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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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S7E9: Guy Garvey

S7E9: Guy Garvey

2024-06-1501:11:37

This week on Rockonteurs we welcome a true National Treasure to the series, a songwriter, a musician, broadcaster and all-round lovely bloke, it’s Guy Garvey. Guy shares his story of his working-class routes, falling in love with a broad range of music thanks to his sisters all having such eclectic tastes. He also shares how Elbow started with modest success in Bury before a slow build to the multi-Ivor Novello award winning success of ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ in 2008. You can’t miss his brilliant story on playing Battleships on a plane to America with Richard Hawley or how he researched a song about betting shops by going direct to the source material! This is a brilliant episode with a lovely man! Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @elbowofficial @gimmesugarproductions #GuyGarveyYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteursFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockonteursProduced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S7E8: Alan Edwards

S7E8: Alan Edwards

2024-06-0801:09:42

This week on the podcast Gary and Guy chat to the legendary music PR Alan Edwards.Alan is the man who is responsible for keeping some of the biggest names in music in (and sometimes out) of the papers!He has worked with an incredible roster of artists from Blondie, The Sex Pistols, the Spice Girls, The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie.His new book ‘I Was There: Dispatches From a Life in Rock and Roll’ is out now. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Was-There-Dispatches-Life-Rock-ebook/dp/B0CHSHZYPD Don’t miss ‘Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets’ on tour in the UK this June. https://www.thesaucerfulofsecrets.com/ Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @alan_edwards_ @gimmesugarproductionsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteursFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockonteursProduced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S7E7: John Oates

S7E7: John Oates

2024-06-0101:14:21

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Gary chat to singer, songwriter, and record producer John Oates.John, with his former co-writer Daryl Hall produced some of the greatest songs of the 70s and 80s making them the most successful musical duo of all time selling over 80 million albums. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.John has just released his latest solo album called ‘Reunion’. https://johnoates.com/In this episode Guy and Gary chat to John about his influences growing up in Philadelphia, meeting Daryl, and the stories behind some of his biggest hits and this beautiful new collection of very personal songs. Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @johnoatesofficial @gimmesugarproductionsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteursFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockonteursProduced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S7E6: Brian Auger

S7E6: Brian Auger

2024-05-1801:10:48

This brilliant Brian Auger joins Gary and Guy this week for another must listen episode of Rockonteurs.Brian is a total gent and was there from the earliest days of Rock and Roll as the go to organ and piano guy.He formed The Steampacket with Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, and Rod Stewart in 1965. His influence is felt far and wide in the business and artists like Elton John and Jools Holland cite Brian as a massive influence.He’s funny, charming, and hugely entertaining and his music is well worth a listen. Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @brianaugerb3 @gimmesugarproductionsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteursFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockonteursProduced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S7E5: Jimmy Webb

S7E5: Jimmy Webb

2024-05-1101:21:16

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy welcome one of the greatest ever songwriters to the podcast, in fact Jimmy Webb is the only artist ever to receive a Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. Jimmy has written for Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, the Supremes, Art Garfunkel and even Richard Harris!From a childhood raised on church music to writing some of the all-time greats, this is a fascinating conversation.You can see Jimmy Webb live in London at Cadogan Hall on May 28th, Hamburg on June 3rd and Copenhagen on June 5th.All the dates and ticket details are at https://www.jimmywebb.com/ Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @jimmywebbmusic @gimmesugarproductionsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteursFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockonteursProduced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S7E4: Joe Elliott 2

S7E4: Joe Elliott 2

2024-05-0401:10:291

This week we welcome Joe Elliott back to the podcast. Joe is in town to talk about the reissue of Pyromania and it doesn’t take long before Guy, Gary, and Joe are discussing their favourite artists and their favourite gigs. Joe is the perfect guest for this podcast because he’s such a music fan as much as being a global rock and roll star.The 40th anniversary special reissue of Pyromania is out now. https://defleppard.lnk.to/D2CPYRO40 Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @defleppard @joeelliott @gimmesugarproductionsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteursFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockonteursProduced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S7E3: Phil Manzanera 2

S7E3: Phil Manzanera 2

2024-04-2701:19:12

This week on the podcast we welcome Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera to the show.Chatting about his incredible childhood of island hopping that lead to his diverse musical influence. Phil also chats to Guy and Gary about his new book ‘Revolución to Roxy’ which is out now and available to buy.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S7E2: Woody Woodmansey

S7E2: Woody Woodmansey

2024-04-2001:33:171

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.
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Comments (17)

InverDarr

Great show but when you’re all talking over each other, you can’t understand a word.

May 17th
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Maysha Gupta Nidhi (Pirate King)

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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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