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Rock Of Ages is broadcasting live from CD Wherehouse in Johannesburg.

In keeping with our dual motto of "Less talk, more rock" and in this case "Taking the music to the people", Rock of Ages will be broadcasting live from CD Wherehouse in Johannesburg. Nick and I would love to see and meet you so please come and support us - let's show everyone the power of rock radio!

Thursday 8th December 7pm-12 midnight CD Wherehouse, The Zone Rosebank JHB - with live performance by Jim Neversink.

NB The live performance starts sharply at 7pm

Benjy says...

Dear Rock of Ages fans,

As many of you know we had to abort the live broadcast at CD Wherehouse Cape Town last night due to severe technical difficulties which were beyond the control of Nick Mons and myself. I made the decision to cancel the live show and relocate the broadcast to the normal studio as I felt that the show had to go on, in true rock 'n roll style, no matter what. On behalf of Rock of Ages, Radio 2000 and the show sponsors, CD Wherehouse, I would like to apologise to the many fans who came to the live broadcast only to see it cancelled. Hopefully we will be able to reschedule it at a later date.

Allman Brothers

Allman Brothers

I hope you enjoyed the Allman Brothers special, they truly were an amazing band that absolutely blazed live on stage as evidenced by the "Live at the Fillmore East" and "Eat a peach" albums. The almost psychic interplay between guitarists Duane Allman and Dickey Betts is legendary in rock history especially on songs like 'In memory of Elizabeth Reed' and 'Whipping post'. When both Duane and bassist Berry Oakley were tragically killed in motorcycle accidents within a year of each other (and almost in the same place) it seemed that the Allman Brothers were finished but in true rock fashion they picked themselves up and continued to record and release some classic albums. The Allman Brothers are still recording and touring today with another great guitarist, Warren Hayes (Gov't Mule) behind the strings. I can highly recommend "Live at the Fillmore East" album for any new rock fans wanting to experience the Allman's magic for the first time .... Next week's special will be a look at blues-rock guitarist, Gary Moore.

Gary Moore

Gary Moore

Rock of Ages recommends

Killer Queen

Killer Queen

The last few years have seen a virtual tsunami of 'tribute' albums to the giants of classic rock - from AC/DC through Led Zep and Cheap Trick to Frank Zappa. Most of them do not work, either because the artists concerned merely copy the original version note-for-note or radically reinterpret them to a point that they lose the original spirit of the song. So when I was sent the latest tribute album "Killer Queen" I thought 'oh boy this is going going to be a mess', after all Queen were one of the mightiest rock bands of all time and the controversy over Paul Rodgers joining Brian and Roger in a new version of the band still rages on among fans worldwide. On that note it's interesting to hear that QPR (Queen + Paul Rodgers) have gone on record stating that they are not trying to recreate the 'Freddie Mercury' years but rather continuing as a live band and that Queen were four members and not just one. It is also important to point out that many of the huge Queen hits were written by guitarist Brian May so hey ... why not I say!

Anyway "Killer Queen" is one of the best tribute albums that I have heard - newcomer Gavin DeGraw's soulful rock interpretation of "We are the champions" is absolutely awesome and as for Shinedown's rabid thrash of "Tie your mother down"? Well it kicks serious ass and will liven up any party. Other notable tracks include the funky "Stone cold crazy" (Eleven with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme) and Mexicali rockers Los Lobos's version of "Sleeping on the sidewalk". Inevitably two bands cover "Bohemian Rhapsody" and whilst they are good versions I think that the original can never be topped ... a great album!


Dire Straits

Throughout December we will be running both an on-air and email competition to celebrate the release of the new Dire Straits album "Private Investigations - The Best of Dire Straits". Up for grabs over the next few weeks will be 12 copies of the album and 12 "On The Night" DVD's so stay tuned!

Dire Straits

  1. Sultans Of Swing
  2. Love Over Gold
  3. Romeo And Juliet
  4. Tunnel Of Love
  5. Private Investigations
  6. Money For Nothing
  7. Brothers In Arms
  8. Walk Of Life
  9. On Every Street
  10. Going Home
  11. Why Aye Man (radio edit) - Mark Knopfler
  12. Boom Like That - Mark Knopfler
  13. What It Is - Mark Knopfler
  14. All The Road Running - Mark Knopfler
Click here to enter.

Rock on until next Thursday...


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The views, opinions, rants, raves and ramblings expressed on this website are the author's own and in no way reflect the views of Radio 2000 or the SABC.

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Win a Dire Straits CD, 'Private Investigations - The Best Of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler' and a DVD of 'On The Night', courtesy of Universal Music ... we have 6 sets to give away.

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News from the
World of Rock
Korn have made history by playing a show in the air - 37,000 feet up, to be precise. The gig happened during a transatlantic flight between New York and London, before a specially invited audience.

Black Sabbath will finally be inducted into the Rock And Hall Of Fame. The time will come at the 21st annual induction, which is to happen in New York next March. Sabbath have consistently, and inexplicably, been passed over. In 1999, Ozzy famously asked for the band's name to be removed from the list nominees, deeming the whole thing to be irrelevant to a band such as Sabbath.

The celebrated '80s pop-rockers The Cars are to re-united next year for a tour, But it will be without frontman Ric Ocasek. His place is to be taken by Todd Rundgren.

ROCK AUCTION When Robert Zimmerman scribbled 16 pages of poems back in 1960, they weren't worth much to anyone but the young college student himself. 45 years later, Bob Dylan's early work is worth $78,000 to the collector who bought "Poems Without Titles" at Monday's (November 21) auction of rock memorabilia at Christie's auction house in New York.

Also at auction was an electric guitar played by Eric Clapton. It was expected to bring $3,000 to $5,000. The winning bidder added a zero and paid $36,000 for the Fender composite Stratocaster.

Also notable are some items that failed to attract any bidders: Jim Morrison's handwritten lyrics for the Doors' "Not to Touch the Earth" and the medallion Jimi Hendrix wore during his breakthrough performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

Live Gigs
Robertson Rock Festival
2-4 December Robertson Rocks - featuring Karen Zoid, Boulevard Blues Band, Lancaster Band, Fokofpolisiekar, Hog Hoggidy Hog, Rudimentals and many more – visit their website at

While you're celebrating the festive holidays, don't forget to hoist a glass to the classic rockers who were born in the last month of the year.

December 1
Eric Bloom (Blue Öyster Cult) (1944)
John Densmore (The Doors) (1944)

December 2
Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) (1952)
Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann) (1941)

December 3
Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath) (1948)
Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship) (1949)

December 4
Chris Hillman (Byrds) (1944)
Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (1951)

December 5
J.J. Cale (1938)
Jim Messina (Loggins & Messina) (1947)

December 6
Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown) (1947)

December 7
Tom Waits (1949)

December 8 Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band) (1947)
Jim Morrison (The Doors) (1943-1971)

December 9
Rick Danko (The Band) (1942-1999)

December 12
Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band)(1943)
Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) (1946)

December 13
Skunk Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) (1948)
Ted Nugent (1948)

December 14
Cliff Williams (AC/DC) (1949)

December 15
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus) (1946)
Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) (1942)
Alan Freed (1922-1965)

December 16
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) (1949)

December 17
Paul Butterfield (1942-1987)
Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) (1949)

Click here for more December birthdays.

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Benjy Mudie was inducted into the South African Rock Hall Of Fame on 14th August 2002. Of Scottish origin, Mudie started out in the music industry working in record shops. He later became the A&R man for WEA records, signing such luminaries as Lesley Rae Dowling, Baxtop and Falling Mirror. He has ventured briefly into the realms of songwriting, getting co-writing credit for Little Sister's song 'You Got My Heart', but it is mainly for his running of record labels, notably Tusk and more recently Fresh and Retro Fresh that he is honoured. With these labels he has tirelessly dedicated himself to putting South African music out there, showing an unshaking belief in the quality of SA music.


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