Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

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 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


May 27, 2023 61 mins

This week Guy and Gary chat with Ron and Russell Mael aka Sparks. They have been releasing music since the last 1960s and their hits include ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us’ and ‘The Number One Song in Heaven’. They are hugely influential with fans such as Edgar Wright, The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order, Bjork and Cate Blanchett to name a few. They release their new album ‘The Girl is Crying in Her Latte’ on May 26...

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This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary chat to the Queen of songwriting, the one and only Diane Warren.

She has written 9 No.1 and 32 top 10 hits in the USA, she has won Grammy’s, Emmys, Golden Globes and an honourary Oscar.

Diane has written tracks for Belinda Carlisle, Aerosmith, Starship, Celine Dion, Meatloaf, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Cher, Aretha Franklin and many more.

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May 13, 2023 65 mins

This week on Rockonteurs we welcome lifelong friend of David Bowie, Geoff MacCormack to the podcast. Geoff met David when they were at school and remained friends throughout David’s incredible career. Geoff provided backing vocals on various tracks on Young Americans, co-wrote songs on Diamond Dogs and took thousands of photos of his friend. Many of which can be seen in the stunning photographic memoir ‘David Bowie: Rock ...

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May 6, 2023 63 mins
Stewart Copeland returns to Rockonteurs for a face-to-face chat with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt. Diving into the origins of The Police, his new book called ‘The Police Diaries’ – out later this year and his live tour of re-worked, new orchestrations of some of the band’s biggest hits, called ‘Deranged’. Stewart is the perfect Rockonteur, great stories from a truly great artist. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones ...

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April 29, 2023 69 mins

This week on Rockonteurs we chat to Superlungs himself, Terry Reid!

Terry is a bit of a legend and has worked with the likes of the Stones, Graham Nash, Ike and Tina Turner and was almost in Led Zeppelin. Those stories and more on this wonderful episode. Terry plays Ronnie Scott’s in London in June, so get yourself a ticket.

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April 22, 2023 70 mins
This week Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt welcome Mick Hucknall to the Rockonteurs podcast. In a fascinating and frank conversation, Mick shares the story of the band, his influences and inspirations and he gives us the lowdown on the new album from Simply Red called ‘Time’ which is out on May 26th. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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April 15, 2023 58 mins

Back by very popular demand, it is the one and only David Coverdale. Our first chat with David was a big episode for sure and so many people have asked us to have him back on! So, here he is from his house in Lake Tahoe, the Whitesnake frontman is back with anecdotes, rock n’ roll stories, that infectious energy and laugh and a man who personifies why we do this show…the best artists, with the best stories! Enjoy.

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April 8, 2023 59 mins

This week Guy Pratt and Gary Kemp chat with Andy McCluskey from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. From his early influences growing up in the Wirral to founding the band with Paul Humphreys in 1978 and leading the charge as electro pioneers. Their hits include the global smash hit Enola Gay, Joan of Arc, If You Leave and Sailing on the Seven Seas. 2023 marks the 40th anniversary of Dazzle Ships which has been remastered ...

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April 1, 2023 55 mins

Back for part 2 on Rockonteurs is the ever-excellent Harvey Goldsmith. Our chat with Harvey was 2 hours long and so we had to split it across 2 shows and this episode is a must-listen. The story of Live Aid, the story of Live 8, reuniting Pink Floyd, reuniting Led Zeppelin and so much more. To be honest we could have probably done a part 3…but enjoy a truly great Rockonteur!

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March 25, 2023 55 mins

Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt returns and this week we welcome Harvey Goldsmith to the show. Harvey Goldsmith is one of those names that you instantly recognise from ticket stubs and posters and when you see that name you know you are going to a good gig!

We chatted with Harvey for so long that we split the episode in 2! So, in part 1 you can hear all about how he started his career as a promoter, working with Pink Floyd,...

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March 11, 2023 56 mins

This week on Rockonteurs we have another hero to Guy and Gary as we welcome Ian Hunter to the podcast. We think Ian has just made one of the best albums of his career with ‘Defiance – Part 1’ which is coming out on April 21st. The new album is a star-studded collaborations project with the likes of Joe Elliott, Billy Gibbons, Slash, Johnny Depp and two late great legends, Jeff Beck and Taylor Hawkins. This was Jeff’s very last reco...

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March 5, 2023 56 mins

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined in the studio, face to face with an artist who changed both their lives, bass player in The Clash, Paul Simonon. 

Gary and Guy discuss the game-changing arrival of The Clash on the scene in 1976, Paul’s work with Damon Albarn and Gorillaz through to his latest album ‘Can We Do Tomorrow Another Day’ that he recorded with Galen Ayers and is out in May. Expect stories that feature ...

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This week marks the 40th anniversary of ‘True’ from Spandau Ballet, so enjoy this mini bonus episode as Guy Pratt chats to the man who wrote it, his co-host on Rockonteurs, Gary Kemp. The album was released March 4th 1983. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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February 25, 2023 59 mins

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt meet the singer and guitarist Baaba Maal.

Born and raised in Senegal, Baaba has long been a champion of ensuring the sounds of Africa are heard across the globe.

He’s worked with other artists from Brian Eno to Mumford and Sons and created the soundtrack for the Black Panther movies. Baaba Maal releases his new album on March 31st called ‘Being’. His first in 7 years.


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February 18, 2023 59 mins

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined by a member of one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Joe Perry is the lead guitarist and a founding member of Aerosmith. They have sold over 150 million albums, been inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, won countless awards and defined the golden era of MTV. Joe Perry is also a member of Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp. They have a UK that kicks off ...

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February 11, 2023 74 mins

This week on Rockonteurs, we welcome legendary music PR Tony King to the show. Tony is “the guy in the room” with the biggest names in music and his new book ‘The Tastemaker’ tells his remarkable story. Join Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt as they talk to Tony about his life with artists from John Lennon, Keith Richards, Elton John, and Freddie Mercury. The book is a must-read!

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February 4, 2023 54 mins

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt chat with the former lead vocalist of the most successful all-female rock band of all time and a hugely successful solo artist too. We are delighted to welcome Belinda Carlisle to the podcast. From Punk to Pop, we discuss the Go-Go’s, their influences, and their success culminating with the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021. Plus, we look back at those huge feel-...

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January 29, 2023 82 mins
This week on the podcast Guy and Gary are joined by Scott Gorham to celebrate 45 years of one of the most remarkable live albums of all time, ‘Live and Dangerous’ from Thin Lizzy which is out now in a super deluxe edition. With some incredible stories of the band, Phil Lynott, and Scott’s journey to rock star status, this is one not to miss. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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January 21, 2023 66 mins

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined by an incredible artist with a career spanning over 50 years and 20 studio albums. We are delighted to welcome Ivor Novello Award-winning Joan Armatrading to the podcast to talk about her remarkable career. From the musical Hair to her debut album ‘Whatever’s for Us’ in 1972, to A&M Records, smash hits of the 70s and 80s and working with the likes of super producers li...

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January 20, 2023 21 mins
A special episode to mark the passing of David Crosby. Guy and Gary reflect on his career and his early appearance on the Rockonteurs podcast. Plus, we also pay our respects to Jeff Beck. Rockonteurs is produced by Gimme Sugar Productions

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