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The RockIt Scientist
on 1485 Radio Today


1485 Radio Today
Also on DStv
Audio Channel 70

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.


Julian Fairall's Top Thirty albums
  • Kansas - Two For The Show
  • Dream Theater - Awake
  • Abba - Arrival
  • Pain of Salvation - One Hour By The Concrete Lake
  • Medageth - Peace Sells, But Who's Buying
  • Crowded House - Greatest Hits
  • Steely Dan - Gaucho
  • Primus - Sailing The Seas of Cheese
  • Queen - A Night At the Opera
  • Jethro Tull - Live! Bursting Out
  • Chick Corea - Elektrik Band
  • Jaco Pastorious - Jaco
  • Michel Camilo - Triangulo
  • Steven Curtis Chapman - Signs of Life
  • Rush - A Show of Hands
  • Enchant - Live At Last
  • Symphony X - Divine Wings of Tragedy
  • Gordian Knot - Emergent
  • Death - Symbolic
  • Bill Evans - Let the Juice Loose
  • Sting - Soul Cages
  • Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live
  • Michael Manring - Thonk
  • Fates Warning - Parallels
  • Toto - Tambu
  • Believer - Extraction From Mortality
  • Tourniquet - Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
  • Robben Ford - Blue Moon
  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktone - Live At the Quick
  • Elton John - The Hits
Top 10 guitarists
10. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
09. Al Di Meola
08. Joe Satriani
07. John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
06. Doug A. Ott (Enchant)
05. Steve Lukather (Toto)
04. Eric Clapton
03. Rich Williams (Kansas)
02. Alex Skolnick (Testament/ADD/Skol-Patrol)
01. Jim Matheos (Fates Warning)

Top 10 bassists
10. John Myung (Dream Theater)
09. Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel/session giant)
08. Gary Willis (Tribal Tech/solo)
07. Michael Manring (solo)
06. Steve Bailey (solo)
05. Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones)
04. Sean Malone (Cynic/Gordian Knot)
03. David Ellefson (Megadeth)
02. John Patitucci (Chick Corea/solo/sessions)
01. Anthony Jackson (Chaka Khan/session giant)

Top 10 drummers
10. Simon Phillips (Toto/session giant)
09. Peter Erskine (Weather Report/solo/sessions)
08. Johan Langell (Pain of Salvation)
07. Chester Thompson (Phil Collins/session giant)
06. Sean Reinhart (Death/Cynic/Gordian Knot)
05. Manu Katche (Sting/Peter Gabriel)
04. Vinnie Collaiuta (Zappa/Sting/solo/session giant)
03. Mark Zonder (Fates Warning)
02. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
01. Buddy Rich (kinda goes without saying)

Top 10 keyboardists
10. Tom Brooks (Integrity Hosanna)
09. Michael Camilo (solo great)
08. Chick Corea
07. Derek Sherinian (solo/Planet-X/Dream Theater)
06. Jason Rebello (Sting/solo/sessions)
05. David Sancious (Sting/session giant)
04. Herbie Hancock
03. Rick Wakeman (Yes)
02. Vitalij Kuprij (Artension)
01. Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)

Top 10 singers
10. Ronnie James Dio
09. Steve Walsh (Kansas)
08. Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation)
07. Paul Rogers (Bad Company/Free)
06. Ray Alder (Fates Warning)
05. Arnold McCuller (Phil Collins/James Taylor/solo)
04. Phil Collins
03. Sting
02. Peter Gabriel
01. Joni Mitchell

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