If you need a reminder of why Australian rock n roll of the 1970 and 80s was the best in the world – then ‘The Glory Days Of Aussie Pub Rock’ is for you. Festival Records have done a superb job in capturing the best bands of that period, with a whopping 4 CD, 90 … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today? The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock, Vol. 2 (Festival Records)
On behalf of Mr. Rockbrat, I would like to wish all Rockbrat Readers a very happy Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016! Statistics indicate that there are still thousands of people out there who enjoy reading the plethora of articles and blogs on the Rockbrat site - with new readers continuing to discover (and re … Continue reading Merry Christmas 2015 to all Rockbrat Readers from the Australian Rock Show!
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)
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)
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
If you never get the chance to see Black Label live, (and you damn well should) here is the next best thing, a Black Label live CD. This is the band’s new CD, and thus far, it’s the best new release I’ve heard this year. What you have here is the band captured live at … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? BLACK LABEL – LIVE IN BERLIN CD (2013)
Some years ago I recall a conversation I had with a woman who was somewhat illiterate when it came to rock 'n' roll. What sticks in my memory is that she raved on and on and on about the Eddie & The Cruisers movie which was released in 1983. From memory, the film was somewhat contrived, … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Viewing Today ? HELEN SCHNEIDER – Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsy (1981)
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 ?
Three days out from Christmas and the majority of Australians are swept up with Christmas- bullshit frenzy. But the 22nd of December is an important date on our calendar as we remember Mick Cocks - who sadly left thIs world thtee years ago today. Today is not a day for sadness... it is a day … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Mick Cocks 11 Jan 1955 – 22 Dec 2009
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)
Picture are a way underrated metal band. They released a bunch of albums in the career – but they never surpassed this one. Picture is a Dutch heavy metal band and are noted for being the first band in the country to play heavy metal. (Before Vandenberg?) In the early 80’s (and with Diamond Dreamer … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Been Listening To Today: Picture – Diamond Dreamer (1982)
Black Label are the best live band in Australia – fact. Over a ten year career- they have played hundreds of shows, including countless shows with both Rose Tattoo and The Angels - and if heavy, blues based rock in the tradition of those bands is your bag – then you will dig Black Label. … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? BLACK LABEL BAND – Blood Money CD (2010)