Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show

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20080111 (6M)

Bruce has Bullet For My Valentine in the studio.

The latest, greatest new hard rock and metal, plus classics, obscurities and interviews

20080104 (6M)

Bruce has Norwegian death-punks Turbonegro in the studio.

The latest, greatest new hard rock and metal, plus classics, obscurities and interviews

20080208 (6M)

Bruce has nu-metal idols Korn on the show.

The latest, greatest new hard rock and metal, plus classics, obscurities and interviews

20080125 (6M)

Bruce is joined by Welsh metal quintet Bullet For My Valentine.

The latest, greatest new hard rock and metal, plus classics, obscurities and interviews

20080215 (6M)

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, and is joined by ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley.

Originally the lead singer of Wolfsbane, Birmingham born Bayley replaced Bruce as Iron Maiden frontman in 1994.

During his five years with the band, two albums were released and he joins us to discuss how hard it was to fill Bruce's shoes, and what it was like when Bruce returned to resume his former position in 1999.

Bruce is joined by ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley.

The latest, greatest new hard rock and metal, plus classics, obscurities and interviews

20080118 (6M)

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves.

The latest, greatest new hard rock and metal, plus classics, obscurities and interviews

20070622

Bruce's guests are melodic metal band 36 Crazyfists.

Originally from Alaska, they formed in the mid-90s and named themselves after a Jackie Chan movie, immediately causing a buzz on the metal scene.

Following the tragic death of their bassist in a car accident, they moved to Portland and were snapped up by Roadrunner Records in 2000.

Since the release of their first two records, Bitterness the Star and A Snow Capped Romance, they've gained European success and are currently performing all around the UK showcasing tracks from their forthcoming album, Rest Inside the Flames.

20070629

Bruce is joined by hard-rock supergroup Velvet Revolver.

20070706

Bruce's archive session comes from one of the most influential and extreme thrash metal bands of the 1980s - Slayer.

Formed in 1982 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, the band quickly discovered that they could get attention by exploiting threatening, satanic imagery. Their lyrics deal with everything from death and dismemberment to war and the horrors of hell.

We feature three of their tracks as recorded live by the BBC.

20070713

Bruce is joined by progressive death metal band Akercocke.

20070720

Bruce is joined by Christian metalcore band Still Remains.

Formed in 2002, Still Remains are known for incorporating keyboards into American modern metal, creating a distinctive eurometal sound.

With their latest album, The Serpent, due for release in August, the band is gearing up for a month-long stint on the Vans Warped Tour, a jaunt that will take them across the US and put them in front of faces who may be getting their first taste of aggressive and melodic metal.

20070727

Bruce is joined by Emigrate guitarist Richard Kruspe. Plus a classic BBC archive session and all the usual features - All Men Play On Ten, My Evil Twin and Three The Hard Way.

20070803

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music, as well as a smattering of classics and obscurities.

20070810

Chicago four-piece Madina Lake join Bruce for a chat.

Fusing the commanding guitars of heavy metal with crisp harmonies, electronic accents and the melodic conceits of indie rock, Madina Lake is a conceptually ambitious group whose songs provide an outlet for the band's views on politics, culture and the media's obsession with celebrity status.

With worldwide arena tour The Black Crusade due to take place this autumn, they're currently one of the hottest rock bands on the planet. Bruce is one of their biggest fans.

20070817

Bruce is joined by producer Andy Sneap.

20070824
20070831

This week Bruce has Aiden on the show to chat about their new album, Conviction. Plus all the usual features: All Men Play On Ten, My Evil Twin and Three The Hard Way.

20070907
20070914

Bruce has metal band Korn on the show. Often credited with creating and popularising the nu-metal genre, Korn's cathartic sound made them one of the most admired and provocative groups to emerge during the post-grunge era.

Since the release of their 1994 self-titled debut album, the Grammy Award-winning rockers from California have sold over 30 million records worldwide and toured with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and Rammstein. Their appearance on the Dimebag Darrell stage at this year's Download Festival drew the biggest crowd of the entire weekend - second only to Iron Maiden, who headlined the main stage.

The guys discuss recent changes to their line-up and tell us about their eighth studio album, Untitled, which was released at the end of July and reached number 15 in the UK charts.

20070921

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music, including a Rage Against The Machine archive session.

20070928
20071005

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music, as well as a smattering of classics and obscurities. Plus he's joined by New York progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria.

Formed in 2001, the four-piece are celebrated for releasing infectious and innovative concept albums reminiscent of the great prog rock bands of the 1960s and '70s. Since the release of their debut album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, the band has toured nearly non-stop and are set to hit the road once again to headline an upcoming tour promoting their new record: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness.

This new material continues what will constitute a five record concept saga, based around the story of a doomed married couple who are convinced they must sacrifice their own children in order to save the world from a viral infection embedded in their genes.

20071012

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music, plus he's joined by post-hardcore four-piece Emanuel.

20071019

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music. Plus he's joined by Japanese rock trio Electric Eel Shock.

20071102

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music, with highlights from the 2007 BBC Electric Proms in London.

Making its debut last year, the Electric Proms returns with BBC 6 Music and Bruce Dickinson broadcasting from the event in Camden. From massive gigs to intimate performances, everyone is encouraged to try something different, giving new and established acts the freedom to create unique performances. Bruce will be backstage to interview, preview and showcase shows from Breed 77 and Amplifier.

20071109

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music. In this edition Bruce invites New York five-piece Warrior Soul into the studio.

Although their material - in particular their debut release Last Decade, Dead Century - has received a large amount of critical acclaim, the band is thought to be notably underrated by the press and public alike, despite having inspiring a generation of musicians over the last two decades. Formed and led by Kory Clarke, the guys first burst on to the metal scene in the early 1990's, bringing with them their own blend of intelligent political activism, singing about fear, apathy and rejection.

Fresh from recording new material the hard rockers take time out from performing shows around the UK to chat to Bruce.

20071116

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music. Plus he welcome US hard rockers The Donnas onto the Friday Rock Show.

Now considered to be one of the best female rock groups of all time, The Donnas formed at the age of thirteen whilst at Junior High in Northern California in 1993. After winning a record contract when they finished high school the girls gained a cult following and considerable media attention, quickly becoming underground punk favourites.

Bitchin' is their seventh album which has recently been released on their own independent label Purple Feather after they parted company with Atlantic Records last year. Currently touring around the world, the girls come in and tell Bruce how everything is going.

20071123

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music.

Bruce is joined by Kentucky four-piece band Black Stone Cherry. Despite the fact that all the band members remain under 25, the guys are already renowned for guitars with a shuddering rhythmic attack and have been likened to bands such as Soundgarden for their earthy and raw vocal performance as well as AC/DC for their heavy yet fun musicianship.

20071130

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music. American thrash metal group Iced Earth are the guests on this edition.

20071207

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo and metal. Plus he's joined by System of a Down frontman and solo artist, Serj Tankian.

20071214

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music. Plus he's joined by metalcore five-piece Atreyu.

Having sold over a million albums, Atreyu play a combination of 1980s metal, thrash, industrial hardcore and even alternative country. Coming out of Southern California during the rap metal explosion of the late 1990s, the guys differed from their counterparts by creating a warped detuned sound, matched by pounding drums and acidic vocals.

Originally called Retribution, they changed their name to Atreyu after a character in film The Neverending Story.

2007 has been a successful year for the group. They have just completed a series of European dates and released their fifth album Lead Sails Paper Anchor, which has received chart success both in the UK and US.

20071221

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music.

Plus highlights from the year's interviews, featuring Megadeth, Dream Theatre, Killswitch Engage, Velvet Revolver and others.

20071228

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo and metal, plus his musical highlights from the past year.

20080104

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music, plus he has Norwegian death-punks Turbonegro in the studio.

20080118

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, playing the latest, greatest hard rock, emo, metal and extreme music.

20080201

Bruce lays waste to the nation's airwaves, and is joined by Welsh metal quintet Bullet For My Valentine.

20080208

Bruce has nu-metal idols Korn on the show.

20080613

Bruce has Heitham Al-Sayed, frontman with genre-hopping outfit Senser, in the studio with an exclusive preview of tracks taken from their as-yet-untitled new album.

Plus they talk about how Senser's UK tour is going and whether it's a challenge staying at the cutting-edge of alternative music.

20081128

Bruce is joined by Michael Monroe, frontman with Finnish metal band Hanoi Rocks.

Bruce plays the latest and greatest hard rock, punk and metal tracks, plus he's joined by Michael Monroe, frontman with Finnish metal band Hanoi Rocks.

25/01/200820080201 (6M)

Bruce is joined by Welsh metal quintet Bullet For My Valentine.

The latest, greatest new hard rock and metal, plus classics, obscurities and interviews

6M20081219

Bruce is joined by Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Robb Flynn from Machine Head, who team up for an hour to play some of their favourite tracks.

Bruce is joined by Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Robb Flynn from Machine Head.

6M20081226

Bruce celebrates the year gone by with highlights from shows past.

Bruce celebrates the year gone by with highlights from shows past, featuring Lemmy from Motorhead, Lars and James from Metallica, Phil Anselmo from Down and more.

6M20090102

Bruce welcomes Australian hard rockers Airbourne onto the show.

Bruce plays the latest and greatest hard rock, punk and metal tracks, plus he welcomes Australian hard rockers Airbourne onto the show to talk about their their recent UK gigs.

6M20090109

Bruce plays an archive session from Avenged Sevenfold and new tracks from Guns n' Roses.

Bruce plays tons of listeners' requests, an archive session from Avenged Sevenfold and brand-new tracks from Guns n' Roses, The Answer and Volbeat.

6M20090116

Bruce plays the latest and greatest hard rock, punk and metal tracks, plus he's joined by Biff Byford of UK metal band Saxon to talk about the band's new album and plans for 2009.

Bruce is joined by Biff Byford of veteran UK metal band Saxon.

6M20090123

Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry sit in for Bruce and spin some of their favourite tunes.

Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry sit in and spin some of their favourite tunes.

6M20090130

Bruce is joined by American hard rockers Shinedown, who talk about working with Grammy Award-winning producer Rob Cavallo.

Bruce is joined by American hard rockers Shinedown.

6M20090206

Bruce is joined by 'metal queen' Doro Pesch, who is currently celebrating 25 years in the music business.

Bruce is joined by 'metal queen' Doro Pesch, currently celebrating 25 years in music.

6M20090213

Bruce is joined by leather-clad Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, who talks about the band's plans for 2009 and where he gets the inspiration for his flamboyant outfits.

Bruce is joined by leather-clad Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford.

6M20090220

Bruce is joined by Virginia band Lamb of God, who talk about their fifth studio album Wrath and their current world tour.

Bruce is joined by Virginia band Lamb of God, who talk about their fifth album Wrath.

6M20090227

Bruce plays the latest and best hard rock, punk and heavy metal tracks, plus he talks to American rock band Staind about their sixth album Illusion of Progress and recent UK tour.

Bruce talks to American rock band Staind about their sixth album Illusion of Progress.

6M20090306

Bruce plays the latest and best hard rock, punk and heavy metal tracks, plus he is joined by Ivan and Zoltan from LA metal group Five Finger Death Punch.

Bruce is joined by Ivan and Zoltan from LA metal group Five Finger Death Punch.

6M20090313

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Chuck Billy from Testament take over the show for an hour, pushing Bruce out of the way and playing their own selection of tracks.

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Chuck Billy from Testament take over the show for an hour.

6M20090320

Synopsis

Bruce is joined by Lips and Robb from veteran band Anvil, along with director and fan Sacha Gervasi, who rescued them from obscurity with his documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Bruce is joined by Lips and Robb from metal band Anvil plus director and fan Sacha Gervasi

6M20090327

Synopsis

Bruce is joined by Lips and Robb from veteran band Anvil, along with director and fan Sacha Gervasi, who rescued them from obscurity with his documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Bruce's guests are Northern Irish rockers Therapy?

6M20090403

Alexi and Henkka from metal band Children of Bodom take over the show and play some of their favourite tracks, plus they talk about their influences and growing up in Finland.

Alexi and Henkka from Finnish metal band Children of Bodom take over the show.

6M20090410

Bruce plays great new tunes plus a trio of live tracks from Megadeth, recorded at the Milton Keynes Bowl in 1993.

Bruce plays great new tunes plus a trio of live tracks from Megadeth.

6M20090417

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Bruce is joined by Chicago four-piece Madina Lake, who talk about the recording of their new album Attics to Eden and how their recent UK dates have been going.

Bruce is joined by Chicago four-piece Madina Lake, who talk about new album Attics to Eden

6M20090424

This Friday Bruce has the tiresome task of having to chat to one of the most photographed women in rock.

  • fronted by maria brink, in this moment have already performed with the likes of ozzy osbourne, megadeth and lacuna coil and are set to hit the road again this year, playing all 46 dates on the vans warped tour 09 alongside gallows, black tide and madina lake

  • previously a local cult favourite in la the band has now become an internet phenomenon, attracting over 7 million plays on myspace alone

  • they join bruce to talk about working with producer kevin churko on new album the dream and how they plan to cross-over into the consciousness of the mainstream metal scene.

    bruce dickinson chats to american band in this moment about their new album the dream.

  • 6M20090501

    This week we hear from the godfathers of heavy metal, Heaven & Hell.

  • heaven & hell is a musical collaboration consisting of current black sabbath members tony iommi and geezer butler, along with former members ronnie james dio and vinny appice

  • now unable to perform under the label "black sabbath" the rock pioneers are currently touring under this new name

  • seemingly revitalized by their recent reunion, they've just made their first full length album with this line-up since 1992's dehumanizer. in fact the guys opted to record the devil you know at rockfield studio's in wales, the same place they used 17 years ago to record their last album

  • they barge into the studio to tell bruce how recording went and about their upcoming european tour, which starts in russia at the end of may.

    bruce dickinson is joined by metal supergroup heaven and hell.

  • 6M20090508

    Bruce Dickinson is joined by UK punks Gallows, who talk about their critical view of contemporary Britain and how they manage to hang on to their punk ideals.

    Bruce Dickinson is joined by UK punk band Gallows.

    6M20090515

    Legendary guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani will be our guest this week.

    He's been nominated for 13 Grammy awards, sold over 7 million records worldwide and is regarded as being one of the most technically accomplished and widely respected guitarists of all time. As well as releasing his own albums, Joe has recorded and toured with the likes of Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Spinal Tap. Not content with creating his own line of guitars he's also taught some of the greats of rock, including Kirk Hammett of Metallica and David Bryson of Counting Crows.

    This Friday Joe joins us to talk about his new supergroup Chickenfoot where he features alongside ex Van Halen bassist, Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith and ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar.

    Having just announced plans to perform at the Shepherds Bush Empire, he reveals all about how the group formed, the recording of their self titled debut album and how the four members found working together. Joe also tells us about the origins of their rather unique name!

    Bruce Dickinson is joined by guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.

    6M20090522

    This week we welcome one of rock's most infamous vocalists to the show, Ian Gillan.

    Having performed with ground-breaking bands like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, Gillan began singing when he was a teenager, heavily influenced by the likes of Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Buddy Holly.

    In 1969 Gillan joined Deep Purple and forty years on the band is still going strong (having survived some line-up upheavals) with a UK tour scheduled for the end of this year.

    He's also enjoyed success as a solo artist and has just recorded his new album 'One Eye To Morocco'.

    He'll be talking to us about the forthcoming tour and how he's enjoyed four decades in the industry.

    Bruce Dickinson is joined by Ian Gillen, who talks about his four decades in the business.

    6M20090529

    UK rockers Thunder are our guests on the show this week.

    Formed in '89 Thunder are regarded as being one of the most visible and popular bands of the last two decades. Their tradition of creating good and honest blues rock albums with big riffs and sing along choruses has propelled them to be labeled as one of Britain's best live acts.

    The five-piece have enjoyed chart success and a strong, loyal fan base but have decided to quit 20 years after they formed. We speak to them about their farewell tour, why they've finally decided to split up and what they plan to do next.

    Bruce is joined by UK rockers Thunder, who discuss their farewell tour.

    6M20090605

    Bruce plays a load of new music, plus a much-requested Gillan archive session from May 1982.

    Bruce plays a load of new music, plus a much-requested Gillan session from May 1982.

    6M20090612

    Post-hardcore band Enter Shikari will be on rocking out on the show this Friday.

    Not many bands would have the confidence to approach the Astoria, with its noteworthy capacity of 2000, for a headline gig without the support of a record company. Well Enter Shikari did - and they sold it out before being signed.

    Formed back in 2003, three quarters of the band actually met at primary school. They've impressed both critics and underground metal fans and are hoping that their forthcoming second album, Common Dreads, follows suit this June.

    They've toured all over the world, supported the likes of My Chemical Romance and are now set to wow fans at Reading and Leeds this year.

    We'll be asking them what it's like running their own record label, about being in charge of your own career, and how they plan to stay at the cutting edge of rock.

    Bruce talks to post-hardcore band Enter Shikari about running their own label.

    6M20090619

    Veteran Senegalese world beat star Baaba Maal performs a Hub Session for Tom Robinson.

    This week we're joined by Mike Portnoy, drummer with progressive metal veterans Dream Theater.

    Dream Theater have sold over 15 million albums and are one of the most technically proficient bands around. Since the mid 80s the band have witnessed changes to their line-up and disputes with record labels, but they remain one of the most popular groups around.

    We'll be asking Mike about their plans to play Download Festival this year, as well as performing two special gigs in Leeds and Southampton. He'll also be telling us about their tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings, which is out this month and why they're teaming up with Opeth to bring their Progressive Nation tour to Europe for the very first time this autumn.

    Bruce is joined by Mike Portnoy, drummer with progressive metal band Dream Theater.

    6M20090703

    This week Bruce speaks to Bill and Brann from massive metal band Mastodon.

    Having formed in 2000, Mastodon have succeeded in creating an innovative, category-defying blend of grindcore and growling death metal that has earned them significant critical acclaim. Having toured nearly non stop, the guys have additionally earned a reputation as an accessible and approachable band - and also secured a Grammy nomination for their album Blood Mountain.

    Guitarist Bill and drummer Brann will be telling Bruce all about working with super producer Brendan O'Brien and the mind boggling concept behind the new record. They also let us know how they're feeling about touring Europe this summer with Metallica.

    Guitarist Bill and drummer Brann, from Mastodon, join Bruce.

    6M20090710

    This week Californian rockers Tesla are taking over the show.

    Formed in the mid 80s Tesla's music was bluesy, no frills 70s style hard rock, concentrating more on solid musicianship and maintaining a grounded attitude plus a genuine affection for old school hard rock, rather than vast arena-ready choruses like many bands of the day.

    In keeping with their unpretentious blue collar roots, Tesla responded to stardom not by adopting the grand theatrics of their counterparts but by stripping things down. Setting them even further apart from their contemporaries was their t-shirt and jeans image, which contrasted with a glam metal look characterised by leather pants and flashy make up.

    They come in to select some of their fave tracks and play songs from their brand new album Forever More.

    Californian rockers Tesla take over the show.

    6M20090717

    This week we have Grammy award winning rock band The Mars Volta on the show.

    Hailed by The New Yorker as "perhaps the most musically adventurous act currently signed to a major label", The Mars Volta formed in 2001.

    Tackling themes such as abandonment and addiction the guys have just released their brand new fifth album Octahedron. They have an impressive reputation for live performances (having supported the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the past) and we'll be finding out how their special outdoor show at Somerset House was received.

    Guitarist Omar and lead singer Cedric come in to reveal all.

    Bruce is joined by guitarist Omar and singer Cedric from The Mars Volta.

    6M20090724

    What do you get when you mix Cradle of Filth with Carcass and Europe? A Friday Rock Show takeover - of course.

    With millions of records sold between them, Bruce steps aside for an hour as Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth; Bill Steer of Carcass; and Joey Tempest from Sweden's biggest selling rock band, Europe; select some of their favourite tracks. It'll be the ultimate Final Countdown.

    They also tell us about which bands have inspired them over the years and what fans can expect when they all play the Bloodstock Open Air Festival this August.

    Bruce steps aside as Dani Filth, Bill Steer and Joey Tempest take over the show.

    6M20090731

    This Friday we are joined by Deron and Jess from CKY.

    Having met in maths class the guys have seemingly developed a formula for success. They've opened for Metallica, had their third major album reach #35 on the Billboard Top 100 and have also featured on the soundtrack to Bam Margera's (of Jackass fame) skating video CKY. They've also just added a new concept album to the equation. It's called Carver City and is described as half fantasy-half autobiography.

    The guys will be explaining the idea behind the new record, their recent performance in the UK and why they wanted to produce their own material.

    Bruce in joined by Deron and Jess from CKY to talk about their new record.

    6M20090807

    This week we're joined by rock trio Blanco Diablo.

    As a relatively new band on the scene, Blanco Diablo have impressed with their distinctive sound and intense and soulful bluesy style. Following on from their d退but album, Paper Poison Revolution, the guys have just released their new record Killing Kings and performed dates all around the UK.

    They'll be telling us about working with the Grammy nominated producer Chris Tsangarides, who has worked with Anvil and some chap called Bruce Dickinson.

    Bruce is joined by rock trio Blanco Diablo.

    6M20090814

    Charismatic hard rock band The Wildhearts will be joining us this Friday.

    Originating from Newcastle, their blend of hard rock and melodic pop music has ensured that they have remained at the forefront of the British rock scene. Headed by controversial guitarist Ginger, (real name David Walls) the band has led a fairly chaotic life, blighted by splits, substance abuse and feuds with record companies.

    The roller coaster ride which is the life of The Wildhearts began in early 1990. Led by glam rock idol Ginger, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lived in the heart of the band, and soon Ginger sacked everyone but guitarist Chris Jagdhar and assumed vocal duties himself. The band became very popular in the London club scene, where their intense rock 'n' roll lifestyle led them to sign a record contract with EastWest Records in 1991, with their debut album (Earth vs. The Wildhearts) following in 1993.

    The guys have played several tours, the most memorable of which was alongside The Manic Street Preachers. Although crude, over the top and eccentric, they continue to wow audiences with their intense energy and crazy stage antics. Announcing a split in 1997 they were again reunited in 2001.

    They'll be telling us about the return of The Wildhearts and about their plans for the autumn.

    Bruce is joined by UK band The Wildhearts to talk about their plans for the future.

    6M20090821

    This week we have the New York quintet Taking Back Sunday on the show. Having just released their latest album New Again, the guys are hoping to continue with the success of the last few years. Now a decade in the business they've had three gold albums, toured with the likes of My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park, and now have just been joined by guitarist and backing vocalist Matt Fazzi. The guys will be Bruce for the day; playing at being DJs and putting the questions to each other. We'll be hearing their views on their new album, discussing what Matt has brought to the band, plus they'll be talking about the current state of the rock scene.

    New York quintet Taking Back Sunday take over from Bruce.

    6M20090828

    This week we speak to the front man of one of music's most controversial bands. Corey Taylor is one of the most charismatic and respected singers on the rock scene. He's won a Grammy, headlined Download Festival and sold over 10 million albums worldwide with one of hard rock's most extreme and theatrical acts - Slipknot.

    Slipknot are all set to celebrate ten years since they exploded onto the rock scene with the release of a special anniversary edition of their seminal eponymous debut album on 9 September. On the very same day they are planning to host and headline a one-day festival in their hometown of Des Moines.

    Being in Slipknot has been like riding on a rollercoaster since the very beginning, what with injuries, in-fighting and rumours of splits constantly generating headlines; never mind the music. Corey tells the Slipknot story; from their humble beginnings as a small town group to worldwide fame; the attention, the press, and of course...the masks. They've literally sweated more blood, sweat and tears than hundreds of other bands put together.

    Bruce speaks to Corey Taylor, frontman with controversial rock band Slipknot.

    6M20090904

    This week Bruce speaks to Welsh rockers Funeral For A Friend.

    It's a busy time for the quintet with a greatest hits album Your History Is Mine: 2002-2009 due for release at the end of September. This new compilation reflects their career as a new band in South Wales and also features new material with musical and vocal input from new bassist Gavin Burrough.

    The guys are also preparing to perform around the UK this October but they still find the time to catch up with old touring partner Bruce. They'll be telling him how they selected the tracks for the new record, reflect on how far they've come in such a short time.and what their plans are for the future.

    Bruce speaks to Welsh rockers Funeral For A Friend about their Greatest Hits album.

    6M20090911

    This week Bruce talks to Joey Tempest, frontman of Sweden's biggest selling hard rock band Europe.

    Melodic classic rockers Europe recorded their first record back in the early 80s after winning first prize in a rock band competition. They then shot to fame with their hugely successful single The Final Countdown and have since become tour veterans, having played over 1000 concerts. They are all set to release their eighth studio album, Last Look At Eden, this month.

    Joey tells Bruce about the pressures that success has bought. He also explains why he chose to live in London and not Sweden like his bandmates.

    Bruce talks to Joey Tempest, frontman with Sweden's biggest selling hard rock band Europe.

    6M20090918

    This week Bruce speaks to Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson.Set to release their tenth studio album The Incident this autumn, Porcupine Tree are veterans of the progressive rock scene. Since their first release back in 1992 the guys have been nominated for a Grammy and have sold over half a million records. Steven explains the story behind the title of the new album and why the band chose to complete it as one continuous piece of music - totalling 55 minutes in total. He also tells Bruce about his plans for their forthcoming gigs in the UK this October.

    Bruce talks to Steve Wilson, frontman of veteran prog rock band Porcupine Tree.

    6M20090925

    This week Bruce talks to heavy metal quartet Alice In Chains.Over the course of their career the guys have earned multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, and have had two No. 1 records in the US. Set to release their first new studio release in over ten years, all four members join Bruce to tell him about how and why they reunited. We also hear how new singer William DuVall is fitting in and what it was like recording with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked with Rush and the Foo Fighters.

    Bruce talks to Grammy-nominated metal quartet Alice In Chains.

    6M20091002

    Having emerged in the early 90s with a critically acclaimed debut album, the music of Senser is hard to define, encompassing rock, rap and electronica, with politically charged lyrics. Also renowned for their support of anti-racist organisations, the band has appeared at major festivals in the past, including Glastonbury and Reading. This autumn sees the band play six dates in the UK before heading off to perform in Europe. This Friday the guys pop in to talk about their fourth studio album, How To Do Battle, and explain how they are finding the rock scene after being away for a while.

    Bruce is joined by politically-charged rockers Senser to talk about their fourth album.

    6M20091009

    This week Bruce is joined by keyboard wizard Don Airey of Deep Purple.

    Deep Purple are a national rock treasure. Having formed back in 1968 they've survived endless changes to their line-up, infamous in-fighting and have launched the careers of Richie Blackmore, David Coverdale and Ian Gillan.

    Imagine going to see your favourite band perform as a youngster and then finally one day finding yourself on stage with them. That's exactly what happened to Airey and his life's ambition was realised a few years back when he was asked to join Purple, replacing the legendary Jon Lord. His cv would have looked impressive before this having already worked with the likes of Ozzy Osborne, Rainbow and Judas Priest (plus a little known singer called Bruce Dickinson).

    He chats to Bruce about their forthcoming tour and how Deep Purple changed his life forever.

    Bruce is joined by Don Airey, keyboard player with Deep Purple.

    6M20091016

    This week we welcome Wolf guitarist Johannes 'Axe' Axeman to the show.Formed in Sweden fourteen years ago Wolf are on a mission to bring true heavy metal to the masses. They've toured with the likes of Municipal Waste and Trivium and are set to perform around the UK in October.Johannes tells us about what it was like working with legendary producer Roy Z on their new album Ravenous.

    Bruce welcomes Johannes 'Axe' Axeman of Swedish heavy metal band Wolf into the studio.

    6M20091023

    This week, Bruce talks to one of the godfathers of metal, Tony Iommi.Together with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Tony Iommi is considered one of the pioneers of the rock riff. Born in 1948 Tony's musical career was nearly cut short after an accident at a metal factory, when a machine sliced off the tips of his fingers. However fame eventually followed when he began to play with a Birmingham quartet by the name of Black Sabbath.Now 40 years on they've sold millions of albums and are one of the most important and influential bands of all time. Tony comes in to tell Bruce about their decision to release remastered deluxe editions of five classic Sabbath albums.

    Bruce talks to metal godfather Tony Iommi.

    6M20091030

    This week, Bruce welcomes Gibraltar's finest flamenco rockers - Breed 77.

    With a ten year career, four albums and endless world tours under their belts Breed 77 have succeeded in putting Gibraltar on the hard rock map. Prior to that, the country came closest to rock importance when John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married there in 1969.

    Mixing their native Mediterranean influences with contemporary rock and metal, the band write in both English and Spanish, and have shared the stage with the likes of Black Sabbath, Megadeth and Metallica.

    Having last graced us with their presence two years ago when they performed for us at the Electric Proms they now return to showcase their new album, Insects. They'll also be telling us about their forthcoming UK tour which kicks off in November.

    Bruce is joined by Gibraltar rockers Breed 77, who talk about their upcoming UK tour.

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    This week Bruce steps aside and invites both veterans and upcoming bands into the studio to take over the show for an hour.

    Underground favourite Liam from the Cancer Bats joins metal novice Austin from Rise to Remain and established rock show regular Biff Byford from Saxon to tell us all about the second Hellfire Festival which they will all perform at this weekend.

    They also enthuse over music that's inspired them and select tracks to play us from fellow Hellfire artists. Plus they'll also be spinning disks that have motivated and moved them over the years.

    Bruce is joined by Liam from Cancer Bats, Austin from Rise to Remain and Biff from Saxon.

    6M20091113

    This week, Japanese punk metal rockers Electric Eel Shock join Bruce.

    Formed in Tokyo a decade ago, the trio were brought together over a mutual obsession with Black Sabbath. They are now considered to be one of rock's most hardworking bands. In the early days they recorded and released their own albums, paying their way by selling merchandise and their self recorded album Slayers Bay Blues at their own gigs... which of course they booked themselves.

    On tour almost constantly since the start EES have now performed in over 30 countries, and return to play more dates around the UK this autumn. They talk to Bruce about how they funded new album Sugoi Indeed and about their love of fishing.

    Bruce talks to Japanese punk-metallers Electric Eel Shock about their new album.

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    Bruce plays the latest and best hard rock, metal and punk sounds.

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    This week, we've got Maryland rockers Clutch taking over and selecting some of the tracks that have inspired them over the years.

    Clutch formed back in 1991 and were inspired by the likes of Led Zeppelin and Faith No More. Nearly twenty years on they're still going strong. They've just received rave reviews for their latest album, Strange Cousins From The West which achieved Top 40 status on the Billboard Top 200.

    As well as picking out some great tracks to play us, Clutch reveal all about the making of the new record and tell us what it's like to run their own label. They also let us know how their performances were received when they played six dates around the UK earlier this month.

    Maryland rockers Clutch take over and play tracks that have inspired them.

    6M20091204

    Welsh metallers Skindred join us this week.

    Combining reggae, rock and punk Skindred are one of the most inventive metal bands in the UK. They've also sold over half a million albums in the US and were named "Best Live Band In Britain" by Kerrang!

    Having toured with the likes of Disturbed, Korn and Gogol Bordello the guys have recently released their studio record Shark Bits and Dog Fights. They tell us about recording the album and how they're preparing for their forthcoming world tour.

    Bruce welcomes Welsh metallers Skindred into the studio.

    6M20091211

    This week Bruce is joined by Hollywood star turned rock star, Juliette Lewis.

    Having turned her attention to music alongside acting, Juliette started out as a guest vocalist for the Prodigy and featured in a video by H.I.M during the early 90's. She then released her debut album five years ago and has since performed alongside acts like the Killers, Foo Fighters and Muse.

    Juliette tells Bruce about her new album Terra Incognita, which means "unknown territory". She also reveals how her European tour has been received and what it was like working with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the Mars Volta who has produced the new record.

    Bruce is joined by Hollywood star turned rock star Juliette Lewis.

    6M20091218

    This week, Bruce welcomes Northern Irish rockers The Answer to the show.

    It's been a momentous year for the blues-influenced quartet. They've released their second album Everyday Demons to rapturous reviews and supported AC/DC on their mammoth world tour.

    Influenced by the likes of Free, Led Zeppelin and Cream the guys have now performed with the Rolling Stones, The Who and Aerosmith.

    We hear about their amazing year, their thoughts on the state of current classic rock and what their plans for 2010 include.

    Bruce welcomes Northern Irish rockers The Answer onto the show.

    6M20091225

    As we head to the end of another year Bruce reflects on the rock legacy of 2009.

    In this special show Bruce reveals his selection of favourite interviews of the past twelve months. We'll have another chance to hear highlights from some of metals finest stars who have all graced the rock show studios.

    This includes Alice in Chains, Thunder, Judas Priest and Mastodon. Plus we relive the time when Chuck Billy of Testament and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth teamed up for their memorable Takeover.

    *please note that the show is scheduled to be 2 hours this week - from 22:00-00:00.

    Bruce's highlights from chats with Alice in Chains, Thunder, Judas Priest and Mastodon.

    6M20100108

    Friday Rock Show favourites Killswitch Engage return to the show.

    Bruce welcomes Rock Show favourites Killswitch Engage back into the studio.

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    Recently reunited Vernon and Will talk about new album Chair In The Doorway, the meaning behind the title and their current European tour. Vernon also reveals his role in the Black Rock Coalition.

    Bruce is joined by Vernon and Will from funk-metal band Living Colour.

    6M20100122

    This week we'll have Welsh melodic rockers Lostphrophets in the studio. They take Bruce's place for an hour, fighting with each other over the controls and playing us tracks that have thrilled them over the years.

    The guys also reflect on the last decade, which has launched them into the forefront of the UK rock scene. We hear songs from their latest offering The Betrayed and hear how they're gearing up for their full UK tour which kicks off in February.

    Welsh rockers Lostphrophets take over the show for an hour.

    6M20100129

    This week Bruce welcomes explosive heavy metal quartet Baroness to the show.

    Hailing from Savannah the guys formed back in 2003. Since then they've been at the forefront of rock and are one of the hardest working bands around - performing almost 250 live shows a year. Two years after the release of their debut offering The Red Album they are back with their sophomore effort, which includes a similarly colour obsessed title of Blue Record.

    They come on to tell us their hopes for 2010 and how their world tour is progressing.

    Bruce welcomes explosive heavy metal quartet Baroness onto the show.

    6M20100205

    Australian retro rockers Wolfmother join us this week.

    Formed ten years ago their self titled debut offering earned them substantial industry praise and a Grammy Award. Since then it all seems to have fallen apart for them with two of the three original members leaving the group.

    Recently three new members have joined lead singer Andrew. We ask them all about the dramatic new line-up, their latest album Cosmic Egg and how they enjoyed touring around in the UK in January.

    Bruce welcomes Australian retro rockers Wolfmother onto the show.

    6M20100212

    This Friday we invite melodic pop rockers You Me At Six into the studio to play at being DJ's for the night and interview each other.

    Since their formation three years ago it's been a whirlwind for the Surrey based quintet. They've received two Kerrang! Norminations, toured with the likes of Fightstar and Fall Out Boy and achieved chart success with their debut album Take Off Your Colours.

    As well as getting the guys to grill each other we'll hear their hopes for the forthcoming year, find out what it was like working with producer John Mitchell (Funeral For A Friend and Enter Shikari) and see how their performances in Australia were received.

    Bruce welcomes melodic pop rockers You Me At Six into the studio to play at being DJs.

    6M20100226

    What do you get when you combine German industrial metal with dark humour and powerful theatrical performance?

    Few bands have actually been arrested following a live show, but our guests this week have managed it. Formed in the wake of the Soviet Union's control Rammstein have gained a cult following and are no strangers to controversy. Their latest album Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da (Love Is For All) has recently been banned from public display in German stores.

    They'll be revealing their reaction was to this news. They also tell us how they're preparing to headline at their first ever U.K. festival appearance this summer when they perform at Sonisphere alongside Iron Maiden.

    Bruce talks to German industrial metal band Rammstein.

    6M20100305

    Bruce is joined by LA metal band Fear Factory.

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    Fear Factory are our guests this week.

    Formed in LA twenty years ago Fear Factory were one of the first to combine the genres of death metal with industrial rock into their own unique sound. After releasing four critically acclaimed records, selling over a million albums and touring with Machine Head the guys seemed to be on an ascent to the top of the metal scene. However the group imploded in 2002 and chaos ensued. In-fighting, exhaustion and personal differences meant that the creative core of the group splintered.

    We ask them to explain the split, to talk us through the process of making their new record Mechanize and to let us know how the new line-up is working out.

    6M20100312

    Bruce chats to Scottish hard rockers Nazareth.

    Formed back in 1968 the guys took their name from the 1st line off The Band's classic The Weight... 'I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling about half past dead...' They went on to record Love Hurts - with the album selling over a million copies in the US.

    Bruce asks Dan and Pete from the band about the decision to release re-mastered and reissued versions of their extensive catalogue. They also share their excitement about the current European tour and reveal how Joni Mitchell responded to their cover of This Flight Tonight.

    6M20100319

    The impressively coiffured Claudio Sanchez, lead singer of progressive hard rockers Coheed and Cambria joins us this week.

    He tells us about their fifth studio album Year of The Black Rainbow and what it was like working with producers Atticus Ross (Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction) and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age and Tool).

    Claudio will also reveal why he chose to co-write a new novel which accompanies special edition copies of the new record.

    Bruce is joined by Claudio Sanchez from progressive hard rockers Coheed and Cambria.

    6M20100326

    Shy and retiring Kiss frontman Gene Simmons joins us this week.

    Gene tells us about new album "Sonic Boom" - their most critically acclaimed record in years. He'll also reveal his feelings about the huge demand for tickets for their live extravaganza, and what Kiss means in the 21st century.

    Bruce is joined by shy and retiring Kiss frontman Gene Simmons.

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    This week we're joined by thunderous melodic metallers White Wizzard

    Influenced by older British heavy rock greats, LA's White Wizzard's goal is simple; to rebel against modern screamo metal while bringing back 80's inspired melody and songwriting.

    The guys tell us about the recent change of line-up, their debut album Over The Top and what it's been like working with Iron Maiden artist (and creator of Eddie the mascot) Derek Riggs.

    Bruce is joined by thunderous melodic metallers White Wizzard.

    6M20100409

    This week we are joined by Ian & KK from Judas Priest.

    Formed back in the early 70s in Birmingham, Judas Priest are one of the most influential and successful rock groups in the world. Having just won a Grammy award, MTV also selected them as their second Greatest Metal Bands of all-time, sandwiched between winners Black Sabbath and Metallica who came in third.

    The guys tell us about how they are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their massively significant British Steel album and all the fun they had putting it together.

    Bruce is joined by Ian and KK from Judas Priest.

    6M20100416

    Swedish prog-metallers Opeth join us this week.

    Formed in 1990 Opeth are a leading force in Scandinavian death metal. They're also renowned for creatively adding their own atmospheric influences to create their unique sound, including classical, folk and jazz.

    The guys come in to reveal how they're celebrating their twentieth anniversary, which includes a run of special shows they're putting on across the world where they'll be playing highlights from their extensive catalogue. Plus they divulge what their future plans are and how they manage to keep so inspired.

    Bruce is joined by Swedish prog-metallers Opeth.

    6M20100423

    This Friday we're joined by guitar icon Slash.

    As lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses, Slash epitomised the reckless spirit of rock, creating rifftastic, hedonistic, raw signature sounds. Considered to be one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, he's also been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles.

    He comes in to tell us about his new self titled solo album, which features a vast range of famous guest stars such as Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop and Ozzy Osbourne plus many more. He also reveals his excitement about playing live again and lets us know about the current situation with Velvet Revolver.

    Bruce is joined by iconic guitarist Slash who talks about his new album.

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    This Friday we're joined by guitar icon Slash.

    As lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses, Slash epitomised the reckless spirit of rock, creating rifftastic, hedonistic, raw signature sounds. Considered to be one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, he's also been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles.

    He comes in to tell us about his new self titled solo album, which features a vast range of famous guest stars such as Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop and Ozzy Osbourne plus many more. He also reveals his excitement about playing live again and lets us know about the current situation with Velvet Revolver.

    Bruce is joined by guitar icon Slash, who talks about his new solo album.

    6M20100507

    Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine are returning to the fray with an eagerly anticipated new release called Fever, an album the band describe as "bigger and darker" than anything they've done before. Their previous two albums, The Poison and Scream Aim Fire, quickly propelled the band to rock star status, both in the UK and worldwide - a rare feat for a young UK band.

    Bullet For My Valentine take over the show for an hour to talk about the making of the album; the huge pressure on them; their growth as musicians; how producer Dan Gilmore pushed the band to breaking point in pursuit of the best performances possible; and how the late night writing sessions and The Witching Hour inspired some of their best ever riffs.

    They also share some of their favourite music by other artists and discuss how those songs influenced and inspired them as fans and as musicians.

    Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine take over the show for an hour.

    6M20100514

    Newcomers Pythia created a big buzz last year with their debut album, "Beneath The Veiled Embrace", a heady mix of Power Metal and Gothic imagery. Taking their name from an ancient Greek Priestess in Apollo's Oracle in Delphi, the band bonded out of a mutual love of Heavy Metal and classical music and literature, and with one aim; to steal the Gothic Power Metal Crown from their peers.

    Bruce is joined by Pythia, who chat about loud music and working with Brian Blessed.

    6M20100521

    This week Bruce is joined by Mick Box of Uriah Heep. One of the most popular hard rock groups of the early 70's the guys have sold over 30 million albums, survived a huge number of line-up changes and are still going strong today. Now celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut album, Mick comes in to tell Bruce about their astonishing career and their festival plans for the summer.

    In their time UFO have been huge, have barely scraped-by or have even ground to a complete halt. They've worked with the likes of George Martin, and in 1979 released one of the all-time classic live albums in "Strangers In The Night".

    After intermittent success in the eighties and nineties, when American guitarist Vinnie Moore joined in 2004 he brought not only his considerable talents to UFO but also a stability the band needed.Subsequently the band are enjoying something of a renaissance, with current album "The Visitor" bringing the band the most critical acclaim they've had in years.

    Bruce chats to Mick Box of Uriah Heep about the band's astonishing career.

    6M20100528

    After eight years of fronting the Rock Show for 6 Music, Iron Maiden front-man Bruce Dickinson returns for one final show. And he promises a very personal selection of music; the usual format, like the proverbial hotel TV, goes out the window and he instead plays nothing but his favourite tracks and bands.

    From the music that inspired him to become a musician - Deep Purple and Black Sabbath- to bands he's toured with - Judas Priest and Dream Theater - to new bands at the cutting edge, bands he thinks are the future of the music, like System Of A Down and Killswitch Engage. Plus there's some more obscure favourites, some classics past and present and from the BBC's archives, Iron Maiden from Reading Festival 1982, during Bruce's first whirlwind year with Maiden.

    Aiming to go out with a bang and a belly laugh, Bruce will spin some top tunes and pepper it all with some choice observations and anecdotes from half a lifetime of fronting a rock band, and a quarter of a lifetime fronting a radio show for the BBC.

    After eight years of fronting the Rock Show, Bruce Dickinson returns for one final show.

    6MLed Zeppelin Special20100101

    Following straight after Sean Keaveny's chat with Jimmy Page, Bruce now takes a look at the mass influence that Led Zeppelin has had on the world of rock music, both stylistically and musically.

    Bruce discusses and plays music from the likes of Europe, to Soundgarden to Whitesnake, plus countless others who have all been inspired by the mighty Zeppelin.

    In the second hour of the show we replay Radio 2's Led Zeppelin Special from Masters of Rock, originally broadcast in 2003. Here Bruce presented a mix of old and new archive interviews.

    Bruce takes a look at the influence of Led Zeppelin on rock music.

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    Bruce plays the latest and greatest hard rock, punk and metal tracks, plus he chats to Canadian hard rockers Danko Jones.