June 25, 6pm
Once again it’s time to put everything down, set six hours aside, and listen to John Hell and Ron Donovan butcher each other in a knock down, drag out bootleg battle, of epic proportions!
John and Ron have quite possibly the LARGEST live bootleg collection in the known world (source unknown and possibly nonexistent), and twice a year they share it with you, dear listeners. Why? They don’t have to tell you!
Tonight the focus is on five areas of their deep musical interest and knowledge: British Invasion, Blues, Led Zeppelin, Prince and James Brown. Check out the setlist below for the details.
The best part of this show besides the music, has to be the “witty” “conversation” between Ron and John. Yes, they know what they’re (why am I talking in the third person? Oh well, I’ve already gone this far…) talking about. The two of them have been collecting live music for over 25 years (cassette, vinyl, CD, Flac), and understand the “OTHER” music industry better than most. Lots of discussion ensues.
In the fifth hour, guitar slinger Eric McFadden calls in following his show in Chicago, to share some road stories with us. He has made a number of live appearances in studio for Rock Fight’s past. It’s too kind of him to phone it in this time out.
About 99% are high quality soundboard recordings. Only one Zep tune is from an audience source, but what a show it was!
Who won you ask? It’s possible that for the first time in over six years, it was a draw. We’ll fight it out again in December.
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Rock Fight 11
Rock Fight 10
Rock Fight 9
Rock Fight 8
Rock Fight 7
Rock Fight 6
Rock Fight 5
Rock Fight 4 – Playlist only
Rock Fight 3 – Playlist only
Rock Fight 2 – Playlist only
Rock Fight 1 – Playlist only
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Rock Fight 12:
Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong
I Want to Rock: Twisted Sister (Santiago, Chile 04/19/13) -Ron Donovan (RD)
Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen (Buenos Aires 02/28/81) – John Hell (JH)
Fight to the Finish: Gamma (NYC 1980) – RD
Sinner: Judas Priest (The Palladium, NYC 11/4/79) – JH
History of Tenacious D (Higher Ground, Winooski, VT 09/28/01) – JH
Revolve: King Buzzo (Zanzabar, Louisville, Kentucky 03/20/14) JH
Hotter Than Hell: Kiss (Richfield Stadium, Richfield, OH 09/03/76) – JH
Magic Man: Heart (Shoreline, WA 1976) – RD
I Hate Myself for Loving You: Joan Jett (2013) – RD
For Whom the Bell Tolls: Metallica (Zwolle “Ijsellhall”, Holland on 02-08-87) – RD
Ride the Lightning: Metallica (Zwolle “Ijsellhall”, Holland on 02-08-87) – RD
British Invasion Set:
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (John singing): Beatles 1969 – JH
Piggies: Beatles (White Album Demos) 1968 – JH
Teddy Boy: Beatles (Get Back Sessions) 1968 – JH
5:15: The Who (Spectrum, Philly, PA (1973) – RD
Young Man Blues: The Who (Hull University, Hull, England 02-15-70) – JH
Gimme Shelter: Rolling Stones (Cricket Ground, Perth, AU 02/24/73) – JH
Midnight Rambler: Rolling Stones (LA Forum June 1975) – RD
You Really Got Me: The Kinks (Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI 08/10/79) – JH
Apeman: The Kinks (BBC 12/13/70) – JH
Got To Get Better in a Little While: Derek and the Domino’s (Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN 11/05/70) – RD
Tell the Truth: Derek and the Domino’s (Fillmore East, NYC 10-24-70) – JH
Baby Please Don’t Go: Muddy Waters (Antives, France 1974) – RD
Got My Mojo Working: Muddy Waters (Blues & Jazz Festival, Geneva, Switzerland 11/04/76) – JH
Forecast Calls for Pain: Robert Cray (Redrocks 1992) – RD
Summertime: Janis Joplin (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 04/11/69) – JH
Trouble No More: Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Eric Clapton (Dingwalls, London, England 12/03/85) – JH
Mercury Blues: Steve Miller Band (Matrix, SF 1967) – RD
Boom Boom: John Lee Hooker (The Stone, SF, CA 03/30/85) – JH
Damn Right I Got the Blues: Buddy Guy (Legends, Chicago 2012) – RD
Howlin’ For My Baby: Howlin’ Wolf 1952 – JH
Stormy Monday: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells (Willmantic, CT 1973) RD
I Can’t Quit You, Babe: Led Zeppelin (Fillmore West, SF, CA 01/11/69)
What Is And What Should Never Be: Led Zeppelin (Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, CN 09/04/71)
Celebration Day: Led Zeppelin (Chicago, IL 07/06/73)
Schoolday/Nadine/Around and Around: Led Zeppelin (Tribute To Johnny Kidd And The Pirates Metropolitan Sports Center, Minneapolis 1/17/75)
The Song Remains the Same/Rain Song: Led Zeppelin (Earl’s Court, London, UK 05-24-75)
In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (The Forum, LA, CA 06/22/77)
Achilles Last Stand: Led Zeppelin (Kingdome, Seattle, WA 07/17/77)
Electric Chair: Prince (Saturday Night Live 1989)
Let’s Go Crazy: Prince (Orange Bowl, Miami, FL 04/07/85)
Cold Sweat: James Brown (Dallas, TX 08/26/68)
Let’s Work: Prince (DNA Lounge, SF, CA 04/24/13)
Let Yourself Go/There Was A Time/I Feel Alright: James Brown (Apollo Theater 1966)
Get On The Good Foot: James Brown (Lucerne, Switzerland 1973)
Living in America: James Brown (SF Hilton Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 10/12/92)
June 18, 3pm
For over four years John Hell and Rotten Ronnie Donovan of Firehouse Kustom Posters have gone mano-a-mano in a brutal bootleg battle royal.
John and Ron are huge live bootleg collectors, and twice a year they pit their collections against one another to find out who has the superior sonic sorcery of sound. You be the judge.
Tonight’s show will feature:
*Local Hero Tributes
*Ronnie Montrose Tribute
*Summer Theme Rock
*Premier of an AWESOME, never before heard Led Zeppelin show from 1975!!!
*Special Guests at 7 and 9
*Silkscreen poster prizes
*….and MORE…much MUCH MORE
How do we do it? Volume, volume, TURN UP THE VOLUME!
Tune in tonight, 6-10PM (PDST) to what promises to be a battle to end all ROCK FIGHT battles (until the Rock Fight 9 in December).
December 13, 12pm
It’s on! John Hell and Rotten Ronnie Donovan go toe to toe, head to head, mano a mano for the 7th installment of the bootleg matchup to end all bootleg matchups: ROCK FIGHT 7!!!
What a great show tonight. And once again, I kicked Ron’s ass. Seriously Ron, you really can’t play crappy audience recordings and actually think you’re going to win?
We were blessed with some special guests in the studio tonight. In the 7 o’clock hour Ralph Spight of Victim’s Family and Jello Biafra’s Guantanamo School of Medicine came by to talk about this Sunday’s San Francisco Rock Project benefit at Rickshaw Shop. Zeda, a ten year old bassist, and Cody a fifteen year old guitarist joined him to talk about the show. Check out their website for more info. This is a really excellent cause.
Around 9:30 the greatest guitarist you’ve never heard of, Eric McFadden came in to talk about his new sauce he’s been cooking up. Actually, he was talking about a lot of things, including waffles and an apple pie that one first place at a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s always such a pleasure to see Eric and Super D. They’re on the road so often that one wonders how they feel when they actually have time to relax.
As for the show, you can download it and listen to it at your leisure here for part one, and here for part two.
Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong
Let There Be Rock: AC/DC 12-09-79 JH
Lick it Up: Mindzone 12-17-93 RD
King of the Nighttime World: Kiss 09-03-76 JH
Life in the Fastlane: The Eagles 03-04-80 RD
Ron Donovan Rock Block 1
Voodoo Chile: Stevie Ray Vaughn 12-03-89
Cocaine: Eric Clapton 12-09-77
Reefer Headed Woman: Aerosmith 01-04-83
Get Off My Cloud: Rolling Stones 07-28-66
Everyday I Have the Blues: BB King 12-23-72
John Hell Rock Block 1
Rock the Nation: Montrose 04-21-73
Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy 09-25-80
Interview with Ralph Spight
Rosalita: Bruce Springsteen 08-09-78 JH
Holiday in Cambodia: Dead Kennedy’s 10-15-80 JH
Know Your Enemy: Rage Against the Machine 06-15-95 RD
Guns of Brixton: The Clash 08-17-82 JH
School’s Out: Alice Cooper 10-31-11 RD
Free Ride: Edgar Winter 12-17-74 RD
Click here to listen to part two of the show.
John Hell’s Rock Block 2
Cocaine Blues: George Thorogood 1989
The Man in Black: Johnny Cash 12-08-94
Come Together: Butthole Surfers 10-24-85
Search and Destroy: Dictators 08-17-91
Ramblin’ Rose: Gang War 05-31-80
Led Zeppelin Medley: Beat Farmers 12-07-85
Hey Hey What Can I Do: Black Crowes with Jimmy Page 10-19-99
Muswell Hillbilly: The Kinks 11-11-72
Ron Donovan’s Rock Block 2
Riding the Storm Out: REO Speedwagon 05-11-78
Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast: Airbourne 07-10-11
You’re All I Got Tonight: The Cars 11-22-78
Death By Misadventure: Ted Nugent 06-04-77
Running with the Devil: Van Halen 09-13-79
Purple Haze: Bootsie Collins 07-09-11
I Wanna Be Your Dog: Iggy and the Stooges 09-03-10 JH
Hour four: Big Four
Antisocial: Anthrax 07-03-11 JH
Indian: Anthrax 07-03-11 RD
Interview with Eric McFadden
Hanging Moon: Eric McFadden 06-26-11
Hanger18: Megadeth 07-03-11 JH
Harvester of Sorrow: Metallica 12-05-11 JH
December 1, 3pm
December 12th features John Hell and the return of Rotten Ronnie Donovan to the RV studios, as he and I host ROCK FIGHT 7!!! From 6-10PM we’ll be throwing down in an all-out BOOTLEG battle royal! Ronnie and I are diehard live bootleg collectors, and twice a year we go mano-a-mano to prove who has the best collection of them all. (we all know it’s me).
The theme this time is “Lucky 7”. Help us out. Are there any bands or songs that we should play that night? Remember, we’re playing live versions. We both have huge collections, so chances are we’ve got the music.
Tune in, Monday December 12th, 6-10PM on Radio Valencia, 87.9FM in SF, http://www.radiovalencia.fm
To see previous setlists as well as links to the podcasts of Rock Fight 6, go here.
Rock Fight 5
Rock Fight 4
Rock Fight 3
Rock Fight 2
Rock Fight 1