SEASON 4 PODCASTS (Part 2)

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pearl-jam

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

the-misfits

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.

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.

Metallica

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

Murderdolls

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

Stryper

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

Scorpions

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