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?
As the rock world eagerly awaits the release of Mötley Crüe’s movie The Dirt – fans will be interested to learn that a new and fully updated second edition series of the ‘Chronological Crue’ books - has just been released. First published in 2006 and having been out-of-print for many years, fans have been asking for this … Continue reading Chronological Crue book updated and out now !
Rock ‘n’ roll journeyman, JOHN CORABI, is no stranger to hard rock fans as vocalist of THE SCREAM, ESP (the Eric Singer project), UNION (with ex-Kiss guitarist, Bruce Kulick), RATT and his current role as the front man of the DEAD DAISIES. Widely acclaimed as one of the great rock voices ever, Corabi’s hypnotic and charismatic live swagger also make him the consummate frontman. For many … Continue reading JOHN CORABI Announces 2019 Australian Tour Playing MOTLEY CRUE ’94 In Its Entirety !
Sixx at the Marquee 1991 - pic: Ross HalfinJust finished re-reading 'The Dirt' - the Mötley Crüe bio from some years back - so sharing a road tale involving Vince, his buddy Sixx, Mick and Tom seems appropriate. I was living in a tiny bedsit in South London back in 1991 – working was obviously not … Continue reading Rockbrat Road Story: Mötley Crüe live at the Marquee – London, UK 14 August 1991
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)
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 ?
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
Now in today's day and age it may be more convenient to log on to the net and download the album you want, or to buy it on eBay, and sure, agreed, purchasing music has never been easier - BUT, buying records was much more fun and way cooler twenty five to thirty years ago. Let … Continue reading Classic Album From The Rockbrat Collection: TIME TO ROCK LP (1987) Various HM artists
If someone can convince me otherwise, I’d say that in 2011, there is clearly no reason for the Motley’s to still be around. They are hardly cutting edge, or indeed relevant, and it’s for nostalgia and that alone, that keeps the punters going to see ‘em. Another couple of years and there will be some … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About White Horse and Mick Mars in the early 70s.
Back in 1988, I’m sure that the terms ‘power ballad’ or even ‘hair metal’, were not part of the vocabulary. These terms only came into use in the early 2000s when used to describe late 80’s hard rock bands who had big hair. Back then, EVERY band had record company pressure to come up with … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: What were the best three power ballads of the late 80s / early 90s?
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)