Episode 49 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show took to the air a few minutes past midnight on 20 Dec 2019. It was the 2nd anniversary of the show even though the podcasts only started Q1 2019. It was a nice opportunity to reflect on how far the show has come. The maiden flight of TSORR was pretty rocky as I recall. I was alone in the studio on air for the first time. I got through it OK but I am eternally grateful there are no recordings of that show. This episode includes a few tracks that I know for sure I played that night. John Paul Young’s Yesterday’s Hero, The Boomtown Rats with Someones looking at you were definitely played. Most of this episode is a continuation of the usual TSORR theme I didn’t get all nostalgic, its 2 years not 10 ffs 🙂

The highlight of the show for me was Zakk Wylde’s guitar solo on Darkest Hour which I mistakenly said was off Hangover Music Vol II, a BLS album, instead of Book of Shadows II. It was too late to retract so if you noticed, so did I. Yesterday’s Hero also went down very well. It is amazing how many people have the same or very similar memories of discovering this amazing music called Rock. It is really why both The Story of rock and Roll book and show exist. So many of us heard the same bands at various stages in our lives and it changed anything. TSORR, as always, is a celebration of both this fact and the music. The show intro was probably one of the greatest I have done, The Stranglers Live and then straight into Pantera with Drag the Waters. This was not lost on people and the first WhatsApp in immediately said: ” The Stranglers into Pantera, banging bro ” !!!. Anyway take a listen to the show, I hope you enjoy it and stick around for the next anniversary in 2020.

Artists featured in Episode 49 include: The Stranglers, Tank, Metalmorphosis, Queen, Nazareth, Billy Bragg, Newsted, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Pantera, The Boomtown rats, Megadeth, Scorpions, Fokofpolisiekar, Roan Ash, Accept, Metallica, Airbourne, Judas Priest, Zakk Wylde, Y&T, Nazareth, Hanoi Rocks & Scorpions.

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Episode 36 was a lot of fun, It was broadcasted live at midnight on 20 Sept 2019.  I’d flown back from a week in the Maldives early that afternoon so I’d had about an hour’s sleep in the last 36 hours and it showed :-).  There are some funny bits towards the end where my brain is really melting.  For an unplanned show, it was very cool and the usual variety you have come to expect from TSORR was there I think. For example, Overkill into Simon & Garfunkel was a total jol.

I played another track from East Rand heavyweights, The Burning’s new album Headed To Hell and slipped in The Poultry Christ by The Uninvited which was requested a few weeks ago by Hannes.  Apart from the lyric, the song is important because the two solo’s on the Poultry Christ demonstrate the emotions ‘fear’ and ‘relief’ as the Poultry Christ struggles to get through the fence and then makes it to the river and escapes.

Other noticeable moments of the show included the title track off the brand new album by Black Star Riders called Another State of Grace, Foghat with Slow Ride and Megadeth’s masterpiece Holy Wars…The Punishment Due.  There is always one track that just sounds better than anything through the studio speakers and this week it was that one.

Artists featured included Van Halen, Rammstein, Black Star Riders, Foghat, The Black Cat Bones, Motorhead, Aerosmith, The Boomtown Rats, Candlebox, Judas Priest, Powderfinger, Overkill, Hinder, Arch Enemy, Dave Hause, Great White, The Gaslight Anthem, Megadeth, The Uninvited, Simon & Garfunkel, The Burning, Krokus, Bruce Springsteen, The Quireboys, Black Label Society & The Temperance Movement.

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In the words of a listener, The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show: Episode 29 was “really cool, good energy”.  I have to agree wholeheartedly.  The show was recorded at midnight on 26 July 2019.  It was probably one of the first shows to wish Mick Jagger a very happy 76th birthday.  We played ‘Bitch’ to celebrate, taken from the Live in Atlantic City album.  The show kicked off with Metallica and we didn’t stop rocking for  the next two hours.  There was a wonderful part where we went from Slayer to Dylan and it was like someone had poured cool water over the entire world.  It felt like the whole planet was on fire and then Bob came and soothed our souls.  Another great part was listening to Put That Record On by Hinder where Austin Winkler sings “I know it’s only rock and roll but it’s the soundtrack of our lives”.  Those words sum up the whole ethos of the Story of Rock and Roll, this music is important, we love it and it is indeed the soundtrack to our lives.

Artists featured on Episode 29 included Metallica, Skid Row, Jack Hammer, Bush, Judas Priest, Halestorm, The Police, Mustasch, Rush, Sammy Hagar, Aerosmith, Jerry Cantrell, The Rolling Stones, Matthew Good Band, Slayer, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Kiss, Tesla, The Uninvited, Madness, Austin Gold, Cold Chisel, Avenged Sevenfold, Windowpane and Hinder.  As usual I was out of time and I played out with an amazing new track by The Wildhearts called Let ‘Em Go , which cut off due to podcast length restrictions so I’ll be playing that again soon.

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