’s still … Continue reading

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Gig review: BIG COUNTRY – Islington Assembly Hall, London- 9 March 2022

BIG COUNTRY- Islington Assembly Hall, London- 9 March 2022

It’s now been over 20 years since the sad passing of Stuart Adamson, but for over half that period his erstwhile bandmates Bruce Watson and Mark Brzezicki have been ensuring that his Big Country legacy stays alive with a touring … Continue reading

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Album review: NEW HORIZON – Gate Of The Gods

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Frontiers [Release date: 11.02.22] New Horizon is a H.E.A.T. splinter group, or splinter duo, to be precise. Being almost famous gives you room to try other things, and so Jonah Tee and Erik Gronwall have been given the opportunity to … Continue reading

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