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Greetings classic rock fans,

Thursday's special on early 70's prog rockers, Jade Warrior, certainly evoked a varied response from listeners; some likening them to a harder version of Jethro Tull, others a combo of fusionists Syprogyra meets Santana. Whatever influences they wore on their sleeves (and there were many from folk to rock to African to jazz), one thing is certain 'tho, Jade Warrior were one of the most eclectic and interesting bands to emerge from the UK 'underground' movement. I can highly recommend their two Vertigo albums "Jade Warrior" and "Released" for starters, both released in 1971 ..... This coming Thursday will see us return to Aussie rockers AC/DC with a feature on the Bon Scott years - when one looks at the great singers of the classic rock era ('66-'85) the names Paul Rodgers, Robert Plant, Ian Gillan, Roger Daltrey, Freddie Mercury, David Coverdale, Ronnie James Dio and others are obvious choices for most rock fans. However it is, in my humble opinion, a mortal sin that Bon Scott is not included in the Top 10 list of rock's greatest vocalists - Bon had everything a frontman needed .... Bon Scott he possessed a voice that could melt paint at 40 yards, a rock 'n roll swagger second to none, a wonderful and disarmingly humorous songwriting gift and most importantly Bon Scott was a star! Anyone who has seen the early AC/DC videos will attest that his on-stage persona, especially his unique rapport with dynamo guitarist Angus Young, was the stuff of rock and roll legend. No disrespect to ex-Geordie and current incumbent, Brian Johnson, but Bon was AC/DC .... So join me for a loud, lewd and raucous 45 minutes this coming Thursday as we crank the volume to 11 with Bon Scott and AC/DC ... LET THERE BE ROCK! ..... agree/disagree? Have your say at


ROA NEWSLETTERS INFO ... you may have noticed that the weekly newsletter has not been as regular as normal. Besides the move to Joburg which has impacted on the delivery, I have found it increasingly difficult to find the time to collate all the information required timeously and deliver you a quality read each and every week. Many of you may know that I run a small music label which takes up most of my day, plus answering the many ROA queries and mails has also cut into my time. There is also a wealth of rock news and gig info that comes in every day which needs sifting through ..... so what I am going to do is mail out a full newsletter every second week and a reminder email of whats on this week's show every alternate week. Thanks for your understanding.

Rock of Ages presents "Footstomping Music"

The distribution problems that plagued the initial release seem to have been rectified, however if you do have a problem finding the album please email the information to me so that I can take it up with the distributors. In the meantime you can securely order the album via the Rock of Ages website. Click on for details.

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Rock Of Ages Presents Footstomping Music
  1. Grand Funk Railroad - Footstomping Music
  2. Deep Purple - Burn
  3. Uriah Heep - Look at yourself
  4. Black Sabbath - Sweat Leaf
  5. Thin Lizzy - Chinatown
  6. Robin Trower - Too rolling stoned
  7. Mountain - Never in my life
  8. Wishbone Ash - Blowin' free
  9. Foghat - I just wanna make love to you
  10. Budgie - Baby, please don't go
  11. Santana - Toussaint l'Overture
  12. Alice Cooper - Muscle of love
  13. Nazareth - Go down fighting
  14. Blue Oyster Cult - The Red & the Black
  15. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme back my bullets
  16. Free - The Hunter
  17. Taste - What's goin' on

Buy this 'Footstomping Music' CD direct from Rock Of Ages

Rock Of Ages Recommendations

Symphony X - Paradise Lost

Over the last year or so I have become a fan of Symphony X (better late than never!). Their brand of progressive metal fused with old school melodic rock has become a firm fave on the show and their 2002 album "The Odyssey" is one of the best albums of the genre. The band's new album "Paradise Lost" (SPV/Inside Out) *** is packed with shredding, fret burning histronics courtesy of Vai acolyte Michael Romero(some of his licks are ridiculous), sweeping majestic keyboards washes and soaring vocals from Russell Allen as Symphony X fly through a set of songs loosely based on the Apocalypse. OK lyrically it's pretty much sword 'n sorcery/end of the world stuff which quite frankly is pretty passe but they make up for it with virtuoso musicianship and loads of energy ... plus they sound like they are having a ball. Although I for one would like to see/hear the newer metal bands write about something other than St Nick, fire 'n brimstone, armageddon, etc, I guess that's what a lot of fans want .. I dunno ... horses for courses, not so? Anyway if you like your metal hard, fast and brutal with a progressive edge check this album out ......

Planet X - Quantum

The SPV/Inside Out label is becoming the premier prog metal and melodic rock imprint, they have been releasing some amazing stuff over the years. I picked up a copy of an album by a band that I had read about, Planet X - their album "Quantum" (SPV/Inside Out) **** is one of the finest 'nu-prog' albums that I have heard for years ... They are pretty much a prog supergroup with members drawn for some of the leading lights of the movement including keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Virgil Donati BUT the exciting thing is that on guitar is none other than the legendary Allan Holdsworth whose tasty playing has graced the likes of Soft Machine. This instrumental album is what you would expect from a bunch of classy players - breakneck time signatures, mind boggling solos and wonderfully blissful 'chill' passages ... definitely worth investigating....

***** Volcanic....not to be missed.
**** Seismic....highly it!
*** Aftershock....solid effort.
** Damp squib really!
* Do I need to explain this?

Rock Of Ages News

We understand that there will be a major press conference on Monday, August 13, to ann ounce Van Halen's re-union tour of America. This is expected to be a late '07 50-date arena tour. Tne band's line-up will be David Lee Roth (vocals), Eddie Van Halen (guitar), Wolfgang Van halen (bass) and Alex Van Halen (drums).

Wisdom says that The Doors Jim Morrison died in his Paris flat's bath on July 3,1971. But recently it was claimed that he died of a heroin overdose in the toilets of the Rock and Roll Circus Club and was taken home by two dealers who tried to revive him by putting him in the bath .. Who says? Owner of the club, Sam Bernett made the claim in time for the French release of his book "The End-Jim Morrison"....HO HUM!

"They might beat each other to death but I think that they'll put their differences aside in order to feel like rock stars one more time"....Sting's son Joe on the Police completing their World Tour.

Def Leppard are writing new material with producer (and ex South African) Robert John 'Mutt" Lange for an album to be called "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge". This is the first collaboration since 1999's "Euphoria".

There are reports that The Yardbirds are planning a re-union tour in October. This would feature guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist Chris Dreja and drummer Jim McCarty. No word on who'd be brought in as vocalist. More soon.

SLY SAYS Legendary pop soul superstar (and rock's resident kook) Sly Stone tells Vanity Fair what he's been doing since he went AWOL in the late 70's "Going around, jumping in and out and up and down" ?????

New Found Glory's tour bus was pulled over by Indianapolis police, and mushrooms and marijuana allegedly confiscated. However, the band were allowed to proceed to Cincinnati for their next scheduled live performance on the Warped tour. But roadie Declain DeWier was arrested and charged with possession, and the bus was also impounded.

Keith Richards is working on his autobiography. This will be published by Little, Brown And Company in 2010.

Heart singer Ann Wilson releases her debut solo album next month. Called 'Hope & Glory', it's a covers record, and includes 'Immigrant Song' (Led Zeppelin), 'Bad Moon Rising' (Creedence Clearwater Revival), 'Goodbye Blue Sky' (Pink Floyd) and 'War Of Man' (Neil Young).

AC/DC have done a deal with Verizon to make their entire back catalogue available digitally. But, amazingly, the cost for each album digitally will be higher than that of the CD equivalent.

The Mars Volta release new album 'Bedlam In Goliath' during the Autumn.

The whole of the classic Nirvana album 'Nevermind' has been licensed to Electronic Arts for use in the upcoming game 'Rock Band'.

Ministry are to release a covers album as their farewell record. This is to feature tracks from Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Bob Dylan, the Doors, Rolling Stones, Beatles and Magazine.

Keep the rock real...


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You say it's your birthday...

August 8
The Edge (David Evans) - U2 - 1961
John David - Dr. Hook - 1942
Rikki Rocket - Poison - 1961
August 10
Ian Anderson - Jethro Tull - 1947
August 11
Eric Carmen - Raspberries - 1949
Jim Kale - Guess Who - 1943
Mike Hugg - Manfred Mann - 1942
Erik Brann/Braunn - Iron Butterfly - 1951
August 12
Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits - 1949
August 14
Slim Dunlap - The Replacements - 1951
David Crosby - Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Byrds - 1941
Dash Crofts - Seals & Crofts - 1940
August 16
Barry Hay - Golden Earring - 1948
August 17
Sib Hashian - Boston - 1949

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Benjy Mudie is a self confessed 'rockaholic' with little chance of recovery... a music obsessive whose entire life has been spent in search of the lost chord... from discovering Jimi's "Are you experienced" at 13, he has constantly devoured music through lp's, singles, tapes, cds, dvds, books, magazines, film, concerts, radio, tv and the internet. His entire working life has also been music related: from running a record store and later joining WEA Records in the mid 70's through to his 21 year A&R/Marketing stint at Tusk Music where he signed some of the biggest names in South African rock and pop. The last 8 years have been spent nurturing new talent at his indie label Fresh Music and reissuing classic albums as part of it's ongoing Retro series.... To say that 'music is his first love' (to paraphrase John Miles's classic song) is somewhat understated.


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