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Hi to all ROA subscribers,

Quite a few listeners to Thursday's special compared Gravy Train to Jethro Tull and I must admit there is a similarity although the 'Train were more guitar orientated. Overall during the early 70's there were a number of innovative prog rock bands that featured flute ... Jade Warrior, SeaTrain, Blodwyn Pig, Camel, Focus and Audience spring to mind. It's a pity that the instrument doesn't feature all that much these days as I feel that it brings an extra dimension to modren rock music .... This coming Thursday's special will be of the leading lights in the new electric guitar wave that has spawned the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes ... his name is Eric Gales and if you are fan of Jimi, Robin Trower and Frank Marino style rock then don't miss this explosive and jaw dropping guitarist.

Eric Gales

Eric Gales Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric's brother Eugene Gales played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Jimmy King had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. Eric released his first record at age16 titled "The Eric Gales Band" for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine's Reader's Poll named Eric as "Best New Talent," in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, "Picture of a thousand faces", all three brothers teamed up for "The Gales Bros. Left Hand Brand" which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996. Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see artists like Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric took his God-given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy.

Eric Gales The new Millennium presented new opportunities for Eric and he was signed to a deal with Nightbird Records which was affiliated with Jimi Hendrix's sister Janie Hendrix and Experience Hendrix, L. L. C. and distributed through MCA/Universal. Under this deal, Eric recorded the critically acclaimed record "That's What I Am" in 1991 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. In 2004 Eric Gales made headline music news when he was chosen to perform with Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani, Jerry Cantrell and others on the Experience Hendrix tour to honor the late, great, Jimi Hendrix. 2006 brings a new state of mind for guitar great, Eric Gales with his new release Crystal Vision on Blues Bureau Records. "Crystal Vision" takes the next logical step in Gales career, further establishing him as one of the rare musical talents of his generation. This left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and expressive vocals is a natural for people to compare to Hendrix. Gales has developed a unique hybrid blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Eric Johnson. A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre.

Eric Gales


2006 Crystal Vision
2001 That's What I Am
1995 Left Hand Brand
1993 Picture of a Thousand Faces
1993 Eric Gales
1991 The Eric Gales Band

Rock of Ages's recommendations

Rory Gallagher

One of the great things about classic rock music is the wonderful legacy that many of the artists have created. In recent months I have been rediscovering the power of Led Zep, the quirky Englishness of Jethro Tull, the sheer funkiness of Free and the stratosphere blazing exploits of Jimi Hendrix. At the moment Rory Gallagher is doing it for me again, if you listened last Thursday you would have heard me play an amazing acoustic track called "Just a smile" taken from a Rory new anthology released last year. "Big Guns - the very best of Rory Gallagher" is a 24 track, double cd set that has been released by SonyBMG on the Super Audio cd format and remixed in 5.1 surround sound. All the faves like "Calling card", "Tattoo'd lady", "Messing with the kid" and "A million miles away" as well as several Taste classics and some acoustic tracks that show just what a multi talented player Rory was .... highly recommended.

Important Rock of Ages information

As part of it's sports mandate Radio 2000 will be covering all of the major live games in this year's Soccer World Cup and 2 of these games clash with Rock of Ages on Thursday 15th and 22nd June. Unfortunately there will be no Rock of Ages on these dates, we will return live, loud and in your face on 29th June. This also means that our 2nd Birthday celebrations will be extended into July with lots of interviews, competitions and prizes.

Rock of Ages turns 2!!!!

For the month of June and into July we will be celebrating our 2nd birthday ... can you believe it? - 2 years of classic rock on South African national radio!! There are a couple of people that I need to thank: Firstly a big 'up 'n respek' to Radio 2000 station manager, Richard Jones, who is himself an avid rock fan and muso - seriously, without Richard there would be no Rock of Ages ... so ...... please email him at and thank him ... secondly to Senior Producer Nick Mons who was there from the beginning with advice, help and sound skills (plus the live gigs) ... Henry at the Radio 2000 studio in Joburg, all the tech staff at SABC Cape Town .... and a very special thanks to the ROA webmaster Brian Currin who mails out the weekly newsletter and keeps the website updated and looking so rock 'n roll (he designs funky websites so if you are interested please visit ... and finally .... to you the Rock of Ages listener - for all your passion, enthusiasm, suggestions and love of music.


Here are the winners of Thursday 1st June competitions: The Essential Rock Hamper - Tony Gillespie (Durban) ...... Deep Purple Platinum Collection cd - Daya Naidoo (Pietermaritzburg), Rob Hudson (Irene, Pretoria), Ted Woodberg (Claremont,Cape Town), Roger Gordon (Ottery East) ..... Oppikoppi Rocks cd .... MJ Oosthuizen (Goodwood), Christo Vermeulen (Bellville), Niel Muller (Tamboerskloof), Jayce Bryers (Weltevreden Park).

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Blackmore to guest in Purple?
Deep Purple are to play at this year's Montreaux Jazz Festival, the 40th anniversary of the event. It happens from June 30 to July 15. There are unconfirmed reports that attempts are being made to persuade guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to re-join the band for this one-off occasion.

Petty Vs RHCP?
Tom Petty is reportedly considering suing Red Hot Chili Peppers over allegations they plagiarised one of his songs. The band have been accused of lifting key aspects of their latest single Dani California from Petty's "Mary Jane's last dance", most publicly by US DJ Dan Gaffney who said, "The chord progression, the melody, the tempo, the key, the lyrical theme? They're identical." Sources tell the New York Post Petty is in discussions with his lawyers about mounting a legal challenge.

The Brits get serious 'mad cow disease'!
"Definitely Maybe," the debut album by Oasis, has beaten the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in a British vote for the greatest album of all time, organizers said Thursday. The Beatles also took third place with "Revolver" and had three other albums in the Top 100 in the vote staged by British Hit Singles & Albums, an annual publication, and ... Inferior copies tend to beat superior originals when it comes to mass public consumption. Something to do with the lowest common denominator or mothers smoking crack while pregnant.

Grohl Not Dead
Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl has reassured fans he is very much alive despite a number of internet sites saying the contrary. The internet web of lies depicting Dave's death got so carried away that Grohl himself started receiving phone calls of condolence.

KISS Your Toilet
Look out, KISS is about to invade your kitchen and bathroom! KISS licensee California Gold has just released nine new KISS ceramic wall tiles featuring all of the classic KISS album covers of the '70s. Each 6" x 6" ceramic tile features a great quality full-color KISS cover. These new tiles follow the "Alive II" and the solo tiles that were released last year.

Fogerty DVD
Fantasy Records is releasing John Fogerty's Live Concert DVD "The Long Road Home: The Concert". The DVD will be released on June 13th, 2006. Recorded live in concert in September 2005 at the famed Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, "The Long Road Home: The Concert" is the perfect companion to the 2005 certified gold album, "The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty - Creedence Collection". Directed by Martyn Atkins ('Cream - Live at the Royal Albert Hall'), recorded in high definition video and mixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, this 105-minute widescreen digipack DVD features 26 electrifying versions of John Fogerty and his Creedence classics. The package also features a bonus exclusive video of "Deja Vu All Over Again".

John Fogerty is one of America's most celebrated, influential and treasured singer/songwriters. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has established one of the most important catalogs of songs in rock history. Most of them are represented in this spectacular performance captured at the Wiltern including, "Born On The Bayou", "Who'll Stop The Rain", "Bad Moon Rising", "Have You Ever Seen The Rain", "Travelin' Band", "Deja Vu All Over Again," "Fortunate Son", "Green River", "Almost Saturday Night", "Rockin All Over The World", "Centerfield" and "Proud Mary" just to name a few. Fogerty proves once again that he remains one of rock's most dynamic and explosive performers.

Live Gigs
Back on Track
Every Saturday @ Cheetah's ,Brackenfell CT from 5.30pm-play 60's/70's blues and rock

Boulevard Blues Band
4th June Berties Mooring, Gordon's Bay

Jack Hammer
11th June 88's Norwood
22nd June Steak & Ale PTA
30th June Steak & Ale PTA

@ London Calling Fairview, Joburg. Contact: 011 6181018
9 June Sniper On The Roof, Suicide Kings, And Gross Misconduct

The Nu Folk (Jim Neversink, Josie Field & Laurie Levine)
4th June (from 3.30pm) Back to Basix, Westdene

Retro's @ Magic's, R82 Old Vereeniging Rd, Walkerville
Relive the experience! Flashback to the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's

Stoned Goblin
10 June Cool Runnings, Obs
30 June One Ring, Obs

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Of Scottish origin, Benjy 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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