The Story of Rock and Roll Season 2, Episode 1 went out live at midnight on 3 Dec 2020. It was a great little show, a very decent way to start off the new decade. God knows where we’ll be in another 10 years, pretty sure podcasts like this will be like talking about cassette tapes. It was great to be back in the midnight time slot, but it felt like it was over before we started.

The show kicked off with Krokus followed by a bit of Walking in the ‘Shadow of the Blues’. That was courtesy of White Snake and then we were off and running, pedal to the metal for the next two hours. We dealt with the Ozzy Osbourne, deathbed or no deathbed issue, contemplated a ‘Post American World‘ with Megadeth and checked out some Papa Roach. It’s hard to believe Papa Roach have been around for 20 years! The highlight of the show for me was Slipknot with ‘Opium of the People‘, hearing a song like that in the early of the morning is just so special. The South African music was covered by Cutting Jade, The Color Blew and of course Seether.

Artists featured this episode include: Megadeth, Joe Bonamassa, Cutting Jade, ACDC, Krokus, Ramones, The Color Blew, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Metallica, Ozzy Obourne, Kid Rock, Seether, Black Label Society, Clutch, Wolfmother, My Chemical Romance, Thin Lizzy, Slipknot, John Mellencamp, Social Distortion, Papa Roach, Rainbow, Volbeat, Soundgarden & The Gaslight Anthem.

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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 45 went out live at midnight on 22 Nov 2019. The show followed the standard TSORR format, plenty of rock and metal, a smattering of punk, some new stuff, some local artists and some unusual stuff. We had another track from the brand new Equator EP and a track off the new Phil Campbell album, ‘Old Lions Still Roar’, he proved that admirably. For the first time in a while, I had some technical problems which resulted in 4 tracks in a row and a bit of editing. It’s a first for TSORR because I don’t edit the show, what gets said and played goes out as is. In this instance I had to break the rule otherwise you would have had a less than two-hour show. The joys of modern age internet connectivity, the main thing is that all the songs are there.

The highlight of the show this week as judged by WhatsApp line commentary was The Stranglers with Toiler on the Sea proving once again how opinions differ when it comes to music. Asking Alexandria made a welcome return to the show and the current love affair with My Chemical Romance continued. Piet Botha’s Goeienag Generaal sounded as magnificent as ever, love that sarcastic little chirp where he says “slaap lekker”. Pat Travers Band with Snortin’ Whisky was a breath of fresh air and, for me personally, I enjoyed my latest discovery The Damned Things with a track called Bad Blood. All in all, a fairly well-rounded show which felt rushed to me but I was assured didn’t to those listening.

Artists featured included: Megadeth, L.A. Guns, Queensrÿche, Scorpions, Pat Travers Band, ACDC, Giant, Thin Lizzy, Red Dragon Cartel, Asking Alexandria, Phil Campbell, Drowning Pool, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, The Damned Things, Tesla, Animal Drive, Equator, Rancid, The Stranglers, The Black Cat Bones, Piet Botha, The Temperance Movement, My Chemical Romance, Motörhead and Duff Mc Kagan

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Episode 31 of The Story of rock and Roll was recorded in the Mix 93.8 FM studios in Midrand at midnight on 9 August 2019.  It was a joyous celebration of Women’s Day and the fact that it’s a long weekend.  It was also the first episode recorded in the revamped Studio A with a brand new desk.  What a pleasure.  It also marked a change in the recording process for the podcast.  My Apple Mac Book Pro died and has been replaced with a Dell / Microsoft system.  Again, what a pleasure.

The highlight of the show, certainly according to the Whatsapp line was Richard Prior’s Brand New Day, an instrumental blues monsterpiece.  I was also kaked out for mispronouncing Patlansky, thanks Paul, noted 🙂 It’s good to have people who care enough to point these things out.  The weirdest / odd man out track was without a doubt Robert Palmers Clues which was a real jolt of nostalgia.  Machine Head were sent in to restore normality.  All  in all it was an eclectic mix of Rock, Metal, Ballads and Blues, a two hour education in high voltage rock and roll, and as mentioned, it was also Women’s Day and the release day for the brand Slipknot album.  Ain’t Life Grand m/

Artists featured this week include:  Metallica, The Pretty Reckless, Pebbleman, The Four Horsemen, Machine Head, Def Leppard, Rainbow, Chickenfoot, Live, Thin Lizzy, Bruce Springsteen, Skid Row, Headpins, Arch Enemy, Paul Stanley, Joe Walsh, Fokofpolisiekar, Halestorm, Slade, W.A.S.P., Rammstein, ACDC, Robert Palmer & Tom Petty

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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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The Story of Rock and Roll Show: Episode 26 was a lot of fun, it aired on 5 July 2019 after I had been in the studio for 3 hours filling in on another show.  I was pretty warmed up at the start and pretty fried by 2 am.  The show was also pretty spontaneous because when I looked at what I had planned to play nothing felt right and I had to change everything.

The result was a great mix of rock, heavy and light, fast and slow from 1970 until 2016.  It was quite 70’s weighted this week, showing once again, what a great decade it was for good music.  Bands featured included:  Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, The Stranglers, Megadeth, Parkway Drive, Journey, Twisted Sister, The Rolling Stones, Billy Squier, Anthrax, , My Chemical Romance, Kobus!, The Who, Ivan Ivankovic, Audioslave, Van Halen, Arno Carstens, Gary Moore, Sammy Hagar, Ace Frehley, Billy Idol, Pantera, Rainbow & Bush

Check it out and if you have any questions or comments about the tracks or artists featured find me on The Story of Rock and Roll Facebook page.  TSORR it’s all about the music m/

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Welcome to The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show: Episode 25.  The show aired at midnight on 28 June 2019 and it went extremely smoothly, probably the smoothest so far.  You should love this one it’s a very cool mix, something for everyone.


Among the bands featured were: ACDC, The Offspring, Dire Straits, Motley Crue, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Judas Priest, Myles Kennedy, Def Leppard, Night Ranger, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Gary Moore, Los Labios, Stringray, Hinder, UFO, John Mellencamp, The Sex Pistols, Tom Petty, Greta Van Fleet, Halestorm, Avenged Sevenfold, Fokofpolisiekar

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