171 episodes

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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Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

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    • 4.7 • 741 Ratings

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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    S7E9: Guy Garvey

    S7E9: Guy Garvey

    This week on Rockonteurs we welcome a true National Treasure to the series, a songwriter, a musician, broadcaster and all-round lovely bloke, it’s Guy Garvey. Guy shares his story of his working-class routes, falling in love with a broad range of music thanks to his sisters all having such eclectic tastes. He also shares how Elbow started with modest success in Bury before a slow build to the multi-Ivor Novello award winning success of ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ in 2008. You can’t miss his brilliant story on playing Battleships on a plane to America with Richard Hawley or how he researched a song about betting shops by going direct to the source material! This is a brilliant episode with a lovely man!
     
    Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @elbowofficial @gimmesugarproductions #GuyGarvey
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteurs
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rockonteurs
    Produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    S7E8: Alan Edwards

    S7E8: Alan Edwards

    This week on the podcast Gary and Guy chat to the legendary music PR Alan Edwards.
    Alan is the man who is responsible for keeping some of the biggest names in music in (and sometimes out) of the papers!
    He has worked with an incredible roster of artists from Blondie, The Sex Pistols, the Spice Girls, The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie.
    His new book ‘I Was There: Dispatches From a Life in Rock and Roll’ is out now. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Was-There-Dispatches-Life-Rock-ebook/dp/B0CHSHZYPD
     
    Don’t miss ‘Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets’ on tour in the UK this June. https://www.thesaucerfulofsecrets.com/
     
    Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @alan_edwards_ @gimmesugarproductions
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteurs
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rockonteurs
    Produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    S7E7: John Oates

    S7E7: John Oates

    This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Gary chat to singer, songwriter, and record producer John Oates.
    John, with his former co-writer Daryl Hall produced some of the greatest songs of the 70s and 80s making them the most successful musical duo of all time selling over 80 million albums. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
    John has just released his latest solo album called ‘Reunion’. https://johnoates.com/
    In this episode Guy and Gary chat to John about his influences growing up in Philadelphia, meeting Daryl, and the stories behind some of his biggest hits and this beautiful new collection of very personal songs.
     
    Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @johnoatesofficial @gimmesugarproductions
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteurs
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rockonteurs
    Produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    S7E6: Brian Auger

    S7E6: Brian Auger

    This brilliant Brian Auger joins Gary and Guy this week for another must listen episode of Rockonteurs.
    Brian is a total gent and was there from the earliest days of Rock and Roll as the go to organ and piano guy.
    He formed The Steampacket with Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, and Rod Stewart in 1965. His influence is felt far and wide in the business and artists like Elton John and Jools Holland cite Brian as a massive influence.
    He’s funny, charming, and hugely entertaining and his music is well worth a listen.
     
    Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @brianaugerb3 @gimmesugarproductions
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteurs
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rockonteurs
    Produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    S7E5: Jimmy Webb

    S7E5: Jimmy Webb

    This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy welcome one of the greatest ever songwriters to the podcast, in fact Jimmy Webb is the only artist ever to receive a Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. Jimmy has written for Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, the Supremes, Art Garfunkel and even Richard Harris!
    From a childhood raised on church music to writing some of the all-time greats, this is a fascinating conversation.
    You can see Jimmy Webb live in London at Cadogan Hall on May 28th, Hamburg on June 3rd and Copenhagen on June 5th.
    All the dates and ticket details are at https://www.jimmywebb.com/
     
    Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @jimmywebbmusic @gimmesugarproductions
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteurs
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rockonteurs
    Produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    S7E4: Joe Elliott 2

    S7E4: Joe Elliott 2

    This week we welcome Joe Elliott back to the podcast. Joe is in town to talk about the reissue of Pyromania and it doesn’t take long before Guy, Gary, and Joe are discussing their favourite artists and their favourite gigs. Joe is the perfect guest for this podcast because he’s such a music fan as much as being a global rock and roll star.
    The 40th anniversary special reissue of Pyromania is out now. https://defleppard.lnk.to/D2CPYRO40
     
    Instagram: @rockonteurs @guyprattofficial @garyjkemp @defleppard @joeelliott @gimmesugarproductions
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rockonteurs
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rockonteurs
    Produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
741 Ratings

741 Ratings

she bangs the drum ,

Begin the day with a friendly voice

John Oates episode was great 👍though felt there’s definately more content for another episode - plenty left on the table there for another episode. Would love to hear more about the period when they had curry/smith/wolk in the band.

Small wish list in no particular order;
Steve ferrone
One of the rush guys (am sure geddy Lee still has a few copies of his book left to promote)
More Andy mcclusky
Steve gadd

Still a great and engaging listen

LH

Jim Slow ,

Less is more

Loved this show since it started and always fantastic angles on their chats with guests. But. hate to be anywhere near negative but, Guy is starting to grate with constant interruptions or trying to hard to thrown in funny’s which have become almost a hectoring towards the guests.

Martinj40m ,

You were doing so well ...

I do like this podcast but Guy needs to learn that interviewing involves asking somebody a question and then letting them answer. So often the interviewee is interrupted so that Guy can give his personal spin on whatever the question was about. He also answers his own questions as well as answering Gary’s. At times it makes it quite unlistenable with guy talking over everybody else.

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