Keep your rock n roll diary free for the 11th August, when one of Australia’s premier hard rock outfits – BB Steal return to Sydney. If their memorable Christmas gig last December, and the recent sweaty show at Frankie’s are an indication, this upcoming date at Rozelle’s Bridge Hotel is one you won’t wanna miss. … Continue reading BB Steal set to rock Sydney in August !
As fans of Australian hard rock in the 1980s, Scott Ginn was a guy who was always on our rock n roll radar. From his time fronting The Breakers, to Boss, and onto Rags ‘n’ Riches – Scott was a multi-talented musician who wore many hats –including songwriter, guitar player, vocalist, producer and engineer. He … Continue reading Rockbrat Chat: The Scott Ginn Interview
From memory, I purchased this around 85 and it rules. Double LP, gate-fold sleeve, pressed locally via Concept Records. Around this time period, heavy metal was all I knew. Money earnt from my menial factory job was spent on metal records....and I've never regretted it. Actually this compilation really is a sneak peek at the … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Metal Madness – Various Artists (1985)
Whilst rummaging through the vaults today, I came across this concert t shirt I purchased at Dio's Sydney concert at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Saturday the 13th of September, 1986. This was the Sacred Heart tour, and as visits to the antipodes by international metal bands in the mid 80's were rare (save for Maiden, … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: DIO CONCERT T-SHIRT, SYDNEY, 13/9/86
Twenty odd years back - me and the Cowboy were off to the witch one chilly December evening at the old Hammy Odeon in London. I am truly blessed to have seen Ronnie James Dio live on more than one occasion and he is sorely missed. Ronnie's amazing and instantly recognisable vocals really defined - … Continue reading Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Dio – Hammersmith Apollo, London – 12th December 1993
Make no mistake kids - back in 83/84 Belfast boy Vivian Campbell was a genuine, bonafide guitar shredding rock star ! Countless hours were spent in the mid-80's watching Dio's 'Special From The Spectrum' live VHS cassette, and I STILL get a thrill when I view it. The band are on fire and kick major … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When Vivian Campbell Was A Genuine Rock n Roll Star
What: Dio - 1986 Australian Tour tee-shirt Wanna know what the greatest world event was back in 1986 ? Politics ?Argentina winning the World Cup ? Nah - in the Rockbrat world at least - it was Dio touring Australia that September !!! To see the great Ronnie James Dio live playing songs like 'Heaven … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Dio – 1986 Tour tee-shirt
Back in 1984/85, Blackie Lawless and his band of shock rockers ruled each day of my life ! Along with the likes of Kiss, Twisted Sister and Dio, that debut W.A.S.P album got heavy rotation on the Rockbrat stereo. I devoured everything I could on the band - courtesy of over-prices U.S Rock Magazines like … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When W.A.S.P Ruled The World !
Who: Yngwie Malmsteen When: Sydney 9 July 1990 This guy is a self-proclaimed musical genius. Warning bells anyone ? Being a genius does not necessarily mean you are an interesting live act. I was not entirely ignorant to Malmsteen before attending this show, having owned the Alcatrazz and self-title LP. I should confess that I've … Continue reading Worst Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Yngwie Malmsteen (1990)
Ronnie James Dio recently passed away. Although he can no longer record new music, the recordings he has left us will forever be a reminder of his great talent. His voice was - and forever will be one of the most distinguishable in the world of rock n roll. I saw him in September of … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: The Great Ronnie James Dio