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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 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

    S1E63: The Anchoress

    S1E63: The Anchoress

    Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt host the ‘Rockonteurs’ podcast. Join Gary (Spandau Ballet) and Guy (bass player for Pink Floyd, Madonna and Michael Jackson) as they chat to some of the biggest names in music. It’s a podcast about shared musical passions, experiences, influences and touring. And, as Gary and Guy hit the road again with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, the podcast will be going on tour with them too…
     
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    • 58 min
    S1E62: Rick Wakeman

    S1E62: Rick Wakeman

    This week on Rockonteurs we sit down and chat with Rick Wakeman. He embodies everything this show is all about, great stories from great artists about great songs! We love him and barely scratch the surface on his incredible career from Bowie to Yes, T-Rex to Knights on Ice…hee has sold 50 million albums across 5 decades in music. Rick is a one off and never fails to entertain. Go catch his ‘Not Quite as Grumpy as Last Xmas’ tour this November and Dec.


    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions
     
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    S1E61: Arthur Baker

    S1E61: Arthur Baker

    This week on the show, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt chat to the acclaimed producer Arthur Baker. Arthur has enjoyed an incredibly diverse career from working with Afrika Bambaataa, New Order, the Pet Shop Boys to remixing Springsteen and producing Bob Dylan. We cover some genres on this episode from rock to dance, hip hop and rap this man has had his fingers in some tasty musical pies and shares those stories on this week’s episode of Rockonteurs. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Production.
     
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    • 57 min
    S1E60: John Illsley

    S1E60: John Illsley

    This week Gary and Guy return with another fascinating and insightful episode of Rockonteurs.
    Our guest this week is John Illsley from Dire Straits. Yes….a bass player! John was one of only a few members to play from the bands start to their finish and remains great friends with Mark Knopfler.
    He has a new book out this week that charts the bands meteoric rise to the top in the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s and in this episode he shares some of those incredible stories.
    From pub rock to stadiums, CD’s, sharing studios in Monserrat with Sting to the cultural explosion of MTV – it’s all exactly what this series is all about, great stories from the artists that shaped the music we love.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.
     
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    S1E59: Chris Frantz

    S1E59: Chris Frantz

    This week Guy and Gary return with Rockonteurs and are joined by Chris Frantz from Talking Heads.
    Chris is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, a drummer with Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club and an acclaimed record producer too.
    With stories that range from the NYC punk scene with Blondie and The Ramones to working with Brian Eno and even producing Happy Mondays…it’s another epic set of stories and a great listen.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Limited.
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    S1E58: Tim Rice

    S1E58: Tim Rice

    In this week’s episode Gary and Guy welcome Sir Tim Rice, a legendary EGOT winner with a 50 year career under his belt, and collaborations with everyone from Rick Wakeman and Abba to Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Elvis. Tim’s best known for his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, providing the lyrics to the Webber’s music. The duo have co-written a string of musical theatre blockbusters, starting with Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (1968), followed 2 year later by the pioneering rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Ian Gillan on the recorded version. There followed among many other stage hits including Evita, Chess and The Lion King. 
     
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

SunsetEarth79 ,

Kudos to the dynamic duo

While I love the many guests and stories that fill the shows, ultimately it comes down to chemistry between Guy and Gary. Their brotherly banter and easy-going charm disarm many a guest to open up in ways they rarely do to journalists. Plus, these guys have been there: on the road, on the charts, and in the studio, so the musicians they interview talk to them as peers, which is a unique approach. They’ve had great guests so far, though my wishlist of future guests include Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush (more women in general), and Madonna, if only for the sake of finally confirming all of Guy’s stories!

PeterPrincipal ,

My favorite bass player; my favorite podcast

Guy Pratt is the world’s best bassist, and now the world’s best podcaster (Gary Kemp is no slouch, either). Want a true insider’s look at the roots and history of rock music with an English accent? This is the one. David Crosby, Billy Idol, Peter Frampton…the list goes on and on. Any rock fan’s dream!
This podcast is my go-to! A can’t miss, week after week.

Milkshake_Thee ,

Very recommended

I have been listening every week from the start. Really excellent interviews. So many big names coming on and giving relaxed and comprehensive talks about their lives and music. Gary and Guy are great together, they keep each other on their toes. So many great stories from the two of them too!!! A must weekly listen.

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