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A Grand Landmark - 8th February 2011

Proving that this show offers variety you simply cannot get anywhere else, tonight we reached the milestone of having played 1,000 different tracks on the show since we got going in March last year – thanks to everyone for supporting the show so far...

Things were kicked off by awesome progressive rock tracks from Yes (the shortest of the three tracks on “Close To The Edge” at 9 mins), Genesis (John Erskine was the son of the 21st Earl of Mar, making him number 22, not the 11th) & Gentle Giant...

We had some (shorter) heavy rock from Alice Cooper (looking forward to Valentine’s Day next week), Deep Purple (with no guitar solo) & Uriah Heep, before remembering the late great Gary Moore, who passed away at the weekend. Robert William Gary Moore was a brilliant blues/rock guitarist & 58 is far too young to die – the lyrics of “Movin On” seemed rather appropriate & who cares that it came from 1990…

Status Quo, Slade, The Sweet & T. Rex added some glam to the rock, while Queen just got gritty loving their car (another nod to V-Day next week). Carlos Santana brought some sublime style with a gorgeous slice of soulful rock & "Slowhand" himself, Eric Clapton, kept the softer mood…

Gerry Rafferty, another recently departed 70’s rockster, sang the title track from his 2nd LP, Billy Joel sang about Bianca Jagger on a night out & Paul McCartney sang about getting high. Bob Seger reminisced with the most played song ever by a male artist (the one Tom Cruise sang & danced to in his underpants in the film “Risky Business”) & Nils Lofgren got dancing…

Steppenwolf, Wishbone Ash & Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen all featured & all deserve to be featured more often, so I’ll try to put that right in the coming months. We play Steely Dan a lot on the show, but then they’ve got such a superb catalogue to pick from…

We hit the 1,000 different songs mark at the end of the show when we closed with slower numbers from Black Sabbath, Bread & the second track tonight from the incredibly skilled & always memorable Gary Moore – you could never tire of hearing the guitar playing on “Still Got The Blues”. RIP Gary

Next week will be our Valentine’s “lurve” special show, where we’ll feature two hours of 70’s rock songs that talk about love in one way or another. Then Rob Harvey will cover the show for a week & Graeme Holiday will have the hotseat for a week, before I return from hols…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Yes Siberian Khatru
2 Genesis Eleventh Earl Of Mar
3 Gentle Giant In A Glass House
4 Alice Cooper Muscle Of Love
5 Deep Purple Fireball
6 Uriah Heep Easy Livin'
7 Gary Moore Movin' On
8 Status Quo Paper Plane
9 Slade My Friend Stan
10 The Sweet The Six Teens
11 T. Rex New York City
12 Queen I'm In Love With My Car
13 Santana Stormy
14 Eric Clapton Let It Grow
15 Gerry Rafferty Night Owl
16 Billy Joel Big Shot
17 Paul McCartney & Wings Hi Hi Hi
18 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Old Time Rock & Roll
19 Nils Lofgren I Came To Dance
20 Steppenwolf Screaming Night Hog
21 Wishbone Ash Moonshine
22 Bruce Springsteen Thunder Road
23 Steely Dan Everything You Did
24 Black Sabbath Changes
25 Bread Baby I'm A-Want You
26 Gary Moore Still Got The Blues

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