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Prolific rock writer Jeff Apter has recently published the first biography to focus exclusively on Angus Young. If you dig AC/DC and are a fan of Australian rock, ‘High Voltage’ is an essential book to add to your rock n roll library. Jeff joins us on episode 84 of The Australian Rock Show to talk about the book, the recent passing of Malcolm and George Young, AC/DC and a whole lot more. Tune in and play loud.  Listen here
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Malcolm Young – a rock n roll hero to so many, passed away yesterday and his loss is immense. Yet his monster riffs – the core of AC/DC’s music can never be silenced. His Gretsch guitar and Marshall amp may be switched off, yet the loud rock n roll they helped to create will live forever. He inspired countless others to puck up a guitar and on episode 83 of The Australian Rock Show, we remember Mal by airing some of our most favourite songs. Play very loud. Listen here

ARS81Sydney author Jesse Fink has recently released one of the most important publications on AC/DC: the eagerly awaited ‘Bon: The Last Highway’. Fink has become something of an AC/DC detective and shines light on parts of the AC/DC story which have always been dimly lit. Music fans around the world have been waiting for this book – and it does not disappoint. On show number 81 of The Australian Rock Show we are joined by Jesse Fink to talk about the new book – a little about his background, and much much more. Essential listening ! Check out this episode !

Music by AC/DC, Spectrum, Trust

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George Young passed away recently, leaving behind a rich and wonderful musical legacy. As a musician, songwriter and producer, George was an innovator who shaped Australian music. His influence on Australian rock n roll is immense and on episode 80 of The Australian Rock Show, we pay tribute to George Young by airing some of our most favourite songs. Crank the volume and play loud. Check out this episode !

Music by Easybeats, AC/DC, Vanda and Young, Stevie Wright, Paintbox, Marcus Hook Roll Band, Cheetah, Alison McCallum

Let’s do the rock n roll math. It had been 27 years since Alice Cooper was last in the nation’s capital and this is his tenth tour downunder (a jaunt which celebrates his first Aussie tour four decades back). Yet when the live rock n roll is this hot – numbers are irrelevant.
If it’s rock n roll you came for – it was rock n roll you got – dished out in very loud, copious amounts. This venue has spent most of its life as a concrete laden basketball venue and to be honest – is in need of an upgrade. When that happens, they would be well advised to consider tossing the chairs – which tonight are in neat rows on the floor. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, nothing kills a rock n roll show like chairs. People wanna stand up and dance – get the ya ya’s out. Not easily done sitting down, though fortunately as the music heats up tonight – so too the audience who are on their feet.

The instrumental tune Fractured Mirror means it’s show time and iconic former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley opens the show with a crunching take of ‘Parasite’. Folks, when Frehley is on form, you’d better believe there is no one better. Tonight’s hour long set is beyond superb – one which is littered with tunes from his Kiss career and also his 1978 solo record. Highlights are many: ‘Strange Ways’, ‘Hard Times’, ‘Rocket Ride’ and a blazing ‘Rip It Out’. ‘This number was supposedly a hit here’ utters Space Ace – before belting into ‘Talk To Me’. It didn’t hit the pointy end of the charts back in 1980, but I sure as hell bought it back then, and it’s a treat to hear it live. Frehley’s band are top shelf and give his tunes added muscle. Co-hort Richie Scarlett has paid his dues and his history with Ace goes back to the early to mid-80’s NYC club days. Another highlight of Frehley’s set are indeed his vocals which sound stronger than ever. New York Groove and a sizzling Shock Me end proceedings – showing all and sundry – how the big boys do it. With Ace looking and sounding better than ever, I eagerly await his next studio effort.

One studio effort which has won me over is Alice Cooper’s latest titled ‘Paranormal’. It’s as solid an outing as anything he’s cut in the last twenty years and importantly, it oozes vitality. Further to that – I think that this is one aspect of his live show, which Cooper addresses and nails so so well. I am talking about penning a set list where the more recent tunes sit alongside his rich catalogue of classicks. Some artists don’t do it as well as he does and tonight – it’s a cool mix of newish and old. Case in point is 2000’s ‘Brutal Planet’ which kicks off proceedings and is capitol H – heavy. ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’, a raunchy ‘Under My Wheels’ and ‘Department of Youth’ follow and it’s smiles a mile-wide from many. Like Frehley, Cooper’s voice sounds incredible and he too looks like he’ll be raising hell for some time to come. ‘Paranoiac Personality’ from the aforementioned Paranoral is kicked out tonight to maximum effect and it’s a shame this is the only song off the new record to cop an airing. Lead guitarist Nita Strauss, like Orianthi before her – adds loud, blonde-flavoured guitar and it works so well. Strauss is no slouch and gives the Cooper show added starch. Bassist Chuck Garric has been with Cooper for some time and is rock solid. Surely I can’t be the first writer to mention that he bears a resemblance to original Coop bass man Dennis Dunaway ? Yes ? No ? I bought the ‘Constrictor’ record back in the day and loved it – ‘The World Needs Guts’ from that album is up next and it cooks. Another relative new tune Woman of Mass Distraction – from the Dirty Diamonds album is another of the more recent track on offer and again, sits in well with the familiar material. ‘Feed My Frankenstein’ is always great live as is the super infectious ‘Poison’ – which reached no 3 here back in the late 80’s. Evening highlight for me is ‘Ballad Of Dwight Fry’, always a special moment to see live – from his amazing 1971 LP ‘Love It to Death’. Another special moment to savour – in a lifetime spent devouring cool rock n roll. Fan favourite ‘I’m Eighteen’ still generates crowd electricity before an obligatory Schools Out ends the show. To summarise, this run of Australian dates is clear evidence that when it comes to spitting out rock n roll with broad appeal, Ace Frehley and Alice Cooper both remain at the top of their game.

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It is forty years since super ghoul Alice Cooper first toured Australia and he is back downunder – doing a run of dates with Ace Frehley as support act. On episode 79 of The Australian Rock Show, we celebrate the tour by cranking some covers, performed by local artists. We rock, we rant, we recall past rock n roll memories. The guillotine is on board the space ship so let the countdown begin ! Check out this episode !

Music by: Asteroid B-612, Radio Birdman, Alice Cooper, Tex Perkins, Ace Frehley, Smelly Tongues, Girl Monstar

ARS78For more than 40 years, Johnny Kannis has been on the front lines of Australian rock n roll. From his time as Radio Birdman’s MC and back up singer – to countless years and tours of duty with the Hitmen, Kannis has earned his place as one of Oz rock’s most indomitable and electrifying front men. On episode 78 of the Australian Rock Show we dig into the Johnny Kannis story and talk about everything from recording with the Hitmen, appearing on Countdown, the Moronic Inferno album, the upcoming shows in November and much much more. It’s dancing time ! Check out this episode !

Music by: the Hitmen, Johnny Kannis, Radio Birdman