Episode 49 of Season 5 aired on 8 December 2022 at 19h00 on Rebel Rock Radio. It began with the very track that started me on this 40-plus-year journey down Rock and Roll Road i.e. ‘Detroit Rock City’, the opening track from Kiss’s Destroyer. That album changed my life, and may have changed yours too. If you get yourself a copy of The Story of Rock and Roll you may find some parallels. From Kiss, we went to The Clash and the title track of the London Calling album. Next, we got a deluge of guitar from Jake E. Lee and Ivan Ivankovic. Ivan on a track called ‘World in Fear’ and Jake with Badlands back in 1984. Randy Rhoads would have turned 66 this week so we wished him happy birthday in heaven and then checked out his more than able replacement Zakk Wylde in his band Black Label Society and a track called Lovin’ Woman’ off the Unblackened album.
We checked out The Raven Age and a track called ‘The Death March’ and that fitted well with yet another track of the latest Queensrÿche album Digital Noise Alliance. We had some Lynyrd Skynyrd with ‘Call me The Breeze’ and then another bit of classic rock in the form of ‘Call On Me’ from Bad Company. Now if you are listening internationally then I am sorry I bang on about the state of South Africa as much as I do, it is a tragedy we are living through, a government that has betrayed the electorate and stolen all the money by looting and collapsing all the State-owned enterprises. We are on the cusp of a complete blackout with load shedding around 8 hours a day. It was therefore politically correct to bitch about it and play The Damned’s ‘Wait For The Blackout, followed by Sex Pistols and ‘EMI’. If you substitute ANC for EMI you get the picture. From there it was time for some upliftment and that came in the form of Van Halen with ‘Dreams’, The Gaslight anthem with ‘Stay Lucky’, and Sixx A.M. with ‘High On The Music’. We will get through this and the music helps.
The downhill run included some grungy stuff from Audioslave, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains. It was post-Layne Staley Alice in Chains I might add, William Duvall is doing a great job in AIC. Next up, classics from ACDC and Black Sabbath, and then some Halestorm with a cover of Sophie B. Hawkins’s ‘Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover’. We took a listen to a lot of brilliant stuff that is new to me, St Aurora out of Finland, Girish and the Chronicles out of India, and Risingfall out of Japan. Thanks to the wifi situation with a lot of the cell towers in the country rendered useless because the batteries have been stolen, I lost a lot of listeners, apologies to all who were frustrated with the signal dropping. The end of the show turned into a beautiful Metal Festival featuring, Sword, Motörhead, Pantera, Bewitcher, and Arch Enemy. We ended off with Claymorean, a metal band out of Lazarevac, a small mining town in Serbia. Claymorean are one of the best bands I have discovered this year. I Hope you enjoyed the episode, comments are welcome, watch out for the monthly newsletter and let me know if you want to be on the mailing list. Thestoryofrockandroll1@gmail.com
Artists featured: KISS, The Clash, Nevada Beach, Badlands, Ivan Ivankovic, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, The Raven Age, Queensrÿche, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, The Damned, Sex Pistols, Van Halen, The Gaslight Anthem, Sixx A.M., Audioslave, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, ACDC, Black Sabbath, Hell Fire, Iron allies, Halestorm, the Pretty Reckless, My Chemical Romance, St Aurora, Texas Hippie Coalition, Sword, Girish and the Chronicles, Risingfall, Motörhead, Pantera, Arch Enemy, Bewitcher, Claymorean
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