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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 Mellencamp, Jack Hammer, Papa Roach, Soundgarden, Paul Stanley, Palaye Royale, Myles Kennedy, The Pretty Reckless, Megadeth, Mastodon, Ozzy Osbourne

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.

Black Sabbath

Episode 22 of season 4 was recorded at 7 pm on 3 June 2021.  It did not air due to the collapsing infrastructure in South Africa.  A continuous spate of load shedding, almost 12 hours in my area, in the last 24 hours has led to the cell phone tower batteries running down and thus no internet to send out the show.  Fortunately, the podcast is here to make sure that you get your weekly dose of music that matters.

The show kicked off with Axel Rudi Pell and a track called ‘Gunfire‘.  We followed with Black Sabbath and  ‘Tomorrow’s Dream‘ which at the moment is looking like a nightmare.  It is very easy to go off on a tirade about this so I will resist but just know that as relaxed as the show may sound I am in a constant war with wifi throughout.  I even set up a whole separate router system during the show which didn’t work either.

I played Beatallica which is a very odd mash-up of The Beatles and Metallica, it sounds ridiculous I know but just listen to it, the guy has Hetfield down to a T.  I played another Sinner track off There Will  Be Execution, really enjoying the band, I paid tribute to the amazing Francois Van Coke and celebrated his fantastic victory over rugby star Derick Hougaard last Saturday.  Rock gave rugby a lekker klap, we took a listen to Fokofpolisiekar with ‘Tygerberg Vliegtuig‘ to celebrate.  Then it was time for some UK punk in the form of the Sex Pistols with ‘Holidays in the Sun‘ and The Clash.  Another notable mention was that it’s 10 years to the day that I was in Germany for Rock Im Park.  We took a listen to Avenged Sevenfold and Bring Me The Horizon to mark that momentous event.

It’s 2 years since Piet Botha passed and I played ‘Die Gemmerbroodman‘ and told you a little bit about who I had been told that song is about.  Incidentally on my iTunes copy of Die Mamba Piet Botha is called ‘Pie Botha’ so if you are living in another country and have the album, his name was Piet……..not Pie.  I played the brand new Buckcherry called ‘Hellbound‘ and I went on yet another big gushy rave about Sunken State.  It has been a long time since I have been as excited about a band as I am with SA’s own Sunken State.  The album gets released on 11 June.   We wound up with The Parlotones and ‘Disappear Without a Trace‘  because that is how the future in SA feels right now and we said happy birthday to Charlie Watts by playing ‘Street Fighting Man‘ and closed out by continuing the love affair with Brody Dalle and The Distillers with a track called ‘Seneca Falls‘.  Adios amoebas, check you next week.

Artists featured:  Axel Rudi-Pell, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, Bush, Keel, Seether, Sinner, Ratt, The Winery Dogs, 12th Avenue, Rammstein, Type O Negative, ACDC, Aerosmith, Beatallica, Machine Head, The Band, Matthew Goode Band, Fokofpolisiekar, Sex Pistols, the Clash, Piet Botha, ZZ Top, Avenged Sevenfold, Bring Me the Horizon, Hollywood Vampires, Buckcherry, Mark Morton, Greta Van Fleet, Halford, Iron Maiden, Sunken State, The Parlotones, The Rolling Stones, the Distillers.


Episode 21 of Season 4 kicked off on Rebel Rock Radio at 7 pm on 27 May 2021.  We started with Yngwie Malmsteen and Jeff Scott Soto‘s wonderful cover of ‘Magical Mystery Tour‘ off Butchering the Beatles.  It’s probably one of the best ways you can possibly start a radio show.  From there it was Five Finger Death Punch, and then a detour down ‘Copperhead Road‘ with Steve Earle and some Dire Straits before we unwittingly ended up in a sort of Aliens theme for a few songs courtesy of Journey, Blink 182, and The Misfits.  The back-to-back Iron Maiden and Judas Priest with ‘Blood Red Skies‘ bought us back to earth.

The Doors with ‘Riders on the Storm‘ really went down well, it’s such an incredible song, or as one listener put it “for my soul”.  SA bands included Mark Haze, Wonderboom, Arapaho, The Color Blew, and near the end, what I consider to be the best metal band in the country, Sunken State with a new track called ‘ Separation Has Begun‘.  Mark my words this band is going to be huge as far as metal bands can be huge in today’s world.

Highlights for me were listening to The Mayfield Four with ‘Summergirl‘ and around 4 min in where Myles Kennedy just takes his vocals to a new level, absolutely incredible.  Whitesnake with ‘Still of the Night‘ sounded amazing and Arch Enemy with Alissa White-Gluz on vocals and Michael Amott on guitar rounded out the highlights with ‘You Will Know My Name‘ off War Eternal.

Artists featured:  Yngwie Malmsteen, Dangerous Toys, UFO, Slash, Five Finger Death Punch, Steve Earle, Dire Straits, Anthrax, Journey, Blink 182, Ramones, The Misfits, Whitesnake, Skid Row, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Rammstein, Metallica, Shinedown, Mark Haze, Wonderboom, Arapaho, The Doors, LA Rats, Arch Enemy, Megadeth, W.A.S.P., Thin Lizzy, Sinner, The Mayfield Four, The Pretty Reckless, Temple of the Dog, Biters, Van Halen, Sunken State, Venom, The Color Blew

Billy Idol-with-steve-stevens

Episode 20 of Season 4 aired at 7 pm on Rebel  Rock Radio on 20 May 2021.  We kicked it off in grand style with Danko Jones and a track called ‘Party‘.  Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Scary Little Green Men‘ sounded great and it’s amazing how well Uriah Heep‘s ‘Look At Yourself‘ stands up  50 years later.  One of my favorite parts of the show was Queensrÿche’s ‘The Thin Line‘ off Empire which is an absolute masterpiece of an album followed by Coheed & Cambia with a track called ‘The Dark Sentencer‘.  I did take the opportunity to give you some suggestions about what to do when it comes to Coheed and Cambria, you should do that :-).

Punk from The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and Anti-Flag, Jimmy Barnes & ACDC from Australia, and Rabbitt, Arno Carstens, L.A. Cobra, and the Fismits from SA.   Ministry took care of the unusual with their cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay‘.  The new stuff came from Thunder with a cracker of a track called ‘Last one Out, Turn Off The Lights‘ off their new album called All the Right Noise.  It’s really good, Danny Bowes and Luke Morley on top form.  I figure that the track is about Brexit but that’s just my opinion.

The back end of the show went a bit morbid with songs about death courtesy of Avenged Sevenfold, Soundgarden, and The Pretty Reckless with ‘Harley Darling‘ and then it went surprisingly mellow with  Billy Idols ‘ Kings and Queens of the Underground‘.  Zakk Wylde’s Found a Friend was goose bumping to the extreme and we finished off with Lou Reed and a band called The Fismits.  The Fismits is Rebel Rocks Radio’s very own Mark Biagio‘s outfit, he has done the guitar, vocals, and songwriting and this track called ‘Questions’ is as good as anything anyone has released ever.

Artists featured:  Danko Jones, Cinderella, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Uriah Heep, Queensrÿche, Coheed & Cambria, Jimmy Barnes, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Ministry, My Chemical Romance, Foo Fighters, Guns ‘n’ Roses, ACDC, Thunder, Q5, Rabbitt, Arno Carstens, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Anti-Flag, Greta Van Fleet, Badlands, Avenged Sevenfold, Soundgarden, The Pretty Reckless, Billy Idol, Great White, L.A. Cobra, Porcupine Tree, Gojira, Pride & Glory, The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, The Fismits

The Monks

Episode 19 of Season 4 aired on Rebel Rock Radio at 19h00 on 13 May 2021.  Kicking off with Boston is always an excellent idea, there is something about that debut album that just makes everything alright.  We took a listen to track No 2 ‘Peace of Mind‘.  next up was Jetboy and then we had a reminder of just how great Metallica are with their cover of Budgie’s 1973 classic ‘Breadfan‘.

The highlight of the show was giving airtime to the brand new track from KK Downing.  As you should know KK left Judas Priest many years ago but seemed to have sore balls about not being invited back.  He has now started KK’s Priest and pulled in ex-Priest frontman Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens.  To be honest, it is a genius move, Ripper is one of the only guys who could pull this off.  The thing here is that KK will get a ton of hate because it is totally a Priest rip off and people will say he is ripping off something that he actually started and was a huge part of for 41 years. Here is my take, listen to the track ‘Hellfire Thunderbolt‘ and just rejoice that we have a new source of the music we love.  There can never be too many bands in the world making this style of music in my view.  We followed up with the mighty Judas Priest just to calibrate the world.  KK has done a great thing but it is not Judas Priest.

Other than that we discussed the passing of Tawny Kitaen and did a little tribute to the girl that helped Whitesnake become MTV megastars and wrecked David Coverdale’s life :-).  Van Halen’s ‘Drop Dead Legs‘ was a part of that tribute.  We heard a bit more from Gojira, the new album Fortitude, is amazing.  Kid Rock always sounds good, his track ‘Po-Dunk‘ hit the spot as did Cold Chisel with ‘Flame Trees‘.  Anyway, check it all out there is plenty to get your teeth into.  See ya next week.

Artists featured:  Boston, Jetboy, Aerosmith, Metallica, Bush, Green Day, Scorpions, Red Dragon Cartel, Leslie West, Jimi Hendrix, Black Star Riders, Black Bone Nation, Type O Negative, The Monks, The Boomtown Rats, Motörhead, Last In Line, KK’s priest, Judas Priest, Theory of a Deadman, L.A. Guns, Nirvana, Dogs D’Amour, Ugly Kid Joe, Cold Chisel, The Screaming Jets, Kid Rock, White Zombie, Ruff Majik, Buckcherry, Whitesnake, Van Halen, Gojira, Volbeat, Halestorm, Little Steven, Seasick Steve


Episode 18 of Season 4 happened at 19h00 on 7 May 2021, it is hard to believe it is May already, the year is flying by.  It was a smooth running rock ‘n’ rolling bit of perfection, starting with W.A.S.P’s ‘I’m Alive‘ off Inside The Electric Circus.  Other heavyweights we listened to were ACDC with ‘Sin City‘, one of their best with Bon Scott at his finest, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Motörhead, and Iron Maiden.

The highlight of the show for me was Dan Patlansky with ‘ My Dear Boy‘ off his most recent album Perfection Kills.   I pointed out that Dan is not only one of the best blues guitarists in the world, an incredible teacher and all-round decent human being but also has the best guitar tone around.  The track demonstrated that as did the next song ‘Couldn’t Stand the Weather ‘ by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Punk was covered by the Sex Pistols and the UK Subs and the new stuff came from Thunder, Alice Cooper, and Greta Van Fleet.  The Thunder album was released this week and is called All The Right Noises, it is very strong.  Other notable mentions were the Gojira track called ‘Born For One Thing‘ off Fortitude.  It is a monster of an album, the drumming is amazing, its going to be Best Metal Album of the year in all the Metal publications I reckon.  More form that next week.

Artists featured:  W.A.S.P., Cinderella, The Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow, Rory Gallagher, Murderdolls, Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Kris Barras Band, Thunder, ACDC, Rival Sons, Greta Van Fleet, Sex Pistols, UK Subs, Anti-Flag, Jerry Cantrell, Mammoth WVH, Alice Cooper, Gojira, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Red Dragon Cartel, Skid Row, Richie Sambora, Dan Patlansky, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Metallica, Pink Floyd, The Horrible Crowes, Hellyeah, Motörhead, Adrenaline Mob, Zakk Wylde, Tool, Linkin Park, Bush


Episode 17 of season 4 was recorded while I was away on a Guitar Weekend in Clarens with Dan Patlansky.  there are quite a few references to Dan and to the band I jam with, the amazing Bunk Girls Motorcycle Club as a result.  There wasn’t a lot of time for getting things to match up and flow so this show is pretty rough and ready.  It does of course have the sort of tracks you would expect from TSORR. 

We started with Korn, which is something different, it just had the right energy.   There was quite a bit of ‘80s metal, Tesla, Slaughter, Y&T, Tokyo Blade, and even Stryper, remember them?  To hell With The Devil  was the top-selling Christian Metal album for about 15 years.  We took a listen to the title track.  We had the usual fare, ACDC, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Airbourne, Deep Purple, that sort of thing but we also checked out Anti-Nowhere League, The Wildhearts, and Paradox.  Pantera and Parkway Drive took care of the heavy.  

SA stuff courtesy of Dan Patlansky, Government Car and 12th Avenue and new stuff courtesy of Greta Van Fleet, Alice Cooper and The Offspring.  

Artists featured:  Korn, Y&T, The Cult, Bullets & Octane, Adrenaline Mob, The Lazys, Airbourne, Deep Purple, Guns ‘n’ Roses, ACDC, Crawl, Paradox, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, ZZ Top, Alice in Chains, My Chemical Romance, Coheed & Cambria, Yngwie Malmsteen, Greta Van Fleet, Alice Cooper, The Offspring, The Wildhearts, Anti-Nowhere League, Stryper, Tokyo Blade, Pop Evil, Kiss, 12th Avenue, Government Car, Pantera, Parkway Drive, Dave Hause, Tesla, Hanoi Rocks, Slaughter, Dan Patlansky, Dire Straits, Nickelback


Episode 16 of season 4 started a bit differently as I was testing out the auto DJ function and instead of starting up the theme song for TSORR, it played Whitesnake.  Normality was resumed quickly and we sped through some Black Sabbath and ACDC.  I pointed out that ‘Neon Knights‘ off Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell is the song responsible for the world’s greatest ever collective sigh.

I am still deeply under the spell of the book Nothin’ But a Good Time, the story of 80’s hair metal so we checked out Girl and L.A. Guns.  We took a listen to Bob Dylan’s live version of ‘All Along The Watchtower‘ as promised last week.  The new stuff included more Smith / Kotzen and Greta Van Fleet off their brand new album The Battle at Garden’s Gate.  I am raving about the tracks I have heard off the soon-to-be-released Myles Kennedy album, the track we played, ‘Get Along‘ is superb. 

Other than that it was pretty much par for the course, The Burning and L.A. Cobra for South Africa, James Reyne, ACDC, and Jet for Aussie, Kreator and In Flames for metal and The Distillers and Stiff Little Fingers for punk.  A highlight for me was listening to ‘Dreamer Deceiver‘, Judas Priests’ masterpiece off Sad Wings of Destiny, it is a reminder once again of just how good Rob Halford is.   

Artists featured:  Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, ACDC, Ministry, Scorpions, Girl, L.A. Guns, Greta Van Fleet, The Dead Daisies, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Kreator, Gorky Park, Ozzy Osbourne, Stiff Little Fingers, The Distillers, Pink Floyd, Smith / Kotzen, Jet, James Reyne, Myles Kennedy, Twisted Sister, Probot, Dokken, The Burning, L.A. Cobra, Iron Maiden, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Accept, Jetboy, Great White, Hinder, Judas Priest, Todd La Torre, In Flames, Kiss.  

Rock Goddess

S4E15 aired at 7 pm on 15 April and went without a hitch.  The show kicked off with Rainbow off 1982’s Straight Between the Eyes.  We spent some time in the ’70s with Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd before checking out the LA metal scene circa 1980.  Check out the book Nothing But a Good Time by Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock for the full story of how all these wonderful bands that gave us so much good music came to be.  We took a listen to Skid Row, W.A.S.P., Tesla, Great White, and Quiet Riot, the band that kicked the door down and was the catalyst for this massive explosion in good times rock and roll.

We got into the South African stuff early with AKing and Johnathan Martin and then we took a short detour into the New Wave world of Joe Jackson’s masterpiece Look Sharp!  The pace picked up with Judas Priest, Circus of Power, Motörhead, Led Zeppelin, and Venom.  The Venom was particularly good, we heard ‘The Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll‘ off their 2015 release From The Very Depths.

The final few tracks featured some amazing acoustic guitar from Lynyrd Skynyrd and ‘The Last Rebel‘ and then a true blue classic protest song called ‘The Great American Novel‘.  It’s an amazing lyric from his 1972 album called Only Visiting This Planet.   I tell you what, if he was pissed off back in ’72 he must be apoplectic by now.

Artists featured:  Rainbow, Ace Frehley, Def Leppard, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Bonamassa, Blackstone Cherry, AKing, Johnathan Martin, Pink Floyd, My Chemical Romance, Skid Row, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., Great White, Joe Jackson, The White Stripes, ACDC, John Mellencamp, Thin Lizzy, Rock Goddess, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Seether, The Pretty Reckless, Saraya, Judas Priest, Blaze BaileySmith / Kotzen, Circus of Power, Motörhead, Led Zeppelin, Venom, Tesla, Black Sabbath, Jon Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Larry Norman, The Distillers

Sixx AM

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 14 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show.  The show went live at 19h00 on 8 April 2021.  We started with The Answer and a lame joke and ended with Mind Assault, a ridiculously good SA Metal outfit whose new album The Cult of Conflict is very worthwhile checking out.  In between that we heard some really great blues courtesy of Gary Moore, Dan Patlansky, and Roy Buchanan before switching to a healthy dose of 80’s Metal from Skid Row, Night Ranger and Ratt.  I am currently reading Nothing But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of ’80s Hard Rock by Tom Beaujour & Richard Bienstock so, you can expect plenty more 80’s metal over the next couple of weeks.  

We checked out Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, as we always do and there is also some ACDC, Metallica, Thin Lizzy, and Black Sabbath buried in here.  We dumbed down for Bloodhound Gang’s ‘ Ballad of Chasey Lain‘ and  Danko Jones and then slowed down for a while with ‘Plaza‘  by Cold Chisel, Ian Moss demonstrating once again what a brilliant guitarist he is.  We stayed slow for a ballad by LA Guns and then went to SA’s finest in the form of Johnathan Martin with ‘Highway to the Sun‘.  As always it was a jol, hope you enjoy it.  

Artists featured:  The Answer, the Four Horsemen, Thin Lizzy, Live, Gary Moore, Karen Zoid feat. Dan Patlansky, Black Sabbath, Axel Rudi Pell, Roy Buchanan, Thunder, Ratt, Night Ranger, Skid Row, Bloodhound Gang, Billy Joe Armstrong, Slipknot, Probot, ACDC, Nazareth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ruff Majik, Danko Jones, Sixx AM, Mötley Crüe, Stiff Little Fingers, The Smiths, Foo Fighters, Smith / Kotzen, Greta Van Fleet, Cold Chisel, LA Guns, Johnathan Martin, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mr Big, Kiss, ZZ Top, Metallica, Mind Assault


Episode 13 did prove to be unlucky but it all got sorted out.  The show was scheduled to T-off at 7 pm on 1 April 2021 but forces conspired against the gods of rock in a technological April Fools on me.  Due to a scheduled system update, a key part of the software wasn’t there to let TSORR connect to Rebel Rock Radio.  I had to reboot everything and start again.  We got going at about 19h12 so the show has two endings, one to say cheers to actual live listenership and another to say cheers to you, awesome podcast people.

The show itself was very upbeat and very much a party theme going on.  We started with Boston and their track ‘Party‘  off Don’t Look Back, then we had ‘ Party Like Tomorrow is the End of The World‘  probably the only clean Steel Panther track ever recorded.  It’s a long weekend so personally, I was really looking forward to the fact that tomorrow was a holiday and it made the show a lot of fun.  It’s mostly upbeat and pretty punky actually, The new stuff Smith /Kotzen, Ricky Warwick, and Mammoth WVH is all spectacular and especially the Smith Kotzen album is well worth your money, check them out.  There was a nice quiet bit with Roan Ash and a song about his father and fathers in general, many of us are fortunate enough to have or have had fathers like this, tune into the words, it’s a very special song from an amazingly talented songwriter with a golden voice.  

Artists featured:  Boston, Steel Panther, Bernie Tormè, ACDC, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Dave Hause, Kid Rock, Rage Against the Machine, Ricky Warwick, Smith / Kotzen, The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers, Dead Kennedys, Guns ‘n’  Roses, John Mellencamp, Danko Jones, The Pretty reckless, Amanda Palmer, Hatebreed, W.A.S.P., System of a Down, Rammstein, James Reyne, Jimmy Barnes, Mammoth WVH, Twisted Sister, Roan Ash, Valiant Swart, Halford, Scorpions, Fleetwood Mac, Gov’t Mule, The Distillers, Iggy & the Stooges, Megadeth, Accept, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson 

Alice Cooper

Fun and games with this episode, it went out live on 25 March 2021 at 19h00.  Straight out the blocks, there were problems with the station stream, I had no music playing as I prepared to patch into the schedule.  This led to a lot of unnecessary fault finding on my side.  Once the show started it came through but, on my intro, the microphone that was fine before the show suddenly didn’t work.  Fortunately, I realised that the iRig has a battery and that sorted out the problem.  We kicked off with Leslie West and ‘Nothing’s Changed‘ off his wonderful Unusual Suspects album.    Next up Ace Frehley with Cold Gin and Black Sabbath with Snowblind,  tales of the excesses of old school rockstars ;-).

There is a lot of new stuff out so we caught up with some of it, more of Alice Cooper’s latest Detroit Stories, Walking Papers’  The Light Below, and a track off the brand new Smith / Kotzen album which gets released about 8 hours after this show.  The highlight for me was the new Myles Kennedy track, album to be released in May, the pre-release single ‘Ides of March‘ is amazing, guitar work all over it, I think Myles is going to deliver an amazing album here.  

The show had a number of couplings two tracks about crying, two tracks by guys called Tom, two tracks called Hold On, the usual things we do.  I enjoyed the Punk part of the show, good to hear the Jam with Going Underground and a first time for Gary Numan.  As usual, we ran out of time.  

Artists featured:  Leslie West, Ace Frehley, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Motörhead, Michael Monroe, Chickenfoot, Jimmy Barnes, Alice Cooper, Texas Hippie Coalition, Audioslave, Seether, The Jam, Gary Numan, Sex Pistols, Warrior Soul, Machine Head, Guns ‘n’  Roses, Halestorm, Danko Jones, Live, 12th Avenue, The Color Blew, Myles Kennedy, Smith / Kotzen, Judas Priest. Walking Papers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Tom Keifer, Kid Rock, Zakk Wylde, Dan Patlansky, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Badlands, Avenged Sevenfold.       


Episode 11 of season 4 aired on 18 March 2021 amidst national load shedding and general chaos from power outages.  It had an effect on the show with people having to drop out continually.  The broadcast itself wasn’t affected but it’s a real fucking pain.  

We had a mellow start for a change with Rainbow and ‘ Catch the Rainbow‘ and then followed with The Wizard, the 1972 classic from Uriah Heep.  After that, it got a bit rowdier with Q5 and Slash.  It was great to hear Tank and Savage, the two invoking some good early ’80’s NWOBHM memories.  We paid tribute to Brisbane as Brissie has overtaken everyone as the greatest supporters of TSORR.   I am deeply grateful for the support.  In deference, we played Airbourne and The Screaming Jets and then later we some Jimmy Barnes and The Lazy’s.  

From there we went all over the place from The Police to Kreator, Marianne Faithful to W.A.S.P, and then some SA rarities in the form of Kobus! and Blue Scream.  There was plenty of punk with Anti-Flags ‘Wake Up!’ and The Distillers with L.A. Girl, which makes it about 4 weeks in a row of the wonderful Brody Dalle.  There was a nice little bit of nostalgia where we took in 3 tracks from albums released in 2006, I had good memories of MTV days at between 4 and 6 in the morning.   The highlight for me was Rammstein with ‘Mehr‘ and Alice Cooper’s new track ‘Hanging By a Thread‘, I enjoyed the Little Steven track as well. 

Artists featured:  Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Q5, Kiss, Volbeat, Slash, Tank, Savage, Rammstein, Airbourne, The Screaming Jets, The Police, Marianne Faithful, Probot, Kreator, The Pretty Reckless, Lita Ford, Alice Cooper, Alice in Chains, Blue Scream, Kobus!, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, Billy Talent, Anti-Flag, The Distillers, UK Subs, Guns ‘n’  Roses, We Are Harlot, Jimmy Barnes, The Lazy’s, W.A.S.P., Warrant, The Rolling Stones, Arch Enemy, Clutch, Little Steven, Tom Waits

Black Sabbath

S4E10 aired at 7 pm on 11 March 2021.  The show kicked off with Joe Bonamassa and a track called Bridge To Better Days which is something we should all be trying to build.   Breakdown by G ‘n’ R really went down well, one of those songs you really feel like listening to and it doesn’t disappoint.

There was plenty to get your teeth into, punk from UK Subs, Ramones and the Clash, classics from ACDC, Megadeth and Black Sabbath, metal from Parkway Drive, Iced Earth and Pantera, and South African stuff from LA Cobra, Deadline, Rasskopleef! and The Uninvited.  Raaskopleef! was a first not only for TSORR but for radio in general.  It’s a sort of cult band formed in Wellington in the Western Cape and this particular track called Elektrisiteit is a translation of Hunter S. Thompson‘s essay ‘ Electricity‘ .   Hearing Bon Jovi’s ‘You Give Love a Bad Name‘ again was great, it has been ages, great guitar work from Richie Sambora, no wonder they got so huge.  Other than that, a nice melancholy bit in the middle featuring Powderfinger, Hinder, Linkin Park, and Don Henley, and then we smashed it all up with ‘Crazy Bitch‘ by Buckcherry, good times indeed.  

Artists featured:  Joe Bonamassa, ACDC, Y&T, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Disturbed, The Bloodhound Gang, Parkway Drive, Warren Haynes, Nirvana, Iced Earth, Megadeth, Bon Jovi, Tesla, The Clash, Ramones, UK Subs, Whitesnake, Desperado, LA Cobra, Deadline, Powderfinger, Hinder, Linkin Park, Don Henley, Buckcherry, The Dead Daisies, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Raaskopleef!, The Distillers, Black Sabbath, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pantera, The Uninvited

Ricky Warwick

Quick and easy, episode 9 went out between 7 and 10 pm on 4 March 2021.  it was pretty uneventful other than near the end when the wifi failed and I had to rest everything.  It only affected the live audience and the podcast is fine, it’s just an irritation that breaks the all-important rhythm.  I kicked off with Mr Big off their debut album and a track called ‘ Merciless‘, which showcases the amazing interaction between Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan.  Next up two Rick Rubin productions 25 years apart, ZZ Top with ” I Don’t Want To Lose, Lose You‘  and The Cult with ‘ King Contrary Man.  A highlight of the first third of the show was revisiting a band out of San Fransico called Hell Fire.  

I played a couple of new tracks from Ricky Warwick, vocalist from the Black Star Riders, and Todd La Torre, vocalist from Queensrÿche. Both albums are very strong, it’s been a good year for new releases so far.  Local stuff included Jasper Dan, The Burning & Piet Botha.  Punk was taken care of by The Distillers and Sex Pistols.  And then we had the usual classics by W.A.S.P., ACDC, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, The Rolling Stones, and Motörhead.  All in all a good mix of old, new, hard and soft, you should find something you dig amongst this lot.

Artists featured:  Mr Big, Scorpions, ZZ Top, The Cult, Wolfmother, Dio, Hell Fire, Jasper Dan, The Burning, Ricky Warwick, Todd La Torre, David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Marilyn Manson, Avenged Sevenfold, Halestorm, Machine Head, ACDC, Aerosmith, Circus of Power, Motörhead, Sex Pistols, The Distillers, White Zombie, Buckcherry, Walking Papers, Iron Maiden, Kiss, W.A.S.P., Bulletboys, Van Halen, The Pretty Reckless, Metallica, Mercyful fate, Piet Botha, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, the Darkness.  

The Clash

Episode 8 of Season 4 aired at 7 pm on 25 Feb 2021.  I am very thankful to see the back of February, to be honest, it’s been a really crap month.  I was on my last 24 hours of Covid quarantine and I find this shit really affects my mood.  This show was a good bit of medicine for anyone who is feeling a bit down.  We got straight into it with System of A Down and a wonderful cover of Sabbath’s Snowblind‘ and no it’s not about the weather.  Next up we got into some ACDC and worked our way through some good up-tempo rock.  Ivan Ivankovic’s demonstrated once again what a great guitarist he is,  The Dead Daisies took care of some new stuff, and then we went all the way back to ’73 for a dose of The Rolling Stones off Goats Head Soup.  

We took in some metal nice and early in the form of Parkway Drive and let The Clash and The Stranglers do the UK Punk honours.  Stevie Ray Vaughan made a rare appearance with ‘Cold Shot‘and it was fitting to follow Stevie with one of the only guys who can play Stevie like Stevie, South Africa’s own Dan Patlansky.  

I felt the need to stick the knife into Coca-Cola after this week’s judgemental piece of wokeness and dedicated Fokofpolisiekars ‘Vernietig Jouself‘ to them.  Other than that it was business as usual, with a nice little 3-play near the end featuring  Johnny Thunders, Asylum Kids & Matthew Good Band.  

Artists featured:  System of a Down, Brides of Destruction, ACDC, Ivan Ivankovic, The Dead Daisies, The Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, Parkway Drive, The Clash, The Stranglers, Black Sabbath, Royal Blood, Megadeth, Dio, Accept, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dan Patlansky, The Gaslight Anthem, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Killswitch Engage, Those Damn Crows, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Van Halen, Airbourne, Austin Gold, Gov’t Mule, Pearl Jam, Fokofpolisiekar, Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, The Pretty Reckless, Johnny Thunders, Asylum Kids, Matthew Good Band, Arch Enemy, Michael Schenker Group, Live.  


Episode 7 of Season 4 aired at 7 pm on 18 February 2021.  It kicked off with Badlands and ‘High Wire‘ off their stunning debut album released in 1989,  Jake E. Lee on guitar, and what an amazing job he did.  He should possibly rethink his Red Dragon Cartel and establish a solid blues-rock outfit like Badlands again.  Just my view :-).  We followed that with Whitesnake, Doug Aldrich, and Reb Beach on guitar and Doug Aldrich featured again later when we took a listen to the brand new Dead Daisies with Glenn Hughes on vocals. 

2021 is kicking off with some good new releases, other than the Dead Daisies there is a new Michael Schenker Group and a new The Pretty Reckless.  The MSG is getting excellent reviews from the rock press and The Pretty Reckless is getting rave reviews from me.  The track played off the new Pretty Reckless was ‘And So It Went‘ featuring Tom Morello.  We stayed with Tom and caught ‘Exploder‘ by Audioslave. Last week’s dabble into prog continued with some more Porcupine Tree and Forty Six & 2 by Tool.  

You should find a lot to get your teeth into.  Later in the show, I did alert listeners to the fact that I am on Day 3 of testing positive for Covid as it explained a few glaring balls-ups. I have left the show as it is in the interest of accuracy.  There are one or two long pauses and memory lapses that can only be attributed to what I call Covid brain.  If you have had it you will know.  I found a few instances where the song ended and for a few seconds I couldn’t remember how to play the next one.  I am sure that next week’s show will be a bit sharper.  

Artists featured:  Badlands, Whitesnake, King Kobra, Extreme, Foghat, Cold Chisel, Rose Tattoo, Stiff Little Fingers, The Stranglers, W.A.S.P., Skid Row, Onslaught, U.D.O, The Temperance Movement, Porcupine Tree, Tool, The Pretty Reckless, Audioslave, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Motor Sister, Michael Schenker Group, Rainbow, Dead Daisies, The Lazys, Asylum Kids, Sugar DriveRuff Majik, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, John Mellencamp, Chickenfoot, Adrenaline Mob, Lita Ford, Kid Rock, Led Zeppelin, Rammstein, Joe Satriani.  


This show was tough, it went out on 11 Feb 2021 at 7 pm and I had just returned from an overseas trip and was running on very little sleep.  It was put together very quickly and started off fittingly with Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back In Town‘.  After that it was a few more from the 70’s in the form of ACDC and Bad Company and we were off into the usual TSORR fare.

A highlight for me was Porcupine Tree’s Radioactive Toy, Steven Wilson at his best in my opinion.  I also enjoyed the contrast of going from Mastodon to Neil Young.   While overseas I saw a most interesting documentary about Suzi Quatro so we listened to her and also to Lita Ford as I have just finished her book Living Like a Runaway.  There is some hectic stuff in that book.  My view of Tony Iommi took a hit I have to say.   I played a track off the new Foo Fighters and another off Too mean to Die, Accepts’ latest album. 

All in all, it was a bit different to normal, no SA stuff at all which is a first and only one Aussie band.  This wasn’t planned, I just didn’t get a chance to review the show before I went on air so I will fix that next week.  

Artists featured:  Thin Lizzy, ACDC, Bad Company, Adrenaline Mob, Royal Blood, Voices of Extreme, Great White, Slaughter, UFO, Desperado, Marilyn Manson, Halestorm, Lita Ford, The Raven Age, Suzi Quatro, The Sweet, Mastodon, Neil Young, David Bowie, The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers, Porcupine Tree, Alice in Chains, Shinedown, Kiss, Five Finger Death Punch, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, White Wizzard, Night Ranger, Accept, Foo Fighters, Nashville Pussy, Volbeat, Barry McGuire

Greta van Fleet

Details of this episode to follow once I get back to South Africa, but I don’t want to disappoint anyone who is expecting it to drop on Friday morning.

Artists featured:  Wolf, ACDC, Cirith Ungol, Five Finger Death Punch, Aerosmith, Bullets & Octane, Burn Halo, Skid Row, The Screaming Jets, Jimmy Barnes, Airbourne, Joe Bonamassa, Stone Temple Pilots, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Santana, Thundermother, Saraya, Tom Petty, Trivium, The Gaslight Anthem, Slash feat. Kid Rock, Accept, Led Zeppelin, Greta Van Fleet, Quiet Riot, Riot, Slayer, The Parlotones, Scorpions, Coheed & Cambria, Jethro Tull, Def Leppard, The Pretty Reckless, The Distillers, Jerry Cantrell, Billy Idol, Black Bone Nation, Warrior Soul

All Them Witches

Hard to believe we are already 4 episodes into 2021, time flies when you are having fun.  This episode aired on 28 Jan 2021 at 7 pm so that’s January in its poes :-).  We kicked off with ‘Ride the Monkey‘ by Burning Rain and followed it with Sister Sin out of Gothenburg.  That got the lesser-known stuff out and on your airwaves and then we hit the ACDC and some W.A.S.P.  It was one of those shows where I wasn’t getting any flow but then record-breaking numbers started tuning in and everything fell into place.  

Highlights for me included rediscovering Bon Jovi’s ‘Wild As The Wind‘ and taking a listen to Body Counts ‘Institutionalized 2014′, not everyone’s cup of tea but the lyrics are hilarious and if you’ve ever lost your e-mail password you’ll relate.  The back to back Pantera to Sepultura worked for me and then The Cult with Heart of soul was like soothing water.  Another highlight was Dog detachment with ‘The Last Laugh‘ what a song, the Armstrong brothers got that one right.  We also celebrated the discovery that uber rock chick Brody Dalle is single.  Black Label Society as always, ratchets up exponentially when Zakk hits the solo, what a player.  And speaking of players, Satriani in Chickenfoot is in a class of his own.  

Artists featured:  Burning Rain, Sister Sin, ACDC, W.A.S.P. Edguy, Live, The White Stripes, The Color Blew, Mark Haze, Pantera, Sepultura, The Cult, Tesla, Gary Moore, Mötley Crüe, Ruff Majik, All Them Witches, The Distillers, the Wildhearts, Iron Maiden, Stiff Little Fingers, The Boomtown Rats, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Dog Detachment, Black Label Society, The Diamond Dogs, Massive Wagons, Chickenfoot, Megadeth, Body Count, Staind, The Answer, Bon Jovi, Rush, Sugardrive, Nazareth, Rory Gallagher.    


The thoroughly enjoyable Episode 3 of season 4 went out live at 7 pm on the 21st of January 2021.  It was great right from the start, there were plenty of people tuned in and from Boston’s opening track ‘Don’t Look Back’ all the way through to Parkway Drive it was a cracker.  A listener highlighted the fact that at 21h21 we would be 21 hours, 21 minutes, 21 seconds of the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century.  That created some pressure to find a suitable song to play at the time.  Even more so because before I found this out I had already played Green Day’s 21 Guns which would have been good.   

We ran through a lot of 80’s metal;  Ratt, Mr Big, Skid Row, Lita Ford, Tygers of Pan Tang, Slaughter, and Keel and we checked out 70s giants The Sweet and the inimitable Ted Nugent.  The punk section was covered by the Sex Pistols and The Stranglers and Aussies were represented by Wolfmother, Cold Chisel, and The Lazys.  Special mention here for Cold Chisel, I played Bal-A-Versailles and the feedback was instant, “what a great track”!  Usually, I will get a comment about a song but literally, immediately, 4 comments came in about it.  Another crowd-pleaser was SA’s own The Black Cat Bones with ‘Don’t Wake the Scarecrow‘, again, to all-round approval, it’s a song that raises goosebumps every time.   

Other than that we checked out the remarkable rebranding and rebuilding of the career of Ron Keel and we sorted out the 21 hours, minutes, and seconds thing by being able to say that at the exact time we were listening to The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show and being blasted by a suitable bit of metal which was fitting in many ways.   

Artists featured:  Boston, ACDC, Godsmack, Ratt, Mr Big, The Sweet, Hinder, Paragon, Green Day, The Rolling Stones, System of a Down, Skid Row, Lita Ford, Halestorm, Sex Pistols, The Stranglers, Wolfmother, Cold Chisel, The Lazys, Ted Nugent, Static-X, Seether, Black Star Riders, Mustasch, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Cougar, Metallica, Tygers on Pan Tang, Avenged Sevenfold, Rammstein, Machine Head, Slaughter, Aking, The Diamond Dogs, The Black Cat Bones, Keel, Ron Keel Band, Parkway Drive

Cold Chisel

Episode 2 of season 4 aired on 14 January 2021.  I really enjoyed this show, it was a breeze, maybe because for the first time ever we didn’t start with a bang.  The chilled sounds of Cold Chisel’s ‘Way Down‘ off The Last wave of Summer  was long a long pull of a cold beer after a hard day.  After that, it was all guns blazing for a while.  We checked out Texas Hippie Coalition, then some Thundermother, my current favorite all-girl rockers, and then it was off to the classics with deep purple and ‘Highway Star‘.

It felt like a really good mix of lesser-known bands with the megastars, we had big names like Rammstein, Megadeth, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, and ZZ Top along with Newsted, Massive Wagons, Adrenaline Mob, Hatebreed, Phil Campbell, and The Hitchers.  Highlights for me were the bit of reminiscence with Rose Tattoo and Guns ‘n’ Roses as well as celebrating my current love affair with Parkway drive.  Check out Viva The Underdogs it is a spectacular documentary.  

For some reason it was a very Aussie heavy show, we hit 6 Aussie bands, Cold Chisel, Rose Tattoo, The Screaming Jets (that was fun, I played F.R.C. which I doubt gets a lot of radio play 🙂 ) The Lazys, Parkway Drive, and of course ACDC.  SA was represented by The Diamond Dogs and the amazing Johnathan Martin off his The Infinite Highway album.  All in all a great show.  

Artists Featured:  Cold Chisel, Texas Hippie Coalition, Thundermother, Deep Purple, Mötley Crüe, Halford, Newsted, Massive Wagons, Phil Campbell, Mötorhead, Rammstein, Alter Bridge, Badlands, The Hitchers, Sex Pistols, Rose Tattoo, Guns ‘n’ Roses, The Screaming Jets, the Lazys, Ramones, Hatebreed, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, Dan Patlansky, The Diamond Dogs, Johnathan Martin, Parkway Drive, ACDC, ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, Adrenaline Mob, Saxon, Megadeth, Mercyful fate, Billy Squier, Chickenfoot & The Uninvited.  

Jasper Dan

Welcome to Season 4 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show.  Episode one kicked off live at 7 pm on 7 Jan 2021.  It was a great episode, a lot of regular listeners who had missed the show over the festive season were back and that always leads to some good energy.  We kicked off with Axel Rudi Pell and a track called ‘Gunfire’.  That was followed closely by Bad Company and a track called ‘Walk Through Fire’.  The point was made that this is the Brian Howe version of Bad Company and a surprising amount of people don’t know the post-Paul Rodgers material.   

We spent a bit of time around 1990 – 1993 with L.A. Guns, Dangerous Toys, and Aerosmith and then took in some classic ACDC and Rammstein before checking out some Shinedown by request and some vintage Soundgarden.  Newish stuff was covered in the form of Burning Witches, 5 ladies out of Switzerland, and Voice of Extreme from their 2018 album Mach III.

 Highlights for me were listening to Metallica’s ‘The Day That Never Comes’ and Megadeth with ‘This Was My Life’.  Megadeth are soon to feature on the Rock Review so watch out for that.  Local rock was ably taken care of by Jasper Dan, The Burning, and L.A. CobraCold Chisel and Airbourne were the Aussie representatives and for the rest, it was a pretty even mix of UK and USA bands.  I have rediscovered The Wild Life by Slaughter, which went down well as did the wonderful contrast between Testament and Dire Straits.  I am also really digging Thundermother.   

Artists featured:  Axel Rudi Pell, Bad Company, Dangerous Toys, Brides of Destruction, L.A. Guns, Aerosmith, ACDC, Rammstein, Burning witches, Voices of Extreme, Shinedown, Soundgarden, The Offspring, The Sex Pistols, The Professionals, Thundermother, Airbourne, Cold Chisel, Accept, Bullet Boys, Armored Saint, Joe Satriani, Iron Maiden, Testament, Dire Straits, Jasper Dan, The Burning, L.A. Cobra, Metallica, Megadeth, Keel, Night ranger, Slaughter, Black Sabbath, Michael Schenker Group, Biters, Scorpions, My Chemical Romance, Francois Van Coke.