Season 2: Episode 12. After a 3 month hiatus, The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show resumed at Midnight on 26 June 2020. It was a ripper, and although I felt a bit rusty the show went pretty well. Apologies for saying that the opening track by Savage was ‘Loose ‘n’ Lethal’ instead of ‘Ain’t No Fit Place’, the album is of course Loose ‘n’ Lethal. It was a full house on the WhatsApp line so clearly the return of full bore rock and roll is as important to many people as it is to me. Huge thanks to those who stayed up and listened live.
Highlights of the show included Marilyn Manson’s cover of ‘You’re So Vain’ and new releases by Catalano and Axel Rudi Pell. The Axel Rudi Pell is so good one listener suggested “Axel for President” and that got full TSORR endorsement. I was fortunate enough to have been given a preview of ‘Woman and the Pouring Rain’ off Johnathan Martin’s forthcoming release Into the Nebulous Night by the man himself. Playing this required some wizardry on the desk that initially didn’t work. In the spirit of authentic radio, the confusion stands and after an aborted attempt, the track is played after Neil Young. It sounds incredible, check it out.
One of the sadder things that happened during lockdown was the passing away of Dave Greenfield, legendary keyboard player for The Stranglers. We said cheers to Dave by playing the almost 8-minute closing track off Rattus Norvegicus ‘Down in the Sewer’. It was a fitting send-off for a wonderful musician. After that, we got back to business with some Overkill and My Chemical Romance. We checked out a track off another track from F8 the latest FFDP album and easily one of the best releases this year.
SA metal stalwarts Agro released The Bitter End while we were off-air so it was a huge pleasure to unleash the beautiful fury of that album on you all. Clifford Crabb and the lads have created a real work of art here. It got heavy again with Machine Head and then rocky with The Lazy’s and I closed out the show with a track by The Fismits called Questions. I love it.
Artists featured: Savage, Axel Rudi Pell, Marilyn Manson, Texas Hippie Coalition, Five Finger Death Punch, The Stranglers, Boston, Overkill, Machine Head, Neil Young, Agro, Kid Rock, Catalano, Johnathan Martin, Therapy?, Def Leppard, My Chemical Romance, The Pretty Reckless, Accept, Megadeth, The Fismits, Amanda Palmer, Michael Monroe and The Lazy’s