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An attempt at the impossible.  You can't do justice to the Stones in 60 min, but "Dink jy ek's bang huh"?  It's a pretty good look at some of their best stuff.  Check it out.  
Rock Review: Foo Fighters

Rock Review: Foo Fighters


The Story of Rock and Roll marks the sad passing of Foo Fighters legend Taylor Hawkins with the posting of a Foo Fighters Rock Review recorded a while back.  To Dave, Pat, Chris and Nate, so sorry guys, the world lost an amazing musician.  Tribute to Taylor, we miss you man :-(
Rock Review: Zakk Wylde

Rock Review: Zakk Wylde


Due to popular demand here is the Zakk Wylde Rock Review that aired on Rebel Rock Radio on 19 Oct 2021.  It was a good look at his work with Ozzy, Black Label Society and his solo stuff.  As always 60 min is a stretch but I think we did the big man justice.  
Here's a fairly recent Rock Review, it aired on Rebel Rock radio on 30 Nov 2021 and it went down really well.  AX7 is one of those bands that you need to spend a bit of time on, once you get it you really get it.  This RR focused on giving you a broad introduction to this most excellent band.  
Rock Review : ACDC

Rock Review : ACDC


Here is the Rock Review on ACDC that aired on Rebel Rock Radio on 7 and 9 Sept 2021.  
This Rock review is on SA legend Piet Botha and his band Jack Hammer.  Piet passed away on 2 June 2019 and he is loved and remembered by a legion of rock fans in SA and around the world.  Some of the happiest times of my life were spent watching Jack Hammer and experiencing the magic of Piet Botha and his incredible songs.  This Rock Review went out on 17 and 19 August 2021 and due to popular demand, it is included here so that those who missed it can kick back for an hour and experience the music of Piet Botha and Jack Hammer.  
Rock Review : David Bowie

Rock Review : David Bowie


This Rock Review went out live on Rebel Rock Radio on 27 and 29 July 2021.   As always in 60 minutes it barely scratched the surface, it does, however, scratch a very rich vein.  Bowie was amazing, he was unique and I am grateful to have had his music during very important phases of my life.  
Rock Review : ZZ Top

Rock Review : ZZ Top


I was sad to hear of the passing of Dusty Hill on 29 July 2021.  I was expecting a new album so the news that he had died in his sleep at the age of 72 came as a surprise.  Here is the Rock Review I did of ZZ Top about 6 months back.  Check it out and pay extra special attention to the bass guitar.  Adios and RIP Dusty, you are already missed.  
Rock Review: Ozzy Osbourne

Rock Review: Ozzy Osbourne


Here is another Rock Review, this one went out on 6 July 2021 and gives a quick overview of Ozzy and his awesome guitarists.  As always with the Rock Review it is impossible to do justice to an artist like this in an hour but its a good snap-shot. 
Rock Review: Megadeth

Rock Review: Megadeth


Here is another rock review, this one aired on Rebel Rock Radio in December 2020 if I recall, it was a lot of fun.  I really enjoy rediscovering the artist that I am reviewing and this one was even better than normal.  I forgot just how hectic the whole Dave Mustaine story is.  Enjoy.   
Rock Review: Metallica

Rock Review: Metallica


Another quick little Festive Season Bonus.  Here is the Metallica Rock Review that I did for Rebel Rock Radio at the tail end of 2020
Rock Review:  Iron Maiden

Rock Review: Iron Maiden


Here's a little bonus for frequent listeners of The Story of Rock and Roll.  The Rock Review is a feature I present monthly on day time radio for Rebel Rock Radio.  The RRR presenters take turns to pick an artist and then present a quick one-hour overview of that artist every week which means my turn comes round once a month.  My first one was The Stranglers, then Van Halen (before Eddie passed away), Queensrÿche, and Iron Maiden.  Here's the Iron Maiden Rock Review and if it gets some interest I'll put up the others.     It's a lot of fun, see what you think.  Feedback welcome, find me on The Story of Rock and Roll Facebook page.  
Another fun episode of TSORR, this one went out on Rebel Rock Radio at 19h00 on 23 June 2022.  It was episode 25 so we are nearly halfway through Season 5 already.  Kicking off with Dee Snider and ‘Mask’, and then Lita Ford with ‘The Mask’ we symbolically said cheers to wearing masks in SA at last.  Or until the next pandemic in 2060 but I don’t think flu will be around by then anyway, or me for that matter.  Moving on.  We checked out Autograph with a very fresh sounding 2017 live version of ‘Turn Up The Radio’ and then got down to business with some Megadeth, Saxon, and Guns 'n' Roses.  The new Megadeth called The Sick, The Dying and the Dead is on pre-release but we took in a track off United Abominations called 'Washington is Next.  The G 'n' Roses track came off Chinese Democracy, just for a change.To rebalance for a Guns 'n' Roses without Slash we played a track off his It's 5 'o Clock Somewhere album.   There was a call for some metal so I played Asking Alexandria which was met with Oom-ish howls which a stated with Metallica's 'The Thing That Should Not Be'.  More howls, so we got back to old-school metal in the form of ACDC and Rainbow.  The world has changed a lot.   Other than that we paid tribute to Clarens Clemons who died 11 years ago this week.  'Born to Run' did the honours there.  We heard the obligatory Tom Petty track and some Marilyn Manson with 'New Model No 15' off Mechanical Animals.  Rammstein hit us with 'Haifisch' which means shark in English and then we celebrated a historic victory in which the forces of good triumphed over the forces of evil at the CCMA, Slayer with 'Richard Hung Himself' marked that spot.No SA music in this episode!!!  can't believe it, it just got too busy.  Next week I promise.  Other than that there were two good releases this week Machine Head with a track called 'Unhallowed' and In Flames with 'State of Slow Decay', heavy metal is alive and kicking ass.  We went out quietly with Judas Priest's beautiful ballad titled 'Never Forget' which reminds us that they will keep going until they no longer can and that they will never forget the support from the fans, it's a bitter-sweet reminder of the fragility of it all.  Tomm Waits closed the gate with 'Gun Street Girl' off raindogs.   Artists featured:  Dee Snider, Lita Ford, Kris Barras Band, Autograph, Bad Company, Megadeth, Praying Mantis, Rhino Bucket, Saxon, Dangerous Toys, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Asking alexander, Metallica, ACDC, Rainbow, Slash’s Snake Pit, Soil, Slayer, System of a Down, Soundgarden, Bush, The Jam, The Damned,  Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, Windowpane, Skid Row, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Cold Chisel, Uriah Heep, Motörhead, Machine Head, In Flames, Judas Priest, Tom Waits
Episode 24 of season 5 aired at 19h00 on Rebel Rock Radio on 16 June 2022.  It was workers' day and being a Thursday most people took the gap and the long weekend.  It was incumbent on TSORR to provide the soundtrack to the jol.  With that mission in mind, the show kicked off with the Thin Lizzy classic ‘Cowboy Song’.  From there it was time for some Clutch off the wonderful Blast Tyrant album and a track dedicated to the Gupta Brotherc called 'Subtle Hustle'.  From there we ended in a weird little bit where every song was about Moving On.  George Thorogood got it started with 'Move It On Over', then we had two different songs called 'Move On' first by Walter Trout and then followed by Paul Stanley.  Speaking of Paul Stanley it seems pretty certain that we are not going to see Kiss in SA.  Thanks, Covid ☹ It was time for some metal so we moved on to Queensrÿche and Accept.  The Accept track was called 'The Abyss' off Blood of Nations and featured an awesome little Wolf Hoffman bridge about 3 min in, check it out.  Next, we went political and dedicated a song by The New Black called ‘Send in the Clowns’ to the politicians.  The hair metal days were celebrated as they always are on the show, this time with Ratt and Poison, Warren DeMartini, and CC de Ville showing exactly what the fuss was about.   For the Metal, we had Slayer, Cradle of Filth, Testament, Megadeth, and Wolf.  Tom Petty, Kid Rock and Pride & Glory gave us a bit of laid back, what I like to call, heartland rock. Pride & Glory was Zakk Wylde's outfir after he left Ozzy but before Black Label Society.  The track 'Found a Friend' was dedicated to Athol and Margie who have been TSORR lifers since the show started in 2017.   We didn’t get any UK punk in this episode so that’s pretty rare, instead we took a lightning tour around the world ending up in South Africa via Germany, Canada, Japan, Australia, and France .   Oh, and of course, the new Kreator is out so we played a track called 'Crush the Titans'.  We ended heavy with Kreator, Slayer and Slipknot, albeit mellow Slipknot with a track called ‘Snuff’, with about 8 min left it made sense to go from Slipknot to Nickelback to Hinder, why the hell not it’s only Rock and Roll and we like it.  Cheers for now, catch you next episode.    And Jaques got his drums.Artists featured:    Thin Lizzy, Clutch, George Thorogood, Walter Trout, Paul Stanley, Queensrÿche, Accept, The New Black, Tesla, Ratt, Poison, Slash, Wolf, Joe Bonamassa, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson, Cradle of Filth, Testament, Audioslave, Stone Temple Pilots, Billy Talent, Blink 182, Kid Rock, Tom Petty. Pride & Glory, Scorpions, Rush, Gary Moore, Loudness, ACDC, Gojira, The Black Cat Bones, Fokofpolisiekar, Kreator, Slayer, Slipknot, Nickelback, Hinder. 
Episode 23 of season 5 aired on 9 June at 19h00 on Rebel Rock Radio. First up we had 1000 Homo DJs.  Basically, that is Al Jorgenson of Ministry fame with a few buddies, people like Jello Biafra.  From there we had a 'Poisoned heart' by Black Star Riders.  Classic rock from Def Leppard, Krokus, Journey, and Whitesnake off the Love Hunter album moved us along nicely.  Korn took us into the 2000s and we stayed there with 21st-century bands The Temperance Movement and a solo album by ex-Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell.  Jaques called in to ask if there were any drums so we took a listen to Doro Pesch and Warlock with a track called 'Hellbound'.  We celebrated the Queen's platinum (70th) Jubilee with 'God Save the Queen', the track that cemented the Sex Pistol's reputation as foul-mouthed yobs.  Staying in 1977 we checked out The Clash with 'Hate and War' and UK Punk heavyweights The Stranglers with a track off 1978's Black and White called 5 Minutes.  The highlight for me was playing a song that is very special to me by a South African band called Count Ash.  Featuring guitar god Joe da Silva, Count Ash were resident at the Roxy Rhythm Bar in Melville in the early '90s.  I spent many Friday nights there in the company of fellow Sleaze Patrollers Marq Vas, Dave Lee Owen, and Stu Hollendrake.  Thanks to Vas who has the largest collection of SA music in the world (check out Mark Vas's South African Music Collectibles) I managed to get an MP3 copy of the track 'Holding On' which I rediscovered on my Phil Wright Tapes last week.  It was amazing to hear it again.  It made sense to keep those memorable days flowing with another track by The Diamond Dogs, they have been getting a lot of airplay lately thanks to Rebel Rock's Tinus Nel, who gave me some recordings that he helped fund many years ago.  I sort of lost control of the show for a while but we did chat briefly about Rodriguez, and Johnny Depp and we got to hear 'The Economic Theory of Jesus' by The Uninvited for the first time ever on TSORR.  Artists featured:  1000 Homo DJs, Black Star Riders, Def Leppard, Dangerous Toys, Whitesnake, Krokus, Journey, Metallica, Korn, Thunder, The Temperance Movement, Thin Lizzy, Phil Campbell, Warlock, W.A.S.P., Sex Pistols, The Stranglers, the Clash, Butchering The Beatles, Hollywood Vampires, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Rodriguez, Kid Rock, Children of Bodom, System of a Down, Sabaton, Stone Sour, Vixen, The Rolling Stones, Count Ash, The Diamond Dogs, The Uninvited, Johnathan Martin, Buckcherry, Skid Row, Slash’s Snakepit, Sixx AM, The Distillers, Ozzy Osbourne.  
Episode 22 nearly didn't happen, it became episode 23 for some reason.  It looks like the time travel theme that signals the start of every show moved me ahead a week. Fortunately, I was able to change all the S5E23s to the correct S5E22 before everything got uploaded and created an irreversible hole in time.  The show kicked off with The Doors and  'L.A. Woman' and it was like cool running water, Jim Morrison giving us a glimpse once again of what could have been if he was still around today.  From a chilled laid back nearly 8 minute intro, we smashed a little Volbeat action and moved through Phil X and The Drills, Skid Row, and something off the new Ghost album Impera.  We made a bit of a fuss about Johnny Depp and celebrated his vindication by the courts this week by playing his band Hollywood Vampires and a track called 'Who's Laughing Now'.  We washed that down with some Jeff Beck jamming with ZZ Top on 'Rough Boy'.  We had Classic Rock came from Black Sabbath, ACDC, and Led Zeppelin, prog type stuff from Threshold and Coheed & Cambria, and Metal from Sepultura, Death Angel, and Opeth.The SA music was well represented by The Devil's Party Band, The Diamond Dogs, and Hellcats.  Tom Petty and John Mellencamp mellowed the show out a bit, I tried to revive it with some UK Punk, courtesy of The Stranglers and Stiff Little Fingers but ultimately the show moved back to a chilled ending with a fantastic love song about a guitar off the brand new Def Leppard album Diamond Star Halos.  Anyone who has played a guitar their whole life will fully understand the sentiment and the mini solos.  The show was dedicated to Athol's son Phoenix who turned 25 and celebrated by listening to The Story of Rock and Roll as one should.   Artists featured:  The Doors, Volbeat, Phil X and The Drills, Ghost, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Coverdale / Page, Zakk Wylde, Tesla, Threshold, Coheed & Cambria, Mötley Crüe, Black Sabbath, ACDC, Dangerous Toys, Hollywood Vampires, ZZ Top, The Rolling Stones, Suicidal Tendencies, Doom Squad, Opeth, Sepultura, Death Angel, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, The Diamond Dogs, Hellcats, The Devil’s Party Band, The Pretty Reckless, Lita Ford, L7, Seether, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, The Stranglers, Stiff Little Fingers, Def Leppard, U2.  
Episode 21 of Season 5 kicked off TSORR at 19h00 on Thursday 26 May 2022 with Chickenfoot's upbeat 'Oh Yeah'.  From there it was Kiss and The Answer out of Ireland with a track called 'Feel the Fear'.  This was one of the most enjoyable episodes I have ever done.  It felt a bit different but I am not sure why.  It had all the usual fare; Punk from The Stranglers and the Clash, classic metal from Iron Maiden and Metallica, Grunge from Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.  With Soundgarden, we went 'Full On Kevin's Mom'.The South African music bit was great thanks to Rebel Rocks' own Tinus Nel who had old recordings that I only had on cassette of The Diamond Dogs.  The Dogs were SA's finest live band back in the late '80s / early '90s and they would have been huge if they were in the US.  The energy from these recordings is palpable, We checked out a new track from The Black Cat Bones off the new album Book of Miriam which is being released slowly.  We also checked up Odyssey and Sacrifist.  My favorite bit was the last hour where we had some rocking heavy stuff from The Lazys and Billy F. Gibbons before having a mellow-ish Jethro Tull into Van Morrison, into Bowie bit.  Moving the show through to a seriously heavy ending took skill and worked like a charm, going via the weirdness of Electric Six and Beastie Boys and using the Kerry King solo as the bridge into Slayer with 'Americon' and then Arch Enemy with their new track 'Sunset Over Empire' and show closer 'Arrows In Words From The Sky' by Machine Head Artists featured:  Chickenfoot, Kiss, The Answer, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Annihilator, Iron Maiden, Texas Hippie Coalition, Hell Yeah, Danko Jones, Buckcherry, Led Zeppelin, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Dream Theatre, Edguy, The Stranglers, The Clash, Transvision Vamp, The Diamond Dogs, Odyssey, Sacrifist, Grave Digger, Metallica, The Lazys, Billy F. Gibbons, Asking Alexandria, Tyler Bryant, Jethro Tull, Van Morrison, David Bowie, Conil, John Mellencamp, Electric Six, Beastie Boys, Slayer, Arch Enemy, Machine Head
Episode 20 of Season 5 aired on Rebel Rock Radio on Thursday 19 May at 19h00.  It was great to be back behind the mic after two hectic weeks in Clarens and then Cape Town.   The show kicked off with hair metal heavyweights Slaughter and a track called 'Shake This Place'.  That was the general intention from the start.  From there we checked out the two Mot's, Mötley Crüe and Mott the Hoople, with 'Angela' and 'One of the Boys' respectively.We went to Australia with The Screaming Jets and James Reyne and then to Germany with Accept and a delightful love song called 'Bucket Full of Hate'.  The show had a great mix and even featured a track from prog heavyweights Dream Theatre.  We had metal from Satan with 'My Own God', as well as more from Cancer Bats off their latest release Psychic Jailbreak.  The South African stuff came from Jasper Dan, Prime Circle, and Durban's very own Roland Suttie with his latest Theo Crous release titled 'There Was a Boy'.  By request, we slipped in The Uninvited and a track called 'Fixman' making a long overdue appearance.  It's a track of great relevance today with the immortal line "When the bullies go to war".  There was a bit of Gary Numan and Transvision Vamp and another track from Roger Kaye with Blue  Scream titled 'Weak at the Knees.  We also checked out 12th Avenue and gave a big shout-out to frontman Mark Haze who I saw in Tableview last weekend.  the good news is that Mark is rocking and sounding better than ever.  He has without a doubt one of the best voices in the world and it's wonderful to see a guy so talented.  As we said at the gig, he plays guitar as easily as breathing.  We finished off with the Admas Family, Ryan, and Big brother Bryan, lol, just a little joke.  Artists featured:  Slaughter, Mötley Crüe, Mott the Hoople, Def Leppard, Bad Company, The Screaming Jets, James Reyne, Metallica, Satan, Accept, Dream Theatre, Fate Warning, Dark Tranquility, The Rolling Stones, Gov’t Mule, Jasper Dan, Roland Suttie, Prime Circle, Gary Numan & Tubeway Army, Transvision Vamp, Halestorm, Cancer Bats, Motörhead, Avenged Sevenfold, The Gaslight Anthem, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 12th Avenue, Blue Scream, The Uninvited, AMH, Green Day, UK Subs, Pride & Glory, Slayer, Trivium, Megadeth, Kid Rock, Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams
Episode 19 was a ton of fun.  It aired on 12 May 2022 on Rebel Rock Radio and we kicked off with Mel Gibson's son-in-law Kenny Wayne Shepherd and a track called 'Any Way the Wind Blows', that sentiment pretty much guided the show as we moved through Southern Rock with Jimmy Van Zant and Kid Rock all the way through to show closer Cradle of Filth with 'Death Magick For Adepts'.  We took a listen to another two tracks off what I have been referring to as the Phil Wright tapes, this week it was Deep Purple with 'King of Dreams' and Vixen with 'Cryin'.   We checked out some vintage Iron Maiden and Judas Priest off Killers and Stained Class respectively.  The story behind 'Better By You Better Than Me' which caused Priest so much trouble after they were accused of being implicated in the suicide of two US kids back in 1985 was briefly discussed.  For newish stuff i.e. 2019, we had Phil X and The Drills and for brand new stuff we had Rammstein and Kreator.  South African music was covered by The Devil's Party Band and a track called 'Headstone' and Jonathan Martin with "Wayward Road'.  We also checked an SA metal classic called 'Ozone by Odyssey and a track called 'Here I Am' from East Rand rockers The Burning, apologies to the lads I am pretty sure I referred to their album as Highway to Hell instead of headed to Hell.  No doubt they would love the royalties for the former.  Other than that there was punk, alternative, metal, blues, and even Rabbitt with a super refreshing instrumental called 'Take It Easy'.  The track goes back to 1971 and it's clear that Trevor Rabin was as good as the best on the planet which is why he has been so wonderfully successful.  Let's leave it here, the playlist is below, catch you next week.   Artists featured: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, ACDC, Quiet Riot, Deep Purple, Vixen, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Buckcherry, Phil X and The Drills, Odyssey, The Burning, Thin Lizzy, David Bowie, Kiss, Megadeth, ZZ Top, Slash, the Devil’s Party Band, Johnathan Martin, Rammstein, Kreator, My Chemical Romance, Shinedown, Lit Matthew Goode Band, The Stranglers, Sex Pistols, Hollywood Vampires, Marilyn Manson, Kid Rock, Jimmy Van Zant, Dream Widow, Exodus, Clutch, Rabbitt, Dave Hause, Sixx A.M., Cradle of Filth
S5E18 went out on Rebel Rock Radio on 5 May 2022.  I was in Clarens on a Guitar Clinic with SA Blues Maestro Dan Patlansky.  The show featured a fair amount of blues as you would expect, 'Hounds Loose' from Dan Patlansky and Rrude Mood' from Stevie Ray Vaughan.   I haven't got a gap to write this one up so I will post it and fix it later.....or not, if anyone cares about these write ups let me know.  Artists featured:  Dire Straits, John Mellencamp,  Jimmy Barnes, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Megadeth, Tokyo Blade. Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Bad Company, Walking Papers, Dan Patlansky, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Leslie West, Def Leppard, Girl, Dream Widow, Foo Fighters, Running Wild, Onslaught, Pantera, Rammstein, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Mötley Crüe, L.A. Cobra, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cult, ACDC, Saxon, Scorpions, Doro, Sitkovsky, System of a Down, Five Finger Death Punch, Cancer Bats, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Roan Van As, Halestorm.  
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