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How are the playlists compiled?
I constantly get asked where I source the music played on Rock of Ages and also how I put the show together. Well in the first instance most everything played comes from my personal collection which is constantly being added to all the time. In addition to this the record labels send me albums, I pick up some surprising stuff at street sales and of course CDW's Richard Filmer mails me every week with suggestions and rarities which I pop in and listen/buy. For instance he turned me on to Jake E Lee's new album as well as new albums by Tony Iommi, Glenn Hughes etc. I also scan the key rock magazines like Mojo, Classic Rock and Uncut. Plus I do shop at Amazon/Freak Emporium/CD Now and a host of small indie labels that specialise in rare classic rock albums. The point being that in order to bring you the widest variety of rock I am on a continual search for music to play ... How do I put the show together? .... how do I decide to play a particular record? Why is there a lot of Led Zep, Jimi, Tull, Sabbath, Free, Purple, etc? .... here's the inside track ...... Firstly there is no 'playlist' as such on Rock of Ages, I have 110% free choice and play exactly what I like with no 'interference' from third parties - the only opinion that I take into account is yours, the Rock of Ages fans who make suggestions to me on a regular basis.

I start work on each week's show on Sunday night as well as Tuesday/Wednesday after my day job (www.freshmusic.co.za) - spending several hours each night listening to albums, checking tracks and artists with the ROA database to see when last they were played and packaging tracks/genres into 'blocks' i.e. the recent Latin Rock, Brass Rock, 60's Rock, etc. Plus of course there are the regular sections like Blues, Comedy, Prog, Live in Concert and Long Songs that need planning .... at any one time I have a base of about 120-150 albums with me in the studio to choose from. So there is some method to my madness and musical schizophrenia but the funny thing is that although the opening music/stings and the closing 'laid back' set are almost set in stone the rest of the show flows by itself! It's almost like something takes over when the red light comes on and I often discard tracks and artists that I was going to play in order to spin something else that fits in with what I'm playing at that time ... that's the beauty of Rock of Ages - It's unpredictable, even to me! As for playing a lot of the artists that I mentioned earlier - well they are all 'core' bands that have large bodies of work to source and are constantly requested by the Rock of Ages fans. The show tries to cover a huge rainbow of rock, all styles, genres and ages - hopefully that's why you listen in the first place.

Benjy, October 2005
ROCK OF AGES - THE PLAYLISTS [2005]
DATE SPECIAL
6th January 2005 ZZ Top
13th January 2005 Thin Lizzy
20th January 2005 Santana
27th January 2005 Robin Trower
3rd February 2005 Guns 'N Roses
10th February 2005 Creedence Clearwater Revival
17th February 2005 Mark Knopler
24th February 2005 Alice Cooper
3rd March 2005 Audience
10th March 2005 None
17th March 2005 None
24th March 2005 Kings X
30th March 2005
(Wednesday)
Mountain
7th April 2005 Def Leppard
14th April 2005 Judas Priest
20th April 2005
(Wednesday
11.30pm-2am)
Ten Years After
28th April 2005 Humble Pie
5th May 2005 Wishbone Ash
12th May 2005 Frank Zappa
19th May 2005 Janis Joplin
26th May 2005 Nazareth
2nd June 2005
(increased to 4 hours!)
Guitarslingers, part 1
9th June 2005
Guest: Brian Currin
Bad Company
16th June 2005 City Boy
23rd June 2005
(pre-recorded)
Little Feat
30th June 2005
(pre-recorded - repeat of previous week due to technical glitch)
Little Feat
7th July 2005 Traffic
14th July 2005
(live broadcast from CD Wherehouse,
Cape Town)
Guest: Dave Ornellas (Hawk)
Hawk
21st July 2005 Johnny Winter
28th July 2005 Doobie Brothers
4th August 2005 South African Psych
11th August 2005 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
18th August 2005 Woodstock 36th Anniversary
25th August 2005 Rare Earth
1st September 2005 Stevie Ray Vaughan
8th September 2005 Robert Plant
15th September 2005 Jimi Hendrix
22nd September 2005 Status Quo
29th September 2005 Dream Theater
6th October 2005 Frank Marino
& Mahogany Rush
13th October 2005 Rory Gallagher
20th October 2005 Tea Party
27th October 2005 Neil Young
3rd November 2005 Savoy Brown
10th November 2005 Joe Bonamassa
17th November 2005 Gentle Giant
24th November 2005 Porcupine Tree
1st December 2005 Allman Brothers
8th December 2005 Gary Moore
15th December 2005 Camel
22nd December 2005 Led Zeppelin, part 2
29th December 2005 None
 
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