Hard Rock


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Ex-Patto Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall teamed up with Keith Ellis and Tony Newman for this super group. Host of other luminaries passed through their ranks. Note third release was recorded second.

Founded: 1975

Location: London, England

Website: The Ollie Halsall Archive - Let It Rock! - Boxer

Groundhogs, The

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Named after John Lee Hooker's song, "Groundhog's Blues," The Groundhogs were founded by brothers John and Pete Cruickshank and guitarist Tony McPhee. Drummer Ken Pustelnik joined in 1965, and the by the end of the 60s, the trio of Pete Cruickshank, McPhee and Pustelnik were one of England's hottest blues bands. A string of albums entered the UK charts in the early 70s, before Egg drummer Clive Brooks replaced Pustelnik in 1972. McPhee still operates the band to this day!

Founded: 1963

Location: London, England

Website: Groundhogs & Tony McPhee Official Web Site

Hard Stuff

John Du Cann and Paul Hammond's post-Atomic Rooster band, with John Gustafson, ex-Quatermass.

Founded: 1971

Location: London, England

Hensley, Ken

Keyboardist, guitarist, and songwriter of Uriah Heep.

Founded: 1945

Location: Plumstead, South East London

Website: The Official Ken Hensley Website


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One of Germany's most idiosyncratic rock bands, the slow burn rock of Jane remained a constant through most of their career.

Founded: 1970

Location: Hannover, Germany

Website: jane, offizielle Homepage der deutschen Rockband

John Lawton, RIP

Vocalist John Lawton passed away suddenly last week in Bulgaria at the age of 74. Best known for his work with Uriah Heep and Lucifer's Friend, he was also a member of the Les Humphries Singers and featured on the 1976 Eurovision awards. My condolences to his family and friends.

Led Zeppelin First Three Albums Newly Remastered With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio

Some of my favorite albums as a teen, Led Zeppelin has announce the reissue of their entire catalog, with bonus audio and deluxe packaging. The first three albums are available in early June:


Neil Peart, RIP

Total shock. Neil Peart has passed at age 67. From Rolling Stone: "The cause was brain cancer, which he had been quietly battling for three years, according to Elliot Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family. A representative for the band confirmed the news to Rolling Stone."

RIP, Neil Ellwood Peart, 1952 - 2020.

Uriah Heep Shepperton 1974

Here's some classic David Byron, train-wreck and all, of the mighty Uriah Heep. Maybe not the most musically adventurous of the 70s, but certainly one of the hardest rockin' bands of the era!