I recently unearthed this item and man it floored me. Like being introduced to an old friend you haven't seen in years. 'Heavy' was something special to me and the Cowboy. You see my rock n roll sibling owned this and we all but wore it out. Back then our rock n roll brains were … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Heavy – Various Artists (1982)
Tell you what, you could blow some serious money at the moment on the live rock circuit here in Australia. I cannot recall a time when there are so many bands announcing tours - a far cry from those days in the mid-8o's when we had only the likes of Purple, or Queen, or Dio … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Is This The Busiest Year for International Rock Australia Has Seen ?
Y'know I was driving along the highway recently and Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' came over the radio. Classic it may be, but it has not stood the test of time. I nearly clenched my teeth and floored it out of frustration, willing the song to be over and done with. It sounds terribly dated but … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Which rock songs sound the most dated ?
Heavy metal's fossilised fathers Deep Purple are to be backed by a 30-Piece Symphony Orchestra on their North American tour starting in early June. The question needs to be asked though. Why? Ian Gillan is what, 67 years of age now, when is enough enough? Taking a leaf out of the David St. Hubbins book, … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Why are Deep Purple working with a symphony in 2011?
It is fast approaching August 1, Tommy Bolin's birthday. If he were alive today he would be 59. Tommy Bolin died at the ridiculously young age of 25. He was very proflic though, and crammed far more into his young life than others who live to be a hundred. Not just prolific, but also a master … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers – Tommy Bolin
Ask any vintage rock fan to name a tune about Japan and it's likely that Purple's 'Woman From Tokyo' will be the first song they mention. It's a fair answer. There have been many songs penned over the years with Japan in mind - even as far back as 1928 when the tune 'Nagasaki' was … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: what is the best rock song about Japan ?