'When Life Was Hard & Fast' - the brand new album from Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick hit the stores recently and is already in the running for our album of the year. As a songwriter, Ricky Warwick has a rawness and authenticity about him, which sets him apart from others - he's a wonderful storyteller and very much the real rock n roll deal. On episode #137 of The Australian Rock Show, Ricky Warwick joins us to look over the new album. We also chat about his song-writing process, The Almighty's 1989 debut 'Blood, Fire and Love' and look back on The Almighty's 1992 Australian tour with the Screaming Jets. All this and much more ! Play loud folks !
Music by: Ricky Warwick, Rose Tattoo
With the release of his new album 'Immortal' - guitar god Michael Schenker reminds music fans of his class and his freakish ability to create catchy, riff-heavy rock n roll. Schenker recently celebrated fifty years in music - and over time, has influenced generations of musicians. He has built a back-catalogue of musical riches - and with UFO and MSG - has written some of the most iconic guitar riffs of all time. On episode #136 of The Australian Rock Show we are joined by Michael Schenker and talk in detail about a variety of subjects: we look over the new MSG album 'Immortal' and Michael explains to us, his 'infinite spring of creativity'. We talk about the photo/cover art for MSG's 1983 album 'Built to Destroy' and learn how Schenker wrote 'In Search of the Peace of Mind' (which appeared on the Scorpions debut album 'Lonesome Crow'. All this and much more ! Play loud !
Music by: Michael Schenker Group
Iconic German outfit Accept, are set to release their new album 'Too Mean To Die' in late January ! For the past decade - with former TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo out front - Accept have released several albums that have garnered high praise, and in the process - have reclaimed their title as one of most respected and dependable outfits in hard rock and heavy metal. On episode #135 of The Australian Rock Show, guitarist and founding member Wolf Hoffmann joins us to look over the new album. We also chat about producer Andy Sneap, Mark Tornillo, the band's 2014 Australian tour, recording the long-lost AC/DC song 'I'm a Rebel' and much more ! Play very loud !
Music by: Accept, AC/DC
Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Chris ‘Klondike’ Masuak rose to prominence as a teenage guitar prodigy with Australian punk pioneers Radio Birdman, his razor-sharp riffs also integral to the sound of the Hitmen, the New Christs and the Screaming Tribesmen. On episode 134 of The Australian Rock Show, Chris joins us to put the magnifying glass over his current solo album ‘Address to the Nation’. We also talk about his life in Spain, the Juke Savages, the Hitmen and much much more. Crank it up !
Music by: Chris Masuak and The Viveiro Wave Riders, The Juke Savages, The Loved Ones
With the release of their second album ‘We’re the Bastards’ due soon, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons look set to close out 2020 in the loudest way possible. Since their emergence some time back – this powerful line-up - which features Neil Starr on vocals, along with Phil’s sons Todd (guitar), Tyla (bass) and Dane (drums), have been blitzing ’em on the live circuit - showing all and sundry how it is done. Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons are very much the real rock n roll deal and on episode #133 of the Australian Rock Show, Phil joins us to talk over the new album and to also explain how the band were formed. We touch on Lemmy, former bandmate Würzel and also look over Motörhead's 1984 Australian tour. This one is essential listening. Play loud.
Music by: Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Angry Anderson
Los Angeles outfit L.A Guns have a new album titled 'Renegades' which hits the streets Friday 13th November. This line-up features the rock-heavy rhythm section of Steve Riley and Kelly Nickels and if the couple of singles which have been released so far are any indication - this is gonna be one hellava great album. For over three decades, drummer Steve Riley has provided the thunder for L.A Guns and on episode 132 of the Australian Rock Show, Steve joins us to talk over the new record. He also shares with us some cool stories from his time in WASP, Keel and some wonderful memories of Eddie Van Halen. Play very loud !
Music by: L.A Guns, Rose Tattoo
In the late 80's/early 90's, powerhouse vocalist Ty Coates fronted Sydney outfit The Bombers - a super-group featuring John Brewster from The Angels along with Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan from Status Quo. Three decades later, Ty has assembled a group of highly talented musicians and resurrected The Bombers name. They've just released their debut album titled 'Man Down' and on episode 131 of The Australian Rock Show, Ty joins us to talk over the new album, the new band and much more. Play loud !
Music by: Ty Coates' Bombers
As a musician, songwriter and producer, George Young was an innovator who shaped Australian music and his legacy will always loom large over the Australian musical landscape. Prolific rock writer Jeff Apter has recently published a fascinating and detailed biography on George Young titled 'Friday On My Mind'. On episode 130 of the Australian Rock Show, Jeff joins us once again to talk in detail about the book and to also look over the life of George Young and some of the wonderful music which he created. Essential listening.
Music by: The Easybeats, Stevie Wright
Highly acclaimed guitar goddess Orianthi has long been on our rock n roll radar. On episode 129 of The Australian Rock Show, Ori joins us and we talk about her soon-to-be released fourth solo album and what fans can expect to hear. We discuss her previous releases 'Violet Journey', 'Believe' and 'Heaven in This Hell', and also drift back to her early days on the Adelaide scene - including recording her first demo's. We look over many of the highlights in her ongoing musical journey - this is an episode that is essential listening. Play loud.
Music by: Orianthi, INXS
Join us on episode 128 of The Australian Rock Show as we blast new rock tunage coming outta down under. Rock, punk, hard rock, heavy metal - if it's amped-up and delivering the goods - you'll hear it here. Crank it up !
Music by: Dave Evans, Molly & The Krells, Black Whiskey, Riff Raiders, Terror Bite, Rogue Sharks, Snake Bite Whisky, Johnny Casino, Asteroid B-612, The Naked Lunch, Rockin' Volts, Wicked Smile
Iconic rock n roll outfit L7 return to Australia in May, touring in support of last year's 'Scatter The Rats' album. On episode 126 of the Australian Rock Show, we welcome back guitarist/vocalist Donita Sparks to the podcast - and talk in detail about the new album. Tune in, play very loud !
Music by: L7, Olivia Newton-John
On episode 125 of The Australian Rock Show we crank song requests for listeners who donated to our recent GoFundMe campaign. There is a great selection of Australian music on this show. Crank it up !
Music by: DM3, Judge Mercy, Stiff Richards, Bastard North, Dark Clouds, Not From There, Black Label, AC/DC, GOD, Freeloaders, Girl Monstar, Stevie Wright, The Hots, Rose Carleo Band, Cold Chisel, Poor Little Things, Band Of Light, Flake, Ty Coates.
Ron Keel’s 35-year career in rock n roll has taken him from the concrete jungles of arena rock to the dirt roads of country music. In the 1980s, Keel sold a lot of albums and toured the world with Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Motley Crue and Dio. Keel hits Australia next week for his first ever shows downunder, and on episode 124 of the Australian Rock Show, the Metal Cowboy himself joins us to talk all things rock – including his current album ‘Fight Like A Band’, touring with Keel in the 1980's and much much more. Tune in - play loud !
Music by: Ron Keel, White Widdow, Keel
With the release of their ‘Outlaws’ album due soon, followed by a return tour of Europe – and then America, 2020 is shaping up as a busy year for the mighty Rose Tattoo. Recently, we had the honor of having Angry Anderson return to the Australian Rock Show - where we spoke at length about ‘Outlaws’ and why this current line-up have re-recorded the band’s iconic 1978 debut album. We also remember Bon Scott, talk about the much anticipated run of American dates this May and once again - dig deep into the history of Rose Tattoo. It’s Never Too Loud !
Music by: Rose Tattoo, Richard Clapton
On episode 122 of The Australian Rock Show, guitarist Stewart 'Leadfinger' Cunningham joins us to look over his 30+ years in Australian underground rock ‘n’ roll. From The Proton Energy Pills and Brother Brick, to Asteroid B-612, The Yes-Men and his own band Leadfinger, Cunningham has created a ton of enduring guitar-fuelled classics. In this comprehensive interview, we talk about everything from the mid-80s Wollongong scene, Tumbleweed, supporting Dinosaur Jr, touring America, Spain, his love of pinball - and much much more. This is a detailed interview you do not want to miss! Dig it!
Music by: Leadfinger, The Eastern Dark, Brother Brick
As a founding member of Status Quo, the iconic Alan Lancaster needs no introduction. His place in rock ‘n’ roll history is assured, yet far too few people are aware of his time in late 80’s Australian bands The Party Boys and also The Bombers, who have just released a killer live album recorded some 30 years ago! Alan joins us on episode 121 of the Australian Rock Show to talk in detail about this 'new' Bombers live album, The Party Boys, John Coghlan, John Brewster, and much much more. This is one you do not wanna miss - get up and get it on ! *Alan Lancaster's Bombers - "LIVE!" can be purchased here: https://www.musicglue.com/squidger
Music by: The Bombers, Divinyls
From seminal NYC punk pioneers The Dictators - to heavy metal giants Manowar – Ross 'The Boss' Friedman is a guitar player without peer. Ross The Boss and his band are set to torch Australian stages in November and on episode 120 of The Australian Rock Show we dig deep into Ross' history - talk about this upcoming tour, the Dictators, Manowar, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom and much more ! The party starts now !
Music by: Manowar, AC/DC, Dictators
The author of more than twenty five books, Jeff Apter has just released the first in-depth biography on the life of Malcolm Young. On episode 119 of the Australian Rock Show - Jeff joins us to talk in detail about the book, as well as the life and legacy of Malcolm. Tune in, play loud !
Music by: AC/DC
Following on from Stryper's 2018 tour, frontman Michael Sweet returns to Australia in November - performing some intimate East Coast acoustic shows. On episode 118 of The Australian Rock Show, Michael joins us for a detailed interview and we look over everything - from his forthcoming solo album 'Ten' to Stryper's 1987 Australian tour. We talk about his songwriting process, the recording of the song 'Soldiers Under Command', working with producers Michael Wagener and Stephan Galfas and lots more ! This is one interview you won't wanna miss. Tune in - play loud.
Music by: Michael Sweet, Cold Chisel, Stryper
Black Star Riders are set to unleash their fourth and eagerly anticipated album 'Another State Of Grace' in September. On episode 117 of The Australian Rock Show – renowned guitarist Scott Gorham joins us to look over the album. We talk about the band’s recent line-up changes, the new single 'Ain’t The End of The World' and much more. We of course shine the light on some of Scott's history with Thin Lizzy, specifically their 1978 Australian tour, playing with Gary Moore and their iconic, twin-guitar harmony sound. Essential listening !
Music by: Black Star Riders, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy
Roddy Ray'da joins us on episode 116 of The Australian Rock Show as we ignite the dynamite and look over his 1989 album 'Lost Lonely and Vicious'. From The Scientists to the Dubrovniks, the Johnnys, the Hoodoo Gurus and a prolific solo career - Roddy's influence upon, and input into 1980’s Australian rock n roll cannot be understated. He is one of the true originals of the Australian punk and post punk scene and this is a detailed interview you do not want to miss. The party starts now !
Music by: Roddy Ray'da, the Hitmen
Join us on episode 115 of The Australian Rock Show as we highlight new releases coming out of Australia. Known or unknown, if it's got loud guitars and delivers the goods - you'll hear it here. We remember Adelaide musician Tony 'Grudge' Hayward and talk all things rock n roll. Crank it up !
Music by: Legs Electric, Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers, Palace of the King, Black Whiskey, The Mis-Made, Snakeoyl, Rollerball, Wysper, Ablaze, Repo
If you dig loud hard rock with punk trimmings, pop sensibilities and lots of hooks, then the Black Heart Breakers are an outfit who should be on your rock n roll radar. Since forming six years ago, this hardworking Sydney outfit have built up a solid fan base - both locally and interstate. On episode 114 of The Australian Rock Show, we are joined by Hayden - vocalist and songwriter for the Black Heart Breakers who fills us in on the band's history, what's in the works for the future and lots more. Play this one loud !
Music by: Black Heart Breakers, The Angels
Rock n roll aficionados are in for a treat when Graham Bonnet and Alcatrazz jet Down Under in June. In the 1970's, Bonnet climbed high on the local charts via two big hits which have stood the test of time. On show #113 of The Australian Rock Show we are joined by Graham and look over some of his many career highlights - from his time in Rainbow to his stint fronting Aussie pub rock outfit The Party Boys. We chat about the influence of Helen Shapiro, talk about guitarists Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, songwriter Russ Ballard and a whole lot more ! Essential listening !
Music by: Rainbow, Little River Band, Michael Schenker Group