With Classic Rock Through The Ages

40th Anniversary of 3:47 EST by KLAATU

This episode was originally broadcast on 18th December 2016 on Edge Radio in Hobart, Tasmania.

In August 1976, a mysterious album with incredible artwork and no credits on the cover appeared in the marketplace. It was called 3:47 EST and the band was called Klaatu. Next to no one bought it.

In 1977, an American DJ suggested that this record was the result of a Beatles reformation. It was a rumour that caught on. The record then sold millions of copies.

40 years later, fans from all over the world still enjoy this masterpiece of music.

This episode of Kaleidoscope Ears closely examines the album through the memories of those who were most closely associated with it, namely, the band members themselves.

Our thanks go to:

John Woloschuk
Dee Long
Terry Draper

and special thanks to label manager Jaimie Vernon.

Extended interviews will be available from www.kscopeears.com from early 2017.

Special Feature - ROXY MUSIC

Originally broadcast on 6th November 2016.

We take a look back at the 8 albums of Roxy Music.

BAAAD Animals

Originally broadcast in April 2007, this episode of Kaleidoscope Ears features songs with animals in the titles, with special guest ELO Joe and a very surreal encounter with session sensation Lon E. Matthews. 

Steven Wilson - Solo Retrospective

This episode was originally broadcast on 16th October 2016.

With Steven Wilson visiting Australia again in October 2016, we thought it a great time to look back
over the years at his solo output.

Our special guest this time is John Bender from Edge Radio's Prognosis, our very own Progressive Rock show broadcasting on Tuesday nights from 8pm.

A Back & Forth Mixtape

Originally broadcast on 9th October 2016 on Edge Radio 99.3fm.

From obscure Krautrock of the 70's to new Progressive Rock of 2016, this episode has it covered.

Archive - RAINBOW - An Early Years Retrospective

This edition of Kaleidoscope Ears was originally broadcast on Edge Radio 99.3fm on 11th May 2008.

We head back to the early years of Rainbow, including a track from the band Ritchie Blackmore poached after his departure from Deep Purple, namely, Elf.

Follow this link for a full playlist.

Featured Interview - Marco Minnemann From THE ARISTOCRATS

Originally broadcast 25th September 2016.

The Aristocrats begins their tour of Australia on 2nd October 2016.

Marco Minnemann spoke to us about the band, his other projects including Joe Satriani and The Steven Wilson band, and he discusses his early musical influences.

It is those influences that make up the majority of our playlist this time.

The show is also bookended by some fabulous Aussie Prog from Kettlespider and sleepmakeswaves.


Special Guest Mixtape - Thomas Kercheval (The Great Divide Podcast)

Originally broadcast on 11th September 2016.

Thomas Kercheval is one of the hosts of The Great Divide Podcast, the only known podcast in the world dedicated to Scottish rock group Big Country.

Listen to The Great Divide Podcast.

Thomas is also a solo musician with his most recent album released in 2015. www.kerchmusic.com

After recently having Ears host Dwayne Bunney as a guest on The Great Divide Podcast to talk about the band's first Australian tour, Dwayne invited Tom to Kaleidoscope Ears to program his very own mixtape.


ARCHIVE - Cover Versions

Our 4th September 2016 broadcast was a repeat of our Cover Versions show originally broadcast on 30th September 2012.

Is it possible to get The Carpenters and Rammstein on to the same play list?

Listen to the On Demand show below to find out!

Melancholic Romantic

Originally broadcast 28th August 2016

After 2 episodes of KISS, session sensation Lon E. Matthews (retired) voices his concerns about the state of Kaleidoscope Ears, and put out the challenge to bring it back down with some melancholy and romance.

21st August 2016 // KISS - The Full KISStory - Part 2

We are grateful once again to be joined by special guest "KISStorian" Svein Børge Hjorthaug from Norway to give us his in-depth take on the painted ones (and for part of this episode, the un-masked ones). If you've never really taken notice of the legendary New York hard-rockers, now is the time to be educated and entertained to the max.

14th August 2016 // KISS - The Full KISStory - Part 1

We are grateful to be joined by special guest "KISStorian" Svein Børge Hjorthaug from Norway to give us his in-depth take on the painted ones. If you've never really taken notice of the legendary New York hard-rockers, now is the time to be educated and entertained to the max.

7th August 2016 // Featuring Interview With Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief)

12th August 2016 sees the release of "Your Wilderness", the 11th studio album by UK progressive rock band The Pineapple Thief.
Bruce Soord joins us to talk about the change of direction he took for this release, the guest musicians appearing on the album (including Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree & King Crimson) and his other projects.

31st July 2014 // 3 More From 1987

Roger Waters - Radio K.A.O.S
Faith No More - Introduce Yourself
Midnight Oil - Diesel & Dust

17th July 2016 - Archive - GENESIS - THE PETER GABRIEL ERA

We hope you enjoy this episode from our 2009 archives featuring former presenters Nobby and Todd.

3rd July 2016 - 3 From 1987

Selections from the following 3 classic albums from 1987.

Yes - Big Generator
Fields Of The Nephilim - Dawnrazor
Icehouse - Man Of Colours

Big Country - The Corner Hotel - Richmond, VIC - 15th June 2016

Big Country with Colin Berwick on keyboards

In what may seem like just another 80's band nostalgia tour, Big Country's first set of performances on Australian soil is in actual fact something much, much more. It's personal. Both joyful and heartbreaking at the same time. Not just for me, but for the ardent fans who have stayed true to the band for well over 30 years, and even 15 years after the tragic suicide of founder and original front man, Stuart Adamson.

This is my story, my journey.

In late 2007, I received a call at work. My uncle, much closer in age to me than my dad and therefore
more like a brother, had committed suicide. I was appointed as executor and had to travel back to the family home to deal with matters.

My uncle and I adored Big Country, almost from their beginning in the early 80's. We were together when he pulled out his first vinyl copy of The Crossing, their debut album, and it spun on the turntable for the first time. I still have that old turntable. We spun Steeltown for the first time together. My favourite in those days was always third album The Seer.

Over the years, we'd often get together over a few drinks and watch Big Country live dvd releases. He'd even become a member of The Country Club and got hold of some video and audio bootlegs and made contact with several other fans.

We talked about going over to see Big Country perform live in Kuala Lumpur around 2000/1. After all, the most recent tour had been called "The Final Fling", so we figured it might have been our last chance to see the band live. That wasn't to be. After Stuart's death, my uncle became a little morbidly obsessed and even at one time floated the idea that we travel to Hawaii to visit the hotel where Stuart had hung himself. I think I'm glad that didn't happen.

Back to 2007, and as I entered the family home I came across a kind of shrine to Stuart on a wall. Newspaper cuttings about the suicide and pictures of Stuart provided an eerie montage in a house that once so full of happy memories for me, had now become a place of horror. I turned on my uncle's plasma TV. Burned into the screen was the DVD menu of Big Country's last concert, The Final Fling. It was the last thing he ever saw.

I played Private Battlefield, one of Stuart's later songs, as my uncle's coffin was lowered. Stuart's words in that song were exactly the right thing to say.

In 2007, Big Country reformed as a 3-piece to play some 25th anniversary gigs. But my uncle was no longer able to see them. In 2011, I travelled from my current home in Tasmania to the UK (yes boys I know how long that flight was for you) to see the band with new guitarist Jamie Watson and singer Mike Peters. I had to do it for my uncle if not for myself. I wasn't disappointed. For those who said Big Country wouldn't be the same without Stuart, my thought was always....well duh! Of course not! But it's still Stuart's music and through that in itself, part of him would be there.

Because of the internet, a few Australian fans had got to know each other well in recent years and had even got together a few times for Big Country parties. Some of us travelled to the UK and/or the USA to see the band because it seemed obvious they were NEVER going to perform in Australia.

When Andy, one of Australia's most dedicated Big Country fans, contacted me to tell me they were coming to Australia in June, I didn't believe it. It hadn't been announced anywhere officially but his word was that it was indeed happening. And happen it did.

I was only able to get to the one gig, unlike John from the UK who travelled over and went to all of them including the two New Zealand shows.

The current line up consists of two original members Bruce Watson (guitar) and Mark Brzezicki (drums), with Jamie Watson on guitar and recent additions Simon Hough (vocals) and Scott Whitley (bass).

While I am no fan of youtube clips of concerts generally, the clips of Simon and Scott were enough to reassure me that this line up could be the best yet since the passing of Stuart Adamson.

Many fans met up early to catch up. It would be the first time we'd seen each other for a few years and there was a lot of catching up to do. It was such a thrill to see the faces of fans who would be seeing the band for the very first time. Even one fan who is the front man for a Melbourne-based "dark wave" band couldn't maintain his dark demeanour and was constantly beaming from ear to ear. It was, after all, Big Country who influenced him to pick up a guitar in the first place. As we progressed to the bar above the venue, we could hear the band doing their sound check. This was going to be a night to remember.

At the VIP meet and greet an announcement came through that Simon would not be there as he was unwell. What!!! I instantly worried about how that might affect his performance. When I asked Jamie and Bruce how they were doing Bruce simply looked at me and said, "I'm tired". Scott was full of smiles and Mark was his normal jovial self.

The concert itself was better than I could have hoped for. Simon initially looked like he was struggling. But these were the Melbourne fans! The fans who had performed their OWN renditions of Big Country songs on Aussie soil. I could see that our excitement and enthusiasm was infectious and Simon caught it! Most of us at the front were singing every word and as I occasionally glanced across at the first-timers I could see that they were in Big Country heaven.

Despite Bruce's fatigue, he gave 200% to his performance and before long he was drenching us with sweat. He clearly enjoys doing what he does, as does Jamie. Scott was fantastic on bass and a worthy replacement for legendary bass player Tony Butler, and more recently, Derek Forbes. What can I say about Mark Brzezicki other than his drumming is as sensational as it has always been! After all, Bruce did announce Mark as "the best drummer in the entire band!!"

I wasn't really looking behind but I knew that Aussie audiences would be a little more subdued than UK audiences. That said, the Melbourne gang gave it our all, singing and pogoing as much as our voices and ages (we're all getting on now) could handle it.

We were fortunate to have a special guest at the Melbourne show. Colin Berwick played keyboards for the band in the early 90's and is a resident of Melbourne. He was invited to the stage as "the man with the mighty organ" to play 2 tracks from his era, namely We're Not In Kansas and Ships. I believe we were fortunate in being the only show on the tour where they played Kansas, where Simon's vocals are perfect as he belts it out with abandon!

The little teasers we had from The Seer album were Look Away and Remembrance Day. I have noted, and so has everyone else, that Bruce promised to return to play the whole album for it's 30th anniversary, but "only if you're good". I promise Bruce, we'll all be good and many of us who only saw the one gig this time are planning and saving to travel with you to do a few more next time.

The four tracks that closed the show, In A Big Country, Wonderland, Fields Of Fire and Inwards (encore), were probably the best time I have ever had at a live gig, including the Big Country gigs I had seen before. The energy in the crowd was electric and the comradery of the fans in waiting so long to share these classic tunes in a live setting in Australia was unlike any other musical experience I have had.

The final words went to Mark Brzezicki, who eloquently expressed his gratitude to the fans and made sure his last words were for Stuart Adamson.

While my personal story, and indeed the story of the band, contains utter tragedy, Big Country has shown how a tragedy can be, not forgotten, but turned into joy.

I had joyful times with my uncle and I choose to remember them despite the tragedy. Big Country has chosen to do the same with the joyful music of Stuart Adamson.

Long may they continue.


The setlist was:

Harvest Home
Look Away
Where The Rose Is Sown
Just A Shadow
King Of Emotion
We're Not In Kansas (with Colin Berwick)
Remembrance Day
Ships (with Colin Berwick)
In A Big Country
Fields Of Fire


12th June 2016 - Interview With Steve Hackett

To order music direct from Steve, visit his website today!