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Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

Author: Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

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Rockonteurs is a podcast all about the real stories behind real music.


Presented by Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, who wrote and performed megahits like ‘Gold’ and ‘True’, and Guy Pratt, a bass player who shaped songs for the likes of Madonna and Pink Floyd, you’ll hear exclusive stories of life on the road, in the studio and what really happened behind the scenes from artists who wrote, performed and produced the some of the biggest classic rock and pop tracks of all time.


Guests include Sir Bob Geldof, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, super-producer Trevor Horn, Chris Difford of Squeeze and their bandmate from A Saucerful of Secrets, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason



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S7E2: Woody Woodmansey

S7E2: Woody Woodmansey

2024-04-2001:33:04

This week we welcome Woody Woodmansey to the podcast. Woody is the last man standing from Bowie's band ‘The Spiders From Mars’ and Woody shares some incredible stories with us this week from his first foray into music, meeting a young David Bowie and touring the world with the Spider.You can see Woody at the 3rd David Bowie World Fan Convention in Liverpool this July (26-28th). Find out more at https://bowieconvention.com/Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S7E1: Dave Wakeling

S7E1: Dave Wakeling

2024-04-1301:02:56

Rockonteurs returns, and this week Guy and Gary are chatting to Dave Wakeling from The Beat.Chatting about a life on the road, his influences, those politically orientated lyrics of the 1980s, being covered by Pete Townshend, supporting Bowie and an amazing tale about how he tried to get back his resignation letter from the band. He also talks about the latest releases from The Beat that are available for Record Store Day 2024, that includes some special edition vinyl. Find out more here: https://recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/17366Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S6E7: Robin Trower

S6E7: Robin Trower

2024-03-3154:59

This week on Rockonteurs we chat to guitarist Robin Trower. Robin talks about his early guitar influences, his love of James Brown, his time with Procol Harum and as the bandleader in his own power trio. April 2024 is also the 50th anniversary of his acclaimed album ‘Bridge of Sighs’ which is re-released and includes brand new Dolby Atmos mixes too. Robin is an English rock n roll legend. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S6E6: Mark Knopfler

S6E6: Mark Knopfler

2024-03-2401:11:561

This week on Rockonteurs, we welcome Mark Knopfler to the podcast. Where on earth do you start with a man whose career is so extensive, eclectic, and compelling? Mark shares some incredible stories of his introduction to the guitar, his heroes like Buddy Holly and Hank Marvin, his chart topping, decade defining days with Dire Straits, producing Bob Dylan and his stunning solo career that continues with the release of his new album ‘One Deep River’ out on April 12th. This is a must listen from one of the best artists this country has produced.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S6E5: Joe Boyd

S6E5: Joe Boyd

2024-03-1701:15:32

This week on Rockonteurs we are joined by the American writer and producer Joe Boyd. Joe has worked with a stunning array of artists from Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, REM and, of course Pink Floyd. In this episode he talks about his introduction into the music business, founding the highly influential UFO nightclub and his memories of working with a young Pink Floyd and the wonderful Syd Barrett.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S6E4: Duff McKagan

S6E4: Duff McKagan

2024-03-1059:12

This week Guy and Gary are joined by another legendary bassist, from Guns n Roses, we welcome Duff McKagan to Rockonteurs. There is so much more to Duff than that incredible band. We dig into his passion for punk, his introduction to the bass, his global success with GnR but also his wonderful solo work that includes last years ‘Lighthouse’ album that is well worth a listen. A deluxe edition of that album will follow later this year.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S6E3: Steve Howe

S6E3: Steve Howe

2024-03-0301:06:37

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy get to meet a real-life guitar hero of theirs – the wonderful Steve Howe.Steve takes us through his journey from psychedelia to prog, from the Syndicats to Yes, to Asia and even his collaboration with Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The Classic Tales of Yes tour returns to the UK in May and includes a special show at the Royal Albert Hall in June. Find out more at www.yesworld.comRockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S6E2: Sophie Ellis-Bextor

S6E2: Sophie Ellis-Bextor

2024-02-2501:12:21

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined by our good friend Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Sophie has evolved from an indie darling to a global pop princess and in this episode she talks about her first gig, falling in love with music, starting her own band, going solo and 25 years of making dance floor fillers. She also reveals what it was like working with Guy on the global phenomenon that is ‘Murder on the Dance Floor’ that is a hit all over the world again thanks to the film Saltburn.It's a great chat with a great friend.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S6E1: Tony James

S6E1: Tony James

2024-02-1801:16:51

Rockonteurs is back and this week Gary and Guy chat with a classic storyteller. Tony James is much more than just a bassist, he is a musician, a producer, a visionary, and a pop and punk pioneer. In this episode, he chats to us about his band Generation X, his work and friendship with Billy Idol, the punk scene of the 70s, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and his current return to the touring stages of the world as part of Generation Sex.Back with a bang!Find out more about our next Rockonteurs Live at www.Rockonteurs.comRockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S5E12: Clare Grogan

S5E12: Clare Grogan

2023-12-3101:13:53

Happy New Year from Rockonteurs. This week join Gary and Guy for a chat with the delightful Clare Grogan. Clare is an acclaimed actress, best known for roles in films like Gregory's Girl and the TV show Red Dwarf. She is also the lead singer of Altered Images. This week she chats to Guy and Gary about her influences as a singer and songwriter and even how she influenced a certain smitten Mr Kemp to write some of the best songs from his catalogue on the 'True' album. Rockonteurs Live is coming on Feb 22nd at Battersea Power Station - A Quadrophenia special. Get tickets at https://www.thecinemainthepowerstation.com/film/RP-QuadropheniaRockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S5E11: Roy Wood

S5E11: Roy Wood

2023-12-2401:06:00

Happy Christmas from the Rockonteurs. This week Guy and Gary chat to Roy Wood about his long and successful career in bands such as The Move, ELO and Wizzard. Would Roy really wish it could be Christmas every day? Find out more about the next Rockonteurs LIVE - a Quadrophenia special with director Franc Roddam and star Phil Daniels. It's on Feb 22nd at Battersea Power Station. All the details at www.Rockonteurs.comRockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S5E10: Graham Gouldman

S5E10: Graham Gouldman

2023-12-1701:17:17

This week on the podcast, we welcome Graham Gouldman to Rockonteurs. Graham has enjoyed an extensive career, starting out writing songs for The Yardbirds, The Hollies, and Herman’s Hermits to name a few. Before embarking on a hugely successful career as a singer, guitarist, bass player and songwriter with 10cc. Their enduring classics include the seminal ‘I’m Not In Love’, ‘Rubber Bullets’ and ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ plus many many more. A delightful man with some great stories to share.Find out more about our upcoming LIVE shows in 2024 and sign up for early access tickets at www.Rockonteurs.comRockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S5E9: Twiggy

S5E9: Twiggy

2023-12-1001:09:12

This week we welcome a true 60s icon to the podcast. Twiggy joins Gary and Guy to talk about her career in modelling, music, and film. She is part of the very fabric of the culture of this country and has some incredible stories to share. Twiggy also has her own podcast too, called 'Tea with Twiggy' and the latest episode features our very own Mr Kemp.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S5E8: Steve Lillywhite

S5E8: Steve Lillywhite

2023-12-0301:21:09

This week on Rockonteurs we welcome a producer who is as well-known as many of the incredible artists he has worked with. The name Steve Lillywhite is synonymous with some of the best albums, best artists, and best tracks. From XTC, Siouxsie, Talking Heads, Simple Minds, The Stones, The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl, Peter Gabriel, Joan Armatrading and U2. Steve has an unrivalled CV and has 6 Grammy Awards and has a CBE.He joins Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt to chat about his career in an interview that was recorded before the passing of Shane MacGowan.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S5E7: Suggs

S5E7: Suggs

2023-11-2601:07:16

This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary welcome Suggs to the show. Madness are one of the UK’s finest and best selling bands. Their new album ‘Theatre of the Absurd presents C’est Le Vie’ is out NOW.Suggs talks openly about his childhood, joining the band, the huge hits of the 80s and their legendary ‘Madstock’ live shows that even caused an earthquake to register! Don’t miss their upcoming December tour – www.madness.co.ukRockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S5E6: David Coverdale 3

S5E6: David Coverdale 3

2023-11-1901:02:08

This week on Rockonteurs, we welcome back our most popular guest, the return of David Coverdale. Always a total tour de force of fun and fabulous stories, David is celebrating his 50th anniversary since joining Deep Purple. Check out the special Gold Edition of the Purple Album that features the best tracks from his time with Deep Purple and there is also a beautiful photographic book out called ‘The Purple Tour’ which is stunning. Find out more at www.Whitesnake.comRockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week, it’s a special episode of the podcast, ‘Cambridge Audio presents Rockonteurs Live’. We are delighted to welcome Brit Award, Grammy Award and Ivor Novello Award winning artist and producer Trevor Horn back to the show. Join Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt as they grill Trevor about Buggles, Yes, Frankie, Seal and much more. Trevor has produced some of the best songs of all time and has some incredible and funny stories to share about a life creating the music we all love. His new album Echoes: Ancient and Modern is out on December 1st and features new covers from Iggy Pop, Seal, Tori Amos, Rick Astley, and Marc Almond to name a few. Thanks to our friends at Cambridge Audio for hosting us. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S5E4: Bruce Welch

S5E4: Bruce Welch

2023-11-0501:21:31

This week on Rockonteurs we welcome British rock n’ roll royalty to the show, founding member of The Shadows, the one and only Bruce Welch. Chatting to Guy and Gary about the explosion of 50s and 60s pop and rock, he takes us from skiffle to The Shadows and that famous red strat!!Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Find out more at www.Rockonteurs.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S5E2: Johnny Marr 2

S5E2: Johnny Marr 2

2023-10-2101:15:41

Johnny Marr is back for ‘Marr’s Guitars’. We welcome Johnny Marr back to Rockonteurs to talk about his beautiful new book called ‘Marr’s Guitars’ which is out now. We love Johnny and this is a stunning coffee table book that features a wide collection of images from Johnny’s extensive collection. We talk about the book and, as always Johnny is full of great stories about a lifetime making music including the time Noel Gallagher trashed one of his guitars at an Oasis gig… Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S5E1: Davey Johnstone

S5E1: Davey Johnstone

2023-10-1401:30:02

We are BACK! Rockonteurs Returns and we have some great guests to share with you in the coming weeks. Plus news of another exciting live shows very soon. First up, Guy Pratt and Gary Kemp are joined by Davey Johnstone who has been Elton John’s guitarist since 1971. Davey has some incredible stories to tell of a life on the road with Elton, working with Lennon, Little Richard, and his extensive guitar collection.It's good to be back! Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Jan 29th
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InverDarr

Scott is such a great guitarist and Thin Lizzy were so special.

Dec 30th
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FRANCIS READER

christ sake, stfu and let the guy tell his stories, ffs!

Oct 15th
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Jason Lamont

Absolutely brilliant episode, I could listen to you three chat for hours!

Nov 27th
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Jason Lamont

Brilliant episode, I agree the Asphalt World & that album was fantastic and very very Joy Division.

Jul 11th
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Sean McCartan

Oh, I forgot. Any chance of persuading Bill Nelson to come on? An articulate and intelligent chap, with an interesting and very diverse musical life story. Much underappreciated. Oh and he can play guitar a bit too, apparently.

Jan 21st
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Sean McCartan

Great chat with TH, but perhaps a missed opportunity to discuss the Yes thing. Maybe he didn't want to...

Dec 9th
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Jason Lamont

Brilliant. By far the best you’ve recorded & not really a big Leppard fan!

Aug 1st
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Chris Sowade

Great EP!!

Jul 27th
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Jo

Love this podcast. Only came across this a few weeks ago. Wish I'd known about it much earlier. Keep up the fantastic work.

Jul 25th
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Chris Sowade

Great ep, especially liked the story of Martin's tumour. Keep up the great show guys!

Jul 23rd
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Chris Sowade

You blokes NEED to have Steven Wilson on! Cheers, great show, fellas.

Jul 23rd
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Chris Sowade

This "audient" enjoyed the show 😄. Thanks guys!

Jun 23rd
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Tristan Bailey

Enjoy her and her time getting started.

Jan 5th
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Ken

Jeez. She has an ego the size of a planet for reasons beyond my imagination. 2 pop hits written by somebody else as far as O can recall. The other podcasts are great. Thanks.

Dec 20th
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Chris Sowade

Great Ep! I've been a critic of Sir Bob many times but the man is deep. Thanks for having on such an impassioned individual. Cheers guys.

Oct 1st
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