Festival Records thankfully continue to reissue/repackage and reinvigorate great Australian rock ‘n’ roll that would otherwise be lost to time. ‘When Sharpies Ruled’ is a 23 track compilation CD with exhaustive liners notes, a superb photo book and a wealth of first hand insight - not just into the music – but the whole Sharpie … Continue reading Whats The Rockbrat Listening to today? WHEN SHARPIES RULED: A VICIOUS SELECTION (Festival Records)
Fans of genuine Aussie rock (Angels, Tatts, AC/DC) take note. BITZER are for you. Forget about Airbourne for one second and the carbon copied style of oz rock they play. They are good at what they do, they nod approvingly to the past, but they lack the legitimacy, the authenticity, that a band like BITZER … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? BITZER – Oz Rock Six Pack (2013)
Here are a couple of items from the last Billy Thorpe gig I attended. Friday 24 August, 2001 was the date, the venue was the Yallah Woolshed, in Yallah (not far from Albion Park) in the Illawarra. I have a few memories of the night, though not as many as I can recall. If I … Continue reading Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? BILLY THORPE, YALLAH, NSW 24/8/01
Greg Clarke, the former tour manager for Billy Thorpe and current tour manager for Rose Tattoo has died in Sydney from a suspected heart attack. He had only just turned 50 in April. Greg worked with Billy Thorpe from 1995 to 2007 and has been tour manager and Front of House Engineer for Rose Tattoo … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers – Greg Clarke (Rose Tattoo / Billy Thorpe Manager)
For a long time there, particularly during the late 80s and early 90’s, Michael Thomas Cocks looked ageless, like he’d been drinking heartily from the fountain of youth. Yet he we are, the 22nd of December, 2010 and Cocksy has been gone for a year already. Sure there was benefit concert for him in July, … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Mick Cocks – died 22 December, 2009
Last Sunday evening I found myself channel surfing, and with no rugby league, baseball or decent historical documentary to watch - I landed on the industry backslapping night of nights known as the ARIA (or Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards. Powderfinger were on, and the kids were lapping it up. Powderfinger are a great example … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders – Who will save Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll ?
'Blood, Sweat and Beers: Oz Rock from the Aztecs to Rose Tattoo' looks like one hellava great book ! Leading Australian rock journalist Murray Engleheart has been working on this title for some time and it will hit the shelves of Australian stores soon - (1st November is the release date). I personally cannot wait to … Continue reading Rockbrat News Flash: Aztecs-Rose Tattoo-Angels Book Due Soon !
This is a re-published interview/article we conducted with the much-missed Lobby Loyde in 1998 If ever a book is written on Lobby Loyde it will sure as hell make for interesting reading. Loyde is an Australian rock n roll icon, who has been treading the boards since 1963. His cutting edge guitar playing has influenced … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Lobby Loyde