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70's Rock Show - 19th October 2010

This was the second of two consecutive special shows where we only played music featured in the various GUITAR HERO (GH) games. Some of the tunes may be less well-known & some may be played a lot (though never over-played), but all are classics in their own right...

Heart (also to be heard in the film "Charlies Angels"), Van Halen (their cover of The Kinks' #1), Aerosmith (featured in GH: Aerosmith), Kiss (with great growling vocals), Alice (in the x-box GH manual as "Million Dollar Babies"), Ted 'Nooge' Nugent (also from GH: Aerosmith?!?!?) & The Stones (from the brilliant 1971 "Sticky Fingers" album). The Stones track was also voted at #25 on Rolling Stone magazines' "Top 100 Guitar Songs of All-Time" list - mmm, I wonder if there was any favouritism there?

We did have a few songs that had links to places in America (although we didn't have the group America this week): Kansas & Boston featured, as did "Hollywood Nights" & "Hotel California". Lynyrd Skynyrd & The Allman Brothers brought us top-class classics from the American south, but the UK was also well represented, by Queen, Mott The Hoople & Mr. Bowie. Freddie Mercury once described "Killer Queen" as "one of those bowler hat, black suspender belt numbers", saying it was "about a high class call-girl". Interesting…

We had seriously solid rock from Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath & Blue Oyster Cult, where the air guitar was beginning to tire the fingers, but also a brilliant slice of can't-help-but-join-in rock from Cheap Trick (featured in so many films & TV shows as to be almost unbelievable). Finally, the sheer class of Steely Dan & [the not heard enough] Foghat closed the show in some style...

Mid-show, "Frankenstein" by Edgar Winter reminded us that Hallowe'en isn't that far away & there will be a trio of tongue-in-cheek songs next week to mark being near the trick-or-treat occasion. Then, in a couple of weeks, we'll have a special show where 70's Rock goes 'balladic' - all the songs will be ballads, so make a note in your diary to relax - we need to recouperate…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Heart Barracuda
2 Van Halen You Really Got Me
3 Aerosmith Toys In The Attic
4 Kiss Rock & Roll All Nite
5 Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies
6 Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever
7 The Rolling Stones Can't You Hear Me Knocking
8 Kansas Carry On Wayward Son
9 Boston More Than A Feeling
10 Queen Killer Queen
11 Mott The Hoople All The Young Dudes
12 David Bowie Ziggy Stardust
13 Edgar Winter Group Frankenstein
14 Lynryrd Skynyrd Free Bird
15 The Allman Brothers Band Ramblin' Man
16 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Hollywood Nights
17 Cheap Trick Surrender
18 Thin Lizzy Bad Reputation
19 Deep Purple Smoke On The Water
20 Black Sabbath War Pigs/Luke's Wall
21 Blue Oyster Cult Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll
22 The Eagles Hotel California
23 Steely Dan Do It Again
24 Foghat Slow Ride



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