The current Motley Crue movie ‘The Dirt’ shows a time when excess was the expected norm for bands of this stature. For those who didn’t live through that period when bands like Motley Crue were elevated to superstar status, (and excess was part of the MO), it can be challenging at best to comprehend how … Continue reading Guns’ N Roses – The last of the rock stars?
(source info via Silverback Touring) - Paradise Kitty (the L.A based all-girl Guns n Roses Tribute) are a band of five badass babes born and bred on Guns N’ Roses bombastic 1987 debut, Appetite for Destruction. With serious metal honed chops and raucous reverence for the Sunset Strip warriors that took Hollywood and the world … Continue reading Paradise Kitty Announce Australian Tour !
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 ?
The Japanese word 'natsukashii' essentially means 'nostalgic' - eg something you remember fondly..and readers - the song 'Stars' by Hear n Aid sends me back in time with a big wide grin - as I crank the volume and play my invisible BC Rich. Just over 25 years back, the world was putting their hands … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Was ‘Hear n Aid’ the greatest HM collaboration of all-time ?
In this regular blog post I cast the magnifying glass over some 1980’s LA bands who were clearly entrenched in the minor leagues, the 2nd division, (or even the 3rd) – and as a consequence, were not packing out stadiums, touring the world, or signing to major labels – despite their big star aspirations (Hello … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: LA metal bands who never made it: CANDY
Who: Rose Tattoo Where: Wagga, NSW Australia – 22 January 1993 I've written about the 1993 Rosie Tatts reformation elsewhere on this blog so will not repeat myself. This was one of my favorite images I shot of the Tatts over the years. I can actually re-call walking past a venue in Adelaide in December of 1992 … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Rose Tattoo – Wagga, Australia (1993)
Blog cohort Cowboy Col ain't a fan of Skid Row - so I'd better sneak this post up without him looking. Mr Rockbrat was bunkered down in Europe in 1991 on yet another rock n roll expedition. The biggest tour to hit the UK that summer was no doubt Guns n Roses at Wembley Stadium on … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Skid Row shaking Wembley Stadium 1991
Jeff Dahl is one of my all time favourite rock 'n' rollers on the planet. From Powertrip and the Angry Samoans to his own prolific solo career, Dahl oozed punk rock integrity and cut some killer albums over a 30 + year period. Mr. Dahl was even gracious enough to let The Rockbrat and Cowboy … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Jeff Dahl 1996 European Tour backstage pass & set list
What: Rose Tattoo - Guns n Roses 1993 Oz Tour Poster Winning Bid: $50 AUS Sale Date: 12 Oct 2010 By the time the GnR (night?) train rolled back into Australia for their second tour - the Rockbrat was no longer on board. What with Axl and his bike shorts, cigarette holder and monogrammed basketball … Continue reading Guess What The Rockbrat Found On eBay ? Rose Tattoo – Guns n Roses 1993 Oz Tour Poster
What: Guns n Roses - Wembley Arena, London - 1991 Concert Ticket The Rockbrat was in the UK and attended what was billed as the biggest show of the London summer. Regular Rockbrat Blog readers will have noted that the old concert tickets get displayed under the 'Best Gigs The Rockbrat's Seen ?' category. Not so in this … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Guns n Roses – Wembley Arena, London – 1991 Concert Ticket
On the 17th of December, 1988, Rockbrat saw Guns 'n' Roses play at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. We got to experience the antics of Billy Bailey (aka Axl Rose) in all his glory. On this particular night, the 'bad boys' of the L.A rock scene had two quality Australian bands supporting them, Kings of the … Continue reading Rockbrat’s Audio Archive: Axl Rose kicks Kings Of The Sun off the stage in Sydney (1988)
For the uneducated, Peter Wells and Mick Cocks were the twin guitar attack for Rose Tattoo. I have many great memories of seeing the Tatts over the years, and Pete and Mick in other incarnations as well. Their contributions to rock n roll are immense and it is important that the memories of Cocksy and Wellsy live on. … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Rose Tattoo’s Pete Wells and Mick Cocks