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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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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#TONIGHT Who are the movers and shakers on tonight’s show? Tune in from 7pm BST

TCRS tonightHello again!

Following last week’s celebration of all things 1987 in ‘Back To The 80s’, we are back to some sense of normality (ahem) this week. Your requests, some prime choices of our own as well as some new music are brought together for three hours of non-stop, commercial-free rock indulgence.

Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Meat Loaf, The Rolling Stones, Montrose, Boston, Kiss, Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Pat Travers, Mountain, Nazareth, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band are represented. We’ve also got some new music from Skindred and Crossfaith who are on a UK tour together in November, Crobot, plus the latest from Coheed & Cambria, Electric Six, Buck & Evans, I.C.O.N., Voodoo Vegas, Zebrahead, Antimatter, From Ashes To New, Lamb Of God, Metal Allegiance, Amorphis and the new single taken from the forthcoming album ‘White Bear’ by The Temperance Movement.


See you later.


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#NEWS British rock ‘n’ rollers The Temperance Movement announce their brand new studio album ‘White Bear’

British rock ‘n’ rollers THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT are proud to announce their brand new studio album, ‘White Bear‘.

Due to be released on January 15th, 2016, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to their 2013 self-titled debut was recorded with producer Sam Miller in London, Northamptonshire and Monmouth and features 10 stomping new blues-rock anthems.  The band will support ‘White Bear‘ with a UK tour which kicks off the day after the album’s release.


Guitarist, Paul Sayer confides, “White Bear is a real step on for us sonically and artistically.  Playing so many shows together over the last 3 years allowed us to develop a really clear idea of where we wanted to go with our next record.  When it came to making this album we had a bit more time and space to let our creativity go, and I’m incredibly proud of what we achieved.”

Whilst on the album title, ‘White Bear‘, singer Phil Campbell notes, “Nick called me with the title which inspired the lyric to the song.  It refers to a study by Daniel Wenger on mindfulness and the controlling of unwanted thoughts, testing a quote from Dostoevsky’s ‘Winter Notes on Summer Impressions’: ‘Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.'”

ttm_whitebearWhite Bear‘ track listing:

1. Three Bulleits
2. Get Yourself Free
3. A Pleasant Peace I Feel
4. Modern Massacre
5. Battle Lines
6. White Bear
7. Oh Lorraine
8. Magnify
9. The Sun and Moon Roll Around Too Soon
10. I Hope I’m Not Losing My Mind

White Bear‘ is available to pre-order now on CD, signed CD, vinyl and limited edition signed white vinyl, and is also available in a number of t-shirt bundles.  Reserve your copy now at

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including an exclusive bonus track, at

Don’t miss THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT on tour in the UK in support of ‘White Bear‘:

Jan. 16 – Portsmouth, UK – Pyramid Centre
Jan. 17 – Norwich, UK – UEA
Jan. 19 – Aberdeen, UK – Beach Ballroom
Jan. 20 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
Jan. 21 – Newcastle, UK – University
Jan. 22 – Leeds, UK – Becket University
Jan. 24 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Jan. 25 – Birmingham, UK – Institute
Jan. 26 – Cardiff, UK – Y Plas
Jan. 27 – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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Classic Rock mixed with some great new music. Tune in Thursday from 7pm BST / 2pm EDT / 11am PDT

Classic Rock mixed with some great new music, that’s what we’ve got for you on Thursday’s show (23rd July) – 7pm BST / 2pm EDT / 11am PDT.

Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Status Quo, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Dio, Scorpions are more than worthy of a mention. Lining up against them are bands with some brand new music like NWOBHM’ers Praying Mantis, Thrash legends Acid Reign release their first single in 25 years, Joe Satriani who releases his 15th studio album on 24th July, Royal Hunt, Lynch Mob, Amorphis, Unleash The Archers, Audiotopsy, King King and the awesome new single from Queensryche!

unnamed (4)Not only that, we hear from Josh Smith and Marcus Bridge of Northlane ahead of their new album Node, which is being released Friday 24th July.

Naturally, we intend to get through all of your requests, which include Blackberry Smoke, Steppenwolf, Lionize, UFO, Kiss, Saxon, The Who, Extreme and Motorhead.

Old Rake competitionLet’s not forget that we will be announcing the ‘Ol Drake’ Competition Winner (click here to ENTER). Be quick, as the competition closes at 9pm BST.

Join in the chat and comment on our Facebook Group and on Twitter @classicrockshow during the ‘live’ broadcast from 7pm until 10pm BST. Listen links can be found on the Homepage.


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#NEWS 3 hours of top notch tuneage from 7pm BST / 2pm EDT / 11am PDT

Start the weekend early by tuning in for three hours of top notch tuneage from 7pm BST / 2pm EDT / 11am PDT.

The Allman Brothers Band, Styx, Argent, Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Hellyeah, Korn, Squakett, Dokken, Living Color, Golden Earring and Def Leppard all feature with a track taken from an album they released around about this time, back in the day.

We’ve also had a number of requests in for Budgie, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Dire Straits, Girlschool, L.A. Guns, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Schenker Group to name but a few.

Plus, we’ve some brand new music from supergroup Devil City Angels, Coheed and Cambria, Wearing Scars, Slam Cartel, as well as a track from the forthcoming Vardis EP ‘200mph’.

Competition-wise, there’s a copy of Ol Drake’s new album’Old Rake’ up for grabs. Click on our Competition page for more info.

All in all, it’s set to be another corker of a show.

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