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Johnathan Martin

The final episode of season 3 went out fittingly at 7 pm on New Years eve, 31 Dec 2020.  It was a great episode, one of my all-time favourites.  I really enjoyed doing a review of the albums released this year.  The plan was to run through the albums and to throw in some rock classics like Guns ‘n’ Roses with ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, Rainbow with ‘Kill the King’, and Def Leppard with ‘Women‘.  I didn’t want to lose the audience with too much unknown stuff especially in view of the fact that there were some seriously good metal albums by Heathen, Annihilator, Testament, Onslaught, and Sepultura but by playing some classics I realised too late that there were way more albums than time so some albums did get short-changed as a result.    

All of the albums featured in this episode have been played on TSORR through the year, I bought 46 albums released in 2020, and obviously, with a 3-hour show, I had to prune it quite drastically.  We got to hear some standout lesser-known artists; Catalano, Thundermother, Those Damn Crows, All Them Witches some excellent SA releases from Agro, Deadline, Fokofpolisiekar, and Johnathan Martin.  Johnathan’s album Into the Nebulous Night is my favourite SA release of 2020 and I urge you to buy it.  

I also paid tribute to some of those we lost this year; Eddie Van Halen, Leslie West, Dave Greenfield, Neil Peart, and Bob Kulick.  Overall, I reckon it’s a pretty good summary of a year that was very good musically.

Artists featured:  Guns ‘n’ Roses, Catalano, Those Damn Crows, Biff Byford, Thundermother, ACDC, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush, Axel Rudi Pell, Dirty Shirley, Rainbow, Onslaught, Cirith Ungol, Vandenberg, Blue Öyster Cult, Philip Sayce, Joe Bonamassa, Agro, Deadline, Def Leppard, Paul Stanley, Heathen, Sepultura, Johnathan Martin, Piet Botha & Jack Hammer, Pirates of Radio, Bush, Seether, Marilyn Manson, Annihilator, All Them Witches, Bruce Springsteen, Fokofpolisiekar, The Stranglers, Van Halen, Mammoth WVH, Five Finger Death Punch & Leslie West

Yesterdays Hero John Paul Young

Merry Christmas to all of you and thank you for the support throughout 2020.  There is no question that it’s been tough :-).  The X-mas eve edition of TSORR went on air at 7 pm on 24 Dec 2020.  It wasn’t particularly Christmasy as I generally am not overly Christmasy myself and especially when it comes to music.  I wasn’t a total grinch though and did play ‘Christmas in Hell‘ by Sixx A.M.

The show kicked off with some Whiskey Myers and then hit stuff like Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, and Animal Drive.  My daughter was in the house and she is a big part of why TSORR exists as both a book and a Radio Show so I played a couple of tracks and explained how all of this came about.  KissDestroyer, John Paul Young’s Yesterday’s Hero, and The Boomtown Rats‘ masterpiece the Fine Art of Surfacing, all have a special bearing on the show as do Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and The Stranglers.

There was a short tribute to Leslie West, a giant of a man both physically and as a guitarist.  He sadly passed away last night (23 Dec) and so, it was fitting that we played ‘Legend‘ off his Unusual Suspects album.  Leslie’s tone and feel were indeed extraordinary and he will be missed.  That’s Leslie in this episode’s thumbnail for those who may not be familiar with the man (perish the thought).

Highlights for me included Tom Petty with ‘Have Love Will Travel‘, Machine Head with Bastards, Tom Waits with Mr. Siegal, and Rammstein with Deutschland.  

Artists featured:  Whiskey Myers, Slash, Quiet Riot, The Lazys, Animal Drive!, ACDC, Ozzy Osbourne, Arapaho, POD, Rammstein, System of a Down, Australian Crawl, Kiss, John Paul Young, Sixx AM, Mötley Crüe, The Boomtown Rats, The Stranglers, The Clash, Seether, Clutch, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dire Straits, Tom Petty, Leslie West, the Killers, The Longshot, Cold Chisel, the Mayfield Four, Machine Head, Megadeth, Rival Sons, Airbourne, Prime Circle, Bad Company, Tom Waits, Iced Earth, Halestorm, Tesla & Slade.

The Answer

We’re close to the end of Season 3 now, episode 18 of 20 aired at 7 pm on 17 Dec 2020.  It was a pretty smooth sailing affair.  Listenership was lower than normal, I suspect because of the festive season.  Low listenership on the night, however, always drives the podcasts which incidentally hit 10 000 this week so thank you all.  I am most appreciative of the support that TSORR is getting and especially to those of you who download it as soon as it lands.  A reminder to you all that the TSORR Facebook page is the best way to contact the team if you have any comments, questions, suggestions, etc about the episodes.

We kicked off with a few lesser-known bands, Drowning Pool, Burning Rain, The Answer, and Baton Rouge before cracking in with some Bon Scott era ACDC.  We continued in that vein with a good selection of the music you expect from the show: Tool, Kid Rock, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Judas Priest, Joe Bonamassa, Megadeth, and many more rock giants of our age.  I spent a bit of time on the SA stuff and specifically on friends and supporters of Rebel Rock Radio, The Burning, The Color Blew, and Deadline who were all present at the South African Metal Music Awards ceremony at the Fokof Bar on Sunday the 13th Dec.  We took a listen to all 3 and it’s clear that SA metal is alive and kicking.  We also took a listen to Agro and we will play some more from all these guys on the final TSORR for 2020 on 31 Dec.  Gary Clarke Jr made a return to the show as did Biters and it was really cool to listen to Gene and Paul back to back from their solo albums.  

Artists featured:  Drowning Pool, The Answer, Baton Rouge, Burning Rain, ACDC, Tool, Kid Rock, Testament, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Mark Haze, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clarke Jr, Megadeth, Theory of a Deadman, The Burning, Deadline, The Color Blew, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Loverboy, Mötley Crüe, Joe Jackson, The Offspring, Biters, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Oasis, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Wolfmother, Deep Purple, Foo Fighters, In Flames, Avenged Sevenfold, Agro, The Gaslight Anthem, Anti-Flag & The Uninvited

Dirty Honey

One down 3 to go,  Episode 17 of Season 3 aired at 7 pm on 10 Dec 2020.  It was another technically flawless affair with zero Wi-Fi hassles or presenter bungles.  We kicked off with Dave Lee Roth’s uplifting  ‘Yankee Rose’, the perfect song to get the energy levels up, and followed with a band called Dirty Honey out of L.A.  For the rest, it’s pretty standard TSORR fare.  A bit of Punk with The Stranglers and The Sex PistolsScorpions & Devil’s Train out of Germany, ACDC and Jimmy Barnes out of Australia, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Sabbath, Priest, and Maiden out of the UK and everyone else out of the USA.  South Africa got a bit short-changed for some reason Dan Patlansky was the only representative, I’ll fix that next week.  

I thoroughly enjoyed Gov’t Mule’s cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Time’, his version of Dave Gilmore’s solo is perfection.    Asking Alexandria’s ‘Not the American Average’ was brutal, in a good way, and there was a nice little link with Metallica, Volbeat, and Avenged Sevenfold one after the other.  The point was made that those 3 bands toured a lot together in 2019 and would have continued if the Covid thing hadn’t happened.  

Artists featured:  Dave Lee Roth, Dirty Honey, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Devil’s Train, The Temperance Movement, Skid Row, Buckcherry, Accept, ACDC, The Raven Age, the Stranglers, The Sex Pistols, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Jimmy Barnes, Joe Bonamassa, Dan Patlansky, Gov’t Mule, Asking Alexandria, Metallica, Volbeat, Avenged Sevenfold, Scorpions, Twisted Sister, Oasis, Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey, Zakk Wylde, Alice in Chains, Linkin Park, Pearl Album, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, System of a DownLittle Steven   

Wolfgang Von Halen

Season 3 Episode 16 aired on 3 Dec 2020.  We are in the final stages of Season 3 now so hang in there it’s been a busy year.  This episode is unique in that it is perfect in terms of a live take, there were no drop-outs or Wi-Fi issues and all the levels were fine, no editing needed at all.  Quite amazing really, the traffic on the road was so backed up I literally was left with 5 min to set up and get on air, it just shows, when you expect the worst you get the best.  

The show goes live at 7 o’Clock so it was fitting that we started with The Quireboys and their opening track off A Bit of What You Fancy called 7 o’Clock, then we had a bit of Kid Rock and some Motörhead.  We were all over the place going as heavy as Parkway Drive and as light as Manfred Mann.  It looks like it was the first-ever show without an Aussie band, that wasn’t intentional it just worked out that way.  We also only had 3 SA bands which was also unusual, so in general, this show is a bit different.  It was Ozzy Osbourne’s birthday so we said hi to him.  I really enjoyed Edguy’s little dig at the record industry called ‘Life of a Bonus Track’.  It’s a bit of fun that they recorded in a couple of minutes to satisfy some contractual commitment and it’s funny and clever.  I also took the gap to hit you with Steel Panther’s Death to All But Metal’’  and forgot to warn listeners about that little gem.  If anyone is offended then I have to say they are probably listening to the wrong radio show J.  Check out the video to that track in the website blog section.     

The highlight for me was a tip of the hat to Wolfgang Van Halen and the way he is handling the death of his much-loved father Edward.  We played his track ‘Distance’ and then took a listen to the great man himself with a track called Stay Frosty.  Another personal highlight was realizing how cool the vocal by Dave Matthews is on The Rolling Stones track Memory Motel.  Other than that there was the usual fare, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P.  you know the drill.  Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth), Cliff Burton’s Base solo Part I was played to remind you that the next Rock Review I do will feature the mighty Metallica.  The answer to the inaugural TSORR eclectic thread puzzle was Nita Strauss, I’ll tell you why next week.  There are 3 connections to Ms. Strauss in S3E16.     

Artists featured: The Quireboys, Kid Rock, Motörhead, Rainbow, The Offspring, Die Toten Hosen, W.A.S.P., Warrant, Cinderella, Saxon, Metallica, No Friends of Harry, Alice Cooper, Halestorm, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Dragon Cartel, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Coheed & Cambria, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Black Stone Cherry, Junkyard, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Manfred Mann, The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Wolfmother, Desperado, Edguy, Steel Panther, Mammoth WVH, Van Halen, Springbok Nude Girls, Stiff Little Fingers, Ramones, Foo Fighters, Tom Waits & Parkway Drive.     

PS, just realized that the show is not Aussie free, Wolfmother are in there with ‘Pyramid’.  

Armored Saint Punching the Sky

S3E15 aired at 7 pm on 26 Nov 2020.  It was pretty painless, to be honest,  we started with Halford and ended with Sixx AM, as usual time flew and many songs ended getting left out.  According to the Rebel Rock Radio app data Asking Alexandria got 4 times more likes than anything else which I was surprised but happy to see.  Other noticeable mentions were John Cougar, Nirvana, Wonderboom, Rose Tattoo, Scorpions, and ACDC with Code Red off the new Power Up album.  It’s the first time I have looked at those stats so that was quite interesting.   

On the local front, we had The Burning, Koos Kombuis, Wonderboom, and The Black Cat Bones with an amazing track called The Hunter, this was off an album in my collection called SA Blues Breakers.  There was a nice bit in the middle with Tool’s Aenima and Faith No More with Ashes to Ashes.  They went down very well.  The new Armored Saint album Punching the Sky is also very good and we took a listen to Standing On The Shoulders of Giants.   

Artists featured:  Halford, Armored Saint, Led Zeppelin, Scorpions, Rose Tattoo, ACDC, Warrant, Ted Nugent, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, The Jam, Slipknot, Asking Alexandria, The Black Cat Bones, Wonderboom, Nirvana, Koos Kombuis, Accept, Megadeth, Tool, Faith No More, Jimmy Barnes, Powderfinger, WASP, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, Emigrate, Extreme, Dokken, Rainbow, Green Day, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Def Leppard, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and Sixx AM  


S3E14 aired on 19 Nov 2020 at 7 pm live from behind the bar at Planet Rock.  There should be something for everyone here, we kicked off with Metallica and ended with the Foo Fighters.  A bit busy this week so no time for any commentary.  I don’t think anyone is reading it anyway, let me know on The Story Of Rock and Roll Facebook page or e mail me on if I’m wrong.  

Artists featured:  Metallica, Black Tide, Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Man As Machine, Jerry Cantrell, Ozzy Osbourne, W.A.S.P, Staind, Dogs D’Amour, Machine Head, Anthrax, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, John Mellencamp, Seether, Rammstein, Chickenfoot, ACDC, Black Sabbath, Saxon, The Stranglers, The Sex Pistols, The Boomtown Rats, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, Neil Young, The Uninvited, Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Sugardrive, Jasper Dan, Pirates of Radio, Hinder, Bring Me The Horizon, Zakk Wylde, Twisted Sister, The Foo Fighters


TSORR Season 3 Episode 13 got off to a not so great start on 12 Nov 2020.  It’s funny because I am reading Matthew McConaughey’s book Greenlights and that is exactly what I didn’t get, the show said ‘connected’ but no green light so I had to start again.  You won’t hear that because I have cut it out but I’m just telling you for interest sake and to explain the reference to an aborted start.  After that, it was plain sailing all the way other than some niggle with the microphone clipping a bit, but it’s only on the first two bits of chatter.     

The show was great, we heard a lot of good SA rock with the Burning and L.A. Cobra showing that SA Rock is alive and kicking.  Later on, we took a listen to The Fismits, featuring Rebel Rock Radio’s very own Mark Biaggio on guitar and vocals with a track called ‘Questions’.  We also heard The Color Blew and toward the end of the show Johnathan Martin (happy birthday brother) and SA Metal maniacs Deadline.  The guitar work in Deadline is just so perfect, love those solo’s, I referred to the album as ‘Cathedral’ instead of Cathedral Point so apologies for that guys.  We had Danko Jones, Seether, Marilyn Manson, and an absolutely fantastic track by The Pretty Reckless.  We played a few songs for America (Ugly Kid Joe and Motörhead)  because, I am so grateful to the US for all the amazing music over the last 50 years, it doesn’t really matter who runs it as long as the world gets its rock and roll.   

One of the highlights of the show for me was Queen with ‘The Prophets Song‘ off A Night at the Opera.  I made mention of the fact that it doesn’t get a look in because of that other long song on the album but it’s well deserving of some airtime.  It still sounds fantastic 45 years later.  The other highlight was having a good friend listening in and playing a couple of road-related tracks (Buckcherry’s ‘Ridin” and Audioslave’s ‘I Am the Highway‘)  in memory of some of the great music we have listened to on roads around the country.  These are the type of songs that form the backbone of The Story of Rock and Roll.  ‘You Make Me Want To Die‘ by The Pretty Reckless and ‘Little Secret‘ by Black Country Communion both stood out as did show opener ‘Cold Sweat‘ by Thin Lizzy.     

Artists featured:  Seether, Mötley Crüe, Motörhead, Deadline, Linkin Park, Van Halen, Ugly Kid Joe, The Burning, Queen, Def Leppard, Black Country Communion, UFO, The Ramones, Audioslave, The Temperance Movement, Pearl Jam, L.A. Cobra, The Fismits, Edguy, Buckcherry, Thin Lizzy, Marilyn Manson, Mick Jagger & Dave Stewart, Anti-Nowhere League, The Color Blew, Johnathan Martin, The Pretty Reckless, Whitesnake, Danko Jones, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Judas Priest, Bush, Iron Maiden, Warren Zevon, Leslie West


Episode 12 of Season 3 of The Story of Rock and Roll was fraught with trouble right out of the blocks.  It took place on a cold, wet, rainy night on 5 November 2020 and my microphone didn’t work for the first hour.  It was the devil’s job to figure this thing out and check and recheck all the sound settings.  In the end, there was no other option than to go off air and shut the whole system down, and start again.  Luckily the damned thing worked as it should after the reboot.  What we have here is a show that starts with 50 minutes of non-stop Rock and then like a phoenix rising from the ashes begins to take the form of a radio show after the re-boot.  I have edited out all the long silences where the mic wasn’t working so in theory you may even go “What is he moaning about?”…… well now you’ve got the back story. 

The purely musical first third of the show featured amongst others, Judas Priest, Kadavar, Ted Nugent, The Rolling Stones and then a chilled Tom Petty doing ‘Turn This Car Around’.  Arapaho’s ‘Dump Truck‘ marks the point where the system is rebooted and after that, I have a microphone and can talk my usual kak.  Highlights of the second part of the show for me were Jo’burg Metal Masters Sunken State featuring the drumming of one Pete Pistorius ex of The Uninvited with a track called ‘Merchants of Time’.  Another highlight was a Joe Cockers version of Leonard Cohen’s wonderful ‘First We Take Manhattan’. 

All in all, it was an extremely difficult show to deal with but, which turned out OK in the end.  South Africa was represented by Fokofpolisiekar, Aking, Sunken State, Arapaho & Dan Patlansky, Aussie by ACDC, and The Lazy’s who are fast becoming a TSORR staple, Metal by Sunken State, Kreator and Slayer and the old guard by Alice Cooper and the Rolling Stones.   Anyway job done, catch you next week.   

Artists featured:  The Rolling Stones, Fokofpolisiekar, Megadeth, Kadavar, Joe Cocker, Hell Fire, Rush, Santana, Kid Rock, My Chemical Romance, Stiff Little Fingers, ACDC, Dave Hause, Tom Petty, Sunken State, Last In Line, Thunder, Arapaho, Judas Priest, The Gaslight Anthem, Rory Gallagher, Black Veil Brides, Tin Machine, The Pretty Reckless, Ted Nugent, Hinder, Tesla, Halestorm, Pop Evil, Accept, Twisted Sister, Dan Patlansky, Slayer, Godsmack, Journey, Kreator, Therapy?, Aking and The Lazy’s

Six A.M

29 October 2020 at 7 pm was the date and time that Episode 11 of season 3 of The Story of Rock and Roll aired.   It was quite a show, unusually chatty and with only one little balls-up which I left in there in the interests of reality. Don’t adjust your set after Iced Earth’s ‘Burning Times‘ it just takes me 30 seconds to twig that the mic wasn’t on 🙂  The joys of live radio.  

It was a very lively show with plenty of people chatting on the Discord server and on Whatsapp.  We kicked off with ‘Majestic‘ the traditional Journey opener but instead of more Journey, we cracked on with Metallica and Dio.  I started the local stuff early with another track off Johnathan Martin’s amazing album Into The Nebulous Night.  Following up with Jack Hammer just made sense.  Punk happened in the form of The Stranglers and The Clash and there was plenty of classic metal and rock such as Iron maiden with ‘The Trooper‘ and Judas priest with ‘Hell Bent For Leather‘.

The highlight for me was Bruce Springsteen with ‘If I Was the Priest‘, as I said he’s not called The Boss for nothing.  We also learned how to pronounce Bonamassa and took a listen to a track off his new album called ‘Royal Tea‘.   All in all, it was good fun and we had a lot of laughs.  Oh P.S. if any of you eve read this I’d like to know because I am not sure if I am wasting my time 🙂

Artists featured:  Ozzy Osbourne, Journey, Metallica, Dio, The Cult, Social Distortion, Wolfmother, White Zombie, Johnathan Martin, Jack Hammer, Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, Audioslave, L.A. Guns, Bullet For My Valentine, the Clash, The Stranglers, Armored Saint, Joe Bonamassa, Blue Oyster Cult, Sixx A.M. Pearl Jam, Zakk Wylde, Bruce Springsteen, The Burning, Cold Chisel, Van Halen, Judas Priest. Jorn, Fokofpolisiekar, Kiss, Hanoi Rocks, the Black Crowes, Motörhead

Bruce Springsteen

Season 3 Episode 10 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show was broadcast on 23 October 2020 at 7 pm.  There was a quick recovery from a botched intro and we were off and running with Guns ‘n’ Roses’ controversial masterpiece ‘One in a Million’.  That was followed up with some Deep Purple and then, into the lesser-known with Fozzy and Catalano.  I reckon this was the most diverse TSORR ever aired, I even played The Smith’s for the first time ever, and I took flak on the Discord server for that J.  I made amends with the brand new Heathen called Empire of the Blind towards the end of the show. 

We took a listen to Bruce Springsteen’s new track ‘Ghosts’ for the second time in 3 weeks just because it is so good.  It’s definitely my song of the year, impossible to be in a bad mood when listening to that little bit of upliftment.  The Punk was taken care of by The Damned and The Exploited with a bit of Billy Bragg and The Boomtown Rats thrown in for good measure.  The Grunge part was really cool with ‘Put You Down’ off Alice in Chains’ debut album Facelift.  We followed with yet another track off Redux, The Brendon O’Brien remix of Pearl Jam’s masterpiece Ten.  A highlight for me was Temple of the Dog ‘s ‘Wooden JesusChris Cornell was amazing on that. 

We checked out the brand new Blue Öyster Cult which is great and the new Heathen and then we slapped in some Francois Van Coke and finished off with Kid Rocks’ Trucker Anthem.   I’d had a hell of a week as I mentioned a few times and I invented ‘Bungle Time and gave it a theme song, see if you can relate 🙂  Go to The Story of Rock and Roll on Facebook for any comments about that.   

Artists featured:  Kid Rock, Temple of the Dog, Joe Bonamassa, Thin Lizzy, The Killers, ACDC, Heathen, Catalano, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Francois Van Coke, Five Finger Death Punch, Buckcherry, Poison, Pearl Jam, The Raven Age, The Exploited, My Chemical Romance, Bruce Springsteen, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Damned, Blue Öyster Cult, The Gaslight Anthem, Fozzy, Autograph, Ozzy Osbourne, Chickenfoot, The Cruel Sea, The Smiths, Def Leppard, The Burning, Alice in Chains, The Boomtown Rats, Tom Petty, Deadline, Tesla, Van Halen, Billy Bragg, Skid Row, Deep Purple.   

Pearl Jam

Season 3 Episode 9 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show aired at 7 pm on 15 October 2020.  It had a rocky start so be warned, the show opens with Van Halen and Dreams because I am still sad about Eddie, it is followed By ACDC, and then on the 3rd tack it goes soft for about a minute DO NOT crank up the volume because it comes back to full volume as soon as I realise the levels we not right.  After that everything is fine.  Start-up blues we call it.  

We check out some Twisted Sister and some Volbeat and a couple of lesser-known bands like Austin Gold, Axel Rudi Pell, Bullets & Octane, and The Lazy’s.  The Lazy’s out of Aus are a great band, check them out.  I played another track off the Brendan O’Brien remix of Pearl Jam’s Ten and it sounds fantastic, check out the guitars in that.

The brand new EP from Fokofpolisiekar got an airing and it’s great.  The highlight of the show for me was an old track by No Friends of Harry called Make My Day, requested but a listener who said it makes him want to down a warm Black Label quart and attack your neighbours with an empty bottle.  I understood the moment I played it :-).  There was a lot of good stuff on the show so best you just listen to it, but remember not to adjust for the low volume in the beginning.

Artists featured:  Temple of the Dog, Hinder, The Rolling Stones, WASP, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Kiss, Axel Rudi Pell, Bullets & Octane, Volbeat, Mötley Crüe, Iron Maiden, Conil, The Uninvited, Marilyn Manson, Pearl Jam, Jerry Cantrel, ACDC, Great White, No Friends of Harry, The Cult, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Austin Gold, Megadeth, The Anti-Nowhere League, The Temperance Movement, Phil Campbell, The Lazy”s, Herman Frank, Fokofpolisiekar, Rammstein, John Cougar, Backyard Babies  & Jet

Eddie Van Halen

Season 3 Episode 8 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show aired at 7 pm on 8 October 2020.  It was a particularly special episode due to the sad death of Edward Van Halen on 6 October 2020.  Eddie was very special to me and to pretty much all my friends and acquaintances.  The show was dedicated to him but it wasn’t as much to showcase his work as to point out why Eddie was so special.  So, in the spirit of that, we kicked off with the traditional Dr Who intro and went straight into Eruption.     

As I said the idea was to celebrate Eddie and rock and roll and not to get fucking morbid so we had some Judas Priest and Accept and then hit the new tracks.  ACDC have a new release coming up and the first track ‘Shot in the Dark’ was released yesterday at 12h00 so we played that and then the brand new Bruce Springsteen track called ‘Ghosts’.  There was so much good stuff it’s hard to know where to start, we had lesser-known bands like Rhino Bucket, The Answer and The Horrible Crowes, we had South African music from The Fismits, The Black Cat Bones, Pilgrim South, Piet Botha & Valiant Swart.  We played a fair amount of blues with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, SA blues god Dan Patlansky and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s version of Voodoo Child

Punk was taken care of by The Professionals and Anti-Flag, Australia by Rose Tattoo, the heavy stuff by Sepultura.  Another notable mention is the Brendon O’Brien remix of Pearl Jam’s classic album Ten.  It simply called Ten (Redux) and it’s incredible, it just brings the guitars to life.  We’ll be playing everything off it in the next few weeks.  We ended off pretty much-saying cheers to Eddie with ‘Little Dreamer’ because that’s what he did, he turned a world of young guitar urchins into little dreamers and because of him so many people really got stuck into this instrument.  The show closed with the sobering sounds of Avenged Sevenfold with ‘Seize the Day’, Ozzy’s ‘Under the Graveyard’ and finally cheers to Ed the way he would have wanted it, he would have wanted us to ‘Dance The Night Away’.

 Artists featured:  Van Halen, Warrant, Piet Botha, Judas Priest, Accept, The Answer, Rhino Bucket, ACDC, Greta Van Fleet, The Michael Schenker Group, Dan Patlansky, Valiant Swart, Avenged Sevenfold, Faith No More, Q5, Seether, Pearl Jam, Peter Frampton, Anti-Flag, The Black Cat Bones, Alice In Chains, The Damned Things, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Y&T, Bruce Springsteen, The Horrible Crowes, Aerosmith, Guns ‘n’ Roses, The Fismits, Ozzy Osbourne, The Professionals, Sepultura, Pilgrim South, Rose Tattoo & Therapy?  


S3E7 of TSORR was recorded on Saturday 26 September and broadcasted on Thursday 1 Oct 2020.  The reason for the upfront recording was that I was away on a guitar clinic with guitarist extraordinaire Dan Patlansky when the show was scheduled to air and I needed to pre-record as a result.  This was an interesting process, like playing to an empty stadium.  I am not sure if you would pick it up without knowing.  To me, it felt a bit off but also a bit more relaxed because I didn’t have messages and comments to deal with.

The show had a fairly mellow start with some classic ACDC, Black Sabbath, and Def Leppard, we followed that with a bit of Coheed and Cambria and their track ‘Feathers‘ which has a very odd video you should check out on the blog page of The Story of Rock and Roll website.  We said cheers to September with CrashCarBurn and stayed local with Johnathan Martin of his Highway Infinity 1996 – 2016 album. Dog Detachments ‘The Last Laugh‘ was a highlight for me and then it was time to put the kids away while Metallica hammered out Antinowhere Leagues, filthy classic ‘So What?‘.  No question that Metallica do it better.  Patti Smith made a TSORR debut with ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger off her Easter album, nice to hear that again.

We hit some local SA metal with Deadline and Agro who both put out great albums in 2020 and prevented the year from being a total write-off.  Then we went bluesy with Rory Gallagher and Free and ballady with Keel.  There is something for everyone here.  Check it out.  

Artists featured:  Keel, Jimmy Barnes, Disturbed, Rory Gallagher, Newsted, Dog Detachment, Agro, The Wild Hearts, Static-X, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Deadline, The Cult, Alabama 3, Metallica, ACDC, Kiss, Jethro Tull, Def Leppard, Coheed & Cambria, Johnathan Martin, Jerry Cantrell, ZZ Top, Free, Rush, Tesla, Black Sabbath, Icon, Ghost, CrashCarBurn, Testament, Equator, Patti Smith, Alter Bridge, Warren Zevon & The Donna’s 

Season 3 Episode 6 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show aired from behind the bar at 7 pm on 24 September 2020 on Rebel Rock Radio.  It was Heritage Day in South Africa and so there were numerous celebrations of many cultural traditions going on around the country.  My heritage is rock and metal from around the world so it was a great opportunity to celebrate a couple of bands that fed directly into this heritage, bands like Judas Priest, Nazareth, Led Zeppelin, Queen, ACDC, Boston, Van Halen, and Ozzy Osbourne.  We also heard from two SA bands that were very much a part of growing up in SA, The Radio Rats with ‘ZX Dan‘, and ‘Stingray With Better The Devil You Know‘.

Technically this is the best show recorded since leaving Mix 93.8.  The microphone volume is finally at the right level and there were no glitches.  The show kicked off with ‘The Black Parade‘ by My Chemical Romance and a bit of Airbourne.  The punk portion of the show was covered by The Sex Pistols, the Damned, and The Clash and for once we didn’t have anything particularly heavy.  The highlight for me was playing ‘Ow, My Tiny Heart‘ by Don Babylon.  It was used briefly on the TV series Billions but it’s actually a 9-minute song which deserved an airing.  Kudos to Don for not bowing to pressure and shortening it for the sake of a killer chorus.  Thanks to everyone who tuned in and if you have any comments or questions find me on The Story of Rock and Roll Facebook page or on the website.  

Artists featured:  Foo Fighters, Nazareth, Airbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Junkyard, Ted Nugent, The Lazy’s, Van Halen, Boston, My Chemical Romance, Pirates of Radio, The Radio Rats, Fokofpolisiekar, ACDC, Stingray, Linkin Park, Gov’t Mule, Ozzy Osbourne, Firehouse, Queen, Hinder, Don Babylon, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, The Burning, Kid Rock, Black Bone Nation, Saxon, Buckcherry, Michael Schenker Group, Tony Carey, System of a Down, Junkyard, The Sex Pistols, Adrenaline Mob, Ryan Adams and The Clash.        


Season 3 Episode 5 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show took place at 7 pm on 17 Sept 2020.  Finally, the microphone quality is right and we are very close with the volume levels now.  The show kicked off with a track called ‘Hit The Ground Running’ off an EP by an Aussie band I saw in a pub in Perth around March 2010.  It was such a great little band and even though they are long ago broken up, it’s a real little gem and deserves airtime.  Next up we had Fastway, with ‘All Fired Up’ and then we got into the better-known bands, Motörhead, White Zombie, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, stuff like that.

 New releases included the brand new Marilyn Manson with the title track of his album We Are Chaos and another track from Seether’s latest album Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum called ‘Pride Before The Fall’.  We had Punk with the Damned and Stiff Little Fingers, we had some Pixies and we nailed the metal with Children of Bodom and vintage Metallica and Megadeth.  The grunge was ably handled by Alice in Chains and the Stone Temple pilots and Johnathan Martin and The Univited took care of South Africa.  We were a bit light on the local stuff this week so expect a double dose next week.  There was a little moment of self-indulgence where I said goodbye to little Libby a dearly loved family Italian Greyhound who left this earth on Monday.  Asking Alexandria said the words in ‘Dedication’ and Zakk Wylde played a moving solo in ‘The King’.  All in all one of the best episodes in a long time I believe, see for yourself.  

Artists featured:  Seether, Metallica, Tom Petty, Pixies, Fastrack, Five Finger Death Punch, Stiff Little Fingers, Zakk Wylde, The Uninvited, Marilyn Manson, Alice in Chains, Blackberry Smoke, Motörhead, U.D.O. Children of Bodom, Bruce Springsteen, Johnathan Martin, Sammy Hagar, Fastway, Megadeth, Krokus, Whitesnake, Foghat, Warrior Soul, The Rolling Stones, White Zombie, Sixx A.M., ACDC, Iron Maiden, Rose Tattoo, Slash’s Snakepit, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Asking Alexandria, The Beatles & the Damned.   

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Season 3 Episode 4 of TSORR went out live on Rebel Rock Radio at 7pm on 10 September 2020.  Technically it was the best yet of the Rebel Rock Radio shows,  other than the small issue of the system crashing in the middle of Bullet Holes by Bush.  You won’t get the 3 minutes gap the live listeners suffered through on the podcast though, that’s been fixed.  On the plus side the microphone quality is way better and now its just a bit more fine-tuning on the music to voice volume balance.  The show kicks off with Judas Priest’s ‘All Guns Blazing’ and they blazed pretty much for the rest of the night.  That was followed up in no particular order by some Motörhead, Clutch, and W.A.S.P.  We took a trip to Aussie with Cold Chisel and Rose Tattoo.  South Africa was represented by Dan Patlansky, L.A. Cobra, and The Black Cat Bones.  L.A. Cobra’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Pretoria’ was a lot of fun.     

It took a while to get to the heavy stuff but we finally took a listen to a track off L’ Enfant Sauvage by Gojira and then close to the end of the show we had Machine Head with A Nation on Fire which felt pretty apt right now.  There were lots of neat little pairings throughout the show; Black Star Riders with Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin with Greta Van Fleet & Slash with Alter Bridge.  I enjoyed taking in a blast from the SA past with ‘The Man in My Shoes’ by Stringray and Piet Botha always sounds fantastic with his vicious attack on the way things were in ‘Goeienag Generaal’.

There was plenty of support from listeners and Pages Pub in Benoni, hopefully, we’ll get more pubs around the world making Rebel Rock Radio their permanent Station.  The highlight of the show was realizing that exceeding the official TSORR timeslot and having the broadcast link drop at exactly 22h00 doesn’t mean the show has to stop and that podcast listeners can get a secret bonus track not heard on the live show.  Kid Rock pioneered the way with ‘Devil Without a Cause’.   

Artists featured:  The Black Cat Bones, Gojira, Mott the Hoople, Dan Patlansky, The Killers, Judas Priest, Tom Keifer, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crüe, Slash, Clutch, Alter Bridge, Black Star Riders, Cold Chisel, LA Guns, LA Cobra, Bush, Smashing Pumpkins, Twisted Sister, The Monks, Rose Tattoo, W.A.S.P., Ugly Kid Joe, Motörhead, Accept, Danko Jones, Dave Hause, Phil Rudd, Kid Rock, Bullet Boys, Thin Lizzy, Badlands, Piet Botha, Stingray, Greta Van Fleet, The Clash & Machine Head.

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Pearl Jam
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S3E3 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show went on air at 19h00 on 3 Sept 2020.  Due to some technical issues, the first 40 minutes of the recording was lost so if you didn’t hear it live you’ll never hear that unique bit of radio history.  The show is getting smother and it’s just the microphone quality and level that is messing me around now.  The music is great no problem with that side of things.  The chat line into the show was alive and busy all the way through until 10 pm.  Rebel Rock Radio is picking up steam fast.

We kicked off with Def Leppard ‘Action Not Words’ off Pyromania but you will hear it from The Pretty Reckless with their track ‘Heaven Knows’.  That led us to ‘Rock is Dead’ by Marilyn Manson and then we checked out everything from Kreator to Dire Straits. The fun part came late in the show where I played “two bands that everyone hates but no-one can tell me why” in the form of Nickelback and Hinder.  The results were amazing, actually everyone loves both bands and the only explanation for Nickelback hatred was that Chad Kroeger is a bit of a dick.  I enjoyed the Ratt and Bon Jovi back to back and the trip to Seattle to check out Nirvana and Pearl Jam was great.   The Audioslave vs. Rage Against the Machine also go a good discussion going.  On the SA music side I was a bit slack and we only got to Jack Hammer and The Burning, but I will fix that next week.

Artists featured:  Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Kreator, Judas Priest, Rage Against the Machine, Hinder, Dire Straits, Kiss, Motörhead, Against Me!, Jack Hammer, Wolfmother, Marilyn Manson, Ratt, The Burning, Nickelback, Lynryd Skynryd, Joe Bonamassa & Jimmy Barnes, Boston, Böhse Onkelz, Nirvana, Ratt, The Clash, The Pretty Reckless, Stiff Little Fingers, Audioslave.

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Heaven shall burn
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Season 3 Episode 2 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show was broadcasted live on Rebel Rock Radio between 7 and 10 pm on Thursday 27 August 2020.  It took place from behind the bar in Planet Rock and it was one of the most enjoyable shows I have done in ages.  The music was really great we had everything from Slayer to Lita Ford.  Most of the technical problems have been resolved and the odd mistake is rooted in stupidity more than anything else.  For example, I have sorted out the monitors and can listen to the show without the headphones but there is a delay so when the song ends on the monitors its already been over for a few seconds in the headphones, you may hear one or two of those lapses, but I the words of the Who I “Won’t get fooled again”.   

The show kicked off with Iron Maiden and a Live version of ‘The Number of The Beast‘, and the front row was filled out by ACDC and Metallica with ‘The Thing That Should Not Be‘.  Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown sounded particularly cool as did Dino Jelusic’s outfit Animal Drive.  The new Bush album got another airing with a track called ‘Send in the Clowns’ which reminded me of parliament.  Oasis made a welcome return as did Alice in Chains with ‘Rain When I Die‘.  It was also lekker to catch ZZ Top’s ‘Big Shiny Nine‘. 

I am still not happy with the microphone and I’ll have to do a bit more work, it’s better but not right.  As I said last week, I suspect you are here for the music not to hear me talk kak and the music sounds great so it’s all good.  The highlight of the show for me was Heaven Shall Burn with their epic dual-language masterpiece Expatriate.  I advised pulling up the lyrics before I played it, the German part, in particular, is powerful as Thanos.  Other than that we had Johnathan Martin, The Uninvited and The Springbok Nude Girls representing South Africa, Scorpions for Germany, Oasis for the UK and plenty of USA in the form of Mötley Crüe & Megadeth.  There is so much here, a 3-hour show is fantastic.  The big trick was to get the ending right because the show kicks out at exactly 10 pm and it will cut off even the lord’s prayer.  I nailed that sucker and you get the full song.   

Artists featured:  Mötley Crüe, Halestorm, Scorpions, Manowar, Bruce Springsteen, Animal Drive, The Uninvited, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Tom Petty, Johnathan Martin, Soundgarden, Adrenaline Mob, Megadeth, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, ACDC, U.D.O., Sebastian Bach, The Gaslight Anthem, My Chemical Romance, Lita Ford, Avenged Sevenfold, ZZ Top, Queensrÿche, Slayer, Oasis, Cinderella, Bush, Trouble, Wonderboom, Springbok Nude Girls, Blink 182, Heaven Shall Burn, Texas Hippie Coalition, We Are Harlot, Joe Jackson, Alice in Chains, Neil Young

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Its a brand new Season, welcome to Season 3 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show.  It marks the brand new chapter where I left the radio station and together with 3 other presenters from Mix FM started our very own Rebel Rock Radio.  Its a streaming site and TSORR is now exclusive to Rebel Rock Radio every Thursday from 7 pm until 10 pm.  

There are obvious advantages here, firstly you get an extra hour, secondly I am part of a really good team, thirdly I have pretty much no restrictions on what I say or play.  My commitment is to bring you the best music in the world and to fly the rock and metal flag until the day I die.

The show starts in the middle of Judas Priest with Saints in Hell, there is no Dr Who intro and the opening track Swamp Devil by Circus of Power didn’t make the recording.  It’s done from home with a brand new set-up including new headphones and mic.  The mic is still not right but its close now, bear with me, you are here for the music anyway I am sure.  Don’t adjust your set when there are one or two minor silences while I adjust to the new desk.  

I can’t control the end of the show, if I finish early its silence if I run over it cuts me at 10 sharp.  Apologies to The Rolling Stones who were the first victims of that.  There was a lot of good stuff on the show Black Sabbath back to back with Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen back to back with Chickenfoot, lots of that sort of thing.  We had Seether and Mott the Hoople, some Death Angel and some Ugly Kid Joe.  Anyway check it out, it marks the beginning of an exciting time.  System of a Down with Violent Pornograpy was another good one to hear.  

Artists featured:  Mott The Hoople, Seether, Death Angel, Judas Priest, Hell Yeah, Ozzy Osbourne, Sheryl Crow, Charlie Sexton, Skid Row, Desolation Angel, Leslie West, Dirty Honey, The Stranglers, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Black Sabbath, Pirates of Radio, Foo Fighters, Red Dragon Cartel, Fokofpolisiekar, The Offspring, The Wildhearts, Van Halen, Palaye Royale, Cold Chisel, Stiff Little Fingers, Dirty Shirley, The Defiants, Government Car, Deadline, Chickenfoot, Damn Yankees, Anti-Flag, System of a Down, Desolation Angels, The Gaslight Anthem, Ugly Kid Joe, The Rolling Stones