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Benjy says...

Welcome to another Rock of Ages newsletter,

There are clearly a lot of Golden Earring fans out there, thanks for all the emails and calls on Thursday night raving about your favourite tracks .... There was a lot more to the Earring than just "Radar Love" and some of the earlier albums like "Together" and "Eight miles high" are worth checking out .... The special for Thursday February 2nd will the darlings of the prog rock set ... YES. Rock of Ages will be concentrating on the band's classic early to mid 70's period with the definitive lineup of Anderson, Squire, Howe, Wakeman and Bruford so you will hear gems like "Roundabout", "I've seen all good people", "Close to the edge", etc.

NB Please note that due to a Radio 2000 live broadcast of the SA vs Tunisia soccer match starting at 8pm there will be no Rock of Ages this coming Thursday January 26. Whilst this is indeed a bummer of note and beyond the control of ROA, you can be sure of your weekly dose of full colour rock 'n roll again on Thursday February 2.

News from the world of rock


I have been asked a number of times where I get my rock news/birthday dates, etc from: I have several sources that I gather info from including what is in my opinion the two most informative monthly rock magazines; Classic Rock and Mojo - both often have free CD's and are highly recommended. Another source is from the 'Net, particularly About Classic Rock (www.classicrock.about.com).This site is run by Dave White and is packed with great rock info, news and stories, not to be missed!

Piet Botha




Saturday 25th February 2006 the South African music industry pays tribute to one of it's great legends, Piet Botha, at a festival to be held at the Foundry Fly Lounge, cnr. of Hans Stydom Avenue and N4 (Witbank) freeway, Silver Lakes, Pretoria East.

The event, which is appropriately named "A Good Friend of Mine", a title of one of his favourite songs, starts at 13h00 in the afternoon and will feature top acts like Karen Zoid, Albert Frost, Anton Goosen, Gert Vlok Nel, Southern Gypsey Queen, Not My Dog, Scicoustic, Akkedis and many more of SA's best acts currently playing on the local music circuit. All the artists participating in this festival, have at some or other stage been involved with Botha, either by playing with him, having shared the stage with him, had an album produced by him or have been mentored by the master.

Rock of Ages's recommendations


Tokyo Dragons - Give Me The Fear


Tokyo Dragons


It is pretty quiet out there on the new releases front, most of the labels are only now getting back to business (nice job!) However I'm stoked that I have managed to get my hands on the debut album by UK classic rock hopefuls Tokyo Dragons. There has been a buzz on this band for a couple of years now, due mainly to their apparently high voltage live shows. However due to an undisclosed 'development hell' scenario the album, "Give me the fear", had been delayed for some months. The first inkling I had that here was a new ass kickin', full throttle rock 'n roll band was the track "Rocking the stew", featured on Classic Rock's "Best of 2005" sampler. The album is crammed full to the maximum with raunchy riffs, anthemic vocals, killer guitar solos reminiscent of great bands like Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, Judas Priest and the like. Check out "What the hell" and "Do ya wanna" for starters.

Astral Daze
Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972


Astral Daze


A new RetroFresh compilation has just been released. 'Astral Daze - Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972' features 18 classic, rare and obscure tracks (16 of which have never previously officially been released on CD before). This CD was compiled by myself and Brian Currin with major input from SA rock collector Tertius Louw.

Tracks:
  1. The Whip - Suck
  2. Astral III - The Invaders
  3. The Boy And The Bee - Omega Limited
  4. Straight Ahead - Otis Waygood
  5. My Back Feels Light/What Can You Say - Abstract Truth
  6. The Eagle Has Landed - Dickie Loader with Freedom's Children
  7. You Keep Me Hanging On - The Flames
  8. Blurry Visions - Buzzard
  9. Fire - The Third Eye
  10. Predictions - Hawk
  11. Kafkasque - Freedom's Children
  12. Blue Machines and Dreams - Bryan Miller's Destruction
  13. The Mad Professor - John and Philipa Cooper
  14. Cathy Come Home - The Fireflies
  15. Morning Light - Tidal Wave
  16. Race With The Devil - The Bats
  17. Magic Dragon - The Idiots
  18. Birds Flying High - McCully Workshop


New releases - DVD

January - Kiss 2-set DVD called 'Rock the Nation Live'

March-April - The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story (2-disc DVD with over 4 hours of content)

INXS – Rock Star

Judas Priest – Live Vengeance '82

Franz Ferdinand – Live (2-disc DVD)

Regards

Benjy

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GLITTER CHARGED
Gary Glitter is to be formally indicted by the Vietnamese authorities on a charge child molestation. However, the more serious allegation of child rape is to be dropped, due to lack of evidence; if found guilty of the latter, Glitter could have faced the death penalty. The 61-year-old glam rocker was arrested last month on suspicion of having sex with underage girls. He claims that he was teaching them English.

MARS INJURED
Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars was injured when pulled offstage at the end of the band's New Year's Eve show in Detroit. Fortunately, he wasn't badly hurt. Motley Crue are to be honoured with their own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The star itself will be unveiled at a ceremony on January 25.

HUGHES STARTS RECORDING
Glenn Hughes is about to begin working on a new album. He'll be recording at Chad Smith's home studio in Hollywood, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer also co-producing the as-yet untitled record. Smith will also play on the album, as will his Chili Peppers colleague, guitarist John Frusciante.

STONES GROSS BIG
The Rolling Stones are officially the biggest grossing live act in America during '05. Their recent tour earned over $160 million. Motley Crue (number 11) and Green Day (12) also made it onto the list of the 20 biggest touring bands of the year in the US.

DETH FOR MONTROSE
Former Megadeth rhythm section Dave Ellefson (bass) and Jimmy Degrasso (drums) have joined legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose's new band. The line-up played their first show together at Santa Cruz in California on January

FALLING TOTO
Legendary melodic rockers Toto release new album, 'Falling In Between', through Frontiers on February 10. The record includes guest appearances from former singer Joseph Williams and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson.

CREAM, BOWIE HONOURED
Cream and David Bowie are to be honoured with lifetime achievement awards at the upcoming Grammys. This happens on February 7.

KISS OPEN COFFEEHOUSE
A Kiss Coffeehouse is to open soon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Among other things, people will be able to buy several brands of Kiss signature coffee.

AND FINALLY ..........
Rammstein are being sued by Armin Meiwes, a cannibal currently in jail for eating a man he met through the internet. Meiwes is claiming that the Rammstein song 'Mein Teil' is based on his crime. Meiwes insisted that he wasn't guilty of murder, as his victim wanted to be eaten!

Live Gigs
Piet Botha
Saturday 25th February 2006 the South African music industry pays tribute to one of it's great legends, Piet Botha, at a festival to be held at the Foundry Fly Lounge, cnr. of Hans Stydom Avenue and N4 (Witbank) freeway, Silver Lakes, Pretoria East.

The event, which is appropriately named "A Good Friend of Mine", a title of one of his favourite songs, starts at 13h00 in the afternoon and will feature top acts like Karen Zoid, Albert Frost, Anton Goosen, Gert Vlok Nel, Southern Gypsey Queen, Not My Dog, Scicoustic, Akkedis and many more of SA's best acts currently playing on the local music circuit. All the artists participating in this festival, have at some or other stage been involved with Botha, either by playing with him, having shared the stage with him, had an album produced by him or have been mentored by the master. More gig info at: Piet Botha & Jack Hammer

Louise Carver
28th January Live at Silvertree Restaurant, Kirstenbosch Gardens

Red House
25 Jan - Mojo's Blues Bar, 8pm.
26 Jan - The Jam @ Rocky Ridge Pub and Restaurant (Ramsgate), 8pm.

Brothers of the Wind Booze Cruise
28th January Stag's Head Pub, Gardens 12 noon
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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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