Los Angeles outfit L.A Guns have a new album titled 'Renegades' which hits the streets Friday 13th November. This line-up features the rock-heavy rhythm section of Steve Riley and Kelly Nickels and if the couple of singles which have been released so far are any indication - this is gonna be one hellava great album. … Continue reading Episode 132 – Steve Riley Interview (L.A Guns)
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
Back in the day - no denim-clad headbanger's jacket was complete without a cloth back patch. Essentially, patched up metal-heads were a gang - all unified against the popular and accepted forms of music of the day. I recall - when Blackie Lawless did his in-store at Sydney's Utopia in late '85 - seeing a … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: The Blackie Lawless sew-on back patch
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
Late 1985 and WASP had a buzz about them that made them the hottest property in international heavy metal. Cowboy Col and Mr. Rockbrat played the first WASP album and 1985’s Last Command til death on the Rockbrat stereo. Man those songs were anthems for teen rebellion in a way that modern bands just don’t … Continue reading Rockbrat remembers: When Blackie Lawless came to Sydney (1985)
What: Signed Blackie Lawless Photo The Rockbrat has previously blogged about being heavily influenced by WASP in 84/85, which culminated in a promo visit to Australia by vocalist Blackie Lawless (that is a cool rock n roll name my friends) in November of 1985. You can read my musings here. But lo and behold I … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Signed Blackie Lawless Photo
What: Sew-On Cloth Patches As mentioned in the 'Who Is The Rockbrat' page, I was a metal-head, headbanger, rivet-head...whatever you want to label it - basically a fan of loud heavy rock ! Do kids still wear patches anymore ? Having patches sewed on your denim jacket spoke volumes about who you were. It screamed … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Sew-On Cloth Patches
Back in 1984/85, Blackie Lawless and his band of shock rockers ruled each day of my life ! Along with the likes of Kiss, Twisted Sister and Dio, that debut W.A.S.P album got heavy rotation on the Rockbrat stereo. I devoured everything I could on the band - courtesy of over-prices U.S Rock Magazines like … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When W.A.S.P Ruled The World !