Rockbrat Remembers: When Escape & John The Beast came to Sydney

In the mid 80s, Adelaide's Escape caused quite a stir amongst the HM community - on the east coast at least. Their guitar player, John The Beast, was quite literally - bigger than Ben Hur. For a band  that relied heavily on its image and stage show - it comes as a surpise that no … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When Escape & John The Beast came to Sydney

Rockbrat Remembers: When Dennis Lillee met KISS

For anyone who remembers, up until that time in 1980, the KISS Tour of Australia was the biggest tour of Australia since Abba a couple of years previously, and only the Beatles in 64 before that. In November of 1980, the masked marauders were all over the newspapers, TV etc etc. Gene couldn't adjust his … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When Dennis Lillee met KISS

Rockbrat Remembers: Ronnie Biggs 1929 – 2013

Ronnie Biggs – The Great Train Robber is dead. Although his role in the 1963 robbery was minimal, he managed to evade capture for over 35 years, thereby endearing himself to the public with his larrikin spirit, much in the same way that certain Australian bush rangers did in the 1860s – 1880s.  In 1966, … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Ronnie Biggs 1929 – 2013

Rockbrat Remembers: LEE CRYSTAL (1956-2013)

Lee Crystal, who played drums for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts during their most commercially successful period in the ’80s, died earlier last month, on 6 November 2013. He passed away from complications from multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with in 1993. According to a post on Kayos Productions’ Facebook page, Crystal just “lost his … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: LEE CRYSTAL (1956-2013)

Rockbrat Remembers: 25 Years of Girl Monstar-induced rock n roll !

Melbourne's Girl Monstar first walked onto a stage at a club called 'Heroes' in Carlton, North Melbourne - 25 years ago. 'Heroes' - probably better well-known as 'Hearts' was a busy Nicolson Street live venue in the 70's and 80's - but today provides residential apartment living. Another iconic live venue bites the dust....wonder if … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: 25 Years of Girl Monstar-induced rock n roll !

Rockbrat Remembers: When Mortal Sin Could Have Been As Big As Metallica

For a couple of years there - 89-89, a thrash metal band from Sydney's Western Suburbs had their sights set on Metallica's crown. Of course I'm talking about the great Mortal Sin. Their first couple of albums in paticular were fine examples of thrash metal with melody. innovation, lots of hooks, and immense appeal. In 2013, Metallica is a brand … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When Mortal Sin Could Have Been As Big As Metallica

Rockbrat Recommends: Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States

Some week backs Mr Rockbrat gave me the audio book of Stephen King’s 11/22/63. Absolutely fantastic. The premise is time travel. Its 2011, and enter the rabbit hole back to 1960 – and take the opportunity to re write history by preventing the assassination of John F. Kennedy. If Kennedy lives, democracy and liberalism may … Continue reading Rockbrat Recommends: Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States

Rockbrat Remembers: MASSIVE APPENDAGE

I've written elsewhere on this blog about the great Jed Starr and the various bands he fronted, including Kings Cross, Festers, Star World etc etc - and also Massive Appendage. Search this blog for an interview with Jed for more detail. I recently found this article about Massive Appendage, which was published in Hot Metal Magazine Australia issue … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: MASSIVE APPENDAGE

Rockbrat Remembers: Love/Hate

In 89/90, the winds of change swept in, with a noticeable change in heavy metal style happening world wide. I clearly remember this, as I sat reading through the latest edition of Kerrang! Or Australia’s attempt at a metal mag, Hot Metal. Cowboy Col was a fan of classic era / trad. metal bands such as … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Love/Hate

Rockbrat Remembers: Jeff Hanneman (1964 -2013)

Slayer formed in Huntington Park, California in 1981 and originally played cover versions of Maiden and Priest songs at clubs and parties in Southern California. Early shows relied on a Satanic image, which featured pentagrams, make-up, spikes, and inverted crosses. They played their first gig Halloween 1982 at a talent show in Southgate, California. The … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Jeff Hanneman (1964 -2013)

Rockbrat Remembers: The Blackie Lawless sew-on back patch

Back in the day - no denim-clad headbanger's jacket was complete without a cloth back patch. Essentially, patched up metal-heads were a gang - all unified against the popular and accepted forms of music of the day. I recall - when Blackie Lawless did his in-store at Sydney's Utopia in late '85 - seeing a … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: The Blackie Lawless sew-on back patch

Rockbrat Remembers: Drive-Ins in Sydney & Canberra – From Skyline to Starlight

Nostalgia is a funny thing. It can manifest itself in many ways. I often wonder what today’s generation will be nostalgic about in years to come. Their I- Pad or some other piece of technoligcal crap that they are viewed into. They live in a time when the best rock n roll has past, the … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Drive-Ins in Sydney & Canberra – From Skyline to Starlight