December 20, 9pm
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Sometimes it hits a little too close to home.
Rock poster artist and friend Ron Donovan passed away last week after losing his liver to too many years of alcohol abuse. I loved Ron like anyone did, which meant it was a love-hate relationship. He was funny, talented, smart, and charismatic. He was also selfish, often tardy, never with the tools he needed to do the job, full of excuses and a real pain in the ass. He burned more bridges than most. That being said, he was ubiquitous. There was no one like the Hobbit, “Rotten” Ronnie Donovan.
For over six years he was my foil when we co-hosted the 6 hour bootleg battle “Rock Fight” (links to most are below). Ron and I had perhaps the largest combined bootleg collection anywhere. It was easy to pull out brilliant live versions of tunes to one-up each other. He was always late to these shows, rarely had the material he needed, and would often pass out on the couch before we were through. I ended up having a strict “no hard alcohol” rule for these shows, which paid off as they were the finest we did together. We also hosted a few live bands and interviews during these marathon shows.
In 2011 Ron volunteered his services to make us a poster for Radio Valencia, which he was going to present at a big fundraiser of ours. He was four hours late and the poster had the incorrect URL and frequency on it! Oh, and he misspelled “commercials. HA! In typical Donovan fashion he just shrugged it off with a smile. I still have about a dozen of those posters somewhere.
Ron was mostly known through his great rock poster art. I met him when he and Chuck Sperry ran Firehouse Kustom Rock Posters. I would hang out at their warehouse and watch the magic happen. Ron was always the life of the party and often would bring the party with him. I’ll miss seeing him in his ink-covered shorts-over-thermals, and socks/sandals ensemble, riding along on his Powell/Peralta board looking for a free drink at any one of many bars or “offices” he had around town.
Tonight’s show is a tribute of sorts to Ron. I’m not sure he would have approved of every track, but he would have liked that they were all songs that one would want played as they passed on.
To check out previous Rock Fights, go here:
Rock Fight 14 – without Ron
Rock Fight 13 (mis-titled Rock Fight 14)
Rock Fight 12
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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Never Talking to You Again: Husker Dü
Dirt: The Stooges
I Wanna Rock: Twisted Sister
Purple Rain: Prince
Heaven: Talking Heads
Teenage Kicks: The Undertones
People Who Died: Jim Carroll
In My Time of Dying: Led Zeppelin (03/19/75 Vancouver, Canada)
Rock and Roll Suicide: David Bowie
Carrickfergus: Van Morrison and The Chieftains
The Bones in the Ground: Robyn Hitchcock
I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead, You Rascal You: Louis Armstrong
One More Cup of Coffee: Bob Dylan
Jig of Life: Kate Bush
Mea Culpa: Brian Eno and David Byrne
Highly Illogical: Leonard Nimoy
Hooray For Me: Bad Religion
Highway To Hell: AC/DC (12/17/81 Rochester, NY)
Watermelon in the Easter Hay: Frank Zappa
Black Peter: Grateful Dead (12/14/71 Ann Arbor, MI)
Happy Boy: Beat Farmers
Rock on, Rotten Ronnie. I hope you make it to your destination…eventually.
December 22, 1pm
John Hell of Hell’s Kitchen Radio and Ron Donovan invite you to tune in Monday night, December 22, from 6-midnight to a rock ’em, sock ’em bootleg battle to end all bootleg battles.
Tune into Radio Valencia (http://www.radiovalencia.fm/) where you can not only listen to the action, LIVE as it’s taking place, but you can also help determine the winner.
John Hell and Ron Donovan have the largest combined live bootleg collection in the history of mankind. So it’s no surprise that they battle it out every six months to decide who the ultimate bootleg champion is. Got a favorite rock band? Chances are John and Ron have their BEST live concerts
Tonight’s guests include author Linda Kelly; sound engineer, John Carr; Metallica official fanzine editor Steffan Chirazi; bassist and vox for Limbomaniacs, Butthouse; guitar maestro Eric McFadden, and who knows who else?
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!!!!
If you would like to stream this testament to ROCK, go here.
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If you care to listen to all of my pounding performances, go here, or scroll down.
A Season in Hell with John Hell
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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 26, 11am
ROCK FIGHT 10
MONDAY, JULY 1ST, 2013
RADIO VALENCIA, 87.9FM in SF
John Hell and Ron Donovan meet mano-a-mano in a toe-to-toe rematch that promises to outdo their previous nine meetings, COMBINED!
THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
John and Ron are obsessive live bootleg collectors, and twice a year they meet in the Radio Valencia studios to prove who has the greatest ROCK BOOTLEG COLLECTION OF THEM ALL!!!
IF YOU’RE IN JAIL BREAK OUT!
John Hell is the devilish minister of the airwaves, pumping out 25 years of aural brilliance as the master of every genre, but specializing in all things ROCK!
Ron Donovan is silk-screen rock poster printer SUPREME! If you love rock (and we know that you do) then Ron screened a poster for your favorite band some time in the past 25 years.
JOHN AND RON KNOW THEIR ROCK!
Rock blocks, one-offs, special guests, TICKET GIVEAWAYS, and more, more, MORE!!!
YOU KNOW YOU WANT MORE!
Tune in live, 6PM-MIDNIGHT (PDST), Monday, July 1st on Radio Valencia, 87.9FM in SF, or http://www.radiovalencia.fm around the globe.
6 HOURS?!?!? HOW WILL THEY EVER SURVIVE?
Don’t be late to the party. Rock Fight 10 only happens ONCE! Say you were there and MEAN IT!
We’ll be live tweeting (because that’s what you expect us to do!) as well as posting embarrassing pictures throughout the night.
To see the setlists of previous Rock Fights, as well as listen to the archived shows, go here. Search June and December of each year for previous Rock Fights.
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December 17, 11am
TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT
ROCK FIGHT 9!!!
ON A SEASON IN HELL
JOHN HELL AND RON DONOVAN
RADIO VALENCIA, 87.9FM IN SF
It’s been six long months, and you’ve been oh so patient, but the wait is over!
6-10PM (PST) John Hell and Ron Donovan will engage in the bootleg battle to end all bootleg battles!
As many of you already know, John and Ron have been collecting bootlegs (live recordings of your favorite bands) for nearly two decades. We have vinyl, cassette, CD and digital (no MP3s – lossless only!) shows of THOUSANDS of bands from all over the world.
Every six months John and Ron get together to once and for all prove who has the best selection (we all know it’s John ).
We have special guests in the studio, including Bay Area band
Illogical Resources Dept.
More guests are expected, including a
LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE!
We need judges too. You can go to the homepage here, and use our fabulous “CHATTERBOX” to let us know what you think of the show, as well as vote for the winner. We’ll have many sets that you can vote on.
Post pics of where you’re listening to us!
Listen in on the pop-up player.
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Let the battle begin!
(winner of Rock Fights 1-8 and oh yes, you can bet your bottom dollar,
Rock Fight 9!)
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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 12, 5pm
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 click around on this site.
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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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