Welcome to Season 2 Episode 9 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show, it took place at exactly midnight on 28 February 2020. There were a lot of broadcast and steaming problems from the radio station this week and technicians were working on it throughout the week. It should be resolved soon but it did have an effect on the live listenership and makes this podcast all the more important. We kicked off with an energetic little ball of rock to get you in the mood courtesy of The Defiants and then went straight into some ZZ Top Live From Around the World. I highly recommend that album, it’s ZZ Top at their best.
Boston’s Cool The Engines still sounds super fresh 34 years later and showcased what a genius Boston mastermind Tom Scholtz really is. The brand new music was ably represented by the voice of Saxon, Biff Byford off his first-ever solo album. He’s got Fredrick Akersson from Opeth doing the guitar work and has Phil Campbell, ex of Motörhead – as if that needs to be said – guesting on the album. It sounds great, glad he’s done it. We followed up with a bit of Joe Jackson just to mix it up a bit and then after some blues rock courtesy of the amazing Rory Gallagher and some Southern Rock courtesy of Whiskey Myers. After that, we got seriously heavy with In Flames and Gojira. It’s the first time for Gojira on TSORR, they are quite amazing. The 7 Minute plus feature this week was filled by The mighty Judas Priest performing Beyond the Realms of Death live off the Battle Cry album. It is and will always be one of the greatest songs ever recorded.
We hit the downhill run after that and mellowed it out with Ozzy and Elton John doing the tile Track of Ozzy’s brand new album, Ordinary Man. I love the album, Ozzy is one of my guys, he never disappoints. I am particularly impressed with the quality of the songwriting. I do have to say, and it’s my personal viewpoint, but both tracks that have the involvement of Post Malone are garbage and at least in this modern day you can delete them rather than have them destroy your album. The local corner was represented once again by Johnathan Martin, who makes his fourth consecutive appearance on TSORR Radio Show, 12th Avenue, and Van Coke Kartel. Check out the special bonus track after the show ends especially dedicated to Graeme in Brisbane in recognition of a conversation we had about 15 years ago.
Artists featured this week: Ozzy Osbourne, Van Coke Kartel, Megadeth, ACDC, The Defiants, Johnathan Martin, Rory Gallagher, Gojira, Judas Priest, Joe Jackson, ZZ Top, In Flames, Biff Byford, Scorpions, Accept, Whiskey Myers, Slash, Conil, Queensrÿche, Uriah Heep, Drowning Pool, Motörhead, 12th Avenue, Keel & Boston