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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 [2007]
DATE SPECIAL
4th January 2007 San Franciscan Nights
11th January 2007 Judas Priest
18th January 2007 The Eagles
25th January 2007 Juicy Lucy
1st February 2007 Jehtro Tull, part 2
8th February 2007 New Prog
15th February 2007 The MC 5
22nd February 2007 Leslie West
1st March 2007 David Bowie
8th March 2007 Beth Hart
15th March 2007 No broadcast due to Cricket
22nd March 2007 No broadcast due to Cricket
29th March 2007 No broadcast due to Cricket
5th April 2007 No Special this week
12th April 2007 No broadcast due to Cricket
17th April 2007 No broadcast due to Cricket
26th April 2007 U2
3rd May 2007 The Doors
10th May 2007 Back to the 80's...again
17th May 2007 Supertramp
24th May 2007 Footstomping Music
31st May 2007 To Prog Or Not To Prog...
7th June 2007 Roger Waters
14th June 2007 Ozzy Osbourne
21st June 2007 Cactus
28th June 2007 Emerson, Lake & Palmer
5th July 2007 The Greatest Show On Earth
12th July 2007 Quicksilver Messenger Service
19th July 2007 Shorter show due to Sport
26th July 2007 Shorter show due to Sport
2nd August 2007 Peter Frampton
9th August 2007 Jade Warrior
16th August 2007 AC/DC feat Bon Scott
23rd August 2007 Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
30th August 2007 Audioslave
6th September 2007 Spock's Beard
13th September 2007 Pedal To The Metal
20th September 2007 Jimi Hendrix Tribute
27th September 2007 Captain Beyond
4th October 2007 The Summer Of Love 1967
11th October 2007 David Gilmour
18th October 2007 Pavlov's Dog
25th October 2007 Bob Dylan
1st November 2007 Jethro Tull
8th November 2007 Kansas
15th November 2007 Jeff Beck, part 2
22nd November 2007 Iggy Pop & The Stooges
29th November 2007 Vertigo Records
6th December 2007 Led Zeppelin
13th December 2007 The Best of 2007
20th December 2007 Island Records
27th December 2007 Riverside
2006 Playlists 2008 Playlists
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2004-2009 Rock Of Ages.
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