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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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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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 like Glyn Jo...

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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 15, 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 live ...

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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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January 1, 2023 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 25, 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 18, 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 11, 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, and even Phil Spec...

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December 4, 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 27, 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 this...

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November 20, 2022 58 min
Rockonteurs returns for a brand-new series. Guy and Gary are back off the tour and ready to chat! Joining us for episode 1 is a dedicated follower of fashion, a well-respected man and someone you’d want to listen to all day and all of the night – we welcome Dave Davies to the podcast. An originator, a legend, and a lovely, lovely man. Dave tells us all about his book ‘Living on a Thin Line’ and some exciting Record Store Day 2022 r...
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October 29, 2022 64 min

This week on Rockonteurs we chat with one of the all-time great bass players and part of the inner sanctum of The Rolling Stones since 1994, we welcome Darryl Jones to the podcast. Darryl has enjoyed a remarkable career thus far. He started playing with Miles Davis in the ’80s before working with Sting in 1985. In 1993 he auditioned to join the Stones after Bill Wyman retired and since 1994, he’s recorded and played with the band s...

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October 22, 2022 75 min

This week on Rockonteurs we chat with actor and musician Paddy Considine. Paddy has starred in some tremendous film and TV projects like Stoned, 24-Hour Party People, Hot Fuzz, and Tyrannosaur (which he wrote and directed) and, of course, most recently as King Viserys Targaryen in the epic House of the Dragon.

But Paddy has always been a musician and his band Riding The Low (loved by Tim Burgess) comes highly recommended by Gary and...

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October 15, 2022 72 min
This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy chat to the musician, producer, composer, and entrepreneur Thomas Dolby. Thomas emerged as a successful artist in the 1980s with hits such as “Hyperactive” and “She Blinded Me with Science”. As a synth pioneer, he has played with artists from Foreigner, Def Leppard, Thompson Twins and David Bowie. He is also a fantastic storyteller! Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Producti...
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October 8, 2022 63 min
This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy continue their US tour with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets but still find time to chat to a guitar hero of theirs, Chris Spedding. Chris has been described as “one of the UK’s most versatile guitarists”. As such he’s played with The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Elton John, Art Garfunkel, Ginger Baker and Paul McCartney. He also produced the very first Sex Pistols recordings. Today it’s Chris'...
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October 1, 2022 62 min
This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy take a quick break from the US tour with Saucerful of Secrets to chat to a member of the SODS (society of distinguished songwriters) – it’s Mike Batt. Mike is a singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. In this episode, he discusses working with Art Garfunkel, Elkie Brookes, a variety of acclaimed orchestras and of course, The Wombles – who had 8 hit singles!! Rockonteurs is produced b...
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September 24, 2022 86 min
This week on Rockonteurs we meet the total tour de force that is Noddy Holder. Slade were one of the UK’s most successful bands of the 1970s with a string of unforgettable hits. In this episode he chats to Guy and Gary about those ‘crazee’ days that included driving a young Robert Plant around, his love of Little Richard, inventing part of the stage runway that all the major acts of today use and trying to avoid playing THE Christm...
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September 17, 2022 56 min

This week Guy and Gary are joined by Julian Lennon for a fascinating and wide-ranging music conversation. Julian released his new album ‘Jude’ earlier this month and talks about the making of his first record in over 10 years. He also discusses his love for AC/DC, the weight of responsibility of the Lennon name and his reaction to watching Get Back for the first time. It’s a powerful and unmissable episode.

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September 10, 2022 74 min
This week Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt return with series 3 of Rockonteurs. Joining us this week is Ian Broudie from The Lightning Seeds. We chat about football anthems, Ian’s early days producing The Fall and Echo and the Bunnymen and the success of his own band from the late 80’s onwards with hit records like ‘Pure’, ‘Lucky You’ and ‘The Life of Riley’. The Lightning Seeds return with a brand new album ‘See You In The Stars’ in Octobe...
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