Rockbrat’s YouTube Hit Pick: Juliette Valduriez

As a self-confessed girl-band geek, I often scour YouTube to see who is out there making waves. It is often like trying to locate your lost white cat in a snow storm - there are so many videos of shitty guitar players who feel it necesary to upload bad sounding recordings of their horrendous offerings.Some … Continue reading Rockbrat’s YouTube Hit Pick: Juliette Valduriez

Rockbrat Wonders: Was ‘Hear n Aid’ the greatest HM collaboration of all-time ?

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 ?

Rockbrat Wonders: About Metallica and Lou Reed ? Ryan Adams and Iron Maiden ?

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 ?

Rockbrat News Flash: Rockbrat Radio #16 – Sydney’s Metal Years Part 4: Thrash Metal Of The 1980s

Tune in for the fourth and final instalment in a series of shows – where Cowboy Col remembers Sydney’s heavy metal years of the 1980’s. That’s right, we were metalheads who grew up in Sydney, Australia and in this series we have been focusing only on Sydney bands, and bands who predominantly didn’t sign with major labels or make … Continue reading Rockbrat News Flash: Rockbrat Radio #16 – Sydney’s Metal Years Part 4: Thrash Metal Of The 1980s

Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Iron Maiden Fan Club Letter (1984)

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)

Rockbrat’s Audio Archive: Metallica Damaged Justice Contest Winner (1989)

On the 1st of May, 1989 brother of Rockbrat received a call at work from Triple J's Tony Biggs informing him that he had won first prize in the Metallica Damage Inc. competition, which meant backstage passes to the Sydney show. We got to meet the band backstage, and I have clear memories of opening … Continue reading Rockbrat’s Audio Archive: Metallica Damaged Justice Contest Winner (1989)

Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? AC/DC – Donington UK (1991)

Who: AC/DC When: Donington Park, UK - August 17, 1991   Always great to see Angus and Malcolm live - and this gig is memorable. In the early hours of a cool August morning in 1991, the Rockbrat began making his way from the capital to Leicestershire. Donington Park to be more accurate, as that was the … Continue reading Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? AC/DC – Donington UK (1991)

Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Metallica Autographs and Backstage Pass

What: Metallica Autographs and Backstage Pass This artifact, lifted from the Rockbrat collection seems to impress the younger Rockbrat relatives who are now heavily into Hetfield, Hammett and Co !! May of 1989 be the time and the Hordern Pavillion in Sydney be the place. The Rockbrat had managed to nab backstage passes to the Metallica show and displayed here … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Metallica Autographs and Backstage Pass