As a rock n roll historian – I’ve long heard a rumor that Iron Maiden played a one-off gig - in regional Australia - on their 1982 Australian tour. Have you ever heard this story ? What makes this rock n roll rumor more interesting is that the gig supposedly took place at a small … Continue reading Did Iron Maiden get off the beaten track on their 1982 Australian tour ?!
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 !
(courtesy Destroy All Lines) Legendary icon BRUCE DICKINSON of Iron Maiden is headed to Australia this October for a special one-man speaking tour of Australia to support his autobiography, What Does This Button Do? Delivering compelling excerpts from the book, slides and a Q&A, fans will finally get the chance to ask questions of the … Continue reading Scream For Me Australia – Bruce Dickinson Q & A Tour heading Downunder !
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
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)
Who: Iron Maiden When: Sydney 23 October 1992 This was Maiden's third visit downunder (1982, 1985) and seven years was WAY too long to wait for another tour. The musical landscape had shifted a great deal since Maiden's previous tour. Heavy Metal was still pretty much underground in Australia in 1985, though acts like Bon … Continue reading Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Iron Maiden (1992)
Sometimes I see things occurring in the music world in 2011 that leave me scratching my head. Metallica for one thing. I haven’t bought a Metallica album since 1989’s, “And justice For All”, and although I’ve been vaguely aware of the bands musical output since that time, let’s just say that with the exception of … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About Metallica and Lou Reed ? Ryan Adams and Iron Maiden ?
Let’s start with some context. Around 1984, my three favourite bands were probably Maiden, Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne. Whilst Mr. Rockbrat was focusing on ‘Animalize’, ‘Stay Hungry’, ‘Last In Line’, ‘Out Of The Cellar’ and Blackie’s boys in WASP – I was listening intently to Ozzy’s ‘Speak At The Devil’ and ‘Bark At The … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About the integrity of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘30 Years After The Blizzard’ DVD
How did this end up in the Rockbrat collection ? I guess I purchased it out of curiosity more than anything else. If you were a hard rock devotee, and you dug your sports, you would've been aware that in the world of tennis, guys like John McEnroe, Pat Cash and deceased Vitas Gerulaitis were … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: McEnroe and Cash with the Full Metal Rackets
Man I used to play this album to death back in the mid-80's. The covert art tells you what you are gonna get - a great live rock record with the mighty Samson firing on all cylinders on a classic live offering. Vocalist Nicky Moore had a great range and filled the big shoes of … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Samson: Thankyou and Goodnight
2010 and Ozzy Osborne and Metallica are household names, and everybody's a freakin' Maiden fan. Well let me tell you friends, 25 years ago the landscape looked a little but different to what it does today. Growing up a metal head in Sydney's early to mid 80's - metal was underground, which you might find hard to believe, but … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Iron Maiden Fan Club Letter (1984)
Who: Iron Maiden When: Sendai, Japan - October 19, 2000 This is a gig the Rockbrat will remember forever. Dickinson and Smithy were back in the line-up and I for one could not wait to see them live again. The last time I'd previously seen Maiden was in 1992 at Sydney's Hordern on the 'Fear Of The Dark' … Continue reading Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Iron Maiden – Sendai Japan (2000)