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Hello Rock Fans,
I trust that you enjoyed the John Mayall special last night along with the virtual smorgasbord of classic rock, blues, folk, hard rock, 60's psych, prog and the quite frankly undefinable that constitutes the weekly makeup on Rock of Ages .... I love the 'live' show, there is an energy and vibe that you just don't get when you prerecord, as was the case with this show. I mean ... leaping about to the strains of the Greatest Show on Earth's "Borderline" at 9am, having braved the morning traffic (with rain) only to find that the coffee shop next to the studio is still closed is recommended only to those who have sold their souls to rock 'n roll (or mad dogs and Englishmen) ..... Nonetheless the show must go on!
The Rock of Ages Special
By overwhelmingly popular request this coming Thursday's special will be Live in Concert part 2 - some the greatest bands of all time kicking hard live on stage - Grand Funk Railroad, Rush, Cream, Janis Joplin, Peter Frampton, Allman Brothers, Mountain, Audience, Jeff Beck, The MC5 and many more. Thank you for all your suggestions, I will try to accomodate as many as possible and if it doesn't make it this time? Well, who knows - Part 3 anyone??
Rock of Ages presents "Footstompin' Music"
Our first classic rock cd compilation, "Footstompin' Music", will be released for Xmas through Universal Music, more details to follow but here is the final tracklisting for you to drool over .... guaranteed to get any self respecting rock party hopping! As you can see we have tried to avoid the usual tracks by these timeless artists, hence no Free Bird, Smoke on the water, Paranoid, Mississippi Queen, etc .... I hope you all rush out and buy it!
- Grand Funk Railroad - Footstompin' Music
- Deep Purple - Burn
- Uriah Heep - Look at yourself
- Black Sabbath - Sweat Leaf
- Thin Lizzy - Chinatown
- Robin Trower - Too rolling stoned
- Mountain - Never in my life
- Wishbone Ash - Blowin' free
- Foghat - I just wanna make love to you
- Budgie - Baby, please don't go
- Santana - Toussaint l'Overture
- Alice Cooper - Muscle of love
- Nazareth - Go down fighting
- Blue Oyster Cult - The Red & the Black
- Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme back my bullets
- Free - The Hunter
- Taste - What's goin' on
Rock of Ages's recommendations
The Rockit Scientist, Leon Economides, recently introduced me to one of the leading lights of the new prog-rock movement, the band Glass Hammer. Their most recent album (released in 2005), "The Inconsolable secret" *** is a real earopener - great swathes of keyboard dominated rock spread across 2 cds. The first titled "The Knights" comprises of 2 epic tracks that incorporate nearly every style of prog, from neo-classical that borders on early ELP to more frenetic riffery that brings the work of fellow proggers Spocks Beard and a more pastoral Porcupine Tree to mind. The second cd, "The Lady", comprises of shorter tracks like the folky "Morrigan's Song" and the complex
"Having caught a glimpse" - lyrically it's pretty much the JRR Tolkien vibe with lots of fantasy characters and places. Overall a really enjoyable album that reveals more and more with repeated listenings.
|*****|| Volcanic....not to be missed.
|**** || Seismic....highly recommended...buy it!
|*** || Aftershock....solid effort.
|** || Xmas cracker...Pooof!
|* || Do I need to explain this?
Keep the rock real ...
Contact Rock of Ages
PO Box 53585, Kenilworth, 7745
Studio phones: 089-2101004
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.
|Rock Of Ages News
Green Day Sued
Paul McPike from Oregon has filed a lawsuit against Green Day, claiming that he wrote the songs for the band's mega selling 'American Idiot' album. McPike insists that he did this while at college. How then did Green Day get them? According to the lawsuit, they were given to the band by a former friend of his! However, a judge has ruled that there's insufficient evidence for this suit to proceed.
Van Halen Nominated
Van Halen have been nominated for induction into the Rock And Hall Of Fame next year. Also on the list of nominees are The Stooges and Patti Smith.
Short Cuts ... Congratulations to Wolfmother. They picked up two awards at the Australian ARIAS, namely 'Best Rock Album' ('Wolfmother) and 'Best Group' ... Kiss are hatching plans to become the caffeine conquerors. Having just opened their first coffee house in Myrtle Beach, they now intend to flood the market, with 100 more planned in the next couple of years. Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has been involved in a road accident in Los Angeles. His motorbike was hit by a truck. Fortunately, he suffered only cuts and bruises ... The movie rights have been sold for the authorized Ramones biography 'I Slept With Joey Ramones'. The book was written by the singer's brother Mickey Leigh, together with Legs McNeil.
More Classic Rock?
I can highly recommend the About Classic Rock website run by Dave White. Not only does Dave host one of the most knowledgeable classic rock blogs on the Net but the site itself is very entertaining and informative. There are always great indepth stories on the artists and the rock quizzes are addictive. If you are like me, a classic rock fan, then the weekly About Classic Rock newletter is a must. Sign up at classicrock.about.com
More rock on R2K ......
Suffering from Rock withdrawal symptoms on a Tuesday night? Well then tune the dial el pronto to Barney Simon's show between 8 and midnight every Tuesday on Radio 2000 (or R2K as Barney calls it) for the best in South African rock plus gig guide,albums reviews, demos, new releases, news from around the country and much more ...... Unmissable! .... Also don't forget to catch Michelle Constant between 1pm and 3pm Monday-Friday for news, music, interviews and loads of cool stuff .... and of course .... Mo G on the morning drive, weekdays 8-10am ... Exclusively on Radio 2000.
Table Mountain Blues Summit
25th November Tafelberg Tavern, Hope Street Cape Town
Featuring: Blues Broers, Boulevard Blues Band, Albert Frost Trio, Piet Botha & Jack Hammer, Southern Gypsy Queen, Terri & Harper Jnr Blues Duo, Gerald Clark ... For ticket sales or more information, contact Mike Combrinck 083-4599748 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Boulevard Blues Band
10th November Lord Nelson Inn, Simonstown
15th/27th Bertie's Mooring
18th November Radium Beer Hall, Orange Grove
London Calling (Fairview JHB)
25th November Metal Night IV with Architectureof Agression, Chromium and Psordid
8th December The Privates, Desmond & The Tutu’s and Greenisforturbo
17th November Steak n' Ale Pretoria
18th November Toninios, Orange Grove JHB
Chris Letcher (Ex Urban Creep & Van der Want/Letcher)
Fri 10 Nov - Independent Armchair, Lower Main Road , Observatory. 9pm.
Sat 11 Nov - Mystic Boer, Victoria Street, Stellenbosch. 9pm
Springbok N*de Girls on GO Summer Tour in December
15 December - DBN – Rocky Ridge Restaurant, Margate (TBC)
16 December - DBN – Wavehouse, Umhlanga (TBC)
18 December – EC - The Deck, East London
19 December – EC – The Station, Port Alfred
22 December – EC – Tapas Al Sol, Port Elizabeth
23 December – WC – The Workshop, ST Francis
27 December – WC- Plush, George
28 December – WC – Camelot, Mossel Bay
29 December – WC – The Finale Show in Somerset West (Venue TBC)
|You say it's your birthday...
Joe Bouchard - Blue Öyster Cult - 1948
Tom Fogerty - Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1941-1990
Alan Gratzer - REO Speedwagon - 1948
Greg Lake - Emerson Lake and Palmer - 1947
Ronnie Hammond - Atlanta Rhythm Section - 1950
Chris Dreja - The Yardbirds - 1945
Vince Martell - Vanilla Fudge - 1945
Neil Young - 1945
Buck Dharma - Blue Öyster Cult - 1947
Roger Steen - The Tubes - 1949
James Young - Styx - 1949
Steve Fossen - Heart - 1949
|"Benjy says..." Archive
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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.