Season 2 Episode 2 of the Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show was great fun indeed. It aired at midnight 10 Jan 2020 and right from the start everything felt good. Once again I was stuck by Time Dysplasia Panic Disorder i.e TDPD at 01h06 when I realized I had 34 songs to play and enough time for only 13.

The show opened with a jolt of good times rock and roll courtesy of Sebastian Bach and the fun didn’t stop for the next two hours. One of the highlights was definitely Neil Young’s Revolution Blues, it’s amazing how the environment has changed in the last 46 years, lines like “Well, I hear that Laurel Canyon is full of famous stars, But I hate them worse than lepers and I’ll kill them in their cars” would probably upset some and lead to accusations of promoting mass shootings these days. The show took a further turn for the violent after that with Halestorm’s hard-hitting ‘I Miss the Misery‘, My Chemical Romance’s ‘Thank You For the Venom‘ and an acoustic rock masterclass from Guns ‘n’ Roses with One in a Million.

The other highlight was the emotional tragedy that is Danger Line by Avenged Sevenfold, the whole song changes at about [3:20] with the heartbreaking “Tell my baby girl that it’s alright, I’ve sung my last song tonight” and then Syn Gates’ solo and the harmony guitar with Zakky before M. Shadows‘ outro whistling. Goosebumps or you ain’t human. Rory Gallagher live was another one, unbelievable guitar sound, or as one listener said “so raw”, it feels like you are in the crowd at that show. We started with drinking and ended with drinking, Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart’s show closer was sublime.

Artists featured on Episode 202 included: Megadeth, Ryan Adams, Autograph, Jeff Beck, ACDC, Badlands, Iron Maiden, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Newsted, Rammstein, Saxon, The Sex Pistols, My Chemical Romance, Deep Purple, The Damned, Neil Young, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Avenged Sevenfold, The Damned Things, Greta Van Fleet, Rory Gallagher, Guns ‘n’ Roses & Sebastian Bach

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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 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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TSORR Radio Show’s 32st episode went out live at midnight on 16 August.  It was Madonna’s birthday and we celebrated that making sure we played nothing by her.  As always the show kicked off with a bang, this week in the form of Iron Maiden.  The show starts very quickly, in fact so quick that Speed of Light was indeed a fitting first track.  A huge technical problem that has been plaguing TSORR since inception has been solved, you may notice if you listen regularly that the last song often just cuts off just before the end.  That problem has now been solved, genius boy strikes again.

There were quite a few requests last night, more than normal, I played the Metallica for Johan and next week I’ll hit the Diamond Head / Danzig double for Valeska and the Motorhead cover of Whiplash for Athol,  looking forward to that.   We took a listen to a new all girl metal band out of Sweden called Burning Witches who were new to me and that went down really well.  The highlight for me personally was actually right at the end when I played The Fisherman by Jack Hammer.  Some good memories there RIP Piet Botha.  The new desk is stunningly beautiful and sounds better than ever, it was a fun episode, hope you enjoy it too.

Artists featured in Episode 32 include Iron Maiden, Nazareth, Skid Row, Badlands, Newsted, Danko Jones, Queen, Rose Tattoo, Billy Talent, The Clash, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, Foo Fighters, Jack Hammer, Metallica, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Fozzy, Live, Burning Witches, The Damned, Van Coke Kartel, Alabama 3, Peter Hanmer, The Pretty Reckless, Def Leppard, Rival Sons.

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Episode 28 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show aired at midnight on 19 Jul 2019.  The show was jam packed with the type of rock you have come to expect from TSORR.  No technical hitches so it was a downhill run all the way from midnight through until 2am.  Due to the sad passing of South African icon Johnny Clegg there was a short little tribute to him and a few words about how special he was.  RIP Johnny, there is a nice little piece about Johnny Clegg as well as a few video clips on http://www.thestoryofrockandroll.com in the blog section, check it out if you are a fan.

 

The WhatsApp line to the studio was really alive and a good few tracks played on this particular show were requests.  TSORR always gets solid support from Australia but we can now add the Philippines into that category.  Artists included in this weeks show included Queensryche, Cold Chisel, Great White, Marilyn Manson, Saxon, Neil Young. Stiff Little Fingers, Black Sabbath, Dio, Blue Oyster Cult, Seether, Kadaver, Kris Barras Band, Queen, Joe Bonamassa, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Rush, Joe Jackson, Koos Kombuis, Michaels Schenker, Free & Juluka.

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The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show: Episode 27 was recorded at midnight on 12 July 2019.  As always the show contains an eclectic mix of Rock, Metal, Ballads and Blues.  It was pretty diverse and had a good flow, the only technical hitch was an annoying little problem where the recording cut off some of the talking at the beginning of the show.  Maybe it’s trying to tell me something, anyway you may hear a couple of bits where it jumps.  I don’t like to edit the show, it’s important that it goes out as is but I am looking at a solution to this little source of irritation.

One of the highlights was the local slot where I put Wonderboom and Van Coke Kartel back to back and it just sounded amazing, such good energy from these two amazing South African bands.  The show features 26 fantastic artists including ZZ Top, , Iron Maiden, Rory Gallagher, Ozzy Osbourne, The Uninvited, Black Label Society, Fastway, Judas Priest, The Doors, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Halestorm, Van Coke Kartel, Clutch, Rammstein, Wonderboom, Cheap Trick, Jimmy Barnes, Crash Car Burn, U.D.O., The Uninvited, The Quireboys, Slipknot, Tom Petty, The Gaslight Anthem, Tom Keifer & The Stranglers.

Cheers, #TSORR:  It’s All About The Music m/

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Episode 23 was a special episode in that I reflected back a bit on some of the songs that will always be an integral part of The Story of Rock and Roll.  The Show was dedicated to my daughter who just turned 21, without her there would probably be no TSORR.  The show went live at midnight on 14 June 2019, nothing was pre-planned, which was obvious right from the first 10 seconds.  This is how it went down.

 

The show should have kicked off with the mighty Judas Priest but we took a listen to John Paul Young’s classic Yesterday’s Hero first.  It included mega bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, ZZ Top, Deep Purple and Rammstein, we checked out some punk in the form of The Professionals, The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers and as always we hit the SA music hard with Jack Hammer, Springbok Nude Girls and Valiant Swart.  The Metal was supplied by In Flames.  Other artists featured included The Temperance Movement, Shinedown, Tool, Tony Carey, Led Zeppelin, Billy Talent, The Uninvited, Trouble,  UFO, Tesla and Stone Sour.

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The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show-Episode 22 went live from the Mix 93.8 FM studios at 00h00 on 7 June 2019.  TSORR Radio Show rocked from start to finish, kicking off with fast paced ACDC and Iron Maiden and finishing off with Guns ‘n’ Roses and Pantera.  In between we played songs from 8 countries and 6 decades.  There was a quiet moment where we paid our respects to SA rock legend Piet Botha who sadly passed away this week.  It was a special little part of the show featuring two songs, give that bit a deeper listen and focus on the words.  Piet’s passing is a huge loss for SA music and sad though it is I focused on my gratitude rather than the loss.  RIP Piet, you were very dear to us.

The Story of Rock and Roll Podcast-Episode 22 featured ACDC, Kiss, Rory Gallagher, Badlands, Van Halen, Piet Botha, Cutting Jade, Jimi Hendrix, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Jonathan Martin, Black Label Society, Steelheart, Joe Bonamassa, Iron Maiden, James Reyne, Pantera, Warren Zevon, Hazel O’Connor, The Clash, Edgar Broughton Band, Sixx AM, The Rolling Stones & Marilyn Manson.

Enjoy, TSORR: It’s all about the music m/

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