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Benjy says...

Greetings Rock of Ages listeners and rock fans around the globe!

..............and a special welcome to the first newsletter of 2008. The New Year has seen a flurry of activity in classic rock and new 'retro' rock with some great reunions, live concerts, new releases and reissues. The buzz on the internet is whether or not Led Zeppelin will now mount a full blown tour on the back of their wildly successful tribute gig in December. Some say that fact that Robert Plant has committed to tour behind "Raising sand" in May, his collaboration with bluegrass queen Alison Krauss, means that he stands by his original statement that it was a once-off gig. Others speculate that Jimmy Page's recent comment that perhaps they shouldn't have let the genie out of the bottle if it was only going to be for one show would indicate that at least Page (and probably Jones and Bonham jr) would be more that willing to wrap up the Led Zep legacy with the biggest tour in music history ... we await more news with bated breath! .................. There are some great new rock bands out there: Black Stone Cherry, Stone Rider, Voodoo Six, The Answer, Glyder, The Trews, Pig Iron and Airbourne to mention a few - you'll be hearing a lot of them on the show over the next few weeks. On the subject of new music I sometimes get asked why I just dont play the classic bands, after all that's what the listeners want? My response to that has well articulated by my idol, the legendary John Peel - "In art or theatre or literature nobody says 'I'm sorry pal, you're 45, you've got to spend the rest of your life reading the same book or seeing the same film or going to the same play ...' Makes sense to me .... what do you feel? Should Rock of Ages continue to introduce new music or just stick with the classic bands? Email me on rockofages@icon.co.za.

ROCK OF AGES TIME CHANGE ----- Due to Radio 2000's coverage of the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament this coming week's show (31st January) will kick off an hour late i.e. 9pm instead of the usual 8pm ..... In addition to this the show of the 7th February has been pre-recorded as I will be in Cape Town ...... The special this week will be Canadian rockers Bachman Turner Overdrive.

ROCK OF AGES ROCKS CAPE TOWN ------ I'm looking forward to coming down to Cape Town to do my rock DJ thing at Decodance Underground on the 9th February. I hope that the Mother City rock brigade will turn out in full force for an evening of crankin' rock tunes - Since the club only takes 200 people I suggest that you either get there well before my stint at 10pm or buy tickets now ... call Shayne on 084-3301162. Here are the details of the gig:

Venue: Decodance Underground,
The Old Biscuit Mill,
375 Albert Road (sometimes referred to Lower Main Road),
Salt River
Date: Saturday 9th February
Admission: R60

Upcoming specials

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Ronnie James Dio


7th February ... Never mind Ozzy - there is only one Prince of Metal and that is Ronnie James Dio! We will be dipping into Dio's extensive back catalogue like "Holy Diver", "The last in line" and "Lock up the wolves" plus a couple of live tracks from the recently released live album and dvd "Evil or divine-Live in NYC".

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Bob Seger


14th February ... He may be a grizzled veteran of the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's but there is no doubt that Bob Seger is a consumate rocker and at his peak in the early 80's one of the biggest rock stars in the world - join me as we take a trip through albums like "Smokin' OP's", "Seven" and "Live Bullet".

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Ted Nugent


21st February ... This week it's the turn of self confessed gun nut, hunter, wildman and balls-to-the-wall rocker - Ted Nugent. Crank up the volume as we tear through classics like "Cat scratch fever", "Stranglehold", "Great white buffalo" and "Maybelline" plus tracks from The Amboy Dukes and the 'Nuge's new album "Love grenade".

Bachman Turner Overdrive


The precursor to BTO was the band Brave Belt, formed in 1970 by Randy Bachman-guitar and Chad Allan-keyboards/vocals (both of The Guess Who), Robbie Bachman-drums and C.F. "Fred" Turner-bass/vocals. An original plan included Keith Emerson of The Nice, though he was dropped due to illness. After two moderately successful Brave Belt albums, Allan was replaced by Tim Bachman, the third of the Bachman brothers, and the band changed its name to Bachman-Turner Overdrive.BTO released their eponymous self-titled first album in the spring of 1973. The album broke through in the US via border towns such as Detroit and Buffalo, but failed to produce a hit single.On an interview track released with the Live BTO King Biscuit Flower Hour recording (1998), Randy proclaimed that the signing of BTO's first album was a stroke of luck. After the demo tape had been rejected 26 times, Bachman was prepared to tell the other band members that they would no longer be able to remain on salary, "and they had to go and get the dreaded day jobs." But in April of 1973, Charlie Fach of Mercury Records returned to his office (from a lengthy stay in France) to find a stack of unplayed demo tapes on his desk. Wanting to start fresh, he took a trash barrel and slid all the tapes into it -- except one, which missed the barrel and fell on the floor. Fach picked up the tape and noticed Bachman's name on it. He remembered talking to Bachman the previous year, and told him that if he ever put a demo together to send it. While playing the first song on the 7-1/2 inch reel ("Gimme Your Money Please"), Fach immediately called Bachman to tell him of his intention to sign the band.

Their second album, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, was released in December of the same year and became a massive hit in the US and their native Canada. It also yielded their most enduring single, "Takin' Care of Business," written by Randy Bachman. Bachman had penned the core of the song some 10 years earlier as "White Collar Worker," but it was never recorded. BTO were one of the early hard rock bands which opted for songs backed by catchy melodies and powerful riffing. The band also promoted a conservative lifestyle due to the Mormon religious beliefs of Randy Bachman.Tim Bachman left in early 1974 because of limited performance skills and personal lifestyle issues, and was replaced by guitarist Blair Thornton. The first album with the modified lineup, 1974's Not Fragile, became a hit, including the #1 single "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and AOR favorite "Roll on Down the Highway". The band continued to steadily produce successful albums through the mid-1970s including Four Wheel Drive and Head On (both 1975).After the release of Freeways in 1977, Randy Bachman left the group for a solo career and another band, Ironhorse. Randy was replaced by bassist/vocalist Jim Clench, formerly of April Wine. Original bassist Turner moved to rhythm guitar/vocals, with Thornton becoming the primary lead guitarist. Even though this lineup included drummer Robbie Bachman, the band had to record and tour only as "BTO" after Randy fought (and won) to retain the rights to his last name in anticipation of solo projects. The re-structured BTO released a pair of albums (Street Action - 1978 and Rock & Roll Nights - 1979) before breaking up. BTO reunited in the 1980s, leading to a lawsuit between the brothers, as one group, led by Randy, toured as Bachman-Turner Overdrive and another, led by Robbie, toured as BTO (Robbie Bachman, Fred Turner, Blair Thornton, and Randy Murray). In 1984 the line up for Bachman-Turner's first studio LP in 5 years consisted of Randy and Tim Bachman, Fred Turner and former Guess Who drummer Garry Peterson. In 1986 they were the opening band for the newly reformed Van Halen. By that time Fred Turner had left the band, probably to join the "other" BTO. Robbie Bachman's BTO toured and performed until December 2004. No further plans for the band to appear are currently known, so it would be a reasonable assumption that they have retired from live performances. The single "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" became a key feature in the BBC's 1990s TV sketch show Harry Enfield's Television Programme. Two of the programme's more notable characters, Smashie and Nicey, would regularly be seen to end the sketch by exclaiming "let's rock!" and then playing the record.Bachman-Turner Overdrive's music lives on today, and continues to be featured in movies and in advertising campaigns. Randy Bachman recently published an autobiography, and "BTO" has been featured more than once in southern humorist Ed Williams' books. Bachman-Turner Overdrive has also been featured on an episode of The Simpsons titled "Saddlesore Galactica."

References: http://hem.passagen.se/re1/bto.html
Watch BTO on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-KepL8gRXA

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Partial discography
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1973)
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive II (1973) *
  • Not Fragile (1974) *
  • Four Wheel Drive (1975) *
  • Head On (1975)
  • Best of BTO (So Far) (1976)
  • BTO Live - Japan Tour (1977)
  • Freeways (1977)
  • Street Action (1978)
  • Rock n' Roll Nights (1979)
  • You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (1983)
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1984)
  • BTO's Greatest (1986)
  • The Anthology (1993)
  • Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive Live (1994)
  • Trial By Fire: Greatest and Latest (1996)
  • King Biscuit Flower Hour: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1998)
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (2000)
* Recommended listening



Rock Of Ages Recommends


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Airbourne - Runnin' Wild


Australia has always had a reputation of being a hard rocking country and bands that hail from 'down under' have a competitive toughness, both musically and personally, that is hard to beat. One of the hottest new sensations to emerge is Airbourne and their new album "Runnin' wild" **** (Roadrunner/DGR) is jam packed with memorable tunes reminiscent of a young AC/DC. Tracks like "Too much, too young, too fast", "Stand up for rock 'n' roll" and the anthemic title track absolutely boil with intensity resulting in an album that is already one of my contenders for Album of the Year ... get it!! ...

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Freedom's Children - Battle hymn of the broken hearted horde


one of the most requested South African bands on the show is Freedom's Children and their "Astra" album particularly is highly regarded by rock critics worldwide. Their mythical 1968 debut album "Battle hymn of the broken hearted horde" *** (Fresh Music) has just been released for the first time on cd with extended artwork and a bonus track. More folky and whimsical than the aforementioned Astra and Galactic Vibes the album perfectly captures the early acid-prog movement with songs like "Judas Queen" and "Kafkasque" ...

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Queensr’che - Take Cover


One of the monster names in melodic metal is Queensr’che, firm favourites on Rock of Ages. Their new album "Take cover" **** (Warner Music - Gallo Africa) finds them doing what so many artists have done recently - covering their favourite songs. Here the 'R’che wail through Pink Floyd's Welcome to the machine; David Crosby's "Almost cut my hair"; Queen's "Innuendo", The Police's "Synchronicity" and a hair raising version of the Jesus Christ Superstar epic "Heaven on their minds". Normally I try to avoid these type of 'tribute/cover' albums but this one is awesome.

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



Rock Of Ages News


NO BRIT DUET FOR OZZY, MACCA
Contrary to recent reports, it would appear that Ozzy Osbourne and Sir Paul McCartney will not be duetting at the upcoming BRIT Awards. it was rumoured the pair would join forces for a version of Wings' 'Live And Let Die'.

STANLEY'S BRIGHT DUET
Paul Stanley has recorded a duet with Sarah Brightman. It's called 'I Will Be With You', and is to be on the latter's new album, 'Symphony'.

HENDRIX EXHIBITION
An exhibition of photos of Jimi Hendrix will take place at the Blink Gallery in Central London, from February 8 to March 8. Those exhibiting at what is being called 'A LIfe Through The Lens' will be Ed Caraeff, Eddie Kramer, David Montgomery, David Redfern, Gered Mankowitz, Ethan Russell, Jerry Schaztberg, Herb Schmitz, Dezo Hoffman, Barry Levine, Elliott Landy, Bruce Fleming, Barry Peake, David Magnus, Baron Wolman, Dominique Tarle, Rob Bosboom and Karl Ferris.

RUDD ESCAPES JAIL
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has escaped conviction on a charge of common assault. Rudd had been arrested and charged after an altercation with his former girlfriend. In the meantime it may be that speculation of an AC/DC album released in April is wide of the mark. Official word suggests the band haven't even started recording as yet. Moreover, tne band themselves have shot down rumours of low-key club dates being lined up for later this month.

TULL LEADER HONOURED
Congratulations to Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson, who's been given an MBE in the Year's Honours list.

SCHOLZ SUES
Boston mastermind Tom Scholz is suing late singer Brad Delp's ex-wife Micki and Connie Goudreau, wife of band guitarist Barry, alleging they defamed him by their supposed claims that he was responsible for Delp's suicide last March.

VEDDER'S GOLDEN AWARD
Congratulations to Eddie Vedder. His song 'Guaranteed' from the film 'Into The Wild' picked up a Golden Globe award for 'Best Original Song'.

STEVENS CRASHES
Steve Stevens, guitarist with Billy Idol, is to release a solo album at the end of this month. It's to be titled 'Memory Crash'. Among those guesting on the album are Kings X's Doug Pinnick and Billy Idol drummer Brian Tichy.

DROVER QUITS MEGADETH?
There are unconfirmed reports that guitarist Glen Drover has left Megadeth, for family reasons. An announcement on the situation is expected soon.

SHINY HAPPY MICHAEL
R.E.M. has revealed the title of their brand-new album: Accelerate, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on March 31st. The beloved rock band's 14th studio album, Accelerate was recorded in Vancouver, Canada, Dublin, Ireland and Athens, Georgia last spring with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who is noted for his work with U2 (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb), as well as Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and Kasabian.

Short Cuts ...
Anyone who thought they could easily guess what makes Slash laugh might in for a surprise. Among his fave comics is...Dawn French. Mind you, at least the Velvet Revolver guitarist has a sense of humour. Does the same apply to his one-time GNR bandmate Axl? Talking of whom...One retail website is taking orders for the 'long delayed' new Guns album 'Chinese Democracy'. They reckon it's being released on February 12. Go on, part with your money, show some faith. On second thoughts...Barry Sparks, who plays bass with both Ted Nugent and Don Dokken, has been named 'Citizen Of The Month' in Tuscon, Arizona. Not quite sure why, nor what he gets for this honour. But apparently the good folk of Tuscon are 'proud' of the man. Go, Bazza!...Gene Simmons would be horrified. Not only did Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley recently suggest he does his art for the therapeutic value and creative satisfaction, not for the money, but when asked whether he'd be interested in appearing in a reality TV series, his response was: "I'd rather have glass under my fingernails"...Megadeth have parted with guitarist Glen Drover. His replacement is Chris Broderick, formerly with Nevermore and Jag Panzer...Heaven And Hell, featuring Ronnie James Dio and the rest of the Sabs, are to start writing songs for a new studio album in April. No news, though, on when this will be recorded...Poor Kelly Osbourne (ahem). Seems daddy Ozzy now has a mobile phone for the first time in his life. So, he's constantly phoning her about anything and everything. Kids and their new toys...The truth is out. John Paul Jones steadied his nerves prior to Zeppelin's re-union show last month by playing the banjo! So much for rock 'n' roll behaviour. John Bonham must be churning in his grave...Marilyn Manson reckons bassist Twiggy Ramirez is "back forever". In Mazza world, 'Forever' probably equates to about six months...Joe Satriani releases his new solo album at the end of March it's titled 'Professor Satchafunkilus And The Musterion of Rock'....Def Leppard are to release new album 'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge' on March 17. The first single will be 'Nine Lives', featuring a guest appearance from country star Tim McGraw...Are the Stone Temple Pilots about to re-form? Vocalist Scott Weiland has just announced it's a real possibility. Watch the skies for further info.

Rock Dateline (courtesy of Marq Vas)
January:
2nd: Yardbirds play Hammersmith Odean - 1965
5th: Sex Pistols begin a US Tour in Atlanta - 1978
6th: Gibson patents Flying V - 1958
11th: Nirvana's Nevermind hits US No. 1 - 1992
15th: Lynyrd Skynrd's Ronnie Van Zant is born - 1948
20th: Kiss's Paul Stanley is born - 1952
22nd: Faith No More's first UK show, at Dingwalls - 1988
24th: Steven Tyler is hospitalized after a motorbike accident - 1981
28th: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours hits UK No.1 - 1978
30th: Kiss make their live debut - 1973
31st: Guns N' Roses begin first US headline tour - 1988

February:
4th: Vincent Furnier (Alice Cooper) is born - 1948
8th: R.E.M have their first recording session - 1981
12th: Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek is born - 1939
18th: Pink Floyd play the Rainbow Theatre. Tickets are £1 - 1972
20th: Kurt Cobain celebrates his 21st birthday - 1988
22nd: Genesis release their first single, The Silent Sun - 1968
24th: Alice Cooper runs for Governor of Arizona - 1988
26th: Eagles hit US No.1 with New Kind in Town - 1977


Live Gigs


Here's a gig not to be missed!...
Angie Peach, Cindy Alter, Stewart Irving and Neill Solomon-one night only!
2nd February Radium Beer Hall, Johannesburg

Henry Rollins (spoken word gig)
8th February Bassline, Joburg
10th February The Baxter Theatre Cape Town

The Blues Room
January 31st: Niemand
February 7th: Josie Field
February 9th: Jim Neversink, Black Hotels, One Sock Thief

London Calling (Fairview, Joburg)
1 February, The Cokestrokes, The Uncut, Blk Jks
8 February Highway Casino, Submachine, Death Valley Blues Band, End of My Leave

Cassette
12 February The Waiting Room, Cape Town
14th February Bohemia, Stellenbosch
15th February Berties Mooring, Gordons Bay
16th February Independent Armchair Theatre, Cape Town
20th February Cafe Barcelona, Pretoria
21st February Blues Room, Sandton
8th March Back2Basix Bistro, Westdene
15th March Tanz Cafe, Bryanston

Harris Tweed
3rd February Up the Creek, Swellendam
28th February Blues Room, Sandton

Paul Flynn and the Seeds of Doubt
1st February Bohemian, Richmond
6th February Cafe Barcelona, Pretoria
28th February Back2Basix Bistro, Westdene

Love Jones
1st February Up the Creek, Swellendam
8th February UJ RAG, Joburg / Tuks Rag Farm Pretoria

Justin Taylor, Arlyn & Kathy Raven
2nd February The Bohemian, Richmond

Submachine and the Hellphones
7th February The Bohemian, Richmond

Jack Hammer


Friday February 1st

Jack Hammer Live

Steak and Ale ,Centurion

Tel 012 6645155

Saturday February 2nd

Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin Acoustic Nights

Die Blou Hond

Linden, Jhb

Wednesday February 6th

Boet Faber with special guest Piet Botha .Old school jam.

Die Watergat Pub and restaurant, Eeufeesstreet,Pretoria North

Friday February 8th

Piet Botha and Jack Hammer unplugged

Bar Zonder Naam, Faerie Glen, Pta East.

Thursday February 14th

Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin Acoustic Nights

Dorpstraat Teater

Stellenbosch

Friday February 15th

Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin Acoustic Nights

Die Plaasteater, Kuilsrivier

0738690291

Saturday February 16th

Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin Acoustic Nights

Ou Meulteater, Paarl

Sunday February 17th

Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin

Die Boer, Durbanville

Wednesday February 20th

Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin

Damas Restaurant

Thursday February 21st

Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin

Roots, Observatory

Friday February 22nd

Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin

Berties Mooring

Gordonsbay

Sat February 23rd

Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin

Seaside Blues

Melkbosstrand

Sunday February 24th

Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin

Fogeys Railway Bar

Muizenberg

Friday February 29th

Piet Botha,Tidal Waves and

Menage a Trois

Steak and Ale

Centurion




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Rock of Ages presents "Footstomping Music"

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Rock Of Ages Presents Footstomping Music


Track List
  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

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Keep the rock real...

Benjy

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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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