December 15, 4pm
Rock Fight 11
Monday, December 16, 2013
John Hell vs. Ron Donovan
Mr.’s Hell and Donovan have the largest collection of live “underground” music west of East Rutherford, New Jersey. Every June and December they go mano-a-mano in a heated throw down of EPIC proportions!
Next Monday, December 16, 2013, from 6-12AM (PST), John and Ron host Rock Fight 11!
This time around our hosts will feature one artist each for 30 minutes. Kiss, Nugent, ZZ Top, The Who, Hendrix, and more. Also, live in-studio guests including Steffan Chirazi (editor of “So What”, the official Metallica fanzine), and KISSER, the all-female Kiss cover band!!! And too many more to list here!
You do not want to miss this show!
July 9, 3pm
It only happen once every six months. And when it does, babies hide their children, drunks hide there malt liquor, men cry into their beer. I can only be talking about one thing: ROCK FIGHT!
It’s that time again, ladies and gentlemen, when rock poster artist Rotten Ron Donovan and Radio DJ Stalwart, John Hell get together and lay down the massive pipe that is ROCK FIGHT!!!
Ron and I have what amounts to be the largest combined collection of live bootlegs anywhere this side of analog hill (unseen on Google Maps). Every six months in December and June we get together to see who’s is bigger and badder.
Every track below is followed by the date/location and who chose the track; JH for me, and RD for Ron. As you’ll see, I’ve clearly got him beat, 2-1. He was also more than an hour late, which is why the first chunk of music is from me.
Not only is the music full of top notch performances and excellent recording quality, but the smack talk between music blocks sets a new standard (high or low, you decide).
There’s an interview with Limbomaniac’s frontman/bassist, Butthouse in the fifth hour, too.
Get ready for some prime time, low down, face-to-face, bootleg MAYHEM!!!
IT’S ROCK FIGHT 10 BABY!!!!
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If you care to listen to all of my pounding performances, go here, or scroll down.
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Rock Fight: Cheech and Chong
Here I Am: Al Green (10-04-74 Midnight Special, Hollywood, CA)-JH
Natbush City Limits: Ike and Tina Turner (01-19-75 Soul Train)-JH
Stone Junkie: Curtis Mayfield (06-06-72 Radio City Music Hall, NYC, NY)-JH
Stevie Wonder: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life->Big Brother->Blowing In The Wind
(03-04-73 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkelely, CA)-JH
Thank You: Sly and the Family Stone (10-09-70 Piknik Kasteel Groenveld Baarn, Netherlands)-JH
One Nation Under a Groove: P Funk (11-01-78 Howard Theater, Washington DC-JH
Country Road: Toots and the Maytals (04-22-1978 The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario)-JH
Midnight Ravers: Bob Marley (06-10-75 Quiet NIght Club, Chicago, IL)-JH
Let’s Work: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD
You Got the Look: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD
Endorphin Machine: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD
She’s Always in my Hair: Prince (04-24-13 Late Show, DNA Lounge, SF, CA)-RD
Cold Sweat: James Brown (08-26-68 Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX)-JH
Sex Machine: James Brown (03-18-71 Olympia Theater, Paris, France)-JH
Barracuda: Heart (06-17-13 West Palm Beach, FL)-RD
Bad Reputation: Joan Jett (08-08-81 Fireman’s Memorial Park, Hempstead, NJ)-JH
Back in Black: AC/DC (02-27-81 Melbourne, AU)-RD
Waiting for the Bus/ Jesus Just Left Chicago: ZZ Top (04-19-80 Rockpalast, Grugenhalle Essen, Germany)-JH
Hot Line: Black Sabbath (1983???)-RD
Cherry Bomb: The Runaways (07-19-76 The Agora, Cleveland, OH)-JH
Monkey on my Back: Aerosmith (06-04-94 Donnington, England)-RD
Motor City Madhouse: Ted Nugent (05-23-81 Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI)-JH
On Top of the World: Cheap Trick (12-31-79 Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA-)JH
Boys are Back in Town: Thin Lizzy (05-14-76 Detroit, MI)-JH
The Phoenix: The Cult (03-16-12 Waterloo Records – SXSW, Austin, TX)-RD
The Rover / Sick Again: Led Zeppelin (05-30-77 Capitol Centre Landover, Maryland)-JH
In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (03-19-75 Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada)-RD
Misty Mountain Hop: Led Zeppelin 08-11-79 Knebworth Festival Stevenage, UK-JH
Heartbreaker: Led Zeppelin: (12-06-96 Chatenay-Malabry, France-JH)
Gimme Shelter: Rolling Stones (LA 1975)-RD
I’m Losing You: The Faces (04-05-73 Sundown Theater, London England)-JH
Shake!: The Time (02-03-91, Japan)-RD
My Adidas: Run DMC (1985 The Apollo Theater, NYC, NY)-JH
Time to get Ill: Beastie Boys (07-05-98 Werchter, Belgium)-JH
Rock Your Socks Off: Tenacious D (09-28-01 Higher Ground, Winooski, VT)-JH
Interview with Butthouse of Limbomaniacs
Porno: Limbomaniacs (09-01-90 I-Beam, SF, CA)-JH
Seven Nation Army: White Stripes (06-13-07 Maida Vale Studios, London, England)-JH
Learn to Fly: Foo Fighters (2012 Buenos Aires)-RD
Hard to Handle: Black Crowes (10-19-99 Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA)-JH
X-Offender: Blondie (09-21-77 Old Wardorf San Francisco, CA)-RD
Jocko Homo: Devo (08-03-77 Mabuhay Gardens (The “Fab Mab”), San Francisco, C)-JH
Rock and Roll: Supersuckers (???? Ron has no clue when/where this show is from)
400 Bucks: Reverend Horton Heat (06-09-06 Wakarusa Music Festival, Lawrence, KS)-JH
Blitzkrieg Bop: The Ramones (05-21-76 The Club, Cambridge, MA)-JH
Join Together/Goin’ Mobile: fIREHOSE (08-25-89 The Music Machine, Santa Monica, CA)-JH
School’s Out: Alice Cooper (Bonnaroo, TN 06-09-12)-RD
Nothing to Lose: Kiss (09-03-76 Richfield Stadium, Richfield, OH)-JH
Take a Letter Maria: Pleasure Barons (03-93 Vancouver, BC)-JH
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 5, 7pm
I love interviewing local bands, and tonight I had in a great singer: Xandra Corpora of Con Brio. She likens the band to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, but I think they have a really original sound. Check out the two tracks we played on the show.
Also, next week is Rock Fight 7. See below for details. Rotten Ronnie Donovan phoned in to talk smack, but I put him in his place and hung up.
Tonight, some brand spankin’ new Mark Lanegan, which will knock your socks off.
Click here to listen to the podcast of this fabulous show!
It’s Hard To Be Humble: Mac Davis
The Gravedigger’s Song: Mark Lanegan Band
Interview with Xandra Corpora of Con Brio
Cadillac: Con Brio
Interview with Xandra Corpora of Con Brio
Not At All: Con Brio
Porcelain Doll: The Ferocious Few
Gasoline & Cocaine: The Ferocious Few
Hell City, Hell: Supersuckers
Bernal Heights: Jhameel
Am I Evil: Metallica
Wedding Day: Cracker (09-15-11)
Victoria: The Kinks (02-18-77)
Interview with Ron Donovan
King of California: Dave Alvin (11-05-11)
Soul Sacrifice: Santana (05-01-71)
Working for a Dead Man: Eric McFadden (04-07-08)
Start Wearing Purple: Gogol Bordello (08-19-06)
Done Got Old: Heartless Bastards (05-04-10)
Search and Destroy: The Stooges (09-03-10)
Everybody Loves Somebody: Dean Martin
June 13, 4pm
Once again it’s the night that I show little Rotten Ronnie Donovan of Firehouse Kustom Posters who the real Rock Star is. Me!
Rock Fight 6 runs twice a year: December and June. For four hours Ron and I bombast each other with glorious live bootleg material, both of are avid collectors of. We’re a bit obsessed.
I’ve destroyed Ron the last five times. The show starts at 6, and at the moment it’s 5:55 and he’s not even here yet. He’s been late before; up to an hour, once. It’s a sure bet that Ron won’t be in his groove until the third hour. Unless of course, if he’s drunk, which is what happened in Rock Fight 5. You can hear Rock Fight 5 by going here. Listen to the second half of the show the get an idea of what I mean.
Ok, he showed up at 6:04. Let’s get it on!
The plan for tonight is for each of us to play a live cut, one after the other. We try to one-up the other. We’re also going to do “Rock Blocks”, which will consist of each co-host to do a 20 minute block of music of his choice. We do two blocks each.
To know who played what, note the JH (John Hell) or RD (Ron Donovan) at the end of each track. Also, not only are the tracks and artists listed, but the date of each performance. If you would like more info on the shows we played, please visit http://db.etree.org.
Update: Ron did not get drunk tonight. I have to admit, he may have actually tied me tonight. I’m 5-0-1 after 6 Rock Fights.
You can see playlists of all Rock Fight’s on this blog. Scroll back.
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Or, you can download the first two hours here.
And the second two hours here.
Rock Fight: Cheech & Chong
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: ZZ Top (04-19-80) JH
Feeling Alright: Joe Cocker and the Grease Band (10-19-69) JH
Stuck in the Middle with You: Gerry Rafferty (02-12-93) RD
War Pigs: Black Sabbath (Ozzy and RJD mash-up) RD
Snowblind: Black Sabbath (06-19-78) JH
A little Bit of Sympathy: Robin Trower (08-06-73) JH
Driving Wheel: Foghat (07-18-80) RD
Stay with Me: The Faces (04-05-73) JH
Cat Scratch Fever: Ted Nugent (01-11-77)
Hour two: Rock Block #1 JH
Say it Loud: James Brown (08-26-68)
Dance to the Music: Sly and the Family Stone (10-09-70)
River Deep, Mountain High: Ike and Tina Turner (01-19-75)
Pusherman: Curtis Mayfield (06-06-72)
Rock block #2 RD
Dance Music Sex Romance: Prince (05-13-11)
Erotic City: Prince (06-07-84)
Little Red Corvette: Prince (05-05-11)
Interactive: Prince (05-04-94)
King of the Nighttime World: Kiss (09-03-76) JH
Running with the Devil: Van Halen (06-01-78) RD
Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak (09-25-80)
Sick Again: Led Zeppelin (06-23-77) RD
Whole Lotta Love: Led Zeppelin (03-17-75) JH
Rock Block #3 RD
Voodoo Child: Jimi Hendrix (10-12-68)
Super Freak: Rick James (11-27-82)
Outta Space: Rolling Stones (Billy Preston solo) (06-09-76)
Jumping Jack Flash: Rolling Stones (06-09-76)
Voyager: Gamma (11-23-80)
Rock Block #4 JH
54-46 Was My Number: Toots and the Maytals (04-22-78)
Running Away->Crazy Baldheads: Bob Marley (04-27-79)
Vicious: Lou Reed (12-26-72)
Harold of the Rocks: Primus (11-21-90)
Shake It: Limbomaniacs (01-02-10) RD
Lizzy: The Melvins (05-16-11) JH
Ralphael Hollins of Hood$k8$ Board Company
Ralphael took the pics you see at the top.
Poppy: Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush (01-26-83) RD
40,000 Headmen: Traffic (02-01-72) JH