The Return Of Rock Of Ages

Rock Of Ages

Like a ‘Phoenix’ rising from the ashes (hands up all you Grand Funk fans), Rock of Ages returns to the airwaves this Friday after over 2 years of silence. The show is now hosted every Friday between 6 and 8pm on Mix 93.8FM, smack bang in ‘Drive Time’. Based in Midrand, Mix FM has become the most adventurous and progressive station in the Joburg/Pretoria area, playing all the classic hits of the last 40 years as well as new music that you don’t hear on any formatted station, including the likes of The Civil Wars, Dan Patlansky, Coheed and Cambria, Rival Sons, Joe Bonamassa, The Gaslight Anthem, Robert Plant and many more. Importantly the show will be available streaming live on the internet at

Rock of Ages will not only feature the best in classic rock, blues, folk, prog and punk but will also focus on the finest new rock releases from both international and South African artists plus some alternative comedy, special features, competitions and a few surprises. As always the playlist will be posted on the Rock of Ages website at the week following each show. Of course you can email me at the station during the show at or post-show at
I would love to hear from you!

Yours in the pursuit of all things rock

Benjy Mudie

Rock Of Ages

Rock of Ages News March 2010

Dear rock fans…

As many of you in the Joburg area would know by now, the show can no longer be heard on UJFM – It was a painful decision to make but the reason was valid. For some time now the new station management was moving the playlist in a more, how shall I say, ‘representative and transformed’ direction, short for more R&B, Pop and hip hop and to be honest with you, although nothing had been said to me directly, I felt the show stuck out like a sore thumb. In short I left before I was pushed.

I couldn’t really handle another possible axing, following on from those at Radio 2000 and Radio Today, so discretion was the better part of valour and I bailed.

Of course this leaves Rock of Ages in a bit of a vacuum, with no home to go to. There is a possibility that I may transmigrate to Radio Midrand 93.8 FM at some point but at this stage I want to leave things open ended, hoping that somewhere, someone in radio will wake up to the huge attraction of a classic rock show like ROA. In case you were thinking – I have approached 702’s Solid Gold, 94.7 Highveld and even Radio Today (now under new management) but so far no bite. Rather than move to another small station, with limited coverage, I’m prepared to hang on and see what pops up on the horizon. I want to thank each and every one for you for your support and I hope to banging out the decibels again one of these days.

Footstomping Music Vol. 2 – Out Now !!!

Footstomping Music Vol 2

Footstomping Music Vol 2

Finally it’s here….Footstomping Music Vol. 2 – 18 rip roaring, earth shattering classic rock tunes from some of the greatest rock bands of all time… compiled by yours faithfully it includes many tracks suggested by ROA fans over the past months. Here is the full track listing.

Juicy Lucy – Who do you love

Babe Ruth – Wells Fargo

Rush – Bastille Day

UFO – Doctor Doctor

Ten Years After – Stoned woman

Trapeze – You are the music (we are the band)

Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride

The Guess Who – American Woman

Mahogany Rush – Talkin’  about a feeling

Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not fragile

Spooky Tooth – I am the walrus

ZZ Top – Tush

Cactus – Evil

May Blitz – For Madmen only

Montrose – Rock the nation

Savoy Brown – Tell Mama

The Jeff Beck Group – Shapes of things

Jethro Tull – Dharma for one

The album will be available for sale on the Fresh Music and Rock of Ages websites shortly ( / ). The price is R120 per copy which includes registered mail. When you order please let me know if you want me to sign your copy.

For those about to rock…we give you news !


Pink Floyd have won their court case against EMI, which means more problems for the ailing label. EMI wanted the right to release individual songs from the band through services such as iTunes. The band argued that, contractually, they had the right to prevent this from happening, something the record company disputed. Now a high court judge has ruled in favour of Floyd, leaving EMI with 40,000 costs and the prospect of a further fine.


Micky Jones, guitarist/vocalist with Welsh prog band Man, has died at the age of 63. Well respected, we send condolences to his family and band mates.


Black Country have to change their name. This is because there’s already band using that one. Right now, the quartet – Glenn Hughes (vocals/bass), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Derek Sherinian (keyboards) and Jason Bonham (drums) – are recording their as yet untitled debut album with producer Kevin Shirley.


Dio have made a box set called ‘Tournado’ available at This was due to be released late last year , to coincide with the band’s UK/European tour, which was cancelled due to Ronnie James Dio’s cancer problems. This will be limited to 1500 copies and includes: Tournado box set, which was originally to be made available for the band’s cancelled European tour last year. Limited to just 1500 copies, each will feature: ‘Killing The Dragon’ CD ‘Evil Or Divine’ CD/DVD (with bonus footage, including interviews, behind the scenes material and a clip for the song ‘Pushed’) Dio photo cards.


Iggy And The Stooges rel ease a three-CD box set version of their classic 1973 album ‘Raw Power’. This is available from the end of April, but only at The first disc has a re-mastered version of the David Bowie mix for the album, long unavailable. The second disc has a live recording straight off the sound desk of a show in Atlanta, Georgia in 1973. Also included are the previously unreleased ‘Doojiman’, plus a rehearsal performance of ‘Head On’. The final CD has the following outtakes: ‘I’m Hungry’, ‘I’m Sick Of You’, ‘I Got A Right’ and ‘Hey, Peter’. There are also different mixes for ‘Shake Appeal’, ‘Death Trio’, ‘Gimme Danger’ and ‘Your Pretty face Is Going To Hell’. There’s also an hour-long documentary on the making of the album, a replica of a Japanese seven inch single for the song ‘Raw Power’, plus a 48-page book.


Bad Company release a live DVD on March 29. It’s ‘Hard Rock Live’, and was filmed at the venue called Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on August 8, 2008.


Judas Priest release a deluxe edition of their classic 1980 album ‘British Steel’ on May 10.This will come in two formats. A standard deluxe edition with a bonus DVD, filmed on August 17, 2009 at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena in Hollywood, Florida, when the band played the whole of the album. The limited edition deluxe edition will also have an extra live CD from that show.


Mary J. Blige has recorded a version of the Led Zeppelin classic ‘Stairway To Heaven’. She’s done it with guest appearances from guitar legend Steve Vai, Blink 18-2 drummer Travis Barker, ex-Journey bassist Randy Jackson and one-time Michael Jackson touring guitarist Orianthi.


Slash has announced that Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy will front his band on the upcoming solo tour. The guitarist is to release his first solo album in April. Self-titled, this will be on the Roadrunner label, with a special ‘Classic Rock’ magazine Slash pack available from April 7. This will include a 132-page magazine dedicated to Slash, along with the CD.


Johnny Depp is currently working on a documentary about Keith Richards. The famed actor is directing this. Of course, Depp based his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ series of films on Richards.

Short Cuts……. There is to be a ‘Rock Band’ game based around Jimi Hendrix. No further details are available just yet, but it should be available later in the year… Steven Adler publishes his autobiography on June 22. It’s titled ‘My Appetite For Sex Destruction: Sex, And Drugs, And Guns N’ Roses’. This will be through Harper-Collins… Peter Gabriel will not be attending the Rock And Roll Hall Fame induction of Genesis next month. This is because he’s rehearsing for his own solo tour. Genesis are to be inducted on March 15 in New York….

Happy Birthday and may you always rock !

March 1
Roger Daltrey – The Who – 1944
Mike D’Abo – Manfred Mann – 1944

March 2
Lou Reed – Velvet Underground – 1944
Rory Gallagher – 1948
Mark Evans – AC/DC – 1956

March 3
Re Styles – The Tubes – 1950
Jance Garfat – Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show – 1944

March 4
Chris Squire – Yes – 1948

March 5
Andy Gibb – Bee Gees – 1958

March 6
Hugh Grundy – Zombies – 1945
David Gilmour – Pink Floyd – 1946
Kiki Dee – 1947

March 7
Matthew Fisher – Procol Harum – 1946
Chris White – Zombies – 1943
Peter Wolf – J. Geils Band – 1946

March 8
Mickey Dolenz – Monkees – 1945
Michael Allsup – Three Dog Night – 1947
Randy Meisner – Eagles – 1946

March 9
Mark Lindsay – Paul Revere & the Raiders – 1942
Robin Trower – Procol Harum – 1945

March 10
Dean Torrence – Jan and Dean – 1940
Tom Scholz – Boston – 1947

March 11
George Kooymans – Golden Earring – 1948

March 12
Paul Kantner – Jefferson Airplane/Starship – 1941
James Taylor – 1948

March 13
Adam Clayton – U2 – 1960

March 14
Jim Pons – Turtles, Mothers Of Invention – 1943
Walter Parazaider – Chicago – 1945

March 15
Phil Lesh – Grateful Dead – 1940
Howard Scott – War – 1946
Mike Love – Beach Boys – 1941
Sly Stone – 1944
Ry Cooder – 1947

March 16
Nancy Wilson – Heart – 1954

March 17
Scott Gorham – Thin Lizzy – 1951
Harold Brown – War – 1946
John Sebastian – Lovin’ Spoonful – 1944

March 18
John Hartman – Doobie Brothers – 1950

March 19
Paul Atkinson – Zombies – 1946

March 20
Carl Palmer – Emerson Lake & Palmer – 1950

March 21
Roger Hodgson – Supertramp – 1950
Eddie Money – 1949
Conrad Lozano – Los Lobos – 1951

March 22
Jeremy Clyde – Chad and Jeremy – 1941
Keith Relf – Yardbirds – 1943

March 23
Ric Ocasek – The Cars – 1949
Phil Lanzon – Uriah Heep –

March 24
Dougie Thomson – Supertramp – 1951

March 25
Elton John – 1947
Aretha Franklin – 1942

March 26
Steven Tyler – Aerosmith – 1948
Richard Tandy – Electric Light Orchestra – 1948
Fran Sheehan – Boston – 1949

March 27
Tony Banks – Genesis – 1950

March 28
John Evan – Jethro Tull – 1948

March 29
Bobby Kimball – Toto – 1947
Chad Allan – Guess Who)

March 30
Graeme Edge – Moody Blues – 1942
Eric Clapton – 1945
Dave Ball – Procol Harum
Jim “Dandy” Mangrum – Black Oak Arkansas – 1948

March 31
Mick Ralphs – Mott The Hoople, Bad Company – 1944
Angus Young – AC/DC – 1955

Playlist – 4 February 2010

Artist Track Album Label Year
The Stone Gods Burn the witch Silver Spoons & Broken Bones PIAS Records 2008
Dream Theater Wither Black Clouds & Silver Linings Roadrunner Records / DGR 2009
Them Crooked Vultures Elephant Them Crooked Vultures Sony Music 2010
Living in a Valvestate Lock ‘n’ load Living in a Valvestate Classic Rock 2009
Electric Mary Right down to the bone Powerage Classic Rock 2009
Uriah Heep Book of lies Wake the sleeper Sanctuary Records 2008
Deep Purple Money Talks Rapture of the deep Next Music 2005
AC / DC Rock ‘n’ roll train Black Ice Columbia Records / Sony Music 2008
Tesla Hand me down world Real to Reel Tesla Recordings 2007
Tokyo Dragons What the hell Give me the fear Escapi Music 2005
The Genders Horatio Sons of Guns II Classic Rock 2007
The Butts Band Love your brother The Butts Band Blue Thumb Records 1974
Streetwalkers Burn it down Downtown Flyers Phonogram Records 1975
Stretch Take you down Unearthed Classic Rock 1972
Mott the Hoople Thunderbuck Ram Mad Shadows Island Records / Universal Music 1971
Billy Gibbons Bad case of loving you Les Paul and Friends EMI Records 2005
Jimi Hendrix Experience Little Miss Lover Axis Bold as Love MCA Records / Universal Music 1967
Cream SWLABR Gold Universal Music 1967
Fleetwood Mac Black Magic Woman The Best of Fleetwood Mac Sony Music 1968
Tubeway Army Are friends electric? Replicas Beggars Banquet Records 1979
Tom Waits Heartattack and Vine Heartattack and Vine Elektra Records / Gallo Music 1980
Morphine Rope on fire The Night Dreamworks Records 2000
Babe Ruth Jack ‘O Lantern Babe Ruth Harvest Records / EMI Records 1975
Foghat I just wanna make love to you Foghat Rhino Records / Gallo Music 1972
Lynyrd Skynyrd The needle and spoon Second Helping MCA Records / Universal Music 1974
Golden Earring Jangalene Together Polydor Records / Universal Music 1972
Brownsville Station Smoking in the boys room The Best of Brownsville Station Rhino Records / Gallo Music 1975
David Bowie Space Oddity The Platinum Collection EMI Records 1969
The Marshall Tucker Band Every day I have the blues Where we all belong Capricorn Records 1974
Santana Jingo Viva Santana Columbia Records / Sony Music 1969
Café Jacques Sands of Singapore Round the back Epic Records / Sony Music 1977
DaDa Bob the Drummer El Subliminoso IRS Records 1996
Sad Café Black Rose The Very Best of Sad Café Sony Music 1977
Beth Hart / Neal Schon I wanna know you Les Paul and Friends EMI Records 2005
Farryl Purkiss Kissing devils on the cheek Fruitbats and Crows Sheer Music 2009
Kevin Gilbert Parade The Taming of the True KMG Records 2000

Playlist – 21 January 2010

Artist Track Album Label Year
The Stooges 1970 Fun House Rhino / Elektra Records 1970
Rory Gallagher Big Guns The Very Best of Rory Gallagher RCA Records / Sony Music 1982
Warhorse Red Sea Red Sea Vertigo Records / Universal Music 1970
Alice Cooper Black Ju Ju Love it to death Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1971
Spooky Tooth CD 3124 Spooky Two Island Records / Universal Music 1969
Deep Purple Any fule kno that 30-The Very Best of Deep Purple EMI Music 1998
Uriah Heep Free ‘n’ Easy The Ultimate Collection Sanctuary Records / Universal Music 1977
Wishbone Ash Mental Radio Here to Hear IRS Records 1989
Led Zeppelin Kashmir Physical Graffitti Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1975
Juicy Lucy Built for comfort The Anthology Sanctuary Records / Universal Music 1971
The Who Baba O’ Reilly Who’s Next Polydor Records 1971
Tony Iommi / Glenn Hughes Dopamine Fused Sanctuary Records / Universal Music 2005
Rage Against The Machine Killing in the name Rage Against The Machine Epic Records / Sony Music 1992
The Red Hot Chili Peppers Aeroplane One Hot Minute Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1995
Rush A farewell to kings A farewell to kings Universal Music 1977
Queen Stone cold crazy Sheer Heart Attack EMI Music 1974
City Boy Cigarettes Book early Polygram Records 1977
Kansas The Devil’s Game Song for America Epic Records / Sony Music 1975
Traffic Low spark of high heeled boys Low spark of high heeled boys Island Records / Universal Music 1971
Rare Earth Celebrate In Concert Motown Records 1971
Family Drowned in wine A song for me Mystic Records 1970
Mahogany Rush Johnny B Goode Live Columbia Records 1978
Joe Satriani Ice 9 Surfing with the alien Relativity Records 1987
King’s X Summerland Gretchen goes to Nebraska Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1989
R.E.M What’s the frequency Kenneth In Time-The Best of R.E.M Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1994
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Refugee Greatest Hits MCA Records 1979
U2 Bullet the blue sky The Joshua Tree Island Records / Universal Music
Sieges Even Eyes wide open Paramount SPV / Inside Out Records 2007
Greatest Show on Earth Magic woman touch The Going’s Easy Harvest Records / EMI Music 1970
Steven Wilson Venano para las hadas Insurgentes K Scope Records 2009
John Lee Hooker Big Road Face to Face Next Music 2006
Gary Moore I cant quit you baby Power of the blues Sanctuary Records / Universal Music 2004
Mark Knopfler You cant beat the house Get Lucky Universal Music 2009
Susheela Raman Light years Music for crocodiles Virgin Records / EMI Music 2005

Playlist – 14 January 2010

Artist Track Album Label Year
Heaven and Hell Bible Black The devil you know Roadrunner Records / DGR 2008
AC/DC Shoot to thrill Back in Black Epic Records / Sony Music 1980
Van Halen Panama 1984 Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1984
Montrose Rock Candy Montrose Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1973
Nazareth This flight tonight Gold Déjà Vu Gold 1973
Boston Peace of mind Boston Epic Records / Sony Music 1976
Gov`t Mule Broke down on the Brazos By a thread Evil Teen Records 2009
Chickenfoot Turnin` left Chickenfoot Next Music 2009
Voodoo Johnson Bad habit Roll up ! Roll Up! Classic Rock 2010
UFO Can`t buy a thrill The Visitor SPV / Inside Out 2009
Them Crooked Vultures No one loves me Them Crooked Vultures Sony Music 2010
Taste Same old story Taste Polydor Records / Universal Music 1971
Thin Lizzy Rosalie Fighting Vertigo Records / Universal Music 1975
Beck ,Bogart & Appice Livin` proud Beck ,Bogart & Appice Epic Records / Sony Music 1973
The James Gang Ride the wind Bang Atco Records / Gallo Music 1973
Steppenwolf Jupiter`s Child At your birthday party Universal Music 1969
Bigelf Counting sheep Cheat the gallows Custard Records 2009
Pink Floyd Time Dark Side of the Moon EMI Records 1973
Ken Hensley When evening comes Proud words on a dusty shelf Bronze Records 1972
Eric Burdon & The Animals Winds of change Winds of change Polydor Records / Universal Music 1967
The Beatles Good Morning Good Morning Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Apple Records / EMI Music 1967
Love Seven and seven is Highs of the Sixties Warner Special Projects 1967
HP Lovecraft Spin, Spin, Spin Sgt. Salt Spectrum Records 1968
The Pretty Things Private Sorrow SF Sorrow Snapper Music 1968
Aerosmith Last child Rocks Columbia Records / Sony Music 1976
The Pink Fairies War girl Never Never Land Polydor Records / Universal Music 1971
Metallica Nothing else matters Metallica Vertigo Records / Universal Music 1991
Alice Cooper Ballad of Dwight Fry Love it to death Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1971
Paul Jones Motel Blues Crucifix in a horseshoe Vertigo Records / Universal Music 1971
The Who The Real Me Quadrophenia Polydor Records / Universal Music 1973
Audience House on the hill House on the hill Charisma Records / EMI Music 1971
Luka Bloom Deliroius Riverside Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1990
Melissa Etheridge Kingdom of heaven The Awakening Universal Music 2007
Free Oh I wept Fire and Water Island Records / Universal Music 1970
Jimi Hendrix Pali Gap South Saturn Delta MCA Records 1971
Osibisa The Dawn Osibisa BGO Records 1971

Playlist – 7th January 2010

Artist Track Album Label Year
Opeth Burden Watershed Roadrunner Records / DGR 2008
Bigelf The evils of rock `n roll Cheat the gallows Custard Records 2008
Lynyrd Skynyrd Floyd God and Guns David Gresham Records 2008
Pendragon Comatose-View from the seashore Pure SPV / Inside Out Records 2008
Wolfmother California Queen Cosmic Egg Universal Music 2008
Steel Panther Death to all but metal Feel the steel Universal Music 2008
Sea of Air Incredible Masquerade Space Rock Classic Rock 2008
Jimi Hendrix In from the storm First Rays of the New Rising Son MCA / Universal Music 1971
Cactus Restrictions Restrictions Wounded Bird Records 1971
Robin Trower I cant stand it Twice removed from yesterday Chrysalis Records / EMI Records 1973
Mountain Never in my life Mountain Climbing Columbia Records / Sony Music 1970
Cream Badge Goodbye Universal Music 1969
Guns `n` Roses Civil War Use your illusion II Geffen Records 1991
Motley Crue Sticky sweet Dr Feelgood Elektra Records / Gallo Music 1989
Def Leppard Run riot Hysteria Universal Music 1987
Deep Purple Highway Star Made in Japan EMI Records 1972
Uriah Heep Gypsy Very `eavy, very `umble Sanctuary Records 1970
Wishbone Ash Blowin` free Argus MCA/Universal Music 1972
The Doors Break on through The Doors Elektra Records / Gallo Music 1967
Derek and the Dominos Layla Layla and other assorted love songs Polydor Records 1970
Bad Company Shooting star Straight Shooter Swan Song Records / Gallo Music 1974
Grand Funk Railroad Gimme shelter Caught in the act Capitol Records  / EMI Music 1975
Yes Heart of the sunrise Fragile Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1972
Gentle Giant In a glass house In a glass house Vertigo Records 1973
Rammstein Ich Wil Mutter Universal Music 1977
The Tea Party Writings on the wall Seven Circles EMI Records 2004
Gov`t Mule Streamline woman High `n` Mighty ATO Records / Just Music 2006
Robert Plant Win my trainfare home (live) Sixty Six to Timbuktu Mercury Records 2003
Free Be my friend Highway Island Records 1971
The Rolling Stones Sister Morphine Sticky Fingers Rolling Stones Records 1971
Trapeze Will our love last? You are the music, we`re just the band Threshold Records 1972
Janis Joplin Mercedes Benz Pearl Columbia Records / Sony Music 1970

Playlist – 26 November 2009

Artist Track Album Label Year
Etta James Gotta serve somebody Matriarch of the Blues Sony Music 2000
Cactus Evil Cactus Rhino Records / Atlantic Records 1970
The Answer Demon Eyes Demon Eyes Albert Records 2009
Juicy Lucy Who do you love ? Anthology Sanctuary Records 1969
Ozzy Osbourne Over the mountain Diary of a madman Epic Records / Sony Music 1981
Bachman Turner Overdrive Not fragile Not fragile Universal Music 1973
Son of a Thousand Blues Last days on earth Son of a Thousand Blues Universal Music 2009
Clutch Motherless child Strange cousins from the West Weathermaker Records 2009
Burning Tree Fly away Burning Tree Epic Records / Sony Music 1998
Grand Funk Railroad Flight of the Phoenix Phoenix Capitol Records / EMI Music 1972
Alice Cooper Halo of flies Killer Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1971
Babe Ruth The Mexican First Base Harvest Records / EMI Music 1973
Rabbitt Savage Boys will be boys Fresh Music 1975
Budgie Who do you want for your love? Bandolier MCA Records / Universal Music 1975
Led Zeppelin Since I been loving you Led Zeppelin III Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1970
Cold Blood I just wanna make love to you Cold Blood Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1970
Mandrill Mandrill Mandrill Polydor Records / Universal Music 1971
Bad Company Bad Company Bad Company Swan Song / Gallo Music 1974
Fleetwood Mac Black Magic Woman Greatest Hits Columbia Records / Sony Music 1968
Genesis Dance on a volcano A trick of the tail Charisma Records / EMI Music 1976
Gravy Train Ballad of a peaceful man Ballad of a peaceful man Vertigo Records 1971
Beggars Opera McArthur Park Pathfinder Vertigo Records 1972
Edgar Winter’s White Trash Give it everything you got Edgar Winter’s White Trash Epic Records / Sony Music 1976
Altered State Strong as I am Dos Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1993
Joe Walsh Life’s been good ..But seriously folks MCA Records / Universal Music 1978
Falling Mirror Highway Blues The Storming of the Loft Fresh Music 1980
Blackfoot Highway Song Strikes Rhino Records / Atlantic Records 1979
Blue Murder When I hear the rain Blue Murder McCully Music 2004
Concrete Blonde Rain Mexican Moon Capitol Records / EMI Music 1993
Nick Drake Northern Sky Bryter Layter Island Records / Universal Music 1970
Farryl Purkiss Kissing devils on the cheek Fruitbats & Crows Sheer Music 2009
Patto Magic Door Hold your fire Repertoire Records 1971