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 acast.com/privacy for more information.

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June 8, 2024 67 mins

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.am...

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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.c...

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May 18, 2024 66 mins

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...

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May 11, 2024 77 mins

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 fascinat...

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May 4, 2024 67 mins

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 Pyro...

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April 27, 2024 77 mins

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.



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April 20, 2024 91 mins

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/

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April 13, 2024 61 mins

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, tha...

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March 30, 2024 52 mins
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 f...

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March 23, 2024 70 mins

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 ...

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March 16, 2024 73 mins

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 J...

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March 9, 2024 57 mins

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 yea...

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March 2, 2024 65 mins

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.com

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February 24, 2024 70 mins

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 ...

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February 17, 2024 74 mins

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 w...

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December 30, 2023 71 mins

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...

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December 23, 2023 64 mins

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.com

Rockonteurs is pr...

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December 16, 2023 75 mins

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 Ho...

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December 9, 2023 67 mins

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.


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December 2, 2023 79 mins

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.

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