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Shades of Rocky – The Rock Train’s ‘Hair Metal’ Wildside Riot Special (show 37)

Written by on 12th February 2013

On this week’s edition of The Rock Train we go back in time to the 1980s when there was a plethora of bands glammimg it up with big hair, tight spandex and a sound that would define a generation.

Before the American hair-metal bands  exploded onto the scene, Birmingham’s very own Wrathchild were forging a new harder edged sound heavily influenced by the wild excesses of the glam era of the mid to late 1970’s. Wrathchild’s frontman, Rocky Shades led the way and helped forge a path which pre-dated bands such as Motley Crue.

Skip forward to 2012. Rocky Shades is relaunching his recording career with his new band, Wildside Riot. The four musicians Rocky teamed up with to form Wildside Riot all live in Lincoln which makes them one of our treasured local bands. Even the video which can be seen here was shot in a secret location just a short walk from the city centre.

After many months of writing, recording and post production the debut Wildside Riot album ‘No Second Take’ has now been released and is a fantastic fun album full of catchy riffs and killer performances from the boys. All fronted by Rocky Shades himself.

Back in December the whole band came and visited The Rock Train at Siren FM and spoke to us about the formation of Wildside Riot, the making of the album and their plans for 2013. Rocky Shades speaks about what it was like back in the 80’s and how the British ‘hair bands’ differed from their American cousins. He describes how he used to fire pyrotechnics at anything that moved during his 80’s shows.

Wildside Riot at Siren FM

Wildside Riot at Siren FM

The show features a for part interview with  Wildside Riot.

Part 1 – Hairspray and Sequins

Part 2 – Starting a Riot

Part 3 – No Second Take

Part 4 – To Hard Rock Hell and Back

In between each segment we play a selection of the great sleaze rock /  ‘hair metal’  bands from the 80’s  and 90’s such as Guns n Roses, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S. P, Wrathchild LA Guns, Skid Row to name a few.

There are also a couple of great tracks from Wildside Riot’s album.

And yes, that gentleman with the mass of blonde hair in the Wrathchild picture on this page is Rocky Shades as he was then.


Rocky Shades with Wrathchild

Rocky Shades with Wrathchild in the 1980’s

Wildside Riot

Wildside riot with Rocky Shades (centre) as he is today