February 5, 2004


No matter what you think of it, but rock’s not a healthy way of life. Artists get older and weaker, and one of those, BUDGIE drummer Pete Boot, is eager to raise awareness of the thing. Diagnosed with Parkinson Syndrome, Pete still plays – and who’ll dare say tambourine can’t make one hell of a noise? To make it even bigger, Boot organises “Fill Your Head With Rock”, a fundraising event for Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis (oh, remember poor Ronnie Lane?), Motor Neurone Disease and Dystonia. To see some rock for just J5 isn’t much, OK?


On November 29th, 2003 Cape Town witnessed a big event. Hosted by Nelson Mandela, 46664 was a grandiose concert to benefit AIDS charities, and the performers gave their all on-stage – which on April 5th will be obvious to those who wasn’t there but will get hold of the 3 CD (three single discs to be purechased separately) or 2 DVD sets that include all the music which filled the air that night, all in all more than 4 hours of aural delight.

The CDs look like this:

Part 1 – African Prayer:

1. Crazy In Love (46664 version) – Beyonce
2. Speech – Bob Geldof
3. Redemption Song – Bob Geldof
4. Say It’s Not True – QUEEN & Dave Stewart
5. Starry Eyed Surprise – Paul Oakenfold with Shifty Shellshock & TC
6. Ready Steady Go – Paul Oakenfold with Shifty Shellshock & TC with AMAMPONDO DRUMMERS
7. Baayo – Baaba Maal
8. Njilou – Baaba Maal
9. Africa Dream Again – Youssou N’Dour
10. Wild World – Yusuf Islam & Peter Gabriel
11. In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel, Youssou N’Dour & Angelique Kidjo
12. Biko – Peter Gabriel & Youssou N’Dour
13. American Prayer – Bono, The Edge, Beyonce & Dave Stewart

Part 2 – Long Walk To Freedom:

1. 46664 (Long Walk to Freedom) – Bono, The Edge, Dave Stewart,
2. Youssou N’Dour & Abdel Wright
3. Speech – Nelson Mandela
4. Invincible Hope / 46664 – The Call / The Show Must Go On – QUEEN
5. Afrika – Angelique Kidjo
6. Umquombothi – Yvonne Chaka Chaka
7. The Way – Bongo Maffin
8. Asimbonanga – Johnny Clegg & guests
9. People – Johnny Clegg & Jimmy Cliff
10. Many Rivers To Cross – Jimmy Cliff
11. I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
12. Breathless – THE CORRS
13. Toss The Feathers – THE CORRS & Roger Taylor
14. Leliungelo Elakho – Ladysmith Black Mambazo & THE CORRS
15. Homeless – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
16. Is This The World We Created? – Andrea Corr & Brian May

Part 3 – Amandla:

1. Here Comes The Rain Again – EURYTHMICS
2. 7 Seconds – EURYTHMICS & Youssou N’Dour
3. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – EURYTHMICS
4. Loose Me Now – Abdel Wright
5. Don’t Throw Your Life Away – Ms Dynamite
6. Hurts So Bad – Danny K
7. The Great Song Of Indifference – Bob Geldof
8. (What So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding – Bob Geldof
9. Indigo Girl – Watershed
10. One / Unchained Melody – Bono & The Edge
11. Amandla – Anastacia, Bono, The Edge, Dave Stewart & QUEEN
12. Bohemian Rhapsody / I Want It All / I Want To Break Free / Radio Ga Ga –
QUEEN, Zucchero & Thandiswa Mazwai
13. We Will Rock You – QUEEN, Anastacia & AMAMPONDO DRUMMERS
14. We Are The Champions – QUEEN, Anastacia & Cast
15. 46664 Chant – Soweto Gospel Choir & Cast

The 2 DVD set has the same tracks as the CDs plus “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” sung by Zucchero, QUEEN & Sharon Corr and the loadful of interviews and documentary footage.


Perhaps, the most underestimated singer and guitar player on the planet, Terry Reid could be a member of THE ROLLING STONES, DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN who he recommended Robert Plant for – but the luck was hard on the artist who was willing to shoot high on his own, though his status grew mythical over the years. Since 1991’s “The Driver” that included an astounding version of “The Whole Of The Moon” kicked out of the charts by THE WATERBOYS’ original, Terry released nothing, yet he played and recently recorded “Alive! Are You Sure?”, his first live album ever which, as an ‘authorised bootleg’, has been pressed up last year in a strictly limited run and now, remastered, is out on a bigger scale with a new packaging featuring exclusive interview material and rare photos and memorabilia.

1. Secrets
2. Take The Time
3. Can’t Stand The Rain
4. Road We Chose
5. One Night With You
6. Hong Kong
7. I Need Your Lovin’


Usually, younger brothers follow the older siblings in their trails – not so with John Hackett, who didn’t become a rocker like Steve Hackett. The two toured and recorded together many times though, yet Hackett Jr. has always remained a classical artist, whose flute can do magic, and after stints with the ENGLISH FLUTE QUARTET and SYMBIOSIS teaches the insrtument and composes in South Yorkshire. Actually, John’s first album was 2002’s "Sketches Of Satie", but it featured Steve Hackett and, thus, had been promoted as a duo project, so on March 1st John finally goes solo officially with "Velvet Afternoon", an instrumental programme that sees that same flute combined with Sally Goodworth’s piano. Something to relax to.

1. Pastures Green
2. Vergebung
3. Freefall
4. Minuet I
5. Presto
6. Minuet II
7. The Chaplet
8. Allegro Molto Moderato
9. Sausage Boy
10. Oily Rag
11. Sophie’s Lullaby
12. Tamborino
13. Minuet Reprise
14. Next Time Around
15. Velvet Afternoon


It seems, selling music in the shops is subscribed to the days past, as now – following in the wake of QUEEN and some other biggies – the entire Universal Music Group catalog of Tom Petty & THE HEARTBREAKERS is available for digital download (not for free, of course!) from all the major digital music websites including Buy Music, FYE, iTunes, Liquid Audio, MusicMatch, Napster, Rhapsody and Tower Records. The said albums are:
Damn The Torpedoes
Hard Promises
Long After Dark
Southern Accents
Pack Up The Plantation: Live!
Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)
Full Moon Fever
Into the Great Wide Open
Greatest Hits


JUDAS PRIEST fans have all the reasons to be happy. Last year the prodigal son Rob Halford got back to the fold, then an amazing DVD “Electric Eye” found its way into the sweaty hands, and on March 9th a 4CD box set called “Metalogy” will hit the shelves looking like a 7″ x 7″ box, wrapped in leather and surrounded by metal spikes, and including a full color 7″ x 7″ book with the full discography, a biographical essay, timeline, and many previously unseen photos. Primarily a compilation of well-known cuts from 1974-2002, the set has some rare tracks and – gasp! – the DVD debut of the Memphis show from 1983’s Screaming For Vengeance tour.

Says Halford,
“There’s a collection of live tracks that have never been released before, I mean songs that you know of, but again it’s all about where they were done. I mean, “Victim Of Changes” is different every single time it’s played. Even if it’s been played hundreds and hundreds of times it’s just there are inflections of difference on every performance. So I think that we’re looking to get some live and rare kinds of cuts from the live aspect. And it’s the running order, it’s the sequence of presentation and everything else, and I think there will be a DVD involved, so it is a particularly unique moment to present to people. It’s not going to be like the remasters, you know, it’s a whole different presentation. I think that’ll be kind of a unique moment in celebrating the recording history of the band from “Rocka Rolla” to “Jugulator” and “Demolition” and then putting in all the other bits and pieces that make it special”.
‘Nuff said – now for the jugular!

CD 1:

1. Never Satisfied
2. Deceiver
3. Tyrant
4. Victim Of Changes (live)
5. Diamonds & Rust (live)
6. Starbreaker (live)
7. Sinner
8. Let Us Prey
9. Dissident Aggressor
10. Exciter
11. Beyond The Realms Of Death
12. Better By You, Better Than Me
13. Invader
14. Stained Class
15. The Green Manalishi
(live – previously unreleased)

CD 2:

1. Killing Machine
2. Evening Star
3. Take On The World
4. Delivering The Goods
5. Evil Fantasies
6. Hell Bent For Leather
7. Breaking The Law (live)
8. Living After Midnight
9. Rapid Fire
10. Metal Gods
11. Grinder (live – previously unreleased)
12. The Rage
13. Heading Out To The Highway
14. Hot Rockin (live)
15. Trouble Shooter
16. Solar Angels
17. Desert Plains
18. Hellion / Electric Eye (live)
19. Screaming For Vengeance

CD 3:

1. Riding On The Wind
2. Bloodstone
3. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
4. Devil’s Child
5. Freewheel Burning
6. Jawbreaker
7. The Sentinel
8. Love Bites (live – previously unreleased)
9. Eat Me Alive
10. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
11. Rock Hard, Ride Free
12. Night Comes Down
13. Turbo Lover
14. Private Property
15. Parental Guidance
16. Out In The Cold
17. Heart Of A Lion
(demo – previously unreleased)

CD 4:

1. Ram It Down
2. Heavy Metal
3. Come & Get It
4. Blood Red Skies
5. Painkiller
6. Between The Hammer & The Anvil
7. Touch Of Evil
8. Metal Meltdown
9. Nightcrawler
10. All Guns Blazing
11. Jugulator
12. Blood Stained
13. Machine Man
14. Feed On Me


They could remain an obscure Hull combo, THE RATS, if not for Mick Ronson who joined their line-up in 1966 to go later to play with David Bowie and then pull with him their drummer Woody Woodmansey as another Spider From Mars. So what they were like? The anwers lies in the grooves of “The Fall and Rise – A Rat’s Tale”, a collection of songs recorded between 1964 and 1969 plus bonus tracks laid down in 1998. Included are the original versions of the two songs played by THE RATS at the Mick Ronson Memorial Concert on April 29th, 1994.

1. Spoonful
2. I’ve Got My Eyes On You Baby
3. I’ve Gotta See My Baby
4. New Orleans
5. The Rise And Fall Of Bernie Gripplestone
6. Stop Get A Hold Of Yourself
7. Guitar Boogie
8. Morning Dew
9. Early In Spring
10. Telephone Blues
11. It Ain’t Easy
12. I Feel Free
bonus tracks:
13. The Hunter
14. Colour Me
15. Life’s A River

February 5, 2004

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