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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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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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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July 23, 2022 54 min

This week, it’s the final episode of the series and Guy and Gary chat to Kasabian founder and now frontman Serge Pizzorno. Serge chats to us about his influences, his style and the bands return with the new album ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’ – out on August 5th. It’s the first album without their former lead singer and sees Serge stepping up to take over. In this open and honest conversation, he discusses whether the band considered ...

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July 16, 2022 80 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy meet producer, composer, artist and Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award winner Nitin Sawhney.

Nitin discusses his diverse career that includes collaborations with Paul McCartney, Sting, Jeff Beck and Anoushka Shankar to name a few. He also shares a story on his meeting with Nelson Mandela and how the recent Pink Floyd track ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’ – which he plays on came about.

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July 9, 2022 58 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy chat to one of Guy’s pals, the superb Sheryl Crow. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Sheryl has sold over 50 million albums and won 9 Grammy Awards since her 1993 debut album ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’. In this powerful episode, she talks openly about her career, the struggle to make it in a male-dominated industry and the darker side of the business, her little music jamming club...

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July 2, 2022 55 min

This week on Rockonteurs we talk to a legend in the music PR business – someone whose job it is to steer and guide some of the biggest artists in the world – and Barbara Charone has been doing it longer and better than most. She is fun, fabulous, fearless and trusted by the likes of Madonna, The Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder and Keith Richards. She has a new book out that documents her life guiding the greatest names in music and ‘Acc...

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June 25, 2022 54 min

This week Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt chat to producer extraordinaire William Orbit about his career and his new record 'The Painter'. It's his first brand new album in over 8 years and is out in August.

In an open and candid conversation they also discuss how art saved him, the dark secrets of recording bass, working with Blur on their '13' album and, of course, Madonna...oh and gangster squirrels.

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June 18, 2022 83 min

Youth, the long-standing bassist for Killing Joke discusses his long and varied career with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt on the latest episode of Rockonteurs. Ranging from his work with The Verve, Crowded House, Pink Floyd, Blue Pearl... oh and Paul McCartney. He also talks about hanging out with John Lydon after the Sex Pistols break-up and tells the amazing story of recording in the Great Pyramid in Egypt for a Killing Joke album.

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June 11, 2022 83 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are in Sofia as their European tour with Nick Mason continues. But they still find time to speak to the brilliant Bernard Butler. A career as long and as eclectic is hard to find and in this fascinating conversation we discuss shared influences, his time in Suede, the stunning hit single ‘Yes’ with David McAlmont, his inner drive to move on and find new musical challenges, and his remarkable n...

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June 4, 2022 73 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt continue their tour with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets but still find time to talk to legendary record producer Ken Scott. Ken produced Elton John, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Jeff Beck, The Beatles and David Bowie to name but a few. He co-produced Ziggy Stardust, which this month celebrates its 50th anniversary, so expect a tale or 2 from the days at Trident making that record pl...

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May 28, 2022 49 min
This week on Rockonteurs Gary and Guy are in Latvia and chat to another artist who is also on tour himself! We welcome the multi-million selling Bryan Adams to the podcast. Currently working his way around the UK on his latest tour supporting his recent album ‘So Happy It Hurts’. We chat about the recording of this record during lockdown, the making of ‘Reckless’, the global hits of ‘Waking Up The Neighbours’ and his acclaimed care...
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