Season 2 Episode 6 happened at a few minutes past midnight on 7 Feb 2020. We got straight into it with Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy. The show was pretty much old school metal for the first half hour before we got a dose of Grunge via that bastion of mirth, cheer, and happiness, Kurt Cobain.
SA bands were represented by Pilgrim South a solid rock band out of Sekunda, I don’t know much about them but I will probably do an interview with them when they are in JHB. Its good to know that there is a rock and roll soul alive and kicking in Mpumalanga. 12th Avenue, one of my favourite SA bands ever, were also featured with a track called Time Bomb. Alice Cooper’s Generation Landslide sounded as fresh as ever, amazing that it’s nearly 50 years old. Iron Maiden took the Midnight 7-Plus slot this week with a track called The Longest Day off their 2006 release ‘A Matter of Life and Death’. The highlight of the show for me was playing Ozzy Osbourne’s new track Under the Graveyard at high volume through the studio speakers. Ozzy is sounding amazing and that chorus is catchy as hell, you have been warned. My only regret here is that he hasn’t got Zakk Wylde on the album. No disrespect to Andrew Watt who has done an excellent job of producing the album and playing all the guitar but Zakk would have made a massive contribution I reckon. Note that Duff McKagan & Chad Smith from G ‘n’ R and the Chillie Peppers provided the rhythm section.
The Punk came a bit later than normal, this week in the form of the Dead Kennedy’s with ‘Kill the Poor’ and then a bit of Green Day. Another show highlight was hearing Johnathan Martin’s brilliant cover of ‘Cortez the Killer’ back to back with Neil Young doing Pocahontas live off the Weld album. We got back to the heavy stuff with Judas Priest’s Hellrider and then a really menacing bit of metal called Walker of the Dark, courtesy of Udo Dirkschneider in his solo outfit U.D.O. We managed to cram in a last bit of Motörhead and the Foo’s and then it was “Cheers” until next week. The playout song was a little goodbye to Dave Brock a high school friend who sadly passed away this week RIP Dave.
Artists featured this episode: Thin Lizzy, The Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnathan Martin, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Pilgrim South, Judas Priest, Baton Rouge, John Frusciante, Alice Cooper, Slash, Green Day, Def Leppard, Volbeat, Neil young, Steelheart, Rush, Rex Brown, Great White, U.D.O., 12th avenue, the Dead Kennedy’s