Episode 47 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show aired at midnight on 6 December 2019. It was a cold, wet, rainy night and fairly early in the show, all the lights went out as the Mix 93.8 FM fell victim to load shedding. The music never stopped. For the next hour or so, Midrand was subjected to a generator driven little beacon of light in the form of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show, blasting rock and metal into the powerless night. It was sort of like a scene from Stephen King’s masterpiece, ‘The Stand’.

The music was great as always, despite once again walking in to find that the show hadn’t been loaded, I managed to put something together at short notice. The show featured everything from Led Zeppelin to Skid Row, Stiff Little Fingers to Bowie, In Flames to Tom Petty. The highlight for me was hearing German (punk?) rockers Die Toten Hosen with Hier Kommt Alex, their ode to Anthony Burgess’s psychotic malletjie, Alex. It’s exactly the kind of thing you don’t hear on the radio but should. As always there was humour, we had Audioslave with I Am the Highway which, on my CD, is called The Limit To You Love. This quirk of the CD printing has provided mirth before but I have never been able to find out how many of the 2002 release of Audioslave there are with completely the wrong tracks listed. Not only are the tracks wrong they are not even written in good English. We gave a bit of love to The Burning and L.A. Cobra. two S.A. bands that just keep grinding away putting out world-class rock and roll in a country that has largely never really appreciated or understood it. On TSORR we definitely get it and we are very grateful to these guys and many like them. Another highlight was taking a listen to Ozone by Odyssey, a track released in the early ’90s and is considered a classic by me. Graeme in Brisbane immediately remembered it and gave it horns on the Whatsapp line. In other news, I may get into trouble for calling Led Zep a “band out of Birmingham” instead of London and for using the word ‘Legend’ to describe people who are not dead. Que sera era, ain’t life grand? 🙂

Artists featured on Episode 47 include: Nashville Pussy, ACDC, Thin Lizzy, The Screaming Jets, Sixx A.M., Odyssey, Kiss, Skid Row, Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Rory Gallagher, David Bowie, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, The Burning, In Flames, L.A. Cobra, Audioslave, Stiff Little Fingers, Rush, Cold Chisel, The Exploited, Die Toten Hosen, Rival Sons and Guns ‘n’ Roses.

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Episode 44 was a real banger, plenty of good stuff happening on this one. It went out live at midnight on 15 Nov 2019. The show kicked off with Rammstein and then a bit of ACDC and Van Halen. Thanks to a great comment on the WhatsApp line the Roth vs. Hagar argument has been won, it’s all about Eddie.

The highlight of the show was the reaction that new kids Equator got for a track off their debut EP called ‘No Mercy’. Equator are 3 brothers ranging in age between 14 and 18 and they have a seriously good sound. When it comes to rock bands people often say “They don’t make ‘em like that anymore” to which it can now be argued, “They just did”. The other highlight was W.A.S.P.’s nearly 8 min monster-piece Chainsaw Charlie. It’s probably the only example of lead chainsaw in existence. I am very grateful to be able to play this music for you guys and the speakers in the Mix 93.8 studio are amazing, when Hanoi Rocks’ ‘Don’t You Ever Leave Me’ blasted through it was like time stood still. ‘Lions’ by Dire Straits was also like cool water in a heatwave. As always I ran out of time so it was the Big Goodbye until next week.

Artists featured included: Rammstein, David Bowie, Van Halen, W.A.S.P., Venom, Equator, Fokofpolisiekar, 12th Avenue, Dire Straits, The Horrible Crowes, ACDC, Bruce Springsteen, The Lazy’s, Tom Keifer, Black Label Society, Great White, aKing, Metallica, My Chemical Romance, Dokken, Stiff Little Fingers, The Burning, Slash, Therapy?, Tom Petty & Hanoi Rocks

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Episode 39 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show aired at midnight on 11 October 2019. It marks a change in the way the show is recorded in that the songs are submitted upfront. This means any changes to the playlist on the night are impossible unless by some miracle the song is in the stations’ data base. It makes requests tricky. Requests don’t form a huge part of TSORR Radio Show however listeners often submit excellent ideas that add a good energy to the show. The new method for requests is to find the track on YouTube which is a lottery, you never know what the quality will be like or how many surprises are in a track you haven’t reviewed. The first taste of this method is about two-thirds of the way through, and it was certainly a strange one that cut and shifted and had phones ringing in it. I left it as-is for the purity of the show. It going to be better in future if I know what the track is like upfront.

Everything else was 100% fun, pretty much what you’d expect from this show. The new stuff came from Hell Fire, Black Star Riders, Backyard Babies and Tom Keifer. I don’t think we went back further than 1982 this week, I ran out of time and the Rory Gallagher from 1974 got bumped. In fact, The Damned of all bands represented the 70’s. Local music was covered by Crash Car Burn and Johnathan Martin, the weeks outlier was Alabama 3 with Too Sick to Pray. It was the most appreciated track of the night according to the WhatsApp line.

Artists featured this week included Dio, ACDC, Rainbow, Monster Truck, David Lee Roth, The Damned, Tom Petty, Rammstein, Sammy Hagar, David Bowie, Judas Priest, Black Star Riders, Joan Jett, Damn Yankees, Hell Fire, Amon Amarth, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Sixx:A.M., Alabama 3, Johnathan Martin, Megadeth, Crash Car Burn, Tom Keifer, Backyard Babies & Buckcherry with Papa Roach.

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The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show: Episode 30 went out live at midnight on 2 Aug 2019.  Everything went smoothly and it was a well balanced mix of rock, metal, ballads and blues as it is supposed to be.  We got as heavy as Hell Yeah and Mark Morton and as mellow as Bob Dylan and a Def Leppard ballad.  For me personally one of the highlights was hearing Chester Bennington guesting on the new Mark Morton album.  I played a bit of Keel and the Whats App line lit up like a beacon at the mention of Rafe Levine’s Rock and Horror Show, many people have fond memories of that show back in the 80’s.  The SA corner was represented by Sugar Drive and Johnathan Martin.  All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable show.

 

Artists featured The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show: Episode 30 included Skid Row, Dio, Keel, Thin Lizzy, David Bowie, Soundgarden, Deep Purple, Airbourne, Queensrÿche, David Lee Roth, Sugar Drive, Marilyn Manson, Def Leppard, The Screaming Jets, Jackson Browne, Mark Morton, Volbeat, Desolation Angels, System of a Down, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Black Label Society, Johnathan Martin, We Are Harlot and Hell Yeah.  Hope you enjoy it, until next week; cheers!

 

#TSORR It’s all about the music m/

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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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Ep24 of TSORR Radio Show took to the air on a chilly winters night in Midrand Johannesburg on 21 June 2019.  The thing I love about Radio is that things do not go as planned.  The State of the Nation address by the President of South Africa took place earlier that night and I started the show mentioning that instead of blasting into full throttle R ‘n’ R it would be more fitting to start with Running To The Edge Of The World, Marilyn Manson’s apocalyptic slow burning anthem of death and destruction.  The intro was great but it didn’t record so the show starts abruptly in the middle of Manson’s masterpiece.  Now you know why 🙂

After that it is was full blast, up tempo, two fisted rock and roll with Dio.  For a while the song titles did indicate the heavy smog of politics, (Digging My Own Grave & The Joker & The Thief), but I cleared the air with Bowie’s Move On and then one last crazy bit of technical mayhem before settling in for a smooth run.  Check out the outro solo on James Reyne’s Ain’t it Always the Way, one of the best ever for pure emotion and the intersection between I Am The Walrus and Time is just great radio.

Among others the show featured The Winery Dogs, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Joe Jackson, Motorhead, David BowieJames Reyne, Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest, Joe Bonamassa, Wolfmother, Clutch, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Five Finger Death Punch, Dio, Anti-Flag, Steve Earle, Dokken, Jimi Hendrix, Stiff Little Fingers, In Flames.  The South African contributions came from The Black Cat Bones, Springbok Nude Girls and Jack Hammer.

 

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The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show – Episode 21 went live from the Mix 93.8 FM studios at 00h00 on 31 May 2019.  It was great fun and includes a few classic live radio type bloopers that are left as is.  You get the show as it happened and because they are funny and we all need a laugh.  The Story of Rock and Roll Podcast , as always gives you recommended weekly dose of rock, metal, ballads and blues.  There is plenty to sink your teeth into.

As usual it’s a great mix, you will get to hear Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Danko Jones, Cold Chisel, David Bowie, Journey, Leslie West, Ace Frehley, Robyn Ferguson, Sammy Hagar, Stiff Little Fingers, Rob Zombie, Dead-Line, ZZ Top, Linkin Park, Billy Idol, Rainbow, The Rolling Stones, Rammstein, Paul Stanley, Neil Young, Rush, Kiss, 12th Avenue, & Coheed & Cambria

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