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Rich Davenport
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Rich first started DJing in 1990 on a college radio station, and has been a gigging musician since the age of 14. He currently sings and plays lead guitar with Greyhound Bridge. He has also gigged extensively as a stand up comedian.
About my show
A mix of exclusive interviews,classic tracks and killer new cuts, bringing you the best in Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Southern Rock and Thrash
My favourite things
Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, UFO, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Judas Priest, Accept, Dio, 38 Special
My Featured Albums
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NIGHT RANGER
24 Strings and a Drummer Live and Acoustic

It's been said that the sign of a good song is that you can strip it down to just acoustic guitar and vocals and it still sounds great, and on this evidence, Night Ranger prove themselves to be melodic rock songwriters par excellence! "This Boy Needs To Rock", "When You Close Your Eyes", "Sister Christian", "The Secret of My Success" and "Sing Me Away" all boast memorable hooklines and have guitar and vocal harmonies to spare, with dual lead vocalists Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy on fine form throughout. And forget the idea of an acoustic album being a laid-back, mellowed-out affair; "24 Strings..." is a lively, energetic set, with guitarists Brad Gillis and Joel Hoekstra proving that they're equally adept when it comes to shredding on acoustic guitars as they are on electrics, with "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" being a particularly fine example of this.

The accompanying dvd has plenty of between-song banter, and the editing and camera angles give you a great view of the band in action up close. The show was recorded at an intimate gig in California to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of the band's debut album "Dawn Patrol", and both band and audience seem to be having a whale of a time.

RICH DAVENPORT
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DIO
The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2

In the wake of the highly successful "Very Beast of Dio" cd which came out in the US and Canada a few years ago, comes volume 2, covering the years 1996 to 2010, which saw the band release a brace of strong albums, including "Angry Machines", "Magica", "Killing The Dragon" and "Master of the Moon". This new compilation is proof that Ronnie James Dio was at the top of his game right through the latter part of his recording career. Tracks like "Fever Dreams", "Push", "Killing The Dragon" and "One More For The Road" roar out of the speakers, with RJD's vocal delivery and intriguing lyrics as potent as ever. As an overview of the 14 year period it covers, the album works very well, and the songs cover a lot of ground, from the doomier tones of "Black" and "Lord of the Last Day", to the more measured pace of "Electra" (one of three rare bonus tracks included on the album), to ballads like "As Long As It's Not About Love" and "This Is Your Life". If you're not familiar with this era of Ronnie's career, this album is a great way to sample its many highlights. And for die-hard fans, it makes a great in-car or iPod compilation, and is the first time the bonus tracks have all been assembled in one place! Recommended!

RICH DAVENPORT
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MOB RULES
Cannibal Nation

Wow! This has to be one of the most accomplished Melodic Metal albums I've heard all year. On this, their seventh album, Mob Rules serve up a set of songs that display both musical muscle and songwriting prowess. Soaring vocals, compelling melodies, in-yer-face guitars, and almost progressive arrangements run right through the album. Throw in well-crafted lyrics covering topics as diverse as the story of abducted Columbian politician Ingrid Betancourt ("Ice And Fire"), the first ascent of Mount Everest ("Scream For The Sun") and the banality of the mainstream media ("Tele Box Fool"), and you've got album that makes for a very engaging listen. If you're a fan of classic Iron Maiden, or "Mindcrime"-era Queensryche, you should find plenty to enjoy on "Cannibal Nation".

RICH DAVENPORT