From the Rockbrat Archives: Pete Wells Band – It’s All Fun and Games Till Somebody Gets Hurt (PACK O’ 20)

Wells has worked tirelessly to earn the position he now holds as one of Australia’s premier bluesman, with minimal industry and public support. Yet for overseas readers, you don’t land support slots with Dylan, Marianne Faithfull, Robert Cray or The Stray Cats (to name a few) if you ain’t the genuine article, and Wells is … Continue reading From the Rockbrat Archives: Pete Wells Band – It’s All Fun and Games Till Somebody Gets Hurt (PACK O’ 20)

From the Rockbrat Archives: BUFFALO  MOTHER’S CHOICE (Vertigo)

1975 was a weird year for Buffalo. For 3 years they ruled the suburban and country town halls with their stompin' high-energy heavy metal sound, yet at the same time only had very minor success with record sales. Buffalo were at the crossroads !! Did the band feel they were treading water and they needed … Continue reading From the Rockbrat Archives: BUFFALO  MOTHER’S CHOICE (Vertigo)

What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? BITZER – Oz Rock Six Pack (2013)

Fans of genuine Aussie rock (Angels, Tatts, AC/DC)  take note. BITZER are for you. Forget about Airbourne for one second and the carbon copied style of oz rock they play. They are good at what they do, they nod approvingly to the past, but they lack the legitimacy, the authenticity, that a band like BITZER … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? BITZER – Oz Rock Six Pack (2013)

Rockbrat Remembers: Pete Wells – Who Left Us Seven Years Ago Today

Seven years back today - Pete Wells passed away. No one - and I mean no one - played better slide guitar than Pete. I am not just saying this, as Pete is no longer with us either - as I have long believed that his guitar sound - was a vital ingredient to the … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Pete Wells – Who Left Us Seven Years Ago Today

Rockbrat Remembers: Mick Cocks – died 22 December, 2009

For a long time there, particularly during the late 80s and early 90’s, Michael Thomas Cocks looked ageless, like he’d been drinking heartily from the fountain of youth. Yet he we are, the 22nd of December, 2010 and Cocksy has been gone for a year already. Sure there was benefit concert for him in July, … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Mick Cocks – died 22 December, 2009

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Rose Tattoo – Wagga, Australia (1993)

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)

Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Peter Wells (1995)

Who: Peter Wells  When: Britannia Hotel, Sydney, April 23, 1995 The venue for tonight’s gig is the Britannia Hotel in South Sydney, in recent times proving itself to be one of Sydney’s better blues / country pubs. Despite it being a Sunday night, plenty of punters have dragged themselves out of TV land and prove … Continue reading Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Peter Wells (1995)

Rockbrat Wonders – Who will save Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll ?

Last Sunday evening I found myself channel surfing, and with no rugby league, baseball or decent historical documentary to watch - I landed on the industry backslapping night of nights known as the ARIA (or Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards. Powderfinger were on, and the kids were lapping it up. Powderfinger are a great example … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders – Who will save Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll ?

Rockbrat News Flash: Blood, Sweat & Beers : Oz Rock From The Aztecs to Rose Tattoo

Blood, Sweat & Beers : Oz Rock From The Aztecs to Rose Tattoo by Murray Engleheart It is an honor to be the first person on the internet to review this book - the latest penned by the highly acclaimed Australian music writer Murray Engleheart. 'Blood, Sweat and Beers : Oz Rock From The Aztecs to … Continue reading Rockbrat News Flash: Blood, Sweat & Beers : Oz Rock From The Aztecs to Rose Tattoo

Rockbrat’s Audio Archive: Angry Anderson tells the Rockbrat that he will never work with Rose Tattoo ever again! (1990)

On the 3rd of October, 1990 Angry Anderson appeared on the ‘Rocksat’ programme, a weekly radio show which was broadcast across Australia on the Triple M network. Angry was promoting his ‘Blood From Stone’ album. The brother of Rockbrat called in and asked Angry, “Is there any chance of you working with Pete Wells or … Continue reading Rockbrat’s Audio Archive: Angry Anderson tells the Rockbrat that he will never work with Rose Tattoo ever again! (1990)