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 http://www.thestoryofrockandroll.com; 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 44 was a real banger, plenty of good stuff happening on this one. It went out live at midnight on 15 Nov 2019. The show kicked off with Rammstein and then a bit of ACDC and Van Halen. Thanks to a great comment on the WhatsApp line the Roth vs. Hagar argument has been won, it’s all about Eddie.

The highlight of the show was the reaction that new kids Equator got for a track off their debut EP called ‘No Mercy’. Equator are 3 brothers ranging in age between 14 and 18 and they have a seriously good sound. When it comes to rock bands people often say “They don’t make ‘em like that anymore” to which it can now be argued, “They just did”. The other highlight was W.A.S.P.’s nearly 8 min monster-piece Chainsaw Charlie. It’s probably the only example of lead chainsaw in existence. I am very grateful to be able to play this music for you guys and the speakers in the Mix 93.8 studio are amazing, when Hanoi Rocks’ ‘Don’t You Ever Leave Me’ blasted through it was like time stood still. ‘Lions’ by Dire Straits was also like cool water in a heatwave. As always I ran out of time so it was the Big Goodbye until next week.

Artists featured included: Rammstein, David Bowie, Van Halen, W.A.S.P., Venom, Equator, Fokofpolisiekar, 12th Avenue, Dire Straits, The Horrible Crowes, ACDC, Bruce Springsteen, The Lazy’s, Tom Keifer, Black Label Society, Great White, aKing, Metallica, My Chemical Romance, Dokken, Stiff Little Fingers, The Burning, Slash, Therapy?, Tom Petty & Hanoi Rocks

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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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Episode 36 was a lot of fun, It was broadcasted live at midnight on 20 Sept 2019.  I’d flown back from a week in the Maldives early that afternoon so I’d had about an hour’s sleep in the last 36 hours and it showed :-).  There are some funny bits towards the end where my brain is really melting.  For an unplanned show, it was very cool and the usual variety you have come to expect from TSORR was there I think. For example, Overkill into Simon & Garfunkel was a total jol.

I played another track from East Rand heavyweights, The Burning’s new album Headed To Hell and slipped in The Poultry Christ by The Uninvited which was requested a few weeks ago by Hannes.  Apart from the lyric, the song is important because the two solo’s on the Poultry Christ demonstrate the emotions ‘fear’ and ‘relief’ as the Poultry Christ struggles to get through the fence and then makes it to the river and escapes.

Other noticeable moments of the show included the title track off the brand new album by Black Star Riders called Another State of Grace, Foghat with Slow Ride and Megadeth’s masterpiece Holy Wars…The Punishment Due.  There is always one track that just sounds better than anything through the studio speakers and this week it was that one.

Artists featured included Van Halen, Rammstein, Black Star Riders, Foghat, The Black Cat Bones, Motorhead, Aerosmith, The Boomtown Rats, Candlebox, Judas Priest, Powderfinger, Overkill, Hinder, Arch Enemy, Dave Hause, Great White, The Gaslight Anthem, Megadeth, The Uninvited, Simon & Garfunkel, The Burning, Krokus, Bruce Springsteen, The Quireboys, Black Label Society & The Temperance Movement.

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Episode 35 of the Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show aired at midnight on 6 September 2019.  It was a great episode even if I do say so myself.  I had exclusive permission to feature a track off Headed to Hell the new album by East Rand rock stars The Burning, it sounded fantastic and the comments on the WhatsApp line were overwhelmingly positive.

I played some more from the Bite! album by Animal Drive! and also can’t get enough of Warpaint the new Buckcherry album.  Jethro Tull & The Rolling Stones sorted out the 50 year old music and Cold Chisel and ACDC did the honours for Australia.  Burning Witches represented the ladies and we had my besties Van Coke Kartel and Johnathan Martin in the local slot.  The Clash gave us the requisite bit of Punk Rock and then we had the third edition of the Long Live The Loud feature, two tracks suggested by my mate Marq Vas.  All in all, it was a total jol and as usual, I ran out of time.

Bands featured on this episode included: The Burning, ACDC, The Cult, Van Halen, Q5, Volbeat, Buckcherry, Ian Hunter, Animal Drive, Mouthful of Flies, Faster Pussycat, Gary Moore, Burning Witches, Johnathan Martin, Cold Chisel, The Clash. Kiss, Judas Priest, The Rolling Stones, Overkill, Van Coke Kartel, Jethro Tull, The Darkness & Manowar

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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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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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