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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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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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.

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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

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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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November 25, 2023 65 mins

This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary welcome Suggs to the show. Madness are one of the UK’s finest and best selling bands. Their new album ‘Theatre of the Absurd presents C’est Le Vie’ is out NOW.

Suggs talks openly about his childhood, joining the band, the huge hits of the 80s and their legendary ‘Madstock’ live shows that even caused an earthquake to register! Don’t miss their upcoming December tour – www.ma...

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November 18, 2023 60 mins

This week on Rockonteurs, we welcome back our most popular guest, the return of David Coverdale. Always a total tour de force of fun and fabulous stories, David is celebrating his 50th anniversary since joining Deep Purple. Check out the special Gold Edition of the Purple Album that features the best tracks from his time with Deep Purple and there is also a beautiful photographic book out called ‘The Purple Tour’ which is stun...

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November 11, 2023 76 mins

This week, it’s a special episode of the podcast, ‘Cambridge Audio presents Rockonteurs Live’. We are delighted to welcome Brit Award, Grammy Award and Ivor Novello Award winning artist and producer Trevor Horn back to the show. Join Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt as they grill Trevor about Buggles, Yes, Frankie, Seal and much more. Trevor has produced some of the best songs of all time and has some incredible and funny stories to share a...

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November 4, 2023 80 mins

This week on Rockonteurs we welcome British rock n’ roll royalty to the show, founding member of The Shadows, the one and only Bruce Welch. Chatting to Guy and Gary about the explosion of 50s and 60s pop and rock, he takes us from skiffle to The Shadows and that famous red strat!!

Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. Find out more at www.Rockonteurs.com 



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October 28, 2023 45 mins

this week on Rockonteurs it’s time to break like the wind as we welcome legendary Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls to the podcast. Derek has a new single out, the controversial ‘Must Crush Barbie’ – and explains his reasons behind this protest song. Plus, we dive into the history of the most famous “rockumentary” of all time ‘This is Spinal Tap’.

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October 21, 2023 71 mins
Johnny Marr is back for ‘Marr’s Guitars’. We welcome Johnny Marr back to Rockonteurs to talk about his beautiful new book called ‘Marr’s Guitars’ which is out now. We love Johnny and this is a stunning coffee table book that features a wide collection of images from Johnny’s extensive collection. We talk about the book and, as always Johnny is full of great stories about a lifetime making music including the time Noel Gallagher tra...

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October 14, 2023 85 mins

We are BACK! Rockonteurs Returns and we have some great guests to share with you in the coming weeks. Plus news of another exciting live shows very soon. First up, Guy Pratt and Gary Kemp are joined by Davey Johnstone who has been Elton John’s guitarist since 1971. Davey has some incredible stories to tell of a life on the road with Elton, working with Lennon, Little Richard, and his extensive guitar collection.

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September 9, 2023 74 mins

This week, it is our final summer ‘Best Of’ before Guy and Gary head off on tour to Australia with Nick Mason.

This episode puts the Rock in Rockonteurs – with the very best ‘rock gods’ from our show so far!

Including Brian Johnson, Joe Elliott, Noddy Holder, Alice Cooper, Jon Bon Jovi, Mick Fleetwood…oh and David Coverdale!

Rockonteurs will return very soon!

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September 2, 2023 77 mins

This week Guy and Gary share some of their favourite moments from our 80s icons. Guests include Jim Kerr, Andy McCluskey, Simon Le Bon, Belinda Carlisle, Toyah, Rick Astley, Curt Smith, oh and a certain Martin Kemp.

Some of our favourite people from our favourite decade.

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August 26, 2023 75 mins

This week, coming to direct from the guest house in Eastbourne, Guy and Gary present more of the best of Rockonteurs. This week, we dive into the archive for the best guests from the 60s. Bona fide legends, that include

Shel Talmy, Colin Blunstone, Nick Mason, Marianne Faithful, Jerry Shirley and Hank Marvin.

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August 19, 2023 71 mins

Ahead of the return of Gary and Guy with more brand-new episodes of Rockonteurs, here is the first of a few ‘Best Of’ episodes. Starting with ‘Guitar Heroes’ – featuring the likes of Johnny Marr, Scott Gorham, Steve Van Zandt, Noel Gallagher, Nile Rodgers, Mike Campbell, Phil Manzanera, and Joan Armatrading.

Rockonteurs is back soon!


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July 22, 2023 77 mins

In our final episode of this series, Gary and Guy chat to Andy Taylor. Andy continues to enjoy a remarkable career that has taken him from Duran Duran, and The Power Station, to Thunder, Reef and his solo career. much more. Plus, we get an emotional update on his health situation and the lowdown on his new album ‘Man’s a Wolf to Man’. Rockonteurs returns in September.

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