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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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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.
Best of... Rock Gods

Best of... Rock Gods

2023-09-0901:19:311

This week, it is our final summer ‘Best Of’ before Guy and Gary head off on tour to Australia with Nick Mason.This episode puts the Rock in Rockonteurs – with the very best ‘rock gods’ from our show so far!Including Brian Johnson, Joe Elliott, Noddy Holder, Alice Cooper, Jon Bon Jovi, Mick Fleetwood…oh and David Coverdale!Rockonteurs will return very soon!The series is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Best of... Icons of the 80s

Best of... Icons of the 80s

2023-09-0201:19:39

This week Guy and Gary share some of their favourite moments from our 80s icons. Guests include Jim Kerr, Andy McCluskey, Simon Le Bon, Belinda Carlisle, Toyah, Rick Astley, Curt Smith, oh and a certain Martin Kemp.Some of our favourite people from our favourite decade.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week, coming to direct from the guest house in Eastbourne, Guy and Gary present more of the best of Rockonteurs. This week, we dive into the archive for the best guests from the 60s. Bona fide legends, that includeShel Talmy, Colin Blunstone, Nick Mason, Marianne Faithful, Jerry Shirley and Hank Marvin.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Best of... Guitar Heroes

Best of... Guitar Heroes

2023-08-1901:12:34

Ahead of the return of Gary and Guy with more brand-new episodes of Rockonteurs, here is the first of a few ‘Best Of’ episodes. Starting with ‘Guitar Heroes’ – featuring the likes of Johnny Marr, Scott Gorham, Steve Van Zandt, Noel Gallagher, Nile Rodgers, Mike Campbell, Phil Manzanera, and Joan Armatrading.Rockonteurs is back soon!This episode was produced by Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S4E33: Andy Taylor

S4E33: Andy Taylor

2023-07-2201:18:47

In our final episode of this series, Gary and Guy chat to Andy Taylor. Andy continues to enjoy a remarkable career that has taken him from Duran Duran, and The Power Station, to Thunder, Reef and his solo career. much more. Plus, we get an emotional update on his health situation and the lowdown on his new album ‘Man’s a Wolf to Man’. Rockonteurs returns in September. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S4E32: Andrew Loog Oldham 2

S4E32: Andrew Loog Oldham 2

2023-07-1501:08:41

This week on the podcast, we welcome legendary music manager Andrew Loog Oldham back to Rockonteurs. We’d barely scratched the service on his first episode, so back by popular demand Andrew returns with stunning tales of a lifelong love affair with music and of course, his time managing The Rolling Stones.Rockonteurs is produced by Ian Callaghan and Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S4E31: Simon Armitage

S4E31: Simon Armitage

2023-07-0801:12:31

This week on Rockonteurs, we are joined by the current Poet laureate Simon Armitage. Simon is a music obsessive and always wanted to be in a band or be a rock star. Raised on a diet of The Smiths, B52’s, Joy Division and many more. He is a fascinating character with incredible tales on the impact that both Ted Hughes AND David Bowie had on his upbringing in small town rural life in the early 70s. Listen to Simon's band Lyr and check out their latest release 'The Ultraviolet Age' which is out now. This is a really interesting listen from a different but just as inspiring guest. Rockonteurs is produced by Ian Callaghan and Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S4E30: Glenn Hughes

S4E30: Glenn Hughes

2023-07-0101:05:41

This week Guy and Gary are joined by the man known as ‘The Voice of Rock’ – the wonderful Glenn Hughes!Talking about his remarkable career as a singer and a bassist in bands like Trapeze, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.He tells such great stories of a lifelong love affair with music and his autobiography is a must read!See Glenn performing Classic Deep Purple Live across the UK this July.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan 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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