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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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S1E49: Ian Anderson

S1E49: Ian Anderson

2021-08-2201:10:33

Joining the Rockonteurs this week is Jethro Tull frontman, bandleader, song-writer and mainstay Ian Anderson. In a deep dive into Ian's career, Gary, Guy and Ian discuss how Jethro Tull grew out of the British blues boom to become one of the leading progressive rock bands, delivering huge selling concept albums like Aqualung and Thick As A Brick. The conversation also covers how and why such a strikingly unique band managed to conquer America (when many of their fellow British acts failed) and the iconic flute as part of the rock band.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E54: Peter Hook

S1E54: Peter Hook

2021-09-2501:16:40

This week on Rockonteurs we speak to the wonderful Peter Hook. Peter is one of those musicians that really deserves about 4 episodes as he’s had so many incredible chapters, but we’ll try and cover off as much of his journey as we can. From Joy Division, to New Order, the Hacienda to his band ‘Peter Hook and the Light’. This is an open, honest and heartfelt conversation about falling in love with music, falling out of love with your band mates, and the continued drive and desire to play the music you created. We discuss Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Ian Curtis, Regret, and Hooky’s live dates for 2022 among other topics. He is an epic storyteller. Produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Limited.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E53: Bob Harris

S1E53: Bob Harris

2021-09-1801:18:05

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy chat to a titan of music broadcasting, Bob Harris. It’s a fascinating discussion on his remarkable career in radio and TV that takes us from being a John Peel protégé to Radio 1, from his love of country music to The Old Grey Whistle Test and the eclectic artists that show beamed into our lives in the 70’s. Bob is a natural storyteller and this episode features encounters with Elton John, John Lennon, The Eagles and even a life or death moment as he get attacked by some punks back in the day. The Old Grey Whistle Test is 50 years old this week, so there is no guest better than Whispering Bob. Produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E52: JJ Burnel

S1E52: JJ Burnel

2021-09-1101:07:56

This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary chat to musician, producer, bassist (obviously) and founding member of The Stranglers, JJ Burnel! It’s a fascinating chat that takes us from ice-cream vans in Surrey to punk pubs in London. We discuss the massive success of the band with hits like Peaches, Golden Brown and No More Heroes through to the new album Dark Matters (out now) and the recent passing of Dave Greenfield who died from Covid in 2020 but who is very much part of this new record. Stories of fights with Sex Pistols, gigs with The Ramones and naked centrefolds, this episode has it all.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E51: Steven Wilson

S1E51: Steven Wilson

2021-09-0401:04:031

Out today Gary and Guy chat to the excellent Steven Wilson. Singer, songwriter, producer, remixer, and founder of the band Porcupine Tree, Steven is a hugely talented artist and we’re delighted to welcome him to Rockonteurs. He has worked with so many artists from Elton, Roxy Music, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Tears for Fears and many more. It’s another fascinating journey through music connections, shared experiences and a passion for a wide range of songs. Enjoy  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E50: Gaz Coombes

S1E50: Gaz Coombes

2021-08-2801:03:481

This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary are joined by musician, songwriter and founder of Supergrass, Gaz Coombes. Gaz has been making music since he was a lad and started Supergrass in 1993. They exploded in the mid 90’s with Britpop anthems like ‘Alright’, ‘Caught By The Fuzz’ and ‘Sun Hits the Sky’. Gaz has also enjoyed a successful solo career with albums like ‘Matador’. In this episode Gaz talks to Guy and Gary about his early introduction to music, the huge hits of the 1990’s and how Steven Spielberg almost made a TV show about the band! ‘In It For The Money’ is out now remastered and expanded, plus is available on vinyl for the very first time! Supergrass play the Isle of Wight Festival in September.  This episode of Rockonteurs was recorded before the passing of Charlie Watts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E48: Joe Elliott

S1E48: Joe Elliott

2021-07-3101:24:55

This week we welcome Joe Elliott to Rockonteurs. Joe has fronted Def Leppard from their earliest days in Sheffield to the incredible success breaking America in the 1980’s and continues to steer this hugely popular band. From his genuine love of music, his early influences of Bowie and Bolan to the inside stories on albums like Pyromania and Hysteria, from the highs of record breaking awards and album sales to the devasting story of Rick Allen’s accident - this episode is a Rock N Roll tour de force much like Joe! Plus, find out which of our hosts did backing vocals on Animal! It’s all in this episode of Rockonteurs.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E47: Adam Clayton

S1E47: Adam Clayton

2021-07-2401:06:56

This week on Rockonteurs we are joined by Adam Clayton from U2. What can you say about this band? Consistently one of the biggest groups of the last 40 years, hit albums, game changing tours, musically diverse, incredibly creative and risk taking and utter masters of their craft. U2 are one of the truly greatest bands of all time. On the show this week we have an in-depth conversation with Adam about the origins of the band, their influences, the early struggles and the huge success that followed. We discuss the ‘born with’ charisma of Bono who was a ready-made rock star, the virtuoso talent of the Edge and the dedication and passion of Larry. It is a fascinating insight into the workings of a band who will never be forgotten and who continue to create a stunning body of music.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E46: Martin Kemp

S1E46: Martin Kemp

2021-07-1701:15:401

This week the brothers reunite as Martin Kemp joins his older brother Gary on Rockonteurs, along with co-host Guy Pratt it’s a fascinating hour of conversation from discussing musical hero’s through to Spandau, The Krays and even Martin’s appearance on Gary’s new album In Solo.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E45: Harry Shearer

S1E45: Harry Shearer

2021-07-1059:41

This week on the show we speak to Harry Shearer – an honorary rockstar! Well, he can play the bass! Harry has had an incredible career thus far that includes American radio drama, Saturday Night Live, Spinal Tap and The Simpsons – to name just a few. We take a whistle stop journey through that impressive CV and get the low down on how Tap almost never got made in the first place and we hear how Harry ended voicing some of those iconic characters in the longest running animated show in TV history, The Simpsons!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E44: Richard Thompson

S1E44: Richard Thompson

2021-07-0301:05:21

This week on Rockonteurs we meet Fairport Convention founder Richard Thompson. Richard rose to fame in the 1960’s as the lead guitarist and songwriter in Fairport and in this open and honest conversation he talks to Guy and Gary about his passion for music, playing in a school band with Hugh Cornwell, the folk scene of the 1960’s, the bands terrible car crash in 1969 and his subsequent success as a solo artist. He’s achieved so much, written some incredible songs and his book Fairport, Folk Rock and Finding My Voice, 1967–75 is a beautiful read. It’s out now!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, in a short but personal conversation, Guy and Gary chat to Marianne Faithfull. Marianne has been making music for over 50 years and is part of the very fabric of British 60’s culture. On the show this week she talks about her friendship with Anita Pallenberg, her relationship with the Stones, her new collection of romantic poetry ‘She Walks in Beauty’ and also her recent poor health and slow recovery as a result of catching the corona virus last year.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E42: Paul Stanley

S1E42: Paul Stanley

2021-06-1952:551

This week, another musical superstar on Rockonteurs as Guy and Gary meet co-founder and songwriter with Kiss, Paul Stanley. Kiss are simply huge, they are one of the best-selling bands of all time, their tours continue to rank among the highest grossing on the planet, and they hold the title as America’s all time No.1 Gold record award-winning group! But away from the instantly recognisable Starchild costumes, make up and persona, Paul Stanley is a huge fan of soul, Motown and Philly soul. His new album ‘Now and Then’ is a collection of classic covers and original songs that sit beautifully amongst their peers. He’s also a charming man and we're delighted he’s joining us this week on the podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E41: Noel Gallagher

S1E41: Noel Gallagher

2021-06-1201:06:42

This week on Rockonteurs, we welcome Noel Gallagher to the show. Noel has cemented his position as one of the true great British songwriters and this month he celebrates the 10th anniversary of Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds. Speaking to Guy and Gary, he talks about his continued passion for song writing, his time in Oasis, those record breaking Knebworth gigs in 1996 and how the High Flying Birds took flight… Noel tells some incredible stories and this is another great episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E40: Mick Fleetwood

S1E40: Mick Fleetwood

2021-06-0555:04

This week we welcome a true musical great to the series. We are very excited about this one, joining Guy and Gary on Rockonteurs this week is co-founder and driving force of Fleetwood Mac, the wonderful Mick Fleetwood. In a personal, open and honest interview Mick talks about his gratitude to founder Peter Green, the reality of recording the band’s biggest albums and the current status of their much documented interpersonal relationships. What does the future hold for Fleetwood Mac? Find out in this week’s episode of Rockonteurs.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E39: Mica Paris

S1E39: Mica Paris

2021-05-2901:01:03

This week we meet the delightful Mica Paris for a chat on Rockonteurs. What a voice and what a talent. Mica takes us on a journey from her introduction to music in the local gospel choir at church, to smash hit singles like ‘My One Temptation’ through to working with artists like Luther, Whitney and Prince. A great artist, a brilliant storyteller and a wonderful woman, Mica Paris joins Guy Pratt and Gary Kemp this week on the podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E38: Toyah Willcox

S1E38: Toyah Willcox

2021-05-2101:01:47

This week, Guy and Gary chat to a creative tour de force. Musician, actress, TV presenter and now lockdown YouTube sensation, Toyah Willcox. What a career! 20 albums, over 40 stage plays, at least 10 films including the iconic mod classic ‘Quadrophenia’. The interview will Toyah was great fun and we can’t wait to share it with you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S137: Jools Holland

S137: Jools Holland

2021-05-1558:09

This week, Guy and Gary are joined by the country’s finest musical ringmaster, the ever effervescent Jools Holland. It’s a joyous romp through his career from falling in love with the piano, joining Squeeze, leaving Squeeze, fronting the iconic and game changing TV show ‘The Tube’, through to creating ‘Later’ and touring the globe with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, this is one not to miss!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E36: Bernie Marsden

S1E36: Bernie Marsden

2021-05-0801:06:22

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined by rock and blues guitarist Bernie Marsden. His musical DNA connects bands and artists like UFO, Deep Purple, Cozy Powell and, of course Whitesnake – where he joined David Coverdale and co-wrote some incredible hits like ‘Fool For Your Loving’ and ‘Here I Go Again’ – Bernie’s book ‘Where’s My Guitar’ is out now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S1E35: Giles Martin

S1E35: Giles Martin

2021-05-0101:16:191

This week on Rockonteurs, it’s a Beatles history lesson thanks to the man now hugely responsible for their legacy, the wonderful Giles Martin. Giles talks to Guy and Gary from his studio at Abbey Road about maintaining his father’s legacy, preserving the ground breaking sound of The Beatles and working in the most famous recording studio on the planet.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (9)

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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