// News from The Rock Service
9th July 2020
Who would have thought Homer Simpson listens to The Rock Service :) :) :)
Download it here Homer - 87.9 FM
Or watch on our Youtube channel -
8th July 2020
Is this THE best thing we've seen/heard all year ? Perhaps but perhaps not. We enjoyed it anyway and it somehow just works !!!
3rd July 2020
No News today....:)
1st July 2020
The long-awaited Rock Service Android App is coming SOON !!!!!!!! It's long-awaited because it's taken us years to do it :), not because anyone actually wants or needs it :) :)
Here is a sneak preview of how it is going to look -
Coming to an Android device near YOU very soon.......(read 'quite' soon :) :))
21st June 2020
Tohuwabahu Festival - Live online but on a REAL stage from a REAL venue in Switzerland !!!!
Please donate as all the money goes straight to the bands and their crews.
Kassogtha are a great band and the rest of the line up is also interesting !
11th June 2020
New 'obituaries' page now live.
11th June 2020
We're having some technical difficulties with our live stream (story of our lives). We hope to be back soon.
6th June 2020
Another rock icon sadly lost :(
"The Sweet bassist Steve Priest dies aged 72, Blockbuster, Hell Raiser, Ballroom Blitz, Teenage Rampage, and Action all great singles back when a 45 rpm was front and centre to many teenagers lives. British punk was largely people who had grown up watching the glam-era TOTP, underlined when the Damned covered Ballroom Blitz. The Sweet were one of influences on 80s metal: Axl Rose claimed they were his favourite band, Def Leppard covered Hell Raiser and Action. You don't have to look at hair metal too hard to see the Sweet’s ghost, the photos show straight boys covered in makeup, possessed by a desire to shock, every one of them metaphorically Steve Priest’s offspring."
6th June 2020
PJCasts page updated with the Lockdown show and some Rock 106 shows from 1994 with Nigel Grant and Barbarella !!!
6th June 2020
Thanks to those who tuned into our live lockdown show last night !!
It's on repeat playback for the next few days and will be uploaded to the 'PJCasts' page shortly -
Another show coming before the end of June 2020, all things going well !!!!
4th June 2020
*** Live show Friday 5th June 2020 @ 19.00 BST UK time. Join us for a UK Lockdown special !!!! ***
28th May 2020
Well, who would have thought it.......The Rock Service is going to talk about Barry Manilow !!!! Secretly, we've always been a fan of his work (one of those artists I couldn't escape when growing up in the 80s).
And guess what ? It seems he wrote an almost perfect song for right now, back in 1973, two years before PJ existed !!!
This just works on so many levels and brings some hope.
27th May 2020
Hoping to do a 'Lockdown' live show next week - stay tuned.....:)
Also need to get the studio rebuild finished. There's not too much more to do but it just needs doing before we can do the live show.
Maybe 87.9 FM will be on too.......
26th May 2020
Crewed spaceX launch from the Kennedy Space centre (Cape Canaveral) to the ISS tomorrow night (27th) at around 9.33pm UK time. NASA will be streaming it live and I'm sure other outlets will be as well.
Very exciting !!!!!!
If you have a clear view West / South West, you can even see the rocket leaving Earth's atmosphere around 20 mins after launch. It will appear low in the sky to the West and become visible South / South-West at around 50 degrees above the Southern sky.
25th May 2020
No 'tracks' of the month for a while. However, maybe we've got a 'band' of the month. Check the 'Tracks of the month' page for details......
12th May 2020
A really great piece from the (this time) living legend Dave Grohl -
We hear you Dave and cannot agree more !!!!
We're all missing things at this challenging time, but my god, how much we miss live music !!!!
What a great thing to get yet another insight into the World of one of our greatest band founders and front men. We have always said what a true Gent he is and what a lovely person he is and what a superb ambassador for Rock and Roll he is and what an awesome performer and song seamstress he is, but to read how passionately he misses being on stage and connecting with his fans, it's actually quite moving to read. It's also a huge ray of hope and makes us look forward to the feeling when we finally can go to a live show again. We do have some planned but it's not yet clear whether they will happen or be postponed. Here's PJ with everything crossed.........
9th May 2020
Maybe we should rename this page to the 'Obituaries'.
We seem to be losing another Rock and Roll icon every day at the moment.
Today we lost Little Richard, another music pioneer. In a similar way to other trend-setters we've lost recently, Little Richard changed the face of music and inspired so many other artists; even the Beatles took some inspiration from Little Richard.
With so much death around at the moment, it's hard to see many green shoots or to find much hope. But, where there is an end, there is a beginning. Everything that dies goes to the Earth, which fuels new life and therefore, one who cannot find hope in such circumstances has perhaps lost their way.
We seem to have lost our way temporarily ! But, we will find it again.
RIP little Richard.
7th May 2020
More sad and bad news this week. Two more music icons have departed this World; one due to Coronavirus.
Neither of the bands that these Gentlemen were involved with were of huge interest to PJ in the past but certainly both were bands I was well aware of growing up in the 80s. Both were certainly pioneers in their respective fields.
First we have Dave Greenfield, keyboard player with The Stranglers.
They were often (wrongly some would say) associated with the 70s Punk Movement that nudged its way into the 80s but their sound was quite different to what would pass as 'core' punk around that time. Most people will know their biggest hit Golden Brown, but The Stranglers had a diverse catalogue of other material that unless you were a die-hard fan, wouldn't ever get aired. Our favourite is Always The Sun -
Second we have the sad news of the passing of Florian Schneider, co-founder of Kraftwerk.
They were absolutely pioneers in their genre and made electronic music popular. They also made it 'cool' to sing in German ! Their most famous tracks were Model and Autobahn but some of their other non-mainstream material was extremely experimental and certainly changed the face of popular music forever. It could also be argued that they paved the way for all of the genres of electronic music we have today.
RIP Florian and Dave.
25th April 2020
Wow !! What a set list this was !!!!
Some tracks here that hardly ever get played these days.
Starts around 3:30.
20th April 2020
For anyone with an interest in the history of radio broadcasting or for fans of Radio Caroline (past or present), it's a very sad day indeed. This man was truly inspirational and did something that totally transformed radio broadcasting Globally, forever. The path he set the industry on back in the early 1960s can still be seen alive and well today.
RIP Ronan O'Rahilly
You will be missed but never forgotten and every time you hear a song on the radio, or hear the presenter talking, or hear an advert or jingle or any other radio program-related content, think back to how it all started and Ronan should be at the front of your mind as one of the pioneers of it all. Start a pop music radio station based on a passenger and cargo ship, moored in the North sea ? Are you crazy !!! Nope - he did it !!!! Sure there were some dodgy dealings and money was at least one of many motivating factors, but it totally transformed the radio industry and paved the way for what we have today.
As soon as we get out of this Covid-19 situation, we will be putting together a tribute show to be aired on the Rock Service - it may even go out live, who knows.
17th April 2020
So, it's been a bit quiet around here recently !!! The Rock Service has been on and off but I think we're back on now, hopefully without interruption.
PJ has been living a different life for a few weeks but we're back. Well, we're all living different lives right now but PJ's has been just a little bit weirder.
Those of you with a sensitive pair of ears will notice we sound a bit different. We think we always used to sound OK but now we've turbocharged our sound !!! We hope you like it.
17th April 2020
We came across this earlier. A very good gig indeed. Well worth a watch.
11th February 2020
Awesome new live performance by As Night Falls, with a gospel choir !!! It somehow just works !!! Most of the band seem to have new hair cuts too :). Can't wait to catch up with them shortly and I hope to be able to announce some big news too !!!!!! Stay tuned (as my American colleagues say).
11th February 2020
Great new track of the month for February !!!!! See the 'Tracks of the month' page.
13th January 2020
R.I.P Neil Peart.......a true drumming legend
22nd December 2019
Live shows coming over Christmas and into the New Year. Stay tuned to our online channels and on 87.9MHz if you are lucky enough to live in the reception area.
20th December 2019
There is a severe backlog of gig reviews to do and truth be told, I doubt I will get to them now. There have been some highlights over the last month but Leaves' Eyes in London was one of them and Alter Bridge in Nottingham was another. Both awesome gigs.
10th November 2019
Let us never forget those who gave everything for us, for our parents, for our children, for a civil way of life, for our democracy and for our safety and security.
There's a special set of tracks of the month for November 2019.
4th November 2019
Back to 'normal'......
25th October 2019
Live Halloween Show - 31st October 2019.
27th August 2019
WOW, WOW, WOW !!! That's all that can be said. Why oh why did I decide not to go to Reading this year !!! Watching the Foo Fighters headline on TV over the weekend - WOW ! It doesn't matter how many times I see them, live live or live on TV, they just get better and better; it's really quite remarkable.
What a front man, what a band, what a collection of awesome songs and what a performance, every single time. They simply must go down in history as one of the best Rock bands of all time and be remembered most for their explosive live shows. I could write pages and pages of superlatives and adjectives to describe how they make me feel but I have other things to do :).
15th August 2019
Thought for the day (maybe even the year !!) -
By Les Murrary.....
14th August 2019
Happy MOA day !!!! (not that it was a happy day by any means)
26th July 2019
Can't believe @ 20th July 2019 it was 2 years since was lost CB. RIP CB and to all the others who didn't make it.
7th July 2019
A big 2nd Half of 2019 for gigs. Check out the latest Gig Guide. More to come regarding Vetrar Draugurinn too.......
7th July 2019
Moving into the 21st Century :
Coming to a Smart Phone near you soon......the New Rock Service App !!!! Yes, we thought we'd copy everyone else and have our very own Phone App.
More new to come as this develops.......
19th June 2019
Last night was a 'WOW' night. Just, fucking WOW !!! It was of course Metallica at the Etihad in Manchester. Check the Gig Reviews section for more......
20th May 2019
ANF - Bad luck at the FemME qualifying on Wednesday last week. I'm sure you gave it everything and I saw how graceful and respectful you were in defeat from your FB posts. Roll on to the Bloodstock qualifying on June 15th !!!!
Looking forward to hearing the new material too !!!!
11th May 2019
Great gig at the Fiddler's Elbow last night. Metaprism headlining with support from Evyltyde and The Loved and Lost. Metaprism have yet another new Male singer (they had another girl for most of last year but clearly that didn't work out). The new guy is great and possibly better than the original when we first saw them a few years back in Leicester at the Firebug.
Metaprism stole the show though, of course. Check out these 2 tracks - the first recorded by myself and the 2nd by Steve Martin (my favourite track of theirs, Firesoul) - I can be briefly seen headbanging to Steve's left at one point :)
11th May 2019
As Night Falls - The very best of luck on Wednesday at the FemME battle of the bands in Dusseldorf. I would have been there to support you if it hadn't been for work commitments. My flight is booked for Rotterdam in July though, to see you win the semis - I have faith :)
28th April 2019
OMFG !!!! We are SOOOOO loving Vetrar Draugurinn right now !!! We said before that this track was epic, but check out the live version courtesy of Steve Martin. Simply F*cking WOW !!!!!!
and also check out this track, which our 2nd favourite on the album. Here is the live version of 'Death will come for us' -
Can't wait to see them myself at FeMME in October !!! Bring it on !!!!!!!
6th April 2019
One of the bands we follow quite closely, Vetrar Draugurinn have just released their latest album, Hinterlands. It's an absolutely great album and we like it a lot. But, there's one track that stands out amongst the others and it's the one called Twelfth Night. Wow Wow !!!! We simply cannot wait to hear this live (and we're sure Steve Martin is even more eager than we are !!!!).
Check out the video here -
6th April 2019
Absolutely brilliant night at Kayak !!! Check our Gig Reviews for a full run down. What made the evening even better was bumping into some old friends, Bill and Jodi. It's so good to see Bill back on his feet again, getting out and about. Apparently it was his first gig North of Greenwich in 30 years !!!! We only met him a handful of times in the past but spent many many hours listening to him on RFL over the years (late 80s into early 90s). Big respect to you my friend.
We also discovered a new track we'd never heard before, from Kayak of course. We know the classic well-known tracks but this one was new to us somehow (but one of the band's classics). Love the lyrics - simple but effective and with a relatable message.
4th April 2019
Mike and the Mechanics delivered a brilliant performance at the Albert Hall on Monday. 'Living Years' was always going to be a personal highlight, as it will have been for so many people, but the set was littered with golden tracks I never even knew where his/theirs !! There were many covers too, but some good ones !!
Now we look forward to Kayak this Friday - first time seeing them. However, 'them' isn't really Kayak anymore and so we'll be seeing the modern incarnation of the band, trying to play the classic songs. Should be interesting......
15th March 2019
Awesome show by As Night Falls in Elblag, Northern Poland last night. Finally, we managed to nail capturing the live sound more naturally, due to some new equipment :).
Check out Eternal Dance for example -
We also discovered another new band (new to us as usual). Arshenic were the headline and put on a really good show - very enjoyable. Here's one track from their set -
11th March 2019
As Night Falls news !!!!!!!
After a spectacular show in Warsaw on Saturday night (check out our vids on the YouTube channel), there is some big news coming out of Poland today :).
First of all, As Night Falls are confirmed to be in the qualifying rounds for the famous FemME metal festival later in 2019, with the first qualifying round in Germany on the 15th May. Best of luck guys !!!!
Also, hot off the press. As Night Falls are also confirmed as contenders in the M2TM Battle of the Bands qualifying event for a place at Bloodstock 2019 !!!! Wouldn't that be something if they can pull it off !!!! We hope to see them at the qualifying rounds and who knows, maybe another date in London is on the cards !!!!
Onwards this Friday to Gdansk :) for the band.
5th March 2019
R.I.P Keith Flint. Another one lost to suicide. 'Charly says, always tell your mummy before you go off some where'. You'll be sadly missed.
24th February 2019
A last minute decision saw us jet off to Gibraltar today so we could see Angelwings live, for the first time since April 2018. They've been through a lot of changes and problems but they are back. Check out the Gig Reviews section for full details !!!!
15th February 2019
Big As Night Falls news !!!
As Night Falls have won a place in the Battle of the Bands to win a set at FemME 2019 in October and to play alongside Imperia, Vetrar Draugurinn and many others to be announced.
Good luck in the qualifiers guys ! We'll be there for the final on the 7th July and I'm 100% confident you will be too :)
30th January 2019
Gig guide updated - it's going to be a busy year......
21st January 2019
'About Us' finished, well, as finished as it's going to be for now.
2nd January 2019
Happy New Year to all of our listeners.
Sadly, the As Night Falls / Cellar Darling tour is NOT happening. However, they will be touring with Imperial Age during January and February 2019. Dates to be confirmed.....
23rd December 2018
Christmas 2018 Broadcasting Announcement
Live on 87.9 MHz FM Stereo
and FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.........
Live on 1494KHz Medium Wave (AM) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Detailed schedule to follow...................
9th December 2018
Absolutely awesome night in Nottingham with Def Leppard. PJ dreamed of seeing the Hysteria album played in full and well, it happened !
Many, many highlights. Review will follow shortly, once the backlog is cleared.
Videos available on the YT channel as usual, including this one, which was special.
and this one, which is one of my favourite DL tracks ever (with special tribute to Steve Clark) -
8th December 2018
Really liking this 'new' Polish Doom/Death band - Spatial
5th November 2018
Breaking News ! As Night Falls to tour Europe with Cellar Darling in March 2019 !!! Well done guys, you totally deserve a break like that and I hope it works out for you. I'll be there of course, at least for a couple of the Poland shows.
5th November 2018
Following on from the VooDoo Club evening.......here's a video of Animations, who are from the same part of Poland as As Night Falls. Really REALLY like this band.
Also check out some of their older material - this is a complete studio run-through of their first album from 2018 -
Another one of those bands who are technically awesome. Really like these guys !!! Hope to see them again live one day......soon......
4th November 2018
Great evening @ The VooDoo club, Warsaw on 2nd November. 4 bands on the bill - Killsorrow, Animations, As Night Falls, Chimera.
Sadly the attendance wasn't great but all 4 bands gave their all and put on a great show.
Here's the end of As Night Fall's set here -
Check out our Gig Reviews page for a full review of the evening (as fullish as we can muster !). Unfortunately, all videos are from the camera phone, which isn't too bad, but we did miss the proper 4K video camera (it will be back for Angel Nation this coming week !).
Busy week for gigs coming up - Slayer, Angel Nation and Pendragon on consecutive evenings - yikes !!!!!
14th October 2018
As Night Falls live @ Klub Alive - Wroclaw, Poland. Videos on our YT channel now (shortly)....
14th October 2018
FM and Medium Wave news coming soon..................
1st October 2018
We've decided this is one of our favourite tracks of the last 10 years, maybe of all time !!!
Sadly it looks as if they are about to break up - it's funny how that always happens when PJ discovers a band he likes !!!!
15th September 2018
Check out the new album from Temperance. It's called Of Jupiter and Moons. Absolutely awesome piece of work !!!
Here's one example of the quality of the album. Check out the full album on our 'Audio' page.
7th September 2018
Saw a brilliant band supporting Serenity on Wednesday 5th @ The Underworld, London. They are called Temperance. Very very impressed !!!!! Very excited about them.
One of the examples we recorded is here (but there are far better videos and audio tracks on YT and elsewhere).
Gig guide updated - lots of exciting new gigs recently announced - will be a busy end to 2018 !!
As Night Falls release their new video 'Haven' based on footage from their London show in March 2018. Check it out !!!!! Very professional guys - well done !!
We've had an upgrade ! More bandwidth and more capacity.
*** New 320kbps stream added - see the 'Listen' page for details.
*** The 64kbps for slow speed users is also back after a long absence.
PJCasts coming shortly - awaiting something in the post !!!!
Here we go again - August 14th once more !!! Re-live the 14th August 2015 - 6 hour marathon show playing now !!!! Hoods up in Harwich later !!!
Check out some of the photos on the 'Photos' page
R.I.P Nigel. Can't believe it's been 8 years now.
***Maintenance*** - scheduled maintenance happening over the next few weeks - don't be surprised if there are interruptions in service.
Big week of gig action. Maiden in Birmingham on Tuesday, Al Stewart in London on Thursday and Bloodstock Friday/Saturday !!! Watch out for gig reviews of all of these (when we remember to do them).
This is very exciting !!
We'll be putting our anoraks on (even in the current heat) and paying a visit
Another stunning version of this from Angel Nation - never get tired of listening/watching and living this song.
The Rock Service Metal-Fest all-dayer ? Early 2019 ?
Metal To The Masses event tomorrow night @ The Big Red, London. Serpentyne competing in the finals for a place on the stage at Bloodstock !! Good luck guys !!!
New ANF material coming soon ?? We certainly hope so :)
Great gig @ The Dome, London on Saturday night. Leaves' eyes were great but the surprise of the night was Mayan. How many singers does one band need ?? It somehow works though. Really really good !!!!
Probably our favourite moment from the As Night Falls UK tour.
Great gig @ Rock on the Rock club in Gib last night. Angelwings were superb !
Check out our vids on our YT channel, including this one -
During the As Night Falls mini-tour, we discovered a new band from Leicester, called Hell's Addiction. Check them out !! They are awesome !!!
More thanks, this time to the people who made the effort to attend the Leicester show on the 4th March. See our Gig Review section for full details !!!!
A MASSIVE Thank You to Serpentyne for Supporting As Night Falls in London and Leicester. You guys are truly awesome and it was a pleasure spending time with you !! You've certainly got a mega new fan here at the Rock Service. THANK YOU !!!!
Thank You so much to all the people who braved the weather to come to the Venue 229 show on 1st March - there was NO way that show was being cancelled :) :)
Next stop - Leicester tomorrow night, 4th March :)
Short Promo Video Released -
New promo material released for the March shows !!!!
British Symphonic Rock/Folk band Serpentyne are now confirmed as support for As Night Falls for the 1st March London and 4th March Leicester shows !!!! Updated flyer/promo coming soon........
As Night Falls
Nowy rok, nowe plany i przede wszystkim nowe KONCERTY! :) Z dumą przedstawiamy plakat do pierwszych 2 koncertów w tym roku \m/
UK! We are coming! \m/
Breaking News !!!!
The Rock Service is proud to announce that 'As Night Falls' will tour the UK in 2018. Confirmed dates so far include London on 1st March and Leicester on 4th March, with others being planned. The band hail from Katowice in Poland, and will be bringing their unique blend of Symphonic Rock and Metal to UK shores !!!! Support bands will also be added to the line-up in due course. Check back for details !!!!
Radio Caroline starting live transmissions on 648kHz Medium Wave from Orford Ness @ 7am Friday 22nd Dec 17 !!!!!
Live shows coming over Christmas and New Year online and on 87.9MHz VHF in selected areas.......
The Rock Service is now (at least) 20 years old !!! We've existed as a temporary radio station on FM in parts of London since 1997 and online around the World @ therockservice.co.uk since 2004.
The Rock Service has had a minor upgrade !!! Unlikely anyone will notice the difference !!!!!
Great Gig by Angel Nation @ The Boston Music Rooms last week on Thursday. Vids on our YT channel, like this one -
Great Steve Harley Gig last Friday - managed to capture some great vids from a good vantage point, like this one -
17/12/17R.I.P Geoff - my dear friend
Back on after a short maintenance period.......
As Night Falls gig - AMAZING !!!!!
RIP Chris Cornell
On Thursday, Tom Morello paid tribute to his late friend and Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell on Instagram. "Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent," the guitarist's post read.
That same night, he wrote a poem in tribute to Cornell, which appears in full below.
You're a prince, you're a snare, you're a shadow
You're twilight and star burn and shade
You're a sage, you're a wound shared, you're masked
You're a pillar of smoke, you're a platinum heart
You're a brush fire, you're caged, you're free
Your vision pierces, you do not see
You are pieces strewn on the hillside
You're open armed, you're armed, you're true
You're a revealer of visions, you're the passenger, you're a never fading scar
You're twilight and star burn and shade
You're the secret veiled, you're the secret revealed, you're surrounded no more
You're not there, now you're always here
You're a handsome groom, a loving father, a haunted stairwell
You're the clear bell ringing, the mountains echo your song
Maybe no one has ever known you
You are twilight and star burn and shade
Live shows coming over Christmas and New Year, online and on 87.9MHz FM in selected areas.......
HOT OFF THE PRESS - GREAT NEW BAND !!!!
Polish Symphonic Metal band 'As Night Falls' released their debut LP today, and all the tracks are featured on the Rock Service playlist.
Check out this example of their work from their 2015 EP
and this one
Artwork from the new album -
R.I.P Lem - the World feels like an even darker place today
22nd January 2016 - Check out this 'new' band we've discovered here at the Rock Service
and especially tracks like this !!!!
12th November 2015 - R.I.P Philthy Animal Taylor
6th November 2015 - New W.A.S.P - WOW !!!!! Nothing to say.......
10th August 2015 - We're live on 14th August 2015 24/7, online and on 87.9MHz FM in parts of South Leicestershire and North Northamptonshire in the UK. Special programming commemorating the anniversary of the Marine offences Act, 14th August 1967
26th July 2015 - Sometimes in life, things don't turn out quite the way you expect. I could give countless examples, but one from yesterday was when I satisfied one of my life-long dreams, to see The Scorpions play the UK. Some of our videos are available on our Youtube page now:
11th May 2015 - We're absolutely LOVING this band. Recorded @ the Dames of Darkness festival 2015
GREAT band, GREAT singer, GREAT song with GREAT lyrics. Totally STUNNING !!!!!!
24th April 2015 - We have a new, more reliable server. Enjoy :-)
24th April 2015 - Check out this band:
(great lyrics for that song)
3rd March 2015 - Gig guide updated !!!
December 2014: Christmas Live Shows coming......online and on 87.9MHz FM in Leicestershire
01/9/14: We're working on getting an archive of shows available on the web-site - watch this space......
18/8/14: Live Shows coming !!!
The Rock Service is pleased to announce the start of regular live shows every Sunday evening, starting 24/8/14, hosted by Paul Johnson.
These shows will be broadcast via the 64K / 128K livestreams (and on 87.9 FM time to time).
Tentative show time is 22.00 - 00.00 CET, and may be varied and/or extended in future weeks.
7/7/14: Apologies to those affected by this (all back up and running now):