The thoroughly enjoyable Episode 3 of season 4 went out live at 7 pm on the 21st of January 2021. It was great right from the start, there were plenty of people tuned in and from Boston’s opening track ‘Don’t Look Back’ all the way through to Parkway Drive it was a cracker. A listener highlighted the fact that at 21h21 we would be 21 hours, 21 minutes, 21 seconds of the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century. That created some pressure to find a suitable song to play at the time. Even more so because before I found this out I had already played Green Day’s 21 Guns which would have been good.
We ran through a lot of 80’s metal; Ratt, Mr Big, Skid Row, Lita Ford, Tygers of Pan Tang, Slaughter, and Keel and we checked out 70s giants The Sweet and the inimitable Ted Nugent. The punk section was covered by the Sex Pistols and The Stranglers and Aussies were represented by Wolfmother, Cold Chisel, and The Lazys. Special mention here for Cold Chisel, I played Bal-A-Versailles and the feedback was instant, “what a great track”! Usually, I will get a comment about a song but literally, immediately, 4 comments came in about it. Another crowd-pleaser was SA’s own The Black Cat Bones with ‘Don’t Wake the Scarecrow‘, again, to all-round approval, it’s a song that raises goosebumps every time.
Other than that we checked out the remarkable rebranding and rebuilding of the career of Ron Keel and we sorted out the 21 hours, minutes, and seconds thing by being able to say that at the exact time we were listening to The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show and being blasted by a suitable bit of metal which was fitting in many ways.
Artists featured: Boston, ACDC, Godsmack, Ratt, Mr Big, The Sweet, Hinder, Paragon, Green Day, The Rolling Stones, System of a Down, Skid Row, Lita Ford, Halestorm, Sex Pistols, The Stranglers, Wolfmother, Cold Chisel, The Lazys, Ted Nugent, Static-X, Seether, Black Star Riders, Mustasch, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Cougar, Metallica, Tygers on Pan Tang, Avenged Sevenfold, Rammstein, Machine Head, Slaughter, Aking, The Diamond Dogs, The Black Cat Bones, Keel, Ron Keel Band, Parkway Drive