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Episode 27 of Season 4 aired at 7 pm on 8 July  2021.  We kicked off suitably with ‘Jailbreak‘ by ACDC and then kept it there with U.D.O. and Animal Drive.  Next up we had a bit of vintage Def Leppard off the Mutt Lange produced High ‘n’ Dry and some classic Led Zeppelin.  One of the highlights was Ozzy Osbourne’s cover of Joe Walsh‘s ‘Rocky Mountain Way‘, it off his 1995 release Under Cover and features Jerry Cantrell doing the guitar work, it’s a wonderful track.  Another wonderful track was Pearl Jam with ‘Yellow Ledbetter‘, nice to hear Mike McCreedy out Hendrixing Hendrix. 

Other than that I didn’t want to spend too much of the show gloating about Zuma going to jail but it was necessary to play Pink Floyd’s ‘The Trial‘ off The Wall and highlight the immortal lines “Of all my years of judging I have never heard before, of someone more deserving the full penalties of law”.  I said my second last word about this and played Bruce Springsteen’s ‘One Minute You’re Here‘.  I think the point has been made.  The punk piece was fun with Blink 182, Green Day, and Sham 69 with ‘Borstal Breakout‘.  From Punk we went sort of proggy with a band out of Helsinki called Wheel and then we went to Sweden for a track off the brand new At The Gates album called The Nightmare of Being. I mentioned In Flames as being the band that members of At The Gates went to but it was actually The Haunted.  

Other than that it was good fun and going from Parkway Drive to Crosby Stills, Nash and Young is probably a radio first.  Short of SA stuff again this week, all we managed to hit was Derick Hougaat’s favourite band Van Coke Kartel.  Good times, see you next week m/ 

Artists featured:  ACDC, U.D.O., Animal Drive, Def Leppard, Chickenfoot, Led Zeppelin, Voices of Extreme, Overkill, Ricky Warwick, RavenEye, Mercyful Fate, Gov’t Mule, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Barnes, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Soil, Soul Asylum, Blink 182, Green Day, Sham 69, Wheel, At The Gates, Van Halen, Thunder, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Judas Priest, Journey, Parkway Drive, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Smith / Kotzen, Type O Negative, Van Coke Kartel, Rancid, Motörhead, My Chemical Romance.  

johnny -solinger

Episode 26 of Season 4 is the high point of the year as far as I am concerned, it aired at 7 pm on 1 July 2021.  E26 marks the halfway mark of the year and the joyous news of our ex-president’s impending incarceration.  It is also the only show so far to clock in at exactly 3 hours (and 15 seconds) and causing the most perfect switch over between me and the going ‘back to the studio’. switchover.  We kicked off with Megadeth and their Rust in Peace classic ‘Hanger 18‘.  It made sense to stay with the trash heavyweights of the world and we followed with Metallica and ‘Creeping Death‘.  Next up The Raven Age off their album Darkness Will Rise and this led to a brief discussion of a slight glimmer of hope for SA as Jacob Zuma goes to jail for 15 months for contempt.  We celebrated with Prison Bound by Social Distortion and some optimism in the form of Bon Jovi’s ‘Keep The Faith‘.

There were plenty of big names, we heard from Van Halen, ACDC, W.A.S.P.,  Scorpions, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest.  The highlight for me, other than all the Zuma jibes, was Skid Row with a track off  United World Rebellion- Chapter One called  ‘This is Killing Me‘.  It is an incredibly good song made all the more poignant by the sad passing of Johnny Solinger, the vocalist on the track earlier this week.  Largely ignored, these last two Skid Row albums shine, RIP Johnny.  We checked out a band I have just discovered this week, Seven Thorns out of Denmark, and their track ‘Black Fortress‘.  Check out the guitar work about 3 minutes in.  We also got a dose of what would happen if Marilyn Manson replaced Till Lindemann in Rammstein by listening to his vocals on Emigrate’s second album Silent So Long.

New stuff from Buckcherry, SA stuff from The Burning and Prime Circle, Punk from Sham 69 and The Jam, and oldies from Python Lee Jackson with ‘In a Broken Dream‘.  There were lots of dedications to listeners and as I said a huge celebration about Zuma’s impending incarceration.  I let The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, have the final word for Zuma with When You’re Alone.  It may well be the most perfect radio show I have ever done :-).

Artists featured:  Megadeth, Metallica, The Raven Age, Social Distortion, Van Halen, Cinderella, Python Lee Jackson, W.A.S.P., ACDC, The Burning, We Are Harlot, Bon Jovi, Prime Circle, Oasis, Clutch, Thin Lizzy, Emigrate, Seven Thorns, Children of Bodom, Skid Row, Scorpions, Tom Petty, Buckcherry, Danko Jones, Dirty Honey, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Hollywood, Vampires, Sham 69, The Jam, Type O Negative, Avenged Sevenfold, Nickelback, Papa Roach, Airbourne, Bruce Springsteen

Lynrd Skynrd

Episode 25 of Season for aired at 7 pm on 24 June 2021.  Kicking off with Airbourne, one of Aussies finest we kept the pace up about 30 min with Deep Purple, Def Leppard, and a few others before going down south with some Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blackberry Smoke.  ‘One Horse Town‘ off The Whippoorwill y Blackberry Smoke is an emotional look at small-town America and a very cool track.   Next, we went as close to prog as we normally go on TSORR with Coheed & Cambia and a live version of Rush’s masterpiece 2112.

Punk was covered by Green Day, the Clash, and Ramones, it was great to hear the Clash’s ‘Somebody Got Murdered ‘ again, it’s been ages since I heard that track off the very bloated Sandinista triple set.  For the heavy, we took in an aural assault courtesy of Pantera, Parkway Drive, and later some Mastodon and Megadeth.  Rory Gallagher and Zakk Wylde took care of the guitar lessons.  As usual, I had 3 times the amount of music that would fit into 3 hours.  The show is almost noticeable more for what we skipped than what we played 🙂

A highlight for me was Papa Roach with between Angels and Insects‘, that lyric is something else, I didn’t realise how good it is and that folks, is the beauty of the show, you get your attention drawn to the little things that are massive.  Another highlight was Queen off Live Killers, it is another of these “Never Forget” moments, Queen in their day were the best band in the world.  Anyway, check it out, if you want to get in contact check out The Story of Rock and Roll Facebook page, until next week Adios Ameoba’s

Artists featured:  Airbourne, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Armored Saint, Drowning Pool, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke, Coheed & Cambria, Rush, Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, Green Day, The Clash, Ramones, Slaughter, Warrant, Pantera, Parkway Drive, Rory Gallagher, Pride & Glory, Junkyard, ACDC, Queen, Queensrÿche, Disturbed, Black Sabbath, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, John Mellancamp, Jack Hammer, Papa Roach, Soundgarden, Paul Stanley, Palaye Royale, Myles Kennedy, The Pretty Reckless, Megadeth, Mastodon, Ozzy Osbourne


Episode 24 of Season 4 went live on air at 7 pm on 17 June 2021, kicking off with Billy Balloon Head‘ by Massive Wagons, which is guaranteed to get you into a good mood.  Next up some Iced Earth and a follow up on the Jon Schaeffer situation before we hit some indie type stuff in the form of Walking Papers and We Are Augustines,

As promised there was a lot of SA music on the show to make up for the last episode where SA music was a bit short-changed.  We had LA Cobra, Sugar Drive, Deadline, The Fismits, Springbok Nude Girls, and Sunken State all flying the local flag.   It is great to hear such a diverse range of rock from these bands, the talent in SA is amazing.  Incidentally, The Fismits is Rebel Rock Radio’s own Mark Biagio’s band,  check out their album Before the HindsightSunken State is my current favorite metal band, these guys are going to go far if lovers of metal get behind them.  Following on from Sepultura near the end of the show they absolutely hold their own and I explain why they are so good. 

Generation X with ‘Kiss Me Deadly‘, The Stranglers, and Social Distortion took care of the Punk and gave me a chance to take some cheap shots at the government.  W.A.S.P. with ‘The Idol‘ off  Blackie Lawless’s masterpiece Crimson Idol was a highlight for me as was revealing who played the brilliant Comfortably Numb-esque solo on that track.  There is lots more here so go ahead and check it out, all comments welcome, catch me on The Story of Rock and Roll Facebook page or on the website.    

Artists featured:  Massive Wagons, Manowar, Iced Earth, Walking Papers,  We Are Augustines, Skid Row, Ratt, Kiss, The Rolling Stones, Accept, LA Cobra, KK’s Priest, Halford, Kid Rock, John Mellencamp, Mötley Crüe, Hinder, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson, W.A.S.P., Demon, Savage, Generation X, The Stranglers, Social Distortion, Sugar Drive, Springbok Nude Girls, Deadline, The Fismits, Volbeat, Gary Moore, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Blackberry Smoke, Sepultura, Sunken State, The Distillers & Mark Knopfler 


Cold Chisel

To say that being in South Africa right now is difficult is an understatement.  The continuous load shedding is playing havoc (hammock :-)) with the broadcasts, you never know when you are going to get cut off or if the cell towers are going to work.  Episode 23 of Season 4 went out on 10 June at 7 pm, load shedding kicked in one minute after the show ended, score one for Rock and Roll.

We started with W.A.S.P.  and ‘ The Invisible Boy‘ off their masterpiece, The Crimson Idol. Next, it was the turn of Great White off their ’91 album Hooked and I highlighted just what a great year 1991 was for new releases.  The show was light on both Australian and South African artists, with only Cold Chisel, ACDC, and Fokofpolisiekar getting a slot this week, I will put in some extra SA next week.  Cold Chisel’s ‘Yakuza Girls‘ off The last Wave of Summer went down very well.  We checked out Die Toten Hosen with ‘Liebeslied‘ which just made it impossible no to follow up with The Damned and ‘Love Song‘.

Once again The Doors sounded amazing and clearly, I need to play a bit more of them.  Amazing to think Jim Morrison only made it to 27, so young, imagine what he would be putting out these days.  Other than that Halford was great and so was Kid Rock, in fact, everything was good, just as it should be.  Check it out, i am sure you will find something in here.

Artists featured: W.A.S.P., Great White, Soil, Cold Chisel, ACDC, Jorn, Overkill, David Lee Roth, Chickenfoot, Rammstein, Filter, Billy Idol, The Cult, Ivan Ivankovic, The Doors, Pearl Jam, System of a Down, Kiss, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Accept, The Stranglers, Die Toten Hosen, The Damned, Halford, Dio, Kid Rock, John Mellencamp, Red Dragon Cartel, Mammoth WVH, My Chemical Romance, Staind, Testament, The Horrible Crowes, Halestorm, Foo Fighters, Fokofpolisiekar.