Yearly Archives: 2022

Gig review: STEVE VAI – London Palladium, 7 June 2022

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Let’s just start by saying one thing: Steve Vai isn’t of this world. Throughout his long and varied career, the six-stringer has displayed the sort of skills that are beyond the comprehension of most mere mortals. From his time with … Continue reading

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Album review: MY SOLILOQUY – FU3ION

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Rare Artist Music [Release date 11.07.22] Third album from My Soliloquy, which is the brainchild of former Threshold guitarist Pete Morten. On this album he is joined by Threshold’s drummer Johanne James – Morten plays all the other instruments on … Continue reading

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Album review: CHAOS MAGIC – Emerge

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Frontiers [Release date 17.06.22] Underwhelming Symphonic Metal from Timo Tolkki “discovery”, Caterina Nix. This new release,Emerge, is a second collaboration between Nix and one of Frontiers’ South American songwriter/producer wunderkind, Nasson. The first, Furyborn, was released in 2019. Nasson’s production … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2022 – December 2022

CATS IN SPACE - Kickstart The Sun

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January 2022 – June 2022 To search quickly within this page (“Find In Page”): Press Ctrl+F (on Windows PC, Chromebook, or Linux system), or Command+F (on a Mac) on the keyboard. The “F” stands for “Find,” … Continue reading

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Book Review: PINK FLOYD – BBC Radio 1967-1971 (by Ian Priston & Phil Salathe)

PINK FLOYD – BBC Radio 1967-1971

The Bee Smart Book Co. [Publication date: 03.06.22] Rock band Pink Floyd had their roots in the early 60s, with some changes in personnel and name, before officially forming in the mid 60s. While many will know their Dark Side … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! adds to interview archive via podcasts (June 2022)

JOE BONAMASSA – Royal Albert Hall, London, 6 May 2022

In the run-up to its 20th anniversary year Get Ready to ROCK! will be releasing a selection of interviews collected over two decades.  These will be available as podcasts via the usual podcast channels. Get Ready to ROCK! Managing Editor … Continue reading

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Album review: BLOODY HEELS – Rotten Romance

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Frontiers [release date 10.06.22] Sounding heavier and harder than on their previous albums, it’s clear that Bloody Heels have realised that the confines of a genre only exist for those musicians who lack wit and imagination. There are few better … Continue reading

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Album review: LONERIDER – Sundown

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Escape Music (Release Date 20.05.22) The concept of a quiet life sees alien to peerless singer Steve Overland who must have one of the prolific recording schedules of any artist. Barely two months after releasing ‘Thirteen’ with his main band … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL MONROE – I Live Too Fast To Die Young

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Silver Lining Music [release date: 10.06.22] Even long time fans will be approaching this release with caution, uncertain if Michael Monroe remains just as provocative and influential as he once was. That whole Punk/ Glam/ Rock schtick wears thin eventually. … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Kickstart The Sun

CATS IN SPACE - Kickstart The Sun

Harmony Factory [Release date 29.07.22] www.catsinspace.co.uk For the past few years, Cats in Space have been one of my favourite ‘new’ bands, offering something very different to the norm. These seasoned musicians have created a lavishly arranged sound inspired by … Continue reading

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Book review: On track – BADFINGER, WARREN ZEVON, Sessions – ERIC CLAPTON

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Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 29.04.22] The tomes from Sonicbond Publishing come thick and fast.  The “On track…”series aims to cover all of an artist’s song/album output, condensed into around 150 pages, and relying heavily on secondary sources. Badfinger were nurtured … Continue reading

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Gig review: SPIERS & BODEN – Oxford Playhouse, Sunday 5 June 2022

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First time on stage at the Oxford Playhouse for John Spiers and Jon Boden, and also the first time inside this smart theatre for this reviewer. Playing to a home crowd (Spiers and Boden met in Oxford) is always a … Continue reading

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Gig review: TEMPT – The Black Heart, London, 31 May 2022

TEMPT- The Black Heart, London, 31 May 2022

One question I ponder occasionally is ‘whatever happened to Tempt’?  Back in the mid 2010s the young New Yorkers received rave reviews in Classic Rock magazine and its AOR offshoot as the future of melodic hard rock. They even received … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANKY PEREZ – Crossing The Great Divide

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Black Sea Music [Release date 24.06.22] Singer-songwriter Franky Perez releases his fifth solo album. He has worked and toured with the likes of Slash, Scars On Broadway and Apocalyptica (for whom he is the band’s touring singer). On this album … Continue reading

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Album review: VENUS 5 – Venus 5

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Frontiers [Release date: 10.06.22] The Venus 5 are: – Karmen (Hellcats) Klinc Jelena (The Voice finalist, Romania) Milovanovic Tezzi (Infinite & Divine) Persson Erina (The Voice finalist, Albania) Seitllari and the woman with only one name, Herma, of the SNB … Continue reading

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Album review: DIRTY HONEY – EP/LP

DIRTY HONEY – EP LP

Dirt Records [Release date 20.05.22] Dirty Honey release this fourteen song album which sees them add 2019’s self-titled EP with their self-titled album released in 2021. It is a timely release to coincide with the band’s summer UK and European … Continue reading

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Album review: GODLEY and CREME – Frabjous Days, The Secret World Of, 1967-69

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Cherry Red/Grapefruit [Release date: 10.06.22] Kevin Godley and Lol Creme didn’t know what they were doing. Well, that’s not strictly true. To be accurate : There’s a thrill in not knowing what you’re doing but aiming high anyway and that, … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – Wembley Arena, London – 28th May 2022

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Thunder appear to be on a hot creative streak at present. In the time since this tour was originally announced, pre-pandemic, they have released two albums with last year’s ‘All the Right Noises’ followed by a double album to boot … Continue reading

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Album review: HANNAH RARITY – To Have You Near

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www.hannahrarity.com [Release date 03.06.22] Three years on from her debut album, ’Neath the Gloaming Star’, Scottish singer songwriter Hannah Rarity releases the follow-up. Hannah won BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2018, along with touring with … Continue reading

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Album review: GRACE – Hope

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Frontiers Music [Release date 10.06.22] Under the Grace moniker, Hope is an album put together by twenty year music biz veteran, Isra Ramos, and it’s a genre hopping blast. Ramos has toured to support Europe, Nightwish, The Scorpions, Angra and … Continue reading

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Album review: NICK FLETCHER – The Cloud Of Unknowing

NICK FLETCHER - The Cloud Of Unknowing

Rough Draft Audio [Release date 02.09.22] Nick Fletcher’s latest album is a departure from the previously reviewed ‘Cycles Of Behaviour’  It gives free rein to his jazz rock tendencies whereas its predecessor added a bit more prog in the mix, … Continue reading

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News: PINK FLOYD, NEIL YOUNG, GREAT WHITE (June 2022)

Arch Enemy have pushed back the release date of their new album, ‘Deceivers’, to August 12 from the previously announced July 29. Jeff Beck releases a new album on July 15 entitled ’18′, which is a collaborative one with Johnny … Continue reading

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Album review: SEVENTH WONDER – The Testament

SEVENTH WONDER - The Testament

Frontiers [Release date: 10.06.22] Sixth album from Swedish Prog Metal band Seventh Wonder, for whom life began at the turn of the century. The band is full of virtuoso musicians. Guitarist Johan Liefvendal and bassist, Andreas Blomqvist are the driving … Continue reading

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Book review: BRITPOP, BLUR

Britpop – Decades by Peter Richard & Matt Pooler

Britpop – Decades by Peter Richard & Matt Pooler SonicBond Publishing The 1990’s in the UK in pop terms, and indeed charts, were dominated for the most part by Britpop, which these two authors (themselves in a 90s band) provide … Continue reading

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Album review: CHUCK WRIGHT – Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky

CHUCK WRIGHT - Chuck Wright's Sheltering Sky

On Sunday 5 June, David Randall chatted to Chuck Wright about the new album.  On Sunday 12 June – as part of ‘The Eclectic Mix’ – there was a more in-depth look at Chuck’s career based on the recent interview … Continue reading

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