Black Label Society recently released their eleventh studio album - the riff-heavy masterpiece 'Doom Crew Inc.' - and many fans are already hailing it their best release yet ! On show #151 of The Australian Rock Show – Black Label Society main man and guitar icon Zakk Wylde joins us to look over the new album. We talk over some of the songs on the record and also what the band have planned for the coming months. We also explore some of Zakk's rich rock n roll history - including; memories of his first Australian tour with Ozzy in 1998 (and co-writing one of Ozzy's biggest hits) along with his acting role as Ghode in the 2001 film 'Rock Star'. We speak about Ozzy's longtime collaborator Bob Daisley and Zakk also shares memories of his former band-mate, drummer Randy Castillo. Essential listening !
Music by: Black Label Society, Olivia Newton-John
On episode #150 of the Australian Rock Show, we see out 2021 by cranking hot new tunage - and also spin songs released in recent months, that may've passed you by. Whether it be rock, heavy metal, punk, alternative, pop, hard rock, blues or whatever - if it's amped up and delivering the goods - you'll hear it here.
Music by: Hellacopters, Gwyn Ashton, Wicked Smile, Even, Swedish Magazines, Jupiter 5, Undermines, Hoodoo Gurus, Stonetrip, Tumbleweed, Johnny Casino, The Monaros and The Neptune Power Federation. Tune in, play very loud !
Since the late 1970's, guitarist Phil Bowley and his lightning fast fingers have been a key ingredient of many cool outfits....from the leather and studs of Shy Thunder, to the crunching riffs of White Widow, the melodic raunch of Rags n Riches to the street-level sleaze of the Candy Harlots - and most recently, the loud and brooding tunage of Melody Black and Dept. of Gloom. The one constant for this six string king is volume - and lots of it ! On episode #149 of the Australian Rock Show, Phil joins us to look over his life in rock ‘n’ roll and we cover many highlights: supporting Dio in 1986, opening up for AC/DC in 1991, performing at the first 'Metal Crusade' concert in Sydney in 1985 - his time in the Candy Harlots (and recording their Five Wicked Ways album), gigging with cricketer Brett Lee's band and much more ! Play very loud.
Music by: Dept. of Gloom, Shy Thunder, White Widow, Supernaut, Phil Bowley
Over the past few years, there's been a stack of great new music coming out of Australia, which has in turn - helped to make the local scene stronger than it's been for some time. One of the reasons why the music scene is thriving is due in part to a label called Golden Robot Records - who are consistently releasing new product and in the space of a few short years - have grown from a relatively small label - to one of the most prolific and well respected names around. On episode #148 of the Australian Rock Show, we are joined by CEO and label founder Mark Alexander-Erber where we chat about the past, present and future of Golden Robot Global Entertainment - and talk all things rock n roll as well ! Tune in - play loud !
Music by: Leadfinger, The Church, Rose Tattoo, AC/DC, Asteroid B-612
If you're a music fan who digs hooks and melodies, then 'Deal Breaker' - the new album from Poor Little Things is right up your alley ! Guitarist Dave Talon first crashed the scene in the late 90's with Rollerball - a riff-heavy Gold Coast outfit who (much like the 1975 film which inspired their name) have gone on to achieve cult-status. On episode #147 of the Australian Rock Show, Dave joins us to talk over some Rollerball history and also recalls his gateway into rock n roll. We cover his time in Clifford Hoad's Kings Of The Sun, look over the new Poor Little Things album 'Deal Breaker' and lots more. Dig it !
Music by: Poor Little Things, The Angels
For more than thirty years Detroit’s Ricky Rat has been creating killer rock ‘n’ roll – from the legendary Trash Brats to the Kevin K Band, the re-united Dead Boys and his own solo material with the Ricky Rat Pack, he is the genuine embodiment of motor city rock 'n' roll with a story to tell and songs you need to hear! On episode #146 of the Australian Rock Show, Ricky joins us to look over his life in rock ‘n’ roll, his recent single 'She Feels Like A Good Thing', future plans and lots more. Get hip !
Music by: Ricky Rat, Brian McCarty, Trash Brats, The Angels
Alan Lancaster passed away recently - leaving behind a back catalogue of loud, rock n roll riches. As a member of Status Quo, Alan became a rock n roll giant and was loved by fans the world over. For more than half his life, Al called Australia home and after leaving Quo - was a member of popular outfits The Party Boys and then The Bombers. On episode #145 of The Australian Rock Show, we honor Alan's memory by cranking some of our favourite songs and chatting with some of his former band mates: John Brewster, Tyrone Coates, Kevin Borich, John Swan and Paul Christie. Sound engineer David Quinn shares some memories of Al, as does Jason Hodgson from Barrel And Squidger Records. We also check in with T.M.G roadie Ron Clayton, journalist Steve Mascord and friend of the show Leigh 'Lemmy' Wilson. If you're a friend or a fan of Alan Lancaster - this one's for you.
Music by: The Bombers, The Party Boys
John Brewster: 6:50
Ty Coates: 36:35
Kevin Borich: 52:34
John Swan: 1:07:25
Paul Christie: 1:36:20
David Quinn: 1:52:25
Jason Hodgson: 2:19:55
Ron Clayton: 2:45:00
Steve Mascord: 2:51:55
Leigh Wilson: 2:59:25
The incredible rock n roll created by Bon Scott and AC/DC, will forever be loved by millions. However before joining AC/DC in 1974, Bon had done a ten year apprenticeship in bands such as The Spektors,The Valentines and Fraternity. His life and musical legacy is celebrated in a new publication by Jeff Apter titled 'Bad Boy Boogie: The true story of AC/DC legend Bon Scott'. On episode 144 of the Australian Rock Show, Jeff joins us to talk in detail about the book and to look over the life of Bon Scott. Tune in, crank it up !
Music by: AC/DC
The label 'rock n roll royalty' is reserved for a certain few and our guest on this episode, the iconic and influential drummer Carmine Appice falls into that category. If you're a lifelong and devoted fan of rock n roll, it's a fair bet that Carmine's name will be littered throughout your record collection - via Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, King Kobra, Beck, Bogert and Appice, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder and many many more. The classic Vanilla Fudge line-up have just released a new single, ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’ - stamping their authentic sound right across this Supremes classic. On episode 143 of The Australian Rock Show, Carmine joins us to talk over this wonderful new release. We also talk about Rod Stewart's Australian tours in the 70's, producing Japanese singer Carmen Maki, appearing on the mid-80's Hear 'n Aid project and much more. Play loud.
In the late 1980's, the Candy Harlots were undisputed kings of Sydney's underground music scene and for a time, were dubbed 'Sydney's biggest live secret'. One of the key ingredients to the band's pulsating, hard rock sound was the lightning lead guitar - provided by teenage guitar wizard, Marc De Hugar. Combining catchy rock n roll, with a well-choreographed stage show - the Mark Easton-fronted Candy Harlots attracted major label interest early on - and also gained a large local fan base. On episode #142 of The Australian Rock Show we are joined by Marc De Hugar and talk in detail about a variety of subjects: from his early years and gateway to guitar, to connecting with Rory Gallagher on Gallagher's 1991 Australian tour. We look over his time in the Candy Harlots, handling lead guitar in a mid-90s version of the Screaming Tribesmen, through to recording with Gold Coast outfit Dragonfly. All this and lots more ! Play loud.
Music by: Candy Harlots, Dragonfly
Since the early 1980's, Sherry Rich and her guitar case have travelled many miles. From gigging at local dances in Bribie Island, playing to large rock crowds with Girl Monstar - or performing with Courtesy Move in Nashville....it's a musical journey that has resulted in some enduring, highly acclaimed albums. She has recently released a new album 'The Divine Crimson V' and on episode 141 of the Australian Rock Show, Sherry joins us to talk through some of the tracks on the new record, how the album came about and much much more. Tune in !
Music by: Sherry Rich, Died Pretty
With the release of his stunning new album 'Wooden Heart - Acoustic Anthology' - John Waite reminds music fans of his class and talent, weaving his beautiful voice through a stripped-back collection of songs. Waite possesses one of the most recognizable voices in rock n roll and in a career spanning over four decades, has written, recorded and amassed a back-catalogue of musical riches. On episode #140 of The Australian Rock Show, John Waite joins us to look over the new album. We also chat about his early days in Lancashire, his time in London, The Babys, his solo career, album artwork, Johnny Thunders, AC/DC, his 2018 Australian tour and much much more ! Essential listening.
On show #139 of the Australian Rock Show, we crank more hot new tunage from around the planet. We pay tribute to Swedish guitarist Michael Thimren, blast through some song requests and talk all things rock. If it's amped-up and delivering the goods, you'll hear it here. Tune in, play very loud !
Music by: Raising Ravens, Cheap Trick, Temtris, Michael Thimren, Hot Breath, Pat Todd & The Rank Outsiders, Chris Brockbank's Phantom, Hellacopters, Hailmary, Stronetrip, Lazy Cowgirls.
If it's rock n roll you came for, it's rock n roll you're gonna get - because on show #138 of the Australian Rock Show – we crank new tunage that has recently grabbed our attention - and is worthy of yours.
Music by Cosmic Psychos, Amyl and the Sniffers, The Datsuns, Wicked Smile, Casanovas, Kevin K & Ricky Rat, Dictators, and Deniz Tek. We also rig up the turntable and revisit T.M.G's final album from 1980 'Locked In'. Essential listening !
'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