When two American punk rock greats book some studio time together - it's something to get excited about.NYC punk legend Kevin K has released more than 40 albums since 1977. He is the last of the original CBGB’s rockers still out there, and has played with everyone from The Ramones and The Romantics to Johnny … Continue reading Punk greats Kevin K and Ricky Rat team up to release new single ‘Identity Crisis’
For Denis Gray, host of The Australian Rock Show podcast, last year's stay-at-home lock down meant one thing: to finally publish that book he'd written over twenty-five years ago. He originally wrote the manuscript for the teen-fiction 'Movin On' in 1993 and it remained in a box ever since. The project was finally completed with … Continue reading ‘Australian Rock Show’ podcast host releases debut novel
To co-incide with their upcoming Australian shows in May, Los Angeles outfit L7 are to release a new single, which will also feature Joan Jett. Speaking recently on the Australian Rock Show podcast, guitarist and band co-founder Donita Sparks stated "we're putting out a single, just for this Australian/New Zealand tour, and side A is … Continue reading L7 to release new single featuring Joan Jett – for upcoming Australian Tour
Currently on tour across Australia, Tony Award winning, Golden Globe nominated co-creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch John Cameron Mitchell takes the stage, singing songs from the ground-breaking rock musical and subversive cult film. This is a show you don't wanna miss! Regaling audiences between sets with intimate, eye-opening, and at times devilishly funny … Continue reading John Cameron Mitchell Australian Tour 2018
It’s been 31 years since Dr Feelgood, Britain’s best exponents of R&B toured Australia. This week sees them play the first dates of their Milk & Alcohol Australian tour with dates booked across the country. Dr Feelgood stood apart from other UK punk/new wave/pub rock bands of the 70s due to their own unique rock … Continue reading Rockbrat News Flash: DR. FEELGOOD 2018 AUSTRALIAN TOUR THIS WEEK!
John Waite is in the midst of his first Australian tour, and by all reports the shows thus far have been electrifying. At 65, and after 40 years in the music biz, Australian fans have often scratched their heads as to why Waite has never toured Australia before. Although The Babys disbanded in 1981, they … Continue reading ROCKBRAT NEWS FLASH! John Waite 2018 Australian Tour – DON’T MISS IT!
On behalf of Mr. Rockbrat, I would like to wish all Rockbrat Readers a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018! Happy Holidays to all our readers in North America. Statistics indicate that there are still thousands of people out there who enjoy reading the plethora of articles, opinion and blogs on the Rockbrat site … Continue reading Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy Holiday to all Rockbrat Readers from the Gray Brothers
As many astute rock fans would be aware, legendary British outfit Dr. Feelgood will be hitting Australia in May 2018. The good folks at M.G.M (those who brought the great Dan Baird & Homemade Sin out to Australia earlier this year), are looking for corporate sponsors for the Dr Feelgood Tour. If you are a … Continue reading Dr. Feelgood looking for sponsors for 2018 Australian Tour
Dan Baird and Homemade Sin are currently in the middle of an Australian tour and on episode 68 of The Australian Rock Show, we sit down with Dan for a detailed interview. We look over their current album 'Rollercoaster', Dan's recent record 'SoLow' and much more. Dan Baird and Homemade Sin are indeed the genuine … Continue reading Episode 68 – Dan Baird Interview
I am posting this blog to raise awareness of Spencer Jones’ illness, and his need for financial assistance. I have seen Spencer Jones many times over the years, with the Johnnys (at Gladesville), with the Beasts of Bourbon on many occasions, with Hell To Pay and also as a solo artist. I adore his 1994 sold album ‘Rumour Of Death’, and my Hell To Pay album is signed by him (see post at bottom of page).
News that Jones has become seriously ill and unable to work has sparked numerous benefit shows around the country, headlined by The Drones, Paul Kelly, Dave Faulkner and more, and a GoFundMe campaign. As the news blurb says,”Spencer P Jones, guitarist, singer and prolific songwriter is seriously ill. He has performed live consistently for more than 30 years, but has not been able to work for several months due to his illness. Author of catchy and poignant tales capturing Australia’s underbelly, driven by his signature guitar sound (Australian Guitar magazine rated Jones as one of Australia’s Top 40 best guitarists), and delivered in his melodic but menacing snarl, his impact on the Australian and international rock scene is unsurpassed in this country. Spencer came to prominence as guitarist, singer and songwriter with The Johnnys (a band so loved by Neil Young he said he wished he could bottle their sound and spirit) and as one part of inner-city swamp rock supergroup the Beasts of Bourbon. Moving out on his own with his 1994 debut Rumour of Death, Jones has gone on to release ten impeccably crafted albums in his own right .
Along his journey, Jones has also been a gun for hire with Paul Kelly, Chris Bailey and The General Dog, Maurice Frawley and The Working Class Ringos, The Sacred Cowboys, Ian Rilen’s Hell To Pay, These Immortal Souls and Shotgun Wedding. And then there’s the international connections – he has played with everyone from the Gun Club to Evan Dando, the Violent Femmes, Shotgun Rationale and Andre Williams as well as touring with members of Television and The Damned.
To support Spencer with the costs of his medical treatment, some of Australia’s finest rock musicians are coming together to celebrate the career of the axeman and master songwriter with benefit shows in Victoria and Western Australia. A great gig is being held on Sunday 20th March at Mojos Bar Freemantle and on Friday 15th April there is a once in a lifetime show at the Prince Bandroom in St Kilda.
If you are unable to attend one of the shows, but would like to contribute to help Spencer with his medical costs you can do so by donating to this fund. Head here and put in a few bucks. Please support one of Australia’s musical treasures.
Hell To Pay were a Melbourne band who existed from around 1991 to 1993. They were, to coin an often over used phrase, ‘the real deal’. Any band that included both Ian Rilen and Spencer Jones in their ranks was always gonna be top shelf, and so they were. If you wanna talk inner city supergroup, then look no further than this lot. Rilen was on guitar and vocals. Spencer Jones was on lead guitar and vocals. Jon Schofield (ex Grooveyard, Paul Kelly) was on bass, and former JJJ DJ Tony Biggs was on drums. Cathy Green of X also played bass on the album. The band were signed to Red Eye Records in Sydney and released a CD single called ‘Saints & King’ in 1991, and an album, ‘Steal It’ in 1992. Both are long out of print, but are essential if you are fan of either Jones or…
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....From the rockin and rollin Gray brothers - the guys who brought you the Hard Rock Show in 1987 through to Vicious Kitten fanzine/records - and most recently, the Rockbrat Blog - comes the Australian Rock Show - Oz Rock's Loudest and Proudest music podcast ! Big things planned folks - the aim is to … Continue reading Rockbrat News Flash: Australian Rock Show launched
As we all know, rock n roll is a hard life – with no certainties or superannuation payment at the end of your playing days. 99% of musicians don’t make much money at all – and as the years go by, many artists suddenly find themselves no longer in demand as they may have been … Continue reading Rockbrat News Flash: Mick Blood Benefit & Fundraiser Appeal