ELO ‘Secret Messages’ vinyl only re-issue plus six added songs

The secret messages are calling to me endlessly
They call to me across the air
The messages across the atmosphere
They whisper in your ear, they’re calling everywhere…

Today, June 5, marks the 35th anniversary of Secret Messages. To celebrate, here’s a “secret message”:

For the first time ever, ELO’s Secret Messages will be released as a double album on August 3rd! This 2LP release adds six tracks to its running order, all with cutting-edge synthesizers and up-front guitar mastery. Listen as Jeff Lynne’s eclectic creation of self-written, self-produced songs come to life as originally conceived in 1983.

Pre-order here: https://lnk.to/SecretMessages

Note: This is a vinyl LP release. It will go up on streaming services on release day.

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New music…BIRD PEN, WEEZER & EMPIRE CIRCUS

Southampton based alt/prog rock duo BirdPen will release their new studio album, ‘There’s Something Wrong With Everything’, in the early autumn. It is preceded by a single, ‘This Is Your Life’, a synth led tune which you can hear below…

Weezer nail a superb cover of Toto’s ‘Africa’

Plenty of good music out there and really looking forward to hearing more from Empire Circus, who have just released a new song ‘A Day In The Life Of A Superhero’ with a new album due later this year.

The Rockin’ Chair Spotify playlist

A Spotify playlist to reflect the current tunes I am enjoying via reviewing for Get Ready To Rock! plus a few past gems. I have a wide ranging musical taste as for me the melody is king 🙂 Hopefully you will find a few tunes you like…

Time Capsule from Spotify

These playlists are pretty good, like an updated mix tape although this one is driven by my listening habits on Spotify.

Can’t argue with some Adventures, Adam Ant, Heart and Stone Roses 😊

PictureHouse announce new single “Riptide” on May 25th

PictureHouse have today announced the release of their brand new single “Riptide”. Written by frontman Dave Browne with Swedish songwriter and producer Adam Kviman, Riptide is the first new material the band have released since 2013’s Evolution album.

The record is also the first recording featuring the 4 original members of Dave Browne, Johnny Boyle, Aongus Ralston and Geoff Woods since Karmarama in 1998.

The band recently celebrated the 21st anniversary of their debut album with a show in Dublin’s National Concert Hall which saw many tributes for the band from luminaries such as Irish President Michael D Higgins and U2 singer Bono.

PictureHouse have announced an acoustic tour with shows in Tallaght and Trim confirmed and more to be added.

“Riptide” is released on May 25th with the track released on all digital platforms.

Dates:
Bakers Loft, Trim, May 26th
Civic Theatre, Tallaght, June 8th

Stream on Spotify / Youtube here
View tributes from Bono and President Higgins here

FIVE GRAND STEREO tour dates & new single ‘Anyone Can Be a Star’

LONDON 28 March, The Islington – buy on night
LEICESTER 7 April, The Musician* –
buy tickets
DUBLIN 10 April, Grand Social – buy tickets
LIMERICK – 11 April, Dolan’s (Kasbah) – buy tickets

* Supporting The Della Grants
The new single ‘Anyone Can Be A Star’ is out now
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLX2m6wEcIM

KIM WILDE’s new single ‘Kandy Krush’

Following the declaration of intent of lead single ‘Pop Don’t Stop’ Kim Wilde releases the thrill ride of raucous second single ‘Kandy Krush’.

‘Pop Don’t Stop’ was playlisted on BBC Radio 2, declared “a huge pop anthem” by the Express and a “pop wrecking ball that’s about to smash its way through your brain” by Popjustice and included the prescient lyrics “The seasons come and go again and what was old is new again.”

Kim Wilde’s return to recording isn’t a comeback, but it does mark a fresh start in the iconic singer’s extraordinary career. Proud of her past, but focused on the future, Kim has never stopped singing or selling out tours – she has played more shows in the past decade than ever before, finding fans in countries she never dreamed she’d visit and turning new generations on to her songs – such huge hits as ‘Kids In America’, ‘Chequered Love’, ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ and ‘Cambodia’.

Named after a real-life Close Encounter that occurred in Kim’s back garden in 2009, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ contains 12 tracks of swagger and sweetness that delve in to disco, new wave, electro and glam rock, but are really just smart, stylish, arms-aloft pop. From the slinky, stomp-along opener 1969 and the electro monster ‘Stereo Shot’ to the shimmering ballad ‘Solstice’, the addictive, riff-drenched ‘A Different Story’ and the boisterous ‘Birthday’, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ pairs Kim’s trademark lust for life with the strongest set of songs of her nearly 40 year career.

Vocally, Kim has never sounded better, the result of a hectic gig and festival schedule that has taken Kim and her six-strong band around the world for the past decade, playing not only her classic ‘80s tracks, but the hits she has continued to enjoy throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Asia up to the present day. In fact, it’s in Britain where Kim has been off the road the most.

“I’ve played more in the past 15 years than I did in the first two decades of my career,” says Kim, the UK’s most successful female pop star of the 80s, whose early tours included opening for David Bowie and Michael Jackson. “My band and I have headlined several tours abroad, but this is the first one for almost 30 years at home. But I’ve had fantastic experiences here touring with Rewind and Let’s Rock so our fans know that they have a very special place in my heart. I cannot wait to see them all up close and personal.”

A true family affair, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ was largely co-written by Kim and Ricky (who produced the record) and also features her niece Scarlett, who has played in the band for a decade and sings and songwrites on the album. The multi-talented Scarlett is also responsible for the album’s phenomenal artwork.

Here Come The Aliens tracklisting
1 -1969 – written by Kim Wilde & Ricky Wilde.
2 – Pop Don’t Stop (duet with Ricky Wilde) – written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
3 – Kandy Krush – written by Kim, Ricky, Frederick Thomander & Anders Wikström (‘Epicentre’).
4 – Stereo Shot – written by Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
5 – Yours Til The End – written by Ricky Wilde & Neil Jones.
6 – Solstice – written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
7 – Addicted To You – written by Sean J Vincent, Ricky, & Roxanne Wilde.
8 – Birthday – written by Ricky, Scarlett Wilde & Shane Lee.
9 – Cyber.Nation.War – written by Kim & Ricky.
10 – Different Story – written by Kim, Frederick Thomander & Anders Wikström (‘Epicentre’).
11 – Rock the Paradiso – written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
12 – Rosetta (duet with Frida Sundemo) – written by Kim & Ricky.

Here Come The Aliens tour dates:
March 2018
30th Fri Ipswich Regent Theatre
31st Sat Southend Cliffs Pavilion
April 2018
2nd Mon Glasgow Old Fruit Market
4th Wed Bath The Forum
5th Thu Torquay Princess Theatre
6th Fri Yeovil Westlands
7th Sat Bournemouth The Pavilion Theatre
11th Wed Wrexham William Aston Hall
12th Thu Preston The Guildhall
13th Fri Sheffield Plug
15th Sun York Barbican
16th Mon Gateshead The Sage
19th Thu Halifax The Victoria Theatre
20th Fri Buxton Opera House
21st Sat Birmingham Town Hall
22nd Sun Salisbury City Hall
24th Tue Hastings The White Rock Theatre
26th Thu London Koko
30th Mon Salford The Lowry