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1989

Here are playlists that detail what played during editions of Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show in 1989. Most are taken from cassettes that I recorded at the time and still have today. Everything in italic is taken from other sources.

January February March
6 Jan
13 Jan
20 Jan
27 Jan
complete
complete
complete
incomplete
3 Feb
10 Feb
17 Feb
24 Feb
complete
complete
incomplete
incomplete
3 Mar
10 Mar
17 Mar
24 Mar
31 Mar
incomplete
complete
incomplete
complete
complete
April May June
7 Apr
14 Apr
21 Apr
28 Apr
incomplete
missing
incomplete
incomplete
5 May
12 May
19 May
26 May
complete
complete
incomplete
missing
2 Jun
9 Jun
16 Jun
23 Jun
30 Jun
incomplete
missing
complete
complete
complete
July August September
7 Jul
14 Jul
21 Jul
28 Jul
incomplete
complete
missing
complete
4 Aug
11 Aug
18 Aug
25 Aug
complete
missing
complete
wip
1 Sep
8 Sep
15 Sep
22 Sep
29 Sep
complete
complete
complete
missing
complete
October November December
6 Oct
13 Oct
20 Oct
27 Oct
complete
complete
complete
complete
3 Nov
10 Nov
17 Nov
24 Nov
complete
complete
missing
complete
1 Dec
8 Dec
15 Dec
22 Dec
29 Dec
complete
complete
missing
missing
missing


6 Jan 1989

This show listing is believed to be complete, except for the unknown track.

  1. Guns n' Roses - Whole Lotta Rosie (live)
  2. Sword - Life on the Sharp Edge
  3. Guns n' Roses - Whole Lotta Rosie (live)
  4. Jetboy - Talkin'
  5. China Sky - Some Kind of Miracle
  6. Gary Moore - After the War
  7. Survivor - She's a Star
  8. Mantas - Deceiver (st)
  9. Kansas - The Preacher
  10. Witness -Show Me What You Got
  11. Concrete Jungle - Between the Lines
  12. Noize Toys - Gunnin' for Ya
  13. Mantas - Let It Rock (st)
  14. Indestructible Noise Command - The Visitor
  15. Meliah Rage - Bates Motel
  16. Stone - No Commands
  17. Rush - Red Sector A (live)
  18. Rush - The Mission (live)
  19. Mantas - Winds of Change (st)
  20. Jimmy Barnes - Too Much Ain't Enough Love (live)
  21. Jimmy Barnes - No Second Prize (live)
  22. [unknown track]
  23. Survivor - Desperate Dreams
  24. Mantas - Tonight (st)

Notes

Session by Mantas, formerly of Venom.

Yes, Tommy plays the Guns n' Roses track twice.

I dated my cassette and that's backed up after the Kansas track (and at the end of the show) by Tommy mentioning that he'll have Alan Freeman as a guest on the last Night Rocking the next night. That was 7 Jan 1989. If there was any doubt, news after the show includes the death of Emperor Hirohito, which was on 7 Jan 1989.

I wonder if unknown track 22 is Crossfire Choir's Back to the Wall. Sadly it's obscure enough not to be able to check.


13 Jan 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Overkill - Powersurge
  2. Coroner - The Masked Jackal
  3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - If 6 Was 9
  4. Love and Rockets - Motorcycle
  5. Black 'n' Blue - Heat It Up! Burn It Out!
  6. Saxon - 747 (Strangers in the Night)
  7. Onslaught - Shellshock
  8. Virus - Justifiable (st)
  9. Helix - Young and Reckless
  10. Mötley Crüe - Wild Side
  11. Tesla - Modern Day Cowboy
  12. Accept - Princess of the Dawn
  13. Virus - No Return (st)
  14. Anthrax - A Skeleton in the Closet
  15. Journey - Who's Crying Now
  16. Rush - Distant Early Warning (live)
  17. Humble Pie - Hot 'n' Nasty
  18. Rage - Money
  19. Virus - Testify to Me (st)
  20. Lou Reed - I'm Waiting for the Man (live)
  21. Loudness - Ashes in the Sky

Notes

Repeat session by Virus, first broadcast on 14 Oct 1988. Holy are the Blind didn't play.

I dated my cassette and that's backed up by Tommy, before the Humble Pie track remembering the broadcaster Ray Moore, who died on 11 Jan 1989. Also, news after the show covers Transport Minister Paul Channon's response to journalists gaining unchallenged access to aeroplanes. The LA Times reported on that a day later.


20 Jan 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Onslaught - Shellshock
  2. Metal Church - Fake Healer
  3. The Dogs d'Amour - How Come It Never Rains
  4. Tesla - Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)
  5. Dave Sharma - Spellbinder (st)
  6. House of Lords - Call My Name
  7. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird
  8. Def Leppard - Rocket
  9. Boulevard - Dream On
  10. Dave Sharma - Pandora's Box (st)
  11. Precious Metal - Stand Up and Shout
  12. Skid Row - Youth Gone Wild
  13. Queen - Killer Queen
  14. Ministry - Stigmata
  15. Iberia - No Pride
  16. Dave Sharma - Torch the Tower (st)
  17. Femme Fatale - Falling in and Out of Love
  18. Eddie Money - Walk on Water
  19. Survivor - Rhythm of the City
  20. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Here Comes My Girl
  21. Dave Sharma - Flight 212 (st)
  22. Coroner - Purple Haze
  23. Loverboy - Break It to Me Gently

Notes

New session by Dave Sharma, to be re-broadcast on 12 May 1989. It seems that his surname changed to Sharman later on, so later releases of this music carried that 'n' on the end of his name.

Tommy mentions that he'll be going to the Marquee during the following week for its 30th Anniversary party.

Apparently I don't have a 31 Dec 1988 show because I wiped over it with this show.


27 Jan 1989

This show listing is not complete as it's missing the beginning half an hour.

  1. [gap]
  2. Scorpions - Passion Rules the Game
  3. Tesla - Did It for the Money
  4. Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn
  5. Def Leppard - Rocket
  6. Gary Moore - Led Clones
  7. Skid Row - Rattlesnake Shake
  8. The Dogs d'Amour - Last Bandit (live)
  9. The Dogs d'Amour - The Kid from Kensington (live)
  10. The Dogs d'Amour - How Come It Never Rains (live)
  11. The Dogs d'Amour - Everything I Want (live)
  12. The Dogs d'Amour - Debauchery (live)
  13. The Dogs d'Amour - Heartbreak (live)
  14. The Dogs d'Amour - Medicine Man (live)
  15. The Dogs d'Amour - Billy Two Rivers (live)
  16. Iron Maiden - Flash of the Blade
  17. Uriah Heep - Too Scared to Run (live)
  18. Uriah Heep - Heartache City (live)
  19. Uriah Heep - Corina (live)
  20. Uriah Heep - The Wizard (live)
  21. Uriah Heep - July Morning (live)
  22. Uriah Heep - Gypsy (live)
  23. Uriah Heep - Easy Livin' (live)
  24. Razor - Edge of a Razor
  25. The Rods - Let Them Eat Metal

Notes

The Dogs d'Amour and Uriah Heep live in concert at the Hammersmith Odeon last November. That would be 6 Nov 1988. This is the Uriah Heep set at setlist.fm.

Date is not certain but everything ties to Feb 1989. Tesla have a new album and Scorpions have a new single, both released in Feb 1989. The latter are touring, with dates starting on 18 Feb. The Dogs d'Amour will be supporting Hunter/Ronson on 15 Feb and they're releasing How Come It Never Rains as a single; that was also Feb 1989. So, this is close to but before 15 Feb 1989. It isn't either 3 or 10 Feb 1989, so must be 27 Jan 1989.

After the Skid Row track, Tommy mentions that Gary Moore will hopefully be on the show soon.

The upcoming Saturday Rock Show will feature Led Zeppelin at the Playhouse.


3 Feb 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Vow Wow - Helter Skelter
  2. Hitman - The Test of Time
  3. The Dogs d'Amour - How Come It Never Rains
  4. Gary Moore - Living on Dreams
  5. XL - Headstrong (st)
  6. Meliah Rage - The Pack
  7. Trust - Paris is Still Burning
  8. AC/DC - Who Made Who
  9. Femme Fatale - It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)
  10. Sword - Land of the Brave
  11. Witness - When It Comes from the Heart
  12. XL - Anthem (st)
  13. Darkness - Caligula
  14. Ledernacken - Ride on My Machine
  15. I.N.C. - The Visitor
  16. Anvil - Tease Me, Please Me
  17. XL - Fashion by Force (st)
  18. IQ - Sold on You
  19. Zed Yago - Pilgrim's Choir
  20. Zed Yago - Pilgrimage
  21. Magnum - Kingdom of Madness
  22. Skid Row - I Remember You
  23. XL - Purple Hearts (st)

Notes

Repeat of a session by XL, first broadcast on 4 Nov 1988.

The Hittman track is The Test of Time, even though Tommy identifies it as Behind the Lines..

Date confirmed after the Gary Moore and Sword tracks and at the end, when Tommy mentions that Joe Elliott will be in the studio for the next show; that's confirmed as 10 Feb 1989.

Tommy plays the I.N.C. track, even though he has to cough over the end of it to avoid getting into trouble.


10 Feb 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Skid Row - Youth Gone Wild
  2. Hurricane - I'm Onto You
  3. Vixen - Cryin'
  4. Guns n' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
  5. Def Leppard - Love Bites
  6. Slave Raider - Is There Rock 'n' Roll in Heaven
  7. Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes
  8. Def Leppard - Comin' Under Fire
  9. Witness - Do It Till We Drop
  10. Gary Moore - Led Clones
  11. Thin Lizzy - Boys are Back in Town
  12. Def Leppard - Rocket
  13. Stumpus Maximus & The Good Old Boys - Release Me
  14. Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
  15. Def Leppard - Overture
  16. Def Leppard - Animal

Notes

Long interview with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard.

Before the Mott the Hoople track, Joe Elliott mentions that the Dogs d'Amour will be supporting Hunter/Ronson 'this week'; that was 15 Feb 1989. After it, they talk about the two dates the coming week at the Dominion Theater, which were 15 and 16 Feb 1989. According to Mick Ronson's site, Joe Elliott appeared on the former. That dates this show to 10 Feb 1989. Also, Def Leppard are preparing for the Brit Awards, which were on 13 Feb 1989.

Tommy ends by mentioning that he should have played a Snyper session in this show but didn't. He'll reschedule.


17 Feb 1989

This show listing is not complete as it's missing the first half.

  1. [gap]
  2. Hurricane - I'm onto You
  3. Tom E. Gunn - Victim of a Snakebite
  4. Metal Church - Badlands
  5. U.D.O. - Painted Love
  6. First Offence - Sacred Heart (st)
  7. First Offence - Nightmare (st)
  8. Necronomicon - Skeletal Remains
  9. Atomgods - Bashing Up the Rich
  10. IQ - Drive On
  11. Masters of Reality - Domino
  12. Snyper - Deathrite at Sunset (st)
  13. Snyper - The Beginning of the End (st)

Notes

Session by First Offence. The Friday Rock Show Wiki lists the first broadcast of this as 25 Nov 1988.

Session by Snyper, repeated on 12 May 1989. The Friday Rock Show Wiki lists this as 10 Feb 1989, but Tommy mentions at the end of that show that he delayed it because he was too busy talking with Joe Elliott.

The upcoming Saturday Rock Show will feature Roxy Music in session.

Date confirmed by news after the show including Lloyd Honeyghan failing a drugs test immediately after losing the world title in Las Vegas 'last week'. That fight was against Marlon Starling on 4 Feb 1989, dating this show to 17 Feb 1989.


24 Feb 1989

This show listing is not complete as it's missing the beginning (which is most of the show).

  1. [gap]
  2. Vow Wow - Helter Skelter
  3. Mammoth - Can't Take the Hurt
  4. Paul Dean - Politics
  5. Underneath What - Pointed ID (st)
  6. U.D.O. - Break the Rules
  7. Trust - Paris (live)
  8. Rough Cutt - Piece of My Heart
  9. Underneath What - Straight Ahead Money (Peace Out) (st)
  10. Cinderella - Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)

Notes

First broadcast of a session by Underneath What, to be repeated on 5 May 1989. The Friday Rock Show Wiki lists this session and this show as 24 Feb 1989.

After the Mammoth track, Tommy does a competition for Gary Moore tickets after he and Cozy Powell were on the show. The 3 Mar 1989 show mentions that it was the previous week. Presumably that's earlier in this show.

Date is confirmed by news after the show which includes the explosion of a Boeing 747 jet flying out of Honolulu. This is United Airlines Flight 811 on 24 Feb 1989.

Tommy ends by saying that the next week's show will include D.R.I. and Gang Green in concert and an interview with W.A.S.P.

Richard Skinner's show after the news starts with Yours is No Disgrace by Yes, End of the Line by the Traveling Wilburys and Drop Down Mama by Dion.


3 Mar 1989

This show listing is not complete as it's missing the beginning.

  1. [gap]
  2. D.R.I. - Go Die (live)
  3. D.R.I. - Nursing Home Blues (live)
  4. D.R.I. - Do the Dream (live)
  5. D.R.I. - Gone Too Long (live)
  6. D.R.I. - Argument Then War (live)
  7. D.R.I. - Fun & Games (live)
  8. D.R.I. - Shut Up (live)
  9. D.R.I. - All for Nothing (live)
  10. D.R.I. - Manifest Destiny (live)
  11. D.R.I. - Yes Ma'am (live)
  12. D.R.I. - Reaganomics (live)
  13. D.R.I. - Probation (live)
  14. W.A.S.P. - Wild Child
  15. W.A.S.P. - The Heretic (The Lost Child)
  16. W.A.S.P. - Mean Man
  17. W.A.S.P. - Mean Man
  18. Gang Green - Stay Away from Me (live)
  19. Gang Green - Party with the Devil (live)
  20. Gang Green - Bartender (live)
  21. Gang Green - Somethings (live)
  22. Gang Green - Let's Drink Some Beer (live)
  23. Gang Green - Lost Chapter (live)
  24. Gang Green - Another Bomb (live)
  25. Gang Green - Skate to Hell (live)
  26. Gang Green - We'll Give It to You (live)
  27. Gang Green - Have Fun (live)
  28. Gang Green - Another Wasted Night (live)
  29. Gang Green - Alcohol (live)

Notes

D.R.I. and Gang Green live at the Electric Ballroom in London on 13 Dec 1988. Here are the Setlist.fm pages for D.R.I. and Gang Green. This suggests that there were two tracks before Go Die; presumably Tommy also played Redline and Hooked.

After the D.R.I. set, Tommy mentions he had Gary Moore and Cozy Powell in the studio the prior week, talking about an upcoming tour. Now Powell has been replaced by Chris Slade and will be playing with Black Sabbath instead.

Interview with Blackie Lawless from W.A.S.P., starting after Wild Child. Chris Holmes joins in after the first play of Mean Man.

I dated my cassette 17 Mar 1989, but it's 3 Mar 1989 for a number of reasons, most notably that Underneath What have moved their gig at the Brixton Academy from 5 Mar 1989 to 12 Mar 1989 because of the charity gig for Bob Calvert's wife. Tommy says at the end of the show: 'That's this Sunday.'

The two versions of Mean Man played are different; the first is the album track and the second the edited single version.


10 Mar 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. House of Lords - I Wanna Be Loved
  2. Europe - Let the Good Times Rock
  3. Vow Wow - I Feel the Power
  4. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
  5. Wreckage - Dogs of War (st)
  6. Dream Theater - A Fortune of Lies
  7. Living Colour - Cult of Personality (live)
  8. Anthrax - Antisocial
  9. Pretty Boy Floyd - Somewhere
  10. King Swamp - Blown Away
  11. Little Angels - Sex in Cars
  12. Wreckage - Blood on Their Hands (st)
  13. Doro - Angels with Dirty Faces
  14. Mournblade - The Nearer the Bone (The Sweeter the Meat)
  15. Lååz Rockit - Chasing Charlie
  16. Exodus - Fabulous Disaster
  17. Brighton Rock - Unleash the Rage
  18. Wreckage - Fifth Avenue Girls (st)
  19. Saxon - Stallions of the Highway
  20. Guns n' Roses - Paradise City
  21. The Thieves - Black Lipstick
  22. Tankard - Live to Dive
  23. Wreckage - Hanging Town (st)

Notes

Repeat session by Wreckage, first broadcast on 2 Dec 1988.

I dated my cassette but that's confirmed by Tommy mentioning Living Colour's tour dates after their track. If there was any doubt, news after the show includes fatal shootings in Belfast.

Interview with Garth Rockett (ie Ian Gillan) after the Doro track.

Interview with Steve Hogarth, the new Marillion vocalist, after the Brighton Rock track.

The Saturday Rock Show will feature Wishbone Ash from the archives.


17 Mar 1989

This show listing is not complete as it's missing most of it.

  1. [gap]
  2. White Lion - When the Children Cry
  3. Gary Moore - Ready for Love
  4. Megadeth - Hook in Mouth
  5. The Dogs d'Amour - Comfort of the Devil
  6. The Dickey Betts Band - Rock Bottom
  7. White Lightning - London Nightlife

Notes

This is tape X16 that has a blank side A.

Date confirmed by Tommy mentioning at the end of the show that the next one will feature live sets from Vixen and the Scorpions; that show was 24 Mar 1989. If in doubt, news after the show includes the murder of a second man in 24 hours, a 42 year old civil servant shot in his house in Glengormley; that's Niall Davies on 17 Mar 1989.


24 Mar 1989

This show listing is believed to be complete.

  1. Van Halen - Feeels So Good
  2. Dickey Betts Band - Time to Roll
  3. Vixen - Love Made Me (live)
  4. Vixen - Cruisin' (live)
  5. Vixen - Cryin' (live)
  6. Vixen - Edge of a Broken Heart (live)
  7. Vixen - Hell Raisers (live)
  8. Vixen - I Want You to Rock Me (live)
  9. Kingdom Come - Gotta Go
  10. Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Soul Revival
  11. Gary Moore - Empty Rooms
  12. Scorpions - Big City Nights (live)
  13. Scorpions - Blackout (live)
  14. Scorpions - Rhythm of Love (live)
  15. Scorpions - Every Minute Every Day (live)
  16. Scorpions - Bad Boys Running Wild (live)
  17. Scorpions - Media Overkill (live)
  18. Scorpions - Make It Real (live)
  19. Scorpions - Coast to Coast (live)
  20. Scorpions - Holiday (live)
  21. Scorpions - The Zoo (live)
  22. Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane (live)
  23. Scorpions - Dynamite (live)

Notes

Vixen and the Scorpions recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on 18 Feb 1989.

I dated my cassette but that's backed up by the Easter references at the end of the show and in the Alan Freeman ad after the Kingdom Come track. Easter Sunday was 26 Mar in 1989.


31 Mar 1989

This show listing is believed to be complete.

  1. Alvin Lee - No Limit
  2. The Cult - Fire Woman
  3. Black Sabbath - Headless Cross
  4. Foxx - Living in Samson's Dream (st)
  5. Helloween - Dr. Stein (live)
  6. Tygers of Pan Tang - Hellbound
  7. Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers - Workout
  8. Jimi Hendrix - Hoochie Koochie Man (st)
  9. Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls (live)
  10. Deathrow - Events in Concealment
  11. Foxx - Badlands (st)
  12. Frehley's Comet - Dancin' with Danger
  13. The Royal Court of China - Dragon Park
  14. Guns n' Roses - Shadow of Your Love (live)
  15. Mammoth - Long Time Coming
  16. Mournblade - Off the Rails
  17. Foxx - SHC (st)
  18. Dream Theater - Only a Matter of Time
  19. Shark Island - Father Time
  20. Van Halen - Feels So Good
  21. Foxx - Unwanted Life (st)
  22. Spider - Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies

Notes

Repeat session by Foxx, first broadcast on 23 Dec 1988.

I dated my cassette 31 Apr 1989 but it's really 31 Mar 1989, as Tommy's opening comments mentions the short week (because of Easter) and that he'll announce the winners of the Scorpions competition the previous week. That's also confirmed by the dedication after the first Foxx session track.

Before the Black Sabbath track, Tommy mentions that the band will be on the show on 15 Apr 1989.

After the Jimi Hendrix track, an Alan Freeman ad announces an expansion to the Saturday Rock Show to start at 11pm. Archives will be Queen in 1973.

Tommy identifies the third Foxx session track as SMC. It should be SHC.


7 Apr 1989

This show listing is a work in progress and is subject to change.

  1. White Lightning - Lesson One
  2. Kingdom Come - Do You Like It
  3. The Cult - Fire Woman (NYC Rock Mix)
  4. Wrathchild - Nukklear Rokket
  5. Mammoth - Long Time Coming (st)
  6. Extreme - Smoke Signals
  7. Vendetta - Metal Law
  8. Kreator - Extreme Aggression
  9. Metallica - One
  10. Judas Priest - Grinder
  11. Mammoth - Can't Take the Hurt (st)
  12. Warrant - Big Talk
  13. Queensrÿche - Eyes of a Stranger
  14. Black Sabbath - Cloak and Dagger
  15. Evil Dead - Rise Above
  16. Annihilator - Alison Hell
  17. Mammoth - Political Animal (st)
  18. [gap]

Notes

Not my recording. Thanks to the Friday Rock Show Wiki.

Session by Mammoth.


21 Apr 1989

This show listing is not complete because it's missing the beginning.

  1. [gap]
  2. Black Sabbath - When Death Calls
  3. Black Sabbath - The Headless Cross
  4. Black Sabbath - Devil and Daughter
  5. Black Sabbath - Nightwing
  6. Survivor - Too Hot to Sleep
  7. Mantas - Winds of Change (st)
  8. Mantas - Tonight (st)
  9. Blue Öyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars
  10. Vinnie Vincent Invasion - Love Kills
  11. Underneath What - Firebomb Telecom
  12. The Grip - Teenage Bride
  13. UFO - Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  14. Thin Lizzy - Opium Trail (live)
  15. Mantas - Let It Rock (st)
  16. Mantas - Deceiver (st)
  17. Kingdom Come - Do You Like It
  18. W.A.S.P. - The Real Me
  19. White Lightning - Hypocrite
  20. ZZ Top - Thug

Notes

Interview with Tony Iommi and Cozy Powell.

Repeat of a session by Mantas, first broadcast on 6 Jan 1989.

The upcoming Saturday Rock Show has Barclay James Harvest from the archives.

Date is a best guess, given what's around it. A YouTube recording of part of the show lists March 1989 but it can't be because of availability. Before the last Black Sabbath track, there's mention of the band being at the London Hippodrome for a rock night on 26 Apr 1989. After the Grip track, Tommy mentions the Aardshchok Festival, coming up on 29 Apr 1989. All this leaves only two possibilities: 14 Apr 1989 and 21 Apr 1989. Headless Cross was released on 24 Apr 1989, so we'll guess at 21 Apr 1989 until better information comes to light.


28 Apr 1989

This show listing is not complete as it's missing the beginning.

  1. [gap]
  2. Europe - More Than Meets the Eye (live)
  3. Europe - Seven Doors Hotel (live)
  4. Europe - Open Your Heart (live)
  5. Europe - Tower's Callin' (live)
  6. Europe - Rock the Night (live)
  7. Europe - Superstitious (live)
  8. Europe - The Final Countdown (live)
  9. Pink Floyd - Money
  10. Uriah Heep - Hold Your Head Up
  11. Queensrÿche - Eyes of a Stranger
  12. Slayer - South of Heaven
  13. Thee Hypnotics - Justice in Freedom
  14. Boston - Smokin'
  15. [check for gap]

Notes

Europe live at the Hammersmith Odeon on the Out of This World tour, so presumably 1989. The setlist does not remotely match Setlist.fm's for 1 Apr 1989. It does, however, exactly match the track listing of this bootleg, claiming to be 1 Apr 1989, which also seems to identify five missing tracks. The set finishes at 11.20pm after 36m of my recording. There's a glitch in the recording just into Tower's Callin'.

After the Europe set, Tommy mentions a charity gig he went to 'last night' at the Dinosaur Room in the Natural History Museum in aid of the Lung Foundation. That was 27 Apr 1989, thus neatly dating this show.


5 May 1989

This show listing is believed to be complete.

  1. Onslaught - Power Play
  2. Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Rat Pack (st)
  3. Underneath What - Like an Animal (st)
  4. Kingdom Come - Do You Like It
  5. Gary Moore - Led Clones
  6. Kingdom Come - Who Do You Love
  7. Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Evil Eye
  8. Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Burn (st)
  9. Underneath What - Pointed ID (st)
  10. Tygers of Pan Tang - Hellbound
  11. Blue Murder - Riot
  12. Blue Murder - Billy
  13. Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Parisienne Hotel (st)
  14. Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Lookin' for Love (st)
  15. The Grip - Teenage Bride
  16. Heartbreak Angels - Shoot Me Down
  17. Underneath What - Eggs, Bacon, Coffee and Suicide (st)
  18. Crimson Glory - Lonely
  19. Ozzy Osbourne - Paranoid (live)
  20. White Lightning - Losing Streak
  21. Underneath What - Straight Ahead Money (Peace Out) (st)

Notes

Repeat session by Underneath What, first broadcast on 24 Feb 1989, and a new one by Johnny Diesel & The Injectors.

Interview with Lenny Wolf and James Kottak of Kingdom Come, after their first track.

Interview with John Sykes, then of Blue Murder, after the Tygers of Pan Tang track.

After the last Blue Murder track, Tommy talks about playing demos to be able to promote new British talent. This goes on to become the Rock War.

I dated my cassette 12 May 1989. I can't back that up from the recording but Tommy does mention tour dates in May 1989, so it's close if not accurate.


12 May 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Guns n' Roses - Rocket Queen
  2. Tin Machine - Under the Gun
  3. Onslaught - Blood Upon the Ice
  4. Vow Wow - You Know What I Mean (st)
  5. Dave Sharma - Torch the Tower (st)
  6. Dave Sharma - Spellbinding (st)
  7. Gillan - I'll Rip Your Spine Out
  8. The Rods - Hurricane
  9. Snyper - No Death So Sad (st)
  10. Snyper - Manifestations (st)
  11. W.A.S.P. - Thunderhead
  12. Rush - La Villa Strangiato
  13. Dave Sharma - Pandora's Box (st)
  14. Dave Sharma - Flight 212 (st)
  15. Junkyard - Shot in the Dark
  16. Brighton Rock - Power Overload
  17. Snyper - Death Ride at Sunset (st)
  18. Snyper - The Beginning of the End (st)
  19. Deliverance - Lord of Vice

Notes

Repeat sessions by Dave Sharma, first broadcast on 20 Jan 1989, and Snyper, first broadcast on 10 Feb 1989. The Vow Wow track is a Friday Rock Show session track but not from a session being broadcast.

The upcoming Saturday Rock Show includes an archive set from UFO.

I dated my cassette but it's backed up in a number of ways. After the first Dave Sharma set, Tommy mentions that Ian Gillan has left Deep Purple. Darker Than Blue lists that as happening on 12 May 1989. Also, after the W.A.S.P. track, Tommy mentions that he'll be at the Hammersmith Odeon on Monday to record them for the show. That was on 14 May 1989.

At the end of the show, Tommy mentions that the next week's show will be very special. It's a charity show for the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal.


19 May 1989

This show listing is not complete, as it's missing twenty minutes in the middle.

  1. W.A.S.P. - The Real Me
  2. Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name
  3. Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
  4. [gap]
  5. Scorpions - Still Loving You
  6. Vow Wow - I Feel the Power
  7. Guns n' Roses - Sweet Child o' Mine
  8. Bon Jovi - Runaway
  9. Magnum - Days of No Trust
  10. Queen - Party
  11. Vixen - Love Made Me
  12. The Dogs d'Amour - How Come It Never Rains
  13. Gun - Shame on You
  14. Blue Murder - Black Hearted Woman
  15. Gregg Allman Band - Fear of Falling
  16. Lita Ford - Close My Eyes Forever
  17. Ozzy Osbourne - Flying High Again
  18. Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  19. Gillan - Future Shock

Notes

This is the charity show for the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal hinted at as the last show ended. It's hosted by both Tommy and Alan Freeman.

I dated my cassette, but Tommy backs that up after the W.A.S.P. track by mentioning that this rock auction is being held on the eve of the FA Cup Final; that was held on 20 May 1989.

Items up for auction include an exclusive Guns n' Roses leather tour jacket, one of Bruce Dickinson's fencing sabres, a platinum disc for Great White's Twice Shy, a gold disc for Perfect Strangers, a personally engraved gold disc of Scorpions' Love at First Sting and four plastic stage passes from Russia (donated by a Scorpions crew member who attended the Hillsborough match), three backstage passes for Anthrax and Black Sabbath, signed albums by Queen and Paul McCartney... even a set of Lisa Dominique's underwear. Late in the show, Jon Lord donates a mini-Moog that he used to record a number of Deep Purple albums and both Ozzy Osbourne and Bob Catley donated stage costumes.

The gap is an odd one. My recording literally cuts out from 19:58 to 43:28, so I'm presumably missing 23½ minutes of the show during a side of the recording.

Tommy hasn't heard the Queen track before so doesn't realise that Party runs right into Khashoggi's Ship and he plays half of that too. On the other hand, there's unusual talking over a number of other tracks because of the show's purpose.


2 Jun 1989

This show listing is not complete as it's missing the beginning.

  1. [gap]
  2. Brian Setzer - Maybelline (live)
  3. Dirty Looks - Turn of the Screw
  4. AC/DC - Beating Around the Bush
  5. Electric Boys - Hallelujah! I'm on Fire
  6. Dawn After Dark - Maximum Overdrive
  7. Tigertailz - Love Bomb Baby
  8. White Lion - If My Mind is Evil
  9. Sacred Reich - One Nation
  10. Angry Anderson - Get It Right
  11. Steve Earle - Devil's Right Hand
  12. Doc Holliday - Song for the Outlaw (live)
  13. Armored Saint - Can U Deliver (live)
  14. Public Image Ltd. - Warrior
  15. Detective - Nightingale
  16. Mary My Hope - Grind
  17. Mr. Big - Addicted to That Rush
  18. Rainbow - Jealous Lover
  19. Eddie Money - Walk on Water
  20. Y&T - Hurricane
  21. Jeff Healey Band - Angel Eyes

Notes

Guest host: Dante Bonutto. This is his second show in a row as he mentions playing the Electric Boys the previous week. He also played a session by Gun.

Date confirmed by Dante mentioning Gun tour dates before the Sacred Reich track that 'start tomorrow' on 3 Jun 1989.


16 Jun 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Iron Maiden - Moonchild (live)
  2. Iron Maiden - The Prisoner (live)
  3. Iron Maiden - Wrathchild (live)
  4. Iron Maiden - Infinite Dreams (live)
  5. Iron Maiden - The Trooper (live)
  6. Iron Maiden - Heaven Can Wait (live)
  7. Iron Maiden - The Clairvoyant (live)
  8. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (live)
  9. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast (live)
  10. Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name (live)
  11. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden (live)
  12. Gun - Better Days
  13. Kings X - Fall on Me
  14. Saraya - Running Out of Time
  15. AC/DC - Kicked in the Teeth
  16. Sea Hags - Under Night Skies
  17. White Lion - Let's Go Crazy
  18. The Almighty - Destroyed
  19. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - Brother of Mine
  20. Guns n' Roses - Patience
  21. Masters of Reality - The Eyes of Texas
  22. Alex Masi - Attack of the Neon Sharks
  23. The Rods - Let There Be Metal
  24. Trans Am - Around Midnight

Notes

Iron Maiden live at the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington on 20 Aug 1988. As you can see from the setlist.fm page, a couple of tracks were removed: The Evil That Men Do and Can I Play with Madness.

Tommy doesn't begin the show (is that Richard Skinner?) but does take over after the Iron Maiden set.

Tommy will be sitting in for Alan Freeman on the next Saturday Rock Show. As the tracks played surely indicate that this was Jun 1989 and he mentions standing in for Fluff on the 23 Jun show, I'm presuming this must be the 16 Jun 1989 show. I'll go with that unless better information comes to light.


23 Jun 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Guns n' Roses - Patience
  2. Gun - Better Days
  3. Warrant - Big Talk
  4. Judas Priest - I'm a Rocker
  5. Kingdom Come - Gotta Go (Can't Wage a War)
  6. Barren Cross - Two Thousand Years
  7. AC/DC - Who Made Who
  8. Sea Hags - Under the Night Stars
  9. Geisha - S&M Youth
  10. Saraya - One Night Away
  11. Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane
  12. Badlands - Hard Driver
  13. Junkyard - Life Sentence
  14. Brian May & Friends - Star Fleet
  15. Bang Tango - Attack of Life
  16. Mary My Hope - Wildman Childman
  17. The Cult - Fire Woman
  18. Whitesnake - Lovehunter
  19. Black Sabbath - The Headless Cross
  20. Tom Petty - A Face in the Crowd
  21. IQ - Drive On
  22. Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Soul Revival
  23. It Bites - Positively Animal

Notes

This show should have included an Iron Maiden concert but technical problems prevented that.

After the first set, Tommy mentions that Patience is being released 'this coming Monday'. That was 26 Jun 1989 in the UK, dating this show to 23 Jun 1989. This fits with Tommy's opening comment of 'rock music for a summer night.'

Quite a lot of skipping records in this show.

After the Johnny Diesel track, Tommy mentions that he'll be standing in for Alan Freeman on the Saturday Rock Show the next day.


30 Jun 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Judas Priest - Breaking the Law
  2. Saraya - Running Out of Time
  3. Demon - Blue Skies in Red Square
  4. Van Halen - House of Pain
  5. Black Sabbath - Devil and Daughter
  6. The Cult - Edie (Ciao Baby)
  7. AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
  8. Badlands - Ball and Chain
  9. Zed Yago - Black Bone Song
  10. Kingdom Come - Get It On
  11. Phantom Blue - Walking Away
  12. Alex Masi - Wasted in the West (Idiots)
  13. Richard Marx - Satisfied
  14. Aerosmith - Rock in a Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)
  15. Faith No More - From Out of Nowhere
  16. Blue Blud - Secret Lover
  17. Dan Reed Network - Forgot to Make Her Mine
  18. Doc Holliday - Ready to Burn
  19. Cinderella - Gypsy Road
  20. Paul Rodgers - Cut Loose
  21. Nuclear Assault - Good Times Bad Times
  22. Harter Attack - Last Temptation
  23. Trans Am - Fasten Seatbelts
  24. Warrant - Big Talk
  25. Magnum - Start Talking Love
  26. Guns n' Roses - Rocket Queen
  27. It Bites - Murder of the Planet Earth
  28. Metal Church - Over My Dead Body

Notes

Before the Richard Marx track, Tommy mentions an upcoming feature, the Rock War.

I dated my cassette but can't back that up with other evidence. However, after the Blue Blud track, Tommy runs through Faith No More tour dates in July, so we're certainly in the vicinity.

Mostly, though, Tommy keeps his contributions to identifying tracks in sets of four, hence the surprisingly large playlist count. This was a recent approach (apparent on the 23 Jun 1989 show too) which apparently continued for a while with the tagline 'Never less than four in a row'.


7 Jul 1989

This show listing is not complete as it's missing the beginning.

  1. [gap]
  2. Horse London - Good Day to Die (st)
  3. Faith No More - From Out of Nowhere
  4. UFO - The Way the Wild Wind Blows
  5. Blue Murder - Black Hearted Woman
  6. Black & White - Feel the Vibe
  7. Horse London - Life's a Bitch (st)
  8. The Cult - Sun King
  9. Iron Maiden - 2 Minutes to Midnight
  10. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - Fist of Fire
  11. Mary My Hope - It's About Time
  12. Motörhead - Ace of Spades
  13. Megadeth - Rattlehead
  14. Kings X - It'll Never Be the Same
  15. Don Henley - How Bad Do You Want It?
  16. Horse London - She Don't Care (st)
  17. Bad Company - Man Needs Woman
  18. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb (live)
  19. Black Sabbath - The Headless Cross
  20. Dare - Abandon (remix)
  21. Horse London - Screwed, Blued & Tattooed (st)
  22. Badlands - Streets Cry Freedom
  23. Guns n' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle (excerpt)

Notes

Repeat session by Horse London, first broadcast on 17 Mar 1989.

Date confirmed by comments during the show. After the Blue Murder track, Tommy mentions that Faith No More are on stage at the Marquee; they were there on 6 and 7 Jul 1989. Before the Pink Floyd track, he mentions that they're currently doing their Docklands gigs; they were at the London Arena from 4 to 9 Jul 1989.

The upcoming Saturday Rock Show will feature the Who from 1965-1970 out of the archives.


14 Jul 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Bang Tango - Breaking Up a Heart of Stone
  2. Tora Tora - Hard Times
  3. Tora Tora - Guilty
  4. Metallica - Harvester of Sorrow (excerpt)
  5. Metallica - One
  6. Mournblade - If You Can't Be Good (st)
  7. Dirty Dogs - Live by the Gun (st)
  8. Rage - Invisible Horizon
  9. Saxon - Back on the Streets
  10. Alice Cooper - Poison
  11. Romeo's Daughter - Velvet Tongue
  12. Dirty Dogs - Dirty Lies (st)
  13. Mournblade - Whizzkid (st)
  14. Poison - Back to the Rocking Horse
  15. Doobie Brothers - The Doctor
  16. Richard Marx - Wait for the Sunrise
  17. Meat Loaf - You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
  18. Dirty Dogs - City of Dreams (st)
  19. Mournblade - American Dream (st)
  20. Demon - Time Has Come
  21. Leatherwolf - Hideaway
  22. Mournblade - Red Hot Reputation (st)
  23. Dirty Dogs - Dogs of War (st)
  24. ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Loving
  25. Gun - Better Days

Notes

First broadcast of a session by Dirty Dogs, to be repeated on 8 Sep 1989, just after they'd renamed to Killer Dogs.

First broadcast of a session by Mournblade, to be repeated on 29 Sep 1989.

Tommy has lots of problems with Harvester of Sorrow; the CD skips so much that he shifts over into One instead.

Tommy redoes his compilation competition from last week because nobody got the answer right.


28 Jul 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Helloween - Dr. Stein
  2. Mr. Big - Addicted to That Rush
  3. Wolfsbane - Man Hunt
  4. Sea Hags - Too Much T-Bone
  5. Vixen - Love Made Me
  6. Stevie Nicks - Long Way to Go
  7. Bang Tango - Do What You're Told
  8. Scorpions - Rhythm of Love
  9. Alice Cooper - Trash
  10. Tora Tora - Walking Shoes
  11. Alex Masi - Under Fire
  12. FM - Bad Luck
  13. Kiss - Cold Gin (live)
  14. Kiss - Black Diamond (live)
  15. Kiss - No No No (live)
  16. Kiss - Firehouse (live)
  17. Kiss - Crazy Crazy Nights (live)
  18. Kiss - Calling Dr. Love (live)
  19. Kiss - Tears are Falling (live)
  20. Kiss - I Love It Loud (live)
  21. Kiss - Strutter (live)
  22. Kiss - Shout It Out Loud (live)
  23. Kingdom Come - Overrated
  24. Gun - Better Days
  25. Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
  26. Phantom Blue - Why Call it Love
  27. Hughes/Thrall - Hold Out Your Life
  28. Kings X - Mission
  29. Leatherwolf - Too Much (excerpt)

Notes

Kiss live from the Monsters of Rock Festival 1988 at Castle Donington.

I dated (and apparently corrected) the date on my cassette, but have nothing to back it up. The closest is that, after the Kiss set, Tommy mentions that there will be no Monsters of Rock in 1989 and that the big gig of the summer will be Bon Jovi at Milton Keynes. That was 19 Aug 1989.


4 Aug 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Zed Yago - The Spell from Over Yonder (live)
  2. Zed Yago - Rockin' for the Nation (live)
  3. Zed Yago - Pioneer of the Storm (live)
  4. Zed Yago - Zed Yago (live)
  5. Zed Yago - Stay the Course (live)
  6. Zed Yago - Achilles Heel (live)
  7. Zed Yago - Black Bone Song (live)
  8. U.S.I. - Dark Star (demo)
  9. Paris Dancer - Paris 4am (demo)
  10. Monterrey - The Dark Side of You (demo)
  11. W.A.S.P. - The Real Me (live)
  12. W.A.S.P. - L.O.V.E. Machine (live)
  13. W.A.S.P. - Wild Child (live)
  14. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children (live)
  15. W.A.S.P. - Neutron Bomber (live)
  16. W.A.S.P. - Forever Free (live)
  17. W.A.S.P. - I Don't Need No Doctor (live)
  18. W.A.S.P. - Blind in Texas (live)
  19. Great White - Once Bitten
  20. Bon Jovi - Lay Your Hands on Me

Notes

Zed Yago and W.A.S.P. recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on 15 May 1989.

This is the very first edition of the Rock War; Tommy reads out a BBC press release (issued on 27 Jul 1989) and explains the rules. He'll play a demo track from each of three bands each week and the audience vote by phone for their favourite. The winner of each of three weeks will go through to a monthly final. The winner of that final will get a guaranteed Friday Rock Show session.

This week's heat (tracks 8-10) featured U.S.I. from Stoke-on-Trent, Paris Dancer from South Shields and Monterrey from London. U.S.I. won, with Monterrey in second and Paris Dancer third.

I dated my cassette and that's backed up by the 18 Aug 1989 show which has the third edition of the Rock War, confirming this one as 4 Aug 1989.


18 Aug 1989

This show listing is believed complete, except for the name of the last band.

  1. Deep Purple - Highway Star
  2. W.A.S.P. - Forever Free
  3. Bon Jovi - Lay Your Hands on Me
  4. Skid Row - Makin' a Mess
  5. Vixen - Edge of a Broken Heart
  6. Europe - Let the Good Times Rock
  7. Gun - Shame on You (st)
  8. Gun - Better Days (st)
  9. Circus - Never Surrender (demo)
  10. And the Generals Ran Forever - All That Glitters (demo)
  11. Roughneck - Hypnotise (demo)
  12. Guns n' Roses - Nightrain
  13. Wolfsbane - Man Hunt
  14. Gun - Coming Home (st)
  15. Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills
  16. Onslaught - Welcome to Dying
  17. UFO - Shoot Shoot
  18. D-A-D - Rim of Hell
  19. Metallica - Blackened
  20. Roxx Gang - Race with the Devil
  21. The Rolling Stones - Mixed Emotions
  22. Gun - Taking On the World (st)
  23. [unknown band] - The Sandman

Notes

Repeat session by Gun, first broadcast on 26 May 1989.

Interview with Jon Bon Jovi before the Bon Jovi track. It begins a sweep of four tracks representing the bands playing at Milton Keynes the next day.

The third edition of the Rock War (tracks 9-11) featured Circus from Manchester, And the Generals Ran Forever from London and Roughneck from the West Midlands. Circus won, with Roughneck second and And the Generals Ran Forever in third.

I dated my cassette and that's backed up because it's the day before the Bon Jovi Milton Keynes gig, which was on 19 Aug 1989. As this show also includes the third edition of the Rock War, that also confirms the date of the 4 Aug 1989 show.

The Rolling Stones track sounds really warped but it's not the tape; it's the pressing that Tommy uses.


25 Aug 1989

This show listing is a work in progress and is subject to change.

  1. Gun - Money (Everybody Loves Her)
  2. Sleeze Beez - Damned if We Do, Damned if We Don't
  3. Aerosmith - Love in an Elevator
  4. Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Looking for Love (st)
  5. Nousommes - Near Dark (st)
  6. Alice Cooper - I'm Your Gun
  7. Screaming Marionettes - Like Christabel
  8. Kingdom Come - Do You Like It
  9. Circus - Never Surrender (demo)
  10. Zeitgeist - Human Zoo (demo)
  11. U.S.I. - Dark Star (demo)
  12. Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Burn (st)
  13. Axxis - Kingdom of the Night
  14. The Dogs d'Amour - Drunk Like Me
  15. [gap]

Notes

Repeat session by Johnny Diesel & The Injectors, first broadcast on 5 May 1989.

The Rock War (tracks 9-11) featured Circus from Manchester, Zeitgeist from Liverpool and U.S.I. from Stoke-on-Trent. U.S.I. won, with second and in third.

Date confirmed by this being the first Rock War final.


1 Sep 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. D-A-D - Rim of Hell
  2. Testament - Perilous Nation
  3. Aerosmith - Love in an Elevator
  4. Romeo's Daughter - Heaven in the Back Seat (st)
  5. AC/DC - Evil Walks
  6. Faster Pussycat - Slip of the Tongue
  7. Starship - It's Not Enough
  8. Bad English - Forget Me Not
  9. The Raiders - How Long the Night (demo)
  10. Tangent - Salvation in Ash (demo)
  11. Rough Cut - The Roughest Cut (demo)
  12. Romeo's Daughter - Velvet Tongue (st)
  13. Wishbone Ash - Cosmic Jazz
  14. IQ - Barbell is In
  15. Mötley Crüe - She Goes Down
  16. Motörhead - Bomber (live)
  17. Cloven Hoof - Jekyll and Hyde
  18. Skid Row - Makin' a Mess
  19. Romeo's Daughter - Wild Child (st)
  20. Slide - Why is It a Crime
  21. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Whiskey Rock-a-Roller
  22. Romeo's Daughter - I Cry Myself to Sleep at Night (st)
  23. Marillion - Hooks in You
  24. Roxx Gang - Ball 'n' Chain

Notes

First broadcast of a session by Romeo's Daughter.

As the show begins, Tommy mentions that, because he's playing four tracks in a row nowadays, anyone who wants to know what's played can just write into the show and get a full track listing. Can we do that for the entire run of the show now?

The Rock War (tracks 9-11) featured the Raiders from Birmingham, Tangent from London and Rough Cut from Whitehaven. Rough Cut won, with Tangent second and the Raiders third.

I dated my cassette. That's backed up by Tommy's comments after the first set, which state that D-A-D's album comes out on 6 Sep. It's further backed up by this being the first round in a new Rock War.

After the Mötley Crüe track, Tommy mentions that Nousommes are about to tour and that they were the session band the previous week, so the 25 Aug 1989 show.

The Saturday Rock Show tomorrow will feature Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble live at Reading.


8 Sep 1989

This show listing is believed to be complete.

  1. Anthrax - Madhouse
  2. Warrant - Heaven
  3. Trevor Rabin - Cover Up
  4. Aerosmith - Monkey on My Back
  5. Killer Dogs - Live by the Gun (st)
  6. Poison - Nothin' But a Good Time
  7. Little Angels - Do You Wanna Riot
  8. D.A.D. - Point of View
  9. Evolution - Shock of the Year (demo)
  10. Winter - Close Your Eyes (demo)
  11. Jadis - This Changing Face (demo)
  12. Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day
  13. Killer Dogs - Dirty Lies (st)
  14. Kingdom Come - Overrated
  15. Jethro Tull - Heavy Water
  16. The Dogs d'Amour - Dogs Hair
  17. W.A.S.P. - Forever Free
  18. Rolling Stones - Rock and a Hard Place
  19. Killer Dogs - Dogs of War (st)
  20. Xentrix - Dark Enemy
  21. Intruder - Time of Trouble / The Martyr
  22. Killer Dogs - City of Dreams (st)
  23. Aerosmith - Voodoo Medicine Man

Notes

Session by Killer Dogs (formerly Dirty Dogs until 'about three days ago').

The Rock War (tracks 9-11) featured Evolution, Winter and Jadis, three neo-prog bands. Winter won, with Jadis second and Evolution third.

Tommy mentions that the Aerosmith album is coming out on Monday (that was 12 Sep 1989) and lists upcoming gigs in November. This suggests 8 Sep 1989 and the Friday Rock Show Wiki backs that up by listing it as the repeat session date for the Dirty Dogs.

Recording is missing the beginning and the end, but the track listing is complete.


15 Sep 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. BulletBoys - Smooth Up in Ya
  2. The Alarm - The Rock
  3. Lillian Axe - Down on You
  4. Lisa Dominique - Rock 'n' Roll Lady (st)
  5. Treason - Path of No Return
  6. Sacred Reich - War Pigs (live)
  7. Accept - Hellhammer
  8. Lisa Dominique - All Fall Down (st)
  9. The Happening - Rainmaking in the White House (demo)
  10. Crows - Give Me Freedom (demo)
  11. Dirty Weekend - Dirty Weekend (demo)
  12. The Rolling Stones - Hold on to Your Hat
  13. Alice Cooper - Bed of Nails
  14. Alice Cooper - Pain
  15. Aerosmith - Young Lust
  16. Aerosmith - F.I.N.E.
  17. Lisa Dominique - Somebody Special (st)
  18. Loudness - Running for Cover
  19. Henry Lee Summer - I Wish I Had a Girl
  20. Michael Monroe - Dead, Jail or Rock 'n' Roll
  21. Lisa Dominique - Time Bomb (st)
  22. LA Guns - Sleazy Come Easy Go

Notes

First broadcast of a session by Lisa Dominique.

The Rock War (tracks 9-11) features the Happening from Cardiff, Crows from Edinburgh and Dirty Weekend from Manchester. Dirty Weekend won, with The Happening second and Crows third.

After the Rolling Stones track, Alice Cooper calls in from Ohio for an interview.

I dated my cassette but that's backed up the BulletBoys tour dates starting a few days later.


29 Sep 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Dogs d'Amour - Trail of Tears
  2. Aerosmith - Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
  3. W.A.S.P. - Forever Free
  4. Mournblade - If You Can't Be Good (st)
  5. Accept - Hellhammer
  6. Dan Reed Network - Seven Sisters Road
  7. Mournblade - Whizzkid (st)
  8. BulletBoys - Smooth Up in Ya
  9. Blinder - Sun Fall Down (demo)
  10. Inferior - Livin' a Lie (demo)
  11. King High - Wasted (demo)
  12. The Almighty - Full Force Lovin' Machine
  13. D-A-D - Jihad
  14. Sleeze Beez - House is on Fire
  15. Shy England - Give It All You Got
  16. Mournblade - American Dream (st)
  17. Nuclear Assault - Inherited Hell
  18. Candlemass - Dark Reflections
  19. Faster Pussycat - Slip of the Tongue
  20. Dio - Dream Evil
  21. Marillion - Berlin
  22. Mournblade - Red Hot Reputation (st)
  23. Bad English - Ready When You Are
  24. The Grip - Look What You've Done
  25. Little Angels - Promises
  26. ASAP - Silver and Gold (excerpt)

Notes

Repeat session by Mournblade, first broadcast on 14 Jul 1989.

The Rock War (tracks 9-11) featured Blinder from Woodford Green, Inferior from Devon and King High from Tewkesbury. Inferior won, with Blinder second and King High third.

After the BulletBoys track, Tommy mentions that they're on tour in the UK and were at the Marquee 'the other day'. They certainly played the Marquee on 26 Sep 1989. After the Shy track, he also mentions tour dates for D-A-D, starting on 30 Sep 1989. The educated guess of 29 Sep 1989 is backed up by Inferior winning the Rock War, as they appeared in the third final and that date is the only one not already taken by other heats.


6 Oct 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Alice Cooper - Bed of Nails
  2. Dan Reed Network - Tiger in a Dress
  3. Fish - State of Mind
  4. Black Sabbath - Hole in the Sky
  5. Masters of Reality - The Candy Song
  6. Henry Lee Summer - Don't Leave
  7. Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon
  8. U.S.I. - Step Inside Love (st)
  9. N.A.D. - Wolf (demo)
  10. Purgatory - Termination of Birth (demo)
  11. Desecrator - The Suffering (demo)
  12. Ozzy Osbourne - Mr. Crowley (live)
  13. U.S.I. - Get Up and Dance (st)
  14. Gary Moore - Living in Dreams
  15. D.A.D. - Sleeping My Day Away
  16. FM - Every Time I Think of You
  17. U.S.I. - In Love Again (st)
  18. Roxx Gang - Scratch My Back
  19. Black Sabbath - Hard Road
  20. The Pretty Things - Eve of Destruction
  21. Marillion - Hooks in You
  22. U.S.I. - The Second Time (st)
  23. Ozzy Osbourne - Paranoid (live)

Notes

The preponderence of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath tracks is because Ozzy is suffering from severe depression and Tommy wants listeners to write encouraging notes for him.

First broadcast of a session by U.S.I., the first winners of the Rock War.

The Rock War (tracks 8-10) featured N.A.D. from Southend, Purgatory from Weston-Super-Mare and Desecrator from Mansfield. Desecrator won, with N.A.D. second and Purgatory third.

I dated my cassette but can't back that up from the show, beyond it being in the general vicinity. However, it can be backed up by Tommy mentioning in the 13 Oct 1989 show the 2,000 notes that came in during the week since his Ozzy appeal.

Many thanks to Scott Gorman for identifying the Henry Lee Summer track, which Tommy didn't identify.


13 Oct 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Judas Priest - Hot for Love
  2. Faith or Fear - Dark Side
  3. Wolfsbane - Money to Burn
  4. Samson - Love This Time (st)
  5. LA Guns - 17 Crash
  6. Quireboys - 7 O'Clock
  7. Thunder - She's So Fine
  8. D-A-D - Sleeping My Day Away
  9. Sullen Blaze - Black Carnival (demo)
  10. Sian - Loser in Love (demo)
  11. Acclaim - Battle of Britain (demo)
  12. Black Sabbath - Rock 'n' Roll Doctor
  13. Samson - State of Emergency (st)
  14. Fish - State of Mind (Presidential Mix)
  15. FM - Everytime I Think of You
  16. ASAP - Silver and Gold
  17. Jethro Tull - Strange Avenues
  18. Van Morrison - Orangefield
  19. Samson - Look to the Future (st)
  20. Candlemass - Through the Infinitive Halls of Death
  21. Nuclear Assault - When Freedom Dies
  22. Status Quo - Not at All
  23. Samson - Someone to Turn To (st)

Notes

Repeat session by Samson, first broadcast on 11 Aug 1989 (says the Friday Rock Show Wiki).

The Rock War (tracks 9-11) featured Sullen Blaze from Norwich, Sian from Liverpool and Acclaim from Cheltenham. Sian won, with Sullen Blaze second and Acclaim third. Sian go on to the final, which Tommy mentions will be the next week.

I dated my cassette, which is backed up after the Rock War by Tommy hoping for no Friday 13th glitches in the phone system. It's further backed up by FM and Fish tour dates mentioned after the FM track.


20 Oct 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Thunder - She's So Fine
  2. Quireboys - 7 O'Clock
  3. Cloven Hoof - Mistress of the Forest (st)
  4. ZZ Top - I Got the Six
  5. Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood
  6. Dan Reed Network - Stronger Than Steel
  7. Jeff Beck - Guitar Shop
  8. Bad Brains - Don't Blow Bubbles
  9. Inferior - Livin' a Lie (demo)
  10. Desecrator - The Suffering (demo)
  11. Sian - Loser in Love (demo)
  12. Kiss - Rise to It
  13. Cloven Hoof - Astral Rider (st)
  14. The Almighty - Destroyed
  15. Michael Monroe - Thrill Me
  16. Gary Moore - Livin' on Dreams
  17. Steve Jones - Freedom Fighter
  18. Hawkwind - Needle Gun
  19. Cloven Hoof - Mad, Mad World (st)
  20. Giant - The Big Pitch
  21. Lou Gramm - Tin Soldier
  22. White Lion - Radar Love
  23. Cloven Hoof - Fox on the Run (st)

Notes

First broadcast of a new session by Cloven Hoof, unrelated to the one they recorded back in 1983. This one was recorded on 8 Sep 1989.

The Rock War (tracks 9-11) featured Inferior from Devon, Desecrator from Mansfield and Sian from Liverpool. This was the third Rock War final. Sian won, with Desecrator second and Inferior third.

I dated my cassette but that's backed up by this being the Rock War final. New releases and upcoming tour dates are also in the vicinity. The Friday Rock Show Wiki backs it up by dating the Cloven Hoof session to this date. Also, Tommy announces the winners of the previous week's ASAP competition.

After the Michael Monroe track, Tommy talks about feedback asking to bring back the Friday Night Connection and Lie Back and Enjoy It. He asks which the audience want back.


27 Oct 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Bon Jovi - The Boys are Back in Town
  2. Mötley Crüe - Teaser
  3. Scorpions - I Can't Explain
  4. Ozzy Osbourne - Purple Haze
  5. Skid Row - Holidays in the Sun
  6. Skid Row - Makin' a Mess (live)
  7. Skid Row - Piece of Me (live)
  8. Skid Row - Big Guns (live)
  9. Skid Row - Youth Gone Wild (live)
  10. Gorky Park - Action (live)
  11. Gorky Park - Bang (live)
  12. Gorky Park - My Generation (live)
  13. Cinderella - Somebody Save Me (live)
  14. Cinderella - Coming Home (live)
  15. Cinderella - Gypsy Road (live) (live)
  16. Cinderella - Nobody's Fool (live)
  17. Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Know (live)
  18. Ozzy Osbourne - War Pigs (live)
  19. Ozzy Osbourne - Suicide Solution (live)
  20. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train (live)
  21. Ozzy Osbourne - Paranoid (live)
  22. Mötley Crüe - Shout at the Devil (live)
  23. Mötley Crüe - Looks That Kill (live)
  24. Mötley Crüe - Wild Side (live)
  25. Mötley Crüe - Smokin' in the Boys' Room (live)
  26. Mötley Crüe - Girls, Girls, Girls (live)
  27. Mötley Crüe - Jailhouse Rock (live)
  28. Scorpions - Blackout (live)
  29. Scorpions - Bad Boys Running Wild (live)
  30. Scorpions - The Zoo (live)
  31. Scorpions - Hey, Uhnem! (live)
  32. Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane (live)
  33. Scorpions - Still Loving You (live)
  34. Bon Jovi - Blood on Blood (live)
  35. Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive (live)
  36. Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine (live)
  37. Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer (live)
  38. Everyone - Hound Dog (live)
  39. Everyone - Rock 'n' Roll (live)
  40. Everyone - Give Peace a Chance (live)

Notes

I dated my cassettes.

This is a special four hour show covering the Moscow Music Peace Festival, which happened on 12-13 Aug 1989 with a line-up of Cinderella, Gorky Park, Nuance, Brigada-S, Scorpions, Skid Row, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne and Bon Jovi. Here are the full setlists for Skid Row, Gorky Park, Cinderella, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Scorpions and Bon Jovi.


3 Nov 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Roxx Gang - Scratch My Back
  2. Demon - Commercial Dynamite
  3. Vain - Beat the Bullet
  4. Skid Row - 18 and Life
  5. Sweet Addiction - Down to the Bone (st)
  6. Iron Maiden - Infinite Dreams (live)
  7. Faith No More - From Out of Nowhere
  8. Aerosmith - Janie's Got a Gun
  9. China White - Calling Out Your Name (demo)
  10. Victim - Across the Miles (demo)
  11. No Excuse - How to Be a Fool (demo)
  12. Sweet Addiction - Broken Bottles (st)
  13. Kiss - Hide Your Heart
  14. Kiss - Rise to It
  15. Kiss - Read My Body
  16. The Cult - Sun King
  17. Sweet Addiction - Putting You Wrong (st)
  18. Xentrix - Reasons for Destruction
  19. Dan Reed Network - Cruise Together
  20. Sweet Addiction - Little Too Easy (st)

Notes

First broadcast of a session by Sweet Addiction, to be repeated on 23 Feb 1990.

The Rock War (tracks 9-11) featured China White from Creich, Victim from Nottinghamshire and No Excuse from London. China White won, with Victim second and No Excuse third.

Interview with Paul Stanley of Kiss, starting before the first Kiss track.

I dated my cassette but that's backed up Vain and Skid Row will be gigging together on 13 Nov 1989.

After the Skid Row track, Tommy mentions that he'll be recording the next Friday Rock Show at the Newcastle Mayfair with Little Angels and Marshall Law live on stage.

After the third Sweet Addiction session track, Tommy mentions that the majority of responses to his question about wanted the Friday Night Connection back.


10 Nov 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Thunder - She's So Fine
  2. Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
  3. Quireboys - 7 O'Clock
  4. Little Angels - Kickin' Up Dust (live)
  5. Little Angels - Promises (live)
  6. Van Halen - Jump
  7. Big Heat - Heaven's Waiting (demo)
  8. Highway - She's Hot (demo)
  9. Gift - One Way Need (demo)
  10. Metallica - Master of Puppets
  11. Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood
  12. AC/DC - Shoot to Thrill
  13. Iron Maiden - Infinite Dreams (live)
  14. Vain - Beat the Bullet
  15. Roxx Gang - Scratch My Back
  16. Little Angels - Big Bad World (live)
  17. Little Angels - Kick Hard (live)
  18. Little Angels - Don't Pray for Me (live)
  19. Little Angels - She's a Little Angel (live)
  20. Little Angels - Broken Wings of an Angel (live)
  21. Little Angels - When I Get Out of Here (live)

Notes

Date confirmed because the show was recorded live at the Newcastle Mayfair on 7 Nov 1989 with Little Angels performing live. This was mentioned on the previous week's show. The Little Angels continued playing as the show went off air, potentially for a while. Their set does not match what's listed at setlist.fm.

Interviews with Little Angels at the end of their first set and Vain before their track. Vain had come directly from their gig supporting Skid Row in Sheffield. Their set would be here if it was documented.

The Rock War (tracks 8-10) featured Big Heat from Nottingham, Highway from Birmingham and Gift from Manchester. Highway won, with Gift second and Big Heat third.


24 Nov 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Rock Aid Armenia - Smoke on the Water
  2. Steve Lukather - Drive a Crooked Road
  3. Stage Dolls - Love Cries
  4. Alice Cooper - House of Fire
  5. Dirty Weekend - Word with You (st)
  6. Shy - Broken Heart
  7. Little Angels - Radical Your Lover
  8. China White - Calling Out Your Name (demo)
  9. Highway - She's Hot (demo)
  10. Euphoria - Back to the Grind (demo)
  11. Dirty Weekend - Kick It In (st)
  12. Rush - Semiconductor
  13. Broken Bones - Losing Control
  14. Gothic Slam - Thunder and Lightning
  15. Joe Satriani - Strange
  16. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
  17. Dirty Weekend - Save My Soul (st)
  18. The Cult - Fire Woman
  19. Whitesnake - Kitten's Got Claws
  20. Scorpions - I Can't Explain
  21. Dirty Weekend - Dreaming (st)
  22. Jefferson Airplane - True Love
  23. Bon Jovi - Living in Sin

Notes

First broadcast of a session by Rock War winners Dirty Weekend.

The Rock War (tracks 8-10) featured China White from Creich, Highway from Birmingham and Euphoria from Cambridgeshire. This was a final. China White won, with Euphoria second and Highway third.

Date confirmed by Tommy mentioning that Alice Cooper performed a gig at the Marquee 'last night'; that was 23 Nov 1989 and the Cult performing 'tonight' and 'tomorrow' at the Wembley Arena; that was 24 Nov 1989 and 25 Nov 1989. Also Tommy auctioned off a Pump tour shirt signed by all of Aerosmith for Children in Need which was 'last Friday'; that was 17 Nov 1989.

After the Gothic Slam track, Tommy mentions that he'll be standing in for Alan Freeman on the next Saturday Rock Show, with sessions by Fleetwood Mac.


1 Dec 1989

This show listing is believed to be complete.

  1. Metallica - Last Caress / Green Hell
  2. Alice Cooper - House of Fire
  3. Alice Cooper - Muscle of Love
  4. The Jeff Healey Band - When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky
  5. Rock Aid Armenia - Smoke on the Water (excerpt)
  6. Rock Aid Armenia - Smoke on the Water
  7. Britny Fox - Standing in the Shadows
  8. Great White - Heart the Hunter
  9. Hawkwind - Needle Gun
  10. Uriah Heep - Too Scared to Run (live)
  11. Uriah Heep - Heartache City (live)
  12. Uriah Heep - Corina (live)
  13. Uriah Heep - The Wizard (live)
  14. Uriah Heep - July Morning (live)
  15. Uriah Heep - Gypsy (live)
  16. Uriah Heep - Easy Livin' (live)
  17. Marillion - The Uninvited Guest
  18. The Cult - Here Comes the Rain
  19. Underneath What - Firebomb Telecom
  20. Bonfire - Bang Down the Door
  21. Little Angels - Don't Pray for Me

Notes

Interviews with Bruce Dickinson, Dave Gilmour, Ian Gillan and Jeff Downs between the two instances of the Rock Aid Armenia track.

Repeat broadcast of Uriah Heep live at Hammersmith Odeon on 6 Nov 1988.

Tommy mentions that the Hawkwind track is one of his favourite of all time.

I dated my cassette and that's backed up by Tommy still looking for votes for the Rock Chart of the 80s. He also picks winners for the competition raised the previous week.


8 Dec 1989

This show listing is complete.

  1. Rush - Red Tide
  2. Ace Frehley - Fractured III
  3. David Lee Roth - Ladies' Nite in Buffalo
  4. Eric Clapton - Pretending
  5. Romeo's Daughter - Heaven in the Back Seat (st)
  6. Red Dogs - Sweet Little Ruby
  7. Xentrix - Bad Blood
  8. Voivod - Nothingface
  9. Fish - Big Wedge
  10. Vow Wow - Don't Leave Me Now
  11. Romeo's Daughter - Velvet Tongue (st)
  12. Queensrÿche - London
  13. Dangerous Toys - Feels Like a Hammer
  14. Axel Rudi Pell - Hear You Calling Me
  15. Motörhead - Iron Horse (Born to Lose)
  16. Romeo's Daughter - Wild Child (st)
  17. Joe Satriani - The Forgotten (Part 2)
  18. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Refugee (live)
  19. Manowar - Revelation (Death's Angel)
  20. Romeo's Daughter - I Cry Myself to Sleep (st)

Notes

Repeat session by Romeo's Daughter, first broadcast on 1 Sep 1989.

There's no Rock War. Tommy explains that it'll pick back up in the New Year.

I dated my cassette and it's certainly in the vicinity. Tommy gives audience members eight more days to contribute to the rock chart of the decade, which will be broadcast on the Friday before and the Friday after Christmas; that would have been 22 Dec and 29 Dec. After the Eric Clapton track, he mentions that EC is about to start another residency at the Royal Albert Hall. That started on 18 Jan 1990 and ran until 10 Feb 1990. Manowar are touring the UK and upcoming dates start on 11 Dec 1989.




1989?

This show listing is a work in progress and is subject to change.

  1. Yes - Shoot High Aim Low
  2. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - The House is Rockin'
  3. Van Stephenson - You've Been Lied to Before
  4. Def Leppard - Women
  5. The Dogs d'Amour - Satellite Kid
  6. Gary Moore - Don't Believe a Word
  7. EZO - Love Junkie
  8. Mammoth - Can't Take the Hurt
  9. Blackfoot - Highway Song
  10. Skid Row - Midnight / Tornado

Notes

This is tape 176 that seems to be missing.



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