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August Rock 50 Preview

by on Aug.15, 2014, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

Our radio show Rock 50 airs on Saturday, August 16th. Metal start to finish. Phil Anselmo and the Illegals, Arch Enemy and new releases.

The drum segue will feature Brann Dailor of Mastodon. We’ll focus on Brann’s work from parts of the “Crack the Skye” CD as well as the band’s newest CD “Once More ‘Round The Sun.”

If you like hard rock and heavy metal, Rock 50 plays you the very best – check us out!

Stay safe. Stay strong.


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July Rock 50 Preview

by on Jul.09, 2014, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

Our Rock 50 Hard Rock metal show will air this Saturday, July 12, 2014.  The entire show will be dedicated to a beloved man, Mark “Gopher” Jones, who was part of our production team for about 28 years.  Mark is dearly loved and sadly missed.  One of the many things he took care of for me was researching any info I needed for this show.  He also typed up the playlists with the track sequence, track times and any details I wanted to touch on during the show.  He was an integral part of Rock 50 since we started some 12 years ago or so.  Gopher was laid to rest on July 6, 2014.

On our show this month – Metal wall to wall – keeping in mind the many bands on tour in July and wishing them all safe passages to their destinations. For all those going out to concerts, I hope it will be a fantastic experience for you.  Stay safe.  Rule #1: come back alive.

Keith Moon is the featured drummer this month, and he’s going to kick ass on some of the best Who songs ever.

Check us out if you like Hard Rock & Metal.


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Saturday May 31 Radio Show Update

by on May.29, 2014, under Rock 50

We’ve got too much music to fit everything in!  The May 31st birthday show is so jam-packed, we’ve decided to move the Keith Moon segment to July 12th so we have plenty of time to showcase Moon’s brilliant drumming properly.    Still on deck for this Saturday’s show – Ginger Baker in the drummer’s spot, and loads of Bill’s favorite tracks. Tune in and turn it up!

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May Rock 50 Preview

by on May.27, 2014, under Rock 50

Hi Everyone,Our Rock 50 show will be aired on Saturday, May 31st, 2014.

Because it’s my birthday month, as we usually do, I’ll be playing some of my favorite, favorites in metal and rock. The show will kick ass for two hours from top to bottom.

For our drum segment this month, two brilliant 60’s drummers, legends in hard rock, Ginger Baker and Keith Moon.  These guys set new criterias in rock and influenced so much of what “is,” today. Again, because it’s my birthday show, y’know your going to hear Type O Negative, Slipknot,Slayer, Motorhead, Fear Factory, and more from some new CD’s from the artists I’ve been playing over the past couple of months.

It’s gonna rock.  I might put in some favorite classical music also, and that’ll rock also. OK, if you like metal/hard rock check out the show.

Special Notice: Because of life’s busy schedules, we won’t be making a June 2014 show, however we’ll be back on July 12 for our yearly summer tour/best of metal music show.

Stay safe and stay strong.

Bill Ward


Saturday May 31 Radio Show Update:

We’ve got too much music to fit everything in!  The May 31st birthday show is so jam-packed, we’ve decided to move the Keith Moon segment to July 12th so we have plenty of time to showcase Moon’s brilliant drumming properly.    Still on deck for this Saturday’s show – Ginger Baker in the drummer’s spot, and loads of Bill’s favorite tracks. Tune in and turn it up!

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Rock 50 April Playlist & Replay

by on Apr.25, 2014, under Rock 50

If you missed the Rock 50 episode earlier this month, make sure and check out a full episode replay, which is now available for you to listen to here.  Additionally, the playlist for the episode is up too.  The next episode is scheduled for May 31st.

You can also view a video of Bill speaking in the studio about Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative here:

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Interview with

by on Apr.20, 2014, under Bill Ward, Black Sabbath, Drum Art, Rock 50

There is an excellent new interview with Bill by Chris over at  It is a wide ranging new interview, touching on many subjects such as new music from Bill (Accountable Beasts), the Absence of Corners project, the 13 album and Black Sabbath, other metal drummers, and the Rock 50 show.  Amongst others.   Check out the full interview here where you can both read a text version, and listen to an audio version.

Bill Ward

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Rock 50 April Preview

by on Apr.18, 2014, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

Our Rock 50 show featuring hard rock and very heavy metal will air this Saturday, April 19th.

For our focus on drummers/percussionists segment, this month we’ll focus on Johnny Kelly. Johnny has played in a number of bands, the most well known would probably be Type O Negative. Recently Johnny joined “Kill Devil Hill,” and I had an opportunity to see him play and meet with him. I’ll talk more about our get together on the show.

Also we’ll be playing some of the greatest metal bands on earth. Check us out if you like metal and great drummers.

Stay safe, stay strong.


You can listen here.

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March Rock 50 Playlist Online

by on Mar.27, 2014, under Rock 50

The playlist for last weekend’s Rock 50 episode is now online.  The show featured songs from DevilDriver, Motorhead, Skeletonwitch, Harsh Toke, Caliban, Metallica, Disfear, Traffic, and more.   You can check out the playlist in full on the playlist archive page, or you can listen to a full episode replay at this link.

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Rock 50 March Preview

by on Mar.11, 2014, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

In preparing the radio show for Saturday March 22, 2014, I had an uplifting time putting together the “new” focus on drummers segment. Dave Lombardo with Philm were February’s featured artist/artists, and I thought it went rather well.

This month, I’m going to play some great work from two legendary drummers, Jim Capaldi and Mitch Mitchell. Their legacies will live in rock history forever.

Also being played: CalibanSkeletonwitchDevilDriver, possibly some more Harsh Toke. Lots of Metal guys, lots of Metal.

Stay safe, stay strong,
Bill Ward

UPDATE: The March radio show has been moved to Saturday March 22. Tune in then to hear Bill and loads of Metal!

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Various Updates – Feb 2014

by on Feb.11, 2014, under Bill Ward, Rock 50

H! Everyone,

I hope you’re well.  I’m re-starting the radio show on Saturday, February, 15, 2014.  As many of you know, I’ve been in hospital for a while (our last radio show was in August 2013).  I had a final operation on January 7, 2014, and I’m very pleased to say that a positive outcome has prevailed.  I’m healing slowly and surely.  On September 18, 2013, I thought I’d take advantage of the down time and have a right shoulder repair surgery.  Four days after that surgery, I had the perforated diverticulitis.  I’m mentioning the shoulder surgery because approximately two weeks ago, we finally started the shoulder rehab.  It’ll be about six weeks before the frozen joints can be workable again.  I’m hoping to be playing drums by mid-March 2014.  I want to start back in with jam sessions with a jazz quartet, something softer before I start slamming again.

On January 23, 2014, I received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAMM Bonzo Bash.  Again, multiple thanks to everyone who made that award happen for me. Special thanks to all the drummers at the bash, and it was great to be among the families and fans, and so many kick-ass drummers.  My heart is with the students and the old-timers.

This year on our radio show I intend to feature some of my favorite drummers.  We’ll have our very best of Metal, but we’ll also focus on hopefully surprising the listener with recordings from drummers, well-known and lesser-known.  I’m trying to find rare jams, drum solos – it’ll be about drummers all year long.

Our first drummer to be featured will be the amazing Dave Lombardo.  Dave is quite brilliant, and his music will be worth listening to.  I also hope to feature a couple of tracks from the early Zeppelin era with the one and only John Bonham.  Metallica, Motorhead and Phil Anselmo will be played on the show, and I just picked up Light Up and Live by Harsh Toke, hoping to find something nice to play.  Further, we’ll be playing our Buddy, Ritchie and Big Bopper memorial.  Happy 50th Birthday, Beatles.

It’s exhilarating to be back with the living!  Check out the show if you can.

Stay safe.  Stay Strong.


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