Rock DJ Wyatt Wendell’s charity bike ride

Posted in Family life, Fundraising, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Planet Rock DJ Wyatt Wendell is off cycling on 3rd December, cycling overnight from Planet Rock’s central London studios to the Planet Rockstock festival site in Trecco Bay, Wales. You can check out his route & donate via Planet Rock’s website, watch Wyatt’s interview with Danny from Thunder, and find out more about the CALM/Planet Rock partnership.

His very honest and moving story can be found here:

Please, if you are feeling that your future looks bleak or you are at your wits end, find that someone as there is always someone who will listen and not be judgmental.

Albums of the Year: THE JOKERS

Posted in Uncategorized, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, Music for 2015, hard rock, Albums of the Year, Best of 2015 with tags , , , , on November 29, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Missed this one of my top 25 – daft lad! The Jokers returned with ‘Hurricane’ and it is their most varied album to date. They have the hard rocking tunes you’d expect like ‘Run For Cover’ and ‘She’s On Fire’, plus a couple of new musical diversions like ‘Summer Time’, a touch of Whitesnake on this one. Highly recommend seeing them live and was lucky enough to see them again in January this year.


Steeleye Span UK tour

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Steeleye Span release a new collection ‘Catch Up’ on December 4th which features this beautiful new song:

Excellent live they are well worth seeing and with a new-ish line-up, although Maddy Prior is still there.

Thu 19 Nov Town Hall Birmingham 0121 345 0600
Fri 20 Nov Assembly Hall Theatre Tumbridge Wells 01892 530613
Sun 22 Nov Borough Theatre Abergavenny 01873 850805
Mon 23 Nov The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre Taunton 01823 283244
Tue 24 Nov The Stables Milton Keynes 01908 280800
Wed 25 Nov New Vic Theatre Newcastle Under Lyme 01782 717962
Thu 26 Nov Prince of Wales Centre Cannock 01543 578762
Fri 27 Nov Town Hall Cheltenham 0844 576 2210
Sun 29 Nov Royal & Derngate Northampton 01604 624811
Mon 30 Nov Epsom Playhouse Epsom 01372 742555/742227
Tue 1 Dec The Winding Wheel Chesterfield 01246 345 222
Wed 2 Dec Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield 01484 223200
Thu 3 Dec Sage Gateshead 0191 443 4661
Fri 4 Dec Leeds Town Hall Leeds 0113 224 3801
Sun 6 Dec Great British Folk Festival Skegness 0330 102 5295
Tue 8 Dec The Apex Bury St Edmunds 01284 758000
Wed 9 Dec Corn Exchange Ipswich 01473 433100
Thu 10 Dec St Mary’s In The Castle Hastings 01323 841414
Sat 12 Dec The Lighthouse Poole 0844 406 8666
Sun 13 Dec Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch 01708 443333
Mon 14 Dec Cadogan Hall London 020 7730 4500
Tue 15 Dec St George’s Bristol Bristol 0845 40 24 001
Wed 16 Dec Portsmouth Guildhall Portsmouth 0844 847 2362
Thu 17 Dec City Hall Salisbury 01722 434434

Albums of the Year – My Top 25 :-)

Posted in AOR, Best of 2015, Classic rock, ELO, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, Heavy metal, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2015, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, rock n roll, Singer songwriter with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Not in any order as it was hard enough whittling it down to 25. Honourable mentions to WASP (a real return to form), Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train, Joel Hoekstra’s 13, Jorn Lande & Trond Holter, Adrenaline Mob and PowerWolf.

1. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe (Colombia/Sony)

2. Lonely Robot – Please Come Home (Inside Out)

3. Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses (Spinefarm Records)

4. Five Grand Stereo – Sex & Money (indie)

5. Thunder – Wonder Years (earMusic)

6. Cats In Space – Too Many Gods (indie)

7. FM – Heroes & Villains (Frontiers)

8. Michael Monroe – Blackout States (Spinefarm Records)

9. The Radio Sun – Heaven Or Heartbreak (Melodic Rock Records)

10. Dennis Churchill Dries (ex-White Sister/Tatoo Rodeo) – I (AOR Heaven)

11. Ozone – Self Defence (Escape Music)

12. Neal Morse – The Grand Experiment (Inside Out)

13. Orden Ogan – Ravenhead (AFM Records)

14. Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall – Kingdom Of Rock (Frontiers)

15. Revolution Saints (Frontiers)

16. Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (Napalm)

17. Toto – XIV (Frontiers)

18. Third Eye Blind – Dopamine

19. Lifeline – Scream (Escape Music)

20. Tim Arnold – The Soho Hobo (indie)

21. Josh Taerk – Here’s To Change (Misty Creek Records)

22. Kamelot – Haven (Napalm)

23. The Darker My Horizon – Acquiesce (indie)

24. Khymera – The Grand Design (Frontiers)

25. Queensryche – Condition Human (Century Media)

Disappointing albums for me were Gloryhammer (not as good as the previous album), Eclipse and House Of Lords (bring back the pomp keyboards one more time please!).

It’s okay to be scared…

Posted in Family life, News on November 14, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Eloquently put by my former work colleague Mark Stay...

Source: It’s okay to be scared…

Albums of the Year: LONELY ROBOT

Posted in Albums of the Year, Music for 2015, Pop rock, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Lonely Robot released their excellent debut album ‘Please Come Home’ back in February on Inside Out. Lonely Robot is the brainchild of producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (Kino/It Bites/Frost*/Arena). He is backed by a rhythm section of Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett/Kajagoogoo) on bass and Craig Blundell on drums, with plenty of guests including Marillion’s Steve Hogarth, Nik Kershaw, Go West’s Peter Cox and Jem Godfrey (Frost*).

It is a cracking mix of melodic prog rock and some cracking pop rock like ‘Boy In The Radio‘ which features Peter Cox of Go West fame (always liked Go West, one of the better 80’s pop acts along with Talk, Talk and Tears For Fears).

LONELY ROBOT London date 20th December

Posted in Music for 2015, Progressive rock with tags , , , on November 13, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), released its debut album Please Come Home earlier this year and is set to play a special one-off live show this December in London. Joining John and his band for this very special evening, will be guest appearances from Peter Cox (Go West), Heather Findlay (ex-Mostly Autumn) & Kim Seviour (Touchstone), as well as Jem Godfrey, who will get on stage for a special encore of Frost* material.

Tickets are available now from the following outlets:

20/12/15 – Scala, London, UK

VIP & Merch Package deals available from The Merch Desk:

John’s band will be made up of Caroline Campbell on bass, Lauren Storer on keys and Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums, and they will be playing his debut album in its entirety.

A video for the track ‘The Boy In The Radio’ featuring Peter Cox, was also recently launched, and you can watch that here: 

Please Come Home received some fantastic reviews, with Prog calling it “one mighty statement of intent” and Fireworks stating it’s “one of the finest pieces of Prog Pop”.

You can now order the Lonely Robot album from the InsideOut shop here:

And you can order the album digitally here:


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