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
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