WARNING this show comes in hot with Pantera and Slayer, if you are not a fan then hang in there for two tracks there is a good reason for this aggressive start and for why it is followed by ‘I’m In a Bad Mood’ by Aussie legend Jimmy Barnes. Fear not, the healing power of Rock ‘n’ Roll soon kicks in and the show becomes its usual light-hearted, metal loving self. Welcome to the 42nd episode of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show. Things came undone from the moment I looked for the files which were supposed to have been downloaded onto the station system and, two minutes before showtime, were nowhere to be found. My colleague Mighty Mike Tymvios assisted by playing a beautiful classical interlude in the form of The Addams Family theme as a place holder while I got my shit together and made another plan. Normal service resumed with teeth after about a 7 min delay. To celebrate I left a little bit of the introduction ‘Lest We Forget’.

As usual it was a lot of fun and a mixed bag, the highlight for me was playing The Kinks alternative version of ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’. Ray Davies wrote it for The Animals who declined it and then they did it themselves with Dave Davies singing. It was the ‘B-side of ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and that version is not my best. The version featured here is a whole different beast, it’s the one Ray sang on the Live To The Bone album released in 1994 and it’s the one David Chase used in the outro of the Soprano’s Season 5 episode titled ‘Çold Cuts’. It is simply superb, the video is on the blog section of TSORR website. I played out with James Reyne’s ‘Always The Way’ especially for my friend Fanie Marais who was much loved on the local music scene and who passed away 3 weeks ago, RIP brother. It’s also the first show not to have a bit of Punk. Stranglers fans, apologies I had ‘Toiler on the Sea’ lined up but we’ll play it next week.

Artists featured this week included: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Volbeat, Queensrÿche, Reef, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Pantera, Judas Priest, Slayer, The Uninvited, James Reyne, The Kinks, Skid Row, John Mellencamp, Raven Eye, Dee Snider, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether, The Black Cat Bones, Emigrate, Crash Car Burn, Motörhead, Loudness & Jimmy Barnes

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Midnight 30 August 2019 marked the airing of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show: Episode 34. As always it was an interesting mix and included a few wonderful energy swings.  I enjoyed the shift going from full tilt with the new Long Live the Loud feature into Neil Young’s Thrasher.  We listened to Boston and we listened to Slipknot and everything in between.

Looking back the show was so jam-packed I realized it was the first time we haven’t had two punk tracks on TSORR so it was probably a bit more metallic than usual.  You be the judge, it was one of those evenings where time was definitely relative and for me, it was moving fast.  So many good bands and so little time.  The highlight of the show to me was the Am I Demon vs Am I Evil playoff between Danzig and Diamond Head.  We had Jimmy Barnes and James Reyne representing Australia and The Springbok Nude Girls and Seether representing the local content.  That is also lighter on SA music than usual as I couldn’t quite squeeze in Mamba by Piet Botha.  I’ll do that next week, expect an over-representation of SA Rock in Episode 35.

Bands featured included, Halestorm, Rival Sons, Boston , Led Zeppelin, Fozzy, Slipknot, Kiss, Marilyn Manson, Neil Young, Threshold, Avenged Sevenfold, Jimmy Barnes, Diamond Head, Seether, James Reyne, Anthrax, Saxon, Black SabbathGuns ‘n’  Roses, Danzig, Springbok Nude Girls, Black Star Riders, My Chemical Romance, Parkway Drive and Temple of the Dog

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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 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.

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