BRITISH ROCK & BLUES STARTS THE FESTIVAL YEAR
The first major
UK rock festival in 2016 took place in late January at the
Butlins venue in Skegness, Lincolnshire.
GRTR!'s Pete Feenstra was
MC for the duration and together with Simon Dunkerley has given
a comprehensive account of proceedings, with Hawkwind, Tygers Of
Pan Tang and Martin Turner on the bill.
HENDRIX MUSEUM OPENS IN LONDON
A long-planned museum
celebrating two giants of music - classical and rock - opened
recently in London's Brook Street.
The Handel & Hendrix
Museum is based in the legendary guitarist's former flat and
where classical composer Handel was a neighbour, two hundred
Pete Feenstra from GRTR!
attended the launch evening, with appearances by former Hendrix
girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (who owned the flat in the
late-1960s) and Hendrix guitar guru Roger Mayer, amongst others
NEW INTERVIEWS ADDED TO MIXCLOUD
Several recent interview/featuress have been added to
the Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Mixcloud page. The page gives you access to
show highlights, interviews and features that have appeared on our dedicated
Recent additions include MONSTER TRUCK, DEVON
ALLMAN and SIMO (pictured), all artists either touring or releasing new albums.
Photo: John Bull/Rockrpix
Albums of the Month
SIMO Let Love Show The Way (Provogue)
...only a band with true jam band sensibilities could enter the studio with such
a loose approach to produce music as thick as molasses, but with spiky, gnawing
solos that bite like a vampire.. (Pete Feenstra)
MAGNUM Sacred Blood
"Divine" Lies (SPV)
The band keep doing what they do and with Clarkin at the
controls and his able cohort Catley, the starship remains in
rude good shape...nearly 40 years after their album debut –
fresh, relevant and, yes, even redolent of the glory days. (David Randall)
I shall require another 10-20 listens before I
figure out if this is their masterpiece or not. It
at least lives up to its title: The Astonishing is
indeed an astonishing piece of work from one amazing
band, in scope and scale. (Chris Martin)
RUNRIG The Story (Ridge
The band can be rightly proud of their musical legacy which has provided the
soundtrack to a groundshift in the Scottish nation over the last 43 years and
will no doubt continue to do so long after the band hang up their guitars.