Season 2 Episode 8 of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show aired at midnight on 21 Feb 2020. Technically it was flawless with no recurrence of last week’s minor technical glitches. The biggest problem was the amount of load-shedding going on which affected the number of listeners who stay up to listen to the show. It’s either Telkom signal affecting streaming or Eskom cutting power to areas during TSORR Radio Show, you gotta fight hard for your music these days.
The show started with Mercyful Fate out of Denmark and a track called ‘Desecration of Souls’, I don’t want to say it’s a first but it is certainly not common to hear Mercyful Fate on the radio. They were a huge influence Metallica and can stand proudly as having a major role in starting the thrash wave that engulfed the world in around 1983. We checked out some Kiss and then a bit more thrash in the form of Overkill with a track called ‘Electric Rattlesnake’ especially for Valeska who had a birthday this week. We featured a rare little gem by an Aussie band called Fast Track off an EP I bought at a gig in Perth in 2010, I am pretty sure they are long gone now. It was a night for playing bands that don’t often get airplay on the show with booth Tool and Faith No More getting a look in. Our very own Johnathan Martin scored the much-coveted TSORR hat trick, with his 3rd appearance in 3 consecutive weeks. We took a listen to his track ‘April’ off The Highway Infinity album. The Midnight 7-plus feature, the one where we play a song that goes longer than 7 minutes, featured Metallica with ‘Master of Puppets’. It sounded phenomenal, goosebumps all the way.
We caught another one of those TSORR theme songs, this one in the form of Night Wolf by Krokus and then checked out two of SA’s finest back to back with Black Bone Nation and The Color Blew. The rock music is alive and well in South Africa and just needs a lot of support, the bands are gigging and the music is available on-line and at gigs, check them out. Hopefully some of the shows international listeners will check out these great bands we have. We got into the final straight and blasted our way to the finishing line with something off Butchering the Beatles, a track featuring Lemmy, John 5 and Eric Singer, and some Journey for Margy, a regular listener, and then finished off with a track by the Foo Fighters. Last night featured a bonus track in the form of Thin Lizzy because I was still answering WhatsApp’s and wasn’t quite ready to go. All in all a good time was had, Enjoy.
Artists featured this week: Krokus, Mercyful Fate, Van Halen, Metallica, The Professionals, Johnathan Martin, Foo Fighters, Kiss, The Color Blew, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Pretty Reckless, Overkill, Tool, Journey, Michael Schenker Group, Night Ranger, Black Bone Nation, Def Leppard, Nevada Beach, Faith No More, The Stranglers, Fast Track, The Alabama 3, Butchering the Beatles & Thin Lizzy