The Def Leppard/Scorpions Australian tour debacle

Have received some feedback from angry readers about the recent cancelled Scorpions shows in Melbourne and Sydney - and it's an issue worth highlighting. Here's the deal: Back in April, I noted on the Scorpions website that a trip to Australia was locked in for November - as special guests of Def Leppard. I was … Continue reading The Def Leppard/Scorpions Australian tour debacle

Rockbrat Wonders: About bands who’ve never toured Australia

I was driving the rockbratmobile recently and the Cure came on the radio. Naturally enough I slammed some Twisted Sister in the tape deck and killed off that depressing whining of Robert Smith. But then the ol' brain flash-backed to the 80's, and a time I recalled when some ultra-hip university students started a 'we … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About bands who’ve never toured Australia

What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Metal Madness – Various Artists (1985)

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)

What’s the Rockbrat Listening To Today – ELECTRIC SUN : Earthquake (1979)

Uli Jon Roth was a pioneer of the ‘neo-classical metal’ genre, yet many would be aware of him through his work with the Scorpions in the early 70’s. He released four albums with the Scorps before leaving in 1978 to pursue a solo career and a different style. He formed his own band named Electric … Continue reading What’s the Rockbrat Listening To Today – ELECTRIC SUN : Earthquake (1979)

Worst Album Art The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Scorpions – Animal Magnetism

The Scorps 1980 album had all the ingredients that typified the band’s successful formulae. It has the classic line up of Klaus Meine, Schenker, Matthias Jabs, Francis Buchholz and Herman Rarebell on drums. (One look at a band photo and you can instantly tell that Herman is the drummer). The album was even produced by … Continue reading Worst Album Art The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Scorpions – Animal Magnetism

Rockbrat Remembers: Classic Heavy Metal Bands – Bullet

Cowboy Col knows that heavy metal was best before Bon Jovi broke worldwide and made it low cal, sanitised, and popular.  So I prefer the classic metal period up until about 1985. In this new post, I’m going to introduce you (or re introduce you to) some of the best HM bands from all over … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Classic Heavy Metal Bands – Bullet

Rockbrat Wonders: What were the best three power ballads of the late 80s / early 90s?

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?