Season 2 Episode 3 went out live at midnight 17 Jan 2020. The show started with a bit of The Offspring before the traditional Dr Who start-up theme that signals arrival of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show. That was just a bit of fun to keep you on your toes, otherwise, it was pretty much a textbook show. One thing I suggest you do when you listen to the show is Google the lyrics, it’s fascinating to see how good they are on so many of these songs. In the old days you had the lyrics on the album cover, probably why the generation growing up through the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s know all the words to everything, but actually we are better off now where you can get lyrics for everything while you listen.

The show kicked off with The Sweet’s Teenage Rampage and then straight into the mighty Judas Priest. It would have been remiss of me not to call out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fiasco for their latest travesty of justice so that was done pretty much straight away. Motley Crue restarted again halfway through the song but you won’t really notice because I clipped it out for your listening pleasure. I do however speak about it, so in the words of one of my high school teachers, “And boys that is why”. I don’t normally edit the show but no-one wants to hear a song twice in a row with so much other good stuff to get to. The highlight for me was the brutality of Sepultura into the smooth perfection of Gary Moore with Still Got the Blues. It made me realize Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher would have been the most amazing twin guitar combo ever. There were so many good moments on this show, ‘(White Man ) In Hammersmith Palais’ from The Clash, ‘California Uber Alles’ from ‘The Dead Kennedy’s’ as well as ‘Man in the Box’ featuring some great guitar work from Jerry Cantrell. These were just a few that spring to mind, the whole thing is good. Finally let’s not forget the sheer, power, aggression and rawness of Fokofpolisiekar in their hey-day with ‘Angs Aanval’ was sublime. And then, of course, we did need to pay our respects to the amazing Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Canada’s greatest band Rush. Neil sadly passed away on 7 January and we played Spirit of Radio to say cheers, RIP Mr. Neil Peart.

Artists featured included: Pink Floyd, W.A.S.P, The Clash, Fokofpolisiekar, Stone Sour, Bush, The Sweet, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Black Sabbath, UFO, Sepultura, Neil Young, Tesla, Def Leppard, Motörhead, ACDC, The Defiants, Marilyn Manson, Alice in Chains, Gary Moore, Desolation Angels, Rush, The Dead Kennedy’s, Nazareth.


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Episode 50, the final chapter of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show for the decade aired at 21h00 on 26 Dec 2019. From my perspective it was the least enjoyable episode ever. Hopefully you will not feel the same way. The music was great as always but I really struggled to find the rhythm. There were a number of reasons but mainly it’s doing an early show and needing and extra hour of music that still fits in with the rest of the show and then having to play a whole lot of adverts. The main problem is the adverts and its the devil’s own job cutting them out of the podcast. They completely kill the vibe and when you have just finished a song on a high and then have to sit tight for a few minutes of ads it’s hard to re-establish a link with the music. I persevered but somehow or other we lost the final goodbye to 2019 in the recording so the show ends without me saying thank you all for the incredible support. So thank you all for the incredible support and for listening. I learned a lot in this first year of podcasting and you can look forward to exponential improvements in Season II of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show in 2020.

Despite my moaning, there were some great moments, of course, the music is always rock solid, excuse the pun. Having an extra 10 songs allowed me to experiment with two tracks from the movies. The first being Atticus Fetch ( Tim Minchen ) performing a track called So Long off Season 6 of the Californication Series. Then the final track of the show, The Flame Still Burns, performed by Jimmy Nail and written by Mick Jones of Foreigner fame from a movie called Still Crazy. All rock fans should see it and you will get some more detail about it on; It is special, those who know will know. We had a bit of a look at 2019 and I reckon that Mania is now my best Metal album for 2019. It’s from a little known band out of San Francisco called Hell Fire.

Artists featured included: Def Leppard, Marilyn Manson, Ace Frehley, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Northward, Dio, Van Halen, The Sex Pistols, Blue Scream, Rose Tattoo, Coheed & Cambria, Newsted, Dirty Honey, Strange Fruit, ACDC, Arapaho, John Mellencamp, Iced Earth, Linkin Park, Iron Maiden, Skid Row, The Almighty, Alice In Chains, Bad Company, Desperado, The Clash, Cinderella, Airbourne, Atticus Fetch, Hell Fire, Sugar Drive, In Flames and The Wildhearts.

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Welcome to Episode 46 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show. It went on air at midnight Friday morning 29 November 2019. Time flew as it always does when fun was being had. The big news of the week was my interview with Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for KISS. I was lucky enough to get the chance to interview him on Wednesday night and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to him. I had planned to play the interview on this episode but given that there are only 2 hours I didn’t want to lose 15 min of high grade music time with an interview so the interview is now a stand-alone podcast, check it out amongst the other podcasts. Nothing like doing shows at two in the morning, I see I said that Lyzyrd Kyngs spelt their name the same way as Thin Lizzy do, when it was supposed to be the way Lynyrd Skynyrd do. Obviously something to do with the zzzzzzzz’s

The highlight of the show was definitely Billy Bragg, he doesn’t get a lot of air play but man, that aggressive guitar just sets the studio alight, it sounds so raw and pissed-off. Steve Jones, doing a cover of Bowie’s Suffragette City, also got the Whatsapp lines buzzing as did the comment about Micha

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Episode 43 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show aired at the stroke of midnight on 8 November 2019. We were straight into it with a brand new release by Airbourne, who were referred to as “the thinking man’s ACDC” by a quick witted listener. The pace stayed right where it was all the way through Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson and Iron Maiden. Next we hit a short blast of Punk with the amazing Brody Dalle before going off to the movies for a few tracks.

Speculation is rife that we will get to see KISS in July next year so we took a listen to them. The highlight of the show for me was taking a listen to Metallica’s ‘The Four Horsemen’. It’s amazing how refreshing that track sounded and it was a great reminder of just how cutting edge they were back in 1983. The speakers in the studio are really good so I got to hear it properly at about one thirty a.m. and had the speakers glowing red by the end of the show. It must be really cool to be driving a big truck through the night and to have that track come over the airwaves like a fucking super nova. After a false start we got our weekly dose of Cold Chisel and we also got to hear one of those bands you can’t play on the radio.

Artists featured in this episode include: ZZ Top, My Chemical Romance, Sugar Drive, Airbourne, The Mayfield Four, Kiss, Badlands, Joe Bonamassa, Kid Rock, Metallica, The Distillers, Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Northward, Steel Panther, The Drop Kick Murphy’s, Halford, Cold Chisel, Stone Temple Pilots, Oasis, Def Leppard, Hinder, The Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden as well as Mick Jagger & Dave Stewart.

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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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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!


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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 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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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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