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The RockIt Scientist is a very diverse music programme that features Progressive/ Hard/ Classic Rock, Blues, Brass Rock, Latin/ African Rock, Jazz and Metal music.

As "non-commercial/ non-Top 40" music ranging from the mid sixties to the present day is featured, the intention is to cater for the more discerning music listener, with no age limits or restrictions imposed or implied. An open mind and a love of music is mandatory!

The programme, which is broadcast on 1485am Radio Today, every Friday evening between 10pm and 1am, is presented by Leon Economides, who has worked with radio greats such as Tony Sanderson (Chuckle and Chat Show on Radio 5), Chris Prior (The Priority Feature on Radio 5), Phil Wright (The Dinosaur Days on 5fm), and Rafe Lavine (Rock Classics and The Great Unknowns on Radio 5, and the original RockIt Scientists on SAfm).

Radio Today is also available nationwide on the DStv Audio Channel 70.

The RockIt Scientist went live on air on Wednesday the 31st August 2005.

Star Tonight 14 Sept 2005 - click for bigger pic
Star Tonight 14th September 2005

Hi again

Welcome to the first RockIt Scientist newsletter!

The new RockIt Scientist website is up and running, thanks to Brian Currin for a job well done, and to Peter Hanmer for the RockIt Scientist logo.

Thanks also to the listeners who sent us their "Top 30 Albums of All Time" lists - they've been posted on the site and can be viewed on the "Feedback" page. If you don't have as many as 30 favorite albums, don't worry - send us your list anyway - (some people have complained that 30 isn't enough!!) - it's always great to see and know what kind of music fires (fired!) your jets. If you don't have a list and just want to say 'hi' or express an opinion about the show, or music in general, please do so. Your feedback and input is much appreciated. Please use the "Contact" tab to post your list or to have your say.

The first three playlists featured since the show was broadcast on 1485am Radio Today on 31 August 2005 appear on the site, with the most recent playlist also posted now.

Some interesting and exciting music you can expect to hear or hear about in the weeks to come on The RockIt Scientist include a new release from Lydia Pense and Cold Blood. Yes - this fantastic funk/jazz/blues/rock singer is back with her legendary band and a brand new album called "Transfusion". The last recording from Cold Blood came out in the mid to late 70's, so the band's many fans should be quite chuffed to hear that they're back!

Then, from InsideOut Records, there's the new live Spock's Beard album called "Gluttons For Punishment - Live in '05". This is their first double live CD, recorded during their European "Octane Tour" in March 2005. And, no, Neal Morse isn't on it, but don't let that put you off!

Yngwie "Bet You Can't Play As Fast As This" Malmsteen's Rising Force's new album "Unleash The Fury", on SPV/Steamhammer Records, is a continuation of his tried and tested formula.

Upcoming releases from SPV, Steamhammer and InsideOut Records include Kings X's "Ogre Tones" and, for those into the "Jam Band" scene, the new String Cheese Incident album "One Step Closer". These labels, in addition to many others, are being brought into the country by Alter Ego. (Refer to the "Links" tag for more info on Alter Ego)

New releases from the Frontiers Records stable include the new Lana Lane, called "Lady Macbeth", the new Thunder, called "The Magnificent Seventh", and Brazen Abbot's "My Resurrection", all of which have already been featured on The RockIt Scientist. One of the finds of the year so far is undoubtedly "World Play", by Soul Sirkus, a fantastic melodic hard rock quartet featuring guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Marco Mendoza, drummer Virgil Donati and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto. With a line-up like that, there's no way that this band can be anything BUT good! This album's a killer!

Frontiers Records, and other good labels, are being brought into the country by Rui de Sousa of High Fidelity (telephone 011-486-4639) in the Killarney Mall. They have a very good movie and music DVD selection too, as do Look & Listen stores countrywide. (You can order music online through Look & Listen via the "Links" section of the website).

Other newies you can expect to hear are Leslie West's "Got Blooze" (It's really not his fault that he recorded his version of "House of the Rising Sun'' on this album before Katrina struck, 'cause at that stage, there still WAS a House in New Orleans! Sorry - bad taste, I know, but I couldn't resist, and you've no doubt heard that one already!). Wet Willie are back with a great live album called "High Humidity", and finally, those masters of the conceptual album, Nektar, have a new album called "Door To The Future - The Lightshow Tapes Volume 1".

On the DVD side, there are new releases from Blood, Sweat & Tears (Live in Halifax, 1980), Brazen Abbot - ("A Decade of Brazen Abbot"), Talisman (Jeff Scott Soto) - ("World's Best Kept Secret"), and arguably the best DVD of the year, Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire - "Live at The Greek". This DVD has "buy me" stamped all over it - it's absolutely fantastic! A track from the DVD was featured on the RockIt Scientist playlist of 21 and 23 September.

Compact Discovery in Edenvale, Gauteng (011)609-0624, specialize in new and second-hand rare and hard-to-find prog rock cd's. Speak to Wayne Hampton - his knowledge on the subject will astound you.

Lastly, remember tune into Benjy Mudie's "Rock of Ages" on Radio 2000 every Thursday between 8pm and midnight. And, if you're in the beautiful Cape, you can catch Shiloh Noone and his "Blues and Variation" show, every Wednesday evening between 10pm and midnight on Fine Music Radio Arts & Community 101.3fm.

Oh, and just in case you've forgotten, the RockIt Scientist is broadcast on 1485am Radio Today, also nationwide on DStv Audio Channel 70 every Wedesday evening between 9.30 and 11.30pm, and is repeated every Friday evening between 10.30pm and 12.30am.

Most tasteless quote EVER: "Let them eat Potatoes", by Robert "Sicko and Resident Fruitcake" Mugabe. This demented lunatic should be locked in a padded cell for a year with a gay gorilla and forced to listen to Kenny G and Mrs.Mills albums 24 hours a day!

Ciao - be well.


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