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70's Rock Show - 15th June 2010

Just the one theme this week – it was the “Unplayed Classics” special show – unbelievably, we’ve not played any of these on the show so far:

Argent got things going with “God Gave Rock & Roll To You”, covered in 1991 by Kiss. And talking of almighty things, not only did we feature some rock gods, but we had “Stairway To Heaven”, the ethereal “Imagine”, the father, son & the holy ghost in “American Pie” & we finished with the brilliant “The Air That I Breathe” & the hymn-like pair “Let It Be” & “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. What a way to go! Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan may have more claim to being a rock god than most, as he was the voice of Jesus in the original “Jesus Christ Superstar”…

We had heavy rock from Black Sabbath & Ram Jam, incredible rock guitar from Eric Clapton & Duane Allman in “Layla”, Santana, Dire Straits & The Eagles (the 8th best guitar solo ever, apparently), plus famous riffs from Deep Purple, The Faces & Thin Lizzy – we even had the ultimate “Bohemian Rhapsody” rock opera from Queen (14 weeks at #1 in the UK & a #2 in the US after it was featured in the “Wayne’s World” movie)…

There were plenty of stories to listen to as well: “Smoke On The Water” told of the Montreux Casino fire, Wings sung of a convicted & escaped “Band On The Run”, Genesis related the epic tale of “The Battle Of Epping Forest”, Lou Reed recalled various characters going to New York in “Walk On The Wild Side”, while “The Boys Are Back In Town” was used to promote Disney’s “Toy Story” films…

All that in a mere two hours!

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Argent God Gave Rock & Roll To You
2 Santana Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
3 Black Sabbath Paranoid
4 Deep Purple Smoke On The Water
5 Derek & The Dominos Layla
6 The Faces Stay With Me
7 Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back In Town
8 Genesis The Battle Of Epping Forest
9 The Eagles Hotel California
10 Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven
11 John Lennon Imagine
12 Paul McCartney & Wings Band On The Run
13 Don McLean American Pie
14 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
15 Lou Reed Walk On The Wild Side
16 Rod Stewart You Wear It Well
17 Ram Jam Black Betty
18 Dire Straits Sultans Of Swing
19 The Hollies The Air That I Breathe
20 The Beatles Let It Be
21 Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water

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