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Uriah Heep are Mieliepopping in October

Uriah Heep at GrandWest, 1 June 2010
Uriah Heep at GrandWest, 1 June 2010 | photo: Michael Currin

Uriah Heep are headlining Mieliepop Festival 26-28 October 2012

FRIDAY LINEUP

Phoenix Smith (JHB)
Mechanics of Happiness (PTA)
DADA FM (CPT)
BCUC (JHB)
Tenkai Pennies (PTA)
Them Particles (JHB)

SATURDAY LINEUP

URIAH HEEP (UK)
Naming James (JHB)
The Country Conquerors (GREYTON)
Howlin Shibanski (PTA)
Greg Georgiades Big Band and Then Some (EVERYWHERE)
Chiba Fly (PTA)
Jeremy Loops (CPT)
Shotgun Tori (JHB)
Dan Patlansky (PLANET DAN)
Tidal Waves (UTOPIA)
Feed The Wolf (PTA)
Hot Water (DBN)
Smoking Mojos (UNITED STATES OF RIZLA)
Napalma (BRAZIL / MOZ)

SUNDAY LINEUP

The Country Conquerors
Riku Latti Ensemble ft. Bacchus Nel,
Lochner de Kock,
Rian Malan,
Lanimybru

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Classic Rock to launch Deep Purple Fanpack | News | Classic Rock

These guys see my coming a mile away!

Re-Machined

Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head is the star attraction in Classic Rock’s upcoming Deep Purple Fanpack.

Hear official, all-new recordings of the band’s classic 1972 album performed by Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, Black Label Society, Kings of Chaos, the Flaming Lips, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes & Joe Bonamassa plus Glenn Hughes & Chad Smith.

Tracklisting

1. Smoke On The Water – Carlos Santana / Jacoby Shaddix
2. Highway Star – Chickenfoot
3. Maybe I’m A Leo – Glenn Hughes / Chad Smith
4. Pictures of Home – Black Label Society
5. Never Before – Kings of Chaos
6. Smoke On The Water – The Flaming Lips
7. Lazy – Jimmy Barnes with Joe Bonamassa
8. Space Truckin’ – Iron Maiden
9. When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica

Plus, exclusive to this special edition:

10. Highway Star – Steve Vai, Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith, Lauchlan Doley

via Classic Rock to launch Deep Purple Fanpack | News | Classic Rock.

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Maak ’n pyp en dans (’n Begeleide trippie op soek na die droom) – Albert du Plessis | LitNet

Albert du Plessis

Na wie se pype dans jy? Betrap jouself in ’n goeie bui met ’n massiewe klankstelsel en verloor beheer in die ekstase van ’n smerige Hammond- of pyporrelsolo wat disrespekvol en met minagting tot diép in die rooi in gespeel word. – Albert du Plessis


via Maak ’n pyp en dans (’n Begeleide trippie op soek na die droom) – Albert du Plessis | LitNet.

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Ken Hensley in South Africa

From RockFest

By now, you’ve probably heard that KEN HENSLEY, the man who penned so many of Uriah Heep’s classic tracks, will be doing a once-off-gig at the New Life Church auditorium in Douglasdale, Johannesburg, on Saturday 17 March! In a major scoop for The Rockfest on MIX 93.8FM, we are pleased to announce that some excellent SA talent will be supporting this most legendary musician. Toni Rowland, Ghapi / Peter Hanmer BAND, (Cindy) Alter (Stewart) Irving and Nanette Scott, will be setting the stage for a truly memorable day. Booking through Strictly Tickets (www.strictlytickets.co.za). Tickets (R 180.00pp) are limited!!! An item of clothing and / or a tin of canned food for the various charities the church takes care of, together with your prized ticket, gets you in! Doors open at midday. Logistics allowing, The Rockfest on Mix93.8fm will be broadcasting from the venue on the day. It’s going to be an AWESOME day!!! – Leon Economides

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Rock Memories: 70s Acoustic Rock

As a teenager in the 70’s I compiled cassette tapes of my favourite songs. Much later on I compiled CD-Rs, and even later iTunes playlists on my computer.

And now YouTube videos on a WordPress blog.

So I am still doing the same thing I always loved, making my own compilations, just the technology has changed.

And the music still has the power to move me.

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Eleven Of The Best Classic Rock Songs Released in 2011

2011 has been a great year for an old Classic Rock fan like myself.

My sons: “what did you call “Classic Rock” when you were growing up, Dad?”

Me: “Rock!

Some of my all-time favourite bands either released new albums or re-issued classic albums with obscure and rare bonus tracks during 2011.

Here are eleven tracks that stand-out:

  1. Wond’ring Aloud, Again – Jethro Tull
    Segued and extended version,
    from the 40th Anniversary re-issue of  “Aqualung
  2. The Painter (BBC, version two) – Deep Purple
    from “BBC Sessions
  3. Gotta Be Crazy (live 1974) – Pink Floyd
    early version of Dogs,
    from the 2011 re-issue of “Wish You Were Here
  4. Into The Storm – Yes
    from “Fly From Here”
  5. The Travel Sequence – Pink Floyd
    early version of On The Run,
    from 2011 re-issue of “Dark Side Of The Moon
  6. The Hard Way – Pink Floyd
    from The Household Objects Project,
    from 2011 re-issue of “Dark Side Of The Moon
  7. I Can See You – Uriah Heep
    from “Into The Wild”
  8. Ricochet (BBC) – Deep Purple
    early version of Speed King with different lyrics, including a guitar solo later used in The Mule,
    from “BBC Sessions”
  9. My God – Jethro Tull
    early version with slightly different lyrics,
    from the 40th Anniversary re-issue of “Aqualung
  10. Smoke On The Water (live 2011) – Deep Purple and Orchestra
    from “Live At Montreux 2011
  11. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
    alternate version with Stéphane Grappelli on violin,
    from the 2011 re-issue of “Wish You Were Here
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LM Radio Top Hits Of 1973

Music Fan, Anton van Staden, has scanned this booklet issued by LM Radio reflecting their top hits of 1973.

The back cover was dedicated to an advert for a famous cigarette brand, but since I am not sure of the legalities of advertising tobacco products, I decided to omit it.

LM Radio Top Hits Of 1973

Extracts below are taken from sleeve notes for the Hits Of LM Radio 2CD set released by PT Music in 2009.

Do you remember a time in South Africa when there was no TV and no internet? Hard to believe that there ever was such a time, and that listening to the radio was actually one of the best ways to discover the latest and greatest music. The DJ’s cared about the music and they even had theme tunes. Springbok Radio was OK, but the station that teenagers really embraced with enthusiasm was LM Radio, based out of Lourenco Marques in neighbouring Mozambique.

LM Radio was privately owned and operated, and served a vast audience of young people by transmitting pop and rock music which was not heard on the state-controlled SABC stations. The music was everything and DJs like David Gresham, Darryl Jooste, Long John Berks, Peter De Nobrega (and many, many more), were real personalities who played music that they really liked and the fans appreciated it.

The radio station in Lourenco Marques first started broadcasting in the 1930s, but it was in the late 1950s that it underwent a major format change to cater for the younger generation.

The LMRadio.org website says it best; “LM Radio, as it was popularly known, was renowned for its Top Twenty chart show, the LM Hit Parade, and played a major role in promoting South African artists and their music.”

In 1975 LM Radio became Radio 5, and then 5FM, but the spark of independence was no longer there and whole generations have grown up in South Africa without hearing music radio at its best.  – Brian Currin

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Interview for Rands & Sense magazine (via Michael Currin’s Blog)

Michael Currin interview for Rands & Sense magazine

Interview for Rands & Sense magazine For the Rands & Sense magazine of 2011, I was interview by Stephanie Craig of the Commerce Students Council (University of Cape Town) about my photography experience. Knynsa harbour large version 1) How did you get started with photography? I worked with Sony compact cameras since 2008. I decided around the start of 2010 to upgrade to a bigger DSLR to take ph … Read More

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