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 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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