Today is tinged with a little sadness as ‘The Classic Rock Show’ makes its last hurrah.

final showHello everyone.

Today is tinged with a little sadness as ‘The Classic Rock Show’ makes its last hurrah.

Looking back over the past six years (plus a few months) and 299 shows, what has always, always made me proud of what’s been achieved is the sense of community amongst you, the listeners.

During that first broadcast on Felixstowe Radio on November 5th 2009, I could never have imagined that the show would’ve gone on from strength to strength, evolving into what it is today.

When being “interviewed” for the presenter’s position at the time, I recall being told that it would be my passion for rock music and knowledge of ‘Classic Rock’ that would stand me in good stead. I think it has and always will.

‘The Classic Rock Show’ won’t disappear forever. I shall run a ‘Special’ every now and again and hopefully you’ll still be about to give it a listen.

I’m looking forward to presenting the Real Rock Show, beginning next week, and bringing you what I will be fresh, new tuneage from un/signed bands that’s meant to be played LOUD.

You, the listeners, the bands I’ve interviewed, the PR guys and girls, the band managers, the road crews, the record label managers, venue staff, industry insiders, all have been incredibly supportive and I want to take this opportunity to recognise that by saying a huge “Thank You” to each and every one of you, including the TCRS Admins who’ve worked their socks off over the years, especially the two Dawn’s, Bex (who double up as a monthly present on the show as ‘Bex Rocks’) and Wendy.

Gonna rock this mofo tonight! Tune in from 7pm GMT ►

MJ x

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300th and final edition of ‘The Classic Rock Show’ to end on a high!

final showAs mentioned last week, ‘The Classic Rock Show’ will still be around, albeit not on a weekly basis; I may very well revisit the 70s in a 10-part series, just as I did with the hugely popular ‘Back To The 80s’ shows.

The 300th and final edition of ‘The Classic Rock Show’ will definitely end on a high, that’s for sure! Thursday’s show will be rammed full of top-notch, Classic Rock tuneage.

Do join us this Thursday from 7pm GMT.



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NEW YEARS EVE – We’ll be counting down our ‘Top 10 Albums of 2015’ this Thursday 7pm GMT


Hoping your Christmas went well.

This week’s show falls on New Years Eve and not only will we have your requests to play as well as some ‘Classic’ bangers from years gone by, but we’ll also be counting down our ‘Top 10 Albums of 2015’ this Thursday 7pm GMT (Top 10 albums can be found here –

Let’s ring in the New Year with a bang!



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#NEWS Calling time on ‘The Classic Rock Show’ in 2016. But a brand new show is coming soon…

Presenting The Classic Rock Show in Studio 1 at Felixstowe Radio 107.5

It all began on local community radio at 9pm, Thursday 5th November 2009. ‘The Classic Rock Show’ gradually picked up listeners, becoming known as a show that listened to and interacted with its audience.

“The Classic Rock Show…MJ plays what you wanna hear” was its strapline, so to speak. The very best from the ‘Classic Rock’ archives; the well-known tunes, as well as some of the ‘Album’ tracks that can often find themselves being overlooked.

I was always looking to shake things up a little, so music from today’s rock bands was thrown into the mix, ever hopeful that a following from a different audience – the discerning ‘Classic Rock Show’ listener – could be gained.

cropped-wpid-img_20141127_121828.jpgI’m humbled by the reaction the show gets each and every week. The feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive, in fact, I can only recall one time when a passing listener made public his distaste for what was being broadcast. However, and much to my surprise, a brand has developed and is recognised amongst industry circles by bands, tour managers, PR and fellow radio presenters, both commercial and independent.

The show has also seen friendships made and relationships blossom.

Six years and almost 300 shows later, it’s time to set myself a new challenge.

And so I can now announce that I’m calling ‘time’ on ‘The Classic Rock Show’. A new project that I’ve been working on will be launched soon.

The format will be somewhat different to what listeners to ‘The Classic Rock Show’ have been familiar with in recent years: Working closely with record labels and unsigned bands alike, a fresh sounding, brand new weekly show will begin broadcasting on a Thursday night in early 2016, date to be confirmed.

Mixcloud Profile1The ‘Real Rock Show’ will feature new music from across a multitude of rock genres:- Post-hardcore, Stoner, Blues, Sludge, Desert, Progressive, Alternative, Garage, Swamp, Heavy Metal, Modern, Death Metal, Gothic, Viking, Grindcore, Hardcore, Speed, Indie, Punk, Math, Industrial, to name but a few.

I accept that it won’t be to everyone’s taste given the audience I’ve built up over the years, but if, like me, you are open to hearing some of what today’s working bands are putting out there, then all I ask is that you please give us a listen.

Again, I reiterate what was said earlier, a date for the new show has yet to be confirmed, and ‘The Classic Rock Show’ continues for the time being. When we do come to our last ever show, I can assure you that it’ll be something rather special.

For Rock Music to be relevant in a world of fake, meaningless, auto-tuned pop, we must all show solidarity by supporting musicians whenever and wherever possible.

Music has and always will be a passion of mine, especially when it comes to seeking out exciting new and emerging rock bands. If, through this new show, I can make a contribution to helping bands realise their ambitions by putting their music out there to be listened to, thus encouraging people to buy their music, their merch or go to a gig, then it’s worth it.

The ‘Real Rock Show’ is something that I’m really excited about and I hope you will come and join me in the new year when we take our first step.



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tcrs-tonightLooking forward to this one…playing those requests you sent in earlier this week, plus an assortment of top notch tuneage released around about this time back in the day – CCR, Scorpions, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Cream, Slayer, Free, Accept. Not only that, we’ve got some new music from Def Leppard, Last In Line, Gun, Ricky Warwick, Three Days Grace and Dream Theater.
Tune in from 7pm GMT tonight! ►

The Classic Rock Show’s ‘Top 10 Albums of 2015’

TCRS Top 10 2015T’is now the season for Top 10 lists of everything and we’ve been considering what we’d have in our ‘Top 10 Albums Of 2015’.

It has been quite a year as far as new music is concerned. Bands that some of us have followed for seemingly an eternity have hit a rich vein of form, capturing the essence of what made them ‘Great’. Together with cohorts of much younger bands, 2015 – to this reviewer at least – has topped the previous year for the depth in quality of album releases.

So without further ado, here’s The Classic Rock Show’s ‘Top 10 Albums of 2015’.

#10 Metal Allegiance – Metal Allegiance (Nuclear Blast Records)
10 - Metal Allegiance

Bringing together a veritable who’s-who of rock and metal, this album oozes molten riffage.

#9 Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses (Earache Records)

9 - Blackberry Smoke - Holding All The RosesCharlie Starr and the boys have a little something for everyone on this album.

#8 Biters – Electric Blood (Earache Records)

8 - Biters - Electric BloodNow here’s a band that successfully brings that 70s glam ‘n’ swagger right up to date.

#7 Coal Chamber – Rivals (Metal Blade Records)

7 - Coal Chamber - RivalsMaking a welcome return, Coal Chamber kick some major butt with this one.

#6 Queensrÿche – Condition Hüman (Century Media)

6 - Queensryche - Condition HumanThis album is the very essence of what we have come to love about Queensrÿche; great songs and vocal dynamite.

#5 Five Finger Death Punch – Got Your Six (Eleven Seven Music)
5 - FFDP - Got Your Six

What every FFDP fan was hoping for…no, expecting…their best album to date.

#4 Motor Sister – Ride (Metal Blade Records)

4 - Motor Sister - RideIf you’re looking for a straight up and down, fist-pumping, rock ‘n’ roll album, then look no further.

#3  W.A.S.P. – Golgotha (Napalm Records)

3 - WASP - GolgothaIt’s like the ‘Very Best Of W.A.S.P.’, but in one newly written and recorded studio album.

#2 Skindred – Volume (Napalm Records)

2 - Skindred - VolumeA band that lacks nothing in the self-belief department, this one sits at the top of their discography.

So what sits at the top of our ‘Best Albums Of 2015’?

#1 Clutch – Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker Music)

1 - Clutch - Psychic WarfareAnd just when we all thought the album ‘Earth Rocker’ couldn’t be surpassed, they go and hit us up with this killer record. Front to back, this is the very epitome of the Clutch vibe.

None of the above bands collect a gong, just a pat on the back and a “You’ve all done very well” from us.

Raise a toast to 2015 and bring on the new year!



Let us know what floated your boat album-wise in 2015.

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