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.


April 1, 2023 55 min

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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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 min

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 min

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 min

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 min

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 min

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 min

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 min
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 min

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 min
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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January 14, 2023 65 min

This week Guy and Gary chat with singer and songwriter Nick Heyward.

Nick burst onto the scene in the early 80s with his band Haircut One Hundred and the debut album Pelican West. Which is re-released to celebrate the 40th anniversary! They enjoyed 4 Top 10 songs within a year, but before they started work on the 2nd, Nick left to go solo! In this episode, Nick talks about his influences, his love for the band and the upcoming ...

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January 8, 2023 65 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary chat with one of the most prolific songwriters this country has ever produced. He’s written 5 Bond songs and shaped lyrics for the likes of John Barry, Michael Jackson, Lulu, Meat Loaf, Van Morrison, Scott Walker, and Quincy Jones. We welcome the Academy Award-winning Don Black to the podcast for a fascinating discussion into his amazing career that continues to this day…

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December 31, 2022 41 min
Happy New Year. Today Guy and Gary look back at some of their favourite moments from Rockonteurs so far and answer some of our listener's questions. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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December 24, 2022 61 min

This week on Rockonteurs Guy and Gary chat with Peter Asher.

Singer, songwriter, manager, and producer, he is another gentleman of the swinging 60s.

Half of Peter and Gordon, he was very close to The Beatles and Peter and Gordon’s debut single was even a Lennon and McCartney number.

As a record executive, Peter helped shape the careers of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt to name but two. He is full of fascinating stories, and this is a...

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December 17, 2022 88 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy talk to a super-producer whose name is as recognisable as the artists he works with. His credits include producing Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Taylor Swift and Alice Cooper to name a few. We are delighted to welcome Bob Ezrin to the podcast.

It's a deep dive into a 5-decade career and if you are a fan of Alice Cooper or Pink Floyd then this is one not to miss!


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December 10, 2022 73 min

This week Guy and Gary chat to a man ingrained in the very fabric of 60s pop culture, Andrew Loog Oldham. From his early days working in fashion with Mary Quant to music PR for Dylan and the Beatles to managing The Rolling Stones, Andrew led the charge for swinging London. He helped propel the group to new levels of success and produced all of their early recordings. With stories of Mick and Keith, Paul and John...

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December 3, 2022 65 min

This week on Rockonteurs we chat with a man who has been ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ since the 60s and shows no sign of stopping. Francis Rossi joins Gary and Guy from the road as he continues the latest UK tour for Status Quo. With tales of life on the road, his special relationship with Rick and memories of some of the biggest music events of all time, this is one not to miss. 

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November 26, 2022 66 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary welcome Richard Hawley to the show.

A member of the Britpop band ‘Longpigs’, then ‘Pulp’ and then a very successful career as a solo artist. Richard is a Sheffield lad born and bred and, in this episode, he talks passionately about his origins, his father's influence and his work with the likes of Lisa Marie Presley, Weller, Arctic Monkeys and Duane Eddy. We also have huge hair envy of thi...

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