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 ?
Mr. Rockbrat and I were massive fans of Ronnie James Dio - from the time we were 15 years of age. We were fortunate enough to see him on several occasions, and like others, we recognise that the voice of metal is gone. I have heard a few tributes to him - but none of … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today? MIKE TRAMP – HYMN TO RONNIE (2010)
Make no mistake kids - back in 83/84 Belfast boy Vivian Campbell was a genuine, bonafide guitar shredding rock star ! Countless hours were spent in the mid-80's watching Dio's 'Special From The Spectrum' live VHS cassette, and I STILL get a thrill when I view it. The band are on fire and kick major … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When Vivian Campbell Was A Genuine Rock n Roll Star
Phil and Lemmy showing the kids how it's done !Who: Motorhead When: Liquid Room, Shinjuku, Tokyo 10 October 2000 Does Rock n Roll in the live environment get any purer than Motorhead ? They have long been a Rockbrat favourite and any clueless kid looking to discover cool rock n roll could do worse than to start … Continue reading Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Motorhead – Shinjuku, Tokyo (2000)
What: Dio - 1986 Australian Tour tee-shirt Wanna know what the greatest world event was back in 1986 ? Politics ?Argentina winning the World Cup ? Nah - in the Rockbrat world at least - it was Dio touring Australia that September !!! To see the great Ronnie James Dio live playing songs like 'Heaven … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Dio – 1986 Tour tee-shirt
Ronnie James Dio recently passed away. Although he can no longer record new music, the recordings he has left us will forever be a reminder of his great talent. His voice was - and forever will be one of the most distinguishable in the world of rock n roll. I saw him in September of … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: The Great Ronnie James Dio