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

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October 16, 2021 58 min

In this episode of Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined by legendary label boss Alan McGee. The founder of Creation Records and the man who brought us The Jesus And May Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine…oh and Oasis. In a fascinating conversation, Alan discusses the influence of 70s rock and glam, making of the game-changing "Screamadelica" album, and the life-changing night in Glasgow where he saw Oasis completely ...

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This week on Rockonteurs we are delighted to welcome the hugely talented songwriter and producer Patrick Leonard to the show.

Pat is best known as a longtime collaborator with Madonna having worked on albums such as ‘True Blue’, ‘Who’s That Girl’ and ‘Like A Prayer’.

But his musical credentials stretch far wider and include Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Elton John and Leonard Cohen to name but a few.

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October 2, 2021 69 min

Joining Gary and Guy in this episode is Zombie and solo artist Colin Blunstone. With a long, illustrious and incredible career, there's much to discuss. From forming The Zombies with school pals, to rapid success with "She's Not There" to an equally quick descent into obscurity, despite the Zombies second album, "Odessey And Oracle" being rated as one of Rolling Stones top 100 albums, and Paul Weller's f...

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September 25, 2021 72 min

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 you...

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September 18, 2021 73 min

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 L...

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September 11, 2021 65 min

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 Covi...

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September 4, 2021 62 min

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 fo...

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August 28, 2021 61 min

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 int...

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August 22, 2021 68 min

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 ...

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July 31, 2021 83 min

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 o...

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July 24, 2021 64 min

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 ...

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July 17, 2021 73 min

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.

 

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July 10, 2021 57 min

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 iconi...

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July 3, 2021 63 min

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 muc...

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June 26, 2021 25 min

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 catchi...

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June 19, 2021 51 min

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, ...

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June 12, 2021 64 min

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 ...

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June 5, 2021 52 min

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 relatio...

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May 29, 2021 59 min

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...

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May 21, 2021 60 min

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.

 

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