The Radio 2 Rock Show With Johnnie Walker

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20180618

Johnnie launches the Radio 2 Rock Show! Plus, Ozzy Osbourne picks his ultimate 'Rock God'.

Featuring the greatest rock from across the decades to 2018's new releases, Johnnie will curate an hour of the best rock ever heard on Radio 2.

The Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne kicks off the 'Rock God' feature. Each week on the show we'll be asking some of the biggest and most influential rock names to pick their own 'Rock God'. This week - Ozzy reveals who he looks up to in the rock world and tells us why.

As the lead singer of Black Sabbath, Ozzy's legend in music is virtually unrivalled. Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham in 1968 and were originally called The Polka Tulk Blues Band before becoming Black Sabbath in 1969. They are often referred to as the pioneers of heavy metal. In 1979, Ozzy was fired from Sabbath and went solo, releasing the incredible 'Blizzard of Ozz' the following year. Ozzy continued his often controversial and tumultuous solo career, producing influential rock albums such as 1983's 'Bark at the Moon' and 'No More Tears' in 1991. In November 2011, it was announced Ozzy would rejoin Sabbath for an album and final world tour titled, 'The End'. The band played their last show together in Birmingham in 2017.

As well as rock legends, Johnnie will also bring you his ultimate A-Z of Rock; an indispensable, bitesize guide to the genre in a handy alphabetical order and we'll delve into the archives to bring you a flavor of them too. Where else would we start but 'A'? So many incredible artists and bands begin with 'A' but there's only really one we could play on the first Radio 2 Rock Show. Make sure you're listening to find out which explosive 'A' Johnnie will pick...

20190202

Johnnie curates an hour of the best rock ever heard on Radio 2.

A celebration of 50 years of Led Zeppelin20181217

Led Zeppelin is 50 years old this year! So what better way to celebrate than a special show, featuring some of the biggest names in rock paying homage to Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and the late great John Bonham.

Hear Brian May, Roger Daltrey, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons all chat about their own appreciation of rock's ultimate four-piece. Plus, singer Ann Wilson from Heart explains how her band has its origins in Led Zep's back catalogue and how she managed to sing Led Zeppelin's most famous song for the band themselves.

In autumn 1968, Led Zeppelin signed to Atlantic Records. Fifty years later, US rockers Rival Sons just signed to the same label. We hear from them to see what Zeppelin mean to the new generation. Plus, author Dave Lewis recounts his first Led Zeppelin experience and explains why he's followed the band around the world for over forty years.

Rock royalty including Brian May and Roger Daltrey help Johnnie celebrate 50 years of Zep.

Johnnie curates an hour of the best rock ever heard on Radio 2.

A celebration of 50 years of Led Zeppelin2018121720190119 (R2)

Led Zeppelin is 50 years old this year! So what better way to celebrate than a special show, featuring some of the biggest names in rock paying homage to Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and the late great John Bonham.

Hear Brian May, Roger Daltrey, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons all chat about their own appreciation of rock's ultimate four-piece. Plus, singer Ann Wilson from Heart explains how her band has its origins in Led Zep's back catalogue and how she managed to sing Led Zeppelin's most famous song for the band themselves.

In autumn 1968, Led Zeppelin signed to Atlantic Records. Fifty years later, US rockers Rival Sons just signed to the same label. We hear from them to see what Zeppelin mean to the new generation. Plus, author Dave Lewis recounts his first Led Zeppelin experience and explains why he's followed the band around the world for over forty years.

Rock royalty including Brian May and Roger Daltrey help Johnnie celebrate 50 years of Zep.

Johnnie curates an hour of the best rock ever heard on Radio 2.

Brian May20190107

Johnnie Walker is back with a new series of the Radio 2 Rock Show!
Give your ears the wake-up call they need for the new year with an hour of the best six-string anthems, curated by Johnnie. From brand new releases to classic cuts, the Radio 2 Rock Show will take you on a journey through the world of rock in just one hour. Johnnie is also half way through his 'A-Z of Rock; which began in series one. From ACDC to ZZ Top, with the help of the BBC archives, Johnnie brings you his ultimate guide to bands and artists that define the genre. This week we reach N....N for Neil Young? Nine Inch Nails? Nickelback? The Nice? So many to choose from! We also take a closer look at rock n' roll inspiration with 'My Rock God' - each week an artist reveals their own musical hero to Johnnie. This week, its the magnificent Brian May.

Johnnie Walker is back with his Radio 2 Rock Show for the New Year

Johnnie curates an hour of the best rock ever heard on Radio 2.

California's Rival Sons pick their Rock God20190126

Johnnie brings his hour of incredible rock to Radio 2, with essential new releases and classic tracks. California rockers Rival Sons kick off their UK tour on the 31st of January. They choose an historic Rock God, a man who's very existence changed the future of rock n' roll! Plus we're at 'P' for the 'A-Z of Rock'...could it be the Who's Pete Townshend or Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers? How about Pink Floyd or metal titans, Pantera? Not forgetting Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins...so much choice!

Jay and Scott from Rival Sons choose their ultimate Rock God

Johnnie curates an hour of the best rock ever heard on Radio 2.

Woody Woodmansey picks his Rock God20190119

Drummer Woody Woodmansey chooses his ultimate Rock God.

Johnnie curates an hour of the best rock ever heard on Radio 2.