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 www.mixfm.co.za.

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 www.rock.co.za/rockofages the week following each show. Of course you can email me at the station during the show at onair@mixfm.co.za or post-show at rockofages@icon.co.za
I would love to hear from you!

Yours in the pursuit of all things rock

Benjy Mudie

Rock Of Ages
www.rockofages.rock.co.za

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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 (www.freshmusic.co.za / www.rock.co.za/rockofages ). 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 !

FLOYD WIN EMI COURT CASE

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.

MAN GUITARIST PASSES AWAY

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 FORCED TO CHANGE NAME

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 – THE BOX SET

Dio have made a box set called ‘Tournado’ available at www.ronniejamesdio.com/. 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.

STOOGES BOX UP THE ‘POWER’

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 www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com. 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 LIVE DVD

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.

PRIEST TO RE-ISSUE ‘BRITISH STEEL

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 COVERS ZEPPELIN

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 GOES FOR ALTER BRIDGE SINGER

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 WORKS WITH KEITH RICHARDS

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 – 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

Rock Of Ages Newsletter October 2009

Greetings rock lovers,

Welcome to the October edition of the Rock of Ages newsletter. Some of you may not know that the show has moved to a Thursday night between 7-10pm on UJFM (95.4FM in Joburg only) , you can also hear it online at www.ujfm.co.za so tune in. I have had many emails from fans who are frustrated that they can’t pick the show up in other parts of the country and I understand this. I also share their anger that there are no dedicated rock stations, but until such time as the radio powers-that-be stop playing political games with the airwaves and the cultural Nazi’s stop insisting that everything must be either R&B, Kwaito, jazz or, as they like to call it ,’representative of the people’ then we have to make do with what is available to us. I’m enjoying being on UJFM and I hope that in time they will gravitate to the DSTV audio channels so that more of you can access the show. Following on from my earlier comment, I want to dispel the notion that rock is the exclusive domain of white fans only, that’s a bunch of bull – I get many calls and emails from black rock fans, young and old, who enjoy the music on the show and that is very encouraging….you can do your bit for Rock of Ages by telling everyone that you know that the show is on the air every Thursday –  you can also help rock radio in general by supporting other worthy rock shows on the air…my long time friend and rock cohort, Barney Simon, can be heard on Jacaranda FM, Thursdays 9-12am, and the Doctor of rock radio, Chris Prior, is still broadcasting on 1485 AM Radio Today. Let’s not forget the new kids on the block “Rock Out Radio” who are doing an amazing job online. By the way you can still access details of ROA on the show at www.rock.co.za/rockofages .

In this week’s newsletter I’ll be reviewing some great new rock releases, it’s been a stellar year for rock so far and there is a lot of exciting music out there waiting for you to discover, both known and unknown. Plus some rock news, upcoming gigs, rock birthdays and much more.

Rock of Ages recommends……

If there ever was a topic that gets rock fans fired up and argumentative it’s the subject of ‘who is the greatest guitarist of all time’. In many polls across the world, Jimi comes up trumps and let’s all agree (well maybe-Ed) that he certainly revolutionised rock guitar playing and can be considered the greatest of all time. ..but who is the greatest ‘living’ guitarist??? My bet is firmly on Jeff Beck and listening to his new album and DVD , “Performing this week-live at Ronnie Scott`s***** (Next Music) merely confirms that- Jeff’s playing crosses all genres..blues, rock, jazz, fusion, Asian, Arabic. He is flashy, sensitive, bombastic, emotional and just sheer genius. Listen to “Angel (Footsteps)” , “Cause we’ve ended as lovers” , “Nadia” or his aching instrumental version of “A day in the life” –you’ll get what I mean!….As many of you know I am a long term fan of British progressive rock band, Porcupine Tree and have featured them consistently on the show. Their “Deadwing” album, which deservedly won Album of the Year when it was released, is among my favourite records of all time. After the release of the band`s last album “Fear of a silent planet” one would have thought that Steven Wilson would have rested on his considerable laurels –no chance ! Not only has he released a fantastic solo album “Insurgentes**** (K Scope) but also a brand new PT album “The Incident” ****(Roadrunner/ David Gresham Records). Both are most definitely worth investing in –the solo album is more edgier prog, jagged and gentle in equal doses and similar in feel to a latter day King Crimson .These are songs that Wilson felt didn’t fit with PT, standout tracks include the Floyd-ish “Veneno par las hadas” and “No twilight within the courts of the sun” with it`s angular bass line and dissonant jerky guitars . The album comes as a double disc set with a standard stereo disc as well as a DTS 5.1 24 bit edition…..Porcupine Tree`s “The Incident” on the other hand is the kind of post progressive music that the band are famous for and is a worthy addition to the PT catalogue. It`s the kind of album that bears repeated playing in order to hear all the nuances and there are so many standout tracks that it becomes difficult to pinpoint all of them. However “I drive the hearse” , “The Blind House” ,”Kneel and disconnect” and the 12 minute epic “Time flies” are highly recommended….I have been a fan of bassist/singer Glenn Hughes since his early days fronting Trapeze as well as his work with Deep Purple MK 3. He has had a bit of a patchy solo career over the last 2 decades but made a huge comeback with “Music for the divine” a couple of years ago. Sadly however his new album “ First Underground Nuclear Kitchen** (Frontiers Records) is a bit of a let down : dispensing with long time guitarist JJ Marsh who brought an edge to his more recent material ,Glenn seems to have converted himself into a rock version of Stevie Wonder. With a couple of exceptions the songs are mostly funky rock workouts with little in the way of memorable riffs or ideas. I still think that Glenn Hughes is one of the best rock singers around but he does his reputation no justice with this album…..I`m an unashamed champion of Polish band Riverside. I have continually played them on the show over the past five years and if the many emails and letters are to be believed they have gained scores of new South African fans. There is something about Mariusz Duda`s sublime vocals and the achingly powerful guitar work of Piotr Grudzinski that really resonate with me, in my opinion they are as important to modern progressive rock as Pink Floyd were to the genre in years gone by. With each album they have grown in stature and maturity and never failed to disappoint. Their new album “Anno Domini” ***** (SPV /Inside Out) is no different ; 5 lengthy tracks of amazing music-intense, heartfelt, complex, aggressive, gentle and above all –challenging…don’t miss this !

For those about to rock…we give you news !

OZZY’S CRAZY KID

Ozzy Osbourne was joined onstage on August 22 by nine-year-old guitar prodigy Yuto Miyazawa for the song ‘Crazy Train’. The youngest professional guitarist in the world – according to the Guinness Book Of Records – Miyazawa guested Ozzy onstage for the last show at this year’s BlizzCon, at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Miyazawa joined Ozzy and the rest of his current group guitarist Gus G., drummer Tommy Clufeto s, bassist Rob ‘Blasko’ Nicholson and keyboard player Adam Wakeman. Footage of this is at

PISTOLS ANGRY OVER ICE CREAM

The Sex Pistols are threatening to sue an ice cream company, who are selling a product called The Sex Pistol. The company, Icrecreamists, have a stall in Selfridges, and are using the tag line ‘God Save The Cream’ to advertise their product, over a picture of the Queen, with a snippet of the national anthem being played on guitar! They say their ice cream is, “More Sid & Nancy than Ben & Jerry”, as includes a shot of absinthe! The band want Icecreamists to stop using the strapline and image, and are also demanding damages for what alleged copyright infringement.

AC/DC FORCE TRIAL POSTPONEMENT

A trial in Alberta, Canada has been postponed, because one of the defence lawyers has tickets to see AC/DC. The trial of Joshua M. MacInnis, charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and failure to provide a breath sample, was supposed to start on August 27. But Kevin Gubbins asked for the postponement, because his partner Christian Banks is going to see ‘DC. And Judge Morris Golden agreed to adjourn the case until December 15.

BLUE CHEER’S PETERSON DIES

Blue Cheer’s Dickie Peterson has died at the age of 61. He’s been battling prostate and lung cancer for some while, and is said to have died after undergoing surgery, during which he contracted a fatal virus. The bassist/vocalist is one of the most important figures in the history of heavy rock. We send condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.

GNR DENY SONG ALLEGATIONS

Guns n’ Roses have issued a statement, denying allegations that they infringed the copyright of German electronic artist Ulrich Schnausse. Both Independiente Records and Domino Recordings are suing GNR, claiming that the song ‘Riad N’ The Bedouins’ (from ‘Chinese Democracy’) used extracts from a couple of songs from Schnausse. Guns n’ Roses response, via manager Irving Azoff, is: “The band believed when the record came out and still believes that there are no unauthorized samples on the track. The snippets of ‘ambient noise’ in question were provided by a member of the album’s production team who has assured us that these few seconds of sound were obtained legitimately. Artists these days can’t read the minds of those they collaborate with and therefore are unfortunately vulnerable to claims like this one. While the band resents the implication that they would ever use another artist’s work improperly and are as sessing possible counterclaims, they are confident this situation will be satisfactorily resolved.”

KISS GO TO THE WAL

Wal-Mart stores in America are to go Kiss krazy from October 6. That’s the day the band’s new album, Sonic Boom, will be released exclusively through Wal-Mart in the States. Apart from the CD/DVD, fans will also be able to buy Kiss Mr Potatohead collectables, T-shirts, fleece blanketsmake-up kits, wigs, masks, special M&M packets and the band’s back catalogue. These items will be located in specially constructed Kiss Korners in each store. And more `have they no shame`…Kiss are developing a Cirque du Soleil style show for Las Vegas. To be called ‘Kiss: Carnival Of Souls’, the big budget production (said to cost between $40-50 million) has been conceived by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons together with Los Angeles comic book publishers Radical Publishing and its sister company in Singapore, Storm Lion.

BIG IN TOKYO

The reunited Mr Big are to release a live CD/DVD called Back To Budokan on October 19. Vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Pat Torpey filmed and recorded this double CD and double disc DVD package on June 20, at the famed Budokan in Tokyo. The band have also added two new studio songs: a cover of Argent’s ‘Hold Your Head Up’ plus their own ‘Next Time Around’. There’s also an acoustic version of ‘To Be With You’.

BECOME COBAIN

A Kurt Cobain playable character is now available on ‘Guitar Hero 5’. Fans can now become Cobain for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and a live version of ‘Lithium’, the latter from Nirvana’s 1992 performance at the Reading Festival. More Kurt – A plaque put up to honour the late Kurt Cobain in his home town of Aberdeen, Washington. This has been placed under a bridge where he used to compose music. This features a number of quotes from the man. One of these – “Drugs are bad for you, they will f**k you up” – has caused controversy, with the town’s mayor Bill Simpson objecting to the use of the ‘F’ word.More Cobain…Courtney Love is threatening to sue over the use of a Kurt Cobain character in Guitar Hero 5. She claims the game’s manufactuers, Activision, don’t have permission to use his image. The company insist they do. In the meantime, Cobain’s former Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have issued official statement expressing their dismay at the fact Cobain is part of the game..

COOPER GETS SLASHED

Alice Cooper is the latest singer to confirm he guests on the debut solo album from Slash. Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) also sing on the record, which has been produced by Eric Valentine. Much of the as-yet untitled album has been recorded by Slash with drummer Josh Freese and bassist Chris Chaney. There are also guest slots from Flea and Steven Adler.

FLOSSY PETE

Pete Townshend is writing a new musical. Titled ‘Floss’, it deals with getting old – and as The Who guitarist is now 64 it’s a subject he might claim to know something about. The aim is to get thi s ready for a live premiere in 2011, with performances to be planned in arenas and also outdoors. Some of the songs might also turn up on the next Who album.

Short Cuts……. Deep Purple release a live compilation next month on Purple Records. Called Space Truckin’ Round The World Live 68-76, this marks the tenth anniversary of the label. The double CD includes all four line-ups of the band from that period…. Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton are to play together at the O2 Arena in London on February 13. Tickets go on sale on Monday, September 28 and are limited to a maximum of six per household… Kiss, Genesis, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Stooges are among those nominated for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next year. The list will be reduced to five in January, and these will be the artists inducted on March 15 at a ceremony in Manhattan…Steve Vai has been given an honorary doctorate by the Musician’s Institute, which is based in Los Angeles. Vai received his doctorate at the Wiltern Theatre in LA… There’s now a virtual Def Leppard concert lighter available through iTunes. Officially endorsed by the band, this come with what is described as a realistic flame that sways and moves, lighter sound effects and 24 full colour lighter images… Jimmy Page unveils the sketches for two new songs in the upcoming documentary ‘It Might Get Loud’. These are called ‘Embryo 1’ and ‘Embryo 2’. The film, which has opened in New York, brings together Page with fellow guitarists The Edge (U2) and Jack White (White Stripes)… Motley Crue celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ‘Dr. Feelgood’ album by releasing a deluxe edition on September 21. This includes a bonus CD, with demos and live tracks.. There are reports that Van Halen are to tour in 2010. This would once again see David Lee Roth join the Van Halens – ie. Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang… Fancy winning the Aerosmith lottery? There are now special Aeromsith scratch cards, as part of the Rhode Island lottery. This is all due to a deal signed by the band with lottery company GTECH, which allows the latter to see the band’s brand for various lottery devices and ideas…In one of the more bizarre acts of his career, Faith No More frontman Mike Patton attempted to swallow a two-foot long shoelace during the band’s performance at the Sziget Festival in Budapest. This came from a shoe thrown onstage. he got it halfway down his throat, before spitting it out… Genesis release a five-disc DVD set at the end of November. It’s called ‘The Movie Box’, and features only Phil Collins era footage… Queen have done a unique deal with Logitech. This means people who have the company’s Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi Player can exclusively listen to the band’s upcoming Absolute Greatest compilation right now. Finally……Fancy seeing and hearing what it might be like for The Beatles to sing songs by the Rolling Stones and Rammstein? Check this out: .

Seen & Heard-Live in Concert

Jack Hammer

Sunday October 18th: Bart’s in Somerset West with special guests Akkedis

Boulevard Blues Band

OCTOBER

23rd Fogey`s, Muizenberg

24th Flaming Fox

25th Bertie`s Mooring, Gordon`s Bay

31st Die Boer, Durbanville

NOVEMBER

1st Quay 4,Waterfront

6th Bloemendal Winehouse

7th Springbok Blues Bar, The Strand

8th Bertie`s Mooring, Gordon`s Bay

22nd Bertie`s Mooring, Gordon`s Bay

28th Table Mountain Blues Summit

Happy Birthday and may you always rock !

October 1
Scott McKenzie – 1939
Jerry Martini – Sly & The Family Stone – 1943

October 2
Don McLean – 1945
Mike Rutherford – Genesis – 1950
Sting – 1951

October 3
Chubby Checker – 1941
Lindsey Buckingham – Fleetwood Mac – 1949
Tommy Lee – Motley Crue – 1962

October 4
Jim Fielder – Blood, Sweat & Tears; Buffalo Springfield – 1947

October 5
Brian Johnson – AC/DC – 1947
Steve Miller – Steve Miller Band – 1943
Bob Geldof – Boomtown Rats – 1951
Brian Connolly – Sweet – 1945

October 6
Kevin Cronin – REO Speedwagon – 1951

October 13
Paul Simon – 1941
Sammy Hagar – Van Halen – 1947
Robert Lamm – Chicago – 1944

October 14
Justin Hayward – Moody Blues – 1946
Cliff Richard – 1940

October 16
Bob Weir – Grateful Dead – 1947
C.F. Turner – Bachman Turner Overdrive – 1943

October 17
Gary Puckett – Union Gap – 1942
Jim Seals – Seals & Crofts – 1941

October 18
Chuck Berry – 1926
Keith Knudsen – Doobie Brothers – 1949
Gary Richrath- REO Speedwagon – 1949
Laura Nyro – 1947

October 20
Tom Petty – 1950

October 21
Steve Lukather – Toto – 1957
Manfred Mann – Earth Band – 1940
Elvin Bishop – 1942
Lee Loughnane – Chicago – 1946

October 22
Bobby Fuller – Bobby Fuller Four – 1942
Leslie West – Mountain – 1945
Eddie Brigati – Young Rascals – 1946

October 24
Bill Wyman – Rolling Stones – 1936

October 25
Jon Anderson – Yes – 1944
Glenn Tipton – Judas Priest – 1948

October 27
Simon LeBon – Duran Duran – 1958

October 28
Charlie Daniels – 1936
Wayne Fontana – The Mindbenders – 1945

October 29
Peter Green – Fleetwood Mac – 1946
Denny Laine – Wings; Moody Blues – 1944

October 30
Grace Slick – Jefferson Airplane – 1939
Chris Slade – Uriah Heep, AC/DC – 1946
Timothy B. Schmit – Eagles – 1947

October 31
Larry Mullen – U2 – 1961
Russ Ballard – Argent – 1947

November 1
Keith Emerson – Emerson Lake and Palmer – 1944
Rick Grech – Blind Faith, Traffic – 1945 – 1990

November 2
Dave Pegg – Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention – 1947
J.D. Souther – Souther Hillman Furay Band – 1946

November 9
Joe Bouchard – Blue Öyster Cult – 1948
Tom Fogerty – Creedence Clearwater Revival – 1941-1990
Alan Gratzer – REO Speedwagon – 1948

November 10
Greg Lake – Emerson Lake and Palmer – 1947
Ronnie Hammond – Atlanta Rhythm Section – 1950

November 11
Chris Dreja – The Yardbirds – 1945
Vince Martell – Vanilla Fudge – 1945

November 12
Neil Young – 1945
Buck Dharma – Blue Öyster Cult – 1947
November 13
Roger Steen – The Tubes – 1949

November 14
James Young – Styx – 1949

November 15
Steve Fossen – Heart – 1949

November 17
Gene Clark – Byrds – 1944 – 1991
Martin Barre – Jethro Tull – 1946

November 18
Graham Parker – 1950
John McFee – Doobie Brothers – 1953

November 19
Ray Collins – Mothers of Invention – 1937
Fred Lipsius – Blood Sweat & Tears – 1943

November 20
George Grantham – Poco – 1947
Duane Allman – Allman Brothers – 1946 – 1971
Joe Walsh – Eagles- 1947

November 21
Lonnie Jordan – War – 1948
Gary Pihl – Boston

November 22
Little Steven Van Zandt – E Street Band – 1950
Rod Price – Foghat – 1947 – 2005

November 23
Bruce Hornsby – 1954

November 24
Pete Best – Beatles- 1941

November 25
Roy Lynes – Status Quo – 1953
Bev Bevan – Electric Light Orchestra – 1946

November 26
John McVie – Fleetwood Mac – 1945
Tina Turner – 1939

November 27
Jimi Hendrix – 1942 – 1970
November 28
Beeb Birtles – Little River Band – 1948

November 29
John Mayall – Bluesbreakers – 1933
Denny Doherty – Mamas and the Papas – 1940
Felix Cavaliere – The Rascals – 1944 Ronnie Montrose – 1947
Barry Goudreau – Boston – 1954

November 30
Dick Clark – 1929
George McArdle – Little River Band – 1954
Leo Lyons – Ten Years After – 1944
Roger Glover – Deep Purple – 1945
Billy Idol – 1955

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