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Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

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


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S2E24: Youth
1w ago
S2E24: Youth
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.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E24: Youth
1w ago
S2E24: Youth
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.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E23: Bernard Butler
11-06-2022
S2E23: Bernard Butler
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 new album with Jessie Buckley ‘For All Our Days That Tear The Heart’ which is out on June 17th. Bernard is a great man. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E22: Ken Scott
04-06-2022
S2E22: Ken Scott
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 plus his time at Abbey Road, where he started at just 16 years old! Ken is a music fan, a British recording legend and a great storyteller.Rockonteurs is produced by Ian Callaghan and Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E21: Bryan Adams
28-05-2022
S2E21: Bryan Adams
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 career behind the lens photographing everyone from Rammstein to The Queen. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E20: Bill Bruford
21-05-2022
S2E20: Bill Bruford
This week Gary and Guy continue their travels on tour with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets but still find time to record a brand new episode. Chatting to the debonair drummer Bill Bruford about his career recording and performing for King Crimson, Yes and Genesis. He’s a master of his craft and his work can be enjoyed on a new definitive boxset called ‘Making a Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection’ – which is out now. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E19: Kenney Jones
14-05-2022
S2E19: Kenney Jones
This week Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt welcome a true Mod legend to the show. How many people can say they’ve been in one great band let alone three! Well, Kenney Jones can! Drummer for The Small Faces, Faces and The Who, Kenney shares some excellent stories from the early days of being a mod, meeting Steve Mariott, rock and roll shenanigans with Rod and Ronnie and then getting the call to join The Who. But his greatest moment is surely flying Gary Kemp to Live Aid in his helicopter….This a good one!! Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E18: Neil Finn
07-05-2022
S2E18: Neil Finn
This week on Rockonteurs join Gary and Guy as they continue their UK tour and still manage to find time to catch up with the great Neil Finn on the line from New Zealand! It’s a globetrotting episode this week. Neil is a truly gifted singer and songwriter who takes us through his career from Split Enz to Crowded House and even his recent foray into Fleetwood Mac. Crowded House kick off their UK tour in June. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E17: David Arnold
30-04-2022
S2E17: David Arnold
This week Gary and Guy take a moment out from their tour with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets to chat to Grammy Award winning composer David Arnold. In a fascinating conversation that goes from composing 5 Bond scores to meeting John Barry, getting George Martin’s support through to working with David McAlmont and recording ‘Play Dead’ with Bjork. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E16: Nick Mason 2
23-04-2022
S2E16: Nick Mason 2
It’s a special Rockonteurs on the Road this week. Joining Guy and Gary backstage as the Saucerful of Secrets tour continues around the UK is the boss, Nick Mason.This is a must listen for any fan of Pink Floyd as we deep dive into the stories around those ground breaking tours, the recording and playing of Echoes and how the new record ‘Hey, Hey Rise Up’ was recorded and released in a very short window.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E15: Derek Shulman
16-04-2022
S2E15: Derek Shulman
This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary are joined by record executive, singer, songwriter and lead vocalist with Gentle Giant, Derek Shulman.In a hugely fascinating conversation that ranges from signing bands like Bon Jovi to fronting his group to helping working with Queen, Marc Bolan, Bowie and Tony Visconti, this is a deep dive into the business with some great musicians all sharing their stories, passions and experiences.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E14: Jim Kerr
09-04-2022
S2E14: Jim Kerr
This week on Rockonteurs we welcome Jim Kerr from Simple Minds. Chatting to Gary and Guy about his incredible career and those decade defining hits! Settle in for some fascinating musical conversation. This is the very reason we make this show, to hear the stories behind the music we all love!Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E13: Rick Astley
02-04-2022
S2E13: Rick Astley
This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined by Rick Astley. Rick is a renaissance man, having started his career in the 80’s when he was discovered by the pop powerhouse team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman. That gave us the hugely successful, decade defining hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ and many more. But Rick turned his back on music in the 90’s until fairly recently returning to live shows and getting back into the studio writing, recording and producing his own material which included the No.1 album ‘50’ which was a brilliant collection of songs.Don’t be fooled by what you think you might know about Rick Astley, he’s a true music fan and a talented artist. In this episode he talks about his rise and fall and his rise again, rick-rolling, and even a bit of prog! He also talks about how his relationship with The Foo Fighters came about. This episode was recorded before the passing of Taylor Hawkins and the entire team at Rockonteurs would like to express their deepest condolences to the family, friends and band mates of Taylor.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E12: Mike Campbell
27-03-2022
S2E12: Mike Campbell
This week on Rockonteurs, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt chat to Mike Campbell. Mike was a long-time member of Tom Petty’s band ‘The Heartbreakers’ and co-wrote many of their hits. He also has a well-established and successful track record writing and recording with Don Henley, having co-written The Boys of Summer and ‘Heart of The Matter’. He is also currently part of the touring band for Fleetwood Mac and has a new album out with his band The Dirty Knobs called ‘External Combustion’. A perfect candidate to join us on the podcast. Rockonteurs is produced by Ian Callaghan and Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E11: Simon Le Bon
20-03-2022
S2E11: Simon Le Bon
This week on Rockonteurs we welcome Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon to the podcast. There is so much to enjoy from this episode including Simon’s passion for new music, his origins with Duran Duran, touring with David Bowie, jostling for chart supremacy with a certain Spandau Ballet and the game-changing music video revolution… This is a joy to listen to!Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E10: Justin Hayward
13-03-2022
S2E10: Justin Hayward
This week on Rockonteurs, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt chat to the charming Justin Hayward. Justin is the singer and songwriter with the Moody Blues and has written some truly stunning records over the years. He is a multiple Ivor Novello award winner and with the Moody Blues has sold over 70 million albums. In this episode, he talks about auditioning for Marty Wilde, joining the Moody Blues and writing some of their incredible hit songs like ‘Nights in White Satin’ and ‘Question’. He also reveals how he ended up recording ‘Forever Autumn’ on the Jeff Wayne’s War of The Worlds.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E9: Labi Siffre
06-03-2022
S2E9: Labi Siffre
This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy chat to singer, songwriter, musician and poet Labi Siffre.In a timely and moving conversation, Labi chats openly about his career, his loves and his losses. He’s written some incredible songs and many have been covered or sampled from a range of artists that include Madness and Eminem. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E8: Kelly Jones
27-02-2022
S2E8: Kelly Jones
This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined by Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones. Armed with some incredible stories, a tremendous back catalogue of hits, and famous fans ranging from Bowie, Daltrey, Noel and Ronnie Wood, Kelly is a brilliant storyteller and a perfect guest for this podcast.Stereophonics release their new album Oochya! on March 4th… Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Limited. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E7: Hugh Padgham
20-02-2022
S2E7: Hugh Padgham
This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy chat to one of the UK’s finest record producers, the 4 x Grammy Award-winning Hugh Padgham. Chances are Hugh was involved in the making of your favourite record. From The Police, Genesis, Paul McCartney, XTC, The Human League through to creating that iconic drum sound of the ’80s for Phil Collins – Hugh has an unrivalled CV and some cracking stories to share.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E6: Kevin Rowland
13-02-2022
S2E6: Kevin Rowland
This week we welcome the beautiful Kevin Rowland to Rockonteurs. In an open, honest and funny conversation about life fronting Dexys Midnight Runners, Kevin chats to Gary and Guy about the ups and downs of life in the band, making the album ‘Too Rye Ay’ the way he wanted to make it and the upcoming live dates in the UK this September. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S2E5: Graham Coxon
06-02-2022
S2E5: Graham Coxon
This week Gary and Gary chat to the charming and hugely talented Graham Coxon. Graham has an extensive career as a solo artist producing a stunning collection of solo projects, film scores and even most recently writing, recording and performing with Duran Duran. All of that, plus his pivotal role driving the sound of Blur…it’s a joyous musical romp through his career in this week’s episode of Rockonteurs.Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.